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“[all] over the world” vs “in the world”

Could one help me with good examples wich show what is the difference between "[all] over the world" and "in the world"? Thanks in advance. Upd: found some piece of info: ...
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Comparator vs. Comparative [on hold]

I want to say people have different ways of evaluating a proposition. Which of the following sentences is more suitable for this context? People use different comparator functions for evaluating ...
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“On spring break” or “During spring break”

Which is more normal to native English speakers: "I will be going to New York on spring break" or "I will be going to New York during spring break" Thanks
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Inspiring from sth [migrated]

In my paper, I want to say a sentence like this: Inspiring from human societies, we want to do sth. As I searched it seems that "inspiring from" is not correct. What should I use instead of that? ...
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Polite reminder for some (pending) favour [on hold]

In formal writing, what would be a good/polite way to say that you are about to ask someone a favour, especially if that favour is not a new one, but something you already asked (but perhaps for some ...
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Is “stick with reality” idiomatic?

Ok, let say you are running a restaurant. When making important decisions, you often subjectively give your own personal ideas without paying attention to the real needs in reality or in real world. ...
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Can “win the game” and “win in the game” be used interchangeably?

Ok, see this sentence: If your life is a game, then how to win the game of life? How to win Flappy bird game? or If your life is a game, then how to win in the game of life? How to ...
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Usage of can vs may [duplicate]

It is said that can and may both are used as a sense of possibility. If that’s the case, then what is the difference between: It can be very dangerous to cycle at night. It may be very dangerous ...
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“Hereinafter” usage question

If I use "hereinafter" in a formal document in order to announce I'm abbreviating something can I use the full version afterwards or do I have to stay with the abbreviated version from there on out? ...
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Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant?

Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant? A title which would make these designation sound professional and more respectable.
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Unrelated “because”

A student uses the following sentence: I love strong coffee, because the there are coffee plantations in Kenya. The reason (because X) is unrelated to the statement. Is there a term for this?
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Is it acceptable to make a question by adding “or” at the end?

Example: "It is unacceptable for young ladies to put up their bare feet in public railway carriages, or?" I only ask because the germans do it all the time as in: "Ich habe dir schon einmal darum ...
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I want to register domain name for blog, which one is correct? [on hold]

This blog is about career should it be "careersblog" or "careerblog" Thank you very much.
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How should I call “summer prepared” for a car?

When a car has been made ready for summer, there is a word for it, at least in Dutch: the car is "zomerklaar". In case of winter it is called "winterklaar". Is there a word for it in English? A word ...
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Usage of the word “Slightly”

Given I have a set of some values, for example, a mean price for petrol in month for 12 months. All that values are steadily but slightly increasing in each consecutive month. Is it allowed to say ...
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That's a lot of 'pizza'!

I've heard this expression on TV suggesting 'a lot/(too)big amount of something'. Is it just an extension of the expression that's a lot? Is it a common expression (AmE or BrE) or just a one-off ...
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Correctness of “Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response.” [on hold]

I see "Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response." in my co-workers emails. Is it correct? What about "Merry Christmas and wishing you well."
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How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions [closed]

How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions. Sometime people just follow the existing custom or systems as it is, without ...
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How to pronounce fractions larger than a twentieth, where the last digit of the denominator is a 1 or a 2? i.e. one thirtieth is to 30 as _ is to 31

Disclaimer: I speak British English. I've noticed a lot of differences between the way Americans and Brits pronounce numbers.1 Since the question concerns this, I thought it might be appropriate to ...
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Can I use “impression” to mean the act of impressing others?

Can impression be used to mean the act, process, or phenomenon (in a very transitory sense) of impressing others, like entertainment is used to refer to the activity of entertaining others?
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Is there a term for ascribing acts of the human mind to non-human objects, and when is it appropriate to do this?

Nota bene: English isn't my native language, so when I say acts of the human mind, I attempt to generalize things such as making assumptions, drawing conclusions and (to some extent) to reject. To me ...
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What's the difference between “scribbled” and “scribbled down”?

Example: Scott scribbled a few words. Scott scribbled down a few words. What's the difference? I checked on Google Books and it seems like "scribbled a few words" is often immediately ...
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Can I use “bottom line” as “fundamental point”?

bottom line in English has 2 meanings: 1- the final total of an account, balance sheet, or other financial document. "the determination of Japanese companies to ignore the bottom line" ...
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Difference in usage between 'If I were you, I would X' and 'If I were you, I would have Xed'

"If I were you, I would look for another job" and "if I were you, I would have looked for another job" what is the difference between these two sentences?
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How may one properly use “born by …”?

If one's mother is Jane and their father is Dave, and their name is John Smith, would they say any of the following? I was born John Smith by Jane Doe and Dave Smith I was born John Smith by ...
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Do you remember the English expression “content is better than…” which means “real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance”?

I remember that once upon a time I heard the expression "content is better than...", which means that real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance. But I couldn't remember the ...
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“Provenance”: use and abuse

The word provenance is used in the sense of denoting the origin of a thing or things. However, can it be used in the sense of asking about the origin of an expression or a word? Can you ask about ...
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Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone) [closed]

Which usage is correct? Please reply to me as soon as possible. Please reply me as soon as possible. In my understanding, people say, "Please reply my mail..." What about the ones I wrote above? I ...
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“Often” usage in places

"I often go to Paris" could mean that you go twice a year, however, you wouldn't use "I often go to the dentist" even though you have your teeth checked twice a year." Why is that?
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is vs. are… which is correct? [duplicate]

I'm confused, perhaps unnecessarily by which term to use: What programs is company X involved in? OR What programs are company X involved in?
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deliver TO… deliver IN

To 'deliver to' is used when there is a directional move... like in: The parcel is delivered to your home in London. If the location isn't defined (like all over London f.i.) is it correct to say: ...
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Is “terroir” never translated?

It seems that terroir is always used in English as the original in French. Wikipedia proposes a somewhat vague translation: Terroir can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place" But is ...
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Better word for 'believe' or 'think'

It's common to write something like "We believe that XYZ corp will continue to see an increase in sales in the next quarter." But the word "believe" seems like a somewhat flimsy way of persuading ...
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what is an alternative word of “would cut to training hundreds of New York city police.”

The author of the book I am reading uses this phrase number of times. Watching in shock the reports of Kennedy's murder would cut to working with our government on predicting and preventing such ...
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When to use “electricity” and when to use “power”?

Many non-native English speakers, especially from Asia, often say "There is no electricity at home". But seem that the native English speakers will say "There is no power at home". so, When to use ...
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How can something be “fuller” or the “fullest”?

Consider the definition for full (Source): full [foo l] adjective, fuller, fullest. completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup. ...
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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When should “those” be used in place of “the”?

In the following, the the word "those" is used, but it seems like "the" could be used fine instead: In this case, the best we can do is use the Weak Inside View — visualizing the causal process — ...
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For can be used for honeymoon?

Which one is correct? They went on their honeymoon to Italy. They went for their honeymoon to Italy.
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Meaning of after a person

What does the 'after' mean in this sentence? They called the baby John, after Bill's grandfather.
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went on vs went [closed]

I have a question about 'went on vs went' . What is difference between them in these two sentences? They went on their honeymoon to Italy They went their honeymoon to Italy. Are they both correct? ...
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Alternative to “let me know”

I want to use something better than "letting me know" in this sentence: Please reply letting me know what day/time works best for you if are still interested, if you need a later date, or if you ...
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Is calling someone a “Poopy Head” offensive? [closed]

Recently I followed a meta discussion where one called another who was complaining about lots of different things a "ranting Poopy Head" and I was asking myself if that comment should be flagged as ...
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Why does this sentence have “[sic]”?

This article on BBC website has the sentence Who goes on a job interview, gets hired, and commits suicide in a jail cell after being arrested [sic] for a routine traffic stop? As I understand ...
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Adjective is adverb? What style it is? [duplicate]

What does the word perilous mean in You could taste it; a nervous tension that came perilous close to fear? It looks as if there should be perilously instead, meaning too (close). Are this ...
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Is “in more general sense” good enough to use in written English?

When I just came across the expression while listening to the radio, I found it quite useful to expand my idea to more general one. Can I use this expression in an essay?
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Not a malapropism but a … what?

Let's say someone rebukes me for being ignorant of a well-known fact. They say: "Everyone knows that; it's general knowledge" when I know that in that context, the normal usage is: "Everyone knows ...
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Help with usage: Having had? [closed]

Is this proper usage? "I feel good despite not having had any coffee today."
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Can I say that a major “have” teaching positions? [closed]

Example: Her major, Spanish, have very few teaching positions in my city. Is using "have" strange in a case like this? (Like, how can a major have teaching positions?). If so, what's a better ...
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“Unused” and “useless”

I'm a software developer, and as such I often use an IDE to fulfill my goals. For those who don't know: An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides ...