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neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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my first summer assignment and i want it to be as perfect as possible. does this sound alright?

"Which character seems to you most responsible for the sufferings of the main characters in the story? Explain. Include specific text references to support your ideas." The author describes ...
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is the grammar correct? and do i need to add more? [on hold]

Dimmesdale’s final confession was courageous, but if he really was to be truly courageous about the confession then he would of confessed seven years ago. He would of had a better life, and not feel ...
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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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“It could/might/may be funny” — what is the correct usage?

What is the difference in meaning in these three sentences? it might be funny it could be funny it may be funny The answer was partially touched on in this post.
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A phrase to replace “you use” in this sentence

I'm trying to ask a question to a student, but I really want to avoid using the phrase "you use". I still want to address the student directly but "you use" just feels awkward and clumsy. The sentence ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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Is there any polite equivalent to “genitals”?

Albeit slightly conflicting, I was wondering if there's any more "polite", or better flowing word other than "genitals" in the context of: His genitals were cut off. It would be prefered if the ...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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Should I use 'health check' or 'healthcheck'?

I don't know if this adds anything, but the context is computer software where a component checks the health of the system and produces a report. I don't know whether it's a 'Health Check Feature' or ...
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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English equivalent of “amae” (甘え) - the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person

Amae is simply defined as the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person but there is more to it. I'm including an example sentence for the sake of showing how the word can be used but this ...
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Person versus People

When is the proper time to use the word "persons" in a sentence instead of using "people"?
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It's a pity / shame / unfortunate

Dear native speakers of British / American English, I often find myself in the situation when I have to say one of these but then get confused about the choice of word. Is there any difference in ...
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Verb when citing statistics ex. “one in nine Americans (work or works) in sales”

When I read the following sentence: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. I believe work sounds better than works. Experts and wordsmiths, ...
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“Magic” versus “magical”

Two-part question. We say magic wand and magical creature, and swapping the adjectives would definitely be wrong. Are there rules about which one to use, or is this a classic "use whatever sounds ...
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What is meant by “ Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO.”

Well I've seen that sentence in wiki; an article about a rock band called Scorpions. I'm a little bit confusing on the verb used in this sentence. Scorpions opened for upcoming band UFO. What does ...
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What does “older faith” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I've come across a sentence in God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and don't understand what older faith means here. "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus," as the older faith used to say. “Within ...
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Is there a name for laughter that happens when you're infuriated?

I listened to the Comcast representative call on soundcloud recently, and although it was infuriating, I couldn't help but start laughing out of sheer disbelief. Other things that seriously aggravate ...
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Correct use of “x times lower”

In scientific writing numbers are often compared and if something is twice the size of something else, let's say A is 13 to 17 times the size of B this can be written as A is 13–17 times ...
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A word for an explosion of emotion

When I was reading P.S Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood, I remember stumbling upon a single word that meant an explosion of positive emotion, but I can't recall what that word was. The word had a ...
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“Three quarters” vs. “three fourths”

To express a fraction of 3 out of 4, how and when would you use three quarters, and when would you use three fourths? To me, three quarters is what I would have used all the time — but I'm not a ...
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Where can I get a collection of “word spectrums”?

I understand that the The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus includes "word spectrums" (see illustration below) for a number of words. Is there another source for such type of data? That is, I want ...
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Proper verb to use with “test”

Assume that somebody has created a test/quiz like this one. Has he developed the test? put it together? wrote it? something else? What verb would you use?
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This is right. Or that is right?

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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Analogue of “most recent” for events in the future

In the context of a listing of events that are time-based, it is common to use "Most Recent" to describe a listing of events ordered by date, in descending order, with the upper limit being today's ...
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“Ethics” versus “morals”

What's the difference between ethics and morals? More specifically, what differentiates (if any): a moral code vs. a code of ethics ethically versus morally (e.g. "Morally, I can't (justify it), ...
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word choice: someone who sticks with their group

I'm trying to find a word to fit in this context: you are a sitting _____ I want the word to show they are a follower in a teenage girl group. Like one with a head girl and the person I'm describing ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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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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Can i say “Advanced Default Interface”/“Advanced Classic Interface”? [on hold]

For people with native English, could you please help me. Can I say "Advanced Default/Classic Interface" in English, and if it's correct or acceptable? I'm building modifications to existing software ...
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“Problematic” versus “problem”

A reviewer of my thesis told me that I am wrongly using the word problematic. He suggested that I use problem instead. I have since read the definition of both words and neither correspond to the ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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A word that describes different forms of the same word?

Is there a word that describes the many different forms of a root word (and I don't mean tense). In this example specifically the root word would be compare...and the form of it is comparatively. But ...
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Common word for two people who want to meet but are not acquaintances

I'm looking for a word to describe two people (instructor and student), who are trying to find time to met each other. Preferably one or two word expression.
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What is it called when you lose a tooth but still have most remaining ones?

I know the word toothless means, according to Google: having no teeth, typically through old age. I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I ...
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“Feel free to hit me up” — “at”? “on”? “via”?

If I'd like to let someone know they can reach me via this@emailadress.com, as well as via Twitter and Facebook, what's the most correct way of writing? Feel free to hit me up via ...
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An adjective that would subtly imply that the criticism is not a personal grudge

I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues. I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong. I want to state that ...
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Term for puns in graphics - “Can”cer be beaten

Is there a name for this construction or wordplay? It can be both: Cancer be beaten Cancer can be beaten ("Can" in "Cancer" is emphasized for the purpose) It can be called a wordplay or a pun ...
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Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? [on hold]

Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? e.g., are there any subtle differences between an 'artfully plated' dish and an 'artistically plated' one?
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What's the question that brings the answer “seventh day of the year”? [duplicate]

I'm not a native speaker so I was wondering what's the question one might ask that brings the answer e.g. "32nd day of the year" ?
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needless/redundant cinema?

If a director produces awful films, which he would better spare the world--can one call it "needless cinema"? or maybe "redundant cinema"? Or (if both sound bad), which word would be more suitable to ...
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Can a “program” “engage in research”?

This is regarding a sentence describing a graduate program at a university. I am pretty sure this is incorrect, but I would like to know why: This program engages in research and educates on ...
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Difference between 'to seem' and 'to appear'

Is there a difference between the sentences "The general case seems to be open." and "The general case appears to be open." ? Or are they interchangeable?
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Objects which are badly described by their names [on hold]

I am looking for objects which have descriptions opposite or contradictory to their names. For example a black box flight recorder is orange. A marine toilet is a called a head. I am giving a humorous ...
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everything was up to my expectation [on hold]

I received the phone and that I liked it and everything was up to my expectation.
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Word for: “dislike of people that has same gender as speaker”

Is there a word for "disliking people of same gender"? I.e. man that dislikes men in general (but not women), or woman that dislikes women in general (but not men)? There's "misanthropy", but it ...
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What's the difference between “scribbled” and “scribbled down”?

Example: Scott scribbled a few words. Scott scribbled down a few words. What's the difference? I checked on Google Books and it seems like "scribbled a few words" is often immediately ...
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A word that means an undeniable statement, stated emphatically

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
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Is “in assistance with” correct?

I have drafted a letter containing the statement: In assistance with the team, the company registered sales amounting to $x in 2014-15 Is "In assistance with the team" a correct use of ...