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Digital goods' seller-word suggestions

We are creating an online marketplace, so we need some word suggestions. Someone who sells the goods online. Someone who buys the goods online. Given that we already know seller, vendor, customer ...
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“I have no charge on my cellphone” or “my cellphone is out of charge”?

Situation: The batteries in your cellphone are running out of charge. How would a native English speaker quickly and naturally describe this situation?
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How do I say I miss someone of the opposite sex?

How does one express the sentiment of "I miss you" to a non-romantic friend of the opposite sex without romantic overtones or suggestions? Some alternatives I thought of are: Your absence has ...
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How to use “near” and “nearby”?

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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Do I take a small nap or a light nap?

I heard a friends say that he's going to take a 'small' nap. Is this correct usage? I thought we only take 'light' naps
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using the word “croesus”

I came across the word croesus a long back but pondered over its usage recently. It has the two following definitions: 1. the last king of Lydia 2. a wealthy person Is it correct, formally, to say ...
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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“Thanks” or “thank you”?

Which one is correct — "Thank you Jim" or "Thanks Jim"? If I start an email with the sentence "Thank you Jim" in Outlook, it shows grammar error while if I begin with "Thanks Jim" it doesn't.
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What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [on hold]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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Starting a sentence with “And so” in a mathematical proof

Inspired by this question, I thought of something more. As Tim says, and I ageree, one more often sees repeated use of "Hence", "Therefore" etc. in a mathematical proof, and not very often do people ...
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Crank call vs Prank Call

What is the exact difference between the two? When and how to use them on specific occasions?
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Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)

Is there a (common) single word for an old-fashioned, non-modern, simple, dirty, untidy bar/place ? A noun would be preferable. Details: There is an informal British term: spit-and-sawdust ...
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What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...
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What's the most common verb to use when you are undergoing medical exams?

I think you can say the following: I'm at the hospital, doing medical exams. I'm at the hospital, undergoing medical exams. I'm at the hospital, having medical exams. I'm at the ...
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What is a good way to refer to stories that are meant for adults?

There are stories for children and for adults. But when I say "adult stories" people tend to think they are erotica/porn stories. What is a good way to refer to adult stories? Example of adult ...
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Is there a word for “a point in time”?

I'm looking for a simple word for a point in time for the name of a database column. The column is for "datetime" objects and it feels wrong to call the column "date", since that implies that the ...
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What adjective would best describe this difference between two doctrinal stances?

What adjective would be suitable here to describe this particular difference between two doctrinal stances? ... Well, as the matter of fact, neither "Mormons" nor "Jehovah's witnesses" are ...
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Is it correct to use preposition “by”

Is it correct to use the preposition "by" in such a context: If within this period Mr X makes no claims on the work quality by writing them in the certificate, then ... I meant that Mr X can ...
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Is “Discrete” the correct/best term?

I have a page - similar to a wiki page - that contains descriptive information in paragraph form as well as a side bar with labels bits of information. This is a good example, the right size ...
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Is using “have” better than using “got” in the following sentence?

Take a gander at the following two versions of the same sentence: "I got an mp4 video file" vs. "I have an mp4 video file" Someone 'corrected' me by changing the first form to the second ...
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Is “further” now used for both physical and metaphorical distances?

Is it true that 'further' and 'farther' are becoming interchangeable? He drove further north. His furthest destination to travel is 167 miles. This link says that further is now widely ...
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Boy-o Vs. Guy usage

As far as my understanding: Boy-o reflects one's behavior while it can also be used to address a group of males. But Guy seems to be mostly used in addressing the people while it is less used as a ...
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in or on the following business Day

I have been trying to find a quick answer of this, but my google searches didn't get me anywhere. I'm confused about using in or on in the following sentence. We will return your call in the ...
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“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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Other ways to define a turning point

After a difficult childhood, the encounter with Rev. Charles, was a turning point in his life. What other expressions can be used to to define the concept of turning point?
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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'betrayal' of expectations

I read a line in my textbook that goes: Negative effects may arise due to a 'betrayal' of expectations when people involved fail to understand the situational context. Can the word 'betrayal' ...
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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...
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Difference between 'in order to', 'so as to,' 'to'

I'm a Korean and I learned in school that 'to' is equal to 'in order to' and 'so as to,' if they are used in expressing intent. Are the sentences "I study in order to achieve my goal" and "I study ...
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Which word you would choose as a superlative of “wrong”?

Which word you would choose as a superlative of "wrong"?
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When to use “Ok noted”?

I'm a software developer. My situation is, I'm working with my customer (onshore project manager) via chatting using Skype. He helps me to make his side's server available and give me a link to the ...
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What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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What is the proper term for describing all 50 states in the USA, without including territories etc

The 48 mainland state are referred to as the "contiguous united states", I can't seem to find the word for "All 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, not including Guam and Puerto Rico". I can't ...
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A Replacement for “Free tour guide”

In France, there are people who welcome tourists into cities in a free manner, where said tourists do not need to pay for a guided visit around town, who are introduced to the local scene without ...
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Are both “in regards to” and “regarding to” correct?

Do in regards to and regarding to imply different meanings or is it okay to use them interchangeably? Example: This mail is in regards to your inquiry. This mail is regarding to your inquiry.
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Who excels under pressure?

I am not looking for phrases that mean to keep your poise or have courage. I am looking for something - word or phrase - the succinctly describes someone who is better under pressure. An example ...
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“Less for more” or “More for less”?

I don't know if this belongs more to User Experience. Pardon me if it does. Which is more suitable for kind of a slogan: Less for more - The word less refers to the prices and money, more refers ...
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“The title of Bachelor of Engineering” vs “the title Bachelor of Engineering”

... obtained the diploma and the title of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.). ... obtained the diploma and the title Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng). Which sentence is correct? Which is ...
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people that will laugh at anything

Is there a word or phrase for either the people who will laugh at anything or something that describes this and can be extended to be used with people?
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What is the difference between “Sofa” and “Couch”?

Is there any difference between the two? Which one is more common? Which of the two words is more appropriate if the "piece of furniture" is big, comfortable and expensive?
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Did 'courgettes' ever have an English name?

Americans call them 'zucchini', which I assume is the Italian name, whilst we in Britain use the French name - courgettes. But I am wondering if the vegetable ever had an English name. The earliest ...
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Polite way to suggest talking about something

Is there a polite way to tell somebody that you want to tell him something, but only if he allows you to? For example, I'm talking to my friend and I want to tell him something about cats, but I'm not ...
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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'Written skills' or 'Writing skills'?

On a CV I want to write Excellent writing skills. But for some reason written seems familiar. Which is correct?
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Need a word that has the opposite meaning of “nominal”?

I'm looking for a word that has the opposite meaning of the word nominal in the sense of in name only. Here's an example (fill in the blank). Brian was in charge of scheduling in his ...
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Is it “Bride Weds Groom” or “Groom Weds Bride”? [on hold]

I am designing a wedding invitation for my friend. I want to know which of the following is the correct form to print on the invitation: Bride's Name Weds Groom's Name or is it Groom's Name ...
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What word means “taking something to unrealistic extremes”?

This has been bugging me for a while, does anyone know what this word is? Maybe I imagined it. I thought it might have been "superfluous", but I don't think that is it, then I thought it might have ...
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A Simile for a Strenuous activity

Could anyone offer some similes for a strenuous activity. The context is that: you can have all sorts of great ideas at random times and random places but "when you actually sit down and make an ...
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Timeseries or Time series?

This might be a simple one, but I'd like to have your opinion/authoritative statements: I write a thesis in a technical modelling context, where a mathematical model operates on a discrete set of ...