How and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

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Does “is that ok for you?” means the same of “does that work for you?”

Do they mean exactly the same? Is one form more formal/casual than other? Can I say one of them in a email that is not very formal?
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What is the difference between “circumstance” and “instance”?

"A list of acceptable (circumstances) is included in the pamphlet." is correct, but I was told that "instances" cannot be used in the place of "circumstances." Why is that? This sentence talks about ...
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How to explain an acronym inside a quote [duplicate]

I'm currently doing an essay and I haven't previously given context "private contractors with top secret clearance had access to GCHQ databases." how d I explain what GCHQ is? Is this correct? ...
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Can laboring and belaboring be used in the same way?

While reading the book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future (amazon link), I came upon the following sentence: I know I am laboring this point, but the reason for going through this example ...
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Is there a name for words which are pronounced differently depending on which definition is being used?

I was thinking about the word "fillet" recently. When I teach high school freshmen about the word (in a machining/engineering context), they refuse to believe that it is pronounced "FILL-it," rather ...
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Is it “is” or “are” in “There is/are two of us here”? [duplicate]

I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be? There is two of us here. Or, There are two of us here.
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Prediction / Foreshadow verb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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Question about usage of the article “the” [duplicate]

Although I have learned English for over 20 years, using articles is still confusing for me. Sometimes I do'nt understand why the is used like in these cases: Shoot for the stars -> This is ...
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“Nice little place you've got here” - is it derogatory? [on hold]

That is, does "little place" imply that the place is small, but pretty nevertheless? When told, would this offend a person owning a large mansion?
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Do we identify research questions on topics? [on hold]

I'm writing my thesis in English. What I did basically is that I identified research questions with respect to some methods. However I'm not sure how to formulate that sentence correctly in my ...
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Rules for verb usage

I'm fairly new to the world of linguistics and this is my first post in this forum. I've been helping a friend to learn English and one of her questions has me stumped, even as a native speaker. She ...
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the scope of “while” [on hold]

In this sentence "This leads us to try to optimize, to try to improve, but also to feel bad, to seek comfort and distraction, to procrastinate while we seek the answers. " . The modifier "while we ...
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which noun that modifier modify ? “Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? ” [on hold]

In this sentence "Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!) ", The modifier "that’s awesome" function which noun ? "something" or "ourselves " ? In any case, I think that's ...
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More varied usage of to be? [closed]

What is the meaning of these sentences? "He was not a man to be loved, though he might have been one to be admired." "A tree to be desired to make one wise." "The party propose to hold a meeting in ...
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Is “as to” used correctly in this context?

Is "as to" used correctly in this context? "John suggests they go see Billy while they make the decision as to whether or not they should agree to the operation." Thanks!
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Is the use of the word “metrics” correct in this quote? [closed]

Is the use of the word "metrics" correct in this quote? "The problem with identity lies in the arbitrary metrics we attempt to use when defining it." - T. Cowan Thanks for your time.
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“You just won the lottery? Chapeau!”

"You just won the lottery? Chapeau!" This is the first time I have seen such usage in English. Literally 'Chapeau' means 'hat', but the intention (that I get from the internet) is something ...
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Is the usage of 'Due to urgent personal errands' valid? [duplicate]

I see in my company mails, there is a lot of usage of the statement Due to urgent personal errands (..I may not report to office today) which, by hunch, I guess is not a proper usage. What is the ...
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“You as well” or “You too” [closed]

When someone says "Have a nice day", is it okay to respond with "You as well"? Most people say "You too". I know of someone who replies with the former and it really irritates me, but I'm not sure if ...
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use of “one of ” [migrated]

Which of these sentences is correct and why? 1) One of his notable works is Swami and his friends. 2) One of his notable work is Swami and his friends. 3) One of his notable works are ...
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Is the preposition necessary

Is it correct to use a preposition in this usage? Tommy doesn't need any shouting at, he does as he is told. Tommy doesn't need shouted at, he does as he is told. Or is the preposition ...
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Proper usage of the words “that” vs “which” [duplicate]

usage of "that" vs "which" Is there an improvement to X "that" or "which" you think should be considered?
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What is difference between sadness and sorrow?

What is the difference between sadness and sorrow? I researched a lot on internet but the results literally show the same meaning. If both sadness and sorrow are different, what are their usage?
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Another or/nor usage question

Both sound OK, but the phrase with nor seems more emphatic. Are both correct? "An examination that was performed greater than 30 days prior to patient services cannot be utilized nor updated." vs. ...
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Verb have in experience

Is this a valid usage of have? "As I was waiting in line I was having a lady next to me disrespected very badly." Does the example above make any sense? If so what exactly does it imply?
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word usage or grammatically correct

...structure will stand for generations to come, just as it did for generations now past... Is the word now grammatically correct in this usage or even necessary?
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Word for a problem that goes away when a larger thing changes?

What is a word or expression for a problem has effectively gone away because of a larger change that makes the problem no longer a problem? I'm thinking "obviated" or "made unnecessary," but it ...
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Can it be correct to have a bracket as its own sentence?

Is it correct English to have a sentence, and then a bracketed sentence as its own sentence? If you don't get what I mean, here's an example: The garden set on fire. (Even the fence set on fire). ...
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Difference between “ADJ enough to VERB” and “so ADJ as to VERB”

What's the difference between the two structures: ADJ enough to VERB "he is fool enough to pretend like that" "But was their crime great enough to merit a death sentence?" "Apple offers products ...
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What’s a word for someone who does not believe in sexual orientation? [closed]

What do you call a person who does not believe in sexual orientation (other than the word bisexual)?
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A house “made of ” or “made from” mud bricks? [duplicate]

I know the difference between "made of" and "made from", but could you help me choose which one I should use in the following sentence? This house is made of (or) from mud bricks
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Can we use “shore” referring to river?

I saw the usage of "shore" with "river" in a modern American book, however my dictionary says that we should use "bank" with "river". Are there any difference between using "shore" and "bank" or maybe ...
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Analog vs. Analogy

Sequoia is a fantastic communicator with the ability to convey complex ideas through imaginative samples and analogs. I say it should be "analogy" rather than analog. Wiktionary analog n. 1. ...
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Is “those information” valid, or is it “this information”?

I know information does not have a plural form (syntaxically talking), which leads me to the following problem: The username and password are missing. I need [this/those] information. I feel ...
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Do or Does - help please [duplicate]

If you or your attorney do not call me by 5:00 p.m. today, then I will go ahead and file a complaint. Do v. Does 'Do" sounds best, but why? Which is correct to use: do or does?
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Is the sentence “the recipe requests to turn down the heat” correct?

Someone said that the verb "to request" is incorrect. Is this true? But then, what verb should be used instead? Does this sentence sound awkward to a native speaker? If so, why?
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What does “Anyone who is married” mean in “Anyone who is married should know that facts and logic are not always helpful to one’s cause”? [closed]

I’m drawn to the phrase, “anyone who is married” taken from Benn Steil's recently published book, The Battle of Bretton Woods that deals with the battle engaged by Maynard Keynes and Harry White, each ...
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Meaning and usage of “to be done for”

(Not to be confused with "to be done with stng") I've seen several times the expression "to be done for", not followed by anything. Here is an example not so far from what I could actually read or ...
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Pronoun usage: that vs one

I've encountered a sentence on English Wiktionary: The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004 Can I use one instead of that in the sentence? And that one? And, basically, what is the ...
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'Accessory' vs 'included' as adjective (BE)

I'm wondering about the use of the word 'accessory' as an adjective. Would it be preferable in BE to say something like 'This DJ controller comes with accessory headphones'? I feel that 'This DJ ...
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correct word for an object being worked on [closed]

If an object is being worked on, changed, corrected, ect. in some way, what would you call that object? Someone asked if I'm looking for a noun or adjective ... great question ... looking for a noun! ...
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Couple, few and several [duplicate]

During typical conversation, how would one define couple, few and several? I have read the actual definitions; however, they appear to be a bit vague. My thoughts are: A couple is two. A few is ...
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Usage of the word: realpolitik

Can the word realpolitik correctly be used to describe how a country deals with the its citizens, or only between countries to describe a form of diplomacy? If not, what word best describes my ...
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Meaning and use of “would have to be” in this sentence

I'm a beginner of English and really appreciate that you can help me learn more. I noticed a sentence: I think all the girls in the anime are awesome, but my favorites would have to be Nozomi and ...
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How far does 'pair' stretch?

I heard a news report saying (from memory), "Icy conditions contributed to a pair of deaths last evening. In one incident a car slid into Lake Mumble..." This struck a false note for me. These are ...
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Broaden and Expand: When do use these words? [closed]

I came across these two words today and I don't know what to do. For me, they are all the same. But as I research, I found that they are different. But I can't grasp the real difference. I can't find ...
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“concession” in “concession of something due”

I have trouble construing the meaning of this sentence: "claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right" [[from Merriam-Webster Online ...
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“With you” vs “For You”

Hi Willis, I have a question for you. Hi Willis, I have a question with you. What is the difference?
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Naming a place after a person [closed]

Good morning, I would like to know if there is a protocol for the naming a place after a living person. This is to honor this person for great service to the community. Is there a specific protocol of ...
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Difference in usage between “with” and “in” when describing clothing

What is the difference between "in red uniform" and "with red uniform"? When are with and in used when describing someone's clothing?