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Is thanks a countable noun? Many thanks or much thanks?

A colleague of mine recently wrote in an email "much thanks for your efforts." Does this usage make sense? How does "much thanks" differ from "many thanks"? This is similar to "Is “Many thanks” a ...
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Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?

Which is a better equivalent for “in stock” (meaning a product is in stock)? “at hand” “on hand” “in hand” Can any of them be used? Which is the most appropriate? Which is second-best?
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“Does it make sense?” or “Do you understand me?”? [closed]

Suppose I tell something to my companion and I want to make sure he understands me. I thought I may simply ask "Do you understand me?". But recently I heard that in such cases I should ask "Does that ...
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He stayed while she talked / was talking to her?

He stayed while she talked to her. He waited while she was talking to her. Are both correct? What is the difference?
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“Too much pills and liquor” or “Too many pills and liquor”?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? My apologies if the answer to this is readily available, I haven't been able to find anything
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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How do I honor or pay tribute to my rabbi’s wife who recently passed away before a sermon [on hold]

Each week, at the request of my rabbi, I give a short sermon about some aspect of the bible before our rabbi gives his weekly lecture. How do I acknowledge his wife, a woman who was loved and ...
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Does this use of whether make sense?

Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence? For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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“half an hour ago” VS “half an hour before/earlier”

This is a sentence I read: The engines that had stopped half an hour ago were in action again. In my opinion, ago in the above sentence is used incorrectly. It should be replaced by before or ...
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Isolated group of users who believe that a technology/tool is vastly superior to alternatives

Consider a group of users of a given technology (e.g. an obscure programming language) who think that such technology is superior to any other technology, and whose opinion disagrees with the ...
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Enamored of/with/by

It seems that "enamored" can be used with any of the prepositions "of", "with", and "by". What is the proper usage for each? This is the sentence I'm writing: The team, enamored with this new ...
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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How to describe this kind of education in a non-western society?

The education I received in primary school and junior high school was comparatively open-minded and libertarian. I am describing China's education.The word "libertarian" is related with a particular ...
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Usage of “I'm incredulous!” as an exclamation of shock or disbelief

Would the exclamation "I'm incredulous!" be an appropriate response to finding out some unexpected news, if the intention is to convey shock or disbelief?
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“Can you call me back soon” or “Can you call me soon?”

In these sentences: "Can you call me back soon?" "Can you call me soon?" Is the "back" redundant and should it be omitted?
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Choose the most appropriate alternative [on hold]

Choose the most appropriate alternative from the options given below to complete the following sentence: Suresh’s dog is the one ––––––––– was hurt in the stampede. (A) that (B) which (C) who (D) whom ...
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Usage of would have

While reading a document I came across the following sentence: "After 9 months’ time data base administrator will run a job which will copy record from operational to archival data base and as soon as ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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“You are welcome” or “You are welcomed” or “You welcome”

What is the right thing to say ? "You are welcome" "You are welcomed" "You welcome"
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How do you describe the taste of an onion?

I was discussing this last night with my girl friend... How do you describe the taste of an onion? Specifically the growing "spicy" sensation after taking a bite. I'm just talking about the ...
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What's the correct usage of “tell” here?

Which sentence is grammatically correct: I will tell your consultant. or I will tell to your consultant.
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“The reception of the radical theory shows that when [invention/dogmatism] fights orthodoxy to a draw…”

The reception given to Kimura's radical theory of molecular evolution shows that when ______ fights orthodoxy to a draw, then novelty has seized a good chunk of space from convention. Options ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [on hold]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Prediction / Foreshadow verb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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craft with -ing or not? [on hold]

I've seen 'coding craft': http://www.codingcraft.co.uk/ and 'hire craft': http://hirecraft.com/ what's the correct version? why not 'hiring craft'? what's the difference?
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“Lasting” or “with a duration of”? [on hold]

I'm editing a very bureaucratic document and I'm trying to make it less bureaucratic. There's a passage that refers to "a session with a duration of 1-2 hours." I want to change it to "a session ...
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What is it called when you use something in a sentence that will be replaced? [duplicate]

For example say I have this sentence: The following sentence uses ________: You can find the program in [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] where [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] is your default download directory. ...
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
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“Aged” vs. “Aging” to describe someone's age

I'm just wondering if we can also use the word aging when describing someone's age as in this example: The study included participants aging 20 to 50.
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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Word for “person that I supervise”

What is the best word to refer to the person that I (directly) supervise, in the context of a corporate workplace? The closest I can think of is employee, but that doesn't directly convey a direct ...
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“You're not the boss of me” vs “You're not my boss”

For some years now I've heard You're not the boss of me increasingly more often relative to the more "correct, natural" (to me, at least) You're not my boss. Thanks to the magic of NGrams, I've ...
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Does “trial” collocate with the verbs “win” and “lose”: can you “win/lose a trial”?

I know that "case" collocates with the verbs "win" and "lose". But do these verbs also collocate with the noun "trial"? Are the phrases "win/lose a trial" and "win/lose a case" synonyms?
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Introduce a sentence with “leveraging”

Does this sentence make sense: Leveraging lessons learned from the previous project, collaborating with an industry association and supplier to address the financial and technical challenges of this ...
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Is it correct to say “the bird is in the tree” or “on the tree”?

In the children's rhyme: Johnny and July sitting in a tree K I S S I N G First comes love Then comes marriage Then come children in a baby carriage They are said to be sitting in a tree. ...
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Can humans be “beneficial” to each other? [on hold]

I could be beneficial to you if you hire me. Is that an idiomatic English sentence? Can we use beneficial for humans?
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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How to refer to an employer that isn't a company [on hold]

What term may use I refer to a non-business employer? For instance, a babysitter or housekeeper working for a family or single parent.
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Collective term for race, gender, age, religion, income class, etc

I'm writing an article for a political website about the major traits that make an individual what he or she is (in terms of wealth, human rights, oppression or lack thereof, etc.). They include ...
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Cadaver/corpse/body for a dead human body

Currently listening to the audio book "Digital Fortress", I came across the word "cadaver" in reference to a dead human body for the first time. Somehow it struck me as a degrading way of referring to ...
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Is it inflammable or flammable? [duplicate]

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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To be stoked on/about/ to do something [on hold]

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
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Word for “thing not to disclose” in an NDA

Is there a word to describe "the thing you're not allowed to disclose" when talking about an NDA? For example, how would I complete the following sentence: "Non disclosure agreements are required ...
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What is a term for recent that covers the past week and the next week?

I have a software user interface that toggles between the full schedule and a schedule that covers the most recent weekend and the upcoming weekend. Any idea what to call this?
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How do I say that I can add value to the job in a correct English sentence?

Can a person be beneficial to a job? How do I say that I can add value to the job in a correct English sentence?