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“at event” vs. “on event”

What is a better preposition for the word "event"? at on Specifically I want to say: Lector at an event Lector on an event Which is the correct one?
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Looking for a word to describe the burden of initiating a task

I'm trying to find a specific word to describe the act of putting the burden of initiating a task upon the person who has an interest in it. Whereas delegating is giving the task to someone else--a ...
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Should I use “in” or “at” in the following sentence?

She talked about shoes all the time: [...] college, [...] parties, and even [...] family reunions. Which one should I use in the sentence above? (should I also include while?)
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Should I use the word “object” as a singular or plural noun? [closed]

I'm writing a paper. I wrote, "Many phenomena that heavier objects are reported to fall faster than the lighter ones are observed." However, Microsoft Word corrected to "object." Which one is right? ...
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'quoted to you' or 'quoted for you'?

Which is correct? The price we quoted for you or The price we quoted to you I often stumble with this. I'm not sure how to use for you and to you.
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How to correctly use 'whereupon'?

How to use 'whereupon'? I'm making sense of it in the following example by taking 'whereupon' to mean 'which at'. 'This Is Jinsy is one of those weird British comedies, like The League of Gentleman ...
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Single word for 'never return'

Is there a single word for 'never return' or 'will never return'? e.g, She's gone and will never return. Sorry if it's a poor example I'm not a native speaker of the English language. So, if you ...
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What is the word for the state of ignoring something?

What is the word for the state of ignoring something? For instance, if I am ignoring you, am I in a state of ignorance? Is there a better word with a less negative connotation?
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What is the antonym of revoke?

I'm not satisfied with any of the suggestions for the antonym of revoke as given in http://thesaurus.com/browse/revoke. None of the suggestions capture the meaning of "re-approving something that ...
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“Using” versus “with”

I find myself using these two constructions: I am digging a hole using a spade. and I am digging a hole with a spade. Which one is correct, or can they be used both?
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Where do you place 'please' in a sentence to sound the most polite?

An interesting thing just came up at my work place which I did not really know. We got this text that says something like "Insert a flash drive, please." in the English version. Here I was wondering, ...
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Can you spot if this is written by a native English speaker or not? [closed]

"An effective project plan can boost the success of the project being undertaken. It measures the project’s feasibility and assesses the risk associated. The plan helps weigh the decisions that are ...
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How to say “it gives an opportunity” in a word?

The phrase is often used in a written speech. E.g.: Everybody needs an education. It gives you an opportunity to have a good job and to succeed in life. How to rephrase that: It enables you... ...
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Difference between **timid** and **coward**

While I was reading one-word substitutions in R.S. Agarwal's General English book, I came across the following question: One who always runs away from danger a) escapist b) timid ...
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Describing a person who values the unimportant while ignoring the important [duplicate]

How do you describe a person who gives the most importance to little details (of little value) while ignoring the aspects of much greater importance? It would describe one who places more importance ...
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what is the word that describes someone who keeps their real personality secret?

I knew a word for this a while ago. It sounded French or Italian and may have begun with im or em or something. It basically describes somebody who gives off one type of personality and keeps their ...
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Usage of dwell/hail [closed]

When I describe myself, I normally have to say where I'm from. If I were actually born and raised in Chicago, could I use dwell and/or hail? I dwell in Chicago. I hail in Chicago.
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Describe a state where mental focus is spread too thin and/or on too wide a range of concerns?

At my work when I have a myriad tasks, could I say that my thoughts are dispersed amongst many objectives? I am trying to figure if I could use the term dispersed in a sentence to describe a state ...
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Word for relative movement of inner and outer

I want to describe the movement or position of an inner material inside an outer sheath, as the inner moves through the outer. Can anyone think of some kind of verb, spatial preposition or any other ...
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Difference between legacy and traditional?

I saw this usage of the word legacy: I have an NHibernate implementation working with a legacy database (DB2). Can legacy be replaced with traditional? What is the difference?
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Is this a strong thesis statement? [closed]

I am writing a short research paper arguing that solar energy will be the dominant alternative energy source to generate electricity for American cities. My thesis is as follows: Advancements in ...
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Phrases for placing emphasis [closed]

Scientific writing often involves writing down a list of facts. I frequently come across a situation where I need to point out a fact or an observation that is not obvious, and sometimes not ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Curiosity vs Curiousness

Is it safer to employ the word 'curiousness' instead of 'curiosity' so as to avoid that it is understood as 'slightly strange'?
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Implied Prepositions

I am working on documentation for some work stuff. A reviewer has told me to change this: Decisions made by the CAB apply to all members of ETG and non-ETG employees that participate in ETG ...
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Need a little help with rephrasing

So, this is the sentence: Faustus’s annihilation is a sobering reminder of our own human shortcomings; the parable resonates throughout the ages, encouraging even us, as a modern audience, to ...
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A better way to phrase this? [closed]

I had an email forwarded to me and one of the sentences in it sounded kind of wrong...: "It would be helpful if you can send me the agenda as 10am-3pm is quite a huge block of time for the students." ...
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Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
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Is it correct to use preposition “by”

Is it correct to use the preposition "by" in such a context: If within this period Mr X makes no claims on the work quality by writing them in the certificate, then ... I meant that Mr X can ...
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to depart from the project?

Would it be OK to say: "The Subcontractor departs from the certified project" (meaning, that he does not comply with the established work order, stated in the project" and takes his own direction)? Is ...
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Words to help describe when you are using spaces and line breaks in text?

If you look at the difference between something like quick brown fox and quickbrownfox, you might reasonably describe the first as being "spaced". While the second is, perhaps "unspaced" or ...
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What is meant by 'intestinal fortitude'? 'ovariological fortitude'? [duplicate]

Is a good example of 'intestinal fortitude' when someone faces his/her fair share of adversity and bounces back from it? Or when a boxer is repeatedly pummeled and knocked down in a fight, and he ...
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separate vs separate out

I cannot bear to hear separate out, but maybe it's just me. Is this correct? When I do the laundry, I need to separate out the red shirts so that my underwear doesn't turn pink.
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Analogue of “orphan” for someone who's lost their siblings

As per title - is there such a word? Either a noun: John is an ?????? (his only brother died when he was 3) or verb (or past tense as an adjective): John was ????ed today (his only sister ...
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“With the purpose of” vs. “With the intention of”

A private student of mine had to complete a gap fill text, which contained the following excerpt: Pronunciation isn't my strongest point, therefore I've decided to improve it. I've borrowed ...
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When the waitress at a diner calls her male customer a ''good girl'' after getting tipped, is it meant to be offensive?

My friend got called that and since neither of us are American, it just sounded offensive to us.
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Heterogeneous. Is there a verb for this word?

I am writing a scientific article in which the word heterogeneous is used frequently to indicate to the (CPU + GPU computing). However, several occasions I need to express the idea using verb like: ...
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“This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy”

Lately I have heard many people using what in place of which in adjectival phrases: This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy. This cake, which is my favorite, makes me happy. Is ...
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Are sneer quotes the same exact thing as scare quotes? [closed]

Are sneer quotes the same exact thing as scare quotes? I believe they're synonymous but am unsure.
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What to use instead of “discardation”? [duplicate]

The setting: Imagine the scenario where I am searching for something and once I find it I identify it, then afterwards when I no longer need it I discard it. If at some point I need to identify it ...
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Need help rewording sentence for cover letter

I'm looking for a word to replace "pouring" because it doesn't sound professional. Any suggestions? Phones were constantly ringing, e-mails were pouring in, and since we were located above a ...
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“Maintenance” or “Support”?

I would like to differentiate between free basic support services, included in the License (Software) and additional paid support services. In which case should I use 'Support' and in which ...
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Is the expression “Say your piece” or “Say your peace”?

I have googled this one and seen arguments for both sides. Say your piece would imply that you've had the opportunity to make your part of the statement on the subject. Say your peace would imply ...
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single word adjective for 'temperature-related'

As temporal is the adjective which describes things relating to time, is there such a word for temperature? The hyphenated 'temperature-related' works, but it is not a single word. For context, I'm ...
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Is “Discrete” the correct/best term?

I have a page - similar to a wiki page - that contains descriptive information in paragraph form as well as a side bar with labels bits of information. This is a good example, the right size ...
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“At startup” vs “on startup”

I wrote this: ... show on startup of the application. My colleague corrects me and says it should be: ... show at startup of the application because at indicates a moment in time. However, ...
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Can a female proprietor be called as “proprietor”?

I know the female version of proprietor can be called as proprietress or proprietrix. But I want to know whether a female proprietor can also be called a proprietor? Or does proprietor only indicate ...
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What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
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“Fall from” vs. “fall off”

Which of the following sentences is correct? She fell from the bike. She fell off the bike.
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Is there a word describing someone who is ignorant in the ways of Science?

I am not sure if dogmatic or doctrinaire covers it, but I am looking for a word to describe someone (like a politician) who is willfully unknowing of how the scientific method works and what science ...