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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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Word for 'controlled by', with reference to an external controller

Is there a word for 'controlled by' applicable in " My body was controlled by the mind "
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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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I can't tell if this is worded right or what I need to change [duplicate]

That's a lot different than mine. I can't tell if that's proper English or not because it doesn't sound right but I can't think of any other way to say it. I said it to my friend when we were ...
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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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“Ground floor” vs. “first floor”

Is the bottom-most floor (on ground level not the basement) "ground floor" or "first floor" in America?
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Is there a word or an idiom for barging in a room with anger?

Opening a door frustrated and rushing in like you are about to scold someone inside... Barging in a room with anger. Is there a word or idiom for that, other than storm in?
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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Hyperbolic vs Hyperbolical

I just looked up the word "hyperbolic" in the 3rd edition of "The New Oxford American Dictionary", and the second definition says "(of language) exaggerated; hyperbolical." When I go to hyperbolical, ...
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A suitable word for seizing a property

When a court orders for taking control of a property or real estate by the government in exchange of money, what is the best word for the court action? For example: The court maintains that his ...
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“error” vs. “mistake”

I think I understand the difference between “error” and “mistake”, but today I saw this article about Google’s self-driving cars that has the following sentence: A lot of this won’t be a surprise, ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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What is the difference between “fine” and “good”?

What is the difference between fine and good? Please suggest the proper usage.
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Other word for an empty promise (that is likely not to be held)

I'm not exactly sure how to word my questions properly, but here it is: Say I receive a reply from customer support such as: "We will take your concern very seriously" But I get the feeling that this ...
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Deciding between terms which describe a person being appraised

I am a non-native english speaker trying to understand the differences between taxing appraising scrutinizing and examining I am trying to express the circumstance of a person getting looked at by ...
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Refer to an entity with “it” or “she” or “he”

Related to this answer, but it's a slightly different question though. Consider this sentence. I prefer to use the singular form. The advantage for the bank is that he/she/it can employ the ...
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Word for “Having had considerable thought put into [x]” [closed]

I am trying to describe a plan that has "had considerable thought put into it" with a single word. Any ideas?
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How do I get a reputation [migrated]

How do I get my rep to 50 so I can answer questions and enlighten all of you so you can sleep at night...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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A word for writings about writing

Is there a word for creating something whose subject is the same as the media used to express it. Such as: books about writing, songs about singing, movies about movies, and so on?
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“Luck”, “coincidence”, “chance” — most appropriate in this situation?

I found my present flat completely by __. luck coincidence chance What will be the most appropriate word in this sentence?
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Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?

Is there a word or an idiom for rich people who spend only their families' money and do not bother to work, just fool around?
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Can you use the word “bearing” to mean causing?

Can you use the word "bearing" to mean when smething causes something? For example, I'm trying to write a poem thing and I'm using the sentence "the bleak bearing blanket of fog" to describe how a ...
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“My late friends” — they're not dead!

Context: We're discussing about how we used to get penalized in school for being late to classes, many years ago. I wanted to say: In my old school, it was hilarious to see my late friends get ...
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Print book vs. printed book

When talking about a physical book, as opposed to an e-book, which is correct: print book or printed book?
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“Screw[ed] it,” vs “screw[ed] it up,” vs “screw[ed] up.”

How do the three phrases differ? For example: Speaker A: Hey, I called to tell you about my audition. Speaker B: "Don't tell me you screwed it." Speaker B: "Don't tell me you ...
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What is a word that describes “acceptance” and “understanding?”

I'm looking for a better word for "actions" in the following sentences. Foreign language classes help increase acceptance and understanding of other cultures. These actions are important, because ...
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Usage of 'comprise' in a linguistic manner

The small man did not hesitate. "I'm stealing.", he declared in a soft, simple voice, that did not comprise even the faintest tremble. Is this a good, nice-sounding way of describing a way of ...
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What do you call something that's newly acquired but not new in general?

If my friend recently buys a classic car, how could I say "this is his new car" speaking only of it as a newly acquired car and not giving the impression that the car itself is new (i.e., has 0 miles ...
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arrange VS arrange for

Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available ...
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Word for an additional period of time allowed for something

I don't know what word, idiom or phrase to use if I want to say "I want to be allowed to use some specific offers for additional period of time." For example I am allowed to use software for one month ...
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What is the proper word for “man boobs?”

Example usages: My boyfriend got so fat he now has man boobs. Over-exposure to xenoestrogen may give you man boobs.
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what can I use to replace a large number of

what can I use to replace a large number of or a growing body of? I want to say "a large number of studies found something". But I have used this before, I want to change it to other words to ...
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What's correct in my sentence: those or them? [closed]

I am writing my project and I am stuck on this sentence: The task is to find domain walls and draw THEM/THOSE using different colors depending on the angle between adjacent domains. I would ...
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How do native English speakers decide whether to use “began” or “started”?

This is something that has been puzzling me for a while. For example: He started to run. He began to run. In common/informal speech, how do native English speakers decide when to use the ...
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Can a person be “responsible” to another person?

I came across this statement in a policy/guideline text: "He/she is responsible to the MD for maintaining the accuracy of this Guidelines. The Guidelines shall be adopted annually by the MD even if no ...
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Ambiguous meaning of “common”

Consider the phrase A transformation rule is a matrix, where certain elements can be accessed by a common name "Common" can be interpreted in two different, both semantically correct ways ...
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“Already”, “yet” or something else?

My students have been working for making questions about newspaper articles, and I am checking their questions now. My question is about the usage of "already". The following sentences are from BBC, ...
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What is the opposite word to “indent”—“outdent” or “unindent”?

I'm looking for the opposite word to "indent." Is it "outdent", or is it "unindent"? Corresponding to "Tab" and "Shift Tab" in most editors.
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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New Strands of Research

What is the meaning of the phrase "new strands of research" in the following sentence: The last two decades have also seen the emergence of new strands of research on multilingualism which have ...
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Why can humour be dry but not wet?

Humour that is presented in a matter of fact way, as it weren't even an attempt to be funny, can be described as dry. And any sort of writing or information can be dry if it's overly factual in ...
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Word for people who run, but not standard marathon distances

I regularly participate in mini-marathons (as they are sometime unofficially locally called) that happen around my area. I started with 5 KM and over a couple of years have improved my distance to 10 ...
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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How would you describe a sound “appearing”?

The idea behind something appearing is more visual in nature; it comes into sight. What would I say if something "appeared audibly"? The sound of the oncoming car appeared to my ears! Synonyms for ...
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How to shorten “Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home” to 40 characters [closed]

I'm looking for a shorter way to state the phrase "Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home", it's 45 characters, which is too long for a Facebook tagline.
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Reversal of Blacklisting

I'm curious to know if anyone know a word that describes the process of removing an item from a blacklist. For example if we replaced the word "blacklist" with "ban" the one would "Ban an object" and ...