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To what extent do English words sound like what they describe?

Is it true that the way languages develop causes the tonal qualities of the words to have a tendency to match the nature of the thing the word stands for? I am not talking just about obviously ...
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Opposite of writer's block

I recently experienced a patch where in I just had an urge to write and write. And when I sat down on my laptop, indeed I went on and on writing things I always wanted to. I felt like I experienced ...
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Right format for time of day when corresponding with Germans

I'm writing to some German folks in English, and I'm referring to the time of day -- an event that starts at 10 o'clock in the morning. I know that if I were writing to other Americans, I'd use 10 ...
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Words with Transposed or Inverted Syllables

In its definition of sideburns, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (2003) refers to the spelling as an "anagram of burnsides." But since derubniss, sisburden, and ubersnids are ...
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what's the difference between “trust” and “believe”

What's the difference between "trust" and "believe"? In the sentence such as "Don't ...a man who keeps flattering you. "Should I fill in "trust" or "believe" ?thank you!!
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What literary device is being used here?

The beginning of prehistoric wars is a disputed issue between anthropologists and historians. Source: http://ask.yahoo.com/20070404.html I was reading that article and I noticed that sentence ...
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The origin word “English”? Language that dominated the beginning of English existence? [closed]

I've read so many questions in ELL on the origin of English words. But I've never found the origin of the word English itself. I'm also curious about the history of English as a language. I mean, in ...
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What are reading comprehesion tools that can generate or suggest plainer language? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to simplify a document for better comprehension after I have already gone through an editing process myself. It could include suggestions easier synonyms, grammar optimization ...
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Should I use “arrived” or “reached”

Sometimes when I come back from my brother's house he asks me to let him know when I am at home. Now, in that situation which one of the following is correct : I've reached home now. OR I've ...
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The use of question formation in non-question phrases?

I have read the following text some time ago: [...] Only here can you enjoy dazzling entertainment, get the thrill of your life on the exciting rides, and be face-to-face with some of the ...
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Difference between “aim” and “purpose”

The explanation in the dictionary of "aim" is "The aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve. "and the explanation of "purpose" is ...
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why use “isn't” in the sentence "if it isn't too much trouble, i'd love a cup of coffee?

Why use "isn't" in the sentence "if it isn't too much trouble, i'd love a cup of coffee?why English users do not use "weren't" instead of "isn't"?
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“merits”and “demerits” &“strengths” and “weaknesses”

What is the difference between "merits"and"strengths" and what is the difference between "demerits" and "weaknesses"?
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Classification of languages according to stress patterns [closed]

While this question is about the English language, it is also about all other languages: There's a classification of stress patterns in languages whereby languages are one of two possible types. One ...
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“waste time“ and ” pass time"

In this sentence, why people say "if reading is to accomplish anything more than passing time, it must be active?" Why isn't "wasting time" a right answer?
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which is correct - in section below or below section [duplicate]

We have given detail description of these tools in below section. or We have given detail description of these tools in section below. which one is correct?
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Something about “information” and “insights” [closed]

In this sentence, Sharing insights and answers freely is what makes the Internet such a great medium for learning. Why is "information " not the right answer?
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“didn't need to have done” or “needn't have done”

The sentence, "The examination has been cancelled. You needn't have done all the revison, after all."means that the student didn't have to do the revision, but he has done that. Can "need't have done" ...
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“even allowing” or “although allowing”

In the dictionary, the meaning of "allowing for" is " In consideration of sth". So in this sentence, "Even allowing for his age, he still acts very immaturely". Can I change the word “ even" into ...
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“be given offters of help” or “be given willingness of help”

In this sentence, " a woman is often given more___of help with her broken-down car when she is dressed attractively than when she is dressed less appealingly." The answer is "offers", but why not ...
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What's the difference between “waste time” and “pass time”?

In this sentence" If reading is to accomplish anything more than___time, it must be active. "Should I fill in "wasting" or "passing"? Thank you!
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“weakness”, “shortcoming”, “demerit” and “defect” [duplicate]

The four words"weakness", "shortcoming", "demerit" and "defect" are four words shared with the similar meanings. In the dictionary, "weakness" and "shortcoming" have more to do with one's characer, ...
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Reversing name order [closed]

My current task is to create a (programming) algorithm which reverts a name's order. This since my country's formal name-listing order is different from international ones. The standard is often: ...
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Difference between “convert” and “transform”

In the dictionary, the words "convert" and "transform" both have the meaning of changing the form of something. So how should I distinguish them? In what situation they are of the same meaning, and in ...