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What is a word that describes a person who takes up a challenge

The same thing as the title. The situation is a person whose intent is against the protagonist's and is taking up a king's challenge. I'm rewriting a fairytale from a different perspective. The ...
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Which word do I use? Are or Is?

Which is correct? Spelling and grammar on facebook is something else. Spelling and grammar on facebook are something else.
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Word for “reporting a table” [closed]

In an article, I need to report my results in the form of a table. Also I want to show (exactly copy the same table in my article with proper citation) the corresponding table from a paper (showing ...
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Avoiding alliteration in 'respective perspectives' - how?

I've got a sentence here I cant get working: Direct and in-depth discussion with the providers followed, this was done concurrently with X with Y providing a parallel analysis, inspired by our ...
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Is the word “letters” same as “alphabet”? [closed]

While displaying error messages when a wrong password is entered, can the error message be "Password must be at least xx letters", when all the character set can be included? Or should it be "Password ...
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Usage : Am yet to read those

Conversation : A- I am reading the Harry potter series. B- I am yet to read those. or is it better to use "I am yet to read them" or is there a better alternative?
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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When to use what or who

Which is correct? I'm what you made me or I'm who you made me
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Which verb fits better for the action of “creating” an earth connection?

The following sentence is used on a warning label: Ensure that an earth connection is made I think that "making an earth connection" doesn't express the real intent here. The alternatives that I ...
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Which verb should be used with the nouns “repair/maintenance”: “Make”/“Do”/“Carry out”/…?

The following sentence is used on a warning label: All maintenance and repair must be done only by authorized personnel I'm not quite sure that "do" is the proper verb to use with "maintenance ...
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How to say if coffee is diluted and not strong?

For instance, a cup of cappuccino was made with too much water and because of it its taste was not that strong. What are correct words to say it? Dictionary returns many options, but which ones are ...
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A futuristic Phobia in the scientific context (Related to Artificial Intelligence)

Is there any specific term to describe a phobia about future of relationship between humans and (intelligent) machines? One may think it could be Cyberphobia or Mechanophobia, however these options ...
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“cactusings” or “cactiing”

I am aware this is a nonsensical / silly question, but my last question got me thinking about this. Say you have a hypothetical verb ending in -us. Lets pretend this verb is the word "Cactus". Some ...
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“non-assigned” or “un-assigned” inventory?

I am writing up a procedure regarding inventory that is not assigned to any specific employee of the company and would like to know if I should refer to this inventory as "non-assigned" inventory, or "...
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“Role” or “Roles” [closed]

Though I am a native English speaker, I am having trouble deciding between "role" and "roles" in the phrase below. The roles of the two parties involved in a legal proceeding, peculiar to the ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Person who invites: “Inviter” or “Invitor”

There is a clean word that defines person that is invited: an invitee. However, I can't seem to find a straight definition of either terms that would define a person who invites the invitee. Is it "...
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What is someone who makes a testimonial called?

In the context of advertising/marketing a testimonial is: Written recommendation from a celebrity or satisfied customer affirming the performance, quality, and/or value of a product or ...
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What is the correct word for a group of categories, tags, and roles?

I want to create a database table that will hold all categories, tags, and user roles. I see WordPress uses "taxonomy" and "term" for this concept. Are there any other words to name it? If not, then ...
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Word that describes many common household purchases

I m writing a research paper about the over consumption. I am struggling to find a word or words that describes the things we normally use in our daily lives like toothbrush, dish washer liquid, ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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What is the collective term for “Daily”, “Weekly”, “Monthly” and “Yearly”?

I am developing a business application in which the user can select from one of these options, namely "Daily", "Weekly", "Monthly" or "Yearly", for scheduling appointments. I need to create a field in ...
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A word to describe a person who has gone astray [closed]

What is a person who has gone astray called? This basically refers to the person who is not following the path to success but has gone astray . For instance these lines from the psalm of life depict ...
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Is a response that poses a question with an obvious answer considered rude?

Disclaimer: While this question can relate to any language, there may be common interpretations specific to the English language. We have two people (denoted A or B). Say Person A poses a question, ...
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If something with no specific time associated with it is called timeless, what would you call something with no specific place associated with it?

I would, quite simply, like to know what the word is for something that could happen in any place; similar to the word "timeless", though that refers to something that could happen during any time. I ...
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any word can replace 'respectively'? [duplicate]

Given 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family, respectively.'. Then, can I say 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family each.' to remove the ugly comma? Any other suggestions are ...
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'eat extra two apples' or 'eat additional two apples'?

Should I say 'We want to eat extra two apples' or 'We want to eat additional two apples' ? OR both are correct? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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Proper use of a pronoun [closed]

is i proper to say: we look forward to seeing you, X and Y? or or looking forward to seeing X, Y and you.
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Is there a term for turning a short statement into a long essay just to make sure no one gets offended?

Let's say you want to state "X people tend to be Y", e.g. Actuaries tend to be overweight. Gays tend to be emotional. Indecisive men are usually seen as unattractive. Chances are that ...
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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We the saw the arguments and attacks waged against her grow ever more offensive

I have just spotted this text on Huffington Post [1] and it sounded a little bit strange for me, a Brazilian ESL student. Can somebody clarify to me why the journalist selected the words We the saw (....
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She can/might get a job as a teacher?

We were asked a question in an exam, from Grammarway 4. The question was: She ... get a job as a teacher. She loves children. I prefered to use "can" because I thought that was possibility but ...
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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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Does calling program for inventory/asset management “inventory utilities” brings message about it's purpose?

I'd like to name set of tools that help with a task of maintaining list of things that are in a place ("inventory"). I find "asset management utilities" and "inventory management utilities" too long, ...
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What or Which? Which one is more suitable?

Let's say I want to ask someone "How many Colleges are there in particular area that I can apply for?" So how would I ask the question 1) What colleges are there that I could possibly join? 2) Which ...
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'finding' or 'discovery'

I am writing a scientific paper on physics. I hesitate to write that my observations and their interpretation is a 'discovery', so I am considering using the word 'finding' instead. Is this the ...
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Synonym for “Blind Spot”

I'm looking for a term or an idiom to point to the weakness of something, specifically a computer program. Something similar to "Achilles Heel" but not that! I just found blind spot : "an area in ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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I don't want no robot running the empire

This construction and its variants always sound strange to me. If I was asked to write a sentence with the same meaning, my choice would be: I don't want a robot running the empire. Logically, ...
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“Seductive” as an adjective for describing snake

I would really appreciate if some native English speaker help me in clearing my doubt. Recently, in one of Indian English newspaper the column writer wrote the following: "A scary sci-fi scenario. ...
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Is there a word that means “standard of activation” or “trigger condition”?

Imagine you want to promote a certain behaviour in your offspring, say, to keep their room tidy. So, you set the following rule, (foolishly) thinking it will get the result you want: if I cannot see ...
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What is a word or phrase that means “both achievable and challenging?”

The adjective "achievable" places an upper-bound on difficulty, whereas "challenging" is a lower-bound. I would love a word or phrase that binds difficulty in the sweet spot between these two. In ...
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monochromatic personality

Who exactly has a monochromatic personality? I haven't got a reasonable explanation using Google, therefore I am asking the community. The best one I got was from Urban Dictionary, but this isn't a ...
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A word for describing their friendship … not satisfied with close , intimate etc.? [closed]

Which word can I use to describe the friendship between the two friends in the story 'My lost dollar' by Stephen Leacock? I thought of these words but dont think they fit in well : close, intimate, ...
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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Is the American Revolutionary War an example of civil disobedience? [closed]

I am involved in an argument with a friend about the meaning of civil disobedience. The question is whether or not the American Revolution involved civil disobedience. To clarify, this does not refer ...
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An alternative to using the word “Resources”?

I am stuck with a labeling issue. we have a software that allows users to publish content including release notes, product screencasts,white-papers etc. So far I have been using the label Resources ...