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Context on using available vs accessible

Consider the following two sentences: 1) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is available to everyone. 2) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is accessible for ...
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Using the adjective “expressive” to mean an object allows for expression?

My intention is to say that systems of a particular type allow users to express ideas on them. I wanted to give the concept a more concise/general name, as a title for such systems. I called them ...
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Meaning of ‘draw out’

I’m translating an English novel into Italian but I’m stuck on the meaning of one sentence and I was wondering if you could help me: Why—his voice seemed to draw out soft and subtle, it penetrated ...
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industry problems or industrial problems

Should we say industry problems or industrial problems? Which is incorrect? or maybe each of them has specific meaning, then what is that meaning? I myself think the "industry problems" means the ...
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What is the correct way to interpret the sentence “You can't have too many”?

It's like chef's in a kitchen for that part of a game's engine. You can't have too many. - Quoted from a conversation with a friend. When said in this context, my friend interpreted as "You ...
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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Difference between “admit” and “accept”

Which of the options sounds correct? She has been accepted/admitted at York University.
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“Its color is brown” vs “It is brown in color” describing nouns

I was wondering what the difference between these two similar ways of describing a noun is. Its color is brown. or It is brown in color. If they are both proper usage please explain to me ...
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Placing “first” in a sentence; would it change the meaning?

How does the meaning of the following two sentences differ? I first wanted to tell you about it. I wanted to tell you about it first.
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what's the meaning of “Closing the Circle”

I saw this title at the end of an article (I'd guess meaning conclusion?) What is the meaning of Closing the Circle? Does in mean, in conclusion?
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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University research or Academic research

What is called the researches which are carried in the universities as thesis or .... academic researches or university researches or researches in university?
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could you explain the below sentence about reporting?

"Half-yearly reporting included in overall project management costs" a report about the costs of the overall management of the project? or something else? thanks in advance
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meaning of “or”

is the word nuclear assumed after the "or" in the following sentence? "by nuclear action or radiation or radioactive contamination" In other words, does the "or" assume that the Nuclear applies to ...
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What’s the difference between “in” and “at” when used before a Location/Site/Country/County etc

We always were told that you could use the word in before a place which is a large space e.g. country/city etc. Whereas, before a smaller site or place you should use at. But actually I don’t know ...
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“While standing” vs. “stood”

Original: I didn't react to her pessimism ,and tolerated her pessimism. I didn't react to and tolerated her pessimism I didn't react to while I was tolerating her pessimism. Would you tell me if ...
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Usage of “Revised Document”

I offer two Word templates and recommend to use one of them in order to get a well-designed document. Using the expression revised document is correct in this case? For example: It is ...
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What's the difference between “the one thing” and “the thing”?

Could anyone help to tell the difference between these two sentences: "That's the thing I want to do" and "That's the one thing I want to do" Thanks
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Help me with understanding the meaning of “apparent” in this sentence

There are reasons for denying that the relationship between recalled sensations and sensory imagery are what is responsible for apparent possibility of imagined sensations.
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the meaning of “pretty happening”

What does "they're pretty happening" mean in the following sentence? “These soccer players, they’re pretty happening,” the men’s designer Todd Snyder said. “David Beckham really set the bar. He paved ...
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What does this rapper mean by “swagger on super”?

In a song called "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, she raps: "Swagger on super, I can't shop at no department" What does she mean by "swagger on super"? If you know this catchy hip hop already, please help me ...
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Difference between “at that time” / “that time”

What's the difference between at that time / that time? When I faced the issue previously, at that time John helped us to resolve it. When I faced the issue previously, that time John helped us ...
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meaning of “survived the Constitution”

waht's the meaning of "survived the Constitution" in this phrase Moreover, of this list only “the never-ending appeals to the people by competing public officials” survived the Constitution
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what's the meaning of “However touching may be an interest so tender”

what's the meaning of "However touching may be an interest so tender" in this passage Authorities . . . will tell us: ‘What is at the bottom the goal of your efforts, the motive of your work, the ...
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Is there difference between acne and pimples?

As title says: Is there difference between acne and pimples? As far as I know "acne" is skin condition, meaning that there are number of various "pimple" types on and under the skin.
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Is “morality in conduct of ..”" a natural expression?

Which one is better? There is a deep gap between morality in personal conduct of the officials and the public expectation for it. vs. There is a deep gap between the behavior of the ...
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Without vs before

In order to answer a question I have to take a look at a document that is not with me by the time that question was raised. Which of the below sentences is more suitable to express that idea? I ...
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Can we say “in common sense way”?

"To understand this principle in common-sense way...." I heard a German teacher using "common-sense" this way, I think it is a little bit odd. Suppose I want to retain his idea, and modify the ...
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Difference between 'meant by' and 'meant with'?

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between 'meant by' and 'meant with'? Many questions about meanings with this tag have the wording 'What is meant by...?'. In the text I am currently reading ...
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“Disclaimer” vs. “disclosure”

What is the difference between disclaimer and disclosure, and when is it appropriate to use each? Often I see (especially on answers on SE) comments like: "Disclaimer: I work for company that makes ...
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...
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What is the difference between “Distribution Worker” and “Distributing Worker”?

I cannot differentiate when I should use a noun like "distribution" as an adjective to another noun, or when should I use an "-ing" participle as an adjective. Could you please clarify the differences ...
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What does it mean when you say “ you, there” in English?

I was watching Titanic the movie today. Someone came out of a room and saw another person and said with anger : you there? DOES IT MEAN " I AM HAPPYYOU ARE HERE" OR " I AM SURPRISED YOU ARE HERE" ? ...
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antiquarian (adjective) misuse re: dictionary definition

multiple choice ... "antiquarian book" refers to: 1. an antique book about anything 2. any age book about old books 3. a book about people who deal in old books 4. a book in the antiquar language or ...
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Does using the phrase “operational state” imply that the referenced “thing” is inanimate?

Can it also be used while referring to animate "things"?
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Can I ask a question?

Does it have the phrase: be independent from sb I've looked for some documents but I couldn't find it. Is there anyone who can help me ?
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Using the word 'option' meaning 'a variable', not 'an alternative'

There are two meanings of the word 'option', that I have encountered: A variable that takes one of the multiple possible values. (e.g. "You should set the resolution option to 'default'") An ...
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What's the meaning of the word “spitters” in The Chemical Worker's Song?

Amongst the different versions of this song (Known by various names including "The Chemical Worker's Song", "Process Man" and "The ICI Song") that are floating around, there seem to be two variations ...
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What does “circumstantial consequence” mean?

How can of the phrase "circumstantial consequence" be explained? I vaguely understand the probable meaning, but it doesn't quite come into focus. Is it something like (unintended) side effect?
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“Unavailable” vs. “not available”

What is the difference between unavailable and not available? In my opinion, unavailable is something that will never be available, while not available is something that is not available right now ...
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What is the meaning of ''until the shine wears off''?

I love the songs Lost! and Lost? (well, it's the same song but in different versions) by Coldplay. In these songs, we can hear: I just got lost Every river that I tried to cross Every ...
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meaning of “Winner quote” - best “saying” or best “offer”?

Since the word "quote" can be understood as "saying" and also as "offer" I have the following question. If you hear someone saying "that's a winner quote", what would you understand? Would most people ...
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How does one parse 'woe betide'?

How would one parse the sentence 'Woe betide anyone wearing the wrong colour'! 'Betide' is clearly the main verb, meaning 'happen'; as in 'they waited wondering what might betide'. But clearly ...
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Meaning of “quantify” in a dating context

Someone said: "You can always quantify things", as in "* Internet and all that stuff is just that. People are people and you can always quantify things." I'm Dutch/American, but am having a really ...
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What does 'measurable life' mean?

what does 'measurable life' mean? I found this usage in the end of a sentence that criticized the youth of today. Update I saw its usage in this comment: Insensibility is wide spread today. Market ...
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“For the sake of” versus “because of”

Somewhat related to this question, but with more subtlety. I've found some places that define "for the sake of" as "because of": Wiktionary Cambridge Dictionary I suppose in a four causal ...
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what is a “slogan” in academic usage?

I came across the slogangenerator which asks for "human-readable summary" of technical statements. There are examples from other subjects as well. Normally, I'd expect writing to be human-readable ...
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Has the word productivity (as used in linguistics) different senses that can be confusingly conflated?

In a recent discussion about the legitimacy of coining new words, a comment was made along the lines of any noun may have -ize/-ise added as a suffix, to convert it into a verb; Wikipedia says that ...