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It really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema). There is a man behind me that cracks sun-flower seeds open, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone. I want to say that these behaviors ...
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neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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To use “deliver” or “delivers” in this sentence

Sentence in question: Mindie has also cultivated strategies to maintain customer and distributor relationships and deliver extraordinary customer service. Which is correct and why? Thank you!
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I dont mistake or I dont make a mistake… which on of them is true?

I have a query about these sentences: If I do not mistake, she would be his fiancee ... but my teacher said to me that it must be expressed in another way ... If I do not make a mistake ... she would ...
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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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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Is there any polite equivalent to “genitals”?

Albeit slightly conflicting, I was wondering if there's any more "polite", or better flowing word other than "genitals" in the context of: His genitals were cut off. It would be prefered if the ...
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Over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade

Which is the correct usage: over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade?
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Difference between AGENDA, ITINERARY, SCHEDULE and PLAN

I invited some friends from the US to come over to China for a conference, business meetings and personal sightseeing as well. So I am writing an email, making plans for their entire trip, both for ...
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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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Can you “do” an action?

I recall having read an article that states that you cannot "do" an action; thus "do it" is not acceptable. And the most prominent example of this is the slogan of Nike: Just "do it." The author ...
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Does this word exist?

If you want to summarize "I am good in engaging (with) others", meaning "getting them interested and involved", can you say then "I'm an engager"? Or how would you call it, "I am an...". Does the word ...
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Confusion between:“{is/has} no chance” and “{is/has} no match” [on hold]

Which form is correct in the sentences below? A snake has no chance/match to an angry rabbit. OR A snake is no chance/match to an angry rabbit. Please explain when I should use has ...
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Would have find or found [on hold]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that vs. the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that [on hold]

Which of the twain is a more appropriate, grammatically correct expression? "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that" or "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that"
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'Lodge a complaint' vs 'file a complaint'

Is there any difference between lodge a complaint and file a complaint? I found two relevant senses for these words in the Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary: lodge: to make formal statement ...
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What's the difference between “case by case” and “case to case”?

What's the difference between "case by case" and "case to case"? I often hear the former from my Japanese students. When I asked them where they got the phrase, they always say they learned it from ...
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“Cook at 200 degrees” or “cook in 200 degrees” or something else? [on hold]

When talking about cooking in an oven, should I say "Cook at 200 degrees" or "cook in 200 degrees" or "cook on 200 degrees" or something else?
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Is there a word that defines describing something in the past with modern language? [duplicate]

For example, Jane Austen's carriage went up and down the hills like a roller coaster.
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Does one “shave” or “shear” a dog?

I was editing a question about the alleged dangers of shaving a dog. The associated pictures were like this: To me, this dog hasn't been shaved, i.e. removing all of the hair down to the skin, ...
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class or classes?

I am reading spring docs and find this sentence: In several places an Inventor and Inventor’s Society class are used as the target objects for expression evaluation. Should the word class be ...
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Word for using software without knowing how it works

I am looking for single word or set of few words for the following meaning: Using software (for example calculating mean of 10 given numbers) without knowing the details how the software internally ...
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Non-gendered collective title for a group of people in a business context

In a work context, what is a good word for addressing a mixed-gender group of people? Currently, "guys" seems to be fairly popular, but does have male overtones." Is there a really nothing better? A ...
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Is “in assistance with” correct?

I have drafted a letter containing the statement: In assistance with the team, the company registered sales amounting to $x in 2014-15 Is "In assistance with the team" a correct use of ...
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“given to” vs “marked by” vs “characterized by”

Based the definition I inferred from often seeing dictionary definitions of different words written using one or more of these three phrases, the three feel more or less the same. While a quick ...
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Is there a word for a person who believes all events - past, present and future - have all been predetermined?

Such person believes that whatever you did or do has been predetermined by a god or another omnipotent force. It's as if free will didn't exist. e.g. "It's no use trying to discuss it with you. You ...
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What does “quotable” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

Afters years of being one of the most quotable political operatives around, I developed a case of political laryngitis. All quotable's meanings have to do with putting something in between ...
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“Feed on” or “feed with”?

Is it correct to say, for example: "She fed him on lamb" as well as "She fed him with lamb"? Omitting the preposition and simply leaving the sentence as "She fed him lamb" sounds more acceptable to ...
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Is it right to say “hastening the time of my own doom”?

Since hasten means accelerate, I feel the person is saying that he or she is saying shortening the time of his doom of making it pass away more quickly. The correct way or what I think he is trying ...
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Looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight

I am looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight without track distractions .. Some thing similar to funambulist.
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How are the words 'Suburb' and 'Superb' related to 'Superbas'?

All are Latin, or I guess come from Latin, but is it a direct shot to say that whenever Suburbs first became recognized and named, that they were given the status of being Superb? At one point was ...
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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The past tense of 'input' [duplicate]

What is the past tense of the word 'input'? It doesn't sound right to me in this sentence but I am not really sure what should be used. They inputted the password in the database yesterday. What ...
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What is the word that describes the middle part of a presentation?

My presentation has three parts. I want to use "prologue" and "epilogue" to say part 1 is the introduction and part 3 is the conclusion of a presentation. I am wondering if there is a specialist ...
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What do you call call a female philosopher? [on hold]

If we want to select a word that specifically refers to a female philosopher rather than a male philosopher, what would that word be? There are many female counterparts for many masculine words, which ...
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What does “post” mean in this context?

when your butler warns you to be wary of the grave risks you would be taking, you force your wary butler to resign from his post. Two possible meaning: point of view and occupation as a butler. ...
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“Due to” or “because of”

I've already read a lot about the usage of "due to" and "because of" and it's clear to me when to use "due to" and when to use "because of". So "due to" is usually linked to the noun, right? The ...
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Is “beguile” supposed to always be used in a bad way?

The definitions of it, pretty much all, involve words like "trickery" and "deception". But one legitimate definition can also be: to captivate with irresistible charm. Nothing too bad sounding.
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Cancer be beaten

Is there a name for this construction or wordplay? It can be both: Cancer be beaten Cancer can be beaten ("Can" in "Cancer" is emphasized for the purpose) It can be called a wordplay or a pun ...
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One word to question whether morning or evening

How do you ask a question for which the answer is morning or evening, what word do you use? For example, If an employee is taking half a day leave, how do you ask which half it is? Is the following ...
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Use of “just” in technical writing as an adverb for location

I am editing a friend's scientific manuscript, which will ultimately be submitted to a biological journal. He uses "just" as an adverb to describe a location (emphasis added by me), e.g., The ...
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smug vs. full of oneself [closed]

Consider these two examples relating to a person who looks at the mirror more than one hundred time a day: She is very smug. She is full of herself. Are these two expressions both correct? ...
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Difference between 'to seem' and 'to appear'

Is there a difference between the sentences "The general case seems to be open." and "The general case appears to be open." ? Or are they interchangeable?
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What is the correct way to request one item each from more than one source?

I'd like a single screenshot each from two dashboards. Which of these is correct:   Please take a screenshot of the x and y dashboards or Please take screenshots of the x and y dashboards
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Difference between appraise, assess and evaluate [closed]

I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference? Thanks!
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Word or phrase for someone who does not think far into the future

I'm looking for a word or phrase for someone who does not think about things far into the future. They may only see what is possible in the immediate future, say a year or so, but they do not consider ...
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Does one ride “in” a chariot, or “on” a chariot?

Is the proper term for riding a chariot "on" or "in"?
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What is the best / professional sentence to use between these two options

Just a friendly reminder about the importance of utilizing the E Drive for documents relating to the Science Initiative and Doctors for Science. or Just a friendly reminder about the importance of ...
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When to use “amount” vs “amounts”?

Would He had a large amount of sweat on his body. work better, or would this: He had large amounts of sweat on his body. Are they both grammatically correct, so it's up to preference, or ...
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What is the opposite of “why not?”

When someone says "why not [something]?" I often want to reply with "why [that thing]?" However, if they don't actually state the "[something]" and just say "why not?" what is the correct opposite ...