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Placement of “ever” with “have”

I'm having a hard time telling if my wording is correct or not. In the following sentence, "...a job like that would be the first of its kind I will ever have worked," does it make any difference ...
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“This what is” vs “This that is”

Came across the following choice of words from a British-Australian writer. It is not very recognizable to me, and am wondering if it's a question of dialect, or was just a mistake/typo: All this ...
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Phrasing a sentence [closed]

In this section, nonlinear effects of two-photon absorption in a photonic crystal cavity are examined. In this section, nonlinear effects of two-photon absorption are examined for a photonic crystal ...
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Proper phrasing of “My first foray into”

I am writing a purpose statement for a PhD program in mathematics and would like advice on properly phrasing this sentence: My first foray into unusual mathematics was an introductory course in ...
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Less Freedom or Fewer Freedoms?

I'm trying to describe that two nations which both guarantee their citizens the right to free speech, asssembly, etc, can have different enforcement policies, resulting a a nation that: a) has less ...
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What makes this sentence 'clunky'? [closed]

I've had comments that the sentence below seems awkward and clunky. Can anyone help me clarify what it is that is off about it. Background being: "An issue has been found but not correcting in this ...
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A better way to say “… that will be fought”

I'm searching a shorter way to say "Something that will be fought". I'm actually creating an app and I'd need it as a title for a field. So it needs to be short and relevant, but I can't find another ...
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Is saying “I have checked futilely” correct?

For example: After checking a few stores futilely, I found a store with what i needed Is that correct, or is there better phrasing?
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How To Properly Phrase “Knocked Out.”

In a scene from my book, a character, Nastia, has been shot and she's taking small steps to a staircase. But as she staggers, at one point, she can't handle the pain so she tumbles down the stairs and ...
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A better way to phrase this sentence, (list of comparisons), without placing unintended emphasis on the first list item?

I have the following sentence... This power of information, privacy, is the foundation of our ability to have a different relationship with our teachers than we do our friends, our partners, and our ...
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How to avoid ordinal numbers when referring to a place in a queue?

I have the following sentence: "You are currently 5th in the queue" I'd like to avoid using ordinal numbers. What is the best way to rephrase this sentence such that it conveys the same meaning, ...
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How would I go about including a he-said/she-said statement?

I'm writing a book where in the beginning, we'r introduced to the couple by a conversation they're having. I'm wondering how I can phrase it correctly? "It's like I don't even know you anymore, ...
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“Half” or “A Half”

This argument has come up at work, and I actually found it pretty interesting. My colleague is arguing that you might say "a quarter of a pizza", whereas you'd just say "half of a pizza" rather than ...
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Do you have a better way to cater to the need to express something as being “uncatered” to?

I needed "cater" as an adjective today, and I didn't enjoy how it worked out; and not only due to the spell checked thumbing its nose at me. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uncatered appears ...
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To be about; to be all about

I have a nagging feeling "to be all about" is vastly different than its "all"-less counterpart. This game is all about teamwork. To me this means the very basis, the fundamental element of this ...
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Phrasing of sentence help please [closed]

This is a property that restricts her ability to respond to emotions other than sadness. Does this mean that she can only respond to sadness? Thank you.
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“…one of the [X]est [Y]s of the [first/second] half of the [Nth] century…”

e.g. "...one of the greatest figures of the second half of the 19th century..." Following this query, can anyone advise alternatives to the above that are more succinct, please..?
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Looking for a word that means “a lack of listening skills”

This is my first time here, and I am hoping this community can help me out. The context is as follows: I witnessed a slow transition from awareness and excitement to Wallace's "natural state" - ...
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Way of saying 'washes hands of it' but implies physical

Looking for a non-crappy way of describing someone doing that washing hand motion you do to clear your hands of dust or dirt, but without saying 'washing hand motion'. I feel like there's a good way ...
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President of [Country][Name] vs President [Name] of [Country]

I came across the following sentence in The Guardian (emphasis mine): President Vladimir Putin of Russia said the EU was putting pressure on Kiev and organising mass protests against President ...
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Is it correct to say “conscientious of the fact”

I'm writing out an e-mail blast and part of the sentence is I’d like to send this e-mail out as a reminder to everyone to be conscientious of the fact that if there are changes to be made to... ...
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Past day vs. Passed day [closed]

I am writing an account of something, and I'm not sure whether I should say "passed day", as in "Day that has passed" or "past day", as in "Day in the past". In the evenings we would get together ...
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Predicate or noun after “nationality”

Which one is correct? To put a predicate after nationality His nationality is Chinese. To put a noun after nationality His nationality is China.
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Phrase concept of self-knowledge?

I don't know how to express this. I want to say that the ugliness of adolescence is hidden BUT not for adolescents themselves. Is this sentence correct? is there a better phrasing? "the ugliness of ...
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Is “I believe x does not equal y” the same as “I don't believe x equals y”

Given x and y could be any phrase, do these phrases always mean the same thing? If not, what's the difference? I believe x does not equal y I don't believe x equals y
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How does 1:30 sound? [closed]

Someone overheard me say "How does 1:30 sound?" and suggested that the preferred way to phrase this question (i.e., when scheduling a meeting) would be to ask "How does 1:30 work?" or "Does 1:30 sound ...
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What's the name of this kind of act?

What's the name of this kind of act? It is commonly seen between friends. (I mean the act between two people, not necessarily 4 people like this one.) Or can you describe it with a few words?
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“That will have to” vs “Which will have to” [duplicate]

I am not really sure if this sentence is translated correctly into English : Access keys have been researched and the implementation will be done in a future sprint, that will have something to do ...
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Negating two verbs separated by or

I'm curious about the logical implications of phrasings of the form: not given or received In my mind, this can parse as either "not (given or received)" or "(not given) or (received)", which ...
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A more formal phrasing of “in the future”

Is there a more formal or better way of phrasing "in the future"? Example: Please refrain from using said substance in the future.
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is that + <subject> + <verb> OR is the + <noun>

I am writing a paper and I want to criticize some other related work. I want to say that the problem of their work is that they don't support advanced composition rules. So which one is a better ...
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Adjective and Noun Placement

Is it better to say "We rescued the five people trapped" or "We rescued the five trapped people"? And why?
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What would be a valid replacement of “as”?

Say I want to write something to say: John looked over his shoulder as he opened the door slowly. However, for stylistic reasons I don't really want to use as in that sentence. There must be ...
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Can you “do a goal” or do you have to “meet a goal?” [closed]

If I am asking a client what they will be doing to meet a fitness goal, i.e. riding a bike to be more active (the goal is to be more active). Can I say, "how will you do your goal?" in a goal setting ...
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Legitimacy of “construct from nothing”

I was thinking today about the phrasing of 'construct something from nothing' (the context was constructing ideas), and I began to wonder if 'construct' was really a good word to use. Maybe I'm just ...
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“Regardless to the fact” vs “Regardless of the fact”

I want to say that something will happen regardless of whether something else happens. However, in my particular situation, using regardless of sounds awkward. Some arrangements work better than ...
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Is “every… doesn't…” really the same thing as “not every…”?

I have noticed a to me confounding linguistic trend in the last few years of which I came across an example tonight: "Every receiver doesn’t become a star." (from here) This type of wording just ...
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Is this correct: “[x] is where [explanation]”

When explaining a concept, for example, recursion, is it valid to use a construction such as: Recursion is where a subroutine calls itself. To my ear, "is where" sounds somewhat weird. Do you ...
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Title starting by “questioning”

I'm writing an article which I entitled "Questioning theory X as the basis of theory Y". I no native speaker and I would like to know if such phrasing is correct in English.
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A shorter phrase for “is a poor predictor of”

This is a bullet point in a presentation: Coronary angiography is a poor predictor of the hemodynamic relevance of stenosis "is a poor predictor of" feels very round-about, but I can't think of ...
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Alternative structures for “not only … but also …”?

I'm trying to write this essay and I find myself writing too many "not only ... but also ..." structures. Can you guys help me come up with some alternatives? Basically, I want this kind of ...
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Can a negative be used to express a positive, such as “mangoes are sweet and so aren't papayas.”

Is it incorrect to use the positive/negative construction when the intent is positive/positive? In other words can these two statements be viewed as equivalent: Mangoes are sweet and so aren't ...
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“Should either be” or “should be either”?

Which is more correct: This rule specifies that an object should be either visible or invisible, but not partially visible. Or This rule specifies that an object should either be visible or ...
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phrase replacement [closed]

I sometimes use common phrases that I'd rather spruce up with a single word or more direct phrase, or perhaps just by using fresher wording. One phrase I'd like to change is: "was the fact that." My ...
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proper phrasing for “avoid X in favor of Y”

I'm having a brain cramp: if cookies should be avoided, and carrots are preferable instead, is it correct to say: Avoid cookies in favor of carrots. or if not, what's the correct way to phrase?
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“allow me a day's absence” sounds wrong to me. How do I phrase it better? [closed]

How do I phrase this line better - "<..Blah Blah.. Explaining what my problems are..>. It'll be really helpful if you can allow me a day's absence. Would this be possible?"
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How to better phrase “I'm Alec who enquired about…” [closed]

I'm writing an email to an angel investor I met recently. The context is: Hi John, Pleasure to briefly meet you at the ... event last Thursday. I'm Alec who enquired about the best way of ...
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A word that describes the polite phrases we use to begin our letters

How can we refer to the polite phrase used at the beginning of a letter (email in my specific context)? For example, we may start our letter: Dear Bob, I hope that you're well and had a nice ...
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learn how to [verb] vs. learn to [verb]

"learn to [verb]" "learn how to [verb]" Is [1] merely a less formal version of [2]? If not, does [1] communicate something subtly different? Consider the following: In [2], the object of learning ...
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Wording an 'If-Then' Statement Tense

I need help phrasing the last part of this conditional sentence (assume I can't change the first conditional statement): If I died tomorrow, I would have wanted to go skydiving. or If I ...