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Use of the Phrase 'Home Tuition' [closed]

Are the following sentences correct: I am an English home tutor. I give home tuition for English to students of classes up to 12th. I offer English home tuition to housewives. I provide home tuition ...
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Vault or safe? Which of the two nouns can have a connotation of a place where valuables were stored in ancient time?

I am looking for a word that gives a clear idea of a place where valuables were stored in ancient times. Both, vault and safe give a modern sense of storing valuables where the container is made of ...
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Is there a word for days of mental clarity?

You hear about these a lot in people with Alzheimers. This can also happen to normal people when they eat right and get a good night's sleep and feel very clear headed. I am looking for a more formal ...
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Word for “Approve or Deny” [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe someone who approves or denies something. However, the word must start with a "C". Here is how it is so far: # CueCreator <-- The person who creates the Cue # ...
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Word for two collections that do not have any elements in common

I'm looking for a word for when you have a collection A and a collection B and they have no overlap. In mathematical terms: the relation between two sets where the intersection is empty. Like in this ...
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“Hospital at ABC City” vs. “hospital in ABC City” [duplicate]

My city has two dental hospitals, a national one and a municipal one. My country also has a second national dental hospital located in the capital (not my city). Both go by the name "National ...
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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Can “probability” be used interchangeably with “rate”?

In a document about a barcode reader, I came across an expression "scanning probability" to indicate the percentage of successful reading of barcodes by the barcode reader in question. I would use ...
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“I'm sure this would not have happen” vs. “I'm not sure this didn't happen”

I was asked what's wrong with this sentence: I'm not sure this didn't happen. I didn't think it was incorrect, but my friend said I was. So, is the sentence correct either way, or is one correct and ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a value ...
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Word for the sentiment or behaviour of extra people putting the boot in once a momentum of social opprobrium has been reached?

Suppose someone does something a minority dislike and the majority are indifferent towards. Once the minority has struck out at the person, many of majority start striking the person out of a sense of ...
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Irradiate, illuminate and shine to mean “throw light”

All the three words are used to mean "throw light" in a document explaining principles of a barcode reader which I am checking. They are all used in sentences to explain "Throw LED to barcode". I ...
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“Him” or “his” used with “resulted” [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: Jack’s predilection toward competitive sports resulted in him becoming a great tennis player. or Jack's predilection toward competitive sports ...
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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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Suitable usage of “cultivated”? [closed]

Here is the scenario: An actor is not so good looking but he cultivated a personality that no one can disapprove of. Is the sentence right? Can you suggest better synonym of "cultivated"?
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The word: Downplay

I'm in situation where I got rejected during the first interview, and subsequently got the offer. It was lucky that the manager appreciated my initiative of an uninvited walked-in to request a ...
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Who is one who participates in skulduggery?

Is there an English word for one who participates in skulduggery? The form I'm looking for is something like 'skuldugger', but I wasn't able to find that word anywhere in the OED. There are probably ...
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I am a sponsor. Do I call the person I sponsor a “sponsee”? [duplicate]

What is the best word to use to describe the person who I am sponsoring? Or is there such a word?
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One talk/paper, two speakers/authors

I'm looking for an English word which would replace "a seminar/conference talk where each co-author of the paper gives approximately one half of the talk" which may or may not exist.
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“become a President” or “become President”

If he had not been a film star, he would not have become President. In my opinion, "a President" is correct. Examples: "My dream is to be a teacher" "My dream is to be a President" ...
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Are “hurt” interchangeable with “harm” in this case?

The slowing development of the real estate sector will hurt/harm the overall economical growth. "Hurt" to me is often used with somebody or one's feelings. It has connotation of "pain. So I prefer ...
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Why do signs say “no concealable weapons allowed”?

I work in a state facility in the US, and there are signs at the doors which say "No Concealable Weapons Allowed" with a picture of a handgun with the red slash through it. Recently the signs had been ...
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What's another phrase for “word for word”? [closed]

It's a sudden random question I have but I distinctly remember there being another phrase, probably of another language, which means exactly the same as "word for word". What is it?
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Is it unprofessional to say “Sorry for my English”? [closed]

First of all I am sorry if this is wrong forum for this question. I have come in a situation recently where I was needed to write a mail to a foreign company. And as you probably noticed by now my ...
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Is there a generic word for “all of x type of thing”?

I am looking for a generic collective noun that can be acceptably used to refer to all existing things of some particular kind. It would apply to "all existing trees", "all existing vehicles", "all ...
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interchanged lens or interchanging lens?

I was wondering what the right word to describe a camera lens that is replaced with another lens. As I prefer to use the term "interchange", I put "interchanged lens" to refer to the lens replaced ...
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What's a word for “weird but somewhat normal?” Or odd/disgusting instead of weird

For example: being attracted to a cousin. picking your nose and eating it. liking the smell of your own flatulence. etc.
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Like masthead, motto, logo

What is the word for an image and/or phrase that might be painted or hung on the main wall of an organization's lobby? Not their "logo" but a deeper, more complex, more internal symbol. That's ...
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Word to describe an engraved slogan or name for charity purposes?

I'm doing a fundraiser that allows a user to memorialize content, be it a phrase, picture, or emblem among other content with fixed dimensions (height & width). Historically, people inscribed ...
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What is someone called who makes and sells sandwiches?

I am translating a text from Persian to English. I need to use an equivalent for "ساندویچی" (pronounced 'Sandwichi')(In Persian, a person who makes and sells sandwiches. It also applies to the place, ...
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How to describe a dish that is both salty and sweet?

We often use the word savoury to describe salty and spicy dishes. And the definition on many online dictionary seems to salty or spicy; not sweet. Is there a word that describes dishes in general ...
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Generic term for someone who looks after children

I am looking for a generic term for someone who looks after children i.e. a term that would encompass: nanny baby-sitter au-pair etc. Can someone please advise?
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Vocal chords or cords? [closed]

Which one is correct, and don't tell me vocal folds. When you talk about someone singing, are they using their vocal cords or their vocal chords? I found this which thankfully shed some light on the ...
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Is the use of the word 'hence' improper in business writing?

I'm a professional technical writer. I used the word 'hence' in my conclusions a couple of times. The client (from Canada) let me know that it sounds like something straight out of a "Shakespeare ...
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“A teaching assistant in/of/for Applied Quantitative Methods”

I am a Teaching Assistant in/of/for Applied Quantitative Methods Which preposition is correct this context? And why?
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What is the word for “a road that vanishes into the distance”?

I am looking for a word that would describe the image of a road that vanishes into the distance. I am fairly confident that there is such a single word since I remember a long time ago finding it and ...
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“which day is Friday” vs. “what day is Friday”

Thanks to: "Which" vs. "what" — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other? I know that "what" can replace "which" in the examples below. But which ...
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Which word is best; “population”, “pick” or “combination”?

Please look at the sentence below. The ________ of actors and actresses is very important in this movie I will make. Which of the following three words fit best in the blank space? ...
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How to politely begin an email to a professor and a doctor? [closed]

Suppose I need to write an letter (email, actually), addressed to two academicians. One is a full professor, and the other does not yet have this title. What is a polite way of opening the letter? If ...
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Name for the text within a diary entry

A little background; am writing a pain diary web-api; I am trying to find the best way to describe the main body of text within a diary entry, or is the main body itself the entry? Assuming 'entry' ...
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Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog. If there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
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“Including the likes of A, B, C” vs. simply “including A, B, C”

I found the following sentence in a sports report: Manuel Pellegrini's men claimed their second title in three years last season and boast a squad including the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, ...
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Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected

Is the phrase: Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected... proper grammar? I want to say: No one is perfect, but if they or I make a mistake, I can take it if they tell me I am wrong. ...
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What's a less obscure word for “sinecure”?

I'm writing a message which will go out to a global community, so I want to keep the vocabulary relatively straightforward. I'm describing a job which previously has been a little vaguely-defined, but ...
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What is a good verb to describe the pleasant sound of rain?

Last week, I was up the whole night working in my house in my ultra-quiet neighborhood. Around 3 am, a thunderstorm started and broke the silence of the night. I enjoyed the sound of rain on my window ...
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'Cultural amnesia' : what does it mean?

I came across this word while browsing and could not browse its definition. I understand amnesia, have heard of retrograde amnesia,but cultural amnesia appears jarring to my mind.
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Word for “delegating” with negative connotation

I am writing a complaint letter: "...she gets others to do her job and she claims the credit..." The only word I know for "getting others to do her job" is "delegating", but it sounds too positive. ...
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Formal words for “study hard” and “study roughly”?

I am writing my university application application, and want to explain why my grades during my exchange semester are not as elegant as normal semesters. I wish to express that I did not study them ...
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to eliminate documents

I am puzzled about the word choice, namely the verb "to eliminate". Can we say that the person eliminated documents or an electronic database because they were of no use anymore or outdated. If no, ...
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Is there a difference between “cured” and “recovered”? [closed]

In reference to this question I asked there, a user said that the phrase 'recovered' and 'cured' generally mean the same thing. Is this true? I was under the impression 'cured' meant a final ...