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Is the expression “the location of a previous bench” correct?

So I've been correcting an architectural piece translated into English, wherein a sentence befuddles me: ...A wooden table... marked the location of a previous bench. What the author tried to ...
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Meaning and Origin of word “Pantheon”? [closed]

I spotted the word "Pantheon" here on the first and second paragraph on The Hindu but not able to understand the editor's view. On the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on April 14, ...
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To reason about

In a blog-post I wrote: What makes the puzzle singular is that countless professional mathematicians refused to believe what they read when the following week Marilyn vos Savant duly gave the ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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Is statusing a word? [closed]

We use the word statusing at my work a lot and we are wondering if it's a real word because Microsoft Word doesn't recognize it.
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Can I use 'better still' in negative sentences?

Can I use 'better still' in a negative sentence? I'm especially interested in American English usage. Does it sound natural to say: You may not have the access to a trusted counselling, or better ...
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Hyperbolic vs Hyperbolical

I just looked up the word "hyperbolic" in the 3rd edition of "The New Oxford American Dictionary", and the second definition says "(of language) exaggerated; hyperbolical." When I go to hyperbolical, ...
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What does it means “phoniness” [closed]

I just came across a tweet in which the word "phoniness" appears. the corruption, the deep sense of entitlement, the phoniness, the lack of real accomplishments After some searches and some ...
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Use of the word “for”

Way back in high school, an English teacher asked me if I understood how I was using the word "for" in one of my sentences. I didn't, and I took it as a criticism. Since that day, I have shied away ...
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“Come home.” — other adverbs which refer to the noun versions of themselves?

In the phrase Come home. the word 'home' is playing the role of adverb, and essentially means 'to or towards home'. It is interesting to me that it has a rather recursive definition; are there ...
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Do people “go half/halves” on something?

If two people want to buy a car together, would they go half on the car or halves. Example: Let's go half on this car or Let's go halves on this car?
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Long-standing research question

By "long-standing research question", I would like to mean a research question that has been there for a long time but not yet successfully attacked. Any word(s) better than "long-standing" to use ...
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How to use 'epistemology' or its derivative, in a sentence?

The word 'epistemology' is what I understand to convey the sentiment I wish to write. I wish to write, in a more academic manner, "The movie allows people who have not had an abortion to experience ...
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Using “clout” in a sentence

I want to use it in this context : Group A has a lot of influence on organization B. Should it be : Group A has a lot of clout with organization B. ?
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Is it okay to use “shadow dawns”? [closed]

Now, shadows dawn as the twilight comes. Dawn has the meaning "come into existence". Does it work that way almost every time with words like, for example, shadows? Or, are there quite limited ...
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is there a special term for using “very” in combination with adverby which can only be either/or [closed]

Sometimes people use the word "very" in combination with adverbs which can only be either/or. for instance: "the floor is very wet". This may not be the best example, but the floor can either be wet ...
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How to use the word “draped” and “wrapped”? [closed]

Should I say that she "draped over the towel on her hair" or " draped on the towel on her hairs"? or should I use wrapped instead of draped?
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Which expression is correct? “in development” or “under development”?

When talking about a product or project that is still being developed (so it's in an unfinished state at the moment), which expression is the correct one? “in development” or “under development”? For ...
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“Good for Me!” as a response to someone doing something nice for you

I have done many nice things for a relative (e.g. reorganize the outdoor deck space) and upon seeing whatever I try & do nice for her she replies "Good for Me!" I find this offensive—am I ...
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Using the word “ideator”

I can't find "ideator" in traditional dictionaries, but I've found it on urbandictionary.com and with an unfortunate definition on Medical Dictionary (related to suicide). Urban Dictionary ...
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Perceived pain vs observed pain?

What is the difference in meaning between perceived pain and observed pain? To observe indicates that we watch carefully the way something happens or the way someone does something, especially in ...
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an outstanding profile for (a quality or achievement)? [closed]

I have a question about my usage of "profile" in the following sentence: X is a businessman from Y with an outstanding profile for his success in the supply industry as well as his passion for ...
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An easier way to describe the phrase “people relevant to my current situation”?

As if I was explaining it to a young child, I'm looking for a relatable way to describe the people that are relevant to my current situation. For example, the people I am talking about could be the ...
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Another word for key-points of a certain entity

I'm looking for another word for key-points of another object/entity. Example: The most important things of football are: Teamwork Speed Condition What do you call the three things I just summed ...
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“Inside” vs. “on the inside”

What is the difference between usage of inside and on the inside? For instance is there any difference in the following phrases: condensation on the  inside of the window condensation              ...
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They are going around you

I just very confused about the women's saying in below video, http://www.voanews.com/content/vendors-showcase-marijuana-products-washington-expo/2666893.html It appears in 2'30'', the women said " I ...
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Is it ever correct to use “to English” as a verb?

I've run into this usage several times, in the comments of sites like YouTube, usually as a joke in response to having one's grammar or spelling corrected. To paraphrase: I'll try to English ...
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Watch and see usage

When should be used see and when watch? For example: if you look at a mirror you see you or you watch you? The same as if a camera is recording you an it appears in a tv in real-time, are you seeing ...
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Frequently Vs Frequent /Adverb form or Adjective form /

So normally adjectives like (frequent) modify a noun or a pronoun, whereas adverbs like (frequently) modify verbs or adjectives However, In this sentence both options seemd fine to me but i ...
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What does “I of knowledge” mean? [closed]

In the preface of the What is life? book of Schrodinger, he said this in the first sentence A scientist is supposed to have a complete and thorough I of knowledge What does I of knowledge mean? ...
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Which verb is better to express the “functioning” of a “pump” and a “pump motor”?

Does a pump "operate" or "run"? Does a pump motor "operate" or "run"? Or are there better verbs which describe the functioning of these devices?
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What's the difference between 'scribble' and 'draw'?

'SCRIBBLE' can be a piece of careless text +/or drawing while 'DRAW' is only drawing? Is it? In that way sometimes 'scribbling' can be used as a substitute for 'drawing'? Thank you for your attention. ...
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What is the right term for the metal bar used as an underneath of iron ramming?

I have to search some images of the metal bar which can be used as an underneath of iron ramming. But I don't know the exact word of it to construct my search query. Can anyone tell me the exact name ...
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Exhortation v. Hortation - difference

Exhortation v. Hortation Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two? It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief ...
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Using “redouble” with an object other than “effort”?

While there is nothing in the definition to say otherwise, I can't think of any examples where I've seen the transitive verb "redouble" have an object other than "effort". Would a phrase like ...
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Disclaimer that covers everything in condensed wording

Let’s say I wanted to set up a comedy show using a particularly vulgar comedian. The comedian in this show would primarily use comedy insulting or degrading to individuals or organisations. I would ...
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“Making Do” or “Make Do”? [closed]

Consider the following sentence At present, I'm making do with what I have Though it tells you what I'm trying to convey, something feels funny about the phrase "making do". Is it grammatically ...
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Is arisal a word? [closed]

I'm trying to talk about the specific point at which something arose (came into being). I'd like to say, "...the arisal of x." But I can't find any evidence that this form of "arise" is a word. Is ...
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“But for all his foolish pranks, he was worshipped in the ranks”

But, for all his foolish pranks, He was worshipped in the ranks The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God As a native English speaker, it was always clear to me that Mad Carew was worshipped ...
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bemustached versus mustached

I’ve just read an article in The Huffington Post in which the phrase “bemustached 26-year-old” was used: Sex and sword swallowing beg some pretty obvious comparisons, but the similarities aren’t ...
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Meaning of “neck is forfeited”?

What does "neck is forfeited" mean in the following sentence? "Human nature is a strange mixture, Watson. You see that even a villain and murderer can inspire such affection that his brother turns ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion? [closed]

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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Why is this word “decessor” not a valid entry?

I need to write a handover report and realized this word "decessor" is underlined in red by the word editor, my question is can I still use this word in formal situation and why "predecessor" is ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Can “capable of being hurt…” mean a kind of ability?

"I think that’s what it means to be “real” as a parent or a teacher – to be vulnerable, to be capable of being hurt. The only way to avoid the pain of vulnerability is by shutting out all emotion and ...
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Example usage of “laic”

I failed to find example usage of laic after a few minutes of search. I think it should be used this way: I am laic at physics. Is this correct? Should I use layman instead?
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What does 'IN' mean: 'IN your own person or IN the person of any other'?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" 47:30 and here Kant distinguishes between persons on the one hand, and things on the other. 47:38: Rational beings are ...
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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Meaning of the Black Bile [closed]

In following sentence of Mario Puzo's novel "Godfather", there is a reference of word "black bile". "The black bile, sourly bitter, rose in Bonasera's thought, overflowed through tightly clenched ...
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Why is “crowdness” not a proper English word? [closed]

Crowdedness is the state of being crowded. So why is "sadness" correct but "sadedness" not correct?