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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 i say “I could be very beneficial to you if you hire me”?

is it a correct English sentence? can we use beneficial for human?
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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

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

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.” [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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”? [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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” [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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 ...
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What's the difference between “licensing” and “licensure?”

On the new Engineering SE, we field questions about professional engineering registration. The tag categorizing these questions is "licensure" and I usually find myself referring to the topic by that ...
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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Friendly way of saying “I love you”

In Spanish, Te amo (I love you) has more romantic feeling than saying Te quiero. The last one is used as a friendly way of saying I love you, but without romantic purposes. However, if translated to ...
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Is “uncrumples” a word? [closed]

What I'm wanting to write is: "She uncrumples the note" but apparently it's not a real word. What do I use instead? Thanks
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Resume Summary - Correct Grammar [closed]

I am currently in the process of creating a resume. Here is my working summary: My skills include strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. I have one plus years of cashier experience ...
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Antonym for “machine readable data”?

I want to describe data that is easy for a human to understand but very difficult for a machine to understand. Like, raw unfiltered user input. For example, suppose I have a column in a table that ...
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A synonym or alternative for a “chivalrous” or “gallant” man but with more negative connotation

I'm looking for a slang term describing a man who always tries desperately to get the attention of ladies. This type of dude is always polite to chicks and he is highly likely to forget even his best ...
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A better phrase for “doing my graduation”

I'm looking for a better phrasing of the following sentence, to put it as a summary at a professional network. Does doing my graduation look a unprofessional? I am doing my graduation from the ...
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Term for certain periods of time

I'm trying to find the words for an essay to describe some time frames. I have a time frame of "Last 7 days" which is pretty self explanatory. However, I'm trying to find the best wording to describe ...
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Word that sounds like particularly? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that sort of sounds, and smells like, particularly. I can't grasp it.. Something along the likes of "peticulity" I believe In a sentence: "peticulity" crafted door knob
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What is the difference in meaning between “complacent” and “complaisant”

They are both derived from the French world complaire, which means "pleased" According to this source, "the two words overlapped in meaning until the middle of the 19th century." How do they differ ...
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I hope I don't regret this vs I hope I won't regret this [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two? From my understanding: "I hope I will not regret this" - this means he has hope that in the future he will not regret something he has done(or will do) "I ...
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Butchering criticism?

Could "butcher" work as criticism? “I doubt [we'll be hearing from him], especially after we butchered him in that interview,”
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Another word for potion that isn't a liquid

A potion (from Latin potio "drink", in turn derived from Greek poton "that which one drinks") is a consumable magical medicine drug or poison. What about a substance that is a consumable magical ...
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Word definition request

I am searching for a word that describes a person who complains about people who complain. I have tried numerous synonym blogs, but cannot find anything satisfactory.
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Word choice for people who dont help [closed]

I have been wondering lately about what should we call a person who doesn't help. I.e. what is the word opposite to helpful?
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A single word describing no frequency

I'm creating a web application where there is a table with frequency filter. The options that you can choose within the filter are Monthly, Weekly, Daily, and No Frequency. Anyone know a term that ...