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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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1answer
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How to use “near” and “nearby”?

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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1answer
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Entertainment-related compounds

Ok I just want to ask and confirm a few compounds. 1) games shop or game shop - a place where you can buy video games 2) amusement arcade or arcade - a place where people went to play arcade ...
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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I'm on doing something

This is something I've heard in some TV show. I don't remember which one. I just wrote it down when I heard it. Here it is. -I'm on protecting the public. -Are you still on saving your ...
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129 views

Can you shorten this sentence?

Is there a shorter phrase with this meaning: I invited him to my party verbally when I met him. I thought perhaps the phrase I invited him personally meant this until I saw personal in written ...
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Usage of diffuse vs. defuse

I often hear phrases such as "infantry were sent in to diffuse/defuse the situation," and I am never quite sure which people are saying, and which is correct. Both seem to make sense. To me (a ...
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1answer
112 views

What is the real difference between dilation and dilatation?

In the medical profession we use the terms dilatation and dilation with great frequency. Dilatation is defined as a region of dilation, an area of abnormal enlargement, or the surgical enlargement of ...
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45 views

What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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2answers
53 views

How will people understand this “I am not in a/the good state"?

Suppose I participate in a basketball game with my friends. I do not play as well as usual. Can I explain to them: Sorry, I am not in the good state Will the audience naturally take it to ...
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1answer
96 views

“Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost”? [closed]

Until today I believed that both terms are basically the same. But our English teacher told us that the correct term is Holy Spirit. Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? I ...
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What is the ranking of these synonms in terms of a sense of importance?

As far as I can tell "imperative", "critical" and "utmost importance" are synonyms. Are any stronger than the others in terms of conveying a greater sense of urgency or importance? I fond the ...
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1answer
86 views

Correct expression for “time of the day” greetings?

What is the correct description of good morning/good evening/good afternoon, etc? Are they called greetings of the day, or time of the day greetings? If not, what are they called?
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1answer
77 views

Words describing the traits of “a desert”? [closed]

In this sentence I have to fill in the correct word. Any idea what the correct word is? "The ghost town is in the middle of the desert, and the land around it looks ______ and uninviting." Choose ...
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6answers
125 views

Is there a word or phrase (other than euphemism/innuendo) for using one word/phrase to mean another? [closed]

Recently, on an episode of a TV series I watch, one of the female characters asks a male character, "Do you want some bourbon?", when what she means is, "Do you want to have sex with me?". Is there ...
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2answers
111 views

Difference between “admit” and “accept”

Which of the options sounds correct? She has been accepted/admitted at York University.
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2answers
62 views

Founders vs Co-founders

What is the correct term to use, or what is the difference between the two? For instance, if you describe yourself as a founder in a resume it sounds like you founded something alone. In plural form ...
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3answers
88 views

Word for special/fancy/unusual/awesome recipes

Hey i am searching for a word, which fits the meaning i want to spread. It is about recipes that are unusual and fancy.. So they are more sophisticated and more awesome than other recipes. I am from ...
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175 views

If you say in English: wear the pants in a relationship, then can you also say wear the skirt in a relationship?

What I mean is: if the person wearing the pants assumes a masculine/dominant role, then can we say someone assumes a feminine/submissive role by saying they wear a skirt in a relationship? Especially ...
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2answers
95 views

Is it ok to say “Don't visit the internet”?

I read the following recommendation of our IT department: Don't visit the Internet with Windows XP machines We're a German company. Is this sentence ok? I would have expected Don't browse ...
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1answer
82 views

Difference between **timid** and **coward**

While I was reading one-word substitutions in R.S. Agarwal's General English book, I came across the following question: One who always runs away from danger a) escapist b) timid ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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2answers
40 views

Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
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3answers
291 views

“With the purpose of” vs. “With the intention of”

A private student of mine had to complete a gap fill text, which contained the following excerpt: Pronunciation isn't my strongest point, therefore I've decided to improve it. I've borrowed ...
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2answers
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When the waitress at a diner calls her male customer a ''good girl'' after getting tipped, is it meant to be offensive?

My friend got called that and since neither of us are American, it just sounded offensive to us.
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1answer
52 views

Heterogeneous. Is there a verb for this word?

I am writing a scientific article in which the word heterogeneous is used frequently to indicate to the (CPU + GPU computing). However, several occasions I need to express the idea using verb like: ...
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1answer
44 views

Is “further” now used for both physical and metaphorical distances?

Is it true that 'further' and 'farther' are becoming interchangeable? He drove further north. His furthest destination to travel is 167 miles. This link says that further is now widely ...
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What to call an object that inspires aspirations?

Take this building. I find it particularly inspires in me aspirations – aspirations of social prestige and material success. So I am then aspirational. Is there a word that describes the building, ...
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137 views

Is there difference between acne and pimples?

As title says: Is there difference between acne and pimples? As far as I know "acne" is skin condition, meaning that there are number of various "pimple" types on and under the skin.
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What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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1answer
43 views

Streamer/Ribbon Difference Question

Just a different question but it's bugging me, I need an answer. I used to come from France to the USA when i was a boy to visit my family, and to my great annoyance (they thought it would suit my ...
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1answer
34 views

“Posits” vs. “suggests”

I am new to academic writing and keep seeing the word "posits". Does "the author posits" have the same value or meaning as "the author suggests"?
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1answer
200 views

When Americans say someone has ''no accent'', what do they mean exactly? [duplicate]

As in my title question. Do they mean a specific region of the US, something else?
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1answer
142 views

What is the difference between the words negative and negatory?

What is the difference between the words negative and negatory? I looked up the definitions here and they are pretty much the same.
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Bunch of girls/Buncha girls

as English isn't my first language, I don't really 'feel' whether bunch of girls/buncha girls is offensive, friendly, etc.? Could you tell me what's the proper meaning of the phrase? I hear it in ...
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2answers
142 views

what is the difference between employ and employment

I can not understand the difference when employ is a noun. So somebody help me to show the difference between employ and employment.
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85 views

Reserve or book tickets?

In an app I am writing the user can book/reserve tickets for riding a bus. Which of the following terms does fit this process best? 'Reserve Tickets' or 'Book Tickets' Also, in some cases the user ...
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6answers
112 views

Verb similar to “synchronize” but not for time

I am looking for a word that describes adjusting status to conform another. Let us say the status of the account is active but in our system shows inactive. Synchronize describes the situation with ...
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1answer
51 views

The problem with the word “quite” [duplicate]

"Quite" is probably the most ambiguous word in the English language. Merriam-Webster defines it three ways: 1: completely, wholly, totally (quite mistaken) 2: to an extreme : positively (quite ...
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Are there racial overtones for the term thug?

Some of us have seen the Richard Sherman pre-SuperBowl interviews where he accuses the media of racism by using the term "thug" to describe him/his actions. He suggests that it is being used to ...
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2answers
64 views

What is the exact meaning of manifestation? [closed]

I am unsure why my professor is using the word manifestations for example here Biochemical manifestations of apoptosis. Activation of caspase family, DNA and protein breakdown, and Membrane ...
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3answers
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What does “have a pastrami on wry” mean?

I was drawn to the expression, “I wish I could have pastrami on wry“in the beginning sentence of Maureen Dowd’s article, titled “Still mad as hell” in New York Times (February 8): "I often wonder ...
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5answers
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Is there a word that conveys this concept?

The concept being: Lethargy or apathy caused by a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction caused by disinterest from exposure. The best way I can think to elaborate is to describe it as a state where you ...
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2answers
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Noun for the desire to sleep?

I have had this thought on many sleepless nights: is there a word specifically for the desire to go to sleep? Not in the sense of being sleepy or tired, but actively wanting to become asleep. If a ...
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1answer
87 views

What is the difference between providing that and provided that? [closed]

Please tell me about this question and give me an example for each one. Is it conjunction or not? Thanks
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1answer
128 views

Why is it “From Dublin to Los Angeles” in the Western world, that has left the church moribund in 20 century culture wars?

In connection with my previous question about the meaning of “the Church’s existential problem”, there was the following sentence in the same article of Time Magazine (December 11, 2013) — “Pope ...
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131 views

“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
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3answers
91 views

What's the difference in being extemporaneous,being spontaneous and being impulsive?

What's the difference in being extemporaneous, being spontaneous and being impulsive? Or, when, where, - in which situation - would you rather use them?
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1answer
44 views

Displaying two things scaled differently - ratio?

If got a picture that displays things. As thing A is alot bigger than thing B, I have downsized A. Not mentioning this size adjustment may confuse viewers and transport a wrong message. How can I tell ...
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2answers
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'Cumbersome' and 'Trivial'

I'm often confusing the meaning of Cumbersome and Trivial. I always visit on 'StackOverFlow', and watch these questions or answers, such as, This is cumbersome problem. Those things are ...