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Does “hopelessly lost” sound awkward?

The expression hopelessly lost just sounds awkward in my ears. But it seems to be grammatically correct and googling it finds quite a few links, so it seems to be a valid expression nevertheless. So, ...
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What is the difference between “He seemed to be angry.” and “He seemed angry.”?

I want to know the difference between the following sentences: He seemed to be angry. He seemed angry. I heard that when I use "to be" in the text like in above sentence, "to be" means ...
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Word for “held up well over time”?

Is there a word for the quality of something "holding up well over time"? For example, some blockbusters from years past have special effects that are still fairly good when compared to today's ...
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What are comparative strong points of online dictionaries and other useful reference sites?

NOTE: This question was composed in an attempt to follow Guidelines for Great Subjective Questions. I hope I do not fail them too hard, but if you see how the question can be improved please edit ...
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How common is “thrice”?

Our proofreader, a native speaker of American English, just won't let me use this word. Every single time I try to sneak it onto one of our sites, she replaces it with three times. Now, I do realize ...
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What is the most eloquent way to transition into pointing out a major flaw in someone's thinking?

There is phrase that I really liked and was quite articulate, but I can't think of it. This is in response to a debate when analyzing one's position or paradigm. Other ways: crucial fallacy ...
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What are some good books on articulation?

I am fully capable of speaking, reading and writing (British-)English and my native language, but I find that I tend to mumble and muffle my voice. Furthermore, I would love to perfect my speech in ...