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Difference between unexpected and unpredictable - with examples [closed]

Can anyone please tell me, when we should use unexpected and unpredictable with short example. Thanks
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“An expression of one aspect of ” vs “one aspect of the expression”

A): It is an expression of one aspect of her love. B): It is one aspect of the expression of her love. My questions: Do A) and B) mean the same? In the case of B), is one aspect of a ...
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difference between “break free of” and “break free from”

What is the difference between "break free of" and "break free from"? I looked up to the dictionaries, I got the meaning of both while I still don't know how tho use them? definition: 1\break free ...
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Difference between 'How come I know' and 'How can I know' [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentences? Or are they the same? How come I know what you study? How can I know what you study?
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Indolence vs lassitude? [closed]

I came across this sentence: "Jim and Huck spent days of indolent lassitude on the craft." I wasn't quite sure what to make of the phrase 'indolent lassitude' because to my mind they both sort of ...
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What is the difference between “exalt” and “extol”? [closed]

I get very similar result when I translate it to my native language.
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Meaning of “delay off/on” [closed]

I am looking at the controlling system of an commercial ironing system. One of the terms used is "Delay off/On", I'm not sure what it means. Is it "the delay is off/on" or "the off/on is delayed"? ...
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Difference between “devotement” and “devotion”

I had never seen or heard of the word "devotement" until reading it in my Chinese girlfriend's brother's college application essay. To me, it's always been "devotion." However, I noticed that Google ...
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“I have been to France.” vs. “I have been in France.” [duplicate]

Do we use "to" or "in" when talking about being to/in another location?
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Difference between “spruce” and “fir” when used in “Christmas tree” context [closed]

What is the difference between the words "spruce" and "fir" (or even "fir tree")? Could they be used interchangeably, for example, when referring to a kind of evergreen trees people decorate on ...
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Is the structure “need for somebody to do something” grammatically correct?

When you compare the following two sentences: John does his own work and does not need for others to do his work in his stead, nor does he involve himself in the works of others. and John ...
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Happy Merry Christmas vs Merry Christmas [closed]

I was wondering whether it is incorrect to say, "Happy merry Christmas.". Please give some reasons.
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N.B. (Nota Bene) vs P.S. (Post Script)

People use "N.B." at the end of a writing (say, a letter) to add a piece of information. Equally, I find people using "P.S." in the end of a writing (usually, a letter) to add a piece of information. ...
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“Connected by” vs “Connected with” vs “Connected to”

I want to know the difference and when to use which construction. For instance: The island and the city are connected with a bridge or The island and the city are connected by a bridge ? ...
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“On launch” vs “at launch”

I've had a disagreement with a friend over the use of 'on' concerning the the launch of a certain product. He insists it should be 'at launch' while I believe either 'on launch' or 'at launch' is ...
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“Meet” a friend or “meet with” a friend?

Is there any difference in usage? Meet a friend or meet with a friend. I'm meeting my friend today. I sometimes meet with my friends.
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What is the difference between 'cloths' and 'clothes'? [closed]

What is the difference between 'cloths' and 'clothes'? Please tell. Thank you.
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Quotient vs Ratio vs Fraction

I am mathematician for whom English is the second language. In general I feel like I do not have major problems keeping up with math vocabulary, whether I am reading an article or giving a lecture. ...
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All of …not/ Not all of / None of

Some grammar rules say "All of ... are not" and "Not all of ... are" have the same meaning, yet they are different from "None of ... are". For example: 1) Not all of the books I have are science ...
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“Joy crept into his face” vs. “Joy crept onto his face” [closed]

Please see the sentence: When he saw his grade, joy crept into/onto his face. At first glance, it seems like both could be correct, but they are not exactly synonymous. In what situation should ...
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Is the usage of “I thank you” correct? [closed]

Will it be okay if I write or say like this: I thank you. When I saw someone write "I thank you", I said that usage is a bit awkward and rarely used. I just want to know your opinion.
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“Drive-up” vs. “Drive-through”

Recently, I've come across these two words: a drive-up machine/restaurant a drive-through restaurant I'm wondering if there's any difference in the meaning. I found that the word ...
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How to refer to dead and alive persons together?

Usually we refer to a dead person using the past tense. For example: Albert Einstein was wrong about... But when we are talking about both dead and alive persons in the same sentence, should we ...
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Is “advance bookings only” correct? [closed]

On a sign for a taxi company, which of the followings is correct: Advance bookings only or Advanced bookings only and why?
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Much and many: the opposite of less - fewer debate?

This morning, I corrected my little son on his use of much. I don't have much Star Wars guys. He seems to use this word quite frequently in place of many, although he doesn't often use many in ...
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What is the difference between “cadaver” and “corpse”? [duplicate]

What is the exact difference between cadaver and corpse?
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Difference between “All is well” and “All are fine” [closed]

Always had this confusion ! In speaking, All is well All are fine I heard a lot of people using above two these sentences many times so I got confused of the usage of "is" and "are" after "ALL". ...
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What's the difference between “he saw his name 'written' on the wall” and 'being written'?

Are the 2 entences below both correct? If so, what's the difference? 1) He saw his name written on the wall. 2) He saw his name being written on the wall. This is a fill-in-blank question and ...
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“Composition” vs “comprisal”

I have found articles explaining the difference between compose and comprise but only for use in a sentence. What I need is a word to go in a header for a table column that says if a product consists ...
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What is the difference between “last scan processed” and “last processed scan”?

How is this sentence: Process a scan if the last scan processed is older than the update time (in seconds). different in meaning from this sentence? Process a scan if the last processed scan ...
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Anger vs. Wrath

Could you, please, explain the difference between the words 'anger' and 'wrath'? Merriam & Webster says anger transitive verb to make angry: he was angered by the decision intransitive ...
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Difference between aid and aid in

Saw these examples: They were accused of aiding his escape. They were accused of aiding him in his escape. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/american_english/aid_2 Is there any ...
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Is there any difference between “from the beginning” and “in the beginning”?

I am not sure if this is correct. I feel that from the beginning implies something that lasts until now, while in the beginning implies something that only existed at the beginning. Please correct me ...
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Does the law define the usage of “Immunity” and “Impunity”?

I had to edit my question because I think it led to misunderstanding. For me, the definition of "immunity" is quite different from "impunity", and I know the differences. But what I don't know is ...
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Differences between formal and colloquial English? [closed]

What are the basic differences between formal and colloquial English? Is it right that colloquial English uses more contracted forms, slang expressions, phrasal verbs, subjunctive, and euphemisms? ...
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Differences between 'sensual' and 'sensuous'

Both are adjectives; Sensual: "Connected with your physical feelings; giving pleasure to your physical senses." (OALD) the origin is from Latin sensulis, from sensus 'faculty of feeling, thought, ...
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Are “particle” and “partical” the same? [closed]

Are particle and partical the same? When I check these two words in my dictionary at dict.cn, they look totally the same. Is there any difference or are they totally interchangable?
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Is unuseful more useful than useless?

I was wondering if the word unuseful is different from useless. I want to use the former to mean "not very useful", and be less offensive sometimes than to use the latter, which means "of no use at ...
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How is an Annexure different from an Appendix?

I am reviewing a rather large(~150 page) design document and I feel that some sections are more descriptive and overloaded with jargon. However, modifying those sections seem to dilute the point being ...
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Surveillance or monitoring [closed]

What better way to express " I'm watching you (spy)" : Surveillance or monitoring (monitor)? What's the difference?
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difference between “miss out” and “omit” [closed]

He missed out several important facts. He omitted several important facts. I think these two sentences are the same meaning. Is there a slight difference? A few days ago, an American native speaker ...
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Have had or Have been

I've been learning English in my company. We have just started Present Perfect and encountered 1 issue I don't quite understand. There were 2 different, not related to each other exercises. In one we ...
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Difference between “weird content” and “weirdly content” [closed]

What's the difference between weird content and weirdly content?
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Which one is more appropriate, “many a time” or “many a times”? [duplicate]

I used to think that phrases starting with 'many a ' were notionally plural but singular in usage. So, which one is more appropriate here?
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“We'll have rainy day today” vs “It is going to rain today” [closed]

I usually say, "it's raining today" when it is raining outside. When should I use the expression, "We'll have a rainy day today" instead of "It's going to rain today"? Could anybody tell me the ...
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tired of vs tired from

He is tired of that work vs. He is tired from that work. I think the two sentences are almost the same. If there is any difference, could anyone explain?
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shocking to me vs shocking for me [duplicate]

The news is shocking to me. vs The news is shocking for me. and For me, the cooking style is useless vs To me, the cooking style is useless. I think these two sentences are ...
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think of vs think about [duplicate]

I have been thinking about Mary. vs I have been thinking of Mary. Is there any slight difference? I think the above two sentences are almost the same. Let's say that the speaker broke up ...
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A very few studies or very few studies [closed]

Which is the correct form: A very few studies addressed these issues. or Very few studies addressed these issues. I was pretty sure that a few is the correct form but then I noticed that ...
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“Three way” vs. “Threesome” [closed]

My apology if I'm disrespecting the forum with such question, but after all we are here to learn. Are three way and threesome different from each other? Have I written "Three way" correctly?