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What is a word that describes a belief (or nonbelief) in an afterlife?

What is a word that describes a belief (or nonbelief) in an afterlife?
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Can the eldest sibling of three males call his younger brother “my older brother”

Had this conversation with a 26 year old male. He has finished a degree at Uni and told me I was wrong when I said you cannot call your younger brother your older brother. He is only older son to ...
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Looking for a shorter term for “Preferred places to meet”

I am working on an online platform (mobile and web apps) that enable item lending/renting between peers. When a user posts an item for rent, he needs to put down his preferred places to meet for item ...
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Need a word to describe book/academic journal as distinct from technical report

I am designing a database and I have an entity called Publication. A Publication can be either a book/academic journal or a technical report. So I need a word for book/academic journal as ...
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How to correctly quantify the term “research”

What is the correct way to express the quantity of research. Eg: Joe has done a lot of research on the subject. Is there a better way to express "a lot". Thank you
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Words associated with throwing things, specifically the action of throwing a paper airplane

What word(s) would you use to describe throwing something, specifically during the action of throwing a paper airplane? The one word I was able to come up with was "flick", but I'm looking for other ...
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Is the cat that satisfaction brought back female? Did it definitely die? [on hold]

Is the correct wording for the saying: Curiosity killed a cat, but satisfaction brought it back Or Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back Or Curiosity killed a cat, ...
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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 ...
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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation than “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile. I wanted to describe it as being very 'infectious', or that it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the following sentence and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...
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Is the phrase “produces meaning” valid?

Please consider these sentences: The word X produces meaning Y The word X produces meaning Y in sentence Z Is "produces meaning" valid in that sentence? If so, which seems to be more valid ...
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“Him/Her” vs “Himself/Herself”

As a unit admin I’m often typing award certificates. The last line of the award citation usually goes something like this: Private Joan Smith actions reflect great credit upon herself, the 120th ...
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Help using “lie” and “lay” correctly

One of the following sentences is correct. I'm having some issues figuring out which sentence it is. I've added my thought process and what I think the error is. According to our team captain, ...
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What is it called when a group of people forms a shape together?

There are great performances where a group of people, whether small or large, forms a shape or different shapes together; and you can usually see the shape from bird's eye view. It is usually like a ...
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He rares himself up?

Raring definition: very enthusiastic and eager to do something. I want to use rares, as in: He rares himself up, ready to tell her. I'm wanting to use it as in the cited example, meaning he ...
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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“Through” or “From”?

Amy talks about her strong interest in finance developed through her internship in the trust fund. I get confused about the word "through". Would it be appropriate to use it there?
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How to say “possibility at maximum rate” correctly

How do we say The possibility of dying in a car crash here, is always at the maximum rate correctly? Is that sentence correct? I don't want it to sound very formal.
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“On the header” vs. “in the header”

Include logo on the header of all the pages. In that sentence, is it correct to use on or should it be in? I have a decent idea of where to use on and in most of the time. But in the above ...
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Cognitive capacity and (memory) capacity

I'm having difficulty finding the appropriate form of the word memory that would fit my title. It probably isn't memorial as that's a noun. What would you suggest?
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“Take a rest” or “have some rest”?

Which one of the these is the correct, or can I use both? take a rest have some rest Or is there any better way to say that?
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“Went” vs. “went along”

At work, he made up lies as he went along. At work, he made up lies as he went. Is one of those two wrong?
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Is there a difference in meaning between “from the beginning” and “since the beginning”?

He’s been with us from the beginning. Is there a difference between from and since in the context of the quoted sentence?
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What's a word or phrase that means “get together with people informally to play music”?

What’s a word, phrase, or expression that means to get together with people informally to play music? Something that doesn’t imply any particular style — could be Jazz, Rock, Classical, Rap, etc.
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Butchering criticism?

Could "butcher" work as criticism? “I doubt [we'll be hearing from him], especially after we butchered him in that interview,”
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she said vexing OR she vexed [on hold]

Can I use "vexed" in the example: "You're impossible!" she vexed. or would I have to write: "You're impossible!" she said vexing. Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks and have a lovely day :)
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Should I greet my customer at 6pm with “good evening” or “good afternoon”?

How should I greet my customer if I meet him/her at 6pm for a discussion? Should I say "good evening" or should I say "good afternoon"? From my understanding, "good evening" is used at around 6pm, ...
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What is the difference between 'You are listened to' and 'You are heard'?

I've never heard anyone using the phrase 'listened to', unless a noun is added at the end of the phrase. When one listens to all complaints given by another, can one say 'You are listened to' to that ...
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Is “as to” used correctly in this context?

Is "as to" used correctly in this context? "John suggests they go see Billy while they make the decision as to whether or not they should agree to the operation." Thanks!
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion? [on hold]

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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Do surnames have to English language in England [on hold]

I've asked another question, because they wouldn't let me comment on my old question, but Italian? Amazing! As to whether not having an English-language name would make me English or not, I looked up ...
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Can one exonerate oneself?

You can exonerate, and be exonerated - but the word seems to be used in reference to an other. Is it proper to use the word when applying to the self? So, can one literally exonerate oneself? Of ...
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Word for the situation of being unable to pass opposing pedestrian, as you both start to step same direction

Is there a word or expression in English, which describes the situation, when you can't pass a stranger, who is walking towards you on the street, because you both start to step the same direction? ...
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What is the difference between “could not get to” and “did not get to”?

Take, for example, this sentence: Away from Vatican City, Tome was quiet as authorities ordered all public offices and schools to close (close), and banned (ban) cars from the roads. Millions of ...
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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The preposition of categorize - in/into/in to"

The definition of "categorize" in merriam-webster: :to put into a category After the definition let's take a look at some examples (in merriam-webster): This software lets you categorize ...
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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Another expression for “drinking behavior,” or “drinking habits” in this sentence.

"In other words, a member's drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers drinking behavior. " To avoid repetition of (drinking) in this sentence, i need one word for ...
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Is there a word or phrase for helping someone when you are better equipped than them?

Is there a word or phrase for doing a favour or helping someone because you are in a better position than they are to get it done? For example, it would take me a lot longer to herd some cattle than ...
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Correct use of “immaculate” in a compliment [on hold]

I saw a lady today who just dazzled me, she was so beautiful and pure. She was so divine and flawless. So if I say her beauty was immaculate Will it be appropriate or appreciated for this ...
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how do size describing words relate to each other? [on hold]

English has quite the amount of words that indicate how big something is: big, large, huge, giant, great, gigantic, gargantuan, titanic, monstruous,... I might be forgetting a few. The question I ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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Usage of word for smooth communication [on hold]

Should I use difficult words in speaking or writing.? Or should I use commonly used words?
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“Watch movie [x]” vs “see movie [x]” [migrated]

Is this sentence is correct "I am confused to see movie x or y". Should I use watch here or is see correct?
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Question about “between” vs. “among” - generic group or distinct members?

I have read Grammar Girl's excellent post on the difference between "between" and "among", but I've run into a scenario that has confused me. I used the sentence "Compare heights between these ...
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Is my name English? [on hold]

I have a question regarding my name and English language. My family's last name is Maiorana and were from Yorkshire (or so I thought). The other day my new girlfriend asked where my name was from and ...
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Does “do you not?” mean the same as “do not you?” [on hold]

The phrase is "Don't you know better?" When translating it to different languages, the word "don't" is obviously not an option... and apparently neither is phrasing it as "do you not know better?" My ...
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When do we use “rarely, hardly, seldom”?

I'd like to know when should we use "rarely" and "hardly" and "seldom". Can we use these adverbs in the same situation? Or do we need to follow some criteria for using those different adverbs?
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Someone or something small yet capable of having big influence? [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase that means a person or thing which is quite small yet capable of having big influence and impact on society?