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Is there a difference in meaning between “does not seem to” and “seems not to”?

Consider the following sentences: Try not to be alarmed if a rule doesn’t seem to work for a specific sentence. Try not to be alarmed if a rule seems not to work for a specific sentence. ...
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Difference between “derogation” and “inferiorization”

If both derogation and inferiorization can be used to describe an insult, what is the difference between them?
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Use of “ever” instead of “more and more” [closed]

I wonder if I can use "ever" in place of "more and more". For example, do the following two sentences have the same meaning? Software is getting more and more complex. Software is getting ...
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Usage of “certain” in these newspaper articles

Is the usage of "certain" in these newspaper articles correct? Excerpt from Mutual funds for P1,000 a month (Inquirer.net) (emphasis mine): "Because remember, you're acquiring shares. So it's ...
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What does “stand to attention for somebody” mean?

I encountered this phrase in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esben_and_the_witch His brothers did not stand to attention for Sir Red...
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When did “crew” become a sport? When did “crew team” come into use?

When I was a child, there was a sport called rowing; if four or more people rowed together in the same boat, they would be known as a crew. At some point, either before or during my childhood, the ...
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A word for storing pre calculated-constructed data [closed]

I precalculate data and store it in a static table and call this process 'caching' but that doesn't seem correct based on a quick dictionary search (hiding, concealing) I'm just saving the data ...
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Usage of “elbowroom”

In German there is the word Spielraum which literally translated means "space available for limited movement" and is used for example to describe a limited location/angle tolerance in mechanical ...
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'Made of' vs. 'Made from'

What is the basic difference between "made of" and "made from." Both expressions are used in English. For instance, "This chair is made of wood," and "Cream is made from milk." Though the question is ...
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What does “I can't agree with you more” mean?

I've recently encountered three sentences: I can't agree with you more. I can't agree with you any more. I can't agree with you anymore. What do these three sentences mean? ...
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What is difference between implicit and explicit? [closed]

I have seen these words all the time in IT/Computer programming. Examples: "How to explicitly render a template" and "do not implicitly assign to the local variable". I am dyslexic and hard time to ...
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Are “now … any time” and “any time now” different meanings?

We know what "any time now" means, indeed: from now on it will happen soon. But in the sentence, which is quite informal, "Now yo'berths's ready any time, Miss" - said by the porter in the train (Pale ...
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A word for intentionally losing a bet?

Is there a word, or phrase, to express when someone makes a bet with the intent to lose? I’m looking for one of two things (or both). Either a verb to express the action of making such a bet, or a ...
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Is it 'bye from now' or 'bye for now'?

I often hear it in the end of the radio programs. Are they saying 'bye from now' or 'bye for now'? Some times they say 'bye from/for me' if there are more than one person. What do they mean?
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How do I use 'refer to'? [closed]

You can use arithmetic to refer to the process of doing a particular sum or calculation. I don't quite understand what 'refer to' means – even after consulting the dictionary! Can somebody ...
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What does ring-fenced mean?

I've been reading research. But I don't know word ring-fenced. Local, state and federal governments—will require “private” clouds, which are ring-fenced infrastructures that use cloud ...
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Can you exhume anything other than a body?

Synonyms for exhume include unearth and disentomb. The definition says "Dig out (something buried, esp. a corpse) from the ground". I've only ever heard it in context of a body, is it possible to ...
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If an adjective is removed, what's the consequence?

OK. I am going to mess with the Constitution and remove the word "several." Would the meaning of the Commerce Clause be the same? The Commerce Clause refers to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of ...
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What does “here's to someone/thing” mean?

I got an email from an instructor today. Towards the end of email she says: "Here is to finishing off the semester in a positive way." What does that mean?
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Does the phrase “fully n percent” have real meaning?

For example: Fully 46 percent of the recipients polled in the social sciences had... Is this simply a way to avoid starting the sentence with a number? As in: Forty-six percent... I ...
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What is a Possessive Ending? [closed]

Can someone please explain what a Possessive Ending is and provide examples? I'm trying to get a deeper knowledge of the English language and this term came about.
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What is the difference between 'the English King' and 'the England's King'? [closed]

Is there any differece between 'the English King' and 'the England's King'? Somehow I feel they are different...
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Is “do something by date X” inclusive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does “notified by [date]” include the end date? For example, if John says: Return it to me by March 24th. Does it mean that I need to return it to ...
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Is there a word for the mental state of laughter?

We speak of madness when someone is in a fit of anger, and being smitten when someone is in love(with someone), etc. But what about when someone just can't stop laughing? i.e, when someone is ...
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The history and use of the term “moth hour”

I had never heard or read the term moth hour before, but am reading the American author Jan Karon's book "In the Company of Others" and she uses it several times. The book is set in Ireland, and there ...
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British English - “In two hours time”

From users of British English, I have noticed the pattern of adding "time" after a unit of time, as in: He has class in 30 minutes time. My initial impression as an American is that this is ...
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Meaning of “a few lost beams of latent light” [closed]

What does a few lost beams of latent light mean? I think it's summer still outside A few lost beams of latent light – moi Caprice
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Hard real time in user space with preempt_rt patch [closed]

From: https://rt.wiki.kernel.org/articles/f/r/e/Frequently_Asked_Questions_7407.html Real-time only has impact on the kernel; Userspace does not notice the difference except for better real ...
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How did “chopped liver” come to mean “of little value”?

Where did the phrase "chopped liver" originate? Why does it mean "of little value"?
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Money vs Monies

How would the meaning in the following phrase change if "monies" is replaced with "money"? universities would be diverted from basic research by the lure of new development monies from “the ...
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What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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when we should use to “inventory” and “list” [closed]

Can any one explain those conditions on which we have to use word 'list' and 'inventory'
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Trapezium/trapezoid — why are the US/UK definitions swapped around?

These are the US definitions... Trapezoid — a 4-sided flat shape with straight sides that has a pair of opposite sides parallel. Trapezium — a 4-sided flat shape with straight sides and NO parallel ...
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Actual meaning of “abstract”

I see people often use abstract as a synonym of strange, but what does it actually mean? I've looked up a definition: thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual ...
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Use of “homeostasis” [closed]

I'm going to say what's on my mind and it just might affect your homeostasis. Is homeostasis correctly used?
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What does the word “omnipreneur” mean?

I came across the term "Culinary Omnipreneur" in this week's Times Magazine. I couldn't find the meaning of the word omnipreneur on WordWeb or by googling.
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Meaning of “putting something up”

teacher: "put your books up" //meaning to put away our books to be ready to take the tests What is the meaning of the example above? I am confused as it doesn't make much sense if you ...
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Difference between “affiliated” and “associated”

What is the difference between being affiliated and being associated with a group of people?
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What does “standards of proof characteristic of an exact science” mean in this sentence?

Many people interested in human behavior do not feel the need for standards of proof characteristic of an exact science;the uniformities in behavior are "obvious" without them. My understanding ...
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Don't understand the connotation of the modal verb “may”

In the sentence there may be no legitimate form of reasoning to the best explanation understood as an alternative to inductive reasoning. does may be no mean that it is possible that there ...
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What is the difference between “image”, “picture”, “photograph” and “illustration” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “photo” and “image”? Difference between “picture” and “photo” For my magister dissertation I need to rely on an ...
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Is “Thisness” an established English word? What is the alternative expression that sounds more natural and familiar?

I came across an unfamiliar word to me, thisness in the following sentence of New Yorker magazine’s (April 19) article titled, What We’re Reading: Buzzfeed, “Pulphead,” Chekhov, and More” James ...
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What's “mutton sleeves” or “leg of mutton sleeves”?

I'm reading a book and came to this term... it's a bit strange to me... so I searched on internet but can't find a definition. There are some pictures on internet and wiki mentioned it in ...
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Meaning of “as … as any … someone had ever done”

Recently I have been reading "The Lost Symbol" and there is a sentence I find hard to understand. The wooden stair descending to the Capitol's subbasement were as steep and shallow as any stairs ...
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What's the origin of “flipping the bird”?

What is the origin/meaning of the phrase "flipping the bird"?
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What's the meaning of “bitching”?

What's the meaning of "bitching" in the following sentence taken from references in 'tfd.com'? December: I quit bitching with grateful thanks for all the good times, things and friends God has ...
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What does “To” mean in a newspaper headline?

What does to mean in a newspaper headline, for example: Airline XY to cut cost of pilots' wages Is it a shorter form of "Is going to" or "Is planning to"?
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Difference between “shake”, “tremor”, “shiver”, “tremble”

I put only four words in the title, but I know there are more. Right now I remember jerking. I know the difference between shaking and vibration. But I don't have any idea about the usage of others. ...
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“Good to hear from you”?

Is it correct to write "Good to hear from you" ? I have seen it many times but I feel it should be "It feels good to hear from you" or equivalent.
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“Don't know of” vs. “Don't know”

What is the difference between the following? I don't know of any other place. I don't know any other place.