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When writing a question? [on hold]

If you are writing a novel? Which one, according to proper English is correct? 1.) "Why is it you always show up when you are not wanted?" he asked. 2.) "Why is it you always show up when you are ...
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difference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity'

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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Using archaic (obsolete) words for decimal penny

So, is it possible to use words such as the "threepence", "elevenpence" etc. for sums in new pence (introduced after 1971)? For example, to read the value of £6.03 as "six pounds and threepence" ...
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Excerpts or Extracts? [on hold]

I am going to amass a collection of material on a certain subject (from works in the public domain), and will use portions of Mark Twain's "Roughing It." When I present this material, is it preferred ...
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Unbiased vs Impartial difference

What is the difference between the words "unbiased" and "impartial" in terms of formality, usage, meaning?
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what is the deference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity' [on hold]

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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Does “Concentrations” make any sense in this context?

Went to a job website (monster.co.uk) where you can fill out a profile, among other things asking for your education. You can enter "Degree Level", "School Name", "Dates Attended", and ...
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Specify versus supply in technical documentation

I have a question regarding the usage of verbs to supply and to specify in technical documentation: I have a sentence: There is no geometry center supplied. I have been asked by my colleague ...
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Nailed, screwed, and hammered in one sentence

"Can someone be so "screwed" because someone "nailed" an argument that made him "hammered"? Is my sentence correct? Can we use those three slangs in one sentence? I understand that these slangs have ...
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Should I say client or clients'? [on hold]

"Techversant is a veteran software development firm that transforms client ideas into winning products and services. We ensure “Guaranteed Business Value” through our creative and meticulous work ...
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Can “firstly” be used in the same meaning as “at first/initially”?

I've come across many sources claiming that the words firstly and first (as an adverb) can be used interchangeably. They, however, only seemed to be comparing their meanings with regard to ...
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The plural of parenthesis: parentheses or parens? [on hold]

I am a fan of the word parens. As the title suggests, I am confused as to whether I can use parens instead of the more commonly used parentheses as the plural of parenthesis. Are there any differences ...
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“Two types of user” or “Two types of users”?

Which is the correct sentence to use? Two types of user are identified: ... Two types of users are identified: ... I would have said the former, but a colleague has suggested the latter. ...
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What does “lay to heart” mean?

I am studying a few words in Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary that have connected definitions or meanings: hearken, heed, observe, attend, and regard. One definition of 'regard' is: "To consider ...
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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What is the difference of lavatory from toilet?

I was so far in understanding that lavatory and toilet are synonyms. But they are different in the following passage of Jeffery Archer’s “Be careful what you wish for.” A mastermind of IRA related ...
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What does 'get something about me' in this context?

I am reading 'The Invisible Man' by H.G.Wells and there is this scene. Griffin(the invisible man) broke in Dr.Kemp's house and they met. After Griffin finally made Kemp understood that he is actually ...
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Can you give me other one-word time terminologies aside from fortnight and yestreen? [on hold]

What are other time terminologies that can be used in just only 1 word? For example, today- for this day or at the present time tomorrow- means the day after today yesterday- the day before today ...
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The use of the term “quite many” [on hold]

I know typically a person will say quite a lot, but recently read the term "quite many." Is this grammatically correct? The sentence I read was "I saw quite many dresses in the store." So I am curious ...
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What do you call a situation when you can't find the things you are currently looking for but finding it when you're not looking for it?

What will be the best word or term to use in that kind of situation? For example, I am currently looking for my Nursing book inside my house but after days of searching, still no success and I already ...
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Is it common to refer to the person steering a ship as 'pilot'? [on hold]

According to its M-W entry (supported by some other dictionaries), a pilot (used of a person) can mean, among other things: a : one employed to steer a ship : helmsman b : a person who is ...
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Is the following usage of “multitude” correct?

In the following sentence, is the usage of multitude correct? A major challenge is the vast multitude of possible adversaries. The sentence sounds a little "off" (for lack of a better word), but ...
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You can have either option A or B.You can choose either option A or B [closed]

You can have either option A or B. You can choose either option A or B. Which one is correct? Define it simply. Thanks.
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Technical Names for Body Halves – Upper and Lower

If I drew a vertical line from my head to my toes, my left and right halves would be bilaterally symmetric. What do you call a horizontal division? If I drew a line at my waist that separates my legs ...
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what is the difference between verbal and oral? [closed]

what is the difference between verbal and oral ? I am looking forward to the answer and I appreciate your effort
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Is it common to use “perverted” (as in a pervert) as an adjective?

Example: Just one room for the two of us? Aha! You did have a perverted plan after all! So, in this case "perverted" is the adjective form of "pervert": pervert nounˈpəːvəːt/1.a person ...
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Proper usage of word 'corpus'

I want to use corpus in place of total amount of money. Please suggest if I can use it. In place of using: ...leads the way in terms of total amount of money. I want to use: ....leads the way in ...
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Why is 'So' being used to begin an anwer to a question grammatically incorrect?

I see that questions about the usage of 'so' have been asked, but none of the answers I've seen get into why. I first noticed this on the Shark Tank show. One of the sharks will ask a contestant ...
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To use “deliver” or “delivers” in this sentence [closed]

Sentence in question: Mindie has also cultivated strategies to maintain customer and distributor relationships and deliver extraordinary customer service. Which is correct and why? Thank you!
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The use of “was” and “were” [duplicate]

...none of them was going to Malory Towers. This is taken from a story book, Enid Blyton - Malory Towers I think, and a pupil at school queried this with me. I can see her point, "were" sounds better ...
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How do you hyphenate 'day to day'? [closed]

Should I use the spelling (and punctuation) 'day-to-day', 'month-to-month', and 'year-to-year' or 'day to day', 'month to month', and 'year to year'?
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Can something be 'inviting' AND 'daunting' [on hold]

Can something be inviting and daunting? How mutually exclusive are the words inviting and daunting? I know that they are not as exclusive as "BRIGHT" and "DARK" (i.e. something cannot be both bright ...
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A while ago and a few minutes ago [closed]

If I want to say "a few minutes ago", can I also use "a while ago"? I read that "a while" is an indeterminate length of time (usually short). They say that "a while" is : some moments, some ...
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What does “the networked listened” mean in regard to NBCUniversal’s decision to break off relations with Donald Trump?

There was the following passage in the Vanity Fair (June 30) article reporting that NBCUniversal announced that they would put an end to their relationship with a new Presidential candidate, Donald ...
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Can something positive be lurking?

"To lurk" is roughly defined as "to be hidden in wait, especially for an evil purpose." Generally speaking, this verb is used in connection to something negative, but can something positive be ...
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Is 'ditzel' a real word?

When I was a Cardiology fellow at UMass Medical Center, there was a technician who would use a certain word to mean "a little". It sounded like /a ditzle/. I never asked her how it was spelled and ...
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What counts as a polearm?

Based on the definition, I would think both lances and spears are a type of polearm. However, in some cases, I have seen the word polearm used separately to lances or spears. For example, in the game ...
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Substituting how for that

I feel the following sentence would be used by Native speakers but only in highly informal speech in certain areas: In his letter he explains how the book has a great plot and is generally enjoyable. ...
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Which is correct, 1 or 2? [closed]

The teacher said to me, "Who are your parents?" Reported Speech The teacher asked me who were my parents. The teacher asked me who my parents were.
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What does the word “there” refer to?

He went to the nearest village and ( there) in the bazaar, he found various kinds of meat and fish.
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Confusion between:“{is/has} no chance” and “{is/has} no match” [closed]

Which form is correct in the sentences below? A snake has no chance/match to an angry rabbit. OR A snake is no chance/match to an angry rabbit. Please explain when I should use has ...
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What to call words with permanent prefix, but no unprefixed form? (ex: nonchalant, untoward) [duplicate]

What do you call prefixed words with no unprefixed counterpart? For example, there's no such thing as a "chalant person". Bad behavior may be "untoward", good behavior is never "toward". What are ...
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Better use of the word “sorry” [closed]

From what I can tell, there are many ways people use the word "sorry". I'm going to cite 2: A way to show someone else sympathy for something neither of you had any control over. eg. "I'm sorry that ...
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Difference between 'seem to be working' and 'seem to work'

It doesn't seem to be working? It doesn't seem to work? I don't know which of these sentences is right—or if they are both correct, what the difference is between them. Can someone ...
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“given to” vs “marked by” vs “characterized by”

Based the definition I inferred from often seeing dictionary definitions of different words written using one or more of these three phrases, the three feel more or less the same. While a quick ...
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What does “quotable” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Afters years of being one of the most quotable political operatives around, I developed a case of political laryngitis. All quotable's meanings have to do with putting something in between ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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Why can we use words like today and tonight but not tomorning and tonoon?

I wanted to tell my boss that I will finish a project "tonight" but mid-sentence I realized I only work until afternoon, so I tripped over my words and said "I will finish it to...noon?" we both ...
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Looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight

I am looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight without track distractions .. Some thing similar to funambulist.
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [closed]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...