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Swapping Words in 'Deep' Sayings

Here's an example of a common swapping that happens when people want to sound profound: The clothes don't make the man It's the man that makes the clothes What is this form of swapping called?
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Doubt about plurals in a sentence

I often find myself in this situation. I try to describe my time with something, but it doesn't come out sounding right to me. Specifically, in this instance I'm trying to describe my time with ...
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Expression choice: 'conclusion', 'taken as a whole', or 'regarding'

I am wondering if it would be more effective to use another construction: Taken as a whole or Regarding instead of In the general framework of the leaf photosynthesis limitations ...
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Although correct, is “the above” to be avoided?

Although the phrase the above is not exactly incorrect, should it be avoided? For example, imagine a letter with a heading "Re: Order for 79 purple cardboard slugs". Should a paragraph in the letter ...
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187 views

Does this stylistic guideline have a name?

The principle would be something like: Avoid a long modifying clause that creates distance between your subject and verb For example, according to this guideline, the sentence One of his uncles ...
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72 views

“After-midnight” as adjective

A recent CNN report reads: In an after-midnight session the U.S. Senate passed a bill Saturday ... Google returns few results for after-midnight, other than references to a certain horror ...
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Is “faster speed”, “faster performance” correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is 'low speed' finally proving its merit? Recently in a mayor presentation of upcoming product I saw slide talking about "faster performance". Then in BBC ...
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Is “project in hand” correct?

I am writing my MSc project report in English and I want to use the phrase "the project in hand" as a title to a chapter where I will be introducing the project that was undertaken. Is such an ...
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3answers
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How should we write the phrase “one of a kind”? [closed]

I have seen two kind of written format of "one of a kind" phrase, one of a kind one-of-a-kind I'm confused, which one is the proper way of writing "one of a kind" phrase?
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Isn't this rude? Or am I wrong? [closed]

I recently saw this statement when I unsubscribed an email from DiGi. We're sorry to see you leave (but you know where to find us again for the latest information, hot updates and news!) Isn't ...
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7answers
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Term to describe generalizations such as “it is well known”

Is there a term to describe phrases such as: "it is well known that," "most people believe that," or "it is often thought that?" I see these phrases used when someone tries to present their opinion ...
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Non-idiomatic “would be a rare X that Y”: “…would be a rare hurricane that…”

In following, a writer quotes and summarizes Bill Read's remarks regarding Hurricane Irene: “This is not just a coastal event,” said Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center. He said ...
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Question phrases to make sure that everything is understood correctly

I am looking for the best question phrases to make sure that everything is understood correctly. – Trains to London leave on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and ...
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“to a degree” vs. “to an extent”

Is there a measurable difference in meaning between the phrases "to a degree" and "to an extent" (or "to some degree" and "to some extent")? Examples: To [some degree / some extent] that is a ...