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word to replace “ interest ”

I applied for a job position last year, and I want to continue to apply for it this year. Then I say, "My interest doesn't change", but I think "interest" is a little bit weak in this case, and "...
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“For most” vs “of many” Idiomatic Language

For example, which choice of idiomatic language would best serve the meaning of this particular sentence? My friend Allan is typical for most / of many programmers today in that he ponders for ...
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Is it correct to use Exclamation mark(!) in the introduction of a Professional Email? [closed]

I work with teams that are in different geographic zones. This is how I usually, start the email introduction. for example:- Hi Linda, Good Morning! or Greetings! Is it correct to use exclamation ...
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Numbers and units

I'm looking for a single word to describe the combination of a number and unit. For example, “6 watts” or “2.5 kilometers”. Measurement is the closest I’ve come, but sounds cumbersome. Does anyone ...
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What is analogous of “chivalrous” for opposite gender? [duplicate]

chivalrous Chivalrous is an adjective that is generally used for men. Is there an adjective that can be used to describe women in a similar fashion?
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“Thousands of thousands” vs. “Thousands upon thousands”

Is "thousands of thousands" grammatically correct? Why does it seem that "thousands upon thousands" sounds better, even though the former is closer to the logical truth? Is there any difference at all?...
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Evidenced “in” or “by”?

Which version is correct? ...plus proven ability to collaborate with people from culturally diverse backgrounds is evidenced in his success in the US, Europe and Asia. ...plus proven ability to ...
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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 difference between ‘dose’ and ‘dosage’?

I found that these two words are synonyms and share the same meaning: the amount of a medicine. Can I use both of them in the same sentence? for example: The highest dosage of drug A increased [...
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This process will continue UP TO A TIME in the future [closed]

When I am about to tell you that the process is still going to continue, but unsure at what exact point of time the process will end. Is the sentence "This process will continue up to a time in the ...
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Which form would be correct: cyber security, cyber-security or cybersecurity?

I want to stop changing my mind, I've used all three of the forms cyber security, cyber-security or cybersecurity at different times. There have been previous discussions on this (e.g. here and here) ...
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'Employee' is to 'employer' as 'attaché' is to X?

Attacher is "Someone who attaches", so basically the same as attaché. I'm looking for the generic name for a person (or thing) that another thing (or person) is attached to. The object in the ...
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Look at vs. watch [migrated]

Here is the example that came up today: My mother went to the park to _______ birds. Would you use look at or watch, and why?
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Can “Not everyone can love you” be used in this situation? [migrated]

Can "Not everyone can love you" be used to mean "It's impossible for you to be loved by everyone: there will always be some people out there who hate you"?
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What's a word that means does not belong, and doesn't matter at the same time?

The word can be used to mean that something doesn't belong (i.e in this category) or something that has nothing to do with something, but also doesn't matter. I know there is a word for this in my ...
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How exactly do you call a scruffy designer’s 3 day stubble with a 5 o’ clock shadow (beard)?

There’s a type of beard that men grow in a few days after being clean-shaven:    Is there a specific word for it, ideally established throughout the English-speaking world? In German, for ...
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“Apply for” vs. “apply to”

Here I want to say that this function just should be applied to the following classes: A, B and C. This function just applies for/to A, B and C. But once again I am not sure which preposition ...
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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“Witness to” vs. “witness of”

What is the difference in meaning between "a witness to" and "a witness for"? E.g., Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God... ...
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Equivalent of “both” when referring to three or more items?

What would be the correct word to use when referring to three or more items, in the same manner as the word both? For example, using two words, with the word both: "There are several ...
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Trying to understand the structure of “fear the walking dead”. [closed]

Is it like "fear of walking dead" or as in "I order you to fear the walking dead"? Can one paraphrase this phrase? Isn't this a so peculiar naming?
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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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How to translate “Setsunai”(切ない)

I'd like to know the equivalent word in English for "Setsunai"(切ない) in Japanese. It's the mixture of feelings such as sad, heartache, love and nostalgic. It's near bitter sweet, I think, but I'd like ...
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“An abundance of platitudes” - singular or plural?

I'm a non-native speaker doing writing in English. Someone pointed out to me that the sentence: There was an abundance of platitudes should be There were an abundance of platitudes ...
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“Expectations of” vs. “expectations for”

There are some questions related to this topic (Usage of "expect to" and "expectation to/of" and "Need of" vs. "need for"), but I haven't found one directly ...
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Usage of “sitting still”, “standing still” etc

I'm occasionaly came across the phrases: "sitting still"; "standing still"; "lying still"; etc. For most cases the usage is clear (humans for example). But sometimes it is not clear what verb to ...
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What is an 'impersonal joy' in this context?

Holmes had the impersonal joy of the true artist in his better work, even as he mourned darkly when it fell below the high level to which he aspired. - the valley of fear I wonder what 'the ...
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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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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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“Target” vs. “destination”

Say I'm on a road trip and I'm going to Hawaii. Is it correct to call Hawaii the target of the trip? How about the destination of the trip? The end point of the trip? Which is best, and what are the ...
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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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“Not enough memory” vs. “no enough memory” [migrated]

Which is correct? Why? Not enough memory No enough memory The first variant seems to be significantly more popular on the Internet than the second one.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number OR ...
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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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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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The correct use of conversely

I think perhaps I'm using the wrong word in this sentence. Is this the correct use of conversely and if not what is the correct word to use and what is the correct use of conversely. If we decide ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [closed]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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Being 'admitted' to the hospital? [closed]

Does one say "Hospitalization/hospitalized" when it comes to staying at the hospital because you're sick? Or is it "I'm being admitted at the hospital"? And If I was compiling a statistic of people ...
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When to Recycle, Recycles, Recyclables, Recycling

I always feel like I pick the wrong "recycle"-based word. When do I use what? Confusing examples: Is it a recycle bin, recycles bin, recycling bin? Do I take the recycles out or the recycling out? ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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What are the differences in meaning among 'aid', 'assist', 'help', and 'facilitate'?

Intro The words aid, assist, help, and facilitate are all closely related. What do you believe the differences among them might be? My best attempt to make the differences explicit follows. My ...
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What is the appropriate verb for making a judicial decision to punish someone? [closed]

Are punishments inflicted / issued / administered / or delivered by the court's judges? Is there any difference between these multiple alternatives (and probably others that I forgot), any nuances of ...
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Difference between “how” and “why”

I want to use You could see how this would be difficult to answer. but I feel You could see why this would be difficult to answer. is more correct. Here, I'm using how as that. Still, ...
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What do you call an online newspaper?

Is there a better word for a news website besides "aggregator" (which implies the source only curates information) or "blog" (which implies the source only does opinion/commentary/no real reporting ...
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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 ...
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“Going green” and “getting green” [migrated]

From "English Grammar Today": "Get" and "go" are both used to mean ‘become’, but they combine with different adjectives. We often use "get" with words like "dark, light and late"; we use "go" with ...
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Broad / Depth or Breadth / Depth? [closed]

I recently saw this image: https://www.google.pl/search?tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSHQkY_1wo-9gUZnBoSCxCwjKcIGgAMCxCOrv4IGgAM (in context of personal skills, T-shaped set of copetencies, if that is of ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest [closed]

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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How common is “What happened?” when asking people to repeat what they said? How long has this been in common usage?

For several years, I have heard most young people and some adults use the phrase What happened? when they do not hear what is spoken. It appears to be used where previously several other phrases were ...
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When should I use “a” vs “an”?

In the following example, is it appropriate to use a or an as the indefinite article, and why? He ate __ green apple. I know that in the case of just "apple", it would be "an apple," but I've ...