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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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“turned model” vs. “reverse(d) model” vs. “inverted model”

Which of these sounds the most natural: turned model, reverse(d) model or inverted model? The context is: Your costs can be turned to an income by using the turned earning model.
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Outdoors vs in the outdoors

If somebody likes sleeping in the open, which of the following sentences is correct? And if both are correct, what is the difference (if any) between them? He likes sleeping outdoors. He ...
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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...
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Demarcate vs isolate

Which one of these verbs would more appropriate here. I know it really depends on the context. the Germans isolated/ demarcated a few streets for the Jews and gathered all of them there. They called ...
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market,market square, square

can anyone tell me the difference between these words? According to the dictionary these are market is a place where buyers and sellers of a specific good or service interact with each other in order ...
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How to Make It More Succinct [on hold]

Can anyone please give me some hints as to what I can cut out of this paragraph/rephrase to shorten it? The most critical function of Restorative Justice is the restoration and building of ...
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Difference between “lore” and “folklore”

What is the difference between lore and folklore? What are the best examples where to use one and not the other?
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Finding Alternative Adjectives for “Very ___”

Is there a good resource for finding alternatives to using an adjective phrase intensified by the word "very", besides a thesaurus? (E.g., "very afraid" -> "terrified".) Thesauri provide wider-than ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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“I haven't got” vs. “I don't have”

Which is the correct way of saying this in English? I haven't got any money. I don't have any money. If both are correct, which is the difference between them?
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Could you lend me any/a little/../money?

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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What is a word for what gladiators do?

I was writing a story about gladiators and wanted a word to describe what gladiators do (besides fighting), as in the phrase "X isn't just...". Arena fighting sounds too long and gladiation, which was ...
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Formal alternative to the phrase 'Not taken seriously'

I'm writing a legal essay and the sentence is For example, a young person’s reluctance to seek redress, and that youth are often not taken seriously, their words often not repeated in court rooms. ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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What is the appropriate use of “lighted” vs “lit”? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to say "her eyes lighted up" or is it only acceptable to say "her eyes lit up"?
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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“Back at his house in…” vs “back in his house in…”

What's the correct form? Or at least the most commonly used? I found both instances in Google Books: On the journey home and back in his house in Scy Chazelles Schuman gave the plan his ...
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Academic writing Photo or Photograph

Which one of these two forms would be more appropriate in academic writing. The text does concern The Holocaust and is being translated from Polish into English. This is a photo presenting bodies of ...
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Exercies on right usage of english words [on hold]

Could you find out, where are from the current exercises or advice a similar text book? I have problems with determining right usage of different words, and such textbook will be quite useful for ...
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is the phrase “leave all worries” correct?

Is the phrase "leave all worries" right ? Or should it always be "No worries" when saying to someone who is disappointed with something ?
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Looking for a slang for penis [on hold]

is there a slang for "penis" in our daily life? Chinese would use "gun" to say that, what about you? Thanks
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A generic word for any 'specialized genre'

Is there one? For example, "Bill was a hipster who only enjoyed [very strange and specialized genres of] music".
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Which is the correct idiom: “Force of habit” or “course of habit”?

Which is correct, "course of habit" or "force of habit"? (This question is inspired by this post on the woot forums.)
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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Is it acceptable to use “is become” instead of “has become”?

In the King James version of the Bible there is a verse like this: The Lord is my strength, and my fortress, and my song. And He is become my salvation. Is it still feasible to use "is become" ...
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“Group” vs. “community” usage

Question 1 When we have a certain number of people that share the same interest, do we refer to them as: interest group or community [sharing same interest]? What would be preferred and more ...
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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“Studying PhD at the university” or “studying PhD in the university”?

Which of these two sentences is correct: I am studying PhD at the university. I am studying PhD in the university. Should I use "at" or "in"? Or is there no difference?
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What would be the best terminology for these plans? [on hold]

We have three plans for our website, currently named: "Pro", "Premium", and "Platinum" Pro is the basic. Premium is for professionals. Platinum is for industry (companies, and such). However, my ...
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Largest Fee vs Highest Amount when referring to a monetary (USD) amount

Given an array of dollar amounts called 'Fees,' what is the proper way to refer to the largest number? Is largest fee or highest amount preferred?
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What is the correct grammar here? [on hold]

Is the following statement grammatically correct? It is about want/wants I prefer being under a good leader who can tell me what he want, how he want it and when he want it. Or should it be like ...
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What is the difference between “Check it”, “Check it up” and “Check it out”?

Is there any differences between "Check it", "Check it up" and "Check it out"?
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Can I use the word “grabbable”?

I intend to describe something possible to be held by hand. I want to use the word in this fragment: Flat 3-dimensions and grabbable 2-dimensions. I'm trying to express in my paper that the ...
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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one of the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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Ending a mail in my language? [on hold]

I was having a discussion with my coworker because I was sending a mail in English (we're Mexicans), and I wanted to end the mail with: Saludos! My coworker insisted that I ought to stick to the ...
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What will “this country” refer to after mentioning a foreign state?

As far as I know, it is typical to refer to the country where the speaker lives as this country. For example, if a person lives in Great Britain and he wants to mention weather in Great Britain, he ...
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“Such requests” versus “those requests”

What is the difference between such requests, and these/those requests? For example, consider these sentences that are taken from a sentence making a list of requests: Such requests cannot be ...
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In (a) broad range of

Should "a" be used in the titular expression? I've found instances in which "a" used : This book presents a practical introduction to signal analysis techniques that are commonly used in a broad ...
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What is a better way of saying this.“Our most valuable inventory is our people” [on hold]

"Our most valuable inventory are our people" The word inventory is changeable to product if that works better. I plan on including a bar code of a name in between "inventory" and "are".
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Is there a word for someone who is very friendly but only on a very shallow level?

It's not being a sycophant, because he doesn't want any favors from you. It's just all small talk. I would like to know the best word to describe this behavior or this person?
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A Single Word for “Secretly watching your crush”

What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing? I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and ...
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Did I hear rightly – “Shiite Houthis are stated in to return the President to office.”

The answer would be very likely "No." I’ve been listening to AP Radio news, and heard the news of May 15 reporting the outcome of cease-fire negotiation between Saudi-led forces and Shiite Houthis as ...
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Word for politicians and judges

Is there a word to describe a group of politicians and judges? The best I came up with is "public figures" which is both too wide (there are lots of public figures which are not politicians or judges) ...
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Difference between 'take' and 'steal' w.r.t. kidnapping

As synonyms for kidnapping, is there any difference between Take and Steal. The question raised to me based on two movie titles with almost identical plot: Stolen (Starring Nicolas Cage) and Taken ...
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Name for a Partition in a Building

What is a single word I can use to describe the different names given to different partitions in a building for easy location or recognition? "Nomenclature" comes close, but can I have a different ...
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Different words for referring to the Internet [on hold]

Different people of different communities may refer to same thing in different ways. For example as I know, the Internet, in different countries or among a specific group of people (e.g. programmers) ...