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Assessing Formality via the Root of the Word

Firstly, I'd point out that as this is a slightly open-ended question I'm not certain how well it fits in with the guideline. I'm hoping that the fact there's a way to define an answer means that it ...
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Alternative for “Family” when talking about a fostered child

I am currently rewriting a formal agreement regarding a fostered child. The Foster Carers have specifically asked to be referred to as Foster Carers as opposed to Parents in all correspondence to ...
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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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Can I say “had better do this THAN do sth else”?

I d like to form this sentence but I am not fully sure if I can use "than" for "had better" phrases to express that this advice is better than doing another action just as we can use for preferences ...
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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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the difference between to draw up and to write something

What is the difference between between to draw up and to write in terms of meaning? I saw it this usage in a sentence like "...draw up a constitution..." and I thought can I say also " to draw up ...
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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 ...
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Phrase “what have it” in conversations

Why would someone use the phrase, "what have it" in the middle of their conversation? A co-worker uses it several times a day.
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is helping vs. helps

My sentence currently reads: "Our business is helping keep you alive and well." However, I wonder if this might be better: "Our business helps keep you alive and well."
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligible

I'm having a hard time fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligible' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to ...
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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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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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“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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A polite form to change the time of an appointment

I want to ask what the best form for changing a meeting time is. What is the formal way for suggesting another time? Is my sentence ok? Also, is obligatory the right way to describe a class which I ...
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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 ...