Choosing the best phrase for a particular context or meaning.

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A simile / metaphor for the concept that an entity is formed from a wide range of factors

I am trying to explain that health is not simply determined by biological factors. Instead it is shaped by a whole host of variables: lifestyle, education, culture, attitudes, socio-economic factors ...
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“Technology” vs. “a technology”

(Company) develops transactional data technology that aggregates information for payment service providers and merchants. or (Company) develops a transactional data technology that ...
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how to say “etc” in a subject

I am translating some legal certificate and I need to indicate that a construction method and related factors are in accordance with a law. I am not sure what is the appropriate way to describe ...
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“Let alone” vs. “much less” when followed by a verb

If this is Kant's position, it is certainly difficult to make sense of, much less accept. — Kant's Ethics, ed. by Thomas Hill I tend to think that "much less", used in this sense, should be ...
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Use of “fifth column” - Is it archaic

In one of my research seminars, the director, a scientist, was heard saying- Fellow countrymen, the fifth column is akin to a sleeper cell and we should be cognizant of their presence. ...
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Proper usage of 'Come to lunch' & 'Come for lunch'?

I told a colleague of mine that since she didn't 'come to lunch', hence no sweets for her. She corrected the sentence to 'come for lunch'. So which one is the proper usage ?
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Way to indicate coordinates

Do the following two sentences mean the same thing? Upper left Y coordinate relative to the point z. Upper left Y coordinate to the point z. Thank you in advance.
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Can “existing” ever refer to past existence?

It included a better warranty than John's existing one, which was exactly what John needed. Can existing/current refer to the warranty at the time in the past? It needs to express the idea that ...
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“He returns home next Sunday” vs. “He will return home next Sunday”

"He returns home next Sunday" vs. "He will return home next Sunday" What's the subtle difference?
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...