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

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The use of “was” and “were”

...none of them was going to Malory Towers. This is taken from a story book, Enid Blyton - Malory Towers I think, and a pupil at school queried this with me. I can see her point, "were" sounds better ...
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When to pronounce # for pound, sharp, hash or hashtag? [duplicate]

How to pronounce # in a proper way? Currently, I know it's used to pronounce "pound" in US English, "hash" in British English, "sharp" for C#--a programming language, and number sign to list items. ...
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Can something positive be lurking?

"To lurk" is roughly defined as "to be hidden in wait, especially for an evil purpose." Generally speaking, this verb is used in connection to something negative, but can something positive be ...
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Is using 'thrive faster' incorrect?

In the sentence "For Modern Businesses to thrive faster, they must have a strong online presence.". Should I use thrive faster or just thrive?
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peripheral equipment - only for computers?

If I say "peripheral equipment", does this always refer to equipment attached to computers (such as printers, mice, keyboards, etc), or can it also be used for other things? For example, can I talk ...
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Can ideas “make a mark” on someone, or is this expression reserved for people?

I am writing about an idea that "stuck" with me, made an impression. The expression that came to mind is "it made a mark on me" but I see it used primarily referring to people making a mark on ...
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What counts as a polearm?

Based on the definition, I would think both lances and spears are a type of polearm. However, in some cases, I have seen the word polearm used separately to lances or spears. For example, in the game ...
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Why not “graduated from (institution)”? [on hold]

He graduated from Nirvana High, sounds better than He graduated Nirvana High. Why is the latter usage more prevalent?
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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What is the appropriate usage of 'extant'?

I saw this on a map today: THE MOST APPROVED MAPS EXTANT; The Collins dictionary says extant means: still in existence; surviving I hadn't heard the word used, by intuition it seemed to ...
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [on hold]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...
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I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise [on hold]

I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise. Combine this sentence into complex sentence. I have no idea how to combine?
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Can you use “crime scene” for a suicide? [closed]

Example: The detectives assigned to Kevin's suicide left the house. I took the opportunity to investigate the crime scene. I'm not sure if this is correct. Since suicide isn't a crime. Or ...
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“Handling of Task 1” or “Handling Task 1”

I am working on my thesis and included is a subsection in which I describe how a part of a class of my program handles the task I have been assigned for the thesis. To give you an idea of what the ...
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I'm including a photograph of myself [closed]

I'm including a photograph of myself. Find the error. I found this like this. I am taking a photograph of myself. Or I am capturing a photograph of myself.
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Correct usage of expression “or did I” [closed]

In the opening sentence of an article I am writing, I state something that would seem obvious to the reader, but that I will challenge (since I will be closing with a slightly different conclusion). ...
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It is childish to complain against rules [closed]

It is childish to complain against rules. Correct it where necessary? Find the error.
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General usage term for “Project”

I am currently designing a project management tool and I want to know if there is a more generic term for projects. For example, event companies undertake events, software companies undertake ...
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“Why has this watch stopped?” Thought Ahmed,

"Why has this watch stopped? " Thought Ahmed, How to change this sentence into Narration? I tried to make its Indirect speech, but I could not change it.
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Should and Could [duplicate]

Should and Could. Both are used to indicate the possibility of a situation then what is the difference?
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Preamble: Excluded from this document? [closed]

How can I state that a thing is specifically excluded from a document in the preamble? NOTE: This document does not address the population of the data prior to running a specific batch letter ...
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Which of the following sentences is correct? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and finding it difficult to understand which of the following sentences is correct. "Of these words we could understand little" or "Of these words we could understood ...
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Changing “I didn't think him to be so honest” into an expression of comparative degree

I didn't think him to be so honest. How can we change this sentence into one of comparative degree without changing its meaning or sense?
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Which one of either “where” or “when” works better with “point”?

I'm a non-native English speaker and I have a troubling question. What is the difference in terms of usage of "when" and "where"? "The fact that my action was so embarrassing singled me out to the ...
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How common is the word 'den' (for a room)?

I was wondering how common the word 'den' is in English speaking countries (I'm refering to the definition like on wikipedia for a room: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_%28room%29)? Do people use ...
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Replacing Characters Using Numbers

I was playing an online game and I noticed a player on my team with username "4PP13". I asked him what should I call him. He said "apple". I didn't have second thoughts until I Googled it. It turned ...
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let with third person usage [migrated]

My mother lets/let me go out at night. Which one is correct? I checked some sources but couldnt find good explanations as some give third person with-s while some others don't. Thanks in advance.
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Proper usage of “engendered”

"His actions engendered a revolution in the Capitol." This sounds a bit off to me. But going by the dictionary meaning, this is legal and correct. Is this correct in terms of readability and ...
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Can “in alpha” be used as an antonym to “in beta,” or it’s a totally different animal?

I was drown to the phrase, “in beta” in the following passage of New York Times’ (June 16) publicity of their own new scheme, Trending: “The Times unveils a new tool, Trending, that shows you ...
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Correct usage of “switch between A and B”

I want to show that a switch between A and B, and vice versa, is not allowed in a specific situation. Is "Between A and B" the correct usage in this case? I've been told that omitting "vice versa" ...
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Can “did you…” be conditional?

Let me know, should you come. Like the one above, I've seen many sentences that had inverted conditionals which started with should, were, and had--but not with could, did, or have. So I wonder if ...
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Difference between certain, specific and particular

While browsing an online dictionary I found many translation for the same word in German. Those are certain, specific and particular. In my opinion are all three synonyms and can be used ...
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How do you punctuate the end of a quote within a quote: “Billy said, 'This is acceptable.' ” [duplicate]

At the end of such a sentence, does the single quote come before the punctuation? If it does not, is a space between the single quotation and double quotation marks necessary? >>, ' " or '"? ...
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Yes or No ambiguity in a dialogue

The following is a dialogue between Alex and Haley appearing in episode 11 of Morden Family season 6. Haley: I just wish there was something that you could teach me. Alex: Uh-huh. Haley: Wait, what ...
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Interesting usage of “considered” [closed]

A recent article on BBC online had the following phrase describing a Bedouin subject in an interview" ... he speaks considered English slowly ..." Is this an acceptable usage of "considered" in this ...
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Which one is correct,“jump into” or “jump onto”? [closed]

For example, I will "jump into" or "jump onto" a new topic after I finish this topic. Which one is correct?
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What does President Obama's joke, “Bucket taking executive action on immigration,” “Bucket new climate regulation” mean?

There were the following lines in President Obama’s speech delivered in the White House Correspondents’ Dinner held on April 25 at the Washington Hilton Hotel: “Just this week, Michele Bachmann ...
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Referring to the Seasons correctly: Summer versus Summers [duplicate]

Which of the below seems the correct usage: (A) The family spent the academic year in Berkeley, retreating to a Napa Valley estate in the summers. (B) The family spent the academic year in ...
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What are some useful strategies for shepherding readers through cognitive dissonance [migrated]

As a writer, it is difficult to help your readers hold two dissonant ideas in their heads. This can occur when the situation you are describing does not match well with the lived experience of your ...
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Why is “positive” chosen as the opposite of “normative”, as in “positive statement”?

I understand that the phrase "positive statement" means, when opposed to normative statement (like in economics), statements that describe facts without indicating (dis)approval, thus that are ...
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Useage of 'This' and 'That' at the beginning of the sentence

Dealing with informing people, sometimes in a public way, how a system or concept works can be a challenge. In an effort to educate myself on why people report confusion, feedback said the words ...
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In time or on time [closed]

I must hurry to get home ___ to watch the match. The blank should be filled with 'in time' or 'on time'?
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This question requires four answers to name the fields in a database table [closed]

I need the four names for my database table which I couldn't understand what the correct word to use for the field name. 1) I borrowed some money from a relative/friend, so what should I write the ...
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On the usage: Yes, please [closed]

I was watching a movie. A girl asked a boy: Hey, Rex, can you help me? The boy answered: Yes, please. Then they went out to a date (kind of). I am not exactly sure about the please part. I ...
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word usage Electricity charges or Electricity Rate

i am curious to know about how to use this word. like should i go for electricity charges are high or electricity rates are high? Thanks.
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A word/expression: more “valuable” than “valuable”? [duplicate]

I would like to say that something is "very valuable". Do we have better word/expression that can do the job? The suggestions in the other thread sound extravagant compared to what I would like to ...
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Is “It’s not unheard-of to do” not-an-unusual expression in day-to-day conversation?

There was the following passage in Maureen Dowd’s article titled, “Hooray for Hillarywood” in New York Times May 30 issue: “You hear plenty of complaints about the president’s mingy care and ...
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Exaggeration of … into

I'm studying for the GRE and came across the following question: "Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering ...
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Why not “Big yet small”?

I'm confused that people use "big and yet small" rather than "big yet small." The reason I find this confusing is that but, which kind of resembles yet, is used differently--"big but small." Why can't ...
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Use of title capitals [duplicate]

Admiral Gonzeles told his men to search for a gun. A soldier asked if the admiral had any further instructions. Should the second time admiral is used be capitalized or not? Thanks Frank