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Inequality vs. Inequation, Equation vs. Equality

When talking about statements that two terms are mathematically (un-)equal (e.g., 1 = 1, 1 < 2, or 1 != 2), what is the correct notion for such mathematical statements? Are there special cases ...
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Where does “contango” come from?

Contango is a very common term in financial business that originally referred to: (on the London stock exchange) a fee paid by a buyer of securities to the seller for the privilege of ...
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Reform vs. Re-form

Does the word "reform" refer to something forming again (the nucleus reformed) or to something like "social reform"? I wanted to know because my biology textbook refers to the nucleus forming again ...
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Is it correct to say “negative 10 degrees”?

I read in some dictionaries that when we refer to weather we read "-" sign as " minus", for example, minus 10 degrees. Can we also say "negative 10 degrees"?
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What does he mean by “You'll never see my shade”? [closed]

The Moon over Bourbon Street is a song by Sting. The lyrics aren't great (they're functional, like some of today's architecture is said to be). The music is interesting (kind of). There's a moon ...
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Can “trusty” and “trustworthy” be used interchangeably?

Such as: "I'm going back to the clubhouse; there are trusty people there." "I'm going back to the clubhouse; there are trustworthy people there." Trusty Definition: having served for a long ...
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Is there a term or expression for certain terms that we have lain in a dictionary that we consider useless?

I've researched and I found out that "Pleonasm" is not what I'm referring to. So it's not that. For example: The term prognosticate -"To prognosticate weather conditions is not a simple matter." ...
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To feel adjusted (phrase usage)

Is it correct to say (and write), "I feel/don't feel adjusted to a house/country"? For example: I feel adjusted to Las Vegas because it's my hometown. Can someone really be adjusted or feel ...
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Should 'in' be used in this sentence or 'on'? What is the grammar behind it?

We will imprint your design, logo or message in any color on any shape, to make your unique air freshener. In this sentence is "on any shape" correct or will it be "in any shape"? And what is ...
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Using “so isn't” or “so can't” instead of “so is” or “so can”?

Lately I've heard people using what I think to be a negative response to indicate a positive affirmation, like so: Example 1 You can touch the basketball rim? Well so can't I! Example 2 Person A: ...
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On the use of latter within a sentence, how many does latter refer to

This is my sentence..... These include, the manager, an occupational therapist(O.T), an activity coordinator, two mental health practitioners, two mental health nurses and eight health care ...
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A Term for a Location Where a Person has Stopped or Idled for an allocated length of time

I am developing a Geographic Information System where GPS coordinates are gathered and analyzed in a server. I have a module where I collect coordinates/points in a map where a person has stopped for ...
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Origin and usage of “celestial openness”.

I've recently come across the expression "celestial openness" used to refer to high receptiveness of a child's mind: Dr. Kuhl talks about the ‘celestial openness’ of a child’s mind, and ...
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Which adjective is better to describe 'weather' and 'climate' that they are neither cold nor hot?

There are some adjectives which are used to describe weather, such as hot, cold, wet, dry, fine, nice, etc. I think we can use 'mild' (relatively warm for winter or cool for summer). Or we can use ...
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Use of word “the” with “based on” and “noun + of + noun”

In the phrase: "based on the conversion process of modal distances", I understand that it is not necessary to use "the" after "based on", but also that it is usual to put "the" before the ...
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Suitable English word to express tongue emotion

I am actually a little bit confused to how to say the following tongue emotion? I am actually talking about tongue out with somewhat between the teeth. Is sticking tongue out a suitable word for ...
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Soft winter OR mild winter?

I was doing some online tests that are supposed to be useful for the TOEFL and I was confused (although I gave a correct answer) with the following multiple-choice question: The meteorologists say ...
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If or since, does it make a difference?

In these sentences below, does it makes a difference if I replace if with since? 1)If you are unemployed, why did you leave your last job? 2)If you are innocent, why did you flee? 3)If you are a ...
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Home screen, main window, start screen or something else?

Could you please help me to find the right term for a starting (home, main) window or screen of the programme, i.e. when one launches a program on a PC or Mac and starts it, a ... window (or screen ...
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Gender in “Sun won't show its/his/her face” nowadays

The question concerns the usage of possessive pronouns in phrases like: Sun won't show its/his/her face much today. I saw this sentence using her in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and ...
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The “fact” whether you win or not?

I am looking for a noun that could be used in this sentence to better describe the situation and make it sound more clear: The "fact" whether you win or lose this game has only minor effect on your ...
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Is the following use of “decorating” incorrect and/or unclear?

If you do XYZ , it could end miserably with your body decorating the gutter by sundown. I looked up the use of decorating on Ngrams and Google and found nothing of the kind. This usage appears to ...
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Can you say “the 2 keyboards are identical except that the y and z are in different places”

Is this correct use of the words - can it be said like this? The 2 keyboards are exactly the same except the y and z keys are in different places? Can you say something is exactly the same ...
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Can a concerted effort be made by one person?

I believe that, in the same way as a concert is a performance of a group (if it's a soloist, then it's a recital), a concerted effort is also a collective business. But I'm not quite sure. Maybe, when ...
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Was the informal usage of “kosher” an AmE one originally?

The Jewish term kosher is also used informally to mean: genuine and legitimate: she consulted lawyers to make sure everything was kosher (ODO) This usage dates back to the end of the ...
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“Death comes in threes” origin?

With David Bowie and Alan Rickman dying within a few days on each other (RIP), I've heard some people say, "Death always comes in threes, I wonder who's next." What is the origin of this phrase? How ...
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past perfect + past participle or had + object + past perfect [duplicate]

I came across this sentence in Ray Monk's Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921, Volume 1: On the contrary, she had just written — and had had accepted by The Nineteenth Century — a ...
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Word usage: “manyfold” or “manifold”? [closed]

Is there any US/UK English difference in the spellings "manyfold" and "manifold"?
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Exact meaning of “rubbing the sleep from her eyes”

Searching Google for sleep results in the following definition, among others: 2. a gummy or gritty secretion found in the corners of the eyes after sleep. "she sat up, rubbing the ...
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How can one decide whether to use the compound form of a word when the one- or two-word versions are acceptable? [duplicate]

This question is an attempt to find an abstract answer to every "one word or two?" discussion. My problem is exemplified by this scenario: My text editor's spellchecker recently corrected me on my ...
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Adjective vs Past Participle(used as an adjective) derived from the same word

I have a quick question: what's the difference between these two noun + adjective forms. The ripe apple. The ripened apple. From my understanding, use of past participle as an adjective ...
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Which is correct “above question” or “question above”? “Above mentioned” or “mentioned above”?

I would like to know which is more correct: "above question" or "question above"? "Above mentioned" or "mentioned above"? I have already read different explanations and I cannot understand which ...
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Does this have a typo?: “the lexical alternations that figure in systematic polysemy”

Is the "the lexical alternations that figure in systematic polysemy" below natural? I thought this should be written as "the lexical alternations of that figure in systematic polysemy"? It is this ...
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Is the use of “different” weird here?: “pronounced different”

Is the use of "different" below unnatural? There's a phrase "think different," but is using "different" as an adverb --like "differently"-- outside of that particular phrase weird? "Here the 'r' ...
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Early Modern English - How Many Uses of Conjugated Verbs in a Single Sentence

Using Early Modern English, can I have more than one conjugated verb in a sentence? For example, would I be more correct to say, "Thinkest thou that thou could take us to see him?" (Note that only ...
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Does the verb 'to provide' collocate with the word 'feature'?

In a computer science report, is it correct to say the following sentence: A certain package provides multiple features. In other words, does the verb to provide collocate with the word feature? ...
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Use of “Holocaust” in The Great Gatsby

The final sentence of Chapter 8 of The Great Gatsby: "It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardner saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was ...
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Does “unioned” exist in the context of math?

In mathematics, if you have the sets A and B, you can build a new set C which is the union of A and B. I would like to say, something like Set C consists of the unioned sets A and B. but the ...
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Is “or” correct in “X is Y, or so I've heard”?

"Or" is often used in what could best be described as a replacement for "at least" and I'm wondering if it's right. Susan: So how was the party? John: It was fun. Or so I've heard - I didn't go ...
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What words in English convey love?

The word love is a cognate with its Germanic origin "luv," but I am wondering if English contains other words for love, such as relatives to the famous Greek "Four Loves:" Philia - This one has ...
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Is “willingness” dependent upon desire?

For instance can I be willing to do something even if I don't want to do it? If I'm willing but not exactly "eager", can I still claim "willingness" or is it just compliance? Is desire a ...
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“When once they had done this, …” - what's with “when once”?

From George Orwell's 1984, part 2 chapter 9: For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and ...
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When did “blonde” become offensive?

The OED defines blond (noun) as: A person with blond hair; one with light or ‘fair’ hair and the corresponding complexion; esp. a woman, in which case spelt blonde. 1822 Edin. Rev. 199 ...
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Should “global south” be capitalized?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North%E2%80%93South_divide In a context such as, The harsh realities as the result of the socioeconomic conditions plaguing the global south Should it be "Global ...
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How logical is the conjunction word “and”?

Tom: "Follow the rules!" Jane: "Thank you, I will follow your advice and keep my mind open for new ideas?" What if Jane wanted to say: Jane: Yes, I will follow the rules" but nevertheless "if I ...
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Difference between “where” and "what' when asking for a place to visit

What is the difference between where and what when asking for a place to visit as follows: (a) Where will we visit in Yilan? (b) What will we visit in Yilan? Is there any difference in ...
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Using the word “by” before “whom”

I read the following sentence in a newspaper about a restaurateur's reasons for abolishing tipping: "Many of the owners other reasons sound like the typical complaints of British tourists, who are ...
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Leaped or leapt, past and perfect tenses [duplicate]

Here is my passage, more or less: Dick and Jane leapt from the boat into the icy waters of the North Pacific. Had they not leaped, they would not have been eaten by sharks as the rescue helicopter ...
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The usage of “conversion”

In the dict, conversion means the act or process of changing sth from one form, use, system to another How to understand this sth? If someone changed his behaviour,is it valid to say "the conversion ...
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Is it correct to say “user redeems an offer”

I am writing up technical documentation for a system that involves users receiving different types of offers. Is "User redeems an offer" correct English to describe an event when member participates ...