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Is it appropriate to use the word “most” to describe 60% of something? [duplicate]

A person watched 60% of a movie. Is it appropriate to say the person watched most of the movie?
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Can a room “don” posters?

Is the word "don" strictly used for clothing on humans? Can it be used it in a sentence like: His room, donning posters of rock stars, was a stark contrast from the rest of the house. Or is ...
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What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial?

What is the right verb to describe someone's extreme liking of something trivial? For example, someone really likes pictures of vegetables (not even sexualized pictures) and he's a super nerd of ...
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Words or phrases to describe how street beggars typically look?

I'm writing a scene in which I wish to describe a typical street beggar - his way of dressing in particular. Check for example such a dude as the one below I could use descriptions such as: ...
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Looking for a word that best describes this quote?

I'm reading Anna Karenina for an AP Literature class, and I have to do journal entries on the reading, which includes character analysis. One of the characters, Stepan, cheats on his wife. Later he ...
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What's the difference between mar and spoil? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference between mar and spoil. It does not seem to have any difference, but I would like to know which one is more used, which is more formal and informal, and ...
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How can I say “bon appétit” or “smakelijk” in english? [duplicate]

In the most cultures, some people say something before there meal. In French they say "bon appétit", In Belgium and The Netherlands "smakelijk" and in Polish "smaczny". But how can I say the same ...
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“of utmost importance” vs “of the utmost importance”

Which one is the correct form between "of utmost" and "of the utmost"? Your attendance at the meeting is of the utmost importance. Your attendance at the meeting is of utmost importance. ...
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What is the phrase used to convey the meaning of “to clock in and to clock out”?

Recently most big companies use digital attendance systems to keep track of their employee attendance. Employees must clock in before starting working and clock out at the end. Is there a special ...
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What's the difference among Computation, Calculus and Mathematics? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. The following 3 words seem to have subtle differences. I am very interested in science, I think I need to get this clear. I think these 3 words describe similar ...
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“Cost” vs “expense” — a usage question

While editing some ad copy, and I was given the sentence, "Defending a lawsuit can be a big cost for your business." (My italics.) I keep thinking the proper word to use is "expense" rather than ...
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Is there a more formal phrase or word for “practice what you preach?” [closed]

I am trying to think of a non-colloquial word or phrase that means "practice what you preach." I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!
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Extol the virtues antonym

When somebody wants to enthusiastically praise something or someone a common phrase used is to "extol the virtues of ..."". There are two antonym senses I am after A passionate critique of the ...
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Word/phrase for changing applicability of something

What's the word/phrase to indicate that applicability of something has been changed. For example in a given scenario, how to announce " enjoy tool "A" in its new application" in the form of "---- of ...
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Referring to an email sent to an individual, but not in the main conversation

Consider this situation : Somebody (A) sends a mail with subject S, to many folks (B,C,D) who send few responses to all recipients, with the same subject S, meaning that these mails are all part of ...
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Difference between “prima facie” and “preliminary” evidence

I came across many sentences in empirical economics papers using the term: prima facie evidence Is there any difference between "prima facie" evidence and "preliminary evidence"?
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“Per person” versus “for each person”

Ok, so I'm a native English speaker and some non-natives have asked my help clarifying a particular phrase. The phrase is, "Receive $100 per friend you refer to (name of company)" for me it sounds ...
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What would you call a premature egg served as food?

This might not be a common thing elsewhere, but here in Africa, when we slaughter a hen that has been laying (or which was about to start laying), we normally keep any forming eggs inside of it, cook ...
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When should the word “NOW” be used in a sentence…? [duplicate]

Consider the following 2 sentences:- "Now the application is working fine". "The application is working fine now". Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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What is the name of that feeling when one discovers that there is something “most others know that I didn't know”?

The person gets into some situation, certainly not perceived as a good one and not necessarily too bad one either, and then finds that most other people don't get into such situations. And he begins ...
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What's that word for the action you do right after rinsing and wringing a shirt, but before setting it out to dry?

This is really funny, but I'm writing a story, and need to describe an action I've done and seen others do almost all my life - here in Uganda at least, but I can't seem to find the word or expression ...
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Correct Placement of Nouns in “Referring” And “Introduction” Sentences

I've a client A, for whom I did some work. After some time, a person contacted me and said that client A told me to hire you for this project. The person became my client B. Later, when I want to ...
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Is “rotate” in “Earth rotates around the sun” the correct word?

Earth rotates around the sun. Is rotate an acceptable word in that context or should I use words such as orbit or revolve instead?
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Can I use “skywatcher” instead of “astronomer”? [closed]

Is this a legitimate word? A skywatcher? As a word meaning a person who observes stars and celestial objects? I want to use something less academic than an astronomer. I googled it but I'm not so ...
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Estimated with/as/to be?

In the sentence The mass of X is estimated [...] one kilogram. what goes in the brackets? Especially which of the words in the title is/are correct?
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“send … both me and …” vs “send … both myself and …”

Which is correct/preferable in the context of a third party sending file X via email: "please send X to both me and Ann" or "please send X to both myself and Ann" and why? Google returns hundreds of ...
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What is the term describing the condition of being oversaturated with information?

This is how I feel: too much random information online, very hard to find what you are really interested in, being annoyed by having to sift through the random photos and poorly written pieces, or ...
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Is there a specific word or phrase for the drowsiness one might feel soon after a heavy lunch?

After a lunch, especially a nutritionally dense one, one might drift off into a drowsy state, sort of a "I sure could use a nap" feel, likely due to the breaking down of the foods in the digestive ...
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Need help with formation of this title

I am going to write my bachelor paper about how I am going to extend CASE tool transformation of integrity constrains from logical model to physical schema. I am not sure if it is relevant, but my ...
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When does 'okay' work as an answer to a question to replace yes?

For example, asking a question like: "Do you want to go to the shop with me?" can be answered with "Yes", but can it be answered with "Okay"? A similar example that I think doesn't work is: "Do you ...
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A word for debates or arguments that started as a result of miscommunication or misinterpretation

Is there a word or succinct phrase for debates or arguments that started as a result of miscommunication or misinterpretation?
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Irregardless vs regardless [duplicate]

Is correct to use the word irregardless instead of regardless. Am I being whimsically archaic or is it just plain wrong? I wonder what a person at a university would think of such word choices?
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Proper use of “delineate” [closed]

Is this the proper use of delineate in this sentence? "In order to properly discuss the differences between amateur and professional critics it is necessary to delineate between the two." Or should ...
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Difference between “tire” and “tyre”

Basically, everything is in the title. I've seen on the web that tire is US english, while tyre is British English. But then I asked some british friends graduating in Language & Litterature, ...
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Which sounds better?

Which sentence sounds better? -I have thoughts that there would be mutual benefits for both of us if we could explore new business opportunities together in IoT, Connected Cars, etc. -I believe ...
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Diploma not yet received

I am writing my resume. I have finished college, but in my university there is an annoying (months long) wait after the last exam until people who have completed their work toward their degree receive ...
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Word for something taken as given in a claim

I'm writing an essay for a critical thinking course, and I'm evaluating the following claim: Without application in the world, the value of knowledge is greatly diminished. What is a word for ...
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Equivalent of/for/to [duplicate]

Which collocation is correct? What's the English equivalent of/for/to divertidísimo? I've looked up equivalent in Longman and noticed 'to' is used in adj sense and 'of' in noun sense, but I can ...
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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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The term of old thing but still used [closed]

tl;dr: What is preferred term for something that is old but still used today? My friends and I like to play Minecraft. We built a server to play together and we rented a VPS to run it. But someday ...
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What do you call someone who solves puzzles?

What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic. I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword ...
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What's the difference between “imply” and “hint”? [closed]

I have a question. What's the difference between these two words, imply and hint? They seem to have the same meaning in definition and if they actually mean the same, which one of them is more ...
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Correct term for having lost (not cut) one's hair

Is bald more correct than hairless when referring to someone who has lost their hair? Dictionary.com states that bald means having little or no hair on the scalp and that hairless means ...
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Clearest way to say “penultimate?”

I have a series of paired bar charts that show the most recent administration of a survey immediately adjacent to the next most recent administration for a given client. The two time points are two ...
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Affect or Effect? [closed]

I still don't really know, despite trying to read the definitions. I believe this sentence is correct but let me know. I seriously wish I could foresee the future and know of all the different ...
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How to choose between “my” and “our” when talking about a group of people I belong to?

My family - Our family My company - Our company My school - Our school My team - Our team ... When talking about a group of people including myself to someone who is not part of that group, it ...
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Mobile vs cell vs phone [duplicate]

I am writing some text for software that we are developing and I can't make up my mind about which word to use for "mobile phone". For example in the sentence "You need to install the app on your ...
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What is more formal

What is more formal Please give me tea with no milk or Please give me tea without milk or both are same?
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What do you call different runs of a simulation

I have a basic scenario that is going to have a 'typical' set of settings (flow rate, temperature, etc) Then there will also be a Max flow rate Then there will also be a Min flow rate For each of ...