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Alternative ways to say “I am feeling pushed to the ground”

Assume a get together where a group of friends are having chit chat over tea. Suddenly they plan to pull someone's leg together. No matter what the person in the spotlight says, people are not ...
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the difference between to draw up and to write something

What is the difference between between to draw up and to write in terms of meaning? I saw it this usage in a sentence like "...draw up a constitution..." and I thought can I say also " to draw up ...
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The difference between 'to reverberate' , 'to resonate' and 'to resound'

In my book, I came across this sentence: "The revolution of 1848 reverberated throughout Europe, resulting in a series of revolutions, most powerfully in..." Because the subject is the history ...
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Meaning of the word 'apprehension' in following context

Sentence: As she had never been in such a situation before, her apprehension was understandable. Options: eagerness fear hesitation excitement
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Is there a word to describe a piece of land surrounded by river(s)?

I was wondering if there is a word that describes a piece of land that is being surrounded by river(s)? Is "island" appropriate for this? I always thought the word Island means a piece of land ...
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rode vs. ridden [on hold]

What is the correct usage of the word "ridden"? Can I say "I haven't ridden a bicycle in ages" or "I haven't rode a bicycle in ages"? Ridden sounds correct to me, but I'm not quite sure.
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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Word for submission of evidence?

I was reading an article about Elie Wiesel's memoir( novel ? ), Night. It argues that his memoir( novel ? ), was falsified. His response was that it was "his ___". The underlined is a word that when ...
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About or around when referring to approximate age?

I am not sure which one is the correct word for beginning this sentence. Is it just a stylistic choice? I was around 10 years old when... or I was about 10 years old when...
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Control, control and manage, management difference

What is the difference between control and m­anage? Some context below:­ I can control/manage it.­ I keep it under control/management.­ It is a subject of control/management.­ These phrases could ...
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Difference between Scruple and Doubt?

Again, both refer to very same meaning.. what's the difference ?
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Is “nodding” always a conscious act?

This is perfectly normal: He nodded at her in agreement. How about this? He fell asleep in the bus. I watched him nod, his puffy hair brushing the seat in front of him. Is nod in this ...
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How to properly say 'number of people'?

THE SITUATION: In an online form I need to know how many people book a service. EXAMPLE: Type of service - ... Date - ... Number of people - ... THE QUESTION: What is the proper way to ask it? ...
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What is the English word meaning “of low possibility”?

For example: — Do you think you can come? — Yeah, unless (word here) I have a visitor. "not very likely" seems like a solution, but is there any other shorter word/phrase to use? EDIT: ...
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Is there a word for the payment to someone who attends a meeting?

I'm looking for a word that describes the wage given to someone (a committee member) for attending the meetings/sessions of the committee. I've done some research and have seen this question Is there ...
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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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“Blurted” vs “blurted out”

Are the two the same thing? Example: “Exploding Whale?” I blurted. “You mean someone blew up a whale with dynamite?” “Exploding Whale?” I blurted out. “You mean someone blew up a whale with ...
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To or Towards…?

Can 'to' be replaced with/used interchangeably with 'towards' in an essay to make myself sound more sophisticated or are there linguistical complications associated with using it everywhere? If so, ...
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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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Is this correct to say “a large group of crowd(s)”

Crowd means a large number of persons gathered together, however I've found some examples in which this expression is used "a large group of crowd". In the future, these flying drones may be seen ...
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves?

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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“Verse” or “Verses”?

A lot of people say this when they are challenging someone else: I'll verse you. I thought this sentence was grammatically correct. However one day my computer teacher got into an argument with ...
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“Cure of” vs. “cure from”

What's the difference between the following two? God, cure me of this sickness that I have. God, cure me from this sickness that I have.
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What is the difference in meaning between 'nonchalant' and 'insouciant'?

OED defines them as: nonchalant adjective (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm insouciant adjective showing ...
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Is this the right way of framing the sentence [on hold]

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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Word to describe a person who expresses his or her feelings frequently?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person (it can be a term of animal behavior) who expresses his or her feelings frequently, particularly through facial expressions.
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What adjective would best describe adjectives that are related to feelings?

Joyful, happy, angry, hilarious, lovable, annoying, poignant, melancholic, depressing, cheerful, hateful, etc. All these ones are adjectives. Some of them can be applied to those objects who ...
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Do my prejudices get “fulfilled”?

When reality agrees with my prejudices, they get __. What's the right word? For example: "I had long been prejudiced against city-dwellers as wayward and spendthrift; and when I saw the lust and ...
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What are the differences between “assumption” and “presumption”?

I was told the following: A presumption is something you think is true before you know any facts about the matter. An assumption is something you think is true when you miss information, but ...
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what to ask after “how are you”? [on hold]

After responding to how are you?, what should I ask next? I need some unique questions to ask.
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Can I use “within” in place of “before” in “I will go there before 7 p.m.”? [on hold]

I will go there before 7 p.m. Can I use "within 7 p.m." in this sentence ? Or would it be wrong to use "within"?
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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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Is there an English variant of “Zeitgeist” other than “spirit of the times”?

Is there a cut-and-dry English word that means the same, or roughly the same, as the German word "Zeitgeist," other than its literal meaning of "spirit of the times"? I've grown sour on its presence ...
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how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past [on hold]

how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past. examples: bad grades in freshman year, laziness, drug use. and how i have rebounded and made myself a ...
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How should I title the ppt page filled with favors? [on hold]

I'm working on a power point to give a presentation to our business partner. I wondered how I should title the page filled with favors to ask. (Favors regarding sales activity) Could anyone tell me ...
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Applied to the lottery or for the lottery? [on hold]

Which preposition should I use in the following sentence: I applied ____ greencard lottery. Would it be: I applied for the greencard lottery. or I applied to the greencard lottery. ...
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“Microwaved” or “Micro waved” [on hold]

As an adjective describing something that has been cooked in a microwave, would you say "microwaved" or "micro waved"? The dictionary says microwaved, but my autocorrect corrects to micro waved.
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What can a user do with a checkbox?

When user is presented with a checkbox on a webpage. What can he/she do with it in order to place a little birdy inside it? check (Please, check the checkbox...) tick (Please, tick the checkbox...) ...
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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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He/she or what else could fit in a sentence referring to a transgender person?

The transgender, who secured 75 per cent in B.A. through distance education programme, said she had applied for the examination soon after the publication of the notification. On reading that ...
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Which one has better influence in academic writing?

I am writing the acknowledgment of my article and so I wrote: I would like to appreciate the Reviewers' subtle comments on improving this article. My main problem is to use in improving or on ...
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Best resources for word popularity [closed]

I am looking for a good resource that can give me some idea of how popular or commonly used a word is. Some of these may be: WordCount.org -- Indexes the words based on the popularity count. For ...
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What's a good idiom to describe someone who is very clever?

Is there an idiom to describe someone who is clever and quick-witted?
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How do treaties and pacts differ?

Definition of treaty by Cambridge Dictionary Online: a written agreement between two or more countries, formally approved and signed by their leaders Definition of pact by Cambridge Dictionary ...
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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what is the opposite way of an expression of “win-win situation”?

I am just trying to find out an expression that is an opposite of "win-win situation? when you are having problems or in troubles and trying to get out or to solve those problems in multiple way but ...
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What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?

I cannot find the right words or expression or idiom to describe a person who borrows something from someone but will not return it to its owner. Also, I would like to know the word that describes a ...
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Name for fine hair on human skin

Apart from our palms and the soles of our feet, all human skin is covered with hair. What is the word for the fine hair on a human being’s skin? I would be especially interested in what you would ...
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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?