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usage of terms “as well as ” and “as well” [closed]

Can anyone describe the usage of the terms "as well as" and "as well" in sentences? Are they interchangeable?
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Can I use the word “softworks”? [closed]

I see Bethesda Softworks, a well-known video game publisher, uses the word as a part of its name, and I'm pretty sure it's made up, but I like it. I would like to use it in the same sense as they do, ...
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Perception of the phrase “kindly let us know…”

Recently, I talked to a native speaker about the proper usage of the word “kindly”. I frequently use phrases like “kindly let us know whether you agree with the suggested approach” in business ...
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Is ‘hero’ applicable to females?

There was the following sentence in today’s (June 4) New York Times written by its Op-Ed columnist, Nickolas Kristof under the headline, “There’s a Kind of Hush.” “Aung San Suu Kyi should be one ...
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looking for appositive that-which phrases

I asked sentences having an appositive that-which phrase like the following sentence in English Language Learners. The insect propagates best near "disturbed land," that which is being cultivated ...
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Usage of “As …” in the beginning of a sentence, Any alternatives?

I use the following type of sentences a lot, because I do not know any alternatives: E.g. As my child grows over time, I become older. By which I mean that I my child is growing, and I am ...
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What's the difference between “someone” and “somebody”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "someone is waiting for me" and "somebody is waiting for me?" Please make it clear for me.
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What does “rooster tail”(ing) mean?

"The Winnebago galumphs across the landscape, scattering cows. It catches a wheel and sprays a rooster tail of red dirt." "catches a wheel"? And "rooster tail"? If "Catches a wheel" means the ...
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What is the plain alternative to “fossilized language”?

I was drawn to the word, “fossilized language” appearing in the following sentence of the New York Times’ (June 13) article titled, “Southern politicians try to hold back the tides.” “It’s always ...
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Is “behind” the correct use

When I spell my name, I usually say it's "Marie" with "ke" behind it. (My name is Marieke, I'm from Holland). Is this correct? I just think of it as the first letter of a word is in front so the ...
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Usage of “along with”

Python, along with its related packages numpy scipy is / are used to make the statistical analysis. What should it be, is or are ? I was pretty confident it would be is. But someone more ...
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Usage of Process's and process' in technical writing [duplicate]

What is the difference between Process's and Process' . Please mention the usage as well.
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Correct use of “x times lower”

In scientific writing numbers are often compared and if something is twice the size of something else, let's say A is 13 to 17 times the size of B this can be written as A is 13-17 times ...
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Explain something: anything [closed]

Any seems synonymous with some in some examples, such as "Is anyone home?". And any seems synonymous with every in some examples below, and definitely not in others. On the internet I encountered a ...
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“Communiqué”? English?

Is the word "Communiqué" an English word? It originated from French but does it have mainstream English usage? I have used it in my scholarship essay for an English writing course - Well I intend to ...
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What does “honking” mean in this context?

Joel Spolsky: We started with Stack Overflow, a Q&A site for programmers about programming questions. StackExchange is an attempt to bring that same technology to other fields besides ...
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conceived of as vs. conceived as

When I want to write that some something has been "taken to mean" or "understood" or "interpreted as" XYZ, I sometimes use the phrase "to conceive of something as XYZ, where XYZ usually is a longer ...
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Etymology of “Feeding the dragon”

I have heard the phrase "feeding the dragon" used to describe pouring time, resources, and energy into a situation that is self-perpetuating, caught in a positive feedback loop with negative ...
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Can we use “eat / bite” metaphorically in place of “accuse / slam”?

Time magazine (May 27) reported that Mrs. Obama accused House Republicans of their weakening school nutritional standards at White House meeting with school leaders and experts. I was drawn to the ...
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Polite swearing words? [closed]

I hate to swear, i.e to say "fuck you" or whatsoever of those words. However sometimes I get angry and I wish there are words that could be a polite replacement for those swearing. I wish there's a ...
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A person who can read lines of “hand”? [closed]

A person who can read lines of "hand" ? Is there a word of such a person. As far as I am concerned there is that I am missing?
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What is opposite of “Love”? [closed]

In a argument with my friend who lost her love, I came across her experience of life and what she said is : Opposite of love is NOT Hate. why, Because in love people have feeling and think about ...
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Usage of 'USED TO' : part 2.different than existing question [duplicate]

Another question about used to does exist here. But this question is slightly different. It concerns with two types. Which is more appropriate? First, doing or do? Second, were or did? Which of ...
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Term used for a quantum or package of medication

Whats the best term to describe how medication is counted? For instance, "these pills come in 12 per pack 24 per pack or 100 per pack". I'm trying name a column for a database, and I'm trying to ...
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Can the term “G-Man” be used to describe a Government official who is not an FBI agent?

Earlier today I was doing Merl Reagle's crossword and one of the clues was "Fraud fighting Fed." The answer turned out to be "T-Man," being short for "Treasury Man." So, this got me thinking... ...
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How can I properly reword: “This particular ”X“ is not unique in this regard.”

Editing an essay, I recently found myself stuck trying to rewrite the sentence: "This particular journal publication is not unique in this regard." It "sounds wrong" to use the word "this" twice in ...
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Can “mode” be used as “mean” and “median” are?

It'd be normal to hear sentences like these: The mean ticket price for the concert was $56.50. The median ticket price for the concert was $61. But what about: The mode ticket price for ...
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Kvetch - Meaning

I was just reading a book (The Help) and came across a usage of "kvetch" that didn't quite fit with how I thought it was used. A publisher is talking about a person's writing style and comments that ...
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“the above” is correct, “the below” is not?

I have often read "None of the above" at the end of multiple-choice questions (and I guess this is shorthand for "None of the above items"). Recently, in answering a help center email with my answer ...
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Is there a gender-neutral pronoun? [duplicate]

I've noticed a tendency in recent technical literature to use feminine pronouns, instead of the more traditional masculine. For example one might write she [the user] enters her password. It's not ...
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Explaining the structure of a thesis

The following sentence, and in particular the bold part, has no entry in google. Does it sound natural to native speakers? The work in this thesis is organised around three research themes of ...
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Is “humbleness” a word? [closed]

I am curious if "humbleness" is a word that can be used in place of the word "humility." Example usage: A certain amount of humbleness is necessary to fit in with the office environment.
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Alternative ways of saying “hope life is treating you well”

In a letter to an acquaintance, what's the best way to express literally hope that everything is good at their end? "I trust you are well" sounds a bit too formal?
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What is a “small minority”?

I can see this being argued either way. 1% is a small minority because 1% is a small number. 49% is a small minority because, albeit a minority, it is only barely.
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Sprung or unsprung trap?

When a trap is set up to be active, is it "sprung" or "unsprung"? I'm confused by the ambiguity of the verb "spring". That is, a trap that is set up and active could be "sprung" in the sense that a ...
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Orc vs Ork: What's the difference?

I'm hoping for clarification on some fantasy-based terminology. I've read a number of websites that refer both to "orcs" and"orks", occasionally in the same sentence! Previously, I had only ever seen ...
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Can I say “Intake energy into the grid”?

My UK translator always talk about sold energy to the "electric grid" but I need to describe the energy that is put in the grid from a generator (paid or not) Now I'm also using "InakenEnergy" as a ...
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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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Is this grammatically correct: “It has happened for a while now.”

If not, why? I think it sounds awkward but I cannot be sure it's incorrect.
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“To be assigned to” usage question

Many years ago I translated a document and wrote "he was assigned to an operation" (context: hospital operation, the assignee is undergoing one). An English professor who volunteered to copyedit my ...
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“Tiger eats who” or “tiger eats whom” [duplicate]

I have an answer to a question Tiger eats rabbit. What would be the question for this? Tiger eats who? Tiger eats whom? Which is correct among these two sentences?
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Is there such a thing as a reverse dictionary? [duplicate]

Is there any tool online that generally permits me to enter a phrase or idea and get back a word that means something similar? For example, if I were looking for a better word or phrase for arguing ...
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Asking for an estimate

Let’s say I am to remodel my kitchen and need a price estimate from a store. What are my options expressing this in writing, in a more formal way? Quote of tender, tender offer, bid?
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What are alternative terms/words for “cognitive dissonance?”

I grasp the meaning completely, I'm just looking for alternatives ways to express it.
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“I am from” vs. “I am with”

I want to say that I work for Company A or represent it. I see 2 ways to express this: I am from Company A I am with Company A Which way is correct one? What are other ways to say it? ...
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Say I wrote down 25 instead of 52 by accident. What is the right verb I can use here to specify what I did to these two digits? [closed]

I'm looking for a verb/some verbs here so I can say: I (verb) those two digits and that's why you read 25 here (instead of 52). I don't want to use "mix up" because I'd like to specify this "action" ...
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“flyer” vs “flier”… interchangable or totally different meanings/usage?

For announcements/advertisements on pieces of paper, I have seen it referred to as "flyer" and "flier". Are half of the people using the incorrect spelling or are these two words interchangeable like ...
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What are differences between “advice” and “advise”? [duplicate]

When we can use advice instead of advise? Can somebody help me?
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Is there such a phrase as “or else”? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker so I'm not very sure. For example: She thought her boyfriend had settled with someone in the island, or else his plane had crashed in the middle of the Pacific ...
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Accustom vs accustomed? Which is proper usage here? [closed]

I'm using accustom in a sentence like so: Users are already familiar with YouTube and are accustom to its expansive music catalog. I'm wondering if this is an incorrect use of the word accustom. ...