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Lift is for car so what is for bike?

The word lift generally means for car. Then what is for bike? Eg: Can I get a lift? Meaning, can I ride in your car? Similarly, I want to know how can we say for "Can I get a lift with you on ...
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How Do You Choose Whether To Use These, or Those, or The +Noun [duplicate]

First of all, I know that there have been discussed a few threads on similar topic, but the threads didn't cover all my questions. How do you choose whether to use these, or those, or the + noun ...
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A word to describe a person who makes a lot of mistakes but is unaware of it

What do you call a person who always or gradually makes mistakes, but is unaware that they're making those mistakes? For example, Nicolo and I are partners in a group project. The instructor ...
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Using “use” with “to” and “for” when expressing purpose

I recently wondered about the use of "to use" and other verbs when expressing the purpose of an action. I noticed that purpose is often expressed by having a verb followed by "for" and a progressive ...
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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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Do both ascertain and determine mean the same here? [closed]

The challenge facing public health officials is to anticipate an outbreak of disease and then ----- that school children are immunized. Both words have to be in present tense, obviously. But ...
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I feel robust is overused [closed]

I feel robust is used too often and incorrectly when describing processes and systems. What would be other possible words to describe processes and systems besides: effective, efficacious, and sound? ...
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Take care or be careful?

I'm a non-native speaker. I'm having a problem with "take care" and "be careful". This problem comes from a text: Jack: "I've got to go, Sarah. So long." Sarah: "So long. Jack. And..." A. ...
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Classic word or phrase for many in one

I am looking for a word which describes many in one in classic english. If possible please provide modern word ideas as well.
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Is “may or may not X” logically incorrect?

Thoughts on redundancy aside, using or in this phrase seems wrong to me. Should it not be and? My reasoning is this: There are only two possibilities on the actions concerning X -- either X will be ...
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Does “stay” mean “stop” in “stay involved in your child’s school”? [closed]

Let see this example, A: my child got beaten in the school B: stay involved in your child’s school My first question is that: Does the sentence B the correct one? And Does the sentence B mean ...
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looking for a word: “A certain fact can be ___ to another fact” (fact 2 is the cause of fact 1) [closed]

I'm struggling to find a word that can fit in this sentance: "This difference can be ___ to the difference in methods". Something like attributed, but not quite. Thank you.
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A word or succinct description for a compromised media/news outlet

One which is influenced and steered by pressures from a government which itself is corrupt. Doesn't sound too unfamiliar today, does it? Anyway, it is to help me translate a German word "die ...
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How to describe making sounds with your throat?

Say if someone asked you a yes/no question, and you make that note of assent with your throat to let them know that yes is the answer to the question, how would you describe that through writing? I ...
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What is the definition of “excessive”?

I am really confused. From dictionary.com, excessive means going before the usual or necessary. So does "excessive comforts" mean too many comforts, more than what is necessary, or equal to "too ...
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A noun meaning a consumer who bargains

Imagine you have a seller and a buyer who engage in bargaining at a market. Is there a one-word noun that describes a consumer who haggles (but not the seller)? I thought haggler, but that can be ...
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What is the term that describes the image that is seen when something is moving fast?

For example, when you move your hand back and forth quickly (or just any object), you see "two" in a way. When something quick is thrown, there's a line that is left behind that follows that object. ...
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whats difference between nerd and geek [duplicate]

Does nerd and geek were same?Is it just the terminology or does the words have inner meaning?
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Why do we use “the most” as in “Which countries travel the most?”, why not just “Which countries travel most?”

Recently, I discovered that some people use the most in sentences such as Which countries travel the most or we stress the last number the most. Why not just most? For example, is it ok to say ...
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“can you tell me why to do?” & “can you tell me why not to do?” these two Questions only can replace by meaning of should & shouldn't?

I think these two questions are ok to use with Should & Shouldn't and it's same meaning can you tell me why to do? = can you tell me why I should do? can you tell me why not to do = can you tell ...
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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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“in” vs “on” vs “at” with “rarely used code paths”

Which of these alternatives is the best one? Bugs are often found on rarelly used code paths Bugs are often found in rarelly used code paths Bugs are often found at rarelly used code paths I have ...
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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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is there a replacement word for “previous of previous”?

I want to describe a situation that happened two levels earlier. I use the bash shell to navigate through directories. Say I started at the directory /home, and then I moved to the directory ...
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Headline for a subsection that refers to a summary for the whole section

I am looking for a subsection headline that describes that the subsection will summarise all the information given in the subsections before (within the larger section). For instance, Section title ...
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Is this sentence correct “This is her real raw face without making-up”? [closed]

is "real raw face" term common in everyday English conversation? or is there any other term that can express the similar meaning?
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Is “Reminder me ” correct or not? [closed]

I want to name my Android app "Reminder me" in place of "Remind me". I want to know whether this is a valid word or not.
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Can I use “Firstly” while writing email? Is this a correct word to use in communication?

I had a problem while writing emails where I want to tell few things in order. I had used "Firstly" in the email but I am not very sure is it a correct way to talk or write.
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Explicitly mark a conversion as destructive

If I convert some eggs, milk and flour into pancakes, then I have destroyed, or at least modified, those ingredients. But if I convert a distance from miles to kilometers then I destroy nothing. Is ...
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Joining two words to make a single word

I am international engineering student studying in US. I have a question regarding words that are created as a result of joining two words. Usually this happens when two technologies or methodologies ...
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Dictionary or Vocabulary? [duplicate]

Could you help me, please? In our country EL students have got special copy-books where they write new English words down (not in alphabetical order). How is it correct to call such a copy-book in ...
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“the wedding” versus “a wedding”

If I want to talk to my coworkers about my wedding do I say "I had a wedding last month" or do i say "I had the wedding last month"? Since it is the only wedding I shall ever have, and it is the very ...
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is helping vs. helps

My sentence currently reads: "Our business is helping keep you alive and well." However, I wonder if this might be better: "Our business helps keep you alive and well."
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Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”? [closed]

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
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difference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity' [duplicate]

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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choice of using 'of'and 'in'

write a paragraph of about 150 words on the following topics Write a paragraph in about 150 words on the following topics which sentence given above is correct?
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“those” VS “ones” [duplicate]

In this sentence(origin): When merging several properties, ones defined locally win. Is it better to replace ones with those? Possibly a duplicate : the ones or those.
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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Is this a decision or a choice?

My local fruit and vegetable shopkeeper gave me this conundrum upon my last visit: You are travelling down a road when you reach a junction. You must go left or right. For the sake of argument, you ...
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Is there a word for a divorced father who you don't live with? [closed]

If your parents are divorced and you live with your mother, not your father, what would you call your father?
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Use of definite article in cross-references

When referencing a chapter or section in a book, when should I use "the" in front of them? For example, considering the sentences: (The) Chapter 5 presents X and Y. or X, detailed in (the) ...
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First name vs. Forename [closed]

I really don't understand why others are using "forename" instead of "first name". Can someone explain the difference to me?
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Resonance vs. Resonation

Fellow wordsmiths - when would you use the one noun over the other? In the following sentence: Science seeks to classify nature; Emerson rather directs focus towards nature's emotional ...
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Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities [closed]

Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities Which word is more appropriate? I see both in common use.
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What phrase can I use to describe connected concepts

I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more ...
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How to express the idea of the company I am working for and not my company?

Ok, English is my 2nd tongue, and sometime I got this confused situation. When on the train, I told a friend of mine that "My company is not doing well these days". By my company I mean the company ...
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Word that means “desiring power”

What is a good word to use for the describing someone as "desiring power"?
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Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' (or possibly something else)? [closed]

Someone who is disingenuous is someone who displays ________ (fill in the blank). Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' or something else?
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [closed]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.