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“Could not have been” vs. “must not have been”

What's the difference between "could not have been" and "must not have been"? For example, That could not have been an easy task. That must not have been an easy task. I've seen both ...
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“Result” vs. “Results” in verb form

In an article I read, there was this line: And most simply, using and consuming fewer products result in less waste. I know sentences aren't supposed to start with the word "and," but I'd like ...
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Word To Describe A Virtue/Attribute For Someone Who Is Connected (perhaps business-wise)

I can't quite find a good word to describe someone who is networked, or has connections. Particularly business wise. Only thing I can think of is "associations", but doesn't quite fit the mold because ...
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Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?

There are a number of works that depict an ostensibly utopian society which has elements of or is arguably a dystopia (such as Orwell's Brave New World or what Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip One ...
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Can the word 'fluently' be interchanged with 'fluidly' in this sentence, “I see I can't write fluidly either.”

I was asking a question concerning the use of the words 'fluently' or 'fluidly' in a particular sentence. I did not mean to post it as an Answer.
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Is it correct to use “yonder” as equivalent to “those”/“these”

I want to write: "The methods can be divided according to the theories underlying the process and also differ on the statistical methods to evaluate those theories." Would it be correct to use yonder ...
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“Walk the walk” vs. “talk the talk” vs. “walk the talk”

Normally the idiom is as follows: He walks the walk and talks the talk. Should it not be "he walks the talk", meaning "he does what he says"?
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If subscription is a contract to receive something, what is a contract to send something called?

I'm using the word subscription with the following meaning: subscription: an arrangement to receive something, typically a publication, regularly by paying in advance. (Definition taken from ...
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You and Me both

Which is correct: Me and Bob have both reviewed the fees. Bob and I have both reviewed the fees. I ask this because it sounds more grammatically correct to say Me and Bob when using the ...
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Distinguishing between “opposites” of “ortho-”

There is a class of transformations in physics called "orthochronous", meaning that they preserve the direction of time's flow. ("Ortho-" from the Greek for 'straight' or 'right'?) As far as I am ...
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Is it “on behalf of” or “in behalf of”?

I often hear folks say in behalf of instead of on behalf of, which sets my teeth on edge. Which preposition is correct here, in or on?
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...
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How to say “write a program” in a proper way for thesis/dissertation

I am in dilemma on how to open a short text, that is giving instructions to someone to write a computer program. The setting is academic/research and that text will appear in opening paragraph on a ...
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Which verb is used to tell: check and pass it

I'm looking for a verb that when I'm saying: XXX it, then I would mean: Check it and if it was valid, pass it What should be the XXX? Or any verb that have a similar meaning as the mentioned sentence. ...
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“Share me” or “Share with me”?

I heard people saying: Can you please share me the slides? or Can you share me the note, etc.? I think it should be: Can you please share the slides with me? or Can you share ...
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Which is more correct: “denied of” or “denied to”?

I encountered a question in an exam which finishes with the sentence, "What rights are being denied to Chris?" I was always under the impression that one says "denied of" rather than "to", but is ...
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Aptitude to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily

Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for ...
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-phobia word for fear of hearing speeches

I'm looking for a phobia word for someone who hates listening to speeches because they find them so embarrassing. For example, a bride at a wedding or someone about to receive an award might be ...
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What Emotion Do You Experience When You Feel “Honored” [closed]

There are a ton of situations where it would be appropriate to start a sentence with the phrase "I'm honored." For example, "I'm honored to receive this award." "I'm honored to be a guest at your ...
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date has already passed OR date has already past? [closed]

Which is correct : date has already passed , or date has already past ? Thanks
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Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”? [duplicate]

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
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Emissary / Ambassador / Representative / Envoy / Delegate

These words are all more or less interchangeable, but I'm wondering which is most distinguished. If I have a group of representatives, but some are the leaders of their groups and others are just ...
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Antonym (or dual) for 'anachronism'

I'm looking for a word or a phrase (preferably a noun phrase) that describes something current, which should not be still present, because it is kind of outdated, but is still around us because of ...
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Where to place “among other things”?

I'll be placing a short introduction on a web site and the introduction includes a sentence similar to this: I'm – among many other things – a hobbyist coder. I'm unsure about the ...
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Word for when something turns out to be the opposite of what you believed? [duplicate]

I've been wondering for a while, if there is a word for when something turns out to be the complete opposite of what you believed. So, something that would fit in a sentence like below would be ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?

I'm looking for a word which can be used in any situation to describe something in whatever way you want, i.e it's not a word and just fits in to places..., but is there an actual word which does ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Systemically vs systematically [closed]

From a colleague's email, "Given that the expected business process is not working and has been causing a lot of issues across different systems, it is evident that we need to enforce the process ...
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use of distainer office, distrainment proceedings, etc

Is "distainer office, distrainment proceedings, distrain order, ..." correct? Even this spell checker highlights these words as incorrect. Some translations use execution office, executor's office, ...
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What is more natural: 'people like you' or 'person as you'?

It's nice to have people like you here. It's nice to have people as you here. It's nice to have persons like you here. It's nice to have persons as you here. I always say there is ...
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If walking across the street unlawfully is jaywalking, is it safe to say biking across the street is jaybiking?

Can the prefix "jay-" be used with any verb form so long as it represents crossing a street illegally? For example, I went to NYC the past week for vacation, and noticed so many people, and bikers, ...
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What is the difference between “X is needed” and “X is necessary”?

Do the following two sentences mean the same? A: If you improve the quality of your data, less data is needed to achieve an error rate of 30%. B: If you improve the quality of your data, less ...
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What's a better word for “part” in this sentence?

The new technology divided the world - or at least the part that could pay - in two: those who [blah blah blah] and those who [blah blah blah]. I would use "or at least those who could pay" but I ...
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“Females under the age of…” instead of “Women under the age of…” Is that offensive?

Is it offensive to refer to women as "females", as I've seen posted at the entrance of a night club: "Females under the age of twenty-one will have to...."
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Using 'nascent' in a negative context

Is it an inappropriate choice of word to use 'nascent' in a negative context? For example, "Auditory hallucinations were one of the more notable symptoms of his nascent schizophrenia." Or should the ...
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How would you describe: Read a book, but not cover-to-cover?

As the title says. I'm looking for a good word or expression for saying something like "I have read only several chapters from random location of the book, but someday I want to read from cover to ...
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What are the fourth and fifth levels in this context? [duplicate]

One can use the terms primary, secondary, and tertiary to describe the first, second, and third levels of something. What would the fourth level be called? Would it be something like "quartiary" or ...
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“Psychically” vs. “psychologically” vs. “mentally”

This one has been giving me headaches for about a year now. Some time ago, I created an AskReddit thread with the following title: How do you psychically prepare for pain before a surgical ...
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Unforgettable or Memorable?

I was writing a thank you letter to someone I had good time with. I was fighting between two adjectives to describe the experience. These are: 1. unforgettable, 2. memorable. The questions that I was ...
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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Why does the word “tortilla” refer to three distinct types of edibles?

The crisps[BrEn]/chips[AmEn] that are made of corn (and probably not deep-fried) are called tortilla: The wraps with that special taste, are called tortila: And then, the omelet-like meal is ...
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What are “schlieren” in English?

The German word for these patterns is "Schliere, pl. Schlieren", and apparently this word has entered the English language as a loanword (cf. article Schlieren in Wikipedia or entry schliere in OED). ...
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Job Position term [closed]

Anyone from the corporate world, what do you call someone who talks to possible clients (or apply to jobs for a client?!), and seals the contract on the owner's behalf? Does this position exist? Lol.
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Inoffensive exclamatory word to express surprise [closed]

Is there an inoffensive (possibly slang) term that can be used to express surprise in the "WTF" sense? For example, this term would be appropriate upon seeing that the stock market has fallen several ...
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Is there a word that describes this feeling? [closed]

The rising star shows no remorse for the figment of existence to which man shows no resolve. There is no depression, for there is no sadness. There is no boredom, for there is no annoyance. The world ...
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Best way to say something affects another but only moderately?

There is a saying that "Correlation does not imply causation." I am trying to find the best way, preferrably in a word or short phrase, to explain when one thing really does have a causal effect on ...
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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A more suitable word for events which occur in a book/movie/etc

I'm looking for a more suitable word than event for something which occurs in (in my particular case) a book. If one was to summarise the events (ugh) of a book - just so there's no doubt about what ...