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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful?

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? (i.e. "hey, look at me, spoil me" - What would you call ...
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization?

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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Which one is common: “Diagnostic” or “Diagnostics”

I'm translating the interface texts of an industrial control panel software and got stuck on this one. The module I'm referring to has some lists containing the sensors and switches for the digital ...
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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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“non-assigned” or “un-assigned” inventory?

I am writing up a procedure regarding inventory that is not assigned to any specific employee of the company and would like to know if I should refer to this inventory as "non-assigned" inventory, or "...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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Can I use and expression containing the words from … and hither?

I am currently translating a text from the Greek language containing an expression, from there (name of a place in the Aegean) to this place (here), but I can't seem to find a proper way to phrase ...
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“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't understand the ...
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Tense of “lie”/“lay” in a clause

I've been using "lay" but many people have looked at my sentence dubiously. However, while in secondary school, I abandoned my higher scientific aspirations because I became more focused on a ...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...
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Evidenced “in” or “by”?

Which version is correct? ...plus proven ability to collaborate with people from culturally diverse backgrounds is evidenced in his success in the US, Europe and Asia. ...plus proven ability to ...
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“Decorated with taste” or “tastefully decorated”

Which sentence should be used when referring to good quality? The house is decorated with taste. The house is tastefully decorated. Is there any difference?
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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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“I would like to ask if I could” [on hold]

I want to ask the human resourse officer if i could handle all the required papers after 27th june, am I writing correctly. She asked in email that I need Two notarized copy of the household ...
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Can one observe an absence of something?

It seems to me that because there is an absence of something, it should be impossible to observe it. Therefore, if I wanted to say This is supported by the experimentally observed absence of... ...
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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 appreciated....
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What if I were to use the word “versus” for determining a noun? [on hold]

E.g., Oil versus water test or oil-versus-water test. Which one is correct?
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Medicine or Medication in the past

I am translating a historical tv series about the Ottoman Empire. So in the 15th century do you ask for medication or medicine? Or is there a more appropriate word for it?
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Is the word gleaned from good to be used in this context?

I am trying to write an objective for my resume. To take up a new and challenging position in IT Consultant, which will make best use of my skills gleaned from 5+ years of experience in the IT ...
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Looking for a proper word to express lack of self-control

Need a proper adjective that can be used to call a trait when a person consciously lacks self-control/discipline while trying avoid certain things. A simple example could be a person trying to wake ...
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When should I use “a” vs “an”?

In the following example, is it appropriate to use a or an as the indefinite article, and why? He ate __ green apple. I know that in the case of just "apple", it would be "an apple," but I've ...
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One word for one who accepts advice?

I want a word for a person who accepts advice of others. Basically, I am reading a play and in that there is a ruler who accepts the wise advice of others. What word can be used to describe such a ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [on hold]

I'm writing an essay for medical school applications. Both my parents were physicians, so it is what I was familiar with growing up. Instead of pursuing medicine in college, I decided to pursue ...
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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How to express “accommodatable”?

Is there some word or phrase which gets the idea of "able to be accommodated" across without using the (apparently nonexistent) word "accommodatable"? I am going for the idea of "able to be made to ...
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Could you lend me any/a little/../money? [on hold]

I would like to know how to say that correctly and whether some/any could stand as a subject in the sentence: Could you lend me ... money? Sure, If I find some/any.
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Goal-driven vs. goal-oriented

What is differences between "goal-driven" and "goal-oriented"? E.g. This chapter proposes modeling perception as a goal-driven planning pro- cess and considers how to guide the application of ...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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Alternative for “all for one, one for all”

Looking for an alternative idiom/phrase, etc. for the titular term. Any idea?
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whic is correct ? The expert that? Or The expert who [closed]

The expert that? Or The expert who Because the expert is a person (not a company) I'm leaning towards 'who' Can anyone help please.. thanks
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“to argue a view”: Is this correct an common?

Is the phrase "they argue different views" acceptable? When I google the phrase "argue a view" with quotations, I found relatively small number of results and some of them had a clause after "view" (e....
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An alternative to using the word “Resources”?

I am stuck with a labeling issue. we have a software that allows users to publish content including release notes, product screencasts,white-papers etc. So far I have been using the label Resources ...
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What is a scientific philistine called?

A philistine is a person who knows little about culture and the arts. What is a person called who displays the same lack with regard to science?
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“It wasn't me …” or “It wasn't I …”? [duplicate]

Which of the following usage is correct, grammatically? a) It wasn't I who did this project. b) It wasn't me who did this project.
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Is “Windows-based PC” a correct term in American English?

I am writing a support message to a customer support of an audio hardware vendor. I need to describe them that I am running Microsoft Windows as the main OS on my computer. Is "Windows-based PC" term ...
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Does “nails” imply painted nails?

A google image search for "nails" displays almost exclusively painted nails, whereas searching for "fingernails" displays almost exclusively unpainted nails. Is this due to a difference in the meaning ...
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Past tense of 'to output': output or outputted?

According to Wikipedia, the past tense (and past participle) of the verb to output is either output or outputted. Are these two forms entirely interchangeable? Or do they have certain nuance in ...
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One (or few) word expression for products you don't know you need

I'd like to find a very simple, preferably one word (or few words) expression for products that you don't know you need until you see them. Examples are: electronic face cleanser sleep enhancing app ...
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Completely vs Fully?

In my recent paper, there a question: "When you read something in a foreign language, you frequently come across words you do not______understand." A. totally B. completely C.wholly D. ...
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What is the act of preparing field notes called?

When I make field notes (data) during a study, what can I call that act of data collection? Field note preparation / field noting (!)/ ??
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“Dedicated”, “intended”, or something else in “tomorrow is dedicated for the registration”

Tomorrow is [dedicated/intended/?] for the registration. The context is the first day at a university. Does either sound okay? If they both sound weird, what verb is a better fit?
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“Excel at something” vs. “excel in something”

I've come across a question while writing an exam Roger really excelled ___ sports A) at B) on C) in D) for My first thought was 'in', later I remembered using 'at' also. I've ...
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Is it “expert in” or “expert on”?

When would you use "expert in" and when would you use "expert on"? A quick google search yields about the same for both, but I have a feeling "expert in" can occur in sentences somehow with a ...
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Applied logical OR is ored or orred? [duplicate]

I did programming mechanism that applies logical OR on multiple statements and now trying to give proper name to variable. Would it be ored or orred?
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Difference between twilight zone and gray area

I have found in dictionary that gray area = an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules. Twilight zone = The ambiguous region between two ...
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What's a word for someone who takes advantage of an unfortunate situation as an opportunity for self-improvement?

In a good way, so no negative connotations. The best way to explain it is using the saying: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". This person would make "lemonade" when life throws "lemons" at ...