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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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1answer
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Which is best, “to access” or “of access”?

When describing someone who is reclusive is it better to say: He was difficult to access. or He was difficult of access.
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Is 'quantitate' a synonym for 'quantify' or just a misnomer?

I have always used quantify, but have been encountering quantitate more and more in scientific literature. Is quantitate a "valid" verb and a synonym for quantify? Otherwise is there a subtle ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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drawn or drawn in

I have a figure and some edges are plotted for convenience. So I want to write a caption like "Auxiliary edges are drawn in" But I'm confused about the in. As a non native speaker, drawn in ...
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Is it correct to say “unsubscription”?

I'm a web developer and in our project we use the word unsubsription to talk about making someone no longer subscribed to our maling. I know we can use the "subscription" word to talk about someone's ...
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Word for person who shops for others as a profession

Someone who has a great taste in fashion could help others with their shopping, but as a profession not as a hobby. The inspiration for this question is from the movie "In Her Shoes".
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multiple number change, at a rate? with a ratio? fold?

A (a=1, b=2, c=3) then, B (a=1.5, b=3, c=4.5) C (a=3, b=6, c=9) D (a=0.5, b=1, c=1.5) As above, based on the amounts of the elements in group A, the elements of B, C, and D were changed ...
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1answer
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Is it important to use the word "I' in this sentences [duplicate]

I've read how the use of the word I isn't always necessary when writing a resume as the employer already knows that the resume belongs to the job applicant. However some of these sentences sound ...
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“Enquire from someone” vs “enquire with someone”

Which is the correct sentence from these two? Can you enquire from her? Can you enquire with her? I tried to search the internet but most results talk about the difference between ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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“Fillet” or “filet”

My significant other asked me today whether or not she should use a fillet or filet of steak in a recipe. What is the difference between fillet and filet, and the history behind these words? Is there ...
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1answer
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Word for 'controlled by', with reference to an external controller

Is there a word for 'controlled by' applicable in " My body was controlled by the mind "
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5answers
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Difference between “meaning of life” and “purpose of life”

I have seen and heard both, but I cannot tell the difference between "meaning of life" and "purpose of life". Could anybody explain it to me? When to use which?
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2answers
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“May” vs. “might” [duplicate]

What’s the difference between these sentences: I thought you might be interested in looking at this event. I thought you may be interested in looking at this event.
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On playing with words for naming and titling

I've watched a movie titled "Rain Fall" in which Rain was surname of the main character. The first thing that the title brings into mind is "rainfall". In fact, it's a common way of playing with words ...
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“Rise in” vs. “rise of”

What’s the difference between "rise in" and "rise of"? Specifically, I am looking at the sentence: The rise __ juvenile crime is attributed to three factors. Which preposition should I choose?
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“Happy for you are improving”—grammatically correct?

Is it correct to say I am happy for you are improving! or does it necessarily have to be with that, as in here: I am happy that you are improving! ?
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When to use 'degree of' versus 'level of' in urban planning

Should we say, in urban planning, a certain level of compact development, or a certain degree of compact development?
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What is the “superlative” way of expressing “thank you”

On rare occasions, you are in a situation where a simple Thank You seems like you're undermining the other person's help. You know, instances where you are too grateful to express your feelings of ...
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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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“Will I” vs. “I will”

As in the following sentence: When I have the time, I will watch a new episode of one of the aforementioned Netflix shows, though rarely I will watch one of the shows below: vs. When I have ...
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1answer
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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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“I myself Naresh” as an introduction

I have heard so many times that before starting presentation people introduce themselves like this: I myself Naresh and the topic I am going to present is.... Myself Naresh and the topic I am ...
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2answers
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Can you use the word “bearing” to mean causing?

Can you use the word "bearing" to mean when smething causes something? For example, I'm trying to write a poem thing and I'm using the sentence "the bleak bearing blanket of fog" to describe how a ...
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4answers
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What does it mean when someone say “you have attitude”?

I've heard many people say He/she has attitude What they really mean is that the person has ego or something like that. I googled and find this Yahoo answer, which also suggest the same. Are ...
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What is the definition of “excessive”?

I am really confused. From dictionary.com, excessive means going before the usual or necessary. So does "excessive comforts" mean too many comforts, more than what is necessary, or equal to "too ...
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Integrally or Comprehensively

I am looking for an adverb that implies "all at the same time" or ""in an all-inclusive way". My sentence is like this: "The above algorithm comprehensively solves Sub-problems 1, 2, and 3 of the ...
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1answer
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Does this sentence sound awkward, in terms of verb tense or preposition use?

Just a couple of quick questions: Though not all my students grappled with the same issues that I had faced... Does this phrase sound off at all? I'm trying to imply that I still struggle with ...
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between “gather” and “collect”?

I was wondering what the actual difference between these two expressions is, since I recently read about "collecting mushrooms" but also about "gathering berries". Is there even any?
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What is the exact word for a vehicle usage statistics?

I was wondering what is the exact word of a vehicle usage statistics? For example, what should I call my car's total traversed distance?
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arrange VS arrange for

Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available ...
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2answers
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“Regards” vs. “Best regards” vs. “With regards” [closed]

Which of the three phrases in the concluding phrase is most appropriate when sending a work-related email? Could the three be ranked in terms of their overall level of formality?
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1answer
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Why do we use “the most” as in “Which countries travel the most?”, why not just “Which countries travel most?”

Recently, I discovered that some people use the most in sentences such as Which countries travel the most or we stress the last number the most. Why not just most? For example, is it ok to say ...
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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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“in” vs “on” vs “at” with “rarely used code paths”

Which of these alternatives is the best one? Bugs are often found on rarely used code paths Bugs are often found in rarely used code paths Bugs are often found at rarely used code paths I have a ...
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Can I use “Firstly” while writing email? Is this a correct word to use in communication?

I had a problem while writing emails where I want to tell few things in order. I had used "Firstly" in the email but I am not very sure is it a correct way to talk or write.
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of these is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is preferred? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods that help... ...
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Attributes of a TIME: Compared With/ Compared to

In the following question, should we be looking at comparison between two times in history or comparison between two attributes at different times? Intuitively, we compare between two people basing ...
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What is it called when something you previously took to be a mistake turned out to be the correct decision?

Sometimes your “mistake” results in a big success, or you find out that it actually was the correct way of doing it. I sarcastically call this a “correct mistake”. What do you call it? I don’t know if ...
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What is the singular for an octadic?

As I understand the octadic is 8 of something. In relation to sections, what would be a single section called in the octadic? The comparison I draw from is the quartile, each 'section' being a ...
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Does not show one's potential

One who has potential, but never gives the effort to show it. What would be the best word or words that match this description?
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Which is most correct of these three phrases?

At the top part of the front page of my trading journal website, I have a phrase that I don't know whether is correct or not. Here's what it says: Online trading journal software including trade ...
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2answers
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A water circle of few radius is around the park

In the following image: Do you see the water in a few feet radius around a land? How do you describe this? Let's assume that the land is a park and there is no fountain. Can I express it this way: ...
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Word for relative movement of inner and outer

I want to describe the movement or position of an inner material inside an outer sheath, as the inner moves through the outer. Can anyone think of some kind of verb, spatial preposition or any other ...
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example vs. exemplary

I am not a native speaker. Looking at the dictionary both sentences could be correct. I think in this example "example feature" is the right choice: These two example features are both ...
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3answers
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I can see us agreeing on many points “in the article” or “from the article”?

I want to provide a reader with a link to an article and say that we would agree on a lot of points therein. What's the best way to state that, and which of these versions is correct? I can see us ...
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3answers
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Is it appropriate to use 'eagerly' while ending a formal e-mail

Nowadays, I always use the following phrase when I am ending formal email; I eagerly await for your response. Regards, I've seen this phrase somewhere, kind-of a formal e-mail and I am ...
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“for the sake of” | synonyms

Are there any other ways of writing the following while keeping the same meaning? for the sake of I have used it so much in my essay, so I am searching a thing which gives the same meaning.
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Is there any difference between “crenellations” and “battlements”? [duplicate]

Both these terms seem to refer to the jagged parapets you see on classic medieval castle towers. Merriam-Webster defines "battlement" like this: a parapet with open spaces that surmounts a wall ...