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Is a certification “gotten”, “earned”, or “obtained”? [closed]

When you pass the exam for certification in ABC, which if any of these work, and which if any do not work? You get a certification in ABC. You earn a certification in ABC. You obtain a certification ...
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“Distribution worker” vs. “distributed worker” [closed]

I cannot differentiate the meanings of the two words. Could you please clarify? In general, when should I use a noun (distribution) or an adjective (distributed) for verbs similar to distribute, ...
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“Roll” vs. “roll up” [closed]

Are these two verbs the same? According to Longman, they are the same. Here are some made up sentences: I rolled this (up) into a ball. Let's roll (up) our sleeves. (I made up these ...
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“This should be done immediately the last day of that member of staff.” Correct? [closed]

This was pointed out as ungrammatical in a process document. Its clumsy, but is it ungrammatical? It is the use of immediately unmediated by something like 'after' which is at issue.
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What is the output document of a proofreader?

After a proofreader has compared a typeset manuscript with the original, and highlighted any discrepancies, what is the resultant document called? Is there a special term for a proofread document (...
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What would be the best answer for ( happy birth day wish you all the best )? [closed]

What would be the best answer for ( happy birth day to you , wish you all the best )?
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Difference between “anyone” and “everyone”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between anyone and everyone? Everyone should keep quiet in the classroom. Anyone should keep quiet in the classroom.
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a hard close look [closed]

Are "close" and "hard" the same below? He took a close look at the cat. He took a hard look at the cat. Or are they subtly different? For this particular usage, web dictionaries appear ...
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What should I say to people when I am passing them by?

I am talking about situations when you want to greet someone, without stopping to talk to them. In Russian, people usually say "добрый день" which means "hello." This is a greeting, not a valediction. ...
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Is actually a translation word?

I used actually in this sentence but my teacher said that doesn't make sense. He looks like fearless but actually he is not so brave. What did I do wrong?
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The difference between 'have mercy,' 'extend mercy,' and similar phrases

Is there a difference between 'having mercy' and 'extending mercy?' Are there other phrases that mean similar things?
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Purchase vs. Order [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between Purchase and Order? Is there a preference for Purchase vs. Order in some cases/regions/dialects etc. Specifically in e-shops, when should we use purchase ...
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“X is famous” vs. “X was famous” [duplicate]

When saying a sentence like: Nikola Tesla __ famous because he was a genius. Should the blank be replaced by is or was? Or is it dependent on when the person is/was famous? If so, what exactly ...
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Is there a word for the new date of a postponement?

Is there a word to describe the new date of a postponement? I was in conversation with someone and I said to her: "The show was postponed, and I'm worried I won't be able to make it to the ?...
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Usage of “before” in “I watched the sequel before the original movie”

Is the following sentence correct: I watched the sequel before the original movie. It sounds strange to me—something like "earlier than the original" or "before I watched the original movie" ...
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“On the lake” vs. “in the lake” [closed]

Which of the following sentences makes sense? We took the new kayak out on the lake as it was a nice day. We took the new kayak out in the lake as it was a nice day.
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Contact us “on” or “at” [duplicate]

I would like to know what is the correct form and the use for inviting peoples to calling you by phone, specially in the context of written materials). Contact us on +123 123 123 Contact us ...
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single word for 'Hospital' and 'Clinic'

I am developing a software that requires users to enter hospital or clinic name. The software treats clinics and hospitals the same way. I wanted to know a single word that can be used for any medical ...
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Is there a better way to refer to “Real Life” when chatting online?

When having a conversation through an online service, you may encounter a scenario like this: (Messenger chat) Me: Hello Stranger! Stranger: Hello! Me: What do you think of Barack Obama? Stranger: ...
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Proper adjective for an addictive TV series

Can I use Crazy addictive for a TV series which I'm being hooked up? Like: This TV show is not as crazy addictive as that TV show.
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“situation where” vs. “situation in which”

In my mother tongue I can use the word where not only to describe something connected to a location, but also to substitute in which. My question is: Is it correct to use where in a sentence like ...
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Is the word “dorm” acceptable in a thesis?

I'm writing a thesis about students living in dormitories and I would like to know if a dorm is an acceptable expression for a dormitory? I don't live in GB nor in USA and the thesis is neither ...
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Is there a word for describing a person who experiences schadenfreude?

One word to denote a person who derives pleasure from another's misfortune?
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Is vomit an excretion?

According to Merriam-Webster and other places, "excretion" is defined as waste products that are eliminated from the body (urine, sweat, CO2). Vomit is also leaving the body, but like bleeding, the ...
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How to use “if you will” in third person

How would one say "if you will" in third person POV? I'm constantly finding myself wanting to type this phrase in papers but I usually refrain from it since "you" is second person and my teachers are ...
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“Need to” as an English Modal

In my studies of both theoretical and applied English linguistics, we studied English modals more than once. So a question came up on this site earlier today. I explained that "need to" is a modal. ...
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Expressing infinite amounts

I know There is an infinite number of prime numbers is correct. But is There are infinite prime numbers correct as well?
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Quantify product-appropriateness score [closed]

I'm looking for a way to quantify and explain the scenario below to my managers. I'm really good at understanding issues, but unfortunately no so good at communicating them to others. I have written ...
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How to describe leaving an access of a server [closed]

How can I formally write a sentence meaning that I am not using the server now and I have exited it?
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“Three quarters” vs. “three fourths”

To express a fraction of 3 out of 4, how and when would you use three quarters, and when would you use three fourths? To me, three quarters is what I would have used all the time — but I'm not a ...
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Words choice , describe how essay starts from broad idea and narrowed down [closed]

I want to describe how essay starts from broad idea and narrowed down in one one/two word(s) something like evolution of essay Thanks
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“On aisle two” vs. “in aisle two”

In supermarkets in the United States, I tend to hear this often: Cleanup on aisle two [or some other number]. Would in be as good as on? How is in different from on in this context?
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How would I change the following sentence to active form?

I've been told that it's always better to turn sentences to active form (at least in fiction writing). How can I turn the following sentence to active form? Sophia was woken up by the rattling ...
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“On the third attempt” vs. “in the third attempt”

For talking about attempting something: He succeeded __ the third attempt. According to Google, the preposition of choice is "on". Would "in" cause outrage?
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“Unsubscribe to” vs. “unsubscribe from”

Marketing emails often come with an unsubscribe link in the footer. This is what Twitter uses: You can also unsubscribe to these emails or change your notification settings. "Unsubscribe from ...
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Should “earlierly” be avoided?

I found myself writing the word "earlierly" in my text editor and got a little red line underneath it. I must admit I was unsure about the spelling but was a bit surprised when I didn't find a ...
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Difference between selecting by color and selecting according to color

In a paper I read, the authors selected various images by color, and I wondered if what they did wouldn’t be better expressed by according to color. But the longer I thought about it, the less sure I ...
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A word or phrase describing “cheap talk” or “cheap issues”

Cheap talk like a kind of talking back of actors'/actresses' lives or an interview about their secret lives in some popular magazines or cheesy show off like reality shows you can find in TV channels. ...
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Is there a word to refer to “changing TV channels”?

I wrote the following sentence: As if she had just realized it was there, she grabbed the remote control from the table, turned on the TV, and changed the channel to the news. I'm not a ...
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“Not empty” set in one word? [closed]

Is there a single word which means "not empty"? That is, a word which one might use to describe a field with one or more cows in it, as opposed to an "empty" field with none? Full or even partially-...
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“Gasp” or “Gasp out”?

I don't know, but I think that you can use these verbs optionally, because according to my dictionary, "out" is in brackets. I don't know if there is a slight difference between these 2 verbs. [...
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Prepositions and Corners

Does one use "on" or "at" in the following: Kate met him at the corner Kate met him on the corner. Or are they the same?
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Polite Compliments

Is a "polite compliment" necessarily a redundant statement when used in a group of people as opposed to a one-to-one situation?
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What does ‘Stubbed toes” mean in the sentence, “Curse words used to be reserved for “stubbed toes,”? [closed]

I came across the sentence, “Curse words used to be reserved for private conversations or stubbed toes,” in the article in Education section of New York Times (February 1), titled “Have curse words ...
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Description of physical labor

Looking for a phrase that means putting your back or muscle into a task, like rowing. Is there another word for "it", as in "put your back into it"---is there another way to say it, such as "leaning ...
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“Minify” vs. “minimize” in this NYT piece

I would like to ask for clarification to understand the meaning and the usage of the word "minify". Let us read the following piece: The New York Times “But by no means do I ever overlook or ...
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In England, do people use “people” or “persons” more?

In England, do people use "people" or "persons" more? And do you use the phrase "Keep it on your person"?
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He _____ his ego [closed]

When talking about not letting one's 'ego' prevent oneself from helping his enemies: He __ his ego and helped his enemies. Would "swallow", "hide", "put down", "lay down" work there?
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Talking “on behalf of Iranians” or “instead of Iranians”?

How do native English speakers use of them? Do they have different meanings? Positive or negative? For example, I want to use it in a sentence to send my negative feelings and idea about a person ...
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Usage of “flavour” vs. “version”

Software systems undergo versioning when changes are made to them. E.g.: "Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows RT etc. are some popular versions of the Windows Operating System." Similarly, some software ...