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Better way of saying “this is because”

I am writing the following Previous work on Topic Detection and Tracking (TDT) has achieved great success on full length document, but the techniques has yet to be fully implemented on ...
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which verb is the most correct in the following sentence?

When children want to feel important and loved confident by their parents, do they want to be accepted/ approved/ acknowledged/ recognized by their parents?
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How do you describe someone who can hear you or see you but pretends or ignores your presence while you are trying to get his or her attention ?

you are trying to get somebody's attention by waving your hand or saying hello! but he or she ignores you; I am looking for an Idiom or word to describe the situation or attitude of that person.
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What is the word for what an applicant applies to?

If you are applying to a school you are an "applicant". What is the word for the thing you're applying to? Similar to the sentence "the stalker stalks the stalkee", what would be in the blank in the ...
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How to describe a person with the qualities give in the body of this question?

Which term can be used to describe a person who usually does his works by his own, for example, repairs his car himself, learns through self-studying, etc. (I look for something more specific or ...
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When to use 'degree of' versus 'level of' in urban planning

Should we say, in urban planning, a certain level of compact development, or a certain degree of compact development?
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What is considered a dystopia?

In the film The Book of Eli, the world is in state of disarray, with no government, weak or non-existent town and family structures, and widespread hunger, poverty, and regressed technologies. Is this ...
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What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?

Imagine there's food being cooked on stove and you feel the pleasant smell and it somehow makes you mad! You want to keep smelling or walk to the kitchen and get some of it to eat. What verb would ...
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“Day X” vs. “Xth day”

There are two possibilities to say that something happens on a particular day: The course of psychological support consisted of four 30-minute sessions led by a psychotherapist before and ...
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The use of OR in interrogative sentences

Is Indonesia a developing country or an underdeveloped country? Or Is Indonesia a developing or an underdeveloped country? I understand that "or" is either inclusive or exclusive. Is there ...
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How to refer to the “elevated areas” of a mountain?

For example, in the following picture, I see two "elevated areas" (one on the right, and one on the left, at the distance): The only word that comes to my mind is hill. But I'm not quite sure, ...
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Dating equivalent of 'spouse'

I want to ask someone, "Describe the perfect girlfriend/boyfriend" but I don't want to be so hetero-normative. So I'm looking for a simple gender-neutral/gender-inclusive equivalent for ...
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Associates vs employees

I've noted that some US companies (I've seen that in less-than-stellar retail and fast-food chains) call people working for them "associates", rather than "employees". What would be the difference ...
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Opposite of benefit of the doubt?

"Benefit of the doubt" is a standard phrase in English and is a very useful one in formal discussions. Is there an equivalent expression to denote the opposite of it, formal or informal? For example: ...
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Is there a term for someone who “can see multiple perspectives”?

A colleague of mine is trying to describe herself as "capable of seeing a situation from multiple perspectives" or "able to look at the big picture from various viewpoints". I feel like there must be ...
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Contradictory rules about “who” and “whom” in relation to this sentence

I have a grammar which says that "whom" is used when it follow a preposition. i.g.: to whom am I speaking. to whom it may concern. The grammar also says that "whom" is the object form of "who". ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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“As of this morning” vs. “as at this morning”

As of this morning, he was not in support of the motion. As at this morning, he was not in support of the motion. Which is correct?
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“Easy to adhere to” alternatives?

Apparently "adherable" should not be used in formal language (if the opposite is true, please correct me). Are there any more concise ways of saying "easy to adhere to", such as in this phrase: For ...
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Thanks. You got it

Can "You got it, dude " be used as a reply to "thank you" in informal English?
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Another word for “kisses” or “slightly touches” or “barely makes contact”

I'm specifically trying to find the perfect word for this phrase I'm adding to Wikipedia: Oman's Musandam peninsula kisses the gulf at the Strait of Hormuz. But kisses really isn't the right ...
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'before' or 'in front of'?

Which sentence is the correct one? He parked his BMW directly before the diner. or He parked his BMW directly in front of the diner.
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Etymology of legend (as used in a chart/map)?

Related question: “Legend” or “key”? Legend, also known as a Chart's Key, often located on the right hand side of the chart or graph. It took me some time to understand what the legend was when ...
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What is the right term for “I have some issues new users usually have when doing something new”

When trying a new product / service, and having some "initial road bumps" when getting started, is there a term that describes this situation? E.g. if I write to a support person - "Hi, I'm having ...
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What is the adjective form of efficacy? [closed]

The word efficacy is often used in the medical field. For example, a paper might be on the efficacy of a treatment or a particular drug. The word, of course, implies how effectual that treatment or ...
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Is “knob” associated with penis? [closed]

I'm working on something where I used the word knob for a button to drag. I thought this is the right word. Then today an english friend of mine told me that knob means penis in english. This would ...
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How to say 'before previous' in one word?

I'm struggling to say 'before previous' in one word. Like "I visited my parents pre-previous month". Is there a suitable word?
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“relaxed flying fingers” associated with ergonomic keyboard computer interface?

I want to start an open source software project and call it "relaxed flying fingers". The project is about a better keyboard interface, especially for touch typers (people typing with ten fingers). ...
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Word that emcompasses both embassies and consulates

At Wikivoyage we are looking for a word to describe any kind of official representation office of a country in another country. It mostly means embassies and consulates, even though sometimes they ...
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including or included?

I'd greatly appreciate if someone could tell me whether both of the following are correct: Ageing concerns all of us, INCLUDING me. [I know this one is correct] Ageing concerns all of us, me ...
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Removing offensiveness from swear word [closed]

Is there a consensus in terms of the ranking of offensiveness given by the word "damn" and its derivatives? Damn Darn Dang Ding (as in ding-busted) I assume that the less a word sounds like the ...
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Is there a concise word or phrase for the feeling of being unsure if someone is kidding?

I'm searching for a word for the feeling of uncertainty as to the sincerity of another person's statements or behavior. Or, the state of being that is to think someone is possibly putting on an act ...
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Correct use of “but”, “however” and “although”

I am not sure which conjunction to use in the following context: I know about programming but I have a little bit of confusion in Java programming. I know about programming although I have a ...
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Proceed vs. Proceed further/ahead- Redundancy

In a training session on Business English, the instructor often said, proceed and proceed further, usually, after a pause by the speakers or whenever he interrupted. Examples: I ...
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“Head to” vs “head toward”

What should I use the former and when should I use the latter? For example: Sylvia and I grabbed our luggage and headed to the entrance. As we headed toward the center, I spotted a L-shaped ...
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“I'm starving” vs. “I'm starved”

I've heard on some American TV shows "I'm starving" instead of "I'm starved". What is the correct usage of both sentences?.
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What word or term describes a wire which is rigid, like a very thin rod?

The word wire usually describes a flexible strand of metal used to conduct electricity. However, there is a kind of non-flexible wire which can be used to transfer mechanical motion. I guess "rod" ...
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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Is it ever more appropriate to use “cognizant” over “aware”?

In every sentence I have ever read that uses the word "cognizant," the word could easily be replaced by "aware." On top of that, "aware" sounds much less pretentious and to-the-point. Are there ...
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Arbitrary or particular

I am writing a procedure to display an image that the user selects with the software. When I write my documentation, do I say it's displaying an arbitrary image or a particular image, or something ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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Origin of “Innocent” to mean “Sexually Inexperienced”

I was thinking about the way "innocent" is often used (in both casual and moderately formal contexts) to mean "sexually inexperienced/oblivious", and came to the conclusion that using the phrase in ...
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How to refer to “earlier” letters in the alphabet?

Concerning the order of letters in the alphabet, how does one refer to "earlier" letters? For example, "Names starting with "earlier" letters come first in lists." Would that be "earlier," "higher," ...
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A synonym for 'decision' that refers to the question only, but not the answer

All of the typical synonyms I can think of refer both to the act of making a decision and what you came to as your conclusion. original Decision (I made a decision, and it resulted in my decision) ...
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The meaning of Descending Priority when some possibly contradicting ordering is also are specified

At work, we use a priority classification with the following values: Priority 0 (most urgent) Priority 1 (less urgent than previous p0) Priority 2 (less urgent than previous p1) Priority 3 (least ...
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Earthquake As A Verb

Is there a way to use earthquake as a verb, i.e.: It started earthquaking... What's the proper way to express earthquake as a verb?
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the word for an object that has a name that doesn't describe it [closed]

the word for an object that has a name that doesn't describe it for example; prospect park in this case; the name actually does describe the thing (location) lets pretend that it didn't like ...
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A word that encapsulates both “person” and “group” (for people going on stage at an event)

At a conference, a talk can be done by a speaker (person) or multiple speakers (group of persons). At a festival, a live set can be played by an artist (person) or a band (group of persons) What's a ...
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...