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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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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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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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Set X to v? or Set X as v?

I'm writing an academic paper, and would like to say that the value of X is v using imperative form. (Specifically in the algorithm section. That's why I need to use imperative.) Which among the ...
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Is it true that after the title (Mr), we have to add a name?

I want to know whether it's obligatory to add a name after Mr. Can we call someone with "Hey, Mr!"? Or should we should say "Mr John"? And if we don't want to mention the name, do we just say "Sir"? ...
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you have confused me or you have got me confused?

You have confused me by staying quiet about it or you have got me confused by staying quiet about it? I know the latter is correct, but is the former sentence correct as well and convey the same ...
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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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As long as… which version is better? [closed]

I want to express the following: As long as A exists, B exists. As long as B exists, C exists. It does not sound smooth to me. I was considering this version too: As long as A exists, so ...
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Using “of” before “whether” and general usage of “whether”

I was reading a mathematics text, and I came across a phrase which I thought was written incorrectly. There was a part of a sentence: ... it begs the question whether or not A=B. and I feel this ...
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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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“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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Allow introducing myself vs. allow me introducing myself

In the beginning of a formal letter, which one of the followings is the correct form? Allow introducing myself. Or Allow me to introduce myself. I have a feeling that the latter is better, ...
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Is “Inversely Proportional” the right term here?

The effort required to design something is inversely proportional to the simplicity of the result. -Roy T. Fielding, http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/2008/rest-apis-must-be-hypertext-driven ...
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Can you make the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go' explicit?

I think most native speakers have an implicit understanding of the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go', although the difference in use between these expressions is small. I'm not a ...
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What is a simpler/more natural way to say “One defines himself with his doings!” [migrated]

This is the German text I would like to translate: "Der Mensch definiert sich durch seine Taten." I know all the words above in English, but if I use online translators to verify my translations ...
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Field of study and thesis

Is there any proper way to say what field of study of an engineering thesis is? In Polish I can say: Praca Dyplomowa Inżynierska na kierunku Informatyka. And it's often put on the front page as ...
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If I say I am 'interested' in a position, does that imply certainty in my decision [closed]

I am considering accepting a position at a company, however I do not want to talk with certainty just yet. If I say that I am 'interested' in that position, would that be appropriate for my situation? ...
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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 meaning of “You better take this”?

My mother tongue is Hindi. I was watching an English movie when I came across the below sentence. Although it is a dual language movie and that helps me to understand English and improve my ...
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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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“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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To further upgrade your performance or upgrade your performance further? [duplicate]

a. to further upgrade your performance b. to upgrade your performance further Why do I feel that (a) is grammatically incorrect although it is used often. If anyone could explain the grammatical ...
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“kindly request that something IS cancelled”, or “WILL BE cancelled?” [duplicate]

Which is the correct usage? We kindly request that the phone line is cancelled. We kindly request that the phone line will be cancelled.
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“Back to where” vs “back where”

Is it grammatically okay to omit the "to" in the following sentence? 1) Put something back to where it belongs 2) Put something back where it belongs What's the difference between them? which one ...
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assertion versus statement

This may seem like a stupid question from an English teacher (2nd year), but I am confounded. What is the difference between writing an assertion to start a body paragraph versus writing a statement ...
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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 ...
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Proper usage of “passed” vs “passed away”

The current popular verb for someone who has died is to say they "passed." It sounds incorrect to me -- isn't the proper terminology "passed-away"? I've noticed that people on TV and people under 30 ...
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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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Size-advantageousness of policy?

Suppose some government policy tends to help large communities rather than small ones. I want to describe this as a noun. Will "size-advantageousness of policy" be a good choice to describe that? ...
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What's the proper response when someone says something modest and underrated about himself [closed]

Recently when I told a British colleague of mine that he sent me the right assets earlier he told me this: Wow, me being efficient? Doesn't sound right I understand that this is supposed to be ...
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Term for something similar to hijacking a meeting?

When someone says hijacking a meeting, it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. One time, I was invited to a meeting to talk about "ABC", but they only discussed ...
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Is it correct to say “We end poverty”?

I know it's more common to say something like, "We are going to end poverty," or, "We fight poverty," but I want to know if, "We end poverty," is also correct. It sounds kind of strange to me, but my ...
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Which is more correct: “embodied by” or “embodied within”?

Which of the following seems more grammatically correct to you? This subjectivity is embodied by the concept of qualia This subjectivity is embodied within the concept of qualia "Embodied ...
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What is the word or phrase that describes the feeling of well-being or satisfaction from an act (for example spring cleaning)

I am undergoing a rigorous "spring cleaning" exercise, where I am either donating to charity, selling on eBay or simply throwing away old possessions. Having cleared out an entire room that was ...
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Better alternative for “bring something to something”?

Is it correct to say bring some experience to some activity, as in Our product brings new experience to everyday shopping (artificial example) or there is an expression, that fits ...
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Already before/Even before becoming + was/had been recognized

Already/Even before becoming an engineer, he was/had been recognized as a talented chef. Which of the options sounds better/is more correct? Since he became an engineer in the past, and he had ...
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How to mention this in CV

I am a software programmer and I'm preparing my CV and I want to mention projects that I conducted entirely by myself. but I'm not sure about the wording, see italicized text in these example: ...
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Please help me improve this sentence: I have involved many activities. This includes attending conference A, conference B

Please help me improve this sentence: I have involved many activities. This includes attending conference A, conference B.... Not sure if I should use "These include" or "This includes".
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Usage of “Proud words from a weak stomach”

In the Hindi language there is an equivalent phrase which is widely used when a common man who is trying to suggest an idea to a person in power or some higher authority respectfully without ...
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Is there a difference between “way of doing something” and “way to do something”?

Is there a difference between "way of doing something" and "way to do something"? It is on purpose that I did not write "a way of doing something" or "the way of doing something" and "a way to do ...
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Expressions that mean it's OK to fail or failing is part of success? [closed]

Is there a list of expressions (about 3 words, longer or shorter) that mean "it's OK to fail"? I'm asking for a list of expressions because I am looking for a domain name and most good domain names ...
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What Charles Ingalls was really going to say?

Here is full paragraph: Pa was on top of the walls, stretching the canvas wagon-top over the skeleton roof of saplings. The canvas billowed in the wind, Pa's beard blew wildly and his hair stood ...
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Is using the expression “pain in the ass” considered rude [closed]

Is using the expression "pain in the ass" considered rude ? I'd like to use this expression in a public talk about diffucult outdoor activities, like for instance: "crossing this river was a major ...
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What is the importance of just in comparative sentence?

Do these two statements mean the same thing? Pizza tastes as good as pasta. Pizza tastes just as good as pasta. To me, 1 sounds like pizza tastes at least like pasta or better while 2 ...
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I think I believe I feel statements should be introduced properly

In English, a subjective statement or a likewise question is often introduced by either of these phrases: I reckon [that] … – Do you reckon [that] …? (dialectal) I think [that] … – Do you ...
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An expression for 'growing old and more spiritual'

Is there an expression or saying that can be used to describe when person is growing old and he/she becomes less involved with physical issues and devotes more time to spiritual ones, taking care ...
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Word for someone who feels complete again, but not in the same way as they once were

I am writing a story about a girl who once was complete, but now has lost what made her feel whole. She has tried to replace it with the same thing but failed. Now she has replaced it with something ...
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How to use “ the look of confusion” in a sentence?

Can you say "I saw the look of confusion on Max." or do you have to say "I saw the look of confusion on Max's face." ?
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Other expressions for 'coming of age'

I understand that the expression 'coming of age' may refer to both the legal and natural definitions of a young person that becomes an adult. The age specifically may be different according to the ...
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Kinds of trips and their verbs

There is an exercise in a book I use which asks students to put the words for the kinds of trips in a chart, under three columns: Go, Take and Go on a/an. The problem is that after students do it, the ...