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What is the difference between “being in” and “being down”

I've come across both sentences and was wondering if there is any difference in their meaning. Here are the sentences where I met them: To be down: Give me a call if you're down To be in: ...
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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what is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar'?

What is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar', as all conveys the same meaning.
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Can 'I would say' always replace 'I think'?

There is a question about 'I guess' and one answer is comparing 'I guess', and 'I would say'. I would say characterizes what follows as a personal opinion or judgment: From what I know of him I ...
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Analyst vs analyzer/analyser?

What are the scenarios where the meanings of these differ? What is the difference between their meanings and if any, why? I have observed that the term 'analyst' is specifically used in cases of ...
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Two kinds of “borrow”

In Hebrew there is a difference, although often overlooked in spoken Hebrew, between the word "to borrow" for something that is intended to be returned "as is" such as a tool or a vehicle, and the ...
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Is there any exception in the usage of since and for especially with reference to the inclusion of word last?

I have been working here for 5 years. or I have been working here since last 5 years. Does the word "last" have any effect on period of time, thereby changing the context to the point of ...
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What is the difference between 'last' and 'least'? [closed]

What is the difference between 'last' and 'least'? Is least a superlative of last?
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“Regret telling” vs. “regret having told”

Is there a difference between: She regrets telling him (that) she didn't like his mother. She regrets having told him (that) she didn't like his mother. To me, the first phrase sounds ...
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7 years old and later

I am pretty confused with this statement "documents which are 7 years old and later should only be migrated" does it means "2007 to 2014" ,or "2007 to old"
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“Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost”? [closed]

Until today I believed that both terms are basically the same. But our English teacher told us that the correct term is Holy Spirit. Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? I ...
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Why isn't the tonic syllable in “varies” not the same as in “variety”?

I've always pronounced "varies" as /veəˈrɪz/ but recently heard someone say /ˈveərɪz/ in a video. I'm brazilian, so that causes me some confusion as I'm not used to speaking English on a daily basis. ...
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“Though”, “even though” and “although”

I do want to know what is the difference between these three conjunctions. Are there any differences? "Though" vs. "Even though" vs. "Although"
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What is the difference between the infinitive and present participle? [duplicate]

I already know the difference between "stop doing something" and "stop to do something". I really don't know what is the difference between "like doing something" and "like to do something". And is ...
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Between 5 and 10 means: “5 and 10” or “6 and 9”? [closed]

Please enter between 5 and 10 characters.
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I want to know the difference between “you are false” and “you are wrong” [closed]

What is the difference between false and wrong? Is there any difference in meaning?
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How similar or different are “recant”, “repudiate”, “renounce” [closed]

Recant, repudiate, renounce are synonyms of abjure. I'm unclear as to how these terms may be utilized in different sentences. I will be delighted to see them all in one sentence. I seek efficient ...
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When to use “me and my __” and “my __ and me”? [duplicate]

When is it correct to use, for example "me and my wife" and "my wife and me", which is correct and what's the difference?
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as of late vs of late

Which is correct? Is it "as of late" or "of late", is the "as" part necessary? Also, can you give me a couple of different examples of sentences using the two? Is there a word that is used similarly ...
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Why use “on-pass” / “onpass” instead of “pass on”?

Where I work some people use "on-pass" in sentences such as "We get data from the stock exchange and on-pass it to our customers" or "We need to on-pass that information to the other team". Does this ...
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Why are there two different ways to spell “expediter”?

There seems to be two different ways to spell "expediter": expediter expeditor A quick Google search reveals a nearly equal split between the two spellings. Are the two spellings specific to a ...
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What's the difference between 'shatter' and 'splinter'?

What's the difference between shatter and splinter? Are they interchangeable? Their definitions from Cambridge dictionary are as follows: Shatter(V): to (cause something to) break ...
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Difference between “my” an “my own”

Is there any difference between saying Only my condemnation harms me. and Only my own condemnation harms me. The second sentence feels like is more assertive and enforces the fact that it ...
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Can “cloven” be used instead of “cleaved”?

Can cloven be used in its verb form like the way broken or eaten is used? gets cloven to give rise to is cloven by Cleaved is a perfectly fine word in this context, but can cloven be used ...
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Are “go on”; “go for it”; “Carry on” and “go ahead” synonymous?

I saw “Carry on” vs. “go ahead” A friend of mine said this to me, and it sounded kind weird for me... If you know a better way "go on" I would say If you know a better way "go for it" Are ...
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Why is this incongruity? [closed]

He sat over trays of food with John. They talked over a cup of coffee. Why is there plural in the first sentence and not in the second one?
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What is the difference between “farthermost” and “furthermost”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between farthermost and furthermost? In most cases, a quick Google search for the "word vs word" returns the answer on the first page. Not for this one.
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what does it mean, “foot up” as verb? [closed]

I'm just guessing "foot up" means "kick something up"? Can I say "do it , or foot up your face"? Thanks,
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Is there a difference between “less ambiguous” and “more unambiguous”?

Relevant examples: If you make the following changes your sentence will be less ambiguous. If you make the following changes your sentence will be more unambiguous. Do these sentences have ...
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“A and B both are” vs. “A and B are both” vs. “Both A and B are” vs. “Both of A and B are”?

A and B both are very good; A and B are both very good. Both A and B are very good. Both of A and B are very good. Are there subtle differences between the four sentences above?
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Use of the word “sovereign”?

I know this is a bit odd to ask, but I'm really stumped on this SAT question (Test 4, Section 8, Q: 17). The author is deriding the critics of television. Unlike everyone else, the theorist has ...
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What's the difference between “selfkill” and “suicide”?

I think selfkill is often used in games and suicide in real life. Is that correct?
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'See' and 'Hear' in the progressive?

I'd like you to go into details about the difference between 'see', 'hear' and 'seeing', 'hearing'. I'm not a native speaker, so it's a bit hard to understand this explanation that 'see' and 'hear' ...
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Difference between a “movement” and a “campaign”

A campaign means: an organized course of action to achieve a goal A movement means: a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas Are ...
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Differences between “knowledge” and “experience”

Context: I'm exploring how people acquire, share and efficiently apply knowledge and experience; structuring my thoughts by writing axioms, propositions and formulae. When writing, I struggle with ...
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What is the difference between 'tweaking' and 'fine-tuning'?

When I say 'after some tweaking and fine-tuning', are they different processes, or am I just being redundant?
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Eddy vis vortex

What's the difference between eddy and vortex? When one talks about vortical flows what is more correct to use?
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What's the difference between “recall” and “remember”?

As an example, in a legal setting: Do you recall what color the car was? Do you remember what color the car was? Which would be more appropriate?
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What is the difference between a chest and a trunk?

Is a "trunk" more likely to have a "flat top" and a "chest" more likely to have a "rounded top"?
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Is “further” now used for both physical and metaphorical distances?

Is it true that 'further' and 'farther' are becoming interchangeable? He drove further north. His furthest destination to travel is 167 miles. This link says that further is now widely ...
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“archival” versus “archivable”/“archiveable”

What is the difference between archival and archivable? Archival appears to be an acceptable word among official sources, whereas archivable/archiveable does not appear to be a valid entry. Is the ...
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“I live on beans and rice” vs. “I live off beans and rice”

I wanted to refocus a related question on ell.se. towards a possible deeper and direct relationship to "on vs. off". Consider the following two phrases: I live off beans and rice. (Approx 94,000 ...
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Is there difference between acne and pimples?

As title says: Is there difference between acne and pimples? As far as I know "acne" is skin condition, meaning that there are number of various "pimple" types on and under the skin.
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Difference between “Does she have the book?” and “Has she the book?”

What is the difference between "Does she have the book?" and "Has she the book?"
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Does changing the position of an adjective, change the meaning of the sentence?

What are the differences in meaning between these sentences? The weather is hot on the island. The weather on the island is hot. On the island, the weather is hot. Do they mean the ...
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Differences in uses of efficient and effective [duplicate]

I am really confused when efficient and effective appear in a sentence. I get quite confused about the whole meaning of the sense it pulls of.
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Confused about When to Use “these” and “those” [duplicate]

Example #1 This site contains links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. NOTE: The links are on this site, but not on this page. The links are external links. Should I use ...
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Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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what is the difference between the words “tall” and “high”?

Are there any differences between the words "tall" and "high" ? For instance, tall building and high building I'm not sure what are the differences between them.
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Asceticism vs. Monasticism

What is the difference between asceticism and monasticism? It seems that in practice they are effectively synonymous; if this is the case, do they have differing origins? I've included the first ...