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Difference between “content” and “contentment” ?

Is there a difference between the words: content and contentment? For example should one use content or contentment in this sentence: I find (content/contentment) when sitting on a crowded subway ...
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“See you later” in chat [on hold]

I'm not English mother toungue. In a chat conversation, even if I can't obviously see the person on the other side, is it correct to say "see you later"? What can be used instead in case I'll be back ...
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Word or phrase for the opposite of a distraction?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that means the opposite of a distraction. More specifically, something previously distracting that has since faded into... well, I don't know into what. So I ...
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pre-customer inquiry/ post-customer inquiry

I'm translating titles of paragraphs from Japanese to English. A pragmatic translation of the titles can be: "Before Receiving Inquiries from Potential Customers" and "After Receiving Inquiries from ...
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An experience that induces self-doubt is a(n) ________experience?

If I were to challenge a great intellectual, who knows his area extremely well, on one of his points he has made; thinking about how I can repudiate his argument, how I will phrase my ...
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Is it common to use “say a reason”?

Is it common to use “say a reason” in a sentence? for instance is the following sentence true? "the reason they say is not logical"
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'Birthdate vs birthday'- I know three other people who share my birthdate

We say birthday and not birthdate Generally, birthplace is used for place of birth but not birthdate for date of birth. What is the reason that birthday scores over birthdate when it comes to ...
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The usage of every and each

We tend to use each if we are thinking about members of a group individually, and every if we are thinking of them in total. Compare the following: 1.We gave each child who came to the party a ...
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Usage of “I'm incredulous!” as an exclamation of shock or disbelief

Would the exclamation "I'm incredulous!" be an appropriate response to finding out some unexpected news, if the intention is to convey shock or disbelief?
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Sentence correction - My English friend told me this sentence doesn't make sense [on hold]

I need to reformulate the following sentence that seems to make no sense "Being a corporate CEO sometimes comes as a fortune, like those who reach these positions by legacy". What I mean there is ...
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looking forward to our tennis battle? can I say this way?

I am sending an email to a friend/mentor. We have the same interest in tennis and during our past conversation, we said we would like to play together one day. Is it ok to say "I am looking forward ...
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“Shamefully presents” vs. “ashamedly presents”

I'm editing a short movie. In the title screens, after the production company is listed, there needs to be a play on the common "Proudly Presents" text. It is with some chagrin that the production ...
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“Prefer” usage - If the emphasis is on the habit --ing form or to-infinitive? [duplicate]

-ing form : Most people prefer watching a film at the cinema rather than on TV. -to-infinitive form: We prefer to drive during the day whenever we can. Which of the above two sentences ...
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What do you call the process of reducing inflammation or the state that inflammation has been cured?

At First I was searching the antonyms for inflammation, concerning that one of the antonyms for the word "inflate" is "deflate" , but now I don't think this is the correct way,I am unable to find ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?

Title says it all: "Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?" I want to describe the action of reaching the top of a hill and finally being able to see what ...
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Another word of 'Technology' [on hold]

ancient word for 'technology' Please suggest
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Which is the correct use of 'no'

Editing a document and wondering which is correct? There have been no historical digs on the pipeline. OR There have not been any historical digs on the pipeline. A lot of the document ...
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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Differenciate between instant and at your convenience messaging

Consider two cases Case 1: Two peoples are online and both are free. They are doing nothing other than chatting with each-other. So both of them are replying within few seconds. After chatting for ...
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How to name something that is common for two competing theories?

Geocentric and early heliocentric models of cosmos were different at the very core of theory, but they did share some elements: circular orbits, epicycles, uniform speed of celestial bodies. What ...
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Is the word 'lousy' used more often in the UK than in the US?

It seems to be considered a peculiar word to use in the US (like 'queue' or 'spectacles' or 'pail'). And more generally, is there any resource I can use to compare how frequent any particular word is ...
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Positive format of the word 'weird'? [on hold]

What is the equivalent adjective of the word different? It must give a positive feeling and must be opposite to the negative feeling word 'weird'. I'm writing some dialogs for my short-film where ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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What’s the difference between a software “developer” and a software “maker”? [on hold]

We usually call someone who makes software a software developer. Why don’t we call them a software maker instead? What’s the different between software developer and software maker?
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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Word for arson by secret police

Is there a word or phrase for when, during a protest meeting, the secret police lock the doors and set fire to the building?
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Word for “to speak louder than”?

I was trying to say: I had to shout so as to X the loudness of the music. And then I realise I didn't know any word whose meaning was "to speak louder than". Does such a word exist? At first, I ...
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Was West Germany commonly referred to as “Germany”?

During the Cold War, in everyday conversation, was West Germany referred to as "Germany" like South Korea is currently often referred to as "Korea" and the People's Republic of China is currently ...
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How to explain sorting by time descending in colloquial English

I am writing a program where I need to ask if the user would like to sort the results by time ascending or descending. The program manages appointments. So if time were sorted ascending, the ...
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Casual way of saying “send me an email”

Is there a more casual way to say "send me an email"? I'm going to put this at the bottom of the "contact" section of a website. "Pop me an email" is the only one I've managed to come up with.
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All of … use or omit of? [duplicate]

While writing a sentence , I used all of my books , I got stuck with the usage of "of". Which of the two shall I write: all of my books vs all my books
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What is an alternative to “f— someone's brains out”? [on hold]

In Persian, we use a sentence,مخ کسی را زدن [pron.:Mokh-e Kasi Ra Zadan], literally meaning "to hit someone's mind", to mean attracting someone and making them interested for dating, or stealing ...
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Hope all is good and you are doing well.’- Is it an appropriate opening line in e-mails [closed]

“I have been noticing emails from some of my colleagues and clients that start with ‘Hope all is good and you are doing well.’ Is this an appropriate start of a business inquiry?”
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Do you “inaugurate”or “launch” or “open” a new book?

My friend is going to publish a new book and the opening ceremony is tomorrow. However, do I say that she is "launching" a new book? Is there a better or more accurate way of saying this?
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Is 'busyness' an approved, sound noun?

I see that busyness is in the ODO, but is it an accepted, established, honourable, respected noun in academic, formal contexts? How can I check this? 'Busyness' is an acceptable word nowadays [I ...
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What's the difference between “to brag” and “to boast”

Sometimes this words are used interchanged in just two consecutive sentences, therefore I don't expect there to be a big and obvious difference. Nevertheless, since people use the English language, ...
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Arbitrary or particular

I am writing a procedure to display an image that the user selects with the software. When I write my documentation, do I say it's displaying an arbitrary image or a particular image, or something ...
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Is it acceptable to use exiguous in such a way as this? Which of these is a better alternative to referring to one as stupid?

I am attempting to formulate a phrase that is an exceptional alternative to the banal "stupid". I have found some good contestants, but I feel that exiguous, if I am using it correctly, will fit the ...
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A “scientific” word for probably

Given a particular idea, is there any scientific word, or an elegant way to describe in once sentence, that I am pretty sure there is no method not based on this particular idea? For example, when ...
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How to say that the two dates in two different calendars coincide?

How to say that the two dates in two different calendars coincide? Like, The 24th of Shawwal coincides with 12th of October. Shawwal: The tenth month of the year in the Islamic calendar.
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Word for a Refined idea which is a combination of two previous ideas

I'm looking for a word which means that my current solution is a refined version of my previous one, but it is also a combination of my previous idea and a 2nd idea. I found the following question, ...
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Which is the more appropriate word to use “stupidity” or “idiocy” in a medical context

I have encountered this problem while i was trying to translate a medical text to English. The text was about the newly discovered virus that can cause mental and cognitive problems
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If the rule states an infinitive follows the verb “want”, why is “I don't want you worrying” correct?

Why is the sentence "I don't want you worrying about the oral interview" correct? Is the syntax want+gerund correct? Shouldn't it be I don't want you to worry about the oral interview (?) ...
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Help using “lie” and “lay” correctly

One of the below sentences is correct. I'm having some issues figuring out which sentence it is. I've added my thought process and what I think the error is. According to our team captain, an ...
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What is word similar to FYI but not objective/neutral

FYI can be used in an email to inform the person reading the email about some information. It is comfortable using this between peers. But what if the mail is intended to inform someone higher in the ...
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What's the word for when a person states something as a fact when it is untrue? Not a lie

I'm thinking of a specific author who propagates misinformation as fact. There's a word for this, I think it starts with an 'e', but I can't quite remember it and it is on the tip of my tongue. Any ...
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Hemingway's use of “benevolent” in “benevolent skin cancer”

In the following sentence, from Hemigway's The Old Man & the Sea, I believe the author used the word benevolent when he meant to use the word benign. The brown blotches of the benevolent ...