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Which verb form to use after "had better do that it

what is the right verb form for "had better" sentences? for example: she had better remember that she has to leave the city soon OR she had better remember that she have to leave the city soon ...
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Clearest way to say “penultimate?”

I have a series of paired bar charts that show the most recent administration of a survey immediately adjacent to the next most recent administration for a given client. The two time points are two ...
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What is the difference between Pharmaceutical and Medicine?

Can we use the word "pharmaceutical" exactly as same as "medicine"? For example:1-I bought too many medicines. 2-Medicines nowadays cost a lot. Can we replace the word :medicine/s" with ...
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Affect or Effect? [on hold]

I still don't really know, despite trying to read the definitions. I believe this sentence is correct but let me know. I seriously wish I could foresee the future and know of all the different ...
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How to choose between “my” and “our” when talking about a group of people I belong to?

My family - Our family My company - Our company My school - Our school My team - Our team ... When talking about a group of people including myself to someone who is not part of that group, it ...
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Why is motherboad called as “motherboard”, not “fatherboard”? [duplicate]

My question is why we call motherboard as motherboard. Why not fatherboard? I am not satisfied with the answer which you provided on your website. Please answer this question.
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Mobile vs cell vs phone

I am writing some text for software that we are developing and I can't make up my mind about which word to use for "mobile phone". For example in the sentence "You need to install the app on your ...
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What is more formal

What is more formal Please give me tea with no milk or Please give me tea without milk or both are same?
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What do you call different runs of a simulation

I have a basic scenario that is going to have a 'typical' set of settings (flow rate, temperature, etc) Then there will also be a Max flow rate Then there will also be a Min flow rate For each of ...
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This is my, Tom, and Alex's poster which we made for last Monday's lesson

Is this right? How do I show ownership by the group of three of us?
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Activity vs. operation [on hold]

Should it be: The network consists of 4 operations: project planning, engineering, and production. OR The network consists of 4 activites: project planning, engineering, and production. What if the ...
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Functionality is working “fine” or “as expected”

Here the functionality is related with web Site responses. Now I'm looking for a sentence which would be preferable when, ABC functionality was not working before, (Explanation of some work ...
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Which is correct, artifact or artefact? [duplicate]

I am writing a book about illicit antiquities. Some of my resources spell this word, artefact; others, artifact. Is one right and the other wrong?
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A date when a price is set by a company

How would you call a date when a company sets its price? I. e. a carmaker will set the price for its new model on a certain date. The context is a legal contract. In particular, does it sound right ...
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'In' and 'among' of the title of a manuscript, which is appropriate?

I'm writing a manuscript for a medical journal, but I have trouble giving a title of it. The article looks into the effect (severe perineal injury) of episiotomy (a procedure done when delivering a ...
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Language school & language institute

I'm a non-native English speaker in Iran. Here we have schools to which students go to learn about different subjects such as math, history and English. We have institutes (or at least we call them ...
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What is the difference between “perpetrator” and “transgressor”? [on hold]

I don't quite understand when one might be applied, but not the other. Also, is anyone who committed a transgression a transgressor, or might they also be perpetrators? Does it make a difference? ...
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Can I say “had better do this THAN do sth else”? [migrated]

I'd like to form this sentence: For the sake of learning more, one had better seem to not know much than to know everything However, I am not fully sure if I can use "than" with "had better" ...
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Dynamic Society [on hold]

Is there a single word that describes Dynamic Society? Something like 'Dynasociety'? That's a self created word, but I was thinking, if the word itself does not exist, are there any rules in creating ...
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“Clutching” vs. “Flinging”: Which one is correct here? [closed]

I think option C is correct. Option A and B are clearly ruled out. I don't understand what is the difference between option C and D. From Cambridge Dictionary Clutch : to take or ​try to ...
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Should I use present or past form of structure in a comment? [on hold]

I wanted to comment on a website on why I am interested to enroll on a course from the site. Should I say: 1) They provide a well structured courses. or 2) They provide a well structure ...
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Why is this use of the word “meaning” not quite right?

Today one of my students gave me some writing as part of her preparation for a Cambridge Proficiency exam. She was describing how after she'd moved away to go to university she'd temporarily lost ...
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Word choice for a comparison of different amounts

I'm currently struggling to clearly state the following situation: Background: Let's assume I have two newspaper articles A and B. Let's say I want to count how often a specific word (for instance ...
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Is there an adjective describing calendar information?

I am trying to find an overall expression for different types of calender days within a certain period. I would like to distinguish e.g. "normal working day", "Saturday", "Sunday or holiday". Is ...
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“Feel bad about someone” versus “feel bad for someone”

Does the sentence "I feel bad about you" have the same meaning as "I feel bad for you"?
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Alternate for the word “Hot” [closed]

I am a PhD Scholar and English is not mother language, so for grammatical mistakes apologies in advance.Recently i received a review on my article. In my article one sentence is something like that ...
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Best reply for is was a pleasure meeting you [closed]

if some one send to me: it was a real pleasure meeting you, what is the best to reply with? The pleasure was really mine/us or it was a pleasure too?
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Does “I'm very fine” sound ok or not?

When someone asks 'how are you?', can I say 'I'm very fine'? When I was in Oxford, Uk, they said it sound awkward because FINE does not go with VERY here,but I found the sentence on my kid's English ...
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Checking whether the sentence is grammatically correct [duplicate]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, where is the error? Lost in his thought with a vacant look in his eyes, he laid on the couch. I was wondering if the use of laid is wrong.
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Succinct phrase for “work well under pressure”?

So I was working on my resume, but it literally took me two hours to come up with a succinct phrase for "work well under pressure". So far I could think of phrases like " pressure performer " or ...
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What words can express the act of sharing in a collective sense, as opposed to a distributive sense

I would like words or very concise statements that express the act of working together and sharing items/resources to a common location for the benefit of a group of people that the items are being ...
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How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”? [closed]

I often use the literal ("old?") meaning of "awesome" in an equivocation: I smell awesome right now. Then they say: No, you smell terrible. And the punchline comes: I'm using the ...
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Is there an equivalent of “bless you” for coughing?

This guy over here... he keeps coughing. I want to say something like "bless you" to express the I-feel-for-ya-man kind of sympathy token, but I've got nothing. No good way to say it. "Nice ...
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Is it right to use the word “quotation” in this case?

I'm developing a software application that can automatically send quotations (as a PDF document) to the user's client. So the system sends an email with the text: Please find attached the ...
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On or in the delivery note?

Which one is correct: "this information must be stated on the delivery note?" or "this information must be stated in the delivey note?"? Many thanks!
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Alternative for “Family” when talking about a fostered child

I am currently rewriting a formal agreement regarding a fostered child. The Foster Carers have specifically asked to be referred to as Foster Carers as opposed to Parents in all correspondence to ...
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What is a word for someone who tends not to think too much about life? [closed]

What is a word for someone who tends not to think too deeply; often about life, themselves or the world (something more neutral than "shallow" or "oblivious")? Perhaps my difficulty is that i ...
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Metaphysician vs Metaphysicist

A practitioner of physics is known as a physicist. It seems like it would logically follow that a practitioner of metaphysics would be known as a metaphysicist; yet, in every text I've read, a ...
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Usage of “each” as in 'he would think, “I'm evil”, as he brushed his teeth and shaved in the mirror each morning.' [closed]

I happened to see a sentence--J.D. says that he would think, "I'm evil", as he brushed his teeth and shaved in the mirror each morning. I am wondering what the speaker tries to express using "each" ...
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“each of us” VS “each one of us” VS “each and every one of us”

Is there a difference between: "That would require her to send the document to ..." each of us each one of us each and every one of us Is one of them grammatically incorrect, or would they change ...
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“5 weeks pregnant” or “5 week pregnancy?”

From my understanding both "5 weeks pregnant" and "5 week pregnancy" are grammatically correct but I don't know when to use one instead of the other and which one sounds more natural for native ...
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Is this wording correct ? Using “howmany” for countable quantity instead of however in this phrase

Can I have "Show Step 1 of howmany more there are" Similarly to having "Do this regardless of however long it takes" To convey the meaning: "Show Step 1 of N Steps, where N is different for different ...
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Word Choice: Starting a sentence with “If not too long ago”

I know that the proper way to use "not too long ago" is: "Not too long ago, contractors used to build houses and sell them to dealers. It was the responsibility of the dealers to provide financing to ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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Contact Details Vs. Contacts

"Contact" could be used as a noun. It could be used as plural as in- The more contacts the cloth has with the dirty surface, the more sploiled it gets. "Contact details" is different. "Contact ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [closed]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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“Look real” or “look realistic”?

Which phrase is correct "the ship model looks real" or "the ship model looks realistic?" It seems that according to some dictionary definitions they are both acceptable in this case.
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Walking on/in/through/by a road? [duplicate]

How do you "idiomatically" describe the instance of a person using their feet to traverse a road? Is there any "wrong" way to do so?
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Displayed “onto” a monitor or “on” a monitor?

Would it be correct to say "Text is being displayed onto my computer screen" or "on my computer screen"? This is more of a technical question than purely grammatical. I would argue that nothing is ...