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Substituting how for that

I feel the following sentence would be used by Native speakers but only in highly informal speech in certain areas: In his letter he explains how the book has a great plot and is generally enjoyable. ...
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What does the word “there” refer to?

He went to the nearest village and ( there) in the bazaar, he found various kinds of meat and fish.
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What to call words with permanent prefix, but no unprefixed form? (ex: nonchalant, untoward) [duplicate]

What do you call prefixed words with no unprefixed counterpart? For example, there's no such thing as a "chalant person". Bad behavior may be "untoward", good behavior is never "toward". What are ...
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Better use of the word “sorry” [closed]

From what I can tell, there are many ways people use the word "sorry". I'm going to cite 2: A way to show someone else sympathy for something neither of you had any control over. eg. "I'm sorry that ...
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Difference between 'seem to be working' and 'seem to work'

It doesn't seem to be working? It doesn't seem to work? I don't know which of these sentences is right—or if they are both correct, what the difference is between them. Can someone ...
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“given to” vs “marked by” vs “characterized by”

Based the definition I inferred from often seeing dictionary definitions of different words written using one or more of these three phrases, the three feel more or less the same. While a quick ...
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What does “quotable” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Afters years of being one of the most quotable political operatives around, I developed a case of political laryngitis. All quotable's meanings have to do with putting something in between ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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Why can we use words like today and tonight but not tomorning and tonoon?

I wanted to tell my boss that I will finish a project "tonight" but mid-sentence I realized I only work until afternoon, so I tripped over my words and said "I will finish it to...noon?" we both ...
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Looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight

I am looking for the word which covers the eye lid of the horses and led the horse to run straight without track distractions .. Some thing similar to funambulist.
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [closed]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...
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What are the language terminologies for the following kind of clauses?

I am learning Japanese and right now focusing on clauses. Shortly speaking, I need to know the English terminologies for some clauses below such that I can find their counterparts in Japanese easily. ...
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Is it ok to say “A task visual consists of the following elements”?

I want to express the following idea in a requirements document: a visual element is composed from a set of sub-elements, such as title, date box, shape and so on. Is it all right to say : The ...
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I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise [closed]

I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise. Combine this sentence into complex sentence. I have no idea how to combine?
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What does “post” mean in this context?

when your butler warns you to be wary of the grave risks you would be taking, you force your wary butler to resign from his post. Two possible meaning: point of view and occupation as a butler. ...
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Is “beguile” supposed to always be used in a bad way?

The definitions of it, pretty much all, involve words like "trickery" and "deception". But one legitimate definition can also be: to captivate with irresistible charm. Nothing too bad sounding.
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Good words for 'well-cared-for'?

What can be some good ways of saying that someone takes good care of himself? I'm looking for words rather than phrases. Someone who is always clean shaven and never has a strand of hair out of place? ...
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“Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”

Here are two sentences patterns: Have you ever been to the opera when you lived in Milan? and Did you ever go to the opera when you lived in Milan? What is the difference between them? ...
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Difference between 'to seem' and 'to appear'

Is there a difference between the sentences "The general case seems to be open." and "The general case appears to be open." ? Or are they interchangeable?
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We will join you in an hour.We will be joining you in an hour [duplicate]

We will join you in an hour. We will be joining you in an hour. What difference in the meanings do you see in these sentences. Is it correct? We will join you=we have just decided. We will be ...
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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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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?