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Correct use of “immature”

I want to say that a technique is still in its early stages. Is it then correct to say that the technique is immature ? Or is it bad practice to use "immature" related to non-living objects/things ?
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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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Meaning of “If gold rust what shall the iron do”

My teacher asked me to write an essay on this topic, but I have no clear understanding of this phrase. Can someone explain in more simple words? "If gold rust what shall the iron do." – The ...
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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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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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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 are: province, territory, protectorate, state…?

Often a country will have regions called "provinces" or "states". Other times they are called "territories" and "protectorates". Is there a generic term for these words? Is there a full list of ...
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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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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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“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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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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“To this end” or “To that end”

Is there a usage note for choosing between these two phrases? Nothing in Garner. And I've seen it both ways. Example: To that end, we propose the following compromise. or To this end, we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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difference between “teacher's monitoring” and “teacher monitoring”?

What is the difference between "teacher's monitoring in classroom learning activities" and "teacher monitoring in classroom learning activities?
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How to understand “If you don't do shit, you can't boo shit.” [closed]

"If you don't do shit, you can't boo shit." - Will.I.Am, Musician
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What is meant by “con a con”? [closed]

What is the meaning of "con a con" and how could you use it in writing? I would find examples useful.
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The expression “by my checks the bet should be winning” is correct?

Could you please tell me is the expressions "by my checks the match finished" and "by my checks the bet should be winning" are correct? Many thanks, Sandy.
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'Blowing Dixie double four time' and 'He can play the honky tonk like anything' meaning

in Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing" what is the meaning of these two lines: In the first verse: You get a shiver in the dark It's been raining in the park but meantime South of the ...
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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 ...
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What is an “aha”moment? [closed]

M-W dict listed it as : a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension. Could you please better describe aha moment with examples? Thanks,
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Hyperbolic vs Hyperbolical

I just looked up the word "hyperbolic" in the 3rd edition of "The New Oxford American Dictionary", and the second definition says "(of language) exaggerated; hyperbolical." When I go to hyperbolical, ...
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“I could not” vs “I would not be able to”

Does I could not do X have the same meaning as I would not be able to do X? It seems to me that the first can mean the second, but it mainly means: I tried and I was not able to do X. Is that so?
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How do you reconcile these definitions of the word 'cynical'?

From the Google Search dictionary (similar definition at oxforddicationaries): 1.believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. ...
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Is there a word for the person that's giving the promise?

For example, if I said, I promise I will do something. Is there a word for me? Promise giver? Is there a one word noun for this?
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Does “Pursue Impossible” Make Grammatical Sense?

My university recently pushed a campaign for their new rebrand, and their tagline is "Pursue Impossible". I have seen a few adjectives used as nouns before but all had a definite article in front. ...
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Being Clever vs Being Wise

A sage is wise. That young woman is clever. Both of them (I think) are good at not getting into unwanted trouble, and both are good at solving problems. So.. Is there a difference between being ...
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What's the meaning of “for as little reason”, “the favorite suspects of persons who report ”suspicious characters" in the following text?

Don’t let stereotypes Warp Your Judgments by Robert L. Heilbroner Is a girl called Gloria apt to be better-looking than one called Bertha? Are criminals ...
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How to say that the navigation is approximate?

I have an app that is an index for businesses, so the user can search for a business and navigate to that business. I have two types of coordinates to the business: Accurate coordinates, which ...
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Single word for generic times of day [duplicate]

Is there a single word that refers to the type of word that the words dawn, morning, afternoon, evening, ect are? I'm looking for something more specific than 'time.'
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Does mistaken mean mis-taken as misunderstood means mis-understood? [closed]

Misunderstood pretty much means understood incorrectly-- by the same logic, would mistaken mean taken incorrectly?
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Interpretation of “need not”

What is the meaning of "need not" in the following sentence? The amount withdrawn need not be repaid. Does it always mean that it must not be repaid, or does it also extend to persons who may ...
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Use of nonetheless in the sentence?

Though somewhat less coherent than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon,the final chapter of the book is nonetheless accessible to laypeople. what role is played ...
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Apply to a university to study/for studying..?

I'm writing my CV and do not know how to correctly say that: * After I graduated from X (//X is a high school), I applied to a university to study chemistry and also computer systems. * I'm ...
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Difference between “World” and “Universe”

What are the differences between the two? I thought that "World" means everything, i.e the same as "Universe". But people seem to think it means the same as "Earth".
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Can we use “After” as “Then”? [closed]

I heard that it is okay to use the word "After" in the meaning of the word "Then". Is it true? For example: "After I will play tennis".
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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What is the difference between “extended from” and “extending from”?

Scenario 1: part A is extended from part B Scenario 2: part A is extending from part B Is there any difference between these two descriptions? Would any one so kind to help me about this? Thanks in ...
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Shipping costs or shipment costs?

shipping costs or shipment costs? I want to know the correct form and the difference between them, if there is one. Thank you!
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Nonplussed defines its own antonym?

I recently encountered this word while reading an article and found that its two basic definitions are "Bewildered" and "Unfazed." How can the word mean both these things as they seem to be direct ...
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Can you use the word “bearing” to mean causing?

Can you use the word "bearing" to mean when smething causes something? For example, I'm trying to write a poem thing and I'm using the sentence "the bleak bearing blanket of fog" to describe how a ...
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Night-threaders

In 'The Sandman - Vol.3 - The Dream Country' by Neil Gaiman chapter 2, a cat says to another cat: 'Well-met, fellow night-threaders' Do you know what does 'night-threaders' mean in this context?
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Can “values” “approach”? / Is it not completely reasonable to search for a definition that is not provided, and to suggest a revision? [closed]

I'm having a difficult time finding the meaning for the words "as the value of the oscillator approaches", in relief of the definitions provided by certain dictionaries, in the following paragraph: ...
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Meaning of for in this poetry

The word for creates ambiguous ideas in my native language, so I really can't understand the main objective in this phrase: "Why does she sing her sad songs for me, I'm not the one" It is a verse of ...
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I am summarizing the poem 'Jabberwocky', but I'm not sure how to identify a character in it

I have to write a summary of the poem 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll. There is a person in it who is talking but is not the narrator. What do I call this character?