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Context in the use of 'neither'

I saw this in one of my newsletters: Neither Barack Obama's nor Hillary Clinton's top adviser is Iranian: they're both American citizens by birth. Is that part that says, 'top adviser is Iranian' ...
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Trained at vs trained to?

The following is a quote from Dragonsbane, by Barbara Hambly, chapter 1. “John would never have gone after the dragon, Gareth, had he not been forced to it. But as Thane of Alyn Hold, as Lord of Wyr, ...
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Is it right to say “that and all…”? [on hold]

My many friends are using “that and all”. For example (context):  I was talking to my coworker about our project.  He has been assigned to do some part, and he is doing it.  But some of the ...
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the difference meaning between humiliate and ridicule [on hold]

i get new word, ridicule, that means making fun of someone in harsh way how about humiliate. i think there both have similiarity but there both not a synonym. what is the difference ? thanks
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I dislike his/him being blunt [on hold]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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what is the use of these words; would, should, could? [on hold]

I want to know the usage following; Would Should Could please answer me
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Wha is the difference between the two cases of preposition use?

I was just reading something that used the phrase He was studying about civil war history. The author probably meant either "He was learning about civil war history" or "He was studying civil ...
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What is the difference between sqq and ff?

What's the difference between sqq. and ff.? The Apocryphal Acts of Paul, Peter, John, Andrew and Thomas by Bernhard Pick has, for example, these 4 references in a row: Hennecke, N ...
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How to modify gerunds when they are objects? [migrated]

A question about gerunds really confuses me: Is it true when gerunds are objects, we can't make them work as nouns? For example, we can't say: "I really enjoy free swimming!" or "My ...
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France vs. french as an adjective [closed]

Why do media use France as an adjective, instead of French, e.g., the France economy, vs., the french economy? or Canada tourism vs. Canadian tourism?
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hiccough vs hiccup [duplicate]

I had 12 years of public school, 4 years of college (honors), 4 years of medical school and 3 years of post graduate training. Now I have practiced medicine for 35 years. Last week, someone told me ...
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What is the word with the definition: “One that is modulated”?

If I employ someone, then they are my "employee". If my computer program modulates other computer programs, then they are my computer program's _____.? I can't find any reference to "modulatee" ...
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“Come this May, I will…” Why am I using “come”? [duplicate]

"Come this fall, I will be at Harvard studying law." "Come May, I will have been studying Biology for seven years." While speaking with a colleague, I used the phrase "Come + time period". She wasn'...
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Super Duper -usage and nuance

I'd like to know how to use the idiom: Super Duper. It seems to be a slang which means great or marvelous. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/superduper But, one of my colleagues sometimes says "I'm ...
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'Devon Police is' or 'Devon Police are'—should 'police' be treated as singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Devon Police is recording incidents or Devon Police are recording incidents
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Could Present Perfect Continuous form a grammatical tautology in some sentences?

I have joined a grammar MOOC starting with an introduction to English tenses. One of the practice questions left me confused. The question is as follows: Do these two sentences have similar ...
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Electric cars are easier to make our dreams come true than gas fueled cars [closed]

Electric cars are easier to make our dreams come true than gas fueled cars. This sentence does not sound right to me. Can anyone explain why I might think so.
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Is 'folk' a politically correct substitute for 'people'?

Edit: Comments so far have focused on the speech of politicians. While this discussion is interesting, and desired when relevant, I am more concerned with use in activist communities. I believe the ...
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Why is “everybody” singular?

Why is "Everybody" in the singular? We say "People in Europe are nice". Why, then, do we say "Everybody in Europe is nice"?
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How do you use colons with abbreviations? [closed]

If you are writing a report and have to mention the room number, is it correct to write Room No.:625, Room No. 625, or Room No: 625 The first example just looks wrong to me, whereas the second and ...
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What can be the verb to be used for agreement on contarcts?

What can be the best verb to be used for the process the eventually yields contracts? Should I use: Parties should agree on a contract Parties should find on a contract Parties should sign a ...
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Using present perfect with “The last casino”

Can I use the present perfect in the following sentence: "The last casino I have been to was in Spain."? Or, do I have to say "The last casino I went to was in Spain"? To explain: With the ...
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Why would something have a name with an opposite meaning of the name? [closed]

why do we call "driveway" a driveway when, a driveway is where we park and, "parkway" a parkway when, a parkway is where we drive? These are opposite meanings of what is actually being said. Who makes ...
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Is there any difference between “I'm sat” and “I'm sitting”?

In BrE, one can apparently use I'm sat here to mean I'm sitting here. This seems to be a relatively modern usage: I had originally thought that this was a regional or dialectical variant and had ...
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Using the word “condole”

I saw this headline today "Sushma Swaraj condoles death of Abdul Sattar". I have always used the word only in the noun form as in "Sushma Swaraj expresses condolences on death of ..." The free ...
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Reflexive pronouns to affect false intellectual tone [closed]

In the comments on this answer from another question, a discussion was started regarding the way native speakers use reflexive pronouns to sound "more intellectual" (for example: "I myself have found ...
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Audit or Auditing?

When do we use "audit" and when do we use "auditing"? In other words, why do we say "To be a CPA you have to study tax auditing" but we say "A tax audit can be an unpleasant experience"--is there a ...
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“Give a hand” vs “Help” [migrated]

Currently I'm working in international company with many non native speakers (so am I) but with pretty good level of English I suppose. I have noticed that my colleagues usually use phrase "Give a ...
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What does “ago” mean in this sentence?

She told me last year that she went to Europe two years ago. Did she go to Europe in 2014 (two years before today), or 2013 (two years before she spoke the sentence)? I checked Merriam-Webster, ...
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Why are “slip roads” called that way?

Slip roads are used to allow vehicles to merge in a road whose speed is higher or, conversely, let them leave it safely. This term appears to be British English usage. Here is an example of usage: ...
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…is/was a posthumously recognised writer

A colleague of mine wrote this sentence- Anne Frank is a posthumously recognised young writer. I say 'is' should be replaced with 'was'. My reason- the meaning of the sentence should not change ...
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How to use the phrase “from something fame”? [closed]

Can the phrase be used to describe someone very popular? Can I say Beyonce from Spice Girls fame? Or should the person being described be a little less popular than the performance, like Kyle Gass ...
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Why do american people use the word “Tube” instead of “TeleVision”? [duplicate]

Do the following sentences make sense in modern English if I replace the word "Television" with "Tube"? Any ball games on the tube tonight? I was watching a horror movie on the tube.
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Which is correct here? Came vs Come

This seems like a simple question but I'm stuck. I'm writing about Millennials and want to reference their background. Which is correct (and why)? Below is the sentence and (because it may be ...
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Can “and” tell sequences? [migrated]

I have a problem with the "and" when my friend get me this sentence: Students can join the debate team and learn a lot of skills. To the best of my knowledge, "and" tells parallel meaning which ...
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How should I refer two persons in a single mail [duplicate]

I am composing a mail and quoting two person to do two different tasks (but simultaneously). I want to know how should I refer work to individual. For example, I am doing like this: Hi Mr. X and ...
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'Klick' vs. 'Kilometer'

Is it correct to use the word Klick instead of Kilometer in the following sentences? It's about 50 klicks to the next gas station. The US is about 25000 klicks from India by air.
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Is there a name for an adjective that cannot precede a noun?

I accept that my premise may be incorrect, but here it is. The word alone, when used as an adjective, seems only to fit in sentences of the form: The X is alone. and not in the form: ...
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Present Perfect vs. Simple past in this situation [migrated]

if somebody hasn't answered my question, what will be the difference of these two response in meaning? "You haven't answered my question!" "You didn't answer my question!" thanks
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Why do we say “On purpose” vs “By accident”?

My 12 year old deserves credit for this question. He asked "Why do we say 'by accident' but not 'by purpose' " I was stumped - this is an embarrassing situation! Searching left me cold. The ...
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization? [duplicate]

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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Is the meaning of **I'll keep an eye out for it** understood outside of the UK ? [closed]

I sometime write in emails : I'll keep an eye out for it OR I'll keep an eye out for your email Im in the UK and i think that the majority on english speakers in the UK would understand this, ...
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Source of “miscarriage of justice”

What may be the source of the phrase "miscarriage of justice"? I keep hearing this phrase being used for cases where an innocent has been convicted. While the phrase paints quite a picture, I'm not ...
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Is it rude to call a woman “ma'am”?

I use to call ma'am to women showing respect, but as there is some people that find annoying the "Mrs", I don't know if my respectful tone using ma'am they do aside and find it rude.
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“Shipping cost” or “shipping price”?

While building an ecommerce website, I'm writing the labels for the checkout process. I'd like to use the words “price” and “cost” correctly (I understand that a product on the shelf has a price, but ...
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Can “take a shot at [someone]” be used as “try to court [someone]”? [closed]

I know that the expression "have a shot with [someone]" means "to have a chance in successfully wooing [someone]". And I know that "take a shot at" might mean to have a try, but also literally ...
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Is having sex a hobby? [closed]

Wiktionary defines a hobby as An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. Other dictionaries tend to have similar definitions. Viewpoint 1 Some people believe that the word hobby ...
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Past tense means politeness? [closed]

Questions asked using past tense, some examples like: "Would you mind...?", "Could you please...?", "Should I do...?", "Did you want...?" It seems people are using past tense in these sort of ...
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What does “drop and give me zen” mean? [closed]

What does "drop and give me zen" mean? Maybe it's some kind of idiom. Can you explain it to me?
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Does “nails” imply painted nails? [closed]

A google image search for "nails" displays almost exclusively painted nails, whereas searching for "fingernails" displays almost exclusively unpainted nails. Is this due to a difference in the meaning ...