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Word that means “waste of life”

So just, is there a word that means waste of life, whereby it is fitting in the context of war analysis?
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Difference between “can't” and “won't be able to” [closed]

Could someone tell me the difference between the following two sentences? I won't be able to come to see you this Saturday. I can't come to see you this Saturday.
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“Sneaked off” vs “sneaked into” vs “sneaked away.”

I often get confused about which one to use. Example: He sneaked [...] to the rear of the ship. Or maybe all of them have a different connotation?
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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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What preposition should I use in the following sentence?

I'd never taken a glass-bottom boat. To be honest, the idea intimidated me at the beginning. What if the glass couldn't support the passenger's weight? What if a shark swooped [...] and broke ...
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“far from” versus “away from” [closed]

What word should be used when referring to a metaphorical state of two concepts that do not relate to each other? For example: Love is far from hate, Art is far from commercial interests, Artists ...
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Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?

There are plenty of signs with the phrase "outside food", and even Disney states this in their FAQ: Can I bring outside food and beverages into Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park? ...
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“Time” versus “Time”: When is time plural?

I have difficulty in using time and times correctly. I understand that times may be used for some idiomatic purposes such as "at all times" or "of all times" or "some times", although sometimes it ...
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connecting expressions with similar words

I often face this problem in scientific papers. When writing a title I have two possibilities. For example: Enterprise and Process Modelling or Enterprise Modelling and Process Modelling Water ...
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What should I use in this case: “despite”, “though,” or “even though”?

That way my mom can move on, find someone else, despite having sworn she'd only marry God." That way my mom can move on, find someone else, though she swore she'd only marry God." ...
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A word for an evil miracle

This question is about an unlikely event. Just like a miracle can mean an act or manifestation of God or a saint, is there a word that means a similar thing, but done by e.g. Satan, or an evil deity? ...
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What is another word for 'train of thought'?

For example: Shakespeare shifts the train of thought from existential "phrase about existentialism" to happiness "phrase about happiness" through the paradox of ___ I am thinking of replacing ...
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Word for something done for no effect, but makes people feel good about themselves

What's a word for something done for no effect, but makes people feel good about themselves. For instance, in an argument about drug testing welfare recipients, if the facts say it doesn't actually do ...
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“Good for Me!” as a response to someone doing something nice for you

I have done many nice things for a relative (e.g. reorganize the outdoor deck space) and upon seeing whatever I try & do nice for her she replies "Good for Me!" I find this offensive—am I ...
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Alternative to “daydream” without the pleasant connotation

I am looking for a word that means something like "daydream" or "fantasy", but without the connotation that I actually want this "imagining" to come true. For example, something that would fit the ...
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A word akin to racist and sexist?

When someone discriminates based on race we call that person a racist. When someone discriminates based on one sex we call that person a sexist. What about when someone discriminates based on sexual ...
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Adverb Form of “Fallible” [closed]

I would like to correctly use an adverb form of "fallacy." Which of these words is correct - fallibly or fallaciously - in this example sentence? "My argument is [insert word here] idiotic." I ...
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Usage of Waste and Wastage [duplicate]

is there any difference between these two words? I understand that people often use "food waste" to talk about the issue of throwing away too many cooked food However, it seems to me that it would ...
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Term for “brain-watering”

A mouth can water, but what does a brain do? I'm looking for a term that implies intellectual thirst, as when one has worked all day at a mindless task and only wants to read a novel, or essay, or ...
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What is a verb meaning “bringing out emotion within someone?”

For example: when you are listening to a song and a piece of it moves you emotionally. What verb could be used to describe the "vivification" of that emotion?
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What is the appropriate word to define the state of emotion in the following scenario? [closed]

I was having dinner with my friend and all of a sudden my friend told me, "Oh my god, it is Good Friday and I am having chicken." He is Christian and he thinks it is not considered proper for a ...
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The English word “and” [duplicate]

Is it ok to start a sentence with the word "and"? Some of my students are challenging that using "and" at the beginning of a sentence is incorrect.
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What English word can be used to describe someone indirectly helping you?

For Example, I want to date a girl but can't seem to get to meet her in order to ask her out. Then suddenly we get invited both to a party of a mutual friend who has no idea I want to date the girl. ...
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What is another word to describe the way an author creates a visual image in our mind? (hard) [closed]

For example, we can say "Through a simile of grotesque, the author... visually ignites conjures an image creates an atmosphere comparable in ambience etc I am looking for phrases that ...
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What do you call it when someone assumes the job of someone else who is out on vacation?

I'm looking for an English term to signify when person A does the job (authority and responsabilities) of person B when person B is on vacation. During this time person A is not just a placeholder but ...
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An easier way to describe the phrase “people relevant to my current situation”?

As if I was explaining it to a young child, I'm looking for a relatable way to describe the people that are relevant to my current situation. For example, the people I am talking about could be the ...
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Another word for key-points of a certain entity

I'm looking for another word for key-points of another object/entity. Example: The most important things of football are: Teamwork Speed Condition What do you call the three things I just summed ...
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speech is to speaking as [X] is to writing and [Y] is to reading

I'm writing a CV and would like to describe my English language skills... how well I can read, write and speak English. Well, it seems I'm lacking a couple of nouns... If speech is to speaking as X ...
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Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d:- [closed]

John went on ..... driving a car. [ a) a two-hour - b) two-hour - c) two-hours - d) a two-hours ]
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Planning, architecture and implementation of

Is Planning, architecture and implementation of correct English if I want to express that I did the planning planning of the architecture and the implementation of something?
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An adjective with “knowledge”

I was translating into English when the dictionary gave me a list of synonyms for the translation of one word, and I'm not sure which one to choose. Which of the following synonyms would native ...
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What sounds better/more natural in this case: “for” or “because of”? [closed]

I abandoned everything for animal behavior. I abandoned everything because of animal behavior. What's the best option? Or would the meaning differ? (I'm hesitant because, unlike, for ...
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Verb for “… his passion”

I'm trying to add a verb into the following context: Ever since he was a child, he has been fascinated by the world of computers. Now, he is seeking employement with a company where he can ...
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Are my friend vs. are my friends? [closed]

Which one of the following is correct and why? You both are my friend. or You both are my friends.
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When and how to use “hasta luego”? [migrated]

One of my colleagues used this as their subject in the mail while leaving the office. Is there any other place it can be used, and is this wise to use this in general speech?
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The activists' energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage.. __ the assertion that the two movements were ___

The activists' energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century (i) ____ the assertion that the two movements were (ii)___. The ...
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What do you call someone who

What would you call a person who gains a sense of godlikeness, but uses their knowledge and omnipotence for what they feel is the good of others? I ask because I'm wondering what to call myself. I ...
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Frequently Vs Frequent /Adverb form or Adjective form /

So normally adjectives like (frequent) modify a noun or a pronoun, whereas adverbs like (frequently) modify verbs or adjectives However, In this sentence both options seemd fine to me but i ...
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Where is a place located?

What word should I use for telling where a place is located? I want to use the word in my website. and I want to use it in cases like these: xxxx: Italy XXXX: Swiss Alps, Switzerland XXXX: Alberta, ...
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Which verb is better to express the “functioning” of a “pump” and a “pump motor”?

Does a pump "operate" or "run"? Does a pump motor "operate" or "run"? Or are there better verbs which describe the functioning of these devices?
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“Any object in A and B”—What does it mean?

Does "any object in A and B" in English mean any object in A and any object in B; any object in A or any object in B; or any object in the intersection of A and B? Thanks a lot. Another ...
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How to describe two different objects?

How to describe two different objects: (Assume: one apple and one banana here) "There are an apple and banana here." or "There are an apple and a banana here." ??
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Another way of saying positive or negative connotation?

Is there another way of saying positive or negative connotation? e.g. The positive 'happy' contrasts with the negative 'sad'.
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“Back to…” vs “back in…”

Are they interchangeable? For example, in a situation like this? If not, how do they meaning differ? Back to the hotel, we changed into our swimming suits and sat in the pools with the wine ...
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Technical train terms

I am looking for the correct technical English terms for these German words like you would use them in a published paper: Bahnhof → station (We are boarding at the station) Zugstrecke → route, line, ...
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Should I use “motivations” or “motives” in the following case?

I knew the clue would reveal the man's motives, and possibly the answer to this mystery. I knew the clue would reveal the man's motivations, and possibly the answer to this mystery. Here's ...
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Word for someone who exaggerate the fact [duplicate]

For example; "Tim said to jack that he is going to kill his maid" said Peter. "No, i didnt say that. I said i wanted to hurt her" said Tim. "You difinitely said you were going kill her!" said Peter. ...
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What is the right term for the metal bar used as an underneath of iron ramming?

I have to search some images of the metal bar which can be used as an underneath of iron ramming. But I don't know the exact word of it to construct my search query. Can anyone tell me the exact name ...
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Is there a word for a number with commas?

For example: 1000000 is a "number" and 1,000,000 is a "number" Is there a way to tell someone to use "______ numbers" without saying to use "numbers with a comma after every thousand, million, etc.?" ...
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Exhortation v. Hortation - difference

Exhortation v. Hortation Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two? It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief ...