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What's a negative word for “subtle”?

I'm trying to describe software bugs that are hard to track down due to the mistake (introduced by the developer) being a very subtle one. "when these errors manifest they do so in a ...
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“Someone of Company” or “Someone from Company” [closed]

Which one is correct to say? "Hi, it's Jack of HP Inc" "Hi, it's Jack from HP Inc"
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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Why has the use of “plague” in OED (sense 2a), as a verb declined?

Plague, when used as a verb, meaning To trouble, tease, bother, annoy, or pester, usually repeatedly, insistently, or constantly; to constitute a nuisance, threat, or danger to. Freq. in pass (OED ...
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Unease vs uneasiness

Is the word unease more archaic or formal than the word uneasiness? I am used to the latter, but the former surprises me. Is there a rule how to choose the best one in similar pairs of words?
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Instantiate a Video Player?

I am writing a technical report where a number of video players are being loaded on a webpage. Is it correct to say, "Instantiate a video player on the web page," or just, "Load a video player on the ...
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People from my country in a word [closed]

I want to write a sentence something like this - > I like to meet people of my native origin(country, city, town and so on). How can i write the things that are in bold in one word - > I like to ...
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“Unused” and “useless”

I'm a software developer, and as such I often use an IDE to fulfill my goals. For those who don't know: An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides ...
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Do you use the word 'readers' when talking about a play?

I'm writing a literature analysis essay on a play and was wondering which word I would use to describe the people viewing/reading the play. I'm used to the word reader(s) as I have wrote essays for ...
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Difference between 'Insidious' and 'Pernicious'

Do the words 'insidious' and 'pernicious' have the same meaning? And can they be used in place of each other? On some places on the web (eg : http://www.dailywritingtips.com/insidious-vs-invidious/), ...
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Phrase “what have it” in conversations

Why would someone use the phrase, "what have it" in the middle of their conversation? A co-worker uses it several times a day.
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How else could you tell a person you “are curious about them”? [closed]

For example, "You induce/promote/inspire curiosity in me." "I am very curious in you." (Sounds awful)
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Disdain, contempt or scorn

So I looked up the term contempt and found this definition: The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration: I also found a synonym, disdain The feeling that ...
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How can boating be otherwise called?

Let's suppose I am going to make a trip down the river on a boat which will last for a few days like that in Three Men in a Boat book. How would you call this type of activity? I have been suggested ...
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Lift is for car so what is for bike?

The word lift generally means for car. Then what is for bike? Eg: Can I get a lift? Meaning, can I ride in your car? Similarly, I want to know how can we say for "Can I get a lift with you on ...
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How Do You Choose Whether To Use These, or Those, or The +Noun [duplicate]

First of all, I know that there have been discussed a few threads on similar topic, but the threads didn't cover all my questions. How do you choose whether to use these, or those, or the + noun ...
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A word to describe a person who makes a lot of mistakes but is unaware of it

What do you call a person who always or gradually makes mistakes, but is unaware that they're making those mistakes? For example, Nicolo and I are partners in a group project. The instructor ...
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Using “use” with “to” and “for” when expressing purpose

I recently wondered about the use of "to use" and other verbs when expressing the purpose of an action. I noticed that purpose is often expressed by having a verb followed by "for" and a progressive ...
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Adjective for a decision that had no real alternative

I'd like to express the fact that there were no viable alternatives to a decision I took. My decision to attend university X was stringent / without alternative / a no-brainer / objectively ...
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Do both ascertain and determine mean the same here? [closed]

The challenge facing public health officials is to anticipate an outbreak of disease and then ----- that school children are immunized. Both words have to be in present tense, obviously. But ...
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I feel robust is overused [closed]

I feel robust is used too often and incorrectly when describing processes and systems. What would be other possible words to describe processes and systems besides: effective, efficacious, and sound? ...
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Take care or be careful?

I'm a non-native speaker. I'm having a problem with "take care" and "be careful". This problem comes from a text: Jack: "I've got to go, Sarah. So long." Sarah: "So long. Jack. And..." A. ...
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Classic word or phrase for many in one

I am looking for a word which describes many in one in classic english. If possible please provide modern word ideas as well.
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Is “may or may not X” logically incorrect?

Thoughts on redundancy aside, using or in this phrase seems wrong to me. Should it not be and? My reasoning is this: There are only two possibilities on the actions concerning X -- either X will be ...
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Does “stay” mean “stop” in “stay involved in your child’s school”? [closed]

Let see this example, A: my child got beaten in the school B: stay involved in your child’s school My first question is that: Does the sentence B the correct one? And Does the sentence B mean ...
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looking for a word: “A certain fact can be ___ to another fact” (fact 2 is the cause of fact 1) [closed]

I'm struggling to find a word that can fit in this sentance: "This difference can be ___ to the difference in methods". Something like attributed, but not quite. Thank you.
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A word or succinct description for a compromised media/news outlet

One which is influenced and steered by pressures from a government which itself is corrupt. Doesn't sound too unfamiliar today, does it? Anyway, it is to help me translate a German word "die ...
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How to describe making sounds with your throat?

Say if someone asked you a yes/no question, and you make that note of assent with your throat to let them know that yes is the answer to the question, how would you describe that through writing? I ...
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What is the definition of “excessive”?

I am really confused. From dictionary.com, excessive means going before the usual or necessary. So does "excessive comforts" mean too many comforts, more than what is necessary, or equal to "too ...
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A noun meaning a consumer who bargains

Imagine you have a seller and a buyer who engage in bargaining at a market. Is there a one-word noun that describes a consumer who haggles (but not the seller)? I thought haggler, but that can be ...
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What is the term that describes the image that is seen when something is moving fast?

For example, when you move your hand back and forth quickly (or just any object), you see "two" in a way. When something quick is thrown, there's a line that is left behind that follows that object. ...
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Why do we use “the most” as in “Which countries travel the most?”, why not just “Which countries travel most?”

Recently, I discovered that some people use the most in sentences such as Which countries travel the most or we stress the last number the most. Why not just most? For example, is it ok to say ...
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“can you tell me why to do?” & “can you tell me why not to do?” these two Questions only can replace by meaning of should & shouldn't?

I think these two questions are ok to use with Should & Shouldn't and it's same meaning can you tell me why to do? = can you tell me why I should do? can you tell me why not to do = can you tell ...
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To compare vs To make a comparison with

Example: To compare the calculations, we plot the following graphs. To make a comparison with the calculations, we plot the following graphs. Which one is better and clearer?
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“in” vs “on” vs “at” with “rarely used code paths”

Which of these alternatives is the best one? Bugs are often found on rarely used code paths Bugs are often found in rarely used code paths Bugs are often found at rarely used code paths I have a ...
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A question on the usage of the word “completing” versus the words “that completed.”

I am reviewing a paper and the following sentence keeps jumping out at me as an incorrect usage of the word completing: "For the subset of individuals completing fewer than 500 trials in total, the ...
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is there a replacement word for “previous of previous”?

I want to describe a situation that happened two levels earlier. I use the bash shell to navigate through directories. Say I started at the directory /home, and then I moved to the directory ...
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Headline for a subsection that refers to a summary for the whole section

I am looking for a subsection headline that describes that the subsection will summarise all the information given in the subsections before (within the larger section). For instance, Section title ...
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Is this sentence correct “This is her real raw face without making-up”? [closed]

is "real raw face" term common in everyday English conversation? or is there any other term that can express the similar meaning?
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Is “Reminder me ” correct or not? [closed]

I want to name my Android app "Reminder me" in place of "Remind me". I want to know whether this is a valid word or not.
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Can I use “Firstly” while writing email? Is this a correct word to use in communication?

I had a problem while writing emails where I want to tell few things in order. I had used "Firstly" in the email but I am not very sure is it a correct way to talk or write.
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Explicitly mark a conversion as destructive

If I convert some eggs, milk and flour into pancakes, then I have destroyed, or at least modified, those ingredients. But if I convert a distance from miles to kilometers then I destroy nothing. Is ...
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Joining two words to make a single word

I am international engineering student studying in US. I have a question regarding words that are created as a result of joining two words. Usually this happens when two technologies or methodologies ...
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Dictionary or Vocabulary? [duplicate]

Could you help me, please? In our country EL students have got special copy-books where they write new English words down (not in alphabetical order). How is it correct to call such a copy-book in ...
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“the wedding” versus “a wedding”

If I want to talk to my coworkers about my wedding do I say "I had a wedding last month" or do i say "I had the wedding last month"? Since it is the only wedding I shall ever have, and it is the very ...
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is helping vs. helps

My sentence currently reads: "Our business is helping keep you alive and well." However, I wonder if this might be better: "Our business helps keep you alive and well."
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Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”? [closed]

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
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difference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity' [duplicate]

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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choice of using 'of'and 'in'

write a paragraph of about 150 words on the following topics Write a paragraph in about 150 words on the following topics which sentence given above is correct?
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“those” VS “ones” [duplicate]

In this sentence(origin): When merging several properties, ones defined locally win. Is it better to replace ones with those? Possibly a duplicate : the ones or those.