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Which adverb should be used to modify 'Different'? Much or very?

Should it be He is much different from his father. Or He is very different from his father. What if the sentence is in the negative form? He is not much different from his father. Or He is not ...
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“Since” vs “ever since”

Example: Tufy was our Chihuahua. He'd been in the family (ever) since I was born. Would adding ever change the meaning of the sentence?
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Word or phrase meaning “ability to take responsibility” or “self-control”?

There is a word/phrase that I can't recall that is bothering me. It means to be able to take responsibility for a situation or to have the ability to control ones actions. For example, if you "take ...
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The Association of vs The Association

Let's say that there's a simple NGO, or a non-profit organization, called "ABC" (purely hypothetical name, and unrelated to any existing companies or organizations), and made up of two ordinary people....
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Is it appropriate to use 'eagerly' while ending a formal e-mail

Nowadays, I always use the following phrase when I am ending formal email; I eagerly await for your response. Regards, I've seen this phrase somewhere, kind-of a formal e-mail and I am ...
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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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Unforecasted versus unexpected

Is unforecasted correct English? Or should one use unexpected or some other form? The relevant sentence would be : Parties short longevity are financially hurt by unforecasted increases in life ...
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Conclude or Complete

Is it correct to say The software deployment has concluded For some reason it feels incorrect. I would have used concluded in the context of a meeting, some kind of debate, involved with people.
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Why does this sentence have two hads?

I had had the idea of buying a new tv. I would really like to know what's going on. Thanks everyone who's going to answer this question. I don't know if there's a reply option in here so I have to ...
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“of utmost importance” vs “of the utmost importance”

Which one is the correct form between "of utmost" and "of the utmost"? Your attendance at the meeting is of the utmost importance. Your attendance at the meeting is of utmost importance. ...
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Correct or preferred preposition after noob

What would be the preferred preposition after "noob", as in, "I'm a noob [preposition] programming"? Would that be "to", as in, "I'm a newcomer to x"? (I assume you would use the same preposition ...
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Quadrangle vs. Quadrilateral

Which of two words standing for geometric figure with four edges and angles is more common for english-speaking people? P.S. I will use short word "quad" until I get answer for the question :)
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“Good to hear” vs “Glad to hear”

Which one is correct: Good to hear you enjoyed the radio show. or: Glad to hear you enjoyed the radio show.
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Prevention vs. Avoidance [on hold]

What is the difference between prevention and avoidance? Can you give generic examples? The reason for my question is, that I want to know the difference between preventing and avoiding a threat ...
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things (occurrences) according to previous events; i.e., who extrapolates to the consequences of ...
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“Good bye”, “Bye”, “Bye bye”

I'm a non-native English speaker and sometimes it's hard for me to pick up the right word in some situations. Could you, please, explain when it's better to use "goodbye" for ending a conversation, ...
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What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
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Alternative more-to-the-point words for “hot” (as in temperature)?

What word other than hot can I use to distinguish hot as in temperature from hot as in very spicy food? Especially in connection with food, the word hot is very ambiguous (well, unless it's chili-...
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Difference between “spicy” and “hot”

I make a distinction between "hot" and "spicy" food ("hot" not referring to temperature). I consider "hot" food the kind that "burns" and "spicy" food that has lots of flavor, but that may or may not "...
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Is “do for” always inherently positive, compared to “do to”?

Compare the sentences: After all he has done for me, he needs my help. After all he has done to me, he needs my help. The first one implies that the subject has done good things for the speaker and ...
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Extend Offer vs Make Offer [on hold]

Talking about job offers what is the best/right/usual way to say it: To make an offer To extend an offer Is there any difference? Thank you.
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Using the word “who”

is the word "who" used correctly in this sentence? Never underestimate a woman who graduated from college"
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difference between “system” and “plant”

In engineering and energy, is there a difference between a system and a plant? Is it a matter of scale? It sounds odd to me to use the word 'plant' to describe a small-scale system for energy ...
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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 do you politely say in this situation? [on hold]

Our company was supposed to undertake tasks and place in the position as contact desk for a certain event、but the negotiations ended up with being broke off. A customer is currently contacting us ...
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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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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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What is the proper way to use ' ones ' or ' one's ' this word in sentence?

It's said that this is not a good idea to think in my native language (Turkish) then try to translate it to English. But I couldn't find to correct word/phrase to express this sentence: I didn't ...
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What word or phrase is like a more negative version of “astonished”? [duplicate]

Is there a better word for the following example than astonished? I was astonished at the lack of respect Joe showed to his parents. I’m trying to use the word astonished in a sentence, but I ...
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What's a the word for people who make fun of themselves?

I don't mean people with low self esteem. But there are people who feel happy at being able to make other people laugh at their own expense. I remember someone telling me there is a word for them, I ...
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Is it right to say 'perceive the world empirically' [on hold]

I would like to know if this phrase is correct in grammar and used by native speakers. The sentence I write is 'taking a gap year can help students better perceive the world empirically'. Also if it ...
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Chapter names for two opposite things

I'm having five different algorithms about which I have to write a report. First, I analyze each algorithm on its own and then I compare the algorithms. My problem now is that I need two section ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences? And which one is more common? [on hold]

I had wanted to buy a tv. I had had the idea of buying a TV. I really want to know the difference between them.
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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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Fairy, Faerie, or Faery? [on hold]

I'm writing a story, and I was wondering if fairy, faerie, or faery was correct. Thanks!
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What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone [on hold]

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
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How do you describe someone who can hear you or see you but pretends or ignores your presence while you are trying to get his or her attention ?

you are trying to get somebody's attention by waving your hand or saying hello! but he or she ignores you; I am looking for an Idiom or word to describe the situation or attitude of that person.
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Use of 'or' to indicate the consequence of an action

I have recently come across this (to me) strange usage of 'or': Given an option to do some action X with a consequence Y Do I want to do X or do I want to risk Y? Specifically, this appears in ...
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I work “in a grocery store” or “at a grocery store” [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker but both sounds good to me. Which one should be more accurate or in fact correct.
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't?

What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't? And if they do it, they take 6 months rather than the 6 days they said they could but not necessarily specified that they would? My ...
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What do you call someone who shoots fireworks professionally?

What is the name of the occupation for someone whose job it is to set up a fireworks display, fire it off for an event such as July 4th, and then tear it down? I have informally heard them called "...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who always tries to get more than he needs or deserves?

This person always tries to get more than he/she needs, especially gratuities, gifts and souvenirs. Looking or sounding ridiculous is no barrier for him/her.
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A word for: someone who is easy to talk to

I want to convey the idea that such and such person is very easy to talk to. I know that: 'talk to-able' is not a word, obviously. I can always say, "He is very easy to talk to." But I am looking ...
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A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings

What is the word to describe someone who does not care about other people socially and publicly, that is a word or phrase which could describe behaviors such as littering, cutting in a line, talking ...
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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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What do you call someone who

What would you call a person who gains a sense of godlikeness, but uses their knowledge and omnipotence for what they feel is the good of others? I ask because I'm wondering what to call myself. I ...
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...