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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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What to use, “and” or “or”, when we want to say something can do mutually exclusive things?

I am wondering which conjunction I should use when I want to say something can do mutually exclusive things, but not at the same time? Examples: The switch on the wall can turn the light on ___ off....
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“Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”? [migrated]

The question is in the title. Which one is correct? And if they're both correct, how do they differ? Especially when you're teaching a concept and say: The first thing that "occurs to me" is... ...
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“even more”, “even much more”, “many more”

My sentence is this: Parents teach us how to speak and interact in social situations and even more. I would like to know how to say "and a lot of other things" at the end of my sentence. I have ...
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What do we call “easily readable books”?

I just wonder if there is a good expression to refer to an "easily readable book", like a simple short story or pocket book?
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Word for different office/work “cultures”

I am looking for a word to describe differences between two groups of professional fields. Our small company is having a competition for best outside-of-work pictures. There are about 10 people in ...
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Past tense means politeness? [closed]

Questions asked using past tense, some examples like: "Would you mind...?", "Could you please...?", "Should I do...?", "Did you want...?" It seems people are using past tense in these sort of ...
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Why have I not heard “radical muslim terrorism” on TV?

In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media. Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a ...
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What's the word in English for something that could have attachments to it?

I'm a programmer and making an attachment system. Where you could have a weapon, and different components that you could attach to it, to give it extra behavior. Example: an M16 and a: silencer, ...
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“Going down the rathole” vs. “Going down the rabbit hole.”

I hear/read the phrase "going down a/the rathole" used as a synonym for the phrase "going down a/the rabbit hole," the later taken from chapter 1 - "Down the Rabbit Hole" of Alice's Adventures in ...
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“What's a nice place to go shopping?” or “Where's a nice place to go shopping?”

Which is correct: "What's a nice place to go shopping?" or "Where's a nice place to go shopping?" Why do we use "What's?" and not "Where's?"
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What word fits in this situation [closed]

When someone applied for something and reasons for the application are not enough or not subject to even consideration, how do you say in English instead of unacceptable? Does this sentence make ...
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Double use of future tense after “I hope that”

I was wondering whether it was correct to use "will" twice in the following sentence: I hope that 2016 will be the year I will get to travel. Using the present tense in the second half of the ...
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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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Quality of life Vs. Life Quality

In the context of the following excerpt, what expression should I use? And why? The husband's role is a fundamental element for the sick wife's well-being and life quality/quality of life. Note ...
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Other than - except for

Yesterday I used the sentence: "I know people except (for) you." and I have been told that the correct version is: "I know people other than you." Although I have been looking at related ...
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“take the initiative” vs “make the initiative”

What is the difference between "taking the initiative" and "making the initiative"? Context : I recently sent an email asking advice on whether I should "take the initiative to contact X". The person ...
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Is there any difference between ”control of/over“ and ”power over"

For example, what to choose here? "To compete for the control of/over a corporation" or "To compete for the power over a corporation" UPDATE If two workers compete for absolute control/power, what ...
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“The name is” or “My name is”

What is the fundamental difference between saying "The name is X" or " My name is X" to introduce yourself? It seems that both versions are used in movies/tv shows, but as far as I recall, no one ...
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A word for a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh

There is a word for this in Indonesian language: jayus. (Maybe, it is used in Filipino and Malaysian language also.) It is a joke that is so bad, it's funny. It is often mentioned as untranslatable....
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Single word for attributing inappropriate motives to others' actions?

Is there a single word to describe someone who often attributes inappropriately trivial/cheap motives to another person's actions? I'm thinking along the lines of someone who puts himself briefly in ...
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Pronouns when addressing a crowd

So recently, I have been working on a speech. Parts of this speech is a series of questions that I pose to the audience. I realize some difficulty when writing them. For example: “Who remembers ...
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Be successful vs good luck [closed]

Does it sound right to say "be successful" instead of "good luck" as a quick reply? For instance: A : I have a tough exam tomorrow. B : I hope you'll be successful in your exam. I suppose ...
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Is “strong medicine” idiomatic?

Is the expression “strong medicine” idiomatic? I am referring to drugs that contain a high concentration of chemicals and are used for soothing severe pains or treating severe diseases. A drug whose ...
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What's the English for “allappare”?

This is essentially a translation question and as such off-topic, but please bear with me for a moment. Allappare is an Italian verb that is used to refer to the astringent effect that you may ...
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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Please help me in choosing between too / also / as well in a specific case [closed]

I cannot figure out which one is correct (This text will be placed in a real estate listing website, in an area near an already listed property, suggesting others to offer their property on the ...
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How to emphasize one word more than another at the end of a sentence

Which of the following sentences emphasizes the word "crispy" more than "red"? This paper studies apples with a crispy and red exterior. This paper studies apples with a red and crispy ...
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What to say instead of “Ladies and Gentlemen”? [duplicate]

What do I say instead of Ladies and Gentlemen if there are many men and only one woman present? Should I say: Lady and Gentlemen Gentlemen and Lady Madam and Gentlemen or something else?
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Proper response to “Let's meet…” [closed]

What's the proper response to this Linda: "Let's meet outside the library." Lucy: "____" A. Is 6.30 all right? B. Yes, let's do it C. How about meeting again? D. I'd like to go to the ...
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Word for a friend you have never met?

Can anyone provide "emotional" word/phrase for a "friend" you have never met, but it feels like you really know him? I won't mind even if it was in a language other than English. :) Update: Would ...
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What's the opposite of “in X's favor”? [closed]

If you argued your case well, the judge may rule "in your favor". What's the opposite expression? (I don't mean "dismiss your claim" or "reject your suit" etc. - I'm looking for the exact opposite ...
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'Learn of' vs 'learn off'

I couldn't find a thread on this, so I'm asking. When you're learning facts for an exam, are you 'learning of' the facts, or 'learning off' the facts? It is possible that it may be an English or ...
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Is the expression “to get understood” correct?

Can I say Get yourself understood. with the sense of "make yourself understood"? Are both correct? Is there a difference in meaning between the two?
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Usage of “no longer are” vs “are no longer”

I'm writing some code and as I wrote a comment I realized I don't know which of the following forms is the correct way to phrase it: The moment there no longer are any valid blocks, the loop ...
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English equivalent for the French expression “péter de santé”

Is there an expression/idiom in English that carries pretty much the same connotation as what is implied by French "péter de santé"? WordReference actually gives for translation, "be bursting with ...
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“On the air” OR “On air”

Do you remember Northern Exposure? I hope so. Chris had a light-sign in his office: http://nevergoodbye.com/go/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/totalchris.gif And when you search google images for "on the ...
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How to say that an incapability would have been shared by others

I'm a non-native speaker struggling with a construct that should emphasize that someone's incapability would have been shared by others. Picture a man with a stone in his shoe. He walks on and on but ...
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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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Are “Fish in a barrel” and “Sitting ducks” similar?

Do the phrases "Fish in a barrel" and "Sitting ducks" convey the same thing? In my opinion, they have the same tone and express something to be an easy target. Eg: Out there, they are just fish in ...
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“at the cost of” vs. “at the expense of”

I usually use "at the cost of", but my editor made it "at the expense of". For example, the following sentence: The counts in Table 2 are all based on implementations that are optimized for ...
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Proceed vs. Proceed further/ahead- Redundancy

In a training session on Business English, the instructor often said, proceed and proceed further, usually, after a pause by the speakers or whenever he interrupted. Examples: I ...
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the similar meaning of impress and strike…as

I learnt the phrase 'strike somebody as something', which means 'to seem to have a particular quality or feature'. I think it is similar to 'impress somebody with something'. Maybe it is most common ...
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Comparing two people's cleverness at a particular age

I'm trying to present a comparison of Jake's and Eric's cleverness at the age of 18 Jake is 18 years old, and Eric is 32. 1)Jake is much cleverer at 18 than Eirc was when he was 18 2)Jake is much ...
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Subscribe for vs subscribe to updates [closed]

What form is correct or more suitable regarding website updates?
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When expressing temperatures that are colder than freezing, do we say “more than freezing”, “less than freezing”, or something else?

So my brother and I were standing out in the cold. Brother: "Man, it's cold." Me: "Yeah, it's freezing." Brother: "Man, it's more than freezing!" Me: Slightly confused, but perhaps thinking that he ...
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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 fine....
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Is “Neither I you” Correct?

A friend of mine said "...I never saw you during school." For some reason I wanted to respond "Neither I you." I am certain I have heard this reply before, but, looking at it now, it does not seem ...
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As cold as it was today vs as cold as it is today

I'd like to know whether all of the following sentences have the same meaning. Are all of these sentences grammatically correct? 1) Tomorrow will be twice as cold 2) Tomorrow will be twice as cold as ...
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Difference between 'in the wild' and 'in the wilderness'?

In I once saw a tiger in the wild. 'in the wild' sounds like an existing collocation. How about 'in the wilderness'?