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funtcionality rather than function?

When I try to fast-forward through a program that I am watching through my cable company's "On Demand" feature, an error message displays: fast forward and other functionality may not be available... ...
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What do you call a brand/logo panel that a company often carries along to a trade show?

Let say there is a company named BlueEvin. The company has an object made of plastic or wood that shows the name BlueEvin. The object could be the size of a PC keyboard or smaller. The company often ...
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difference in meaning: morphology / structure

What is the difference in meaning between "morphology" and "structure"? Coming from a physics background and being a native German speaker, I tend to use "structure" when describing an internal ...
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Screen or view when refering to content on the screen?

Having content on the screen (e.g. a computer screen or the screen of a mobile device), how do I refer to that content? Is it "view" or "screen"? I am looking for an everyday term, not a formal one. ...
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The article before “adjective + person's name”

I am trying to write this sentence, but cannot decide if I should use a or the here: It would be minutes before [a/the] slightly agitated Mrs. Smith finally finds him in the crowd. If the ...
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What is the correct usage of more than one Criterion [closed]

I had the task of proof reading a technical document. The document stated "There are two criterias and both must pass." I suggested that the sentence should be "There are two criterion and both must ...
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Little vs few when talking about amounts of people

The amount of people who surrounded him was little. vs The amount of people who surrounded him was few. Are they both grammatically correct? In the first one, the "little" is talking about ...
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What do you call someone who subtly implies they are better than you?

What is a good word for someone that is usually nice and cordiar, but randomly likes to imply they are "better than you?" The implication is usually subtle, but it's done via a social snub, body ...
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Is using 'more similar' incorrect?

In the following sentence, is using "more similar" correct? I learned JAVA in school; it's more similar to C++ than C. Is there any better way to say it?
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Difference between sensors and receptors?

I am wondering what the difference is between a sensor and a receptor, and whether or not there is a similar pairing between the word actuator and another word. For instance: Receptor is to ...
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A word for days you don't work [closed]

Is there a word for days you don't work? In portuguese you have the term "dias de folga" that means the days that you would normally work but will not because the company gave you those days to ...
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Which one makes more sense Swap or Trade?

I am building a website where you can give a thing you own and get another thing of the same kind in return. Say you give a stamp in exchange of for another stamp, so you change stamps with someone. ...
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Term for Subversive, Passive-Aggressive Insults (In which the insulter has plausible deniability, concerning any actual effort at offense)

To clarify, what I'm seeking is a term that represents a speaker offering a backhanded compliment, in which the speaker is the only one that doesn't share this point of view. Example: "Personally, I ...
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How do I most briefly and appropriately convey that my research papers were authored only by myself? [closed]

I've currently mentioned that I authored 4 papers by myself in the following way: I solo authored 4 papers. Is this fine or is there a more appropriate/correct way? Also, in the same context... ...
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Which term expresses ”a generation of graduates who graduated the first course of a college”?

Suppose business college A first debuted in 2000. It opened its first business course in 2000, and the course will finish in 2004. In 2001 it opened a second course, and students who enrolled in 2001 ...
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Single word for scientific studies that change two factors at once

I am reviewing a number of studies for my thesis that all manipulate the same factors A (with levels A1 and A2) and B (with levels B1 and B2). Now some of them only manipulate A while keeping the ...
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What is the English term to say job quitting?

Say, we often use the term "lay-off" to express the meaning that the company is laying off their employees because it is not making any profit at this moment. Now, there is other situation when the ...
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Is “correspondingly” used here correctly?

The importance of Internet access grows each day, correspondingly, web content accessibility too becomes equally important to ensure it meets the needs of users with disabilities. ...
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Word/phrase to indicate time occupation

If someone has a tight schedule or is a little strange, for the sake of politeness, I want to say him that I am not in a rush and you can take whatever time you need to answer me. Could you please ...
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Word for “ability to explain”

I want to test your ability to explain. I was thinking present, as in your ability to present — being able to give a good presentation. That's the only choice I can think of, but I feel there's ...
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What does “stocked” mean? [closed]

What does this sentence mean "I make sure everything stays clean and stocked"? I don't understand the word "stocked". Please explain to me! Thank you so much!
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What do you call a building, or rooms within it, where doctors see their patients?

My understanding is as follows. Is this universally agreed? The OED sense 2a of surgery explains its use to describe the room where a doctor sees his patients. The OED gives no indication that this ...
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“less” or “fewer” for countable and uncountable infinities [duplicate]

I feel like this is too grammatical for the math stack exchange, but I am sorry if it is too mathematical for this stack exchange. In math there are several different types of infinity, some of ...
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How do you refer to one's sense of self?

Eg including their identity, their relationships with people, values, education, heritage, culture..etc Their overall sense of self: I Am thinking 'human condition' is fitting
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word/phrase to describe something popular due to its availability

How to describe something (tool, method, etc.) that is common in use but not necessarily for its quality, unique features and effectiveness. In fact, it is kind of popular because it's easy to obtain ...
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How to say the meaning that an autism student will soon be able to live normally in the community?

Ok, let say there is an autism student studying in a special school and his parents say that they want their son will soon be able to live normally in the community. Should I use the term "assimilate ...
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Word to describe something that is “great” and “terrible”

Looking for a good word to describe Paradise Lost's Satan. My brain thought "magnanimous" but then I looked that word up. I want something like "magnificent" (which I may use) because it comes from ...
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Game Titles are hard [closed]

I'm currently in the process of making a small game with my friends. We're all either programmers or graphic artists by nature and as a result we've come fairly quickly in the few weeks of development ...
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“Weekend day” or “holiday”?

For example, I want to say that there's 14 weekend days in an interval between two dates, which means the sum of saturdays and sundays in that interval. How to say it correctly? What should I use ...
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Word for supporting something that is harmful or not beneficial to you

If a person supports a group of people based on their own perception of that group. When in truth by supporting them they bring hardship on themselves whether it is physically, emotionally, or ...
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't understand the ...
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Is it strange to use “dilemma” when not referring to two difficult choices? [duplicate]

Definition: dilemma a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable. a difficult situation or ...
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Another word for 'multi' pathed?

eg you can transition into new social contexts new worlds new lifestyles therefore we can say that the process of transition has many paths.. However, is there a better phrase / word etc?
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What do I call a person who I have helped?

What do I call a person who I have helped? I help others, what should I call them or when I'm writing, how should I mention them?
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Is there any specific word for showing dislike facial expression?

Sometimes women twist their faces to express their dislikeness. Is there any specific word for showing such facial expression?
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What is the word form for state of being “standard compliant”?

I cannot explain it very well, but I want to know the form of the word for "standard compliant" that is similar to "responsiveness" is to "response". I want to use it in the sentence: "... we have ...
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What do you call someone who chooses another way to see things?

I'm writing about a character who is unique and prefers not to settle when it comes to a certain perspective. She chooses another way to see things. Is there any word to describe this?
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What is the word or process of an outcast becoming a hero or savior? [closed]

John is an outcast, but by saving her life, became a hero. What is a word to describe John, or a word to describe the process of him transitioning from an outcast to a hero? The context in which this ...
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Is there a word that specifically means 'the delight of experiencing something new'

And if there isn't, how are new words like this usually invented? (I realise the answer is probably that they're not, but they do occasionally make new words through evolution)
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Word for someone or something that always ends on a negative note

For example someone says "I like most genres of music, but hate R&B", or "I like to go to the park but the children are so annoying", or "I'm going on holiday this year, I bet it rains the whole ...
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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Word for describing moderate movement speed

What word can be used to describe moving at a moderate pace? Moving Slowly describes slow speed. Moving Quickly describes fast speed. I am looking for the best single word replacement. Moving ...
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Is it correct to say “to buy something in lieu of customer”? [closed]

A customer may buy investment funds on his/her own OR a bank may buy it FOR the customer as per his/her instructions. In this context, is it accurate and correct to say "to buy funds in lieu of ...
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My younger/little/smaller sister [closed]

which one is the correct phrase to say? I have always been confused by that. My {younger|little|smaller} sister.
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It was done / It had been done yesterday

Which one is correct and why? It was done yesterday. or It had been done yesterday.
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Use of from vs. than [duplicate]

Years ago I knew the distinction between "this book is different from that one" and "this book is longer than that one." How do you choose?
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I haven't seen him in a while vs for a while?

Which one is correct? And Why? I saw the in a while vs for a while, but it didn't really help. Can someone please tell me which one is correct: I haven't seen him for a while? I haven't seen him in ...
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Word that mean “to hold” but something that you're already holding?

Example: "I'm not in the mood for jokes," she said, [...] her fork and looking at her plate again. So in the example, the person was already holding the fork. The two words that come to my ...
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“that enables vs. enabling”

I'm describing an app. The sentence is X is an app that enables you to do Y I think it doesn't sound really well. Would X is an app enabling you to do Y be better? Is this form OK at ...
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A word for a “non-logged in” user

On my website, I allow the user to create a document - but if they aren't logged in, then the document will not have an owner and therefore be editable by anyone. I want to display a warning for any ...