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Adjective to describe the quality of liking to teach and/or having a talent for teaching?

I'm looking for a concise way to express the quality of enjoying or preferring to impart knowledge to other individuals. In a way, the counterpart to a person who is teachable or takes instruction ...
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States of a voucher?

if I have a voucher, what are the two "states" of the voucher. Like is it "free" or "unused" when I haven't used it yet and "used" or "redeemed" when I used it? Example sentence: "Susi doesn't ...
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Double meaning of “Short” for object dimensions

Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room. You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them. So ...
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What is the figure of speech for a word with a hidden meaning

I took a phrase "Change is inevitable" and got it engraved on a money or coin box..as a gift to a friend who is relocating.I was impressed at myself coming up with it..Change as in difference and ...
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“They tricked me for/by/of $10” [closed]

A vendor sold me some article of merchandise for $30, but the real cost of the article was only $20. Can I say: They tricked me for/by/of $10 I also wonder if the verb trick is appropriate in ...
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Word for stealing an item then returning it without the owner's knowledge?

Does there exists a specific word to describe the action of stealing an item, keeping it for few days then returning it from where it was taken? An example: A friend of mine "lost" his personal diary ...
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Clone, replica, etc. - what are the differences? [closed]

Is clone and replica exactly the same? Do they both convey an exact likeness in all properties? Or is one or the other indicative of an exact likeness while the other indicative of a rough likeness. ...
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Is answering back with “Of Course” offensive and insulting? [closed]

One of my business clients asked me , that, if I had a particular skill. example Microsoft word..........I instantly answered back "Of Course" in a strong voice. Is it offensive and insulting to say ...
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Is there a big difference between “self-made” and “home-made”?

I asked my colleague if the cake he brought is self-made. He answered "No, my girlfriend made it". Me: "So it's self-made!" He: "No, it's home-made!" If I asked the same question in German (my ...
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Speaking of data: Large, big or extensive?

I am dealing with a data set containing vast amounts of records. Am I dealing with big, large, or extensive data? I want to avoid the term "data set" in this context.
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Is it appropriate to say “just checking in and see if there is anything that I can help with” to your boss in an email? [closed]

Is the phrase "check in" too informal to say to anyone other than your friend? And the same question for "check back". In addition, is there any other way to say "reach out" in a work email?
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Seeking Generic Word: Place where opponents fight

I have a definition in need of a word: A universal term for a place where opponents compete. Unfortunately, most words are specific to one type of sport or combat, but I can't think of one that would ...
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When to use “to take a walk” & when to use “to walk”?

This website says used with a noun instead of using a verb to describe an action. For example, if you take a walk, you walk somewhere So "to take a walk" & "to walk" can be used ...
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Because of a reason vs for a reason

When people say "Everything happens for a reason" it sounds like that "reason" is in the future. Is my interpretation wrong? If not, how do I clearly state that "Everything happens due to cause and ...
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Use of the word “analyzation” in formal writing

What is the consensus on the use of the word "analyzation" in formal writing (ie ...a problem arises in business analyzation...")? It technically exists in the dictionary - and by that I mean that ...
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“At no extra cost” vs “with no extra cost”

Usage: Procedure A can thus be applied at/with no extra cost. Which is the correct preposition here?
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Which is correct “lean on door” OR “lean against door”? [closed]

The questions is self-explanatory. I've actually seen "lean on door" to be more frequently used, but I've also heard the latter form. Is there a difference between these two forms?
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Words to differentiate between Class and Wealth

While there are many answers differentiating between class in a moral sense, (e.g. "Look at Johnny, cavorting with clowns. He truly has no class.") and wealth (see here, I can't find any between class ...
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Polite way to say “white-washed”? [closed]

What is a polite way to describe a person as "white-washed", i.e. a person of visible color who acts and talks and cultured the way a white Western person is. Or is white-washed OK ?
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To mention the topic a book deals with, is it correct to say that 'a book talks about something'?

To mention the topic of a book, I can say that such and such a book is about something or that it tells about something. Can I say that it talks about something? Ngram-viewer-ing the book is about, ...
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How should I use “sell out” & “be sold out”?

I am quite confused. It seems that sometimes people use the active voice "sell out" & sometimes they use the passive voice "be sold out" to express the idea of "(of tickets for a concert, sports ...
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Word for the person to which a question is addressed [duplicate]

If you ask a question, you'd be the asker and the other party would be the ____. I thought of "askee", but this is not a word.
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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 ...