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Can any verb's present and past participles be used as adjectives?

Verbs' present and past participles can be used as adjectives, such as "devastating" and "devastated". Does this rule apply to all verbs or some verbs?
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One word for things which are different for different people, or exclusive to the person to which they belong?

What is an English words which describes that something is different for different people, or in other words, it's kind of exclusive to the person they belong to. For example I want to say that there ...
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What does “the exposed nail” mean?

"I was the exposed nail in the meeting room." What does "the exposed nail" mean in the context?
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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?
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Is there a single English word for “posting that will hit the Network hot topics list”? [on hold]

Is there a single English word for "a StackExchange posting that will hit the Network hot topics list"?
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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What word can suitably replace “Chronicles” in “Chronicles of Narnia”? [closed]

What words can suitably replace "Chronicles" in "Chronicles of Narnia"? Records or Journal doesn't sound good to me, are there any better words? I wanted to start a blog(for recording my ...
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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One word for playing on the violin with a bow

When one is playing on the guitar, one is strumming. One can strum on the strings of a violin too. But most of the time, one uses a bow to play on the violin. Is there a single word for that?
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Any slang word for “debt-collector”?( specially among gangsters & criminals!)

According to dictionaries, A collection agency, also known as a debt collector, is a business that pursues payments of debts owed by individuals or businesses. But I have seen in movies that criminal ...
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“be kept waiting” vs “be made to wait”

We were kept waiting for two hours. We were made to wait for two hours. Are both equally correct and common?
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verb “organise” vs. verb “order”

1) order: The verb order has different meanings. One of them is the following: to organize (things) in a particular list or series : to put things in a particular order or position 2) organise: Also ...
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What is an unambiguous term for a square standing on its corner?

I'm helping write descriptions for a catalogue of Pacific artefacts, and have stumbled upon a problem. A fan is shaped like a square, with a handle coming down from one of the corners. What is the ...
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The opposite of 'attend' [on hold]

What is a word (a verb) for the opposite of attend (to a class, to a conference...)? Unattend? Disattend? If there is not such a word, then maybe not attending could be OK... EDIT: The context ...
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Is there a term denoting the writing of words using numbers instead of letters?

Sometimes, more in some languages than in others, a word is spelled using one or more numbers instead of letters. Is there a term for this? The only example I can think of in English is se7en ...
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Use of inroads in a sentence

I was reading "The Man who was Thursday" from G. K. Chesterton when I found this sentence which I have not been able to fully understand because of the use of the word 'inroads'. I don't really ...
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Say “you guys” to a group of people [duplicate]

Can we say "guys" to a group of people, that group possibly including women? Example sentence: I am looking forward to see you guys then!
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Single advancement within bigger strategy

Which word could I use to denote a single advancement within a bigger strategy? For example, "a recent ? in my mission to improve my English was to..." I was thinking of the word gambit but, ...
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Fear of Information, which has been proven by statically data [closed]

What is the psychological terminology for the fear of being presented with facts or shunning/deliberately ignoring facts?
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Expression for when an actor has become so associated with a role that it becomes difficult to 'unsee'?

Think of Daniel Radcliffe. Is there an expression that describes his situation or state of him always being associated with Harry Potter by many people?
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What's the difference between “course” and “training course”? [closed]

What's the difference between these two words "course" and "training course"?
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What does being a team player mean? [closed]

Today I was told I would not be hired because I give the impression that I'm not a team player. I shrugged my shoulders and never denied the accusation. If someone is a team player, what kind of ...
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Is there a word for the form of a word that means “pertaining to”?

For the sake of this question, let's call types of words forms "onym"s, as in "demonym" or "retronym". (Note: I don't know the word for those kinds of words, either.) I'm looking for the "onym" that ...
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“It was a truly amazing experience” vs “It was truly an amazing experience”

Is there much of a difference between these two sentences? It was a truly amazing experience. It was truly an amazing experience.
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Why the words Apprehend and Apprehension have very different meaning?

Why the words Apprehend and Apprehension have very different meaning, though they seem to have same root word. Apprehend - to arrest someone Apprehension - fear, dread
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A word meaning to remember emotionally or sadly?

What is the word used for remembering something when the memory makes one emotional or sad? Like thinking of a beloved who is not there anymore or something that happened in the past. I looked and ...
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What do you call someone who is good at their job?

What do you call someone who is good at their job? For example: how would you describe an optometrist/ophthalmologist who is really good at what they do?
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Word that means “of or relating to 'vocabulary'”

I'm looking for an adjective that would mean essentially the equivalent to the meaning some might ascribe to the made up word "vocabularic." Is there a word that means "of or applying to vocabulary?" ...
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cut / cut down * cut down on

I never know when to use "cut down on", "cut down" or just "cut". Some sentences I've come across: They are trying to cut street crime in the area. [Would "cut down on street crime" be ok?] You ...
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Thanking someone

I have two questions: Does thank you become archaically thank thee? Are there alternative ways, archaic or not, of saying thank you other than thanks?
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Dictionary or Vocabulary? [duplicate]

Could you help me, please? In our country EL students have got special copy-books where they write new English words down (not in alphabetical order). How is it correct to call such a copy-book in ...
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hit/meet a deadline

I've just heard: I have to make sure we hit the deadlines. There's a lot of emphasis on circulation figures this days... I know we say "meet a deadline" when something is finished by the date it was ...
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Word that describes experiencing something second-hand

What word describes experiencing something second-hand? This word has been on my mind a long time, but it keeps eluding me. The word, I think it's an adjective, describes experiencing something ...
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What is a good way to describe or call something that has been made into something unique and fashionable out of something old and outdated? [closed]

I need a way to describe the process of turning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products.
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mom-husband-wife thing [closed]

I heard this one on TV, too. Here is the quote: Narrator: Sara is isolated geographically and emotionally from her family and friends. A friend: Five years had gone by where we were doing ...
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hit the road (meaning in context)

I was watching a show on TV (I escaped my killer) and Lisa Noland is dropped off after being raped several times by her attacker and to her surprise he doesn't kill her, drops her off at her ...
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What does “a media splash” mean? [closed]

What does the expression "a media splash" mean? Is it something like a reference or mention appearing in the media?
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What to call the large containers of bottled water?

The water drawn from those 2.5 gallon containers having a spigot (and air hole) is called ‘bottled water’, but what should we call those large containers of water? It seems like “tank” or “tankard” ...
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Describing People as from (or belonging to) a Country [duplicate]

People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Japan are Japanese People from China are Chinese What are these words (indicating citizenship of some country) known as ? ...
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What does “facility” mean in the context of fitness certification? [closed]

I want to host a fitness certification. So, i have to fill this form. But i didn't understand what facility means in this context therefore i can't find the best word to put in that field. What does ...
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Using the word “eyesight”

I was wondering whether the usage of the word "eyesight" is wrong or not in the sentence below. "The purpose of data visualization is to aid people in comprehending complex data by stimulating ...
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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Word for opposite parallel vectors

Given two points, A and B, there are two vectors: A-->B and A<--B which are parallel but pointing in opposite directions. I remember learning as a kid a word which simply defines the line upon ...
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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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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Meaning of word “nicy” [closed]

Can you explain me the meaning of word "nicy"? I'm newbie in english, and I've already tried google translate, but I'm not sure. Maybe there is some informal forms, or other ways of using this word.
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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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Word for “referring to common but not universal attributes of a group of people”?

I was recently out with friends and also with someone I didn't know too well. At some point during the night, I was imitating English spoken with a Mandarin speaker's accent for humorous effect, and ...