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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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Can I use 'slew' in a formal essay?

In a formal essay, can the phrase He had a slew of mental and physical illnesses be used?
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How do I reword this sentence as an effective description for a resume?

I took over the bookkeeping for a small company after they had been methodically robbed (over the course of a year) by their previous bookkeeper. How do I word this in a manner appropriate for use on ...
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Use of 'a pair': Which of the following two sentences is correct?

Bracketing commas are a pair of commas that are used to mention an interruption in the sentence that gives additional information about the context of the sentence. Bracketing commas is a pair of ...
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What is meant by the phrases “no one is making you do …” or “you have to do” something?

Is it tautology that no one (except yourself) is making you do something? What I mean is (as far as I know) mind control does not exist. There for is the phrase "no one is making you [insert action or ...
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What is the word describes walk with joy?

Two good friends seeing each other after years. They are happy and have lots to talk about. They are headed towards somewhere together, laughing. What is the most appropriate verb to picture their ...
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Usage of the word “refuse”

I have a question regarding the proper usage of the word "refuse" Let's say someone made a request to me, and my desire is to grant the request to the person. However let's assume that I am unable to ...
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Does 'lure' have a negative connotation

I'm looking for a name for my website which has the purpose of attracting people. I stumble across the word 'lure'. But I was wondering if the verb 'lure' has a negative connotation. Can any native ...
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Any kind of + plural word

I have a question about any kind of. Results can be applied to any kinds of drawing or texturing applications In the sentence above, should I use any kind of applications or any kinds of ...
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Gerund Separate Words

My friend and I have been debating if adding 'ing' to a word makes it its own word. We said Webster would be the final answer for the debate. A search on Webster though brought back the root word as ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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''Much more powerful than enough'' İs this phrase correct? [on hold]

''İf you are willing, you will be much more powerful than enough.'' Can ı say something like this?
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What is the effect of 'stiff' in this sentence? [on hold]

In Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, there's this part that goes "...there's a stiff penalty..." What is the effect of 'stiff' here? It supposedly has some effect on the reader. Stiff means firm ...
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Difference between “difference” and “discrepancy”? [on hold]

For quite a long time I have been using these two words interchangeably without thinking of their difference, even if it is slight. So can someone differentiate the former from the latter, please?
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Word for a sudden flow of ideas? Is 'brainwave' good enough?

Imagine you are thinking about a problem you need to solve, nothing's coming to mind, and all of a sudden you get a dozen different ideas at once. Is there a word that expresses this sudden flow of ...
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“States Party to” or “State Parties to” or “States parties to”?

When discussing a treaty or international agreement, which is correct? "There are 100 states party to the treaty." (for example, as used here) Or: "There are 100 state parties to the treaty." (for ...
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Does the word “validator” exist?

Microsoft Word said it didn't exist and the online Oxford, Cambridge and Merriam dictionaries do not bring it up. Google Translator does translate it into portuguese, but I'm afraid it was a ...
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What is the difference in usage between “sports meet” and “sports meeting”?

In the past I had only heard the term "sports meet" and I assume it is American English. Recently, though, I have heard some English language learners call it "sports meeting." Is that British ...
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Does the word “namespace” officially exist? [closed]

Is the word "namespace" an "official" english word?
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Using “Whether” or “Whether or not”

I read the information about using whether or whether or not on your web site; however, I am still not certain about making the choice. Could you please tell me the specific rules for using whether ...
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word for someone who laughs things off? [closed]

Is there a word for someone who laughs things off? In other words, someone who does no work but when told to do something they just laugh it off.
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Word meaning “someone who does all the work” [on hold]

Is there a word for someone who does all of the work? Or for the person who is exploited when someone else steals the credit?
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How can I use “accumulate” word in english? [closed]

could any one explain me how to use accumulate word in english and in which context. Yesterday I tried to use it as in the followig example The banks will begin accumulate intrests on debtors ...
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Can we use patient as a verb?

Patienter is verb in French for to be patient. Why can't we have a verb too. It should be pronounced as in French - peshi-ent. Sentence: Could you please patient another week for your payment?
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Is the use of the positive anymore considered correct?

While the word anymore is usually a negative context, the positive anymore is a well-documented phenomenon. I found this surprising, because I had never come across the positive anymore in a ...
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who among you vs. which of you [closed]

What is the difference between who among you and which of you? Is it correct to say Which of you lives here?
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”? [closed]

Which of the two is the correct sentence: You are a sorry excuse of a magician OR You are a sorry excuse for a magician If both applies, then what is the difference between the two and when should ...
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Can unthinking entities be “informed” in the sense of “being provided with information”?

In scientific papers, I read something along the lines of the following at times: Our results on banana transmogrifation may inform studies on apple transmogrification. Given the context, I am ...
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How do you describe the 'darker side' of someone? Context given here

Context: Foster child learns to manipulate people to make them love her. She meets a kind mother for once, and she doesn't need to revert to her 'psychopathic' (for lack of a better word) side. I am ...
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Is “all in all” the right choice for the following sentence?

(Long description about the person.) All in all, he didn't look like an army man. Maybe I'm wrong but I think all in all is more commonly used to give a good-and-bad judgement? Example: ...
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Is 'how come the sky is blue?' considered proper English? [closed]

I intensely despise 'how come' but I see it quite regularly. Is it considered proper English?
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Can “apocryphal” be used to mean “not true”?

I always thought that apocryphal should just mean "of doubtful authenticity". But more and more I am noticing that people use it positively to mean mythical or untrue, especially in phrases such as ...
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Is the phrase “…could only know by then” correct?

He told me he would give me the answer after the trip. Was there something he could only know by then? I don't know why but it sounds a little weird to me. Anyway, to make sure I searched on ...
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How should I join the following sentence so it becomes an adjective?

Wow, that was the most philosophical I-don't-care-that-you're-not-a-virgin explanation I've ever heard. Should I write it like this? Or should I omit some words?
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Is there a word that means “having to do with genre” or “with respect to genre”?

I'm trying to write a paper about artistic genres and adaptation, and it would be many times easier if I knew a word that meant "having to do with genre." I'd thought of using the word "generic," ...
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Can “guilty” be used to express remorse without preceding it with “feel”?

Example: The affair left her emptier than she thought, guiltier than she thought. I'm hesitant to write something like that. Because I think guilty in these situations is usually preceded with ...
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You can vs. You may [closed]

I'm struggling with the use of "can" or "may" in this sentence. "Maybe you can encounter one of our relatives" or "Maybe you may encounter one of our relatives." Which is correct? Or are ...
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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Is the expression “the location of a previous bench” correct?

So I've been correcting an architectural piece translated into English, wherein a sentence befuddles me: ...A wooden table... marked the location of a previous bench. What the author tried to ...
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Meaning and Origin of word “Pantheon”? [on hold]

I spotted the word "Pantheon" here on the first and second paragraph on The Hindu but not able to understand the editor's view. On the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on April 14, ...
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To reason about

In a blog-post I wrote: What makes the puzzle singular is that countless professional mathematicians refused to believe what they read when the following week Marilyn vos Savant duly gave the ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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Is statusing a word? [closed]

We use the word statusing at my work a lot and we are wondering if it's a real word because Microsoft Word doesn't recognize it.
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Can I use 'better still' in negative sentences?

Can I use 'better still' in a negative sentence? I'm especially interested in American English usage. Does it sound natural to say: You may not have the access to a trusted counselling, or better ...
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Hyperbolic vs Hyperbolical

I just looked up the word "hyperbolic" in the 3rd edition of "The New Oxford American Dictionary", and the second definition says "(of language) exaggerated; hyperbolical." When I go to hyperbolical, ...
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What does it means “phoniness” [closed]

I just came across a tweet in which the word "phoniness" appears. the corruption, the deep sense of entitlement, the phoniness, the lack of real accomplishments After some searches and some ...
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Use of the word “for”

Way back in high school, an English teacher asked me if I understood how I was using the word "for" in one of my sentences. I didn't, and I took it as a criticism. Since that day, I have shied away ...
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“Come home.” — other adverbs which refer to the noun versions of themselves?

In the phrase Come home. the word 'home' is playing the role of adverb, and essentially means 'to or towards home'. It is interesting to me that it has a rather recursive definition; are there ...
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Do people “go half/halves” on something?

If two people want to buy a car together, would they go half on the car or halves. Example: Let's go half on this car or Let's go halves on this car?