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Is it correct to start a sentence with “Here describes”? [closed]

In one of the manuals written by an american company I have found several sentences started with "Here describes". Example: "Here describes common processing method and notices for Task program". I'm ...
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Understanding “whistleblower”

The term, according to the Oxford Online Dictionary, means: whistle-blower A person who informs on a person or organization regarded as engaging in an unlawful or immoral activity. Also from ...
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Can 'more' be used before a present participle?

I'm wondering if this usage is grammatically correct, because I remember it being used in such a way but can't find any instances using google. Here's an example of what I'm talking about: I was ...
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Is “assaulter” a proper English term?

In light of recent events in the States, there were controversial discussions about the use of the word "rape" and "sexual assault". I know for a fact that "rapist" is the correct term to describe one ...
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“Could you Please provide me the details…”? [closed]

When we write a business email and want some information from the mail recipient, then which is the most professional way to ask for information. Does using "Please" in a sentence makes it look bad?
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Does the phrase 'liquefy conventional meanings' work?

For a non-native speaker it is always hard to 'hear' if particular metaphorical language works. In an article for an academic journal I am writing about how the recurrent usage of particular ...
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Can “morally” mean “approximately”? [closed]

I asked a question on Stack Overflow about these uses of "moral": Fast and Loose Reasoning is Morally Correct Purescript Aff documentation: This is moral equivalent of ErrorT (ContT Unit (Eff e))...
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Expired - Non-Expired

I have to classify the users, like Expired users and not expired users. Shall I use the term Non-Expired to indicate that user is still valid and have enough validity period ? Is there a term ...
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Can 'who' refer to an inanimate object such as a government body? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it is possible to use 'who' in a sentence like this: 'the name of the government body who has assigned an identification number to the document.'
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Difference between 'come about', 'come around' and 'goes' [closed]

What's the difference in meaning between the following three sentences? Let's see how it comes about. Let's see how it goes. Let's see how it comes around. These words/phrasal verbs are -- by a ...
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How to use the phrase “via the form of” [closed]

This is my sentence: As you can guess from the name of my company, it focuses on providing supports to SMEs including financial support (via the form of preferential loans) and technical supports (via ...
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Is 'steel-toed' shoes acceptable usage?

My father just asked me if I could buy some 'steel-toed' shoes on "the Internet". So I went to [That Popular Shoe Site] and typed 'steel toed shoes' in their search field and it showed me lots of ...
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What is the difference between “special” and “specific” in usage?

Which one is correct to use in the following sentence; special or specific? Both adjectives seem to be interchangeable. According to Dictionary.com, specific means 1. having a special application, ...
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Looking for a descriptive word for a person who doesn't mind others' opinion about him/herself [closed]

How would you describe a person who doesn't mind others' opinion about himself/herself. I thought of ignorant/independent, but they are obviously not descriptive enough.
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An antonym for “sad”? [closed]

It's common to say: "Isn't it so 'sad' that such and such happened." Implying that the event in question induces a feeling of sadness. Is there an antonym for this use of 'sad'? "Isn't it '...
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Prepositional usage of come [migrated]

I'm a non-native speaker. I know for a fact that come is occasionally used as a preposition in informal contexts. I.e She would visit a new school come July Now I wonder if there are any ...
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One word for one who accepts advice?

I want a word for a person who accepts advice of others. Basically, I am reading a play and in that there is a ruler who accepts the wise advice of others. What word can be used to describe such a ...
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In the brief passage that I present, is “were awoken” or were awakened" grammatically correct?

Vicky Smith of Snowflake, Arizona, said she was asleep in bed when she and her dogs were awoken by a loud noise.
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How do I describe positions of persons in a sequence?

Let's say I have four persons in an ordered sequence. For example: Person A - Person B - Person C - Person D. Person D arrived first. Then person C arrived, then B, and then A. I now want to ...
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Is it okay to say “two persons in the room”? [closed]

The right way would be "two people in the room" but is that phrase okay too? Thanks and have a great day.
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The scope is enlarged?

I would like to say that the project was going well and so it was decided that the scope would be 'made bigger/enlarged'. Is this correct or how else can I say it? Thanks in advance.
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Is the difference in English between height and length based solely on perspective?

In particular, I find it odd that a newborn baby is given a "length" whereas I as an adult am given a "height" even though the same dimension is being measured. The difference in use seems to be that ...
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Can “nor” be used after “and”? As in “and nor”?

I came across this post on Facebook: "Well, if it makes you feel any better..." It doesn't, and nor do I think you intended it to. Can "nor" be used after "and" like that? Doesn't look ...
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Does somebody's “lady” mean somebody's wife?

I recently visited a historic Buddhist temple in Japan and a grave there was in honor of the wife of a feudal samurai lord. The woman was referred to as the lord's "lady" in English. Is it an ...
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Can the word “unsettling” be used in a positive sense?

For example, in the phrase: John told Mary something unexpected and thoroughly unsettling - but in the best way a person can be unsettled Is there something wrong (meaning-wise) with this? Can the ...
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Scientific/Technical paper: enumeration/listing questions

I have a couple of questions for writing a (computer science) scientific/technical paper about the recommended style to enumerate or give a list of things. This is my current sample: Sharing IoT ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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Use of 'this' – relates to the directly preceding noun

I am a german native speaker. I am currently in the finishing stages of writing a thesis. One of my advisors (English is his mother tongue) provided feedback on the language of my writing. One point ...
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Word choice in this sentence: trajectory vs. vector

I'm editing a short piece of fiction where the author has left brackets around specific items that they want looked at, and this one has me a little bit stumped. In the scene, a character has jumped ...
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Application of this phrase [closed]

Where is this phrase generally used : "in arrears to" meaning indebted to . I am eager to know its usage . Is it just used in context with Banking or in common use also.please provide reference ...
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Making a fetish of something [closed]

Could you explain what making a fetish of society means in the following context please? French conservatives—who in the years preceding World War I turned against the Sorbonne, which they ...
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How to say if coffee is diluted and not strong?

For instance, a cup of cappuccino was made with too much water and because of it its taste was not that strong. What are correct words to say it? Dictionary returns many options, but which ones are ...
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Is “rewirings” a word?

Is "rewirings" a word? I recently found myself at need for its use and every location I search says it's spelled incorrectly / doesn't exist, yet I'm fairly certain this would be the correct word to ...
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Has there been a decrease of use of the word “rend” in literature?

The word "rend" (Verb: "to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence") is such an effective word. Descriptive and visceral. Yet it seems to me it's fading from literature and becoming an ...
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Does “the flip side” refer only to the negative aspects of something?

I understand that the expression "the flip side" is generally used to refer to the "negative" aspect of someone or something. I think the expression comes from the meaning of the "flip side (of a ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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Positive connotation of “fluke”?

Many sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, for a start) suggest the word "fluke" has mostly positive connotations when used in the sense of "accident." That is, "a fluke" properly describes a lucky accident, not ...
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An excellent novel in its own right [closed]

What does the following sentence mean? An excellent novel in its own right. Somebody can be rich in his/her rights but how can a book be excellent in its own right. At the end books are ...
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Can 'residential context' be used interchangeably with 'domestic context'?

I know that when I am referring to a home, I can refer to it using the words - in a residential/domestic context... Is it the same for different places of stay like hostels, old age homes, refugee ...
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Is the use of the word 'damn' to express frustration offensive?

For example, will a sentence like 'It's so damn hot' be considered offensive by the person whom it is being said to?
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Can the word “mundane” be used in positive sense

Mundane means ordinary.The word is mostly used in negative sense.Can the word "mundane" be used in positive sense too? Like"Mr.K is not a wasteful man.He leads a very mundane life."Another example can ...
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Have versus Has

Which is correct? For example, is it "When one of you have a moment, please..." or is it "When one of you has a moment, please..."
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Need someone to clear this up

If one is 'beyond reason to deal with' then wouldn't this mean that they are more than reasonable to deal with? In other words, I'm assuming to be 'beyond reason' or 'below reason' is the same thing, ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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Usage of 'that of' [closed]

Vishal invested 2/11 th part of his monthly income in stocks share and that of 4/11th part in mutual fund This is a mathematical question (source). I am confused about the usage of 'that of' ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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Usage, origin and the possible Hollywood influence on “terminate” meaning “to kill.”

Terminate is an old term, but its connotation meaning "to kill, assassinate" is quite recent ("to assassinate" is from 1975. ) unlike finish, whose meaning "to kill" is from 1755, according to ...
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How to name process of illustrating definitions for words?

So lets imagine that I have many words. For each I would like to see how they are looking more or less. For this, I am planning to request google like: illustrating definition for word 'football' ...