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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase - “he / she fights on”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "he / she fights on" to say that a person is fighting / struggling for a cause?
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Finding Alternative Adjectives for “Very ___”

Is there a good resource for finding alternatives to using an adjective phrase intensified by the word "very", besides a thesaurus? (E.g., "very afraid" -> "terrified".) Thesauri provide wider-than ...
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“What I'm looking for is/are [plural noun]”

Which one of the below is correct, and if both are correct in certain contexts, which is the preferred one? What I'm looking for is methods that help... What I'm looking for are the methods ...
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craft with -ing or not?

I've seen 'coding craft': http://www.codingcraft.co.uk/ and 'hire craft': http://hirecraft.com/ what's the correct version? why not 'hiring craft'? what's the difference?
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Prediction / Foreshadow verb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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What is the difference between 'You are listened to' and 'You are heard'?

I've never heard anyone using the phrase 'listened to', unless a noun is added at the end of the phrase. When one listens to all complaints given by another, can one say 'You are listened to' to that ...
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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...
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Word like 'Start' and 'End' for 'inbetween/during'

Is there a word that is similar to 'start' and 'end' that means 'during'. I want to be able to say something like: I start, _____, and end the day with Nutella.
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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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arrange VS arrange for

Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available ...
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How to express “prefer in order”

Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why ...
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Word for something used to show a distinction? Metaphor maybe?

In the phrase: From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me The corpse is symbolic and the mirror creates a distinction between his physical self and his perceived self. IS there a ...
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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What does “mainstream pop music” mean? And is it singular or plural?

Is "mainstream pop music" just a genre or genres? Whatever it means, can I use it as below? What kind of mainstream pop music do you like? What kinds of mainstream pop music do you like?
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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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“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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“aiming to” vs “aimed to be”

I'm trying to define a goal for my scientific journal paper. What is the proper use of English language and grammar here? Does it make sense in its current form? We are running a study towards ...
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Until, till, as long as

I will not go to the garden until my mother allows me I will not go to the garden as long as my mother doesn't allow me I will not go to the garden till my mother allows me: Are these sentences the ...
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One talk/paper, two speakers/authors

I'm looking for an English word which would replace "a seminar/conference talk where each co-author of the paper gives approximately one half of the talk" which may or may not exist.
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When to use 'degree of' versus 'level of' in urban planning

Should we say, in urban planning, a certain level of compact development, or a certain degree of compact development?
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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Are there any conditions for using “would”?

In the following sentences, is on appropriate or for? Can the first about be omitted? Is would correct? On (for) actual LiDAR sensors, the lasers turn (about) or oscillate about an axis, as is ...
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Can the word 'fluently' be interchanged with 'fluidly' in this sentence, “I see I can't write fluidly either.”

I was asking a question concerning the use of the words 'fluently' or 'fluidly' in a particular sentence. I did not mean to post it as an Answer.
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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“Lasting” or “with a duration of”?

I'm editing a very bureaucratic document and I'm trying to make it less bureaucratic. There's a passage that refers to "a session with a duration of 1-2 hours." I want to change it to "a session ...
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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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Descry, Espy, Spot, Spy

I know as a general rule that no two words are identical in meaning and use. I was wondering if I could get help in understanding the different meanings and uses of descry, espy, spot and spy. I know ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved?

"It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation." I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an 'I' already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Term to express a range of fluctuation

I am trying to make a term for a function equipped on an image sensor. The term is to express "the upper limit of fluctuation allowance in image size which is specified in %" The value of percentage ...
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A word that describes different forms of the same word?

Is there a word that describes the many different forms of a root word (and I don't mean tense). In this example specifically the root word would be compare...and the form of it is comparatively. But ...
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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“But let's say they…” vs “but say they…”

Are both correct? Which one is more common? Example: But let's say they achieved their goal and became elected. What good would that have been? But say they achieved their goal and became ...
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shoe rack vs stand

I have a piece of furniture with two bars held together by pieces of wood on either side. There are two layers of these bars ( for a total of 4 bars ) It is used to hold shoes. What would be the best ...
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A word for: the regular swallowing of one's saliva

Humans (and member of many other species too) must swallow their saliva fairly regularly, especially when awake. Is there any nice, plain-English word for this action? For example, instead of ...
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What does “share the passion” mean?

For example, what would it be defined if used in this sentence: We "share the passion" in reading fantasy adventure book series. Also, should "in" be replaced with "of"?
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Can “existing” ever refer to past existence?

It included a better warranty than John's existing one, which was exactly what John needed. Can existing/current refer to the warranty at the time in the past? It needs to express the idea that ...
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“relaxed flying fingers” associated with ergonomic keyboard computer interface?

I want to start an open source software project and call it "relaxed flying fingers". The project is about a better keyboard interface, especially for touch typers (people typing with ten fingers). ...
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including or included?

I'd greatly appreciate if someone could tell me whether both of the following are correct: Ageing concerns all of us, INCLUDING me. [I know this one is correct] Ageing concerns all of us, me ...
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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...
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Is there a word similar to 'demonym' that is used for ethnicity instead of nationality?

For example, if I were discussing an American citizen of Chinese ethnicity and a Chinese tourist in America, would there be a word to categorize my use of the word 'Chinese' in this context? As the ...
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Referral Campaigns or Your Referral Schemes

I have a referral program which comprises of 50% UK users and 50% US users. Taking into account location, what would be the most appropriate title to use... Your Referral Campaigns Or Your ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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Using localising adjectives + adverbial construction with 'where'

I am wondering whether it is possible to use an adverbial phrase with 'where' to describe words like 'ashore' or 'aground'. Examples: I stepped ashore where the sun was filling with a red ...
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Is there a difference between “each of which/some of which” and “each of them/some of them”?

Is there a difference between the expressions "each of which" and "each of them", and also for "some of which" and "some of them"? For example: The paragraph is composed of sentences, for each ...
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Word for a platform for knowledge sharing

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a platform (e.g a website) that this is a place for knowledge sharing. I found that maven, pundit, guru is related but not appropriate. Can you ...
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...