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Are there any differences between “I believe” vs “I think” vs “I reckon”?

These are the three most common ways to say "I think." (At least, I believe so. I mean, I think so. Um...) Are there any subtle differences between them? Are there situations where one of the three ...
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Why are things often “very tasty”, but rarely “very delicious”

When I saw this ELL question it struck me that very delicious didn't sound vary "natural" to me. Checking Google NGrams, I find that relatively speaking, toothsome food is five times more likely to ...
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In a written work, is it better to reference people by their first or last name?

In a work, when you introduce someone by their full name and later refer to them in a context which is not appropriate for a pronoun, do you use their first or last name? Example: "Eli Whitney is ...
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Which is preferable: “We are all” or “we all are”

"We are all mad." "We all are mad." I think each of these conveys the same idea. Besides this, we can use "we are all" alone. I hear the first one more frequently. Does the second one sound worse ...
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Semicolon: Always required before conjunction if internal punctuation follows, even if no ambiguity?

Is the semicolon in the following sentence necessary? Is it preferable? To me, it seems that there would be no ambiguity if the semicolon were replaced with a comma, but the writer insists that a ...
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Which is preferred, “On the other hand, if …” or “If, on the other hand, …”?

Suppose you were presenting two different conditions. Which of the following is preferred? Does it matter? If the flower is red, it may be a rose. On the other hand, if it is blue, it may ...
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“replace” vs. “substitute”

When you replace somebody with somebody else, does it refer to a permanent change usually for a better one? In "The company replaced Alice with a new secretary", does it refer to a permanent change? ...
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Ungrammatical or Grammatically Incorrect

Which of "ungrammatical" or "grammatically incorrect" is prefered and why?
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What's the difference between a 'Sourcer' and a 'Recruiter'?

In HR terms, what's the difference between a 'Sourcer' and a 'Recruiter'? Why is one preferred over the other?
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Sending to a specific person in address [closed]

How do I specify on an address that it should be forwarded to some person? Sometimes I need to send mail to a company where it should be addressed to a specific person, but it's not the 'address name'...