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Breathe vs. breath, why so much misuse?

I know the difference between the two. Breath is a noun and breathe is a verb. It was taught to me that way and I've never mixed them up in any way because their different pronunciation reflects ...
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his very first novel vs his first novel

In a reading comprehension exercise for my students there is a sentence: "What was it like to become famous with your very first novel?" Does it mean that the author wrote more than two books? ... ...
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What is the noun of 'to forsake'?

What is the noun of forsaking somebody, that is, the act of forsaking? Forsookenment? ;)
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What is a term for sarcastically downplaying something?

I remember reading the term for it years ago, but I can no longer remember what it is. It is when someone downplays a situation, usually sarcastically. They are fully aware of the problems of the ...
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Referring to something: choosing between “this + {noun}” versus “such + {noun}”

Recently, I've had a discussion with someone regarding how to know how to choose among the words "this" and "such" in written text, but could not find any usage style guidelines on this topic. ...
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How can i write this properly or what would be the proper way to write this thought? [on hold]

so when my cousin, a football player, gave me a ticket for a game, in which his club was playing versus another club, and told me that a prominent politician will be the chief guest. how can i write ...
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If I'm “dictating” am I recording what you say or telling you what to do?

In a document that I'm writing, I am trying to state that, in the course of conducting a user interview, I am "not simply dictating the desires of the user." My intention is to indicate that I am not ...
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Unsatisfactory, unsatisfactorily, and dissatisfactory are real words, but why is dissatisfactorily not?

I understand the difference between the two forms (un- vs dis-): What's the difference between "dissatisfied" and "unsatisfied"? In constructing this sentence: ...
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To outstay vs. overstay one's welcome

I came across the expression "outstayed my welcome" in the following excerpt of a novel I glance around and see that the café has filled up with people ordering lunch and that a couple is queuing ...
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Usage of “indisposed”

I have sometimes heard the word "indisposed" use as synonymous for "unavailable." Especially in the context of leaving a message. For example: "Hello. You have reached X. I am currently ...
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Usage of care: can I say that “I care about how the news paper wrote about me”?

Can I say that "I care about how the news paper wrote about me" I am sure about the usage that I care about my family. It implies that I love my family, I am emotionally attached with them, and they ...
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Mars orbits Sun [duplicate]

Why do we call the star in our solar system "The Sun" when all other celestial bodies are addressed simply as Jupiter, Neptune, or Sagittarius A Star? Ex: The Saturn has many rings. Incorrect Ex: ...
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I love you for like ever [on hold]

Can I say: "I love you for like ever" or I should say "I will love you for like ever" or both forms are correct? Thank you very much!
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What do you call this “Rain rains” [duplicate]

Saying things like "rain rains" "thunder thunders" etc
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Does the phrase “Santa just isn't” make sense?

As the title says, does it make sense? It feels right. Not just though.
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Can threshold implies minimum requirement in formal essay? [on hold]

Can threshold implies minimum requirement in formal essay? Thank you very much!
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“Lying supine” vs. “supine”

Is it natural to say "lying supine"? The word supine, by definition, already suggests lying [See: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/supine]. However, I was just confused because one of the ...
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Is the use of the word “recognize” accurate in these sentences?

The following are some learning outcomes a freshman student should achieve. Is the use of the word recognize accurate in these sentences? Or, is there a better way to say this? Recognize the types ...
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Does the word zealous have an implicit religious connotation? [duplicate]

Earlier today I was describing someone to a friend. I said, "I never realized how zealous he was." I meant for the meaning of zealous here to be religiously zealous. Without an adverb, I would ...
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How to use his/her about a general group of people [duplicate]

Is it customary to use his instead of her even if you refer only to women like in my example below. It is a comment to a woman from a woman, likely referring to only women. Shouldn't you say "her own ...
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What does “Towards Reference” phrase mean? [closed]

I wrote a conference paper about technical requirements of mesh networks in smart grids. Originally I named it "Engineering Requirements for Mesh Networks in Smart Grids", but a reviewer changed its ...
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Why the correct answer is Choice(A), not (C) [closed]

The___of companies that now take orders over their Web sites us remarkable. A. Diversify B. Diverse C. Diversity D. Diversion
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Why use “functional”? [closed]

We need to have a spare copier since the only one that is__(functional)___is on its last leg. A. Functioned B. Functions C. Functional D. Function
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)? [closed]

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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If pogonotrophy means to grow a beard, is there a term for shaving a beard?

If pogonotrophy means "to grow a beard", is there a term for shaving a beard? How would you use pogonotrophy in a sentence? And if there is an antonym for this word, how would you use it in a ...
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Is this grammatically correct? [closed]

John Appleseed, an old family friend. He has influenced my life in so many ways. One of them being where I would like to go in life. He has inspired me into becoming a teacher and pushing me to work ...
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Is “dissecting the anatomy of x” a correct expression? [closed]

I wonder whether one can dissect anatomy, or if dissection is something you say of anatomy, or something like that.
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What is an adjective synonym for “discretion” or “up to you?”

This has been bothering me for some time, and I apologize for any mistakes here. What I'm looking for is another word for discretion without possession. It's almost like saying the phrase "up to ...
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I saw this notice in a bank today. Is this an oxymoron? [closed]

Fresh coins / banknotes are available *Subject to availability I know what they mean to say but shouldn't they be using some other word instead of available in the first part of the notice? ...
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Are poor and rich both relative terms? [closed]

Are words poor and rich very relative and depends from person to person in context of perspective ?
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Use “them” or “it”, when refering to the abstract concept, fears [closed]

Use "them" or "it", when refering to the abstract concept, fears. "Let’s put our fears in a little bottle and use it as a garnish for meals, or sprinkle some on popcorn for scary movies." OR ...
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What does “pitting folk” mean? [closed]

This is from the Economist (Jan 3, 2015). (You can see the full article here - ...
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An .exe or a .exe? [duplicate]

In speech .exe translates to dot e-x-e. In writing, however, should one say an .exe or a .exe?
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Can “crouch” be used to indicate motion?

Can "crouch" be used to indicate motion? Example: I crouched to the edge of the cliff and stayed there, still. (So in this example I'm using crouched as a synonym for walking "crouchley" Is ...
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“mid” without a following hyphen in these words?

The Chicago Manual, 16th edition, says that "mid" is followed by a hyphen only if a capitalized word (mid-Atlantic) or a number (mid-1950s) follows. That said, I believe that all of the following ...
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A word for the state of a object which does not work

I want to describe a state of a object of not being functional and being not likely to work normally unless being fixed. How do i describe it? Is break implys that something physically breaks into ...
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Is there such a word as staticness?

I want to use the word staticness but can't find it on a dictionary. I've seen it though been used in my google search.
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What is the word for the movement you make when you give someone your hand?

When someone falls down and you give your hand to her but she doesn't hold your hand, what's the proper word for the gesture you've done. You extend your hand? Is "extending a hand" right usage as a ...
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Which one is correct “Facilitate easy operation” or “Facilitate operation”?

The dictionary says Facilitate means ease and I have seen many people using facilitate easy operation, facilitate easy learning etc. What is the correct usage??
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Usage of 'out of' at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use 'out of' in the sense of 'from among' at the beginning of a sentence? Would the examples below sound grammatical and natural with use of 'out of'in this sense? This story ...
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Use inland or foreign

If we want to let the world know about our country, Shall we say "To improve foreign trips" or "To improve inland trips"
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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The word “cooker”

According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of the word "cooker" is "a person who tends a cooking process (a cook)." The dictionary provides the following example sentence: Dad was the ...
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What do you call a person placing bets? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the proper word for a person who is placing bets on various matches at a betting company. I've found only these: bettor / better , punter, but I have literally no idea about ...
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Correct preposition for geographical location [duplicate]

I'm working in the United Arab Emirates. I want to know how to make a sentence describing my (city) location with the correct preposition. For example, should I write: I'm in Dubai, or I'm on Dubai, ...
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Does one say “allegory for” or “allegory of”?

How does one correctly use the word "allegory" in a sentence? For example: This story is an allegory [for|of] pride. I have seen examples of both: the long poem is an allegory of love and ...
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How was 'hone in on' bastardised to mean 'home in on'?

The comments under this CBC article impelled me to check the definitions of the verbs home in on, under which a para discusses this debasement, vs hone in on. Yet it doesn't explain this corruption's ...
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I cannot understand the word “curry”

I cannot understand the meaning of this sentences. This is in the article titled as "Let England shake" (The Economist Sep 27th 2014) -article about Scotland's independence referendum The prime ...
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Meaning of “sugar-cloud kisser”

I am reading a renowned novel these days in which there is a sentence which goes like: "Well, well, well, guess who's back? Nick Dunne, Brooklyn party boy, sugar-cloud kisser, disappearing act." My ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...