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What's the best way to say: “which one is more true or more accurate”? [closed]

What's the best way to ask: Which one is more true, or more accurate? ... when talking about a choice of two words?
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How to express that simplicity should not mean to exclude necessary features? [closed]

I come from a software development background. One of the goals is to make tools easy to use. On the other hand one must/should include certain features. Now I want to argue that in order for our ...
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Is “well-connected” correct here?

I want to use well-connected in the context of The James family was a well-connected family in ... Can someone suggest better ways to say it? I want it to mean that that particular family was ...
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Is “iterative cycle” a tautology?

If something is iterative, it means it repeats. A cycle is also something that is repeated. So is "iterative cycle" tautological — a redundant way of saying "iteration"? For example: We ...
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Is “vicious cycle” or “downward spiral” used properly here?

Suppose someone doesn't often learn things thoroughly. Over the time, that creates problems for learning further. I was wondering if this situation can be expressed properly by: It is/creates a ...
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How to say the margins of a page in a book

What is the best way to express the margins of (i) the bounded side of a page and (ii) the edge side? I see people referring to them as left margin and right margin, but they are inaccurate. On ...
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How to describe “working steadily and slowly is treated as stubborn”

It is not uncommon that those who prefer to work or learn in a solid and therefore usually slow way are being called as stubborn, and those in a fast-pacing but non-solid way as smart. I wonder how ...
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Is it possible to say “to or fro”, or only “to and fro” is acceptable?

Could I use the following sentence, please: According to the timeStepDirection value (+1 or -1), change the current program number to or fro along the time axis. If not, is it at least possible to ...
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When do you use “Cheers” instead of “Thank you” in spoken English?

A lot of time, people say "cheers" instead of "thank you". As I am not a native speaker, I wonder in which case you can use what. It is used a lot for polite gestures, such as holding a door or ...
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Each other vs. one another [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “each other” vs. “one another”? It occurred to me recently that I've been using these phrases interchangeably (basing my ...
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What does the most common usage of 'Korea' mean in modern-day English-speaking world?

On Meta.Travel.SE, we have a debate whether our 'Korea' tag should be mapped to 'South Korea'. One of the answers - from the moderator who made the synonym mapping - is that common usage of the word ...
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Should I say “have a good night” at 5:00 PM?

We're off work at 5:00PM. I've never tried to say "have a good night" at this time of day. In fact, I wouldn't even say it at all unless I'd like to say it to someone who is heading to bed. When I'm ...
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How to check phrasing and word choices?

I'm a native speaker of French, and even though I think I have a rather good level in English, I always try to keep an open mind. (I learned English by absorbing from a lot of sources: TV, movies, ...
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Any other good way of saying “Happy Birthday”?

Quite a few of my friends are having their birthdays in the coming weeks. I feel a little awkward posting plain words like "Happy Birthday" on their Facebook pages. I've decided I should come up with ...
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Is the expression 'more alike' awkward or does it work in an interface?

I want to create a button on an interface that will show me more items (cars) of the same kind (or similar in characteristics). I was thinking of 'more like this' but this is a bit too long and the ...
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How about 'play cute' or 'play adorable'?

I wonder if 'play cute' or 'play adorable' is frequently used to stand for 'act cute/adorable' in spoken language. It seems easier to google out 'act cute/adorable' instead of 'play cute/adorable'.
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To live in ignorance of just happiness [closed]

Is it a valid phrase? Please, accept or reject it. Maybe there is other exact expression.
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Difference between “meant to” and “supposed to”

Those two expressions have close meaning: He is not meant to do this He is not supposed to do this What is the difference between them, and when I should use one or the other?
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Is “many fewer combinations” correct?

Is the expression "many fewer combinations" correct? It only gets about 600 hits on Google, against 1,200 for "a lot fewer combinations". What would be a correct way of expressing the idea contained ...
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Is there a term I can use for a boss's favorite employee?

Over dinner tonight, one of the guests was describing herself as her boss's favorite employee, and asked for a term to describe this. As the only guest who spoke English as a first language, the ...
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“Please advise” — why is this a common turn of phrase for foreign speakers of English?

I was just browsing through StackOverflow just now, and randomly hit on this question, where the question-asker signed off his request with a "please advise." Certain I'd heard this turn of phrase ...
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“Add connections” or “Create connections”?

I am building an interface for making connections between items. When viewing a particular item, the user has the possibility of connecting it to other existing items, by selecting them from a list. ...
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“You are not going to be able to … ” versus “you can't …”

Are there any differences between these two expressions?
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Compact rephrasing of “In contrast to previous work, our method …”

I am writing an abstract for a paper, where I say the following: "In contrast to previous work, our method does not rely on ...." Then, about three sentences later, I would like to use a similar ...
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“Password Reset Mail” or “Reset Password Mail”?

We are working on a web project that has a password reset feature. Now the problem is, between "Password Reset Mail" and "Reset Password Mail", which is better?