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Repeating word “Professor” in a list of professors in US

If I am writing a formal academic text that includes a list of professors, how should I write it? For example, The committee finds that Prof. X, Prof. Y, and Prof. Z have contributed to the area....
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What is used the most while telling time in AmE?

In tellling-time constructions like the following: It's half past ten. It's a quarter to two. What is commmonly used in AmE before past and to? My guess is that only half, a quarter and ...
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I can't understand this part: speaking

I am new to English and I cannot understand a part in a youtube video, this is the video: https://youtu.be/gi7kiUiYtv8?t=30 I cannot understand the part between 30 - 37 what he is saying? I can ...
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Phrase for being indecisive/hesitant

I am looking for a phrase that would fit this (kind of) pattern: "You know how my friends are, they always XXXXXX so I can't expect an immediate answer." "At the restaurant, when I was ...
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Can we use apostrophe for holidays?

Can I say 13 days of March is Nowruz's holiday? Or I shouldn't use apostrophe?
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Do you get killed or do you be killed?

Wondering which version is correct of these two sentences: "I will go to war where I will be killed." or "I will go to war where I will get killed." I was thinking it might be an american english ...
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What preposition should I use before “celebration”?

What preposition should I use before celebration? At a celebration In a celebration On a celebration The context is: Nowruz holidays, the 'New Year's Day' in my country, are 13 ...
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When can I use the word Temporal?

I'm wondering about the word "temporal." The definitions I've read are as follows: adjective adjective: temporal relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular. synonyms: ...
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'police' and 'police officers' in American English

I'm wondering whether 'police' and 'police officers' are interchangeable in the following in American English: Twelve police officers / police were killed in the shoot-out. More than 20 police ...
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Take your hands out “of / from” your pockets

Which is proper: Take your hands out of your pockets. Take your hands out from your pockets. Is there any difference in American English and British English? P.S. Also reading the ...
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a game of thrones content

Ser Waymar met it with steel. When the blades met, there was no ring of metal on metal; only a high, thin sound at the edge of hearing, like an animal screaming in pain. 'at the edge of hearing', how ...
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What's the English equivalent for the Italian slang expression “magna magna”

"Magna magna" is a typical Italian slang expression used by common people to give vent to their frustrations and disappointment with politicians when cases of corruption and personal interest in ...
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American English usage of “Making” food

I've noticed that quite often Americans will refer to "Making Eggs" or "Making a pizza" When infact they are cooking eggs (chickens make eggs) or cooking a pizza (assuming its pre-made in a factory) ...
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Is the adjective “big” in Disney's new film The BFG redundant?

"The BFG" stands for "The Big Friendly Giant". But I'm curious, is the "big" part of the title considered redundant because "giant" already means big? Otherwise, I suppose there are small giants and ...
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Can I use “sleep-in” as a noun like “lie-in”?

I have some questions about "sleep in". Do you use the expression "to have a lie-in" in the US, Canada and other English-speaking countries? Can I use "sleep-in" as a noun like "lie-in"? "Have a ...
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What do you call 'underground floors' in AmE and BrE?

I understand that the word basement means: the part of a building that is wholly or partly below ground level [Merriam-Webster] But I wonder what American English and British English call 'the ...
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Word for someone who only likes familiar things?

A "xenophobe" is someone who is uncomfortable with things or people that are different or unfamiliar. Is there a word for the other side of the coin, someone who is most comfortable with things that ...
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Difference between “stove” and “range”? [on hold]

What is the difference between "stove" and "range"? Does one or the other imply a set of burners for heating food situated above an oven? I'm primarily interested in answers for American English. ...
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Difference between variants of pronunciation such as /fɑg/ vs. /fɔg/ for “fog”?

Some dictionaries give two variants of pronunciation (with /ɑ/ vs. /ɔ/) for words like: fog, log, loss, etc. I think that the variant with /ɑ/ has nothing to do with the cot–caught merger because ...
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I can understand English, but I can't speak! [migrated]

This is my problem: If an English man is speaking, I can understand him well.. I've read too many English novels and story,, I can understand an English movie without any subtitle.. and when I ...
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How is a misuse of punctuation spacing perceived by native British and American people?

I am a Frenchie and an English enthusiast. In my language, we use spaces before quotation marks, exclamation marks, and colons. While I'm aware that this is not the case in English, there are times ...
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Trying to understand the sentence: “doesn't” vs “will not” [closed]

While doing an exercise, I came across the following sentence: If a Carl doesn't come to the party, I'll be really upset. Shouldn't be it like this? If a Carl will not come to the party, I'...
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One could've it mistaken for…? [migrated]

am currently writing a document that describes a person's behavior. And in one of my paragraphs, I have this three girls laughing so hard at a rooftop and a person from below might've mistaken their ...
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Origin of the slang AmE and BrE usage of “beef”

Beef began its life as an intransitive verb in 1888 and soon took on the noun meaning in 1899 appearing in such expressions as "What's your beef? and "I had a beef with him" (not a steak). Beef ...
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“Everything is up for grabs”

(from an article in The New Yorker about Donald Trump's campaign) Asked by the Associated Press about the possibility of a Trump Presidency, she said, “I don’t want to think about that possibility,...
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“Beyond the iPhone” vs “The iPhone and beyond”

What would be the correct way to express evolution/forecast that will come in the future from specific event (in this case the invention of iPhone)? Beyond the iPhone The iPhone and beyond Or none ...
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“The Latest on” vs “The Latest in” [closed]

What is the proper usage of "The Latest", describing what the website is about? As an example I've came across some websites/newspapers that are using "The Latest on Apple ", "The Latest on ISIS ...
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Opposite idiom for putting my foot down

I got stumped when trying to write the opposite of "putting my foot down". As an example i'll give some context. I said: "In these instances I always put my foot down, but you make me X", where X ...
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Word For Horribly Complicated For No Reason? [closed]

I've noticed that some people really love to overcomplicate things to seem intellectually superior. For instance, say I somehow dropped a pile of clothes on the ground. They'd then ask me: "When would ...
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Can I use word 'gathering' for virtual presence

I was on a group chat with my team, there I have said "Thanks for gathering real quick". I some how feel that this is incorrect, as I am thinking that gathering is generally used when you are ...
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What was “static electricity” known as before the discovery of electricity?

People must have dealt with static electrical discharge for thousands of years; well before they began to understand the principles of electricity. What would a static discharge be called in early ...
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Meaning of 'to put sth. under the mind for sth.'

I found the following phrase when reading Ralph W. Emerson's The Poet: The world being thus put under the mind for verb and noun, the poet is he who can articulate it. I am not entirely sure ...
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Should there be an apostrophe in the phrase “Comments Section?” [duplicate]

I have seen on many sites a section labeled "Comments," referring to an area where you can leave a message for someone, or on something. When referring to this section is it correct to say Comments ...
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What's the name for a podium with numbers? [migrated]

I don't know what this is called. Is it a podium?
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Why do american people use the word “Tube” instead of “TeleVision”? [duplicate]

Do the following sentences make sense in modern English if I replace the word "Television" with "Tube"? Any ball games on the tube tonight? I was watching a horror movie on the tube.
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What does the word “whereabouts” mean, and how do I respond to it?

If someone asks me the following questions after I tell them I'm going to be in a certain country, what specifically do they want to know? For example, Someone: "Oh, so you are going to Indonesia....
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Is it acceptable to have a period inside and outside of a quotation mark, if the inner period should be specifically specified in a quote?

For example, say I needed to specify that the following sentence should be written exactly as it appears: Use eye protection. Example: The statement previously appeared in the document as "Use eye ...
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Omitting the verb and complement in an answer [closed]

I was watching Person of Interest, where this bit of conversation happened: -We can't leave him here. -I'm not. As in "I'm not leaving him here". Even though it's perfectly understandable, ...
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One word verb for “Used to tell”

please give me a good One word verb for "Used to tell". Sentence : My father used to tell me, “Mr. X reads newspapers , magazines published all over the country......." Please make the whole part ...
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'Hanger' or 'coat hanger' for AmE?

Is the term hanger or coat hanger used more often in colloquial speech in American English? I'm afraid Google Ngram is of no help here, as the first word has several meanings, plus we are talking ...
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Bringing your sick to Jesus [closed]

Does this Bible verse have the same unfortunate double meaning in American English as it does in British English? The photo is taken from the 1984 translation of the (US) NIV. It looks as though ...
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Subjunctive in If clause

Here is my question which I came across-The context is present; "If I could touch the water, I would feel it was cold." Why it is written as "It was cold"? Shouldn't it be "It is cold"? Does " It was ...
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“I would not prefer to” or “I would prefer not to”?

(1) Is there any difference/nuance (in mood, meaning, or something else) between "I would not prefer to" or "I would prefer not to"? (2) Which is the more/most common in usage?
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How important is the word “Please” when asking for something? [closed]

How important is this word 'please' when asking someone you don't know for something? If you have already said "excuse me" is it still necessary? Is it more important than 'Thank you'? I have heard ...
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Is “reoccurring” a word and is there any semantic difference with “recurring”?

The internet seems divided on this one. Although, e.g., the Merriam-Webster dictionary does not list the word "reoccurring", dictionary.com does list it as a variant of "occur", and the Oxford ...
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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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Difference between twilight zone and gray area

I have found in dictionary that gray area = an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules. Twilight zone = The ambiguous region between two ...
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What is the exact meaning and context of “mindgame”

As I understand "Mindgame" is something something can play with one another to trick him. But in what I am more interested in, is the meaning of the mental attitude before a sports event for instance. ...
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“So” to answer a question [duplicate]

I have noticed that many people answer a question starting with "So'. Is this correct usage? For example if I ask you if you play violin, you answer "So" etc.
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I'm confused. Present perfect or simple past? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "I never lied to you." & "I've never lied to you."? It would be of great help if you provided me with examples, as well. Thank you. :)