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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? [on hold]

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?

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”

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?

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

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”? [on hold]

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?

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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Please help to improve my sentence in this paragraph - my daily writing [on hold]

I am studying English by practicing everyday as much as possible. Below you can see my daily writing, it's completely simple because my level is in basic. Please help me to improve these sentence and ...
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You can vs. You may [on hold]

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”?

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? [on hold]

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?
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Long-standing research question

By "long-standing research question", I would like to mean a research question that has been there for a long time but not yet successfully attacked. Any word(s) better than "long-standing" to use ...
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How to use 'epistemology' or its derivative, in a sentence?

The word 'epistemology' is what I understand to convey the sentiment I wish to write. I wish to write, in a more academic manner, "The movie allows people who have not had an abortion to experience ...
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Using “clout” in a sentence

I want to use it in this context : Group A has a lot of influence on organization B. Should it be : Group A has a lot of clout with organization B. ?
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Is it okay to use “shadow dawns”? [closed]

Now, shadows dawn as the twilight comes. Dawn has the meaning "come into existence". Does it work that way almost every time with words like, for example, shadows? Or, are there quite limited ...
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is there a special term for using “very” in combination with adverby which can only be either/or [closed]

Sometimes people use the word "very" in combination with adverbs which can only be either/or. for instance: "the floor is very wet". This may not be the best example, but the floor can either be wet ...
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How to use the word “draped” and “wrapped”? [closed]

Should I say that she "draped over the towel on her hair" or " draped on the towel on her hairs"? or should I use wrapped instead of draped?
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Which expression is correct? “in development” or “under development”?

When talking about a product or project that is still being developed (so it's in an unfinished state at the moment), which expression is the correct one? “in development” or “under development”? For ...
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“Good for Me!” as a response to someone doing something nice for you [duplicate]

I have done many nice things for a relative (e.g. reorganize the outdoor deck space) and upon seeing whatever I try & do nice for her she replies "Good for Me!" I find this offensive—am I ...
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Using the word “ideator”

I can't find "ideator" in traditional dictionaries, but I've found it on urbandictionary.com and with an unfortunate definition on Medical Dictionary (related to suicide). Urban Dictionary ...
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Perceived pain vs observed pain?

What is the difference in meaning between perceived pain and observed pain? To observe indicates that we watch carefully the way something happens or the way someone does something, especially in ...
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an outstanding profile for (a quality or achievement)? [closed]

I have a question about my usage of "profile" in the following sentence: X is a businessman from Y with an outstanding profile for his success in the supply industry as well as his passion for ...
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An easier way to describe the phrase “people relevant to my current situation”?

As if I was explaining it to a young child, I'm looking for a relatable way to describe the people that are relevant to my current situation. For example, the people I am talking about could be the ...
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Another word for key-points of a certain entity

I'm looking for another word for key-points of another object/entity. Example: The most important things of football are: Teamwork Speed Condition What do you call the three things I just summed ...
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“Inside” vs. “on the inside”

What is the difference between usage of inside and on the inside? For instance is there any difference in the following phrases: condensation on the  inside of the window condensation              ...
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They are going around you

I just very confused about the women's saying in below video, http://www.voanews.com/content/vendors-showcase-marijuana-products-washington-expo/2666893.html It appears in 2'30'', the women said " I ...
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Is it ever correct to use “to English” as a verb?

I've run into this usage several times, in the comments of sites like YouTube, usually as a joke in response to having one's grammar or spelling corrected. To paraphrase: I'll try to English ...
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Watch and see usage

When should be used see and when watch? For example: if you look at a mirror you see you or you watch you? The same as if a camera is recording you an it appears in a tv in real-time, are you seeing ...