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When to use “come” & when to use “go”?

I don't understand what this article is saying: We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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Looking for a special synonym for “sharing”

For sake of naming convention, I need a noun synonym to share that start with "ea" or "e". Is there any word that meets this constrain?
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Looking for a nice and unique word that resemble the general usability of a device

I am looking for a nice and unique word that resemble the general usability of a device. Let's assume we have a smoke detector that is installable on any heater, so what should I call it? e.g. ...
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advisable vs advised

I recently found myself reading a phase with one of the terms. It sounded wrong. Which one is correct/better? 1) Regardless, it is advisable to follow X guidelines 2) Regardless, it is advised to ...
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Is “what” or “which” more correct for an unknown (but ultimately finite) quantity?

Given a situation such as wanting to know the song someone is listening to, or the city someone lives in, is it more proper to use which (indicating the quantity is finite) or what (indicating its ...
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Words to differentiate between Class and Wealth

While there are many answers differentiating between class in a moral sense, (e.g. "Look at Johnny, cavorting with clowns. He truly has no class.") and wealth (see here, I can't find any between class ...
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Measurement and Unit, are these the best words to use to describe things like 100mg, 1ea, 4tab

I have a spreadsheet that has some data concatenated and I want to split it into appropriate fields. METHADONE HCL 5MG TAB UD POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 20MEQ PACKET MUPIROCIN 2% NASAL 1GM OINT I am ...
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Word to indicate a project or endeavor whose benefits are insubstantial (particularly in relation to it's costs)

Many programming languages are routinely created with promises of a new sort of paradigm that will eliminate inefficiency from the process of creating software. Like most of us who set out to change ...
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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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Is the following use of “decorating” incorrect and/or unclear?

If you do XYZ , it could end miserably with your body decorating the gutter by sundown. I looked up the use of decorating on Ngrams and Google and found nothing of the kind. This usage appears to ...
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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to emanate from vs to stem from

Are the words to emanate from and to stem from synonym in the following sense? Do you think I can swap with each other without changing the meaning of the following sentences ? 1 (Of a feeling, ...
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Concise Way to Say “Small Tasks can be as Important as Big Tasks”

I need a concise way to explain this idea: Doing the small and easy tasks can be as noble (or more worthwhile) than doing the hard tasks. Examples: 100 people can be more effective by ...
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Is there more monosyllabic lexis in the English Language than polysyllabic lexis?

In terms of words in the actual dictionary are there more monosyllabic words or more polysyllabic words?
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Word for one-sided conflict?

Can conflict be one sided? just looking for a word to describe a conflict within characters where the other character is oblivious.
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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Intelligent vs. smart in the context of software systems

From DifferrenceBetween, Smart is an earned status, for example when we study, we'll be smarter. But, Intelligence, is something with which someone is born, such as IQ. If we take above definitions ...
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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Someone who is passionate about finance?

What is the best word to describe someone who loves finance or finance enthusiast or anything related for that matter? I would like to describe someone with that word or you could say a special tag ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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Can “for” and “by” be used interchangeably with a gerund?

Is it correct to say "You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program?" I'm inclined to change it to "You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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Evaluation Method or Evaluation Methodology

In a research domain, evaluation part is itself challenging, and thus we are proposing a way of doing the evaluation in that domain (i.e. determining what inputs should be given to the system and what ...
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Estimated with/as/to be?

In the sentence The mass of X is estimated [...] one kilogram. what goes in the brackets? Especially which of the words in the title is/are correct?
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Need help with formation of this title

I am going to write my bachelor paper about how I am going to extend CASE tool transformation of integrity constrains from logical model to physical schema. I am not sure if it is relevant, but my ...
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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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Is there an adjective describing calendar information?

I am trying to find an overall expression for different types of calender days within a certain period. I would like to distinguish e.g. "normal working day", "Saturday", "Sunday or holiday". Is ...
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what do you call a visit to someone who has just beat an illness?

If I was visiting someone to wish well on them and thank God for their soundness and them overriding ailment and illness, what do you call that sort of visit? Let's go to Mark and ...... It's not ...
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Use of 'being' at the end of the sentence

Is it right if I write the sentence as follows: I started my graduate research on Sensing, dynamic spectrum access and sharing being the main focus. Or should I write it like this: I ...
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thriving initiative

Does this sentence make sense? (it refers to the project called "The city of changes" 'It's a THRIVING initiative that will be DEVELOPING in the future' ? I'm not really sure if the emphasised words ...
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dependent on personal preference / dependent on personal preferences

When I search on google "dependent on personal preference" or "dependent on personal preferences", I get similar numbers of search results (e.g. 30,000) for both cases. My question is, in this case, ...
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Is it right to say “Draw it big.”?

If I have already talked about drawing a circle and want to say that draw a big circle, is it right to say "Draw it big."?In the sentence bellow would I need an adverb in the blank or an adjective? ...
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A person who is biased to person x's advice

What do you call a person who is biased towards ones opinion or advice. For example, Person will mostly reject an opinion from person x and never from person y. I know of 'Opinionated' and 'Biased'. ...
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Does this sentence make sense with the word “adjudicated”?

"Online fantasy-sports contests are being adjudicated illegal, and their providers are to blame." Trying to see if I need another word there.
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“Size” vs. “scale”

I am trying to express a comparison between two sets of documents that have approximately the same number of documents. (A "set of documents" is a "corpus" here.) Which of the following works ...
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A third person pronoun referring to a first person

The following sentence is taken from Harvard Commencement Address by J.K.Rowling. Can the phrase she has become be replaced by I have become without changing the meaning? Looking back at the ...
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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Reverberated vs reverbed, used as “echoed”

My question is this: Can reverbed replace reverberated/echoed in the following sentence The sound echoed from downstairs into the hallway. Many of online dictionaries have word "reverb" ...
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Roboticist v.s. Robotician

I am wondering about the right word to explain the people, are who involved in the robotics realm. I've seen both Roboticist and Robotician within the technical literature. But I have no idea about ...
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How to use “have an impact”?

I was wondering whether saying "have an impact" instead of "have an impact on" is idiomatically correct. "He aspired to have an impact through education and hard work."
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Is it correct to use the term “bastions” as a way of referring it to the principles of social media?

I'm writing a response to someone. Just like the following statement, "... using the few socially promoted bastions of free education to hack", is it okay if I say "We use socially promoted bastions ...
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depleting or depletion?

Consider this following sentence, There seem to be more urgent issues: depleting sources of energy, water and air pollution, millions of hungry children, etc. As far as I know, 'deplete' is a ...
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Words that define spectrums of quantity and consensus

I need to fill a 4x4 grid with words, as seen here: I'm not quite sure how to fill in each blank box. They should be a spectrum of controversy to consensus, and minority to majority. This grid of ...
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What does a clock do with time?

In technical writing, when explaining how a clock displays time, what word is best to describe what it does? For example, does the clock 'read', 'say', 'display', etc. The clock reads 7:00. The ...
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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“Enquire from someone” vs “enquire with someone”

Which is the correct sentence from these two? Can you enquire from her? Can you enquire with her? I tried to search the internet but most results talk about the difference between ...
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On playing with words for naming and titling

I've watched a movie titled "Rain Fall" in which Rain was surname of the main character. The first thing that the title brings into mind is "rainfall". In fact, it's a common way of playing with words ...
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amongst and amidst and other words ending in -st

Came across this article earlier today, and now I'm questioning everything- Are "amongst" and "amidst" synonymous as the article states? Also, rather than possessing the "excrescent -st suffix", ...
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Where can I get a collection of “word spectrums”?

I understand that the The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus includes "word spectrums" (see illustration below) for a number of words. Is there another source for such type of data? That is, I want ...