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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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Is it correct to say “greedy little mind” or “little greedy mind” or both? [duplicate]

I was watching ERB, and Tesla replied to Thomas Edison - "You couldn't handle my gifts with your greedy little mind". What if I say: "little greedy mind", what does it change on the meaning. Is it ...
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Which word or phrase describes a hotel room that is a stand-alone little building?

I know about the term "bungalow" to describe some hotel rooms, but if it's not a very tropical place, what's another word that can describe this type of room? The room is basically a little house… is ...
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Connonations of the word “inclusive” [on hold]

Can the word "inclusive" come to mean "exclusive"? Can it connote that one is in control of who can be included?
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Is 'crewing' only about seamen?

Is 'crewing' mainly about seamen or can it also be used as a general synonym of staffing, hiring, recruiting, employing, etc? I want to use it in a sentence like 'the art of crewing' or 'crewing art' ...
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What does the “highs” and “lows” mean here?

It's in the lyrics of Will Young's song-Leave Right Now. Part of the lyrics below: I'm here so please explain Why you're opening up a healing wound again I'm a little more careful, perhaps it ...
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“What are our numbers?”

How can I correctly ask a question like "What are our numbers?" meaning what are the number of people in the audience in comparison with number of people in some other audience.
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Does this sentence make sense to you? [on hold]

Does this sentence look correct to you? Both of my teachers, Mr. Parson and Mrs. Harrell, look forward for me to improve more and more in class and they always appreciate my classwork.
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What's the meaning of, “Within 3 days of the 1st”? [on hold]

A lease agreement reads, "If rent is not paid within 3 days of the 1st". Does that mean, the 1st + 3 days == the 4th is the final day to pay rent and the 5th day is in breach?
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The meaning of “Looking good!”

In the US I heard "Looking good!" being used by spectators to encourage disabled participants of a race. What does it actually mean? In this context it can't possibly be a comment on their appearance ...
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What does “an irate ex waving a maintenance order” mean?

I said: Finally, I found you Grumpy! (Grumpy is the name of the site) Grumpy replies: That comment has the distinct flavour of an irate ex waving a maintenance order! :-) Can you ...
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Meaning of 'to mother someone' [on hold]

Could someone explain me please exact meaning of phrase 'to mother someone' and in which cases I can use it. As I managed to figure it out, means: to take care of someone or to look after of someone. ...
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how many sounds does the Letter O have [on hold]

How many different sounds does the letter O have? I understand that it has more than any other letter in the alphabet?
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Pronunciation for the word “competent.”

I hope that some of you might be able to quell this dilemma of mine. I would like to know the British pronunciation for the word "competent." Is it pronounced as: "com-pɪ-tent" or "com-pə-tent" with ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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'Not feeling clever' - how far does this extend?

The other day, when my wife was unwell, I happened to mention to a relative in Norfolk that she wasn't 'feeling too clever'. He instantly knew what I meant. But it made me wonder how far this idiom ...
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It's an expected label or It's an label expected. what's the difference?

Can anyone help me analyze the difference between the following two sentences? It's an expected label. It's a label expected.
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What does “scored heavily against” mean? [on hold]

What does "scored heavily against" mean? As in the following sentence. A scored heavily against B in that TV encounter. Update: Thanks for the answer. In the book that I'm reading, it was not ...
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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [on hold]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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“learnings” to talk about things that were learned but that were not taught

I understand that the use of learnings is very controversial. Some say you can't use it, while others say, "there is nothing wrong with teachings, so why with learnings?". I want to use learnings not ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “ill-treat” and “mistreat”?

I'm aware they are synonyms, but all the same I'm interested in knowing if one word is usually used more in one particular context, for example, or reserved for such a context. Or whether either one ...
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What does “all stand” mean?

I have to know what "all stand" means for a final test tomorrow. I've looked all over Google, with not a trace of what it may mean. It's a term used by sailors, that's the extent of my knowledge.
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“on the back of” meaning and implications

A The Independent of London article, The rise and rise of Sudoku, reads: [...] sales of pencils in Britain are reported to have risen 700 per cent on the back of the Sudoku boom. Question: Does ...
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Fraught, as in Overwrought Anxiety?

How did "fraught" come to include the second definition? What is the connection? FRAUGHT adjective: 1. (of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something ...
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Does “precipitation” have anything to do with “precipitous”?

precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. archaic,the fact or quality of acting suddenly and rashly ...
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Do phrases “Yes, it did not.” and “No, it did not.” have different meanings? [duplicate]

Let say the question is: So this ended up not working? What is the proper way to say, this indeed not work? These two seem fine to me: Yes, it did not. or No, it did not. Are they ...
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Need a word that rhymes with 'skin' [closed]

Need a word/phrase that rhymes with skin and has to do neglect or self-centeredness
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What does 'Chabo' usually mean [closed]

Does Chabo mean rooster? I learn it from the image search results on google. I want to know the origin or definition of Chabo, especially the reason why it means rooster? This word comes from here ...
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Secret origin of the dude = butthair meme

My daughter came back from Catechism today with an interesting spiritual fact. Apparently she was told that a dude is another name for butt hair. It's entry 17 or so on urban dictionary, dated 2006 ...
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What is the meaning of joke “may it plizzle the cozizzle” in Futurama?

In Futurama 5ACV16, character Leela, while in court, says "May it plizzle the cozizzle" instead of "may it please the court" to the judge (Snoop Dogg's head). I am not native English speaker, but I ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'the outfit is relaxed'?

One of my students while describing a person in the coursebook said that 'her outfit is relaxed'. I doubt whether one can actually say so, but she insists that she came across the exact phrase in one ...
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How would you interpret this question on values?

I think I will rephrase this question. How would you interpret "impact on values"? For example, would a possible impact on values be that that value is no longer important to the person? Say, a ...
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the third conditional and the meaning of the particular sentence

The history of the enabling act gives the lie to the National Socialist claim that they came into power by constitutional means. It is true that the act was passed by a vote of 441 to 94 and thereby ...
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“Licensed” vs. “registered” [closed]

I found these terms while doing some research about insurance: Agents must usually be licensed in the province or territory in which they do business. Brokers must usually be registered in ...
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which one is more appropriate, “Following” or “Further to”

Is it OK to say "Following the task that has been given to us, I would like to invite you to a meeting"? Or should I say "Further to the task that has been given to us, I would like to invite you to ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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What is the difference between Megalomania and Narcissism? [closed]

What is the difference between Megalomania and Narcissism? And, is it likely that a sufferer of one would also suffer the second? Or even inevitable? Is there a word for a combination of the two ...
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Position of structure of as+a+[noun] in sentences

The only complaint that I have about you as a housemate is ... As a housemate, the only complaint that I have about you is ... What do the expressions in bold refer to: 'I' or 'you' (i.e. my ...
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better word for single handedly [closed]

I was wondering if I want to say "No news, single-handedly / on it's own, is good news" is there any better way to say it? Thanks alot in advance.
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What does “and how” really mean? [closed]

I understand that the phrase and how is an informal way of expressing strong agreement, but how would one really parse the phrase? Would the etymology of it provide any clues? For example: "This ...
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What word would best represent a combination of being alive, thinking differently, and having atmosphere [closed]

I know it sounds pretty hard to find such a word, but I'm needing a title that flows and is pretty, and attractive. This is a title for a project. The word I'm trying to think of would try to express ...
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Usage of Upon in unusual way after verb and before noun

So I would like to ask if the usage of upon makes sense in the following sentence. I have already done extensive research on the interwebs but have not come to a conclusion; hence I am here. Does ...
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Where does the phrase “crazy like a fox” originate? [closed]

If you say that someone is "crazy like a fox", it means that their behavior appears to be insane or nonsensical at first glance, but there's actually something very clever and subtle to it that's ...
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Can “they had it repaired” mean that they repaired it themselves?

Can "they had it repaired" mean that they repaired it themselves? Why? I've looked into this and can't find anything specific. Also, I've asked about a dozen people what they think and only one ...
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Have I used “encourage someone” appropriately? [closed]

My attitude may contradict itself, saying that something is impossible but then encourage one to try to do so. My teacher said that "encourage" is indeed in a wrong form, but she will not tell me ...
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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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Does the word “depression” refer to an emotion, or a condition?

Particularly when used in a narrative piece, I often notice liberal use of the word "depression", which often seems to be used as a synonym for "sad." Can one be depressed for a few moments in time? ...
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What is meant by the phrases “no one is making you do …” or “you have to do” something? [on hold]

Is it tautology that no one (except yourself) is making you do something? What I mean is (as far as I know) mind control does not exist. There for is the phrase "no one is making you [insert action or ...