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Word for not knowing about something

I would like to know some word choices (can be a noun, adjective,...) for not knowing about something, with a positive connotation with a negative connotation in a neutral way For example, I ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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How do you describe somebody who was judged and found wanting?

"The King judged the man, and the man was found wanting". Is it correct to say that "the man failed the judgment", or is there a more appropriate phrasing than "pass/fail" when discussing the result ...
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Word for 'controlled by', with reference to an external controller

Is there a word for 'controlled by' applicable in " My body was controlled by the mind "
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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Is it correct to say “to buy something in lieu of customer”? [closed]

A customer may buy investment funds on his/her own OR a bank may buy it FOR the customer as per his/her instructions. In this context, is it accurate and correct to say "to buy funds in lieu of ...
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My younger/little/smaller sister [closed]

which one is the correct phrase to say? I have always been confused by that. My {younger|little|smaller} sister.
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1answer
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When to use 'degree of' versus 'level of' in urban planning

Should we say, in urban planning, a certain level of compact development, or a certain degree of compact development?
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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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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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3answers
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“To date” versus “until now”

Is there a difference between these two expressions? Are they perfect synonyms?
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3answers
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Upside down vs downside up

Typically when something is reversed or inverted we say it is "upside down", could we also say that it is also "downside up"? For example... "The picture is upside down" could we also say it ...
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2answers
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It was done / It had been done yesterday

Which one is correct and why? It was done yesterday. or It had been done yesterday.
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Photo creds or photo cred?

A lot of people nowadays use the phrase "photo creds" eg: Here's an awesome photo of me! Photo creds to John! Creds usually means credit or credits. But then you get the sentences: Photo ...
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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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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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1answer
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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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0answers
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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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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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What do you call a response which does not address the question?

When some one is asked a question, sometimes if they are trying to avoid answering the question, they respond with something unrelated. What is the word for that response? Eg. A: Why were you late? ...
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Word for 'Bingo' without gambling assocations

I'm building a web application for a client, however the gambling associations with the word 'Bingo' are something we would like to avoid. The game functions similar to traditional Bingo, with a ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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Can you use the word “bearing” to mean causing?

Can you use the word "bearing" to mean when smething causes something? For example, I'm trying to write a poem thing and I'm using the sentence "the bleak bearing blanket of fog" to describe how a ...
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“Question and Answers” equivalent when it's not a question

There is a common phrase, "Questions and Answers", also known as Q&A. If you have a viewpoint. opinion, idea, statement, or a thought etc., what phrase would represent it and the response the ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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“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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arrange VS arrange for

Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available ...
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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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1answer
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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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Why do they say “may not” for things which people shouldn't do

I have seen in so many place where they would have mentioned "You may not.." etc for the things people shouldn't do. For eg: in companies where USB is not allowed, they will mention like this "You may ...
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What word to use when you don't want to eat more food?

Which word to use when you don't want to eat more food even though you are not full yet, because the food is too oily and fatty.
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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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‘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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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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What do you call a person who's grading exams?

I've recently had a job where I've read exams and graded them. I'm now going to put this on my CV but I have no idea how I should label this kind of work. What have I been? An examiner?
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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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1answer
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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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Word for a person who knows two or three languages

A polyglot is a person who is fluent in many languages, but what do we call a person who is fluent in only two or three languages? Is bi-glot a proper term for this? I don't think the words ...
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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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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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1answer
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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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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“What exactly” vs. “Exactly what”

What are the differences between these two phrases? For example, how would you qualify the difference between these two sentences: "What exactly is that book about?" and "Exactly what is that book ...
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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 ...