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A question on the usage of the word “completing” versus the words “that completed.”

I am reviewing a paper and the following sentence keeps jumping out at me as an incorrect usage of the word completing: For the subset of individuals completing fewer than 500 trials in total, ...
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What is this mark (-) called? [closed]

Address: #FloorUnit - #UnitNumber Example: #123 - #123 What is standard name of the "-" in between FloorUnit and UnitNumber? Make sense.
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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, "study"...
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“Discover” or “invent” in mathematics context [closed]

A very theoretical question I came across with friends some time ago. I am not a native English speaker, so I may be misunderstanding some details, but as I understand: 1) Discovery relates to a ...
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Modern use of “I should think” vs. “I would think” in speech

When I listen to old Tom Lehrer recordings he says, I should like to introduce... and it sounds a bit strange. However, yesterday I was building a shed with my wife and I said, much to my ...
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I am having trouble deciding whether to use “so” or “instead” in the following sentence. Which is appropriate?

There are few surviving writings that could tell us more about wrestling in ancient times. __________, historians have learned about the sport by examining pictures on vases, coins, and cave walls.
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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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“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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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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Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the former ...
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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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What's the difference between “pervasive” and “ubiquitous”?

The words pervasive and ubiquitous seem to mean almost the same thing. pervasive: existing in or spreading through every part of something <a pervasive odor> ubiquitous: existing or ...
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Connotation vs. Subtext

Can these two words ever be used interchangeably? My intuition as a writer tells me that I can either say (for example) The word denotes (x), but its connotation is (y). or The definition of the ...
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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 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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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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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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Classify into 4 categories or in 4 categories?

Which is more correct? I am going to classify these faults into 4 categories. I am going to classify these faults in 4 categories. I am going to classify these faults as 4 categories. ...
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Up one's ass vs. In one's ass

Why is stick/shove/etc up one's ass much more common than in/into one's ass?
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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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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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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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“Put it at the backseat” or “Put it onto the backseat”?

What preposition should I use in the expression "put ___ the backseat"? The sentence goes like this: I have a few items on my plans, item A is the least important one, so I will put it ___ the ...
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A date when a price is set by a company

How would you call a date when a company sets its price? I. e. a carmaker will set the price for its new model on a certain date. The context is a legal contract. In particular, does it sound right ...
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Coming and going in the past

If I call my mother when I am done shopping in the morning, I might tell her "I am coming home" if she is at home, but "I am going home" if she is not. That afternoon at home, discussing the day's ...
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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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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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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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what is the opposite way of an expression of “win-win situation”?

I am just trying to find out an expression that is an opposite of "win-win situation? when you are having problems or in troubles and trying to get out or to solve those problems in multiple way but ...
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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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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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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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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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“For most” vs “of many” Idiomatic Language

For example, which choice of idiomatic language would best serve the meaning of this particular sentence? My friend Allan is typical for most / of many programmers today in that he ponders for ...
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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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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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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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Double meaning of “Short” for object dimensions

Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room. You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them. So ...
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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 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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“Comportment” vs. “deportment”

What is the difference between comportment and deportment? I have tried looking up a comparison, but with very little results. The few discussions I found were contradictory. I also tried looking ...
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What does “share the passion” mean?

For example, what would it be defined if used in this sentence: We share the passion in reading fantasy adventure book series. Also, should in be replaced with of?
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Adjective/adverb that means “seemingly clever, but actually foolish”

Is there a single word in English (or borrowed) that describes someone or some action as being clever or smart on the surface, but is actually quite foolish or unproductive? I used to think "...
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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...