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It was comprised of five ingredients. It comprises five ingredients

I have always used the term the first way, as in "comprised of five ingredients," but someone I work with regularly uses it as in "comprises five ingredients." Are both usages correct? If no, which ...
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augment something by some percentage

I am wondering if this sentence sounds natural to a native speaker "We augment SOMETHING by 2% to 23K." ? I have already assumed it sounds natural to use increase and raise in this case. Is it a ...
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Proper use of 'aspects' in a descriptive sentence

Scientists now have the ability to monitor aspects of an organism at the molecular level on a large scale during a diseased state. Is the word 'aspects' used correctly in the above sentence?
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“Pass me by” or “pass by me”?

Should I say he passed me by, or he passed by me? I think it's passed me by, but I'm not sure. Thanks.
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Are there any synonyms for IT IS? [on hold]

I am writing an essay and i'm wondering is there any other way to say it is?
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Can one ever: is it correct?

Is it correct to use ever to emphasize like this: "How do I rent a flat for $1 a week?" "Can one ever?" in the sense that it is impossible at all? And also I am not sure about comma in ...
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Single word that describes a boat stop / drop off point

I am looking for a single word that describes that act of a boat stopping to allow passengers on and off. For example, if it was a bus. The bus might arrive at a bus stop. On route, there are many ...
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“Thanks, my lovelies!” [on hold]

I was looking for a phrase to thank multiple people. It's supposed to be an endearment for friends but not super close friends. Is this an appropriate reply to compliments or birthday wishes, e.g. on ...
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Is it correct to say “the said meeting”? [on hold]

Is it correct to use "the said meeting" as a way of referring to what people were told at the meaning?
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Why did Carol Ann Duffy name her collection “The World's Wife”? [on hold]

Why did Carol Ann Duffy name her collection "The World's Wife"? Thanks in advance!
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How correct is it to use a word by its definition, when such definition was coined upon its metaphor usage?

I was reading some online forum where people tend to shape the words differently, according to what they need, instead of properly researching about words before using them. I came across the phrase ...
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“Replace the position of the object” vs. “replace the object”

How should I write «replace the position of the object» or «replace the object» will be enough and the first variant is verbose? Thanks.
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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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What is a good word for a lack of knowledge on a particular subject matter?

I would like to know if there is a word for the above situation. Particularly, I would like a word that replaces "X" in the following sentence: You are so computer-X. If it has to, it could fit ...
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What were stalkers called before they were called “stalkers”?

A stalker is commonly referred to as: a person who harasses another person, as a former lover, a famous person, etc., in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner: Hollywood stars ...
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Opposite of a requiem [on hold]

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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A quote from The Lord of The flies [duplicate]

There's a sentence within a novel that I don't understand. Can you break it down for me? The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward ...
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What does 'closing the distance between' mean?

In the larger context: The poet showed how bad war is. Therefore, closing the distance between the audiences views and the reality of war itself
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Take a Crap. Yet, Nobody Brings It With Them [closed]

My thought is that because it is an irreversible act, one takes it. As in "[maverick] I had the shot and it took it. [viper] And broke a major rule of engagement." Why take?
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Who needs a haircut?

Haircut is a relatively recent term, considering that Romans began to cut the hair about A.U.C. 454, when Ticinius Maenas introduced Barbers from Sicily: (Etymonline) also hair-cut, 1887, "act ...
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Is “coin” still used to mean “money”?

To clarify, I'm NOT talking about money solely in form of metal coins. (As in: I then proceeded carefully to count out the entire 14 pounds 78 pence in coin - Oxford). I'm talking about using 'coin' ...
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is it correct to say it is must for everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow [closed]

Is it correct to say It is must for everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow
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What does Antichronic mean? [closed]

I recently came across a word "Anachronous" meaning something which is "out of (from ana) time (from chronos)". Usage eg: A person is wearing an 18th century dress to a 21st century formal ...
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Can I use the word “grabbable”?

I intend to describe something possible to be held by hand. I want to use the word in this fragment: Flat 3-dimensions and grabbable 2-dimensions. I'm trying to express in my paper that the ...
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welcome baby party vs baby shower party

could you please tell me what the difference between baby shower and welcome baby party is? And is there a party that American families throw after the baby get born?
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Why say 'chai tea'?

The Hindi word for tea (the drink) is chai. In India, this is the primary kind of tea (also, Hindi isn’t spoken throughout India); so, IndE speakers say “I’ll have some tea” rather than “I'll have ...
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Would and Could [duplicate]

In a formal agreement, we can place one of these two sentences: He would do sth. He could do sth. What we want is that if the person, He, wants and is willing to "do sth," he is able to do that ...
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Is there an online etymology dictionary more comprehensive/detailed than Etymonline? [migrated]

Douglas Harper, creator of Etymonline, considers himself an amateur linguist and warns ... if you're a professional linguist or a serious student of linguistics, you shouldn't be doing your ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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Is it correct to say,“Please, tell me the picture where you can see…”?

Is it correct to use the word "tell" in a sentence "Please, tell me the picture where you can see (an object)"? The answer required is to say the letter of the picture in which that object is shown. ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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Is it common to use the word “numb” to describe the after effect of being hit on the head?

Example: The bat hit me so hard it numbed me. The reason I ask is because I only get three results on Google. Is it common to use numb in a case like this (feeling dizzy after being hit with ...
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Can 'surgery' be a count noun in the sense of 'medical procedure'?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time. Several years ago a remember noticing in the media a shift from using "An operation" to "A surgery" when talking about someone who was ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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Does “moot” only apply to points?

I recently asserted on my blog that a distinction was moot. The sentence: Granted, the distinction between system and package manager maintained assets is moot on Linux distros, as they're all ...
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Does anthropomorphic make sense in this sentence?

I'm confused as to whether anthropomorphic is valid in this sentence. The definitions given to me were as follows: 1. Having human motivations 2. Ascribing human characteristics to inanimate objects ...
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Is using “wish” like this exclusive to India?

I'm talking about wish the verb in the following sense only: 1.1 [WITH TWO OBJECTS] Express a hope that (someone) enjoys (happiness or success): they wish her every success As we can see, ...
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Meaning difference when a word can be both a Noun and an Adjective

Does the meaning of "unknown" change depending on whether it is used as a noun or an adjective? The cause is still unknown. The cause is still an unknown. Although "unknown" is used as ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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Difference: prank vs mischief

It seems that the meaning of prank and mischief are same, which is chidlish trick The boy just wants to brew mischief The boy was playing a prank on us I want to know the difference between them? ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Using the term “love” instead of zero in tennis; other countries say zero, not love [duplicate]

The Americans and other English speaking countries seem to be the only ones that use the term "love" for zero in scoring tennis.
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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“…words had been too many…”

Example: His words had been too many to fit into a notecard. (I'm using had been instead of were because it's a past-tense narrative. And the person is already dead.) What puzzles me is that ...
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Is “Modernist” the correct word usage here? [closed]

Can the term modernist, when describing literary work, be in fact used to reference poetry that was, but not is, modern?
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difference between consulting and consultancy [closed]

What is the difference between consulting and consultancy, if I want to talk about the activity of consultant? Should I say consulting services or consultancy services ? Many thanks in advance. FF
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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concede word usage [closed]

I never seem to remember the meaning of word 'concede' even though I looked up in a dictionary about ten times. So I decided to make up 5 sentences so the word finally sticks to me. Can someone please ...