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What is typical phrases to say your friend when you are surprised by him/her?

The situation is; One of your friends/colleagues suddenly appears from your behind and says "Boo!" You are so surprised. What is typical words to say to him/her? I come up with "You startled ...
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“Expectations of” vs. “expectations for”

There are some questions related to this topic (Usage of "expect to" and "expectation to/of" and "Need of" vs. "need for"), but I haven't found one directly ...
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What are the adequate usages of “tolerance to” (+substance)?

What are the adequate usages of "tolerance to" (+substance)? Considering the following two example sentences: "You will develop/build/gain (a) tolerance to caffeine." "Your body will develop/build/...
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“Not enough memory” vs. “no enough memory” [migrated]

Which is correct? Why? Not enough memory No enough memory The first variant seems to be significantly more popular on the Internet than the second one.
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The correct use of conversely

I think perhaps I'm using the wrong word in this sentence. Is this the correct use of conversely and if not what is the correct word to use and what is the correct use of conversely. If we decide ...
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Metaphorically Speaking [on hold]

I want to hold a party. I would like to let my patrons know that it's BYO (bring your own), but, I'm not allowed to mention BYO on the invitation. How could I articulate that? What word/s could I use ...
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Does the following sentence make any sense? I think it is not written fluently. Am I right?any idea to improve it? [on hold]

ranked 3rd in the first stage of the 4th olympiad of mechanical engineering among top mechanical engineering students of universities of east zone of my country and achieving qualification for the ...
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When to Recycle, Recycles, Recyclables, Recycling

I always feel like I pick the wrong "recycle"-based word. When do I use what? Confusing examples: Is it a recycle bin, recycles bin, recycling bin? Do I take the recycles out or the recycling out? ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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What is the appropriate verb for making a judicial decision to punish someone?

Are punishments inflicted / issued / administered / or delivered by the court's judges? Is there any difference between these multiple alternatives (and probably others that I forgot), any nuances of ...
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Difference between “how” and “why”

I want to use You could see how this would be difficult to answer. but I feel You could see why this would be difficult to answer. is more correct. Here, I'm using how as that. Still, ...
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“Going green” and “getting green”

From "English Grammar Today": "Get" and "go" are both used to mean ‘become’, but they combine with different adjectives. We often use "get" with words like "dark, light and late"; we use "go" with ...
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Person who doesn't know his/her own position [on hold]

It's like that person isn't aware of his/her own position and yet asking too much favor or help from someone or relying on someone else too much. I think word like shameless isn't really suitable ...
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Broad / Depth or Breadth / Depth?

I recently saw this image: https://www.google.pl/search?tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSHQkY_1wo-9gUZnBoSCxCwjKcIGgAMCxCOrv4IGgAM (in context of personal skills, T-shaped set of copetencies, if that is of ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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Would I use “would be” or “is”

This is driving me crazy. Can someone please help. Which of the two sentences is correct (is or would be)? Another evidence-based approach I would use in my teaching is peer-mediated instruction OR ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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Question that is a no-brainer

I need a phrase which has a meaning of a question that is very easy to answer and requires very little thought. I think it might have something to do with word no-brainer. I don't know if a no-...
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization? [duplicate]

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [on hold]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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Evidenced “in” or “by”?

Which version is correct? ...plus proven ability to collaborate with people from culturally diverse backgrounds is evidenced in his success in the US, Europe and Asia. ...plus proven ability to ...
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“I would like to ask if I could” [closed]

I want to ask the human resourse officer if i could handle all the required papers after 27th june, am I writing correctly. She asked in email that I need Two notarized copy of the household ...
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What if I were to use the word “versus” for determining a noun? [closed]

E.g., Oil versus water test or oil-versus-water test. Which one is correct?
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Medicine or Medication in the past

I am translating a historical tv series about the Ottoman Empire. So in the 15th century do you ask for medication or medicine? Or is there a more appropriate word for it?
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Is the word gleaned from good to be used in this context?

I am trying to write an objective for my resume. To take up a new and challenging position in IT Consultant, which will make best use of my skills gleaned from 5+ years of experience in the IT ...
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [closed]

I'm writing an essay for medical school applications. Both my parents were physicians, so it is what I was familiar with growing up. Instead of pursuing medicine in college, I decided to pursue ...
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Looking for a proper word to express lack of self-control

Need a proper adjective that can be used to call a trait when a person consciously lacks self-control/discipline while trying avoid certain things. A simple example could be a person trying to wake ...
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Which one is more accurate to kindly not taking the offer to take the money? [closed]

What is the difference between decline and refuse ?
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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Alternative for “all for one, one for all”

Looking for an alternative idiom/phrase, etc. for the titular term. Any idea?
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“to argue a view”: Is this correct an common?

Is the phrase "they argue different views" acceptable? When I google the phrase "argue a view" with quotations, I found relatively small number of results and some of them had a clause after "view" (e....
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“It wasn't me …” or “It wasn't I …”? [duplicate]

Which of the following usage is correct, grammatically? a) It wasn't I who did this project. b) It wasn't me who did this project.
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What is a scientific philistine called?

A philistine is a person who knows little about culture and the arts. What is a person called who displays the same lack with regard to science?
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Completely vs Fully?

In my recent paper, there a question: "When you read something in a foreign language, you frequently come across words you do not______understand." A. totally B. completely C.wholly D. ...
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What is the act of preparing field notes called?

When I make field notes (data) during a study, what can I call that act of data collection? Field note preparation / field noting (!)/ ??
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Does “nails” imply painted nails? [on hold]

A google image search for "nails" displays almost exclusively painted nails, whereas searching for "fingernails" displays almost exclusively unpainted nails. Is this due to a difference in the meaning ...
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Applied logical OR is ored or orred? [duplicate]

I did programming mechanism that applies logical OR on multiple statements and now trying to give proper name to variable. Would it be ored or orred?
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Difference between twilight zone and gray area

I have found in dictionary that gray area = an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules. Twilight zone = The ambiguous region between two ...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...
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Why should I use 'used' not 'use'? [closed]

I often see this phrase: 'It can be used for...' But why is it not: 'It can be use for...'? Even though it is still can be used presently? Is it because of the word 'be'?
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Under a photograph “Me or I” [duplicate]

Under a photograph of myself and a friend would I write not speak Michael and I or Michael and me Thank you
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“He is no different than you and I” or “He is no different than you and me”

I have no difficulty in normal cases knowing whether to say "you and I"or "You and me." But this situation confuses me. On one hand, I can justify I by saying there is an implied "are" at the end: ...
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my best friend who is a man called me a little doodle. What does this mean? [closed]

My best male friend called me a little doodle. What does this moniker "little doodle" mean?
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Usage of Verb “Bridge” [closed]

I was wondering is it okay to use "bridge" as verb as follows: Throughout the article, we bridge A to B and concentrate on the most important application to C. I treated A,B and C as something.
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Use of “only” and “alone”

How would you use "only" or "alone" to denote whether something happened exclusively in one place? For example "It happened only in the United States" or "It happened in the United States alone". The ...
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What's wrong with “again” in “I can’t believe we’re here at Kerrang! Award [sic] again”?

A Japanese metal band BABYMETAL won the title of Best Live Band of 2016 at the Kerrang! Awards. The following is a part of the article Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly ...
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What is it called when people use words like ur and u in place of your, and you? [duplicate]

And why do people say it's lazy and bad? Why do people call others stupid for it, when it's intentional and I don't really think its wrong in casual conversations through text (obviously not speech) ...
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A word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes

What is word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes or in general doing something one hates? I can't use [self-] "discipline" because I'm thinking along negative connotations almost of ...