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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...
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What's the difference between “licensing” and “licensure?”

On the new Engineering SE, we field questions about professional engineering registration. The tag categorizing these questions is "licensure" and I usually find myself referring to the topic by that ...
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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Friendly way of saying “I love you”

In Spanish, Te amo (I love you) has more romantic feeling than saying Te quiero. The last one is used as a friendly way of saying I love you, but without romantic purposes. However, if translated to ...
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Is “uncrumples” a word? [closed]

What I'm wanting to write is: "She uncrumples the note" but apparently it's not a real word. What do I use instead? Thanks
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Antonym for “machine readable data”?

I want to describe data that is easy for a human to understand but very difficult for a machine to understand. Like, raw unfiltered user input. For example, suppose I have a column in a table that ...
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A synonym or alternative for a “chivalrous” or “gallant” man but with more negative connotation

I'm looking for a slang term describing a man who always tries desperately to get the attention of ladies. This type of dude is always polite to chicks and he is highly likely to forget even his best ...
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A better phrase for “doing my graduation”

I'm looking for a better phrasing of the following sentence, to put it as a summary at a professional network. Does doing my graduation look a unprofessional? I am doing my graduation from the ...
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Term for certain periods of time

I'm trying to find the words for an essay to describe some time frames. I have a time frame of "Last 7 days" which is pretty self explanatory. However, I'm trying to find the best wording to describe ...
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Word that sounds like particularly? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that sort of sounds, and smells like, particularly. I can't grasp it.. Something along the likes of "peticulity" I believe In a sentence: "peticulity" crafted door knob
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What is the difference in meaning between “complacent” and “complaisant”

They are both derived from the French world complaire, which means "pleased" According to this source, "the two words overlapped in meaning until the middle of the 19th century." How do they differ ...
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I hope I don't regret this vs I hope I won't regret this [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two? From my understanding: "I hope I will not regret this" - this means he has hope that in the future he will not regret something he has done(or will do) "I ...
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Butchering criticism?

Could "butcher" work as criticism? “I doubt [we'll be hearing from him], especially after we butchered him in that interview,”
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Another word for potion that isn't a liquid

A potion (from Latin potio "drink", in turn derived from Greek poton "that which one drinks") is a consumable magical medicine drug or poison. What about a substance that is a consumable magical ...
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Word definition request

I am searching for a word that describes a person who complains about people who complain. I have tried numerous synonym blogs, but cannot find anything satisfactory.
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Word choice for people who dont help [closed]

I have been wondering lately about what should we call a person who doesn't help. I.e. what is the word opposite to helpful?
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A single word describing no frequency

I'm creating a web application where there is a table with frequency filter. The options that you can choose within the filter are Monthly, Weekly, Daily, and No Frequency. Anyone know a term that ...
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Analog vs. Analogy

Sequoia is a fantastic communicator with the ability to convey complex ideas through imaginative samples and analogs. I say it should be "analogy" rather than analog. Wiktionary analog n. 1. ...
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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Could `impliant` be a proper word, meaning opposite of `pliant`?

We have the word impliable meaning the opposite of pliable, but there is no dictionary opposite of pliant. (Shorter OED, Apple Dictionary on Mac, dictionary.reference.com, ...
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Word like 'Start' and 'End' for 'inbetween/during'

Is there a word that is similar to 'start' and 'end' that means 'during'. I want to be able to say something like: I start, _____, and end the day with Nutella.
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Consider that to mean 'believe that' [closed]

The European audit authority "the Court" systematically presents its findings/opinions with sentences that begin: 'the Court considers that....' This sounds like a gallicism to me. Can we use ...
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The right word to show honour for president or such dignitaries while addressing them

what is the right word to show honour while addressing president or such dignitaries. Is "respected president" sufficient?
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Term to express a range of fluctuation

I am trying to make a term for a function equipped on an image sensor. The term is to express "the upper limit of fluctuation allowance in image size which is specified in %" The value of percentage ...
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Phrase experimentation - Marching a trough [closed]

I'm trying to touch up this part, and wondering if the above could work as a metaphor. This is my text right now: “George, it's me, .... I can't connect with my money!” he fired while marching ...
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Is there a better word for “Enabledness”?

I just ran across the phrase "button enabledness" in a technical design, but that doesn't look right. Is it a valid word? Is there a better way to express "the state of whether or not something is ...
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Is there a word for “someone who can talk to anyone”?

Trying to think of a word for a resume that would cover "being able to converse with almost anyone from having a general knowledge of many subjects". It wouldn't be articulate but I can't find ...
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A word that describes different forms of the same word?

Is there a word that describes the many different forms of a root word (and I don't mean tense). In this example specifically the root word would be compare...and the form of it is comparatively. But ...
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where we use “what” and where we use “which”? [duplicate]

Sometimes, I get confused when I want to ask a question,so I need some clarification.
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Different between “alacrity”, “fervor”, “zeal” and “fanaticism”

What is the different between "alacrity", "fervor", "zeal" and "fanaticism"? I find these definition in Google: Alacrity: brisk and cheerful readiness. Fervor: intense and passionate feeling. ...
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Succinct way of saying “Related to Take a Byte” [closed]

I have a website with many RSS feeds (http://www.sonihal.com/rss-feeds.html) that include 1 - My blog entries 2 - Articles that relate to the blog's subject area For instance, the website has a ...
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Why has the word 'margarine' dropped out of fashion?

Why do people go to awkward lengths to call butter substitutes by their brand names? (would you like butter or Flora, luv, in yer baked potato?) I presume they are all technically margarine (which as ...
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“Details on” or “Details about”? Use in technical writing

I'm writing a technical text about the information in a report, dealing with telecommunication procedures. I want to highlight that the information field I'm referring to doesn't provide any ...
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I need another way to say “will be able to be used”

The sentence is "The analyses will be able to be used to update job descriptions and to develop transitional work programs."
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Adjective which means both “Specific” and “General” simultaneously [closed]

I need an adjective which means both "Specific" and "General" simultaneously! As the explanation, the "adjective" is supposed to be used in scientific domain. The adjective would describes a ...
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Which is the correct verb to use, “become” or “turn”, when referring to one's age?

Which of the following statements is more common and why? I became 20 yesterday. I turned 20 yesterday.
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Is “He's looking this way! Get away before he sees you!” correct?

Is the sentence correct, or would I need to reword it as "He's starting to look this way! Get away before he sees you!" In my first sentence, the person is in the process of turning his head to look ...
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Word meaning both create and update?

I'd like to know if someone has a better word than these (authored, produced) , for both creating and updating something. Context: I'm a software developer and I'm trying to think of a clever way to ...
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Contribute vs assist [closed]

How is it correct to say - I contributed in your achievements VS I assisted in your achievements. I will explain what I want to say - I dont way to say that I help, because a man can consider that I ...
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Word for liking and not liking something at the same time? [duplicate]

What's a word for the feeling of liking something, but not liking it at the same time? I love the way the Spanish speak, but it bothers me at the same time. I've looked through and dictionaries asked ...
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Difference between “I can do that” and “that works for me” [closed]

Is there a difference between these two? Which one sounds more polite? Thank you.
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Surrogate in comparsion to substitutional

Am I right in assuming that the term 'surrogate' is meant to be used in a way of telling that someone or something is a desired replacement for a certain thing, whereas 'substitutional' would rather ...
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“Abusive” vs “invective” vs “vituperative”

What is the different between abusive, invective and vituperative? In the following definitions from Oxford, the last two both contain abusive, which makes me hard to distinguish them. Abusive: ...
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“Homosexual” or “Gay and Lesbian”?

I have faced a problem with my writing which I could really do with some clarification on. My question applies to both British and American English (which is fairly standard on the internet). ...
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Wording for error message when deleting an item [duplicate]

When displaying a message to a user from our software, is it better to say: "Choose the case note that you want to delete, and then try again." or "Choose the case note you want to delete, and ...
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Possible Interpretations of “Log”

While doing some research I ran across the following passage. I know what "shackles' are, what might a "log" be? “It is very seldom that a boy deserves both a log and a shackle at the same time! ...
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Is it correct to say ''you ARE to be back here before dark'' [duplicate]

I'm reading a novel and a character says this line:''you ARE to be back here before dark'' but I could not find this usage of the verb to be in my dictionary, so here I ask you if this is informal ...
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Permutation as an adjective?

"My studies showcase special emphasis on cumulative recursive [permutative?] effects of one's hydration, nutrition, self-image, and general cognitive ability." Basically, each of the four items ...
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Word or phrase to use “when you told a story/situation and it happend you later”

English is NOT my primary language . In my language we have a phrase to use in this kind of situation . You were telling a story or a situation to your friends and later it happens you . For eg : ...
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A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...