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What is the difference between “responsibility for” and “responsibility to”?

I thought "responsibility for" is about the responsibility for an action or an object, and "responsibility to" is about the responsibility with a person, like if I say "I must have the responsibility ...
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Marrying a woman [closed]

Is it possible in English to describe a woman who married a man as follows: She is under him. Thank You.
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“I'm done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We're done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to "We're done"? A ...
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Should I use “standalone”, “independent” or “ad-hoc”?

In my task-management application tasks are grouped inside "processes". I just added support for tasks not related to any specific process and trying to come up with a right name for them. What would ...
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What is a word to describe a person who mischievously and annoyingly refers to his/her friend as arrogant when that person is not?

I encountered this person (guy) who mischievously and annoyingly refers to another person (girl) as arrogant when that person is not. I suspect that the guy is trying to tease the girl but in doing so,...
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Formal for “move the focus from A to B”?

What is a formal way of saying "move the focus from A to B" in the following context? The two curves swap their locations when we move our focus from measure A to measure B. My some lousy ...
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Which preposition to use with “enhancements”? [migrated]

When I want to talk about enhancing something, which is the correct preposition to use? To me, as a non-native speaker, all of the following options sound acceptable, but I would probably use the ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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Is saying “How many percent…?” incorrect?

Our students are often asked to describe a chart for their online classes. We have to ask follow-up or guide questions to help them describe it and I often ask my students about how many votes did an ...
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Is “betterly” a word? [closed]

Consider the sentence: Sorry for the poorly worded sentence, I could not find a way to word it betterly. Does the word “betterly” exist? Can it be used in a sentence like that?
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Single word(s) that describes all activity sorted by recency

We are struggling to find the correct word(s) that describes a list of all messages in the system that are sorted by recency. Trending does not work because what we are displaying is not what is ...
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Does it make sense to say that ones' interest in something is “instrumental” if [closed]

if the interest was born out of some personal goal? For instance: My interest in grammar is both academic, in that I enjoy studying languages, and instrumental, in that I hope to become a ...
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Do `no username or password provided` and `no username or no password provided` mean the same?

On a website, which is the correct error message when a user does not provide their username, their password, or both: No username or password provided. or No username or no password ...
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How to paraphrase a 3 step process in one sentence? [closed]

Good day everyone, I have the following sentence: Receive qualified developers, screen by more experienced developers. I want to ensure that the meaning is well understood. This sentence is ...
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“Could you Please provide me the details…”? [closed]

When we write a business email and want some information from the mail recipient, then which is the most professional way to ask for information. Does using "Please" in a sentence makes it look bad?
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Application of sth. to or for?

What is the correct phrase: a) "I am interested in the application of method A to the economic analysis of the data." b) "I am interested in the application of method A for the economic analysis of ...
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Better able to or able to better

Is it grammatically correct to say "better able to" or "able to better"? This applies to any usage I can think of, but the sentence that prompted this question is: Users are [phrase] understand ...
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Is it impolite/incorrect to start an email with “Namaste [name]”? [closed]

When writing an email, should I start with just "Hello [name]" or can I use other greetings, such as, "Ni Hao [name]" or "Namaste [name]"? I feel like it might be okay, but wonder if there is a ...
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In large part… in small part

What is the "conjunction" for in large part? For example: Items in this category were in large part based on Doyle and Stern’s (2006) definitions of globalization, and in small part based on ...
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An 'in-your-face' (physically) synonym? [closed]

The setting is at a restaurant table/booth and I'm trying to describe a hanging lamp/candle/ornament/chandelier that is basically in the character's face. The first word that came to my mind was ...
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What is the AmE and BrE for “americanata”?

Americanata is a common Italian noun which is used to refer to: scherz., iron. Azione, impresa fatta con grandiosità esagerata e ostentata. Bizzarria di dubbio gusto: Quello spettacolo è ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...
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What is the best way to talk about a person's nationality without the proper demonym?

I am developing a web-app, where people can register a person's nationality. I have a table with countries, but not the proper demonyms for all countries (Danish, Swedish, Canadian etc). In lieu of ...
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Liaison or Liasor?

I received an email from a client. On her signature, her job title was shown as Client Liasor. I have seen that title listed as Client liaison, or even (perhaps more accurately as well) Client ...
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What is the difference between “special” and “specific” in usage?

Which one is correct to use in the following sentence; special or specific? Both adjectives seem to be interchangeable. According to Dictionary.com, specific means 1. having a special application, ...
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“positively/negatively related to” OR “directly/inversely related to ”?

It seems there are two ways to describle when variable X increases as variable Y decreases: X is negatively related to Y, OR X is inversely related to Y. when variable X increases as variable Y ...
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Looking for a descriptive word for a person who doesn't mind others' opinion about him/herself [closed]

How would you describe a person who doesn't mind others' opinion about himself/herself. I thought of ignorant/independent, but they are obviously not descriptive enough.
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Greater Chicago, Chicago Metro or Chicagoland

I was wondering whether someone would know answer to this question. In formal writing which of these should I go with? Greater Chicago, Chicago Metro or Chicagoland. Could you please explain why? ...
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Is the following word choice correct? [closed]

Is it possible to describe the relation between two countries as "negative" and "tepid"? Are there any better alternatives usually used in media texts?
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One word for one who accepts advice?

I want a word for a person who accepts advice of others. Basically, I am reading a play and in that there is a ruler who accepts the wise advice of others. What word can be used to describe such a ...
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Better wording to represent “ to show this in image…”

I made a diagram that I want to show but I am confused with how to present it, like should I say " so this is how it looks in picture/diagram" or "to represent this graphically or in picture" or ...
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Teachers (of/from) various schools met to discuss how to improve the standard of English [migrated]

Teachers (of/from) various schools met to discuss how to improve the standard of English. Which word should be used here, of or from?
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Cipher vs Cypher - British English vs American English [duplicate]

As an English author but long time resident of America, I recently wrote a historical spy thriller that delved deeply into coded messages. I often caught myself writing cipher and cypher. Although I ...
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Does a parked car lie in the street, or sit in the street, or stand in the street?

Does a parked car lie in the street or sit in the street or stand in the street ? Is there a rule to determine which verb to use with a specific noun, when the noun describes a ...
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Business term for unique companies

I'm looking for a business term to be applied to companies that are the only known providers of some good/service. "One-of-a-kind" and "unique providers" come to my mind at first, but they does not ...
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How do I describe positions of persons in a sequence?

Let's say I have four persons in an ordered sequence. For example: Person A - Person B - Person C - Person D. Person D arrived first. Then person C arrived, then B, and then A. I now want to ...
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What do you call a person who loves nuts and bolts? [closed]

What do you call a person who has a fetish for fasteners such as bolts, nuts and screws?
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Which is more suitable/correct usage: “forget your password?” or “forgot your password?” [duplicate]

As a web developer, this is a question that has bugged me for some time: when providing a way for users to reset their password, which link wording is more suitable or is the "proper" use? "Forget ...
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Does somebody's “lady” mean somebody's wife?

I recently visited a historic Buddhist temple in Japan and a grave there was in honor of the wife of a feudal samurai lord. The woman was referred to as the lord's "lady" in English. Is it an ...
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Can the word “unsettling” be used in a positive sense?

For example, in the phrase: John told Mary something unexpected and thoroughly unsettling - but in the best way a person can be unsettled Is there something wrong (meaning-wise) with this? Can the ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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Quality of life Vs. Life Quality

In the context of the following excerpt, what expression should I use? And why? The husband's role is a fundamental element for the sick wife's well-being and life quality/quality of life. Note ...
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What is the difference between bamboozle and hornswoggle

Please don't answer that bamboozle is spoken in GB and hornswoogle in US. Many times i have heard hornswoogle spoken at the US East Coast. Is it possible that both means the same but hornwoogle is ...
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Should this be “ensure,” and not "insure?

The assure vs. insure vs. ensure has been discussed frequently on this site. But I came across a New Yorker article, which has excellent editing, which uses "insure" when it seemingly should have used ...
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Word choice in this sentence: trajectory vs. vector

I'm editing a short piece of fiction where the author has left brackets around specific items that they want looked at, and this one has me a little bit stumped. In the scene, a character has jumped ...
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Need word for “remove duplicates and keep unique instances” [closed]

Here is a sentence. Combine all Points and keep unique Points. For example: Points-> 1,1,1,1,2,3,3,3,4,4,5,5 Remove duplication and keep uniqueness Unique Points-> 1,2,3,4,5 I need a word ...
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Which is proper in this case? [duplicate]

Which is proper, "Grammar and spelling on facebook is something else!" or "Grammar and spelling on facebook are something else!"
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What is a word that describes a person who takes up a challenge

The same thing as the title. The situation is a person whose intent is against the protagonist's and is taking up a king's challenge. I'm rewriting a fairytale from a different perspective. The ...
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Which word do I use? Are or Is?

Which is correct? Spelling and grammar on facebook is something else. Spelling and grammar on facebook are something else.