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What is the proper preposition for “(job title) in / at / of (company name)”?

I am writing a cover letter for my job application, and I am not sure which preposition is proper to use at a sentence as below. "Hereby, I am applying for the position of AAA (position title) in BBB ...
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Council, man, woman, or member? [closed]

If a board is called a "Council," and those on it are now called "Council Members" rather than "Councilmen" and "Councilwomen" for the purpose of gender neutrality, please explain if there is a ...
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Is it correct to use “branch” to describe type of industry?

I've always used the word branch when describing the type of industry, line of business or operation category. Please note that I'm not referring to a part of a concern structure as in "Scranton ...
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Meaning of 'prime', 'set'. Theater dance

I've encountered such phrases inside an agreement document: a) ...at the completion of each four primes.. or DANCER will participate in all dances prepared for the prime The context here ...
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What's the exact meaning of “will be held”? [closed]

I frequently read "This meeting will be held next Wednesday..." and sentenctes like that. I understand it means "this will take place", but I am curious about the exact meaning of "be held". ...
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Synonym of 'election' with less political meaning

I will give some details regarding how I am going to use it. It has to go along good with the word 'room'. Consider a game where players (in a special room) vote upon a list of activities which they ...
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The word parliament used other than politics [closed]

Describe the word parliament other than politics?
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Usage of 'halcyon' to describe something other than a period of time

Can I use the term halcyon to mean calm or tranquil when describing something other than a period of time, especially a place or setting? For example, does the following sentence seems unnatural or ...
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Second name or Surname in British English

I have recently been told by a Londoner that "second name" is the most common way of referring to one's surname. She explained that it arose from the fact that most people just use their first and ...
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Smaller vs. less vs. lesser

I am confused as to some of the vocabulary that can be used to compare numbers and quantities, and would very much appreciate some clarification. I suppose it is safe to say that 1 is smaller than ...
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Need one word that defines funny, clever but also blunt

I have a colleague who comes up with really very clever and funny things to say, but they are also very blunt. Is there a word (or two) that can describe this?
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Is this the right use of “ensure”?

This sentence in some of my company's copy has been bothering me for a while: "The new iDirect X3 modem comes with a one year warranty — which [company] will double to two years — insuring your ...
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What are the common words to describe the different parts of the sea?

OK, this is an attempt: I remained there, gazing at the sea. Its color was light green in the part closest to the shore, turned slightly darker in the middle, then abruptly changed to dark ...
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Can “alight” be used in reference to inanimate objects?

Merriam Webster says that alight means, among other things, "to descend from or as if from the air and come to rest." So, the question is: Can one use alight in a sentence like "A small kite ...
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Is “voluminous” more commonly used to describe women's (not men's) hair?

Is the word voluminous more commonly used to describe women's hair? What's the male counterpart? Actually I'm not very sure about my statement. But judging from Google Images. It seems like it is ...
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“Inside of a house” versus “inside a house”

I'm confused as to when to use of. I've heard "inside of a house" and "inside a house." Which one is correct?
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what are the specific term for these words?

I often in children's literature come across the rrrrrrrrrrrrS when a plane take off and the bumpity-bump when someone falls, etc. and I am wondering if these are called with a specific term? written ...
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drink vs drink of

I am having trouble with these two sentences: He drinks of the spring. He drink the spring. Are these two sentences correct? Do they have the same meaning? By the way, is there ...
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Use of 'On the …" in titles [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a convention on the use of "On the ..." at the beginning of a title of a report / paper etc. I've realized that I have (unintentionally) used this form in the titles of the ...
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“peered out the plane” vs “peered out the plane window”

Is it OK to omit window in the following sentence: Mary relaxed her body as she peered out the plane. Clear turquoise water and miles of white sand started appearing on the horizon. Is it ...
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“Housewife” vs. “homemaker” [closed]

What is the difference between housewife and homemaker? When can we use housewife and when can we use homemaker? I am a housewife. I am a homemaker. Which is correct in the above ...
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What's the difference between “you guys” and “you folks”? [closed]

You guys and you folks seem to have similar meanings. Do they have any differences? Thanks a lot
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When “especially” is at the end of a list, does it apply to the whole list or only the last item

English is my second language, so be gentle if this seems silly ... This sentence puzzles me: China's prolonged silence about its destruction of the Feng Yun 1-C satellite, which it launched in ...
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word “suggested” for already accepted proposal

Is it possible to say "suggested" about something that was suggested and got accepted/approved? Is it common? For example, I suggested a tag synonym on this; the suggestion got a few votes and ...
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The usage of “savor” in The Great Gatsby

In Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby, part of a sentence went like this: ... a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything ...
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reflexive pronoun use [duplicate]

Which is better? "You" vs. "Yourself" (referring to God) "Draw us close to You." or "Draw us close to Yourself." "Bring us back to You." or "Bring us back to Yourself."
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Can I use the word “reincarnated” for a body part?

Basically, can I said something like this? But what really turned heads were her hands. They looked incredibly delicate and soft, so much that some started believing they were the reincarnated ...
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Fox and dog terms as applied to women

My curiosity here arises from the fact that it seems bizarre that "fox" and "dog" (not terribly dissimilar creatures - see Belyaev's fox experiment) would have such opposite meanings when used in ...
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Defining or Describing

Sometimes, when someone asks you for a "definition," he/she bugs you because you either "defined" when you should have "described" the subject in question or vice versa. What does this mean?
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Is “evidence” countable?

As a native English speaker, I am often asked by friends and colleagues to correct their manuscripts. One of the most common mistakes I find is the use of the noun evidences. Now, the dictionary ...
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Is “gaze de naval” English idiom, French idiom or a half-breed?

I was drawn to the word,“gaze de navel” appearing in New York Time’s (July 6) article titled “Goodbye Old World, Bonjour Tristesse” written by Maureen Dowd). ...
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Can “immigrant” be used to mean “person who moves from rural area to city”?

I have looked up the word 'immigrant': it says that it refers to people who come to live in a different country. Can I also use this word to refer to people who move from rural areas to the city?
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What does “chemical Mickey” that drives a man to love-making mean?

I happened to read an old article about the mechanics of “human Love” which appeared in TIME magazine (Jan. 28, 2008) under the title, “The science of romance: Why we love,” and was drawn to the word, ...
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“I can command English.”

I saw a sentence: "I would like to be a scientist who can command English." What do you think about usage of "command"? Should we say " ...who has a good command of English."? Could you please ...
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“kindly requested” vs “requested kindly” & “provide with us” vs “provide us with”

I am a contracts engineer working in the construction industry in the Middle East. A part of my job description is to manage official correspondence with the client. I am not a native English speaker, ...
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Shred off heat? [closed]

I heard a phrase which I'm not sure it's this but I liked it. It was a classical radio station in Southern California. It was a hot day and radio was playing a song about ice and snow, and the ...
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Can 'filtered' be ambiguous?

I'm working with algorithms that filter their input (that is, remove part of it), and I'm not sure this phrase is unambiguous: This function returns the filtered elements. Is it obvious that ...
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Is the word “author” correct for the artist who created particular painting?

Recently, on another SE page, I've asked a question about a painting that was used as a decoration in a particular movie. It contained the following sentence: What is the name and author of that ...
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What is the difference between “Have got sb by the balls” and “Sb being over a barrel” in describing somebody in predicament?

I found two intriguing idioms in a pair in the following sentence of Jeffery Archer’s “The Forth Estate” (page 592) that I came to the last part at length. A media mogul, Dick Armstrong (seemingly ...
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Existence of “multi” in US English

I have kept the "Check Grammar" option in my browser On, so whenever I write anything wrong as per US English it gets underlined. This is also the case with "multi". When I use this word in ...
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Does the phrase 'human race' allude to the idea of a relay?

Describing the history of humanity as a 'race' might seem odd to a listener who hadn't heard it before. Is the image behind this phrase alluding to the idea that human beings reproduce and pass on ...
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Regionalism or just bad English?

I've encountered a particular type of writing occasionally and it being, derp, in writing, it's hard to tell whether there's an accent behind it. The English used seems to me to be simply incorrect, ...
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Crank call vs Prank Call

What is the exact difference between the two? When and how to use them on specific occasions?
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When does the “historic/historical” in “historic/historical records” refer to the documents or to the events?

After checking many Web sites, I found much inconsistency in whether "historic records" or "historical records" is used. Which of these terms simply means "a document, created at any time, which ...
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“I got to watch this movie” or “I got an opportunity to watch this movie”?

Ok, recently, I made an update on a website like this : So, finally I got to watch this movie ... Basically, what I was trying to say is that "I got an opportunity to watch this movie". I was ...
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How to use “learn you” [closed]

While I was reading "The Adventures of Tom sawyer",I came across this phrase. Huck said ,"I will learn you." Is it right to say like that?Or we should say "I will learn from you"?
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Has the term ‘weapons of mass distraction’ gotten currency as a metonym for web sites and lowbrow mass media contents?

I found the term ‘weapons of mass distraction’ in the article titled “Social Networking in the 1600s” in the Sunday Review section of June 22 New York Times, which begins with; “Social networks ...
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What does “deepest summer” mean?

I am new to this English stack exchange, I asked this question on the movie stack exchange Though it was a question from a movie it's also related to English Language. I will be simply pleased and ...
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Compliments — for people, things or both?

Are compliments applicable both to people and things, or to people only?
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What's another word for “perfect analogy” / “non-analogy”?

Is there a word to mean an analogy so perfect that it is no longer considered an analogy? For example, what may be a suitable word in the sentence below? : ...The analogy eventually breaks down, ...