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What do you call it when you don't give up

In Dutch we've got the expression 'Vastbijten in'. It means you really get into a problem or some work. And you won't give up till it's resolved. I've been looking all over the web, but I've not been ...
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Is the phrase “collaborative skills” appropriate/correct in this context?

If one were to suggest that they had "...strong documentation, collaborative, and communication skills." My first thought is that it's a bit more awkward than saying ...
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Should I use Sprung or Sprang?

I just finished my English language exam, and it had the following sentence: Beads of sweat sprang from his skin Should it really be sprang? I always thought it was sprung, but I guess they are ...
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“Stumble into,” vs “stumble upon,” vs “stumble across.”

Are the three interchangeable? If not what's the difference? Example: I stumbled into a colony of ants. I stumbled upon a colony of ants. I stumbled across a colony of ants. According ...
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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Use of you vs. yourselves

Would it be Without patrons such as yourselves, we could not have this event. OR Without patrons such as you, we could not have this event.
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“What are our numbers?”

How can I correctly ask a question like "What are our numbers?" meaning what are the number of people in the audience in comparison with number of people in some other audience.
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Positive way of saying emotional appeal? [on hold]

Is there a positive way of saying argumentum ad passiones?
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Minister vs. Secretary

In English language, the government structure of all countries is referred to with the terms of minister and ministry. However, in English-speaking countries, Secretary and Department are used ...
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A polite form to change the time of an appointment

I want to ask what the best form for changing a meeting time is. What is the formal way for suggesting another time? Is my sentence ok? Also, is obligatory the right way to describe a class which I ...
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How to say “My biggest (Something I am attracted to)”?

So if I want to say "Red hair is one of my biggest [insert word here]", meaning that it is one of the things I am most attracted to, is there a word I could use to complete the sentence?
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Is there a word that can replace the slang “broken”?

In various internet contexts and games, being "broken" means that you/something somewhat defy common sense by being stupidly powerful. Is there a more "proper" word that is equivalent to "broken"? ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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Question for a research paper [on hold]

Should I say in a sentence: Which railways tend to grow with elasticity of demand and supply. or Which railways grow with elasticity of supply and demand.
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [on hold]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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Ambiguous meaning of “common”

Consider the phrase A transformation rule is a matrix, where certain elements can be accessed by a common name "Common" can be interpreted in two different, both semantically correct ways ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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1answer
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Any alternative to “on the one hand, on the other hand”

I'm writing a formal academic article to introduce some facts. For example: On the one hand, the government would like more energy, but on the other hand, it is not prepared to find more extra ...
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Thing that opposes its origin [on hold]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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Is there a word for opposite numbers?

Example: -100 and +100 - is there a way of describing the relationship between these numbers? Obviously, I've already come up with "opposite", is there anything else? This is for use in an email. ...
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Which synonyms for “stated” can I use in a legal context?

In our law essays we are often required to quote different judges. It becomes really monotonous to use the word "stated" all the time. I have also used "advocated" and "declared". Are there any other ...
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Using 'are' in a question to compare to different people [closed]

Is saying "Why are Megan and I like the same person" correct, or should the 'are' be replaced with 'is'?
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What is a good word for the Exhale portion of a laugh?

I have the following sentence: [She'd been laughing, then had a sudden panic attack]... Then all at once she hadn’t been able to breathe. The room had plenty of air — she could feel it ...
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“Arguments in each topic” or “arguments on each topic”?

Which is the right way to express the following? You have to present your arguments in each topic. You have to present your arguments on each topic. Or maybe there is yet another ...
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Word that implies membership to multiple organizations/associations

When an individual belongs to an organization, they can be said to be a member of that organization. From the organization's perspective, they may have 1 or more members who have joined their ...
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How do we use the words 'electric' and 'electrical' correctly? [duplicate]

These two words are used differently as shown below: Electric engineering (incorrect✖) Electrical engineering (correct✓) Electrical lamp (incorrect✖) Electric lamp (correct✓) And sometimes, they're ...
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Need a word that rhymes with 'skin' [closed]

Need a word/phrase that rhymes with skin and has to do neglect or self-centeredness
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Dare to think or dare thinking? [duplicate]

In a sentence like this: I wouldn't even dare to think about the results. vs I wouldn't even dare thinking about the results. Are both of them correct? They seem fine on the surface, but ...
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Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?

Someone dominates a conversation by not letting others get a word in. I'm thinking its a combination of snow job and fillibuster (though not political in nature). EDIT: to clarify, Not quite a long ...
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Therefore, Thereby, and Hence [closed]

Grapefruits contain a special enzyme that can help reduce the absorption of blood sugar, hence preventing it from easily converting into fat. Someone asked me to correct the above statement ...
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Operator, operand - term for the result?

How the result may be called when applying an operator to its operands? In eg. programming one may be familiar with a so-called "expression" like this one from a SO question: x>y && z==5 ...
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Should I use the past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

I am struggling to choose the correct tense for this question: What were the names of the sons of Mahatma Gandhi? OR What are the names of the sons of Mahatma Ghandi? His sons have passed away so ...
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Should I use “and anyway” or “and by the way” in the following case?

It's very unlikely for a planet to hit the Earth. And anyway, why is he so sure about it? He's not an astronomer." It's very unlikely for a planet to hit the Earth. And by the way, why is ...
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Energy vs. Power

Is there a rule in English regarding when to use the word "energy" and when to use "power"? For example: I don't have the energy to deal with the problem now. It takes a lot of brain power ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?

Is there a word or an idiom for rich people who spend only their families' money and do not bother to work, just fool around?
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What is a word for the act of preparing a home for first/new occupancy?

Not necessarily the absolute form - as in a brand new house - but just the act of doing any final prep work in anticipation of a new occupant for a home. 'Housewarming' comes to mind, but that seems ...
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Word for update/create [duplicate]

Is there an english word, which can be used for both update and create? I'm programming a function which creates something if it doesn't exist already, otherwise it updates the stuff. A word which ...
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Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once (?)

I have this list of choices: Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once The last one "once" is used to indicate thing that occurs only one time. I wanted to keep up with pattern of the first four ...
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What word would best represent a combination of being alive, thinking differently, and having atmosphere [closed]

I know it sounds pretty hard to find such a word, but I'm needing a title that flows and is pretty, and attractive. This is a title for a project. The word I'm trying to think of would try to express ...
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Use of the word 'inured'

My English TA commented on my word choice of inured. Is the way I'm using it incorrect? Given Lilith’s other choices, she attempts to become comfortable with his looks versus Given Lilith’s other ...
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What prefix corresponds to something on the same level?

I am working on modeling a problem for a computer program and am having a tough time coming up with the proper naming convention I would like to use. Specifically I am working with a finite state ...
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Have I used “encourage someone” appropriately? [closed]

My attitude may contradict itself, saying that something is impossible but then encourage one to try to do so. My teacher said that "encourage" is indeed in a wrong form, but she will not tell me ...
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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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Does the word “depression” refer to an emotion, or a condition?

Particularly when used in a narrative piece, I often notice liberal use of the word "depression", which often seems to be used as a synonym for "sad." Can one be depressed for a few moments in time? ...
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Difference between laxity and lethargy? [closed]

I know their respective meanings but somehow I associate lethargy in a negative sense (as in a disease or something). Are they completely interchangble or do they have any specific usercases?
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Another term for “get together” [on hold]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that means the same thing as "get together" (which I feel is a bit to semantically ambiguous) or "hang out" (too informal). Any ideas? The scenario is as follows: ...
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Word / phrase to describe this circumstance [closed]

A soldier is depicted as weak, dehumanised etc against propaganda rhetoric, making the reader feel uncomfortable / offended perhaps at this depiction. Words escape me at point, I cannot phrase this ...