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A word for not ones own [duplicate]

Is there a word to describe something that is not our own? For instance: The thoughts I was having were not my own, they were _______. A possibility I thought of is alien.
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advisable vs advised

I recently found myself reading a phase with one of the terms. It sounded wrong. Which one is correct/better? 1) Regardless, it is advisable to follow X guidelines 2) Regardless, it is advised to ...
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“natural and artificially flavored” or “naturally and artificially flavored”?

I saw a food label that read: "natural and artificially flavored" A friend suggested this was the correct wording: "naturally and artificially flavored" Which is correct and why?
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Is there an English term for being enraged by injustice, or having an extreme emotional stress because of injustice?

Imagine two people had some agreement, maybe involving money, and then one of them feels that the other person wronged him. The person feels an extreme anxiety because of this, and blinded by anger ...
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Should we use the word “Actually” before a sentence? [closed]

Someone asked to me about some particular information. I replied to the email like this:- Hi, "Actually I was assigned the following task by my Manager"........ Is it grammatically correct to start ...
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Trying to remember a synonym for a “fixed smile”

I remember reading this word in the writings of Anthony Burgess. I think it began with an 'r' and could also be used in a medical context when describing facial paralysis. Can anyone help me out?
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another word for forward thinking?

I am describing driver less cars have already been tried by forward thinking countries. Any other word I could replace/add to it? Not sure if forward-thinking is the best choice.
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Does a robot process “sensory data” or “sensor data”?

What is the best name for the data a robot acquires from its environment? Examples include camera images, laser range measurements, acceleration measurements, sound, the force it is exerting on a ...
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Does the term “walkable roof” exist in English?

I'm writing a paper about flat roofs. I wanted to use the term "walkable roof" to describe a roof that can be used on a daily basis (e.g. a roof terrace), but I'm not sure if this term exists in ...
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Ensuing or Resulting

What option fits best in the following question please? An obstacle had been placed in the middle of the road and the ___________ accident was blamed on it. a. following b. ensuing c. resulting ...
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onomatopoeia for the sound of spoons hitting on the plate when eating? [closed]

Is there any word to describe this? I have tried inging but not sure if that is the best word.
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Is “what” or “which” more correct for an unknown (but ultimately finite) quantity?

Given a situation such as wanting to know the song someone is listening to, or the city someone lives in, is it more proper to use which (indicating the quantity is finite) or what (indicating its ...
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Talent or knack

I'd like to ask the connotations they have when we say : She has a talent for singing/ playing football/ acting/ painting etc. She has a knack for singing/ playing football/ acting/ ...
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To refrain or to restrain for internal emotions

I'd like to ask if there would any differences between if I changed the word restrain with the word refrain or vice versa in the following sentences? The definition is for restrain in Oxford ...
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Fancy word for weekly (contributor)

I am looking for a single noun similar in meaning to weekly contributor, but possibly of Latin or French root. (I am thinking that there has to be some version of French semaine used in English.) The ...
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What is the word when you destroy small part of a building or something big

I think destroy and demolish don't the fit actual idea I'm trying to describe. Let me give an example; let's say we have many columns in a building and we only want to 'destroy' a single column. Is ...
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What is the difference between “bind” and “link”? [closed]

Bind and link are both verb and noun but the difference in meaning between these words are quite hard for me to catch. I'd say the "the moral bind of the law" to express that both of them are tied ...
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“Invite someone [over] to dinner” vs. “… for dinner”

What's the difference between "invite someone [over] to dinner" and "invite someone [over] for dinner"? Please, consider as an example: Thank you for inviting me [over] to dinner. Thank you ...
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Adjective to describe the quality of liking to teach and/or having a talent for teaching?

I'm looking for a concise way to express the quality of enjoying or preferring to impart knowledge to other individuals. In a way, the counterpart to a person who is teachable or takes instruction ...
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States of a voucher?

if I have a voucher, what are the two "states" of the voucher. Like is it "free" or "unused" when I haven't used it yet and "used" or "redeemed" when I used it? Example sentence: "Susi doesn't ...
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Double meaning of “Short” for object dimensions

Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room. You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them. So ...
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What is the figure of speech for a word with a hidden meaning

I took a phrase "Change is inevitable" and got it engraved on a money or coin box..as a gift to a friend who is relocating.I was impressed at myself coming up with it..Change as in difference and ...
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“They tricked me for/by/of $10” [closed]

A vendor sold me some article of merchandise for $30, but the real cost of the article was only $20. Can I say: They tricked me for/by/of $10 I also wonder if the verb trick is appropriate in ...
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Word for stealing an item then returning it without the owner's knowledge?

Does there exists a specific word to describe the action of stealing an item, keeping it for few days then returning it from where it was taken? An example: A friend of mine "lost" his personal diary ...
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Clone, replica, etc. - what are the differences? [closed]

Is clone and replica exactly the same? Do they both convey an exact likeness in all properties? Or is one or the other indicative of an exact likeness while the other indicative of a rough likeness. ...
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Is answering back with “Of Course” offensive and insulting? [closed]

One of my business clients asked me , that, if I had a particular skill. example Microsoft word..........I instantly answered back "Of Course" in a strong voice. Is it offensive and insulting to say ...
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Is there a big difference between “self-made” and “home-made”?

I asked my colleague if the cake he brought is self-made. He answered "No, my girlfriend made it". Me: "So it's self-made!" He: "No, it's home-made!" If I asked the same question in German (my ...
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Speaking of data: Large, big or extensive?

I am dealing with a data set containing vast amounts of records. Am I dealing with big, large, or extensive data? I want to avoid the term "data set" in this context.
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Is it appropriate to say “just checking in and see if there is anything that I can help with” to your boss in an email? [closed]

Is the phrase "check in" too informal to say to anyone other than your friend? And the same question for "check back". In addition, is there any other way to say "reach out" in a work email?
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Seeking Generic Word: Place where opponents fight

I have a definition in need of a word: A universal term for a place where opponents compete. Unfortunately, most words are specific to one type of sport or combat, but I can't think of one that would ...
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When to use “to take a walk” & when to use “to walk”?

This website says used with a noun instead of using a verb to describe an action. For example, if you take a walk, you walk somewhere So "to take a walk" & "to walk" can be used ...
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Because of a reason vs for a reason

When people say "Everything happens for a reason" it sounds like that "reason" is in the future. Is my interpretation wrong? If not, how do I clearly state that "Everything happens due to cause and ...
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Use of the word “analyzation” in formal writing

What is the consensus on the use of the word "analyzation" in formal writing (ie ...a problem arises in business analyzation...")? It technically exists in the dictionary - and by that I mean that ...
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“At no extra cost” vs “with no extra cost”

Usage: Procedure A can thus be applied at/with no extra cost. Which is the correct preposition here?
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Which is correct “lean on door” OR “lean against door”? [closed]

The questions is self-explanatory. I've actually seen "lean on door" to be more frequently used, but I've also heard the latter form. Is there a difference between these two forms?
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Words to differentiate between Class and Wealth

While there are many answers differentiating between class in a moral sense, (e.g. "Look at Johnny, cavorting with clowns. He truly has no class.") and wealth (see here, I can't find any between class ...
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Polite way to say “white-washed”? [closed]

What is a polite way to describe a person as "white-washed", i.e. a person of visible color who acts and talks and cultured the way a white Western person is. Or is white-washed OK ?
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To mention the topic a book deals with, is it correct to say that 'a book talks about something'?

To mention the topic of a book, I can say that such and such a book is about something or that it tells about something. Can I say that it talks about something? Ngram-viewer-ing the book is about, ...
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How should I use “sell out” & “be sold out”?

I am quite confused. It seems that sometimes people use the active voice "sell out" & sometimes they use the passive voice "be sold out" to express the idea of "(of tickets for a concert, sports ...
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Word for the person to which a question is addressed [duplicate]

If you ask a question, you'd be the asker and the other party would be the ____. I thought of "askee", but this is not a word.
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Short phrase for providing and taking care of technical aspects of an event

I'm translating a local company site into English and I'm struggling to find a nice and compact way to describe one of the company's services. Basically, if you are an organizer of an event of some ...
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Which adjective explains a general spring problem better?

I'm checking the balancer springs of an industrial machine in one step of a flowchart where the follow-up decision question asks if the springs are "problematic" (?). I couldn't decide on a single ...
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“a great deal” vs. “considerably”

There is a task from a textbook to choose the correct alternative in this sentence: Does a great deal/considerably wider accessibility inevitably mean a decline in the quest for serious ...
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Is “War needs heroes” grammatically correct? [closed]

It's intended to be used as a slogan of a war-type game. Should the subject be "war" or "a war" or "wars"? And what the verb form should be accordingly?
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Cables vs. Cabling

I am not sure which term, cables or cabling (or other), would be more appropriate for the following context: A new set of connectors, compatible with the metric ________, would eventually be ...
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need gender-neutral translation for himself [duplicate]

what's a gender-neutral way to say: " The mayor shall be eligible to succeed himself for only one additional term."
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Synonym for good/productive/star employee

Take the following paragraph, which would be a description of a websites services. We want to promote and enable greater talent and potential by connecting employers with employees. Whether ...
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Should “communicate clearer” be “communicate more clearly” [duplicate]

I just saw an ad on Twitter that says: "Communicate clearer by drawing and talking over your images". It seems to me they aren't communicating very clearly and it would be better to phrase their ...
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When to use “the remaining” instead of “the other”? [closed]

Some example sentences: 1) "His first child is a boy, while his remaining/other children are girls." 2) "He spend hundred dollars on a suit and the remaining/other dollars on new shoes." 3) "The ...