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More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?

Another single word choice here; this one is along the lines of magnitude, e.g., good, better, best. In this case, I'm describing more largeness as "larger," and more smallness as "smaller." The ...
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“freeze somebody out (of something)” and “freeze out somebody (of something)” and “freeze out (of something) somebody”?

Just want to understand how to use this structure freeze somebody <--> out (of something): (informal) to be deliberately unfriendly to somebody, creating difficulties, etc. in order to stop or ...
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What preposition properly collocates with “chuffed”? [closed]

As an American of upper middle age, I have noticed younger people using different (and to my ears, wrong) prepositions—for example, "bored of" rather than "bored by." So, hearing the word chuffed in ...
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Knick-knack and bric-a-brac?

There are several interesting words to describe the same idea: Knick-Knack and Bric-a-Brac, both defined as: Small, decorative object(s) of little value. Bric-a-Brac derives from French and is ...
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Is “dandy” considered offensive? [closed]

Is calling someone a dandy considered offensive or has a negative meaning nowadays? English is not my native language, so I wanted to clarify this for me. I understand the meaning of the word, but I ...
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You can apologise *for* something, but can you apologise *that* something?

An interesting discussion came up in the chat following a sentence I suggested in another question where I said something along the lines of "I apologise that I have a prior commitment." or "I ...
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Is using the word “Likewise” in a sentence not professional or informal? [closed]

Last evening in my communication class, we had some discussion. In that discussion I used the word likewise in a sentence. But they said using likewise in a sentence anywhere is not professional or it ...
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Nutrition: qualitative or quantitative?

I've been tasked with copy-editing some text that includes the following: [...] makes it easy for you to cook with the maximum nutrition. I'm unsure about the correctness of the phrase "maximum ...
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How does one determine when a comedian is also a humorist?

Wikipedia's list of humorists are categorised as people who write or perform humorous material, but the article also states: A humorist is usually distinct from a stand-up comedian. Woody Allen ...
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Words for places to live (besides house) [closed]

Where I live (northeast Brazil) we have the following: Apartment (Apartamento in portuguese) The general word for a set of bedrooms + kitchen + bathrooms + living room in an apartment condominium. ...
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Proper word usage for borne and bears

I get confused about tenses so I'm going to post an example of what I'm working on. My question will follow. Example text: Surely, I’ve been gone long enough for someone to notice my absence. ...
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Word to describe the in-depthness of something [closed]

Is in-depthness commonly used as a word? If so, is it spelled correctly (all spell checkers I tried do not recognize it as a word)? If not, is there a word describing the same idea of something being ...
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letter has been sent to office by yesterday [closed]

I just want to say, the letter already send to our head office yesterday. Please advise the correct usage letter has been sent to office by yesterday - this usage is correct or not? please advise
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You (are/had) better [closed]

I am familiar with the expression "had better" to be appropriate when giving advice to someone, but I see other versions as well. How should I use the following: You better ... You are ...
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Should we use the word “Actually” before a sentence? [closed]

Someone asked to me about some particular information. I replied to the email like this:- Hi, "Actually I was assigned the following task by my Manager"........ Is it grammatically correct to start ...
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He had caught a glimpse of the apparently illimitable (vs. unlimited?) vistas of knowledge

"He had caught a glimpse of the apparently illimitable vistas of knowledge." (Jack London's Martin Eden.) (Emphasis mine) Both unlimited (limitless or without bounds; unrestricted) and ...
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Does the term “walkable roof” exist in English?

I'm writing a paper about flat roofs. I wanted to use the term "walkable roof" to describe a roof that can be used on a daily basis (e.g. a roof terrace), but I'm not sure if this term exists in ...
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How to “hyphenate” the word “standardize”?

I don't really know if the term "hyphenate" is the correct here, I use it because of my LaTeX usage. What I mean (and if there is a word for this, please let me know) is: how to break "standardize" ...
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What is the word when you destroy small part of a building or something big

I think destroy and demolish don't the fit actual idea I'm trying to describe. Let me give an example; let's say we have many columns in a building and we only want to 'destroy' a single column. Is ...
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Food with a bite that's referring to texture?

My mother refers to a "bite" as in something to bite on, say raw carrot bits in a stew. Cambridge only refers to the food sense noun as a strong taste, though: bite noun (STRONG TASTE) › [U] If ...
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“Lowest” vs. “lowermost”

Is there any difference between the words lowest and lowermost? When should I use either of them? Possibly lowermost should never be used?
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Double meaning of “Short” for object dimensions

Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room. You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them. So ...
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Using “Prescience”

Is it alright if I use the word "prescience" in this manner, since the term prescience means to know something in advance? From the looks of the dark clouds outside the window, I've got a prescience ...
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Use of “purdah” metaphorically: appropriateness

When I was a kid, the word "purdah" was regularly used in the UK metaphorically to mean a (usually voluntary) screening or separation. For example, the chancellor had a period of pre-budget purdah. ...
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Clone, replica, etc. - what are the differences? [closed]

Is clone and replica exactly the same? Do they both convey an exact likeness in all properties? Or is one or the other indicative of an exact likeness while the other indicative of a rough likeness. ...
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Is answering back with “Of Course” offensive and insulting? [closed]

One of my business clients asked me , that, if I had a particular skill. example Microsoft word..........I instantly answered back "Of Course" in a strong voice. Is it offensive and insulting to say ...
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Does “wealth” only refers to a financial aspect?

For a contest I'm attenting, the organisators uses, in their theme description, the world wealth. I wonder of the meaning of this word... Here is the sentenc where it's used : Europe need to ...
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Usage of “Advanced”

I am not a native English speaker. So pardon me for my ignorance. One of my friend sent me a mail saying "Advanced Birthday Wishes". I think the usage of Advanced is incorrect in this context and it ...
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Is there a big difference between “self-made” and “home-made”?

I asked my colleague if the cake he brought is self-made. He answered "No, my girlfriend made it". Me: "So it's self-made!" He: "No, it's home-made!" If I asked the same question in German (my ...
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Difference between “in” and “on” in this context [closed]

I was reading a book when I came across this phrase: Write a program that displays the phrase "Programming is fun" in your window. I am confused about the usage of "in" here. I think it ...
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What does “so” in “I am so out of here” mean?

Ok, The idiom "out of here" means going or leaving (source) So, I am out of here=I am leaving (not sure it means "I am moving out right now" or "I will move out shortly") Now, we also have "I am ...
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What do you call the space where you park a car? Parking spot, space, bay or what?

I am looking for the correct/common way to call the single spaces which are generally clearly visibile in parking lots as you can see from the picture: I would probably call them "parking ...
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Can anyone advise on a guide to the usage of “enote”?

I am looking to use "enote" in a mathematical description where the symbol occurs before the concept, and denote seems inappropriate. (I suppose with rewriting this can be overcome, but that's a ...
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what does “in person” mean? [closed]

In dictionary, they said if you do something in person, you go somewhere and do it yourself, instead of doing something by letter, asking someone else to do it etc: You have to sign for ...
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When to use “to take a walk” & when to use “to walk”?

This website says used with a noun instead of using a verb to describe an action. For example, if you take a walk, you walk somewhere So "to take a walk" & "to walk" can be used ...
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Description of a Plum [closed]

Im looking for a word that describes a Plum in a kinaesthetic/kinesthetic way. Can be very artistic or unusual.
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Use of the word “analyzation” in formal writing

What is the consensus on the use of the word "analyzation" in formal writing (ie ...a problem arises in business analyzation...")? It technically exists in the dictionary - and by that I mean that ...
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Difference between “birth weight” and “birthweight”

Is there any US/UK English difference in the spellings "birth weight" and "birthweight"? In scientific journals, I have found usage of both spellings. E.g., Overall birth weight is not different for ...
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“coed” - can this be used for anything? [closed]

Can we use the word "coed" to describe any activities or facilities available for both men and women, or should it only be limited to something educational or youth related? Also, any suggestions for ...
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The phrase for when: working in a group to divide responsibility and reduce malicious intent

I am trying to think of what the name of the word/phrase is for when: An important task (not a difficult one, but a mission critical one) is at hand and instead of one person being assigned to it, a ...
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Is “This project aims to…” logically correct?

My (engineering) students often start an executive summary with a phrase such as This project aims to… [create a system which can…] I sometimes correct them to write The aim of this project ...
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How should I use “sell out” & “be sold out”?

I am quite confused. It seems that sometimes people use the active voice "sell out" & sometimes they use the passive voice "be sold out" to express the idea of "(of tickets for a concert, sports ...
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This baby-walking device is called a ([prefix]-)[name] by people from [location]

It shouldn't be hard to agree that people around the world have babies, and people with babies like to take walks with their babies. So we invented various wheeled devices to securely hold baby ...
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Why does “fair” mean “quite big”?

Fair is a word that suggests the idea of something right, proper, correct or reasonable, but in the following case it has a different connotation: Fair - (adjective): (before noun) ​quite ...
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Is “War needs heroes” grammatically correct? [closed]

It's intended to be used as a slogan of a war-type game. Should the subject be "war" or "a war" or "wars"? And what the verb form should be accordingly?
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Cables vs. Cabling

I am not sure which term, cables or cabling (or other), would be more appropriate for the following context: A new set of connectors, compatible with the metric ________, would eventually be ...
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Should “communicate clearer” be “communicate more clearly” [duplicate]

I just saw an ad on Twitter that says: "Communicate clearer by drawing and talking over your images". It seems to me they aren't communicating very clearly and it would be better to phrase their ...
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Word for blaming all problems on one cause?

I'm not quite sure what the word I'm looking for is, but I think it would be something along the lines of stupid and unoriginal. For example, let's say a man frequently gets into arguments with his ...
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Are there any situations where “pre” is considered a preposition? [closed]

Looking at questions such as: The prefix pre and how to use it. office libre rejects everything When is it necessary to use a hyphen in writing a compound word? How can pre be used one comment in ...
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Using a slash (/) between multi-word phrases [duplicate]

How would you suggest using a forward slash (/) between multi-word phrases? Should a slash be even used between multi-word phrases? For example - Following are the open/in progress issues. or ...