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Dictionary of English constructions

There is a family of grammars called construction grammar that started perhaps in the 80s with the work of Fillmore & Kay among others. Examples of constructions include: the time + away ...
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Naming product packs and bundles

I am creating a couple of different ecommerce modules: A module that allows the shop owner to sell a product in packs (multiple units of the same product), even though the product in the system is ...
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How to define someone who does not like/want to get a job or do anything in life?

In Portuguese, my natural language, we have a lot of words to define this kind of people, like mandrião, calaceiro, calaça, indolente, malandro, etc. We have also lighter words like preguiçoso that is ...
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What is a word called that consists of a repetition of one word?

What is a word called that consists of a repetition of one word? I came across the word polypoly in one of the other question asked on the site, and it got me thinking whether there are other ...
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Idioms to mean “becoming a teacher/pastor/etc”? [closed]

Are there common idioms to mean "becoming a teacher/pastor/'insert profession here' ", used in a figurative way?
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Best word for…different types of physical constructs

I have a triple request but they're related. Word for a solid filled object in a given shape (ie triangle made out of steel sheet) Word for object in a given shape with only the outline (ie. A set ...
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Could you list some more of these kind of words? [closed]

Words like thenceforth, aforementioned, notwithstanding, wherein, therein, thereof, whereof, henceforward, aforesaid, therefore, thereto... And also, under what classification do these words go?
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verbs not followed by that clauses

Where can I find a list of verbs like 'to want', which must be followed by an infinitive (other verbs by a gerund), but cannot be followed by a that-clause? I got from your website that there are ...
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Names of ancient people and spirits that are used for desribing people's mood and characteristics [closed]

I saw some words, which are names of ancient people and spirits (such as those exist in Greek and Roman tales). They are used for describing people's mood and characteristics. For example, some ...
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Where can I find words that have “literary meaning” like “ardent”, “antic”

Is there a place on the Interent where we can find words with meaning that marked as literary in the OED like these: literary for literary: because; since: he felt guilty, for he knew ...
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Other words that end with 'come' [closed]

Drake has lyrics that go as long as the outcome is income It was a nice play on words and I'd like to write a new headline for a law firm that speaks to them being the guys to go to in understanding ...
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Word that means “one out of a series must be true”?

I am trying to come up with a word or phrase that means "one out of a series must be true". Example #1: I have a list of roles that a user can belong to. What is a word that describes a list of ...
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“Deus Ex Machina” for Misfortune

I'm looking for a word or phrase like "deus ex machina," but to describe misfortune rather than resolution. It needs to communicate that the situation "came from out of nowhere," and/or feels ...
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Words that can be repeated and still make sense [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there other repeated single word sentences like the Buffalo sentence? Are there words in English like had that can be repeated while still making sense? For example, ...
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City names with articles

Typically we don't use articles with city names, e.g. "Seattle" and not "the Seattle." I know at least one exception though which is The Hague. Are there any other city names which we use with the ...
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Does America have its Versions of U- and Non-U English?

In Britain and most of Europe, some form of U-speak exists: old-money language has certain features that distinguish it from other language. In Dutch, it doesn't really have a name, but it is still ...
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“Unicorn”: what other words have this “cornus” etymology?

"Unicorn" comes from the French and late Latin, with the "cornus" part meaning "horn". I am wondering what other English words share this root. I could think of "rhinoceros". Can you think of ...
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Are there commonly used words to denote different gradations of friendship in English?

In English there is only one word for grade of friendship: friends. All of you agree that friends are different: with some of them you just drank beer few times, other you know for many years and you ...
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Common interjections / exclamations in English [closed]

What are the interjections / exclamations commonly used in English (e.g. aha, wow, eh, etc.)? I'd appreciate if you can provide me with a full list with the meaning of each term.
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What are some uncommon but valid portmanteau words that people use?

What are some uncommon but valid portmanteau words that people use? Example: Turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken or hen. People outside US are not familiar with this.
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Where can I find a list of English paronyms?

Can anyone point me to a (more or less) complete list of English paronyms (affect/effect, farther/further, alternately/alternatively, interested/interesting, corrupted/corrupt, adopt/adapt, ...
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Where can I get the list of diminutive forms of first names?

As the title suggests, where can I get the list of diminutive forms of people's first names? Like Mike for Michael and Dave for David.
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What’s purportedly wrong with Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style”?

I was reading the comments on this answer where several users claimed that Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style was “misinformed, hypocritical, and wrong” and “flat-out wrong or totally ...
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Examples of different roots (and different meanings) coming to be spelled the same

Apparently the two opposite meanings of to cleave have different roots: the to adhere meaning comes from one old English root (clifian) and the to cut meaning comes from a different old English word ...
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Can anyone provide me with a list of English words that are their own antonyms?

I am looking for a list of all English words that are their own antonyms. Off the top of my head, I can only think of "either", "fast", "to dust" and "to lease", but there must be dozens more. Can you ...
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Words for meat differ from the words for the corresponding animal

In English we have: "beef" for "cow", "cattle" "veal" for "calf" "pork" for "pig" "mutton" for "sheep" I'm not aware of this separation for "fish", "goat" or "chicken" (Spanish has "pollo" and ...
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What are some expressions that can be used to end an email? [closed]

At the end of every email, we use ending expressions like Best regards, Kind regards, Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully, What other expressions can be added to this list? Which ones should ...
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When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive?

Some verbs are followed by ing, e.g. I enjoy swimming. We can't say I enjoy to swim. Likewise, some verbs are followed by to, e.g. I decided to make a plan. Which particular verbs are followed by ...
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Favourite untranslatables [closed]

What are your favourite words and idioms in other languages that don't have good, succinct equivalents in English? (The issue of whether there is, or could be, a sentence on one language whose ...