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You better vs. You have better

Which one is correct? You better visit your family. You have better visit your family. You had better visit your family.
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What adjective to describe this moral idea is “better, higher” than that idea?

In the story I am writing, a villain says that his "moral solution/idea" is "better, grander, more shining, more moral" than anything in the world. What word or phrase could I use to describe that ...
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Is there a single word to represent 'which included'? [closed]

I want to write a sentence like this: ............which included low profiled members of the organisation. Is there a single word to represent 'which included'?
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Writing instruction vs. assignment? [closed]

What is the difference between "writing instruction" and "writing assignment (question)"? Which to use, in which situations? Thank you for the answers!
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Intelligent vs. smart in the context of software systems

From DifferrenceBetween, Smart is an earned status, for example when we study, we'll be smarter. But, Intelligence, is something with which someone is born, such as IQ. If we take above definitions ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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“neither … nor ” alternative

Is it correct ? I don't currently have neither an irish residence nor an irish bank account yet or I could say : I don't have an irish residence and an irish bank account yet
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How to thank your client who is showing interest in working in future? [closed]

My client has just sent me this message - "Hey I heard you are leaving the company. I wish the best of luck and if you ever want to work for XXX or another project I may have just let me know" How ...
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What is the synonym of “pixel pusher” for programmers? [closed]

"Pixel pusher" is the ironic expression denominating graphical designers (see this article). What would be the similar expression for programmers? I would like to emphasize the user interface ...
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what would you call someone that enjoy making friends [closed]

I want the the one word that is used for someone that enjoy making friends.
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Looking for a special synonym for “sharing”

For sake of naming convention, I need a noun synonym to share that start with "ea" or "e". Is there any word that meets this constrain?
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What do you call writing in memory of someone who has passed away?

I was recently invited to contribute a piece of writing to commemorate a friend who has passed away. My writing, along with others, were compiled into a book that was passed out at the funeral; these ...
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inquire “from” or “to”?

I have written: "They knew me from having seen me through the window, and from inquiring about me from John and Angel." Should that be "to John", or even "of John," ?
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Word for superficial (but unmerited) appearance of substance/character

What is a word for someone or something that superficially seems to have a lot of substance/character but is actually shallow/empty? I can't help but think I've heard a word like this before. "Glib" ...
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Us verse We for relationships [closed]

What is more intimate when referring to two people and what is the less. I'm trying to describe the change from casual friendship to a romantic relationship. "When we changed from we to us" or ...
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Is there a word for the giver of a testimonial?

Is there a word for the author of a testimonial about a product or service. I thought perhaps "Testimonee" or something similar but that's not a word.
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A word for “who does what” [closed]

A word for "who does what". For example, "I need to understand who does what in the company".
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Another verb for “speaks to”

I often hear the phrase 'speak to' used as a verb. For example, "This event speaks to the need for good communication" or "Samantha, can you please speak to these dot points?" It seems appropriate ...
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Can I use the word 'boss' as a verb? [closed]

Like, for example, could I use 'to boss' instead of 'to dominate/to command' in a phrase. Would people understand the meaning? Just would like to know if it's possible to use in a conversation, ...
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More descriptive, strong verb to replace “came back”

I am writing an exposé in writing class. In my lead I am trying to find a verb to replace "came back" Here is the example: Billy Bob "came back" from behind to win the trophy. In the active ...
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Is there a word to replace the phrase for 'couldn't have been more different'?

I don't think the phrase is formal and academic enough, but I can't think of a word to replace it. I want to say something like this: The two frogs both agreed that they needed to fight, but their ...
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'Learn of' vs 'learn off'

I couldn't find a thread on this, so I'm asking. When you're learning facts for an exam, are you 'learning of' the facts, or 'learning off' the facts? It is possible that it may be an English or ...
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Looking for a nice and unique word that resemble the general usability of a device

I am looking for a nice and unique word that resemble the general usability of a device. Let's assume we have a smoke detector that is installable on any heater, so what should I call it? e.g. ...
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“Same difference” vs “Same thing” [duplicate]

Which do you think is more widely understood, and what other phrases are there to describe two things being near enough the same thing? Also, the phrase "same difference" is basically implying there ...
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Dual meaning of 'Latest'

I want to sort a list of events chronologically in 'latest first' order. Does this mean the most recent events will be the top of the list, or the bottom of the list? Latest means 'most recent', but ...
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When to use “first” and “last” when they coincide?

To be more specific, I'm referring to a sentence of the following type: The next event will be even bigger than the last. In the case that the "next" event is the second event and the "last" ...
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What qualifies as first generation

Sometimes, I feel that the term "first generation" is used sort of vaguely sometimes. So it confuses me (because my situation) is a little bit complicated. My dad, was an immigrant from a foreign ...
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A word for persons who won't advance or improve [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or persons who are comfortable in their state of being or their position in life, who are unwilling or afraid to change for the better or even take a ...
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Term for past, present, and future classification of nouns

In a software program, I assign contracts a temporal classification as a past, current, or future agreement. I need a descriptive term for this classification and "temporal classification" seems ...
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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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Is “belongingness” used in American English?

Is "belongingness" used in American English? Ex. "the construction of social belongingness is markedly a relational process".
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Does the use of 'piece' instead of 'coin' depend on the value of the coin?

I ngram-viewered 'a fifty-pence piece' and 'a fifty-pence coin' and found 'piece' to be more common than 'coin'. But for 'a one-pound piece' and 'a one-pound coin', it is the opposite. Any idea ...
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variations for indicating “performed payment”

If we need to say(write) that "some program procedure checks if an advance payment has been performed". What would be the "best choice" in terms of most usable and preferable verbs for such case ...
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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Is it correct to say “Our shop is under renewal process”?

I went to a deli shop yesterday and found the sign saying, "Sorry, we are closed. Our shop is currently under renewal process" hanging at the door. I could see through the door a little bit; it was ...
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top left vs. upper left, lower-left vs bottom left, which are more common?

Top left vs. upper left, lower-left vs bottom left, which are more common? Or all of the combinations are right to use in any text?
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Communicate a *feeling* of impossibility

I need a word or phrase that communicates the feeling of impossibility without communicating a literal impossibility. Example: Due to the incessant noise sleep was impossible It is not truly ...
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A word that means, “Something filled with many mistakes or errors”?

Is there a word that referrs to something full of errors, that can be used in the following sentence? She told him something that could not possibly be pronounced by any human, and the syntax ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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“Conflict” Resolution: How to decide if two words are generally “unmistakable”?

Conflict Resolution in Stenographic Transcription The purpose of this question is for stenography. Stenographers often have “conflicts” in their writing, or in their typing using machine shorthand. ...
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'primordial' vs. 'primeval' [closed]

esp. in regards to our human ancestry? (e.g. Primordial/primeval ancestors) Thanks! I have a feeling primordial ancestors can include any ancestors down to single celled organisms, whereas primeval ...
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Words for political without party affiliation?

I'm struggling to find the right word to describe a campaign I'm starting. I want to influence public policy around an agenda in a party neutral manner. Apolitical and non-political feel wrong. The ...
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Accepting criticism [closed]

What are some words or phrases that say that we will accept criticism or any words thrown at us? I want to respond in a way so the bond between us is never broken. I don't want to take things ...
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On the use of “Dissent”. [closed]

The moratorium on the use of cars caused great dissent among the citizens. Can I use the word dissent in this sentence? If not, what can I use? Thanks!
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word to replace “ interest ”

I applied for a job position last year, and I want to continue to apply for it this year. Then I say, "My interest doesn't change", but I think "interest" is a little bit weak in this case, and ...
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something catch my strong interest

I have strong interest in something. For a passive version: something catch my strong interest, but I think 'catch' is not idiomatic. Could anyone have idea about that?
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Action performed sitting on a chair that rotates

The question just popped out on seeing my colleague who sits next to me. He always keeps rotating sitting on the chair. Well, not a complete rotation. Since it is not a full rotation, all I can think ...
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What is a word for an “inverse panorama”? [closed]

Specifically, what is a word for the action of taking several pictures of an object from multiple, regular angles and has the same connotation as "panorama" (where you would take multiple pictures of ...
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AT and TO: Which is correct in the following scenario? [duplicate]

I want an item within the reach of my hands. Which one of the following sentences is correct? Please explain. Keep it close TO hand?! Keep it close AT hand?!