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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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'There seem' or 'there seems' + usage of the word 'seem'

First, I have a question "How words 'seem' and 'there' are used together?" Which is correct: There seem ... or There seems ... Then, I'm am interested in general constructions with the word ...
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What is the difference between “venom” and “poison”?

What is the difference between “venom” and “poison”? Both in usage and in meaning.
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“Speak English” vs. “speak in English”

What is the difference between Speak English and Speak in English? Which one is (more) acceptable in this sentence: "You must speak English/ in English in class." Or, are both correct? If yes, what ...
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What's the difference between “administrator” and “manager”?

I have a sense of saying an administrator is a person managing a website or a server, only because I hear it usually in the software field. But I am sure the word administrator was there before ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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After verbs, how does 'from' compare with 'of'?

(TL;DR) 1. I've been plagued by the postverbal use of the preposition 'of'. After verbs, when describing attributes like origin or source, what are the differences between 'from' and 'of'? The verbs ...
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Difference between “except” and “besides”

What is the difference between except and besides? When do we use each of them?
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You can have either option A or B.You can choose either option A or B [on hold]

You can have either option A or B. You can choose either option A or B. Which one is correct? Define it simply. Thanks.
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what is the difference between verbal and oral? [on hold]

what is the difference between verbal and oral ? I am looking forward to the answer and I appreciate your effort
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Why areN'T 'not least' and 'notably' interchangeable?

The example is taken from page 1 of this PDF ; The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT): You may find, however, that answering one question helps you answer the next, not least for the purposes ...
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The difference really cannot [on hold]

Is there any different in meaning between I cannot really and I really cannot?
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What is the diferrence between “minute by minute” and “minute after minute”

I am not a native speaker therefore I would be grateful if someone could explain me what is the diferrence between "minute by minute" and "minute after minute". Thank you.
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Usage of “symmetrical” and “symmetric”

What is the appropriate usage of "symmetrical" and "symmetric" (using the geometrical adjectival definition of both terms)? Are they synonymous?
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What's the difference between “egotism” and “egoism”?

I am interested in the difference between these two seemingly synonymous terms.
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“How are we?” vs. “How are you?”

What's the appropriate response to "How are we?" and what is it actually referring to?
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Is it absolutely necessary to use “than” over “then” in a comparison? [on hold]

Do you think you are smarter then me? While this question should be using than...I have to wonder if this is a debatable topic within English or is this cut and dry? If this specific instance is ...
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“Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”

Here are two sentences patterns: Have you ever been to the opera when you lived in Milan? and Did you ever go to the opera when you lived in Milan? What is the difference between them? ...
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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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Would have find or found [closed]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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Is “I can't stop laughing” the same as “I can't help laughing”?

I know "I can't help laughing" means I can't stop myself from laughing. What I want to know is "I can't stop laughing"* also means the same. Thank you guys for helping me out especially prem, your ...
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Difference in meanings [duplicate]

Recently there appeared a question as to the difference between: I can't stop laughing. I can't help laughing. and it appears there is a difference in them. Is it proper to say that ...
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Difference between ritual, festival, and ceremony

I am trying draw a line of distinction between these three events. As I understand it: Ritual is somewhat related to a religion. Festival is associated with a group of people and that brings ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [closed]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London [duplicate]

I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London. What is the difference between them? I'm not sure about these sentences. How to ...
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It's suggested that he work hard. It's suggested that he works hard [duplicate]

It's suggested that he work hard.lt's suggested that he works hard. Which one is correct? I think, It is suggested that he works hard. This is correct one. But, how ? I am confused. Please clear ...
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Difference between appraise, assess and evaluate [closed]

I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference? Thanks!
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We will join you in an hour.We will be joining you in an hour [duplicate]

We will join you in an hour. We will be joining you in an hour. What difference in the meanings do you see in these sentences. Is it correct? We will join you=we have just decided. We will be ...
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“Would” & “ Used to”

"Would " & " Used to ". They both are used for repeated action in the past tense. Then what is the difference between them?
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What are the differences between, and the connotations of, “flag”, “banner”, and “standard”?

See also: Difference between "banner" and "flag". I would like to know about standard, too. What would you say are the differences between the three words?
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The difference between comparably and comparatively

I'm currently studying for my proficiency exam and I just came across a vocabulary problem that I need some help with: In one of the exam questions the correct solution to a ...
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Should and Could [duplicate]

Should and Could. Both are used to indicate the possibility of a situation then what is the difference?
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We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things

We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things. Which is the correct answer? Can we use preposition here?
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Is “a deep red in color” redundant?

The arils contain a smaller seed in a juicier pulp which varies from a light pink to a deep red in color. The arils contain a smaller seed in a juicier pulp which varies from light pink to ...
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“To wait to do” or “to wait before doing”

I recently saw the sentence You won't have a long time to wait to do something. I would have used You won't have a long time to wait before doing something. By the way, is there a ...
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what is the difference betweeen “accumulation” and “aggregation”

I looked up meriam webster and the two definitions seem to semantically largely overlap. the only thing hinting towards the existense of distinctness between the two terms, seemed to be: that the ...
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It is irritating me. It is irritating to me [closed]

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me. Which one is correct? Does the word "irritating" work as an adjective in my second one sentence?
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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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Writing one academic year to another academic year

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'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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Difference between “I've added” and “I added”

Could anybody describe me difference between I've added and I added?
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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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“As I said” vs. “Like I said”

I was told that saying Like I said isn't grammatically correct although it is used a lot. That we should use As I said instead. Is it true?
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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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Use of the word “referable”

Can the word "referable" be used to denote something that can be referenced and what is the difference between "referable" and "referenceable"?
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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. ...