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“Studying PhD at the university” or “studying PhD in the university”?

Which of these two sentences is correct: I am studying PhD at the university. I am studying PhD in the university. Should I use "at" or "in"? Or is there no difference?
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What would be the best terminology for these plans?

We have three plans for our website, currently named: "Pro", "Premium", and "Platinum" Pro is the basic. Premium is for professionals. Platinum is for industry (companies, and such). However, my ...
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Largest Fee vs Highest Amount when referring to a monetary (USD) amount

Given an array of dollar amounts called 'Fees,' what is the proper way to refer to the largest number? Is largest fee or highest amount preferred?
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What is the correct grammar here? [on hold]

Is the following statement grammatically correct? It is about want/wants I prefer being under a good leader who can tell me what he want, how he want it and when he want it. Or should it be like ...
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What is the difference between “Check it”, “Check it up” and “Check it out”?

Is there any differences between "Check it", "Check it up" and "Check it out"?
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Can I use the word “grabbable”?

I intend to describe something possible to be held by hand. I want to use the word in this fragment: Flat 3-dimensions and grabbable 2-dimensions. I'm trying to express in my paper that the ...
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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one of the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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Ending a mail in my language? [on hold]

I was having a discussion with my coworker because I was sending a mail in English (we're Mexicans), and I wanted to end the mail with: Saludos! My coworker insisted that I ought to stick to the ...
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What will “this country” refer to after mentioning a foreign state?

As far as I know, it is typical to refer to the country where the speaker lives as this country. For example, if a person lives in Great Britain and he wants to mention weather in Great Britain, he ...
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“Such requests” versus “those requests”

What is the difference between such requests, and these/those requests? For example, consider these sentences that are taken from a sentence making a list of requests: Such requests cannot be ...
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In (a) broad range of

Should "a" be used in the titular expression? I've found instances in which "a" used : This book presents a practical introduction to signal analysis techniques that are commonly used in a broad ...
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What is a better way of saying this.“Our most valuable inventory is our people” [on hold]

"Our most valuable inventory are our people" The word inventory is changeable to product if that works better. I plan on including a bar code of a name in between "inventory" and "are".
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Is there a word for someone who is very friendly but only on a very shallow level?

It's not being a sycophant, because he doesn't want any favors from you. It's just all small talk. I would like to know the best word to describe this behavior or this person?
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A Single Word for “Secretly watching your crush”

What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing? I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and ...
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Did I hear rightly – “Shiite Houthis are stated in to return the President to office.”

The answer would be very likely "No." I’ve been listening to AP Radio news, and heard the news of May 15 reporting the outcome of cease-fire negotiation between Saudi-led forces and Shiite Houthis as ...
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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Word for politicians and judges

Is there a word to describe a group of politicians and judges? The best I came up with is "public figures" which is both too wide (there are lots of public figures which are not politicians or judges) ...
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Difference between 'take' and 'steal' w.r.t. kidnapping

As synonyms for kidnapping, is there any difference between Take and Steal. The question raised to me based on two movie titles with almost identical plot: Stolen (Starring Nicolas Cage) and Taken ...
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Name for a Partition in a Building

What is a single word I can use to describe the different names given to different partitions in a building for easy location or recognition? "Nomenclature" comes close, but can I have a different ...
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Different words for referring to the Internet

Different people of different communities may refer to same thing in different ways. For example as I know, the Internet, in different countries or among a specific group of people (e.g. programmers) ...
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Is “fellow course members” formal

If one enters "fellow course members" In Google one only gets 8k+ hits. It is correct? And a formal way to describe people that took the same course you did? If not, what is? Is there some ...
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Twice vs Two Times

When I was in primary school we were told once by one teacher that if "twice" sounds correct in a sentence that you should never use "two times" instead. Has anyone else encountered this "rule" ...
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Choosing a preposition: A train TO/FOR class

What is the correct preposition to use in this case? For example, in the sentence "I usually study in the park before taking the train for class", should we replace the for with to? Or are they both ...
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word or job title to describe someone who seeks/finds finanical opportunities

I'm looking for a word or job title that describes someone who watches for opportunities or someone who sifts through information to find opportunities to advance their financial position. If it's a ...
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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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Colloquial English word for: a “Remote control”

What is the most popular word used for calling: "Remote control" in British families? How do the people call it? How the children call it? Thanks!
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Open/Closed vs Open/Close [on hold]

I recently saw a video of a sign that converts from the word 'open' to 'close' But I was wondering why in shops you can see the signs say 'OPEN / CLOSED' instead of 'OPEN / CLOSE' Are they both ...
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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What is a person (not a company) who provides a service called?

I need the correct English word for someone who provides a service. The word "service provider" seems obvious but it is not correct. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a service provider should ...
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does “willing” imply “allowing”?

I know that just because I am allowing something, it doesn't necessarily mean that I am desiring that something. But does "desiring" automatically imply "allowing"? for instance, does it make sense ...
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“Homosexual” or “Gay and Lesbian”? [on hold]

I have faced a problem with my writing which I could really do with some clarification on. My question applies to both British and American English (which is fairly standard on the internet). ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Name Suggestions [closed]

One of my friend is opening a start up firm. He needs a name for the firm which would mean "Everything" "all-in-one" "One Stop solution". He needs a name which can mean the said above words. Please ...
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Dragons are “fantastic” creatures or “fantastical” creatures?

If I'm discussing fantasy as a genre, and I want to describe a noun as fitting that genre, should I call it fantastic or fantastical? It seems both words exist in (say) Merriam-Webster, but the -al ...
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What is the term for replacing a name or brand with a funny pejorative / sardonicism?

What is the term for when one replaces a well-known name [(Proper) noun, company, brand, etc.] with one that tries to be funny yet pejoratively descriptive, different but similar enough that one's ...
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“Todo list” or “to-do list”

I always thought it was a todo list, and quite a few places online refer to it as todo, but various spell checkers are telling me it should be to-do. The only meaning I could find was ...
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A better, more academic way of saying 'whether or not'

This is my sentence, and I was hoping to make it sound more academic: The aim is to ascertain whether or not the actors from the two films analysed can be considered to be heroes Is there a ...
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“You belong to me” or “You belong with me” [on hold]

What's the difference between the titular expressions? if any, at all. Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries could not help!!
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Some years on/in

It seems both in and on could work for denoting after several years. However, is there any difference between them? Today, a further six years on, they have hardly changed at all. and But ...
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“Details on” or “Details about”? Use in technical writing

I'm writing a technical text about the information in a report, dealing with telecommunication procedures. I want to highlight that the information field I'm referring to doesn't provide any ...
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Which is the appropriated term to refer to the paper with barcodes that you pay in your internet banking or physical bank?

I have an issue with an online purchase in the Steam platform. Now I need to open a ticket to get my issue solved, but I do not know which is the correct term to refer to the payment method that I ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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I just wanted to say: Thank you! [migrated]

I don't have a question at the moment. I had a question about whether "bear" was correct when used as a verb as in bear with me" I found the answer and much more on this site. I wanted to write a ...
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Is this sentense correct [on hold]

Is this sentence : Water come from hills. correct or not? Whether we can use "come" here for water or not?
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Why do we say kith & kin and not kin & kith?

Why do we often say Kith & Kin and not Kin & Kith? I was taught to believe that family comes first and the other later and I do still believe in what I was taught.