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What does ranked two places below mean?

If a statement says "India is ranked two places below China" What place does India hold if China is ranked 1? Is it rank 3 or 4? Also, is there any difference between the following two sentences? ...
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How to rephrase “Deliberate failure”?

I have a document that I'm drafting that, at the moment, has a sentence that reads something like: Remove X from all company computers. Deliberate failure to do so constitutes grounds for ...
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Can accomplished be used synonymously with executed or carried out?

I've stumbled upon this sentence and to me it just sounds a bit off: The selection of shops is accomplished by our company. I've never seen accomplished used in that context and I was just ...
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Ignition - Does it connect to emotions? [closed]

Just wanted to ask if in your opinion the word "ignition" can connect to emotions in some way (like boosting emotions), or if it's too far...
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Etymology of the word “generator” when used in the context “random name generator” [closed]

I'm also curious to hear synonyms for this meaning-in-context; the idea that "this is a thing which generates other things algorithmically." Sorry for the pathetic definition that uses the word ...
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What does “hoodwinked” mean in this context?

The former headmistress of the school said she had been "hoodwinked" by Savile, but described some of those who had brought the allegations as "delinquents". Source: Wikipedia article ...
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Reason vs. purpose

Just now I wanted to explain why I was doing something, then I wrote "the purpose of doing something is blablabla". Immediately I wondered why I didn't write "the reason of doing something is ...
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Difference between “purpose” and “goal”

What does this sentence from Star Trek: The Alternative Factor mean? Jim, madness has no purpose ... or reason ... but it may have a goal. As far as I know purpose and goal are synonyms. How ...
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Difference between “dawn” and “realize”

I encountered a word dawn and I have a feeling I understood the meaning in context. For example, 1) It dawned on him that she had loved him. means 2) It entered his consciousness that she ...
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Virtually is like almost or practically? [closed]

In the first definition of the word virtually there is written: almost [= practically]: Virtually all the children come to school by bus. He was virtually unknown before running for ...
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What's the proper synonym for purchase when used in real-estate context?

How to say Buying Price Purchase Price You name it Note, I need the 'buying' term, as opposed to Sale Price. It's for a form where the user should fill in how much he paid for the apartment and ...
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Proverb: “have fate without destiny”

I was looking for an English equivalent of the Chinese proverb (有įž˜æ— åˆ†) which describes couples who meet but who do not for whatever reason stay together. My friend (native speaker, no Chinese ...
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Difference between “voters”, “electorates” and “constituents”

I'm reading an English text about politics, and in one paragraph I found "voters," "electorates" and "constituents." Now I would like to know if they are absolutely the same, or if they have slightly ...