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Use of from vs. than [duplicate]

Years ago I knew the distinction between "this book is different from that one" and "this book is longer than that one." How do you choose?
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I haven't seen him in a while vs for a while?

Which one is correct? And Why? I saw the in a while vs for a while, but it didn't really help. Can someone please tell me which one is correct: I haven't seen him for a while? I haven't seen him in ...
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Word that mean “to hold” but something that you're already holding?

Example: "I'm not in the mood for jokes," she said, [...] her fork and looking at her plate again. So in the example, the person was already holding the fork. The two words that come to my ...
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“that enables vs. enabling”

I'm describing an app. The sentence is X is an app that enables you to do Y I think it doesn't sound really well. Would X is an app enabling you to do Y be better? Is this form OK at ...
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A word for a “non-logged in” user

On my website, I allow the user to create a document - but if they aren't logged in, then the document will not have an owner and therefore be editable by anyone. I want to display a warning for any ...
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he is he or him- they are they or them? [closed]

They are they/them He is he/him Which ones are correct? Is there some sort of agreement rule because for ex- we say it is he, so would we also say "they are they" or "he is he"?
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Is there a word to describe feathers, scales, fur, hair, etc. on an animal

Is there a word to describe or reference feathers, scales, fur, hair, exoskeleton (maybe?), etc. on a creature?
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For awhile or In awhile- Would you say I haven't moved in awhile or for awhile when referring to traffic [duplicate]

Which one would be correct: I haven't moved in awhile or for awhile when referring to traffic- i need a clearer explanation for- for awhile and in awhile
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What's it called when you unfairly wrong someone just because you don't like them?

For example: if a teacher marks a students work down just because they don't like the student. Or if a McDonald's worker only fills your coffee cup half way because they remember the last time when ...
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Project included or involved orconsisted of? [closed]

Is it correct to say "the project included fundraising and construction of ..."? Shall I use other synonyms of "included"?
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“Year of plantation” or “plantation year”

Is it correct to use year of plantantion to refer to the year that a vineyard was planted?
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“tested in” or “tested on”

When we open an issue, we write a small report with the testing results. At the end, we note which of the environments the issue was tested in. I'm not sure if we should use Tested *in* environment ...
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“color of each subject” or “colors of each subject”?

I'm confused about the usage of "each" in the structure"xxx of each xxx". Fro example, I want to discuss some subjects. When it comes to their color, should I say: The color of each subject is ...
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Does this sentence sound awkward, in terms of verb tense or preposition use?

Just a couple of quick questions: Though not all my students grappled with the same issues that I had faced... Does this phrase sound off at all? I'm trying to imply that I still struggle with ...
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Correctness of adding “one” before a plural form (like people) or collection

We are struggling to decide on a name for our company. Our preferred choice happens to be onefora.com. As a non-native English speaker, I am worried if it sounds odd to native speakers. Would "one ...
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is “too, once” or “once, too” correct?

Is "too, once" or "once, too" correct? Or can we just simply choose one of those 2 words? Do we need to use comma? Here's the sentence: "You did it to me (too, once) / (once, too)." Thanks :)
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'Saw your speech' or 'heard your speech'? [closed]

If I have just watched a speech, what is the most appropriate way of conveying this to the speaker? I just saw your speech, or I just heard your speech.
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Usage of the word “conniption” [duplicate]

I was reading an article on buying stereo amplifiers and I ran into the following sentence: My dad has an unmitigated conniption if the sound ever climbs above 90 dB or so... I am bit confused ...
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Use of is or are [duplicate]

When to use is vs. are in a sentence. For example, "the data we reviewed are very convincing". This sounds wrong to me.
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What does “sift through the jargon” mean? [closed]

What does Mr. Richard Quest mean by "... so we'll sift through the jargon." in this video script? The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled in the last five years. There's more ...
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What is the difference between “fitness” and “suitability”?

I apologize if this is an obvious question, but I have not been able to find the answer in a dictionary. The specific problem I'm having is distinguishing between [certificate] which certifies ...
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The word for a person who orders something (Wrong: Orderer) [closed]

What's a word for a person who orders a parcel to be delivered; for example if there is a case where an individual orders a courier company to deliver a parcel. Are there any words for it?
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‘Who/whom’ vs. ‘he/him’: how to figure out which to use

The accepted (and highly upvoted) answer to the question in the question What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly? states that the easiest way to find out whether to use who or whom is to ...
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“Secular person” vs. “secularist”

Would the more appropriate word to describe a person who holds secular beliefs be "secular person" or "secularist"? Personally, I feel that "secular person" would be the answer as the suffix "-ist" ...
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barrier and its proper verb

could anyone tell me which verb the best collocates with the noun "barrier" (that gate preventing cars,people from passing through it) would it be "The guard released the barrier" "The guard ...
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“Cinderellarize” or word meaning “a magical transformation”

I am seeking a word(verb) to describe a magical transformation that makes a thing to appear very attractive without changing the essence. I am thinking to use "Cinderellarize" but not sure if that ...
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Has or is with Plot? [closed]

This has an interesting plot? Or: This is an interesting plot? Which one? And why? When listening to a story and you commented "this has an interesting plot or this is an interesting plot' Which ...
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Is food “spitted” or “sprinkled”?

Be careful. Don't bump the waiter holding the food. Otherwise hot food will be spitted/sprinkled over you. Which is the most appropriate and common verb? What is the difference in meaning between ...
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Enhance or Improve

...Improving/enhancing security level of the system... Overviewing the respected literature, I've found sentences in which either of the words have been used. The fourth phase in the Security ...
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Using a “bit” vs a “drop” to describe a small quantity of liquid

Is it correct to say, "a bit of water" or should it be "a drop of water"? More generally, can the word "bit" be used to describe a small quantity of a liquid or can it only be used for solids?
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Is it right “Smile in love”? [closed]

If a person is in love with someone, can I say that she has got a smile in love? I need it in a sentence where smile (or a synonymous) is the subject and "in love" (or a synonymous) is the attribute. ...
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Replacement for “It was as if he was”

It was as if he was messing around with him. Is there an alternative for that sentence so the "double was" can be removed? I believe that it is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow ...
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Does “categorically” always mean “without question”?

I get the sense that "categorically" can imply "only in the strictest sense." One way I see it being used as a qualifier: as if to say, according just to the means by which we regularly assign ...
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When someone leaves at 4pm - should I say “Have a good afternoon” or “evening”? [closed]

Could you please help me? I started work as a receptionist. I have to greet people that come and go. What should I say in this occasion: example: It is 4 pm and the client is leaving. Should I say ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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Antonyms of `assignee` [closed]

How to name the people who have been assigned to do some task? I want to give some meaningful name to my variable, but I can't find appropriate word for it. So here is my scenario, there is an admin ...
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Tyrion Lannister Acquits Himself? Guess Again!

If I were to say that, in his perilous negotiations with the slavers (transcribed below), Tyrion Lannister had “acquitted” himself, would I be saying that Tyrion had A) repaid or settled a debt or ...
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how to say “use i.d. as the security deposit”? [closed]

When going to an event, we may need to borrow some kind of equipment and the security deposit is required. How to say the behavior in an English sentence if we use the i.d. card as the rental ...
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Word or Short Phrase to Describe Standing In Relation to One's Own Past Performance

I'm working on a website for encouraging habit change that includes a table consisting of the user's current streak and two of that same user's better streaks and two of his or her worse streaks, ...
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what is the opposite of “appreciate”? [closed]

What is the opposite word for "appreciate" that I can use in a sentence like this one :- "If you like my work I would be happy if you appreciate it. If you do not like my work, you have the right to ...
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so+adj+that structure

My question is when you do the so+adj+that structure, do you have to remove the pronoun ? Like in this example, should i leave 'it' out? The milk is very hot. The baby can't drink it now. --> The ...
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How should captions of existing visuals be used?

How should captions of existing visuals be used? A. They should be read but only because they contain interesting information. B. They can be skipped because they just contain extra information. C. ...
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Small word to describe the purpose or status of some data

I'm designing a data transmission pattern template for some Arduino development, and I want to designate a field in the data to describe the purpose and status of that packet of data. Before ...
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Is there a single word to denote “arguments on words, word meanings, and their registers”

I often get into arguments with my colleagues on the difference between formal and informal words. Example: He was felicitated on bagging the first prize. I tried to explain to my colleagues ...
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Is there a difference between disclude vs exclude? [closed]

I say exclude if I want to prevent inclusion in the first place. I say disclude if I want to express that I remove something that was already previously included (as in its remove from inclusion ...
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What's the word for something that has a mind of its own?

An example could be the lawnmower that works sometimes, but seems to have a mind of its own. It could also be the literal word for having a mind of its own, to describe any being.
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Can I say “murdering thoughts” or should it be “murderous thoughts” and what is difference between these? [closed]

Is the phrase "murdering thoughts" correct, or should it be "murderous thoughts"? Could I use "murdering thoughts" in any other context. Could I use sentence like "I am murdering thoughts" or use ...
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Word for most, or best of something

Whats the word for when one says a thing is the best of something? E.g. the word covers all following: That is the most amazing It is the coolest We are the greatest at this This word does exist, ...
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Target or Subject of a Requirement or Criteria

What would be a good term for the subject of a requirement? If one has a requirement applied to them, they would be the [word] of that requirement. I'm looking for something more descriptive than ...
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What do you call this segment of road between the lane and an exit?

Circled in red. Is there an official name for the portion of road between the road and an exit is called?