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Why is it “behead” and not “dehead”?

The be- prefix in behead doesn't seem to match similar words like become, besmirch, or befuddle. Of course, the same prefix could serve different roles depending on the word. What role is be- serving ...
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The activists' energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage.. __ the assertion that the two movements were ___

The activists' energetic work in the service of both woman suffrage and the temperance movement in the late nineteenth century (i) ____ the assertion that the two movements were (ii)___. The ...
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What do you call someone who

What would you call a person who gains a sense of godlikeness, but uses their knowledge and omnipotence for what they feel is the good of others? I ask because I'm wondering what to call myself. I ...
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To hear something makes it audible, to see is visible, so what are touch and smell?

As the title states, if sound is audible, light is visible, what is a smell? And what is an object when you touch it?
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Is there a difference between “leading edge” and “bleeding edge”?

It seems to me that "leading edge" is the more established phrase, while "bleeding edge" is basically the same thing but the user has adapted the phrase for extra (rather meaningless) emphasis. Or is ...
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Which verb is better to express the “functioning” of a “pump” and a “pump motor”?

Does a pump "operate" or "run"? Does a pump motor "operate" or "run"? Or are there better verbs which describe the functioning of these devices?
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Frequently Vs Frequent /Adverb form or Adjective form /

So normally adjectives like (frequent) modify a noun or a pronoun, whereas adverbs like (frequently) modify verbs or adjectives However, In this sentence both options seemd fine to me but i ...
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Where is a place located?

What word should I use for telling where a place is located? I want to use the word in my website. and I want to use it in cases like these: xxxx: Italy XXXX: Swiss Alps, Switzerland XXXX: Alberta, ...
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A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings

What is the word to describe someone who does not care about other people socially and publicly, that is a word or phrase which could describe behaviors such as littering, cutting in a line, talking ...
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Difference between “take a taxi” and “get a taxi”

What is difference between the following sentences? I take a taxi/bus/train. I get a taxi/bus/train.
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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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“Suited to an Indian mindset ” vs. “suited for an Indian mindset”

Is there a difference between suited to and suited for? For example, Japan is suited for agriculture. Agriculture is suited to Japan. In my above examples, can I interchange for with to? I ...
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Question about “between” vs. “among” - generic group or distinct members?

I have read Grammar Girl's excellent post on the difference between "between" and "among", but I've run into a scenario that has confused me. I used the sentence "Compare heights between these ...
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Usage of “I'm incredulous!” as an exclamation of shock or disbelief

Would the exclamation "I'm incredulous!" be an appropriate response to finding out some unexpected news, if the intention is to convey shock or disbelief?
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Another way of saying positive or negative connotation?

Is there another way of saying positive or negative connotation? e.g. The positive 'happy' contrasts with the negative 'sad'.
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“Back to…” vs “back in…”

Are they interchangeable? For example, in a situation like this? If not, how do they meaning differ? Back to the hotel, we changed into our swimming suits and sat in the pools with the wine ...
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Technical train terms

I am looking for the correct technical English terms for these German words like you would use them in a published paper: Bahnhof → station (We are boarding at the station) Zugstrecke → route, line, ...
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Is there anything awkward in saying “ Prince Charles is now a husband”?

In my English class today my prof gave us a sentence: Prince Charles is now a husband. He then told us to find out if there is anything wrong with this sentence as our homework. Undoubtedly, ...
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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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Should I use “motivations” or “motives” in the following case?

I knew the clue would reveal the man's motives, and possibly the answer to this mystery. I knew the clue would reveal the man's motivations, and possibly the answer to this mystery. Here's ...
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Need another phrase for fit in (as in a group) [closed]

What other word or words can be used to replace "fit in"? E.g. "I believe I will fit in with your organization."
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Is there a word for a number with commas?

For example: 1000000 is a "number" and 1,000,000 is a "number" Is there a way to tell someone to use "______ numbers" without saying to use "numbers with a comma after every thousand, million, etc.?" ...
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“Trawling through” or “trolling through”

There are quite a few discussions online about whether one can "trawl through" or "troll through", looking for something. From what I can see, both are fishing terms so both are legitimate in ...
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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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Word for someone who exaggerate the fact [duplicate]

For example; "Tim said to jack that he is going to kill his maid" said Peter. "No, i didnt say that. I said i wanted to hurt her" said Tim. "You difinitely said you were going kill her!" said Peter. ...
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What is the right term for the metal bar used as an underneath of iron ramming?

I have to search some images of the metal bar which can be used as an underneath of iron ramming. But I don't know the exact word of it to construct my search query. Can anyone tell me the exact name ...
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Is there a word like “evidence” that doesn't connote empiricism?

I would suppose that traditionally, evidence had this broad meaning that I seek, and that is why "empirical evidence" is a popular phrase. What I would like is a word that refers to a broad notion ...
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“Records” vs “recordings” in a record label company's name

The typical names of a record label companies are usually composed of one or two words accompanied with another one word which is "records" or "recordings". There are Decca Records, Columbia-CBS ...
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English equivalent of “amae” (甘え) - the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person

Amae is simply defined as the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person but there is more to it. I'm including an example sentence for the sake of showing how the word can be used but this ...
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“Aged” vs. “Aging” to describe someone's age

I'm just wondering if we can also use the word aging when describing someone's age as in this example: The study included participants aging 20 to 50.
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Should I use “tournament”, “championship” or simply “game” for an online competiion site? [closed]

We're releasing a website in which the users can submit and join video game competitions. The game can be League of Legends, FIFA, Counter Strike and so forth. We're not native english speakers so ...
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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Looking for concise and precise terms for feedback rating options

I am designing a user reputation system that will be an essential piece of an online marketplace for peer-to-peer item rentals. The user reputation system is based on the collection of feedbacks given ...
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Description of Puzzle Type

I am looking for the name of a certain type of word puzzle. A string of letters is given without any spaces between those letters. By strategically inserting spaces into the string, different valid ...
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Which one is better in a technical manual: “to obstruct” or “to hinder”

I'm trying to express in which conditions alarms do occur and can't decide which term would sound more official/technical in a technical manual. Which one sounds better (or is there another better ...
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Is it OK to describe “sensors” as “sensing devices” in the same sentence?

Would it be OK in a technical manual to describe "sensors" as "sensing devices" in the same sentence? If not, how could the act of sensing be described. I've thought of verbs like "to pick up", "to ...
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A visit to the ancient city Rome

Should it be "A visit to the ancient city of Rome"? Because "A visit to the ancient city Rome" doesn't sound correct.
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what is the correct answer? [duplicate]

Old people sometimes seems (in/out of) touch with the modern world. should it be in or out of? my english teacher gave us this question on exam yesterday, and she said the correct answer was out of, ...
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Default position of a switch

Which version is correct? Move all switches into their default positions. Put all switches into their default positions. Switch all switches into their default positions. Bring all switches into ...
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Looking for a shorter term for “Preferred places to meet”

I am working on an online platform (mobile and web apps) that enable item lending/renting between peers. When a user posts an item for rent, he needs to put down his preferred places to meet for item ...
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Can the eldest sibling of three males call his younger brother “my older brother”

Had this conversation with a 26 year old male. He has finished a degree at Uni and told me I was wrong when I said you cannot call your younger brother your older brother. He is only older son to ...
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Need a word to describe book/academic journal as distinct from technical report

I am designing a database and I have an entity called Publication. A Publication can be either a book/academic journal or a technical report. So I need a word for book/academic journal as ...
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How to correctly quantify the term “research”

What is the correct way to express the quantity of research. Eg: Joe has done a lot of research on the subject. Is there a better way to express "a lot". Thank you
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Words associated with throwing things, specifically the action of throwing a paper airplane

What word(s) would you use to describe throwing something, specifically during the action of throwing a paper airplane? The one word I was able to come up with was "flick", but I'm looking for other ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation than “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile. I wanted to describe it as being very 'infectious', or that it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the following sentence and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...