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Which is correct: “included in results” or “included with results”?

I am writing a report and want to indicate that the results do not have the "Not Applicable" responses included. Which is correct? "are not included in results" or "are not included with results"?
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Is the use of “hereby” superfluous?

Is the use of "hereby" ever essential? I get the feeling it is always superfluous. "As a result of this document or utterance" seems to be trivially true. For example: I hereby declare that ...
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Is there a word for the payment to someone who attends a meeting?

I'm looking for a word that describes the wage given to someone (a committee member) for attending the meetings/sessions of the committee. I've done some research and have seen this question Is there ...
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'They know me with my name individually', Is this sentence correct? [on hold]

'They know me with my name individually." Is it correct or there is other way to write it .
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“Blurted” vs “blurted out”

Are the two the same thing? Example: “Exploding Whale?” I blurted. “You mean someone blew up a whale with dynamite?” “Exploding Whale?” I blurted out. “You mean someone blew up a whale with ...
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Restricted Use of However

The word however is normally used more or less synonymously with but. The origin of which usage, I assume, are phrases like ‘howsoever that may be’. My quæstion is this: does anyone of you keep this ...
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Is “nodding” always a conscious act?

This is perfectly normal: He nodded at her in agreement. How about this? He fell asleep in the bus. I watched him nod, his puffy hair brushing the seat in front of him. Is nod in this ...
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Grammatical usage for neither and nor [duplicate]

Is the sentence, 'Oh why should I be cast to jail, without recourse to judge nor bail?" correct?
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The word 'Relearn'

I was surprised of not seeing the verb Relearn in any of the online dictionaries I use the most: Cambridge, Oxford and MacMillan. Is it formally correct to use it?
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How to properly say 'number of people'?

THE SITUATION: In an online form I need to know how many people book a service. EXAMPLE: Type of service - ... Date - ... Number of people - ... THE QUESTION: What is the proper way to ask it? ...
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Make something “have” or make something “to have”?

I am looking at a sentence in my thesis, and I am not sure about the usage of "make". Should I say In addition, as a result of the xxx principal, the xxx product operation in (1) makes the ...
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About the usage of an adverb “at all”

I found this phrase from a book I am reading now. "Tommy did not seem at all dejected." It sounded unnatural to me. And why not something like "Tommy did not seem dejected at all." I feel like more ...
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Can I use “usually” to mean “not always”?

I had a conversation earlier and something struck me as not being right. I will denote myself by M and the caller as C. phone rings M:"Hello." C:"Is your grandfather there?" M:"I am not sure to be ...
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reassign to or reassign in

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer or Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned in the ...
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how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past [on hold]

how to express trials and extenuating life experiences, that led to screw ups in my past. examples: bad grades in freshman year, laziness, drug use. and how i have rebounded and made myself a ...
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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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What words are trending?

Google graphs word usage in print by year. It was interesting to see "cardinality" show a sharp upwards trend. What other words have become vastly more popular in recent years? Is there a resource to ...
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Which phrase is grammatically correct? [on hold]

Which phrase is grammatically correct: "working under a tight schedule" or "working with a tight schedule"?
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“Queuing twice for a cup of coffee is once too many.” Is this correct?

Or should I say "(...) once too often" or "(...) one time too many" instead? Or perhaps, "queuing twice for a cup of coffee is one queue too many?" My issue with once too many is that it makes once ...
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Is it common to use 'time slot' to refer to days/weeks?

How would you say to a client that you a have a 'free time slot' (like days or weeks) to take a job? Is it common to refer to 'time slot' even if I'm thinking about days or even weeks?
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'Fine Results' is fine?

I'm currently working in a slogan and my outcome so far is something like Fine Results, Simple Methods However, by googling "fine results", the search results shows me that there is little to ...
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Is it “tomorrow” after midnight? Or is it still “today”?

Let me start with an observation: Let's say it's half past 12 and you're heading off to bed, I personally would say Tomorrow I have to get up early for work And as far as I know all my friends ...
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Words play - does it have a special name in English? How to do the same with 'security' word for example?

By looking at this picture: Or at the title of this album: You can see that the authors used there something which I call a word game. My question is, does doing so has an official name? How can ...
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“confine” versus “boundary” [closed]

Is anybody aware of the difference between confine and boundary? Both are translated as having the same meaning. Any clear tips?
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Can you use “perhaps” at the beginning of a sentence and omit the verb?

For example: More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. Perhaps as a result of sheer hard work and competition. More students are emerging with A grades in A level exams. This is ...
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Is there any specific word to describe this selfish idea?

"I support using cleaner energy source in moral, but if it harm my profit,eg:pay extra fee, I would not support" Is there any specific term to describe such idea?
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What's the function of 'adding to' here [closed]

As the day drew to a close, Norwegians continued to pay their tribute to the dead, adding to the carpet of flowers outside the cathedral. I just read this and I wondered what adding to means ...
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To prolong vs to protract

What is the difference between the words to prolong and to protract? Can we replace the words with each other without losing their meanings in the following sentences? To protract means: Prolong: ...
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The difference between remnant, vestige, remains,ruin and trace [closed]

what are differences between the words remnant, vestige, remains,ruin and trace in a historical sense? A trace or remnant of something that is disappearing or no longer exists ...
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to emanate from vs to stem from

Are the words to emanate from and to stem from synonym in the following sense? Do you think I can swap with each other without changing the meaning of the following sentences ? 1 (Of a feeling, ...
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Is there a difference between “dislike” and “don't like”?

A friend of mine for whom English is a second language told me that I am the only person he knows who uses the word "dislike", and asked me what the difference was from saying that I "don't like" ...
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I want to know the difference between can I and could i

I am learning grammar and I feel some confusion between the usage of can I and could I. Is there some rule I should use?
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Linking words doubt

Is the following sentence correct? Can I use both linking words separated only with a comma? Additionally, although the quality is...
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The differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly

What are the differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly in terms of meaning and usage ?
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A rare currency [on hold]

For example: When I am writing an article about friendship, and want to say it's difficult to find a good friend, it is possible to say it's like finding a rare currency today?
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does the word PERSONS exist? Should I only use it for singular? PERSON [duplicate]

I need to know the correct use of this word, I am quiet confused about the plural form and singular form due to some people use it as plural persons and I was taught that the plural is people1
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Logically, could the word “University” mean the opposite of “Diversity”?

DI- twice; two-; double. DI-VERSE: showing a great deal of variety; very different. DI-VERS-ITY: the state of being diverse; variety. UNI- one; having or consisting of one. While, by ...
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Can “some” be more than 50%?

The word "some" has often the sense of "few" if given in a bound. Does this mean more than 50%? It would be good if some historical account mentioned, who uses "some" to be more than 50%?
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Can I say a ligament has been ruptured?

In basketball, when you tear your achilles tendon, it can be said that it has been "ruptured." I understand what rupture means, so in the same context, can I say, I ruptured my ACL? In sports, I have ...
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Is there a list of English words where some of their letters can be replaceed with Greek letters? [closed]

Is there a list of English words where some of their letters can be replaceed with Greek letters? for example the word Archive can be written as arXve, where X is the Greek letter chi.
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Which is most correct: “untransparent”, “un-transparent”, “intransparent”, “in-transparent”, or something else?

I want to say that something is not transparent. Which is most correct: "untransparent", "un-transparent", "intransparent", "in-transparent", or something else?
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Which is correct, “to take refuge in” or “to take refuge with”?

Concerning refuge with a higher existence such as an Omnipotent being, what is more befitting to use, English wise: To take refuge in [Omnipotent being] To take refuge with [Omnipotent being] ...
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Can I use “more younger” in a sentence? [closed]

For example: Who looks more younger in this image, me or you?
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Long-term v lifelong [closed]

Should I say "It's been a long-term dream of mine to do sth" or "It's been a lifelong dream of mine to do sth"
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How can you use Fuzzily in a sentence? [closed]

I typed fuzzily in a spell-checked field on a website and was surprised to see it said it was correct. I looked it up on Merriam-Webster, and sure enough they list it as a word: fuzz·i·ly ...
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What do you call this fraction?

Is this how you write these fractions in words? 5/21 is five twenty-ones, 1/21 is one twenty-one. Can someone please clear this for me? I know 1/4 is one-quarter or one-fourth and 2/5 is two-fifths ...
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Can I use 'measurable' to stress that the concept must have numeric quantity?

I am describing certain self-organization technique, which has the concept of goals (duh). These goals must manifest themselves in certain quantities (e.g. 'go outside for 30 minutes', 'read 10 pages' ...
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“They” vs. “he” or “she” [duplicate]

I have noticed that the use of the third person singular "he" or "she" has been replaced with the word "they". Has there been an official acceptance of the odd sounding usage?
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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“Could you please, let us know when this issue is fixed?” correct usage

Is this correct usage? I would like to ask someone to let me know when issue is fixed thanks