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How to use his/her about a general group of people [duplicate]

Is it customary to use his instead of her even if you refer only to women like in my example below. It is a comment to a woman from a woman, likely referring to only women. Shouldn't you say "her own ...
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What does “Towards Reference” phrase mean?

I wrote a conference paper about technical requirements of mesh networks in smart grids. Originally I named it "Engineering Requirements for Mesh Networks in Smart Grids", but a reviewer changed its ...
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Why the correct answer is Choice(A), not (C)

The___of companies that now take orders over their Web sites us remarkable. A. Diversify B. Diverse C. Diversity D. Diversion
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Why use “functional”? [on hold]

We need to have a spare copier since the only one that is__(functional)___is on its last leg. A. Functioned B. Functions C. Functional D. Function
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)?

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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If pogonotrophy means to grow a beard, is there a term for shaving a beard?

If pogonotrophy means "to grow a beard", is there a term for shaving a beard? How would you use pogonotrophy in a sentence? And if there is an antonym for this word, how would you use it in a ...
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Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

John Appleseed, an old family friend. He has influenced my life in so many ways. One of them being where I would like to go in life. He has inspired me into becoming a teacher and pushing me to work ...
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Is “dissecting the anatomy of x” a correct expression? [on hold]

I wonder whether one can dissect anatomy, or if dissection is something you say of anatomy, or something like that.
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What is an adjective synonym for “discretion” or “up to you?”

This has been bothering me for some time, and I apologize for any mistakes here. What I'm looking for is another word for discretion without possession. It's almost like saying the phrase "up to ...
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I saw this notice in a bank today. Is this an oxymoron? [on hold]

Fresh coins / banknotes are available *Subject to availability I know what they mean to say but shouldn't they be using some other word instead of available in the first part of the notice? ...
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Are poor and rich both relative terms? [on hold]

Are words poor and rich very relative and depends from person to person in context of perspective ?
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Use “them” or “it”, when refering to the abstract concept, fears [on hold]

Use "them" or "it", when refering to the abstract concept, fears. "Let’s put our fears in a little bottle and use it as a garnish for meals, or sprinkle some on popcorn for scary movies." OR ...
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What does “pitting folk” mean? [closed]

This is from the Economist (Jan 3, 2015). (You can see the full article here - ...
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An .exe or a .exe? [duplicate]

In speech .exe translates to dot e-x-e. In writing, however, should one say an .exe or a .exe?
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Writing e-mail to a supplier [closed]

How can I politely ask a customer to find attached a purchase order? Is there more than one possibility?
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Can “crouch” be used to indicate motion?

Can "crouch" be used to indicate motion? Example: I crouched to the edge of the cliff and stayed there, still. (So in this example I'm using crouched as a synonym for walking "crouchley" Is ...
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“mid” without a following hyphen in these words?

The Chicago Manual, 16th edition, says that "mid" is followed by a hyphen only if a capitalized word (mid-Atlantic) or a number (mid-1950s) follows. That said, I believe that all of the following ...
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Does the verb “describe” require a [sentient] agent as subject? [closed]

What can be the subject for "describe"? Human or word? For example: Human subject: I describe the state of working normally as funtional Word subject: Functional describes the state of being work ...
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A word for the state of a object which does not work

I want to describe a state of a object of not being functional and being not likely to work normally unless being fixed. How do i describe it? Is break implys that something physically breaks into ...
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Is there such a word as staticness?

I want to use the word staticness but can't find it on a dictionary. I've seen it though been used in my google search.
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What is the word for the movement you make when you give someone your hand?

When someone falls down and you give your hand to her but she doesn't hold your hand, what's the proper word for the gesture you've done. You extend your hand? Is "extending a hand" right usage as a ...
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Which one is correct “Facilitate easy operation” or “Facilitate operation”?

The dictionary says Facilitate means ease and I have seen many people using facilitate easy operation, facilitate easy learning etc. What is the correct usage??
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Usage of 'out of' at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use 'out of' in the sense of 'from among' at the beginning of a sentence? Would the examples below sound grammatical and natural with use of 'out of'in this sense? This story ...
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Use inland or foreign

If we want to let the world know about our country, Shall we say "To improve foreign trips" or "To improve inland trips"
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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The word “cooker”

According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of the word "cooker" is "a person who tends a cooking process (a cook)." The dictionary provides the following example sentence: Dad was the ...
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What do you call a person placing bets? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the proper word for a person who is placing bets on various matches at a betting company. I've found only these: bettor / better , punter, but I have literally no idea about ...
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Correct preposition for geographical location [duplicate]

I'm working in the United Arab Emirates. I want to know how to make a sentence describing my (city) location with the correct preposition. For example, should I write: I'm in Dubai, or I'm on Dubai, ...
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Does one say “allegory for” or “allegory of”?

How does one correctly use the word "allegory" in a sentence? For example: This story is an allegory [for|of] pride. I have seen examples of both: the long poem is an allegory of love and ...
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How was 'hone in on' bastardised to mean 'home in on'?

The comments under this CBC article impelled me to check the definitions of the verbs home in on, under which a para discusses this debasement, vs hone in on. Yet it doesn't explain this corruption's ...
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I cannot understand the word “curry”

I cannot understand the meaning of this sentences. This is in the article titled as "Let England shake" (The Economist Sep 27th 2014) -article about Scotland's independence referendum The prime ...
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Meaning of “sugar-cloud kisser”

I am reading a renowned novel these days in which there is a sentence which goes like: "Well, well, well, guess who's back? Nick Dunne, Brooklyn party boy, sugar-cloud kisser, disappearing act." My ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...
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Word, expression for copying someone who inspires you

All of us have a person; our elder siblings or friends or any one who we are inspired by. For example my elder sister, I love the way she carries herself, her personality, her poise, that I try my ...
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'On' vs 'at' are there any principles that advise using one instead of the other when expressing the location of something?

The building is located on the corner of Bank and Butler. Vs. The building is located at the corner of Bank and Butler. Is there any reason why one is more appropriate than the other?
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Correct English: “Get sick” or “fall sick” [closed]

Whats the correct English "I got sick last night" or "I fell sick last night"?
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Word for very limited communication between races/religions/cultures

There is a country in which there are many different religions, races and cultures. In that country, people are cold and they only care about themselves or their community. There is little or very ...
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Language Evolution

Language changes all the time, most often in usage but also in spelling and grammatical form. At what point does a widespread misspelling or incorrect grammatical usage become acceptable and correct? ...
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“In” after “happiest” or “content”

I feel the happiest and most content knowing I can always count on them. OR I feel the happiest and most content in knowing I can always count on them. Is it correct both ways? or does this ...
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Reflexive pronoun (myself) grammar issue

I was writing in MS Word 2003, and it put a green underline under the word "myself", as used below. Don’t trust people, even myself, trust the code. I ran the spell and grammar check, but it ...
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What does it mean when someone has “golden pipes” and how did it originate?

I believe I saw this mentioned in an article/blog post I read a while ago. From what I remember, the article was about a person's amazing singing voice. However, I looked it up recently and didn't ...
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“in fact” vs “indeed”

This might sound silly, but are "indeed" and "in fact" interchangeable? Here's a case: Q: Is that a nice house? A1: Yes, it's really nice indeed. A2: Yes, in fact it's really nice. It sounds to me ...
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Can somebody recommend a good word to describe somebody with great responsibility

I'm looking for word that would describe a ruler or any leader with great responsibilities which has shown themselves to be very caring and ready to go the extra mile. could the word magnanimous be ...
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Usage of 'stand' [closed]

I heard a person saying 'The guest room stood empty' It sounded a bit weird to me perhaps because English isn't my first language. Buy what does it mean here? Obviously the room stands. Can't we ...
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Difference between 'voting' and 'casting a vote'

What's the difference between them? A man was talking to another person while the elections were being held. I overheard them. But I'm confused here. English is not my mother language and I have ...
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Usage of tenure vs term

I'm trying to express someone has completed his tenure/term in office. What is the difference between the following phrases: President Obama has successfully completed his tenure as president. ...
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Tolerance in English for names with vulgar everyday meaning? [closed]

Why does English (and perhaps other languages) allow collisions between names and nouns with vulgar/offensive meanings? I'm thinking of course of Dick vs. dick. Possible explanations (in no ...
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Acid vs. Acidic

I’ve always been taught that when a substance has the properties of an acid, it is considered acidic. However, recently I’ve noticed various things describing such substances as very acid as if the ...
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What is the expression for “high fever”?

It can not be high/low according to my understanding. Fever is fever. He is suffering from fever of high temperature. He is suffering from high fever.
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Can fiction be called prose?

I am categorizing ebooks and audio books of fiction and non_fiction works. For this I have created folders named: audio_fiction audio_non_fiction prose_fiction prose_non_fiction Does it ...