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Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”?

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
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Emissary / Ambassador / Representative / Envoy / Delegate

These words are all more or less interchangeable, but I'm wondering which is most distinguished. If I have a group of representatives, but some are the leaders of their groups and others are just ...
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Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?

I'm looking for a word which can be used in any situation to describe something in whatever way you want, i.e it's not a word and just fits in to places..., but is there an actual word which does ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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Antonym (or dual) for 'anachronism'

I'm looking for a word or a phrase (preferably a noun phrase) that describes something current, which should not be still present, because it is kind of outdated, but is still around us because of ...
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“Psychically” vs. “psychologically” vs. “mentally”

This one has been giving me headaches for about a year now. Some time ago, I created an AskReddit thread with the following title: How do you psychically prepare for pain before a surgical ...
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What is more natural: 'people like you' or 'person as you'?

It's nice to have people like you here. It's nice to have people as you here. It's nice to have persons like you here. It's nice to have persons as you here. I always say there is ...
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Where to place “among other things”?

I'll be placing a short introduction on a web site and the introduction includes a sentence similar to this: I'm – among many other things – a hobbyist coder. I'm unsure about the ...
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Word for when something turns out to be the opposite of what you believed? [duplicate]

I've been wondering for a while, if there is a word for when something turns out to be the complete opposite of what you believed. So, something that would fit in a sentence like below would be ...
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A phrase that captures the concept of making oneself falsely appear to be guilty for purpose of discrediting another party

Perhaps this is more of a trope, but I'm looking for a phrase or word in English that describes the situation where: (a) "Party A" consciously performs actions that establish a false expectation of ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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word describing the demographic make up of those members attending the church worship majority of the time

What is the word describing a church congregation describing those in attendance such as those who have similar qualities as a people group like older, middle class all white?
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Vehicle vs car words usage [on hold]

Consider that somebody should name field in some kind of questionnaire (e.g. for a bank), or name a class in programming language for purpose of describing person's private transport facility ...
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Any better word for “upsell”

My company provides more value to my clients by offering them services that could enhance their business/process. The process involves: I point a void (improvement scope) to the client. I look out ...
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Systemically vs systematically [on hold]

From a colleague's email, "Given that the expected business process is not working and has been causing a lot of issues across different systems, it is evident that we need to enforce the process ...
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What's the difference between i.e. and that is? [duplicate]

I'm writing a scientific paper, I want to use i.e. or that is to clarify a term. Are they both correct or either?
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use of distainer office, distrainment proceedings, etc

Is "distainer office, distrainment proceedings, distrain order, ..." correct? Even this spell checker highlights these words as incorrect. Some translations use execution office, executor's office, ...
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Word for the sound made while vomiting

Which word can I use to describe the sound somebody makes while vomiting? Is burp the right word for it?
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What's the difference between “reliable” and “dependable”?

Do the adjectives “reliable” and “dependable” have the same exact meaning? If not, what is the difference and when is best to use each of them?
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What is the difference between “X is needed” and “X is necessary”?

Do the following two sentences mean the same? A: If you improve the quality of your data, less data is needed to achieve an error rate of 30%. B: If you improve the quality of your data, less ...
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If walking across the street unlawfully is jaywalking, is it safe to say biking across the street is jaybiking?

Can the prefix "jay-" be used with any verb form so long as it represents crossing a street illegally? For example, I went to NYC the past week for vacation, and noticed so many people, and bikers, ...
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Exsanguination or Desanguination?

My wife was working on her lines for a play (Dracula) set in the early 1900s and one line caught my eye. It referred to the desanguination of the vampire’s victims. I’d always heard the term as ...
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“No more”, “no longer”, “not anymore”

You love me no more. You no longer love me. You don't love me anymore. How are these three sentences different from one another? I use not anymore more often than the others. But once I ...
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What is the word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about

I was writing another question on Workplace Interview when i realised that I did not know a term / word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about What is a word / term to describe someone whom ...
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”Demand in/on/for something”

I am not sure whether to use in, on, or for after the word demand in the following sentence: The continuing demand on high-quality software that is reusable and easy to maintain and modify after ...
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What's a better word for “part” in this sentence?

The new technology divided the world - or at least the part that could pay - in two: those who [blah blah blah] and those who [blah blah blah]. I would use "or at least those who could pay" but I ...
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Should I say “domesticable” or “domesticatable”? [on hold]

What should I say to sound better, "domesticable" or "domesticatable"?
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“Females under the age of…” instead of “Women under the age of…” Is that offensive?

Is it offensive to refer to women as "females", as I've seen posted at the entrance of a night club: "Females under the age of twenty-one will have to...."
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Simple word for “Convert data strings to bytes”

I'm searching for a short term of "Convert data to bytes". It has to be a verb, because it should tell that it's a operation. I thought of something like "byteify" - but that looks ugly to me... The ...
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Combining “i.e.” with “in this example”

I wonder whether it is ok to combine i.e. or that is with in this example. Consider that an example meeting situation has been described already and John has been introduced. The document also ...
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Using 'nascent' in a negative context

Is it an inappropriate choice of word to use 'nascent' in a negative context? For example, "Auditory hallucinations were one of the more notable symptoms of his nascent schizophrenia." Or should the ...
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How would you describe: Read a book, but not cover-to-cover?

As the title says. I'm looking for a good word or expression for saying something like "I have read only several chapters from random location of the book, but someday I want to read from cover to ...
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Word for region between waist and hips

I'm searching for a word for the part of the body between the waist and hips, or encompassing both, particularly regarding human females. Any guesses? Inventions?
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Term for when consecutive events are “broken”

This is the use case: "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken." I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or ...
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What are the fourth and fifth levels in this context? [duplicate]

One can use the terms primary, secondary, and tertiary to describe the first, second, and third levels of something. What would the fourth level be called? Would it be something like "quartiary" or ...
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Why does the word “tortilla” refer to three distinct types of edibles?

The crisps[BrEn]/chips[AmEn] that are made of corn (and probably not deep-fried) are called tortilla: The wraps with that special taste, are called tortila: And then, the omelet-like meal is ...
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Should I say “Printed in” or “Printed on” here? [on hold]

So I should say this to someone but I'm not sure if I should use "in" or "on" in the sentence. Here it goes: "The passport authority didn't print my apartment name in my passport. Should I include ...
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Vuvuzela: what was it called in American English before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?

FIFA World Cup 2010, South Africa. The excitement. The tension. The constant sound of buzzing bees. And every one kept talking about this crazy new instrument the 'vuvuzela' making all this noise, so ...
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What's the difference between “deserve” and “need”?

In the movie The Dark Knight, at the end, there is one memorable line "Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed". So, what is the difference between "deserved" and "needed"?
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Is the “by” correct in “makes no claims by writing them”?

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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Why is “guinea pig” used as the colloquial term for test subjects?

Why do we refer to people as guinea pigs when discussing the subjects of an informal experiment? Surely mice, rabbits and rats are much more common experimental subjects. Indeed, it's rare that you'll ...
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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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What are the grammatical rules for use of “these”, “those”, and “them”?

I am unclear of the use of [these|those] objects. I am unsure when to use [these|those|them]. Please someone help me tell me which is correct in the previous sentences. This is not a dupe of ...
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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“Object of” vs. “subject of” — which one is correct? Does it depend on context?

(Tried to search to see if this question had already been asked, but could not find it amongst the many questions concerning pronoun declension and objects and subjects as parts of speech.) What, ...
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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Unforgettable or Memorable?

I was writing a thank you letter to someone I had good time with. I was fighting between two adjectives to describe the experience. These are: 1. unforgettable, 2. memorable. The questions that I was ...
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A word that describes feelings of deepened affection/passion? [closed]

Can you guys think of a 2-3 syllable word that is both elegant and describes a feeling of fondness, affection, or passion? In fact, as many words as possible would be great! The word will be used to ...