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One half vs a half

I'm working on a copy editing project and in the copy they use "...only nine and one-half kilometres long..." I have decided the hyphen is wrong. However "one half" sounds awkward to me. Is that just ...
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“Inconvenient” vs. “uncomfortable”

Which of the following is correct? It's uncomfortable to live there due to poor housing conditions. It's inconvenient to live there due to poor housing conditions.
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Difference between “contest” and “competition”? [duplicate]

Is there a criterion to determine whether something is "a contest" or "a competition"? Are "a photography contest" and "a photography competition", for instance, totally synonymous? Is the fact that ...
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How to say that something's temperature can be controlled (with -able suffix)? Temperable? [on hold]

I need this in a context of software development. Some abilities (IT jargon: interfaces) should be added to a class. All the interface names shall end with -able suffix (reservable, serializable...). ...
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Difference between 'next' and 'following'

What different between this sentences? what is correct/incorrect? Please check next items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Please check the following items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Thanks.
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Connotations of “inevitable” versus “unavoidable”

"Inevitable" and "unavoidable" have near-synonymous definitions per stock Google dictionary searches, and both words stem from the same Latin root, but I've also seen broad acknowledgement that they ...
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Full stop or colon to describe a number of choices? [on hold]

Which example is better? There are three reasons for this: One, two, finally. There are three reasons for this. One, two, finally.
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What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?

I'm sure I saw, recently, a word for this, but I can no longer remember, or find, it.
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What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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Usage of what and which in questions

Give me the money. What money? Give me the money. Which money? Which answer is correct? I think which money? But i'm not sure about it. I am not a native speaker.Thank you for answer in advance. ...
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Are there any synonyms for someone who has opted into something?

Ideally anything more substantive than 'participant'. I wasn't able to find anything using Google search or Word's synonym tool, and I'm looking for a more personable alternative to using the term ...
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Which answer best indicates that your understanding would be less than before? [on hold]

Which would be the best formal way to negatively answer the question "do you think we should switch our communication to English?" For example: "No, I would understand it less well" "No, I wouldn't ...
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Name on Grave Marker [on hold]

I hope someone might have a suggestion for better wording of this sentence: "A grave marker was placed that honored his name." Is there a better word than "honored", or a smoother wording of the ...
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...
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Word for describing the situation of caring about nothing but one thing

I want to describe a situation in which someone gets interested in something/someone to such extent that he forgets other activities and normal life, and just cares and thinks about the beloved ...
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What is a word or expression to describe a person as entertainment to pass the time?

If someone is being used or employed as entertainment to help someone else pass their time at work, but only in this capacity, what word or expression can be used to describe this? This other ...
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Expression for losing something that you never really had

My "friend" keeps whining about "losing n reputation points" on Stack Exchange. My instinctive interpretation is that some of the votes he had earned were reversed due to vote fraud. What he really ...
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isolate vs. isolated

I'm doing research paper and I want to write a sentence like We wanted to compare two groups isolated. A colleague told me to write isolate, without d. I just checked, this is an actual ...
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Is there a short term for a banner ad displayed on all pages of a website?

I'm translating a media kit table with banner ad rates, and in one of the cells of said table there's a pithy short expression in Russian saying that the banner is to be displayed in its exact ...
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Thanks/ thank you for your suggestion [on hold]

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate? Thank you for your suggestion. Or, Thanks for your suggestion.
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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?

Which is a better equivalent for “in stock” (meaning a product is in stock)? “at hand” “on hand” “in hand” Can any of them be used? Which is the most appropriate? Which is second-best?
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Subject of investigation vs. Object of investigation? [duplicate]

which of the following is better: "He is the subject of our current investigation." "He is the object of our current investigation."
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Is majoritively a word?

So I was writing a sentence and the word majoritively popped into my head as a "Hey, why not? Sounds good!" type of word. My sentence was to the effect of: Our GridViews majoritively use classic ...
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Can't remember the word for literal setting of the variables

It is programming related. Well, I have a phrase, something like: If the parameter wasn't set ..., the default value should be used. I can't remember the word people usually use here. Something ...
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What's a word/phrase to describe a personality with seemingly random or disconnected interests? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person's personality. That person has many seemingly disconnected interests from the point of view of most onlookers, but to that individual he/she is able to ...
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What is the word for someone who doesn't appreciate their culture/heritage? [on hold]

I met a person the other day who was overly critical about her culture/heritage when she described it. Is there a word to describe such a person or behaviour?
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Would a non-Jewish English-speaker understand “chutzpah”?

"Chutzpah" is a term common to both Hebrew and Yiddish, and has been imported into English, at least for Jews. It means approximately audacity, nerve, insolence... Would a non-Jewish English speaker ...
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I want to write a book [closed]

what is the correct title of the book " The Pride of Philippines" or "The Elite of Philippines"?
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What does isomorphism between language and reality mean? [on hold]

I came across the sentence "isomorphism between language and reality" in a dissertation at http://sammelpunkt.philo.at:8080/2168/1/ghenea.pdf. What meaning does the use of isomorphism mean? In ...
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“Why was the girl that/who had plenty of money arrested”

Why is that used in the following sentence, instead of who? Why was the girl that had plenty of money arrested for shoplifting some trinkets worth only about two dollars?
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“Even to me” or “even for me” [duplicate]

English prepositions are difficult even for/to me. Which one is correct, for or to? Is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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Is there a shorter way of saying “Not knowing what else to do?” [on hold]

Does the English language provide a shorter form of the phrase? Example: Not knowing what else to do, I kept walking through the corridor.
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“withdraw the question” in less formal way

I'm trying to find more common way to say that I would like to withdraw/cancel/recall off (?) my question I sent few days ago. Can you suggest something? Thank you Hubert
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Is the term “disillusion” being used correctly here?

It's easy to disillusion ourselves by thinking just because the output of our function looks very random, that it is very random. I asked a friend about this passage. I argue that it should ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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What state-of-being would you be in if you are insulted on someone else's behalf?

Suppose someone says something like this: Mexicans are great at mowing lawns! Let's also suppose that you, the listener, are not Mexican, however you find the statement insulting to Mexicans and ...
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Why do we say “rips and tears”?

For example, "Clothing must be free from rips and tears." It seems to me that the words "rips" and "tears" can be used interchangeably, and that using both is redundant. Is there a particular reason ...
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Position of always/continuously in these sentences

I have two sentences: 1.- On and beneath the earth's surface, new rock is made and old rock is destroyed ______________. 2.- The rock cycle occurs ______________________, over millions of years. ...
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Is there a phrase or slang word for a man who is always chatting women up?

He can be rich or poor, educated or not, vulgar or polite, handsome or not, but what characterizes this guy is his way with words and his garrulousness. More importante, he is notorious for making a ...
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A word for “mapping existing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to mean: “mapping existing and ongoing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”. I was thinking about "conforming execution" or "collapsing and initiating ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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I thorougly enjoy _____ [closed]

Does thoroughly fit well in this sentence? Is it appropriate to use it in a formal sentence?
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Is it appropriate to address a college instructor by their first name? [closed]

During my tenure at community college, we often addressed our professors (or instructors, whatever you'd like to call them since most didn't have a doctorate) by their first name. Is this the proper ...
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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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drawn or drawn in

I have a figure and some edges are plotted for convenience. So I want to write a caption like "Auxiliary edges are drawn in" But I'm confused about the in. As a non native speaker, drawn in ...
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A creative and catchy term for an app meant for farmers? [closed]

Just need a creative name that stays in your head. Something short and nature like "Google". It should also be related to farmers (or anything related to it as such).
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The basic or the main component

I want to write a scientific paper and I am looking for a nice word that can describe a theory can be a basic component or a main tool for another theory. What is the best word that I can use?
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which verb is the most correct in the following sentence?

When children want to feel important and loved confident by their parents, do they want to be accepted/ approved/ acknowledged/ recognized by their parents?