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Can “shrugging” only be done with shoulders?

Please compare He shrugged. and He shrugged his shoulders. Is there anything else that can be shrugged, besides shoulders? To me it sounds like duplication when used in this way. I'm aware ...
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Word/expression for inclination toward using disadvantageous tools

What is the best word/expression to describe a phenomenon or tool that, despite its disadvantages, is used by people? In fact, there are some alternatives for them, however, there is a weird ...
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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Single word to define a person who thinks that there is always a scope for improvement

I am looking for a word that defines a person who thinks that there is always a scope for improvement. Just like the term "perfectionist" that defines a person who always looks for perfection. Is ...
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Energy vs. Power

Is there a rule in English regarding when to use the word "energy" and when to use "power"? For example: I don't have the energy to deal with the problem now. It takes a lot of brain power ...
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The disposal of unnecessary data in a data set, filtering or filtration?

Which is the most fitting word for the disposal of unnecessary data in a data set; filtering or filtration? e.g. Log data filtering or Log data filtration?
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What is the word for an adult who is not mature?

What term can be used for an adult, especially a man, who is in his forties and still behaves like a teenager, shunning responsibilities typical of mature people, preferring to enjoy himself?
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Which one is grammatically correct: “wood door” or “wooden door”

I have a grammar which says that: "The 'noun+noun' structure is normally used to say what things are made of." "A few pairs of nouns and adjectives are used as modifiers with different meanings. ...
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What should I say? Across or between camera views?

My question is regarding the usage of "across" and "between". I want to say that a person is viewed by one camera, then disappears and, after a while is sensed by a different cameras. I wrote ...
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melancholically or melancholic

In the example below, should I use melancholically or melancholic? Are either fine to use? "the music begins playing melancholically/melancholic over the dancefloor." Thanks for any input, much ...
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Appropriate preposition to go with “concerned”

He is deeply concerned for vulnerable children. Is this correct? Or is there a better preposition to use instead of for? What exactly does this phrase mean? What about "He is deeply concerned ...
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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Asking for more time in AmE [on hold]

I've been speaking english for like 2-3 years.. And I want to know what is the polite way to ask a potential client to give me 2-3 minutes to provide information about a new offer (on the phone) I've ...
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Contractor vs Vendor

My company is ordering a product and/or service from another company. When stating obligations on paper, would the company doing the work, from our point of view, be better described as Vendor or as a ...
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“Vendor shall provide” vs “Vendor shall supply all material, consumables… to complete…”

What would be more appropriate when describing a contractual obligation? Vendor shall supply all material, consumables and equipment to successfully complete the entire scope of work in accordance ...
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Outdoors vs in the outdoors [on hold]

If somebody likes sleeping in the open, which of the following sentences is correct? And if both are correct, what is the difference (if any) between them? He likes sleeping outdoors. He ...
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What is a common word that describes men who don't attract women

How do you refer to men who are unable to get women for courtship? Context of the question: A man might want a woman for sex, just for sex, for marriage, for a relationship that might not necessarily ...
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Conduct or carry out the execution [on hold]

Which form is correct? and, if both are correct which one is more preferred and appropriate. The execution was conducted as follows: The execution was carried out as follows:
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“To be subject to” vs. “to be subjected to”

I read an article from Toronto Star today which stated: TTC workers are subject to alcohol and drug testing. A later paragraph of the same article repeated it, except it used subjected to ...
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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What's the word for laughing in a sad situation?

I don't know if it's heartless,but when I'm in a situation that is really sad(like a funeral) I always have this urge to laugh.Of course I try not to burst out in laughter but I guess it's how I cope ...
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Formal way to say “I believe”

I am writing a chapter in a book and I want to say that "I believe that this researcher is right ....", in a more formal way. Can I say "The present author believes ....."
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“turned model” vs. “reverse(d) model” vs. “inverted model”

Which of these sounds the most natural: turned model, reverse(d) model or inverted model? The context is: Your costs can be turned to an income by using the turned earning model.
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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...
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Demarcate vs isolate [on hold]

Which one of these verbs would more appropriate here. I know it really depends on the context. the Germans isolated/ demarcated a few streets for the Jews and gathered all of them there. They called ...
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market,market square, square

can anyone tell me the difference between these words? According to the dictionary these are market is a place where buyers and sellers of a specific good or service interact with each other in order ...
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How to Make It More Succinct [on hold]

Can anyone please give me some hints as to what I can cut out of this paragraph/rephrase to shorten it? The most critical function of Restorative Justice is the restoration and building of ...
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Difference between “lore” and “folklore”

What is the difference between lore and folklore? What are the best examples where to use one and not the other?
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Finding Alternative Adjectives for “Very ___”

Is there a good resource for finding alternatives to using an adjective phrase intensified by the word "very", besides a thesaurus? (E.g., "very afraid" -> "terrified".) Thesauri provide wider-than ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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“I haven't got” vs. “I don't have”

Which is the correct way of saying this in English? I haven't got any money. I don't have any money. If both are correct, which is the difference between them?
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Could you lend me any/a little/../money?

I would like to know how to say that correctly and whether some/any could stand as a subject in the sentence: Could you lend me ... money? Sure, If I find some/any.
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What is a word for what gladiators do?

I was writing a story about gladiators and wanted a word to describe what gladiators do (besides fighting), as in the phrase "X isn't just...". Arena fighting sounds too long and gladiation, which was ...
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Formal alternative to the phrase 'Not taken seriously' [on hold]

I'm writing a legal essay and the sentence is For example, a young person’s reluctance to seek redress, and that youth are often not taken seriously, their words often not repeated in court rooms. ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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What is the appropriate use of “lighted” vs “lit”? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to say "her eyes lighted up" or is it only acceptable to say "her eyes lit up"?
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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“Back at his house in…” vs “back in his house in…”

What's the correct form? Or at least the most commonly used? I found both instances in Google Books: On the journey home and back in his house in Scy Chazelles Schuman gave the plan his ...
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Academic writing Photo or Photograph [on hold]

Which one of these two forms would be more appropriate in academic writing. The text does concern The Holocaust and is being translated from Polish into English. This is a photo presenting bodies of ...
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Exercies on right usage of english words [on hold]

Could you find out, where are from the current exercises or advice a similar text book? I have problems with determining right usage of different words, and such textbook will be quite useful for ...
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is the phrase “leave all worries” correct?

Is the phrase "leave all worries" right ? Or should it always be "No worries" when saying to someone who is disappointed with something ?
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Looking for a slang for penis [on hold]

is there a slang for "penis" in our daily life? Chinese would use "gun" to say that, what about you? Thanks
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A generic word for any 'specialized genre'

Is there one? For example, "Bill was a hipster who only enjoyed [very strange and specialized genres of] music".
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Which is the correct idiom: “Force of habit” or “course of habit”?

Which is correct, "course of habit" or "force of habit"? (This question is inspired by this post on the woot forums.)
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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Is it acceptable to use “is become” instead of “has become”?

In the King James version of the Bible there is a verse like this: The Lord is my strength, and my fortress, and my song. And He is become my salvation. Is it still feasible to use "is become" ...
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“Group” vs. “community” usage

Question 1 When we have a certain number of people that share the same interest, do we refer to them as: interest group or community [sharing same interest]? What would be preferred and more ...
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