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“s” + Apostrophe [duplicate]

Our editorial office is more talented than The New York Times'. In this sentence why is it Times' and not Times's?
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How can I express my appreciation for something that I don't enjoy? [closed]

Films like the Clockwork Orange and Requiem for a Dream make me feel uncomfortable. I find them disturbing and it's not an accurate description to say that I 'enjoy' watching them. However, I do find ...
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What does “Mrs” mean when used with a man's name?

As far as I know, the abbreviation "Mrs" is applicable only to women. Though, when translating an article from an old British paper I found this sentence about marriages: On the 2nd March, at the ...
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Use of “purdah” metaphorically: appropriateness

When I was a kid, the word "purdah" was regularly used in the UK metaphorically to mean a (usually voluntary) screening or separation. For example, the chancellor had a period of pre-budget purdah. ...
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Usage of “credence” [closed]

Is it appropriate to say "gain credence from the audience"? Do "give credence to a theory" and "lend credence to a theory" both work?
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Difference between “beverage” and “drink”

I am not sure when to use "beverage" and when to use "drink". I have read a bit on Google, both words come under alcoholic and non-alcoholic category of drinks.
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Appropriate use of “reaching” when the subject gets smaller and not bigger

Is it OK to say that something reaches 1/5th of its original size? Like in the following sentence: "Not only that, but the output images are also highly compressed, sometimes reaching (up?) to 1/5th ...
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How to say that a user has “taken” a reward?

What are the ways of saying that a user has taken a reward? I need this for a website I'm working on. It offers rewards to users, and they need to select the ones they want. This text will be used ...
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Is “would you be keen to consider___?” too cheesy to use?

On a formal / professional email, is the following question acceptable, or is it too much politeness it looks unprofessional? The intention is to ask someone, who is not a subordinate, to do ...
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Usage of the phrase “over his lifetime”

Is it appropriate to use the phrase "over his lifetime" for in introducing someone if the person is still alive, i.e. "...his dedication to music over his lifetime..."
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Paradox ? I never understand this clearly [closed]

The sentence: I want to finish this game but wish it never ends. Also if possible can you explain what makes a sentence a paradox exactly ?
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Can one say “gotten to like him”?

I came across the phrase Gotten to like him in one of the English movies. Is it appropriate and grammatical to say the following: Sarah has gotten to like him.
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“Try me”: Too Sexually Suggestive and “Slangy” for Retail Marketing?

Is the expression “Try Me” inappropriately sexually suggestive and “slangy” for use in retail marketing? A client wants an expression for use on a sticker for an electronic device in a retail store ...
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The phrase “never even” in spoken English - Bookish ? Old-fashioned ? Sophisticated?

"She never even said good-bye !" instead of "She didn't even say good-bye !" in informal conversation. Would someone using it sound bookish ? Old-fashioned ? Sophisticated ?
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What's the difference between “recall” and “remember”?

As an example, in a legal setting: Do you recall what color the car was? Do you remember what color the car was? Which would be more appropriate?
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How would you name a chief administrator role?

Say, I have an administrative role in my software application which is intended to assign other roles among other administrators. So I'm looking for a simple and clear name for that senior ...
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What is the appropriate response to “I appreciate it”?

What is the appropriate response to "I appreciate it" ? I get this often and saying "No problem" just doesn't seem like the proper response. Maybe I'm wrong?
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Can the verb 'send' take a person as its object? [closed]

On Saturday morning, I was in the office working on my PC. At the time, a message popped up on GTalk, where the person had written "Send Martin" (who sits behind me) — my colleague wanted to talk with ...
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Is “homogeneous…as” grammatically correct? [closed]

Here is the sentence: "A is made of a homogeneous material as that of B" Is this sentence grammatically correct?? or is there any more appopriate phrase?? Please help me out..
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Does the word 'nab' necessarily have negative connotations?

I was about to use this word in an email to refer to its recipient, as in: I was the guy who nabbed you as you were leaving to ask about ... I'm going for a friendly, familiar tone. Is my usage ...
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To “Please” or “not to Please” [closed]

I'm writing the text for the order form of the website. The users are suppose to select their preferences with regard to ads and banners which they want to publish on the website. My question is ...
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Using “one” in scientific work [closed]

I'm currently writing my Bachelor's Thesis, and was wondering whether it is appropriate to use the term "one" in a context like this: since a couple of years, one can observe or would it be ...
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What connotation does “to fork one's repo” have?

In a recent news item, an employee was fired partly for making jokes about "big dongle" and "forking repos", which were alleged to be inappropriate sexual jokes. The employee admitted the dongle joke ...