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what your english language? [on hold]

at the beginning of the passege, we learn that the rio grande is one of the most important rivers in america . can you think of another important landform the eixsts where you live?what makes it so ...
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How to pronounce fractions larger than a twentieth, where the last digit of the denominator is a 1 or a 2? i.e. one thirtieth is to 30 as _ is to 31

Disclaimer: I speak British English. I've noticed a lot of differences between the way Americans and Brits pronounce numbers before1: Since this specifically is a question on the accepted way to ...
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Can I use “impression” to mean the act of impressing others?

Can impression be used to mean the act, process, or phenomenon (in a very transitory sense) of impressing others, like entertainment is used to refer to the activity of entertaining others?
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Is there a term for ascribing acts of the human mind to non-human objects, and when is it appropriate to do this?

Nota bene: English isn't my native language, so when I say acts of the human mind, I attempt to generalize things such as making assumptions, drawing conclusions and (to some extent) to reject. To me ...
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What's the difference between “scribbled” and “scribbled down”?

Example: Scott scribbled a few words. Scott scribbled down a few words. What's the difference? I checked on Google Books and it seems like "scribbled a few words" is often immediately ...
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Can I use “bottom line” as “fundamental point”?

bottom line in English has 2 meanings: 1- the final total of an account, balance sheet, or other financial document. "the determination of Japanese companies to ignore the bottom line" ...
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Difference in usage between 'If I were you, I would X' and 'If I were you, I would have Xed'

"If I were you, I would look for another job" and "if I were you, I would have looked for another job" what is the difference between these two sentences?
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How may one properly use “born by …”?

If one's mother is Jane and their father is Dave, and their name is John Smith, would they say any of the following? I was born John Smith by Jane Doe and Dave Smith I was born John Smith by ...
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Do you remember the English expression “content is better than…” which means “real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance”?

I remember that once upon a time I heard the expression "content is better than..." which means "real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance". But I couldn't remember the "..." ...
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“Provenance”: use and abuse

The word provenance is used in the sense of denoting the origin of a thing or things. However, can it be used in the sense of asking about the origin of an expression or a word? Can you ask about ...
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Use of “ would”? [on hold]

What does "would" mean? What are the different meaning of this word? What are the different sentences types in which it is used?
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Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone) [on hold]

Which usage is correct? Please reply to me as soon as possible. Please reply me as soon as possible. In my understanding, people say, "Please reply my mail..." What about the ones I wrote above? I ...
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“Often” usage in places

"I often go to Paris" could mean that you go twice a year, however, you wouldn't use "I often go to the dentist" even though you have your teeth checked twice a year." Why is that?
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is 'for which' correct? [closed]

i used 'for which' in a sentence saying: 'Anyhow, at the moment our best offer for Paraffin Wax (for which I have attached a data sheet to this email) is USD 895 PMT, ICD ... is it correct to say ...
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How to reply to the question 'make sense'? [closed]

When I ask a question to my TAs. They explain, and then sometimes ask "make sense?" I don't know how to reply to this. Should I say "yes, it makes sense"? I want to know what you guys reply to TA if ...
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petabyte vs terabyte, which one? [closed]

I assume they both has meaning like "million gigabyte", right? Then, why two words are coming out to English world?
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is vs. are… which is correct? [duplicate]

I'm confused, perhaps unnecessarily by which term to use: What programs is company X involved in? OR What programs are company X involved in?
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deliver TO… deliver IN

To 'deliver to' is used when there is a directional move... like in: The parcel is delivered to your home in London. If the location isn't defined (like all over London f.i.) is it correct to say: ...
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Is “terroir” never translated?

It seems that terroir is always used in English as the original in French. Wikipedia proposes a somewhat vague translation: Terroir can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place" But is ...
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Better word for 'believe' or 'think'

It's common to write something like "We believe that XYZ corp will continue to see an increase in sales in the next quarter." But the word "believe" seems like a somewhat flimsy way of persuading ...
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what is an alternative word of “would cut to training hundreds of New York city police.”

The author of the book I am reading uses this phrase number of times. Watching in shock the reports of Kennedy's murder would cut to working with our government on predicting and preventing such ...
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When to use “electricity” and when to use “power”?

Many non-native English speakers, especially from Asia, often say "There is no electricity at home". But seem that the native English speakers will say "There is no power at home". so, When to use ...
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How can something be “fuller” or the “fullest”?

Consider the definition for full (Source): full [foo l] adjective, fuller, fullest. completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup. ...
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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When should “those” be used in place of “the”?

In the following, the the word "those" is used, but it seems like "the" could be used fine instead: In this case, the best we can do is use the Weak Inside View — visualizing the causal process — ...
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Why the word “increment” can be a verb? [closed]

As the title I have seen a few circumstance to use the word "increment" as a verb, and google translate also say that usage is existed. But from many online dictionary the word only use of noun... ...
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For can be used for honeymoon?

Which one is correct? They went on their honeymoon to Italy. They went for their honeymoon to Italy.
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Meaning of after a person

What does the 'after' mean in this sentence? They called the baby John, after Bill's grandfather.
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went on vs went [on hold]

I have a question about 'went on vs went' . What is difference between them in these two sentences? They went on their honeymoon to Italy They went their honeymoon to Italy. Are they both correct? ...
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Alternative to “let me know”

I want to use something better than "letting me know" in this sentence: Please reply letting me know what day/time works best for you if are still interested, if you need a later date, or if you ...
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Is calling someone a “Poopy Head” offensive? [closed]

Recently I followed a meta discussion where one called another who was complaining about lots of different things a "ranting Poopy Head" and I was asking myself if that comment should be flagged as ...
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Why does this sentence have “[sic]”?

This article on BBC website has the sentence Who goes on a job interview, gets hired, and commits suicide in a jail cell after being arrested [sic] for a routine traffic stop? As I understand ...
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Adjective is adverb? What style it is? [duplicate]

What does the word perilous mean in You could taste it; a nervous tension that came perilous close to fear? It looks as if there should be perilously instead, meaning too (close). Are this ...
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Is “in more general sense” good enough to use in written English?

When I just came across the expression while listening to the radio, I found it quite useful to expand my idea to more general one. Can I use this expression in an essay?
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Not a malapropism but a … what?

Let's say someone rebukes me for being ignorant of a well-known fact. They say: "Everyone knows that; it's general knowledge" when I know that in that context, the normal usage is: "Everyone knows ...
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Help with usage: Having had? [closed]

Is this proper usage? "I feel good despite not having had any coffee today."
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Can I say that a major “have” teaching positions? [closed]

Example: Her major, Spanish, have very few teaching positions in my city. Is using "have" strange in a case like this? (Like, how can a major have teaching positions?). If so, what's a better ...
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“Unused” and “useless”

I'm a software developer, and as such I often use an IDE to fulfill my goals. For those who don't know: An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides ...
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Difference between 'Insidious' and 'Pernicious'

Do the words 'insidious' and 'pernicious' have the same meaning? And can they be used in place of each other? On some places on the web (eg : http://www.dailywritingtips.com/insidious-vs-invidious/), ...
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Does the following count as “spelling”?

Li-Mei Lin. Lin as in forest, and Li-Mei as in beautiful, but with the characters reversed. Chinese names (and the language in general) is made of characters. So, in order to explain it to ...
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How else could you tell a person you “are curious about them”? [closed]

For example, "You induce/promote/inspire curiosity in me." "I am very curious in you." (Sounds awful)
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The train commenced its journey - Is it bad word choice?

Commence means -begin,start. The train commenced its journey... Is the usage of commence flawed? What is the most striking difference between the three forms: Commence,start, and begin?
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Can you give me examples to differentiate “oxymoron”, “paradox” and “irony”? [closed]

I am really confused between the three? I already saw the past posts about those three but still I am confused. Can you give some easy examples to differentiate the three? paradox — something ...
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Disdain, contempt or scorn

So I looked up the term contempt and found this definition: The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration: I also found a synonym, disdain The feeling that ...
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Is sheer beauty a proper way to describe a movie [closed]

I asked my friend to describe me a movie and he wrote, "it is more than one time watchable for it's sheer beauty". I do not understand this sentence and i do not think it is used correctly. Also ...
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When to use “be worth V-ing” and when to use “be worthy V-ing” & how to use them?

Ok, see this sentence: This movie is worth watching This movie is worthy watching I am confused about these 2 words, so When to use "be worth V-ing" and when to use "be worthy V-ing"& ...
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Usage of Quicker and more quickly [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences are correct? Calves require less medication and gain weight quicker than that those raised in consignment. Calves require less medication and gain weight more ...
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Can use this expression “Couple questions” for more than two questions ? [duplicate]

I mean when we mention couple , we make a reference to two stuffs. But I want to use it in a title to mean more than that. is this correct ? To illustrate that: is the following title correct ? ...
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A word to describe a person who makes a lot of mistakes but is unaware of it

What do you call a person who always or gradually makes mistakes, but is unaware that they're making those mistakes? For example, Nicolo and I are partners in a group project. The instructor ...
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Can you clarify How to use the word “technically” that has the meaning of “strictly speaking”? [duplicate]

I heard a lot of native English speakers use the word "technically" that has the meaning of "strictly speaking". Search on internet, "technically" means "according to the facts or exact meaning of ...