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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Choose a username is easy to remember and pronounce [closed]

English is not my mother tongue language. But I am trying to pick a good internet user name for my new career life in America. And I read a lot of "How to Naming" article but still have no idea. I ...
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What's the accuracy of these sentences? [closed]

Could you guys tell me if these sentences are ok? 1) I graduated, in 2014, as a Industrial Designer; 2) This area of work brings me to achieve, every day, technical and mental skills improvements. I ...
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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Which is right in this sentence, than or that? [closed]

A friend of mine asked me if this sentence is correct: "And after all, it is with you than I want to be." My thought is that "than" is wrong, and the correct word is "that." Am I right? I told him ...
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Accelerometer or g-sensor?

Everything is in the title... I'm writing a technical report (Master of Engineering) and I wonder which term is the correct one : accelerometer or g-sensor I've seen both in the litterature, but I ...
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Spend a second thinking about 2cd vs 2nd [closed]

I've seen both 2cd and 2nd used during my life, sometimes almost interchangeably, and so I started wondering; what is the difference and what is the correct usage?
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dependent on personal preference / dependent on personal preferences

When I search on google "dependent on personal preference" or "dependent on personal preferences", I get similar numbers of search results (e.g. 30,000) for both cases. My question is, in this case, ...
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How to define True/False nature of something in one word

I am creating a program but facing problem with proper language for comment string in program. My program performs some operation. This operation typically always generates some data. (meaningful ...
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When do you answer a question with “would be” instead of “is/are”?

Sometimes, I hear people answering questions with would be instead of is or are. For example: Who is that? That would be our new teacher. Why don't they say: That is our new ...
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Is it correct to say “user redeems an offer”

I am writing up technical documentation for a system that involves users receiving different types of offers. Is "User redeems an offer" correct English to describe an event when member participates ...
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when to use begun vs. began

He begun his speech with a deep growling cough He began his speech with a deep growling cough My instinct is that 'began' is correct, but I can't seem to find a reason as to what is wrong ...
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“Site” vs. “website”

I’ve always used the “website” word in referring to websites. However, several dictionaries (including the Oxford dictionary) mention that one of “site’s” definition is actually “a website”: ...
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How can I describe three items in sentence?

I have three methods such as Method A, method B, and proposed method They have similar properties, and thus they show a same drawback. I would like to write the sentence to express that issue. ...
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To further upgrade your performance or upgrade your performance further? [duplicate]

a. to further upgrade your performance b. to upgrade your performance further Why do I feel that (a) is grammatically incorrect although it is used often. If anyone could explain the grammatical ...
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What is the best word for this context: May or Should?

• This Quotation is a confidential document provided strictly for the party to whom it is addressed and may neither be used for any purpose other than as intended nor shared with any other party • ...
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“Who of you” vs “which of you”

When adressing a group of people and wanting to find out who belongs to a certain subgroup, is it correct to use "who of you" or "which of you" at the beginning of the question? For example, would you ...
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Just a simple sentence [closed]

This is the sentence I have written: How often do you think that there is an important detail to which you have not woken up yet? Here, I am not sure about "important detail". I think it does ...
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Choose music you find pleasant, not incredible [closed]

The following is part of the text I recently came across and have had trouble tracing to a valid, reliable source. Now, regardless of which source it comes from, could anyone please give me his/her ...
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What does one mean by “Ethical norm”? [closed]

I have been given a topic for writing an essay on ""Ethical norms with regard to Fundamental Rights "". I can't understand the meaning of this topic, please help.
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Parents' appreciation of the educational system

Although the parents do not think highly of the educational system as a whole, they fail to treat teachers with opprobrium equally I don't understand the meaning of the sentence. I'll try to ...
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Can the word “bully” be used as an “adjective”?

I want to write the sentence: Bill helped him when he needed to overthrow the current leader, who is a bully. Is there anyway to make that sentence flow better? For example, can I somehow use ...
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Use of the word 'nascent' [closed]

I'm creating a blog and would like an interesting title. Does "The Nascent Mathematician" make any sense? I've never heard 'nascent' being used to describe anything but businesses and economies.
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“limitative factor” vs “limiting factor”

From the Exam book, Cambridge English FIRST 1 (2014), Test 2, paper 1: Reading and Use of English. The aim is to modify the word in caps so that it fits in the gap on the same line. Running Speed ...
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Is it right to say “Draw it big.”?

If I have already talked about drawing a circle and want to say that draw a big circle, is it right to say "Draw it big."?In the sentence bellow would I need an adverb in the blank or an adjective? ...
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How to positively describe something, such as a war memorial, which doesn't invoke positive feelings?

If I wanted to express that something such as a holocaust memorial was good to visit I would want to avoid saying something such as "it was great" or "I enjoyed visiting it". Is there a word that can ...
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“above” vs. “over” vs. “in” the lake

I'm writing a fantasy short story taking place on a platform that was built in a lake, but is tall enough to be above the surface. Since it's a short story, I don't really want to spend much time ...
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'Evenest' vs 'most even' word usage and its history

When I am looking for the superlative form of 'even' which would be evenest, I was surprised that it's rarely used. [This 'even' which means something smooth and regular] The only source that I found ...
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Using landslide in a sentence and paraphrazing it [closed]

As I see in the dictionary landslide can be : a. The downward sliding of mass of earth b. A percentage of votes greatly exceeding the required margin of victory. Did they mean here to the first ...
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How to name a team within IT organization based on its roles [closed]

How would you call a team within an IT organization, which has very broad but relatively shallow knowledge about the specific product (compared to its developers) and is responsible for this product's ...
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What are some synonyms for uncriticisable? [closed]

I honestly can't think of a word for this. The Cambridge British English dictionary doesn't have it listed as a word, other dictionaries online sometimes have it but don't list synonyms for it. I've ...
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Referring to the phenomenon of people using different styles in different contexts

How can I best describe this phenomenon (I do need a brief term). Would "differential style" be OK? or should it be plural ("differential styles")? or something quite different such as "style ...
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Difference between “devotement” and “devotion”

I had never seen or heard of the word "devotement" until reading it in my Chinese girlfriend's brother's college application essay. To me, it's always been "devotion." However, I noticed that Google ...
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what does “attend the services ” mean to you? [closed]

Consider the following English sentence which I've translated from "他去会堂守礼拜了。" : He went to attend the services in the synagogue. What does "attend the services" mean to you?
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Does the sentence “Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that…” sound okay? [closed]

This is the first sentence of the conclusion of my essay: Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that... I don't want to use "also" just to avoid repetition in the subsequent sentence. Does ...
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When someone can speak a language very well, they are “fluent”. What if you can only understand it?

When someone can speak a language very well, they are fluent. Is there a word to describe a situation where you can understand the language when spoken to you perfectly, but just can't speak it as ...
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N.B. (Nota Bene) vs P.S. (Post Script)

People use "N.B." at the end of a writing (say, a letter) to add a piece of information. Equally, I find people using "P.S." in the end of a writing (usually, a letter) to add a piece of information. ...
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“Connected by” vs “Connected with” vs “Connected to”

I want to know the difference and when to use which construction. For instance: The island and the city are connected with a bridge or The island and the city are connected by a bridge ? ...
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“in Starbucks at the mall” OR “at Starbucks in the mall” [duplicate]

Which one is correct in terms of the combination of two locations. You work in Starbucks at the mall You work at Starbucks in the mall You work in Starbucks in the mall You work at ...
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“Meet” a friend or “meet with” a friend?

Is there any difference in usage? Meet a friend or meet with a friend. I'm meeting my friend today. I sometimes meet with my friends.
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Is there a special name/word or popular phrase for the students who work part-time/full-time to generate income? [duplicate]

Is there a special name/word or popular phrase for the students who work part-time/full-time to generate income while at college or in school?
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Singular or plural verb after units of measure [duplicate]

Should the verb in the following sentences be singular or plural? Two cups of sugar [was or were] added to the recipe. Fifty cubic yards of contaminated soil [was or were] excavated.
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Difference between constrained and confined

Regarding this matter, I've googled and came up with this website, which says: As verbs the difference [...] is that confined is (confine) while constrained is (constrain). As adjectives the ...
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Quotient vs Ratio vs Fraction

I am mathematician for whom English is the second language. In general I feel like I do not have major problems keeping up with math vocabulary, whether I am reading an article or giving a lecture. ...
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“Worth of an” or “worth as an”? [closed]

I am having trouble deciding the correct phrase. Which of these two is correct? Is gold worth as an investment? Or Is gold worth of an investment?
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What verb can I use to describe someone who is talking very quickly?

I have a situation where two characters run into each other by coincidence, and they're very surprised to see each other. One of them is hurt, which the other notices pretty quickly, and she shows ...
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“Will” vs “Would” in the sentence [closed]

On the Day of Judgement when nothing but God's justice WILL reign supreme. or On the Day of Judgement when nothing but God's justice WOULD reign supreme. Which of the two is correct? ...
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Can “as” be used instead of “as to”? [closed]

"Hurley and Chen are being careful and testing the waters 'as to' which ads will work, and where."
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Is “amartize” a word?

I am somewhat familiar with the word "amortize" which means gradually depreciating the value of an asset. I could have sworn there is also a word "amartize" which has to do more with proportioning. ...
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Should I put a comma between this list of 2 facts?

Let A denote the phrase A: John showed that x is a positive number, and let B be the phrase B: Kim showed that x is a multiple of 2. I want to say that a fact follows from A and B. My ...