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Is there a word that describes people capable of picking up an accent by hearing?

A friend of mind told me about his accent teacher who picked up his accent (for a specific sentence) just after few times she heard him saying it, so I wonder if there is a word that describes this ...
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What word describes a self -created word/expression with an intuitive meaning?

Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the "'interests of qualified ...
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Difference of “I am just an ABC” vs “I am but a XYZ”

As far as I (non-native speaker) can tell, these two sentences have the same meaning: I'm just a humble merchant I'm but a humble merchant However I wonder if there is some subtle ...
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Searching for a word to describe the entirety of something

Here is the sentence that I want to write: There is more than that to the ________ of revolution The missing word is what I search for, oversimplifying the sentence would give: There is more ...
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How best to label inappropriate use of images

I'm describing the downsides of publishing text on the web as a image file, instead of real text. For example: Images are inaccessible for users with visual disabilities (screen-readers need ...
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A word that means emphatically undeniable statement

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
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The use of the term “quite many”

I know typically a person will say quite a lot, but recently read the term "quite many." Is this grammatically correct? The sentence I read was "I saw quite many dresses in the store." So I am curious ...
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When to use hereof in a sentence? [on hold]

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hereof is an adverb meaning of this. So does it mean that I can change the sentence, "I saw my boyfriend dating my best friend and because of this, I broke up ...
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Pivotal, Imperative, use of hyphens

Since the Social Media is pivotal to building and maintaining interpersonal relationships - hence, central to human existence - it becomes imperative to investigate the current trend in language ...
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What do you call the inner leaves of a tree?

Like, there are leaves on the outside, and leaves on the inside which are usually protected from the elements.
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list”

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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It really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema). There is a man behind me that cracks sun-flower seeds open, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone. I want to say that these behaviors ...
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neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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To use “deliver” or “delivers” in this sentence [on hold]

Sentence in question: Mindie has also cultivated strategies to maintain customer and distributor relationships and deliver extraordinary customer service. Which is correct and why? Thank you!
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Is there any polite equivalent to “genitals”?

Albeit slightly conflicting, I was wondering if there's any more "polite", or better flowing word other than "genitals" in the context of: His genitals were cut off. It would be prefered if the ...
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Over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade

Which is the correct usage: over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade?
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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Can you “do” an action? [on hold]

I recall having read an article that states that you cannot "do" an action; thus "do it" is not acceptable. And the most prominent example of this is the slogan of Nike: Just "do it." The author ...
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Does this word exist? [on hold]

If you want to summarize "I am good in engaging (with) others", meaning "getting them interested and involved", can you say then "I'm an engager"? Or how would you call it, "I am an...". Does the word ...
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Confusion between:“{is/has} no chance” and “{is/has} no match” [closed]

Which form is correct in the sentences below? A snake has no chance/match to an angry rabbit. OR A snake is no chance/match to an angry rabbit. Please explain when I should use has ...
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Would have find or found [on hold]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that vs. the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that [on hold]

Which of the twain is a more appropriate, grammatically correct expression? "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that" or "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that"
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'Lodge a complaint' vs 'file a complaint'

Is there any difference between lodge a complaint and file a complaint? I found two relevant senses for these words in the Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary: lodge: to make formal statement ...
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What's the difference between “case by case” and “case to case”?

What's the difference between "case by case" and "case to case"? I often hear the former from my Japanese students. When I asked them where they got the phrase, they always say they learned it from ...
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“Cook at 200 degrees” or “cook in 200 degrees” or something else? [on hold]

When talking about cooking in an oven, should I say "Cook at 200 degrees" or "cook in 200 degrees" or "cook on 200 degrees" or something else?
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Is there a word that defines describing something in the past with modern language? [duplicate]

For example, Jane Austen's carriage went up and down the hills like a roller coaster.
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Does one “shave” or “shear” a dog?

I was editing a question about the alleged dangers of shaving a dog. The associated pictures were like this: To me, this dog hasn't been shaved, i.e. removing all of the hair down to the skin, ...
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class or classes?

I am reading spring docs and find this sentence: In several places an Inventor and Inventor’s Society class are used as the target objects for expression evaluation. Should the word class be ...
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Word for using software without knowing how it works

I am looking for single word or set of few words for the following meaning: Using software (for example calculating mean of 10 given numbers) without knowing the details how the software internally ...
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Non-gendered collective title for a group of people in a business context

In a work context, what is a good word for addressing a mixed-gender group of people? Currently, "guys" seems to be fairly popular, but does have male overtones." Is there a really nothing better? A ...
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Is “in assistance with” correct?

I have drafted a letter containing the statement: In assistance with the team, the company registered sales amounting to $x in 2014-15 Is "In assistance with the team" a correct use of ...
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“given to” vs “marked by” vs “characterized by”

Based the definition I inferred from often seeing dictionary definitions of different words written using one or more of these three phrases, the three feel more or less the same. While a quick ...
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Is there a word for a person who believes all events - past, present and future - have all been predetermined?

Such person believes that whatever you did or do has been predetermined by a god or another omnipotent force. It's as if free will didn't exist. e.g. "It's no use trying to discuss it with you. You ...
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What does “quotable” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Afters years of being one of the most quotable political operatives around, I developed a case of political laryngitis. All quotable's meanings have to do with putting something in between ...
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“Feed on” or “feed with”?

Is it correct to say, for example: "She fed him on lamb" as well as "She fed him with lamb"? Omitting the preposition and simply leaving the sentence as "She fed him lamb" sounds more acceptable to ...
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Is it right to say “hastening the time of my own doom”?

Since hasten means accelerate, I feel the person is saying that he or she is saying shortening the time of his doom of making it pass away more quickly. The correct way or what I think he is trying ...
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Looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight

I am looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight without track distractions .. Some thing similar to funambulist.
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How are the words 'Suburb' and 'Superb' related to 'Superbas'?

All are Latin, or I guess come from Latin, but is it a direct shot to say that whenever Suburbs first became recognized and named, that they were given the status of being Superb? At one point was ...
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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The past tense of 'input' [duplicate]

What is the past tense of the word 'input'? It doesn't sound right to me in this sentence but I am not really sure what should be used. They inputted the password in the database yesterday. What ...
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What is the word that describes the middle part of a presentation?

My presentation has three parts. I want to use "prologue" and "epilogue" to say part 1 is the introduction and part 3 is the conclusion of a presentation. I am wondering if there is a specialist ...
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What do you call call a female philosopher? [closed]

If we want to select a word that specifically refers to a female philosopher rather than a male philosopher, what would that word be? There are many female counterparts for many masculine words, which ...
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What does “post” mean in this context?

when your butler warns you to be wary of the grave risks you would be taking, you force your wary butler to resign from his post. Two possible meaning: point of view and occupation as a butler. ...
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“Due to” or “because of”

I've already read a lot about the usage of "due to" and "because of" and it's clear to me when to use "due to" and when to use "because of". So "due to" is usually linked to the noun, right? The ...
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Is “beguile” supposed to always be used in a bad way?

The definitions of it, pretty much all, involve words like "trickery" and "deception". But one legitimate definition can also be: to captivate with irresistible charm. Nothing too bad sounding.
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Cancer be beaten

Is there a name for this construction or wordplay? It can be both: Cancer be beaten Cancer can be beaten ("Can" in "Cancer" is emphasized for the purpose) It can be called a wordplay or a pun ...