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Which determiner to use with degrees: “a” or “my/his/her/your”?

Examples: She has a PhD in biophysics. She has her PhD in biophysics. And: He has a black belt in judo. He has his black belt in judo.
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What's the difference between “increased” and “increasing”?

What's the difference between "at an increased rate" and "at an increasing rate". It seems to me both of these are correct and no difference. Am I right?
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would you ask someone to drive safe or to drive safely? [duplicate]

When someone is going to drive their car somewhere, I always used to say "drive safely" to them. Recently I was told I should say "drive safe." Which is correct? So it's about when to use the word ...
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“Curious as to who” vs. “curious of who”

I'm curious as to who you are. I'm curious of who you are. The person is anonymous and I'm just wondering who it is.
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What would be an exact word to describe taking solace in other's misfortune, knowing one is not alone in facing it?

Schadenfreude implies deriving 'pleasure' in other's misfortune but what I am looking for is a word where one derives comfort that one's misfortune is faced by others as well. For instance, knowing at ...
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Contents”

I'm a student and about to write my first scientific paper in English. I'm currently not sure how to name the "table of contents". The dictionary says that "Contents" is more popular, but I have seen ...
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“Sponsoring” without implying funding

I am trying to replace the term "sponsored" in the following context, with a better term that does not imply receiving funds or support of any kind. Project X was sponsored by Company Y. Any ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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Which of “I’d rather it be/were you” is/are correct?

Which of these is correct and why? I’d rather it be you. I’d rather it were you.
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Is this the right way of framing the sentence

I am preparing my resume and I would like to have your opinion on the grammatical correctness of the following sentences. Taught Laboratory sessions, graded home works, exams for PH 101 (Course ...
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Word for a given situation

In the spirit of The Big Bang TV show titles I am looking for a word to use in a particular situation. First, there's a joke that sets up the scenario. 2 guys camping. They are barefoot by the fire. ...
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aberration vs aberrance vs aberrancy

All three nouns are derived from aberrant, the latter two are not used often I suppose considering that spell check considered them misspelt. What are the difference between the three? Are they ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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verb of 'remediation' (no such thing as 'remediated')

As in the sentence: The pill, in combination with a lot of water, remediated the [effects of the] alcohol. I know there's no such word, only remediation, but I wish it was a word, because it ...
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A phrase to replace “you use” in this sentence [closed]

I'm trying to ask a question to a student, but I really want to avoid using the phrase "you use". I still want to address the student directly but "you use" just feels awkward and clumsy. The sentence ...
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Should I use 'health check' or 'healthcheck'?

I don't know if this adds anything, but the context is computer software where a component checks the health of the system and produces a report. I don't know whether it's a 'Health Check Feature' or ...
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Verb when citing statistics ex. “one in nine Americans (work or works) in sales”

When I read the following sentence: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. I believe work sounds better than works. Experts and wordsmiths, ...
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What is meant by “ Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO.”

Well I've seen that sentence in wiki; an article about a rock band called Scorpions. I'm a little bit confusing on the verb used in this sentence. Scorpions opened for upcoming band UFO. What does ...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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Where can I get a collection of “word spectrums”?

I understand that the The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus includes "word spectrums" (see illustration below) for a number of words. Is there another source for such type of data? That is, I want ...
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word choice: someone who sticks with their group

I'm trying to find a word to fit in this context: you are a sitting _____ I want the word to show they are a follower in a teenage girl group. Like one with a head girl and the person I'm describing ...
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A word for an explosion of emotion

When I was reading P.S Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood, I remember stumbling upon a single word that meant an explosion of positive emotion, but I can't recall what that word was. The word had a ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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What is it called when you lose a tooth but still have most remaining ones?

I know the word toothless means, according to Google: having no teeth, typically through old age. I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I ...
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Common word for two people who want to meet but are not acquaintances

I'm looking for a word to describe two people (instructor and student), who are trying to find time to met each other. Preferably one or two word expression.
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Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? [closed]

Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? e.g., are there any subtle differences between an 'artfully plated' dish and an 'artistically plated' one?
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It's a pity / shame / unfortunate

Dear native speakers of British / American English, I often find myself in the situation when I have to say one of these but then get confused about the choice of word. Is there any difference in ...
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Can a “program” “engage in research”?

This is regarding a sentence describing a graduate program at a university. I am pretty sure this is incorrect, but I would like to know why: This program engages in research and educates on ...
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everything was up to my expectation [closed]

I received the phone and that I liked it and everything was up to my expectation.
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needless/redundant cinema?

If a director produces awful films, which he would better spare the world--can one call it "needless cinema"? or maybe "redundant cinema"? Or (if both sound bad), which word would be more suitable to ...
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What's the difference between “scribbled” and “scribbled down”?

Example: Scott scribbled a few words. Scott scribbled down a few words. What's the difference? I checked on Google Books and it seems like "scribbled a few words" is often immediately ...
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is this expression “think big and take risk rather than think small and take safe” ok?

I want to express this sentence Should young people think big and take risk rather than think small and take safe? So, think big >< think small & take risk >< take safe So, is the ...
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This contract clause […] that I have this-and-that right

This contract clause [...] that I have this-and-that right. which of the following can I use instead of the [...]? "says"? "stipulates"? "dictates"? "mandates"? something else?
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‘Went for a run’ vs. ‘went on a run’

I would like to know what's the difference between: I went for a run today I went on a run today. And when it's correct to apply each of those. Thanks a ton. Pablo.
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Gravity pull vs. gravitational pull

I've been reading "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey and I feel like he's misusing the word gravity in a couple of sentences. "Habits too, have tremendous gravity ...
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Acronyms in formal writing [closed]

I'm writing a formal essay, in which I use the acronym "US" a lot. Is this acceptable or should I write "United States" instead?
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An adjective that would subtly imply that the criticism is not a personal grudge

I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues. I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong. I want to state that ...
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“I feel stressed” or “I feel stressful”? Which one is correct? [closed]

I say "I feel stressful" but my teacher, a native speaker of English, says that I should say "I feel stressed". Both stressful and stressed are adjective. Which is correct, I feel stressed or I ...
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Why do native speakers often use delexical structures? [closed]

I am aware that native speakers use "I made a decision" more often than " I decided." and "I took a walk." more often than "I walked." Why do native speakers use such structures?
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Have I used the word “manifests” correctly?

Have I used the word "manifests" in this sentence correctly? The American Dream manifests the opportunity for success regardless of social class or background; however, Alex Gibney’s Park Avenue ...
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gynecological or gynecologic?

I often write medical copy and have always used 'gynecologic' as the descriptor, as in 'gynecologic oncologist' or 'gynecologic disorders.' However, I am editing something where the writer uses ...
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“I wish I didn't do” vs. “I wish I hadn't done”

Now I feel sick. I wish I [didn't eat/hadn't eaten] pork with cheese for dinner. I would use "hadn't eaten" as it was my dinner but "now I feel sick" confuses me.
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Members of a set that will probably have a quality

Consider these statements. What I want to convey is that most Alphas will die, that Tom, Dick, and Harry as Alphas are very likely to die, but it's not certain; and some Betas will die. (We already ...
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What to call a person who always says he can do everything? [duplicate]

What to call a person who always says (as an example): I'm the strongest one. Says that he can do and do and whatever (But actually just boasting, whether he can or can't, but mostly ineffective)...
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Should I write “encode X into format Y” or “encode X in format Y”?

In technical writing involving such things as file formats, should one write "encode such-and-such into format Y" or write "encode such-and-such in format Y"? In other words, which preposition (into ...
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This is right. Or that is right? [duplicate]

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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Better word for 'believe' or 'think'

It's common to write something like "We believe that XYZ corp will continue to see an increase in sales in the next quarter." But the word "believe" seems like a somewhat flimsy way of persuading ...
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What's a negative word for “subtle”?

I'm trying to describe software bugs that are hard to track down due to the mistake (introduced by the developer) being a very subtle one. "when these errors manifest they do so in a ...
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“Someone of Company” or “Someone from Company” [closed]

Which one is correct to say? "Hi, it's Jack of HP Inc" "Hi, it's Jack from HP Inc"
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...