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Expressing a time limit using “within”

A procedure must be completed by B, but it can be done at any time between A and B. Or a right can be claimed during such a period. How can I explain B by using "within"? Is it: within three ...
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Is there a word for lying on the bed peacefully, all your muscles relaxed?

Is there a word or an idiom for lying on the bed peacefully and happy? Throwing yourself down on bed arms wide open, all your muscles relaxed and staring at the ceiling with a happy smile like ...
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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 word means several descriptive words? [closed]

I thought it was descriptor, but apparently that's not an actual word.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What alternative expression could be considered correct for the following sentence? [migrated]

The message to be conveyed is the following: "When the film is thinner, the width is shorter". Can someone explain to me if the following expression is correct (and if not, why not)? Overall, ...
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Whats a fancy word to describe someone who has “natural” beauty? [closed]

What's a fancy word to describe someone who has "natural beauty?
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What is the process of going to the reception at a hospital and telling them you've arrived called?

Like, how would you put it in this sentence? "I've gone to the doctor's office and ____"?
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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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Difference between “isn't” and “ain't” [closed]

I wish to know the difference between "ain't" and "isn't" and since I'm not a speaker of english as first language, I can't tell.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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What do you call it when you refuse to give up on a particular task

In Dutch we've got the expression 'Vastbijten in'. It means you really get into a problem or some work. And you won't give up till it's resolved. I've been looking all over the web, but I've not been ...
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Is the phrase “collaborative skills” appropriate/correct in this context?

If one were to suggest that they had "...strong documentation, collaborative, and communication skills." My first thought is that it's a bit more awkward than saying ...
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Should I use Sprung or Sprang? [closed]

I just finished my English language exam, and it had the following sentence: Beads of sweat sprang from his skin Should it really be sprang? I always thought it was sprung, but I guess they are ...
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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Use of you vs. yourselves

Would it be Without patrons such as yourselves, we could not have this event. OR Without patrons such as you, we could not have this event.
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“What are our numbers?”

How can I correctly ask a question like "What are our numbers?" meaning what are the number of people in the audience in comparison with number of people in some other audience.
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Positive way of saying emotional appeal? [closed]

Is there a positive way of saying argumentum ad passiones?
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Minister vs. Secretary

In English language, the government structure of all countries is referred to with the terms of minister and ministry. However, in English-speaking countries, Secretary and Department are used ...
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A polite form to change the time of an appointment

I want to ask what the best form for changing a meeting time is. What is the formal way for suggesting another time? Is my sentence ok? Also, is obligatory the right way to describe a class which I ...
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How to say “My biggest (Something I am attracted to)”?

So if I want to say "Red hair is one of my biggest [insert word here]", meaning that it is one of the things I am most attracted to, is there a word I could use to complete the sentence?
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Is there a word that can replace the slang “broken”?

In various internet contexts and games, being "broken" means that you/something somewhat defy common sense by being stupidly powerful. Is there a more "proper" word that is equivalent to "broken"? ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [closed]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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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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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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Any alternative to “on the one hand, on the other hand”

I'm writing a formal academic article to introduce some facts. For example: On the one hand, the government would like more energy, but on the other hand, it is not prepared to find more extra ...
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Thing that opposes its origin [closed]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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Is there a word for opposite numbers?

Example: -100 and +100 - is there a way of describing the relationship between these numbers? Obviously, I've already come up with "opposite", is there anything else? This is for use in an email. ...
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Which synonyms for “stated” can I use in a legal context? [closed]

In our law essays we are often required to quote different judges. It becomes really monotonous to use the word "stated" all the time. I have also used "advocated" and "declared". Are there any other ...
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What is a good word for the Exhale portion of a laugh?

I have the following sentence: [She'd been laughing, then had a sudden panic attack]... Then all at once she hadn’t been able to breathe. The room had plenty of air — she could feel it ...
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“Arguments in each topic” or “arguments on each topic”?

Which is the right way to express the following? You have to present your arguments in each topic. You have to present your arguments on each topic. Or maybe there is yet another ...
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Word that implies membership to multiple organizations/associations

When an individual belongs to an organization, they can be said to be a member of that organization. From the organization's perspective, they may have 1 or more members who have joined their ...
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How do we use the words 'electric' and 'electrical' correctly? [duplicate]

These two words are used differently as shown below: Electric engineering (incorrect✖) Electrical engineering (correct✓) Electrical lamp (incorrect✖) Electric lamp (correct✓) And sometimes, they're ...
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Dare to think or dare thinking? [duplicate]

In a sentence like this: I wouldn't even dare to think about the results. vs I wouldn't even dare thinking about the results. Are both of them correct? They seem fine on the surface, but ...
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Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?

Someone dominates a conversation by not letting others get a word in. I'm thinking its a combination of snow job and fillibuster (though not political in nature). EDIT: to clarify, Not quite a long ...
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Operator, operand - term for the result?

How the result may be called when applying an operator to its operands? In eg. programming one may be familiar with a so-called "expression" like this one from a SO question: x>y && z==5 ...
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Should I use the past tense or present tense? [duplicate]

I am struggling to choose the correct tense for this question: What were the names of the sons of Mahatma Gandhi? OR What are the names of the sons of Mahatma Ghandi? His sons have passed away so ...
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Should I use “and anyway” or “and by the way” in the following case?

It's very unlikely for a planet to hit the Earth. And anyway, why is he so sure about it? He's not an astronomer." It's very unlikely for a planet to hit the Earth. And by the way, why is ...
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Energy vs. Power

Is there a rule in English regarding when to use the word "energy" and when to use "power"? For example: I don't have the energy to deal with the problem now. It takes a lot of brain power ...