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usage of refrain and abstain

I am frequently confused regarding two words : refrain and abstain. I understand that abstain has negative connotations as it conveys that something must be stopped. On the other hand, refrain carries ...
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How to thank a person when he agreed to collaborate [closed]

I want to say "thank you" to a person that agreed to collaborate in my research. I thought about writing "I am glad to know you agreed to collaborate...", but it sounds a little cumbersome. I want it ...
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Effective word to say destroy regarding student future

I want to convey message regrading destruction of student's future. However, I think destroy can not give effective meaning. I am confused which word is best in following sentence instead of destroy. ...
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the meaning and use of “no more than”

I 'm always confused about the meaning and use of "no more than " or "no more...than ". It's like the comparatives, but sometimes also like collocation. How should I distinguish it? For example, in ...
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How to use the word “finna” correctly?

I've heard both "I'm finna go to the store" and "He finna go to the store." Do we prefer with "is, am, are", or without? Is it a regional / dialectic difference, or are they interchangeable?
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Use of the term 'disappeared' - meaning 'exterminate' [duplicate]

Is it correct to say “...a young man who had been ‘disappeared’.” I need this to align with a statement used earlier in the text: “Many civilians simply ‘disappeared’ with no trace found afterwards.” ...
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What is the difference between apologize and apologise and how could use it in suitable place? [duplicate]

I am confused every time when I am using these words, then using any one of them without knowing its difference. Can anyone help me how could I use these words in appropriate situation?
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Use of don't and doesn't [duplicate]

In the following sentence which is correct, and why? As homeschool moms, we know there (don't/doesn't) seem to be enough hours in the day to tackle all that we want to teach our girls.
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How to explain that we stopped giving out cards for the day? [closed]

My restaurant uses a queue card (or ticket, I'm not sure what they're called) system. Question is, how should I say when I want to let my customers know that our restaurant stopped giving queue ...
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Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the ...
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Reset = “setting again” or to “setting back to the original state”?

In the OED dictionary, "Reset" has the following meanings: reset See definition in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary Line breaks: re¦set Pronunciation: /riːˈsɛt/ Definition of reset in English: ...
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Is “is sent” correct?

File is sent. File has been sent. Is the line above grammatically correct? What is the correct one and what is the difference between both of them ?
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Is Provocation necessarily deliberate?

Does provocation always imply that the provoker intender to provoke? Is there such a thing as "accidental provocation"? Is the 'deliberate' in "deliberate provocation" a redundant word?
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“Double Clicking” to mean, going in depth

I have been recently hearing the expression "double clicking" to mean 'going in depth'. For example: We will double click on this topic later on when required. I have never heard of such a usage ...
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Are “prototypical” and “prototypal” different?

I typed prototypal inheritance and got a wavy red underline conveying a alternative word for the same from Google. I am getting the same underline while typing this post. The suggestion is ...
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Does 'I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism' make sense?

I recently watched an interview with a terrible journalist and she said the line: I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism I'm specifically interested in doing good ...
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“Either” vs. “whether”

Which is better to use in this sentence, either or whether? Whether you are born with it or not. Either you are born with it or not. When talking about someone's innate talent, which of the two ...
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Question about the word ilk?

Is it grammatically correct to use the word ilk as in, for example, this sentence: Ilk regardless, whether of noblemen or blackguards, no man has ever. . . . The Merriam-Webster dictionary ...
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Fear of an effect occurring causing the effect

For example a fear of not making a good impression on people causing a person to be paranoid of people's opinions and thus not making a good impression on them. Is this situational irony or something ...
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Is the word “patch” appropriate for source code update?

I've just checked in Wikipedia for some context where I could use the word patch, but most of the example usages I found only refers to "Software update" but not "Source code update" Is the word ...
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Does “deep exhale” fit into this sentence example?

(Ex. These loose leaf papers could be easily blown away, even by a kid's deep exhale.) I know that if I put >even by a kid who is deeply exhaling<, instead of what is in my example, the sentence ...
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What part of speech is “thank you”?

Can anybody please tell me the subject, verb, and object of this sentence: Thank you all for conducting a landmark experiment. I would also like to please know what part of speech thank you ...
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Usage: deepen, broaden, expand, and extend

I am wondering which of the following sentences is more often used in English: The recent studies are deepened by investigating new problems. The recent studies are broadened by adding new problems. ...
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A question about using just and only [duplicate]

This is my first question here. I don't know the difference between"only" and "just". Can anyone help me please? Thanks.
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So, we don't use “what happens?”, do we?

Most of time I heard native English speakers say either "What is happening?" or "what happened?". When do we use "happen" in present tense? So, we don't use "what happens?", do we?
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About “dumb” luck

Pure luck, blind luck and dumb luck, are expressions used to refer to: complete luck; nothing but plain luck. I have no skill. I won by pure luck. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary) ...
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amongst and amidst and other words ending in -st

Came across this article earlier today, and now I'm questioning everything- Are "amongst" and "amidst" synonymous as the article states? Also, rather than possessing the "excrescent -st suffix", ...
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“metaphoric” versus “metaphorical”

Is there a difference between the words "metaphoric" and "metaphorical"? I'm reading an essay in which "metaphoric" is used. But that sounded a little odd to me. "Metaphorical" sounds better. ...
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What connotations does the word “semblance” have?

Is the meaning of the word "semblance" closer to that of "fake" or that of "illusion"? I mean, does it have the negative connotations that "fake" or "counterfeit" have, or is it something that can be ...
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Is it proper to use the phrase “In conjunction with” in this context?

I am trying to phrase a sentence to say do something A along with something B. I do not want to use along with because both the process are extremely co-dependent and for the same reason I do not want ...
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Can your's ever be used? [duplicate]

I have a specific sentence in which I feel inclined to use "your's" but in not sure if it's correct. Then sentence is: "Every story has a beginning - This is your's." What "your's" stand for here is ...
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Has the word lust got any positive meaning to it?

I've been hearing it quite a while... Sexual desire is the only meaning I know... But have heard people using it positively too.. Which doesn't seem to be giving that "sexual desire" sort of relation ...
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Can I use “of” to mean “caused by”?

For instance, can I say: I'm not sure if it was a deception of the moon, but the field looked brown. In this case, "deception of the moon" means "illusion caused by the moon". Is it common to ...
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Section title for explaining where a subject fits into a field of study

A car is a form of transportation. But so is a bicycle. When a paper is discussing where a subject (say the car) fits into such a system and contrasting the car with the bicycle what should that ...
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Should've [came] vs [come] [closed]

In what situations would you use came over come and vice versa? For my example, I was talking to my roommate and I told him: You should have came to the party. Yhen I thought maybe that wasn't ...
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which one is correct “you lack of idea”, “you lack idea”, “you are lack of idea”? [migrated]

I searched each of these "you lack of idea", "you lack idea", "you are lack of idea" & they all come out some results so there must be someone is using them. But, I do not know which expression ...
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Is there a word or expression for improving software

I am writing a text and I have to say what skills I developed during my internship. What do you call improving software? Software improvement? I feel like there would be a better word or expression ...
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Can I use “henceforth” and “from now on” interchangeably?

Where did the word "henceforth" originated? How could I determine the correct usage of it? Is it also the same with "from this time forward?"
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When are 'near', 'near by' and 'nearby' used? [duplicate]

I have read on other fora that 'nearby' is always one word, yet Bill Bryson, the famous travel writer, exclusively writes 'near by'.
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What line do they refer to in the idiomatic expression “on the line”?

The idiomatic expression on the line has two main meanings according to the American Heritage Dictionary: Ready or available for immediate payment. (A related expression is Cash on the ...
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Inspiring from sth [migrated]

In my paper, I want to say a sentence like this: Inspiring from human societies, we want to do sth. As I searched it seems that "inspiring from" is not correct. What should I use instead of that? ...
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Is “stick with reality” idiomatic?

Ok, let say you are running a restaurant. When making important decisions, you often subjectively give your own personal ideas without paying attention to the real needs in reality or in real world. ...
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Can “win the game” and “win in the game” be used interchangeably?

Ok, see this sentence: If your life is a game, then how to win the game of life? How to win Flappy bird game? or If your life is a game, then how to win in the game of life? How to ...
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Usage of can vs may [duplicate]

It is said that can and may both are used as a sense of possibility. If that’s the case, then what is the difference between: It can be very dangerous to cycle at night. It may be very dangerous ...
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“Hereinafter” usage question

If I use "hereinafter" in a formal document in order to announce I'm abbreviating something can I use the full version afterwards or do I have to stay with the abbreviated version from there on out? ...
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Unrelated “because”

A student uses the following sentence: I love strong coffee, because the there are coffee plantations in Kenya. The reason (because X) is unrelated to the statement. Is there a term for this?
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Is it acceptable to make a question by adding “or” at the end?

Example: "It is unacceptable for young ladies to put up their bare feet in public railway carriages, or?" I only ask because the germans do it all the time as in: "Ich habe dir schon einmal darum ...
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I want to register domain name for blog, which one is correct? [closed]

This blog is about career should it be "careersblog" or "careerblog" Thank you very much.
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How should I call “summer prepared” for a car?

When a car has been made ready for summer, there is a word for it, at least in Dutch: the car is "zomerklaar". In case of winter it is called "winterklaar". Is there a word for it in English? A word ...