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It there a better way to say, “Thank you for your inquiry about my business?” [on hold]

Would it be better English to say instead "inquiry into our business?"
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How to use the word “mainstream” in a sentence

Should we use "the" before the word "mainstream"? I have found some sentences on the internet and not sure if they are right and if they right then not sure why they are right without the word "the." ...
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Please let me know [on hold]

What is the difference between and are they both correct? 1.That has got to be the smallest foot I have ever seen. 2.That is the smallest foot I have ever seen. Thanks.
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Is my sentence correct? [on hold]

There would be a time where you’d constantly asked every person you’d encounter how near the summit is.
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What are some less ambiguous words for “choice,” “decision,” “option,” etc.?

1) You come to a fork in the road. You need to make a choice between going left or right. You face a decision between the left path and the right path. You have the option to advance in either ...
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…disregard school work as of no great concern.

Would you explain for me why we use "as of" in the sentence below: -Boredom in the class can be a serious problem. If a student is bored because he thinks the material is too simple, it can cause ...
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Suitable words or phrasal verbs

Consider this situation: A girl has been lost and her parents are trying to find her. Hence, can I describe this circumstance as the following: The child, who has been lost from her parents, is ...
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How to identify “deictic center” for distinguishing “come” & “go”?

Read this paragraph from this site My question is: How to identify "deictic center" for distinguishing "come" & "go"? Let say I am at home & I say "I am going to the zoo this evening", so ...
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About word usage [on hold]

I can easily get the definition of the word, but the problem is.. well .. Word Usage. How do I know how to use a word without sounding pretentious, I don't believe this needs a specific context. I am ...
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Word usage, colloquy

How do I use the word "colloquy"? I don't understand how it is used. I know the meaning is "A conversation". My context: "My friends and I are having a colloquy about politics." "My family are ...
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Usage and meaning of the term “narrative”

I have the impression that the term narrative, which traditionally refers to the literary sense of: the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a ...
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Is it ever appropriate to use “where” instead of “because” or “since”?

I work at a large company (4,000+ employees) where a lot of people use the word "where" in a way that I firmly believe is incorrect. They use "where" at the beginning of a sentence instead of using "...
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What does 'one' in this sentence refer to?

The past decade has seen a growing public fascination with the complex “connectedness” of modern society. At the heart of this fascination is the idea of a network – a pattern of interconnections ...
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How to distinguish 'technique' and 'technology'? [on hold]

Also, how should I decide when to use classic and when to use classical? What is the difference between these terms with regard to how they are used? Should I use 'classic music' or 'classical music'? ...
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Ambiguous use of “due to” [on hold]

Your work goes beyond affecting X due to Y. Does it mean: 1) Y is the reason that X is affected 2) Y is the reason that "your work goes beyond..." In case that "due to" does not strictly imply (1),...
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Figurative usage of “salvific”

Note that English is not my mother-tongue. Would a native speaker understand that the following sentence is trying to convey that the protagonist is relieved by the fact that he'd been able to set ...
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writing decimal numbers as ordinal?

How to write 0.1 (ordinal) percentile? E.g. for 1 it would be "first percentile". Would it be "0.1st percentile"?
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Transition words

There are certainly a plethora of transition words like: however, furthermore, nevertheless, instead, indead, etc. Except for the appearance of these words at the beginning of a sentence, their ...
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What is the meaning of “plumbing”? [on hold]

I ran into the following sentence from this article: ...“Swarmkit” to refer to the plumbing open source orchestration project. After referring dictionary, I still can't figure out what is the ...
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Is “airhead” gendered?

Is "airhead" gendered in the sense that it's more commonly used for women than men? (Apologies if "gendered" is not the correct term - is there a more accurate term?) Wiktionary describes it as ...
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Is “Urbane” strickly maculine or feminine in relation? [on hold]

Is "Urbane" used only when referring to a male, as in "He had a very urbane personality/attitude" or can it be used in reference to a female persona as well, example being "She is quiet, with a very ...
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Purpose of 'time' in sentences like this one?

In ten years time, you'll have forgotten about all of your "failures". I've observed that in some constructions of the form "in [some amount of time]" (e.g. in the above "in ten years"), the word ...
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Which is correct? All-sized groups“ or ”All sized groups"? [on hold]

I have an phone book directory ad for my company. Would the term "All-sized groups" or "All size groups" would be the correct way to have the ad? The ad is for employers looking for group medical ...
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Can the word 'quote' mean only one word?

According to Google quote is ' repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker' can a single word ...
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How to express a feeling beyond proud?

How to express a feeling beyond proud? For example, in the sentence: If one student is proud of knowing one thing, then a school is honoured to have thousand students who know many things Here, ...
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What does “exit” mean when used in investment?

I read some blogs, there are something like "I invested 20 startups, among which 10 exit". What does exit mean? Means the startup failed? broken?
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Much more or a Lot more

So I was talking to someone and I said the next :" that would be a lot more appropriate" , the other person corrected me and said that I should say "much more appropriate" . So I was wondering if I'...
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Difference between 'spake' and 'spoke'?

The King James Bible interchangeably uses 'spake/spoke', 'sware/swore' and 'bare/bore' for the simple past tenses of 'speak', 'swear', and 'bear', respectively. Were their interchangeability an ...
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Is this the correct use of “catalogue” [on hold]

Example: He came up with a catalogue of things his father said or did which upset him. Is the use of "catalogue" correct in this example? I personally think so, as the word derives from the Greek ...
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Is “Tenor” okay?

I came across an advertisement which reads as follows: As one may find, the advertisement uses the word "Tenor" to say that the Bond would have a term (or duration) of 8 years. Is "Tenor" okay in ...
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What is the definition and usage of howl about? [closed]

What is the definition and usage of howl about ?
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Can the word “settings” be used in singular form to mean “parameter”? [closed]

Take for example Google Chrome browser's settings. There are a lot of parameters (?) there. Or one could probably say, "a lot of settings." But can one refer to some particular parameter using the ...
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What is the correct way to use “Hands Down” in a sentence, grammar-wise? [closed]

What is the correct option\s in this case? Hands down, the best value for your money! Hands down, get best value for your money! It's hands down the best value for your money! The best value for ...
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Korea Government vs Korean Government? [closed]

Simply Question, As a foreigner, I am really confused when to use Adjective or Noun before Noun. Which one is correct? I have seen the both of them many times. Korea Government vs Korean ...
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Can I use “sleep-in” as a noun like “lie-in”?

I have some questions about "sleep in". Do you use the expression "to have a lie-in" in the US, Canada and other English-speaking countries? Can I use "sleep-in" as a noun like "lie-in"? "Have a ...
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Use of gender-specific and gender-neutral words together

These are sample sentences we usually come across: This is a husband's provision for his spouse. This is a wife's provision for her spouse. One may find a similar sentence reading "A ...
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Can I use “both” when referring to more than two?

In order to succeed in this position, you should be able to engage both the rich, the educated and the pious, as well as the poor, the ignorant and the immoral.
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What is the word with the definition: “One that is modulated”?

If I employ someone, then they are my "employee". If my computer program modulates other computer programs, then they are my computer program's _____.? I can't find any reference to "modulatee" ...
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How are “autopsy of a corpse” and “post-mortem of a corpse” different?

Autopsy is surgical examination of a corpse to find out the cause of the death. Post-mortem, used in isolation as in "Post-mortem was done", refers to surgical examination of a corpse. Now, the ...
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Describing an inaccurate statement

I would like to describe a statement as failing to be accurate, but I'm struggling to articulate it in a manner which may be considered grammatically correct. I had initially written: "Not only does ...
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Adjective or adverb? Confusion!

Could someone point out for me that which of the following choices is accurate? Even though I understand that my comments were offensive, you should cut me a break because I only meant them (joking/...
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Same combination of innocence and sand [Mark Twain Adventures]

in the movie "The adventures of Mark Twain", what does sand mean in these dialogs: 00:07:39 More every day you remind me of my wife, Livy, God rest her. 00:07:44 Same combination of innocence and ...
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“Come this May, I will…” Why am I using “come”? [duplicate]

"Come this fall, I will be at Harvard studying law." "Come May, I will have been studying Biology for seven years." While speaking with a colleague, I used the phrase "Come + time period". She wasn'...
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Does 'upskill' refer only to increasing the abilities of people with low skills?

Or does it also include anyone who is trying to acquire new skills regardless of their initial skill level? (e.g. it could be someone who is really skilled in one discipline but wants to acquire new ...
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What does it mean to possess a danger?

Here's the sentence I'm trying to understand: This made the division between High and Low Church or Tory and Whig stark indeed, and the result was the 'prostitution of the pulpit, particularly in ...
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Should it be “there” or “their” in this particular sentence [closed]

Me and my friends got stuck arguing if it should be there or their in the following sentence : While the world slept. .they slowly performed their magic! I believe it should be there rather than ...
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The preposition for 'note' (noun): 'of', 'on' or 'about'? [closed]

Consider the example: I've made a lot of notes on, of or about this subject during my readings.
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The usage of a particular word [duplicate]

Originally, I only thought that the word "preclude" is only used by the way as following: Preclude sb from doing sth For instance: The flood precluded the rescue team from approaching the victims. ...
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What is “Yindy”? [on hold]

I've heard a song "Yindy" by "Fiddler's Green". Here's the first couplet and a refrain from it: My mother she took me to the preacher. She told me that he will be my teacher. My father he thought ...
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Pitch vs Presentation

In sales terms I've met pitch for a lot of time as a sort of presentation. But what is this little difference between the presentation and pitch in term of sales or other public speech in a conference ...