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“Comportment” vs. “deportment”

What is the difference between comportment and deportment? I have tried looking up a comparison, but with very little results. The few discussions I found were contradictory. I also tried looking ...
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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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Adjective/adverb that means “seemingly clever, but actually foolish”

Is there a single word in English (or borrowed) that describes someone or some action as being clever or smart on the surface, but is actually quite foolish or unproductive? I used to think "...
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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...
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“positively/negatively related to” OR “directly/inversely related to ”?

It seems there are two ways to describle when variable X increases as variable Y decreases: X is negatively related to Y, OR X is inversely related to Y. when variable X increases as variable Y ...
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Looking for a descriptive word for a person who doesn't mind others' opinion about him/herself [closed]

How would you describe a person who doesn't mind others' opinion about himself/herself. I thought of ignorant/independent, but they are obviously not descriptive enough.
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Better word for “self-deterministic”

Physical systems (physics, chemistry) are creations of nature, and thus their designs can only be perceived, not conceived, by physical sciences. Political systems, on the other hand, are inventions ...
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Greater Chicago, Chicago Metro or Chicagoland

I was wondering whether someone would know answer to this question. In formal writing which of these should I go with? Greater Chicago, Chicago Metro or Chicagoland. Could you please explain why? ...
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How to explain sorting by time descending in colloquial English

I am writing a program where I need to ask if the user would like to sort the results by time ascending or descending. The program manages appointments. So if time were sorted ascending, the ...
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Better wording to represent “ to show this in image…”

I made a diagram that I want to show but I am confused with how to present it, like should I say " so this is how it looks in picture/diagram" or "to represent this graphically or in picture" or ...
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Correct word choice for “get a new subset from set”

I am trying to choose a title. I have a big data set and I will get subsets of this data set using statistical techniques (random sampling etc.). Which one of the following is correct? If more than ...
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Is the following word choice correct? [closed]

Is it possible to describe the relation between two countries as "negative" and "tepid"? Are there any better alternatives usually used in media texts?
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Does a parked car lie in the street, or sit in the street, or stand in the street?

Does a parked car lie in the street or sit in the street or stand in the street ? Is there a rule to determine which verb to use with a specific noun, when the noun describes a ...
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Cipher vs Cypher - British English vs American English [duplicate]

As an English author but long time resident of America, I recently wrote a historical spy thriller that delved deeply into coded messages. I often caught myself writing cipher and cypher. Although I ...
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How to say hello to a group of people? [closed]

When entering a place or meet a group of people or starting a speech, how do you say hello to the audience (from a few to thousands of people). I know that this depends on the situation. I think it is ...
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Teachers (of/from) various schools met to discuss how to improve the standard of English [migrated]

Teachers (of/from) various schools met to discuss how to improve the standard of English. Which word should be used here, of or from?
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“Suited to an Indian mindset ” vs. “suited for an Indian mindset”

Is there a difference between suited to and suited for? For example, Japan is suited for agriculture. Agriculture is suited to Japan. In my above examples, can I interchange for with to? I ...
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What do you call a person who loves nuts and bolts? [closed]

What do you call a person who has a fetish for fasteners such as bolts, nuts and screws?
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Correct usage of “will be” vs. “will”

Consider these two sentences: It will be storming all day tomorrow, we need to go shopping tonight. It will storm all day tomorrow, we need to go shopping tonight. The difference being "...
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Business term for unique companies

I'm looking for a business term to be applied to companies that are the only known providers of some good/service. "One-of-a-kind" and "unique providers" come to my mind at first, but they does not ...
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How do I describe positions of persons in a sequence?

Let's say I have four persons in an ordered sequence. For example: Person A - Person B - Person C - Person D. Person D arrived first. Then person C arrived, then B, and then A. I now want to ...
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Does somebody's “lady” mean somebody's wife?

I recently visited a historic Buddhist temple in Japan and a grave there was in honor of the wife of a feudal samurai lord. The woman was referred to as the lord's "lady" in English. Is it an ...
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Should this be “ensure,” and not "insure?

The assure vs. insure vs. ensure has been discussed frequently on this site. But I came across a New Yorker article, which has excellent editing, which uses "insure" when it seemingly should have used ...
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Can the word “unsettling” be used in a positive sense?

For example, in the phrase: John told Mary something unexpected and thoroughly unsettling - but in the best way a person can be unsettled Is there something wrong (meaning-wise) with this? Can the ...
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What is the difference between bamboozle and hornswoggle

Please don't answer that bamboozle is spoken in GB and hornswoogle in US. Many times i have heard hornswoogle spoken at the US East Coast. Is it possible that both means the same but hornwoogle is ...
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Does “typically” always imply a habitual occurrence?

Example: When she lost her wallet, typically, she panicked. That looks awkward and incorrect. A present tense version of the sentence looks correct: When she loses her wallet, typically ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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“On aisle two” vs. “in aisle two”

In supermarkets in the United States, I tend to hear this often: Cleanup on aisle two [or some other number]. Would in be as good as on? How is in different from on in this context?
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Quality of life Vs. Life Quality

In the context of the following excerpt, what expression should I use? And why? The husband's role is a fundamental element for the sick wife's well-being and life quality/quality of life. Note ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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Describing people who jump hoops to get a good deal

What is a precise and concise way of describing a person who goes out of their way to find deals or discounts for their purchases? Suggestions which I'm not 100% happy with: Smart buyer Bargain ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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“Open” vs. “open up”

Which of the following two variants is correct with reference to some email attachments? I am unable to open them. I am unable to open up them.
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“The title of Bachelor of Engineering” vs “the title Bachelor of Engineering”

... obtained the diploma and the title of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.). ... obtained the diploma and the title Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng). Which sentence is correct? Which is better?
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Should a company be referred to as “he/she” or as “it”?

When a customer represents a company, not a person, and a pronoun is needed to refer back to that customer, should one use he/she, or should one use it?
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Word choice in this sentence: trajectory vs. vector

I'm editing a short piece of fiction where the author has left brackets around specific items that they want looked at, and this one has me a little bit stumped. In the scene, a character has jumped ...
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“Play it as it lays” or “play it as it lies”

The title of Joan Didion's book Play It as It Lays has thrown me off since I first heard it. Shouldn't it be Play It as It Lies? I have read through a related post on the subject of lay vs. lie and ...
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“Not able to” vs. “unable to”

Which phrase is more suitable to convey one's inability to do something — "not able to" or "unable to"? For example, not able to join the meeting unable to join the meeting
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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What are the differences between “assume”, “presume” and “suppose”

I believe that "assume", "presume", "suppose" are similar in meaning of to take some facts as a truth without proof. But it seems to me that "presume" is more formal, "assume" is less formal and "...
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Need word for “remove duplicates and keep unique instances” [closed]

Here is a sentence. Combine all Points and keep unique Points. For example: Points-> 1,1,1,1,2,3,3,3,4,4,5,5 Remove duplication and keep uniqueness Unique Points-> 1,2,3,4,5 I need a word ...
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What is a word that describes a person who takes up a challenge

The same thing as the title. The situation is a person whose intent is against the protagonist's and is taking up a king's challenge. I'm rewriting a fairytale from a different perspective. The ...
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Mutual or each other

Some of my pupils have used "mutual" instead of "each other" in our latest paper repeatedly. Again and again I read "They mutual write a text message" (I suppose at least an adverb would be needed ...
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Which is proper in this case? [duplicate]

Which is proper, "Grammar and spelling on facebook is something else!" or "Grammar and spelling on facebook are something else!"
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Which word do I use? Are or Is?

Which is correct? Spelling and grammar on facebook is something else. Spelling and grammar on facebook are something else.
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Word for “reporting a table” [closed]

In an article, I need to report my results in the form of a table. Also I want to show (exactly copy the same table in my article with proper citation) the corresponding table from a paper (showing ...
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Adjective that expresses the scale/range of a noun

Imagine that each country has a central library and that there is a system that will connect all of them with each other. How can I say that "this is a system that connects (the libraries that ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...