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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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Can 'easierly' or 'easiestly' be held grammatically consistent?

The concise substitute for 'in an easy way' is 'easily'. In order to save words, can't 'ly' be allowed for the comparative and the superlative degrees as well? I have already seen instances like '...
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Subject pronoun or object pronoun in a particular case?

When referring to the Oxford dictionary, I found a usage of the word "Condone" like this: "Condone sb doing sth" which means forgiving or pardoning some action of somebody even when that action is ...
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What is the meaning of “They are more often a lump than a sum”?

So I was watching a TV show called Hannibal. I was on the last episode of season three, called "The Wrath of the Lamb". So Will Graham (a character from the show) was having a talk with psychiatrist ...
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Use of kinda and kind of in fiction [closed]

I realize that "kinda" is an informal form of "kind of". However, would "kinda" be appropriate in fiction or dialogue? Or would it be more acceptable to stick to "kind of"? This is for a fiction novel ...
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“coach”/“couch” as a verb meaning how to “spin” or select presentation style and implications [closed]

I always couch my requests for money in terms of what benefit it can provide. I can't remember the correct word to use, the intent is to say that I try to "spin" my requests or carefully select what ...
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Can a participle phrase modify a whole sentence or clause?Or they have to stick to a specific word or phrase?

new comer's here and like most other user my desire to find out more about English grammar,as in their usage and structure, brought me here.I'm looking forward to working with you all in the future, ...
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Is it correct to use Exclamation mark(!) in the introduction of a Professional Email? [closed]

I work with teams that are in different geographic zones. This is how I usually, start the email introduction. for example:- Hi Linda, Good Morning! or Greetings! Is it correct to use exclamation ...
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What is analogous of “chivalrous” for opposite gender? [duplicate]

chivalrous Chivalrous is an adjective that is generally used for men. Is there an adjective that can be used to describe women in a similar fashion?
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Is “use” as a verb being used properly in this summary sentence?

The suggested summary sentence : The judge decided who the real owner of the horse was using the horse. The background story goes as in the following: Judge: (asking the man) Why did you repay ...
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If a town square is round, can you still call it a square?

Since the town square is named after its most common shape, what happens if it has a different shape? Is there a different word you can use or is it completely normal to call it a square anyways?
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“Duration of the time” or “duration”?

I am not sure whether or not we can, for "duration of the time", write just "duration". Here is the text which I encountered the problem in writing: The expressions "bosom friends" and "bosom ...
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What is the difference between ‘dose’ and ‘dosage’?

I found that these two words are synonyms and share the same meaning: the amount of a medicine. Can I use both of them in the same sentence? for example: The highest dosage of drug A increased [...
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Can I do 3D processing? [closed]

I'm working for a museum and do some programming and 3D. The description of the exhibit I'm making reads: "Programming and 3D processing: < My Name >" I thought that 3d processing is what GPU ...
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…is/was a posthumously recognised writer

A colleague of mine wrote this sentence- Anne Frank is a posthumously recognised young writer. I say 'is' should be replaced with 'was'. My reason- the meaning of the sentence should not change ...
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“What do you mean by ___? " Is this ambiguous or rude? [migrated]

Is asking someone “What do you mean by ___?" a rude way to ask the meaning of something you don't understand? For example, when I chat with my American friends, and there is a word I don't know the ...
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Look at vs. watch [migrated]

Here is the example that came up today: My mother went to the park to _______ birds. Would you use look at or watch, and why?
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Can “Not everyone can love you” be used in this situation? [migrated]

Can "Not everyone can love you" be used to mean "It's impossible for you to be loved by everyone: there will always be some people out there who hate you"?
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How to use “expected of you”?

Currently I am doing voluntary work that - if I would not do this, nobody would. Additionally I am paying a lot of money in order to be able to do this work. Also it is not that the one who invited me ...
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What's the name for a podium with numbers? [migrated]

I don't know what this is called. Is it a podium?
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Grasper Is it a word? [closed]

I want to describe a guy with quick grasp quality. Something like He is a quick ______. So I think grasper would fit in here. But the Oxford dictionary says grasper is a noun. I would like to ...
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Difference between 'casualty' and 'victim'

I thought that "casualty" means a person who is hurt due to an accident, war etc. Or an accident itself. But in these examples "casualty" is used in a more general context, doesn't look like there is ...
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Difference between find objective adjective vs. find that clause [migrated]

I was wondering the difference of meaning the following sentences: I found him interesting. I found that he is interesting.
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Can I use Don't and Nor in the same sentence? [closed]

I've seen in various posts that "neither" is usually paired with "nor". But can I use "don't" with "nor"? For example: Nature does not aid us on choosing the best concept for an object, nor can we ...
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If a ship sinks, what does an airship do?

We were having a discussion at work about airships (zeppelins, blimps, etc.) and someone spoke about them sinking when they crash. Someone else said they can't sink because they're not descending ...
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Opposite of Overhear or Evesdrop? [closed]

Overhear is Listening intentionally to a conversation. What is it to Listening unintentionally to a conversation.
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Prof. John Dalton, “daltonism” and “color blindness”

Daltonism is a term coined after the English chemist John Dalton (1766–1844), who had the condition and did early research into: the inability or defective ability to perceive or distinguish ...
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10 degree(s) length, length of 10 degrees?

In my paper, I want to describe the length of a interval of 10 degrees. But what is the correct way to say it? 10 degrees length 10 degrees span 10 degrees' length length of 10 degrees ... The ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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Noun to refer what I understand [closed]

Somebody mailed me something, and now I want to confirm if I understand him correctly or not. Hence, which of the following sentences is correct? "To make your recent answer clear for myself, could ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest [closed]

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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How can a person chime? [closed]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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Same day vs Same date

Which is correct. same day last year or same day last year. can we use same day/date instead? eg:we went to the place the same day last year
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If I was or If I were - what to use

I am a student who is studying software engineering and I have a big dream to become a world class developer in upcoming few years. I am planning to start a blog related to software engineering and I ...
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Does 'to prove' necessitate truth?

If I prove something, does it have to be true? I can structure the question more convolutedly: Does successfully proving something depend on the credulity of the audience, or the truth of the ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [closed]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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'Prevaricate' as a synonym for 'vacillate'

There's a lot of motivation here. It boils down to a two-part question: is the usage of 'prevarication' as a synonym for 'vacillation' common, acceptable, and/or preferable; and is there any reason ...
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Looking for a word describing the act of a person passing an access machine that does not imply if it is an entry or exit [closed]

I am translating a computer program interface that deals with granting access to places and records entries and exits of employees. I need to find a word that describes the act of an employee using an ...
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Correct use of the word “legible”

I am of the understanding the term applies only to physical text (print or handwriting). Or at the very least applies only to that which you can see. Not what you can hear. Is this the correct use of ...
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Dove down vs Dove

He laid down four sticks beside this hole, and dove down into the river with one stick. From "Folk-tales of Salishan and Sahaptin tribes" by F. Boas Is the second "down" redundant here? From ...
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Is having sex a hobby? [closed]

Wiktionary defines a hobby as An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. Other dictionaries tend to have similar definitions. Viewpoint 1 Some people believe that the word hobby ...
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Difference between undoubtably and undoubtedly? [closed]

These two words are often used interchangeably, but I don't believe their meaning is identical. I think I generally know how to use them in context, but could someone explain what he difference is ...
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Using the word "hypothetical' conditionally [closed]

Allow me to explain my question. So 'hypothetical', according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as follows: : involving or based on a suggested idea or theory : involving or based on a hypothesis :...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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Meaning of “available soon” (from a test item)

stackexchange! I've been referring to this site for a while now and have finally decided to join you all. This is a semantics and use question about the phrase "available soon" that appeared as part ...
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“Cowardly” as an adverb [closed]

Is "cowardly" both an adjective and an adverb? Question inspired by this awkward error message from Homebrew. Error: Cowardly refusing to 'sudo brew install' Surely there is another way to ...
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What does “drop and give me zen” mean? [closed]

What does "drop and give me zen" mean? Maybe it's some kind of idiom. Can you explain it to me?
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The usage of “Imagine”

Normally we say "imagine that you are doing st..." Right? So I wrote in my paper "Imagine that you were living when Edison invented the light bulb..." But my teacher crossed it out and instead she ...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...