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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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“Good bye”, “Bye”, “Bye bye”

I'm a non-native English speaker and sometimes it's hard for me to pick up the right word in some situations. Could you, please, explain when it's better to use "goodbye" for ending a conversation, ...
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“Study/Investigate the Possibility”: Which One and Why?

I just changed a sentence from "Further, we study the possibility that ..." to "we investigate the possibility", and I'm not sure why it seems better that way. Is it because, in this context, ...
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Ways to ask “save the date” [closed]

Does it sound better if I say: ... hope you have marked your calendars instead of : ... hope you have blocked the date for a certain event in the future for which they have already been ...
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Usage of “else” to convey the opposite meaning

I am writing an email to a senior and want to say if he agrees to my suggested changes and if no I will modify it further. So is this ok to say: Kindly suggest if you agree to this revised ...
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what are the difference between 'learn' and 'study'? [closed]

Should I be when to use 'learn' and not 'study'? eg. " I am learning how to love a person. " is right ? Or , i should say:"I am studying how to love a person." I understand, thank you everyone!
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Vision Problem vs Visual Problem

I have a problem with those 2 words. What is the difference between the vision problem and visual problem? Or Do they mean the same? I Googled both terms, but the search results are pretty much the ...
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Synonyms for “unfortunately”

Are there any words for unfortunately? I know that "sad" is a wrong replacement, but I don't know any other words for it. I write this word just way too much and it would be nice to have an ...
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At/in/within any time range

Which of the following should I say At any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. In any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. Within any time range, ...
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“Guide for” or “guide of” [closed]

I am struggling with the correct preposition going after guide. Which sentence is correct? "that dog served as a guide for blind people" or "that dog served as a guide of blind people".
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What do you call someone who makes decisions?

I am looking for a word that means someone makes choices. The choice doesn't have to be good or bad just that they are decisive. I am looking for the word to be in the form of a noun. As an example - ...
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Thesis statements or theses statements? [duplicate]

I am doing research for three different questions and I am going to present one single thesis statement for each question. Would I refer to all three statements as 'thesis statements' or as 'theses ...
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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the ...
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Word that means “more accepting of other cultures”?

Is there a word that means "more accepting of other cultures" that has a tone appropriate for use as a mild counter to "xenophobic"? Essentially a mild opposite of "xenophobic". Example: "This ...
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If I say I am 'interested' in a position, does that imply certainty in my decision [closed]

I am considering accepting a position at a company, however I do not want to talk with certainty just yet. If I say that I am 'interested' in that position, would that be appropriate for my situation? ...
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“Please do not repeat the mistake” and “Please do not repeat the mistake again”

Please do not repeat the mistake. Please do not repeat the mistake again. Should the again be omitted? “Repeat” means “do again”. So to “repeat again” means “to do again again”. Is the ...
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Is “between __ or __” valid?

Today I heard somebody say: This (technology) can be the difference between life or death. And I winced.  While “life or death” can be used as an adjective (e.g., modifying “situation” or ...
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Word for a friend you have never met?

Can anyone provide "emotional" word/phrase for a "friend" you have never met, but it feels like you really know him? I won't mind even if it was in a language other than English. :) Update: Would ...
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Is it “peek”, “peak” or “pique”?

I have always thought the phrase was "pique my interest" as in: Her mysterious background piqued my interest. However, of late, on blogs and social networks, I have seen people using "peek my ...
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How to say that a research topic is applicable for different purposes?

I want to say that my research topic is applicable for different purposes, or I can do a lot of things with my research work, or I have worked on a research topic which has a lot of application. How ...
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Difference between 'Redundant' and 'Superfluous'

(I made a search for this question on this forum but surprisingly did not find related questions. Which is odd because surely this question is asked often.) First, the sentence I'm trying to use ...
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Is “willingness” dependent upon desire?

For instance can I be willing to do something even if I don't want to do it? If I'm willing but not exactly "eager", can I still claim "willingness" or is it just compliance? Is desire a ...
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What words in English convey love?

The word love is a cognate with its Germanic origin "luv," but I am wondering if English contains other words for love, such as relatives to the famous Greek "Four Loves:" Philia - This one has ...
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“Register” vs. “registry” [closed]

What's the difference in meaning between “register” and “registry”? Can both be used interchangeably when talking about an official (public) list of items, records?
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Too serious to take seriously

This is a concept I often find myself trying to articulate in political discussions. You have a situation that everyone openly acknowledges, but it is so entrenched that people may paradoxically ...
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Does one “wince in pain” or “wince with pain”?

I have seen both in common use and I want to know which is more preferable.
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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Which is the correct spelling of mom/mum?

People are saying that Mom is the correct spelling and that it's not American while others are saying it's Mum and than Mom is American. So which is the correct spelling for the UK-English spelling?
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“Clicking the button saves… ” vs. “clicking the button will save…”

I wish to describe just what gets saved when the user clicks the 'Save' button on a web page. Should I write "Clicking the Save button saves all changes" or "Clicking the the Save button will save all ...
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Choose a username is easy to remember and pronounce [closed]

English is not my mother tongue language. But I am trying to pick a good internet user name for my new career life in America. And I read a lot of "How to Naming" article but still have no idea. I ...
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Recommended replacement for 'literally'?

Around lunchtime yesterday I overheard a coworker say "I'm literally so hungry right now" Though misuse of the word literally was always common, it appears in the last year or so it has lost any ...
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What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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What's the accuracy of these sentences? [closed]

Could you guys tell me if these sentences are ok? 1) I graduated, in 2014, as a Industrial Designer; 2) This area of work brings me to achieve, every day, technical and mental skills improvements. I ...
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Which is right in this sentence, than or that? [closed]

A friend of mine asked me if this sentence is correct: "And after all, it is with you than I want to be." My thought is that "than" is wrong, and the correct word is "that." Am I right? I told him ...
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Accelerometer or g-sensor?

Everything is in the title... I'm writing a technical report (Master of Engineering) and I wonder which term is the correct one : accelerometer or g-sensor I've seen both in the litterature, but I ...
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Spend a second thinking about 2cd vs 2nd [closed]

I've seen both 2cd and 2nd used during my life, sometimes almost interchangeably, and so I started wondering; what is the difference and what is the correct usage?
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“limitative factor” vs “limiting factor”

From the Exam book, Cambridge English FIRST 1 (2014), Test 2, paper 1: Reading and Use of English. The aim is to modify the word in caps so that it fits in the gap on the same line. Running Speed ...
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What word describes a self -created word/expression with an intuitive meaning?

Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the "'interests of qualified ...
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A word for the “urge” to point out others' minor mistakes, not to define this phenomenon

The words "nitpicking" and "pedantic" actually define this phenomenon of pointing out others' minor mistakes. I have only this urge to do the nitpicking; I don't necessarily point out that petty ...
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dependent on personal preference / dependent on personal preferences

When I search on google "dependent on personal preference" or "dependent on personal preferences", I get similar numbers of search results (e.g. 30,000) for both cases. My question is, in this case, ...
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How to define True/False nature of something in one word

I am creating a program but facing problem with proper language for comment string in program. My program performs some operation. This operation typically always generates some data. (meaningful ...
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Is it correct to say “user redeems an offer”

I am writing up technical documentation for a system that involves users receiving different types of offers. Is "User redeems an offer" correct English to describe an event when member participates ...
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When do you answer a question with “would be” instead of “is/are”?

Sometimes, I hear people answering questions with would be instead of is or are. For example: Who is that? That would be our new teacher. Why don't they say: That is our new ...
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when to use begun vs. began

He begun his speech with a deep growling cough He began his speech with a deep growling cough My instinct is that 'began' is correct, but I can't seem to find a reason as to what is wrong ...
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“Site” vs. “website”

I’ve always used the “website” word in referring to websites. However, several dictionaries (including the Oxford dictionary) mention that one of “site’s” definition is actually “a website”: ...
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How to positively describe something, such as a war memorial, which doesn't invoke positive feelings?

If I wanted to express that something such as a holocaust memorial was good to visit I would want to avoid saying something such as "it was great" or "I enjoyed visiting it". Is there a word that can ...
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How can I describe three items in sentence?

I have three methods such as Method A, method B, and proposed method They have similar properties, and thus they show a same drawback. I would like to write the sentence to express that issue. ...
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'Eo ipso' vs 'Ipso facto'

Are these entirely interchangeable? Or is there sometimes reason to use one but not the other? (Other than, as one website says, to use 'eo ipso' rather than 'ipso facto' if you really want to be ...