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“Within the range of values from the literature” vs. “within the range of values in the literature”

Which is better English (if either)? The results are within the range of values from the literature. The results are within the range of values in the literature.
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Sapu Lidi: A broom made of many wooden sticks

For many Indonesians, the name sapu lidih or sapu lidi is somewhat familiar. Well, this "sapu lidih" is actually a broom made of many wooden sticks. If you translate the name directly to English, it ...
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Correct usage of “will be” vs. “will”

Consider these two sentences: It will be storming all day tomorrow, we need to go shopping tonight. It will storm all day tomorrow, we need to go shopping tonight. The difference being ...
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The difference between “being with a company” and “being from a company”

Some people leave voice mail like: hi, this is John from ABC Systems... and sometimes I can hear people say Hi, that's John with ABC Systems... I'm curious which one is the right form to ...
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“Run on an OS” vs. “run under an OS”

What is the correct way to specify the operating system you are targeting or using? Is a program running on or under an operating system (OS)? Is a machine running an OS or under an OS?
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Is the account balance “less” or “smaller” when we compare two amounts?

Your current account balance is $X smaller/less than is required I have read that when we are talking about amount we say small amount. So in my case what word would be right to use?
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“For no other reason than” vs. “for no other reason that” vs. “for no other reason than that”

I am looking for a comprehensive analysis of these three constructions: ... for no other reason than X. ... for no other reason that X. ... for no other reason than that X. Which is ...
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“Minimum changes” or “minimal changes”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Maximum” vs. “maximal” Having altered the original text as little as possible, what is the correct way to name the changes? Is it minimum changes or minimal changes? ...
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What is the correct word to describe a turn or a bend — “hard”, “sharp”, “heavy”…?

If there is a very sharp turn or detour or bend — in a piece of plastic, for example, — what is the correct word to describe it (hard, sharp, heavy...)?
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“Objects in which” vs. “objects where” [closed]

I am confused with the correct usage of in which vs. where in the following example: However, this pros, is limited for the objets where an edge resides perpendicular to the ridge-line and ...
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“Godness” vs. “goddess”

I've noticed people use (in speech) the word godness for "feminine god", e.g.: Oh my godness! However, in classic texts it is goddess, e.g. Shakespeare's "King Lear": Hear, nature, hear; ...
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Using “yet” and “still”

When someone says, The changes have to be updated. someone may reply, Those changes need to be made but the plan to make those changes does not yet exist. (as sometimes found) Is it ...
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Extend or go beyond a promise

Can one fulfill “beyond” a promise? Is it possible to say “extending the fulfillment of a promise”? I am trying to express that I hope I fulfilled a promise and then some. This is for the ...
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Name for number format used in “Section 3.2.1”

Does that kind of numbering style have a common name or names? To be fair, it is really more of an "identifier" since it certainly not a scalar (one-dimensional) number. It isn't fair to call it a ...
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“Hence”, “therefore” and “so” in mathematical proofs

It seems to me that "so" is seldom used in math proofs. Instead, "hence" and "therefore" are used very often, even repeatedly appearing in several sentences in a row. So I wonder if my feeling is ...
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“Compose” and “comprise”

The whole comprises the parts, for example The board comprises five members. and the parts compose the whole such as Five members compose the board. The preceding sentence can be written ...
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Official term for “at large” or “on the loose”

When a convict is illegally out of prison – either escaped, or didn't get to the prison after his conviction – what is the right expression to describe this? I want the term that is used in ...
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Alternative for the word “options” as in “extra purchase possibilities to go with a booking”

Is there a better alternative to the word options when referring to "extra purchase possibilities next to a booking you have already made"? For instance, you can think of food and beverages, ...
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Difference between “testified” and “stated” in a legal context

If you're working in a law firm, do the words "testified" and "stated" have two different meanings? For example, The witness testified that... The witness stated that... And is it acceptable ...
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What is the difference between obsolete and deprecate in computer science?

Given the two terms "obsolete" and "deprecate" in computer science, what is the difference between them? What I understand, Deprecated means still available for use but will no longer be developed ...
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Using “in” and “with”

Although I know the clear meaning of commonly used prepositions in English, sometimes, I'm a little confused with them and cannot understand the difference between them. A week or so ago, I asked a ...
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What to call the executor of an action?

I can't find the right word to describe the object that performs an activity/action. Doer Executor Performer Actor The term is to be used in an application where you may choose an "object" (from a ...
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Word order with “just” and “only” meaning “merely”

Marking a German student's test I have encountered the following problem: The relationship between the two adolescents is one-sided. Just the boy really feels something, the girl hates him. Can ...
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“Sorting on” vs. “Sorting by”

Recently asked a question of a colleague: Are you sorting this list by acronym? He responded: Yes, I’m sorting on acronym (ascending). Emphasis mine in each case. Is one correct and not ...
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A word that refers to spilling or splashing of ink?

Is there any word which refers to the spilling, splattering, sprinkling or splashing of ink? (Or something less “violent”, like the pouring or dripping of ink?)
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“Access to…” or “access of…”?

Translating a title of a paper from another language, I’m debating between Remote Access to a Computer System Remote Access of a Computer System This is a title, so it should stand on its own, ...
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“Suffer from a headache” vs. “suffer from the headache” [closed]

I am not sure which article to use in the following context: She has been suffering from a headache. She has been suffering from the headache. Please clear up my doubt.
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Describe the two parts of a 'T' shaped intersection

I have architectural drawings that contains numerous instances of intersecting walls that form a 'T' shape. To state the obvious, a capital 'T' has two parts: the top line a vertical line that ...
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“Have another think coming” vs. “have another thing coming” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the origin of the phrase “you’ve got another thing/think coming”? If he thinks I'm going out with him, does he have another think or thing coming?
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Am I a graduate or a Masters graduate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I attain a Master’s degree, how do I refer to myself? I am writing a Personal Statement on a CV and a lot of the samples have 'Graduate with experience in...' this, I ...
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Can “installation” be used to mean software installed in a computer?

Can "installation" be used to mean software installed in a computer? (e.g. portable or stand-alone USB installation) Example sentence: This feature works in my standard installation of the software, ...
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What word best describes a “living hell” [closed]

I am looking for a word (or a phrase for that matter) to describe a "living hell". The word I am looking for should describe a situation that people would usually want to give up. To put things in ...
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Word for a strong election win that grants a candidate a referendum [closed]

I'm in search of the word that describes the strong referendum that a candidate receives upon a strong election win that grants him or her vast leeway in enacting policy reform. I can't quite get it; ...
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US English — “primary grains being produced” vs. “major cereals being produced”

I am correcting a Spanish-to-English translation that states, The primary grains being produced in the world are maize, wheat, rice, barley, sorghum and oats. I would prefer to use cereals ...
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“Parishioner” vs. “congregant”

I've always thought that the words parishioner and congregant meant the same thing and could be used interchangeably within the context of someone who attends a place of worship. Are there any ...
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“Renewal meeting”?

What do you call a meeting which has the goal to renew the delegates/members of an association/organization/board? Renewal meeting/re-election meeting? Or is assembly the word I'm looking for? I just ...
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How to use “due date”?

Am I using "due date" correctly if I write "Task A due date" in a calendar if you mean that Task A should be competed on this day. Or should it be "due today" or something else?
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“Change” for the future? [closed]

Is there a single-term for the Change or Update for the future? I am currently developing an application where the user will add an entry with an effective date but I am having a difficulty labeling ...
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Gerund Phrase as Subject

Is it acceptable to use a gerund phrase as the subject of a sentence? More generally, can a gerund phrase be used interchangeably with other nouns? For example: Understanding history enhances ...
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“Heard of anything” or “heard anything”

I always think when you use hear, of should follow it like heard of anything. But I saw I haven't heard anything from him. Is that correct, or should it be I haven't heard of anything from ...
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“Try forming this shape using [that/it]. [It/that] will match any virus!”

I'm working on a mobile game, and I was wondering about the best way to say the quote below: You see that shiny ball full of colors? Try forming this shape using that. That will match any ...
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Is there an expression for a principle that is only a first approximation?

Is there an expression for a principle that is a close approximation to the truth, but quite possibly has exceptions? For example, "Do not kill". This is a good first approximation, but almost ...
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Difference between “Call into” and “Call” [closed]

I was reading a text in which the author used "call into" when explaining Templated Razor Delegates within the following sentence: Note that the delegate that’s generated is a Func. Also, the ...
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Should “portray” be paired with “to be”?

Is it acceptable to pair "portray" with "to be"? As in The novel portrays life to be a... Would it be better to use as?
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Is there a word or expression for a small crush on someone?

I am not very sure if the word crush ("an intense and usually passing infatuation") can be used between two strangers. For example, a man sees a beautiful woman for the first time in his life. Could ...
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“To work for” vs. “to work in” vs. “to work at” [closed]

Is the preposition in universal in conjunction with the verb ‘to work’ and can it be used with any organizations and businesses? For example: He works as a cook in a local hotel near here. ...
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What is the name for a person who raises turkeys?

Some agricultural professions have specific names assigned to them. For example, a person who raises sheep is a shepherd and a person who raises cattle is a rancher. What would a person who raises ...
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What is the correct usage of “imperative”?

Consider the statement: The drought we have suffered this year makes it all the more imperative to wisely use the stock of food we have. Is this a correct usage of the word imperative? What may ...
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What are the differences between “element” and “item” regarding a list [closed]

Does it make a difference if I use element instead of item in the context of a list (list-member)?
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What's the difference between direction and orientation?

I frequently see these two words in 3D programming. For example: the direction of the directional light the orientation of camera So, what’s the difference between them?