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

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Whether use of who is proper

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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Difference of the usage of past simple and present perfect tense

What is the exact difference between-'i had breakfast' and ' i have had breakfast'? What are the precise meanings these convey and how do they differ?
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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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Usage of Disproven

How would you use disproven in a sentence please? Is disproven interchangeable with disproved?
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Broken speech and the use of “are, is” or contractions

I don't know if it is new, or if I am just noticing it, but why are people not speaking correctly? I am hearing "We done" "She smart" "That my boy" "This good" Are we not pluralizing ...
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Is the following usage of “multitude” correct?

In the following sentence, is the usage of multitude correct? A major challenge is the vast multitude of possible adversaries. The sentence sounds a little "off" (for lack of a better word), but ...
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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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Can I say “if you have questions”?

I know I can say "if you have any questions, ...". I wonder if "any" can be omitted here.
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Is “a-blink” an adjective form of “blink” in old days?

Under his breath, with a furtive exultation, he began once again the paean of victory and devastation. And presently his eyes were rewarded: out through that doorway came a long, low, ...
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Does “turning down the air conditioning” make it warmer or colder?

As the title says, I've heard two possible meanings for turning down the air conditioning: It could mean set the target temperature lower (i.e. colder) or make it work less (i.e. warmer). Turning ...
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Prima Facie Evidence [on hold]

Is it correct to say that "The Court held the view on prima facie evidence that John entered into the agreement with James by misrepresentation and falsification of truth"?
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The use of “was” and “were” [duplicate]

...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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“Caldoniafied” In General Use in the 1980s?

I am curious about the word "Caldoniafied" meaning, roughly, hard headed, and presumably coming from the song entitled "Caldonia" ("Caldonia, Caldonia, what makes your big head so hard?". )Louis ...
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“Trace” as a synonym for “trail” in AE

As far as AE is concerned, does "trace" mean just about the same as "trail" in "break/blaze a trace", and -- if indeed it does -- can "trace" be used pretty much interchangeably in every which literal ...
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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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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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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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Is there a single word that refers to a vagina secreting lubricant in response to sexual arousal?

I'm seeking a single word. An analogue is "salivate" which is what someone sometimes does when they experience hunger and refers to the mouth secreting liquid. "Elsa was hungry and began salivating" ...
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Can ideas “make a mark” on someone, or is this expression reserved for people? [on hold]

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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To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word "laugh", my go-to preposition is "about". However, at times, "over" sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, ...
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How, when and where did the phrase 'state of the art' originate? [duplicate]

Volume 4 of Charles Burney, A General History of Music, From the Earliest Ages to the Present Period (1776) contains this sentence: And while it [Rousseau's Lettre sur la Musique Françoise] was ...
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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 [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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Is “despite” outdated?

A friend of mine, a respected linguist, mentioned recently that "despite" (prep) is outdated. Whilst it is true that I hardly ever hear someone using the word in ordinary conversation, I still hear ...
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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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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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Using property name in plural instead of its units

Consider describing an object and referring to some of its properties, that has a unit (eg. weight in kilograms). Is it correct to describe the property not by saying what unit is it in, but using ...
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Use/non-use of articles before Adjective + Abstract noun

I have confusion regarding use/non-use of articles before adjective + abstract noun. Eg. competent handling, prolonged tread life, enhanced durability Providing COMPETENT HANDLING and PROLONGED TREAD ...
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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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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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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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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of gerund in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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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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If the prefix “a-” means not, shouldn't “await” or “awaiting” mean, “Not waiting?”

If: Apolitical means "not political" and Amuse means...well, it should mean, "not thinking" then why does await or awaiting not mean "not waiting?" I read this earlier question (Is ...
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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 ...