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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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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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39 views

How to use “near” and “nearby”? [on hold]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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68 views

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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31 views

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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3answers
50 views

Correct use of bound/bounded

I am not sure how to correctly use the word bound in this context: All partial sums of two given sequences are bounded by a positive constant. All partial sums of two given sequences are ...
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2answers
25 views

Initial “See, …” or “Look, …” usage

Which is correct to say 1. "Look , The situation was like that..." or "See, The situation was like that ....". 2. "Look , I am not involved in it..." or "See, I am not involved in ...
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70 views

Can 'post' and 'after' used interchangeably?

I notice few colleagues use 'post' almost everywhere. Today one of them said 'lets meet up post noon' and I thought shouldn't it be 'afternoon'? I could be okay with 'post lunch' but somehow 'post ...
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1answer
45 views

What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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143 views

better word for an industrial part

I am looking for a generic word that can be used to refer to a fairly large industrial part or component such as a generator, motor, control box or possibly a circuit board. We are using the word ...
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2answers
62 views

Founders vs Co-founders

What is the correct term to use, or what is the difference between the two? For instance, if you describe yourself as a founder in a resume it sounds like you founded something alone. In plural form ...
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3answers
181 views

Which is more correct: gender or sex? [duplicate]

I've always used "gender" when I want to talk about whether a person is male or female. But I came across this comment on a similar question here: Correct usage is "sex" for humans and other ...
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58 views

“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm ...
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“Semantic”s relation to “Pedantic” [closed]

When pointing out to my friends one day that I should have used a different word in a previous conversation, I mentioned that I was being pedantic. They, ironically, corrected me saying I was being ...
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1answer
24 views

Usage of dwell/hail [closed]

When I describe myself, I normally have to say where I'm from. If I were actually born and raised in Chicago, could I use dwell and/or hail? I dwell in Chicago. I hail in Chicago.
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43 views

What is meant by 'intestinal fortitude'? 'ovariological fortitude'? [duplicate]

Is a good example of 'intestinal fortitude' when someone faces his/her fair share of adversity and bounces back from it? Or when a boxer is repeatedly pummeled and knocked down in a fight, and he ...
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1answer
74 views

“This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy”

Lately I have heard many people using what in place of which in adjectival phrases: This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy. This cake, which is my favorite, makes me happy. Is ...
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3answers
891 views

Can a female proprietor be called as “proprietor”?

I know the female version of proprietor can be called as proprietress or proprietrix. But I want to know whether a female proprietor can also be called a proprietor? Or does proprietor only indicate ...
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1answer
49 views

Show I use “lay,” “laid,” or “lain” in the following passage? [closed]

The ground was ice-cold, no hint of anyone having lay/laid/lain there at all. Which one is the correct option?
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163 views

Is it wrong to use “genocide” as a verb?

Just so you people don't think of me as a monster. I ask this question because recently I was playing NetHack and there is a magic scroll that allows you to genocide a species of monsters (usually ...
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2answers
51 views

Can “about” and “around” be used interchangeably in some cases?

Example: He paced about/around the room. Can those words be used interchangeably? If that's the case, which one is more common?
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2answers
119 views

What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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3answers
88 views

Freshman or Freshwoman

Can we use freshwoman to refer to a girl in her first year in college, or is freshman acceptable?
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1answer
56 views

Is it correct to use the word “wrongdoing” in this sentence?

Is 'wrongdoing' used appropriately in this sentence? The wrongdoing of spying on students is not only in the boundaries of law, but it is also morally inappropriate.
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91 views

One word for (have same size)

I am looking for a word that expresses same size characteristic. To be specific, we can say that "both DVD's are identical". However, identical might imply all characteristics resemblance. I am ...
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2answers
35 views

Term for a body cast maker

What is the word used for a person who makes body casts? Is compounder a good word?
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1answer
34 views

Is the following usage of the word “suggest” correct/common?

Sharing the first hours of the day with someone suggests you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. Is it correct/common to use the word like this? Does it sound weird? If so, ...
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190 views

Word usage: feeble

Is it correct to say Feeble people are more at risk of flu-related complications. to convey the idea that there are different levels of risk in the population at risk? I could have said old ...
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2answers
189 views

“In” or “At” sole discretion

We're drafting some legal stuff, and our lawyer used this phrasing... ...whether any particular enhancement is to be categorized as such shall be made in the sole reasonable discretion of ...
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6answers
112 views

Verb similar to “synchronize” but not for time

I am looking for a word that describes adjusting status to conform another. Let us say the status of the account is active but in our system shows inactive. Synchronize describes the situation with ...
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1answer
51 views

The problem with the word “quite” [duplicate]

"Quite" is probably the most ambiguous word in the English language. Merriam-Webster defines it three ways: 1: completely, wholly, totally (quite mistaken) 2: to an extreme : positively (quite ...
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2answers
47 views

Difference in Usage of Specificity & Specification [closed]

I found two noun words such as Specificity and Specification. When can we use Specificity over specification.
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3answers
40 views

Voltage vs. Voltages

Is 'voltages' the plural for voltage? When requesting for someone to check voltage more than once, would you state that you're documenting 'voltages'?
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4answers
229 views

Alternatives to the common construction “didn't used to”

I am hearing the use of this odd-sounding construction more and more frequently as of late. For example: I didn't used to smoke. I didn't used to work for McDonald's. I was trying to think ...
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3answers
68 views

Is “Lady Macbeth has plotted this out carefully and diligently” a correct use of “plot”?

Lady Macbeth has plotted this out carefully and diligently. Can I use the word "plot" in such a way? I know most people would want to replace that with "planned", but I don't want to keep using ...
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1answer
88 views

What is the difference between providing that and provided that? [closed]

Please tell me about this question and give me an example for each one. Is it conjunction or not? Thanks
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1answer
120 views

Is “platonic” generally appropriate?

Specifically, I'm wondering about the definition about relationships: of, relating to, or having a close relationship in which there is no romance or sex. Is "platonic" generally appropriate? ...
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3answers
91 views

What's the difference in being extemporaneous,being spontaneous and being impulsive?

What's the difference in being extemporaneous, being spontaneous and being impulsive? Or, when, where, - in which situation - would you rather use them?
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1answer
53 views

A word that refers to a previously mentioned action [closed]

I am trying to refer back to the action "act swiftly" mentioned previously, but I am not sure if I am in the right direction. I thought of a few possible solutions as follows. An entire rephrasing of ...
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3answers
83 views

Can “retrospectively” be used in this manner?

The following is the paragraph which the word "retrospectively" is used. I meant to say something like " the government has learnt from the past events, and as a result, have implemented these ...
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1answer
34 views

What is the origin of the term 'going to wrack and ruin'?

'Wrack' refers to wreckage, vengeance and retributive punishment. From looking at its copious entry in the OED it is clear that the word 'wrack' has had a considerable history. But other than for this ...
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3answers
96 views

actual / wise or both [closed]

We had an exam today and here is the question on which I was confused. Fill in the gaps. Justin is a very hardworking student. His ideas and words are ___and useful. There were 2 ...
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2answers
98 views

“By/before/until/through” in the past

I need to express how an event occurred before-or-at a certain time in the past (non exclusive or, which of the two alternatives is the actual one is left open). For the future I would have used ...
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1answer
120 views

Found missing/Found to be missing?

Which one among the following is correct? These were found missing. or These were found to be missing. For me the former one sounds little bit odd since "found" and "missing" are next to ...
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2answers
63 views

How right to say “I'm came from somebody”

Let's imagine, Jack told me about your friend, which is lawyer. For example, lawyer's name is Mark. And He[Jack] said me: you have to say to Mark, that you know me. How I have to introduce myself to ...
3
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1answer
91 views

What's the most preferred spelling of auto fill, auto-fill, and autofill?

When you are trying to say that something is automatically filled in, you use the word autofill, or if you were using past tense, autofilled. I see 3 main ways that people use it: auto fill / ...
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2answers
99 views

What is not a “coffin” but used to carry the corpse?

Coffin is box in which corpse is buried and is also used to carry the corpse to the grave. But Muslims carry the the corpse in cage sort of a thing, remove the corpse from it and then bury it. So ...
2
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1answer
131 views

How to write previous surname when married?

What is the correct way of writing previous surname when married? E.g. John Johnson (former Davis) Is it correct to use 'former' or should it be 'previous' or any other word, or just '(Davis)' ...
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1answer
61 views

“Tradeoff” usage

How is this word to be used in practice when a subject is also mentioned? I am interested in both the static situation of dealing with/being into/being subject to a tradeoff and the dynamic process ...
2
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1answer
153 views

Word to describe a person who expresses his or her own feelings frequently?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person (it can be a term of animal's behavior) who expresses his or her own feeling frequently, particularly through their facial expressions.