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Do I <verb> …?

Do I get all my packages? Do I get any food for supper? Do I have ....? Does this kind of sentence pattern starting with "Do I " when said as expressions for querying information sound more ...
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Extending a sentence with a semicolon

Which version is better, grammatically? How can I improve this? Is the grammar legal? I want to extend the end of a sentence, like so- "Life means I have a choice at every turn; every moment." "Life ...
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Connotation of “sanguine” vs “sanguinary”

I've recast this question after lighting upon sanguinary. sanguine: optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation: sanguinary (archaic): involving or ...
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Is asking “come again?” to a complete stranger over the phone rude?

My Irish colleague told me that when talking to a customer over the phone asking:"come again?" is considered rude and even offensive since it is very informal and almost demanding. Now I did not ...
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How can I improve this introduction? [closed]

Hi, I'm bernk. I'm here to make interacting with digital products a positive experience for us all. Why are you here? More importantly, does it read positive or negative to you?
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Meaning and tone of “Offhand I do not know…”

Two days ago I sent a mail to a university I am interested in, asking for the ratio of Early-Decision–accepted students to Regular-Decision–accepted ones. I received this answer part of larger mail. ...
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Does the word “former” as in “former employee” shed negative light on the subject?

Does writing, Former technologist at Foobar, Inc. and Hello, World Ltd. have a deprecating tone to it? Say, as opposed to, Previously a technologist at Foobar, Inc. and Hello, World Ltd. ...
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Connotation of “to expatiate”

Only the online Cambridge dictionary marks the verb “to expatiate” as ‘formal disapproving’. Nowhere else could I find the reference to a ‘disapproving’ connotation, although all the online ...
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What does it mean when too much formality can appear menacing?

What does it mean when too much formality can appear menacing? Consider the responses when one asks for a lemon: "Do you have any lemons in your fridge?" "No, sorry" "Nah" "No, I don't think ...
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Does “renege” have any racial overtones, or is it otherwise offensive?

I used the word "renege" in a meeting the other day (something like, "the vendor decided to renege on their offer of shipping replacement SAN disks"), and got a few wide eyes. My supervisor sat me ...
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Does using an adverb three times almost always imply the opposite?

Dana is very, very, very nice. A real housewife of Beverly Hills It seems that almost exclusively, the reiteration of a such a clarifier - very in this case - ends up actually meaning the ...
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What is the difference between “inflection” and “intonation”?

And which is utilized when turning this... The monkey is fat. ...into a question: The monkey is fat?
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What is the difference between “we” and “one”?

After a bit of back-and-forth looking over nosisms and the use of "one", I wonder at what purpose is truly served in choosing one over another. For example: What one finds, in the end, is peace. ...
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Are these phrases too posh-sounding for conversational English?

I'm German, and I try to speak British English as best I can, it's the language I've learned at school, and I'm always trying to be consistent. However, much of my English vocabulary and phrasing I ...
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The ambitious/arrogant tone of “I”

I don't understand why but I feel arrogant or ambitious when I use a simple sentence in active voice using "I" especially while I was writing my college essay or curriculum vitae e.g. "I managed a ...