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

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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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Pronoun usage and conjugation [closed]

Why do we say 'I am a teacher' instead of 'I is a teacher' when 'I' is a singular pronoun?
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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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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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Is using “needing” correct?

I've had a debate with my friend about the "needing" usage. I know we can't use "needing" in continuous tenses but take a look at my example: - That's the man needing some money. I'm sure I saw ...
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Is there a word that means English-Language-Centric?

There was an argument about how someone spelled "Revolution" and they said "No, I did not write it incorrectly. I used the Spanish version: 'Revuloción' without the accented o to make my life a little ...
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Why doesn't English have a separate word for “head hair”? (head hair vs. body hair)

The answer can be "Because it doesn't!" or "It wasn't needed!" in short but there might be a historical or linguistic explanation behind this. (Of course, every language might be lacking a word that ...
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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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“anybody can dance” or “Everybody can dance”?

"Anybody can dance" or "Everybody can dance", which is correct? Or do they have same meaning?
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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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Why is “a couple of…” correct grammar, while “a few of…” often isn't?

Earlier today I started to type a message and I entered: I can take a couple of hours... After entering the text, I realized that I intended to express roughly three hours so I highlighted and ...
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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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Are “to flee from” and “to run away from” interchangeable?

The verb "to flee" means "to run away" but are they interchangeable in every aspect? I'm kind of confused which one to use. It seems to me that the use of the verb flee could be more elaborate when ...
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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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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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Difference between *product*, *material*, and *item*

I am confused regarding the differences between these 3 words. Can you clarify them for me? By searching I learned that A "product" is a manufactured (and often branded) object or commodity. ...
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“was able to” vs “could”

According to my grammar book, here are some usages of was able to and could could can be used to refer in general that someone has a skill. e.g. At that time I could still read without spectacles. ...
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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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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?
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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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How to differentiate you are or you were from you're? [closed]

I need clarification on this sentence. I'm asking this to someone (in written): What is the problem you're facing with C++? My question is, How do you get that whether its you are or you were ? ...
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Is “Be More Intentional” Acceptable Usage?

I fear that in the business/marketing world, this horse has left the stable. But is there any consensus on the acceptability of the word "intentional" in such usages as: "We need to be more ...
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“features and characteristics”

In English, the phrase "features and characteristics" is often used. However, I, as a non-native English speaker, can't understand the difference between them. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary ...
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People with similar traits

I am curious as to whether there is a noun or some other, more suitable expression for that group of people which shares my personality type. I often use 'people with same traits or personality'.
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Proportionate or proportional? [closed]

I'm writing up some maths notes, and I'm unsure about the wording of a sentence. Which should I write? In the degree system of measure, angles are measured proportionate to 360 degrees ... Or ...
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“Thus” vs. “Thusly”

I read an article that used "thusly" and was wondering if there is any grammatical credence to it. The quote: The issue started when Sokolowski quickly ran out of storage capacity in his 32GB ...
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Can we use “therefore” before “before”?

Can I use "therefore" like this in a sentence? "Many Companies have various software systems which need to exchange data between one another despite their using different protocols. Therefore, ...
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Referring to something: choosing between “this + {noun}” versus “such + {noun}” [closed]

Recently, I've had a discussion with someone regarding how to know how to choose among the words "this" and "such" in written text, but could not find any usage style guidelines on this topic. ...
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“Your valentine” vs “my valentine”

I am going to send a gift to a far away lady I care a great deal about.I want to write her a card just to tell her I will always be there for her when she needs me, so to speak (not in any sexual ...
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What's the official rule regarding use of “welcome” versus “welcomed”?

Which is correct, and why?: Growing my business has been a welcomed challenge. OR Growing my business has been a welcome challenge.
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Do 'learn by heart' & 'learn by rote' mean the same?

Here in India, both the phrases learning by heart and learning by rote are taken to have the same meaning, i.e., blind memorisation without true understanding. However, some sources say that to ...
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Usage of “indisposed”

I have sometimes heard the word "indisposed" use as synonymous for "unavailable." Especially in the context of leaving a message. For example: "Hello. You have reached X. I am currently ...
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How to use “more likely”

Is it only valid to use "more likely" as in "Polar bears are more likely to be found in cold places" or could you also say "Polar bears are more likely found in cold places"? Can you use "more ...
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In writing dates, when should “last” or “on” be used? [closed]

Please enlighten me about the difference in using "last" and "on" when writing dates. For example, which one would be correct: "I attended the meeting on December 14, 2014." Or, "I attended the ...
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expressions using body parts

'Hands' of a clock, 'Arms' of a chair, 'Nose' of a plane, 'Mouth' of a river. In these expressions human body parts are used.What are such expressions called?
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Using “a tiny” in the same way as “a little”

Saying That made me a little happier is clearly perfectly fine, yet no one would really ever say That made me a tiny happier, even though both "little/tiny bit happier" are fine. Is there ...
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Are there rules to determine whether a musician's title will end with “-er” or “-ist”?

There are drummers, buglers, fifers, whistlers, and fiddlers. Folks who play all the other instruments use the -ist suffix -- pianist, violinist, cellist, tympanist, guitarist, flautist, etc, etc, ad ...
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“That” versus “which” [duplicate]

In the following sentence, are the words that and which interchangeable? In general, where to put that and where to put which? The sentence: At the end of this course, students will be able to ...
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Usage of “regarding” and “about”

I have been corrected by a manager when I used regarding in some of my sentences. Example: Regarding the client visit, we are all set. He said that I should avoid the use of regarding since ...
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Is such usage of negation acceptable in everyday conversation? [duplicate]

Let's begin with a sentence such as: We can't do this any more. This is the most standard form and grammatically perfect. But I have also seen or heard many times in some informal occasions ...
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What led to the increased usage of “schtupping”?

I was listening to a television show the other day and one of the characters used "schtupping": schtupping — to have sexual intercourse with Dictionary.com notes that the term's origin is ...
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Combine sentences with “although”

The question goes; Make a sentence from the given sentences using 'although'. a. We've known each other for a long time. b. We are not very good friends. The intended answer is ' Although we've known ...
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Use of prepositions with verbs [closed]

Is there a resource, a dictionary perhaps, that gives the appropriate preposition to use with a verb - an alphabetized list of verbs with corresponding prepositions and example sentences?
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“She hasn't said but a few words to me…” or “She has said but a few words to me…”?

"She hasn't said but a few words to me since last winter." or "She has said but a few words to me since last winter." Which of these is right? I think the latter is heard more often, but ...
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“Dish of the day“ vs “today's special”

Many restaurants offer a menu which doesn't change from day to day, and in addition offer one choice which varies from day to day, perhaps depending on which ingredients are available. This choice can ...
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Using “word” to mean “okay” [duplicate]

I tutored an American exchange student in Finland last year and occasionally he, on Facebook, would say something like "word thank you" or simply "word" and he said it means "okay". I was curious and ...
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Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?

Consider these two sentences: "His actions reveal him to be a husband who is not jealous but is zealous." "Those words demonstrate not his jealousness but his zealousness." Are the words ...
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How often is “more often than not”?

A person, supposedly a native speaker of English, assured me that I would say "often" means roughly 50-60% of the time, whereas "more often than not" means 75-95% of the time, and is closer in ...
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Is “wanna” more common with non-native speakers?

Is the word "wanna" (as opposed to "want to") more common in the writing of non-native speakers than in the writing of native speakers of English? Is this effect more pronounced when you exclude ...