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Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”?

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
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difference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity'

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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choice of using 'of'and 'in'

write a paragraph of about 150 words on the following topics Write a paragraph in about 150 words on the following topics which sentence given above is correct?
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“those” VS “ones”

In this sentence(origin): When merging several properties, ones defined locally win. Is it better to replace ones with those? Possibly a duplicate : the ones or those.
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How do you call the process of breeding or generating the next generation? [on hold]

Please lift the On-hold ban. I updated my question. I believe it is valid. I am not sure how to ask otherwise, I hope you understand my question. I wonder if there is a verb that describes the ...
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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Is this a decision or a choice?

My local fruit and vegetable shopkeeper gave me this conundrum upon my last visit: You are travelling down a road when you reach a junction. You must go left or right. For the sake of argument, you ...
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Is there a word for a divorced father who you don't live with? [on hold]

If your parents are divorced and you live with your mother, not your father, what would you call your father?
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Use of definite article in cross-references

When referencing a chapter or section in a book, when should I use "the" in front of them? For example, considering the sentences: (The) Chapter 5 presents X and Y. or X, detailed in (the) ...
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First name vs. Forename

I really don't understand why others are using "forename" instead of "first name". Can someone explain the difference to me?
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Resonance vs. Resonation

Fellow wordsmiths - when would you use the one noun over the other? In the following sentence: Science seeks to classify nature; Emerson rather directs focus towards nature's emotional ...
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Rule of making long words [on hold]

I would like to know if there's any rule to create a long word, base on a short, popular word. In example: local -> localization. international -> internationalization stubborn -> ...
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Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities [on hold]

Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities Which word is more appropriate? I see both in common use.
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What phrase can I use to describe connected concepts

I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more ...
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How to express the idea of the company I am working for and not my company?

Ok, English is my 2nd tongue, and sometime I got this confused situation. When on the train, I told a friend of mine that "My company is not doing well these days". By my company I mean the company ...
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Word that means “desiring power”

What is a good word to use for the describing someone as "desiring power"?
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Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' (or possibly something else)? [on hold]

Someone who is disingenuous is someone who displays ________ (fill in the blank). Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' or something else?
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What is “comeforpie”? [on hold]

what is comeforpie? and what's the -pie suffix mean?
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [on hold]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.
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Words for different levels of crying

Another question asks for the written sounds of different levels of crying (wah-wah, boo-hoo), but I was wondering if there are names for different levels of crying. For instance, is there any way to ...
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Is there a word that describes people capable of picking up an accent by hearing?

A friend of mind told me about his accent teacher who picked up his accent (for a specific sentence) just after few times she heard him saying it, so I wonder if there is a word that describes this ...
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What word describes a self -created word/expression with an intuitive meaning?

Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the "'interests of qualified ...
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Difference of “I am just an ABC” vs “I am but a XYZ”

As far as I (non-native speaker) can tell, these two sentences have the same meaning: I'm just a humble merchant I'm but a humble merchant However I wonder if there is some subtle ...
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Searching for a word to describe the entirety of something

Here is the sentence that I want to write: There is more than that to the ________ of revolution The missing word is what I search for, oversimplifying the sentence would give: There is more ...
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How best to label inappropriate use of images

I'm describing the downsides of publishing text on the web as a image file, instead of real text. For example: Images are inaccessible for users with visual disabilities (screen-readers need ...
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A word that means an undeniable statement, stated emphatically

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
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The use of the term “quite many” [on hold]

I know typically a person will say quite a lot, but recently read the term "quite many." Is this grammatically correct? The sentence I read was "I saw quite many dresses in the store." So I am curious ...
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When to use hereof in a sentence? [closed]

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hereof is an adverb meaning of this. So does it mean that I can change the sentence, "I saw my boyfriend dating my best friend and because of this, I broke up ...
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Pivotal, Imperative, use of hyphens [duplicate]

Since the Social Media is pivotal to building and maintaining interpersonal relationships - hence, central to human existence - it becomes imperative to investigate the current trend in language ...
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What do you call the inner leaves of a tree?

Like, there are leaves on the outside, and leaves on the inside which are usually protected from the elements.
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list” [on hold]

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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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 [closed]

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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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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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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” [closed]

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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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? [closed]

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?