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People from my country in a word [closed]

I want to write a sentence something like this - > I like to meet people of my native origin(country, city, town and so on). How can i write the things that are in bold in one word - > I like to ...
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“Unused” and “useless”

I'm a software developer, and as such I often use an IDE to fulfill my goals. For those who don't know: An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides ...
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What do you call a person who is constantly busy yet always willing to go the extra mile?

What do you call a person who is constantly busy with his or her workload but is willing to go the extra mile to do more than what is needed? Is hardworking good enough or is there some other better ...
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Do you use the word 'readers' when talking about a play?

I'm writing a literature analysis essay on a play and was wondering which word I would use to describe the people viewing/reading the play. I'm used to the word reader(s) as I have wrote essays for ...
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Can a sentence start with “ due to”

I think a sentence cannot start with due to. But if i need to say due to this thing something is happening how can I say it? How can I write the following sentence correctly? Due to the changes ...
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Which would you use 'go for a swim' or 'going swimming'

Which would you use 'go for a swim' or 'going swimming'? I am going swimming today. I go for a swim today.
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Do Americans use the term “garburator” or is there a better equivalent?

Is it obsolete to use the term garburator to refer to a garbage disposal unit in a kitchen? If it is, do we have a better term to replace it with? Also, what is the etymology of this word?
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How else could you tell a person you “are curious about them”? [closed]

For example, "You induce/promote/inspire curiosity in me." "I am very curious in you." (Sounds awful)
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Better way of saying “Go-to man”?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a gender-neutral alternative to the phrase "Who's the go-to man?" The go-to person feels stylistically awkward.
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“Feasible”, “possible” or “potential” solution

I am trying to understand the difference, if any, between feasible, possible and potential. Most online dictionaries report them as synonyms. Is this right? More specifically, I want to use these ...
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Disdain, contempt or scorn

So I looked up the term contempt and found this definition: The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration: I also found a synonym, disdain The feeling that ...
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The opposite of archive

A colleague and I are writing some software and we're looking for some advice on the usage of the word "archive". Currently, we're using archive as a marker to state that the entry in our database has ...
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Word to describe a sensation of death coming over your entire body?

This is the context where I want to use the word: He closed his eyes. The living did not come to mind, neither friend, nor family—only the dance of death, plain to see. The dancing figures of ...
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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 ...
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Idiom or word for a very crowded place

There is a popular idiom in Russian for describing a really crowded place: "(there's) no room for an apple to fall" ("яблоку негде упасть"). I struggle to think of anything similar in English, and ...
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Word to describe a person who expresses his or her feelings frequently?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person (it can be a term of animal behavior) who expresses his or her feelings frequently, particularly through facial expressions.
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Lift is for car so what is for bike?

The word lift generally means for car. Then what is for bike? Eg: Can I get a lift? Meaning, can I ride in your car? Similarly, I want to know how can we say for "Can I get a lift with you on ...
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How can boating be otherwise called?

Let's suppose I am going to make a trip down the river on a boat which will last for a few days like that in Three Men in a Boat book. How would you call this type of activity? I have been suggested ...
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Colloquial expression for something working very fast?

I am looking for an expression as an alternative to fast in the following expression: Ever since they have constructed flyover/overbridge, traffic has been very fast. My laptop has been super ...
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How Do You Choose Whether To Use These, or Those, or The +Noun [duplicate]

First of all, I know that there have been discussed a few threads on similar topic, but the threads didn't cover all my questions. How do you choose whether to use these, or those, or the + noun ...
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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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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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Using “use” with “to” and “for” when expressing purpose

I recently wondered about the use of "to use" and other verbs when expressing the purpose of an action. I noticed that purpose is often expressed by having a verb followed by "for" and a progressive ...
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Preventative vs. preventive

In this answer about the non-word disabilitated, the word preventative is compared (unfavourably, if my reading of the implication is correct) to preventive. However, I have always used preventative, ...
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A word to describe a person who makes a lot of mistakes but is unaware of it

What do you call a person who always or gradually makes mistakes, but is unaware that they're making those mistakes? For example, Nicolo and I are partners in a group project. The instructor ...
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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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Has “aught” survived in common usage?

In a movie that I watched recently, I heard- for aught I know, for aught I care. I work with a lot of native speakers, and they all told me it's not in formal or informal usage anymore. ...
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I panicked or I was panicked?

I want to refer to a situation that happened months ago. So what should I use? I panicked or I was panicked?
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I feel robust is overused [closed]

I feel robust is used too often and incorrectly when describing processes and systems. What would be other possible words to describe processes and systems besides: effective, efficacious, and sound? ...
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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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Do both ascertain and determine mean the same here? [closed]

The challenge facing public health officials is to anticipate an outbreak of disease and then ----- that school children are immunized. Both words have to be in present tense, obviously. But ...
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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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Take care or be careful?

I'm a non-native speaker. I'm having a problem with "take care" and "be careful". This problem comes from a text: Jack: "I've got to go, Sarah. So long." Sarah: "So long. Jack. And..." A. ...
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“Conception” vs. “inception”

A friend of mine just stated: I'm unimpressed by iOS6, most of the "features" they are introducing have been there since Android's conception. I was about to correct him, believing inception to ...
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Classic word or phrase for many in one

I am looking for a word which describes many in one in classic english. If possible please provide modern word ideas as well.
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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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Is “may or may not X” logically incorrect?

Thoughts on redundancy aside, using or in this phrase seems wrong to me. Should it not be and? My reasoning is this: There are only two possibilities on the actions concerning X -- either X will be ...
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“Reveal” vs. “revelation” as nouns

I just posed this question on sci-fi.stackexchange and had my wording corrected from reveal to revelation. I realise that to have said that too early in the film would have ruined the big reveal. ...
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looking for a word: “A certain fact can be ___ to another fact” (fact 2 is the cause of fact 1) [closed]

I'm struggling to find a word that can fit in this sentance: "This difference can be ___ to the difference in methods". Something like attributed, but not quite. Thank you.
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Does “stay” mean “stop” in “stay involved in your child’s school”? [closed]

Let see this example, A: my child got beaten in the school B: stay involved in your child’s school My first question is that: Does the sentence B the correct one? And Does the sentence B mean ...
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A word or succinct description for a compromised media/news outlet

One which is influenced and steered by pressures from a government which itself is corrupt. Doesn't sound too unfamiliar today, does it? Anyway, it is to help me translate a German word "die ...
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What's the opposite of “prototype product”?

From an Information Technology perspective, what's the opposite of Proof of Concept (prototype)? I'm looking for a better word which means "full-fledged version".
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How to describe making sounds with your throat?

Say if someone asked you a yes/no question, and you make that note of assent with your throat to let them know that yes is the answer to the question, how would you describe that through writing? I ...
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What is a term for the “first” meaning of a word?

Words have lots of meanings/denotations/dictionary definitions, many connotations and contexts and they have literal meanings and metaphorical ones. For example, consider the word 'trash'. Literally ...
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What is the term that describes the image that is seen when something is moving fast?

For example, when you move your hand back and forth quickly (or just any object), you see "two" in a way. When something quick is thrown, there's a line that is left behind that follows that object. ...
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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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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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A noun meaning a consumer who bargains

Imagine you have a seller and a buyer who engage in bargaining at a market. Is there a one-word noun that describes a consumer who haggles (but not the seller)? I thought haggler, but that can be ...
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“In a list” vs. “on a list”

In the following sentence, should I use in or on? If I ever make a list, not only will you be in/on it, you'll top it, too.