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Word choice in this sentence: trajectory vs. vector

I'm editing a short piece of fiction where the author has left brackets around specific items that they want looked at, and this one has me a little bit stumped. In the scene, a character has jumped ...
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“Play it as it lays” or “play it as it lies”

The title of Joan Didion's book Play It as It Lays has thrown me off since I first heard it. Shouldn't it be Play It as It Lies? I have read through a related post on the subject of lay vs. lie and ...
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“Not able to” vs. “unable to”

Which phrase is more suitable to convey one's inability to do something — "not able to" or "unable to"? For example, not able to join the meeting unable to join the meeting
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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What are the differences between “assume”, “presume” and “suppose”

I believe that "assume", "presume", "suppose" are similar in meaning of to take some facts as a truth without proof. But it seems to me that "presume" is more formal, "assume" is less formal and ...
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Need word for “remove duplicates and keep unique instances”

Here is a sentence. Combine all Points and keep unique Points. For example: Points-> 1,1,1,1,2,3,3,3,4,4,5,5 Remove duplication and keep uniqueness Unique Points-> 1,2,3,4,5 I need a word ...
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What is a word that describes a person who takes up a challenge

The same thing as the title. The situation is a person whose intent is against the protagonist's and is taking up a king's challenge. I'm rewriting a fairytale from a different perspective. The ...
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Mutual or each other

Some of my pupils have used "mutual" instead of "each other" in our latest paper repeatedly. Again and again I read "They mutual write a text message" (I suppose at least an adverb would be needed ...
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Which is proper in this case? [duplicate]

Which is proper, "Grammar and spelling on facebook is something else!" or "Grammar and spelling on facebook are something else!"
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Which word do I use? Are or Is?

Which is correct? Spelling and grammar on facebook is something else. Spelling and grammar on facebook are something else.
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Word for “reporting a table”

In an article, I need to report my results in the form of a table. Also I want to show (exactly copy the same table in my article with proper citation) the corresponding table from a paper (showing ...
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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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Adjective that expresses the scale/range of a noun

Imagine that each country has a central library and that there is a system that will connect all of them with each other. How can I say that "this is a system that connects (the libraries that ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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Avoiding alliteration in 'respective perspectives' - how?

I've got a sentence here I cant get working: Direct and in-depth discussion with the providers followed, this was done concurrently with X with Y providing a parallel analysis, inspired by our ...
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Usage : Am yet to read those

Conversation : A- I am reading the Harry potter series. B- I am yet to read those. or is it better to use "I am yet to read them" or is there a better alternative?
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business competition purposefully attack the competition

What is it called when competition businesses purposefully attack or slander the competition?
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Is the word “letters” same as “alphabet”?

While displaying error messages when a wrong password is entered, can the error message be "Password must be at least xx letters", when all the character set can be included? Or should it be "Password ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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Synonym for “Blind Spot”

I'm looking for a term or an idiom to point to the weakness of something, specifically a computer program. Something similar to "Achilles Heel" but not that! I just found blind spot : "an area in ...
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When to use what or who

Which is correct? I'm what you made me or I'm who you made me
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Which verb fits better for the action of “creating” an earth connection?

The following sentence is used on a warning label: Ensure that an earth connection is made I think that "making an earth connection" doesn't express the real intent here. The alternatives that I ...
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Which verb should be used with the nouns “repair/maintenance”: “Make”/“Do”/“Carry out”/…?

The following sentence is used on a warning label: All maintenance and repair must be done only by authorized personnel I'm not quite sure that "do" is the proper verb to use with "maintenance ...
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Which verb is better to express the “functioning” of a “pump” and a “pump motor”?

Does a pump "operate" or "run"? Does a pump motor "operate" or "run"? Or are there better verbs which describe the functioning of these devices?
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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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How to say if coffee is diluted and not strong?

For instance, a cup of cappuccino was made with too much water and because of it its taste was not that strong. What are correct words to say it? Dictionary returns many options, but which ones are ...
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A futuristic Phobia in the scientific context (Related to Artificial Intelligence)

Is there any specific term to describe a phobia about future of relationship between humans and (intelligent) machines? One may think it could be Cyberphobia or Mechanophobia, however these options ...
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“cactusings” or “cactiing”

I am aware this is a nonsensical / silly question, but my last question got me thinking about this. Say you have a hypothetical verb ending in -us. Lets pretend this verb is the word "Cactus". Some ...
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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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When someone leaves at 4pm - should I say “Have a good afternoon” or “evening”? [closed]

I started work as a receptionist and must greet people that come and go. Please let me know what I should say when it is 4 pm and the client is leaving. Should I say "Bye, have a nice afternoon" or ...
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Which adjective explains a general spring problem better?

I'm checking the balancer springs of an industrial machine in one step of a flowchart where the follow-up decision question asks if the springs are "problematic" (?). I couldn't decide on a single ...
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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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Word for the driver of a horse drawn carriage

I am writing a story where the main character travels by a 'horse drawn carriage'. He has a short conversation with the 'driver' of the carriage. My questions: Is 'driver' the formal term to ...
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“Role” or “Roles” [on hold]

Though I am a native English speaker, I am having trouble deciding between "role" and "roles" in the phrase below. The roles of the two parties involved in a legal proceeding, peculiar to the ...
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Difference between 'all' and 'all the'

I came across people using all the in sentences instead of all. Select the type of user to view all the users of that type. All the users of the selected role are displayed. I usually strike ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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“Call on” or “call at” or something else? Which is appropriate?

Which one of following sentence is correct? You can call me on my cell. You can call me at my cell. Or is there some other preposition? Or both are right?
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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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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Which one is correct — “at the city” or “in the city”?

I want to know the correct preposition to use with the word city in the following context: He arrived in the city. He arrived at the city. So which one will be correct?
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Alternative usage of 'Status Quo' [closed]

What is another word, or sentence for using the phrase '...following status quo'. I am looking for an alternative and cleaner usage of this word or phrase
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Person who invites: “Inviter” or “Invitor”

There is a clean word that defines person that is invited: an invitee. However, I can't seem to find a straight definition of either terms that would define a person who invites the invitee. Is it ...
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Something can be estimated therefore it is “estimatable”?

While the meaning of the word estimatable is quite clear, it is not a real English word. Is there such a real English word with the same meaning? In case it helps, this is based on the INVEST user ...
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What is someone who makes a testimonial called?

In the context of advertising/marketing a testimonial is: Written recommendation from a celebrity or satisfied customer affirming the performance, quality, and/or value of a product or ...
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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 ...