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The Association of vs The Association

Let's say that there's a simple NGO, or a non-profit organization, called "ABC" (purely hypothetical name, and unrelated to any existing companies or organizations), and made up of two ordinary people....
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Why does this sentence have two hads?

I had had the idea of buying a new tv. I would really like to know what's going on. Thanks everyone who's going to answer this question. I don't know if there's a reply option in here so I have to ...
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Conclude or Complete

Is it correct to say The software deployment has concluded For some reason it feels incorrect. I would have used concluded in the context of a meeting, some kind of debate, involved with people.
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Unforecasted versus unexpected

Is unforecasted correct English? Or should one use unexpected or some other form? The relevant sentence would be : Parties short longevity are financially hurt by unforecasted increases in life ...
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Correct or preferred preposition after noob

What would be the preferred preposition after "noob", as in, "I'm a noob [preposition] programming"? Would that be "to", as in, "I'm a newcomer to x"? (I assume you would use the same preposition ...
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Quadrangle vs. Quadrilateral

Which of two words standing for geometric figure with four edges and angles is more common for english-speaking people? P.S. I will use short word "quad" until I get answer for the question :)
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Prevention vs. Avoidance [on hold]

What is the difference between prevention and avoidance? Can you give generic examples? The reason for my question is, that I want to know the difference between preventing and avoiding a threat ...
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Is “do for” always inherently positive, compared to “do to”?

Compare the sentences: After all he has done for me, he needs my help. After all he has done to me, he needs my help. The first one implies that the subject has done good things for the speaker and ...
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Extend Offer vs Make Offer [on hold]

Talking about job offers what is the best/right/usual way to say it: To make an offer To extend an offer Is there any difference? Thank you.
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Using the word “who”

is the word "who" used correctly in this sentence? Never underestimate a woman who graduated from college"
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difference between “system” and “plant”

In engineering and energy, is there a difference between a system and a plant? Is it a matter of scale? It sounds odd to me to use the word 'plant' to describe a small-scale system for energy ...
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How do you politely say in this situation? [on hold]

Our company was supposed to undertake tasks and place in the position as contact desk for a certain event、but the negotiations ended up with being broke off. A customer is currently contacting us ...
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What is the proper way to use ' ones ' or ' one's ' this word in sentence?

It's said that this is not a good idea to think in my native language (Turkish) then try to translate it to English. But I couldn't find to correct word/phrase to express this sentence: I didn't ...
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Is it right to say 'perceive the world empirically' [on hold]

I would like to know if this phrase is correct in grammar and used by native speakers. The sentence I write is 'taking a gap year can help students better perceive the world empirically'. Also if it ...
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Chapter names for two opposite things

I'm having five different algorithms about which I have to write a report. First, I analyze each algorithm on its own and then I compare the algorithms. My problem now is that I need two section ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences? And which one is more common? [on hold]

I had wanted to buy a tv. I had had the idea of buying a TV. I really want to know the difference between them.
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What's a the word for people who make fun of themselves?

I don't mean people with low self esteem. But there are people who feel happy at being able to make other people laugh at their own expense. I remember someone telling me there is a word for them, I ...
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Fairy, Faerie, or Faery? [on hold]

I'm writing a story, and I was wondering if fairy, faerie, or faery was correct. Thanks!
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What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone [on hold]

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
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Use of 'or' to indicate the consequence of an action

I have recently come across this (to me) strange usage of 'or': Given an option to do some action X with a consequence Y Do I want to do X or do I want to risk Y? Specifically, this appears in ...
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the difference meaning between humiliate and ridicule [closed]

i get new word, ridicule, that means making fun of someone in harsh way how about humiliate. i think there both have similiarity but there both not a synonym. what is the difference ? thanks
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How to identify “deictic center” for distinguishing “come” & “go”?

Read this paragraph from this site My question is: How to identify "deictic center" for distinguishing "come" & "go"? Let say I am at home & I say "I am going to the zoo this evening", so ...
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things (occurrences) according to previous events; i.e., who extrapolates to the consequences of ...
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Is it ever appropriate to use “where” instead of “because” or “since”?

I work at a large company (4,000+ employees) where a lot of people use the word "where" in a way that I firmly believe is incorrect. They use "where" at the beginning of a sentence instead of using "...
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Learning with a quiet heart

Is it normal to say: I am learning with a quiet heart. To me, it seems that it is not my heart that is learning. It is in fact my brain which is learning. So maybe I should say: I am ...
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Use of 'floor' instead of 'ground' when referring to exterior surfaces

I've noticed more and more lately in UK English that people say, for example: He fell to the floor. when they're describing an exterior situation. I would always have said He fell to the ...
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Should “Creationism” or “creationism” be used in a scientific writing?

I'm editing a scientific article, and the word "creationism" is used a few times—lowercase and uppercase spellings are both utilized. I have no clue whether to use the lowercase or uppercase spellings ...
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“Expected” in future and present

I'm going to conduct an experiment. Before it I have a bunch of events which I expect to happen. I call them "expected events". After the experiment was run, I have two kind of events: "expected" ...
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“Parallel With” versus “Parallel to.”

Are there rules for the use of "parallel with" and "parallel to"? I am interested in mapping, i.e., literal parallels, not the metaphorical usage.
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Significance of the term “London town”?

I have heard multiple instances of "London town" in Gwen Stefani's song Rich Girl, and in a commercial for the second Garfield movie (just a TV spot, not a trailer). I want to know what it means and ...
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Word for turning a situation around on someone

Let me describe the situation: My wife has been having issues with a certain employee at work...long story short, this other employee now goes out of her way to try and exclude/snub/cold shoulder my ...
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“in patients” vs “among patients”

I was wondering what the correct form is, or if both of these forms are correct: The IBM is the most common disease of skeletal muscle in patients over 50 years old. The IBM is the most ...
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What do we call a person who does shoe polishing

In many countries, there are people in the streets who do shoe polishing on the go. Please refer to the attached image. What is the word for such a person?
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Differences between “tranche” and “batch”

I work in the data science realm, where we tend to use "batch" when referring to collections of data points composed as follows: Biosamples 1-10, processed as per A, on Day 1 = batch 1 Biosamples 2-...
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Difference between “latent” and “underlying”

I'm not an English native speaker and I tend to use "latent" and "underlying" as if they were synonyms. Are they actually synonyms, or is there a difference between them ? For example, in a ...
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If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation

If someone has the right to something, how could I say in this situation. My client would like an organiser to cover flight ticket fare for business class due to physical health problem. According to ...
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Difference between 'spake' and 'spoke'?

The King James Bible interchangeably uses 'spake/spoke', 'sware/swore' and 'bare/bore' for the simple past tenses of 'speak', 'swear', and 'bear', respectively. Were their interchangeability an ...
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Is “Tenor” okay?

I came across an advertisement which reads as follows: As one may find, the advertisement uses the word "Tenor" to say that the Bond would have a term (or duration) of 8 years. Is "Tenor" okay in ...
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What word or phrase is like a more negative version of “astonished”?

Is there a better word for the following example than astonished? I was astonished at the lack of respect Joe showed to his parents. I’m trying to use the word astonished in a sentence, but I ...
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A word or an idiom for a person who is different from other people [closed]

And it should have positive connotations and it should be a noun Thanks
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Is there any word for covering fees in other ways?(Such as “coverage”) [closed]

Is there any word for covering fees in other ways?(Such as "coverage") Coverage is insurance term and I would like to say that I am in the middle of confirming the possibility of coverage(This ...
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What are other words or phrases for “total catch”, “whole package”, or “perfect 10” when referring to an attractive bachelorette?

I've found it difficult to search for synonyms. I'm hoping for some noun that signifies a really impressive woman that any man would want to share life with. "Perfect 10" and "bombshell" are ...
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I'll be going or I will be get going? [migrated]

Which form is correct? I'll be going or I will be get going or I will get going?
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Antonym for “Dense” [closed]

I feel like there is no perfect word to describe the opposite of "dense." Density as in mass divided by volume. All I can think of are words like "light," "fluffy," or "sparse" that aren't exactly ...
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Help with the difference in the meaning of the verbs [closed]

What is the difference between to own and to possess? I own a phone and I possess a phone. Explain me the difference?
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“Enough rights” or “sufficient permissions”

Are both following sentences OK? What is better to use in a software in context of users accessing a server? "You do not have enough rights to do something" "You do not have sufficient permissions ...
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Difference between deterrent and hindrance?

I have this sentence: In India analysts attributed high cost of Apple's devices to be a major deterrent to sales of iPhone that completes with android based smartphones. My question is why ...
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Is it awkward to call a wound “heavy”?

According to the definition of Oxford Online Dictionary, the adjective heavy means: Of more than the usual size, amount, or intensity 4. Very important or serious If someone is heavily ...
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“Loud” and “loudly”: how to use them? [duplicate]

Which one should I use? Play music loud Play music loudly I think "play music loudly" is right but "play music loud" is used more. Please tell me your opinion and the reason why you choose it. ...
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Adolescent Period or Adolescence Period? [closed]

Adolescent Period or Adolescence Period? I cannot seem to find the correct usage online. Any help or explanation would be much appreciated.