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Between '(s)he' & 'he/she' — which is recommended/ preferable?

When talking about or referring to someone who could either be a male or a female, I usually write it as (s)he but I have also seen usage like he/she, which also seems correct to me. I use (s)he ...
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“Accepted” not correct for legal document [closed]

Could someone suggest a good word to use in the sentence given below? It is for use in a legal operational protocol manual and should fit within context. I'm currently using "accepted", due to a lack ...
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Correspond to vs. Correspond with

Is there any significant difference between Correspond to and Correspond with? I only mean in the sense of "matching", here, rather than "communication". I've looked at a few sources, but I can't ...
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'Went missing' / 'was missing'

In the following two paragraphs the phrase went missing was originally supposed to be was missing. Can I still use it as is? We went to the cinema yesterday. When we were about to leave, I saw ...
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Put on a very impressive display

I found this phrase in a translation studies textbook, Veeraphol Nakonluang-Promotion put on a very impressive display to knock out defending champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi of Japan to become the ...
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Alternatives for “layperson”

We are developing a website and we have different personas (to connect with certain user types). We think layperson is probably not the best and i was wondering if the community here might be able to ...
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What are other alternative ways of saying “how are you?” in business email [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative ways to ask my email recipients about themselves before we go into more serious discussion. I think "how are you" does not sound professional when you are emailing to ...
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Can I use the term “ageographical” to refer to multinational corporations?

I came across the following sentence and checked it in the Corpus of Contemporary American English: Ideologues, be they left or right politically, are fundamentally ageographical. I know that ...
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What term has suddenly replaced the term “physically challenged” from 1996?

Why has the term "physically challenged" been used less and less since 1996-97 (ngram), while the term "mentally challenged" continues to have a positive trend? What term has gradually replaced the ...
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Is it OK to use “after a moment,” “not long after,” and “before long” interchangeably?

I write stories, and I often find myself writing "after a moment," in too many parts. On their table was a smoked salmon, grilled meat, a plate of sushi, mussels, some salad, a basket with ...
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Secular alternative to “preaching to the choir”?

Is there a secular alternative to the phrase "preaching to the choir"?
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heavy or strong taste in doing things [closed]

Is there a phrase or word to express "have a heavy/strong taste in doing things or about sex" can I use "hardcore" ijn this situation?
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One-word alternative for “double-check”? [closed]

From the given paragraph: I frequently forget to lock the main door. But, I know I double-checked if the door was locked today. (more texts...) I realized I became very anxious about my ...
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Another word/phrase for precipitation?

Is there some word that I could use in place of precipitation when I don't know if it's raining, snowing, or hailing outside? Saying "there is probably precipitation right now" (in place of something ...
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What do you use as an alternative for “In light of”?

What do you use as an alternative for "In light of" in this context? In light of the recent evidence, the police arrested John Smith.
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How to differentiate between checked and selected items in a list [closed]

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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Alternatives to 'respectively'

Is there any other word I can use instead of respectively? This word provides me a way to describe a list of items conveniently in a single sentence and hence save space. I've used this many times ...
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“Of which I am unaware of” & “I don't know”, semantic difference

While reading first few chapters of fascinating book "On Writing Well", this doubt struck my mind: "There are many great English writings of which I am unaware of" OR "There are many great ...
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“The above technique is a double-edged sword” [duplicate]

In our native language, we say this "The above technique is a double-edged sword". Is it appropriate to say it in English? If not, what is the nice way to express the same meaning?
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“sophisticated” is not appropriate in a research paper because it is an opinion? [closed]

Someone suggested me do not use "sophisticated" in research papers, as it shows an opinion, which is not objective. Is that correct? If so, what are good alternatives?
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What is the meaning of “greasing the pan”?

In a tutorial, the instructor says: We've greased the pan, now it's time to pour in the batter. The tutorial is technical (IT), and has nothing to do with cooking, so what is the meaning of the ...
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How can you distinguish between different meanings of the verb “to know” in English?

I work in an industrial setting. Today I had a conversation with my coworkers in which we discussed that another group knew that our group has requirements that they were not going to meet based on ...
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Are there any alternative words that can be used to refer to a particular thing?

I usually write new words I learned or found on a website to help me remember them better. For example, I learned the word "holster" and I wrote "A holster is a thing used to cover a gun." This is ...
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Alternatives to the noun 'dump' (as in “a data dump”)

What are alternatives to the noun 'dump' (as in "a data dump")? The word dump here refers to the data that gets dumped, in other words, to the mass of what is being dumped. Another not-so-common ...
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Alternative to “as-well-as” for an academic paper

Is there some better alternative to phrase as well as for an academic writing? It sounds to me too informal. The whole sentence is: Improvements of both parts are possible as well as joining ...
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What is a friendly way to say ' Now processing'? [closed]

I'm developing software something like iPhone's 'Siri'. If I call its name, it will answer, What can I help you with? If I say "Turn on the TV", it will answer, Now Processing ... But, I ...
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Up my street and down the lane [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I travel “up” or “down” to London from north of the city? Except where there is obvious difference in elevation e.g. on a sloping road, how do ...
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Alternative to “accessible”

In the context of a technical manual, engineers use the word "accessible" to indicate that a piece of hardware should have "easy access" for repair, maintenance, and other modifications. What would ...
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Cleaner alternative for “sucks”. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Formal alternative for “suck” Since the word "sucks" does not have an origin that would make it a good word to use in many contexts, I want to know whether ...
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What is the word for one who refuses to capitulate the status quo? [closed]

What are some alternative words/phrases for one who refuses to capitulate the status quo? Similarly question for the capitulators of the status quo. Alternatives I came up with are progrssionalist ...
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Non gender-specific alternative to “layman”

Is layman a gender specific term, or can it be used like (college) freshman? Is it still appropriate to use, or has it been superseded by some other term? Specific to IT, it seems more appropriate ...
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Noun (or alternative) of thought-provoking?

I'm planning to start a blog. And before every post, I'm planning to add how thought-provoking I think that post is. So I was thinking about something that I can call thought-provoking-ness level. ...
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Avoid using 'at' twice while addressing subset programs/centers

I was wondering if there is a better way of saying the following sentence: I received the ABC scholarship at the PQR center at the University of Education. I have seen this in many places, but I ...
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Can you also say “Take you care” or “Take you care, too”?

As a greeting in parting you often say "Take care" (at least in the US, I am not so sure about the UK). Can you also say "Take you care" or answer with "Take you care, too"?
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Formal alternative for “suck” [closed]

What is a more decent/formal alternative for the word suck? I want to use it in the context of being bad at something. To be precise, I want to translate "To suck less at a job every day" to formal ...
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Are there alternative words for 'subcomponent'? [closed]

I have a situation as follows: In a score, there are 2 main components - Section A and Section B. In each components, there are subcomponent. (Example: Section A have 2 subcomponents - ...
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What is the proper alternative for 'credentialize'?

Usage: The emergence of a second competitor in the market will help credentialize the product and the vision.
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Verbs for “and” and “or”?

Are there (better) verbs for "and"ing or "or"ing a bunch of clauses together? Edit: Can't believe I didn't think of this earlier... would "conjoin" and "disjoin" work?
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How official is the word “subpar”? [closed]

How official is the word "subpar"? Is there a reason not to use it in a document and are there any circumstances under which I should avoid its use? Could the phase "subpar performance" confuse the ...
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What is a good alternative to “the film is set in”?

I'm writing a paper about a movie. I would like to start like this: Monsters is a 2010 independent science-fiction film directed by Gareth Edwards and set in the Mexico-U.S. border region. It ...
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What is an alternative to “Bless you” after sneezing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are alternative responses for when someone sneezes? I know the history/reason why people say bless you to you after you sneeze. My question is, is there an ...
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How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my” [closed]

Is there a way to indicate that somebody is your girlfriend without using the possessive term my? I think saying She/He is my partner/other half is OK for married people, but it doesn't feel right for ...
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Beg to differ - Why is there a need to beg for differ

Wouldn't 'Wish to differ' be better than 'Beg to differ'? A friend of mine asked me why I like to 'beg to differ', instead of 'wish to differ' or 'want to differ'. Any insight on the history of 'Beg ...
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Is there an alternative expression for 'opening band' or 'opening act'? [closed]

The question says it all. Together with a colleague we were looking for this. We both had the feeling that there's another way to say it.
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Is there a better alternative for this question? [closed]

I translated a sentence from my native language Tamil to English using Google Translate and got this: What qualifications do you have to talk about it? Is there a better alternative for this ...
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Is 'compatriate' really an English word?

I recently saw the word 'compatriate' used in a newspaper article. Upon looking it up, suspecting a typo (or even an eggcorn: it is easy to see how compatriot would be mixed-up with expatriate etc.), ...
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Two single word (if possible) each to describe two different Leave types [closed]

There are two scenario as follows: Person who receive "Leave Credit" when attending some events. Person who "Request Leave" when they want to take time off. I was thinking of using "Credit" to ...
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Respectful alternative to “Madam”

Madam is the word to call a woman with respect. Of course it has another meaning. Is there another word used to call a woman with respect?
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Use of “when about” as colloquial alternative to “approximately when”

If I wanted to ask someone approximately when they would be doing something, for example arriving, I could use Approximately when do you think you could do that? Would the following be a correct ...
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Word for in-house jargon

If a word or phrase is used and has evolved its own meaning peculiar to a specific group, is this described as jargon or is there a closer semantic match?