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Definition of 'middle-class'

Is a waitress a middle-class or lower-class worker? Can a waitress be defined as belonging to the proletariat?
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Oxymoron Examples

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” [on hold]

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 ...
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what does “a course of action” mean? [on hold]

And what is the difference between "a course of action" and "action"? I look up it on different dictionaries, but I failed to distinguish it with the other.
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Replacements for “though”

Examples: Mary thought the man was nice-looking. It wasn't enough to lower her defenses, though. Tom crossed his arms on the table. He did it so hard, though, he hurt his elbows. ...
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“unconservative” or “inconservative”? [on hold]

Which one is correct: "unconservative" or "inconservative"?! If both are incorrect, what word should we use instead?
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Is it ok to use fraught in a sentence without saying what the thing is fraught with?

Ex. is it ok to say such and such is fraught. Full stop? In a case where the context makes it clear what its fraught with?
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Is the following use of “nonetheless” correct?

I was so down and unmotivated, nonetheless, that even thinking about getting up the chair seemed like a tedious and burdensome task. I'm having my doubts because at first I used however, and ...
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Should we say “the sun is risen.” or “the sun has risen”?

Of course we can always say "the sun is up", but is it acceptable to say "the sun is risen" just as we use verb "to be" before other past participles like "she is gone"? Or should we say "the ...
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others,the others,the other and another? [migrated]

I have difficulty telling the diffirence among them.I wonder if there is the best way to know exactly when you use "others","the other","the others" or "another".
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industry problems or industrial problems

Should we say industry problems or industrial problems? Which is incorrect? or maybe each of them has specific meaning, then what is that meaning? I myself think the "industry problems" means the ...
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“As per” and “in the case being”?

Take the following text into account: These airstrikes would not only be punishment for Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians amid the three-year-long Syrian Uprising (according to ...
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University research or Academic research

What do you call researches that are carried out in the universities as thesis or...? academic researches university researches researches in university
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“Birthday” vs. “anniversary”

Are there general guidelines for using "anniversary" vs. "birthday"? E.g., birthdays are generally for... well, birthdays. It's also used for some notable historical dates regarding countries ("Our ...
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use of “not on purpose”

I was told that "not on purpose" cannot be used in the middle of a sentence. For example: I was showering and, not on purpose, I participated in the #icebucketchallenge. I am aware of the fact ...
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“Being myself of the feminine gender…” Gender ? Or sex? [duplicate]

From the section of letters of a woman's magazine: "Being myself of the feminine gender, I suppose..." Can we say a person is of "the feminine gender" ? Shouldn't we say "the feminine sex"? ...
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Usage of “to find out” [on hold]

Your father climbed to some rough rocks near the coast to find out that under the rocks, our friend Lake lies severely wounded. Is this usage of "to find something by chance (as a result of ...
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Adjective form of “foreign policy”?

Is there a adjective form of "foreign policy" or "foreign relations"? It needs to fit in with: There were contrasting political, social, and ??? systems. EDIT: By "foreign policy", I really mean ...
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usage of please [duplicate]

Should 'please' be stated at the beginning of the sentence like: 'Please can you do this for me', or 'Can you do this for me please' Which one of the above is the correct expression.
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How to use “posthumous”?

I know that "posthumous" means "after one's death." But how would you use it to say: This is shown by his posthumous weakening of the monarchy. What I mean to say is that after his death, other ...
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Use of 'swag' as a verb

I came across this post on swag (the slang word): Attempt to swag should ideally be accompanied by apt spellings. I have seen swag being used only as a noun. I know swagger is a verb, but is ...
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loud, aloud, loudly?

Which one of the following should I use ? Speak loud. Speak loudly. Speak aloud. I heard once a teacher say 'speaker louder', so I think 'speak loud' should be no problem. What's more, ...
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Is it correct to use “yonder” as equivalent to “those”/“these”

I want to write: "The methods can be divided according to the theories underlying the process and also differ on the statistical methods to evaluate those theories." Would it be correct to use yonder ...
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Usage of too while comparing two places

While in a conversation about a place xyz which is facing water scarcity, if another place abc is also having water scarcity, which sentence would be correct:- I know xyz has water scarcity, but is ...
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Is usage of the word epitome in a negative sense correct?

Can the word epitome be used in a negative context like in this statement He is the epitome of corruption. And should I be using the epitome instead of an epitome?
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Word for a follower of a Pied Piper

The phrase Pied Piper is often used to suggest one who leads others down a questionable path. I cannot, however, think of the best term to use to describe a "child" following said Pied Piper, in a ...
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What is a theme in English [closed]

For English i need to "respond critically to a significant connection across four texts" using a theme. What exactly is a theme? My current understanding is that is the meaning behind the Film. The ...
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“We're pregnant!” [duplicate]

I noticed a rash of couples recently who will announce to friends and family, "We're pregnant!" At first I thought this was just a cutesy way of announcing a pregnancy that was intended to be ...
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Does the following sentence contain right word usage? [closed]

I'm trying to paraphrase someone and what they said, but I can't figure out if this makes sense to a reader: "This company will be a gateway to helping many people answer questions in all sorts of ...
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Clarification about the usage of “the” [migrated]

I know that this may be a basic question but I'm severely confused. How do you decide when or not to use "the". For what I've read, if you are referring to objects within a large class (without any ...
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“Tease” or “tease with”

Does this headline from Toms Hardware use a correct sense of the verb "tease" (the main sense of which in this area being to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without ...
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What is the meaning of unhighlight [closed]

What does the word "unhighlight" mean? Alternately, is it even a word? What would be its usage? I can't find it in my dictionary or on the internet. I am using it in the context of if you highlight ...
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IMHO, I am great? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. I was wondering if the phrase "in my humble opinion, my proposal is interesting because ..." is contradictory? I am trying to say that something I proposed/said ...
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Does the word “out” carry sexual-minority flavour?

My NGO and partners are producing a feature film about Russian speakers in the world, and to explain its point as bias-breaking, we came up with the name out, that's nicely expanded in the slogan as ...
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Use of the “&” symbol [duplicate]

When is it academically correct to use "&" ? In university standard writing can you every use & instead of the word "and"?
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Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”? [duplicate]

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
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What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression “full stop” into a written sentence?

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression "full stop" into a written sentence? For example: The USS Enterprise isn't just a great "Galaxy Class" starship, it's a great starship - ...
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Where to place “among other things”?

I'll be placing a short introduction on a web site and the introduction includes a sentence similar to this: I'm – among many other things – a hobbyist coder. I'm unsure about the ...
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Is checklist or tick box (or something else) more common in British English?

When referring to a list of items that you check off as you complete, would the British say, "checklist," "tick box," or something else?
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Can I say, “I can answer your apprehensions.”

Is it proper to say that you can answer someone's apprehensions?
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“My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?

Is this kind of redundancy acceptable in both speech and writing, formal and informal ? Would the following sentences have their meaning changed if we omitted "personal" or "personally" ? Would they ...
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When and where did the exclamation “Snap!” originate?

Recently I heard and an explanation for what the exclamation "Snap!" meant. He stated that it comes from the kid's card game where you yell "Snap" at a certain time to win the card pile. I'm vaguely ...
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Are “till” and “until” perfectly interchangeable at the beginning of a sentence?

In the following sentences, would one of these conjunctions sound better than the other ? Until/Till my daughter got married, I had never been abroad. Until/Till you change your mind, I won't ...
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with whom - Is this the appropriate use? [duplicate]

Please let me know if there is a more appropriate manager at Seaside Resort with whom I can discuss these issues.
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“You could do it better” Past/Future?

While showing my work to my adviser, he uttered a sentence, "You could do it better!". Is it analogous to: You could have done better OR You can do it better (so improve it)? It seems to me this ...
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“For the sake of” versus “because of”

Somewhat related to this question, but with more subtlety. I've found some places that define "for the sake of" as "because of": Wiktionary Cambridge Dictionary I suppose in a four causal ...