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What does “share the passion” mean?

For example, what would it be defined if used in this sentence: We share the passion in reading fantasy adventure book series. Also, should in be replaced with of?
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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...
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Is it “in” or “on the holidays”?

I'm unsure about the correct preposition of time regarding two sentences. This is the fist sentence in question: I'll call her ... the holidays. Possible solutions are at/in/on. I already ...
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“I'm __” to express disagreement and “I'm __” to express agreement

I would like a single word to use in "I'm __" to express disagreement and a different single word to use in "I'm __" to express agreement. I am looking for a pair of words that are intuitive ...
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Adjective for a person who is constantly full of wonder/awe

I'm sure you've met someone like this; a person whose understanding of nature, structure and the universe leaves them constantly awed by the complexity of practically everything. I'm looking for a ...
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Does a pedestrian walk 'in' the road, or 'on' the road (both are correct, but which is right?)

Having a bit of a debate about this with some foreign colleagues of mine. I've always used the phrase 'I'm walking in the road', they think that you should say 'I'm walking on the road'.. I'm not ...
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What is a word for an “inverse panorama”? [closed]

Specifically, what is a word for the action of taking several pictures of an object from multiple, regular angles and has the same connotation as "panorama" (where you would take multiple pictures of ...
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Beef with or Grief against? [closed]

Stemming from an edit and comments from a question I asked in SciFi. Which one sounds more natural ? By "natural" I mean the most plausible to appear in a conversation. Does it depends on location ? ...
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AT and TO: Which is correct in the following scenario? [duplicate]

I want an item within the reach of my hands. Which one of the following sentences is correct? Please explain. Keep it close TO hand?! Keep it close AT hand?!
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Does “Reducing/ Minimizing your cost” make sense? [closed]

At my company, I and my co-workers are working on a brochure for our products. As one of the benefits our products could provide, we are trying to emphasize the fact that our customers (mostly ...
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Word to indicate the naming process of something due to an oft repeated name not originally pertaining to it

A word that describes the naming process of something, because it was so much repeated, like a nick name. Presently, The Company,(city) _______(Named thus by a general saying of a name) was a show ...
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“Kindly” vs “Please” : Which is better in official emails? [closed]

Consider the below sentences:- 1. Kindly review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 2. Please review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 3. Could you ...
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Someone who is passionate about finance?

What is the best word to describe someone who loves finance or finance enthusiast or anything related for that matter? I would like to describe someone with that word or you could say a special tag ...
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“Ironic” vs “ironical”

I just read something where a phrase was described as ironical. To me the word ironical jars terribly. It just doesn't sound right at all. I would have said ironic. Is ironical a feature of American ...
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Pay for the purchase?

Is "pay for the purchase" correct? Would it not mean something like "pay for the privilege of being able to buy something"? The context is a school newsletter and the phrase is as follows: "These ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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What do you call the “owner” of an idea?

I recently found myself in a situation where I wanted to use a line that went something like this: "...we must examine the effects these ideas had on their respective creators..." and I just ...
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Single word for “very centered around one opinion”

What is a word for someone who is very centered around one opinion, and is reluctant to others? I keep going back to absent-minded or reluctant to change, but I know there is a word that is more ...
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Succinct phrase for “work well under pressure”?

So I was working on my resume, but it literally took me two hours to come up with a succinct phrase for "work well under pressure". So far I could think of phrases like " pressure performer " or ...
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Reward vs Award

Can these two verbs be used interchangeably? Or do they imply different meanings? "My employer rewarded me a trip to Hawaii." "My employer awarded me a trip to Hawaii."
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“Fermentor” vs. “fermenter”

I am curious to know the correct usage of these words as it seems to be misused often. See http://meta.homebrew.stackexchange.com/q/202/59 for a related question.
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How to describe someone who often has his own idea and judgment

Suppose someone often has his own idea, opinon and judgment on a lot of things, regardless of whether his agree with others'. I wonder what kinds of words can be used to describe such a ...
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Can “for” and “by” be used interchangeably with a gerund?

Is it correct to say "You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program?" I'm inclined to change it to "You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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What’s the word for somebody you know (sometimes well) but who isn’t your friend?

What is the English word for somebody who is not your friend, but you’ve know them even for years. For example, this might be a neighbor or somebody from school whom you see often enough but whom ...
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Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children

Is it normal to refer to adult-age sons and daughters of someone as children? A native speaker of Arabic learning English has said that in Arabic, the word for sons and daughters is "أولاد" (awlaad) ...
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Is there any difference between “invite to” and “invite for”?

Is there any difference between invite to and invite for in terms of usage and meaning? For example: invite someone to lunch, dinner, a party, or a meeting but invite them for a drink or a meal
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What’s the difference between “line” and “row”?

I’m not exactly sure under which circumstances is line or row the more suitable term. In Portuguese, they both translate to the same word linha, which can be used for both a drawing line or for an ...
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What is it called when two people refuse to talk to each other?

What is it called when two people (usually kids) stop talking for a while after a fight or an argument because they are mad at each other?
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For free vs. free of charges [duplicate]

They are seems to be similar in meaning, however in a specific context Googling vote for the first. ... teaching users for free. I think free of charge(s) is more appropriate choice but I ...
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A man with a wife is a husband, a man with a concubine is what?

As concubines are rare these days (and bastardry ignored), I a wondering if there is symmetry in names of male roles in relationships involving concubines or mistresses as there is with wives, or if ...
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When we should use “freak out” & when “afraid”

What is the difference between freak out and afraid? When should we use freak out and when afraid? OED definition for freak out: (occas. without out): to undergo an intense emotional ...
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Word for “all the groups an item belongs to”?

To expand on the title slightly: all of the groups to which an item belongs directly or indirectly? That seems to make "parent groups," my first choice, ill-fitting. The key concept here is ...
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Is there such a thing as a “pre-anniversary”? Or a better word?

I suddenly find myself trying to describe a date that's an exact number of years before a scheduled event and I can't think of a better word to describe it than "pre-anniversary" or maybe even ...
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In relation to fitness, is there a difference between the words plan, program, routine or are they interchangeable? [closed]

In terms of fitness, what would the proper term for something that describes a set of exercises to perform?
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more fair or fairer - Is “more fair” an acceptable alternative to “fairer” [closed]

Is it acceptable to say "more fair" as opposed to "fairer" ? Is one more appropriate than the other?
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A biography of/about/on [closed]

Which do I use, in the sentence "I'm reading a biography ___ Winston Churchill" ?
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Word Choice: Starting a sentence with “If not too long ago”

I know that the proper way to use "not too long ago" is: "Not too long ago, contractors used to build houses and sell them to dealers. It was the responsibility of the dealers to provide financing to ...
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A word that defines something that is valuable for its lack of function and productive value?

I'm looking for a word that means "something valuable (intrinsically) because of its dysfunctional nature that makes it unnapealing for profit or production."
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What is an English word for “something that adds value”?

I’m looking for an English word which could mean something or someone that adds value to something else. Is there a single word for that?
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Can vulgar be used to describe someone's life meaningless and lacking in ambition? [closed]

Recently I wanted to write an essay about the women in Jane Austin's time. I wrote the women at that time were concerned much about how to be engaged to a decent husband. Not like women nowadays, they ...
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Difference between accepter and acceptor

What is the difference between these two words: accepter acceptor On Merriam-Webster, each word's definitions are linked to one another, Definition of accepter one that accepts ...
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Difference: Meanwhile vs meantime

Meanwhile vs. meantime Are they really the same? I've been using them interchangeably...
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Reflexive Pronoun usage

I'm a little confused. At work I often hear 'You can get in touch with ourselves' instead of 'Get in touch with us' and it triggers my inner toff. Am I right in thinking that 'get in touch with ...
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Would it be correct to say, “I'm walking by my own”?

I'm writing a song and the line "I'm walking by my own" fits better than "I'm walking all alone". Would it be correct to write it like that or that doesn't exist? Thanks to everybody.
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What's the right way to ask if something belongs to someone or something [closed]

There are two devices, and I have an extra nail or spare part. I want to ask which device the nail belongs to, in a simple way. Should I say: Who's this nail belongs to? Who's this nail? ...
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A word that means cast aside and taken back repeatedly

I need a word that defines that which is commonly tossed aside to be grabbed back again, like a notebook. I'm trying to use a word that defines this implicit nature in an object: something that is not ...
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Verb question: 'check' vs. 'check out' in an invitation [closed]

I have to make an invitation to some people. Is it correct to say "come check out our products" or "come check our products"?
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“different” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

Is it correct to start a sentence with the word "different"? for example: Different table structures are listed below. or should it be: Various table structures are listed below. Does it ...
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“Average processing time of/for/in …” - which variant is corrent?

Which one is correct? Average processing time of the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time for the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time in the ...
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single word or phrase for particular feeling of release

Is there a word that describes when you have a great idea, revolutionary even, and then you find out it has already been done? Or maybe, that feeling - not futility, not Sisyphean - but that wry ...