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How are “autopsy of a corpse” and “post-mortem of a corpse” different?

Autopsy is surgical examination of a corpse to find out the cause of the death. Post-mortem, used in isolation as in "Post-mortem was done", refers to surgical examination of a corpse. Now, the ...
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Different strengths of words that have the same meaning?

I'm not sure how to ask what I want to ask, but I'll try. Is there a thing like the following and how is it called, maybe some kind of a rule or an explanation ? Let's say I have two nouns : idiot ...
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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How to explain the portion of the hand that holds less than the other?

When you hold a handful of something, the enclosed portion below your thumb can generally handle a larger quantity than the area circled red in the photo below... How can this less-supported area ...
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Is good afternoon old fashioned?

I watched a video on YouTube where an American explains that "Good afternoon" is not common to say, he said it´s old fashioned. Is it true ? I´ve never heard about that. What can I say instead of good ...
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What is the single-word opposite of “misogamist”?

A person who does not believe in the institution of marriage is called misogamist. But, what is a person who believes in the institution of marriage called? Upon search, I found the opposites of ...
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Difference between “I will ____” and “I'm going to ____”?

My ESL friend and I were talking, and he was ready to go to sleep, so he said "I'll go to sleep!", and I corrected him to "I'm going to sleep", but I couldn't explain why. Does anyone know?
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''contralesional or ipsilesional'' [on hold]

For a report, I'm writing a definition as: [...] is a failure to report, respond or orient to stimuli in the contralesional or ipsilesional side. I'm very unhappy about my use of ''...
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“Relation” versus “relationship”

What is the difference between relation and relationship? Some say that relationship often refers to social connections. For instance, She has a close relationship with her daughter. How ...
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Transfer Station or Transferred Station?

If the station at which I am currently working at is called my 'present station', then what is the station to which I am to be transferred called? Thankyou.
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Use of “Sure” in reply to help offering and to appreciation

In American English, "sure" is often heard in reply to offering help or expressing appreciation. I was wondering if it may not be a good choice? For example, - Would you like a cup of water? - ...
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Passive vs. permissive

What is the difference between passive and permissive? They both seem to have the same meaning, in the sense that they both allow something to happen and not doing anything about it and if they are, ...
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Doubtless or doubtlessly?

To my surprise I found that doubtless is used as an adverb without appending the "-ly". Doubtless, some of you will know more examples. It feels wrong, but then again, I am not a native speaker....
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I'm looking for a word to describe artificially inflating a price to keep it consistent

As the title says - I'm struggling to find a word to describe the value that is added to the price charged for something to avoid passing on manufacturing savings to the customer. For example if ...
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correct word for “proving a prediction false”?

Which word should I use to say that " A is trying to prove B's prediction wrong"? For example, in the recent United Nations water scarcity report, UN predicted that in 10 years from now, two-thirds of ...
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Screen or view when refering to content on the screen?

Having content on the screen (e.g. a computer screen or the screen of a mobile device), how do I refer to that content? Is it "view" or "screen"? I am looking for an everyday term, not a formal one. ...
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I traveled in or at the Philippines? [migrated]

"I traveled in (at) the Philippines." I have seen many sentences that use "in" and "at" with this kind of sentence. I want to know what's the difference between the two? When to use it? Thank you ...
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“Broadcast” or “broadcasted”

I'm not a native English speaker, so sorry if this is a very basic question. Is broadcast a verb? If it is, what is the simple past and past participle: broadcasted?
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What are the best words to describe subjects being compared?

I tried to Google this but no luck so far. I was wondering if there was proper words to describe the comparison of 2 subjects? The first subject would be the object being compared in relation to the ...
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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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A term or word used when finding something great [closed]

I'm looking for a word or term that is used when you find something great or of value. I'm looking particularly for when people find a great sale at a store or find an item for a bargain.
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What is a word or set of words to convey the meaning of a two level hierarchy?

I am looking to build a piece of software that has in "Index" or "Table of contents" type look up and need a generic term for categorizing Items/Documents/Chunks of Data, and need my hierarchy to be ...
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Is there a word similar to 'demonym' that is used for ethnicity instead of nationality?

For example, if I were discussing an American citizen of Chinese ethnicity and a Chinese tourist in America, would there be a word to categorize my use of the word 'Chinese' in this context? As the ...
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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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Are “so” and “so that” interchangeable?

A book suggests that we should not interchange "so" and "so that". "So" means "therefore", and "so that" means "in order that". However, it seems to me that in many cases they don't actually have a ...
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Pitch vs Presentation

In sales terms I've met pitch for a lot of time as a sort of presentation. But what is this little difference between the presentation and pitch in term of sales or other public speech in a conference ...
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How to say 1/4 hour ,3/4 hour in English [migrated]

I eared about 1/2 hour like a half hour and 1 Hour like one hour, But i wasn't ear 1/4 and 3/4 hour?. So any one tell me how to say? Note: i don't want this answer( 15 minutes and 45 minutes).Apart ...
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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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What is another word for an “insult” when you want to joke or play?

I known that "insult" (v) is the way to offend someone. But, when I only want to make some joke or play with my friends by saying some words that seem to insult them (I don't definitely want to ...
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“I give it to him who came first” vs. “to he who came first” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: “Let he who…” or “Let him who…” Should the pronoun be "him" because it's the object (gave it to him), ...
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Applicable vs To apply

1) The discount rates applicable to items may vary. 2) The discount rates to apply to items may vary. Those 2 sentences are both grammatically correct? Or, Which is more preferable?
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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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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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Positive synonym for 'exploit'

I want to know a single word which denotes the idea of full or maximum utilization, such as the words exploit or milk. But the trouble is, they both have a negative tone to them. Is there a positive ...
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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Is there a rule to determine when to use the phrase “known for” instead of “known by”? Are these terms interchangeable?

I was recently told that "known by" is used for a characteristic or feature and "known for" is used for act that someone is associated with. Is this a true rule or are the phrases interchangeable ...
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Question that is a no-brainer

I need a phrase which has a meaning of a question that is very easy to answer and requires very little thought. I think it might have something to do with word no-brainer. I don't know if a no-...
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Double Dutch jump rope

What is the action the two people holding the jump rope in Double Dutch perform on the rope? Twirl, swing, turn, hold, whirl . . .? What word do you think best describes this action; and what is the ...
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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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Is “belongingness” used in American English? [closed]

Is "belongingness" used in American English? Ex. "the construction of social belongingness is markedly a relational process".
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Why does everyone uses “the dream home/the dream home” instead of “the dreaming home”?

This question was suddenly popped out in my head. I wonder if "dream" is a noun and verb (followed by the definition in my dictionary (hope it has a quality enough) ) why it is widely used as "the ...
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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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“Duration of the time” or “duration”?

I am not sure whether or not we can, for "duration of the time", write just "duration". Here is the text which I encountered the problem in writing: The expressions "bosom friends" and "bosom ...
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Is the following use of that necessary? [duplicate]

I have heard that Trump is a businessmen. Is the "that" necessary?
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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“Struggle with” vs. “struggle against”

Somewhat related to: Is "to fight with" ambiguous? For some reason prepositions are presenting me problems lately. To struggle with and to struggle against basically have identical ...
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“On this occasion” vs. “during this occasion” [closed]

Which one is correct? I met my future wife on this very American traditional occasion. I met my future wife during this very American traditional occasion.
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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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Word For Horribly Complicated For No Reason? [closed]

I've noticed that some people really love to overcomplicate things to seem intellectually superior. For instance, say I somehow dropped a pile of clothes on the ground. They'd then ask me: "When would ...