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How to put emphasis on a chapter [closed]

In one chapter I have been discussing previous work of my colleagues with one approach. Then, in the next one, I want to emphasize that a totally different approach is employed. My sentence is: ...
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Difference between star (verb) and starring [migrated]

Definition from the dictionary: star - (of a movie, play, or other show) have (someone) as a principal performer. Ok, sometimes I meet this word, used as follows: The movie stars Dustin ...
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Can a fact be 'biased'? [closed]

Apropos of this baffling exchange I had with a right-wing 'Brexit' supporter on on Twitter yesterday I'd like to know if my definition of a fact ('a thing that is known or proven to be true') is ...
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What is a gift called that is given to you to possess and keep but can be taken back at any time?

I have this gift that was given to me as a present for my birthday, but was informed that is not mine permanently but to keep until my friend wants it back. What is that kind of gift called?
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What is the difference between error, mistake and fault? [closed]

What is the difference between error, mistake and fault? When i hear error it always reminds me something related to computer maybe...
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“Artists Take on Architecture”

"Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture" is the title of an exhibition. Does it mean "artists' understanding of architecture"? Thus, is "take" here a noun? If so, wasn't it better to say "...
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Definition of paradigm, abstraction and metaphor

UNIX based operating systems uses the concept of paradigm to identify everything from files, folders, hard drives, networking interfaces as files. Also it uses the concept of abstraction to reduce ...
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What word goes between anticlimax and climax?

From my undestanding of those two words : Climax : point of highest tension in a drama. Anticlimax : Something which might have seem like a climax at some point is finally very trivial. I am ...
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What does “ we've as much” mean?

"So what we did, we got in touch with a nature reserve out in the country, and asked them what you could see there. And that's when we realised that we've as much, if not more wildlife than they do." ...
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The usage of prepositions: in/at or at/in?

I've read an article (see the link below) and there's a sentence which confuses me: No matter if your delivery takes place in a home or at the hospital... If I rewrite it this way: No ...
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Is having sex a hobby? [closed]

Wiktionary defines a hobby as An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. Other dictionaries tend to have similar definitions. Viewpoint 1 Some people believe that the word hobby ...
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The origin of the verb “has” (the verb “have” for third-singular person)

From what I know, in Simple Present, all verbs are followed by -s/es if the subject is a third-singular person. Such as makes, matches, buys, and studies. I also know that if the verb is have, it ...
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The meaning of the word (outstretch) or (stretched out) [closed]

I have been reading a book and these days I find this word many times. I couldn't find out the meaning of it. Could you please help me?
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Sleeping with one's eyes open [closed]

I've once heard a person make a reference to another person as sleeping with their eyes open. I wonder if there is another way to take this expression other than literally. Thanks.
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Difference between undoubtably and undoubtedly? [closed]

These two words are often used interchangeably, but I don't believe their meaning is identical. I think I generally know how to use them in context, but could someone explain what he difference is ...
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Using the word "hypothetical' conditionally

Allow me to explain my question. So 'hypothetical', according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as follows: : involving or based on a suggested idea or theory : involving or based on a hypothesis :...
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'work so hard' or 'work too hard'? [closed]

" I know you're having a big test next Monday, but don't work yourself so hard" In this sentence, Can I possibly use "too hard" instead of "so hard"? Thanks in advance.
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Is there a word for a word that someone hears often but never has learned the real definition to?

Is there a word for a word that someone hears often but never has learned the formal definition to and can only guess the meaning from the contexts it has been used in? I know I've been in the ...
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In which country does “protocol” mean school related work or homework?

I was talking with a student online, I don't know where he is from, but he said to me that he is doing a "physics protocol" at home I am assuming that he meant physics related homework, rather than ...
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meaning of 'in one piece'

He put his drink down in one piece and lunged for a mahogany call box on his desk. I caught the name Galbraith. I went over and unlocked the door. I just wonder the meaning of above 'in one piece' ...
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Fag as a term for donkey work

I found in it in some thematic dictionary in "job" chapter, but I'm still reluctant to use it because of the negative meaning it has. Is it okay to use it? How does it collocates? Sincerely
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'House was haunted by ghost' or 'house was haunting by ghost' - is there a difference? [closed]

Could you explain me a difference between usage of haunting and haunted? Wiktionary says me: haunt (verb) - To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts). So this is ...
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What does it mean to “frank for someone”? [closed]

I am reading "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. There is a statement made by Mrs. Palmers in chapter 20. "How charming will it be," said Charlotte, "when he is in Parliament!- won't it? How I ...
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Completely vs Fully?

In my recent paper, there a question: "When you read something in a foreign language, you frequently come across words you do not______understand." A. totally B. completely C.wholly D. ...
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Does “nails” imply painted nails? [closed]

A google image search for "nails" displays almost exclusively painted nails, whereas searching for "fingernails" displays almost exclusively unpainted nails. Is this due to a difference in the meaning ...
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Is “incest” primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative?

Is "incest" primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative? Some dictionaries' definitions of incest just refer to it meaning sexual relationships between people who aren't ...
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Is it correct Information Technology Investment(s) Management [closed]

I should translate my thesis and I am wondering which sentences is right for title? Information Technology Investment(s) Management Management of Information Technology Investments Managing ...
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Learn the guitar vs. learn guitar [duplicate]

I'm having a debate with a friend who teaches music. In English we say learn music or learn programming but when it comes to guitar, I feel tempted to say learn the guitar instead of learn guitar. Is ...
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Difference between “everlasting” and “eternal”

I know these two sentences are somehow different, but I don't know how: This is an everlasting love. This is an eternal love. I read here that there are a number of adjectives for ...
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I could do with the exercise

This is a telephone conversation. Does "I could do with the exercise" here mean "I am exercising"? Everyone’s reallymad. . . What directionisCoventGarden? . . . I’m calling just to check that ...
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“how” vs. “just how”

How does the nuance of the following sentence change with and without the word “just”? That accident is a reminder of just how quickly life can change. Somehow I would automatically put in “just,...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...
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What is the meaning of “rage,” in this exchange

Merriam-Webster (on line) offers no help with the meaning of "rage" (verb) in this context; "swage" is presumably 'assuage' (fade). Youthe speke to his selfe & sayd: With women me lyst ...
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What does it mean to “deploy troops”?

Dictionary says that "deploy" means to "move (troops) into position for military action". But what does it mean exactly? Is "deploy" just about physically moving troops to a certain location? Or does ...
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A question about “but not” as coordinating conjunction

So I was reading an article or something, and there was a sentence that quite intrigued me. a. You can turn everybody against you, but never your boss. "But never" is used as a coordinating ...
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encounter and disencounter

Does anybody has any idea what "encounter and disencounter" mean in this context? ...the work of the Colombian Colectivo Cambalache, who run a ‘street museum’ as a barter and informal ...
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meaning of “one aside”

Does "one aside" here mean "I, as a participant, ..." or "apart from this, ..."? Later, tumbling down the main steps of Tate Britain as we head first for Lambeth Bridge, the city is awash with ...
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What is the exact meaning and context of “mindgame”

As I understand "Mindgame" is something something can play with one another to trick him. But in what I am more interested in, is the meaning of the mental attitude before a sports event for instance. ...
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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'By' vs 'in' before agent in passive voice sentence [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning when you use "by" or "in" before the agent in the passive voice sentence. The active voice: This shop sells all the vegetables. ...
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my best friend who is a man called me a little doodle. What does this mean? [closed]

My best male friend called me a little doodle. What does this moniker "little doodle" mean?
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What is the meaning of this long line in this sentense?

I am reading "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen and encountered a strange dash in this sentence: "The officers of the ---- shire were in general [...]" ---- is a long line and not four single dashes....
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the meaning of flag as a verb and interest in this sentence [migrated]

Variables can be extracted from social media content that flag an interest, emotion, or attitude of the contributor. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/flag_2 does "...
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What does “timeless advice” mean? [closed]

Somebody said about a comment posted by anyone else that is a timeless advice. What does this exactly mean? Does it mean the comment is very long? I did search on the internet about the meaning of ...
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Is there any difference between “find salvation through God” and “gain the salvation of God”? [closed]

The following is the sentence I encountered recently. Others are of the opinion that the most important thing is knowing how to find salvation through God. The original meaning is how to be saved ...
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difference between the and a in this context with relative clause [migrated]

What is the difference between those sentences? He is the person I needed for the job. He is a person I needed for the job. And... This is not a place I wanted to go. This is ...
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What does it mean to “cring your corn?” [closed]

I believe that it is something sexual and therefore obviously physical but I am not quite sure. If anyone knows please answer. Thanks.
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Is “verifyee” a word?

How could I correctly label the following diagram?
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Is it correct to say “lower the possibility”? [closed]

I searched on the internet, found sentences like lowering the risk, but I don't know if it's correct to say "lower the possibility" or I should say "reduce the possibility."
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What does “barely” imply when used with a quantity? [migrated]

This is the definition of "barely" from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary 7th edition. I believe I understand the first and second definition: "barely" implies that something did happen, ...