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Word for stealing an item then returning it without the owner's knowledge?

Does there exists a specific word to describe the action of stealing an item, keeping it for few days then returning it from where it was taken? An example: A friend of mine "lost" his personal diary ...
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Is it possible to use “Achieve” in negative sentences

I've noticed in IELTS reading that there was a sentence as below: disappointing results were achieved by the Australian Academy. I looked this verb up in Longman dictionary, It's been said that: ...
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Word for one-sided conflict?

Can conflict be one sided? just looking for a word to describe a conflict within characters where the other character is oblivious.
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Explaining something using second person point of view

I am going to take the IELTS exam and if an examiner asks me: "- Why exercise is important?" Is it correct to answer: "- It is important because it's good for your health" or should i say: "- It ...
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Word for “considered but not used”?

What is a good word that captures the concept of being considered, but not used? For example: "The scientists considered the implications of Charlie's proposed solution, but in the end tossed it in ...
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Usage of “won't” instead of “didn't” in particular way of communication

I'm a bit confused about the usage of the word "won't" in a specific situation. For example, I am communicating with a person and I want to tell the person that How much ever I tried, the image ...
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“Pardon” vs “Please can you repeat that”?

In a client/business conference call , when you do not hear, what the speaker was saying or the message was unclear due to noise disturbance, what is the professional way to say it:- Pardon Could ...
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1answer
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Any difference between pleasure to us to… vs. pleasure of ours to…?

I am writing a super-formal letter (it is a semi-legal text) and I am unsure if there is any sensible difference between writing "It is a great pleasure to us to..." (26,200,000 hits on Google) ...
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12answers
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What is a person being shown something called?

Let's say I am demonstrating to a person "how to flip a chair" by flipping a chair for him. What is the person who is being demonstrated to called?
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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What is the “superlative” way of expressing “thank you”

On rare occasions, you are in a situation where a simple Thank You seems like you're undermining the other person's help. You know, instances where you are too grateful to express your feelings of ...
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2answers
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason for this? After all, it is "boys and girls", rather than "girls and boys". If the boy (male) comes first here, why doesn't it come first in "ladies and gentlemen"?
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1answer
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Please help me in choosing between too / also / as well in a specific case [closed]

I cannot figure out which one is correct (This text will be placed in a real estate listing website, in an area near an already listed property, suggesting others to offer their property on the ...
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4answers
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What better way?

With this sentence What better way to celebrate the peace than with a fight? Is "what better way to" an informal phrase? Would it be better to write What is better than fighting as a way to ...
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3answers
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Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
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How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [closed]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
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1answer
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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2answers
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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1answer
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What is a word for a small pool?

I was passing by a library and there were these very small (artificially created) bodies of water, square shaped, in a repeating pattern with some flowers also repeat between these bodies of water on ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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2answers
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Differences between “technic” and “technique”

Are those synonyms? Is one more acceptable in a certain dialect than the other? I checked their definition on The Free Dictionary but it's still not clear to me.
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1answer
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What is a better way to say [closed]

I have to shorten a sentence to one with less than 150 characters. I am wondering whether the shortened version I've come up with still makes sense. Original sentence: Plankton Project is a ...
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4answers
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Is there a word to replace the phrase for 'couldn't have been more different'?

I don't think the phrase is formal and academic enough, but I can't think of a word to replace it. I want to say something like this: The two frogs both agreed that they needed to fight, but their ...
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1answer
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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1answer
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Do you understand this? [closed]

Let's say I have several water faucets in my house, but one of them has low water pressure and I say to you: "I have a water faucet which water is very weak." Would you understand that I have more ...
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“Cooperation” vs “Collaboration”

I wonder whether the word "collaboration" has negative connotations dating back to WWII years where this word was often used in phrases like "collaboration with Nazi Germany" and similar contexts. Is ...
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3answers
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Can a tree “uneasily frowning” be synonymous to a tree “hauntingly frowning”?

In the sentence "the trees uneasily frowned on....", I was wondering if saying "the trees hauntingly frowned on....." is synonymous. From the look of the definitions of the words "uneasily" and ...
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7answers
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US and UK English: queue or wait in line?

What do you usually say, depending on the context and depending if it's US or UK English? wait in line or queue
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1answer
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Can I use and expression containing the words from … and hither?

I am currently translating a text from the Greek language containing an expression, from there (name of a place in the Aegean) to this place (here), but I can't seem to find a proper way to phrase ...
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1answer
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“Happy 2nd Birthday” is it correct?

What is the rule to follow when we add number to indicate the year in congratulating sentences? I'm sorry for my bad english.
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2answers
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“Marriage of X to Y” or “Marriage of X and Y”

Do you say So and So announces the marriage of their son David to Jean or So and So announces the marriage of their son David and Jean
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Should I use the word sub-merchant or branch in the following context? [closed]

I'm creating a web application which collects different seasonal offers/discounts by different merchants. There is an entity called Merchant in the application. To capture different branches of the ...
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better word for “un-influenced”

I want to write something like "Follow your dream! Make sure it is un-influenced by the society". Is there a better word? Here the idea is to convey that dreams should not be seeded into someone by ...
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Should I say : Like the one of Robin & Batman, Or, like Robin & Batman's

Which one of those following sentences is the correct and proper one to use ? A true friendship endures forever just like the one of Robin and Batman. A true friendship endures forever just ...
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Fullscreen or full screen

Can 'Fullscreen' and 'Full Screen' be used interchangeably? As in Funny pictures in fullscreen Funny pictures in full screen The context is a website, with full screen images in a fullscreen ...
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How should I use “eponym”, “eponymous” and “namesake”?

I was in London and visited the Tower Bridge. Afterwards, I went to a pub called The Tower Bridge. Just to be clear, the pub is named after the bridge. Which of the following are correct? The ...
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Linguistics term for word choice

I was taught a word once by a linguist. I can't remember it, but it would be very useful for a Google search I am trying to do to solve another question on a different StackExchange. It was a similar ...
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Is there any specific word for showing dislike facial expression? [closed]

Sometimes women twist their faces to express their dislikeness. Is there any specific word for showing such facial expression?
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You better vs. You have better

Which one is correct? You better visit your family. You have better visit your family. You had better visit your family.
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2answers
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What adjective to describe this moral idea is “better, higher” than that idea?

In the story I am writing, a villain says that his "moral solution/idea" is "better, grander, more shining, more moral" than anything in the world. What word or phrase could I use to describe that ...
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7answers
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“between” vs. “among”

Today I was cut off in the middle of the following sentence: Between Cook, Strauss, and Pietersen— My friend said I was wrong. He said that for more than two entities, among/amongst are used, ...
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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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'less' is to 'fewer' as 'more' is to what?

This question is related to the previous one on less-vs-fewer. I prefer using fewer instead of less when referring to discrete items. Something sounds off about less than ten people, in my opinion. ...
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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To hear something makes it audible, to see is visible, so what are touch and smell?

As the title states, if sound is audible, light is visible, what is a smell? And what is an object when you touch it?
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“Nowadays” vs “today”

I'm taking an English academic writing course. My teacher recommended using today as it is more accepted compared to nowadays. I asked her if this is accepted in American English (she's from US) or in ...
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4answers
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Is there a difference between “continual” and “continuous”?

They are very close in meaning, I know, but I want to know if there are any subtle differences. Let me give you an example of a subtle difference in meaning between synonyms: Deceitful vs. ...
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“I'm done” or “I've done”

When someone asks whether you have completed a task e.g. shopping, dinner. What should be your answer? I am done. or I have done. To me, the former sentence's formation, Sub + VBe+ Past ...
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Using “that” and “this” interchangeably

Learning and using English I'm always confused about what word to use for referring to things that have been described by me a few sentences earlier: "that" or "this". Confusion comes from the fact ...