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“To whom it may concern” or “To whomever it may concern”? [duplicate]

Which is the best usage? "To whom it may concern" or "To whomever it may concern"?
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“I just noticed it” vs “I barely noticed it”

Are "I just noticed it" and "I barely noticed it" the same? Let's say somebody tells me something about something/somebody and I didn't know about it until the person told me and the person asks, ...
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Is this correct and good use of “preface”?

As the question title asks, is this good and academically correct usage of "preface"? As pointed out by John Smith in preface to his "Blue is not Red" thesis, the world is not simply black and ...
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Descriptions of frequency versus present tense

Is there ever a difference between descriptions of frequency and the present tense? For example, is there a difference between "I speak English." (referring to frequent speaking of English) and "I ...
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the difference between ''come of '' and.'' come from'' [migrated]

1/He came of a rich family. 2/He came from a rich family . Which is correct ? came of or came from ? Explain to me.
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What's the difference between quitting and resigning a job?

Is "resigning" simply more formal than "quitting"? Here's the case: I work for company A but am leaving to work for company B. Which is better? I work for company A but am quitting to ...
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Femicide vs feminicide

While using the term femicide I realised that the is another term, probably a synonym, feminicide. From the following Wikipedia extract, the two terms appear to be synonyms: Femicide or ...
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What is the difference between words “psyched” and “thrilled”?

For people like me, non-native English speakers, it's really hard to figure out the differences in their meaning between words "psyched" and "thrilled". Are they interchangeable? Is the meaning ...
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Is the title of the textbook “Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic” grammatically correct?

The asymmetry of this title has always bothered me. Is there a general rule about the usage of -ic and -ical endings?
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Proper use of “proud” and “prideful”

I have heard many people over use the word 'prideful' in sentences that tend to have a negative connotation. Many times, however, the sentence structure tends to sound awkward. Is there a set of rules ...
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Is disinterested interchangeable with uninterested now? [closed]

I have always thought disinterested means unbiased and uninterested means bored. However in a passage on a state wide exam the text used disinterested in place of a situation where its definition ...
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Is use of “shall” archaic?

A friend of mine, pursuing BA(Hons) in English corrected me that no one uses shall now and often it is advised to prefer the use of should, would, etc. Although Downton Abbey is set upon a time ...
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Can I use the word bipartisan in a non-political context?

Example: "This wasn't a unilateral decision, but rather a bipartisan one."
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How do I use the verb confined correctly? [closed]

Example: "Intelligence is usually confined to the ability to process information fast." Is that a correct use of the verb confined?
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Opening and beginning

Fill in the gap: "... of the document". This refers to "the start of the document". I had 2 choices: "opening" and "beginning". I chose "opening" but the answer is "beginning". Why?
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Can you “commemorate” something bad?

Strictly speaking, from an etymological standpoint, there is no reason to suppose "commemorate" should imply either a positive or negative connotation of what is being remembered. That said, it feels ...
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What is the term for feeling down because of bad weather?

I am looking for the word that refers to a state of tiredness or slight depression because of bad weather conditions. The opposite is also true, that is feeling well or well-disposed because of nice, ...
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Uncountable Work [duplicate]

I have a question about uncountable nouns in a sentence. For example, which of the following sentences is correct? This is an important future work. This is important future work. It seems that ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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“Garnered” the attention of

I've used this phrase a couple of times recently and it just now struck me that I'm not entirely sure if it's correct. I'm using it in pretty much the same context as "caught the attention of" or ...
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When to use “come” & when to use “go”? [migrated]

I don't understand what this article is saying: We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. ...
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what is a word for “multifaceted information”? [closed]

It can be said as either "multifaceted information" or "information in multi-dimensional form ." some times, people used to provide a wide variety of information in a single graph or figure. So, what ...
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I have found this in a German newspaper: “Don't spring from the margin”

A German newspaper has published this instruction at a swimming pool in Berlin. Spring can also mean jump Margin is certainly not the edge of a pool I'd write Don't jump off the edge ...
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Do you know the word ROUTABILITY? [closed]

Is the word "routability" appropriate in the context of electrical engineering? I want to express whether the electrical routes between components can be routed or not.
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Difference between usage of room and space

There is no more space for you in this apartment. There is no more room for you in this car. How to determine which one to use?
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Difference between a rule and a requirement?

What is the difference between a rule and a requirement? Can these words be used interchangeable in a national standard?
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intention vs. purpose

Oxford Dictionaries define the nouns as intention A thing intended; an aim or plan purpose The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists So which sentence ...
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“dimension less than 8” or “less than 8 dimensions”?

This question is midway among English and mathematics, meaning that it requires acquaintance with both, but since I am interested in the correct English way to say something, I ask it here. Is it ...
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Is “mail” still used for “international correspondence” in British English?

While pondering this question asked earlier today, I started to wonder why post (in the sense of correspondence) is used in British English but not American English. So I looked up the etymology of ...
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Which he doesn't or does?

Here's the context: A dying man has guilt, and one of the voices in his head is claiming he will experience hell, if he dies with it (the guilt). One voice hints that 'hell is a hoax', and the other ...
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Trial vs try out (verbs)

I've look them up in the major dictionaries. They seem to mean almost the same thing or do they? Apparently the only difference is trial is British. Let's try out / trial this new computer / system / ...
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What is the definition of DRAIN used as follows “..and I've gone out to have a DRAIN with him.”

What is the definition for "drain" as a NOUN as used by W. Somerset Maugham in the following: “..and I've gone out to have a DRAIN with him.” (From the short story "The Fall of Edward Barnard"). I ...
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In what case we should use 'all right' in questions?

Here is a example: . all right? I know 'all right' means 'OK' here. But does it sounds more arrogating or annoying? What's the right situation to use it this way?
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How to say “As crucial as it is, it's surprising to…” [closed]

As a non-native English speaker, I'm trying to improve variety in my writing. For this particular, I want to express my feeling of surprise toward something that I always considered critical but ...
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The usage of “Per se”

Is the usage of the phrase "Per se" correct in this sentence? Sometimes, religion, though not be enaugh per se, may lead to violence.
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“does there exist” or “does there exists” [closed]

I have seen many uses, even in books, of the three words "does there exist" and of the three words "does there exists". Examples: Does there exist a political business cycle? [1] Does there ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [closed]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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Using “beau geste” as an opposite of sin

Beau geste defined here seems to be a noble act and from what I know to be the definition of sin, which has the word "immoral" in it, "beau geste" should be its antonym. Even if it isn't the perfect ...
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can we use `localite` for business entity? [closed]

if any business was started in particular area, can we use "localite" for that business entity? For example: This business is localite to this area.
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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Difference among Show as, Show with, and Show by

Is there any differences among theses sentences? Which one is better? We show the quantity with n. We show the quantity as n. We show the quantity by n.
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What is the word for “other people's thinking”?

For years I've been using the word dogma to describe other people's thinking. This is an example of how I used it: Don't get caught up in other people's dogma...live your own truth... Basically ...
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“Pardon” vs “Please can you repeat that”? [closed]

In a client/business conference call , when you do not hear, what the speaker was saying or the message was unclear due to noise disturbance, what is the professional way to say it:- Pardon Could ...
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Connotation of “dime novel”

In the afterword of its novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury states that I didn't know it, but I was literally writing a dime novel. However dime novel seems to have a negative connotation, ...
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the use of rob with cars

I am wondering why you can say "I robbed a bank and stole the money..." or "I robbed a post office..." or "The bus was robbed while the passengers were at the restaurant" But it sounds extremely ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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“match” vs "fill' dimensions of a 2D object

Question I apparently misunderstand the use of "fill" and "match" as used in the situations described in the context below. I take "fill" to mean "taking up the empty internal volume of something, ...
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Is the use of 'that if' discouraged?

Is the use of that if discouraged or even wrong? This may be a weird question, but in Dutch the use of dat als, literally that if, is considered an error. So, for example, is the following sentence ...