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Is it correct to say what and all, than what all things?

I have heard people saying "what and all things are there?" instead of " what all things are there?" which one is correct?
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Does code run in or on a thread?

Any programmers around? Which of the following is correct, or more common: The code runs in a background thread. The code runs on a background thread. That's it. Just a simple word different. As ...
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Reversal of Blacklisting

I'm curious to know if anyone know a word that describes the process of removing an item from a blacklist. For example if we replaced the word "blacklist" with "ban" the one would "Ban an object" and ...
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Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her questions until the end.
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Whats the word for an missed event? [on hold]

I am looking for a fitting end to this sentence: With so many members around I refrained from speaking up and now my wish/plan to have a private conversation with the leader remains ...
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What's a word for this phrase?

I am writing a paragraph describing qualities of a successful manager. I want to use a word (noun) for the "ability of not being stuck in the past/letting things go/moving ahead with no baggage from ...
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Words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place.

Are there any words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place? For example, maybe before I start to write a patent, I take potential rivals, expected costs and ...
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Which adverb implies supreme confidence, falling just shy of arrogance?

When he participated in debates and round table discussions, Christopher Hitchens spoke with supreme confidence. I'd like to replace with supreme confidence with an adverb that implies supreme ...
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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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Idiom or word for someone who opens their mouth and closes their ears in discussions? [on hold]

Some individuals are not interested in listening to your opinion, and it seems like your idea either has no value to them, or they already know what you are about to say, and they talk over you or ...
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What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact?

What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact? Suppose as part of a narrative, I want to say something happened ...
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What's the difference between Anonymous and Pseudonymous?

Anonymous means someone who can't be identified by name. Pseudonymous means someone who uses false name. It seems to me that Pseudonymous is a subset of Anonymous. Is it right? If not, what's the ...
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Sorry I didn't turn up, I clean forgot. What's the sense of "clean' and its usage hygiene? [on hold]

Sorry I didn't turn up -I clean forgot. The explosion blew the cooker clean through the wall. What kind of usage is this- AmE or BrE ? The meaning of clean usually refers to removing ...
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Why is “For Sell” replacing “For Sale” in common usage? [duplicate]

I absolutely cringe when I read advertisements offering items "For Sell" rather than "For Sale." I do not claim to have a good command of grammar, spelling, or appropriate American English usage. I ...
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Is it correct to say “unsubscription”?

I'm a web developer and in our project we use the word unsubsription to talk about making someone no longer subscribed to our maling. I know we can use the "subscription" word to talk about someone's ...
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Is there a concise word or phrase for making something dynamic? [migrated]

Not sure if this is more appropriate for Stack Overflow, but I'm a web nerd constantly using the invented word dynamic-ify to describe taking a flat, static web page and converting it into something ...
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“sample” vs “specimen” in a scientific document on condensed matter physics

I am searching for an appropriate headline in scientific document. The chapter is named "Investigated Specimen" at the moment. In the chapter I describe crystals that I have investigated. I feel that ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase - “he / she fights on”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "he / she fights on" to say that a person is fighting / struggling for a cause?
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going home and going to work [duplicate]

The other day I've learned that you cannot use "to" in the sentence "I am going (to) home". At the same time, you should use "to" with other place names. For example, I am going to work. Could ...
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Does “all” take a singular or plural verb form? [on hold]

Which of these sentences is correct? All of these things has meaning. All of these things have meaning. I want to ascertain if has or have should be used in this phrase. The correct word is all I ...
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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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“with ~ing” vs. “and ~ed”

Reading through an article on drawing animal forms, I came across this paragraph Horses or deer evolved one or two very strong, elongated metatarsals, with their last finger digits becoming their ...
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Use of the word “aforementioned”

Is it correct to use the word aforementioned in an open-ended chatting context in which the conversation backtracks, such that the item that was mentioned before (as in, earlier in time) in the ...
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How to express “prefer in order”

Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why ...
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“X and I were doing Y” vs “I was doing Y with X”

Which structure is more common/grammatical? Example: There was someone peeking through the window. My first guess was my little bother—checking if my boyfriend and I were doing something ...
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Word for describing ideas/questions that stimulate thought

Is there an specific word that could describe ideas/questions that could stimulate thoughts? For instance, if someone asks a question: 1). If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did ...
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A word for someone who sarcastically exaggerates your superiority? [on hold]

I was having an argument with someone, and I showed them a piece of clear evidence and now they're just making things up because they've given up. They keep saying things such as "Funny, I ...
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An appropriate adjective

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...
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A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings

What is the word to describe someone who does not care about other people socially and publically, that is a word or phrase which could describe behaviors such as littering, cutting in a line, picking ...
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Word for something that you sold everything to buy?

Is there a word or phrase that tells means selling everything you own, to your name etc to buy one particular thing?
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Is there more monosyllabic lexis in the English Language than polysyllabic lexis?

In terms of words in the actual dictionary are there more monosyllabic words or more polysyllabic words?
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“Scientific” versus “scientifical”

Is there any substantive difference in the meanings of these two words? Is the latter considered a proper word at all? If the answer to either of the above questions is yes, what are these words' ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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Can “anachronism” refer to things that have not been done in the proper order?

I've looked in a few online dictionaries, and I don't see any definitions of "anachronism" that seem to encompass this situation. However, I feel like, etymologically, this term could be used in the ...
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Need a word that describes a biweekly publication

Our company publishes an internal e-newsletter that we call the <Title> Weekly. We're now going to publish every other week, so the title needs to be changed. The first solution that came to ...
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Etymology for “oh so beautiful”

I was writing a creative piece, and unbeknownst to me, I used this phase "oh so beautiful". It fitted my description and it "felt" right, so to speak. I am just not sure were I have heard it or better ...
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One word for a man who feels vulnerable about his wife

What would we call a man who is always suspecting, distrustful and worried about his wife being wooed by other men? He considers his wife naive and the world (other men) as predators in waiting. It ...
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“That” versus “which” [duplicate]

In the following sentence, are the words that and which interchangeable? In general, where to put that and where to put which? The sentence: At the end of this course, students will be able to ...
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Is the use of the word “recognize” accurate in these sentences?

The following are some learning outcomes a freshman student should achieve. Is the use of the word recognize accurate in these sentences? Or, is there a better way to say this? Recognize the types ...
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Term for a person responsible for the next action

I am designing a system that tracks a complicated workflow. Each step of the workflow has a different person assigned to take an action. What is a succinct term I could use to describe the person who ...
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“Intense stress” vs. “high stress” [on hold]

Capable of performing under intense stress without compromising quality of service. Capable of performing under high stress without compromising quality of service. Which is best suited ...
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Generic term for someone who looks after children

I am looking for a generic term for someone who looks after children i.e. a term that would encompass: nanny baby-sitter au-pair etc. Can someone please advise?
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Better word for blackmail or extortion

A while ago I used the word blackmail in a situation, just to learn that the word didn't fit. I am left wondering whether there is a better choice. I probably have to explain the situation (I'll try ...
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Is it always bad to use “get” or “got”?

Back in grammar, one of the many rules we were given was to always avoid "get," "got," or "gotten" due to their ambiguity and tendency toward poor grammar as in: What happened to your arm? It got ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?

Recently I was trying to explain the Dutch word gracht to a friend and I found myself needing a general word for a unit of architecture which joins two places together. I thought about "route", but ...
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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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When have you officially 'started' something?

To say, I started playing Violin when I was 12 years years old: Does this imply that you have played Violin regularly since you were 12 years old? Can you 'have still started playing Violin when you ...