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Not to mention A and/or B?

I want to express X is prohibited. Of course A is prohibited. Of course B is also prohibited. Should I use X is prohibited. Not to mention A and B. or X is prohibited. Not to mention A ...
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Tea infusion or brew

I was talking to a friend from Texas. When I said that my tea was somewhat strong and that the second infusion would probably be better, he did not pick up on it. When I called it a brew, he said ...
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One word synonymous to display of power

I need one single word that is synonymous to "bold display of power/might/hold/domination in some place" .It would be much appreciated if someone can provide me a noun otherwise a verb will also do ...
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Human vs Person

Imagine a database to keep clients' data. Clients can be either humans/persons or companies. For human/person clients there is additional data to be stored, like gender, age. What word works better in ...
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Should I use 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif, in academic English?

Should I, in an scientific book, use the word 'leitmotifs', the plural of leitmotif? Some dictionaries seem to know it in the plural form, but does it sound very weird or massively pretentious to the ...
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Use of 'being' at the end of the sentence

Is it right if I write the sentence as follows: I started my graduate research on Sensing, dynamic spectrum access and sharing being the main focus. Or should I write it like this: I ...
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Which one is common: “Diagnostic” or “Diagnostics”

I'm translating the interface texts of an industrial control panel software and got stuck on this one. The module I'm referring to has some lists containing the sensors and switches for the digital ...
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Informal of “Fixing problem is in progress” [closed]

We have comical picture which we show when video signal is lost. The text below should be sort of that: "No signal. Fixing is in progress". But in more informal way. One alternative is: "No signal. We ...
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Reform vs. Re-form

Does the word "reform" refer to something forming again (the nucleus reformed) or to something like "social reform"? I wanted to know because my biology textbook refers to the nucleus forming again ...
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give an exact number

I heard on the following web site that one person says "* give an exact number.." http://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=12-P13-00043 I wonder whether or not the "give" can be used as a verb in a ...
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Can “trusty” and “trustworthy” be used interchangeably?

Such as: "I'm going back to the clubhouse; there are trusty people there." "I'm going back to the clubhouse; there are trustworthy people there." Trusty Definition: having served for a long ...
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Is there a term or expression for certain terms that we have lain in a dictionary that we consider useless?

I've researched and I found out that "Pleonasm" is not what I'm referring to. So it's not that. For example: The term prognosticate -"To prognosticate weather conditions is not a simple matter." ...
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Should 'in' be used in this sentence or 'on'? What is the grammar behind it?

We will imprint your design, logo or message in any color on any shape, to make your unique air freshener. In this sentence is "on any shape" correct or will it be "in any shape"? And what is ...
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Is this headline concise and clear enough? [closed]

I want to say it like im 5. Essentially, where a 5 year old could be able to comprehend the message. I tried to simplify this line, but I feel it's still a bit complicated. Making deliveries ...
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What is a good word to describe someone that is good at playing with others gullibility [closed]

What is a word that shows some being good at playing with someone gullibility?
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“conversation-partner” and “conversation-mate”

Is it appropriate to say that the person I'm having a conversation with is my conversation-partner, or do I have to say conversational partner? And if "conversation-partner" is Ok, what about ...
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Should I use “internal” or “domestic”? [closed]

Should I use "internal" or "domestic"? And where? What word should be applied to internal/domestic market?
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Is there a word that refers to both caller and callee in telecommunication? [closed]

Is there a word that can refer to both caller and callee as in calling party and called party in telecommunication?
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When talking to American clients, should I say “smoothie” or “milkshake”?

We have a client visit planned to our service center (in India) and I am in-charge of Food and Beverages for our client's entire itinerary. I am writing to my client's Travel coordinator(an American) ...
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“Drink up”: lost in translation: how can it be regained?

Articles on this issue periodically appear in literary essays. There are pros and cons, and the issue lives on, unresolved. Here's the problem: Translators of Russian classic novels into English ...
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What preposition is used with Weekend [duplicate]

When is Pat going to call you? I' am expecting him to call sometime ______ the weekend. a)in b)on c)over
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Assessing Formality via the Root of the Word

Firstly, I'd point out that as this is a slightly open-ended question I'm not certain how well it fits in with the guideline. I'm hoping that the fact there's a way to define an answer means that it ...
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Which adjective is better to describe 'weather' and 'climate' that they are neither cold nor hot?

There are some adjectives which are used to describe weather, such as hot, cold, wet, dry, fine, nice, etc. I think we can use 'mild' (relatively warm for winter or cool for summer). Or we can use ...
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Soft winter OR mild winter?

I was doing some online tests that are supposed to be useful for the TOEFL and I was confused (although I gave a correct answer) with the following multiple-choice question: The meteorologists say ...
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Questions about vocabulary related to publishing and writing - proper words

Updating my resume and converting it to English, I encountered the following issues: I have written a few technical books. In the resume summary, what should I refer to myself as? Writer, author..? ...
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Owing to or thanks to [closed]

__________ to Gail, I managed to finish the project on time. a) Owing b) Thanks And why?
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Words begin or end with X, Y, or Z to describe price/quality of services/products [closed]

I'm looking for a set of words which begin or end with letter "x", "y", or "z" to describe differentiated price levels or quality of services/products. Purpose of this question: To label ...
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Is the following use of “decorating” incorrect and/or unclear?

If you do XYZ , it could end miserably with your body decorating the gutter by sundown. I looked up the use of decorating on Ngrams and Google and found nothing of the kind. This usage appears to ...
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thriving initiative

Does this sentence make sense? (it refers to the project called "The city of changes" 'It's a THRIVING initiative that will be DEVELOPING in the future' ? I'm not really sure if the emphasised words ...
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“I will be back into the office at 3pm.” or “I will be back in the office at 3pm”?

I have another questions which are: "I will be back into the office at 3pm." or "I will be back in the office at 3pm"?? and "As you can read on my report" or "As you can read at my report"?? English ...
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Is ''realisticness'' a real English word? [closed]

In a scientific publication I want to use the word "realisticness" but I have doubts whether it is a proper English word. I would use it to refer to the state of being realistic.
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What is the Japanese equivalent for francophile?

Similar to this question, what is the term used to refer to people who like Japan or Japanese culture?
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“Upon receiving…” or “When receiving…”

What is the proper word to use in the following sentences: Example 1: "When receiving a package, check the mailing address to ensure..." "Upon receiving a package, check the mailing address to ...
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“Operate” on fossil fuels vs “Run” on fossil fules [closed]

Example sentence: Since our obsolete power stations still run on fossil fuels, they emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases. Would it be more formal, if it is changed into the following ...
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How can one decide whether to use the compound form of a word when the one- or two-word versions are acceptable? [duplicate]

This question is an attempt to find an abstract answer to every "one word or two?" discussion. My problem is exemplified by this scenario: My text editor's spellchecker recently corrected me on my ...
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Adjective vs Past Participle(used as an adjective) derived from the same word

I have a quick question: what's the difference between these two noun + adjective forms. The ripe apple. The ripened apple. From my understanding, use of past participle as an adjective ...
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Which phrase is more preferable and correct: “value out of range” or “value is out of range”?

The question is: "Which phrase is more preferable and correct: 'value out of range' or 'value is out of range' " in context of technical documentation, specifications and technical description. I've ...
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Usage of “else” to convey the opposite meaning

I am writing an email to a senior and want to say if he agrees to my suggested changes and if no I will modify it further. So is this ok to say: Kindly suggest if you agree to this revised ...
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“Study/Investigate the Possibility”: Which One and Why?

I just changed a sentence from "Further, we study the possibility that ..." to "we investigate the possibility", and I'm not sure why it seems better that way. Is it because, in this context, ...
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what are the difference between 'learn' and 'study'? [closed]

Should I be when to use 'learn' and not 'study'? eg. " I am learning how to love a person. " is right ? Or , i should say:"I am studying how to love a person." I understand, thank you everyone!
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Ways to ask “save the date” [closed]

Does it sound better if I say: ... hope you have marked your calendars instead of : ... hope you have blocked the date for a certain event in the future for which they have already been ...
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Vision Problem vs Visual Problem

I have a problem with those 2 words. What is the difference between the vision problem and visual problem? Or Do they mean the same? I Googled both terms, but the search results are pretty much the ...
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“Guide for” or “guide of” [closed]

I am struggling with the correct preposition going after guide. Which sentence is correct? "that dog served as a guide for blind people" or "that dog served as a guide of blind people".
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Thesis statements or theses statements? [duplicate]

I am doing research for three different questions and I am going to present one single thesis statement for each question. Would I refer to all three statements as 'thesis statements' or as 'theses ...
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At/in/within any time range

Which of the following should I say At any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. In any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. Within any time range, ...
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If I say I am 'interested' in a position, does that imply certainty in my decision [closed]

I am considering accepting a position at a company, however I do not want to talk with certainty just yet. If I say that I am 'interested' in that position, would that be appropriate for my situation? ...
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word for someone who is a “victim” of confirmation bias or a logical fallacy?

Say, for example, Jim has his bias confirmed on some argument. Is there a noun that describes his relation to the confirmation bias? Victim is the first word that comes to mind for me, but it gives ...
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How to say that a research topic is applicable for different purposes?

I want to say that my research topic is applicable for different purposes, or I can do a lot of things with my research work, or I have worked on a research topic which has a lot of application. How ...
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What words in English convey love?

The word love is a cognate with its Germanic origin "luv," but I am wondering if English contains other words for love, such as relatives to the famous Greek "Four Loves:" Philia - This one has ...
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Is “willingness” dependent upon desire?

For instance can I be willing to do something even if I don't want to do it? If I'm willing but not exactly "eager", can I still claim "willingness" or is it just compliance? Is desire a ...