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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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Difference between deterrent and hindrance?

I have this sentence: In India analysts attributed high cost of Apple's devices to be a major deterrent to sales of iPhone that completes with android based smartphones. My question is why ...
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How are “autopsy of a corpse” and “post-mortem of a corpse” different?

Autopsy is surgical examination of a corpse to find out the cause of the death. Post-mortem, used in isolation as in "Post-mortem was done", refers to surgical examination of a corpse. Now, the ...
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How to explain the portion of the hand that holds less than the other?

When you hold a handful of something, the enclosed portion below your thumb can generally handle a larger quantity than the area circled red in the photo below... How can this less-supported area ...
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Is good afternoon old fashioned?

I watched a video on YouTube where an American explains that "Good afternoon" is not common to say, he said it´s old fashioned. Is it true ? I´ve never heard about that. What can I say instead of good ...
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Double Dutch jump rope

What is the action the two people holding the jump rope in Double Dutch perform on the rope? Twirl, swing, turn, hold, whirl . . .? What word do you think best describes this action; and what is the ...
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Which form would be correct: cyber security, cyber-security or cybersecurity?

I want to stop changing my mind, I've used all three of the forms cyber security, cyber-security or cybersecurity at different times. There have been previous discussions on this (e.g. here and here) ...
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“An abundance of platitudes” - singular or plural?

I'm a non-native speaker doing writing in English. Someone pointed out to me that the sentence: There was an abundance of platitudes should be There were an abundance of platitudes ...
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The correct use of conversely

I think perhaps I'm using the wrong word in this sentence. Is this the correct use of conversely and if not what is the correct word to use and what is the correct use of conversely. If we decide ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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“Tested Recently” or “Recently Tested”?

Is there one term that is clearly better than the other? Here is the use case: I have a computer system which shows when certain machines have been tested. The possible values are "Ready For Test", "...
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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 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 be ...
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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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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 ...
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“Parallel With” versus “Parallel to.”

Are there rules for the use of "parallel with" and "parallel to"? I am interested in mapping, i.e., literal parallels, not the metaphorical usage.
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Is there a rule to determine when to use the phrase “known for” instead of “known by”? Are these terms interchangeable?

I was recently told that "known by" is used for a characteristic or feature and "known for" is used for act that someone is associated with. Is this a true rule or are the phrases interchangeable ...
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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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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How exactly do you call a scruffy designer’s 3 day stubble with a 5 o’ clock shadow (beard)?

There’s a type of beard that men grow in a few days after being clean-shaven:    Is there a specific word for it, ideally established throughout the English-speaking world? In German, for ...
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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Completely vs Fully?

In my recent paper, there a question: "When you read something in a foreign language, you frequently come across words you do not______understand." A. totally B. completely C.wholly D. ...
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What is the act of preparing field notes called?

When I make field notes (data) during a study, what can I call that act of data collection? Field note preparation / field noting (!)/ ??
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Difference between twilight zone and gray area

I have found in dictionary that gray area = an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules. Twilight zone = The ambiguous region between two ...
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What's wrong with “again” in “I can’t believe we’re here at Kerrang! Award [sic] again”?

A Japanese metal band BABYMETAL won the title of Best Live Band of 2016 at the Kerrang! Awards. The following is a part of the article Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly ...
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I am having trouble deciding whether to use “so” or “instead” in the following sentence. Which is appropriate?

There are few surviving writings that could tell us more about wrestling in ancient times. __________, historians have learned about the sport by examining pictures on vases, coins, and cave walls.
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Application of sth. to or for?

What is the correct phrase: a) "I am interested in the application of method A to the economic analysis of the data." b) "I am interested in the application of method A for the economic analysis of ...
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What is the best way to talk about a person's nationality without the proper demonym?

I am developing a web-app, where people can register a person's nationality. I have a table with countries, but not the proper demonyms for all countries (Danish, Swedish, Canadian etc). In lieu of ...
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“positively/negatively related to” OR “directly/inversely related to ”?

It seems there are two ways to describle when variable X increases as variable Y decreases: X is negatively related to Y, OR X is inversely related to Y. when variable X increases as variable Y ...
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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Does calling program for inventory/asset management “inventory utilities” brings message about it's purpose?

I'd like to name set of tools that help with a task of maintaining list of things that are in a place ("inventory"). I find "asset management utilities" and "inventory management utilities" too long, ...
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What or Which? Which one is more suitable?

Let's say I want to ask someone "How many Colleges are there in particular area that I can apply for?" So how would I ask the question 1) What colleges are there that I could possibly join? 2) Which ...
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in spite of no comprehending vs no comprehension

I have a sentence to choose from my english lesson. 1 /In spite of no comprehension , he said nothing. 2/ In spite of not comprehending, he said nothing. Which is more preferred ? Thanks in advance .
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Is it prefered to use the noun repeatedly in a sentence, or should I refer to it as “it”. (like I just did)

For example, When I got to the store, the store was closed. When I got to the store, it was closed. Or I took a big gulp of water from my bottle, the water was cold in my mouth. I ...
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“As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned”

As an intermediate English language leaner, I have just faced with the phrase "As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned". I tried a lot to find an appropriate answer for and to understand what ...
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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 ...