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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?

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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“in how far” vs “ how far”

Please have a look at this statement: "Point out in how far these aspects are represented in the film." For me personally " in how far" sounds totally normal. However, a British person told me that ...
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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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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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The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
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“Reaction to” or “reaction at”?

Here's the context: So has gone the reaction of many to the news that Facebook is buying the mobile photo-sharing service Instagram[.] Could "at" be used as well? I was taught that, when 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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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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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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“Nervous” vs. “anxious”

Are these words interchangeable? When would you use one over the other? For example, is it correct to say you "feel nervous" or "feel anxious"? Is it correct to say you are an "anxious person" or a ...
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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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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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Word usage: feeble

Is it correct to say Feeble people are more at risk of flu-related complications. to convey the idea that there are different levels of risk in the population at risk? I could have said old ...
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drawn or drawn in

I have a figure and some edges are plotted for convenience. So I want to write a caption like "Auxiliary edges are drawn in" But I'm confused about the in. As a non native speaker, drawn in ...
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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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Differences between “atomic bomb” and “nuclear weapon”

What differences are there between "atomic bomb" and "nuclear weapon"? Is "atomic" only used when using talking about nuclear fission, whereas "nuclear" can mean either fission or fusion, as claimed ...
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Activity vs. operation

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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What is a verb meaning “bringing out emotion within someone?”

For example: when you are listening to a song and a piece of it moves you emotionally. What verb could be used to describe the "vivification" of that emotion?
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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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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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Synonym of bad effect or bad situation - one word

I want to use a noun to describe the bad effects of AIDS on the population of a country. The context of the word is this sentence: In this report, we also provide some statistics on the bad ...
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“For most” vs “of many” Idiomatic Language

For example, which choice of idiomatic language would best serve the meaning of this particular sentence? My friend Allan is typical for most / of many programmers today in that he ponders for ...
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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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Adjective that expresses the scale/range of a noun

Coudl you please imagine that each country has a central library and that there is a system that will connect all of them with each other. How can I say that "this is a system that connects (the ...
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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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Facilitate (XX) student-student interaction?

I want to describe the advantage of small class. It facilitates [XX] teacher to student interaction. But I don't know what to fill in for [XX]. Can I say, closer and more effective? The ...
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Assessing Formality via the Root of the Word

Firstly, I'd point out that as this is a slightly open-ended question I'm not certain how well it fits in with the guideline. I'm hoping that the fact there's a way to define an answer means that it ...
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What is the opposite of “cooking the books”?

I'm trying to describe being on top of things accounting-wise but can't quite find the words. Is there some kind of idiomatic antonym for "cooking the books"?
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What is the word for knowing how to use something (phone, car, etc), but not understanding how it works?

I'm looking for a word which encapsulates the above concept. An example: when someone knows how to use their phone, but doesn't understand how to take it apart, put it together, etc.
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I want to know whether I've been writing it correctly and how can I write it in a different way?

Is "If said in the words of Mike:" correct? How can I substitute "in this way" or "the following way"?
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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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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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What does “share the passion” mean?

For example, what would it be defined if used in this sentence: We share the passion in reading fantasy adventure book series. Also, should in be replaced with of?
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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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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...
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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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“Page number 1 to 4 are torn” [duplicate]

If my exercise book is numbered on every page, which sentence should I use if the first two sheets are torn? Page number 1 to 4 are torn. Page numbers 1 to 4 are torn. Pages numbers 1 to 4 ...
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“How far” vs “How long”

I am not clear how to use "How long" and "How far". Suppose I got in a taxi or cab to my hotel, how should I say to the driver if I want to know the distance to the hotel? Which of the following is ...
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What is the preposition associated with “admiration”?

Is it "admiration for" or "admiration of"? For instance, does the sentence "He had a great admiration of Washington Irving." make sense?
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“Clutching” vs. “Flinging”: Which one is correct here? [on hold]

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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“Demonstratable” — a dictionary word, or just a well known hack?

Someone has just pointed out a mis-spelling on my site - demonstratable, as in "demonstratable experience of...". I can't see it in the New Oxford American Dictionary or the Oxford Dictionary of ...
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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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“because of” vs. “on account of”

Can I always replace “because of” with “on account of”? As in I could not enjoy the day because of the awful weather. I could not enjoy the day on account of the awful weather. If these two ...
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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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what is the word for something which may exist or may not

If I'm looking for an object which may or may not exist, could I say it exists hypothetically, given the definition of hypothetical? a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of ...