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Does “do you not?” mean the same as “do not you?”

The phrase is "Don't you know better?" When translating it to different languages, the word "don't" is obviously not an option... and apparently neither is phrasing it as "do you not know better?" My ...
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Correct spelling of web browser?

What is the correct spelling of "web browser" (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) in the context of a software user interface, either as single word (e.g. as a menu item caption) or inside a phrase (e.g. ...
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What is different between look, see and watch

I have confusion about following words because it's Gujarati meaning for all are same. What is actual difference between following words Look, See, Watch If possible then explain with example.
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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Is using quotation marks in this sentence necessary or not?

Is the sentence bellow correct or the next one? In the case both of the sentences are correct, which one is more grammatical? My answer to all these questions is "yes". My answer to all these ...
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Grammar - Is this type of sentence structure correct

The higher is the ratio of the current debt to total debt, the lower is your utilization rate, and consequently the fewer are the financial options available to you and vice-versa. Is there any rule ...
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birthday cake times twelve

I heard this in a documentary about the Peoples Temple. The quote goes exactly: These people would be on time, they’d be polite and nice. They were a span of ages, a span of races. They were ...
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The preposition of categorize - in/into/in to"

The definition of "categorize" in merriam-webster: :to put into a category After the definition let's take a look at some examples (in merriam-webster): This software lets you categorize ...
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the use of “but your request to verify your inquiry” is gramatically error or is it accepted?

We apologize for the inconvenience, but your request to verify your inquiry cannot be resolved via email.
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Word Sress Within a Sentence: Adjectives

I read this in American accent book: "Place full stress on an adjective if it's not followed by a noun. If it is followed by a noun, stress the noun more." For example I have this phrase: Have a ...
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Where to use “by” and where to use “through” [migrated]

I'm not a native English speaker and I am confused with the usage of by and through. can someone please explain me their usage based on below example I have a referral code which want to share with my ...
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using “dear ” for men addressing each other

I think for women addressing each other as "dear" is acceptable..but man-man is that awkard? And also for men to women or vice versa ? Edit I mean speaking and when you call a member of the ...
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What is the historic present tense?

I learned that the historical present may be used to create an effect of immediacy in narratives. I have a question about the historic present tense. Why don't we use the progressive tense instead of ...
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Word that includes laptop, tablet, smartphone etc

What's a word (or phrase) that includes laptops, tablets and cellphones (or similar portable electronic devices that resemble a computer)?
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“Why might that be?” meaning

What does it mean- "why might that be? " This is the complete sentence:If America’s universities are indeed poor value for money, why might that be?
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation”

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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Sentence starts with “Of”

Speaking at the Playful conference in London on Friday, Machon paid tribute to Edward Snowden, who revealed details of surveillance by the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), for revealing the ...
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could be or could have been

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...cle7033250.ece .I was studying today's newspaper ans this appeared.I am asking it as it is related to what we are discussing How did the metals get ...
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Hemingway sentence coordinating clauses with commas

She had a great talent and appreciation for the bed, she was not pretty, but he liked her face, she read enormously, liked to ride and shoot and, certainly, she drank too much. Is this ...
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What's the meaning of “spray into eyes”

I'm not a native speaker so I looked for the verb spray but I'm still do not get the meaning. Is this an idiom?
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What is this “folder-looking thingy” (image attached) called?

I knew it but I can't remember what it's called! I looked for "file/document folder/container/pocket/sleeve" .etc on Google image but couldn't find any image that looks exactly like what I have here. ...
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To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do

What's the correct verb to say to forcefully do something you are not supposed to do or to attempt acts in the attitude of 'just go for it'? Here, "forcefully" does not necessarily mean physical ...
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Alternatives to “says quickly”?

What are some alternatives to "says quickly"?
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“Drumline” or “Drum line”?

Is it Drum line or Drumline? I've seen it two different ways, and I finally need to write it. However, I have no idea how to write it.
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Is my name English?

I have a question regarding my name and English language. My family's last name is Maiorana and were from Yorkshire (or so I thought). The other day my new girlfriend asked where my name was from and ...
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Are these the correct nouns? “… responsibilities consisted of ensuring continuity of reception and in-house mail services.”

"... responsibilities consisted of ensuring continuity of reception and in-house mail services." Is it "continuity" or "continuation"? Is it "reception service" or "receptionist service"?
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Is this the correct preposition? “… arranged vaccination appointments between employees and occupational health nurses.”

"... arranged vaccination appointments between employees and occupational health nurses." Q: Is "between" the correct preposition? Or, should "with" be used instead?
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What does someone not good at "faking cheer” mean?

There was the following passage in New Yorker's (March 25) article titled "A bad day in American-Israeli relations: “I talk to him all the time. He is representing his country’s interests the ...
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Is there a simpler or better way of saying “promises that hold no meaning”?

Is there a simpler or better way of saying "promises that hold no meaning" or "promises without meaning"?
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apostrophes and possession

So I was taught that I should use apostrophes when something possesses something else, but I'm not sure about it's use in the following situation: ...and they found their way to a castle. It's walls ...
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use “establish” or “establishing”? and why?

The struggle for women's rights - the rights that estabilish the same social, economic, political status for women as for men - began with 18th centery during a priod know as the Age of ...
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More than an acquaintance, less than a friend?

Is there currently, in English, a word which describes the following kind of relationship: A person who you know you could be close friends with (this feeling maybe even being mutual and/or ...
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Beauchamp. ..Beacham (phonetically spelled)?

In London there is a street in Knightsbridge spelled Beauchamp. The English pronounce it as though it were spelled Beacham. Why?
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“Your chance to dream has arrived” - National Lottery. How do you read this?

To me, that means: I can start dreaming after buying a lotto ticket. This is weird because without the lotto ticket, I can have my day-dream anyway. Shouldn't this be something like "your chance to ...
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Is there a rule for when to write numbers in full?

I was recently taught that numbers should be written in full if: The number is between zero and ten. The number has three or less digits. The number is present at the start of a paragraph. ...
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Why can you not “improve your English ability”?

I hear a lot of Japanese people say "I want to improve my English ability" but I can't explain why this sentence is wrong. Could anyone tell me why you shouldn't say "I want to improve my English ...
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Passengers heard 'screaming' - who was doing the “hearing”?

Passengers heard 'screaming' I feel this phrase could be interpreted in two ways: 1) The passengers could and did hear screaming (from someone else). 2) Someone else could and did hear the ...
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Umbrella term for organizations that help people?

Is there a word besides humanitarian which we could use to describe any organization (non-profit, charity, volunteer, or otherwise) whose explicit purpose is to help people? Is that precisely what ...
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“why oh why” or “why, oh why”?

Is this punctuated correctly? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, Why oh why can’t I?" Or should “oh why” be set off by commas? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the ...
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What does it mean to call someone a 'drink of water'?

What does it mean when you call someone a 'drink of water', like at the end of this clip from the Shawshank Redemption? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD07V7Lwacc It's intended as an insult from the ...
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Word for something that is not an emulator, and is not a simulator

If we take that: Simulation = For analysis and study | The end result is the same Emulation = For usage as a substitute | The ways and the end result is the same Is there a word for ...
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Is it correct usage of present perfect? [migrated]

I have been there a few times in the past. Would it be equal to: I have been there a few times before.
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Is it ever possible to use a comma after an essential clause? Relative clause

Forgive me if my use of terminology isn't quite right... I'm editing this sentence: This is a serious problem that ranges from elementary school teachers to adjunct professors such as here, and ...
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What does word “jibi” means?

I guess it's a slang word, so I can not find it in a dictionary.
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Origin of “Every dollar you spend is a political act”?

Who was the first to say this? Every dollar you spend is a political act. I find it here and there and it seems like a quote, but I can't find the origin.
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Working with a group that uses acronym for title, is it standard to place a “2” to indicate double letters above or below indicated letter?

Work with a group that has no standard for placement of "2" after "W" (indicating 2 W's in acronym title)--above or below? Is there a standard?
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Technical synonym for “old”

Given a reverse chronologically ordered list of computer generated events (logs), what would be good technical synonyms to express recent events and old events? These events form a history that ...
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Term describing where someone is from or what they are?

Is there a term for the word that describes where a person is from or what they are? For example, someone from America is an American, and someone from Finland is a Finn. Is there are term for the ...
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Does “unexpectedly” apply to one or both following verb phrases?

We're having a discussion in a forum on rulings in duplicate bridge. In duplicate bridge, each partnership has their own set of bidding system agreements, and there are regulations that specify that ...
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How to find what the word means?

When I find the word it has two meaning. So in book I don't know the meaning and when I search it up I don't know if it goes with that sentence. This work I can tell if it goes with the sentence.but ...

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