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Under a photograph “Me or I” [duplicate]

Under a photograph of myself and a friend would I write not speak Michael and I or Michael and me Thank you
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“He is no different than you and I” or “He is no different than you and me”

I have no difficulty in normal cases knowing whether to say "you and I"or "You and me." But this situation confuses me. On one hand, I can justify I by saying there is an implied "are" at the end: ...
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my best friend who is a man called me a little doodle. What does this mean? [on hold]

My best male friend called me a little doodle. What does this moniker "little doodle" mean?
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A simple word for one who seeks adventure and tries to help, but hurts more than they help

I'm writing a novel following a naive young man who thinks that he can make his fortune going around helping people. When he visits a space station on the fringe of the galaxy, hoping to help people ...
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Which word can and can't be used with the word suicidal [closed]

Can I say some terrorist or someone has suicidal ideas I searched and I couldn't find any. And when I say suicidal tendencies can I say someone has suicidal tendency or tendencies? And why? Tanks
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Usage of Verb “Bridge” [closed]

I was wondering is it okay to use "bridge" as verb as follows: Throughout the article, we bridge A to B and concentrate on the most important application to C. I treated A,B and C as something.
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Is the sentence 'dare to think other directions' correct? [closed]

I thought it could be 'dare to think of other directions' or 'dare to think in other directions', but not without a proposition.
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What is the difference between “responsibility for” and “responsibility to”?

I thought "responsibility for" is about the responsibility for an action or an object, and "responsibility to" is about the responsibility with a person, like if I say "I must have the responsibility ...
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We the saw the arguments and attacks waged against her grow ever more offensive

I have just spotted this text on Huffington Post [1] and it sounded a little bit strange for me, a Brazilian ESL student. Can somebody clarify to me why the journalist selected the words We the saw (....
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inquire “from” or “to”?

I have written: "They knew me from having seen me through the window, and from inquiring about me from John and Angel." Should that be "to John", or even "of John," ?
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“Broadcast” or “broadcasted”

I'm not a native English speaker, so sorry if this is a very basic question. Is broadcast a verb? If it is, what is the simple past and past participle: broadcasted?
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Which is more appropriate — “I work for” or “I work at”?

If you are working as an employee at an organization, when you tell about it to others which usage would be more appropriate? I work for company. I work at company. Or are both usages ...
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Use of “only” and “alone”

How would you use "only" or "alone" to denote whether something happened exclusively in one place? For example "It happened only in the United States" or "It happened in the United States alone". The ...
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Word usage: audition vs hear [closed]

Grateful to know the usage difference of "audition" and "hear" in the context of: "...noted that it could not bind the courts by regulation nor could it specify who could audition the xxx." Is it ...
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What's wrong with “again” in “I can’t believe we’re here at Kerrang! Award [sic] again”?

A Japanese metal band BABYMETAL won the title of Best Live Band of 2016 at the Kerrang! Awards. The following is a part of the article Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly ...
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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What is it called when people use words like ur and u in place of your, and you? [duplicate]

And why do people say it's lazy and bad? Why do people call others stupid for it, when it's intentional and I don't really think its wrong in casual conversations through text (obviously not speech) ...
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What is a better word for “exponentially”?

I often hear news reports of rapidly increasing problems use the word "exponentially" for emphasis. For example, tonight's BBC America World News included a segment on the growing Syrian refugee ...
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A word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes

What is word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes or in general doing something one hates? I can't use [self-] "discipline" because I'm thinking along negative connotations almost of ...
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User's Guide vs. User's Manual vs. Manual [duplicate]

I am discussing with my colleagues whether a 300+ page book that describes how to use a product we manufacture should be called a User's Manual, Manual or User's Guide, and how it should be referred ...
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What type of pronoun shoould I use before a gerund? [duplicate]

While reviewing grammar, I came upon this sentence: "I was able to inspect the apartment without his noticing the movement of my eyes." However, this phrasing seems awkward, especially the "his". I ...
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“What's going on?” vs. “What's happening?”

Is there a semantic difference between What's going on? and What's happening?. Can they be used interchangeably?
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Is 'in the now' a meaningful phrase?

Can I use it in the following sentence: You may need my services in the now, or perhaps two months later. With in the now meant to be used in lieu of immediately. Is this correct use of the ...
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Can you use “later on” to replace “next” and “then”?

Example: At first, I though it was a star, but then I realized it was an UFO. Can I use "later" to replace "then" and keep the meaning more or less the same? At first, I though it was a ...
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What's the opposite of “prototype product”?

From an Information Technology perspective, what's the opposite of Proof of Concept (prototype)? I'm looking for a better word which means "full-fledged version".
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What do you call a USB flash disk?

I assume usually you don’t say USB flash disk, right? By the way, in Chinese we call it something more like U Disk.
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A single word for “Someone who cannot say no to anyone asking for help.”

I happen to be this type who always finds it hard to turn down someone who asks for my help. You know, like when people ask to borrow some money, ask to take them to see a doctor, ask to help with ...
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Why is the bill from my health care provider sometimes called a “factura”?

I've seen it on several healthcare-related invoices that I've received over the years. I'm assuming it's some kind of "legacy" word used in the healthcare industry. But what is this strange word "...
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Adverb of Frequency for “Sprint” [closed]

Re: Agile Software Development - Is there an accepted adverb to describe an activity that happens once per Sprint? Following the pattern daily, weekly, fortnightly etc, the obvious answer would seem ...
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Verb for a tail “slipping” out of a piece of clothing?

Is there any specific verb (or anything that sounds more natural than "slip") that could be used in the following sentence: "Its tail slipped underneath its skirt."
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Said In Context: A more appropriate alternative to [sic]?

For a long time, I understood [sic] to mean said in context, but I was told that that said in context is really a backronym. Fair enough. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sic#Improper_abbreviation ...
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“Gassy emissions from these giant dinosaurs” vs. “… by these giant dinosaurs”

Reading a science article on Huffington Post, titled "Dinosaur Farts, Prehistoric Climate Change Linked In New Methane Gas Study", I came across the following sentence: The gassy emissions from ...
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Screen or view when refering to content on the screen?

Having content on the screen (e.g. a computer screen or the screen of a mobile device), how do I refer to that content? Is it "view" or "screen"? I am looking for an everyday term, not a formal one. ...
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What are the best words to describe subjects being compared?

I tried to Google this but no luck so far. I was wondering if there was proper words to describe the comparison of 2 subjects? The first subject would be the object being compared in relation to the ...
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Why have I not heard “radical muslim terrorism” on TV?

In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media. Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a ...
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Which is correct: “math” or “maths”?

Which one is considered correct? I say "math", however I believe I heard somewhere that "maths" is correct. Also, should it (and "mathematics") be capitalized or not?
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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What's the word in English for something that could have attachments to it?

I'm a programmer and making an attachment system. Where you could have a weapon, and different components that you could attach to it, to give it extra behavior. Example: an M16 and a: silencer, ...
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A question on the usage of the word “completing” versus the words “that completed.”

I am reviewing a paper and the following sentence keeps jumping out at me as an incorrect usage of the word completing: For the subset of individuals completing fewer than 500 trials in total, ...
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What is this mark (-) called? [closed]

Address: #FloorUnit - #UnitNumber Example: #123 - #123 What is standard name of the "-" in between FloorUnit and UnitNumber? Make sense.
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“Study/Investigate the Possibility”: Which One and Why?

I just changed a sentence from "Further, we study the possibility that ..." to "we investigate the possibility", and I'm not sure why it seems better that way. Is it because, in this context, "study"...
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“Discover” or “invent” in mathematics context [closed]

A very theoretical question I came across with friends some time ago. I am not a native English speaker, so I may be misunderstanding some details, but as I understand: 1) Discovery relates to a ...
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Modern use of “I should think” vs. “I would think” in speech

When I listen to old Tom Lehrer recordings he says, I should like to introduce... and it sounds a bit strange. However, yesterday I was building a shed with my wife and I said, much to my ...
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I am having trouble deciding whether to use “so” or “instead” in the following sentence. Which is appropriate?

There are few surviving writings that could tell us more about wrestling in ancient times. __________, historians have learned about the sport by examining pictures on vases, coins, and cave walls.