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Is 'many' used in positive sentences or not?

It is uncanny how many books will insist that neither 'many' nor 'much' can be used in positive sentences. Have you got many pens? / Have you got much money? --> correct I haven't got many pens. / I ...
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People who use “no” in every sentence

I want to know whether using unnecessary "No"s and negations paints individuals with a negative/insulting attitude. Examples from my dear workplace. Example 1: 1: "Hey Eric, today is so warm." 2: ...
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Pre-planning vs planning

The Oxford online dictionary defines "pre-plan" as to "plan in advance". But isn't that generally the point of planning - to do it in advance?
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Does the word “wizardry” have negative connotations?

The Free Dictionary defines wizardry as The art, skill, or practice of a wizard; sorcery. The first part certainly sounds positive, but then the word sorcery is cited as a synonym. This ...
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Etymology of a word

I'm curious how one describes the etymology of a word. Does the etymology of a word entail more than its origin? Does etymology also contain a words usages and history?
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august usage in a sentence [on hold]

I would like to use the word "august" meaning noble, impressive, etc., with the word 'touch' in this sentence: " I will be in august touch with you in the coming days." What do you think? Find it ...
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etymology of eavesdropping

there's this word eavesdropping or eavesdrop, which I looked over in oxford and several other places. the closest I got to understanding it was that it originated from an obsolete noun "eavesdrop", ...
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Is “object of discussion” an established term, or is there another word for that?

In a review of, let's say, predatory habits of some animals, the subject of the discussion is the predatory habits. Is it correct to say that the animals, then, are the objects of discussion or ...
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Interview follow up mail [on hold]

I would like to know the result of an interview that I had recently. But I'm very much concerned about the words or any mistakes in the mail. I want to send a not very formal mail. Please correct my ...
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Using “decadent” to describe a building or town in neglect or ruin

I have often seen decadent used to refer to a non-physical state, like a person who is spiritually or morally decadent. Could decadent be applied to something physical like a building or a town to ...
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“At schedule” vs. “by schedule” vs. “on schedule”

Let's assume that I wash my car every Saturday at noon. How do I say it using the word schedule: I wash my car at/by/on schedule. Update: It's not about doing something on a regular basis. It's ...
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Using the word “foible”, and its interpretation

There are situations when I get in doubt about the usage of a word, even after having used it for long and on a regular basis. One of those words is "foible". I thought it to be related to character ...
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“Sonata of…” or “The sonata of…”?

For example, what's more grammatically correct (or at least common practice) "Sonata of Awakening" or "The Sonata of Awakening"?
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Is it accurate/correct/proper to call an abusive dictator a megalomaniac?

The definition of megalomania indicates that it is the delusion of power, wealth, greatness, importance, etc. So when talking about malicious dictators, especially those known for mass murder of ...
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Ataraxis or/and ataraxia, a quandary. A question over their existence and usage?

The Oxford dictionary has ataraxia (ataraxy) as a valid word but not ataraxis. however, I've seen and heard the ataraxis being used once in while. But it happens that the guys at Oxford do not ...
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Use “too” instead of “so” and “very”

In what situation would you use "too" instead of so or very. Can someone help me? I have a problem with using too in sentence. Please give me an example. Thanks
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substantial vs. numerous [on hold]

these two words seem very similar, 'substantial' says in the dic.that 'large in amount or number', numerous says that 'many'. Do they have differences in contexts?
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Using the word “lagniappe”

Oxford dictionary defines the word lagniappe as something given as a bonus or gratuity. Is it only used when transactions (by transactions I mean a gift given to customer when he shops a lot.) are ...
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Word for describing process of walking, going on foot

I'm translating an article about a wax doll museum, and I got trapped on a phrase 'this wax doll has a mechanism, which simulates ''process of going on foot, walking, smth. like that''. I know, this ...
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Merry Easter to all of you! [duplicate]

It may sound strange, but why is Merry not used with Easter? Is there a reason why its usage has been so firmly fixed with Christmas?
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usage of the verb to bridge in “Bridging someone to something”

My friend suggested a tag line for our project: "Bridging you to your dream higher education online" and I have doubts that "bridging you to smth." is a proper word usage. I've never heard this ...
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What are other ways to express “something becomes more and more important”?

For example, if I would like to use the word "importance", how can I make the sentence?
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Meaning Of Arrangement

I want to know the meaning of the word arrangement in the following sentence and the overall meaning of this snetence: “Reinforcers,” are rewards or punishments used to encourage desired ...
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The very concepts of the “present” and “existence”

In the following sentence I want to understand the meaning of the bolded part: The light from most stars takes millions of years to reach us, so not only the present existence of these stars ...
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What are some words that start with DL? [closed]

i'm ESL student and I have a homework , My English teacher ask me to get 5 words start with DL ? and I have to use these word in sentience I did not found any word in the dictionary start with DL :( ...
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“Healthy” vs “healthful”— Do fruits and veggies work out?

The OED doesn't say much other than the two words have long been synonyms since the 1500s. healthful - promoting good health healthy - being in good health/condition Why do we say that ...
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using the word “croesus”

I came across the word croesus a long back but pondered over its usage recently. It has the two following definitions: 1. the last king of Lydia 2. a wealthy person Is it correct, formally, to say ...
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How to use “near” and “nearby”? [closed]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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Using “such” and “as”, together and segregated

Here are two variations: I would like you to buy such fruit as apples and watermelon for me. Can you buy me some fruit such as apples or watermelon? Is there any blatant difference or a fine one ...
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I need to comment on Bill Gates's blog. In my comments I would frequently want to refer to him (I don't want to address him) with respect [duplicate]

What should I add before or after his name to show respect? In India we do that adding sir after the name but I don't think it's done in standard English.
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what is the difference between later and latter?

As cited above what is the difference between later and latter? Latter : occurring or situated nearer to the end of something than to the beginning, the meaning of latter is similar to later only. so ...
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Do I take a small nap or a light nap?

I heard a friends say that he's going to take a 'small' nap. Is this correct usage? I thought we only take 'light' naps
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Impel and compel and the finer nuances

I was contemplating over the two words - impel and compel. consider the examples: 1. she impelled me to take the job 2. she compelled me to take the job. is the word compel somewhat derogatory or ...
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Is “cheese-stick operation, manufacturing, building current word?

I was drawn to the word, “cheese-stick” appearing in the article titled, “The book that didn’t exist” in the Opinion Pages of New York Times (April 14), which deals with the art and craft of writing. ...
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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Difference between “I will call you” and “I give you a call”?

What is the difference between I will call you and I give you a call?
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What modal verbs do natives use nowadays?

We are being taught English by a native speaker from Alaska. He states that many of modal verbs we were taught are outdated and have been replaced. E.g.: We must ➙ We have to May I ...
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The use of “as” [closed]

My question: In the following sentence, what part of speech is the word as? He visited the United Nations, or the UN, as it is more commonly called. Is it merely a conjunction? If it is not, ...
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Is “womb owners” an accepted word?

I was a bit surprised to find a word, “womb owners” in the article titled, “Women can be funny, admits Jerry Lewis (sort of)” in Time Magazine’s online edition (April 15, 2014). The article begins ...
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What does “where's waldo” mean in this context?

The student thinks that he can where's waldo their way to the answer Now, does it mean it's gonna be a cinch or a sisyphean task? Again, if I add a little detail, The student thinks that he ...
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Difference between “Generally, I am…” and “I am generally…”?

Revisiting my CV, I have stumbled over a small question. I originally wrote: “I am generally willing and able to relocate worldwide.” Today, I noticed I could also write: “Generally, I am ...
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Prima Facie: How would you use this in a sentence? [closed]

I understand that 'prima facie' is 'at first glance', but how would you start/use the word in a sentence? Thanks.
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“All you battery needs can be found here” Is this correct?

I found this on the battery stand in a supermarket: "All your battery needs can be found here". I don't remember the exact wording, but what surprised me is that needs can be found on a supermarket ...
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Does the type of play on words in “Some people are immune to good advice” have a name?

On Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman remarks, "Some people are immune to good advice." Similarly, a friend of mine described a weekend as "a celebration of procrastination". Does word play that juxtaposes ...
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Usage of “In present-day”

Does the sentence In present day technology, the method can be broadly applied. correctly translate the idea that Now, with the development of inexpensive desktop computers, the method can be ...
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Usage of “whereabouts”

Is a noun "whereabouts" used not only for something moving (e.g. person) but for something still? For example: Do you know his whereabouts? vs Whereabouts of the building they searching is still ...
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What is meant by “communities of colour”?

When referring to the race and ethnicity does the word "coloured" mean anyone who is not white? For example "a distinct form of racism simply associates communities of colour with pollution." Also, is ...
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Entertainment-related compounds

Ok I just want to ask and confirm a few compounds. 1) games shop or game shop - a place where you can buy video games 2) amusement arcade or arcade - a place where people went to play arcade ...
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Meaning of “appreciate the calm”

From a web development book: Instead of taking a moment to appreciate the calm, developers have taken advantage of the stabilizing front-end platform to pile on a whole new wave of front-end ...
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What does the word “institutional” mean in this context?

Racism and sexism are examples of institutional practices that result in discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race or gender. The dictionary definition of institutional is ...