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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 “embiggen” considered a formal or slang word?

If my memory serves me correctly, I first encountered the word embiggen a year or so ago. I thought it seemed odd, but in context, the meaning was quite obvious. Since that time I've seen this word ...
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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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How to say 'before previous' in one word?

I'm struggling to say 'before previous' in one word. Like "I visited my parents pre-previous month". Is there a suitable word?
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Cadaver/corpse/body for a dead human body

Currently listening to the audio book "Digital Fortress", I came across the word "cadaver" in reference to a dead human body for the first time. Somehow it struck me as a degrading way of referring to ...
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“The pair was …” or “the pair were …”

I've recently read a blurb from a local paper that included the following: The pair was drinking prior to the shooting. To me, this appears wrong and I would say that the proper way to make the ...
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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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“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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“in” vs “on” vs “at” with “rarely used code paths”

Which of these alternatives is the best one? Bugs are often found on rarelly used code paths Bugs are often found in rarelly used code paths Bugs are often found at rarelly used code paths I have ...
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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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“Not empty” set in one word? [closed]

Is there a single word which means "not empty"? That is, a word which one might use to describe a field with one or more cows in it, as opposed to an "empty" field with none? Full or even ...
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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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Use “underway” or “under way” as an adverb?

Is it proper to use underway as an adverb? Or should under way be used? Merriam-Webster defines underway as an adjective and under way as an adverb. The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & ...
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Is “irrespective of” interchangeable with “regardless of”?

If Kinsella were to go on a binge, he would drink his way down to the last penny of whatever money is available, irrespective of who it belongs to. (The killing frost. Thomas Hayden, 1991) I ...
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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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How to avoid sexist language?

I have observed that I use a lot of sexist terms; it comes naturally to me! I have resolved to be "perfectly" non-sexist from now onwards. I would like to know how to avoid sexist language. Yes, ...
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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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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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“Upload to” vs. “upload on”

Which preposition should follow the verb to upload — to, on, or something else?
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What is a word meaning “the pros and cons of”?

I am trying to find a word which can be used interchangeably with the phrase "pros and cons". For example: Because no one has tried it yet, the _ of this new diet are unknown. The closest I ...
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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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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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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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What do you want for/of/from/with me?

I've heard of these four a lot but never really knew the differences. Can anybody tell me?
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Friendly way of saying “I love you”

In Spanish, Te amo (I love you) has more romantic feeling than saying Te quiero. The last one is used as a friendly way of saying I love you, but without romantic purposes. However, if translated to ...
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When to use “use” and when to use “utilize” in a sentence?

Sometimes I go through articles and find the expression utilize, I've always been wondering if there are special cases in which it should be used instead of used. Also because google ngram clearly ...
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A phrase that describes someone that doesn't pay their debt

ie. Knowing that they have an unpaid debt, yet doesn't care. I suppose "he is renouncing his debt" would be fine, but it doesn't seem to flow well. "he is abandoning his debt" doesn't sound too good ...
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Is there a word that specifically means 'the delight of experiencing something new'

And if there isn't, how are new words like this usually invented? (I realise the answer is probably that they're not, but they do occasionally make new words through evolution)
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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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Word for the behavior of people who complain at everything you do

I usually tend to see the behavior in which someone takes an action, and people criticize, and even suggest what they should have done, yet when they take that same suggestion people still criticize. ...
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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.
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What is an adjective for multiple things originating from the same source?

I feel like there should be a word for this, and it seems like it's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of it. Is there an adjective for when a number of things all originate from the ...
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Enamored of/with/by

It seems that "enamored" can be used with any of the prepositions "of", "with", and "by". What is the proper usage for each? This is the sentence I'm writing: The team, enamored with this new ...
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Is this a decision or a choice?

My local fruit and vegetable shopkeeper gave me this conundrum upon my last visit: You are travelling down a road when you reach a junction. You must go left or right. For the sake of argument, you ...
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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Use of definite article in cross-references

When referencing a chapter or section in a book, when should I use "the" in front of them? For example, considering the sentences: (The) Chapter 5 presents X and Y. or X, detailed in (the) ...
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Is there a word for a divorced father who you don't live with? [closed]

If your parents are divorced and you live with your mother, not your father, what would you call your father?
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What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you?

What does “a couple” mean to you, and what does “a few” mean to you? Is there a proper way to use it? It was striking to hear that “a couple” meant two (2) to someone. My reaction was, “how/why do ...
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What phrase can I use to describe connected concepts

I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more ...
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First name vs. Forename [closed]

I really don't understand why others are using "forename" instead of "first name". Can someone explain the difference to me?
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Do you “supplement” your income?

Say you're a teacher and for the summer you need a job... to "supplement" your income? I'm helping a friend with her résumé (under reason for applying) and any help would be appreciated. Definition ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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Resonance vs. Resonation

Fellow wordsmiths - when would you use the one noun over the other? In the following sentence: Science seeks to classify nature; Emerson rather directs focus towards nature's emotional ...
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Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities [closed]

Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities Which word is more appropriate? I see both in common use.
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Word that means “desiring power”

What is a good word to use for the describing someone as "desiring power"?