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Correct phrase for this kind of parking lot sign

I've seen parking lot signs in Spanish stating "en posición de salida", literally "in exit position", which means that you should back into the spot so your vehicle is facing out when it’s time to ...
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Leave it in/on or keep it on? [closed]

Which one is correct? (1) Do not unplug the charger. Just leave it in. (2) Do not unplug the charger. Just leave it on. (3) Do not unplug the charger. Just keep it on. Thanks!
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can't vs be not able to vs be unable to [duplicate]

I can't swim here. I am not able to swim here. I am unable to swim here. I think these three sentences seem exactly simlilar. Is there any difference?
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Construe vs. construct

It seems, perhaps obviously, that "construe" and "construct" have nearly identical etymologies. Since that is true, is there a reason--as for "use" instead of "utilize"--that one should use the more ...
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Is it correct to use “All season product” to indicate a product can be used in every season of the year?

Assuming an hypothetical product, would it be correct to use an description such as "Thermo-adaptable 500 thread all season linen" to describe it? A small sentence indicating that the product was ...
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“Satisfied with” vs. “satisfied by” vs. “satisfied in”

He was satisfied with his test result. He was satisfied by his test result. He ws satisfied in his test result. Is there any difference between these?
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What word means “things that can't coexist togther”?

I am writing an essay and I wanted to say that the things I like about a large university and the things I like about a small university can't exist together. For example the small supportive ...
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I am having difficulty structuring the following sentence based on the following words

I want to ensure that the following words are conveyed in the sentence: Competency Cultural-fit Inclusion (inside of culture) My attempt has been the following, but I feel it could be ...
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Sequentiality or Sequentialism?

The below sentence sounds perfectly reasonable: "Parallelism is ensured by using A and B" How can one make the same sentence using sequential in place of parallel? "Sequentialism is ensured by ...
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“Size” vs. “scale”

I am trying to express a comparison between two sets of documents that have approximately the same number of documents. (A "set of documents" is a "corpus" here.) Which of the following works ...
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What word means both “advantages and disadvantages”?

So I am writing an essay and I can't find the word I want to use. The sentence says: When I travelled to England there were pros and cons. The sentence doesn't sound right and if I change it to: ...
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Correct use of hyphenation with multi-word noun and adjective [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and was wondering how to properly combine the noun "password policy" and the adjective "based". So for "policy", I would write "policy-based", but how about ...
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What's the deciding factor for which form of a word you choose before the word “skill”?

I wanted to tell my friend that I had skills in persuading people. I stood for 5 minutes just thinking whether I should say "persuading skills", "persuasive skills", or "persuasion skills". Also, ...
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“I had chicken for dinner” vs “I ate chicken for dinner”

I had chicken for dinner. I ate chicken for dinner. Is there any difference? Could anyone tell me the difference? Probably state vs action? Which one is more colloquial?
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Who and whom usage in single-word-sentence

I know that if you say something with only one person—for example "Look over there, it's Jack"—the correct response is "who?" (short for "who is Jack?"), or at least I'm pretty sure this ...
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Mutual or each other

Some of my pupils have used "mutual" instead of "each other" in our latest paper repeatedly. Again and again I read "They mutual write a text message" (I suppose at least an adverb would be needed ...
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patronize vs condescend

What's the difference? He is patronizing me. He is condescending to me. Almost the same meaning? Or a little bit different. A friend of mine helped me get out of a difficult situation. ...
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“Throw you with a stone” vs “Throw a stone at you”

In South African English a common mistake is to say: "I will throw you with a stone" where the correct phrase is: "I will throw a stone at you". Why is the first sentence wrong when one can say: "I ...
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Does “ever-booming” make sense?

I would like to express something that keeps booming (technology), and I came up with "ever-booming" which I have never seen it in particular. I know there are similar words such as everlasting, ...
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Difference between “valued” and “valuable”

Please explain the difference between "valued" and "valuable" when talking about goods. Which of them should be used to indicate intangible value and which to indicate price? For example, if a product ...
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Describing people who jump hoops to get a good deal

What is a precise and concise way of describing a person who goes out of their way to find deals or discounts for their purchases? Suggestions which I'm not 100% happy with: Smart buyer Bargain ...
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Can the word “sigh” be positive?

The other day I sighed after finishing a wonderful piece of chocolate cake. My friend asked why I sighed. Rather puzzled, I explained that the piece of cake she had given me was amazingly delicious ...
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Usage of “wash" [closed]

I came across this line in something I was reading: The anger and tension washed out of his body. It feels a little iffy to me. Is the usage of ‘wash’ correct here? If it’s not, why?
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A word for speaking for an animal?

You know that Disney movie Frozen? Remember the part where Kristoff is alone with his elk or reindeer and he is speaking for it in order with have a conversation with himself? Is there a word for ...
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Word to express nervous anticipation [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the feeling of nervous anticipation as you wait for the result of something, whose outcome you cannot control and could be either good or bad?
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What word is used to describe the movements of objects caused by Earthquake? [closed]

For example, there's a classroom and students notice the earthquake. The objects in the classroom will definitely ___________ because of this. The lecture stand ________ because of earthquake. ...
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What should I use “tell” or “say”? [closed]

Which is grammatically correct What can you tell about something? or What can you say about something?
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I view sth [as/to be] the most [closed]

Example: I view electricity as/to be the most important invention in the history of mankind. Which of these is correct?
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“Two pairs of trousers” vs. “two trousers”

I have read the following sentence in an exercise book written by a non-native speaker: Wilson has bought two trousers. I know that it is very common to say "Wilson has bought two pairs of ...
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With possibly/probably/arguably the most diverse student-body [closed]

I know these are all similar, but what kind of connotations does each have? Which one is the strongest (to say it is actually the most diverse, while trying to remain "politically correct")?
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Word for the state of being 2?

If unity is the state of being one and trinity the state of being three, what is the word for the state of being two ?
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at best vs. at most

Some may call such a view utopian - I see it as ambitious at best/at most. Which of the two is more correct, if any?
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The use of “for” or “to”

What is the difference writing (or saying): ""Trains "for" London"" or ""Trains "to" London""? When we should use one and when the other?
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Should I use the verb “class” or “classify”?

Which should I use, and what is the difference? The stages of sleep are classed as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The stages of sleep are classified as ...
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What is the word for the opposite of “cheek puff”?

How to name the face expression pictured on the right photo?
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What's a word for someone who pushes boundaries? [closed]

What's a word for someone who pushes boundaries and things forward that is positive in connotation?
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What's it called when you over-use “would”?

I'm editing someone else's work, and they have a tendency to throw the word "would" in when it's not all that necessary. "I would think you'd have done the opposite." --> I thought you'd do the ...
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Word Choice - Surmise

"Even the smallest surmise of her husband dying scared her to death" Is the word surmise used correctly in this sentence? Maybe "assumption" would fit better?
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“Took into consideration” or “Taken into consideration”

Do I say "took into consideration" or "taken into consideration"? For example, do I say when looking at shoes, "The first thing "took/taken" into consideration is how fashionable they are."?
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offer for vs. offer to

Which of the two sentences is correct? He refused the organization's offer for help. He refused the organization's offer to help. Did a few searches online, and I found that both are widely used. ...
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A third person pronoun referring to a first person

The following sentence is taken from Harvard Commencement Address by J.K.Rowling. Can the phrase she has become be replaced by I have become without changing the meaning? Looking back at the ...
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American money specifics in writing a check

why can you write a check for twenty-nine hundred or thirty-one hundred but not one for thirty hundred? it seems strange that the numbers before and after are accepted but not thirty hundred must be ...
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Difference between “Discriminant”, “Discriminative” and “Discriminating”

Let us assume I am writing some technical CS stuff, and I want to talk about "features" of something that discriminate something else. Translating from my native language (French), I would use the ...
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“Lends way” as an alternative to “lends itself to”

Is "lends way" an accepted alternative to "lends itself to"? I'd imagine the only difference is the former is less formal than the latter. I was surprised how uncommon "lends way" is: google search ...
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How do i communicate this sentence clearly, and concisely? [closed]

I am trying to see if this sentence alone is grammatically correct and makes sense, or if i need to further elaborate with supplementary sentences in order to provide more clarity. All of the ...
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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What is the word or phrase that describes the feeling of well-being or satisfaction from an act (for example spring cleaning)

I am undergoing a rigorous "spring cleaning" exercise, where I am either donating to charity, selling on eBay or simply throwing away old possessions. Having cleared out an entire room that was ...
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Anaylsis of Text and Words choice between 'Calumniate vs Asperse vs besmirch'

I stumbled upon these intriguing sentences and words when reading the text: That passion which in common life is termed, anger, fury, vengeance or delirium, becomes zeal as soon as its object is ...
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What's the difference between “incoherence” and “inconsistency”?

I find those two words a little confusing, so what are some contexts in which it's appropriate to use the word "incoherence/incoherent" rather than "inconsistency/inconsistent"? Also, can the word ...
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The difference between whom and who [duplicate]

my first language isn't English and there's a question no teacher has been able to answer me; when exactly do you use "Whom" instead of "Who" and why? Thanks. Also, I'm new here and if you have any ...