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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced ...
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can 'just do 8' instead of 'just do it' ? in daily usage, something like '4' instead of 'for'

In daily usage, if 'just do 8' can instead of 'just do it', I mean if other people read the it will feeling weird, the situation similar to '4' instead of 'for' But in my case, the 8 & it will be ...
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Word for “the little chores” in life

I'm looking for a noun which roughly means "the little chores" in life, something similar to mundane tasks (such as fetching groceries, doing the laundry, etc), but a bit more generic than "errand". ...
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How do I best explain what it means to lose an hour or to gain an hour when traveling across time zones or entering DST?

When we travel east and cross a timezone boundary, we enter an area where the local time is 1 hr ahead. We say we've lost 1 hr. Conversely, when we travel west and cross a timezone boundary, we enter ...
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“Personal Letter”, is that “Personal letter from me” or “Personal letter to you”?

I have received a number of emails this christmas, all saying they're a "personal letter". They're all from past online accounts, like online learning services and similar. I started to ponder the ...
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What is a better word for “treatment” in the given statement?

When I try to convert from English to Russian the following statement: If you are going to contact someone you should use either his or her exact name or the common form of treatment. then Bing ...
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emerging vs new

I wonder if it is possible to place "emerging" and "new" on the relative timeline. Can we say that something "emerged" at first and the become "new" ? If not, is the contrary valid? For example, ...
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Past Simple vs. Past Progressive

I've been noticing in conversations that people often use past or present or future progressive where I would normally use past, present or future simple. I know some rules about interrupted actions ...
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Not oxymoron or paradox [on hold]

What do you call one word that is contradictory? It is not an oxymoron or a paradox. I can never remember the term!
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Can the phrase “take it with a grain of salt” have four different ways to get to the same meaning?

Frequently in my workplace, when some bad news comes in, the advice take this with a grain of salt is used in such a context to mean choose for yourselves how to interpret this but don't consider it ...
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hike for the timber?

"I don't know, Aunt Ray," he said dubiously; "this is hardly a woman's affair. If there's a scrap of any kind, you hike for the timber." Which was Halsey's solicitous care for me, put into ...
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meaning of 'stretch a point' in the below sentence

"It may not amount to anything," he said slowly. "It is difficult to get any perspective on things around here, because every one down in the village is sure he saw the murderer, either before or ...
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angst [sic?] about “angst”

It seems I can't use "angst" anymore to refer to unspecified "philosophical anxiety about the world or personal freedom." (definition by Wordnet). In a discussion with a friend - let's call him Abe - ...
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Multifarious usage of 'yet'

I am a english student passionate about learning the language but sometimes I find some contradictory meanings (in my humble opinion). yet is one of the cases. Since I also research by myself, I have ...
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Which answers are correct among five expressions? or have the same meaning?

A: I think she has had plastic surgery. B: Yes. She definitely is not a natural beauty. Yes. She definitely is not the natural beauty. Yes. She definitely is not in natural beauty. Yes. She ...
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What is the meaning of “put white out on sth”?

I have read an article which includes the phrase "put white out on sth", but I am unable to guess its meaning. Despite referring to http://dictionary.cambridge.org/, I haven't been able to look up ...
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What does “consound” mean?

Hello and happy holidays. While reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I came across the expression "consound it" in Huck's dialogue parts. "Consound it, Tom Sawyer, you're just old pie, 'longside ...
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What is the correct word for the list of goods?

What is the correct word for the list of goods that we receive from our clients to be shipped(export) abroad? Please let me have your order/shipment list?
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Can "field“ used in this sentence?

They succeed in persuading me to leave the field of technology in which I can easily find assurance in terms of job opportunity and financial stability. Please tell me whether I can use the word ...
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Word for disliking nice people

Is there a word that means not liking nice people. I know some that are fine people but seem annoyingly nice ... maybe too good to be true.
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Does “selfie” refer to the picture's taker, the picture's poster, or both

I'm a middle-aged person who is not up on the latest trends and am not a social media user. But a few days ago on CNN, the anchors were going on about the latest celebrity "selfie" that had "gone ...
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What is a “trooferism”?

What is a trooferism? Personally, I found it in context: Comic tropes that everyone else needs to get over: [...] Hysterical moral cause from 6 months ago that everyone already ...
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Can a sport team “clinch” a championship in the last regular season game?

This question gets into the subtle shades of meaning of the word clinch, in the context of sporting teams securing spots in the playoffs. My past experience hearing this term on television, or ...
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What are the Differences in Meaning Between “Problem Solving” and “Solving Problems”

Problem Solving tells us what you do. Solving Problems tells us what you do it to. Is there any other difference in meaning in the context of math word problems?
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What is the meaning of “others” in this sentence?

I came across a sentence on a Wikipedia article, where "others" seems to have been used as a noun. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary says it can either be noun or pronoun. The sentence in question ...
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The wicked female monster!

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, the "mare" in nightmare means an evil female spirit/monster that affects sleepers during the night. Very interesting. Are there other words in English ...
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“Well, no matter. Let's get on with the discussion.” [on hold]

If a professor says "Well, no matter. Let's get on with the discussion.", then which one is her intention? a) To explain that she was only giving her opinion b) To indicate that the previous ...
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Is magnanimity the right word for courage, insight and willingness to overlook or forgive?

Definitions of magnanimous in some of the most authoritative dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online: Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person. Dictionary.com ...
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What's the meaning of “When you rock the boat, there will be waves”?

Does this phrase mean "When you cause a problem, people get upset."?
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“As you mentioned” vs “as you said”

I've heard these two sentences a lot "as you said " and "as you mentioned". I'm a bit confused about them. I want to ask: what's the difference between these two sentences: "As he said before this ...
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What's the meaning of “out of being an ass”?

The actual sentence is: "Keep in mind that you can't apologize your way out of being an ass." What does it mean?
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What does “raw and torn” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

What does "raw and torn" mean in this sentence? My sadness and disappointment are as raw and torn as the earth around a fresh grave.
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“all the virtues in the calendar”

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "all the virtues in the calendar"? Doing a phrase search (with quotes) gives many example usages. Questions: 1. Is there an actual calendar of virtues ...
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Commute Distance and Time [on hold]

One of the things that I've always been hung up on is explaining the length and distance of my commute. Example 1: "I had a 25 mile commute by car" does that mean 12.5 miles there and 12.5 miles ...
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what does the word practium mean? [on hold]

What does the word practium mean? and what is the difference between it and the word practice? it is for me like practical ,for example, the practicum period influences the teacher's identity.
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Difference between “to think” and “think” [on hold]

Kate: I love to read.Really! But I don't read because I want people to think I'm smart.I can't stand those pompous people who try to show off how much they know about literature. Why in the above ...
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Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement? [on hold]

Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement ?
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“aside with” meaning [on hold]

Does "aside with" exist in the English vocabulary? if so What is the meaning of it? I've seen someone writing: A aside with B are ... But I really didn't understand what he meant by "aside with".
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Meaning of Evenly distributed [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of evenly in phrases such as: Users are evenly distributed between these types or Users were split roughly evenly among these categories does it mean on the ...
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What's the meaning of spin in “Don't hide behind spin”? [on hold]

This is a sentence in Rework book written by JASON FRED. Here is the main paragraph: people will respect you more if you are open, honest, public, and responsive during a crisis. Don't hide behind ...
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Do the following three expressions have the same meaning?

My flight is scheduled for 7 p.m. from New York. My flight is scheduled for New York at 7 p.m. My flight is scheduled for New York, 7 p.m.
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Descry, Espy, Spot, Spy

I know as a general rule that no two words are identical in meaning and use. I was wondering if I could get help in understanding the different meanings and uses of descry, espy, spot and spy. I know ...
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Where am I hiding? [closed]

I am covered and therefore not to be seen in a group photo in which i have posed. I want to emphasize my missing in the photo to others.
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Sultanas and raisins, I'm confused

Most Christmas pudding recipes call for both sultanas and raisins. It is my understanding that a raisin refers to any dried grape. A sultana is both the name of a seedless grape, originating from ...
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What “tabloid”, “bikini”, “heroin”, “escalator”, “trampoline”, and “aspirin” have in common [on hold]

This is a puzzle for Christmas. What do the following words have in common? tabloid, bikini, heroin, escalator, trampoline, aspirin
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What does “clog the pipes” mean? [closed]

Please tell me what does clog the pipe mean in this sentence? Delegators people who love telling people what to do clog the pipes for others by coming up with busywork.
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Meaning of “hound” [closed]

I came across this sentence: "He believed that whatever he planned to do was hound to end in failure." I looked up the meaning of the word "hound" in my dictionary. But either the word in this ...
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“I have not had an answer” - what is the real meaning?

I've been told that when someone says or e.g. writes in an e-mail: "I have not had an answer.", - it means they are very angry. Is this so? thanks for an answer:)
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How did “party” come to mean “gathering”?

Is it just related to the fact that people participate in it? UPDATE. Judging by the comments, dictionary articles are absolutely exhaustive, and it just must be obvious to everyone how 'to take the ...
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what does it mean, when a girl tells a guy, “sounds like a catch”

After you mentioned the good qualities of another female, and desire to have a female like such.