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Which by necessity, if at all, requires the qualities of the others to make the first adjective true, as it relates to a person's character? [closed]

Must you be dependable and reliable to be competent, competent and reliable to be dependable, or competent and dependable to be reliable? How, if at all, does one or more of these qualities build on ...
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What's the difference between 'every time' and 'everytime'? [closed]

What's the difference between everytime and every time? I'm a little confused about them, they both seem to have same meaning. Excluding their spelling, are there any other differences b/w them?
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Word / simile for a city in decay or in lawlessness

My friend told me that Kobe is the only city in Japan in which he saw hobos and where there are no rules for walking on the sidewalk. I flippantly asked him whether it was the Sodom or Gomorrah of ...
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Largest Fee vs Highest Amount when referring to a monetary (USD) amount

Given an array of dollar amounts called 'Fees,' what is the proper way to refer to the largest number? Is largest fee or highest amount preferred?
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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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“The app can be run using the following link” - how to phrase it naturally?

I write a user manual in English (for the first time) and I struggle with certain phrases. There is a web application so naturally users needs to type in the address in order to access it. I am not ...
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What is the difference between 'Muslim" and 'Islamic'?

I have seen 'Muslim' and 'Islamic' both used as adjectives to describe things relating to Islam. Is there a nuanced difference between the two words? I know that 'Muslim' can also be used as a noun, ...
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Difference between triumph and success [closed]

Could you please shed some lights on the difference between triumph: verb [NO OBJECT] 1.0 Achieve a victory; be successful: they had no chance of triumphing over the Nationalists ...
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Is there a specific name for this kind of water dispenser?

I see these water jars in many food service areas (hotels, company cafeteria, etc). I'm wondering if there is a specific name for them. "Water dispenser" seems too unspecific. I wonder if they ...
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What do you call a person who incessantly thinks only they are good enough to do something?

What is the best word or way to describe a person who just has to try and do everything themselves because they think, either rightly or wrongly, that only they are good enough to do the task in hand? ...
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In that instant vs At that instant

In that instant, xxx or At that instant, xxx I know that "at that instant" is the more correct way of saying it, but can "in that instant" work as well? At the instant that he ...
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“tolerable elapsed time” meaning and a fancier word for this

Found usage: “Big data is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time”. ...
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What do you call a person doing a task that a computer can do better?

Is there a term for a person performing a task that a computer could perform faster/better, but the reason the person is doing it is because of a failure in a company to improve processes/systems?
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Looking for a word describing the date a payment was intended for

I'm writing an application that currently stores the date that a payment was made as "CreatedOn". That date is always going to be what ever the time and date is at the time you made the payment. The ...
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Temperature vs Temperatures

What is the explanation for the following sentence being written as it is: The newborn baby was discovered by passing cyclists on a day when temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius. The ...
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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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What do you call a brand/logo panel that a company often carries along to a trade show?

Let say there is a company named BlueEvin. The company has an object made of plastic or wood that shows the name BlueEvin. The object could be the size of a PC keyboard or smaller. The company often ...
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Is there a word that specifically means 'the delight of experiencing something new'

And if there isn't, how are new words like this usually invented? (I realise the answer is probably that they're not, but they do occasionally make new words through evolution)
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How to refer to a split button in instructions?

A split button is a button in a program that the user can click it to do something or can click an arrow next to it to access additional functions. Here's an example: If I am writing instructions ...
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Do you “hit” or “press” a button?

I am currently writing an user manual for a software tool, providing step-by-step usage instructions. I am aware that pressing a button is a perfectly fine expression. However, I'm trying to find ...
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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“Support on the project” or “support with the project”

What would be the correct preposition to use? Thanks for your support on/with the project.
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The use of 'going' vs. 'coming' in a given situation [duplicate]

I just like to ask for some clarifications on the use of 'come' and 'go' for the following situations: Situation 1 : Paul: Are you coming to John's birthday party this Saturday? Arthur: No, I'm not ...
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funtcionality rather than function?

When I try to fast-forward through a program that I am watching through my cable company's "On Demand" feature, an error message displays: fast forward and other functionality may not be available... ...
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What do you call someone who subtly implies they are better than you?

What is a good word for someone that is usually nice and cordiar, but randomly likes to imply they are "better than you?" The implication is usually subtle, but it's done via a social snub, body ...
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What does “stocked” mean? [closed]

What does this sentence mean "I make sure everything stays clean and stocked"? I don't understand the word "stocked". Please explain to me! Thank you so much!
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Why is there no “autumntime” or “falltime”?

Why is "autumntime" (or "falltime") not a word? wintertime => sure springtime => fine summertime => lovely But apparently autumn/fall has no equivalent. Why?
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“Details on” or “Details about”? Use in technical writing

I'm writing a technical text about the information in a report, dealing with telecommunication procedures. I want to highlight that the information field I'm referring to doesn't provide any ...
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Is it correct to say “What was your name?”?

Is it correct to say "What was your name?"? The reason I am asking this is, generally the name of the person will not change. One should say "What is your name?" ...
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“Late to the party” vs. “late for the party”

I've heard both versions, usually in similar contexts. Which one is correct or more correct — or more prevalent — in the USA? He: This deal ends at 7 p.m. She: Sucks, I am late to the party.
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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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difference in meaning: morphology / structure

What is the difference in meaning between "morphology" and "structure"? Coming from a physics background and being a native German speaker, I tend to use "structure" when describing an internal ...
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Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition

I'm an engineer, and sometimes I want to describe a problem that is unresolvable in it's current state. The problem might be easy, or somewhat complex, but the key aspects of it are understood and it ...
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Which is correct: “confirm with somebody” or “confirm to somebody”?

I want to talk to someone and make sure something is done. How to express this meaning using the word confirm? I'm not sure whether it should be confirm to sb or confirm with sb. Is there another way ...
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Term for composing/melodizing a fictional song

Is there a special term for composing/melodizing a fictional song? Some novels have songs with made-up lyrics written by the authors; and sometimes, music is composed for those songs in real life. ...
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The article before “adjective + person's name”

I am trying to write this sentence, but cannot decide if I should use a or the here: It would be minutes before [a/the] slightly agitated Mrs. Smith finally finds him in the crowd. If the ...
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What is the correct usage of more than one Criterion [closed]

I had the task of proof reading a technical document. The document stated "There are two criterias and both must pass." I suggested that the sentence should be "There are two criterion and both must ...
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Little vs few when talking about amounts of people

The amount of people who surrounded him was little. vs The amount of people who surrounded him was few. Are they both grammatically correct? In the first one, the "little" is talking about ...
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How can I say the Italian term “dislivello” in English?

I'm working on a brochure describing many hiking trails in my region (that is northern Lake Garda, Italy). I'm trying to find a good translation for the Italian word "dislivello", meaning the ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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What is the English term to say job quitting?

Say, we often use the term "lay-off" to express the meaning that the company is laying off their employees because it is not making any profit at this moment. Now, there is other situation when the ...
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“A meeting” vs “a meetup”

I've seen questions here and here and also tried googling but it's still kinda confusing to me. Is there any difference between the meanings of "a meeting" and "a meetup", and when can/can't I use one ...
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Is using 'more similar' incorrect?

In the following sentence, is using "more similar" correct? I learned JAVA in school; it's more similar to C++ than C. Is there any better way to say it?
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Difference between sensors and receptors?

I am wondering what the difference is between a sensor and a receptor, and whether or not there is a similar pairing between the word actuator and another word. For instance: Receptor is to ...
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Is “indifferent of” correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace it with something?

Is "indifferent of" correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace "of" with something? "In regards to hacking, do you approve, disapprove, or are you indifferent of the practice?" ...
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“Dissociate” vs “disassociate”

Both "dissociate" and "disassociate" are defined as removing an association but is there a difference between the two? Does the "associate" part of "disassociate" imply a stronger former connection ...
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Word for the next generation that you treat like your siblings

In academia, it is your responsibility to guide the students to get familiar with the academic environment, such as advising them to write their dissertations. Although it is a responsibility, because ...
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What is the sponsored party called?

Google results for sponsee have scattered definitions in unreliable sources, so it does not appear that is a real word. I'm looking for something similar, a single word. The specific context is a ...
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A word for days you don't work [closed]

Is there a word for days you don't work? In portuguese you have the term "dias de folga" that means the days that you would normally work but will not because the company gave you those days to ...
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What do I call a person who I have helped?

What do I call a person who I have helped? I help others, what should I call them or when I'm writing, how should I mention them?