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What is the difference between 'framework curriculum' and 'curricular framework'?

I know that curricular is an adjective and curriculum a noun, but are they both used in exactly the same meaning? Or are there some differences concerning what they imply or apply to? Being a ...
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“Renewal meeting”?

What do you call a meeting which has the goal to renew the delegates/members of an association/organization/board? Renewal meeting/re-election meeting? Or is assembly the word I'm looking for? I just ...
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Exact definition of “vehemently” [closed]

My work mates and I are arguing about this term since none of us can comprehend its exact definition. Can I use the expression "I have been struggling vehemently to get this email sent since last ...
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“Fall”, “fell”, “felled”

How is the causative form of fall used in English? In the present tense, often enough, A tree falls in the woods, but a logger falls trees as well. but in the past tense, A tree fell in the ...
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Use of sequences like “In modern's US” [closed]

Is it correct to use possessive case for referring to the time in consideration, like in in today's US in modern's US in last century's England etc?
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Usage of the word “denominator” [closed]

I have heard many historians use the word denominator. I know its significance in maths but when and why is the word used in other contexts? And what are its synonyms in those contexts?
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Can I say, “Choose your true, new flavour”? [closed]

What the phrase is expressing is, "Choose what's truly your favourite flavour". Can I say, "Choose your true, new flavour"?
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Adjectives to describe the word “questions” [closed]

I'm writing an ad for yoghurt. It's about telling the truth about the consumer's new favourite flavour. I would like to say, You'll need to answer some _____ questions. They're personal ...
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A song “by” a singer or “from” a singer or “of” a singer

For example, I want to recommend a song of Adele to my friend. Should I say: The Someone Like You by Adele is fantastic. or The Someone Like You from Adele is fantastic. or The Someone Like You of ...
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Is this correct usage of the word “resist”?

Is it correct to say "People resist to learn new things."? By saying so, I intend to convey that most of us are not willing to learn new things. Also, which one of the following do you think is ...
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What does “adorkable” mean? How popular is this word? To what kind of objects and occasions can I apply “adorkable”?

I happened to find the paperback book titled Adorkable, by Sarra Manning, on the GoodReads site. There is no entry for adorkable in the Cambridge, Oxford or Merriam-Webster dictionaries, or in ...
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Can I use “adjournment” as antonym of “inauguration”, is there a word for “last time use”?

I would like to know if there is an antonym to inauguration? By inauguration I mean "first time use of". I googled this and thesaurus provided me with "adjournment". Can I use it in the following ...
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Referring to my husband as my son's dad?

I received an invitation for a session at my son's (John) school. The teacher had asked us to confirm our attendance for the event. I wrote the following John's Dad and I will be attending the ...
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Are there any nice synonyms for flavour?

I did some research, and found several synonyms for flavour, including: Taste, savor, tang, seasoning, tastiness, tang, relish, bite, piquancy, pungency, spice, spiciness, and zest However, ...
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Using “henceforth” to refer to future events, but from a “past perspective”

The title isn't great, sorry, I couldn't really come up with anything better :D Here's a bit of context: I'm working on my thesis and am currently writing down the historical evolution of a certain ...
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How does one use 'moue' properly in a sentence?

I don't understand how to use moue in a sentence. I know the definition of moue: noun - a little grimace : pout It says it is a noun, but whenever I've seen it used, it always comes off ...
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Usage of “been to” in perfect tenses and in other tenses

"been to" (be to) is used in perfect tenses - in sentences like the ones below: I have never been to the opera. I have never been to a baseball game I have never been to a Pentecostal ...
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Question as a Retort? [closed]

I'm a huge Pulp Fiction fan, and the following is one of my favorite scenes, but it also irks me. (source: IMDB) Jules: [Jules shoots the man on the couch] I'm sorry, did I break your ...
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Is the word utilisability correct [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Utilisability” vs. “usability” The word utilisability seems to come from the french utile (useful), utilisabilité (usability). I checked ...
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When to use “we” and “us” — specific SAT example [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? I am confused about the usage of the words 'we' and 'us'. I am using a Princeton Review 11 SAT tests 2011 edition, practice test ...
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Is it okay to use the word “behooves” in this way?

Your patience on this matter behooves. Is it okay to use the word "behooves" in this way?
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Is this use of “rollback” mis-leading or out-and-out incorrect?

Suppose you are working with a system that keeps track of edits to a file and can show you a list of the versions. In this system, available actions are shown following each version, e.g.: 3 Edited ...
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Usage relating to a new word [closed]

I have often heard people use the word "paramount" to mean "the most important", which I think is correct usage. However, I have also heard them use "parmountacy" or "paramountcy". e.g. The changes ...
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“I worked in a chemists” vs “I worked in a chemist's” vs “I worked in a chemist”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Store names & possessive What is the correct grammar for saying that I worked for a chemists (that is, a shop that sells medicine)? Is it I worked in a chemist ...
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Since more than six months

As per English grammar, 'Since' is used to show the time period in the past from which the event is happening. So, is the sentence given below correct? "Since more than six months, I have been ...
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“Every” being used instead of “ever”?

Occasionally I'll see a comment on the internet along the lines of I don't think I have every heard of such a thing. Maybe not exactly that, but something equivalent where I would think that ...
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'Fill an appeal' or 'file an appeal'? [closed]

I encountered both expressions but I am not sure which is correct. Should I use "fill an appeal" or "file an appeal"?
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Does the word “government” in English mean the courts as well? [closed]

Does the word "government" in English refer to the cabinet and the ministries, or the courts and legislature as well? Is there a difference in usage depending on country? Can you say "the government ...
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Usage of “ain't” in formal conversation

Is it okay to use ain't in formal conversation? I know ain't can be used for am not, is not, are not, have not, has not. So if I can use it in day-to-day life, it will be easier for me I guess.
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Etymology of “Green Paper” and similar expressions [closed]

Is there any other similar expression beside White Paper, Green Paper, Yellow Pages and Blue Book? What is relation between their color and their meaning?
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When making a decision, how many “choices” are there?

Suppose I put a coin on a table. I can do this in two ways: heads up or heads down. Question: How many choices do I make? It looks like I have one choice in the sense of having one decision. ...
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“The language of the question/answer”

Are these sentences correct? I have changed the language of the question, so that you may understand easily. I have changed the language of the answer, so that you may understand easily. ...
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“Go to the country”, “go to the countryside”

I'm a non-native speaker of English. A lot of people say although you would say 'I went to the country,' meaning 'I went to a rural area,' you wouldn't likely say 'I went to the countryside.' Is this ...
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What makes 'admix' different from 'mix'?

A friend of mine (who, as far as I know, doesn't have English as a first language, though is fluent) mentioned how odd it was that English had the word admix, and quoted a dictionary definition that ...
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Is there a collective term for charges & fees?

Say I have documentation of a particular account with both amounts credited & amounts charged(fees). What would be an appropriately descriptive term for the collection of credits & ...
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Amber or yellow lights

What is the difference in usage between amber and yellow, when it is the color of traffic lights or some derived meaning? Is this purely a difference between British English and American English, or ...
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Is this sentence correct with “irreverent”? [closed]

You people were irreverent to POP's speech. irreverent = disrespectful - flippant - impious Is it a correct sentence according to syntax and semantics? If it can be written in a better way, ...
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Can't understand the meaning of “facile” in these example [closed]

I found the meaning of facile is easy, getting something without effort. http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/facile I have read those sentences. But can't understand it clearly. I'm trying to ...
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Proper pronunciation of ordinal numbers?

Ok, so these few are easy: 1st (first) 2nd (second) 3rd (third) 4th (fourth) ...... And all other ordinal numbers ending in 1, 2 or 3 have their respective values, except ...
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How common is the misuse of “literally” to mean “figuratively”? [closed]

This question "Literally" and "Decimate" misuse addresses the misuse of the word "literally" to mean its opposite. I am curious as to how prevalent is such misuse. My hunch ...
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Proper format for listing criteria for a project

My team are going back and forth between the proper usage of a specific sentence in our project proposal. This project proposal is being presented to a school, so we want to make sure we are correct ...
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What does 'sucker for' mean?

I recently came across a couple usages of 'sucker for' which indicates that it means 'crazy about', 'enthusiastic for', or 'interested in'. For example, 'I am a sucker for sports.', seems to say, 'I ...
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How should the word “brutal” be used in marketing?

I noticed that some companies use the word brutal for marketing their products. Examples: brutal performance – a data storage software markets itself with this, they mean that their software is ...
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Coney and rabbit: what’s the difference?

Are the words coney and rabbit full synonyms in English? Are there any slight differences in usage or meaning? Are there any cases when one word is more appropriate in the modern writing or speech ...
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A proper definition for “hogget”?

This is the meaning of hogget in the Collins English Dictionary: a sheep up to the age of one year that has yet to be sheared the meat of this sheep So, is a lamb a hogget? This ...
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horrible vs terrible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “horrify” and “terrify”? Since I am not a native English speaker, I always have trouble figuring out when to use ...
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What's the meaning of the word “tad”? [closed]

I always see the word in sentence like, "it's a tad faser". Or people say "tad", as if they are frustrated. So, what's the meaning of the word? When to use it?
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On the usage of “etcetera”

In Spanish, we use the word etcétera at the end of an enumeration to imply there are more things to mention, which may (or not) be important, but they will be omitted. Thus, I was fairly surprised ...
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where to position the preposition in the phrase: “not only… but also”

I have the following sentences, of which I don't know whether the prepositions are correctly positioned: The solution depends not only on Condition A, but also on Condition B. But when C happens, ...
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Are 'contemporary' and 'contemplate' related words? [closed]

Do the words contemporary and contemplate relate to each other in any way?