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What would be a valid replacement of “as”?

Say I want to write something to say: "John looked over his shoulder as he opened the door slowly." What words or phrasing could replace the "as" in that sentence?
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Does not show one's potential

One who has potential, but never gives the effort to show it. What would be the best word or words that match this description?
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Word/phrase for importance being reduced

For example when you stop doing one thing before it's finished, and start something else because you, or someone else, considers it more important than the thing you were doing. The thing you was ...
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Which email message would it be preferable to send to my coworker, who has a cold? [on hold]

Which of these messages would be most suitable? I'm feeling so sorry for you. I hope you will take good care of yourself. I am sorry to hear you are sick. Please get better soon.
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Cheesy fake grins and all!

What is the good word to describe 'comedy movies' and 'ads' that seem very fake and tacky, and which failingly try to draw emotional responses (with fake grins and all) (like some but not all Robin ...
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What do you call a person who's just been released from jail? [duplicate]

Is there a specific word for a person who has just been released from jail?
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A general word for weapons which are not considered firearms

Is there a general word for an assault weapon which cannot be considered firearm? For example knives, knuckles, a piece of metal, etc. Could 'Stabbing' be the right word for it?
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Which of “press” or “depress” the enter key is the more correct choice? [duplicate]

I’m reading a manual right now instructing one to “press” the enter key. However, both press and depress appear to be correct, as explained in the question Why is the term "depressed" often ...
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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Applicable to [object] for [purpose]

My question is about the word applicable. Is the following construction correct? This method is applicable to [object] for [purpose]. For example: Our method may be applicable to ...
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Does this sentence make sense at all [on hold]

"Murder him with only a curious to where is why," I was wondering if this is correct or not? I'm trying to write in an older fashion and i'm not sure if this makes sense. Any help would be great. ...
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What is a wrong? [on hold]

Is the sentence What is a wrong? Grammatically correct or should the a be left out of the sentence?
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Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [on hold]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
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Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
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“What about” vs. ”what of”

Example from page 75 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: But what of mandatory authorities? Are they as “binding” as the traditional terminology suggests? The answer depends on what ...
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Alternatives for words with negative connotations? [on hold]

I would appreciate alternative suggestions for negative verbs to use in positive re-enforcement. I would rather not imply that my client can't do something, because while today she might not be able ...
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“X is not dead, it just smells so” [on hold]

From what I've found the typical form of this phrase is X is not dead, it just smells that way. Can "that way" be replaced with a so in such a position? X is not dead, it just smells so.
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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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A word for paying attention to detail

Looking for a word that describes "Paying attention to the smallest details, though they might not matter". Starts with the letter "P"
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Rule for when to use “thin” versus “narrow”

My 5-year-old asked this morning if you would say a road was "thin" or "narrow". We had no difficulty telling her she should use "narrow" in that case, but couldn't explain why. We found it ...
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What is the name of these display machines used inside libraries?

They are obsolete now, but I see them often in movies. They are some sort of slide-show projector with a rotating handle that flips to new slide? I uploaded pic of the machine and the displayed slide. ...
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What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [on hold]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
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Recommended replacement for 'literally'?

Around lunchtime yesterday I overheard a coworker say "I'm literally so hungry right now" Though misuse of the word literally was always common, it appears in the last year or so it has lost any ...
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Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
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A way to describe/categorize music that would rhyme/alliterate with each day of the week [on hold]

Good day, apologies for the rather confusing title. My friends and I came up with an idea and started a music appreciation day for each day of the week. The idea is that each day has an assigned genre ...
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Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?

Let's say I'm asking people about characteristics of their ideal workplace. "Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?" "Ideally, how many people would also work at the company you ...
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Saying “programming” vs “coding” [duplicate]

I've always thought that "programming" sounded more professional opposed to "coding". But after looking at the words more closely I'm not entirely sure they mean the same thing. But even if they do ...
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Men who are lured by the seductive beauty of women are called? [on hold]

What do you call such a man who is taken advantage of by the attraction of beautiful woman. This person is basically fooled by such a woman/girl.
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One who can not bargain [closed]

A word for one who can't bargain. He/she just buys straight it suits the budget, otherwise doesn't buy. Is there a word for such a person, because we can't categorize him/her by extravagant.
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Choice questions [closed]

I was trying to ask questions like: What do you prefer? Apples or Oranges? Is this one question, or two? Thanks for your help!
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Is “two-thirds” or “two thirds” correct? [duplicate]

I just recently answered a question related to how much water was filled in a glass. I answered "two thirds" but the answer was wrong because in the key answer book it was "two-thirds". Please tell me ...
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Something that can not be undone or undo [closed]

A word for something that can't be undone or undo ?
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Difference between “novice” and “newbie” [closed]

I can say "I am a novice in English" or "I am a newbie in English". Is there any difference between these?
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“Nightmare” derivation

I did some research about word nightmare. In most cases this is what I've found: night + Old English mære "incubus." I would like to use the word mare for poetic purposes, but its meaning in ...
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untypical, atypical, nontypical

I'm trying to label customer data with a word describing how typical they are. There is basically 3 possible values: typical, temporarily untypical, untypical. But I'm not sure if "untypical" is the ...
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Too serious to take seriously

This is a concept I often find myself trying to articulate in political discussions. You have a situation that everyone openly acknowledges, but it is so entrenched that people may paradoxically ...
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More Than One “from” in a Single Phrase

I apologize if this has already been raised elsewhere. I was unable to find an answer to the question of when, if ever, it is acceptable form to include multiple uses of the word "from" in a single ...
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'beyond the hype' vs 'behind the hype' [closed]

Is there a difference between 'beyond the hype' and 'behind the hype'? Specifically, I want to know if these two sentences has exactly the same meaning or not? 1. Behind the hype, what do we actually ...
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Word to describe “planned disrepair”

This comes from a software world. There is a hidden feature in our product that is no longer needed but may be needed someday. Typically, if we remove a feature we would "deprecate" or "obsolete" ...
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Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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When to use the abverbial form of maximal: maximally?

Could the following sentence considered to be a correct use case of the adverbial form of the word maximal in English? Use underflow to set the maximally possible value of used datatype. When ...
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Correct usage of “evangelize”

I attended a meeting by a very senior person at my work place. The meeting concerned the theme of Data analytics and Big Data. The presentation mentioned the goal as "evangelize raw data". Is this ...
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Adjective for this kind of personality [closed]

What's a word for someone who likes the finer things in life - classy taste, but makes do and replicates that expensive taste with cheap things?
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Why do some people refer to jars as “glass jars”? Aren't all jars made of glass?

A jar is defined as "a glass container with a lid" (MacMillan). At one time, people differentiated between glass and earthenware jars but to my mind, there are only glass jars these days. Is there a ...
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preposition with 'post' [closed]

What is the correct preposition to with post? The letter arrived by/ with/ through/ from post.
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on , in and over [closed]

What would be the correct preposition in the following sentence: I have marked comments on the drawing. I have marked comments in the drawing. I have marked comments over the drawing.
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Which is the best answer to complete this sentence? [closed]

Do you (mind/want/object/disapprove) my turning the TV on now?
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Which answer is correct? [closed]

(Which/What/That/Things) we saw surprised us. Which is the correct answer?
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Is this correct usage of 'to' [closed]

Is this correct usage of 'to' "the petals did entwine tickling the pistil to" or should it be "the petals did entwine tickling the pistil too