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A person who twists facts to appear infallible?

What is the correct term for a person who twists facts and provides misinterpretations in an effort to appear infallible? The kind of person who is given a simple logic puzzle, fails to solve it ...
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you have confused me or you have got me confused?

You have confused me by staying quiet about it or you have got me confused by staying quiet about it? I know the latter is correct, but is the former sentence correct as well and convey the same ...
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Walking on/in/through/by a road? [duplicate]

How do you "idiomatically" describe the instance of a person using their feet to traverse a road? Is there any "wrong" way to do so?
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Displayed “onto” a monitor or “on” a monitor?

Would it be correct to say "Text is being displayed onto my computer screen" or "on my computer screen"? This is more of a technical question than purely grammatical. I would argue that nothing is ...
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Should I say “Your order is now complete” or “Your order is now completed”?

When a user finishes an order on my website, what's the correct way? Your order is now complete. Your order is now completed.
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“Approach to” or “approach for”

When do you use approach for, and when do you use approach to? (How can I answer questions like this? In which dictionaries should I look? How do I google it?) The reason to ask this question is ...
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What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?

I see both "It's up to you" and "It's down to you" in conversations. So what's the difference?
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“Unselect” or “Deselect”?

If I want the user to revert their operation of selecting an item, should I say: "Unselect the option" or "Deselect the option"?
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Who and whom usage in single-word-sentence

I know that if you say something with only one person—for example "Look over there, it's Jack"—the correct response is "who?" (short for "who is Jack?"), or at least I'm pretty sure this ...
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Word for Feeling That Something Is “Off” about a Person?

Is there a word for the feeling one gets around someone who sets off your "spider senses", red flags, warning bells, and so on? I want to say something like, "she made people feel ____." This might ...
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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Mass measuring vs Measuring mass

I have a table of Measuring Equipment, which is NOT in English. There is a column called Parameter Measured, where the following is specified: Refractive index measuring Mass Measuring Optical ...
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“I wanna get wet in rain with you” Is there a better word than the vulgar-sounding “wet”? [closed]

From what I know drenched is not the best word. I would like to say: I wanna get all wet (literally) with you in the rain. Something that can express the feeling that I want to enjoy the rain ...
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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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Is it correct to use “all this” instead of “all of this”?

I frequently see people write "all this", instead of "all of this". Is this a grammatically correct phrase? My intuition tells me that it's wrong (the spoken phrase "all this" is really a contraction ...
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Should I use the verb “class” or “classify”?

Which should I use, and what is the difference? The stages of sleep are classed as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The stages of sleep are classified as ...
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What is the opposite of someone who has been sheltered?

I am looking for a word to describe a teenager as someone who is "not sheltered." Someone who has been exposed to many different people, communities and ways of thinking. Worldly seems too broad of a ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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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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If he did or if he had

Consider the following excerpt: He couldn't follow. Just couldn't. Because if he had, he would have been [...] As a non-native speaker, I am unsure about whether to use either did or had to ...
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better word for “un-influenced”

I want to write something like "Follow your dream! Make sure it is un-influenced by the society". Is there a better word? Here the idea is to convey that dreams should not be seeded into someone by ...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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What word can be used in place of “but” in writing or statements [closed]

I frequently write in online forums, mainly with regard to mental health materials and concepts. I struggle with grammatical correctness and the word but gets inserted throughout a lot of my ...
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Incorrect grammar versus different dialects

My girlfriend, someone from southern New Jersey, constantly says phrases like "I'm done my homework" or "I'm done my dinner." I try to correct her and say, "I'm done with my homework" or "I'm done ...
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When the conditions are all established,

When the conditions are all established, I found that when conditions are met, the word "establish" can be used as a verb as the above example. Other than "establish", when I write in technical ...
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what do you call a visit to someone who has just beat an illness?

If I was visiting someone to wish well on them and thank God for their soundness and them overriding ailment and illness, what do you call that sort of visit? Let's go to Mark and ...... It's not ...
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Looking for a word to describe someone who has high achievements in a particular field

I am looking for a word to describe a person who has high achievements in a particular field. High achievements can be subjective so this word should have personal meanings. For example, I really like ...
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Word to encompass service, booking, order and reservation

I'm looking for a word that can be used for services, bookings, products and reservations. For example, at a hotel you can reserve a tennis court, book a conference room, order room service and ...
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“strongly” or “strong”?

Is strongly correct in the following, or should it be strong? ... and had a strongly Protestant and unionist identity. What is the explanation in grammar terms? Context.
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Do “chorus” and “refrain” have different connotations?

In a musical context, let's say musicians talking about present-day pop music (i.e. there is not a real chorus with 40 people singing), do the words “chorus” and “refrain” carry different meanings? Is ...
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Is telling someone to wait basically the same as telling them to stop? And the other way around?

I know that stop can be a synonym for wait,btw. I know telling someone to wait means for someone to pause until a certain time. But telling someone to stop just means the person has to pause without 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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What is the difference between “nevermind” and “never mind”?

I never remember the appropriate use of either of nevermind and never mind. What's the difference and how can I remember?
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How would I combine these phrases? Putting boxes on a truck, removing boxes from a truck

The original sentence: "The movers are putting boxes on a truck and removing boxes from a truck." To shorten the sentence, I want to combine these two actions: "The movers are putting and removing ...
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Better term for “intellectual jokes”

What can you call a joke, pun, or anything funny that likely needs intelligence to get? All I can come up with is intellectual jokes; is there another word for this? A one-word answer would be great. ...
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Is “triple” the proper counterpart of pair when describing a group of three items?

I'm writing a tech doc and this question bothers me, though I know it should be simple. I know I should say "A pair of [Key, Value]", but when I have something like "A ____ of [Key, Value, Flag]", ...
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What to call a date field that represents when another date field was entered? [closed]

I have a date field named "Initial Forecast Date" and I need another date field that represents when the user entered "Initial Forecast Date". What would be the most appropriate name for this field? ...
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Goal-driven vs. goal-oriented

What is differences between "goal-driven" and "goal-oriented"? E.g. This chapter proposes modeling perception as a goal-driven planning pro- cess and considers how to guide the application of ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Is there sch a thing in English as “other payment for use of land” that is not, in the broad sense, “rent”?

I ask this as an inquiry into the validity of the logic behind the currently accepted answer to Do you still pay 10x the dice when getting the chance card that takes you to the nearest utility if the ...
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What is the “‑cide” word for killing one’s husband?

We have uxoricide for killing one’s wife, but what is the equivalent term for killing one’s husband? Similarly, what is the husband-specific equivalent for the adjective uxorial?
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Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
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Difference between “recently” and “lately”

I have posted a topic using this sentence: I have picked some fictions to read lately. RegDwight edited this sentence to: I have recently picked up several works of fiction and begun to read ...
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What is a feminine version of 'guys'?

I commonly use the word 'guys' to refer to a group of males colloquially. It's colloquial but not rude, off putting, condescending, patronizing (though I wouldn't use it with a group of men at a board ...
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Types of things vs. types of thing

When speaking precisely or technically, one would say that "Homo erectus and homo sapiens are two species of hominid" rather than "Homo erectus and homo sapiens are two species of hominids." The ...
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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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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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offer for vs. offer to

Which of the two sentences is correct? He refused the organization's offer for help. He refused the organization's offer to help. Did a few searches online, and I found that both are widely used. ...
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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 ...