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Was West Germany commonly referred to as “Germany”?

During the Cold War, in everyday conversation, was West Germany referred to as "Germany" like South Korea is currently often referred to as "Korea" and the People's Republic of China is currently ...
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Is there a word to describe 'Slow Snowfall'?

With similarities to this question: What is the word for "Slow raining"? but related to snow, not rain. I'm looking for a descriptive word that would describe slow snowfall. Can you help?
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Word or phrase for the opposite of a distraction?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that means the opposite of a distraction. More specifically, something previously distracting that has since faded into... well, I don't know into what. So I ...
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Difference between “content” and “contentment” ?

Is there a difference between the words: content and contentment? For example should one use content or contentment in this sentence: I find (content/contentment) when sitting on a crowded subway ...
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pre-customer inquiry/ post-customer inquiry

I'm translating titles of paragraphs from Japanese to English. A pragmatic translation of the titles can be: "Before Receiving Inquiries from Potential Customers" and "After Receiving Inquiries from ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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Other ways of saying “letting me know” or “telling me about”

I want to say “my advisor has been very helpful, from helping me decide which classes to take to letting me know/telling me about the resources available to me”. I think saying “letting me know” or ...
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Is the word 'lousy' used more often in the UK than in the US?

It seems to be considered a peculiar word to use in the US (like 'queue' or 'spectacles' or 'pail'). And more generally, is there any resource I can use to compare how frequent any particular word is ...
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“See you later” in chat [on hold]

I'm not English mother toungue. In a chat conversation, even if I can't obviously see the person on the other side, is it correct to say "see you later"? What can be used instead in case I'll be back ...
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An experience that induces self-doubt is a(n) ________experience?

If I were to challenge a great intellectual, who knows his area extremely well, on one of his points he has made; thinking about how I can repudiate his argument, how I will phrase my ...
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Is Vouchering a valid synonym for “time booking” or not?

I have an ongoing dispute with someone who insists on using "Vouchering" in official documents as a synonym for "time booking" - (as in making entries on a time management system against booking ...
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What do you call a man who knows well how to fix his household appliances?

Some men are really good at fixing things, especially the household appliances while they're not specialists or technician. Is there any words to explain these people?
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Is it common to use “say a reason”?

Is it common to use “say a reason” in a sentence? for instance is the following sentence true? "the reason they say is not logical"
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'Birthdate vs birthday'- I know three other people who share my birthdate

We say birthday and not birthdate Generally, birthplace is used for place of birth but not birthdate for date of birth. What is the reason that birthday scores over birthdate when it comes to ...
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What do you call the process of reducing inflammation or the state that inflammation has been cured?

At First I was searching the antonyms for inflammation, concerning that one of the antonyms for the word "inflate" is "deflate" , but now I don't think this is the correct way,I am unable to find ...
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The usage of every and each

We tend to use each if we are thinking about members of a group individually, and every if we are thinking of them in total. Compare the following: 1.We gave each child who came to the party a ...
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Usage of “I'm incredulous!” as an exclamation of shock or disbelief

Would the exclamation "I'm incredulous!" be an appropriate response to finding out some unexpected news, if the intention is to convey shock or disbelief?
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Sentence correction - My English friend told me this sentence doesn't make sense [on hold]

I need to reformulate the following sentence that seems to make no sense "Being a corporate CEO sometimes comes as a fortune, like those who reach these positions by legacy". What I mean there is ...
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Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?

Title says it all: "Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?" I want to describe the action of reaching the top of a hill and finally being able to see what ...
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looking forward to our tennis battle? can I say this way?

I am sending an email to a friend/mentor. We have the same interest in tennis and during our past conversation, we said we would like to play together one day. Is it ok to say "I am looking forward ...
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“Indispensible for” vs, “indispensible to”

What is the difference between "indispensible to" and "indispensible for"? Likewise, between "it is important to me" and "it is important for me", which one is correct?
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“Shamefully presents” vs. “ashamedly presents”

I'm editing a short movie. In the title screens, after the production company is listed, there needs to be a play on the common "Proudly Presents" text. It is with some chagrin that the production ...
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“Prefer” usage - If the emphasis is on the habit --ing form or to-infinitive? [duplicate]

-ing form : Most people prefer watching a film at the cinema rather than on TV. -to-infinitive form: We prefer to drive during the day whenever we can. Which of the above two sentences ...
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“Prerequisite for” vs. “prerequisite to”

When is it appropriate to use "prerequisite for" instead of "prerequisite to"? Does it depend on context, or is it a matter of style? I googled the two phrases and found 4.5 million hits for ...
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What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?

When I look up unforgettable in a thesaurus, I get words like enduring, remarkable, or exceptional. These all are positive; I just cannot forget such a wondrous thing! I, however, want a word that ...
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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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How to refer to the “elevated areas” of a mountain?

For example, in the following picture, I see two "elevated areas" (one on the right, and one on the left, at the distance): The only word that comes to my mind is hill. But I'm not quite sure, ...
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Hemingway's use of “benevolent” in “benevolent skin cancer”

In the following sentence, from Hemigway's The Old Man & the Sea, I believe the author used the word benevolent when he meant to use the word benign. The brown blotches of the benevolent ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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How to use “you” word in a way that suggests it's singular/plural form?

In my mother's language there are two words for "you" - for singular form and for plural one. I want to translate a joke which happen to rely on this particular characteristic of my language. What ...
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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Which is the correct use of 'no'

Editing a document and wondering which is correct? There have been no historical digs on the pipeline. OR There have not been any historical digs on the pipeline. A lot of the document ...
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Differenciate between instant and at your convenience messaging

Consider two cases Case 1: Two peoples are online and both are free. They are doing nothing other than chatting with each-other. So both of them are replying within few seconds. After chatting for ...
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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What preposition should follow the adjective “parallel”?

When using the word parallel in communicating the state of being in a relationship between one line and another, what is the correct word to follow parallel? parallel to parallel with
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What is a one or two word phrase for “Social Media following”?

I am writing an application and need to find a short way to describe a shared group of people who follow certain aspects; for example, hashtags in Twitter or fans of certain pages on Facebook. I had ...
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social media platform vs. social media venue

What would be the correct or most appropriate word for each social media form (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc.) Social media platform? Social media venue? Social media account? "Among multiple ...
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A title or descriptive phrase for someone who likes to share

I'm building a mobile app that has a series of achievements that may be awarded based on the users interaction. The app itself is an easter egg hunt. One of the achievements is for sharing (via ...
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Can I say “subscribe by Facebook/Twitter”?

I have a website. I have 5 subscription options in my site. As of now my titles displayed like this: subscribe by email subscribe by rss subscribe using facebook subscribe using twitter subscribe ...
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Which of these is correct: “Sheila is now in Facebook” or “Sheila is now on Facebook”?

Can I also use in when referring to someone who is already a member of Facebook?
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To add someone “to” Facebook or “on” Facebook

Which one is correct and why: It was the first time a girl asked me to add her on Facebook Or It was the first time a girl asked me to add her to Facebook
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Is it “on Facebook“ or “in Facebook“?

For preposition of places, should Facebook, an internet space, be used as in or on? E.g. Find us in Facebook.
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How to name something that is common for two competing theories?

Geocentric and early heliocentric models of cosmos were different at the very core of theory, but they did share some elements: circular orbits, epicycles, uniform speed of celestial bodies. What ...
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Is the phrase “Frustrated of feeling mute, ..” correct? [duplicate]

I know that frustrated is usually paired with 'by'; however, in this case is does not sound right. Is the given phrase correct? If not, what would be an appropriate way to phrase it. My sentence is ...
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In what case you would say “I am seeing” instead of “I see”?

In what case you would say "I am seeing" instead of "I see"?
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“The likeliest problem” vs. “the most likely problem”

The likeliest problem vs. the most likely problem: are they both correct? do they mean the same thing? is one preferable over another?