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Short phrase for providing and taking care of technical aspects of an event

I'm translating a local company site into English and I'm struggling to find a nice and compact way to describe one of the company's services. Basically, if you are an organizer of an event of some ...
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Which adjective explains a general spring problem better?

I'm checking the balancer springs of an industrial machine in one step of a flowchart where the follow-up decision question asks if the springs are "problematic" (?). I couldn't decide on a single ...
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“a great deal” vs. “considerably”

There is a task from a textbook to choose the correct alternative in this sentence: Does a great deal/considerably wider accessibility inevitably mean a decline in the quest for serious ...
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Is “War needs heroes” grammatically correct? [closed]

It's intended to be used as a slogan of a war-type game. Should the subject be "war" or "a war" or "wars"? And what the verb form should be accordingly?
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Cables vs. Cabling

I am not sure which term, cables or cabling (or other), would be more appropriate for the following context: A new set of connectors, compatible with the metric ________, would eventually be ...
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need gender-neutral translation for himself [duplicate]

what's a gender-neutral way to say: " The mayor shall be eligible to succeed himself for only one additional term."
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Synonym for good/productive/star employee

Take the following paragraph, which would be a description of a websites services. We want to promote and enable greater talent and potential by connecting employers with employees. Whether ...
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Should “communicate clearer” be “communicate more clearly” [duplicate]

I just saw an ad on Twitter that says: "Communicate clearer by drawing and talking over your images". It seems to me they aren't communicating very clearly and it would be better to phrase their ...
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When to use “the remaining” instead of “the other”? [closed]

Some example sentences: 1) "His first child is a boy, while his remaining/other children are girls." 2) "He spend hundred dollars on a suit and the remaining/other dollars on new shoes." 3) "The ...
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What is the term for something you didn’t know you needed until you’ve had it?

I didn’t think I needed lotion until I used some, and now I need it. — is the MOST basic example of the situation I’m talking about; not realizing something was necessary or essential until ...
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Measurement and Unit, are these the best words to use to describe things like 100mg, 1ea, 4tab

I have a spreadsheet that has some data concatenated and I want to split it into appropriate fields. METHADONE HCL 5MG TAB UD POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 20MEQ PACKET MUPIROCIN 2% NASAL 1GM OINT I am ...
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“Quest of providing” vs. “quest for providing” [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct and why? In our quest of providing unparalleled value to our customers. In our quest for providing unparalleled value to our customers. I understand that the ...
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Evaluation Method or Evaluation Methodology

In a research domain, evaluation part is itself challenging, and thus we are proposing a way of doing the evaluation in that domain (i.e. determining what inputs should be given to the system and what ...
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Noun for person that you “suck up” to

I am looking for a general term for a person that people "suck up" to or ask favors of often so that they can advance themselves. Essentially, I am looking for a term that would describe a person in ...
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Does the word OR include AND? [duplicate]

I was recently given a math question which was stated: "...divisible by 2 OR 3". I believed at that point that this did not include numbers such as 6 as the word OR implies that it is the choice ...
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Can I use “disactivate” instead of “deactivate”? [closed]

I was working with somebody else's source code and find them using the word “disactivate” in the code documentation as follows: disactivate the minor mode. The persistent action is to show help ...
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Differences between “carton” and “box” (Express service)

What's the differences between "carton" & "box"? I didn't know which word to choose when using express to send samples. From the Internet, some say that carton is a smaller box, and some say that ...
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What do you call a person with 'polar' views or preferences

Emotionally judging things as being 'good' or 'bad'. Not in the moral sense, rather as inducing either a strongly positive or negative emotional response. It's not 'narrow-minded' or 'prejudiced' or ...
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Question to get information of the “order” [duplicate]

Pranab Mukharji is the thirteenth President of India. How will we ask a question to get this as answer?
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“Scathing” to describe cutting effect of sugarcane blades on skin

Would that word "scathing" be correct, if used to describe the effect of the blades of sugarcane or millet leaves cutting incisions into the skin (like on exposed hands and feet), as one ran through a ...
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Connotation vs. Subtext

Can these two words ever be used interchangeably? My intuition as a writer tells me that I can either say (for example) The word denotes (x), but its connotation is (y). or The definition of the ...
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To hit one's leg on the ground as to scare a rat?

I have the following options in mind: stamp the foot on the ground hit the foot on the ground bang the foot on the ground stomp the foot on the ground which of these is "most correct"? The ...
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Another way to say “work against each other” [closed]

I need to say that two things "work against each other," but I want to say it in a more formal way. Any suggestions? Thanks
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What's a way to refer to haunting without a negative connotation?

Is there a single word that refers to the idea that a spirit may persist after death and follow a person around without any negative connotations? Some possible answers and why I think they may be ...
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Word for defining basic, derived or combined

I am looking for a word/words that can be used as a label where a user selects one option from either basic, derived or combination. When talking about an exercise, you could define it as a basic, ...
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Word to indicate a project or endeavor whose benefits are insubstantial (particularly in relation to it's costs)

Many programming languages are routinely created with promises of a new sort of paradigm that will eliminate inefficiency from the process of creating software. Like most of us who set out to change ...
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Correct use of “respectively”

I have seen several questions dealing with the use of "respectively" but still I am not sure how to use it. Example: We saw two persons, standing on the hill and near the tree, respectively. I ...
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Stronger word that means scheme

Is there a word that means scheme or conspiracy, but slightly stronger than that? Like a word you would use to describe an evil murder plot/plan. Context: Macbeth plans to kill Duncan for throne
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What do you call a person who talks about nothing but himself? [duplicate]

How to describe a person in a word who keeps mentioning about his own life story or about himself for every topic that is being conversed? Be it interesting or boring, he has the ability to pick out ...
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Is there a word for “reorder and/or delete items of a list” [closed]

This word must not include describing the action of adding an item to a list, duplicating items, or altering items, but rather exactly a subset of the actions {rearrange, delete}. In the past, I used ...
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one word that can describe lock / unlock [closed]

I need a word that could be used equally to describe the action of locking or unlocking. Context is naming a class in a program (code) that would contain both actions of locking and unlocking a ...
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Informal word for someone who likes to keep to themselves

I always thought that anti-social describes someone who keeps to themselves. But according to Wikipedia, anti-social is not the right word. What, then, is the correct word to describe someone who ...
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Does “unrenamed” mean “not yet renamed”?

I am writing a software and the following description cannot be more than 15-20 characters long. I need to concisely say “files that have not been renamed”. I think “unrenamed files” works, ...
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How can one best clarify the different senses of “compare”?

I have long felt that the taboo on comparing anyone to Hitler and many similar inhibitions were based on a confusion between “compare” in the senses of “liken to” and in the sense of “compare and ...
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cube of the distance [closed]

In my thesis, I want to say the outcome is proportional to the cube of the distance. Is there any way to say it better? Thanks,
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“you checked” or “you have checked”

/** * @returns {string} The type of the variable that you checked/have checked. */ function check($var) { } Should I use checked or have checked in the above comment? Why? Note: I don’t know why ...
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paid for vs. paid [closed]

Can someone help me with the question below? Question: While side dishes are ----- in Korea, they should be ----- in Japan. What are the appropriate words for the blanks above? For the first ...
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Is it appropriate to use the word “most” to describe 60% of something? [duplicate]

A person watched 60% of a movie. Is it appropriate to say the person watched most of the movie?
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Can a room “don” posters?

Is the word "don" strictly used for clothing on humans? Can it be used it in a sentence like: His room, donning posters of rock stars, was a stark contrast from the rest of the house. Or is ...
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What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial?

What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial? For example, someone really likes pictures of vegetables (not even sexualized pictures) and he's a super nerd of ...
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Words or phrases to describe how street beggars typically look?

I'm writing a scene in which I wish to describe a typical street beggar - his way of dressing in particular. Check for example such a dude as the one below I could use descriptions such as: ...
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Looking for a word that best describes this quote?

I'm reading Anna Karenina for an AP Literature class, and I have to do journal entries on the reading, which includes character analysis. One of the characters, Stepan, cheats on his wife. Later he ...
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What's the difference between mar and spoil? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference between mar and spoil. It does not seem to have any difference, but I would like to know which one is more used, which is more formal and informal, and ...
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How can I say “bon appétit” or “smakelijk” in english? [duplicate]

In the most cultures, some people say something before there meal. In French they say "bon appétit", In Belgium and The Netherlands "smakelijk" and in Polish "smaczny". But how can I say the same ...
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“of utmost importance” vs “of the utmost importance”

Which one is the correct form between "of utmost" and "of the utmost"? Your attendance at the meeting is of the utmost importance. Your attendance at the meeting is of utmost importance. ...
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What is the phrase used to convey the meaning of “to clock in and to clock out”?

Recently most big companies use digital attendance systems to keep track of their employee attendance. Employees must clock in before starting working and clock out at the end. Is there a special ...
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What's the difference among Computation, Calculus and Mathematics? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. The following 3 words seem to have subtle differences. I am very interested in science, I think I need to get this clear. I think these 3 words describe similar ...
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“Cost” vs “expense” — a usage question

While editing some ad copy, and I was given the sentence, "Defending a lawsuit can be a big cost for your business." (My italics.) I keep thinking the proper word to use is "expense" rather than ...
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Is there a more formal phrase or word for “practice what you preach?” [closed]

I am trying to think of a non-colloquial word or phrase that means "practice what you preach." I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
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Extol the virtues antonym

When somebody wants to enthusiastically praise something or someone a common phrase used is to "extol the virtues of ..."". There are two antonym senses I am after A passionate critique of the ...