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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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About or around when referring to approximate age?

I am not sure which one is the correct word for beginning this sentence. Is it just a stylistic choice? I was around 10 years old when... or I was about 10 years old when...
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Difference between Scruple and Doubt?

Again, both refer to very same meaning.. what's the difference ?
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Is there a word for the payment to someone who attends a meeting?

I'm looking for a word that describes the wage given to someone (a committee member) for attending the meetings/sessions of the committee. I've done some research and have seen this question Is there ...
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To or Towards…?

Can 'to' be replaced with/used interchangeably with 'towards' in an essay to make myself sound more sophisticated or are there linguistical complications associated with using it everywhere? If so, ...
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“Blurted” vs “blurted out”

Are the two the same thing? Example: “Exploding Whale?” I blurted. “You mean someone blew up a whale with dynamite?” “Exploding Whale?” I blurted out. “You mean someone blew up a whale with ...
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Is “nodding” always a conscious act?

This is perfectly normal: He nodded at her in agreement. How about this? He fell asleep in the bus. I watched him nod, his puffy hair brushing the seat in front of him. Is nod in this ...
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How to properly say 'number of people'?

THE SITUATION: In an online form I need to know how many people book a service. EXAMPLE: Type of service - ... Date - ... Number of people - ... THE QUESTION: What is the proper way to ask it? ...
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what to ask after “how are you”? [on hold]

After responding to how are you?, what should I ask next? I need some unique questions to ask.
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What is the English word meaning “of low possibility”?

For example: — Do you think you can come? — Yeah, unless (word here) I have a visitor. "not very likely" seems like a solution, but is there any other shorter word/phrase to use? EDIT: ...
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Can I use “within” in place of “before” in “I will go there before 7 p.m.”? [on hold]

I will go there before 7 p.m. Can I use "within 7 p.m." in this sentence ? Or would it be wrong to use "within"?
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves?

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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How should I title the ppt page filled with favors? [on hold]

I'm working on a power point to give a presentation to our business partner. I wondered how I should title the page filled with favors to ask. (Favors regarding sales activity) Could anyone tell me ...
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how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past [on hold]

how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past. examples: bad grades in freshman year, laziness, drug use. and how i have rebounded and made myself a ...
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“Microwaved” or “Micro waved” [on hold]

As an adjective describing something that has been cooked in a microwave, would you say "microwaved" or "micro waved"? The dictionary says microwaved, but my autocorrect corrects to micro waved.
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Applied to the lottery or for the lottery? [on hold]

Which preposition should I use in the following sentence: I applied ____ greencard lottery. Would it be: I applied for the greencard lottery. or I applied to the greencard lottery. ...
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What is your definiton of bright and sharp person? [on hold]

Like how would fully define a bright and sharp person?
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Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
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Is this correct to say “a large group of crowd(s)”

Crowd means a large number of persons gathered together, however I've found some examples in which this expression is used "a large group of crowd". In the future, these flying drones may be seen ...
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“Classic symptoms” or “classical symptoms”?

According to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, both 'classic' and 'classical' mean very typical in a sense. However, in Longman Dictionary of contemporary English and Oxford Collocations ...
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What's a good idiom to describe someone who is very clever?

Is there an idiom to describe someone who is clever and quick-witted?
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Can you be sharp and intelligent but got bad grades in school? [on hold]

A lot people nowadays think that your smart only if you get good grades In gcse's and A Levels
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“Queuing twice for a cup of coffee is once too many.” Is this correct?

Or should I say "(...) once too often" or "(...) one time too many" instead? Or perhaps, "queuing twice for a cup of coffee is one queue too many?" My issue with once too many is that it makes once ...
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A word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or deceived? [on hold]

Whats a good word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or isn't gullible?
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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'Fine Results' is fine?

I'm currently working in a slogan and my outcome so far is something like Fine Results, Simple Methods However, by googling "fine results", the search results shows me that there is little to ...
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Verbs for when asking someone(e.g designer) to do a job(logo design) for you for a fee

I would like to use a verb to describe the above situation. There are many professions like consultants,web designers which charge fees on project basis. Example answer for above question would be : ...
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What is a better way to say “deceptively deadly”?

While intended to mean "seemingly harmless but actually deadly", "deceptively" when used in the positive sense ("deceptively safe") inverts the meaning, and there's no reason it shouldn't do this in ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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Whats another word for someone perceptive? [duplicate]

Whats another word to describe someone who can pick up on things quickly?
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Can you use “perhaps” at the beginning of a sentence and omit the verb?

For example: More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. Perhaps as a result of sheer hard work and competition. More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. This is ...
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Word “Purchase” in SAAS Subscription Model

In a subscription model, the user is not purchasing the application, they just subscribe and pay based on the billing cycle. So, I've a doubt whether can we use the word 'Purchase'.
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Can 'how easy something is' be used as equivalent to 'how difficult something is' or are they already implying something?

I'm currently writing a text and I want to explain that I conducted some tests to see how easy/difficult it is do perform a certain process. Therefore I want to write: We now want to test how easy it ...
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What's a word to describe someone who thinks quick?

A word to describe someone's personality trait that think quick. For example he gets lost in the woods then comes up with a solution on the fly to find his way back home.
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To prolong vs to protract

What is the difference between the words to prolong and to protract? Can we replace the words with each other without losing their meanings in the following sentences? To protract means: Prolong: ...
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The difference between remnant, vestige, remains,ruin and trace [closed]

what are differences between the words remnant, vestige, remains,ruin and trace in a historical sense? A trace or remnant of something that is disappearing or no longer exists ...
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to emanate from vs to stem from

Are the words to emanate from and to stem from synonym in the following sense? Do you think I can swap with each other without changing the meaning of the following sentences ? 1 (Of a feeling, ...
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'There's nothing to match tea as a refreshing drink.' [migrated]

I'm doing a grammar exercise and I have to complete the sentence underneath A cup of tea is the most refreshing drink of all. There's.................as a refreshing drink. The given word is ...
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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The differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly

What are the differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly in terms of meaning and usage ?
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What words out there could be used to describe a place where there is a lot to do or a lot of fun activities?

Something like bustling, but less about "busy" and more about "fun".
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“Then this” vs “Then that” [duplicate]

I have the following paragraph: We often write hundreds of lines of code to express simple concepts. This code takes time to develop and maintain - and if you’re writing tests, then that time ...
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Control, control and manage, management difference

What is the difference between control and m­anage? Some context below:­ I can control/manage it.­ I keep it under control/management.­ It is a subject of control/management.­ These phrases could ...
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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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How can I say this in other words? [closed]

Recently I took a personality test and got some good results. However, there was a part of the full description that I didn't understand. I'd like to know how I can say this text in other words, must ...
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How to concisely handle words that don't have an antonym

I work in software for a living, and have had a problem recently with the language I use to describe software components. This profession increasingly reveals itself to need the skill to accurately ...
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Is there a name for dismissing an argument because of lack of immediate examples?

I've often found myself subject to this tactic, where someone will present an argument in support of a particular outcome, and then dismiss any criticism of it because the critique fails to solicit ...
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“It was always” vs “I was always” vs “I would always”

No matter where I went with her, it was always the right place. No matter where I went with her, I was always in the right place. No matter where I went with her, I would always be in the ...
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...