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What's the difference between “large share” and “high share”?

Please help me! In the passage below, can I replace highest with largest / lowest with smallest? the United States had the highest housing expenditure share, 26% of total expenditures in 2009. The ...
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Which answers are correct among five expressions? or have the same meaning?

A: I think she has had plastic surgery. B: Yes. She definitely is not a natural beauty. Yes. She definitely is not the natural beauty. Yes. She definitely is not in natural beauty. Yes. She ...
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Is “join” in this context ambiguous?

During this internship, I joined the on-line training program which was given by the company to the employees and aimed to help them grasp the new system. I am the student of this program. I am ...
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How to describe these abstract concepts?

I am aware that to do this one needs not only professional skills in technologies, a sound knowledge in education and methodologies, but also a deep understanding and comprehensive analysis of ...
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Can "field“ used in this sentence?

They succeed in persuading me to leave the field of technology in which I can easily find assurance in terms of job opportunity and financial stability. Please tell me whether I can use the word ...
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Is there a name for a war where everyone fights everyone else?

Is there a name for a war where everyone fights everyone else? I think that I heard the name "Kephyr" (Turkish? for the name of a war where it's all against all but I could not verify it.
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Word Request: A word that would describe how seconds (or other unit) relate to minutes (or other unit)

For example, if I had the sentence: A minutes ______ are seconds. What word would work here? It would also fit in the sentences below. A byte's _____ are bits. A byte is split up by eight ______ ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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which adjective should i use for family of someone

I want to write a happy new year letter for someone(not very close, business partner) what adjective should i use in regard to his family for example : Dear Family , respectful family , beloved family ...
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Is magnanimity the right word for courage, insight and willingness to overlook or forgive?

Definitions of magnanimous in some of the most authoritative dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online: Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person. Dictionary.com ...
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Word for Inability to Write

When school's off for more than three or four days, I usually don't write much (I prefer to type at home!) and so when I come back and hold my pen[cil], my fingers refuse to move like they normally ...
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What do you call someone who obsessively thinks they are sick?

Googling relevant terms such as sick, self, conception, and mixing them gave me nothing useful. So, is there any term in English, either in common sense of the word or technical sense, to refer to ...
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A word for 'scared' in this context

My cousin is really bad at math. Whenever she looks at a math book, she runs away. She is 'scared' of math. I know this is not the correct word to use. Can someone please give me a word that means ...
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“Whenever I was” vs “Whenever I got”?

Is there any notable difference between the two? Example: Whenever I was depressed, sounds would amplify themselves ten or twenty times, to the point they became indistinguishable from physical ...
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Conspicuous v. Ostentatious

Conspicuous means: 1. Easy to notice; obvious: a conspicuous flaw in the construction. 2. Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable. Ostentatious means: characterized by ...
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Do the following three expressions have the same meaning?

My flight is scheduled for 7 p.m. from New York. My flight is scheduled for New York at 7 p.m. My flight is scheduled for New York, 7 p.m.
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A word for: someone who is easy to talk to

I want to convey the idea that such and such person is very easy to talk to. I know that: 'talk to-able' is not a word, obviously. I can always say, "He is very easy to talk to." But I am looking ...
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how can I use “fewer” and “more” with numbers?

I have never heard anyone use words "fewer" and "more" when talking about the fact that a certain number of items is greater than a certain number of other items by a constant. For example if the ...
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Can the word mnemonic be used adverbally?

A mnemonic is a memory device for reducing something diverse and complicated to an easily -remembered pattern. For example, for the order of planets in the solar system, I learned as a boy the ...
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Descry, Espy, Spot, Spy

I know as a general rule that no two words are identical in meaning and use. I was wondering if I could get help in understanding the different meanings and uses of descry, espy, spot and spy. I know ...
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Would the slang version, yessir, of yes, sir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?

I use yessir as a slang form of yes, sir all the time. Is it even a word? Would the slang version, yessir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?
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Antonym for “discombobulate”

I'm looking for a good antonym to discombobulate. I'm aware that the word is made-up American slang and as such there is no such thing as to be combobulated. If a person is anything but ...
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Is the infinitive in this sentence correct?

John was fortunate to receive the funding. The statement uses the infinitive "to receive" instead of "to have received," which describes the state of having received something. "to have received" ...
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A word for weariness after travelling?

Is there a word meaning something along the lines of weary, haggard or generally not at one's best after a long journey? Something like travel-worn, but better? As a compelling motivating example, I ...
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Difference between “aunt to” and “aunt of”

E.g. You are going to be aunt to my son. You're going to be aunt of my son.
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Word to describe a person who has a lot of experience in a specific field

I'm looking for a word to describe a person who has significant experience in a particular field (for example, an artist who has worked in the music industry for more than 10 years). There are some ...
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Single word for “Young of an animal”

In a conversation today I needed a word for "Young of an animal". Not animal-specific like "puppy" or "kitten". The conversation went like this: Me: 2 kittens to be precise! Person: Kittens are ...
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Can “existing” ever refer to past existence?

It included a better warranty than John's existing one, which was exactly what John needed. Can existing/current refer to the warranty at the time in the past? It needs to express the idea that ...
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Do you assign a person to a task or a task to a person [on hold]

In a web application the system should generate summary reports. Which is natural to say? When an assignment is done: Ted assigned Mary to task 33. or Ted assigned task 33 to Mary. If ...
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Difference between “abate” and “bate”

What is the difference between abate and bate? How are they used differently? Do they both mean the same thing? (from the Free Dictionary) The definition of abate is 'to reduce in amount, degree, or ...
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What is the idiom or expression to describe the state that a person interrupts their happy time by believing that “this will end soon “?

There are some people who don't enjoy the available good time and sometimes it even worries them. I am not sure why, but they might think that they will miss those moment and suffer for the lack of ...
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Christmas wishes to multiple persons [on hold]

I'm sending an email to Alice (person A) and I cc Bob (person B). The email begins with Dear Alice, [Text] Wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Regards Jim ...
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What is a 'correct' term for Mongoloid features? [closed]

I am not referring here to any illness, which may once have been called Mongoloid. I am referring to the general facial features of people of East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Russia, and South-East ...
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Something like antonym for “dependent”

Let's suppose I have two objects – A and B. Their are in pair. I mean that we will give name to them considering their as one logic unit. For example: if I call A as "driven", then B will be called ...
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Is there a literary or scholarly synonym for an 'origin story' or myth?

I am trying to remember a word I learned in high school that meant "a story that explains why something is the way it is." It's not origin story or creation myth, but rather one word probably with a ...
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Which word is more appropriate to express “How it works”?

Context Description: I'm a programmer. One day I find an interesting software IPFinder published by Fred, but I can't understand how it works. So, I want to write an email to ask Fred. A. ...
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“Magic” versus “magical”

Two-part question. We say magic wand and magical creature, and swapping the adjectives would definitely be wrong. Are there rules about which one to use, or is this a classic "use whatever sounds ...
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“White lie” as in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time? [closed]

I had a discussion about the English language with a couple of native speakers (all British) and we got into the topic of lies. One of them said something along the line of: A white lie is a small ...
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How do I make the term “werewolf hunter” clearer?

If I wanted people to understand that a werewolf hunter was a hunter that was a werewolf, but without that wording (hunter that was a werewolf is wordy), and without confusing someone else who might ...
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What does “spore” mean here?

What does spore mean in this quote from The Independent? "In the fight against rhino poaching, the dog's nose has proved invaluable in finding poachers," he said. "Our human trackers, which rely ...
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Word for mildly popular (used as a compliment)

I'm trying to find a word for something meaning not explosively popular or successful, yet not a failure. It should not be intended as criticism and should represent something not necessarily new but ...
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What do you call a response which does not address the question?

When some one is asked a question, sometimes if they are trying to avoid answering the question, they respond with something unrelated. What is the word for that response? Eg. A: Why were you late? ...
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can't ever vs can never

I can never win. Or I can't ever win. Can these be used interchangeably? Is there a case where one would work and the other wouldn't?
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Question about some equivalents to “inasmuch as” and “holding fast” in this passage

Could you simplify the highlighted parts in simple English, please? A million thanks in advance. The essence of these words is this: they that tread the path of faith, they that thirst for the ...
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Word for “pain gets worse”

"The pain kept increasing." I was looking for a substitute of "increasing" that expresses the idea that pain didn't subside and instead intensified. I have overused these words (increasing, ...
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“You had to come in now?” One word for describing a negative reaction

X is annoyed, but not angry. I'm thinking of a couple of possible options: Protests Groans replies One person opens the door, and X (a kid) is in the middle of something. What word best describes ...
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How do I say to my boss: [closed]

I just had an job offer but i want to ask for some conditions. How do I say to my boss: "Please let me know if you agree with this conditions " in a polite way Thank you
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Synonym for “hands-on” [closed]

Can I say as follows? I saw him in life, not on TV. Is there any other special expression in English that means that the experience is actual, hands-on, direct?
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Informal phrase for finally doing something pending - very specific

What would be an informal saying of phrase for finally doing some chore or running some errand that was pending for some time? It maybe something you are avoiding, or something you forget all the ...
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I need a section title for a section that describes how a piece of software works

Currently I'm using "How it works" as the title, but I want to replace that with something short and meaningful, most of my other section titles are one word long. The whole document is about a piece ...