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Should I use “still” or “yet” in the following sentence?

The atmosphere had relaxed a bit. Still/Yet, I couldn't stop thinking how strange it was to watch my brother being insecure. Which on is the correct choice? I often get confused about which one ...
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“as well” instead of “and”

In my university publications, I notice that many enumerations use "as well" [1] instead of "and" [2]. Is this just to make the text look more sophisticated or is there a real semantic difference? ...
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“brand spanking new”! is this word has correct grammar & polite way to say?

I saw an add saying "This iphone is brand spanking new" which sound like "brand * new". I am not sure if this word has correct grammar + polite (ie people use it without any bad or joke meaning)
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Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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best way to express urgency status [on hold]

If I want to express that I'm in urgent state what is the best way to say it? like I'm in haste! let me enter first please. Update: I want a word used for general purposes: like a child is late for ...
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes?

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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One who can't keep secrets?

Some one who is not good at keeping secrets. In my native language it is called "chugalkhor" but it's a slang. So I can't translate it. What do you call such a person who can't keep secrets because ...
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What is an adjective for multiple things originating from the same source?

I feel like there should be a word for this, and it seems like it's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of it. Is there an adjective for when a number of things all originate from the ...
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could and might to talk about future possibility

I have problem with using could in the future possibilities for example: They have the technology, but unless the government makes stricter laws, car companies ____ do it. With which one should I ...
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English Translation of “Umay”

As a Filipino-Canadian, I often go to Filipino gatherings with lots of tasty Filipino food. In some cases, we eat so much food that we become full; however, in other cases, we say that we are ...
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Different from x Different to x Different than

In the following sentence: "When I visited my old school after so many years, it looked completely different in the classrooms and the backyard /from what/to what/than/ it had been when I was a ...
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Difference between “lady” and “woman”? [migrated]

Are there differences between "lady" and "woman" ? Google say lady is a polite social woman. But we don't use them just as this. Do we? English isn't my native language so I am better clarifying ...
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The verb associated with 'payment': come through or gone through?

Is it "the payment has come through" or "the payment has gone through"?
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Is there a term for discrimination without negative connotation?

The word "discrimination" carries in itself a negative connotation, implying that it would be unfair or unethical. There are however, cases where "discrimination" would be justified and no one in ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [on hold]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Is there a term for the phenomenon of adding more words to a sentence makes it less clear?

This article ends with "Judicial races in Washtenaw County are nonpartisan ...". This is technically accurate, but is also misleading (or is it?) as it implies races elsewhere (such as Wayne County) ...
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Can a temperature be described as unusual or abnormal?

Can a temperature be described as unusual or abnormal? I'm trying to figure a way to say that the temperature is not within its normal range.
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Is the word “rouhi” a valid word in English? [on hold]

I love u so much ur rouhi I have my doubts whether the word rouhi is an English word? Do native speakers of English use the word rouhi? According to the link below they do ! But I have my ...
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Is there a better way of saying “writing for fun”?

As in "...written several pieces for fun." Writing "for recreational purposes" doesn't sit right, and I can't think of anything else.
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Is there a word to describe someone who apologizes for or feels bad about success or good fortune?

For example, an American who apologizes for the wealth and power of the United States?
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Can the term evergreening be used outside a legal context?

I have used the term evergreening in the context of replacing PC systems at a pre-determined rate; that is, that such a scheme would replace every PC in an office every 3 years by gradually replacing ...
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)? [duplicate]

Some food contains capsaicin which is a substance that comes from chili or pepper and gives food its burning taste. In english you call this type of taste "hot". In German (my native language) we say ...
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Difference between “Reason” and “Helplessness” [closed]

Today i was wishing happy birthday to my friend so i was suggesting to him for not doing bad work because he did a bad work in past. and after wishing the birthday i asked to him for his bad worked, ...
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Term for varies with jurisdiction

Is there a term for the concept of homo/heterogeneity of jurisdictions when it comes to legal status of a certain action? That is being illegal in all jurisdictions [limited to context] or being legal ...
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Which is the correct answer? [closed]

"Concorde, the world's fastest and most graceful____plane, will soon be 25 years old." A.transportation B.conveyance C.carriage D.passenger Which is the correct answer?
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What do you call someone who shoots fireworks professionally?

What is the name of the occupation for someone whose job it is to set up a fireworks display, fire it off for an event such as July 4th, and then tear it down? I have informally heard them called ...
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A word for 'sampler' suitable for international readers

For a large software package we are providing a small program giving small reference examples of [how to use] the capability of the main product. My mental image I have of this is akin to a ...
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What does it mean when someone say “you have attitude”?

I've heard many people say He/she has attitude What they really mean is that the person has ego or something like that. I googled and find this Yahoo answer, which also suggest the same. Are ...
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“technical Support of” vs “technical support for”

We created a software, but we run a business that provides technical support. In other words, we receive fees for providing technical support. We need to specifically imply that the support is limited ...
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Is “blog-avatar” a proper word?

I’m envisaging something just like your avatar or profile picture but for a blog entry. Each blog entry has a single picture which will be displayed as a small thumbnail for each item on the list. I ...
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What's the correct word to complete this sentence? [closed]

Whilst doing my homework, I realized that I couldn't choose an answer for the following sentence problem: But when household gadgets break down, ⸻ are carried out by 82 percent of husbands. A. ...
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Why is saying “cr@p” more socially acceptable than saying “sh!t” is?

I know shit is generally considered vulgar swearing in any context, while crap (though it's normally used as a swear word) is often used and allowed in decent contexts. How did this happen, since ...
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Different ways of saying “it shows” [closed]

If I want to say that something is visible can I say that it shows. For example, He has worn a bulletproof jacket and it shows.
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might thus be - correct usage? [duplicate]

A colleague and I had a quarrel about this sentence: This is a work in progress and might thus be incomplete, incorrect and subject to change. The word in question here is thus. He insists that ...
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a word for an unfamiliar situation

Is there a single word for an unfamiliar situation or a better way of wording this? If a situation is unfamiliar to you.
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What's a word for articulating something and making it sound worse?

Sorry for the poor title, but I can describe this better through an example. A few weeks ago, one of my friends had a conversation with her boyfriend, and she said that she wouldn't necessarily marry ...
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“Charge it by the blink” vs. “charge it in blinks”

Which of these sentences is grammatically and semantically more appropriate? Lawyers measure time and charge it by the blink. Lawyers measure time and charge it in blinks.
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How to say 'before previous' in one word?

I'm struggling to say 'before previous' in one word. Like "I visited my parents pre-previous month". Is there a suitable word?
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Be notified VS get notified [duplicate]

when wanting to inform someone of some future event, in which way would you say it, and what are the differences, if any? (you will) be notified (...) (you will) get notified (...)
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What is a non-pejorative antonym for gourmet?

I'm looking to describe two groups of people who eat pasta sauces. One type likes things like Rao's or Mario Batali. I'm describing them as "gourmet". A second group prefers Ragu and Prego. I was ...
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Gesture is to physical motion as [blank] is to speech

I am looking for an equivalent word for gesture in reference to speech. 'Overture' came up in offline discussion but it isn't quite right.
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“Which do you like best?” or “Which do you like most?”

Is there any difference in usage between these two sentences? Which do you like best? Which do you like most? I've read there is a slight difference in usage - a subtlety - and ...
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What is the opposite of compulsion?

If I am acting based on a compulsion, then I am acting because I am forced to do so. I have given up my power to chose. What is the opposite of this? If I decide to act after careful analysis and ...
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How do we refer to body odour delicately?

Perhaps one of the most difficult things I ever had to do as a manager of staff was to talk to someone about their 'body odour'. Can anyone think of a term to use and appropriate language in which ...
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substitute for peripeteia

I was all set to release an album titled Peripeteia. I thought the word aesthetically sounded beautiful and the meaning, reversal of reality, "the moment the hero realizes all he believes is untrue" ...
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Word for Allows in special context

I am looking for a single word (possibly short phrase) to convey the following meaning. Taking introduction to Calculus allows you to compute integrals. What the confusion/dislike from the word ...