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“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
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Like misdirection, is there any word for misdepiction?

Misdirection is used for distracting attention of an audience. In a similar sense, audio visual artists (TV, movies, etc.) spice up historical epics. They introduce of unproven/undocumented events ...
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Difference between “bunch of” and “group of” with regard to people

What are the contexts for using a bunch and a group when describing a handful of people? Please take both spoken and written English into account. For example, when is it more appropriate to use "a ...
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What is a catalog of images and their description called

I am creating a game in which I want to create a "What is what section", it is basically going to be a list of items containing an image with its name per item (Example image of the lead character ...
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Adverb for “multiple”

Say that I have a Pokemon with 2 types: Fire and Flying. One could say this Pokemon has "multiple types." That is because the designer of this Pokemon "typed" it that way. Is it correct to say the ...
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primary product, secondary product, next? [closed]

What follows after the words primary and secondary? What's the English word for it (meaning 3rd basically)?
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Which one is more correct: “works at a university” or “works in a university”?

My relative is a fairly big academic and works at a university. Is this correct? or should I have used in instead?
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Can the eldest sibling of three males call his younger brother “my older brother”

Had this conversation with a 26 year old male. He has finished a degree at Uni and told me I was wrong when I said you cannot call your younger brother your older brother. He is only older son to ...
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Dough, paste, or pastry? [closed]

I'm a bit confused here. Could you help me to differentiate between the meanings of these words?
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Lower class or low class? [closed]

I am writing the following sentence and do not know whether I should use lower class or low class: The argument of Serving in Florida is that ---- class life is a dehumanized form of existence. I ...
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Why use the word “chasm” instead of just “gap” or “hole”

With every example sentence I've read so far, I can't see why we can't replace chasm with gap. Is there any other meaning of the word?
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Word for someone who thought of an idea

I was looking/wanting a word to describe a person who thought and kindled an original idea and was the first to do it. Say you come up with an idea for a device or an idea for software or something ...
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Do you buy “in”, “by”, “at” or “on” a website"? [duplicate]

If test.com is my website name, which one is correct: In test.com you can buy biscuits By test.com you can buy biscuits How can I explain to someone that if you register on my site you can do ...
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How do you refer to a hyponym that is the same word as the hypernym?

What word (or how do you phrase things) do you use when the ostensible word for the class is the same as the word for a subset of the class? For example, in the United States, there are many brands ...
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Word for “Workingness”

I know "workingness" is not a word, but I am looking for a word that means it. For example: Evaluate the workingness of capitalism?
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Using localising adjectives + adverbial construction with 'where'

I am wondering whether it is possible to use an adverbial phrase with 'where' to describe words like 'ashore' or 'aground'. Examples: I stepped ashore where the sun was filling with a red ...
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“For the time being” vs. “in the mean time”

I am confused when to use "For the time being" and when to use "In the mean time". Are they interchangeable. Can you please explain with some examples?
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Is there a word to describe someone who apologizes for or feels bad about success or good fortune?

For example, an American who apologizes for the wealth and power of the United States?
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A word for 'the ability to see beauty'

In talking about someone, perhaps an artist, who has the ability to find or see beautiful things in everyday settings. Is there a word for it ?
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“On the one/other hand” vs. “on the one/other side”

There are two slightly different expressions which do mean the exact same thing, these are: On the one hand [...]. on the other hand [...] On the one side [...]. on the other side [...] ...
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“hunger resistant”

As the title says, a person who does not get hungry easily, or is better at ignoring the effects of malnourishment is (a) ____ ? Example: a monk who can fast for an extended period of time. ...
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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I’ve an Italian degree in “engineering informatics”, so I am a what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have difficulty when trying to define my title (in several contexts, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to ...
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want”

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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“between” vs. “among”

Today I was cut off in the middle of the following sentence: Between Cook, Strauss, and Pietersen— My friend said I was wrong. He said that for more than two entities, among/amongst are used, ...
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Do “resolution” and “definition” differ? If so, how?

Particularly in the context of the usage of "high definition" and "resolution", as in quality of digital sound, picture, and/or video. My question is spurred by my description of and under an image, ...
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Can we use “workaround to this” instead of “solution to this”?

While searching for the meaning I got this. Wordkaround - a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system. Which means almost the same as "solution". So, can we use ...
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the word “slant” as a way of expressing personal views

In writing, I mainly use such words as outlook, perspective, standpoint, or viewpoint to express my personal opinion or an opinion of someone else. Examples presented below: The author's ...
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What could be a single word or phrase for the one who helps people to achieve their goals?

I was just wondering about this word to suggest it to my friend to use it for the NGO he is going to start soon.
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What does a door do on its hinge?

In general sense of the language we would say that a door "opens" or "closes". But I am looking for a one-word answer (preferably) that would indicate its motion around the hinge. Does it swivel, ...
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“And been” when “has” has been said in the sentence already?

I have the sentence "The role has gotten easier and easier to play, and been forced upon me more frequently than not." I was wondering if "and been" is correct to use in this case, or if "has" must be ...
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“Between” or “among”? [closed]

Is it correct to use between or among in the following sentence? Plus, should it be no offset or no offsets? In the current application, it is assumed that the origins of the lasers have no ...
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What is a decent word for “spitting”?

I want my friend to step aside from wash basin so that I can spit after brushing. What is a decent word for spitting? Is there a better statement to ask him to step aside?
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“Informed that X is as follows” vs “Informed of X is as follows” [closed]

I am making a report to management. Which is the more appropriate expression? Please be informed that the above results are as follows. Please be informed of the above results are as follows.
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a long sentence like: This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family. And ...
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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How to say: “I will try to move it to an earlier time” or what is the opposite of “delay”

I have a meeting that I think should be moved to an earlier time. What is the best way to say it? E.g. if I wanted to move it to a later time, I can use the word "delay": "I would like to delay ...
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Is it right to call a job which has begun to bore you a “plain” job?

What is the best english adjective to identify a job in which you always do the same things over and over and so eventually get bored from it? I read somewhere the sentence "I have a plain job", "I ...
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“I'm sorry for” vs. “I'm sorry about”

Can I use about and for interchangeably? If not, when should I use either? Which is more common? I'm sorry for/about yesterday. I'm sorry for/about my bad English. I'm sorry for/about that. ...
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Why does the police use “K-9 Unit” instead of “dog”?

Throughout North America, I keep seeing police cars labeled "K-9 unit". I know "K-9" is a homophone of "canine", but why don't they just use "Police dog"?
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between 8:00 am to 8:30 am [duplicate]

Pick up the paperwork between 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Is the word "to" incorrect? I was informed by a coworker that it should read "between 8:0 am and 8:30 am." If a correction is needed, can you tell ...
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“in” versus “of”

I hope that both forms shown below are correct. What is the difference between them and which one seems more natural? the initial and final element in the expression/clause the initial and ...
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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Is “coachee” even a word?

If I am Rita's coach, is Rita my *coachee? (yikes) Is that even a word? Would it be correct instead to say she is my ward? What about terms for people at the other end of a mentor, sponsor ...
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How do you call a thing that raises something (e.g. an event)?

Let's say I want to describe event model in some software. Conceptually there are two sides: the one which raises an event and another which receives it. While I do know the difference between to ...
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a single word or short desciption of a person projecting delusional selflessness after hurting someone [closed]

What would be a good way to describe a person who is projecting delusional selflessness ? Example would be: Person "A" hurts you. When you try to take revenge they say they are the ones who have the ...
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Word Choice: What do you call a set of elements not including their ends?

I have a set of objects, an example would be this set of letters. {A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I} I need to call each part (or group of parts) with short single words. Letter "A" is the Head; "I" is ...
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What should I use between “triple” vs. “all”?

If I have 2 pens and I want to say all of them are green, I can say "Both of them are green" but if I have 3 pens should I use "Triple of them are green" or "All of them are green"?
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Is “triple” the proper counterpart of pair when describing a group of three items?

I'm writing a tech doc and this question bothers me, though I know it should be simple. I know I should say "A pair of [Key, Value]", but when I have something like "A ____ of [Key, Value, Flag]", ...