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Logical meaning of “And / Or”

I see this cropping up more frequently, particularly in legal discussions. My understanding was that OR included both logical clauses of AND and OR. Has it become necessary to specify "and/or" vs. ...
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Who excels under pressure?

I am not looking for phrases that mean to keep your poise or have courage. I am looking for something - word or phrase - the succinctly describes someone who is better under pressure. An example ...
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Difference between “find” and “search”?

What is the difference between find and search? Please suggest the proper usage.
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What's the difference between “imply” and “hint”?

I have a question. What's the difference between these two words, imply and hint? They seem to have the same meaning in definition and if they actually mean the same, which one of them is more ...
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What do you call someone who solves puzzles?

What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic. I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword ...
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A question on the usage of the word “completing” versus the words “that completed.”

I am reviewing a paper and the following sentence keeps jumping out at me as an incorrect usage of the word completing: For the subset of individuals completing fewer than 500 trials in total, ...
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Why do we use 'telling' in the following sentence?

Why do we use 'telling' in the following sentence? Was it difficult, telling your mum and dad? -Well, yes and no. Instead of 'telling' could we say 'to tell'? What's the difference ...
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Correct term for having lost (not cut) one's hair

Is bald more correct than hairless when referring to someone who has lost their hair? Dictionary.com states that bald means having little or no hair on the scalp and that hairless means ...
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Which verb form to use after "had better do that it [migrated]

what is the right verb form for "had better" sentences? for example: she had better remember that she has to leave the city soon OR she had better remember that she have to leave the city soon ...
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“Excel at something” vs. “excel in something”

I've come across a question while writing an exam Roger really excelled ___ sports A) at B) on C) in D) for My first thought was 'in', later I remembered using 'at' also. I've ...
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What is the word for knowing how to use something (phone, car, etc), but not understanding how it works?

I'm looking for a word which encapsulates the above concept. An example: when someone knows how to use their phone, but doesn't understand how to take it apart, put it together, etc.
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Modern use of “I should think” vs. “I would think” in speech

When I listen to old Tom Lehrer recordings he says, I should like to introduce... and it sounds a bit strange. However, yesterday I was building a shed with my wife and I said, much to my ...
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“Study/Investigate the Possibility”: Which One and Why?

I just changed a sentence from "Further, we study the possibility that ..." to "we investigate the possibility", and I'm not sure why it seems better that way. Is it because, in this context, ...
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Not to mention A and/or B?

I want to express X is prohibited. Of course A is prohibited. Of course B is also prohibited. Should I use X is prohibited. Not to mention A and B. or X is prohibited. Not to mention A ...
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Clearest way to say “penultimate?”

I have a series of paired bar charts that show the most recent administration of a survey immediately adjacent to the next most recent administration for a given client. The two time points are two ...
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Difference between control and manage?

They seem to function the same. Manage is even "control in action or use" according to http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/manage. Control is a verb so isn't that in action as well? Thus, is it the ...
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Beg to differ - Why is there a need to beg for differ

Wouldn't 'Wish to differ' be better than 'Beg to differ'? A friend of mine asked me why I like to 'beg to differ', instead of 'wish to differ' or 'want to differ'. Any insight on the history of 'Beg ...
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Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the ...
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What is the difference between Pharmaceutical and Medicine? [on hold]

Can we use the word "pharmaceutical" exactly as same as "medicine"? For example:1-I bought too many medicines. 2-Medicines nowadays cost a lot. Can we replace the word :medicine/s" with ...
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Affect or Effect? [on hold]

I still don't really know, despite trying to read the definitions. I believe this sentence is correct but let me know. I seriously wish I could foresee the future and know of all the different ...
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“in how far” vs “ how far”

Please have a look at this statement: "Point out in how far these aspects are represented in the film." For me personally " in how far" sounds totally normal. However, a British person told me that ...
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Mobile vs cell vs phone

I am writing some text for software that we are developing and I can't make up my mind about which word to use for "mobile phone". For example in the sentence "You need to install the app on your ...
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How to choose between “my” and “our” when talking about a group of people I belong to?

My family - Our family My company - Our company My school - Our school My team - Our team ... When talking about a group of people including myself to someone who is not part of that group, it ...
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The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
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“Reaction to” or “reaction at”?

Here's the context: So has gone the reaction of many to the news that Facebook is buying the mobile photo-sharing service Instagram[.] Could "at" be used as well? I was taught that, when it ...
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Why is motherboad called as “motherboard”, not “fatherboard”? [duplicate]

My question is why we call motherboard as motherboard. Why not fatherboard? I am not satisfied with the answer which you provided on your website. Please answer this question.
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What is more formal

What is more formal Please give me tea with no milk or Please give me tea without milk or both are same?
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Functionality is working “fine” or “as expected”

Here the functionality is related with web Site responses. Now I'm looking for a sentence which would be preferable when, ABC functionality was not working before, (Explanation of some work ...
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“Nervous” vs. “anxious”

Are these words interchangeable? When would you use one over the other? For example, is it correct to say you "feel nervous" or "feel anxious"? Is it correct to say you are an "anxious person" or a ...
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'In' and 'among' of the title of a manuscript, which is appropriate?

I'm writing a manuscript for a medical journal, but I have trouble giving a title of it. The article looks into the effect (severe perineal injury) of episiotomy (a procedure done when delivering a ...
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What do you call different runs of a simulation

I have a basic scenario that is going to have a 'typical' set of settings (flow rate, temperature, etc) Then there will also be a Max flow rate Then there will also be a Min flow rate For each of ...
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This is my, Tom, and Alex's poster which we made for last Monday's lesson

Is this right? How do I show ownership by the group of three of us?
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Word usage: feeble

Is it correct to say Feeble people are more at risk of flu-related complications. to convey the idea that there are different levels of risk in the population at risk? I could have said old ...
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drawn or drawn in

I have a figure and some edges are plotted for convenience. So I want to write a caption like "Auxiliary edges are drawn in" But I'm confused about the in. As a non native speaker, drawn in ...
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Alternative for “Family” when talking about a fostered child

I am currently rewriting a formal agreement regarding a fostered child. The Foster Carers have specifically asked to be referred to as Foster Carers as opposed to Parents in all correspondence to ...
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Differences between “atomic bomb” and “nuclear weapon”

What differences are there between "atomic bomb" and "nuclear weapon"? Is "atomic" only used when using talking about nuclear fission, whereas "nuclear" can mean either fission or fusion, as claimed ...
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Activity vs. operation [on hold]

Should it be: The network consists of 4 operations: project planning, engineering, and production. OR The network consists of 4 activites: project planning, engineering, and production. What if the ...
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What is a verb meaning “bringing out emotion within someone?”

For example: when you are listening to a song and a piece of it moves you emotionally. What verb could be used to describe the "vivification" of that emotion?
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What is the difference between “perpetrator” and “transgressor”? [on hold]

I don't quite understand when one might be applied, but not the other. Also, is anyone who committed a transgression a transgressor, or might they also be perpetrators? Does it make a difference? ...
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Language school & language institute

I'm a non-native English speaker in Iran. Here we have schools to which students go to learn about different subjects such as math, history and English. We have institutes (or at least we call them ...
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Synonym of bad effect or bad situation - one word

I want to use a noun to describe the bad effects of AIDS on the population of a country. The context of the word is this sentence: In this report, we also provide some statistics on the bad ...
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“For most” vs “of many” Idiomatic Language

For example, which choice of idiomatic language would best serve the meaning of this particular sentence? My friend Allan is typical for most / of many programmers today in that he ponders for ...
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Which is correct, artifact or artefact? [duplicate]

I am writing a book about illicit antiquities. Some of my resources spell this word, artefact; others, artifact. Is one right and the other wrong?
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Adjective that expresses the scale/range of a noun

Coudl you please imagine that each country has a central library and that there is a system that will connect all of them with each other. How can I say that "this is a system that connects (the ...
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A date when a price is set by a company

How would you call a date when a company sets its price? I. e. a carmaker will set the price for its new model on a certain date. The context is a legal contract. In particular, does it sound right ...
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Facilitate (XX) student-student interaction?

I want to describe the advantage of small class. It facilitates [XX] teacher to student interaction. But I don't know what to fill in for [XX]. Can I say, closer and more effective? The ...
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Assessing Formality via the Root of the Word

Firstly, I'd point out that as this is a slightly open-ended question I'm not certain how well it fits in with the guideline. I'm hoping that the fact there's a way to define an answer means that it ...