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neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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melancholically or melancholic

In the example below, should I use melancholically or melancholic? Are either fine to use? "the music begins playing melancholically/melancholic over the dancefloor." Thanks for any input, much ...
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Which one is grammatically correct: “wood door” or “wooden door”

I have a grammar which says that: "The 'noun+noun' structure is normally used to say what things are made of." "A few pairs of nouns and adjectives are used as modifiers with different meanings. ...
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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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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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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list”

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Can you “do” an action?

I recall having read an article that states that you cannot "do" an action; thus "do it" is not acceptable. And the most prominent example of this is the slogan of Nike: Just "do it." The author ...
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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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What is the correct way to request one item each from more than one source?

I'd like a single screenshot each from two dashboards. Which of these is correct:   Please take a screenshot of the x and y dashboards or Please take screenshots of the x and y dashboards
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“The app can be run using the following link” - how to phrase it naturally?

I write a user manual in English (for the first time) and I struggle with certain phrases. There is a web application so naturally users needs to type in the address in order to access it. I am not ...
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What is the word form for state of being “standard compliant”?

I cannot explain it very well, but I want to know the form of the word for "standard compliant" that is similar to "responsiveness" is to "response". I want to use it in the sentence: "... we have ...
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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I haven't seen him in a while vs for a while?

Which one is correct? And Why? I saw the in a while vs for a while, but it didn't really help. Can someone please tell me which one is correct: I haven't seen him for a while? I haven't seen him in ...
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“color of each subject” or “colors of each subject”?

I'm confused about the usage of "each" in the structure"xxx of each xxx". Fro example, I want to discuss some subjects. When it comes to their color, should I say: The color of each subject is ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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How should captions of existing visuals be used?

How should captions of existing visuals be used? A. They should be read but only because they contain interesting information. B. They can be skipped because they just contain extra information. C. ...
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Word for most, or best of something

Whats the word for when one says a thing is the best of something? E.g. the word covers all following: That is the most amazing It is the coolest We are the greatest at this This word does exist, ...
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“Interval” counters as opposed to cumulative counters?

At work I am working on an application that performs measurements on network traffic. It counts things like number of packets received, number of bytes received etc... The global results are stored in ...
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“turned model” vs. “reverse(d) model” vs. “inverted model”

Which of these sounds the most natural: turned model, reverse(d) model or inverted model? The context is: Your costs can be turned to an income by using the turned earning model.
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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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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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“Already”, “yet” or something else?

My students have been working for making questions about newspaper articles, and I am checking their questions now. My question is about the usage of "already". The following sentences are from BBC, ...
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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What is another word for 'train of thought'?

For example: Shakespeare shifts the train of thought from existential "phrase about existentialism" to happiness "phrase about happiness" through the paradox of ___ I am thinking of replacing ...
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Description of Puzzle Type

I am looking for the name of a certain type of word puzzle. A string of letters is given without any spaces between those letters. By strategically inserting spaces into the string, different valid ...
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Can the adjective “sexist” be replaced by “chauvinistic” in this context?

Can chauvinistic denote the same meaning as sexist in this sentence? The nature of these rituals generates a sexist mentality among the new members.
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Difference between “formatting” and “styling” when used with documents

For example one may say: "This document is well formatted" or "This document is well styled" - What are the differences here, if any? What about the task: "formatting" or "styling", are these usable ...
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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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Word/Phrase List to Describe Different Types of Relationships

The Swedish language has a big list of the words which describe the various types of the relationships. Many of those words just were coined recently. There is even the word which describes the people ...
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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 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". You can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. What is the difference between "matter-containing media" and "matter"?
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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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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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“Cinderellarize” or word meaning “a magical transformation”

I am seeking a word(verb) to describe a magical transformation that makes a thing to appear very attractive without changing the essence. I am thinking to use "Cinderellarize" but not sure if that ...
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Enhance or Improve

...Improving/enhancing security level of the system... Overviewing the respected literature, I've found sentences in which either of the words have been used. The fourth phase in the Security ...