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“Unused” and “useless”

I'm a software developer, and as such I often use an IDE to fulfill my goals. For those who don't know: An integrated development environment (IDE) is a software application that provides ...
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Difference between 'Insidious' and 'Pernicious'

Do the words 'insidious' and 'pernicious' have the same meaning? And can they be used in place of each other? On some places on the web (eg : http://www.dailywritingtips.com/insidious-vs-invidious/), ...
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Does the following count as “spelling”?

Li-Mei Lin. Lin as in forest, and Li-Mei as in beautiful, but with the characters reversed. Chinese names (and the language in general) is made of characters. So, in order to explain it to ...
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How else could you tell a person you “are curious about them”? [closed]

For example, "You induce/promote/inspire curiosity in me." "I am very curious in you." (Sounds awful)
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The train commenced its journey - Is it bad word choice?

Commence means -begin,start. The train commenced its journey... Is the usage of commence flawed? What is the most striking difference between the three forms: Commence,start, and begin?
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Can you give me examples to differentiate “oxymoron”, “paradox” and “irony”? [closed]

I am really confused between the three? I already saw the past posts about those three but still I am confused. Can you give some easy examples to differentiate the three? paradox — something ...
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Disdain, contempt or scorn

So I looked up the term contempt and found this definition: The feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration: I also found a synonym, disdain The feeling that ...
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Is sheer beauty a proper way to describe a movie [closed]

I asked my friend to describe me a movie and he wrote, "it is more than one time watchable for it's sheer beauty". I do not understand this sentence and i do not think it is used correctly. Also ...
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When to use “be worth VERBing” and when to use “be worthy VERBing”?

Consider this sentence: This movie is worth watching. This movie is worthy watching. I am confused about these two words worth and worthy. When should you use “be worth VERBing” and when should ...
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Usage of Quicker and more quickly [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences are correct? Calves require less medication and gain weight quicker than that those raised in consignment. Calves require less medication and gain weight more ...
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Can use this expression “Couple questions” for more than two questions ? [duplicate]

I mean when we mention couple , we make a reference to two stuffs. But I want to use it in a title to mean more than that. is this correct ? To illustrate that: is the following title correct ? ...
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A word to describe a person who makes a lot of mistakes but is unaware of it

What do you call a person who always or gradually makes mistakes, but is unaware that they're making those mistakes? For example, Nicolo and I are partners in a group project. The instructor ...
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Can you clarify How to use the word “technically” that has the meaning of “strictly speaking”? [duplicate]

I heard a lot of native English speakers use the word "technically" that has the meaning of "strictly speaking". Search on internet, "technically" means "according to the facts or exact meaning of ...
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Can we say “to drink out” (similar to “eat out”) to mean to drink away from home?

We all know that to eat out means “to eat away from home, esp in a restaurant” per the Free Dictionary. However, I have not heard anyone say to drink out. The Internet doesn’t have any information ...
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Do both ascertain and determine mean the same here? [closed]

The challenge facing public health officials is to anticipate an outbreak of disease and then ----- that school children are immunized. Both words have to be in present tense, obviously. But ...
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I feel robust is overused [closed]

I feel robust is used too often and incorrectly when describing processes and systems. What would be other possible words to describe processes and systems besides: effective, efficacious, and sound? ...
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In what context is the plural of genius, “genii” acceptable to use in a sentence?

How exactly can one acceptably use genii in a sentence. Can it be used in everyday language, or does it have a very specific ruleset in how and where it may be used?
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Is this the correct explanation of the difference between “excited” and “exciting”, “bored” and “boring”, etc?

Ok, there are many websites that explain this, but I think they are not clear. Here is what I came up with: -the adjective with "-ed" like excited or bored: a person or other animal has received ...
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How to properly use “as an” vs. “with an”

I have a situation. He identifies himself as a musician, finding his inspirations in nature. OR He identifies himself with a musician, finding his inspirations in nature. which of these is correct ...
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How to properly use is vs it's

I have a situation trying to figure it out the correct usage of it vs it's. I've watched a tutorial about this subject but not so sure how to apply the last example in my phrase. ... She is a lovely ...
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Can any old loud noise be called stentorian?

In his book about monsters, "The Foundling," D. M. Cornish describes the arrival of an ettin or giant: "Suddenly the whole forest seemed to burst with a stentorian cracking." A voice can be ...
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Difference between “after deciding” and “after having decided”?

Example: "So," I said, after deciding on a topic of conversation, "do you like karaoke?" "So," I said, after having decided on a topic of conversation, "do you like karaoke?" What's ...
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What is the definition of “excessive”?

I am really confused. From dictionary.com, excessive means going before the usual or necessary. So does "excessive comforts" mean too many comforts, more than what is necessary, or equal to "too ...
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Does one “speak” a sign language?

Is "speak" the correct verb to use for sign languages? Or does "speak" only refer to vocalised languages? I speak BSL I think I would use "speak" or "use" as a layman, but I'd be interested in ...
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Correct use of expressing unit

Which one is correct to use: mmHg or mm Hg? Should it be closed up, spaced out or both are acceptable? The AMA manual has both instances. For example, "The trial compared outcomes associated with ...
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“can you tell me why to do?” & “can you tell me why not to do?” these two Questions only can replace by meaning of should & shouldn't?

I think these two questions are ok to use with Should & Shouldn't and it's same meaning can you tell me why to do? = can you tell me why I should do? can you tell me why not to do = can you tell ...
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Goose or Chilly Bumps or Pimples?

I've heard many people use the term "goose bumps"; in my family, they were "goose pimples," but I don't know if this was peculiar to us, or if others also use it. My wife's family's saying for this ...
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Does the word “house” include the land that surrounds it? [closed]

Example: Link: http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/03/76/64/3766499_abf79906.jpg Can I say, "The bridge is in a country house?" Maybe it sounds strange? Like implying that the bridge is inside the ...
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Which one is correct? [duplicate]

We crossed the river by boat (till )the bridge was built. We crossed the river by boat (until) the bridge was built.
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Can I use “short of being exhaustive” in this case?

I'm making a list and want the reader to know that this list is not complete, that it is only a part of a larger list... Is it correct to say "this list is short of being exhaustive" in this case? Is ...
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Can “oblivion” also be considered a place? [closed]

oblivion əˈblɪvɪən/noun1. the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one. "they drank themselves into oblivion" So according to the dictionary, it's a state. But ...
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“the wedding” versus “a wedding”

If I want to talk to my coworkers about my wedding do I say "I had a wedding last month" or do i say "I had the wedding last month"? Since it is the only wedding I shall ever have, and it is the very ...
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“Bob and I.” or “Bob and me.”? when describing a picture

"Bob and I." or "Bob and me."? when describing a picture.. I've read the other links but they all use an example with a longer sentence. like "Bob and I went to the store", or "Me and Bob had lunch ...
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What English construction matches the Boolean condition of nand?

English language usage has some logical word pairs including: Or | Nor Either | Neither With | Without But there doesn't seem to be an opposition to the word "and". In computer engineering and ...
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difference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity' [duplicate]

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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Using archaic (obsolete) words for decimal penny

So, is it possible to use words such as the "threepence", "elevenpence" etc. for sums in new pence (introduced after 1971)? For example, to read the value of £6.03 as "six pounds and threepence" ...
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Unbiased vs Impartial difference

What is the difference between the words "unbiased" and "impartial" in terms of formality, usage, meaning?
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Does “Concentrations” make any sense in this context?

Went to a job website (monster.co.uk) where you can fill out a profile, among other things asking for your education. You can enter "Degree Level", "School Name", "Dates Attended", and ...
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Nailed, screwed, and hammered in one sentence

"Can someone be so "screwed" because someone "nailed" an argument that made him "hammered"? Is my sentence correct? Can we use those three slangs in one sentence? I understand that these slangs have ...
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Can “firstly” be used in the same meaning as “at first/initially”?

I've come across many sources claiming that the words firstly and first (as an adverb) can be used interchangeably. They, however, only seemed to be comparing their meanings with regard to ...
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What does “older faith” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I've come across a sentence in God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and don't understand what older faith means here. "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus," as the older faith used to say. “Within ...
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“Two types of user” or “Two types of users”? [duplicate]

Which is the correct sentence to use? Two types of user are identified: . . . Two types of users are identified: . . . I would have said the former (#1), but a colleague has suggested ...
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What does “lay to heart” mean?

I am studying a few words in Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary that have connected definitions or meanings: hearken, heed, observe, attend, and regard. One definition of 'regard' is: "To consider ...
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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What is the difference of lavatory from toilet?

I was so far in understanding that lavatory and toilet are synonyms. But they are different in the following passage of Jeffery Archer’s “Be careful what you wish for.” A mastermind of IRA related ...
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What does 'get something about me' in this context?

I am reading 'The Invisible Man' by H.G.Wells and there is this scene. Griffin(the invisible man) broke in Dr.Kemp's house and they met. After Griffin finally made Kemp understood that he is actually ...
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Can you give me other one-word time terminologies aside from fortnight and yestreen? [closed]

What are other time terminologies that can be used in just only 1 word? For example, today- for this day or at the present time tomorrow- means the day after today yesterday- the day before today ...
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What do you call a situation when you can't find the things you are currently looking for but finding it when you're not looking for it?

What will be the best word or term to use in that kind of situation? For example, I am currently looking for my Nursing book inside my house but after days of searching, still no success and I already ...
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Is it common to refer to the person steering a ship as 'pilot'? [closed]

According to its M-W entry (supported by some other dictionaries), a pilot (used of a person) can mean, among other things: a : one employed to steer a ship : helmsman b : a person who is ...
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Is the following usage of “multitude” correct?

In the following sentence, is the usage of multitude correct? A major challenge is the vast multitude of possible adversaries. The sentence sounds a little "off" (for lack of a better word), but ...