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Use of “Asynchronously” [closed]

What conjunction is used with the word "asynchronously" A is running asynchronously [conjunction] B I am aware asynchronous is running at the same time as something else However, something ...
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To gain/acquire/obtain comfort with something abstract - is this idiomatic, or at least acceptable?

I am encountering the expression "to gain comfort", "to acquire comfort", and to "obtain comfort" more and more lately. Example: "This issue was looked at in depth in 2013 and we obtained comfort at ...
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Non-determinism vs nondeterminism

Reading articles I came across the word non-determinism written in different ways (non-determinism and nondeterminism). I was wondering if there is a difference, or if one is incorrect? May be one is ...
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Which one is correct in the sentence, express or expressed? [closed]

Is it the "express interest" of the manager o the "expressed interest" of the manager? Which one is the correct one?
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How can the verb integrate be used?

Several issues here. Can integrate be used... A) in the passive when used in combination with immigrants? e.g. In the following sentence: immigrants should be integrated into society. B) as a ...
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It is childish to complain against rules [closed]

It is childish to complain against rules. Correct it where necessary? Find the error.
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General usage term for “Project”

I am currently designing a project management tool and I want to know if there is a more generic term for projects. For example, event companies undertake events, software companies undertake ...
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“Would” & “ Used to”

"Would " & " Used to ". They both are used for repeated action in the past tense. Then what is the difference between them?
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Should and Could [duplicate]

Should and Could. Both are used to indicate the possibility of a situation then what is the difference?
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We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things

We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things. Which is the correct answer? Can we use preposition here?
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May/can we go? May/Can you do this for me? [duplicate]

Which ones are correct: May/can we go to the game? and May/can you do this for me? can/may you come?
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My question is about the definition and use of the words 'have' and 'been'

I have been trying to explain the words 'have' and 'been' to someone who has learnt English as a second language. In trying to explain them, I've realised I don't really understand the meaning or ...
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Choose the option that best corrects the comparison error in the following part of the sentence - (accomplished and intelligent like Merlin)

Although Merlin was renowned for his superb wizardry and general sagacity, Mingo, his unheralded apprentice, was every bit accomplished and intelligent like Merlin. a. accomplished and intelligent as ...
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It is irritating me. It is irritating to me [closed]

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me. Which one is correct? Does the word "irritating" work as an adjective in my second one sentence?
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When should a repeated word be removed?

There are a few scenarios, a word is always removed when it's repeated, "There were four or more (more) people in the room" Which is what most would say for a few situations like There are ...
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researching greater detail about word difficulty

I noticed that dictionary.com has a word difficulty index which is called "proprietary." Questions: Is there an open source list of English words that assigns a difficulty index value to each word? ...
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Is either of 'at the same time as you create …' / 'at the same time that you create …' unacceptable?

The following sentence doesn't sound right to me, but I'm not sure whether it's actually wrong: If neither approval nor a purchase order is required, you can quickly create invoices at the same ...
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difference in meaning: morphology / structure

What is the difference in meaning between "morphology" and "structure"? Coming from a physics background and being a native German speaker, I tend to use "structure" when describing an internal ...
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Using “swallow” as synonym for “believe”

I'm aware you can use swallow like this: Your story is pretty hard to swallow, but I am beginning to believe it. Source: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/hard+to+swallow But can I use it ...
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Is this the proper use of considering?

I am doing a book review and this does not seem like the proper use of considering in a heading but I cannot explain why. Is this an acceptable use of considering in a heading: Foundations for ...
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Improper use of a word - name of the action

Does the act of using a word incorrectly (using it to describe something that in fact it does not describe) have a name? For instance, saying 'My head literally exploded when I read this page' when ...
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How to distinguish “wherefore” from “therefore” [closed]

I'm aware that the word "wherefore" can be used in the same way as "why", as in classic Shakespeare: "Wherefore art thou Romeo" (NOT meaning where). However how else can it be properly used? Please ...
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can the term “is when” be used in grammatically correct wtriting? [closed]

I am trying to learn whether using the phrase "is when" ever grammatically correct in writing.
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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A word for days you don't work [closed]

Is there a word for days you don't work? In portuguese you have the term "dias de folga" that means the days that you would normally work but will not because the company gave you those days to ...
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How to ask about an object's age [migrated]

If I want to know how old an item is (a bicycle, a laptop etc), is it OK to ask: "How old is your bike?" or it can only be applied to people and animals.What's the best way to phrase this question? ...
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Which one makes more sense Swap or Trade?

I am building a website where you can give a thing you own and get another thing of the same kind in return. Say you give a stamp in exchange of for another stamp, so you change stamps with someone. ...
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How do I most briefly and appropriately convey that my research papers were authored only by myself? [closed]

I've currently mentioned that I authored 4 papers by myself in the following way: I solo authored 4 papers. Is this fine or is there a more appropriate/correct way? Also, in the same context... ...
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Is “correspondingly” used here correctly?

The importance of Internet access grows each day, correspondingly, web content accessibility too becomes equally important to ensure it meets the needs of users with disabilities. ...
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Is using the term 'Highly-Sophisticated' appropriate for an item already in the scope of 'feasible technology'?

I'm questioning whether the term 'Highly-Sophisticated' is appropriate in the case of an item that is already known to be within the scope of creation/belief. I.E., is calling the modern-day laptop ...
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Is there a term or word for someone who fears homophobes?

Can you think of a single term or word for someone who dislikes or fears a homophobic person?
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How to use “so to speak” [duplicate]

Can someone define and explain the usage of the expression " so to speak "? Please provide examples. Thanks.
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“Opportunities of” vs “opportunities for;” which one is correct and why?

The sentence is "I was privileged with ample opportunities (for vs of) one on one interactions with my writing teachers." Would it be more appropriate to use for or of in this situation? What ...
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Correct usage of “switch between A and B”

I want to show that a switch between A and B, and vice versa, is not allowed in a specific situation. Is "Between A and B" the correct usage in this case? I've been told that omitting "vice versa" ...
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One word for 'communication between two people' [closed]

Can you please tell me what is the word for "communication between two people"?
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On proper using of “Blessed”, “Relented” and “Await” [closed]

I am blessed, relented and await for ..... Or I am blessed, relented as I wait for ..... is "blessed" and "relented" and "await" use appropriately for being thankful and letting go to ...
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Multiple vs Multi

What is the usage difference between "multiple" and "multi"? I have an algorithm that uses more than one agent. Should I call it multi-agent or multiple-agents algorithm?
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A word for a group of people in a church

Is there a a single specific word for a the group of people when they assist at Mass in a church? Religious assembly (Ngram) is a common expression whose usage appears to have been decreasing in ...
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Is a single factoid a trivium?

I was writing a comment on another website, and considered introducing it with a piece of trivia. My classical education kicked into gear, and I wanted to say "Relevant trivium: ..." I realize I ...
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Word to describe remembering some text [closed]

I am reading Chapter 1 very loudly in order to remember the text because tomorrow I need to ____ it [read the text without open the book] in front of my teacher.
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What is the difference between “match” ,“suit” and “fit” [closed]

Could you tell me what is the difference between match, suit and fit. I know their usage for clothes (color,size e.t.c.), but I'm wondering about other cases. For example: When your skills don't ...
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What is specific usage of “to be of service”? [closed]

Can you let me know specific usage of that expression?
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“Practice amp” or “practise amp”? [closed]

I'm rather confused as to whether you say I have a practise amp or I have a practice amp when referring to an amplifier that you use to practise your guitar playing. I understand that the verb form ...
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Project included or involved orconsisted of? [closed]

Is it correct to say "the project included fundraising and construction of ..."? Shall I use other synonyms of "included"?
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“color of each subject” or “colors of each subject”?

I'm confused about the usage of "each" in the structure"xxx of each xxx". Fro example, I want to discuss some subjects. When it comes to their color, should I say: The color of each subject is ...
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I need to know how to phrase part of a sentence containing the word of [closed]

I'm editing a document that has the following phrase: <. . . could have garnered the respect, much less the votes, of Southern conservatives.> I am wondering if this should be reworded to be the ...
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Is it 'rerun' or 're-run'? [closed]

If you want to run a program you have previously, do you say "rerun" or "re-run"?
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Usage of the word “conniption” [duplicate]

I was reading an article on buying stereo amplifiers and I ran into the following sentence: My dad has an unmitigated conniption if the sound ever climbs above 90 dB or so... I am bit confused ...
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The same [noun] v. The very [noun] v. The very same [noun]

I'm having a bit of trouble explaining to a friend whether or not there's a big difference between the three modifiers in the title. Same and very on their own are different enough, but when combined, ...
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Is “augmented with” or “augmented by” preferable?

Which is the preferred preposition to use after the word "augmented", as in the sentence "A is augmented with/by B"? Does this depend on context? For concreteness, I am interested in mathematical ...