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Which of these two words is proper in denoting a friend? [duplicate]

"Our mutual friend" or "our common friend" - which is more suitable ? Why is that so ?
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Favorites is/are empty [closed]

I'm not English native speaker and I'd like to know correct form of this sentence. If I want to say that my favorites folder is empty what's the verb I should use in this case? I mean when the ...
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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Does the line“ Tears of disbelief sting my eyes” make sense? [closed]

Can I use the words - "Tears of disbelief sting my eyes" to express the fact that I am very sad and shocked?
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Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?

Some examples: A news station giving daily "terrorist reports". It doesn't actually say how to protect yourself, just gives information on how horrible they are & why you should be afraid. A ...
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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a word for “to make something bland and boring” [closed]

And also, what is a word for when sb walks quietly as though being fearful. Kind of like "Surreptitious" but not because one wants to keep it secret. Example: these people won't harm you, nor do u ...
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Difference between 'oxymoron', 'paradox', 'contradiction' and 'misnomer' [closed]

What is the difference between the words oxymoron, paradox, contradiction and misnomer? For example, Benevolent dictator is an oxymoron. If I replace oxymoron with misnomer, paradox, or ...
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Is there a term or phrase for the one paying a bill that is later split?

Sometimes when splitting bills one of the group members has to pay the entire bill first to later be reimbursed by the other group members. Is there an English term for who that person is or what the ...
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What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
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Can I use misput?

Is it common to say "He misput his book in my mailbox/drawer"? If not, should I use misdeliver here? Any other expressions? Thanks!
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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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Perspectived or Perspective-Based [closed]

I want to use a word for showing that a different perspective from all possible perspectives is considered in something. Should I use perspectived or perspective-based? For example, should I use ...
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Should I use “made of” or “made from”? [duplicate]

"The toy train is made of plastic." Or "The toy train is made from plastic." Which one is correct? Why?
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Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition

I'm an engineer, and sometimes I want to describe a problem that is unresolvable in it's current state. The problem might be easy, or somewhat complex, but the key aspects of it are understood and it ...
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What is the opposite of “Destination” [duplicate]

What is the antonym of the word destination. Here is some context: Every train has a destination and a ____? I was thinking it might be origin but I've never encountered that word used in this ...
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Tool or service to generate valid word types based on grammars [closed]

The sentence below has several tokens (T1 - T5): To gain T1, you must T2 it from T3 T4 T5. I'm trying to figure out what the values for each token could be, but can't even figure out what types ...
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Other words to describe the relationships between pieces of data with a common parent/child

I'm writing a program that makes/utilizes arbitrary relationships between pieces of data, and I can't think of more generic terms for the user interface than: Co-parent: The relationship between A ...
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A person looking for a place to stay the night - is it accommodations

Given this fragment: "Can't find accommodation in Mantova, Italy." Assume it is a single person looking for a place to spend the night. Would the correct word be "accommodation" or "accommodations"? ...
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expect, anticipate , or look forword to life

I want to express a sentence "expecting your life" It's the feeling you eagerly want to see your lover and can't wait. It's the feeling you get up happily because you know that something will make ...
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A valid adjective to convey classification of the context “An element on which a transaction occurs or can occur” [closed]

Context Elements such as Items/Inventory, Assets, Services are elements on which business transactions occur or can be be conducted upon, with scope of the transaction extending to both ...
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Is this correct way of replying with available dates for an interview

I trying to reply for an email with my available dates and times for the interview "I'm available on the dates and times mentioned below. Please let me know if any of them works for you." Does this ...
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Best word for “Complete Interpersonal Transparency” [closed]

Once upon a time a friend used a word meaning: An approach, attitude, or expectation of complete openness or transparency in an interaction or relationship. If I remember correctly, it seemed to ...
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A word/phrase meaning the “house where I was born”?

For instance, to refer to the place you were born you say "my hometown." How about when referring to the house where you were born? I thought of "my parents' house", but I think it'll sound strange if ...
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Is there an alternative way of saying “important stuff”

I want to write an email to my supervisor and ask him to provide me a guideline for things I should be careful with, while I will be working on a project. Is there an alternative and shorter way of ...
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Can you clarify usage of “all but…”? [duplicate]

Example sentence: "As the concert ended, the atmosphere was all but ecstatic." Replace words with synonyms: all = everything but = except The sentence would appear: "...the atmosphere was ...
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Are there any better (perhaps business-oriented) alternatives to “pitting against” for this situation?

Recently a colleague demonstrated a shared Microsoft OneNote notebook in which he and other members of his team posted their weekly accomplishments in sort of bulleted lists. The idea was that they ...
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Can I start a sentence with “Established in”? [closed]

So, I am proofreading a text which starts as follows: This is a bank established since 1900 with majority shareholding held by... and I feel like it can be improved. Can I change it to: ...
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“I went for a run with Victor” vs. “we went for a run with Victor” when only the two of us went [closed]

Myself and Victor went for a run, no one else. Can I say "We went for a run with Victor?" OR "I went for a run with Victor?"
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Unrespect vs Disrespect [migrated]

Is it ok to say "do not unrespect me" instead of "do not disrespect me"? I heard someone say it and it struck me as odd.
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Is it right to combine past and present in the same sentence?

I am defining an instrument but am not sure if it is correct to combine past and present tense at the same time: Ssdd is the first ever instrument, launched in 1998, which was specifically ...
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What do you call the side of a building that is neither the near side nor the far side?

What do you call the side of a building that is neither the near side nor the far side? A friend suggested adjacent. I think that fits, but is there a way to distinguish between adjacent faces of a ...
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“Learned of” or “Learned about”?

When would I use "learned of" versus "learned about" in a sentence? For example: The principal learned of the planned protest and suspended any students wearing the armbands. or The ...
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How to address multiple conflicting nouns?

Let's say I have the following line: Both the New Jersey Supreme Court and Nicole held that her Fourth Amendment rights had been violated. The "her" is bothering me. How can I address both the ...
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Using “I” first [duplicate]

I have a friend that says "I and John went to the store" instead of "John and I went to the store". Is this still correct?
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Is there a word for someone who you've not physically met but know well?

I have met many people online, but not physically. Like a boy who's like my brother. They're no less than my real-life buddies. So I have to create a group of contacts devoted to those people only. ...
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Word that refers to both input and output devices

I usually refer to the term throughput when referring to both the inputs and outputs of a system. But right now I need a term/word/phrase that summarizes both an electric system's sensors (input ...
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'market survey' OR 'marketing survey' [closed]

Market survey or marketing survey? When you ask somebody to answer your questions, which term is correct?
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What do we call questions which have a definite, known answer?

Is there a standard adjective or term which classifies "questions with a known, single, unambiguous, objective, and correct answer"? That is, questions like "2+2=?" or "What is the capital of Ohio?", ...
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Adverb for “multiple”

Say that I have a Pokemon with 2 types: Fire and Flying. One could say this Pokemon has "multiple types." That is because the designer of this Pokemon "typed" it that way. Is it correct to say the ...
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primary product, secondary product, next? [closed]

What follows after the words primary and secondary? What's the English word for it (meaning 3rd basically)?
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Like misdirection, is there any word for misdepiction?

Misdirection is used for distracting attention of an audience. In a similar sense, audio visual artists (TV, movies, etc.) spice up historical epics. They introduce of unproven/undocumented events ...
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Dough, paste, or pastry? [closed]

I'm a bit confused here. Could you help me to differentiate between the meanings of these words?
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Lower class or low class? [closed]

I am writing the following sentence and do not know whether I should use lower class or low class: The argument of Serving in Florida is that ---- class life is a dehumanized form of existence. I ...
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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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Why use the word “chasm” instead of just “gap” or “hole”

With every example sentence I've read so far, I can't see why we can't replace chasm with gap. Is there any other meaning of the word?