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(In)formal equivalent for “Sword of Damocles” concept

What are the formal and informal equivalents (idiom or word) for the situation which Sword of Damocles could describe that? From Cambridge Dictionary, Sword of Damocles means: If you have a sword ...
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My question to ask is [closed]

What would be a better part of a sentence besides "is because"? I am writing and my teacher has said that "is because" is not allowed in our persuasive piece. What would be better in this case than ...
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when to use Wait and when to use await?

I am in a situation where i am expecting some data from my client. I want to write the same in a very polite manner that "i am expecting the data, even after my repeated intimations." Here i wanted ...
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Coming and going in the past

If I call my mother when I am done shopping in the morning, I might tell her "I am coming home" if she is at home, but "I am going home" if she is not. That afternoon at home, discussing the day's ...
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Term for calling a non-programmer who has an effective, important role in a project [closed]

What is the official term (within a (software) project organization) for calling someone who is not a programmer however (s)he plans the nuts and bolts of the system, it goals, challenges and ...
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Whom or “of whom”?

In the sentence "So, who exactly is Darren; the character who/whom/of whom the film is centred around." Should it be who/whom or of whom?
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I would like to dedicate my father who passed away [closed]

I would like to dedicate my father who is passed away and I cant find the approriate word since I am not native speaker
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“wrench” is to “works” as “crimp” is to what?

It's commonly said that one puts or throws a "[monkey] wrench/(BrEng) spanner" in the "works", but what does one put a "crimp" into? CRIMP Google Image the act of crimping. a crimped ...
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Constituent vs substituent

I am a chemist, and I was writing the following sentence: "The solvent mixture was non-polar due to the minimum amount of dipole-dipole forces in both constituents". Constituents here was meant to ...
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“As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned”

As an intermediate English language leaner, I have just faced with the phrase "As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned". I tried a lot to find an appropriate answer for and to understand what ...
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A word to describe something that is desired only because it is rare

By rare I mean either nobody else has it or very few people possess it. I have seen veblen goods and snob effect. I use them whenever I have the need for such a concept but do so when I have time to ...
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Using the preposition ON in phrase“ She shall receive % annually on the sum”

In legal Document there is a following phrase: " She shall receive % annually on the sum" 11 lawyers who read this document divided how to read it. 6 lawyers read it as she have to get SUM + % ...
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Is there a word that means “forced into somewhere despite not fitting”?

Eg, what is a toddler doing when they force a square peg through a round role? More abstractly, what would you call it when you try to describe something via a model that doesn't really fit, and you ...
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Is there a word or phrase that’s the opposite of “drinking the kool-aid”? [closed]

Is there a word or phrase that’s the opposite of “drinking the kool-aid”? That phrase means you’ve been “on the inside” for so long that you can only see the good things. I’m looking for a phrase ...
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Is “irresoluteoscillating” a word? Strange result from Thesaurus.com

I did a search on thesaurus.com for the word wavering, and one of the suggested synonyms that was listed was irresoluteoscillating. However, the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries did not have ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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What is entered in Full Text Search engines - query, phrase, term? [closed]

When designing search forms for websites, I always think of name for the variable that contains the text that user is searching for. The form often contains additional filters like date range or ...
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Judiciary/juridicial labour

I know that uauslly we do not think of judging as 'labour', but if we wished to do so, would you prefer saying "judiciary labour" or rather "juridicial labour"? Do both of them sound just too odd?
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When to use “come” & when to use “go”? [migrated]

I don't understand what this article is saying: We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. ...
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'Expect to' as an expression of excitement?

In a recent test we asked students to write a sentence expressing their excitement at a future activity. We gave an example sentence using 'looking forward to'. One student wrote "I'm expecting to ...
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I have an interview in English [closed]

I am Chinese and I have an interview in English over the phone. Just what I am wondering is what I'd better call the interviewer? The interviewer is female in her early 30's. Do you think calling ...
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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Well vs good…proper vs conversational [duplicate]

Proper answer friendly greeting, "How are you?" I am "well" or I am "good" "I am well" sounds like I'm saying I'm not sick. "I'm good," or "good" accompanied by a friendly nod sounds much better.
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Fill with Take or takes [migrated]

On a plane, I like to speak to the stranger who ____ seat next to me. Fill with take or takes, and why?
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Can I say two-series to describe a series of two events?

I am presenting two talks on two different dates, and I would like to describe the first one as the first of a two-series talk. Is two-series talk a word that can be used with this meaning? Googling ...
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Usage of the word “largesse”

I am writing a sentence like: Show clients your largesse with a gift of equal proportion. Is it right in a formal sense or is it a little condescending? Is there another way to write it?
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Is there a name or term for these types of statements that avoid over-generalizations?

In the news, whenever a reporter or commentator talks about police violence, specifically towards minorities, and they imply racist motives behind police brutality, they also tend to add something ...
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I have good vision/sight/eyesight

In my language, Russian, there is only one variant to express the "abilty to see" in its common physiological sence. If I have a good ability (I am born with) I say: У меня хорошее зрение So ...
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English, Okay or fine [migrated]

Which is best to answer when asked how are you feeling when not doing well and do not want to discuss your troubles?
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Specific name for double PhD

Person with single PhD is granted with title "Doctor". Is there any specific word for double doctorate?
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Had Suddenly vs Gradually? [closed]

The honeybees had ___ vanished from their hives. a) Suddenly b) Gradually This is a question I'm having a trouble solving. Which one is the correct answer to that blank? I think both of them ...
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What are the characters called in a book

In English, we have words for the characters in something/the people acting something. An example would be "The cast of the film was very talented." Would it be right to say "The cast of the book ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [closed]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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“hugest” grammatically correct? [closed]

I saw an article on yahoo yesterday and thought I'd ask, is "hugest" a real word? I assume whoever wrote the article understands what they are trying to say, but it just seems wrong and foreign to my ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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How to politely ask someone “I need your help” [closed]

I need to ask a school administrator a few questions. What is the polite way to start my email "I need your help"? Thanks for your help.
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Word for one-sided conflict?

Can conflict be one sided? just looking for a word to describe a conflict within characters where the other character is oblivious.
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Word for “considered but not used”?

What is a good word that captures the concept of being considered, but not used? For example: "The scientists considered the implications of Charlie's proposed solution, but in the end tossed it in ...
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Usage of “won't” instead of “didn't” in particular way of communication

I'm a bit confused about the usage of the word "won't" in a specific situation. For example, I am communicating with a person and I want to tell the person that How much ever I tried, the image ...
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“Pardon” vs “Please can you repeat that”? [closed]

In a client/business conference call , when you do not hear, what the speaker was saying or the message was unclear due to noise disturbance, what is the professional way to say it:- Pardon Could ...
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Any difference between pleasure to us to… vs. pleasure of ours to…?

I am writing a super-formal letter (it is a semi-legal text) and I am unsure if there is any sensible difference between writing "It is a great pleasure to us to..." (26,200,000 hits on Google) ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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Please help me in choosing between too / also / as well in a specific case [closed]

I cannot figure out which one is correct (This text will be placed in a real estate listing website, in an area near an already listed property, suggesting others to offer their property on the ...
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Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
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Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason for this? After all, it is "boys and girls", rather than "girls and boys". If the boy (male) comes first here, why doesn't it come first in "ladies and gentlemen"?
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How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [closed]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
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What is a word for a small pool?

I was passing by a library and there were these very small (artificially created) bodies of water, square shaped, in a repeating pattern with some flowers also repeat between these bodies of water on ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?