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“You belong to me” or “You belong with me” [closed]

What's the difference between the titular expressions? if any, at all. Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries could not help!!
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Is this sentense correct [closed]

Is this sentence : Water come from hills. correct or not? Whether we can use "come" here for water or not?
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Which is the appropriated term to refer to the paper with barcodes that you pay in your internet banking or physical bank?

I have an issue with an online purchase in the Steam platform. Now I need to open a ticket to get my issue solved, but I do not know which is the correct term to refer to the payment method that I ...
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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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What is the difference between “use” and “utilize”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "use" and "utilize"? Which one is more common? utilize : to use something in an effective way "The vitamins come in a form that is easily utilized by the ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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What is the term for replacing a name or brand with a funny pejorative / sardonicism?

What is the term for when one replaces a well-known name [(Proper) noun, company, brand, etc.] with one that tries to be funny yet pejoratively descriptive, different but similar enough that one's ...
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A word for dividing a list of documents

I have a ranked list (series) of documents. I want to divide it into some buckets. For example, if I represent a document with a number and have the list [2, 8, 3, 1, 4, 9, 5, 7] and I want to ...
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How should I convey my Best wishes [closed]

My aunt is going to USA as her husband got a job there. So I want to convey my best wishes to her. But I am confused in sentence formation. So what should I say to her?
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A Sentence for Describing Some Rare and Theoretical Cases [closed]

There is a method A for solving some problem. We have shown that A is wrong by a counter-example but want to show that its failure is not limited to very rare cases that can just happen in theoretical ...
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Name Suggestions [closed]

One of my friend is opening a start up firm. He needs a name for the firm which would mean "Everything" "all-in-one" "One Stop solution". He needs a name which can mean the said above words. Please ...
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [closed]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...
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Receipt or reception? [closed]

Which of receipt and reception is correct in the sentence below? If our help-desk staff are unable to resolve the problem remotely, we will send a technician to your home within one working day of ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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What is a person (not a company) who provides a service called?

I need the correct English word for someone who provides a service. The word "service provider" seems obvious but it is not correct. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a service provider should ...
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2answers
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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1answer
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Is 'amenable' a derogatory description of a person?

I'm asking someone for a reference letter, and almost used the word amenable. Looked it up, and definitely hesitated when the definition was "easily persuaded or controlled". I would like to list you ...
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2answers
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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or ...
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2answers
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Why do we say kith & kin and not kin & kith?

Why do we often say Kith & Kin and not Kin & Kith? I was taught to believe that family comes first and the other later and I do still believe in what I was taught.
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Word that describes a society that glorifies war? [closed]

For exmaple "Before societies, people often went to war without know the true horrors"
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1answer
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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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Is appeal correctly said in this sentence? [closed]

Is appeal correctly said in this sentence "I have appeal equipment experience"? What is a better word I can use? PS: I really went with "broad experience" Thanks duskn
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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2answers
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Correct Wording: Esteem of/from your colleagues

In regards to being shown admiration from others, how should the following be worded? .. .esteem from your colleagues or ... esteem of your colleagues
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End of the sentence: “heading” or “heading to”?

I did a Google search and I found both instances: ... on my mount and instance que pops, I get into instance, finish it, and after leaving instance Im back on my mount wherever I was heading ...
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Correct way to introduce yourself [duplicate]

In an interview, what is the correct way to introduce yourself? Some use "myself" and their name, and some use "I'm ___." I'm confused about what I use. Please guide me.
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What is the difference between “tithe” and “tenth”? [closed]

Is it correct to use the term tenth with the sense of tithe (payments to the church)? What are the differences between the two terms? Is the first one more generally while the second one is specific ...
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What word can I use to describe the new or used state of a vehicle?

I am building a web page that lists vehicles for sale, and one of the criteria I would like to list is whether the vehicle is new or used. Currently the best label I can come up with is "New or Used", ...
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What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?

Is there a specific/proper/technical term for it? And not just the R-flop, but specifically the L-flop to W. What would work here: “I'm watching Formula 1 on Sky Sports and the __________ of the ...
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I can't tell if this is worded right or what I need to change [duplicate]

That's a lot different than mine. I can't tell if that's proper English or not because it doesn't sound right but I can't think of any other way to say it. I said it to my friend when we were ...
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2answers
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“error” vs. “mistake”

I think I understand the difference between “error” and “mistake”, but today I saw this article about Google’s self-driving cars that has the following sentence: A lot of this won’t be a surprise, ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for barging in a room with anger?

Opening a door frustrated and rushing in like you are about to scold someone inside... Barging in a room with anger. Is there a word or idiom for that, other than storm in?
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Deciding between terms which describe a person being appraised

I am a non-native english speaker trying to understand the differences between taxing appraising scrutinizing and examining I am trying to express the circumstance of a person getting looked at by ...
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Refer to an entity with “it” or “she” or “he”

Related to this answer, but it's a slightly different question though. Consider this sentence. I prefer to use the singular form. The advantage for the bank is that he/she/it can employ the ...
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A suitable word for seizing a property

When a court orders for taking control of a property or real estate by the government in exchange of money, what is the best word for the court action? For example: The court maintains that his ...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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Is there a word for someone who is not aware of how pretty or handsome he/she is? [closed]

Is there a word or an idiom that describes someone who is beautiful but unaware of it?
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Print book vs. printed book

When talking about a physical book, as opposed to an e-book, which is correct: print book or printed book?
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Usage of 'comprise' in a linguistic manner

The small man did not hesitate. "I'm stealing.", he declared in a soft, simple voice, that did not comprise even the faintest tremble. Is this a good, nice-sounding way of describing a way of ...
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A word for writings about writing

Is there a word for creating something whose subject is the same as the media used to express it. Such as: books about writing, songs about singing, movies about movies, and so on?
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Word for an additional period of time allowed for something

I don't know what word, idiom or phrase to use if I want to say "I want to be allowed to use some specific offers for additional period of time." For example I am allowed to use software for one month ...
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“Screw[ed] it,” vs “screw[ed] it up,” vs “screw[ed] up.”

How do the three phrases differ? For example: Speaker A: Hey, I called to tell you about my audition. Speaker B: "Don't tell me you screwed it." Speaker B: "Don't tell me you ...
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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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What is the proper word for “man boobs?”

Example usages: My boyfriend got so fat he now has man boobs. Over-exposure to xenoestrogen may give you man boobs.
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what can I use to replace a large number of

what can I use to replace a large number of or a growing body of? I want to say "a large number of studies found something". But I have used this before, I want to change it to other words to ...
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What is a word that describes “acceptance” and “understanding?”

I'm looking for a better word for "actions" in the following sentences. Foreign language classes help increase acceptance and understanding of other cultures. These actions are important, because ...
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Expressing a time limit using “within”

A procedure must be completed by B, but it can be done at any time between A and B. Or a right can be claimed during such a period. How can I explain B by using "within"? Is it: within three ...