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More formal alternative of “good” for describing some work [closed]

What is a more formal alternative of saying "good" for describing a work? e.g. "The work looks good." I don't want an adjective with more intensity than "good" such as "remarkable", "outstadning", ...
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Is there a word or two that can replace 'greater than or equal to'?

... alternately, 'less than or equal to'? If nothing exists, can you suggest something new to be widely adopted?
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Is there an umbrella term for syntax elements that open and close, like parentheses?

I think we're all familiar with the concept of syntactic elements that are opened and closed, and can be nested in some cases. Examples: (), [], {}, <> et. al. Parenthetic clauses, such as this ...
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Is there such a word as 'untabulated'?

In writing my dissertation, I want to describe that I have repeated the analysis using slightly different measures as a robustness check, but i did not report the results in text and hence what is the ...
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Some phrases to express couples who match with each other [closed]

In order to say two people as a couple, are perfect for each other, what phrases would you recommend to use as a complement? Something to express they are perfect match to each other.
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Is there a synonym / analogue to “he said, she said” that allows a neutral or positive connotation and denotation?

"He said, she said" has a sense that not only does an interaction look different from the two sides, but of an imbroglio. There are a couple of moments I can think of that are "he said, she said" in ...
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“Reasonably good” vs “Unusually good” [closed]

I asked this question as a guest and now I have another question as a registered user because I can not comment there! What is the difference between these two sentences' meaning? 1.She writes ...
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“reasonably good” or “unusually good” [duplicate]

Is the second sentence correct? Why? Why not? She writes reasonably good children's ​books. She writes unusually good children's ​books. Or is there any differences between "reasonably good" and ...
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English phrase which a native speaker can't understand

In the office here in Germany, everyone is telling others of a simple German phrase - which native German speakers can't understand! (see this Reddit) Mähen Äbte Heu? Äbte mähen nie Heu, Mägde ...
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Can we say that the words whose spelling is much contrary to the spelling rules get gradually expelled from English?

Can it be said that the words which are spelled too weird get gradually eliminated from English or their spelling changes to more phonetic? For instance I was thinking about the word "through" which ...
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If cow = beef, pig = pork, and deer = venison, then where is the word for human = [flesh as food source]?

Maybe it's the season of Halloween, because it's kind of a grim question, but I have seriously wondered from a language point of view - is there a word for human as 'food-meat', or has there ever ...
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...
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Word describing the feeling of being lazy about doing something

In my language we can express the feeling of not willing to do something because we feel lazy about it. Is there any word in english that allows us to express this feeling?
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How do you use ressentiment in a sentence?

I'm talking about the philosophical term, developed by Nietzsche and other philosophers. I think this is an important word, because it describes a particular form or hatred or ill will that we ...
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Verb to describe what merchants do in country-side fairs

I am looking for a verb that would describe what merchants do in Fairs. Like this one : I find "trade" too formal considering what I need. I am looking for something in the idea of showcasing ...
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I am looking for a word that means “to use whatever is available as a resource”

The word would mean "to use whatever is available as a resource". For example, If I do not have a ruler, I will just ______ to anything that is straight. What is this word?
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Which is correct title for my blog: “Professor Message” or “Professor's Message”? [closed]

I have asked a question related to this. But now, I need final clarification to remove the confusion to name my site's title.
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What type of lock is this? (image included)

Yesterday, my wife was surfing the internet and caught this image with a "snipping tool". So it looked like this:______ After locking, it looked like this:
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Can anyone think of a metaphor describing something good that's always present? [closed]

I'm writing an essay and looking for something to compare to music. Thanks :)
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Particularly interesting is [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence with: Particularly interesting is... Thanks in advance
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A word for the condition of being blasé

Is there a word in English that encapsulates the condition of being blasé, sort of in the same vein as "weariness" encapsulates the condition of being weary? blasé: having or showing a lack of ...
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Familiar 'you know' or 'you think you know'

When you say "This place is familar", Do you mean 'you know this place' or 'you think you know this place but aren't sure' ? What about the noun phrase "a familiar place"? You say "That girl looks ...
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Hello everyone! I'm looking for a PC program to help me learn particular words [closed]

So, I see such a program this way: in the first field I input some words in English, in the second one I input their translations. Then the program RANDOMLY shows me words in English I inputed ...
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Helping someone cheat

When someone, for example, uses a note on an exam to answer the questions, we say they cheat on the exam. What if someone else helps them to answer the questions, for example passing a note to them, ...
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Is “disconfirm” a word?

I see that disconfirm is not in the dictionary but I was wondering if concatenating the prefix dis- to a proper verb can be used to properly denote a meaning opposite from that verb. E.g. in The Big ...
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What is an adjective for something that is both offensive and funny?

At work we were discussing a topic that ended up being offensive and funny at the same time. As a result of this discussion, we decided we need to know if there is an adjective that would mean the ...
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What is the word to refer to customers who are no longer visiting?

For customers who still visit frequently, we call them "existing customers". But what do we call those who used to visit, but are no longer coming back? I'm thinking of terms like "left customers", ...
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Word for seeing small differences between groups, when you're a member

I remember reading a term for the phenomenon of being more aware of the differences between groups when you're a member of such a group. Here's an example to illustrate it - if you grew up in the ...
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Formal way of saying “blah blah blah” or “…” to indicate generic filler or omissions in a document when providing examples

In my specific case, I'm writing a tutorial on how to format a list of items. Now I would usually say etc. , but in my mind you can only use etc. following a statement, rather than proceeding it. So ...
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Categorize English words based on difficulty to learn by foreigner [closed]

I have a list of 8000 English words used in my application to training vocabularies for new learners. I need to categorize these words into three categories (easy,medium,hard). Are there any known ...
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What's the word that means consecutively when listing items?

Sorry if my question is a bit unclear, but I used to know this word, and now it totally escapes me. Here's an example: There are two potions that cause you to fall in love or to fall out of love. ...
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Too much of belief in god and religion [closed]

Which word best describes too much belief in god and religion ?
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Difference between “make a decision” and “take a decision”? [duplicate]

which one is more correct and are they interchangeable?
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Is there a word for a person with many creative ideas but little action?

Is there a word in the English language that describes a personality type that has a creative mind and many ideas but for some reason (procrastinating, lack of energy or confidence, etc.) is not able ...
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Poor chap vs. poor woman [closed]

is there a similar expression for a woman who we want to express sympathy? Thank you.
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single word for extensive computer user, not geek nor nerd

I am looking for a word describing person who uses computer a lot, it might be a programmer, a gamer but also an accountant or any other person who works in the office and spends most of the day in ...
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Name of place where there are many buildings?

In some countries, in a closed area, more than one building (mostly apartment buildings) is constructed, and that place is given a name. Then buildings are named like A, B, C. How would I call that ...
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How to say “I have an extra phone” using the word “spare”? [closed]

One of my friend was in need of emergency phone as he lost his, though i told him that "I have an extra phone and he can use it if he want" but later I was trying to figure out what are the different ...
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What is an appropriate word for doing something to [ undo ] your deficiency in something?

For example, a person who has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and wants to apply for a Master's in Computer Science, has not studied some of the pre-required courses for an ...
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Repute vs. Impute?

In our vocabulary book, the definition for impute is: tr. v.: To attribute or ascribe a quality, especially a fault, to a person The definition of repute is: tr. v.: To assign a reputation ...
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Words that define spectrums of quantity and consensus

I need to fill a 4x4 grid with words, as seen here: I'm not quite sure how to fill in each blank box. They should be a spectrum of controversy to consensus, and minority to majority. This grid of ...
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How did Spanish “Sevilla” become English “Seville”?

In Spanish, the name of this city is spelled Sevilla and pronounced /seˈβiʎa/, but in English it is spelled Seville and pronounced /sɛˈvɪl/. Having never heard of Sevilla/Seville until I went to ...
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What kind of vocabulary can be used when the person doesn't like thing that he/she has to have?

What kind of vocabulary can be used when the person doesn't like thing that he/she has to have? For example, I have crutches and I have to use them, but I really don't want to.
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“Take a break of unknown duration” in formal language

I would like to express the following idea in a more fashionable and eloquent manner: leave on a break of unknown duration / take a break... / leave on hiatus... Use of the highest linguistic ...
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Another expression for 'being' [closed]

I don't want to use the word 'being'. How would you rephrase the following sentences? Instead of being a run down, derelict building, Coral Tower is positively vibrant. Far from being a sedentary ...
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Is there a name for “fear of olives” in English?

I know people with an actual fear of olives. Is there a name in English for this phobia? I have not been able to find anything in the usual websites.
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What's the meaning of “un-PC”? [closed]

Yesterday, I came across the word "un-PC" while reading a book, and I couldn't find it in a dictionary. Can anybody explain it, please?
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Word for a discussion-ending comment

I'm looking for a word that defines something that is said that ends discussions because it can't be argued with. It's very annoying and I must find the word. My brother does it. He will say, "it's ...
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What is the word for “knowledge of words?” [duplicate]

I remember that there was a word that meant being knowledgeable about many words, but I've forgotten what the word was.
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How to avoid redundancy here?

When I finally caught him, he was bleeding and was too weak to swim. The sentence seems awkward to me and I don't know how to rephrase it. I think "was" is kinda redundant but just omitting it ...