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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Difference in “Adequate” and “Enough/sufficient” [closed]

I heard that "Adequate" and "Enough/sufficient" are almost similar words. But still there is a difference in the use of them. The question I would like to ask is the following: Can on give example ...
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Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed]

In the dictionary, I found this example (Source): I would appreciate it if you paid in cash. Clearly, this is the conditional sentence, type 2 which expresses something that is impossible in ...
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“Tell me which is your favourite one” or “Tell me which your favourite one is”? [closed]

in a situation where I'm showing three pictures to someone, what is grammatically correct to say (and with what difference in meaning)? Tell me which is your favourite one. or Tell me which your ...
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Difference between mandatory and obligatory [duplicate]

I wish to know the difference between these words. I only know few examples of them being used in speech for now: Mandatory circumcision and Obligatory military service. In my native language, we use ...
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Can you use “it's different” in the same way as “it depends”?

Example: -"When do you usually eat? -It's different " (meaning, "it changes from day to day") If it exists, is there a difference with "it depends"?
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Reported Usage Vs. Actual Usage

I'm currently writing a linguistics research essay and my professor wanted me to explain the differences between "reported usage" and "actual usage" of inter-dental stopping based on the surveys I ...
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Can there be one “Co-Founder”?

Assuming there is a company that was founded by two people (A and B), one of them is also the CEO (A). Is it correct to say that A is the founder and B is the (only) co-founder? Or does co-founder ...
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What's the difference between comment and note? [closed]

Please give explanation and sample sentences, thank you guys!
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? in 4 distinct scenarios outlined?

Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? What would be the subtler differences & similarities? Examples & scenarios where: Only one can be used Both can be used One ...
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What is the difference between “emoji” and “emoticon”? [closed]

I have seen these two words used to describe :) or 😀. Are they different in any way? How could I tell when to use one or another? I have also done research on Google to no avail.
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“receptacle” vs. “outlet” in AmEng

What's the difference between receptacle and outlet to cal the device in a wall you put a plug into in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.? outlet (also receptacle,...
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What’s the difference between “concerning” and “regarding”?

Is there a notable distinction between “concerning” and “regarding”, be it in tone alone? I—a non-native—wondered about this when starting a sentence about the weather: Regarding the weather, … ...
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Line or sentence? [closed]

Which word is correct to use for a poem? "line" or "sentence"? For eg: The first line of the poem "The Woods". or The first sentence of the poem "The Woods". What about speech and dramas? Do we use ...
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“philosophical history” / “history of philosophy” [closed]

What is the difference between the meaning of "philosophical history" and "history of philosophy"?
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A biography of/about/on [closed]

Which do I use, in the sentence "I'm reading a biography ___ Winston Churchill" ?
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difference between I tend to agree and I tend to feel [closed]

Could anybody tell me the best use of tend and the difference between I tend to agree and I tend to feel. Thanks
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Comparisons between “Comments,” “ complaints,” and “criticism” [closed]

The definitions of the three words came under discussion, with no real outcome. M/W dictionary was interrogated: I thought the answers were not helpful because each word is taken singularly and not in ...
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Difference between accepter and acceptor

What is the difference between these two words: accepter acceptor On Merriam-Webster, each word's definitions are linked to one another, Definition of accepter one that accepts ...
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Difference between “farrago” and “gallimaufry”?

What's the difference in spirit between "gallimaufry" and "farrago"? Are there any sentences where using one or the other would lead to a subtly different meaning? Both are defined in dictionaries as ...
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“The Stars and Stripes” vs. “Old Glory” vs. “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Is there a difference in using any which of those terms to call the national flag of the U.S.? Which one is most commonly used? The Stars and Stripes The national flag of the U.S., ...
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Difference between “click” and “press” [closed]

I want to know the difference between click and press. As we click the mouse and press a button. Where do we use press and where do we use click?
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“contractor” vs. “construction company”

I'm not a native English speaker. What is the difference between these terms, and which is more common? "contractors" vs. "construction companies" If I want to say: "It's a software vendor for ....
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Chatroom or chat room? [closed]

According to Wikipedia: The term chat room, or chatroom, is primarily used to describe any form of synchronous conferencing, occasionally even asynchronous conferencing. Merriam-Webster lists ...
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Difference between “signalize” and “signify”

Datasheets of controller chips frequently use the word "signify" to indicate the presence of something. However, I am more used to the word "signalize" and cannot tell the difference between both. ...
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To refrain or to restrain for internal emotions

I'd like to ask if there would any differences between if I changed the word restrain with the word refrain or vice versa in the following sentences? The definition is for restrain in Oxford Learner'...
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“Lowest” vs. “lowermost”

Is there any difference between the words lowest and lowermost? When should I use either of them? Possibly lowermost should never be used?
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“I am not sure if/that it will last” [closed]

I am not sure if it will last I am not sure that it will last I am not sure it will last What is the difference between these sentences?
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What's the difference between bole, stem and trunk?

Are bole, stem and trunk exactly equal? Or is there any difference in their usage? Like if one just refer to the main part and other includes the branches, stalk, etc. Looking on dictionary.com, ...
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How should I use “sell out” & “be sold out”?

I am quite confused. It seems that sometimes people use the active voice "sell out" & sometimes they use the passive voice "be sold out" to express the idea of "(of tickets for a concert, sports ...
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Difference between 'holdings' and 'estates'

I am reading a table related to production of rubber; the title of the table is Productions By Holdings And Estates. In this context, what is the difference between holdings and estates?
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What's the difference between 'if you wish' and 'If you don't mind'?

A friend sent me a message saying: You can come and keep me company if you wish. I thought: You can come and keep me company if you don't mind would have been more friendly. I'm I wrong?
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Can the verb “let” take an adjective as an object complement like to “leave”?

I was watching "Good Wife Season 7, Episode 16". Alicia was having a private time with her new boyfriend and her mother visited her daughter's house without prior notice. Alicia tried to hide him in ...
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What is the difference between “too” and “as well”?

What is the difference between "I like apples and I like oranges, too" and "I like apples and I like oranges as well" ?
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Difference in usage of “not” and “don't” [closed]

What is the difference in usage of "not" and "don't" in the poem If by Rudyard Kipling in the following expressions? don’t give way to hating don’t deal in lies don’t look too good ...
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What's the difference between “non alcohol” and “alcohol free”?

I saw a few groups on the web. A group's name is "Non alcohol ~" and another one is "Alcohol free ~". But I don't know the difference between "non alcohol" and "alcohol free". I think that "non ...
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What are the differences between listen to & start listening/I hope & I'm hoping? [closed]

I have two questions. The first question: What are the differences in meaning and grammar between "until you listen to me" and "until you start listening to me"? I'm hoping that someone can help me ...
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Are these two lines explaining the same time? [duplicate]

Are the sentences: "12 am (Midnight) Monday, March 14" and "It is due Monday at Midnight." referring to the same day, because the way they are worded makes it seem as though the first one ...
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“Not bad at all” vs. “Not at all bad”

What is the difference between the two? The weather is not bad at all. The weather is not at all bad.
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What is the difference between “cacao” and “cocoa”? [closed]

This has always made me confused. When I google it, the results seem confusing. For example, some of them says: Cocoa and cacao are kind of the same thing. They're also very different. What is ...
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Asymmetricity vs asymmetry, is there any difference in meaning or usage? [closed]

Is there any difference in meaning or usage between asymmetricity and asymmetry?
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Can I use “disactivate” instead of “deactivate”? [closed]

I was working with somebody else's source code and find them using the word “disactivate” in the code documentation as follows: disactivate the minor mode. The persistent action is to show help ...
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“Deposit” vs “down payment” vs “advance (payment)” [closed]

What is the difference? What context would I use them in? My native language only uses a single translation for all of these, afaik.
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“ Be alone ” vs “be lonely ” [closed]

I am alone. I am lonely. Do they have the same meaning? What is the difference between alone and lonely?
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“Speak loudly” vs “speak aloud” [closed]

People, speak loudly. People, speak aloud. These two sentences have the same meaning, don't they? What is the difference between loudly and aloud?
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Quieted versus quiesced

I've just seen a line of text warning of a systems upgrade that says: "...applications that utilize [the system] will be quieted on..." Leaving aside the -ize suffix on "utilize", I would have said "...
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Is there any difference between 'to affiliate with' and 'to affiliate to'?

When I was looking up the word 'affiliate', the dictionary offered the example sentences which I've been really confused from. The actual meaning of the word 'affiliate' is to cause a group to ...
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What is the difference between “As per” and “As for”? [closed]

What is the difference between "As per" and "As for"? As for our professional services or as per our professional services?
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“Need” and “do need” [duplicate]

Is “need” different from “do need” in this sentence? However, you do need to create an action and associate it with the button, so that your app knows what to do when the button is pushed!
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What is the difference.? [duplicate]

What is the main difference between these 2 sentences ? I'm just about to have lunch. I'm doing lunch Thanks in advance. ..