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What would you call a person who doubts his wife's character? [closed]

A cynic or a skeptic? or something else? I am trying to learn the differences between the two words.
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Which grade/class are you?

In our country, Turkey, when someone wants to know if you're a freshman, or sophomore, or w/e (knowing if you're in high school, or in university) he/she usually says: (making a literal translation ...
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'out of' vs 'from' (a series)

Is it acceptable to say something along the lines of "this microphone is out of the 122 series" instead of "this microphone is from the 122 series" ? I have a colleague who insists that using 'out ...
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Does “it gives me good feeling” make sense? [closed]

Helping others is important to me. It is beneficial to me as well, for it gives me good feeling.
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The use of OR in interrogative sentences

Is Indonesia a developing country or an underdeveloped country? Or Is Indonesia a developing or an underdeveloped country? I understand that "or" is either inclusive or exclusive. Is there ...
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Adjective for one meaning of “argument”

I am searching for a word, an adjectival form of the word "argument" in its sense as: "a statement or series of statements for or against something." The word "argumentative" does not work. I am ...
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'apply on' or 'apply to'

I have a new approach and data and I want to apply this new approach on a set of data. But a friend of mine says I have to a apply it to the data. So in We apply this novel approach X the ...
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Word choice with regarding to its use and length

Few years back, when I first read the word "color" in a text book, I thought it was an editing error, but after researching on the Internet, I found that "color" is as same as "colour" except the ...
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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To “wow” or not to “wow” [duplicate]

Had an argument with my wife regarding the propriety of using the expression "wow". It all started when I blurted out the word in astonishment when the preacher mentioned a negative observation. He ...
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Word for “make visually intuitive”

There is an art/science to turning data from a collection of numbers on a page into something that the mind can understand through the brain's ability to recognize patterns with the different senses. ...
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“Bump one's head on something” vs. “against something”

Can anyone help me understand the difference between bumping one's head on something and bumping it against it? Is there any substantial difference or are they used interchangeably?
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How can you say you realize something from someone's look?

What is a word or phrase that means you understand something from someone's look, e.g. you realize from their look that you should stop talking?
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Term for book glorifying villain

Is there a specific term which can be used for books glorifying evil or the villain?
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When to use “right” and when to use “correct” in a sentence? [duplicate]

When should you use the word "right" in a sentence (ex. "Did I say your name right?") vs using the word "correct" (ex. "Did I say your name correctly?"). Is there a "rule" or an easy way of ...
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Any time or every time?

Do you notice any difference in these sentences' meanings? I want to be able to look at it every time I look at my phone. and I want to be able to look at it any time I look at my phone.
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Weekend vs Weekends for multiple people?

In a phrase like "The meeting Friday has been canceled and I hope you all enjoy your weekend(s)" which is correct? Should weekend be singular since there is only one weekend being referred to or ...
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What is the word or term used to describe a person who intentionally ignores a rule/regulation/order

There is a girl in my lab who, despite having been corrected numerous times in the past, continues to disregard the lab procedures regarding chain of command. She constantly goes over supervisors' ...
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Outshone or outshined?

I've tried to search whether I should use "outshined" or "outshone". My spellcheck underlines "outshined", but dictionary.com suggests I can use either. Which one should it be? ...
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What term captures “just the thing” or “exactly what is needed”?

Example usage: If Plato and Aristotle wish to maintain the status quo, then such a system is just the thing that is needed. "Sufficient" doesn't carry it. "Ideal" gets closer. What word captures ...
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Is “It (North Korea) had a deep bench of (brutal madmen)” a common English phrase?

New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz Report (October 10) runs an article under the title, “North Korean government reassures citizens “It had deep bench of brutal madmen.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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If you don't reply for the next three hours

Imagine I told you something like: If you don't reply for the next 3 hours, I will stop talking to you. What would you think the meaning was? Do you think it would be If you don't keep ...
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Laundry (noun) is the washing of clothing and linens. what do we call the laundry after laundering?

While reading a chapter on laundry and the various techniques associated with it, it reflected that the clothes lined for washing were termed as laundry and so were the washed/ironed clothes. Could ...
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What word to use when you don't want to eat more food?

Which word to use when you don't want to eat more food even though you are not full yet, because the food is too oily and fatty.
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Word Choice: Certain or Definite?

I would like to know the difference between "definite" and "certain". I think they're synonyms but is there any difference? for example in this exercise: "Although it is impossible to give a _____ ...
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Adverb equivalent of Wirelessly for wired

It does not matter whether you connect wirelessly or by wires. While this seems to sufficiently convey my intent, I find myself personally hesitating anytime I speak or type it, as it feels ...
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Most appropiate word for someone addicted to Internet [duplicate]

Apart from computer savvy or geeks,I am looking for the most appropriate English word for someone who is addicted to Internet?
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In film, what specific term describes the distinction between “live action”, “CG” and “traditional animation”?

It can be said that there are many types of film, e.g. live action, computer animation, cel animation or stop motion. However, the word "type" does not describe this distinction well, as it is ...
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“An” used in place of “And”? [closed]

I'm baking a meatloaf an homemade mac an cheese for din din!!!!yummie!!! Explain the improper use of "an" in the above sentence. Shouldn't it be written as? : "I'm baking a meatloaf and making Mac ...
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I got puzzled paradoxically in a discombobulated discombobulation

One of the speakers in our office meeting used this line today and everybody in the hall literally "got puzzled paradoxically in a discombobulated discombobulation" and panicked for a while thinking ...
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Is there a term for a word like Democratic in Democratic People's Republic of Korea? The key point here is that the word is being used precisely because it's false. It has something in common with a ...
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Word/ phrase for satisfaction derived from helping others?

I am in search of a noun or concise, descriptive phrase for the satisfaction and joy one gets from helping others. I do a lot of community service and very much enjoy it, and I get an almost cathartic ...
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Is there a generic expression for a “universal product”?

In Lucky Luke vol 38, some character named Doc Doxey tries to sell a product that works for almost everything (elixir) like a Swiss army knife with very general reported usage. Is there a name for ...
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Can start a sentence using the conjunction or?

I'm doing this essay that's due in a week and I'm a little stuck. It's a compare and contrast essay and I'm starting a sentence using the conjunction or. Can you do that or do you a have to use ...
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What would be the best word for a single sweepstakes within a set of sweepstakes?

We regularly run sweepstakes that include daily drawings as well as grand prize drawings. Example rules define it like this: "Lorem Ipsum Sweepstakes” (the “Sweepstakes”) is a sweepstakes ...
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word for getting hit in the head, lowering your neck and raising your shoulder? (shrug?)

i am looking for a word that describes the action of lowering your head/neck and raising your shoulder as if being hit by a board or in this example, a frying pan. all i can think of is shrug, but ...
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Salutation in a questionnaire cover letter [duplicate]

I am currently carrying out a survey for my PhD project that involves a sample of companies, and I would like to gather some information from the companies by sending them a questionnaire. I have ...
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Is it OK to say “most likely want to buy”, “secondly likely…” and “thirdly likely…”? [closed]

Suppose there are 3 paintings for sale in a gallery, all at the same price, and you have examined them thoroughly. You say: I most likely want to buy the first one, and secondly likely want to ...
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How can I ask, “Why did you send me this link?” in a polite way?

The context is I told someone I'm looking for meetups in my area to network with certain people and this person sent me a link that does not seem relevant at all. How do I ask, "Why did you send me ...
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another term for “that ”

I was reading a book with the words and a smile that tells me that I picked the right one the two "that" in the sentence makes me uneasy. Is there another term we can use to replace the other? ...
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Is there a word similar to 'demonym' that is used for ethnicity instead of nationality?

For example, if I were discussing an American citizen of Chinese ethnicity and a Chinese tourist in America, would there be a word to categorize my use of the word 'Chinese' in this context? As the ...
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Are apple trees “loaded” or “laden” with fruit? [duplicate]

Laden adj. having or carrying a large amount of something Loaded adj. filled with a great quantity Are fruit-trees laden or loaded with fruit?
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“separated by”, “separated with”, or does it not matter?

I'm describing how you write something down (specifically, an array initializer in JavaScript, but that's not important), and find myself intrigued by the choice of using "separated by" vs. "separated ...
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Is this sentence clear? “The fields highlighted in blue are the ones that were verified with supporting documents”

In my company there is a security man who stands at the front door and checks the visitors. Visitors have their names, birthdates and clothes as fields to be filled in an application form. The ...
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Inherently verses Innately [closed]

What is the difference between inherent and innate? I did a quick google but I would like a more concrete comparison and examples. This initially came up from trying to decide on the correct ...
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Translation suggestion for the name of a book [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, and trying to translate the name of a book into English. It's a book about how to travel by bike, and the name I can come up with is An alternative way to travel -- ...
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“We must eat to live, not live to eat.” — What kind of rhetorical figure is that?

In this kind of sentence the second half is an inversion of the first half. Is it a rhetorical artífice? What kind?
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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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Can you vs. Do you think you can

Is there a right or wrong way to ask someone to do something? The other day I said to my husband, "Do you think you can fax this paper for me?" He said that was insulting and I should say "Can you fax ...
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Which word in given statement is closest in meaning to “strikingly”? [closed]

The technology of the North American colonies did not differ strikingly from that of Europe. The word "strikingly" in this statement is closest in meaning to : a. Realistically b. Dramatically c. ...