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What does “quotable” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Afters years of being one of the most quotable political operatives around, I developed a case of political laryngitis. All quotable's meanings have to do with putting something in between ...
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“Feed on” or “feed with”?

Is it correct to say, for example: "She fed him on lamb" as well as "She fed him with lamb"? Omitting the preposition and simply leaving the sentence as "She fed him lamb" sounds more acceptable to ...
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Is it right to say “hastening the time of my own doom”?

Since hasten means accelerate, I feel the person is saying that he or she is saying shortening the time of his doom of making it pass away more quickly. The correct way or what I think he is trying ...
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Looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight

I am looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight without track distractions .. Some thing similar to funambulist.
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How are the words 'Suburb' and 'Superb' related to 'Superbas'?

All are Latin, or I guess come from Latin, but is it a direct shot to say that whenever Suburbs first became recognized and named, that they were given the status of being Superb? At one point was ...
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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The past tense of 'input' [duplicate]

What is the past tense of the word 'input'? It doesn't sound right to me in this sentence but I am not really sure what should be used. They inputted the password in the database yesterday. What ...
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What is the word that describes the middle part of a presentation?

My presentation has three parts. I want to use "prologue" and "epilogue" to say part 1 is the introduction and part 3 is the conclusion of a presentation. I am wondering if there is a specialist ...
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What do you call call a female philosopher? [closed]

If we want to select a word that specifically refers to a female philosopher rather than a male philosopher, what would that word be? There are many female counterparts for many masculine words, which ...
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What does “post” mean in this context?

when your butler warns you to be wary of the grave risks you would be taking, you force your wary butler to resign from his post. Two possible meaning: point of view and occupation as a butler. ...
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“Due to” or “because of”

I've already read a lot about the usage of "due to" and "because of" and it's clear to me when to use "due to" and when to use "because of". So "due to" is usually linked to the noun, right? The ...
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Is “beguile” supposed to always be used in a bad way?

The definitions of it, pretty much all, involve words like "trickery" and "deception". But one legitimate definition can also be: to captivate with irresistible charm. Nothing too bad sounding.
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Term for puns in graphics - “Can”cer be beaten

Is there a name for this construction or wordplay? It can be both: Cancer be beaten Cancer can be beaten ("Can" in "Cancer" is emphasized for the purpose) It can be called a wordplay or a pun ...
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One word to question whether morning or evening

How do you ask a question for which the answer is morning or evening, what word do you use? For example, If an employee is taking half a day leave, how do you ask which half it is? Is the following ...
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Use of “just” in technical writing as an adverb for location

I am editing a friend's scientific manuscript, which will ultimately be submitted to a biological journal. He uses "just" as an adverb to describe a location (emphasis added by me), e.g., The ...
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Difference between 'to seem' and 'to appear'

Is there a difference between the sentences "The general case seems to be open." and "The general case appears to be open." ? Or are they interchangeable?
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What is the correct way to request one item each from more than one source?

I'd like a single screenshot each from two dashboards. Which of these is correct:   Please take a screenshot of the x and y dashboards or Please take screenshots of the x and y dashboards
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Difference between appraise, assess and evaluate [closed]

I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference? Thanks!
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Word or phrase for someone who does not think far into the future

I'm looking for a word or phrase for someone who does not think about things far into the future. They may only see what is possible in the immediate future, say a year or so, but they do not consider ...
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Does one ride “in” a chariot, or “on” a chariot?

Is the proper term for riding a chariot "on" or "in"?
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What is the best / professional sentence to use between these two options

Just a friendly reminder about the importance of utilizing the E Drive for documents relating to the Science Initiative and Doctors for Science. or Just a friendly reminder about the importance of ...
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When to use “amount” vs “amounts”?

Would He had a large amount of sweat on his body. work better, or would this: He had large amounts of sweat on his body. Are they both grammatically correct, so it's up to preference, or ...
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What is the opposite of “why not?”

When someone says "why not [something]?" I often want to reply with "why [that thing]?" However, if they don't actually state the "[something]" and just say "why not?" what is the correct opposite ...
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What is the correct word for charges we pay at Gym? [closed]

As the question states, what should be the correct word for the money we pay at the Gym. What I think: It can't be fees, as we paid that at school/colleges. It can't be payment, as we are not ...
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Preamble: Excluded from this document? [closed]

How can I state that a thing is specifically excluded from a document in the preamble? NOTE: This document does not address the population of the data prior to running a specific batch letter ...
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May/can we go? May/Can you do this for me? [duplicate]

Which ones are correct: May/can we go to the game? and May/can you do this for me? can/may you come?
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Alternative for “manning” a station

Is there a non-gendered term for manning a station, as in manning the desk? The only ideas I can come up with are "stationed at" the desk or other clunky things. Finding the right gerund would make my ...
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“To wait to do” or “to wait before doing”

I recently saw the sentence You won't have a long time to wait to do something. I would have used You won't have a long time to wait before doing something. By the way, is there a ...
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Is “out of” instead of “from” colloquial, always okay or simply wrong?

Here an example sentence written by a pupil of mine: Through the British Empire, which resulted out of Britain's urge to build up its economy, Britain was connected to a lot of different countries ...
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Mooring or docking

When passenger ship comes in harbor what does it do - mooring or docking? Is there any special term for this action?
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Word / simile for a city in decay or in lawlessness

My friend told me that Kobe is the only city in Japan in which he saw hobos and where there are no rules for walking on the sidewalk. I flippantly asked him whether it was the Sodom or Gomorrah of ...
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Which one of either “where” or “when” works better with “point”?

I'm a non-native English speaker and I have a troubling question. What is the difference in terms of usage of "when" and "where"? "The fact that my action was so embarrassing singled me out to the ...
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Difference between triumph and success [closed]

Could you please shed some lights on the difference between triumph: verb [NO OBJECT] 1.0 Achieve a victory; be successful: they had no chance of triumphing over the Nationalists ...
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In that instant vs At that instant

In that instant, xxx or At that instant, xxx I know that "at that instant" is the more correct way of saying it, but can "in that instant" work as well? At the instant that he ...
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“The app can be run using the following link” - how to phrase it naturally?

I write a user manual in English (for the first time) and I struggle with certain phrases. There is a web application so naturally users needs to type in the address in order to access it. I am not ...
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“tolerable elapsed time” meaning and a fancier word for this

Found usage: “Big data is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time”. ...
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Is my usage of the term “context” and its related verbs in this context meaningful? [closed]

In speech and writing, the meaning of context is: 1.1 The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning: HTML or XML codes ...
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What's the difference between 'every time' and 'everytime'? [closed]

What's the difference between everytime and every time? I'm a little confused about them, they both seem to have same meaning. Excluding their spelling, are there any other differences b/w them?
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What do you call a person doing a task that a computer can do better?

Is there a term for a person performing a task that a computer could perform faster/better, but the reason the person is doing it is because of a failure in a company to improve processes/systems?
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Looking for a word describing the date a payment was intended for

I'm writing an application that currently stores the date that a payment was made as "CreatedOn". That date is always going to be what ever the time and date is at the time you made the payment. The ...
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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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How to refer to a split button in instructions?

A split button is a button in a program that the user can click it to do something or can click an arrow next to it to access additional functions. Here's an example: If I am writing instructions ...
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Temperature vs Temperatures

What is the explanation for the following sentence being written as it is: The newborn baby was discovered by passing cyclists on a day when temperatures surpassed 40 degrees Celsius. The ...
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The use of 'going' vs. 'coming' in a given situation [duplicate]

I just like to ask for some clarifications on the use of 'come' and 'go' for the following situations: Situation 1 : Paul: Are you coming to John's birthday party this Saturday? Arthur: No, I'm not ...
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funtcionality rather than function?

When I try to fast-forward through a program that I am watching through my cable company's "On Demand" feature, an error message displays: fast forward and other functionality may not be available... ...
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What do you call a brand/logo panel that a company often carries along to a trade show?

Let say there is a company named BlueEvin. The company has an object made of plastic or wood that shows the name BlueEvin. The object could be the size of a PC keyboard or smaller. The company often ...
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difference in meaning: morphology / structure

What is the difference in meaning between "morphology" and "structure"? Coming from a physics background and being a native German speaker, I tend to use "structure" when describing an internal ...
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Screen or view when refering to content on the screen?

Having content on the screen (e.g. a computer screen or the screen of a mobile device), how do I refer to that content? Is it "view" or "screen"? I am looking for an everyday term, not a formal one. ...
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The article before “adjective + person's name”

I am trying to write this sentence, but cannot decide if I should use a or the here: It would be minutes before [a/the] slightly agitated Mrs. Smith finally finds him in the crowd. If the ...
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What is the correct usage of more than one Criterion [closed]

I had the task of proof reading a technical document. The document stated "There are two criterias and both must pass." I suggested that the sentence should be "There are two criterion and both must ...