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Can we say something vulgar instead of “to bits”?

A rocket exploded to fucks (to bits).
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What is the difference between “equate” and “identify”?

http://the-difference-between.com/identify/equate What is difference between "equate something with something" and "identify something with something"?
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Usage of face, confront and encounter

I'm confused with the usage of 3 words : face, confront and encounter. I found that face is used in general condition. However, I can't distinguish rest of the two words. In what circumstances these ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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Difference between Scruple and Doubt?

Again, both refer to very same meaning.. what's the difference ?
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What is the difference between Mollify and Placate? [on hold]

I am learning the GRE Vocabulary. so both are explained as: appease someone's anger or anxiety, make someone less angry. Difference?
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Difference between Approximate and Proximate?

So I searched and a few questions that mention variations of this word but none that asked what the difference was? I have heard: Approximate & Proximate Approximately & Proximity But ...
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What's the difference between tethering and hitching an animal?

Hitching, tethering, picketing, or securing any pack or saddle stock within 200 feet slope distance of any permanent lake, stream, spring, pond. or shelter. Doesn't both mean tying an animal to a ...
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Difference between “irascible”, “fractious”, “irritable” and “atrabilious”?

It seems that they can all mean "easily provoked to anger" irascible:Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable. fractious:Irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome. irritable:1.Capable of being ...
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Difference between mass and weight [closed]

What is the difference between "mass and weight" and when do we use the two?
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Differences between: “prior”, “ precede”, “predate”, “in advance” and “former” [on hold]

I am struggling with the exact meanings of these words. In the dictionary they all seem to be connected to the idea of "previous". But I don't know which word I should use and in which context. ...
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Devoid vs Bereft

I am under the impression that few words have perfect synonyms that are interchangeable in all contexts considering their different connotations or literal meanings. Is there a difference between ...
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“I never was” vs. “I was never”

What is the difference between "I never was" and "I was never"? It seems that there is a subtle difference, but I can't quite grasp it. Is one of them informal? For example: I never was a good ...
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Usage of “do not ” vs “does not” [closed]

I am trying to understand the grammar behind using "do not" vs "does not". Consider the following sentences. 1a. The way items are added to the cart does not guarantee an order. vs 1b. The way ...
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To raise/lower the blinds or to draw the blinds?

I'm an English learner and I'd like to know which verb should I use when using the word venetian blinds. Do you say 'to raise/lower the blinds' or 'to pull the blinds up/down?' or 'to draw the ...
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What does “illuminate” mean?

What is the meaning of illuminate regarding skin appearance? What is the difference between shiny or glowing in this context?
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Can we say “same to you” in response to “nice to meet you”?

Is it ok to respond with "same to you" when someone says Nice to meet you ? I am getting confused because "you too" can be interchangeably used for "same to you".
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Long-term v lifelong [closed]

Should I say "It's been a long-term dream of mine to do sth" or "It's been a lifelong dream of mine to do sth"
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Which future tense for holidays or doctor appointments?

Although I know the general rules when to apply which tense, I'm often confused and do not really know which one to use. I can find pros and cons for each tense. Two examples: In terms of spending ...
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What is the difference between “keep on challenging” and “keep challenging”?

As I listened to the English radio, the DJ said "keep on challenging yourself". But I have known that we can also say that "keep challenging yourself". What is the role of "on" in the former ...
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Riddance vs Freedom [closed]

Riddance translate as the "Freedom action" in Portuguese. What's their difference in english? From dictionary.com: Riddance: the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable. Freedom: ...
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Difference between judgement, opinion, and fact (with examples)

I recently got into a heated debate with my girlfriend regarding the differences between what one considers judgement, opinion, and fact. Where do you draw the line? The example I gave is- Judgement: ...
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What is the difference between “part” and “component”?

Can a part mean something that (along with other things) makes up a whole, apart from meaning a piece of something? Can then part always substitute component?
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What's the differences between “Is he taking part in the play?” and “Does he take part in the play?”

I want to know the differences between "Is he taking part in the play?" and "Does he take part in the play?" Are they both grammatically correct? Thanks.
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What are the differences between “genes” and “men” and “boys”? [closed]

What are the differences between genes and men and boys? Also, what is the difference between men and man?
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What is the difference between hand it over to and hand it to

I need to know the difference between these two sentences: Hand it over to the police Hand it to the police
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What are the differences between these four verbs: induce, entice, tempt and seduce? [closed]

I'm confused! Can someone give me some sentences to explain the usage of these four verbs ("induce", "entice", "tempt", "seduce")? From Oxford Dictionary, "Induce": succeed in persuading or ...
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What is the difference between candidly and honestly?

In almost every dictionary, candidly and honestly are explained as having the same meaning. Still, I'm pretty sure there must be some difference, whether big or tiny. Any reasonable tip would be much ...
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when to use ' use to and used to"? [duplicate]

Please, advice if this sentence is correct " This is where I use to eat the best breakfast'. As per me, it should be like 'This is where I used to eat'.
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a question about passive voice grammar

What is the difference between "get/got/gotten" and "am/is/was/are/were/be/have or has been" in the (Passive Voice) grammar ? Forexample : "My computer gets/got/gotten damaged" and My computer ...
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the meaning and use of “no more than”

I 'm always confused about the meaning and use of "no more than " or "no more...than ". It's like the comparatives, but sometimes also like collocation. How should I distinguish it? For example, in ...
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Motor transport vs Motorized transport

What is the difference between "motor transport" and "motorized transport". The dictionaries do not contain these collocations and relevant explanations. Are they interchangeable? As I understand, ...
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the use of “by” and “to” [closed]

I can't distinguish between the use of by and to when putting them in such sentence: House prices had risen by/to 0.3 % in July". Especially the meaning of by.
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Could someone explain to me the difference between “based upon”/“based on” and “according to”?

I am assuming "based upon" and "based on" are basically the same phrase. In my language, "based upon" and "according to" have pretty much the same translation. What is actually the difference? ...
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I'm finished vs I finished [duplicate]

I wonder, what's the difference between I'm finished and I finished (or even I've finished)? To be more specific: I'm given = someone gives something to me I'm told = someone tells something to me ...
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Between 'decide' and 'an object', are prepositions like 'on, upon, about' extraneous?

Caution: This question concerns the verb 'direct' followed immediately afterwards by an object. To ameliorate readability, I eschew the use of blockquotes below, where I quoted the OED. [Source:] ...
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How did 'so' mean 'so that'?

so, adv. and conj. = 24. so .. that [=] in such a way, to such an extent, that 25. a. With omission of that, = sense 24. 26. a. so (that) , in limiting sense: On condition that, provided that, ...
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How did 'that' mean 'so that'?

that, conj. = [4.] b. Simply, without antecedent: = so that. arch. Per OED, the above meaning equates that to so that, an equalisation used by masterly writers (ranging from c1175 to 1868) like: ...
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Semantically, how does 'before' differ from 'till'?

till {prep. [here] conj., and adv.} Etymology: [..] Probably originally a noun * til = Old English till fixed point, station [...] hence the const. with genitive: prop. ‘with the ...
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What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? [closed]

He isn't meant to be disrespectful. He didn't mean to be disrespectful.
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Unaffected vs Uneffected

I have always struggled with this. Consider the following statement: Format string before insert into database else return unaffected string Would I use unaffected or uneffected in this ...
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“May” vs. “might” [duplicate]

What’s the difference between these sentences: I thought you might be interested in looking at this event. I thought you may be interested in looking at this event.
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Difference between “just a minute” and “just a second”

Is there any semantic difference between "just a minute" and "just a second", especially when answering a door? To me, "just a second" is equivalent to "i'm on my way", while "just a minute" conveys ...
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Difference between beverages 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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Address vs Solve in the context

The article "Jaw Implant" Fortunately, plastic surgery solves the lack of a properly sized jaw with the use of jaw implants, which augment the look of a patient’s jaw to create the proper ...
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Enlighten the difference between phrasal verb and the verb followed by a preposition

I can't help getting confused! Though the question has been asked, the coherent answer describing why sometimes two names (ie phrasal verb and prepositional verb) are given to the same ...
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Is there any difference between “it's dead to me” and “it's dead for me?”

I read iTunes Is Dead to Me and was curious if there is any difference between saying "iTunes is dead to me" and "iTunes is dead for me?"
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what is difference between the two comparative adjectives while used in the same sentence? [duplicate]

Your room is clearer than mine AND your room is more clear than mine Comparatives like these are many used in the same fashion such as neater/ more neat-- cleaner/ more clean etc. Having been into ...
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“Yard” vs “Yards” when speaking about mowing [closed]

We refer to the "front yard" and the "back yard" as two separate entities and according to the definition of "yard" it seems that perhaps they are. If I were to mow my back yard only I would say "I ...
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What is the difference between 'past' and 'present perfect;?

Are they here? 1) Yes. They arrived. 2) Yes. They have arrived. I cannot understand what the difference is. Of course I know 1) is 'past' and 2) is 'present perfect' But in my country, ...