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Divorce each other

This wiki article contains the following sentence: "Her parents divorced each other when she was six or seven years old." Is it necessary to say each other when the word divorce is used? ...
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Help with interpreting this sentence

I've gotten myself into an argument with someone over the meaning of the statement: "Upgrade the difficulty of any combat check targeting this character once per rank of adversary." I think this ...
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Fear of asking girl out - is called …?

Fear or phobia of asking girl out, fear of rejection(that she would say no or even worse). Here, Soceraphobia (fear of her father/brother) is not involved. Mostly guys are feared by most compelling ...
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“a while” vs “awhile”

Is there a difference between "awhile" and "a while"? If there is, what is it? I've been wondering this for awhile, but now I actually need the answer.
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“In case” vs “if”?

I was taught that "in case" does not mean "if". As in: I will give you my card in case you need it. (Take it and use in case of need in the future) I will give you my card if you need it. ...
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Use of the word “register”

Can the word "register" be used as in the following sentence? In the brackets is not a part of the sentence. The machine registers your name (on the machine itself). I reviewed few dictionaries ...
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In favor for and In favor with [on hold]

Which between these phrases "in favor with" and "in favor for" is appropriate to use? For instance, during classroom election, there are two nominees for president's position namely Tom and Jerry. ...
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Completing something just to finish it despite lack of interest - is called …?

Recently I started reading a novel that I was excited to read. After getting approximately 45% into it, I lost the pace. It started becoming slow and lousy. I thought to leave it unfinished but it ...
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Is “the whole staff” correct? Is “all the staff” correct? [on hold]

I would like to know whether 'whole staff' is right or is 'all the staff'correct English
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How to say Good Morning on Monday to my Boss, the first working day of a week which indicates high level of energy, enthusiasm and freshness in me? [on hold]

I want to say Good Morning to my Boss through SMS but I want to say this in a manner which will indicate the high level of energy, enthusiasm and freshness in me. So how should I say? Can you please ...
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has been usage in sentence [on hold]

Could you please correct the below sentence if it is wrong?. I want to convey that it is a duplicate one. "An incident(#1234) has already been raised on the same issue hence could you please ...
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Above and beyond

What does "above and beyond" mean and how is it used in a sentence? Some sources say it means exceeding expectations, some sources say it means 'in addition to'. Which is it? Is it both?
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What does “courses for horses” mean? [on hold]

Wiktionary states that "courses for horses" is the chiasmus for "horses for courses". But what does "courses for horses" mean exactly? What are some example usages of this idiom?
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Can a question starting with “how” be answered with a “when” reply?

So how did this lying issue start? Well, it began the night of my wedding. Can I answer that "how" question in that way? If not, what would be a better option? (Now that I think of it, I'm not ...
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Proper word to describe the time spent on delivering a mail by post

Grateful if you would share with me a proper word/term to describe the period of time used for processing and delivering a mail.
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Can I call the following “irony”?

So how did I become interested in animal suicide? Ironically, it began with my own death wish. I'm not really sure whether I can call this irony, since irony usually refers to the contrast ...
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“ I'm also… ” or “ Also I'm… ”?

When starting a new sentence, which way would you arrange these terms? I'm using it mid-way through a paragraph, following on from a previous point. On that note of placement, would you ever start a ...
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Care about and Care for

Whats the difference between "care for something" and "care about something". English is not my first language so just looking for clarity. Can i use them interchangeably?
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When did aircraft stop being called “ships”?

If you read older flying materials and books like the classic Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche, aircraft are very frequently and consistently referred to as "ships". Many movies and videos ...
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Referring to family members

I've noticed that sometimes family members are referred to in a weird way(to me) in speech. For example, instead of "I will talk to my mum" or "Give this to your dad", I often hear "I'll talk to mum" ...
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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“Speaking about” vs “talking about.” [duplicate]

Example: Talking about safety, don't forget to brink your helmet. Speaking about safety, don't forget to brink your helmet. Sometimes I get confused about the two. Are there interchangeable? Or I ...
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When the adverb “however” is used to introduce a contrary statement, does it have to be followed by a comma? [duplicate]

When the adverb “however” is used to introduce a contrary statement, does it have to be followed by a comma? I know in such usage, "however" usually accompanies with a comma, but still I found an ...
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Origin of “Innocent” to mean “Sexually Inexperienced”

I was thinking about the way "innocent" is often used (in both casual and moderately formal contexts) to mean "sexually inexperienced/oblivious", and came to the conclusion that using the phrase in ...
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Use of “respectively” twice

Is it correct to use respectively in this way in a written text? The first month of Spring (respectively Summer) is March (respectively June). Could you please point to some examples where it is ...
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Can the word “things” be used in reference people?

Can a list of 100 THINGS I LOVE include people?
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“Segue through” vs “Segue into”

Does this sentence make sense? An experienced writing coach can help you segue through the writing process I usually think of segue as "segue into" or as a noun, but this is "segue through." The ...
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Difference between “buy” and “purchase”

Referencing this answer. Are buy and purchase synonyms in every aspect/context of paying money? What I thought that these terms were unit-based: if you pay for a single unit (1 cigarette or 1 ...
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Why does this comma belong in this sentence, particularly in the place it is?

"There was something oppressive in this kind and gentle, but at the same time sly and cunning, glance; people were helpless under the spell of the powerful will which could be felt in his whole ...
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If a chicken crosses the road, is it still a pedestrian? [closed]

A pedestrian is one who travels on foot, ped being the Latin root for foot. But even though many people refer to chicken's feet as feet, are they actually feet scientifically speaking, such that they ...
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Is this a proper use of the word render?

I'm writing a technical report and one of the sentences is: Assuming otherwise would render A a function of B. With the intention to say that if we would assume otherwise, A would be a function ...
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Who is who or whom in a sentence? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out which of the following two is correct: I don't know who is whom in this chat? I don't know who is who in this chat? I tried to figure it out myself, but it quickly get's ...
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Can “refrain” and “avoid” be used interchangeably for everything?

"Refrain" feels like something to use about "verbal behaviour", whereas "avoid" feels like it's about something physical. Is it?
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He recommended me a car from CT Mortors [duplicate]

He recommended me a car from CT Mortors. Is this sentence grammatically correct? How about He recommended a car from CT Mortors to me
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Times the expression “why me” is used and origin [closed]

Whether it be lightheartedly or in a bout of depression. Please share stories of times you have said this as well as any definitions you know based on how the word is used and any history you know of ...
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In At vs In From vs Into

For a user interface project, my group is trying to determine the correct phrasing for when an account is being used at multiple computers. There were a few different options being given, but which ...
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Where and how do I use the word “apparently”?

Does this word "apparently" mean that something is obvious or does it refer to something that seems true but actually isn't. Apparent means illusion, right? People use this word quite often and I ...
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'Changes from' or 'Changes to'

We are going to be closing early (or all day) during the holidays. Would it be more appropriate to say: These are the changes from our usual schedule: Monday Close at 5, Tuesday Closed, ...
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Is this correct usage: How can I do this [migrated]

I came across this post and makes me wonder about below 2 sentences: How can I do this? How I can do this? Considering subject should come before auxillary verb, please clarify if only 1 from ...
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Use of “respectively” in “both these localities are on the banks, respectively, at 12 km and 20 km upstream”

Both these source localities are on the banks of the Rhine, respectively, at 12 km and 20 km upstream from Bonn. In the above sentence, is respectively needed, and if so, is it properly used?
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“with use of” vs “using” [closed]

I am not sure how I should write following sentence and the more I think about it the more confused I am: "Development of ('a' - should be here an article?) BI application with use of (/using) OLAP ...
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The public that gathered on 19 December at the Maryinsky Theatre - is “the public” used wrongly here?

The public that gathered on 19 December, 1890, at the Maryinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg gave Tchaikovsky's The Queen Of Spades a very warm reception. (source) I'm investigating the senses of ...
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Is “main focus” considered bad form?

Is using "main focus" considered bad form or redundant? I started thinking about this since the spelling function in MS Word highlighted it and suggested "main focus" -> "focus". I can see why it ...
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Use of “percentage” [closed]

Can I use percentage in the following way? The percentage of Google users in Internet users is... Is this a clear usage of the word?
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Is it permissible to omit “is” in the following case?

Denial. One of the strongest, most stubborn human feelings. It has nothing to do with logic; its function (is) to prevent us from completely falling apart, going insane. Can I omit is in the ...
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Usage of spending time

Which one is correct? a)Thank you for the time you spent on reading this letter. b)Thank you for taking the time on reading this letter.
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Effect of English Language & Usage Stack? [migrated]

Not sure if this is the appropriate forum, but: Is there a way to measure the effect of stack exchange on correct usage of the English language?
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What is the spatial difference between in and on [migrated]

.....that I received in my email or .....that I received on my email What is the correct preposition in the example above? What is the "spatial" difference between these two prepositions when apply ...
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What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?

On a tour from Australia to the states my wife asked me to stop at the gift store and buy memorable fridge-magnets and tea-towels. Everywhere I went, none of the store attendants seemed to know what ...
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Correct term for niece's daughter [duplicate]

Would my niece's daughter be my "great" niece or my "grand" niece?