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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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Word Choice: Starting a sentence with “If not too long ago”

I know that the proper way to use "not too long ago" is: "Not too long ago, contractors used to build houses and sell them to dealers. It was the responsibility of the dealers to provide financing to ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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Is this wording correct ? Using “howmany” for countable quantity instead of however in this phrase

Can I have "Show Step 1 of howmany more there are" Similarly to having "Do this regardless of however long it takes" To convey the meaning: "Show Step 1 of N Steps, where N is different for different ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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Difference between “leverage” and “utilize”

Sooner or later, you want to leverage Zend_Application better by creating your own resource plugins. Can leverage above be replaced by utilize?
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What is someone called who makes and sells sandwiches?

I am translating a text from Persian to English. I need to use an equivalent for "ساندویچی" (pronounced 'Sandwichi')(In Persian, a person who makes and sells sandwiches. It also applies to the place, ...
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What is a term for the “first” meaning of a word?

Words have lots of meanings/denotations/dictionary definitions, many connotations and contexts and they have literal meanings and metaphorical ones. For example, consider the word 'trash'. Literally ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [on hold]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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How do some people develop the tendency to overuse particular words?

My ninth-grade history teacher said ultimately so much that a classmate and I started keeping tally each day. He once said ultimately 26 times in a 48-minute period. A co-worker's response to most ...
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Which phrase is more preferable and correct: “value out of range” or “value is out of range”?

The question is: "Which phrase is more preferable and correct: 'value out of range' or 'value is out of range' " in context of technical documentation, specifications and technical description. I've ...
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Word/phrase to describe something popular due to its availability

How can I describe something (tool, method, etc.) that is common in use but not necessarily for its quality, unique features and effectiveness. In fact, it is kind of popular because it's easy to ...
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“Extensible” vs. “extendible”

Where does the adjective form extensible come from and does it connote anything different than extendible? What's the difference, if any, between the two?
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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“I have strived” vs “I have striven”

In a college application essay, I am trying to write the sentence along the lines of: I have always strived to achieve my goals. Should I say strived or striven? According to this article at ...
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“Look real” or “look realistic”?

Which phrase is correct "the ship model looks real" or "the ship model looks realistic?" It seems that according to some dictionary definitions they are both acceptable in this case.
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Mutual or each other

Some of my pupils have used "mutual" instead of "each other" in our latest paper repeatedly. Again and again I read "They mutual write a text message" (I suppose at least an adverb would be needed ...
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Learning English Grammar [closed]

I have been learning English Grammar,but i failed to understand usage of these conjunctions. Which usage is correct, a or b ? Ps.This is not an homework sentence. A)Otherwise, society tends to fall ...
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“Rise in” vs. “rise of”

What’s the difference between "rise in" and "rise of"? Specifically, I am looking at the sentence: The rise __ juvenile crime is attributed to three factors. Which preposition should I choose?
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prepositions - “increase of” vs “increase in”

Which one is correct or if both are correct, is there any difference? The change is a 10 percent increase of tuition The change is a 10 percent increase in tuition
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“Curious as to who” vs. “curious of who”

I'm curious as to who you are. I'm curious of who you are. The person is anonymous and I'm just wondering who it is.
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A person who twists facts to appear infallible?

What is the correct term for a person who twists facts and provides misinterpretations in an effort to appear infallible? The kind of person who is given a simple logic puzzle, fails to solve it ...
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you have confused me or you have got me confused?

You have confused me by staying quiet about it or you have got me confused by staying quiet about it? I know the latter is correct, but is the former sentence correct as well and convey the same ...
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Walking on/in/through/by a road? [duplicate]

How do you "idiomatically" describe the instance of a person using their feet to traverse a road? Is there any "wrong" way to do so?
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Displayed “onto” a monitor or “on” a monitor?

Would it be correct to say "Text is being displayed onto my computer screen" or "on my computer screen"? This is more of a technical question than purely grammatical. I would argue that nothing is ...
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Should I say “Your order is now complete” or “Your order is now completed”?

When a user finishes an order on my website, what's the correct way? Your order is now complete. Your order is now completed.
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“Approach to” or “approach for”

When do you use approach for, and when do you use approach to? (How can I answer questions like this? In which dictionaries should I look? How do I google it?) The reason to ask this question is ...
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Is this proper english? Song analysis help me please [closed]

This is my song analysis of Jealous by Nick Jonas This song was probably written based on nick jonas experience. His girlfriend was olivia culpo who was then miss universe 2012. From this song we ...
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What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?

I see both "It's up to you" and "It's down to you" in conversations. So what's the difference?
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Help with non-profit statement [closed]

Can you help me create the best statement from the following info? Thank you! Refreshed Dining is a grassroots effort to increase awareness of and access to healthier dining options in Mower County. ...
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“Unselect” or “Deselect”?

If I want the user to revert their operation of selecting an item, should I say: "Unselect the option" or "Deselect the option"?
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Who and whom usage in single-word-sentence

I know that if you say something with only one person—for example "Look over there, it's Jack"—the correct response is "who?" (short for "who is Jack?"), or at least I'm pretty sure this ...
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Word for Feeling That Something Is “Off” about a Person?

Is there a word for the feeling one gets around someone who sets off your "spider senses", red flags, warning bells, and so on? I want to say something like, "she made people feel ____." This might ...
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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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Mass measuring vs Measuring mass

I have a table of Measuring Equipment, which is NOT in English. There is a column called Parameter Measured, where the following is specified: Refractive index measuring Mass Measuring Optical ...
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“I wanna get wet in rain with you” Is there a better word than the vulgar-sounding “wet”? [closed]

From what I know drenched is not the best word. I would like to say: I wanna get all wet (literally) with you in the rain. Something that can express the feeling that I want to enjoy the rain ...
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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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Is it correct to use “all this” instead of “all of this”?

I frequently see people write "all this", instead of "all of this". Is this a grammatically correct phrase? My intuition tells me that it's wrong (the spoken phrase "all this" is really a contraction ...
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Should I use the verb “class” or “classify”?

Which should I use, and what is the difference? The stages of sleep are classed as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The stages of sleep are classified as ...
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What is the opposite of someone who has been sheltered?

I am looking for a word to describe a teenager as someone who is "not sheltered." Someone who has been exposed to many different people, communities and ways of thinking. Worldly seems too broad of a ...
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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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Is there an alternative way of saying “important stuff”

I want to write an email to my supervisor and ask him to provide me a guideline for things I should be careful with, while I will be working on a project. Is there an alternative and shorter way of ...
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If he did or if he had

Consider the following excerpt: He couldn't follow. Just couldn't. Because if he had, he would have been [...] As a non-native speaker, I am unsure about whether to use either did or had to ...
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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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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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What word can be used in place of “but” in writing or statements [closed]

I frequently write in online forums, mainly with regard to mental health materials and concepts. I struggle with grammatical correctness and the word but gets inserted throughout a lot of my ...
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Incorrect grammar versus different dialects

My girlfriend, someone from southern New Jersey, constantly says phrases like "I'm done my homework" or "I'm done my dinner." I try to correct her and say, "I'm done with my homework" or "I'm done ...
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When the conditions are all established,

When the conditions are all established, I found that when conditions are met, the word "establish" can be used as a verb as the above example. Other than "establish", when I write in technical ...
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what do you call a visit to someone who has just beat an illness?

If I was visiting someone to wish well on them and thank God for their soundness and them overriding ailment and illness, what do you call that sort of visit? Let's go to Mark and ...... It's not ...