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“It was always” vs “I was always” vs “I would always”

No matter where I went with her, it was always the right place. No matter where I went with her, I was always in the right place. No matter where I went with her, I would always be in the ...
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What should I use between “triple” vs. “all”?

If I have 2 pens and I want to say all of them are green, I can say "Both of them are green" but if I have 3 pens should I use "Triple of them are green" or "All of them are green"?
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...
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Should I say “3 half days” or “3 half-days” or “3 half-day”?

Should I say "3 half days" or "3 half-days" or "3 half-day"? I mean I want to refer to, for example, the a.m. of Monday, the p.m. of Wednesday, and the a.m. of Friday, together.
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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...
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I worked “at” or “in” the office? [duplicate]

Please inform me which is correct? I worked at the Registrar's office. I worked in the Registrar's office.
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Finding Alternative Adjectives for “Very ___”

Is there a good resource for finding alternatives to using an adjective phrase intensified by the word "very", besides a thesaurus? (E.g., "very afraid" -> "terrified".) Thesauri provide wider-than ...
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How do treaties and pacts differ?

Definition of treaty by Cambridge Dictionary Online: a written agreement between two or more countries, formally approved and signed by their leaders Definition of pact by Cambridge Dictionary ...
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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Antonym of Overlap?

I'm looking for a word which means "leaving space around", as an antonym of overlap. Specific example case: The server's service stops between 23:00 and 00:00 UTC, therefore to avoid generating ...
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How to assess “an access of butchness”

I read this phrase in Alan Bennett’s Diary years ago and found it so unusual I’ve never forgotten it. Italics mine: 8 December. Trying to find someone a Meccano set for Christmas, I’m reminded ...
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Difference in “capable” and “able”

What is the difference in being physically capable and physically able? When would one choose one over the other?
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”?

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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What does “illuminate” mean?

What is the meaning of illuminate regarding skin appearance? What is the difference between shiny or glowing in this context?
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When to use 'an' and when to use 'a' with words begining with 'h'?

Some h-words need 'an' for the indefinite article (I will be there in an hour). Other h-words need 'a' for the indefinite article (It is a history of sadness). Is there a general rule?
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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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Long-term v lifelong [closed]

Should I say "It's been a long-term dream of mine to do sth" or "It's been a lifelong dream of mine to do sth"
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“Comical” v. “Comedic”

Is there any semantic distinction between the words comedic and comical? I usually use the former to describe people and the latter to describe things, situations, etc.
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Noun form of 'owe'?

If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment. If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an owement? Is there a better word? I could call it debt or loan, but it doesn't quite suit the following ...
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How did “inmate” evolve to only apply to prisons and asylums?

If you look at census records from the 1920s and before, dorm residents in schools, seminaries, and institutions are referred to as "inmates." The term, then, was not limited just to prisons as ...
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“In the hope of” vs. “with the hope of”

While solving a question I encountered a situation when there was a subtle difference between the two: After meeting together near Mediolanurn in 313, Roman Emperors Constantine Augustus and ...
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What is a word that means related to moons?

I'm looking for a word that means "relating to moons" or "pertaining to moons". The context of the sentence is "I need to make a intermoonary injection burn in 10 seconds". I'm looking for a word ...
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How to add emphasis without using profanity [closed]

My son uses fuck or fucking to emphasize his statements. I told him there are words that you can use that aren't so offensive for my 3 year old grandchild to parrot! He asked what word is so globally ...
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Which is best: draw a diagram or plot a diagram (an engineering type of diagram)?

I am to prepare an essay that explains (attempts to at least) how to generate a time-temperature-transformation diagrams, also known as TTT diagrams. They look like this: Wikipedia ...
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“I have no …” vs. “I don't have …”

I have no house. I don't have a house. What's the difference between the phrases like the ones above?
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What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? [closed]

What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? What is more natural to use in day to day situations. Can you confirm this for me? Can you validate this for me? For example, if there is ...
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?

I cannot find the right words or expression or idiom to describe a person who borrows something from someone but will not return it to its owner. Also, I would like to know the word that describes a ...
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Difference between “evade X” and “sidestep X”?

Please consider the following sentences In the journalist meeting, the politician evaded the questions about riots. in the journalist meeting, the politician sidestepped the questions about ...
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Proper usage of “since” and “from” with regard to duration of time

When you returned, I had been at home since 10 minutes. When you returned, I had been at home from 5 minutes. In such sentences, is it correct to use since or from? When since is used?
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What do you call something that is not first in a sequence?

Is there a word to describe something that is not the first element in a sequence, but can be in any other position? A synonym of "not first", in fact. This element is __ in this sequence.
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To prove some property “to stretch to some class of objects”

While collaborating in the writing of a scientific paper, one of the co-authors wrote ".../... and we will prove it to stretch to some class", is it usual ? The context is the following. "Then, ...
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Word to use instead of “irony”

I have read exchanges such as the following being described as Irony: A: "I'm going they're now" B: "It's "there". Your such an idiot" However I'm a bit at a loss whether it could be described ...
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Word for “Raccoon-like” or “Raccoon-esque”?

I am looking for a word like lupine only for raccoons. Is there a word that means “raccoon-like” or “raccoon-esque”?
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Is this a correct way to ask for a meeting? [closed]

Hanna and I thought it would be great if we can organise a meeting between four of us. Please let us know what you think.
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-phobia word for fear of hearing speeches

I'm looking for a phobia word for someone who hates listening to speeches because they find them so embarrassing. For example, a bride at a wedding or someone about to receive an award might be ...
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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What's the difference in meaning between “emigrate” and “immigrate”?

What's the difference between emigrate and immigrate? They seem to have the same definitions in the dictionary but they are antonyms...  
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Can someone help with these 2 GRE verbal questions?

Requirement: fill the blank with 2 words choosen from this list, each word should give the sentence the same meaning. Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful in increasing ...
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“Starting with” vs. “starting from”

I would like to ask about the difference between the two phrases starting with and starting from. Take the following two sentences for example: Please give me all the names starting with A. ...
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Classification of culinary related item called?

Related to this question, what is the classification of culinary items like (ingredients, spices, cooking materials called?)
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Preposition: Within vs In

Is there a distinction between "within" and "in" as in, "upon finding a violation within the preceding four years" versus "upon finding a violation in the preceding four years"?
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How to express the idea that you are so scared that you almost pee in your pants? “be scared to pee” maybe?

Ok, we got the idiom "be scared to death" = "feel extremely frightened" (see http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/scare+to+death) "be scared to death" does not mean "you are scared that you will be ...
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what is the opposite way of an expression of “win-win situation”?

I am just trying to find out an expression that is an opposite of "win-win situation? when you are having problems or in troubles and trying to get out or to solve those problems in multiple way but ...
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Is it common to use the word “throbbings” (plural of throbbing) as a noun?

I ask because my word processor highlighted it as a wrong word. And I couldn't find any instances of my desired usage on Google. Here's an example sentence: I have migraines. I'm not talking ...
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Pictographs and other types of writing

If someone is writing in pictographs, would the correct verb to describe the action be, "to write"? Or would it be to depict or something along those lines?
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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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One word for something that works well? [closed]

I am looking for a single word for something that works well or something that doesn’t work well as interventions. I don’t not want to use efficient or proper because these describe the person or ...