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“Not enough memory” vs. “no enough memory” [migrated]

Which is correct? Why? Not enough memory No enough memory The first variant seems to be significantly more popular on the Internet than the second one.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number OR ...
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Metaphorically Speaking [on hold]

I want to hold a party. I would like to let my patrons know that it's BYO (bring your own), but, I'm not allowed to mention BYO on the invitation. How could I articulate that? What word/s could I use ...
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Does the following sentence make any sense? I think it is not written fluently. Am I right?any idea to improve it? [on hold]

ranked 3rd in the first stage of the 4th olympiad of mechanical engineering among top mechanical engineering students of universities of east zone of my country and achieving qualification for the ...
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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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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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The correct use of conversely

I think perhaps I'm using the wrong word in this sentence. Is this the correct use of conversely and if not what is the correct word to use and what is the correct use of conversely. If we decide ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [on hold]

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 guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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Being 'admitted' to the hospital? [closed]

Does one say "Hospitalization/hospitalized" when it comes to staying at the hospital because you're sick? Or is it "I'm being admitted at the hospital"? And If I was compiling a statistic of people ...
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When to Recycle, Recycles, Recyclables, Recycling

I always feel like I pick the wrong "recycle"-based word. When do I use what? Confusing examples: Is it a recycle bin, recycles bin, recycling bin? Do I take the recycles out or the recycling out? ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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What are the differences in meaning among 'aid', 'assist', 'help', and 'facilitate'?

Intro The words aid, assist, help, and facilitate are all closely related. What do you believe the differences among them might be? My best attempt to make the differences explicit follows. My ...
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Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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What is the appropriate verb for making a judicial decision to punish someone?

Are punishments inflicted / issued / administered / or delivered by the court's judges? Is there any difference between these multiple alternatives (and probably others that I forgot), any nuances of ...
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Difference between “how” and “why”

I want to use You could see how this would be difficult to answer. but I feel You could see why this would be difficult to answer. is more correct. Here, I'm using how as that. Still, ...
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What do you call an online newspaper?

Is there a better word for a news website besides "aggregator" (which implies the source only curates information) or "blog" (which implies the source only does opinion/commentary/no real reporting ...
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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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“Going green” and “getting green”

From "English Grammar Today": "Get" and "go" are both used to mean ‘become’, but they combine with different adjectives. We often use "get" with words like "dark, light and late"; we use "go" with ...
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Broad / Depth or Breadth / Depth?

I recently saw this image: https://www.google.pl/search?tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSHQkY_1wo-9gUZnBoSCxCwjKcIGgAMCxCOrv4IGgAM (in context of personal skills, T-shaped set of copetencies, if that is of ...
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Person who doesn't know his/her own position

It's like that person isn't aware of his/her own position and yet asking too much favor or help from someone or relying on someone else too much. I think word like shameless isn't really suitable ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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How common is “What happened?” when asking people to repeat what they said? How long has this been in common usage?

For several years, I have heard most young people and some adults use the phrase What happened? when they do not hear what is spoken. It appears to be used where previously several other phrases were ...
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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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Would I use “would be” or “is”

This is driving me crazy. Can someone please help. Which of the two sentences is correct (is or would be)? Another evidence-based approach I would use in my teaching is peer-mediated instruction OR ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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Question that is a no-brainer

I need a phrase which has a meaning of a question that is very easy to answer and requires very little thought. I think it might have something to do with word no-brainer. I don't know if a no-...
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“There is no rule” vs. “there isn't rule”

What are the differences between the two sentences below: There is no rule. There isn't rule.
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“Effect” vs. “Affect”

I've noticed that some people use effect and affect interchangeably. What are the differences between these two and when are the proper situations to use each of them?
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization? [duplicate]

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” [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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”? [closed]

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 ...