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Is this correct to say “a large group of crowd(s)”

Crowd means a large number of persons gathered together, however I've found some examples in which this expression is used "a large group of crowd". In the future, these flying drones may be seen ...
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Classic or classical?

According to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, both 'classic' and 'classical' mean very typical in a sense. However, in Longman Dictionary of contemporary English and Oxford Collocations ...
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Whats a good idiom to describe to someone who is very clever?

I want to know a good idiom for someone who is very clever and quick-witted
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Can you be sharp and intelligent but got bad grades in school?

A lot people nowadays think that your smart only if you get good grades In gcse's and A Levels
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“Queuing twice for a cup of coffee is once too many.” Is this correct?

Or should I say "(...) once too often" or "(...) one time too many" instead? Or perhaps, "queuing twice for a cup of coffee is one queue too many?" My issue with once too many is that it makes once ...
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A word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or deceived?

Whats a good word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or isn't gullible?
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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'Fine Results' is fine?

I'm currently working in a slogan and my outcome so far is something like Fine Results, Simple Methods However, by googling "fine results", the search results shows me that there is little to ...
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Verbs for when asking someone(e.g designer) to do a job(logo design) for you for a fee

I would like to use a verb to describe the above situation. There are many professions like consultants,web designers which charge fees on project basis. Example answer for above question would be : ...
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What is a better way to say “deceptively deadly”?

While intended to mean "seemingly harmless but actually deadly", "deceptively" when used in the positive sense ("deceptively safe") inverts the meaning, and there's no reason it shouldn't do this in ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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Whats another word for someone perceptive?

Whats another word to describe someone who can pick up on things quickly?
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Can you use “perhaps” at the beginning of a sentence and omit the verb?

For example: More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. Perhaps as a result of sheer hard work and competition. More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. This is ...
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Word “Purchase” in SAAS Subscription Model

In a subscription model, the user is not purchasing the application, they just subscribe and pay based on the billing cycle. So, I've a doubt whether can we use the word 'Purchase'.
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Can 'how easy something is' be used as equivalent to 'how difficult something is' or are they already implying something?

I'm currently writing a text and I want to explain that I conducted some tests to see how easy/difficult it is do perform a certain process. Therefore I want to write: We now want to test how easy it ...
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What's a word to describe someone who thinks quick?

A word to describe someone's personality trait that think quick. For example he gets lost in the woods then comes up with a solution on the fly to find his way back home.
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To prolong vs to protract

What is the difference between the words to prolong and to protract? Can we replace the words with each other without losing their meanings in the following sentences? To protract means: Prolong: ...
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The difference between remnant, vestige, remains,ruin and trace [on hold]

what are differences between the words remnant, vestige, remains,ruin and trace in a historical sense? A trace or remnant of something that is disappearing or no longer exists ...
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to emanate from vs to stem from

Are the words to emanate from and to stem from synonym in the following sense? Do you think I can swap with each other without changing the meaning of the following sentences ? 1 (Of a feeling, ...
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'There's nothing to match tea as a refreshing drink.' [migrated]

I'm doing a grammar exercise and I have to complete the sentence underneath A cup of tea is the most refreshing drink of all. There's.................as a refreshing drink. The given word is ...
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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The differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly

What are the differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly in terms of meaning and usage ?
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What words out there could be used to describe a place where there is a lot to do or a lot of fun activities?

Something like bustling, but less about "busy" and more about "fun".
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“Then this” vs “Then that” [duplicate]

I have the following paragraph: We often write hundreds of lines of code to express simple concepts. This code takes time to develop and maintain - and if you’re writing tests, then that time ...
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Control, control and manage, management difference

What is the difference between control and m­anage? Some context below:­ I can control/manage it.­ I keep it under control/management.­ It is a subject of control/managment.­ These phrases could ...
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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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How can I say this in other words? [on hold]

Recently I took a personality test and got some good results. However, there was a part of the full description that I didn't understand. I'd like to know how I can say this text in other words, must ...
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How to concisely handle words that don't have an antonym

I work in software for a living, and have had a problem recently with the language I use to describe software components. This profession increasingly reveals itself to need the skill to accurately ...
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Is there a name for dismissing an argument because of lack of immediate examples?

I've often found myself subject to this tactic, where someone will present an argument in support of a particular outcome, and then dismiss any criticism of it because the critique fails to solicit ...
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“It was always” vs “I was always” vs “I would always”

No matter where I went with her, it was always the right place. No matter where I went with her, I was always in the right place. No matter where I went with her, I would always be in the ...
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...
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I worked “at” or “in” the office? [duplicate]

Please inform me which is correct? I worked at the Registrar's office. I worked in the Registrar's office.
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How do treaties and pacts differ?

Definition of treaty by Cambridge Dictionary Online: a written agreement between two or more countries, formally approved and signed by their leaders Definition of pact by Cambridge Dictionary ...
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How to say thank you for someone tried but could not help me?

Today someone tried to help me to find something but failed, so I said "thank you anyway" to her in the end. Is "thank you anyway" appropriate in this situation? And what phrase should I use to ...
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”?

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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What does “illuminate” mean?

What is the meaning of illuminate regarding skin appearance? What is the difference between shiny or glowing in this context?
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Long-term v lifelong [closed]

Should I say "It's been a long-term dream of mine to do sth" or "It's been a lifelong dream of mine to do sth"
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how to say “friends who love to quarrel”

I am translating a story with a word (kenka-tomodachi) meaning "quarrel-friends" or old friends who love to fight constantly about things as their basic way of interacting. Can anyone think of an ...
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Antonym of Overlap?

I'm looking for a word which means "leaving space around", as an antonym of overlap. Specific example case: The server's service stops between 23:00 and 00:00 UTC, therefore to avoid generating ...
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What is a word that means related to moons?

I'm looking for a word that means "relating to moons" or "pertaining to moons". The context of the sentence is "I need to make a intermoonary injection burn in 10 seconds". I'm looking for a word ...
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Which is best: draw a diagram or plot a diagram (an engineering type of diagram)?

I am to prepare an essay that explains (attempts to at least) how to generate a time-temperature-transformation diagrams, also known as TTT diagrams. They look like this: Wikipedia ...
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How to add emphasis without using profanity [closed]

My son uses fuck or fucking to emphasize his statements. I told him there are words that you can use that aren't so offensive for my 3 year old grandchild to parrot! He asked what word is so globally ...
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? [closed]

What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? What is more natural to use in day to day situations. Can you confirm this for me? Can you validate this for me? For example, if there is ...
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Pictographs and other types of writing

If someone is writing in pictographs, would the correct verb to describe the action be, "to write"? Or would it be to depict or something along those lines?
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Modern words for “contrariwise”

Does contrariwise sound old-fashioned? As in Alice in Wonderland: ‘Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be.’ What are the modern words for contrariwise?
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Preposition: Within vs In

Is there a distinction between "within" and "in" as in, "upon finding a violation within the preceding four years" versus "upon finding a violation in the preceding four years"?
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how to use the word imperative?

how to use the word imperative when referring to plural and not singular? the above mentioned issues are imperative to the growth of the economy or the above mentioned issues are imperatives to the ...
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How to express the idea that you are so scared that you almost pee in your pants? “be scared to pee” maybe?

Ok, we got the idiom "be scared to death" = "feel extremely frightened" (see http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/scare+to+death) "be scared to death" does not mean "you are scared that you will be ...