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Is “amartize” a word?

I am somewhat familiar with the word "amortize" which means gradually depreciating the value of an asset. I could have sworn there is also a word "amartize" which has to do more with proportioning. ...
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Should I put a comma between this list of 2 facts?

Let A denote the phrase A: John showed that x is a positive number, and let B be the phrase B: Kim showed that x is a multiple of 2. I want to say that a fact follows from A and B. My ...
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Topless vs. Shirtless

If somebody asks me to describe the below photo, I would definitely say, "It is a picture of shirtless Putin on a horseback". The adjective topless is defined by Oxford Online Dictionary: (Of a ...
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Easy is to beginner as medium is to

I want to display three levels in my game...but I don't know what the text should say. easy -> Beginner medium -> ? hard -> Expert Basically, I want the form that describes the person ...
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Historical differences in usage of “Mrs” for “mistress” or “missus”

The title Mrs. stands for mistress, but some English native speakers claim mistress is only used to indicate the woman with whom one has an (illicit) affair and that missus is the long version of Mrs. ...
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What do you call an online newspaper?

Is there a better word for a news website besides "aggregator" (which implies the source only curates information) or "blog" (which implies the source only does opinion/commentary/no real reporting ...
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Work “at” or “in” a firm? [duplicate]

.. entry into ... to develop a long-term career in the firm. ... position at ABC Ltd... and develop a long-term audit and assurance career in the firm. Is either of these sentences wrong? ...
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“Such that” versus “for which”

I was told that such that and for which are not interchangeable, but I cannot determine which one to use. For example, (a) The collection of numbers x for which x is even. Or (b) The ...
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touching others’ lives or touching other lives? [closed]

Which of these is correct/more appropriate: touching others’ lives OR touching other lives
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Is there an antonym for “dim”/ synonym for “lighten?”

I'm looking for a word that refers to when a dark room is slightly lightened- for example, by a candle or a weak lightbulb, but not so much that I could use "brightened" to describe the action. ...
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“one day” vs “one-day” [closed]

I wrote the following sentence in Microsoft Word: I was destined to one day live in the corridors of the Great Library and digest the world. And Word wanted me to change "one day" to "one-day". ...
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What is a word for the concept of maintaining uncertainty in your enemies? [closed]

Specifically by introducing bad data over time to limit their ability to deduce things? Not necessarily warfare-related. I'm thinking "information warfare," "instilling doubt," or "sabotage," but none ...
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It is correct to say “numeric number”?

It is correct to say numeric number in this sentence? Please note that when a “numeric number” is requested, the request is to enter your contact telephone number where you are dialing from (area ...
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Driver seat vs. Driver's seat

I am writing a very important report and I am using the term 'driver seat' in it many times as a metaphor. For example, I say: 'A group of actors needs to take the driver seat'. I just started ...
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Is “sordid” the right word?

I have a character who is of questionable morals and happens to shamelessly kill people for a living. They neither care who they kill nor care whether their actions are wrong, so long as they get ...
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Modern use of “I should think” vs. “I would think” in speech

When I listen to old Tom Lehrer recordings he says, I should like to introduce... and it sounds a bit strange. However, yesterday I was building a shed with my wife and I said, much to my ...
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Spermatozoan or spermatozoal?

Spermatozoon is a single mature sperm cell. The plural is spermatozoa. Which of the following is correct: "Spermatozoal motility" or "spermatozoan motility"? Or should it be something else? Googling ...
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Which one sounds better— 'cannibalism' or 'eating human flesh'? [closed]

I was going through a text about ancient civilization. There, I found a sentence which says, "Some ancient human being recognized even cannibalism." After reading that sentence, I started to think ...
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Farther vs. Further [duplicate]

Does "farther" generally indicate a greater physical distance while "further" indicate a greater extent or degree (e.g. "run farther" and "further improvements")? Or, do they have an identical ...
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Correct word or phrase for “outsourcing” within company

A definition of outsourcing is to contract work to a third party, often overseas. However, I'm looking for a word that would describe "moving jobs within our company to a third-world nation such as ...
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If city life is urban, what do you call living in a forest?

I know that rural relates to living in the countryside, and urban and suburban refer to living in cities, towns or residential areas. But some places, like in upstate New York, have dense trees and ...
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Grammar using “because of” in future tense

Is it proper to say, "he will be absent because of sickness?" It sounds strange to me and I cannot find the answer.
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Why do we say “I do not like that” instead of “I dislike that”?

I've noticed that when people dislike something (myself included), they often say they "do not like" it. "I don't like that car." "I don't care for hip-hop music." "No, I don't really like ...
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Long ago vs. Long back

Is it wrong to say: "I had learnt that long back"? Is it more apt to say "I had learnt that long ago"?
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Interstitial Topics

I'm in the process of writing course descriptions and syllabi. I desire to list select topics that don't require deep focus as in one unit of a course, but they are significant in the sense that they ...
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What do you call someone who hates people with mental disabilities?

What do you call someone who is hateful, discriminatory and bigoted against people with mental illness and further stigmatizes them by calling those with mental disabilities nutcases, psychos, freaks, ...
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now it seems / as I see it now / as now I see it / to see it now / as for now / as of now What's the phrase I am looking for?

I came up with the following phrases to start the sentence, but I am not sure which one is proper. Now it seems, that ... As I see it now, ... As now I see it, ... To see it now, ...
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How do some people develop the tendency to overuse particular words?

My ninth-grade history teacher said ultimately so much that a classmate and I started keeping tally each day. He once said ultimately 26 times in a 48-minute period. A co-worker's response to most ...
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“You do not need to search for a job - it will find you itself”

You do not need to search for a job - it will find you itself. Is the itself part correct? Should it be replaced with some other word?
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What kinds of phonetic or phonological linguistic gaffes are there? (mondegreens, eggcorns, spoonerisms) [closed]

I was wondering what other sorts of phonetics-based linguistic gaffes there are. I don't mean the typical grammatical or syntactic error. Rather, I mean things like "eggcorns": eggcorn ...
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Train Station vs. Railway Station

When I say "train station" I am corrected to say "railway station", but I don't understand why. Examples... Buses are stationed at a bus station. Trains are stationed at a train station. ...
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in plaintext vs. as plaintext

When referring to a password that is to be stored somewhere, what is the correct way: Store the password in plaintext OR Store the password as plaintext? Google searching different variations of this ...
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Facilitate (XX) student-student interaction?

I want to describe the advantage of small class. It facilitates [XX] teacher to student interaction. But I don't know what to fill in for [XX]. Can I say, closer and more effective? The ...
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A person who is biased to person x's advice

What do you call a person who is biased towards ones opinion or advice. For example, Person will mostly reject an opinion from person x and never from person y. I know of 'Opinionated' and 'Biased'. ...
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Is it correct to say “We end poverty”?

I know it's more common to say something like, "We are going to end poverty," or, "We fight poverty," but I want to know if, "We end poverty," is also correct. It sounds kind of strange to me, but my ...
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I want to know whether I've been writing it correctly and how can I write it in a different way?

Is "If said in the words of Mike:" correct? How can I substitute "in this way" or "the following way"?
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A word that describes the reading experience

I'm writing a short essay about plays and movies. In movies, the audience experiences the literary text in a sensory way. When the audience reads the play, though, they experience it in what way?
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Why 'veins' not 'arteries'?

I was watching a show and there was a dialogue Her blood flows through my veins. Why do they say veins? Why not arteries? What is it's origin?
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whats the word for someone who doesn't like to do anything

I sometimes ask my brother if I can get a ride to work or tell him to move he always tells me no or waves me off. He also does the same thing when he is told to do something like when he is told to do ...
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“A few days need to wear on for her in order to feel better” [closed]

I am not sure if this sentence is correct. Would it be better to say "[...] in order for her to feel better" ?
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When is it appropriate to say that a garment looks “flattering”

Recently, I've begun hearing the word "flattering" in apparently sincere compliments. In one scenario, a friend complimented someone on their new shirt by saying that it "looked very flattering." ...
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Is there another expression for “cheat on” or “have an affair”? [duplicate]

Is there another word for "cheating on somebody"? Instead of using " have an affair with somebody", could you help me come up with another word for it ? Can I say " he has a mistress or concubine or ...
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Would “has” or “have” be correct here?

I was looking over another person's written article online. When leaving a suggestion in favor of the second of the two sentences below, I was told that the first is actually correct. The former is ...
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Use of “took its flight”

Can I say: the use of specific models "took its flight" with the development of a specific theory, meaning that the models were used more often?
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Alternative word for Karma, but when nothing is expected in return

I'm creating a monopoly style game that allows people to "win" in any of these 3 areas: capitalism (traditional monopoly) karma giving Giving with no expectation of return I'm having trouble ...
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“Makeshift flamethrower” or “handmade flamethrower”?

I am trying to describe the causes of a fire that begun when someone used a makeshift—or handmade—flamethrower. Some context: The fire broke out in a prison, when two rival gangs fought each other ...
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“Do miracles” or “Make miracles”?

I've read both of them, but I don't know if both are equally correct and widely used. Just to clarify after receiving the first answers: I meant real miracles (like god-related), not something that ...
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So, “I feel amazing” is not grammatically wrong but it is not popular right?

amazing: very surprising, especially in a way that makes you feel pleasure or admiration; Ex: That's amazing, isn't it? (Source) amazed: very surprised; EX: I was amazed at her knowledge of French ...
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A simple word for one who seeks adventure and tries to help, but hurts more than they help

I'm writing a novel following a naive young man who thinks that he can make his fortune going around helping people. When he visits a space station on the fringe of the galaxy, hoping to help people ...
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Which is more correct: “embodied by” or “embodied within”?

Which of the following seems more grammatically correct to you? This subjectivity is embodied by the concept of qualia This subjectivity is embodied within the concept of qualia "Embodied ...