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Using “respectively” with “and” vs. “or”

Is it acceptable usage to use "or" with "respectively", or is it possible only with "and"? Example: If the light changes from red to blue or from blue to red, you must catch or throw the ball, ...
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Can one “go against” an objection?

There were a few examples on google, but very limited and mostly blogs and the like. I'm thinking that words like "ignore" tend to be used with "objections." But is there a word like "defy" that can ...
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Another 'me' versus 'myself' usage question

I am quitting a job. I wrote a letter of resignation and have come upon the following sentence: "Moreover, I believe [name of restaurant] will be better suited to have an employee that is different ...
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Word to describe team interactions (questions, updates, queries…)

I'm looking for a word that describe quick exchanges of information that happen in a team or between people that know each other (colleagues for example). Questions, queries and requests are too ...
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What is the proper use of the word “state of the art”? [closed]

I am a bit confused with using the phrase state of the art. Is the following usage correct? My motivation relies on the fact, discussed above, that there is little global state of the art ...
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What is the taste that stimulates your appetite?

When we eat something, after munching and swallowing a bite, we are strongly stimulated to have one more bite. What is the taste that causes this effect?
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Defining a goal that can be achieved through many ways

I want to define a goal that can be achieved through many ways. Does multidirectional work? A multidirectional goal? Its for a title of an essay saying that there is not just a single way to stay ...
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Word for a person or code which puts emphasis on self-improvement

I'm looking for a word which describes a person or ethical/religious code or whatever which emphasises self-improvement. That is, that the point of it is to fix one's flaws and vices and whatnot. ...
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A single word for “non-empty” or “not empty” [duplicate]

Much like the poster who posted this: "Not empty" set in one word? I'm simply looking for a single ("short" if possible) word that means "non-empty" or "not empty". I'm not looking for ...
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Word for bigotry towards someone of political beliefs

Ageism is the word for bigotry towards people of an age group, racism towards people of a race, sexism towards people of a certain gender, etc. Is there a word for bigotry towards someone of certain ...
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Is there a word for payments made to freelance workers such as designers?

Is there a word for payments made to freelance workers such as designers? Obviously, it is not the same as a wage or a salary. I can think of "payment", but that seems too general. "Commission" is ...
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“That” between “thought” and “could”

Is It was me that Mr. Jones thought could do it. correct? Is that required between thought and could?
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Earthquake As A Verb

Is there a way to use earthquake as a verb, i.e.: It started earthquaking... What's the proper way to express earthquake as a verb?
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Is 'can' an appropriate substitute for 'may' to indicate possibility? [duplicate]

One definition of can in Merriam-Webster Online is: c —used to indicate possibility < do you think he can still be alive> < those things can happen> ; sometimes used interchangeably with may ...
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Use of the word Refrained

'The experience of negative emotions in the flow of life can never be stopped, only refrained!' Is this sentence grammatically wrong since the preposition 'from' does not follow the word refrained?
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pro-active/initiative-taking as an adjective

How can we describe someone who always takes the initiative? He is very _. The only word I can come up with is pro-active but it sounds/feels a little awkward to me. Edit: Dictionary[dot]com has a ...
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“Looks more genuine than me/I writing”

In the following sentence, which is more appropriate — I or me, and why? Sending separate mails will look more genuine than me/I writing on behalf of everyone.
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What is the equivalent of “susceptibility” in medical literature, but to a healthy condition?

In medical literature the word susceptibility collocates with negative adjectives or nouns -- negative prosody. Likewise, the word predisposing factors or state is mostly associated with negative ...
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An Exocentric compound for Children

I have written a story for children in Persian. Somewhere in the story, I have mentioned "pear". "Pear" In Farsi is gool-abbi, which translates literally as "blue flower". I have mentioned that as ...
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I'm looking for help with a word to describe a concise theory

I'm looking for a word that describes the simplest, most complete theory: concise, elegant, complete
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Is a movie played in a theater or at a theater?

Do we say a movie is being played in a theater or at a theater?
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“She is speaking” vs. “I am speaking”

Tom: "Hi this is Tom, May I speak with Linda please?" Linda: "Yes, she is speaking" Can Linda say "yes, she is speaking" or does she have to say "yes, I am speaking"?
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“Putative” vs. “surrogate” [closed]

How similar or different is "putative" to "surrogate"? The term "surrogate father" is common, "putative father" is fairly so, too. But what may be the difference in connotation?
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“Sleep through a single night” vs. “sleep a single night”

For the next two weeks he did not sleep through a single night. Can we recast the sentence as follows? For the next two weeks he did not sleep a single night. That is, is the use of through ...
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When something sounds too good to be true, it is or isn't?

I'm having a hard time understanding why the phrase is when something sounds too good to be true, it is and not when something sounds too good to be true, it isn't Because "when something ...
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Word to describe difficult to keep request

I am looking for a word which can used in the following blank space: I understand the ____ nature of the request; hence a negative answer will not change anything between us. The word needs to ...
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Opposite of “In response to”?

I'm looking for the "outward" name for a relationship between two items. One is a request item, the other is the item created in response. Other examples of are: Name - Outward Name - Inward Name ...
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What can I use instead of the word “view” [closed]

Given an application in which you define departments with resources belonging to those departments. The application has a "resource view and a "department view". In the resource view you can see the ...
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Correct use of “x times lower”

In scientific writing numbers are often compared and if something is twice the size of something else, let's say A is 13 to 17 times the size of B this can be written as A is 13-17 times ...
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What is the name of the supports which are used with screws to hold a box together?

It's common in electronics to use only screws to hold a box together, instead of having screw nuts at the other end of the box. There are raised supports into which the screws are screwed into. They ...
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Upside down vs downside up

Typically when something is reversed or inverted we say it is "upside down", could we also say that it is also "downside up"? For example... "The picture is upside down" could we also say it ...
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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unemployment or joblessness - in a formal writing

what do you think is better to use in a formal writing (Unemployment or Joblessness) ? I had an exam today, and one of the students kept telling us that the word joblessness was completely wrong, ...
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“Influences” vs. “influencers”

I want to say :"Identifying influences in different categories is interesting for companies". By "influences" I mean people, who have influence in some categories. Should I use "influences" or ...
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Is there a single word or phrase for “inability to say no at a behavioural level”

I have an aquaintance who is unable to say no directly. Any conversational transaction which would lead to them saying no is redirected toward the questioner. Is there a single word or phrase to ...
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Is 'amenable' the right word here?

Problems in complex adaptive systems are neither mathematically tractable nor are they [amenable?] to statistical techniques. I don't think 'amenable' is correct here. What would be a proper ...
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How to differate between different event types

I am trying to translate a part of a web application and I am unsure which describes the situation precisely. The context is theatre. event: for a public audience a performance of a theatre ...
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Is there a difference between “each of which/some of which” and “each of them/some of them”?

Is there a difference between the expressions "each of which" and "each of them", and also for "some of which" and "some of them"? For example: The paragraph is composed of sentences, for each ...
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“Decagram” or “dekagram”

If one wants to describe 10 grams, would the appropriate wording be decagram or dekagram, assuming US English? Word recognizes both words as valid. Wikipedia lists only decagram. Merriam-Webster ...
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Word for one's pursuit of deadly obligation?

Maybe, 'duty' or 'faith' is also applicable instead of 'obligation'. When one is doing self-sacrificing acts to follow his/her obligation, what word can describe one's frame of mind best? Suppose ...
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Is “analeptical” correct? Form of “analepses”

My teacher was editing my essay and change analepses (plural of analepsis) to analeptical. I'm trying to use the definition of a flashback. Here is the context: Original sentence: Analepses in ...
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How to express “accommodatable”?

Is there some word or phrase which gets the idea of "able to be accommodated" across without using the (apparently nonexistent) word "accommodatable"? I am going for the idea of "able to be made to ...
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A word describes the person whose homeland/origins cannot be assurely identified

I am looking for adjective describes the person whose origins cannot be identified based on his appearance features, accent, background ... etc. Some people has typical appearance features of middle ...
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What word would be used for someone who shoots video

I used to work as a guy who used video camera to shoot events. As a non-native English speaker I have struggled to find a word to describe it. So far I have used video recorder but that is feels like ...
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Is it right to say “to help learning”?

I am comparing two products and want to say: Inter-comparisons of FGH products with other products at the global scale help to learning the regions where they agree or differ I wonder if help to ...
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Ways of Indicating Sarcasm in Writing?

Sarcasm is in most cases conveyed by tone of voice or body language, so is much easier to use face-to-face. What are ways of using it in written form? One way I know of is to use a word that directly ...
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Is there a word that describes both Spring and Fall, but not other seasons?

"Wet seasons" or "cool seasons" don't apply everywhere, and "equinoctial seasons" blur into Winter. "Isothermal seasons"?
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Name for a small, central unit of human memory

I am having trouble coming up with the word to describe a small memory which stands out amongst others. I thought of the word 'aphorism', describing a small and concise phrase, but I'm searching for ...
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What do you call this (these) writing “fallacies”

I just read this answer on Chinses.Stackexchange, and I see some obvious logical "leaps of faith" that I would like to know their most accurate and concise labels. Many thought it is difficult to ...
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Can we use “eat / bite” metaphorically in place of “accuse / slam”?

Time magazine (May 27) reported that Mrs. Obama accused House Republicans of their weakening school nutritional standards at White House meeting with school leaders and experts. I was drawn to the ...