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What is the difference between 'curricula' and 'curriculum'? Both appear to have the same definition. Are they used in the same context?

I'll answer this one myself since another question like this does not allow me to answer since my rep in new. curricula vs curriculum curriculum (singular) - a specific course of study with all of ...
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What is the correct use of persons vs people? [duplicate]

I am trying to explain a project I have done in school in my resume, I came out with the following sentence: Worked as a part of 4 person team to develop a database, and C# application Can anyone ...
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When should I use: I did, had done or have done? [duplicate]

Please explain when I should use: I did vs. I had done or I had done vs. I have done? Sometimes I tend to get confused about which one to use. Thanks.
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Correct use of lie or lay in the following context

I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lie. OR I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lay.
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Committee, Association and Assembly — What's the differrence?

I'm confused by these 3 words and I'm not quite sure what the differences are. I know how council, commission and committee differ, but I can't find it for Assembly and Association. I'm using it for a ...
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Difference between 'I would like to be' & 'I want to be'

I would like to be and I want to be What is the difference between them? I think 'want to be' sounds stronger than 'like to be,' but I'm not sure if this is true.
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What is the difference between “sheer” and “utter” in the sense of enphasis if there is any whatsoever?

English is not my first language. I don’t know the difference between sheer and utter used for emphasis. For example, instead “That’s utter nonsense” can I say “That’s sheer nonsense” instead?
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Difference between “queue” and “enqueue” [on hold]

What is the difference between queue and enqueue given that both are verbs?
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What are the differences and similarities between what “asocial” and “antisocial” mean?

Is an "asocial" guy hostile and destructive or is he just unwilling to interact and avoiding company of others? Is antisocial the same thing? The dictionary says it means opposing established ...
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difference between past simple and present perfect in certain examples

I know there is difference between these tenses in sentences like: -I have broken my leg so now I cannot walk - present perfect (I did something in past and second part of sentence show consequences) ...
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What’s difference between “in” + VERBing compared with just plain VERBing alone?

In the following example from page 145 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer, what would differ if the sentence were to start with Being instead of In being? In being an empirical ...
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“What about” vs. ”what of”

Example from page 75 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: But what of mandatory authorities? Are they as “binding” as the traditional terminology suggests? The answer depends on what ...
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“Evocative” vs. “provocative” [closed]

I am starting to use evocative and provocative interchangeably. I would like to understand the difference between these words and when one should be used instead of the other. although the ...
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Difference between “novice” and “newbie” [closed]

I can say "I am a novice in English" or "I am a newbie in English". Is there any difference between these?
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Difference between “Folder version” and “Folder revision” [closed]

I need to know the difference between a "file version" and a "file revision", assuming that they don't have the same meaning, I assume also that a version means that we've modified an existing folder, ...
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When to use the abverbial form of maximal: maximally?

Could the following sentence considered to be a correct use case of the adverbial form of the word maximal in English? Use underflow to set the maximally possible value of used datatype. When ...
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What’s the difference between “cite” and “cite to”? [closed]

From page 69 of Frederick Shauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New York state court may cite to a case decided in Vermont . . . The courts are not even required to cite to these “authorities,” let ...
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“Recover against” vs. “recover from” [closed]

From page 53 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: If Judge Cardozo had said, “We hold that in all cases involving a nonbusiness consumer and a manufacturer of goods, the consumer may ...
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Words that differ only in the suffices -cal vs -able [migrated]

Predicated on practicable vs practical](http://grammarist.com/usage/practical-practicable/), is there a more general theme or lesson or motif to be learned? What are the similarities and differences ...
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“brain-cramp” vs “blank-out” [closed]

When mind lapses instantly I call it blank-out. Recently I have come across brain-cramp and it is providing almost same meaning as blank-out. Are both same ? Cramp word is not playing big heavy dice ...
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“to be of” vs “to be”

[Finally, Marshall pointed to the judge's oath ... Part of the core of this reasoning is found in the following statements from the decision: (source, around fifteen lines above the heading ...
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Being Clever vs Being Wise

A sage is wise. That young woman is clever. Both of them (I think) are good at not getting into unwanted trouble, and both are good at solving problems. So.. Is there a difference between being ...
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“to amend” vs “to make amends” [closed]

What are the similarites and differences? I'm guessing from ...
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Difference between use of “ephemeral” and “transient”?

What are some differences between the ways/contexts in which one would use "ephemeral" versus "transient", and vice versa?
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disputant vs disputer

Any differences in meaning? The dictionary doesn't explain. Google Ngrams This dispute between the king and the estate of William Bankes, owner of coastal land including Corfe Castle, concerned ...
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What's wrong with 'due to'? [duplicate]

Under defn 1 does http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/due_1 avouch: Some people think that it is more correct to use owing to to mean ‘because of’ after a verb or at the ...
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What's the difference between “family affair” and “family stuff”

I'll take one day leave for my family affair. I'll take one day leave for my family stuff. What's the different exactly? Or what situation is the best to use "affair", and "stuff" ?
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What is the difference between “any” or ”every”?

Consider: The system is deterministic if any two runs produce the same result. Can I say every instead of any in every such sentence?
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Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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could and might to talk about future possibility

I have problem with using could in the future possibilities for example: They have the technology, but unless the government makes stricter laws, car companies ____ do it. With which one should I ...
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Why is there “Black English” but not “White English”?

African American Vernacular English is shortened to a less precise phrase "Black English". Also, Black English is used in a broader sense: Black English is a term used for both dialects of English ...
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Difference between “lady” and “woman”? [migrated]

Are there differences between "lady" and "woman" ? Google say lady is a polite social woman. But we don't use them just as this. Do we? English isn't my native language so I am better clarifying ...
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'susceptible of' vs 'susceptible to"

What are their similarities and differences? The definitions on http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/susceptible look similar: for example, A is 'influenced or affected' by B, ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Why not 'to effect'? [closed]

To give effect to something or to carry/bring/put something into effect is to make it begin doing what it was intended to do. Are these verb phrases ('to give effect...', to + verb + into + ...
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'pray to someone' vs 'pray someone'

What are the similarities and differences? I had always believed in the first, that 'pray' admits only an indirect object. Yet Google Ngram refutes this. For example, does the following admit of ...
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What is the difference between “router” and “route”? [closed]

I need to understand the difference and the application of both words (route/routes and router/routers). I plan to apply one of words to define the route of a URL for a website. For instance: URL ...
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Present Perfect vs Present + Adjective

What are the similarities and differences, for example, between "they are agreed" vs "they've agreed." Also, is there a formal grammatical term for the construct "they are agreed" ? ...
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intermix vs mix

What are the differences? Are they everywhere interchangeable? Isn't intermix redundant, because if you mix A and B, then you must be mixing them together? For example, can mix be used in: Law and ...
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Will marry vs will get married [duplicate]

I have seen both sentences below: I will get married. I will marry. So what is the difference? Which one is recommended? Is there any difference in meaning or just grammar?
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ethic vs ethics

Would someone please compare these two? Or is this correct, even though it adduces nothing? As a noun (and not adj), ethic = A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a ...
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Bleed *at* the arm or *from* the arm?

I have, to the best of my recollection, only ever used or heard: He was bleeding from the arm. ... but my student informs me that she learnt it as: He was bleeding at the arm. The latter ...
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What is the difference between 'Frequentative' and 'Aorist'?

I've looked on Wikipedia, done some searching, and still I am unable to figure out what the difference is between the two.
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What is the difference between “not that X is going to Y” and “X is not going to Y”? [closed]

Not that running away is going to solve everything. Running away is not going to solve everything. I am not a native speaker. Is there a difference between the two?
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Is there any difference between deputies & lawmakers? [closed]

As a non-native speaker quite often I get in trouble with slight differences between concepts. So, regarding to this doubt I think both of them are used to express the same thing but I'm not sure ...
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what is the difference in the usage of the following? [duplicate]

What is the difference in the usage of "whom" and "who"? please also tell me the rules behind their usage and some examples to clarify their difference.
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“The key doesn't work” vs. “The key is not working” [closed]

Here's a situation. You go to your hotel room and the key that you have is not working. When you go back to the reception, should you say: The key is not working, can you fix it. Or The key ...
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Suasion vs Persuasion

I referenced http://english.stackexchange.com/a/22445/50720 but it doesn't apply for these nouns? suasion = [mass noun] formal Persuasion as opposed to force or compulsion: I also tried ...
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“supervisor” vs. “mentor”

In master's theses it is common to state two people who oversaw or should have overseen the project. It is common that only one of these engaged himself with the student's work. At my university ...
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What's the difference between after and afterwards? [closed]

What are you going to do afterwards? What are you going to do after? Which one is the correct one and why?