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Changing “I didn't think him to be so honest” into an expression of comparative degree

I didn't think him to be so honest. How can we change this sentence into one of comparative degree without changing its meaning or sense?
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What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition [closed]

What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition. is there any differences? I couldn't find any information on google. competitiveness: an aggressive willingness to compete ...
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What is the meaning of -o-rama [duplicate]

I see so many -o-rama names. Like stuff-o-rama, tease-o-rama etc etc. What is the meaning of -o-rama? I saw the answers in ...
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Reduce the number of characters in a sentence [closed]

My original sentence is: My collaboration with outstanding researchers in Sweden, who are leading experts in Economy, will undoubtedly strengthen the project outcomes. Since I want to save ...
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What is the difference between “should be cause for concern” and “is cause for concern”? [closed]

Do the two phrases really mean different things? We may compare the following: ‘The mysterious and majestic blue hue’ emanating from Hong Kong seas is cause for concern, scientists say. ‘The ...
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Which one makes more sense Swap or Trade?

I am building a website where you can give a thing you own and get another thing of the same kind in return. Say you give a stamp in exchange of for another stamp, so you change stamps with someone. ...
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Patient vs. subject in clinical research

What is the difference between patients and subjects, in clinical research? I read this paper abstract: The terms “patient” and “subject” are often used interchangeably when proposing, ...
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Provider vs. caregiver

What is the difference provider vs. caregiver, in a medical context? According to the dictionary definitions, the former provides, the latter cares… but in a medical context providing is pretty much ...
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“What is in it” vs. “what is there in it”

What is the difference between these two sentences, if there is one? "What is inside the box?" and "What is there inside the box?" A native speaker once told me they are the same, but the former is ...
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What is the difference between “match” ,“suit” and “fit” [closed]

Could you tell me what is the difference between match, suit and fit. I know their usage for clothes (color,size e.t.c.), but I'm wondering about other cases. For example: When your skills don't ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “not to make” and “to make no”?

I was asked today whether In order to make no mistakes was correct. I said yes, but that I found it a bit strange and that I would rather use In order not to make mistakes The outcome is ...
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'get a quote' or 'get a quotation'

I'm not an English native, and as it often happens, I've lost something in translation. I asked a travel agent to 'send me a quote' for a travel we've worked on, and in response I got his logo and ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences?

Health facilities reported 1000 people killed and 3000 wounded since March 19. Health facilities reported that 1000 people were killed and 3000 were wounded since March 19. Isn't 'killed' ...
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What is the difference between “fitness” and “suitability”?

I apologize if this is an obvious question, but I have not been able to find the answer in a dictionary. The specific problem I'm having is distinguishing between [certificate] which certifies ...
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Difference between 'floor' and 'level' [closed]

Say, my address is plot#120,4th floor, Road#5,Dhanmondi. If I write this address like, plot# 120, Level#5, Road#5, Dhanmondi.Here i mentioned this address 4th floor and Level#5. My question is that ...
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Is food “spitted” or “sprinkled”?

Be careful. Don't bump the waiter holding the food. Otherwise hot food will be spitted/sprinkled over you. Which is the most appropriate and common verb? What is the difference in meaning between ...
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What is the difference between a dash and a semicolon?

In English, I've seen many usages of dashes and semicolons to separate similar but not fully connected clauses. What is the difference between the two, and which is more formal to use?
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early this morning vs earlier this morning [closed]

I went jogging earlier this morning. I think this just means he went jogging in the morning but it could be late in the morning. I went jogging early this morning. I think this means he ...
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What is the difference between 'Aggressive' and 'Agressiveness'? They are both adjectives in the dictionary [closed]

'Aggressive' and 'Aggressiveness' are both listed as adjectives in the dictionary, which in my mind implies that they have the same linguistic function (is this a correct assumption?). However, I ...
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What's the difference between “surprise someone” and “take someone by surprise”?

"take someone by surprise" is defined as "surprise someone". But then why would you use one over the other? 1a. "She bolted into the room and surprised them" vs. 1b. "She bolted into the room and ...
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How to correctly express the subjunctive mood in future tense?

1. If the sun rise in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 2. If the sun rises in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 3. If the sun rose in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 4. If ...
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Is there a difference between disclude vs exclude? [closed]

I say exclude if I want to prevent inclusion in the first place. I say disclude if I want to express that I remove something that was already previously included (as in its remove from inclusion ...
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Difference between “in contrast to” and “in contrast with”

I am just wondering about the difference between: in contrast to and in contrast with
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Difference in the usage? ; It “can / could / must” be something serious

I'm teaching English in Japan. I'm using "Grammar in use Intermediate workbook" (Cambridge). The following is the question in the workbook: Complete the sentence. Use can, could, must or (be) ...
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Is there any difference in certainty between “may be” and “maybe”?

In the song Tonight Again, there's a line going They may be right but only maybe I understand that "maybe" is an adverb, while "may be" is a combination of the verbs "may" and "be", as mentioned ...
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Not really sure vs. really not sure

Is there any difference between saying "I am not really sure where the noise is from" and "I am really not sure where the noise is from"? are they interchangeable?
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What is the difference between “neglect” and “negligence”? [closed]

What is the difference between neglect and negligence?
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bleed inside out/got-have got

I've been wondering if there is the expression "I bleed inside out" or if it is correct. For example "someone or something makes me bleed inside out" - as we say "it breaks my heart". And actually I ...
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Writing one academic year to another academic year [closed]

I am a bit confused. When do we write 2014-2015 and when do we write 2014-15? Are the two the same? If yes, which is more formal?
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What is the difference between “I have specialized” and “I have been specializing”? [closed]

Since then I have specialised in this work. Since then I have been specialising in this work. Is my thinking right that the first case means I may not now necessarily specialise only in this work, ...
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What is the difference between “launch” and “release” ?

I have doubt in differencing "launch" and "release". I have seen many softwares. Some of them uses "launch" and rest uses "release". Someone help me to figure it out.
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What is the difference between “determining” and “analysing” [closed]

Do "determining" and "analysing" have different meanings? What is the difference between "determining" and "analysing"? [...] while analysing current price characteristics. [...] while determining ...
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Meaning difference when a word can be both a Noun and an Adjective

Does the meaning of "unknown" change depending on whether it is used as a noun or an adjective? The cause is still unknown. The cause is still an unknown. Although "unknown" is used as ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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Send or Send across

How the words send and send across are used in email writing context? What are difference between these two? You can send your profile to 123@abc.com. Or You can send across your profiles ...
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“elected” vs. “selected” [duplicate]

The board has elected the team members OR The board has selected the team members. Is there a difference between elected and selected in this sentence?
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Correct way to introduce yourself [duplicate]

In an interview, what is the correct way to introduce yourself? Some use "myself" and their name, and some use "I'm ___." I'm confused about what I use. Please guide me.
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“error” vs. “mistake”

I think I understand the difference between “error” and “mistake”, but today I saw this article about Google’s self-driving cars that has the following sentence: A lot of this won’t be a surprise, ...
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Interpretation of “need not”

What is the meaning of "need not" in the following sentence? The amount withdrawn need not be repaid. Does it always mean that it must not be repaid, or does it also extend to persons who may ...
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Shipping costs or shipment costs?

shipping costs or shipment costs? I want to know the correct form and the difference between them, if there is one. Thank you!
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“Aforementioned” vs. “In question”

As I know, the words "Aforementioned" and "In question" have a similar meaning and imply referring to something that has already been mentioned, but when I looked up at the internet i found out that ...
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difference between “estate” and “property”

What is the difference between "estate" and "property" in the context of this sentence (from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility)? The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their ...
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Difference between upcoming and forthcoming [closed]

What is the difference between upcoming vs forthcoming? For example, which one is the correct : Forthcoming Movies OR Upcoming Movies
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Difference between while and whilst [duplicate]

What is the difference between 'while' and 'whilst'? When to use them?
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What is the difference between autonomous and automatic

I would like to know the difference between autonomous sensor automatic sensor Thanks in advance.
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How did we get ‘deft’ and ‘daffy’ from “daft”?

[ Etymonline for 'daft (adj.)'] Old English gedæfte "gentle, becoming," ... from PIE * dhabh- "to fit together" (see fabric). Sense of "mild, well-mannered" (c. 1200). [ Etymonline for ...
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Is there any difference? [closed]

Is there any fundamental difference in meaning here? I would understand perfectly if the woman had done something wrong and another woman were blaming her but this isn't the case. I would understand ...
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'Refer' vs 'make reference'

What is the difference between saying "He referred to something" and "He made reference to something"? Is it a question of mood? Emphasis? Agency? Different paths to English since the latter is a ...
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Energy vs. Power

Is there a rule in English regarding when to use the word "energy" and when to use "power"? For example: I don't have the energy to deal with the problem now. It takes a lot of brain power ...
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“Licensed” vs. “registered” [closed]

I found these terms while doing some research about insurance: Agents must usually be licensed in the province or territory in which they do business. Brokers must usually be registered in ...