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What is the difference between “doing something” and “on doing something”?

I don't understand the difference between "doing something" and "on doing something". I am going to make up a few examples. (1) On cleaning up my bedroom, I found my valuable watch. (2) Cleaning up ...
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“reasons to” vs “reasons for”

Which of the following is the better or more correct usage when the noun reason is plural? I can't do it. There are several reasons to it. vs I can't do it. There are several reasons for it.
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Difference between individual and standalone [on hold]

I am wondering what is difference between these two words. My dictionary says that they both stands for the same thing. Is that true? I do not think so. Please can you explain me usage of both of ...
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Is it ever appropriate to use “where” instead of “because” or “since”?

I work at a large company (4,000+ employees) where a lot of people use the word "where" in a way that I firmly believe is incorrect. They use "where" at the beginning of a sentence instead of using "...
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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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Is there any difference between the meanings of “phonetic translation”, “phonetic transcription”, and “transliteration”? [on hold]

I was asked to provide phonetic translation for legal name (as original characters are none-Latin characters), does it mean I must make transliteration (or phonetic transcription)?
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Why “It is raining?” instead of “Rain is coming”? [on hold]

People will normally say, "It's raining". Why can't it be, "Rain is coming?"
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Difference between traumata and traumas?

Why are there two plural forms of trauma? How do traumas and traumata differ in origin and nature? Is one incorrect?
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What is the difference between “history” and “log”?

In computer science, "log" is often used over "history" when keeping track of events (see /log and .log in Unix filesystems, and "git log" with the Git version control system). I can see that "log" is ...
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Notable English grammar rules changes in modern grammar books

Modern English grammar books like English Grammar In Use, first published in 1985, for example, has four editions till now, I am wondering if there are any notable worthy examples of changes in modern ...
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Usage of “like” for listing examples in scientific papers [duplicate]

Can I use "like" as well as "such as" in formal writings, such as thesis? My hunch is that "like" is way less formal, but maybe I'm wrong. Each pattern can impose constraints upon the text, such ...
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“aid in” with the noun

I often find it confusing when to use "aid in" instead of "aid." A similar question has been posted before, but this thread mainly addresses when a gerund, or participle is the object of the ...
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Friends are constantly visiting and friends constantly visit [on hold]

I am not native English speaker and new to English. Please let me know what is the difference between below sentences and which one is correct. His friends are constantly visiting him. His friends ...
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Which is correct, in other to or in order to [closed]

In other or in order to install Lotus Notes Traveler to receive emails on your phones you will need to install the Company's Passcode Policy first.
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Which is correct and why are they different? [closed]

"How does someone can look so beautiful" or "how can someone look so beautiful" My friend told me that the second one is correct but I'm not so sure. What are the differences and why
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Help with the difference in the meaning of the verbs [closed]

What is the difference between to own and to possess? I own a phone and I possess a phone. Explain me the difference?
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Difference between deterrent and hindrance?

I have this sentence: In India analysts attributed high cost of Apple's devices to be a major deterrent to sales of iPhone that completes with android based smartphones. My question is why ...
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Is it awkward to call a wound “heavy”?

According to the definition of Oxford Online Dictionary, the adjective heavy means: Of more than the usual size, amount, or intensity 4. Very important or serious If someone is heavily ...
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Use of “beware” and “be aware” in this particular situation

We have a large motorized moving gate. I am designing a sign to warn people to stay clear of it. So which one should it be? "Beware of moving gate!" or "Be aware of moving gate!"
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What is the difference between “over the span of” and “in a span of”? [on hold]

1: This task has been done in a span of 2 days. 2: This task has been done over the span of 2 days. I want to know which one in correct and basically what is the difference between them.
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Day off or off day? [on hold]

What is the difference between 'day off' and 'off day'? What I found is 'day off' means a holiday when you are not working, while 'off day' is the day when you do not work up to the mark. Can anyone ...
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Is either usage of until right? [closed]

"until I have money, I don't care about it" vs "until I don't have money, I don't care about it"?
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“All” or “all of” before proper noun (place) [duplicate]

Question: "All or "All of" before a proper noun (place)? Example sentence: All of North Carolina gets hot in the summer time. (Or, all?) And what about when referring to all people in a certain ...
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What differences are there between “famous” and “famed”?

We sometimes see both cases, such as "the famous church" and "the famed church". In what situation or objective do you use "famous" and "famed"? Please advise.
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Difference between “thrown under a bus” and “thrown to the wolves”?

Is there any difference between the phrases "thrown under a bus" and "thrown to the wolves"? As far as I can tell they mean basically the same thing, but the "bus" phrases came into existence after ...
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What is the nuance difference between “yourself” and “your way”? [migrated]

What is the nuance difference between "Eat yourself healthy" and "Eat your way healthy"? (I tried first searching on Google, but I cannot find a similar question, and comparing "yourself" and "your ...
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Close vs strong linkage

When two phenomena are interrelated, the linkage between them may be characterized as either strong or close. Google suggests that the two are equally common in both academic and non-academic contexts....
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I can't say I blame you vs I don't blame you

Is there any real difference? What are some examples, where the phrases are NOT interchangeable?
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“I am gone far away” vs “I am far away”

I want to ask you a question about the correct usage of "be gone" in the below sentence. I don't understand which sentence is correct and why, especially the grammar. But I'm already gone far away ...
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“Struggle with” vs. “struggle against”

Somewhat related to: Is "to fight with" ambiguous? For some reason prepositions are presenting me problems lately. To struggle with and to struggle against basically have identical ...
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“Show in” or “Show on?” [closed]

Currently, my development team and I are discussing navigation bars. While writing user stories, we came across an English predicament: For the phrase, "then show in the navigation bar," should "in" ...
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What is the difference between ‘dose’ and ‘dosage’?

I found that these two words are synonyms and share the same meaning: the amount of a medicine. Can I use both of them in the same sentence? for example: The highest dosage of drug A increased [...
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Difference between 'roam' and 'ramble' [closed]

Both of these words mean "move about aimlessly or without any destination". Is there any difference between them? Is there any context in which you'd use "ramble" instead of "roam", or vice versa? P....
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Adverb position <hardly> [closed]

I’m asking about the position of the adverb “hardly” in sentences. If the second sentence doesn’t have the same meaning as the first, what’s the difference? I had hardly any money coming into ...
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Can use 'NO' instead of 'NOT'? [migrated]

No valid account number was specified or valid account number was not specified I think both of them are correct but which one is more common? And which one is more formal?
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Difference between 'casualty' and 'victim'

I thought that "casualty" means a person who is hurt due to an accident, war etc. Or an accident itself. But in these examples "casualty" is used in a more general context, doesn't look like there is ...
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“Expectations of” vs. “expectations for”

There are some questions related to this topic (Usage of "expect to" and "expectation to/of" and "Need of" vs. "need for"), but I haven't found one directly ...
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“Have good weekends” vs “Have a good weekend”

As a co-worker walked past me and my team mates this afternoon, he said "Bye. Have good weekends" - by which he meant that he wished each of us to have a good weekend. Was this grammatically ...
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Repetition of the definite article “the”

Please find the agenda of the talk and the profile of the speaker. I think the "the profile" can be simply "profile". Is the second "the" necessary in the above sentence?
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Difference between “how” and “why”

I want to use You could see how this would be difficult to answer. but I feel You could see why this would be difficult to answer. is more correct. Here, I'm using how as that. Still, ...
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What is the difference between “which is not to say” is “which doesn't mean” [closed]

I've been wondering what is the difference. Can the first one be generally replaced with the second one? Plus, I believe "which is not to say" is more informal and used less frequently, is that ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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What is the difference between “Where something is?” and “Where is something?” [closed]

for example: what is the difference between "Where America is?" and "Where is America?" ?
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According to vs. pursuant to

What's the difference between a) Pursuant to your last email, I'd kindly like to ask you ... b) According to your last email, I'd kindly like to ask you ... I found that 'pursuant' is ...
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“I feel myself unhappy” vs “I feel unhappy”

I feel myself unhappy. The above sentence strikes me as somewhat peculiar. What is the difference between "I feel myself unhappy" and "I feel unhappy"?
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Difference between 'through' and 'throughout'

I'm not sure which is correct: The bride's mother sniffed all the way through/throughout the wedding service. According to the Cambridge dictionary, 'through' means 'from the beginning to the ...
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Is it correct Information Technology Investment(s) Management [closed]

I should translate my thesis and I am wondering which sentences is right for title? Information Technology Investment(s) Management Management of Information Technology Investments Managing ...
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Difference between “everlasting” and “eternal”

I know these two sentences are somehow different, but I don't know how: This is an everlasting love. This is an eternal love. I read here that there are a number of adjectives for ...
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What is difference between “get off” and “get out of”? [closed]

What is the difference when you say “get off” and “get out of”?
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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 ...