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Have I used the word “manifests” correctly?

Have I used the word "manifests" in this sentence correctly? The American Dream manifests the opportunity for success regardless of social class or background; however, Alex Gibney’s Park Avenue ...
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gynecological or gynecologic?

I often write medical copy and have always used 'gynecologic' as the descriptor, as in 'gynecologic oncologist' or 'gynecologic disorders.' However, I am editing something where the writer uses ...
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“Further established in” vs. “further established by”

Are both these usages correct, and if so, is one preferred? ... and was further established in follow-up studies (e.g., Doe et al., 2013). ... and was further established by follow-up studies ...
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What to call a person who always says he can do everything? [duplicate]

What to call a person who always says (as an example): I'm the strongest one. Says that he can do and do and whatever (But actually just boasting, whether he can or can't, but mostly ineffective)...
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Choosing Start or Begin [closed]

Heart Beats Begin and Heart Beats Start Which sentence is purely correct..? Explain.?
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“She hopes to earn her living as a ___ in an office” [migrated]

I am rattled today when I tried to answer the following question: "Now that she is fully trained, she hopes to earn her living as a ................. in an office." Select one: A. ...
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“don't” vs “didn't”

Someone sent M a package. So, M didn't receive the package. When I asked M, "Have you received the package?" What should her reply be? "I don't receive the package", or "I didn't receive the ...
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'You can' or 'You may' in online instruction text?

I need to add a small piece of help text to a search field in an online form. The placeholder text (grey text inside the text field) says "Type at least three characters". Then directly under the ...
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“I wish I didn't do” vs. “I wish I hadn't done”

Now I feel sick. I wish I [didn't eat/hadn't eaten] pork with cheese for dinner. I would use "hadn't eaten" as it was my dinner but "now I feel sick" confuses me.
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Members of a set that will probably have a quality

Consider these statements. What I want to convey is that most Alphas will die, that Tom, Dick, and Harry as Alphas are very likely to die, but it's not certain; and some Betas will die. (We already ...
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Is it “close the door” or “shut the door”? [closed]

I am confused about which one to use. Do the phrases have the same meanings or different meanings? Close the door. Shut the door.
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Should I write “encode X into format Y” or “encode X in format Y”?

In technical writing involving such things as file formats, should one write "encode such-and-such into format Y" or write "encode such-and-such in format Y"? In other words, which preposition (into ...
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Difference between “plenty of money/friends” and “a lot of money/friends”?

What is the difference between: I have plenty of money/friends. I have a lot of money/friends.
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How to wish a colleague going on maternity leave?

I would like to wish a colleague who is going on maternity leave. I have known about the pregnancy for a while now so saying "Congratulations on your pregnancy" doesn't sound right. All suggestions ...
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Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?

What is an appropriate term for a young person (child, or teenager) whose words and actions mimic that of a much older person from a previous generation? Such a youngster would demonstrate strong ...
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Why has the use of “plague” in OED (sense 2a), as a verb declined?

Plague, when used as a verb, meaning To trouble, tease, bother, annoy, or pester, usually repeatedly, insistently, or constantly; to constitute a nuisance, threat, or danger to. Freq. in pass (OED ...
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“Someone of Company” or “Someone from Company” [on hold]

Which one is correct to say? "Hi, it's Jack of HP Inc" "Hi, it's Jack from HP Inc"
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Can “crepuscular” and/or “twilight” apply to morning half-light as well as in the evening

I know that's "sorta" two questions in one, but I'm stuck in an argument with a guy who says both words can apply to morning half-light. I disagree and think both only apply in the evening. I think ...
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“Not able to” vs. “unable to”

Which phrase is more suitable to convey one's inability to do something — "not able to" or "unable to"? For example, not able to join the meeting unable to join the meeting
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What do you call things made out of natural waste materials?

How do you categorize things (say, a toy, doll or idol) made out of natural wastes like leaves, trunks, etc., from nature?
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I need help finding a substitute for the word 'clinking' [closed]

The word will be used in relation to the sound the characters shoes would make when walking on a glass/ice floor.
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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this work/ this thesis supported/funded or received [closed]

I want to say something at my PhD defense to tell I have a scholarship during my PhD study Can I say 1 This thesis 2 This work 3 My PhD study/studies 4 My research is supported/funded by a ...
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Gigolo is to man as what is to woman?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition) reads: gigolo, n. A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a woman. Is ...
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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Adjective for a decision that had no real alternative

I'd like to express the fact that there were no viable alternatives to a decision I took. My decision to attend university X was stringent / without alternative / a no-brainer / objectively ...
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I can run faster than _____. (1) him (2) he?

Consider the sentence "I can run faster than 15 miles per hour." Its meaning is clear and to my eyes obviously grammatically correct. Now let me present some variations that have given me trouble for ...
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Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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Difference between 'Insidious' and 'Pernicious'

Do the words 'insidious' and 'pernicious' have the same meaning? And can they be used in place of each other? On some places on the web (eg : http://www.dailywritingtips.com/insidious-vs-invidious/), ...
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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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difference in meaning: morphology / structure

What is the difference in meaning between "morphology" and "structure"? Coming from a physics background and being a native German speaker, I tend to use "structure" when describing an internal ...
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Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?

I'm searching for a noun (a single word if possible) or phrase that conveys that one thing functions the same as another externally, even though the internals may differ. Nouns such as copy, a clone, ...
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Difference between “bunch of” and “group of” with regard to people

What are the contexts for using a bunch and a group when describing a handful of people? Please take both spoken and written English into account. For example, when is it more appropriate to use "a ...
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Unease vs uneasiness

Is the word unease more archaic or formal than the word uneasiness? I am used to the latter, but the former surprises me. Is there a rule how to choose the best one in similar pairs of words?
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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, the ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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Phrase “what have it” in conversations

Why would someone use the phrase, "what have it" in the middle of their conversation? A co-worker uses it several times a day.
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“A meeting” vs “a meetup”

I've seen questions here and here and also tried googling but it's still kinda confusing to me. Is there any difference between the meanings of "a meeting" and "a meetup", and when can/can't I use one ...
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Adverb equivalent of Wirelessly for wired

It does not matter whether you connect wirelessly or by wires. While this seems to sufficiently convey my intent, I find myself personally hesitating anytime I speak or type it, as it feels ...
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we have had or we had

I would swear that we have had this conversation already. I have two questions regarding the sentence above: Can it be put just "I swear" instead of "I would swear". What is the difference? ...
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To compare vs To make a comparison with

Example: To compare the calculations, we plot the following graphs. To make a comparison with the calculations, we plot the following graphs. Which one is better and clearer?
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What do you call a person who's grading exams?

I've recently had a job where I've read exams and graded them. I'm now going to put this on my CV but I have no idea how I should label this kind of work. What have I been? An examiner?
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What is the word for the person who dislikes “Phony” people?

I want to know the word which can describe the personality trait of disliking "Phony" people. Misanthrope is too extreme and generalizes hating human race. P.S: Any word which can suit personality ...
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Functionality vs. Functionalities: are both correct and idiomatic?

To me, inasmuch as use of the word functionality referring to software means the extent of its overall ability, I would write "The software implements the following functionality." However, I've seen ...
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Instantiate a Video Player?

I am writing a technical report where a number of video players are being loaded on a webpage. Is it correct to say, "Instantiate a video player on the web page," or just, "Load a video player on the ...
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When is the correct time to use 'granter' or 'grantor'

We have a site where we have people grant each other favors. Within the site, we have copy that says when you grant someone a favor, "you are a 'x'". Should the person who grants a favor to another ...
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Is “conservativism” a word?

I know that "conservatism" is the more commonly used term, but is "conservativism" a less preferred, but legitimate word, or just a misspelling? www.dictionary.com has "conservativism", but I'm not ...
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People from my country in a word [closed]

I want to write a sentence something like this - > I like to meet people of my native origin(country, city, town and so on). How can i write the things that are in bold in one word - > I like to ...