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Is the “sorry to [infinitive] ” structure always grammatical?

I'm sorry to be so late. I'm sorry to hear about your sick mother. I'm sorry to waste your time. I'm sorry to make you feel so sad. I'm sorry to frighten you. I'm sorry to disagree ...
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Is the sentence “Format complete” wrong?

As a Windows user, I see a message box with the message: "Format complete!" when I have finished to format a drive. According to the dictionary, complete is a verb or a adjective. If it is a verb, ...
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157 views

We say entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, what is the verb?

For the word entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, I would like to know the corresponding verb, i.e the action of doing entrepreneurship, i.e the verb that should fit in the next sentence : To be a good ...
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209 views

Omission of verbs

This following sentence is puzzling me. Neither can I understand the meaning, nor can I reason the grammatical soundness of the sentence. Some symbols acquire a multitude of meanings, some widely ...
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179 views

Opened vs open?

Is there are rule when to use opened vs open? I always get confused even though I've been speaking English as the dominant language for more than half my life. E.g. Is the door open(ed)? Which ...
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Meaning of “dogmatic” in “there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood”

and whenever she heard a large word she said it over to herself many times, and so was able to keep it until there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood, then she would get it off, and ...
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181 views

To talk angrily and provoked in a low voice

I'm looking for a word that can describe a person continuously talking angrily as if fighting with someone, for example over a phone, but in a low and whispering manner.
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112 views

Growing abruptly and aggressively - words

How to describe a sudden increasing in size, volume. For example when fires grow suddenly and rapidly. What does that fire do?
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159 views

Word for “getting careless and slacking”

Can you suggest some words which can describe a person who is starting to get careless and who slacks, or the very action of becoming careless? A person who was efficiently and elaborately doing their ...
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109 views

The state of not progressing [closed]

What is the state of not progressing called? Going in circles. When the person is not progressing despite the active trying.
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429 views

Words that describe the repetitive sound of machine [closed]

I'm looking for words that can describe the repetitive sounds that machine produces (For example an engine). Those droning, looped and long-lasting sounds. Patterned sounds of various parts of an ...
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3answers
505 views

What is the word that describes a person trying to sell stuff persistently?

I am trying to remember the word to describe a person trying to sell stuff persistently. I can't seem to figure it out. - It can be a verb, noun or adjective. Anything around "Selling stuff ...
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285 views

“X equals Y” vs. “X is equal to Y”

What's the subtle difference between X equals Y and X is equal to Y?
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160 views

What is the adjective for “sent down” or “descend”?

The only word I found is descendant but this is often used for people, and I want to use the word for objects. Is there an adjective or alternative I can use if I want to say sent down, brought down ...
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How productive is the prefix “un-”?

Is it possible to use un- with new words such as sit, sleep, sad? I'm currently seeing many words (in programming) which use "un-" in the meaning of undoing something. For example, is it possible to ...
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341 views

Looking for a 2 syllable word for the scenario described [closed]

I am looking for a 1 (or) 2 syllable word for my website. I need something thats really cool, but is easily understood by everyone. This is the concept - "People meeting up in predetermined (or) ...
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3answers
370 views

“To rain” is to “rainy”, as “to …” is to “sunny”?

Is there a verb that fits this analogy: to rain is to rainy, as ___ is to sunny? I know you can say that it is now raining, but can you say that it is now ___, meaning it is sunny? Is there a verb ...
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2answers
861 views

Can an adjective follow dynamic verbs (“leave”, “declare”)?

I know that an adjective can come after some verbs, such as: be, become, feel, get, look, seem, smell, sound. These verbs are "stative" verbs, which express a state or change of state. For example: ...
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1answer
425 views

Using “subject to” with a verb other than “to be”

Is it possible to use subject to with a verb other than to be? for example: The self-image is subject to changes. (Obviously OK) Being bound to our self-image we react subject to behavior ...
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1answer
125 views

Which lexical class does “wont” fall into in this sentence?

As he is wont to do. Is "wont" an adjective, noun, verb, or something else in this context? How would you determine which lexical class wont falls into in any given sentence, since it can be used ...
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2k views

“Seems to be not X” vs. “seems to not be X”

Which one of these two sentences is written correctly? This test data seems to be not good. This test data seems to not be good. Better yet if you could explain as to why the correct ...
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1answer
129 views

Best meaning for “edit link” [closed]

"Edit link" has two possible meanings: A link to edit (page) To edit the link How can I know which one is correct? This is part of a translation project and I can't find context of the ...
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3answers
220 views

Verbed color names and “-en”

"whitened", "blackened", and "reddened"; but "yellowed", "grayed", and "blued". Is there some rule or is it just one of those things? "Greened" makes sense; no one is going to say "greenened". ...
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Meaning of “be brought low”

Context (New York Times), The episode has been a sobering lesson in how even an agency that carries some 350,000 passengers over 104 miles of track every workday can be brought low by a seemingly ...
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910 views

Why do we say someone who has read many books is “widely read”?

Why do we say someone who has read many books is "widely read," or "well-read"? (Though the latter has a hyphen, and it could be called a separate word. Still, it has its etymology.) Why didn't we ...
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3answers
18k views

It's raining today or it's rainy today?

When you're writing a diary, you might start with "It's sunny today" or "It's cloudy today." When it comes to rain, which should it be? It's rainy today. It's raining today. It may be ...
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2answers
325 views

What is the correct form of “advance” in the sentence: “My advance search”?

Which form is correct? My advance search. My advanced search. I ask this in comparison to "simple" that does not have a 'ed' form. My simple search.
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324 views

Dangling -y on made up adjectives

Sometimes I adjective my verbs (as opposed to verbing my nouns), making up a new word in the process: Friday nights are unwindy nights (unwindy night ~= night for unwinding) If I do this, is ...
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Intimate and Intimate

I was thinking about the "intimate" word used here: How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? How can I differentiate both words? Edit: in response to comments, I don't quite ...
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When would one use “burnt” and when would “burned” be more appropriate?

More out of curiosity than anything, when would one use "burnt" and when would "burned" be appropriate? For example, This coffee tastes burnt. This coffee tastes burned. or They burnt ...
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“Login” or “log in”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “log in to” or “log into” or “login to” Is there accepted terminology for the process of logging in? As a verb, would you say "Go to ...