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What is a word which describes something you are looking for

The word would fit within the following context: I found the ______ of my search. I know there there is a simple word which describes an object which is being searched for, but I just can't ...
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Gerund form of the verb after “I should've lied instead of” [closed]

So would I say "I should've lied instead of telling the truth?"
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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Peace among countries or between countries?

A more comprehensive research program would look for historical cases of stable peace between countries that are not democracies, or between states only one of which is a democracy. Stable ...
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Can I say that someone creates a tendency?

The lectures on Big data have received positive responses not only from MIS students, but also from students of other majors, even triggering a tendency of technology learning. I have ...
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Why are some “-ist” suffixed words used as the adjective form over the more common “-istic”?

Generally speaking, for any kind of "-ism", the suffix "-ist" produces the noun form and "-istic" produces the adjective form. But there are some "-ist" suffixes that are acceptable or even more ...
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'On' vs 'at' are there any principles that advise using one instead of the other when expressing the location of something?

The building is located on the corner of Bank and Butler. Vs. The building is located at the corner of Bank and Butler. Is there any reason why one is more appropriate than the other?
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“choose from” vs “choose out of” vs “choose among”

I tried to form a sentence like this: X chooses Y from three Zs. X chooses Y out of three Zs. I couldn't choose which one is better, and after googling found question on en.se and thread ...
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What do you call the energy that has been created by fear or happiness?

There are times that we feel tired and weak and not able to get up and do something, in this situation: if we face a danger, like our house goes on fire, or become under attack, or remember that we ...
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dosing vs administration in academic writing

I'm writing a clinical trial report. I collected blood sample after i injected drug to the subjects . When i want to use a shorter term to indicate the timing, should i use "after dosing" or "after ...
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What does “alright” mean when it's at the end of a sentence?

a. Life has no meaning alright. What does "alright" mean in the sentence above? I can't find it in the dictionary!
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What's the word or name of someone that gets sick just by talking about it but they're not really sick? [duplicate]

I know a person that I can say "The flue is going around again" and next day he has the flu but two days later he out in the woods hunting. If he comes in contact with some that has heart burn then ...
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Keyswitch one or two words?

I work with electronic circuits terminology a lot and I sometimes see key switch (two words) and keyswitch (one word). I was wondering which one is right ? The word is to designate a switch ...
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Word for eating things that aren't food

Is there a word for trying to eat things that aren't food? I'm thinking particularly in the context of babies, where it's a normal part of the learning process, but I dare say it is a disorder that ...
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What's the proper way: Forever Lucky, or Lucky Forever? [closed]

The title says it all, what's the proper way to say it? Also, could you please explain me the why one is the right form, and the other is the wrong form? Thanks.
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“Attendant with” vs. “attendant to” vs. “attendant of”

Can the adjective attendant be used with the prepositions with, to, or of, and, if so, which is preferable? For example, I could say, "This manual describes the operation of the product and its ...
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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What's the word for the when you suck snot back in your nose?

My mom and I say 'soup' like: "Why are you souping the snot back up your nose?" But I realise that this is not accurate. So what's the word?
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“instance of time” vs. “instant of time”

The following two sentences quoted from this scientific paper (emphasize added) actually mean the same thing: at any moment. For such plants this is related to the choke/valve openings, ...
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What does “mainstream pop music” mean? And is it singular or plural?

Is "mainstream pop music" just a genre or genres? Whatever it means, can I use it as below? What kind of mainstream pop music do you like? What kinds of mainstream pop music do you like?
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Verb to use with “workload”

Just wondering which verb is the most natural to native speakers to use with 'workload.' Among I wish to receive heavier workload. I wish to take heavier workload. I wish to have heavier ...
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What is the correct usage of arriviste/parvenu? [closed]

In one of the episodes of the TV show Rosemary & Thyme the word arriviste/parvenu was used. Context how it was used: Person A considers person B as an arriviste/parvenu. Person A is rich and ...
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What's the term to describe 'normal' languages, such as English, Chinese and Russian as opposed to programming languages?

English is not my native tongue, so I might be overlooking an easy word. The following is what I mention on my resumé in an 'about me'-section: I'm a language enthusiast and (...). But language ...
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Is there a word that means “When there's too much of something and people don't take interest anymore”?

For example, there is a new style of shoe, and when there are only a few people who wear it, it's hip and trendy, but now everybody has a pair and it's ______. Or, there's a new and popular product ...
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General term for content available on web page or as paper/pdf?

I am writing a document that I hope to show as a web page, and make available as a PDF that people might print. In the opening I have: "This document is an annotated guide to foo bar." While I ...
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What is the adjective for a child who has finished kindergarten education?

Preschool seems to be the word typically used for children's education before they enter elementary school. But how do we call a child who has finished preschool education? Is it valid to use ...
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what is the difference between forget about it and forget it?

what are the differences between "forget about it" and "forget it"? it seems they both mean never mind. example: -sorry for what happened yesterday -forget it. -can i buy you a drink? -forget about ...
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Is there a word to describe beliefs that are neither scientific nor false nor religious?

If I believe that the Spaghetti Monster lives under my bed, what word would you use to describe this? It can not be proven that the Spaghetti Monster does not live under my bed because you have not ...
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If A is “attached” to B, what is B?

Let's say I have a document that is attached to an e-mail. Is there a short way to express "The e-mail this document is attached to"? Something like "the carrier e-mail", but not so strange ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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“whether” or “according as” or …?

I want to state that depending on the context, A will not react the same. I would like a concise phrasing, I am not sure which of these are grammatical: Here's what I wrote — but I found no support ...
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What's the term for the information you gather from someone before deciding to bring them in for an interview?

What is another word for the information you gather from someone before deciding to bring them in for an interview? (Salary Requirements, Commuting Restrictions, etc.) What I'm trying to say is: ...
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What to say to point out that you get paid for playing?

We recently had a discussion whether "Pay for play" or "Play for pay" is the correct term to describe that you get money when you play. Which one is correct? Sincerely, Kia.
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“at the cost of” vs. “at the expense of”

I usually use "at the cost of", but my editor made it "at the expense of". For example, the following sentence: The counts in Table 2 are all based on implementations that are optimized for ...
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How to describe this kind of education in a non-western society?

The education I received in primary school and junior high school was comparatively open-minded and libertarian. I am describing China's education.The word "libertarian" is related with a particular ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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When can I use “while” instead of “when”? [duplicate]

I have been learning English for a long time, but still don't understand about the when/while difference and their usage. When can I use "while"?
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Word or phrase for saying you don't want something when you really do [closed]

Like if I offer somebody a candy bar and they say "no thank you" when they actually would love to eat it. I've heard people refer to it as "being modest", but the dictionary definition of modest ...
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A word for: the regular swallowing of one's saliva

Humans (and member of many other species too) must swallow their saliva fairly regularly, especially when awake. Is there any nice, plain-English word for this action? For example, instead of ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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Adjective form of 'pathos'

When describing rhetorical appeals, 'ethos' can become 'ethical,' and 'logos' can become 'logical.' But what about 'pathos'? The closest I can come up with is 'pathetic,' but some research tells me ...
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Semantics and malapropism

When correcting somebody on the application of a word, could it be said that you are being critical of their use of semantics? For example, calling the tool used to pick a lock a "tension wrench" is ...
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What else did you think it stood for? vs …it stand for? vs …it stands for? [closed]

I'm confused about what tense the verb in the predicate of a question should take. Which of the following versions of stand should be used? What else did you think it stood for? What else did you ...
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Word to describe the completion of a planned rail journey

I am a native English speaker with, what I consider to be, an excellent vocabulary but I recently ran into a problem whilst compiling my list of New Year's Resolutions. One item on the list is to ...
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Noun that means “something that contrasts favorably with the rest”?

For example, when you want to emphasize the contrast of a laid-back person living in a hectic city. I figure we can say something like "His laid-back personality is a [word] against/to the bustle of ...
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What does “share the passion” mean?

For example, what would it be defined if used in this sentence: We "share the passion" in reading fantasy adventure book series. Also, should "in" be replaced with "of"?
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What is the saying or idiom or word that means when “friends” don’t need you anymore it seems like they don’t know you anymore

there are some people who are your friend in the time of need,and they ignore you the other times,so what do you call them? a poet calls them "flies around a sweetmeat".
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Can “for” be interchangeable with “since” in this sentence?

"For I do not know his name yet, I will acknowledge my new friend as James for now." Also, is the word "acknowledge" suitable in this sentence? Thanks! (I'm trying to not use the word "since" here ...
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Words that change meaning when a letter is added/removed/changed

Want to know if there is a collective word to describe these kind of words that change their meanings in an opposite way (rather than irrelevantly) when a single letter is added/removed/changed so ...