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What to use instead of cliched exaggerated adjectives such as iconic? [on hold]

The English language expert at grammar.about.com advises on many occasions against using the word iconic, claiming it is cliched and will make you sound trivial, without saying what to use instead. Is ...
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He stayed while she talked / was talking to her?

He stayed while she talked to her. He waited while she was talking to her. Are both correct? What is the difference?
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Does this use of whether make sense? [on hold]

Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence? For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.
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How do I honor or pay tribute to my rabbi’s wife who recently passed away before a sermon [on hold]

Each week, at the request of my rabbi, I give a short sermon about some aspect of the bible before our rabbi gives his weekly lecture. How do I acknowledge his wife, a woman who was loved and ...
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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“Too much pills and liquor” or “Too many pills and liquor”?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? My apologies if the answer to this is readily available, I haven't been able to find anything
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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Choose the most appropriate alternative [on hold]

Choose the most appropriate alternative from the options given below to complete the following sentence: Suresh’s dog is the one ––––––––– was hurt in the stampede. (A) that (B) which (C) who (D) whom ...
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Usage of would have

While reading a document I came across the following sentence: "After 9 months’ time data base administrator will run a job which will copy record from operational to archival data base and as soon as ...
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Isolated group of users who believe that a technology/tool is vastly superior to alternatives

Consider a group of users of a given technology (e.g. an obscure programming language) who think that such technology is superior to any other technology, and whose opinion disagrees with the ...
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“The reception of the radical theory shows that when [invention/dogmatism] fights orthodoxy to a draw…”

The reception given to Kimura's radical theory of molecular evolution shows that when ______ fights orthodoxy to a draw, then novelty has seized a good chunk of space from convention. Options ...
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craft with -ing or not? [on hold]

I've seen 'coding craft': http://www.codingcraft.co.uk/ and 'hire craft': http://hirecraft.com/ what's the correct version? why not 'hiring craft'? what's the difference?
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“Lasting” or “with a duration of”? [on hold]

I'm editing a very bureaucratic document and I'm trying to make it less bureaucratic. There's a passage that refers to "a session with a duration of 1-2 hours." I want to change it to "a session ...
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Prediction / Foreshadow verb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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What is it called when you use something in a sentence that will be replaced? [duplicate]

For example say I have this sentence: The following sentence uses ________: You can find the program in [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] where [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] is your default download directory. ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [on hold]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
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Does “trial” collocate with the verbs “win” and “lose”: can you “win/lose a trial”?

I know that "case" collocates with the verbs "win" and "lose". But do these verbs also collocate with the noun "trial"? Are the phrases "win/lose a trial" and "win/lose a case" synonyms?
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Collective term for race, gender, age, religion, income class, etc

I'm writing an article for a political website about the major traits that make an individual what he or she is (in terms of wealth, human rights, oppression or lack thereof, etc.). They include ...
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Introduce a sentence with “leveraging”

Does this sentence make sense: Leveraging lessons learned from the previous project, collaborating with an industry association and supplier to address the financial and technical challenges of this ...
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Can humans be “beneficial” to each other? [on hold]

I could be beneficial to you if you hire me. Is that an idiomatic English sentence? Can we use beneficial for humans?
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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How to refer to an employer that isn't a company [on hold]

What term may use I refer to a non-business employer? For instance, a babysitter or housekeeper working for a family or single parent.
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Is it inflammable or flammable? [duplicate]

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
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To be stoked on/about/ to do something [on hold]

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
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Word for “thing not to disclose” in an NDA

Is there a word to describe "the thing you're not allowed to disclose" when talking about an NDA? For example, how would I complete the following sentence: "Non disclosure agreements are required ...
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What is a term for recent that covers the past week and the next week?

I have a software user interface that toggles between the full schedule and a schedule that covers the most recent weekend and the upcoming weekend. Any idea what to call this?
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“First…second” vs “one…two.” [closed]

What's the difference between the two? Which one is more common? Example: "I chose the Biology building. One, because it was always empty during winter break. Two, because I studied there, so I ...
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What is the difference between 'You are listened to' and 'You are heard'?

I've never heard anyone using the phrase 'listened to', unless a noun is added at the end of the phrase. When one listens to all complaints given by another, can one say 'You are listened to' to that ...
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“Aged” vs. “Aging” to describe someone's age

I'm just wondering if we can also use the word aging when describing someone's age as in this example: The study included participants aging 20 to 50.
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Media Resources or Media and Resources [closed]

I want to name the section that has downloadable PDFs, Press Releases, Annual Reports, Latest News and Newsletters. Which one is more appropriate? Media Resources or Media & Resources?
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How do I say that I can add value to the job in a correct English sentence?

Can a person be beneficial to a job? How do I say that I can add value to the job in a correct English sentence?
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Is “as to” used correctly in this context?

Is "as to" used correctly in this context? "John suggests they go see Billy while they make the decision as to whether or not they should agree to the operation." Thanks!
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A word for 'single view of information'

I have billing information coming from different sources and I want to provide a single view to all the billing information to users. Just wondering if there is a better single word for single view of ...
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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Word for a platform for knowledge sharing

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a platform (e.g a website) that this is a place for knowledge sharing. I found that maven, pundit, guru is related but not appropriate. Can you ...
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What is the difference between “could not get to” and “did not get to”?

Take, for example, this sentence: Away from Vatican City, Tome was quiet as authorities ordered all public offices and schools to close (close), and banned (ban) cars from the roads. Millions of ...
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Explain the efficient use of the word “basically”? [closed]

Nowadays, People do often use word basically unnecessarily . Please explain the context of using this word
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Word for someone who starts to question his faith?

I'm reading a book about a boy who starts to question the existence of God. He believes He's there but he has no proof so he starts to question if He really exists.
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Arguing the moral point with no evidence but ideas

I'm trying to write a paper about US Invasion in Iraq is unjust morally, militarily, and legally. I can't think of words to explain when I'm trying to explain that I have moral "evidence" or ideas ...
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Repeating Words

Is it necessary to put a comma before the conjunction and? "How many pages will we write and how long?" I remember reading somewhere that no matter structure of a sentence when question words ...
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What is the difference between “mincing” and “grinding”?

What, if any, are essential differences between mincing and grinding? I tend to associate mincing with soft foods (other materials?) such as meat. In particular, Merriam Webster has the following ...
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Can someone explain when to use “relevance” and when “relevancy”?

Okay, so today I first came across the word relevancy in written. I grasped its meaning without problem, checking in a dictionary that my hunch was right. So it would appear that relevance and ...
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Delator vs. Libel [closed]

Are these two statements equivalent? If so, which one sounds better? If not, what is the difference? Justify Ezekiel Curtis's delator. Justify Ezekiel Curtis's libel.
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I want to be FANCY when calling somone a idoit [closed]

I need a fancy way of calling some one stupid HELP ASAP
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“Later” vs “later on.”

What's the difference among the two? Later the doctors found out that my case was a bit different. Later on the doctors found out that my case was a bit different. Is one more common than ...
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How to reply a question like this: “We are not doing this, correct?” [duplicate]

My first reply to my boss for this question was " Yes, you are correct. We are not doing this" . Can I also reply this way, "No, we are not doing this." ? Are these two replies both correct? If so, ...
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“don't fit me” versus “don't suit me” [closed]

Which is correct? "Green and orange don't fit me" or "Green and orange don't suit me"
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Synonym for plug-in? [closed]

I'm making some software which allows users to enable extra features. These extra features are currently called 'plug-ins'. I'm not a fan of 'plug-in' because of its technical connotations. I also ...
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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...