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Seeking help in deciding correctness of sentences [closed]

I am proof reading my friends resume, He has written his career Objective as below: 1) Seeking a challenging position in an organization, where my skills and my education background can add value ...
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The best way to say that a certain fee is over the price?

We have a certain CAP fee e.g. $1000. What is the best way to say that if you add e.g. $100 to this fee that it will be over the price. "If you add this billing the CAP fee will be surmounted with ...
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How to describe a shopping dispute? [migrated]

I try to state a disagreement in a deal, or someone violates the deal or contract. I did a web search on shopping dispute, and got only 8000 results. The number implies that it is not a common usage ...
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Synonym for the word helpful or caring [closed]

I host international students and am always helping others. Whats a good word to express my desire to help others? I want a japanese tattoo with a powerful word but dont know what to use that relates ...
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I need a topic sentence for a paragraph about difficulties while in school, but dont know how to start it [closed]

This is my topic sentence but not sure if it's grammatically correct or if there's a different word choice. Not being familiar with the English language was difficult for me while attending ...
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Is there a word that describes “ranking up a position”?

For example, say a programmer. A junior programmer "xxx"s into a senior programmer.. Ranks up doesn't sound that well, and I'm looking for a single word (if any)
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Proportionate or proportional? [closed]

I'm writing up some maths notes, and I'm unsure about the wording of a sentence. Which should I write? In the degree system of measure, angles are measured proportionate to 360 degrees ... Or ...
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premise or principle? which one?

these words almost bear the same meaning I assume, but not sure if they are exactly the same.. if not, when is it better to use each?
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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...
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Synonym for cul-de-sac? [closed]

Is there a synonym for cul-de-sac, perhaps one which does not sound French?
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her/him or she/he? [duplicate]

Reading the news last week one sentence jumped out at me and has been bothering me since: When Tommy Thompson and his longtime companion did leave the hotel room, usually alone and her more than ...
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How to describe the dry or solid state

How to describe the dry, drying, or solid state for such as blood? Do people just say blood dries or the blood is dried? I did a web search of "blood solidifies", but it did not look like a correct ...
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Use of word DOWN [closed]

Why do we use word DOWN with some verbs. What difference does it make? e.g. 'I am writing it' or 'I am writing it down'. Track it or Track it down etc.
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can I say “bring her on” instead of “you may transfer her now” [closed]

what is the best way of saying "you may transfer the customer to me". Is it correct to say, "bring her on" or "send her through"
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“acknowledgement” or “recognition”?

Years ago I wrote an essay on aggressiveness and one of my sentences was "a strong defence against the outside world can be an acknowledgment of internal human failure..." My teacher then crossed out ...
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What do you call open gaps inbetween teeth, systemic throughout the mouth? [closed]

You would think this would be something a dentist knows. I've asked scores of dentists this very question and no one has an answer. It's got to have a name. It's fairly common. The teeth don't ...
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What is a note that gives a preliminary information before the main part called?

I'm looking for a single word (if not, a natural phrase) for a note that you write before starting the main article/part/question etc. It can give a preliminary information (in general). However, it ...
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Genetic condition that leaves open gaps between teeth?

You would think this would be something a dentist knows. I've asked scores of dentists this very question and no one has an answer. It's got to have a name. It's fairly common. The teeth don't ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Referring to something: choosing between “this + {noun}” versus “such + {noun}” [closed]

Recently, I've had a discussion with someone regarding how to know how to choose among the words "this" and "such" in written text, but could not find any usage style guidelines on this topic. ...
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Is there a word for “too much time (more than necessary)” [closed]

A good word that would replace the following sentence: I spend too much time on youtube.
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Is there an abbreviation to denote "f***k You? [closed]

I frequently see people using various facebook expressions in official e-mails or in general text message. What bemuses me is that most of the time ""F***K you" is written/put as "f**K you". Please ...
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Has “aught” survived in common usage?

In a movie that I watched recently, I heard- for aught I know, for aught I care. I work with a lot of native speakers, and they all told me it's not in formal or informal usage anymore. ...
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Term for people who are in the same city [duplicate]

I found the term "fellow citizens", but the term I'm looking for should also refer to people who are not be a citizen of the city but are located there.
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Is it wrong to use “sliding”?

I have heard people refer to kids sliding and kids sledding. Is it wrong to say "we are going sliding"?
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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“Your valentine” vs “my valentine”

I am going to send a gift to a far away lady I care a great deal about.I want to write her a card just to tell her I will always be there for her when she needs me, so to speak (not in any sexual ...
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What is a suitable substitute for 'approach', as used in 'research approach'?

When currently writing a proposal, I find myself often using 'research approach' and 'approach to research', but I cannot come up with a suitable alternative to avoid tedious repetitions. I'm trying ...
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Reversal of Blacklisting

I'm curious to know if anyone know a word that describes the process of removing an item from a blacklist. For example if we replaced the word "blacklist" with "ban" the one would "Ban an object" and ...
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Does code run in or on a thread?

Any programmers around? Which of the following is correct, or more common: The code runs in a background thread. The code runs on a background thread. That's it. Just a simple word different. As ...
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What's a word for this phrase?

I am writing a paragraph describing qualities of a successful manager. I want to use a word (noun) for the "ability of not being stuck in the past/letting things go/moving ahead with no baggage from ...
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Idiom or word for someone who opens their mouth and closes their ears in discussions? [closed]

Some individuals are not interested in listening to your opinion, and it seems like your idea either has no value to them, or they already know what you are about to say, and they talk over you or ...
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What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact? [closed]

What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact? Suppose as part of a narrative, I want to say something happened ...
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Whats the word for an missed event? [closed]

I am looking for a fitting end to this sentence: With so many members around I refrained from speaking up and now my wish/plan to have a private conversation with the leader remains ...
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Sorry I didn't turn up, I clean forgot. What's the sense of "clean' and its usage hygiene? [closed]

Sorry I didn't turn up -I clean forgot. The explosion blew the cooker clean through the wall. What kind of usage is this- AmE or BrE ? The meaning of clean usually refers to removing ...
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Is it correct to say “unsubscription”?

I'm a web developer and in our project we use the word unsubsription to talk about making someone no longer subscribed to our maling. I know we can use the "subscription" word to talk about someone's ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase - “he / she fights on”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "he / she fights on" to say that a person is fighting / struggling for a cause?
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What's the difference between Anonymous and Pseudonymous?

Anonymous means someone who can't be identified by name. Pseudonymous means someone who uses false name. It seems to me that Pseudonymous is a subset of Anonymous. Is it right? If not, what's the ...
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How do you describe something bad, that everyone wants? [duplicate]

Like - trying to catch a disease on purpose.
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“with ~ing” vs. “and ~ed”

Reading through an article on drawing animal forms, I came across this paragraph Horses or deer evolved one or two very strong, elongated metatarsals, with their last finger digits becoming their ...
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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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Words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place.

Are there any words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place? For example, maybe before I start to write a patent, I take potential rivals, expected costs and ...
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How to express “prefer in order”

Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why ...
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Word for describing ideas/questions that stimulate thought

Is there an specific word that could describe ideas/questions that could stimulate thoughts? For instance, if someone asks a question: 1). If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did ...
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An appropriate adjective [closed]

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...
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Is there more monosyllabic lexis in the English Language than polysyllabic lexis?

In terms of words in the actual dictionary are there more monosyllabic words or more polysyllabic words?
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A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings

What is the word to describe someone who does not care about other people socially and publically, that is a word or phrase which could describe behaviors such as littering, cutting in a line, picking ...
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“That” versus “which” [duplicate]

In the following sentence, are the words that and which interchangeable? In general, where to put that and where to put which? The sentence: At the end of this course, students will be able to ...
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Is the use of the word “recognize” accurate in these sentences? [closed]

The following are some learning outcomes a freshman student should achieve. Is the use of the word recognize accurate in these sentences? Or, is there a better way to say this? Recognize the types ...
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Term for a person responsible for the next action

I am designing a system that tracks a complicated workflow. Each step of the workflow has a different person assigned to take an action. What is a succinct term I could use to describe the person who ...