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Which is more certain - “sure” or “confident”?

My friend and I have an ongoing debate over which word communicates a stronger sense of conviction. For example, when I'm 98% positive of something I often say "I am confident that's how it happened, ...
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“New York is raining” vs “It is raining in New York”

New York is raining. It is raining in New York. Which one is correct? As far as I learned, it is correct to use it to describe weather. However, is it possible to say New York is raining ...
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“Please orange juice” is natural? [migrated]

When a server at a restaurant asks me "Anything to drink", I say "orange juice please." In that situation, can I say "Please orange juice"?
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Using “Hello, boys/girls/men/women”

It appears to me that we say Hello, boys/girls to a group of boys/girls, but do not say Hello, men/women to a group of men/women. Is this the case in your particular variety of English? ...
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Is it acceptable to refer to a grad student as Professor in a paper?

If a grad student is the instructor for a introductory writing course, is it OK for students writing a paper to write ' Professor John Smith' at the top?
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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How to correctly apply “in which”, “of which”, “at which”, “to which”, etc? [on hold]

How does one correctly apply "in which", "of which", "at which", "to which", etc? I'm confused with which one to apply when constructing sentences around these. Please help me out here.
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which is correct - “in order to” or “inorder to”? [on hold]

I recently came across some text which made use of "inorder to" instead of "in order to". Now I wonder which is correct usage?
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Do “I saw a dream” and “I had a dream” meant the same thing? [on hold]

Which of these two is more appropriate: I saw a dream. I had a dream. Is there any difference between them?
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Understanding Sentences about Flossing

In a news article about the benefits of flossing, the following sentences confused me (please read the article first): In the past decade, three systematic reviews sought to navigate these muddy ...
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Does “As much as possible” in a question needs an example? [on hold]

Hello I am developing a questionnaire and I am using a sentence: "Do you plan to start to take the stairs as much as possible? (For example you would consider taking stairs instead of taking a lift ...
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can we use `localite` for business entity? [on hold]

if any business was started in particular area, can we use "localite" for that business entity? For example: This business is localite to this area.
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Take advantage of this opportunity

I find myself recurrently stopped while writing e-mails for a main purpose (e.g, answering a direct question from a previous mail somebody sent me) and wanting to add a second theme "taking advantage ...
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How exactly was the long S used and why did people stop using it? [duplicate]

I have seen examples of the long S being used in old documents,for example in a picture of a medieval document about Muskets in which the word Musket was written as Muſket.
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Use of 'the' when referring to forces

The force P at point D acting on the link CD causes a torque on the shaft CB. Has 'the' been used correctly in the above sentence? Why or why not? P.S. - Earlier, I reasoned that those highlighted ...
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Apache squaws or Apache tribeswomen? [closed]

Is it Apache squaws or can I say Apache tribeswomen?
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Which word is better for use and why: Datasheet or data sheet & Timesheet or time sheet

Which word is better for use and why? 1) Datasheet or data sheet, See Both Examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datasheet, http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets.aspx 2) Timesheet or time ...
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What is the proper usage of “x (read y)” where y is another word/phrase for x?

I've often seen this used for humorous purposes, but I would assume it has a formal usage as well. Example: Mortos (read mooch) is a demon from the Spooky Realm. As far as I can tell, it's ...
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Usage of Too… to

In school, I learned too... to... as an expression, like I am too tired to stand or It is too early to sleep. But sometimes I want to say something like I think 30 days on trip is good, it is not ...
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Need to know please if the below sentences are gramatically correct [closed]

1)I can keep the ticket open as long as you want 2)I can keep the ticket open till you want
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Why is it Wrong to use what in place of which (Context of American English) | Specific to GMAT [duplicate]

(B) According to some analysts, the gains in the stock market reflect growing confidence in the economy to avoid the recession, what many feared earlier in the year, rather to come This is an ...
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“She found golden hairs on his clothes.” Why is it “hairs” and not “hair”? [duplicate]

I read in a novel "she found golden hairs on his clothes," and I want to know if it's correct. I have always heard that it's hair, not hairs.
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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Should there be spaces between a number and its measurement unit? [duplicate]

Not sure if this is a style problem or a grammar problem 64 m 59.8 km 210 ft 37.2 mi Are spaces necessary between digits and measurement unit?
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Is it acceptable to use “Thank You” and “Best Regards” simultaneously as the closing/sign off for an email? [closed]

In many cases I always receive email with "Thank You" and "Regards"/"Best Regards" at the same time/simultaneously. But I've read one article on a magazine said that it'd be too "crowded" to use them ...
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Comma after “here”

I've been speculating whether or not I can use a comma after "here"? Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any clarifying answers anywhere, or perhaps I haven't been searching enough. To the ...
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Use of its and it's [duplicate]

I always get confused when to use "it's" and when to use "its". I don't know how they are used. Also someone once told me that "its" is wrong while "it's" is correct. Kindly throw some light on ...
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Can we use “it” for referring to people sometimes? [closed]

When I'm answering someone asking me about someone else, "Is that him?", can I answer like Yes, it's him. or Yes, he is him.
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polite questions vs. direct questions: real life reactions [closed]

In English courses (especially business), we learn to use polite questions. So we know that you shouldn't say "excuse me... where's the nearest supermarket, please?" but rather "excuse me... do you ...
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Correct usage of 'whoever' and 'whomever' [duplicate]

This seems incorrect to me: Can whomever did this please contact me? Please advise.....Thank you!
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I have a question regarding “I'am sorry” [migrated]

I would like to say- I'm sorry, that the item you needed for your brackets has been discontinued. My questions is, Is this correct? or Does I'm sorry need to stand alone? and Can I'm sorry stand alone ...
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How long would the conference be for?

I want to know if this is grammatically correct " How long would the conference be for?".
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Same goes to you [migrated]

I'd appreciate your time and all answers so here is my question and the case I'm curious about. "Same (wish) GOES to you"... Is it also proper to say: "Same wishes GO to you" in case we have more ...
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Which is correct “What does this mean or what does this means” [closed]

Please help me understand when should the plural forms be used... Ex. What does this mean or what does this means .. He rides well or he ride well etc
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It has been a long time I havent used windows XP

Want to know what does this sentence mean. It has been a long time I havent used windows XP.. Does this means he is using it now?
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“You are on your knees” [closed]

I found the following English expression. WHy do you say "You are on your knees"? Is it because that your weight is ON your knees?
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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Usage of “the cubalow” - Has anyone heard the phrase?

When I was a child in the 1950s I remember my mother calling the domestic hot water tank 'the cubalow', sounding like 'queuebelow'. Has anyone else heard this word being used?
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Usage of [sic] in a sentence with odd words

If you are quoting a sentence which includes a word such as staggerin' instead of staggering, would you insert "[sic]" to show that the word comes directly from the text? ex: would it be a) "She was ...
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How do you write “and” in short form?

How do you write "and" in short form like w/o as in "without"?? It's not "&" but some other form. I used to write it but I forgot since I dont live in the US. Please help me remind it. Thanks
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Is this correct usage of a colon?

I'm fairly terrible at English, is this correct usage of a colon? Bigotry unfortunately doesn’t just relate to opinions: it refers to intolerance towards ethnicities and beliefs Thanks.
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What is the difference between contravene, contradict, and controvert?

All three words seem to have similar meanings, but I am assuming the difference is that each may be more appropriate in different contexts. I am particularly interested in their use when talking ...
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Usuage of In & On? [migrated]

They are more conflicts arising while using In & On in a sentence. So I want to know some clarification regarding the usage of In & On in a sentence with a crystal clear example, because I'm ...
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Can I delete “that of” in this sentence?

I found the following sentence in the dic, and I wonder if "that of" is necessary. The young coveted career today, is that of an entertainer. I guess "that" refers to career. So my question is, ...
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'to forget' (usage) [duplicate]

I've always thought 'forget something somewhere', i.e. with an adverbial of place is wrong usage but recently came across a sentence in a PET book which says. 'I forgot my jacket at Tom's place' and ...
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“Am I (ever) [adj.] ” vs. “How [adj.] I am”

What's the difference between saying, Boy, am I happy to see you again! Damn, am I ever lucky to have a friend like you! -and- Boy, how happy I am to see you again! Damn, how lucky ...
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What's the exact meaning of 'showstopper'?

I encountered many times that my prospects asked for some must-have features as some 'showstopper' features. In those cases, I understood a showstopper is a mandatory requirement. But on the hand, I ...
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What is a formal word for “go-to”

The definition for "go-to" that I'm interested in is: "Denoting a person or thing that may be relied on or is regularly sought out in a particular situation." (Source: Google's definition) I want a ...
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What is the range meant when the following relative dates are mentioned? [on hold]

I work from Monday to Saturday. I have a list of things that I have to do which have been scheduled, so if I tell someone to get me the list of tasks for this week, what would the range scope be if ...
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Is “coachable” a word?

I was taking some online self improvement classes, the person (or the coach) says that we should be "coachable", and the first thought that I had was about whether that word is actually usable ...