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craft with -ing or not? [on hold]

I've seen 'coding craft': http://www.codingcraft.co.uk/ and 'hire craft': http://hirecraft.com/ what's the correct version? why not 'hiring craft'? what's the difference?
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Is the perfect aspect used differently in Indian English compared to AmEng and BrEng? [on hold]

Some people in India speak English but there's differences. But to what extent does it differ in perfect tenses like present, past, future, etc. perfect? I choose to compare it with British English ...
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Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”? [on hold]

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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What's the difference between “Speakers of English” and “English speakers”?

What's the difference between "Speakers of English" and "English speakers"?
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Difference between unsuited and unsuitable

Can you use both words as synonyms? Or only in some cases? Or do they have completely different meanings?
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Green color or color green? [on hold]

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
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What is the difference between 'You are listened to' and 'You are heard'?

I've never heard anyone using the phrase 'listened to', unless a noun is added at the end of the phrase. When one listens to all complaints given by another, can one say 'You are listened to' to that ...
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What is the difference between “could not get to” and “did not get to”?

Take, for example, this sentence: Away from Vatican City, Tome was quiet as authorities ordered all public offices and schools to close (close), and banned (ban) cars from the roads. Millions of ...
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What is the difference between “mincing” and “grinding”?

What, if any, are essential differences between mincing and grinding? I tend to associate mincing with soft foods (other materials?) such as meat. In particular, Merriam Webster has the following ...
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Is there a difference between feminism and egalitarianism? [on hold]

The definition of feminism (based on merriam-webster): the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes While egalitarianism is defined as: a belief in human equality ...
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To have been vs have been [closed]

Is it valid to say "I am happy to have been invited to the party." And is the above the same but different in terms of construction as this sentence: "I am happy that I have been invited."
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Can someone explain when to use “relevance” and when “relevancy”?

Okay, so today I first came across the word relevancy in written. I grasped its meaning without problem, checking in a dictionary that my hunch was right. So it would appear that relevance and ...
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Difference between destroyed, terminated and suspended [closed]

I'm a mobile app developer. I have experience in android and iOS app development. In android,there is a state called destroyed and in iOS,there is a state called suspended. Both states have same ...
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What is difference between sadness and sorrow?

What is the difference between sadness and sorrow? I researched a lot on internet but the results literally show the same meaning. If both sadness and sorrow are different, what are their usage?
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What's the difference between “licensing” and “licensure?”

On the new Engineering SE, we field questions about professional engineering registration. The tag categorizing these questions is "licensure" and I usually find myself referring to the topic by that ...
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“father to” vs. “father of”

Would it be grammatically correct to write Mister X is father to a son and a daughter or should one preferably choose the preposition of? Mister X is father of a son and a daughter. ...
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“To get something done” versus “to have something done”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two words in the following examples: Why don't you get your hair cut? Why don't you have your hair cut?
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Difference between “persona”, “personality” and “character”? [closed]

What would be the difference between persona, personality and character? _ I love him so much as he has a great ( persona - personality - character )
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difference between usage of should and must [duplicate]

I used to get confused when speaking I don't know whether put should or must
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“I gotta go” or “I've gotta go” [closed]

While watching American TV series, I sometimes see a sentence, "I’ve gotta go," but sometimes an actor says “I gotta go” instead. Is there any difference between those things?
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“Room ahead” vs “Head room”

Consider the following sentences: I'm not sure if I still have some room ahead. And: I'm not sure if I still have some head room. Besides being shorter, and the order of words, what is the ...
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Is “dependance” really just an archaic spelling (or misspelling) of “dependence”?

Wiktionary says so, but to me, the quote it gives does not quite confirm this: ...Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependance of one fact upon another... This statement seems not ...
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I am learning English because I will need it when I go abroad

Which ones of the following could be correct: I am learning English because I will need it when I go abroad. I am learning English because I need it when I go abroad. What I imply is that I ...
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'spite' and 'malice' [closed]

Is there a difference between 'spite' and 'malice'? Are they interchangeable? Is there an instance where one would be more suitable than the other?
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A question about the usage of any other than

First, I will give three sentences. Your information will not be used for any other purpose than those specified here. Your information will not be used for any purpose other than those ...
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Is the following sentence odd? “I find them comic”

But this is the Old Bailey. He's a Lord — or she's a Lady. You may find the wigs and the ceremonial ways that people refer to each other strange or intimidating. I was advised. But I don't find ...
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Indorse or Endorse? [closed]

When I was still working in the office, my Boss usually asks me to make an Indorsement/Endorsement. I used, the ENDORSEMENT, but I come to read my Professor's endorsement which is spelled as ...
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Meaning and use of “would have to be” in this sentence

I'm a beginner of English and really appreciate that you can help me learn more. I noticed a sentence: I think all the girls in the anime are awesome, but my favorites would have to be Nozomi and ...
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Socket or outlet, which one do you use when explaining to a child? [closed]

I'm just curious.... In the USA, how do you explain to a child 'don't put anything in the electrical outlet' or 'don't play with a wall socket'?? How do you say the same thing around the globe?
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Broaden and Expand: When do use these words? [closed]

I came across these two words today and I don't know what to do. For me, they are all the same. But as I research, I found that they are different. But I can't grasp the real difference. I can't find ...
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What is the difference between 'dimension', 'dimensional' and 'dimensionality'?

Could someone show me the difference? I do not know how to distinguish the usage of dimension and dimensionality when saying something is high-dimensional.
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Fiscal versus Financial [closed]

I've never quite got the hang of this one. Money is the object, but what's the difference between for example 'fiscal policy' and' financial policy', or are they indeed merely synonyms?
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Difference in usage between “with” and “in” when describing clothing

What is the difference between "in red uniform" and "with red uniform"? When are with and in used when describing someone's clothing?
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Difference between “Serenity” and “Tranquility”? [closed]

What is the difference between "Serenity" and "Tranquility"? They were the names of two lunar mare, which among all of them are the only pair that have got names with very similar meaning.
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Difference between *product*, *material*, and *item*

I am confused regarding the differences between these 3 words. Can you clarify them for me? By searching I learned that A "product" is a manufactured (and often branded) object or commodity. ...
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When do we use stitch and sew? Can we use them interchangeably?

Would you use sew when it talks about wound? I hear some people using stitching while they talked about trousers and clothes.
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Thus far? vs So far? [duplicate]

I would like to know what is the difference between "How is your day thus far?" vs. How is your day so far? and if there is any significant difference between the two questions. I always assumed that ...
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Gerund vs infinitive paraphrase

Is there any difference between these two sentences: "The Democrats tend to increase taxes, discouraging rich people from voting for them" "The Democrats tend to increase taxes, which discourages ...
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Specious versus facile

How do you differentiate between the uses for the words specious (apparently but not actually valid) and facile (apparently neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue). ...
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How and when did “bash” and “do” come to mean party?

I am on my way to a faculty party at the university. The Head of Sciences is retiring and is throwing a huge bash, all his staff, selected external examiners like me and various scientists from ...
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Use of word DOWN [closed]

Why do we use word DOWN with some verbs. What difference does it make? e.g. 'I am writing it' or 'I am writing it down'. Track it or Track it down etc.
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What's the difference between pigment, dye and colorant? [closed]

For example, is 'pigment' always solid, 'dye' always liquid, and 'colorant' a general name for the both?
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Sift and Sieve definition

Recently, while reading a novel, I stumbled upon the word 'sifted'. This immediately got me questioning the difference between the verb 'sift' and the verb 'sieve'. Some dictionaries say 'sieve' is ...
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that vs which vs what [duplicate]

Which sentence would you use more, which is just simple wrong and why? This is the speech, that my father wrote. This is the speech, which my father wrote. This is the speech, what my father wrote. ...
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Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious'? [closed]

Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious' in the following sentence: Kevin's classmates were invited to his birthday party where a sumptuous meal awaited them. Thanks!
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“Short for” vs. “Stands for”

US stands for "the United States". US is short for "the United States". What are the subtle differences between them?
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wasn't v.s. was not [closed]

I'd like to know whehther there are any differences/nuances in meaning between "wasn't" and "was not". Examples are: I wasn't there I was not there And: She insisted she wasn't soft on Russia She ...
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)? [closed]

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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What's the difference between unapproachable and inapproachable? [closed]

Could anyone explain why does it have two versions, because as far as I know, there are some rules of formation of antonyms. Isn't there should be only one proper prefix? Or both are possible? Thank ...
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I can make it, I will leave. What's the precedence and ambiguity?

Here's a scenario. I am confounded when after a discussion with a friend, they arrive at my place on Saturday, here's the transcript. her: I can make it on Saturday. me: Ok, see you then anytime! ...