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Explicit vs Specific

Recently I asked on the personal productivity Stack Exchange Is there specifically a reason why there isn't an ADHD tag? The context here, being that people with ADHD have issues with productivity, ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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the slight doubt expressed in this is, of course, crucial

The following context is about surveillance. Does the bold sentence want to say that people somehow know that they may be monitored, but they are not sure, because they may not be really monitored, ...
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cannot be calculated in the means to the end (translation) [closed]

I came across the following paragraph and couldnt really quite understand what the meaning of the first sentence. Life cannot be calculated in the means to the end. The lessons one learns along ...
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What H.G. Wells mean with the phrase 'a morning star of hope'? [closed]

In this answer a quote from H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" was posted: That last stage of exhaustion, which to us is still incredibly remote, has become a present-day problem for the inhabitants ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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Difference between “compact” and “accord”

What's the difference between those two words? But the Marshall Islands holds an important card: Under a 1986 compact, the roughly 70,000 residents of the Marshalls The debate over loss and ...
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If I were to win the election, I would restore the vitality of downtown area [migrated]

If I were to win the election, I would restore the vitality of downtown area. In the above sentence, I understand that it's a hypothetical situation so it comes with "I were" and "I would". However, ...
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What does an “uninterpreted two year period” mean? [closed]

I'm trying to read about the Canadian super visa, and I can't quite grasp what this excerpt means: A Super Visa is a 10-year multiple entry visa and enables the holder to remain inside Canada ...
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What's another way to say “If you want it we can make it happen…” that does NOT sound scandalous

what is an understated way to say "We're here for you. If you want it we can make it happen."
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What does it mean to say that a lexical item is specified for semantic negation? [closed]

What does it mean to say that a negative morpheme is specified for semantic negation while another negative morpheme is not?
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Can “either” mean both “any” and “both”

I was checking out the definition of either in dictionary, here is what I found: one or the other of two things (any of the things will be fine) one and the other of two things (either side ...
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What does “spit it back out” mean? [closed]

What's the meaning of the expression, “she'd spit it back out”, in the following sentence? That's how Jenny handled language; if she didn't understand it, she'd spit it back out So You Want ...
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“This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights” - meaning

I try to understand what does "This assignment is for the full term of the assigned rights" mean in the following paragraph: The Consultant hereby assigns to the Client all of its ...
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Does it make sense to say that ones' interest in something is “instrumental” if [closed]

if the interest was born out of some personal goal? For instance: My interest in grammar is both academic, in that I enjoy studying languages, and instrumental, in that I hope to become a ...
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an idea about “for vs. to” issue [duplicate]

I am into finding a convincing formula, or at least a rule of thumb, about when to use "to" and when to use "for" after adjectives - such as easy, difficult, important, interesting, and useful - and ...
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Do `no username or password provided` and `no username or no password provided` mean the same?

On a website, which is the correct error message when a user does not provide their username, their password, or both: No username or password provided. or No username or no password ...
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What does wizardhood mean? [closed]

What does wizardhood mean and what is the common uses of this word, tks in advance.
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what does 'mission leather chair' mean?

Instantly a dozen dog voices began to shake the roof. While they bayed and howled and yapped I looked at a small alcove office with a rolltop desk and a waiting room with mission leather chairs and ...
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What are “get well” efforts?

What is the meaning of the phrase "get well" efforts? For example: "Get Well" efforts for newly deployed systems were becoming a standard practice and were consuming funds intended for more ...
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What are the true meaning of Hold sway , Jest and Jabbed?

Ok , So After reading This sentence : As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of ...
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How to paraphrase a 3 step process in one sentence? [closed]

Good day everyone, I have the following sentence: Receive qualified developers, screen by more experienced developers. I want to ensure that the meaning is well understood. This sentence is ...
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Generalized statements, mostly political

Is there a term used for statements made by politicians (and others) that are nebulous and allow people to infer what they want from them? For example, politicians speak about "Christian values", "...
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what is the opposite way of an expression of “win-win situation”?

I am just trying to find out an expression that is an opposite of "win-win situation? when you are having problems or in troubles and trying to get out or to solve those problems in multiple way but ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...
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why are the words 'True Love' used together so much?

I've noticed that many old (often folk) songs use the terms 'true love' together (as opposed to just 'love')? Is it to differentiate it from 'false love', due to metric or syllabic reasons, for ...
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What's the meaning of this sentence? “it was not thought he was going to give evidence until next week” [closed]

What is the meaning of the following sentence ? "it was not thought he was going to give evidence until next week"
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Roster and List - are they synonyms [closed]

I am not native speaker of English. Today I came across this word "roster" and want to understand it better. According to the dictionary, roster means: a list of the people or things that belong to ...
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How to understand 'flatter to deceive'?

How should you understand the expression: "flatter to deceive"? The Oxford Dictionaries defines flatter to deceive as: Appear promising but ultimately disappoint. Which is all nice and dandy....
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What does “living the first line of my obituary” mean here?

I came across a new phrase while reading an appeal letter from Wikipedia programmer here. Excerpt: I feel like I’m living the first line of my obituary. .......... What does "living the ...
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How did 'however it may be' ⟹ 'but'?

[ OED: ] Etymology:  < HOW adv. + EVER adv. 8e. In senses 2, 3, however is the relic of an original subordinate clause (like those of sense 1), such as ‘however this may be’. ...
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What is the meaning of “would”, and how to use it?

What is the meaning of would, and which tense is it used in the following sentences? For example, That would be Ram calling. I'll answer it. (the meaning of would and which tense is used) The guy ...
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Does the root form of the verb also have the meaning of auxiliary verb? [closed]

Does the root form of the verb also have the meaning of auxiliary verb? For examples, You sit through it because it's your duty. Could it be interpreted as follows? 1) You should sit through ...
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Where did the word 'golliwog' come from?

I am aware that the term is considered offensive. And I know that it refers to soft faced black dolls. But before that character was introduced, did 'golliwog' have meaning? I mean was it made up, or ...
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“Heaven would be a drink” means?

Sounded like an exclamation, in a movie. It was used when some family members meet each other after a long while.
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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What can back room mean related to security?

In an article about Putin's business trips, this passage appeared: For security reasons during presidential trips across Russia the license plate is not placed on the front of the vehicle. As a ...
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Is “over” meaning “again” related to “over”'s other meanings?

In addition to the physical position meaning of "over" there are a number of nonphysical and temporal meanings in common usage, including "again". My own examples: I couldn't read your note. Write ...
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Expired - Non-Expired

I have to classify the users, like Expired users and not expired users. Shall I use the term Non-Expired to indicate that user is still valid and have enough validity period ? Is there a term ...
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What does the phrase “lead on” mean?

What does the phrase "lead on" mean and how would it be used in idiomatic English? I came across the phrase in a text describing a user interface test, which talked about avoiding bias by "avoiding ...
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Head of / manager?

What's the difference, if any, between maintenance manager and head of maintenance? Are they the same thing?
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What is the difference between “special” and “specific” in usage?

Which one is correct to use in the following sentence; special or specific? Both adjectives seem to be interchangeable. According to Dictionary.com, specific means 1. having a special application, ...
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Is it wrong to explain “appetizers” as “snacks we serve before the main dish”?

I'm a teacher for beginners at an English course in Brazil, and I'd like to explain "appetizers" and "snacks" at the same time. Is it ok if I explain appetizers as snacks we serve before the main ...
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Stress pattern changes with noun and verb homographs: exceptions to the rule

We all know that words that can be used both as nouns and verbs have a different stress pattern: http://www.wordstress.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Stress-Pattern-Change-noun-verb-pairs.pdf As a ...
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Why does “Recreational” have two definitions?

1. of or relating to recreation : recreational facilities in the park. 2. (of a drug or medication) used for recreation and enjoyment rather than to treat a medical condition: recreational drugs such ...
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touched by pity or touched with pity?

Can someone please explain me the difference between touched by pity and touched with pity along-with reference sentences. This search shows that both forms are used, but I couldn't make out the ...
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is “reads as” equal to “similar to” in this context?

For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. ...
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“Comportment” vs. “deportment”

What is the difference between comportment and deportment? I have tried looking up a comparison, but with very little results. The few discussions I found were contradictory. I also tried looking ...
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important for me to vs. important to me to

Please note that I am posting this question because I'm still not sure if I understand the difference although I did a comprehensive study of a great number of answers to the "for versus to" questions....
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What word fits in this situation [closed]

When someone applied for something and reasons for the application are not enough or not subject to even consideration, how do you say in English instead of unacceptable? Does this sentence make ...