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Passivity as a passive activity?

I was reading "A fault in our stars" by John Green and he did something rather interesting. The scene is one in which the mother wants her child to attend support group. All the child wants to do is ...
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Namesake used when refering to surname only

Can you use namesake when refering to just someone's surname? Eg If the persons name is David Chaplin, can you say: "unlike his namesake, Chaplin's efforts are nothing to laugh at." ?
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Is “physically based rendering” grammatically correct?

Physically based rendering is a relatively new but established term in computer graphics that refers to rendering that tries to closely mimic the laws of physics for more photorealistic results. The ...
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2answers
335 views

She is a girl vs it is a girl

There is a photo of a baby girl with her brother but the baby can't be much Of differentiated as a girl or boy. What would it be right to say? It is a girl. Or She is a girl.
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5answers
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“Photo playback” — can photos be played?

The phrase "photo playback" has about 35k Google hits, especially in production descriptions, but is it correct English? It seems that “playback” can be used with video and audio, because we can play ...
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5answers
179 views

“Printfing” or “printingf”?

At this point the program starts printfing the pot value. At this point the program starts printingf the pot value. Both sound wrong, and yet... one of them must be used.
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2answers
312 views

Deconstruction of the phrase “some variety of” to refer to a single type or class of object

In informal English, I often see the phrase "some variety of" referring to a singular classification of a particular object of a sentence. For example: That appears to be some variety of plant. ...
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276 views

What type of phrase is “done”?

Examples are provided aplenty, from chef Gordon Ramsay: Fry. Roast. Drizzle. Done. Drizzle olive into the sauce circling the fish. Done. But you also see the term used on buttons in ...
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Is it correct to call an Apple Mac computer a PC (Personal Computer)

From the original meaning of the initialism, PC (Personal Computer), it would make perfect sense to call a Mac a PC, as it is just that, a personal computer. However, the vast majority of people ...