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Meaning of smileys

I understand a lot of purists will try to kill this question within seconds, but I recently received a text message from a friend telling me "I'm afraid my girlfriend dumped me ;)". At first, I told ...
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Is this the elided form of “the way I wrote it is that I wrote very correctly.”

The way I wrote it, I wrote it very correctly. Is it the elided form of this sentence below? The way I wrote it is that I wrote it very correctly. I am not a native speaker, so I have to ...
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Is it acceptable to put “at least” at the end of the sentence without a comma?

When I am using at least at the end of the sentence, is comma required as below? I was trying to practice my skills, at least. Or is it fine without a comma? I was trying to practice my ...
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What does it mean by “came to believe”?

I've encountered this expression "came to believe" multiple times, I do know about what "believe" means, but I cannot understand the meaning of "came to". Can you make me understand it?
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parenthetical aside with “to”

This sentence, to me at least, seems fine as is. In this sentence, I believe "to me at least" to be a parenthetical aside, and it looks completely acceptable. But my English teacher said that I ...
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How to best correctly spell this sound?

Remember back in school (or still in school, like me) when someone got called to the office and all the kids in the class made an 'ooou' sound with the intonation slowly rising? Yeah... Anyway, I was ...
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Is there a word that means to see something but not be able to describe?

I'm looking to find if there is a word that describe the feeling or situation you arrive upon when you can't find words to describe something you can see. Similar to being speechless but kind of in ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Please help :)

I would rather give birth in shark than be killed by a bear
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deleting and---— does it seem strange only to me?

Within a couple of days I could stand, even make two, three steps. It is the original sentence. And I have a strong belief that the and is deleted as below. Within a couple of days I could ...
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What is the definition of “cousin” when used as a verb?

What does the word cousin mean when used as a verb? By context I take it to mean that someone is putting someone else on or being difficult with someone else. For example, in The Dark Tower (Stephen ...
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Term for an argument which cannot be distinguished from sarcasm/jest

What is the word or phrase identifying an argument or statement for which, based on the source, you cannot tell whether the person is being honest or not? The kind of argument or statement where you ...
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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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Words play - does it have a special name in English? How to do the same with 'security' word for example?

By looking at this picture: Or at the title of this album: You can see that the authors used there something which I call a word game. My question is, does doing so has an official name? How can ...
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Determiners in English sentence vs. plurals, singulars and zero determiners. Is it ok to say?

Do I need any determiners in the sentence below in general statement? Strong winds destroy homes. Is it ok to say in English in specific situation? The strong wind destroyed the homes in North ...
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Use of “with” in a sentence for a website

Can I use "with" to tell something about a website named "Text Compare", the website is for comparing text and I want to use this sentence "You can see the difference clear with Text Compare" Is it ...
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Pronunciation of word “considered”

I have learned in school that letter 'r' is not sounded in the word 'considered', here's an example. But I have been watching the 'How I met your mother' series, and Ted have pronounced that with ...
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What are some words that would make for powerful sounding academic titles? [on hold]

I'm looking for words or titles that can be used like Doctor or Professor, but have a more medieval/antique feeling to them. For example, if your last name was Cromwell, your title might be: Master ...
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How do i punctuate sequential uses of “before”

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I'm wondering if i should instead replace the comma's with semi-colons before each of the "before"'s. Just seconds before dialing 911, and before the sounds ...
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Phrase for Knowing Everything About Someone

I'm new to this awesome site! There is a popular saying that, in a conversation, one is sarcastically telling someone they know everything about another that begins with I know "your rank, serial ...
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why do we use 'get' before some verbs

I was just curious why do we use 'get' before some verbs. For example, get married, get hungry, and get angry.
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Does this numeronym abbreviation syntax have a specific name?

Is there a name for the type of numeronym abbreviation that has the first and last letters with the count of the missing letters in between? Some examples: l10n - localization p13n - ...
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Regional omission of “to be.”

I've noticed that people from the Washington, Oregon area tend to omit "to be" when describing something that needs to be completed. For example, just today one of my consulting engineers sent me an ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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Does this make grammatical sense? 2

Rev. Princess Elizabeth Smith nee Miller was born on Sept. 22nd, 1954 to the proud marital union of Everette and Minister Ivamae Miller (deceased).
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Whats another word for someone perceptive?

Whats another word to describe someone who can pick up on things quickly?
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Is the word “Rosy” a tennis term? [on hold]

In an old video game called Kendo Rage, a girl in tennis outfit says "Evil will LOVE to be SERVED a ROSY victory" as shown in the below image. I'm sure this is a pun, as the words Love and Serve ...
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Grammar of present perfect continous of sit and stand

I've often been seeing phrases like the following lately: s/he has been stood s/he has been sat used instead of the present perfect continous i.e.: s/he has been standing s/he has ...
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Those who or who [on hold]

Thank you, Lord, for the teachers those who care for me. Thank you, Lord, for the teachers who care for me. Which of these two would be more correct? Thanks in advance.
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Do any style guides recommend an apostrophe at the end for double possessors? (John and Jacks' house)

I am aware that one universally accepted style is to put an apostrophe-s at the end of the second possessor's name. Example: Amy and Steve's car My question is not whether that is the common rule; ...
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Commas in list of names in a brochure [duplicate]

I am putting together brochure for an event and we need to list people who are part a committee. If the info for each individual was going to be one line, I would put commas between the person's name, ...
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“Inc.” - Capitalized or Lowercase

If a company's name is in “all caps” (block capitals), shouldn't "Inc." also be capitalized? The following looks odd to me MY BUSINESS, Inc. Are there any style manuals which provide guidance ...
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Comma in a list of people who are members of a committee

I am putting together a list for an event. The list is of people who are part a committee. If the info for each individual was going to be one line, I would put commas between the person's name, title ...
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Can you please explain what “Not to say” means here:

Can you please explain what "Not to say" means in the context of the following sentence. "Not to say I might not be up for going tomorrow".
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Can “that ” refer to action?

I got confused from SAT practice. An expedition was sent in 1949 to check [a Turkish villager's reporting] he had seen the remains of Noah's ark on Mount Ararat. A: a Turkish villager's ...
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Does this imply a mutually exclusive relationship?

"The process of successfully growing into the world requires negotiation between hard work and new pathways" are 'hard work' and 'pathways' implied to be mutually exclusive by this statement
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what is the difference between Confine and Boundary? [on hold]

is anybody aware of what is the difference between CONFINE and BOUNDARY ? both are translated as the same meaning. any clear tips?
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Doubt on the use of an apostrophe [duplicate]

In this sentence: Cherry had never conceived of Miss Sullivan's having a sister. Why is there 's right after Miss Sullivan?
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Word for cutting a sentence in half the rest of the meaning inferred

Is there any word for cutting off a sentence on purpose when the rest of the sentence can be inferred? I see this used sometimes when someone is talking about a grave danger. It is sometimes finished ...
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Sound from vibrating cell phone

What are the best British words for the sound produced by a vibrating cell phone?
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Why “ruled supreme” instead of “ruled supremely”?

In this sentence: With George, his perfect manservant, and Miss Lemon, his perfect secretary, order and method ruled supreme in his life. Why is ruled followed by supreme instead of by ...
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How do you say “plan documentaire” in english

I need help translating the french term plan documentaire. Does anyone know a proper term in english for it ? In my context, plan documentaire stands for the list of documents (of the project). ...
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Is this OK to use more than one and in a sentence [duplicate]

Is this OK to use more than one and in a sentence. Like this I brought mangoes and oranges and also fixed the AC.
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Your misuse of the apostrophe [duplicate]

You profess to explain the correct use of grammar in the English language, yet you use the apostrophe incorrectly in the following extract on your own website example! Martin ...from circa early ...
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“were among the earliest” or “are among the earliest”? [on hold]

Consider these sentences: The Africans were among the earliest visitors to the region, having arrived with Spanish explorers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Today a vibrant African ...
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Expression for an abrupt change in height

Is there an expression for an abrupt change in height? I’m looking for a word for the edge of the change, like in the German word Geländekante.
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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Difference between mass and weight [on hold]

What is the difference between "mass and weight" and when do we use the two?
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Is it OK to pronounce kilogram as “kay gee” (/ˈkeɪˈdʒiː/)?

Would the same also apply to other abbreviations such as km (kay-em) instead of kilometer? I can see an advantage to reading millimeter as mm (em-em) because it's quicker to say.
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Enter text or Enter the text [on hold]

Is it correct to write "Enter text" or "Enter the text" as a placeholder? Also, should all the words begin with a capital letter?

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