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Is it right to combine past and present in the same sentence?

I am defining an instrument but am not sure if it is correct to combine past and present tense at the same time: Ssdd is the first ever instrument, launched in 1998, which was specifically ...
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What do you call the side of a building that is neither the near side nor the far side?

What do you call the side of a building that is neither the near side nor the far side? A friend suggested adjacent. I think that fits, but is there a way to distinguish between adjacent faces of a ...
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“Learned of” or “Learned about”?

When would I use "learned of" versus "learned about" in a sentence? For example: The principal learned of the planned protest and suspended any students wearing the armbands. or The ...
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How to address multiple conflicting nouns?

Let's say I have the following line: Both the New Jersey Supreme Court and Nicole held that her Fourth Amendment rights had been violated. The "her" is bothering me. How can I address both the ...
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Using “I” first [duplicate]

I have a friend that says "I and John went to the store" instead of "John and I went to the store". Is this still correct?
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Is there a word for someone who you've not physically met but know well?

I have met many people online, but not physically. Like a boy who's like my brother. They're no less than my real-life buddies. So I have to create a group of contacts devoted to those people only. ...
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Word that refers to both input and output devices

I usually refer to the term throughput when referring to both the inputs and outputs of a system. But right now I need a term/word/phrase that summarizes both an electric system's sensors (input ...
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'market survey' OR 'marketing survey' [closed]

Market survey or marketing survey? When you ask somebody to answer your questions, which term is correct?
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What do we call questions which have a definite, known answer?

Is there a standard adjective or term which classifies "questions with a known, single, unambiguous, objective, and correct answer"? That is, questions like "2+2=?" or "What is the capital of Ohio?", ...
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Adverb for “multiple”

Say that I have a Pokemon with 2 types: Fire and Flying. One could say this Pokemon has "multiple types." That is because the designer of this Pokemon "typed" it that way. Is it correct to say the ...
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primary product, secondary product, next? [closed]

What follows after the words primary and secondary? What's the English word for it (meaning 3rd basically)?
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Like misdirection, is there any word for misdepiction?

Misdirection is used for distracting attention of an audience. In a similar sense, audio visual artists (TV, movies, etc.) spice up historical epics. They introduce of unproven/undocumented events ...
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Dough, paste, or pastry? [closed]

I'm a bit confused here. Could you help me to differentiate between the meanings of these words?
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Lower class or low class? [closed]

I am writing the following sentence and do not know whether I should use lower class or low class: The argument of Serving in Florida is that ---- class life is a dehumanized form of existence. I ...
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Difference between “bunch of” and “group of” with regard to people

What are the contexts for using a bunch and a group when describing a handful of people? Please take both spoken and written English into account. For example, when is it more appropriate to use "a ...
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Why use the word “chasm” instead of just “gap” or “hole”

With every example sentence I've read so far, I can't see why we can't replace chasm with gap. Is there any other meaning of the word?
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Word for “Workingness”

I know "workingness" is not a word, but I am looking for a word that means it. For example: Evaluate the workingness of capitalism?
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Do you buy “in”, “by”, “at” or “on” a website"? [duplicate]

If test.com is my website name, which one is correct: In test.com you can buy biscuits By test.com you can buy biscuits How can I explain to someone that if you register on my site you can do ...
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Using localising adjectives + adverbial construction with 'where'

I am wondering whether it is possible to use an adverbial phrase with 'where' to describe words like 'ashore' or 'aground'. Examples: I stepped ashore where the sun was filling with a red ...
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“For the time being” vs. “in the mean time”

I am confused when to use "For the time being" and when to use "In the mean time". Are they interchangeable. Can you please explain with some examples?
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want”

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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“hunger resistant”

As the title says, a person who does not get hungry easily, or is better at ignoring the effects of malnourishment is (a) ____ ? Example: a monk who can fast for an extended period of time. ...
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Do “resolution” and “definition” differ? If so, how?

Particularly in the context of the usage of "high definition" and "resolution", as in quality of digital sound, picture, and/or video. My question is spurred by my description of and under an image, ...
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Can we use “workaround to this” instead of “solution to this”?

While searching for the meaning I got this. Wordkaround - a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system. Which means almost the same as "solution". So, can we use ...
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A word for 'the ability to see beauty'

In talking about someone, perhaps an artist, who has the ability to find or see beautiful things in everyday settings. Is there a word for it ?
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Nice way to say “exclude”

I have a bunch of components I have included into a new project. I drew a pretty picture showing all of them, color coding the ones I selected, then showing the conglomeration. I went to write up the ...
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What is a catalog of images and their description called

I am creating a game in which I want to create a "What is what section", it is basically going to be a list of items containing an image with its name per item (Example image of the lead character ...
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the word “slant” as a way of expressing personal views

In writing, I mainly use such words as outlook, perspective, standpoint, or viewpoint to express my personal opinion or an opinion of someone else. Examples presented below: The author's ...
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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I’ve an Italian degree in “engineering informatics”, so I am a what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have difficulty when trying to define my title (in several contexts, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to ...
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“And been” when “has” has been said in the sentence already?

I have the sentence "The role has gotten easier and easier to play, and been forced upon me more frequently than not." I was wondering if "and been" is correct to use in this case, or if "has" must be ...
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Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a long sentence like: This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family. And ...
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“Informed that X is as follows” vs “Informed of X is as follows” [closed]

I am making a report to management. Which is the more appropriate expression? Please be informed that the above results are as follows. Please be informed of the above results are as follows.
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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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“I'm sorry for” vs. “I'm sorry about”

Can I use about and for interchangeably? If not, when should I use either? Which is more common? I'm sorry for/about yesterday. I'm sorry for/about my bad English. I'm sorry for/about that. ...
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between 8:00 am to 8:30 am [duplicate]

Pick up the paperwork between 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Is the word "to" incorrect? I was informed by a coworker that it should read "between 8:0 am and 8:30 am." If a correction is needed, can you tell ...
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Is it right to call a job which has begun to bore you a “plain” job?

What is the best english adjective to identify a job in which you always do the same things over and over and so eventually get bored from it? I read somewhere the sentence "I have a plain job", "I ...
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“in” versus “of”

I hope that both forms shown below are correct. What is the difference between them and which one seems more natural? the initial and final element in the expression/clause the initial and ...
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a single word or short desciption of a person projecting delusional selflessness after hurting someone [closed]

What would be a good way to describe a person who is projecting delusional selflessness ? Example would be: Person "A" hurts you. When you try to take revenge they say they are the ones who have the ...
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Person who fills out a form - single word

What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not ...
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What could be a single word or phrase for the one who helps people to achieve their goals?

I was just wondering about this word to suggest it to my friend to use it for the NGO he is going to start soon.
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Alternatives to “inside view”?

I want to describe in details how something works. It is good to say: "I want to describe it from inside view" ? If not, what are the alternatives?
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How do you call a thing that raises something (e.g. an event)?

Let's say I want to describe event model in some software. Conceptually there are two sides: the one which raises an event and another which receives it. While I do know the difference between to ...
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A word or phrase to describe documents that can expire

I'm looking for word or phrase that describes documents or credentials that by definition have an expiry date. Examples of such documents can be: Passports Certifications Licenses Credentials
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Why does the police use “K-9 Unit” instead of “dog”?

Throughout North America, I keep seeing police cars labeled "K-9 unit". I know "K-9" is a homophone of "canine", but why don't they just use "Police dog"?
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Word meaning “the state of having (specific) metrics”

I'm looking for a word that means an object is in such a state that it has specific metrics able to be associated with it. I'm thinking "metered" but I'm not sure if that is necessarily appropriate as ...
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Differences between no child vs no children

a) They have no child. b) They have no children. Are both a) and b) correct? Though b) seems more common.
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Is Modificator a word? [closed]

Is the word "Modificator" valid - I've never see it before and it's not one I'm familiar with.