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Indian English: What usage is allowed for “doubt” (meaning “question”)?

I have a doubt about having a doubt. I learned from this question that in Indian English the word doubt is used to mean question, that is, as a countable noun. If my understanding is correct, the ...
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Is “to do well” used more frequently in India?

When I talk to Indians on line, I have the impression that they use the expression (compound verb?) "to do well" a lot. Is it only an impression of mine, or is that expression more frequently used in ...
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“Para” and “Paras” vs “Paragraph” and “Paragraphs”

I find people using "para" for "paragraph" and "paras" for "paragraphs", even in formal English. See the example sentence: In para 2 of the plaint, the plaintiff has stated that he is entitled ...
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Losing bottles and bottling out

ODO's definition for bottle includes the following: 2 [mass noun] British informal the courage or confidence needed to do something difficult or dangerous: I lost my bottle completely and ran ...
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What does the phrase “has been” mean? [closed]

Although he used to be a box office attraction, he's a has been now. Does the has been mean "over" or something else in the sentence above? Ex : I went to the party at 9pm, but the party was ...
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How do I use “The screaming abdabs”?

I have recently come across the phrase "the screaming abdabs". It is used in sentences such as "it gave me the screaming abdabs", abdabs being and old-fashioned word meaning 'a case of extreme ...
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Much and many: the opposite of less - fewer debate?

This morning, I corrected my little son on his use of much. I don't have much Star Wars guys. He seems to use this word quite frequently in place of many, although he doesn't often use many in ...
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Source of the phrase “call [somebody] out of name”

I was introduced today to the phrase "Call out of name" as in: She claimed the other girl called her out of name. I had to ask what it meant and the answer was "she called her a bitch". I'm ...
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Is the phrase “endemic to the problem” correct?

I heard the phrase "endemic to the problem" used in Marvel's Daredevil as follows: A: [I could] have a little shop of my own. B: You got your own office. A: We have office space. An actual office ...
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Can “as” be used instead of “as to”? [closed]

"Hurley and Chen are being careful and testing the waters 'as to' which ads will work, and where."
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Does using the phrase “operational state” imply that the referenced “thing” is inanimate?

Can it also be used while referring to animate "things"? OED has the following definition which might indicate that we can use operational for people but there are only metaphoric examples related to ...
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Use of “do we” in the sentence “Only after 10pm do we actually sort out the mess.”

Consider the use of the words "do we" in this sentence: Only after 10pm do we actually sort out the mess. Can someone give me the technical name for this usage of "do we"? Is it called ...
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Correct usage of “since” [duplicate]

Is this statement: the letters have been troubling me since over a year grammatically correct? Or should I instead use: ...for over a year
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I'm looking for a word similar to an abstract concept

I'm looking for a word to describe when you are aware that something is real, however because you've never experienced said-thing firsthand, the thought of the thing seems like an abstract concept ...
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Are 'third person singular pronouns' optional?

I took a English test in a non-English speaking country. There was a problem with a picture. In the picture, a girl whose name is Ann says, My knife doesn't cut well. The question asked: "What ...
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What does “above and beyond” mean and how is it used in a sentence?

What does "above and beyond" mean and how is it used in a sentence? Some sources say it means exceeding expectations, some sources say it means 'in addition to'. Which is it? Is it both?
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'I think' and 'I would think' difference

What is the difference between the two, are they intеrchangable? I heard this dialogue in a movie: Someone spilled coke on the transmitter It was beer. I would think. Could he just ...
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Use of person years experience or another word for combined experience

I am preparing to write a statement about my previous company's founders experience in my resume and I am having a quandary as to how to write the following: ABC Info has been founded by people ...
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How do you use the expression “among others”?

I know that you can say the following: "Einstein, among others, thought the sun revolves around the earth". Can you say, "Einstein went to school with Dirac and Heisenberg, among others ...
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I believe Usage [closed]

How strong is the word "I believe"? Since we have different constructions on how we define such statement, I'll give this as an example, If someone says: "I believe killing anybody is a sin" Would ...
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Split horizontally or vertically – which one is which?

Given some object, you can split it with a horizontal cut into two objects that are laid out vertically (above each other), or you can split it with a vertical cut into two objects that are laid out ...
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Correct order of addressing [duplicate]

While writing an email on behalf of 2 other people. Should I write.. Savin, Steve and Myself Or Myself, Savin and Steve.. ? I remember reading somewhere it is always, first person, second and ...
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“anybody can dance” or “Everybody can dance”? [duplicate]

"Anybody can dance" or "Everybody can dance", which is correct? Or do they have same meaning?
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In this sentence, is it her or herself?

I realize that this second sentence is a fragment. (It is in a piece of fiction.) Still, I would appreciate it if someone can verify for me that I am using "herself" correctly here. Thank you, kindly! ...
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Should there be a line space after Thank you/Regards [closed]

Is the following correct ? Thank you, Joe OR is it correct with a line space- Thank you, Joe
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Arab, Arabian, Arabic usage

Am I correct in stating that "Arabic" is a language; An "Arab" is a person of "Arab" dissent; and "Arabian" is a culture & history; but more contemporary usage of "Arab" can be more collective, ...
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Recordkeeping, record keeping, or record-keeping

In the following sentence, a reviewer claimed that record keeping is a spelling error that should be corrected to recordkeeping. Service providers shall manage information using agreed upon ...
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“Sitting room”, “lounge”, “lounge room”, and “front room”

Each of these terms seem to be used to designate a room, in a private house or in the front of a public facility, where one can sit and relax and talk. But, are there any differences to them -- or do ...
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Usage of “so” in a sentence that follows as a conclusion of the previous sentence(s)

I have seen people using "So" (followed by a comma) in the beginning of a sentence written as a conclusion of what is written in the previous sentence(s). For example: "I was sick yesterday. So, I ...
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Is it “to play a game on someone” or “play games with someone”?

I find this expression strange because it's clearly widely used, but seems sort of "unofficial", the "official" version, meaning the one described in dictionaries and grammar books, being playing ...
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Usage:“ I wish…would…”

What does the author mean? The following sentences are from a book: We use "I wish...would..." to say that we want something happen. But we do not use "I wish...would..."to say how we would like ...
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When can a celebrity be referred to by their surname only?

Mark Twain's case is straight-forward: it's a pseudonym, pronounced as if it were one word. So is Stendhal, for that matter. However, here's a list of folks who can be referred to by their surnames ...
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What does ‘be one’s “buddy”’ mean aside 'be one’s “friend”'?

What does ‘be one’s “buddy”’ mean aside be one’s “friend”? I was drawn to the phrase, “My short game’s always been my buddy” appearing in the following quote of Tiger Woods in the Time magazine’s ...
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When did 'virgin' start referring to non-alcoholic drinks

Since there have been so many virginity questions here lately, I have another one. As a former bartender-type, I often hear the term virgin, when relating to non-alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, ...
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Can “female”/“male” be insulting?

If not used when misgendering, making unasked for assumptions about gender or in a hostile context, can usage of the words female/male be insulting? More specifically: can a non-native speaker be ...
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“If I were..” usage [closed]

"If I were at your place then I wouldn't have done that" Is the usage of sentence written above fine?
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Is this correct? [closed]

I was wondering if the instructions given for an essay test is correct. "Choose one from the topics listed below."
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“Sorry about that” - Usage

A few months ago, I was down with jaundice, and when I let my friend know about it, he sent me a text saying "Sorry about the jaundice", expressing sympathy. Like this one incident, we frequently ...
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What is free-form data entry?

If you are creating a column for free-form data entry, such as a notes column to hold data about customer interactions with your company’s customer service department, then varchar will probably be ...
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How to use “where do you put up”?

Recently one of my friend asked a question "Where do you put up?". Initially I didn't understand the question and later i came to know that its nothing but "Where do you stay?". Is it a right ...
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What is considered “best practice” when making a quote memorable?

So I have this quote I'm working on: Information has moved from the tip of the tongue to the tip of the fingers. There is an alternate version I've made that reads as follows: Information ...
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“I know“ or “I do know”

I have seen people using I do know that instead of I know that Is this usage correct?
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Are prior, previous, and preceding interchangeable?

If I have four moments in time (A, B, C, D), where moment D is the present, would previous, preceding, and prior be interchangeable as adjectives to refer to moments A-C? Is one of them more likely to ...
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Usage of “until after” vs. “until” vs. “till after” vs. “till”

India was a British colony. Britishers wrote several laws for India. One such law was the Registration Act, 1908. Section 25(1) of the Act says: If, owing to urgent necessity or unavoidable accident, ...
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About the adverb “whilst” [duplicate]

I looked it up. It means "while" and is used mostly in Britain. Could anyone explain to me how to use it?
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what is the difference between “imagine” and “envision”? [closed]

I kind like a word "envision" so, Can I use it exactly in same way as a word "imagine"?
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Using “on” before days or dates

I've noticed that on many American TV shows, the speakers generally don't use the word "on" before names of days or before dates. For example: I'll see you Monday. Shouldn't it be: I'll see you on ...
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Watch and see usage

When should be used see and when watch? For example: if you look at a mirror you see you or you watch you? The same as if a camera is recording you an it appears in a tv in real-time, are you seeing ...
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“Issue of” or “Issue out of” [closed]

Don't make an issue of inconsequential things. Don't make an issue out of inconsequential things. Which of them is right and why?
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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 ...