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What alternative expression could be considered correct for the following sentence? [migrated]

The message to be conveyed is the following: "When the film is thinner, the width is shorter". Can someone explain to me if the following expression is correct (and if not, why not)? Overall, ...
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Difference between “buy” and “purchase”

Referencing this answer. Are buy and purchase synonyms in every aspect/context of paying money? What I thought that these terms were unit-based: if you pay for a single unit (1 cigarette or 1 ...
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What is the process of going to the reception at a hospital and telling them you've arrived called?

Like, how would you put it in this sentence? "I've gone to the doctor's office and ____"?
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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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“Good for Me!” as a response to someone doing something nice for you

I have done many nice things for a relative (e.g. reorganize the outdoor deck space) and upon seeing whatever I try & do nice for her she replies "Good for Me!" I find this offensive—am I ...
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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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Difference between “isn't” and “ain't” [closed]

I wish to know the difference between "ain't" and "isn't" and since I'm not a speaker of english as first language, I can't tell.
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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What do you call it when you refuse to give up on a particular task

In Dutch we've got the expression 'Vastbijten in'. It means you really get into a problem or some work. And you won't give up till it's resolved. I've been looking all over the web, but I've not been ...
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What is the best word to describe an “object of importance” without inquiring about its past? (i.e. not memento)

I'm looking for a word to describe a gift. The way I am using this word is to describe the item in way that a person who receives this gift would almost worship it because it means so much. The words ...
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Is the phrase “collaborative skills” appropriate/correct in this context?

If one were to suggest that they had "...strong documentation, collaborative, and communication skills." My first thought is that it's a bit more awkward than saying ...
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Word for a decaying and renewing system, like a coral reef

Jungles and coral reefs are built in a piecemeal way: parts of them are always decaying, being patchily replaced by the fresh new bits springing up. The whole ecology acts as a single discordant ...
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Which preposition to use with “social media”?

I have this sentence, and I'm not sure which preposition is best to use with social media. Teens take videos and post them through social media. Should it be-- through social media? to social ...
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“strain gauge” or “gage”?

When referring to a device that measures tensile or compressive force, is the correct spelling strain gauge or strain gage? I realize that in general gage is an archaic spelling of the word gauge, ...
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Another expression for “drinking behavior” or “drinking habits”?

In other words, a member’s drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers’ drinking behavior. To avoid repetition of drinking in this sentence, I need either one word for ...
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Should I use Sprung or Sprang? [closed]

I just finished my English language exam, and it had the following sentence: Beads of sweat sprang from his skin Should it really be sprang? I always thought it was sprung, but I guess they are ...
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What does “going forward” mean?

In more and more podcasts and presentations I hear sentences such as this one: That is our strategy going forward. What meaning does going forward add to the sentence? That is, how is it ...
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Use of you vs. yourselves

Would it be Without patrons such as yourselves, we could not have this event. OR Without patrons such as you, we could not have this event.
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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“One of my friends” vs. “one of my friend”

Which of the following is correct? Yesterday, I met one of my friends. Yesterday, I met one of my friend.
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“What are our numbers?”

How can I correctly ask a question like "What are our numbers?" meaning what are the number of people in the audience in comparison with number of people in some other audience.
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One talk/paper, two speakers/authors

I'm looking for an English word which would replace "a seminar/conference talk where each co-author of the paper gives approximately one half of the talk" which may or may not exist.
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Difference between “always” and “all the time”

Do always and all the time mean exactly the same thing in these sentences? Why are you always so busy? Why are you so busy all the time?
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Minister vs. Secretary

In English language, the government structure of all countries is referred to with the terms of minister and ministry. However, in English-speaking countries, Secretary and Department are used ...
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Words that change meaning when a letter is added/removed/changed

Want to know if there is a collective word to describe these kind of words that change their meanings in an opposite way (rather than irrelevantly) when a single letter is added/removed/changed so ...
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Positive way of saying emotional appeal? [closed]

Is there a positive way of saying argumentum ad passiones?
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Which synonyms for “stated” can I use in a legal context? [closed]

In our law essays we are often required to quote different judges. It becomes really monotonous to use the word "stated" all the time. I have also used "advocated" and "declared". Are there any other ...
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What do you call feeling what someone else feels?

I am looking for a word that describes: A) When you are spinning, someone else feels dizzy B) feeling full watching someone else eat C) feeling happy watching someone else be happy. My first ...
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How to describe this kind of education in a non-western society?

The education I received in primary school and junior high school was comparatively open-minded and libertarian. I am describing China's education.The word "libertarian" is related with a particular ...
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Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?

Someone dominates a conversation by not letting others get a word in. I'm thinking its a combination of snow job and fillibuster (though not political in nature). EDIT: to clarify, Not quite a long ...
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How to say “My biggest (Something I am attracted to)”?

So if I want to say "Red hair is one of my biggest [insert word here]", meaning that it is one of the things I am most attracted to, is there a word I could use to complete the sentence?
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A polite form to change the time of an appointment

I want to ask what the best form for changing a meeting time is. What is the formal way for suggesting another time? Is my sentence ok? Also, is obligatory the right way to describe a class which I ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Exhortation v. Hortation - difference

Exhortation v. Hortation Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two? It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for respecting someone because you are afraid of him?

I am looking for a word or an idiom about showing respect to someone superior in work because you are afraid of him. I'm not talking about real respect or showing respect to him or his works, just ...
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Is there a word that can replace the slang “broken”?

In various internet contexts and games, being "broken" means that you/something somewhat defy common sense by being stupidly powerful. Is there a more "proper" word that is equivalent to "broken"? ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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Use of the word “issue” as a euphemism for “problem”

I am submitting to a journal, and the guidelines require me to avoid use of the word "issue" as a euphemism for "problem". Thing is, as far as I know the two words are (or can be) synonyms: ...
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What's the meaning of 'deflating mots' in this sentence?

I'm graduating in translation and one of my 2nd semester's works is a movie review about Philomena. I am stuck, however, at this part: (He's an) expert purveyor of deflating mots on any subject, ...
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [closed]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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Is there a word for opposite numbers?

Example: -100 and +100 - is there a way of describing the relationship between these numbers? Obviously, I've already come up with "opposite", is there anything else? This is for use in an email. ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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Does the word “depression” refer to an emotion, or a condition?

Particularly when used in a narrative piece, I often notice liberal use of the word "depression", which often seems to be used as a synonym for "sad." Can one be depressed for a few moments in time? ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Any alternative to “on the one hand, on the other hand”

I'm writing a formal academic article to introduce some facts. For example: On the one hand, the government would like more energy, but on the other hand, it is not prepared to find more extra ...