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poorer or more poor

As a non-native speaker I am curious about the everyday usage of more poor in contrast to poorer. The dictionary dictates poorer as the correct form, with some allowing both forms. According to ...
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Is a “Tale” less factual than a “Story”?

I am preparing a press release, and so far the headline of the press release is: A SOVIET LABOR CAMP SURVIVOR’S TALE A colleague called the word "tale" into question, since this is a book about a ...
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A cell phone company talking about the dangers of texting — irony or not?

There was a presentation at our school about texting and driving. It was held by AT&T, a cell phone company. Would it be considered ironic that a cell phone company is talking about the dangers of ...
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Is this correct use of 'respectively'?

I am accustomed to using the word 'respectively' as follows: Jack and Jill went to the hill and the pharmacy, respectively. and this is the way I've always seen it being used. Is it correct to ...
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So, why is “so” being used like this? [duplicate]

I first noticed it during an interview a journalist was doing with a presidential candidate. The journalist asked questions. Each time the candidate started his answer with the word "so". Now I am ...
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Mental lapse preferred to Synapse lapse? [on hold]

My friend used the term 'synapse lapse' the other day to describe what would be usually called a 'mental lapse'. Is this an acceptable term? I found no results in the Ngram viewer. It doesn't seem to ...
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what is correct word substitution for following sentence? [on hold]

which one is correct? One should wear helmet ____ while riding a bike 1. all time 2. all the times 3. at all times
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What is the etymological justification for taking the grammatical term “pluperfect” and turning it into an adjective meaning 'more than perfect"? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the usage of the word pluperfect in the following passage from Thomas Harris’s crime thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. Jerry Burroughs of the National Crime Information Center ...
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Which is right: “3-peak” or “3-peaks”? [duplicate]

If I want to express something has 3 peaks, I should say "3-peak something" or "3-peaks something"?
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Is it correct to say “an auspicious situation”?

Auspicious, as defined by Merriam-Webster means - showing or suggesting that future success is likely. I was learning about the correct usage of the word and found the following usages to be correct : ...
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“And” vs “as well as”

Although the words and and as well as seems similar but I make mistake on using them as synonym. What is the difference in the usage of and and as well as?
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Usage of the word “introspect”

I am trying to write a sentence to mean that something made me think deeply about myself and I would really like to use the word introspect. I came up with: During several instances of reading ...
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What is “lay governance” in the context of higher education?

I am looking for a basic definition to understand it. I see it used in texts mainly about US higher education systems and governance.
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What's the difference between patent and obvious?

Patent is used a lot more in "serious" matters, like legal breaches, such as a "patent breach of law," but does that really mean anything? Does "patent" just sound more refined?
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Can “combine” mean “get on well”? [closed]

Can I use "we combine" in the meaning that we have the same interests? For example: We combine because we both like milk. to mean "we get on well because we both like milk".
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Usage of the word “not”?

I want to know how can I put the word "not" in these sentences : Would you open the door? ** I know that I can say:"Would you close the door?" but I want to use the word "not". I wonder if you ...
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Difference between audience and audiences? [closed]

I've heard some people say the word audiences in conversation. How does audiences differ from audience and when do you use it?
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Whom did you meet? [duplicate]

I am confused to use the word "whom" in a sentence.Is the above sentence correct? Give me a bit of your mind at what contexts we generally use whom with proper examples.
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Differences among abandon, desert and give up [closed]

The soldier ____ his responsibilities and fled in the darkness. abandoned deserted gave up Which is an appropriate answer? And what's the difference?
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Does a phrase “I'm gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? [closed]

Does the phrase “I’m gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? Put simply, I want a phrase to have the same meaning as “I’m going to resign from further engagement in this matter”.
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What's the difference between the verbs “recruit” and “employ”? [closed]

What's the difference between the verbs "recruit" and "employ? Why is it used so in sentences "Our company is flourishing and we recruit more than a handred workers. Every year we employ 10 more."
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What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?

Is there a word for "usurpation, rather than merely borrowing, of an old word by later, technical usage"? If so, what is it? For example, of old, the English word summer meant "that season of the ...
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Is oaken really a word? [closed]

I read a lot. I occasionally see "oaken" used to describe something made out of oak. It's used more frequently in historical or romantic fiction. Does common usage make it right?
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Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?

In English usage in many disciplines, like articles on Web designing, people frequently use the word "screen real estate" or "viewport (browser window size) real estate" or even "mobile or browser ...
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Is knowledge of the meaning of the word “ubiquity” ubiquitously considered to be ubiquitous? [closed]

Please pardon the pun. I was in a conversation on a game’s online chat, talking about how common an item was, and used the word “ubiquitous” to describe it. But, much to my surprise, the point of ...
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What does this usage of “with” mean? [closed]

I'm sorry for asking what will be such a simple question but I'm not sure exactly how With is used in sentences where that's the first word. Is that what it took to fall in love with someone? ...
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Having said that, consequently vs conversely

Should "having said that" always be used in place of "conversely" or can it also be used in place of "consequently"? Meaning, in the structure: X. Having said that, Y. Does Y have to somehow ...
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Use of the word conciliated in Call of the wild

"as he looked at each brutal performance, the lesson was driven home to Buck: a man with a club was a lawgiver, a master to be obeyed, though not necessarily conciliated" from Call of the Wild. I do ...
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What is the origin of “Why don't you…” as a suggestion or command?

Frequently, in spoken dialogue one hears the above phrase used as a suggestion to the listener (or sometimes more strongly, as a command): Why don't you give me that book? Why don't you go to the ...
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Participation/participating and a couple more questions

I'm helping my sister to prepare a cover letter for her job application and I have problems with a couple of sentences: 1) Something seems wrong in the sentence and I don't know what exactly: The ...
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What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
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How do you use the word “arguably”? [duplicate]

Does arguably mean "something could be argued", or "could be arguable, is debatable or questionable"? But more often it seems to emphasize an adjective, for example: It is arguably the best, the ...
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When is it appropriate to use “to receive someone”?

In what cases we can use the verb receive to refer to a person and not to an object?
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I hardly/highly doubt it [closed]

I always thought "I hardly doubt it" was a correct sentence, but it seems that it isn't. I do find a lot of occurrences though. Should it be "I highly doubt it"? I know the difference between hardly ...
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Usage of “prevalent” in reference to a disease [closed]

Is it ok to use word 'prevalent' in the following sentence: Flu is very prevalent in the third world countries, that nobody cares about it.
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A word/phrase meaning the “house where I was born”?

For instance, to refer to the place you were born you say "my hometown." How about when referring to the house where you were born? I thought of "my parents' house", but I think it'll sound strange if ...
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Unrespect vs Disrespect [migrated]

Is it ok to say "do not unrespect me" instead of "do not disrespect me"? I heard someone say it and it struck me as odd.
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Can I omit “one” in the following case?

Rich people's lives are the most complicated (ones)—and also the most meaningless (ones). Can I omit both? If not, which one should I keep?
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Adverb for “multiple”

Say that I have a Pokemon with 2 types: Fire and Flying. One could say this Pokemon has "multiple types." That is because the designer of this Pokemon "typed" it that way. Is it correct to say the ...
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be intended to vs intend to

I see a lot of examples of be intended to and intend to. Both of them mean plan to do. Some examples: Selling was my game and I intended to be a winner. The ban is intended to be permanent. ...
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Can I use the word “school” when referring to something that belongs to a university?

For example, can I refer to the main gate of a university as the school's main gate? Or say school begins in September instead of university begins in September (especially in informal speech)?
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Dough, paste, or pastry? [closed]

I'm a bit confused here. Could you help me to differentiate between the meanings of these words?
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Oxymoron Examples [closed]

I am trying to write some new oxymoron examples. If a grammar school stops teaching grammar (drops grammar from the curriculum), would this be called oxymoronic?
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What exactly is an idiom?

A recent question on the phrase "take my word for it" sparked a tangential discussion about calling it an idiom. I disagreed with the word since "take my word for it" is not figurative. Wikipedia ...
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Can “unto” be used instead of “onto” in American English?

Is there a difference in how the preposition "onto" is used in British and American English? I always understood it to match the following dictionary definition I found online, and was not aware of ...
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“For the time being” vs. “in the mean time”

I am confused when to use "For the time being" and when to use "In the mean time". Are they interchangeable. Can you please explain with some examples?
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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“With regard to” vs. “with regards to” vs. “in regards to” [closed]

I found the following usage notes in the Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary (emphasis mine): The phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all ...