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would you ask someone to drive safe or to drive safely?

When someone is going to drive their car somewhere, I always used to say "drive safely" to them. Recently I was told I should say "drive safe." Which is correct? So it's about when to use the word ...
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“[all] over the world” vs “in the world”

Could one help me with good examples wich show what is the difference between "[all] over the world" and "in the world"? Thanks in advance. Upd: found some piece of info: ...
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Comparator vs. Comparative [on hold]

I want to say people have different ways of evaluating a proposition. Which of the following sentences is more suitable for this context? People use different comparator functions for evaluating ...
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“Prices of” vs “prices for”

I came across two different sentences, from The Wall Street Journal, both containing the word "prices" but with different prepositions, "of" and "for". Here are the two sentences. Audi Cuts ...
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Polite reminder for some (pending) favour [on hold]

In formal writing, what would be a good/polite way to say that you are about to ask someone a favour, especially if that favour is not a new one, but something you already asked (but perhaps for some ...
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“Curious as to who” vs. “curious of who”

I'm curious as to who you are. I'm curious of who you are. The person is anonymous and I'm just wondering who it is.
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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What's a negative word for “subtle”?

I'm trying to describe software bugs that are hard to track down due to the mistake (introduced by the developer) being a very subtle one. "when these errors manifest they do so in a ...
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Is 'set phrase' a set phrase?

Some words or phrases have 'special' meaning beyond the combination of constituent parts. For example: 'White House' is the white house where the US president lives. 'black board' is where you ...
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What would be an exact word to describe taking solace in other's misfortune, knowing one is not alone in facing it?

Schadenfreude implies deriving 'pleasure' in other's misfortune but what I am looking for is a word where one derives comfort that one's misfortune is faced by others as well. For instance, knowing at ...
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“I feel stressed” or “I feel stressful”? Which one is correct? [closed]

I say "I feel stressful" but my teacher, a native speaker of English, says that I should say "I feel stressed". Both stressful and stressed are adjective. Which is correct, I feel stressed or I ...
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How to express the idea of the company I am working for and not my company?

Ok, English is my second language, and sometimes I have the following confusing situation. When on the train, I told a friend of mine that “My company is not doing well these days. By my company I ...
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Which of “I’d rather it be/were you” is/are correct?

Which of these is correct and why? I’d rather it be you. I’d rather it were you.
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Which term expresses ”a generation of graduates who graduated the first course of a college”?

Suppose business college A first debuted in 2000. It opened its first business course in 2000, and the course will finish in 2004. In 2001 it opened a second course, and students who enrolled in 2001 ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Contents”

I'm a student and about to write my first scientific paper in English. I'm currently not sure how to name the "table of contents". The dictionary says that "Contents" is more popular, but I have seen ...
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“Sponsoring” without implying funding

I am trying to replace the term "sponsored" in the following context, with a better term that does not imply receiving funds or support of any kind. Project X was sponsored by Company Y. Any ...
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Word for a given situation

In the spirit of The Big Bang TV show titles I am looking for a word to use in a particular situation. First, there's a joke that sets up the scenario. 2 guys camping. They are barefoot by the fire. ...
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Is there an adjective for people who prefer seeing diagrams rather than reading words?

I have a friend who prefer seeing diagrams rather than reading words. Is there an adjective to represent his character?
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Which is correct: 'Drafty' or 'draughty'?

I have been changing 'drafty' for 'draughty', or because of my confusion, removing the word altogether while subbing online articles. I'd appreciate guidance on which term is correct for UK English. ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant?

Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant? A title which would make these designation sound professional and more respectable.
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Better word for blackmail or extortion

A while ago I used the word blackmail in a situation, just to learn that the word didn't fit. I am left wondering whether there is a better choice. I probably have to explain the situation (I'll try ...
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Is this the right way of framing the sentence

I am preparing my resume and I would like to have your opinion on the grammatical correctness of the following sentences. Taught Laboratory sessions, graded home works, exams for PH 101 (Course ...
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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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Is there a single word that expresses “music end-users / enthusiasts”?

To help a soon-to-be sister site out here, I was thinking English.SE perhaps could lend a helping hand as this is the best place for "word choice and usage". I'm not looking for "naming", but rather ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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aberration vs aberrance vs aberrancy

All three nouns are derived from aberrant, the latter two are not used often I suppose considering that spell check considered them misspelt. What are the difference between the three? Are they ...
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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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“More clear” vs “Clearer”: when to use “more” instead of “-er”?

Which one of these adjectives is correct? I can see that both of them are being used, I'm just not sure which one is grammatically correct. Are there any general rules to follow as to the use of one ...
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Direct object for the verb “imbue” that isn't on this list

I originally posted this question on RPG StackExchange, as my use of the word would be for a custom Dungeons & Dragons class. There weren't a lot of thoughts there, so I thought I'd try here. ...
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Should I use 'health check' or 'healthcheck'?

I don't know if this adds anything, but the context is computer software where a component checks the health of the system and produces a report. I don't know whether it's a 'Health Check Feature' or ...
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verb of 'remediation' (no such thing as 'remediated')

As in the sentence: The pill, in combination with a lot of water, remediated the [effects of the] alcohol. I know there's no such word, only remediation, but I wish it was a word, because it ...
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neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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my first summer assignment and i want it to be as perfect as possible. does this sound alright?

"Which character seems to you most responsible for the sufferings of the main characters in the story? Explain. Include specific text references to support your ideas." The author describes ...
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is the grammar correct? and do i need to add more? [on hold]

Dimmesdale’s final confession was courageous, but if he really was to be truly courageous about the confession then he would of confessed seven years ago. He would of had a better life, and not feel ...
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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“It could/might/may be funny” — what is the correct usage?

What is the difference in meaning in these three sentences? it might be funny it could be funny it may be funny The answer was partially touched on in this post.
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A phrase to replace “you use” in this sentence

I'm trying to ask a question to a student, but I really want to avoid using the phrase "you use". I still want to address the student directly but "you use" just feels awkward and clumsy. The sentence ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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Is there any polite equivalent to “genitals”?

Albeit slightly conflicting, I was wondering if there's any more "polite", or better flowing word other than "genitals" in the context of: His genitals were cut off. It would be prefered if the ...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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English equivalent of “amae” (甘え) - the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person

Amae is simply defined as the feeling of pleasurable dependence on another person but there is more to it. I'm including an example sentence for the sake of showing how the word can be used but this ...
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Person versus People

When is the proper time to use the word "persons" in a sentence instead of using "people"?
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It's a pity / shame / unfortunate

Dear native speakers of British / American English, I often find myself in the situation when I have to say one of these but then get confused about the choice of word. Is there any difference in ...
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Verb when citing statistics ex. “one in nine Americans (work or works) in sales”

When I read the following sentence: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. I believe work sounds better than works. Experts and wordsmiths, ...