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A Sentence for Describing Some Rare and Theoretical Cases [on hold]

There is a method A for solving some problem. We have shown that A is wrong by a counter-example but want to show that its failure is not limited to very rare cases that can just happen in theoretical ...
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What does “couldn't have cared less” mean? [duplicate]

I look up the dictionary that it means It doesn't matter to me for couldn't care less . However, I can't get *couldn't have cared less* Thanks. A: How long have you been divorced? B: Two years ...
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Use of the noun “breakthrough” in a sentence

When someone writes "Curiosity and imagination are the breakthrough to having any form of discovery" Is the use of 'breakthrough' in the sentence valid because it itself, is a noun.
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Name Suggestions [on hold]

One of my friend is opening a start up firm. He needs a name for the firm which would mean "Everything" "all-in-one" "One Stop solution". He needs a name which can mean the said above words. Please ...
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What does “hey, nut” mean?

Does Hey, nut mean "hey, silly?" A is pressing doorbell to look for B. B opens the door and says: B: Hey, nut. You looking for someone? A kisses B. A: Sorry. I just really needed ...
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Does this make sense with the use of 'breakthrough'?

Curiosity and imagination are the breakthrough to having any form of discovery. Does "breakthrough", as it is used here, make sense?
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What is the term when the other person is doing same or similar thing every time you said I'm doing this or that

I have this person saying that when I said, I just woke up, she will then say the same thing on her reply on our exchange of messages through SMS which most often not believable at all. I know there's ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Is this a double negative sentence?

Many in the government disagree with a plan to debunk the low budget grassroots effort to expose the frivolity of Project X; the government employee’s union, with a newly elected leadership that ...
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Is 'facit' an English word, or spelled much differently than it sounds?

So I know that this is the worst kind of question to ask in text on the internet, but this is driving me crazy. I've used this word for years never knowing that I guess it isn't a word? I will try to ...
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Does the phrasing 'ever so' always possess an ironic undertone?

Well, the question is up in the title. Does the phrasing 'ever so' always possess an ironic undertone? I've seen this wording especially in rather aged literature, as some short stories by Bradbury ...
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I'm from New York(mumbai)

I am slightly confused about, when I can say: I am from a particular place, or I belong to a particular place, state or nation. For example, If : I was born in New York? I grew up ...
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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The meaning of word “do” in specific

Suppose first person asks second person. "Do you watch TV?" The second person answers, "Yes, i watch TV." the second person can also answer as follows "Yes, i do watch TV." What is the difference ...
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Is there a word to (best) describe someone who sees and remembers every single thing?

Basically, as the title says. Is there a word to (best) describe someone who sees and remembers every single thing?
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What does “Get a run in” mean?

While watching Burn After Reading Harry Pfarrer uses the following phrase at times when he's leaving a place: Maybe I can get a run in What does it mean? I searched in google a bit, and I found ...
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Meaning when using should

There a sentence: 'I was surprised that he should say such a thing.' I don't quite understand it's meaning. I have 2 possible explanations, could you tell me which one is right: ...
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Meaning of should and would

Here's a text: 'I'm going out now. Is it cold out?' 'Yes, I should wear a coat.' It means 'If I were you, I would wear a coat'. So my question is can I just say 'Yes, I would wear a coat'?
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What's “feel universal” mean?

my Chinese subtitle of feel universal is author makes you feel the same. I wish to get some explanation. Thanks. A: How was the book? B: You know, the translation is a little stilted, but he is ...
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Meaning of a sentence in an article [on hold]

I was reading an article on the New Yorker—here's the link for that: An overlooked classic about the comedy of race. In a particular paragraph, this sentence has been used: There's nothing ...
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What does “to hit” mean? [on hold]

A: What's that? (B gives A a book) B: Anton Bjornberg, the hottest writer to hit Sweden since Stieg Larsson. can I define it as popular? I guess it has similar meaning with hit song. Correct me if ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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Why can I not use “beg the question” to mean “raise the question” grammatically?

The formal definition of "beg the question" is a logical fallacy in which the initial assumption of a statement is treated as fact without offering any logic as to why the statement is true in the ...
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What does Mitt Romney’s “yams” mean?

There was the following passage in Vanity Fair's (May 16) article titled, "Mitt “Bird Legs” Romney is ready for his boxing match.”: Romney also revealed two nicknames. As a high-schooler, he was ...
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The meaning of “exceeds”. [on hold]

"1 additional point will be given if time exceeds 2hrs." Does this include 2hrs as a beginning or would it be 2hrs. 1min?
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Is the word “recommend” the word I'm looking for?

I am trying to figure out if the word recommend is the word I am actually looking for. Background I am trying to decide whether determine if an algorithm I am writing is a Recommender System or ...
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How would you paraphrase “have sth before sb” in the given context?

How would you paraphrase "have sth before sb" in the following sentence? This elevation is, moreover, essentially rooted in the nature of our spirit, it is necessary to it, and it is this ...
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Does this mean to exclude holiday, jury duty, illness, personal time or vacation from the absence?

Was employee absent from work for reasons other than Work Sharing, including a holiday, jury duty, illness, personal leave, or vacation during this week?
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Is 'amenable' a derogatory description of a person?

I'm asking someone for a reference letter, and almost used the word amenable. Looked it up, and definitely hesitated when the definition was "easily persuaded or controlled". I would like to list you ...
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Which sentence is the subordinate sentence?

I have a Hegelian sentence pointing out to the fact knowledge and its object could not be different than each other. But the sentence is too long and complicated, and I cannot understand which one is ...
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What does CAQ stand for, in relation to cosmetics?

I recently received a mascara product from Korea. On the top of the product it says "CAQ 20150209". I did check out the acronymfinder, but most of them have nothing to do with cosmetics. I guess it ...
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“elected” vs. “selected” [duplicate]

The board has elected the team members OR The board has selected the team members. Is there a difference between elected and selected in this sentence?
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What is the meaning of “victims of the light”? [closed]

Does the expression "victims of the light" that is used in many songs have a specific meaning? For example: We were victims of the night, The chemical, physical, kryptonite Helpless to the ...
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Doubt between two similar-looking simple sentences

I was just wondering what the difference is between these sentences: Instruments are to be machined... Instruments have to be machined... I would be highly glad if anyone helps by giving ...
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Is “over-babble” a common word usable in day-to-day conversation?

There was the following passage in New York Times (May 14) article under the title, “Wow, Jeb Bush is awful.”: "The bottom line is that so far he seems to be a terrible candidate. He couldn’t ...
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Is appeal correctly said in this sentence? [closed]

Is appeal correctly said in this sentence "I have appeal equipment experience"? What is a better word I can use? PS: I really went with "broad experience" Thanks duskn
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What is the difference between “sip” and “drink” verbs? [closed]

Title says it all. What is the difference? As I understand - "to sip" means the same as "to drink" but slowly. Are there any other aspects for choosing between them?
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The Difference Between “I just love you” and “I love you” [closed]

What is the difference between "I 'just' love you" and "I love you"?
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“existing for itself”?

I have a question about the usage of for here. Can I replace it with by without changing the meaning? The full sentence is as follows: Yet we must here leave aside the explanation of the nature ...
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“She left small pins in the shoes he wore to injure his feet” – is this ambiguous?

She left small pins in all the shoes he wore to injure his feet. I wrote this sentence and I thought it was fine. When I re-read it, the meaning became unclear to me. I want it to mean that she ...
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Flourishing as a standard

Just read that "Flourishing as a standard" is not a meaningful expression. However, I've found several usages of the expression in published books. Any idea on acceptance or rejection of its ...
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What is the difference between “tithe” and “tenth”? [closed]

Is it correct to use the term tenth with the sense of tithe (payments to the church)? What are the differences between the two terms? Is the first one more generally while the second one is specific ...
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I would like to know what 'denium' means. It's on my air conditioner [closed]

I am wondering what the label 'denium' on an air conditioner means. Can you help me?
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shaVe, shaMe, shaPe, shaDe, shaKe, shaRe --> What am I doing here? Does it have a name?

When you only change one letter from the word and it makes a new word. Does this have a name? Thanks so much in advance! Also, I'm not sure if my question is 'language usage' related like in grammar ...
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What does “blow out elements that are lighter” mean in the following context?

Our nearby star’s pressure and heat tends to melt ice that is close by and to blow out elements that are lighter
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Turn the world upside down

What does this expression really mean and where did it come from? I'm assuming that it means you are just hanging upside down. Maybe it means that your head is always hanging low and you are sad, ...
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Should I say “study materials” or “education materials” or “teaching material?”

I am building a web application where people can upload their study materials about robotics and programming and manage them and share etc. I want to name it well, so at the moment I have: ...
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When adverbs like “sure” are used to mean the opposite of their typical meaning [closed]

Is there a term or phrase to describe the phenomenon in English where sometimes a statement is qualified with an adverb, which normally would make the claim stronger but native English speakers tend ...
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“Reference” and “discourse” in sentence meaning [closed]

I am trying to say "Do it or we will proceed without talking to you any more about it." Will either of these work, and which one would be best? "If you do not take the suggested action we will ...
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“In” and “and” when describing a relation

I recently noticed this in various titles of things (books, articles, etc.): Language and the brain Technology and society These make sense and are grammatical, but why not use in in ...