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bumped vs faced [migrated]

Can anybody say me difference between BUMPED and FACED PS I heard in conversation: Yesterday I bumped with my friend. Does it make sense? In meaning he met his friend accidentally. Thanks! ...
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Use of “there's” in plural

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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Is this a proper usage of the word “disheveled”? [on hold]

"in a disheveled manner" Does this make sense? Is it common?
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Whether one could use the verb drink with ice-cold tea? [migrated]

I have a feeling that we need to say "I took my tea [or coffee]", instead of saying "I drank my tea" since tea is consumed hot, you take it and not drink it. If the above impression that I carry is ...
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What is another way of saying <I have changed my views> [on hold]

What is another way of saying "I have changed my views"
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Are the following terms correct: “internal worker”, “external worker”?

I am searching for two opposing terms: How to call a person who is employed by a company? How to call a person who is not employed directly be a company, but cooperates with this company, for ...
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Has Usage defeated Grammar, so that “none” is now plural and “data” is singular? [on hold]

Other Q & A have dealt with parts of the evolution of these two words, but shifts in meaning move quickly. I thought an update would be interesting
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Stone bridge vs. Stony bridge

It might sound weird but one of my students asked me if there is a difference between 'a stone bridge' and 'a stony bridge'! Well off the top of my head I said it's the matter of collocation: we ...
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“would not” vs. “did not” [migrated]

Could anybody explain to me the usage of 'would' in the following sentences: I asked to borrow the car but my father wouldn't let me. The landlady wouldn't allow me to have guests. I was ...
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Inferred meaning in a word problem

I know this is a computer science problem, but I am about to blow a gasket over the meaning implied or inferred here. Does this not refer to a single linkedlist that can be inferred from the ...
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Word choice for a comparison of different amounts

I'm currently struggling to clearly state the following situation: Background: Let's assume I have two newspaper articles A and B. Let's say I want to count how often a specific word (for instance ...
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Is the word mercantilistic correct in this context? [on hold]

I want to use the word in the following sentence:--- By using the aforementioned words, he adds a mercantilistic color to the whole situation.
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English Diminutives and Augmentatives [on hold]

how are English augmentatives formed?Are there any suffixes for forming English augmentatives?
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What does the “was held to” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

Beijing was widely held to botch its reaction to a stock market fall and its decision to allow its currency to devalue. I understand that hold means to take place or to occur. Why past tense ...
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Is there a word “dramaticness”?

I want to write the following: This is due to the dramaticness of the day. What other word can I use?
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What made the “worst case scenario” a popular expression?

A worst-case scenario is a cliché that refers to: the worse possible future outcome. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms) Though the meaning is quite intuitive, the ...
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Metaphysician vs Metaphysicist

A practitioner of physics is known as a physicist. It seems like it would logically follow that a practitioner of metaphysics would be known as a metaphysicist; yet, in every text I've read, a ...
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What does it mean transport in network program

All, I just read the book Netty in action. A word Transport is mentioned in the book like below. NIO is used in this example because it’s currently the most widely used transport, thanks to its ...
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Someone who is adept/multi-talented in related activities

Is there a word for someone who is skilled at several talents in the arts, e.g. painting, sculpting, playing musical instruments and reading poetry. I am looking for a word that is analogous to ...
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“each of us” VS “each one of us” VS “each and every one of us”

Is there a difference between: "That would require her to send the document to ..." each of us each one of us each and every one of us Is one of them grammatically incorrect, or would they change ...
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Why my care instead of your care?

In the movie called Big Hero 6, the white robot Baymax is the inflatable healthcare companion robot. He takes care of whoever needs help. And once done, the person taken care should say, I'am ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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Emailed “with” an apology…?

In today's USA today, the following sentence appeared: Delta later emailed the flight’s customers with an apology, according to the Aviation Herald. What is the with doing in that sentence? I'm ...
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Is “how to say” incorrect? [duplicate]

I am confused by this video, in which the speaker claims usages like 'How to say egg in Chinese' is incorrect, and 'How do you say egg in Chinese' is correct. Is it right?
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How to determine if a noun is a place or a thing

I'm having difficulty determining if certain nouns are considered places or things. For example, I'm unsure if 'a park' is a place or a thing. More generally, with the standard definition of a noun as ...
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Was “sexting” an Australian slang term originally?

To sext, (usually as noun sexting) refers to: sending (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone: Its earliest usage appears to be from 2005, thought other ...
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Is 'sum' an okay replacement for 'problem'?

I've seen some people using the word sum as a substitute for the word problem, in a mathematical context even though the problem does not explicitly involve the addition operation. For example, We ...
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accused of a sin for a behaviour

The appropriate preposition for the verb 'accuse' is 'of'. However, sometimes the verb accuse has three objects: when we accuse a person of a crime/sin/inappropriate behavior because something he has ...
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'warrant' in the sense of guarantee, proof or confirmation [closed]

[I have edited my question: the formulation I first read and asked about was apparently paraphrasing a sentence from a book by an American scholar. Having used the footnote to find the original text, ...
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Contact Details Vs. Contacts

"Contact" could be used as a noun. It could be used as plural as in- The more contacts the cloth has with the dirty surface, the more sploiled it gets. "Contact details" is different. "Contact ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [closed]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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Extend or Expand

"However, Robertson is no sentimentalist. After devoting years of his life to bears, he is under no illusion about their feelings for him. It is clear that their interest in him does not extend beyond ...
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What's the more common way to refer to a road with 180° curves?

A hairpin road is a road with hairpin turns or bends. According to Wikipedia: A hairpin bend , named for its resemblance to a hairpin/bobby pin, is a bend in a road with a very acute ...
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That or not That

I often wonder why so many people use 'that' in a sentence when, more often than not, it is completely unnecessary. For instance: 1. The weather that the forecaster had promised never arrived in ...
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What is the meaning of “banned” in this sentence?

I'm wondering what the correct definition of "banned" is in the following sentence: The private ownership of handguns ought to be banned in the United States. Does "banned" refer to an outright ...
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Ingeniosity- Word or Not Word [closed]

Is ingeniosity a word? I have consulted various dictionaries and have received different results.
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Can something be more unique than something else? Can something be very unique? [duplicate]

Family debate - one says that uniqueness is relative, others say something either is or is not unique. Does uniqueness mean that there is only one of a certain thing/person, so that it would mean more ...
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Displayed “onto” a monitor or “on” a monitor?

Would it be correct to say "Text is being displayed onto my computer screen" or "on my computer screen"? This is more of a technical question than purely grammatical. I would argue that nothing is ...
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Economy/diseconomy of scale. Is economy a positive word?

Economy of scale means that as a company's production increases, the marginal cost of production goes down and therefore profit per product goes up. When profit per product goes down with scale, ...
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Is “mobbing” used in BrE and AmE to refer to harassment in the workplace.

The concept of mobbing, originally used referring to animals, according to the extract below, is now applied also to human beings, and is used specifically to refer to subtle aggressive behaviours in ...
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Common ways to tell the time

I'm a non-native speaker. In school, I was taught that the proper way of telling times in English is X o' clock. In NAE, would it be common to omit o' clock and just say something like: It's ...
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Differences between “frank” and “honest”

When sometimes I watch English TV show or sometimes while I'm searching for help on some online forums, I found a lot of people say "Frankly" or "To be frank" while the others say "Honestly" or "To be ...
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What is the opposite of someone who has been sheltered?

I am looking for a word to describe a teenager as someone who is "not sheltered." Someone who has been exposed to many different people, communities and ways of thinking. Worldly seems too broad of a ...
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What is the expression for the process of getting over the loss of a loved person?

The term mourning usually refers to the sorrow felt because of the death of a person: Great ​sadness ​felt because someone has ​died: Shops were ​closed as a ​sign of mourning for the ...
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Is the sequence of words “modulus like parameter” meaningful?

Does the sequence of words "modulus like parameter" mean that the involved parameter can be considered as a modulus even though it can be something different in some cases ?
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have difficulty in understanding usage of being [migrated]

I have recently encountered some sentences relating to being while reading some books. However, the sentences don't make a sense for me because I can't understand them. Could you explain me the ...
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How to differentiate from multiple interpretations of the word “language”

Suppose I'm currently writing an introduction to programming languages. One of my paragraphs start as follows: Everyone can learn how to program. It is like learning a new language. [...] In ...
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Accomplish+a verb form?

I would appreciate if someone can help me out here. Can we use a gerund or infinitive after the verb accomplish? I did a search but nothing came up and after accomplish they've used a pronoun or a ...
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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...