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What is the proper way to use ' ones ' or ' one's ' this word in sentence?

It's said that this is not a good idea to think in my native language (Turkish) then try to translate it to English. But I couldn't find to correct word/phrase to express this sentence: I didn't ...
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What word or phrase is like a more negative version of “astonished”?

Is there a better word for the following example than astonished? I was astonished at the lack of respect Joe showed to his parents. I’m trying to use the word astonished in a sentence, but I ...
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What's a the word for people who make fun of themselves?

I don't mean people with low self esteem. But there are people who feel happy at being able to make other people laugh at their own expense. I remember someone telling me there is a word for them, I ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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Is it right to say 'perceive the world empirically'

I would like to know if this phrase is correct in grammar and used by native speakers. The sentence I write is 'taking a gap year can help students better perceive the world empirically'. Also if it ...
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Chapter names for two opposite things

I'm having five different algorithms about which I have to write a report. First, I analyze each algorithm on its own and then I compare the algorithms. My problem now is that I need two section ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences? And which one is more common?

I had wanted to buy a tv. I had had the idea of buying a TV. I really want to know the difference between them.
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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Fairy, Faerie, or Faery? [on hold]

I'm writing a story, and I was wondering if fairy, faerie, or faery was correct. Thanks!
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things (occurrences) according to previous events; i.e., who extrapolates to the consequences of ...
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What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone [on hold]

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
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How do you describe someone who can hear you or see you but pretends or ignores your presence while you are trying to get his or her attention ?

you are trying to get somebody's attention by waving your hand or saying hello! but he or she ignores you; I am looking for an Idiom or word to describe the situation or attitude of that person.
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Use of 'or' to indicate the consequence of an action

I have recently come across this (to me) strange usage of 'or': Given an option to do some action X with a consequence Y Do I want to do X or do I want to risk Y? Specifically, this appears in ...
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I work “in a grocery store” or “at a grocery store” [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker but both sounds good to me. Which one should be more accurate or in fact correct.
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't?

What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't? And if they do it, they take 6 months rather than the 6 days they said they could but not necessarily specified that they would? My ...
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What do you call someone who shoots fireworks professionally?

What is the name of the occupation for someone whose job it is to set up a fireworks display, fire it off for an event such as July 4th, and then tear it down? I have informally heard them called "...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who always tries to get more than he needs or deserves?

This person always tries to get more than he/she needs, especially gratuities, gifts and souvenirs. Looking or sounding ridiculous is no barrier for him/her.
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A word for: someone who is easy to talk to

I want to convey the idea that such and such person is very easy to talk to. I know that: 'talk to-able' is not a word, obviously. I can always say, "He is very easy to talk to." But I am looking ...
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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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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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What do you call someone who

What would you call a person who gains a sense of godlikeness, but uses their knowledge and omnipotence for what they feel is the good of others? I ask because I'm wondering what to call myself. I ...
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...
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What's a less offensive substitute for “rep-whores”?

This is a frequently thrown-around term on Internet forums in general and Stack Exchange specifically. Although it conveys a lot of meaning, I'd much prefer a phrase with a less offensive origin. ...
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What do you call writing in memory of someone who has passed away?

I was recently invited to contribute a piece of writing to commemorate a friend who has passed away. My writing, along with others, were compiled into a book that was passed out at the funeral; these ...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who works hard at night and does not sleep?

All the words or phrases I know for people who stay up at night merely describe the habit of not sleeping (e.g.: a night owl or insomniac) I am looking for a word or phrase with an emphasis on ...
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Is there a word for someone who you've not physically met but know well?

I have met many people online, but not physically. Like a boy who's like my brother. They're no less than my real-life buddies. So I have to create a group of contacts devoted to those people only. ...
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What do you call a person who is willing to be a reference for someone?

Joe asks his ex-boss Mary if she is willing to be contacted by future potential employers. What do we call Mary? "Referee" is one word used for this, but that means "sports umpire" to most people. ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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Is there a word for a person who believes all events - past, present and future - have all been predetermined?

Such person believes that whatever you did or do has been predetermined by a god or another omnipotent force. It's as if free will didn't exist. e.g. "It's no use trying to discuss it with you. You ...
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What do you call a person who is constantly busy yet always willing to go the extra mile?

What do you call a person who is constantly busy with his or her workload but is willing to go the extra mile to do more than what is needed? Is hardworking good enough or is there some other better ...
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What is the word/phrase for someone between expert and novice?

I come across various people within my field (software developer) and people who are related to my field (the marketing/business people). Many a time when I want to opine or express my question/answer,...
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A person who twists facts to appear infallible?

What is the correct term for a person who twists facts and provides misinterpretations in an effort to appear infallible? The kind of person who is given a simple logic puzzle, fails to solve it ...
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What is a word for a person who throws a “fake smile”?

Most people, especially receptionists and air hostesses have the ability to smile in a fake way. Being professional, their smile isn't real. Inside they cry and die a thousand dead of tensions but ...
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What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?

What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone? For example, someone started to stay late at night till 8 p.m. and later everyone started to stay till 8 p.m..
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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 appreciated....
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“Consists of” vs. “consists in”: different meanings of the verb, or the same meaning applied differently?

Mark Twain said, Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. Could he have used consists of there instead of consists in and ...
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How to identify “deictic center” for distinguishing “come” & “go”?

Read this paragraph from this site My question is: How to identify "deictic center" for distinguishing "come" & "go"? Let say I am at home & I say "I am going to the zoo this evening", so ...
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the difference meaning between humiliate and ridicule [on hold]

i get new word, ridicule, that means making fun of someone in harsh way how about humiliate. i think there both have similiarity but there both not a synonym. what is the difference ? thanks
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Non-religious word for “blessed”

I want to say on social media that I am blessed to have my daughter, but I am not religious and find it awkward when people respond saying that they are sending prayers my way. I appreciate the ...
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Synonyms to “teach a course”

I'm a non-native English speaker who sometimes teaches topics like programming and development practices but I haven't found a good way to express that in English. "Teaching" and "educating" sound ...
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“in how far” vs “ how far”

Please have a look at this assignment: "Point out in how far the American Dream has become a nightmare." It is taken from a German textbook for English learners at an advanced level ("The ...
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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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Is it ever appropriate to use “where” instead of “because” or “since”?

I work at a large company (4,000+ employees) where a lot of people use the word "where" in a way that I firmly believe is incorrect. They use "where" at the beginning of a sentence instead of using "...
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Significance of the term “London town”?

I have heard multiple instances of "London town" in Gwen Stefani's song Rich Girl, and in a commercial for the second Garfield movie (just a TV spot, not a trailer). I want to know what it means and ...
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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Differences between “tranche” and “batch”

I work in the data science realm, where we tend to use "batch" when referring to collections of data points composed as follows: Biosamples 1-10, processed as per A, on Day 1 = batch 1 Biosamples 2-...
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Learning with a quiet heart

Is it normal to say: I am learning with a quiet heart. To me, it seems that it is not my heart that is learning. It is in fact my brain which is learning. So maybe I should say: I am ...
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Use of 'floor' instead of 'ground' when referring to exterior surfaces

I've noticed more and more lately in UK English that people say, for example: He fell to the floor. when they're describing an exterior situation. I would always have said He fell to the ...