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Is “iterate over” being used correctly in “we briefly iterate over related work”?

Is this a correct use of the phrase "iterate over'? In Section Three, we briefly iterate over related work.
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go there vs go up there

What is the difference between 'go up there' and 'go there'? Examples: The boys want to go up there. He didn't want to go there. Are they interchangeable in the above examples?
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The Usage Domains of “why” and “how”

This question was inspired by the this thread over at physics.se. What are the correct uses of "why" and "how" as interrogatives? Do questions that begin with "why" necessarily pursue answers which ...
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Can I say that a scientific field has been “polymorphic” if it has changed dramatically over time?

The field of artificial intelligence, abbreviated as AI, has been quite turbulent and polymorphic since its creation. If not, what other word or construct could I use? By polymorphic I meant ...
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Harmony as a state usage

Can we say works in harmony with other groups. I understand the adjective is harmonious and all what I found in web is using as harmony as a name here. Can we use it to express state. Further, is In ...
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Akward sounding paragraph [closed]

The valves, by way of the flaps are able to control the flow of blood through the heart because the flaps open and close during the contractions of the heart. I think the bolded part especially, ...
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“… nor X either” and “… or X either”

My question is: are the following sentences acceptable in English? "I have never had a car, nor a bicycle either" "I have never had a car, or a bicycle either" I am not asking what the best ...
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Usage of “same” vs. “selfsame”

I have been wondering in my head when is it more appropriate grammatically and more appropriate in terms of the English language to use word selfsame instead of same. The research that I have done ...
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How long can you say “the late so and so”?

When you refer to the deceased, you say "the late so and so." How long can you say that? Is JFK referred to as the late John F. Kennedy? How about Abraham Lincoln?
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“To mentor someone during a project” vs. “to mentor someone on a project”

..., whom I mentored during his final semester's project. ..., whom I mentored on his final semester's project. Which of these two is grammatically correct? Since I am not talking about ...
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“Delinquent” to describe something non-monetary

Can delinquent be used to describe something like a school assignment? You still have some delinquent assignments. Or does the word only apply to monetary matters?
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Can 'repercuss' be used as a verb?

Lord Owen, the former British Foreign Secretary, in a BBC interview tonight with Jeremy Paxman used the word 'repercuss' as a verb. It was with reference to President Obama's handshake with Raul ...
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How far down the ancestry line do you call a person your “cousin”?

Should individuals on your family tree, 8 or 9 generations, still be called cousins? After aunts & uncles, should you call all individuals on a family tree "cousins"?
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Do we have to use any article before job title?

If I have to introduce myself within the organization where I am working what is the correct sentence: I am Senior IT Engineer Or I am a Senior IT Engineer? Also what is the general rule to ...
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Is “yearslong” a word?

The New York Times just published an article where they use the word "yearslong": Federal agents charged 18 current and former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, ...
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Is “vacuous” offensive? [closed]

I am not an native English speaker and I would like to know if the use of the word "vacuous" is offensive. I am writing a reply to a request where I am asked to do something that has no sense at all ...
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“Technology” is to “technical” as “memory” is to what?

I'm writing a sentence about the job of the memory and am characterizing absorption with memory. How do I say "memorical absorption" correctly? Memorial sounds like a noun...
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How common is the word “nostalgia”? [closed]

I have spent most of my life not knowing the meaning of the word nostalgia. I have looked it up. But as I was talking to someone about the experiences he had, he used the word as if it were a common ...
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Can 'though' introduce a clause?

I'm a newcomer. Nice to see you. Is the following sentence right? "There was little money left, we felt happy though." I'm not clear whether,"though", as an adverb, can introduce a clause. In other ...
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When is 'over and above' used?

When is the expression 'over and above' used instead of just 'over' or just 'above'?
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Is 'already' + (simple past) + (time of action) correct?

meta: I asked this question yesterday but it was marked as a duplicate of a previous question. But none of the answers to the previous question answered what I wanted to know. So I deleted that ...
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How to categorize vocabulary for practical use?

What classification scheme exists for grouping words by their meaning, e.g., "words that describe food," "emotion words," and "types of people"? My concern is pragmatic; grouping words with similar ...
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Is there a rule or pointer explaining where to put '_even'_ in a sentence?

You don't even have a chance. You don't have even a chance. You even don't have a chance. You had no chance. (where?)
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Is “Math Calculation” redundant when describing how to solve a problem?

I was corrected by another individual when describing the solution to a problem as a "math calculation". Is math implied when using calculation in a sentence therefore making my statement redundant?
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Usage of myriad as a noun

Can the word myriad be used in a stand-alone fashion, without a subsequent of prepositional? He rose to address the myriad, and wept. The word is a noun, and this usage sounds poetic to me, and I ...
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Using “such” + article form

When we use the word 'such', is there a rule to dictate whether we need to add article a/an behind? For example: I did not expect such cold weather. and I did not expect such a cold weather. ...
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Aloof proper usage

So is it a good use of the word aloof to say "She is not aloof to their harsh judgements"? The intent is to say that a person is aware of the perception others have of them. Thanks.
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Use of 'agendum' today

A wild guess tells me that agenda vs agendum is like data vs datum (former is a collection of the latter), but what is the use of agendum in today's English? If part of my party's agenda is to get ...
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Incredulous proper use

Is it valid to say 'I'm incredulous." all by itself as a standalone sentence? The intent is to convey that I am in disbelief. Thanks.
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The use of “who” on non-human subject such as a virus

A question struck me one day when I was writing a blog post and wanted to use the relative pronoun who on non-human subject such as a virus. I had seen many examples before where this pronoun, which ...
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strong will or strong wills? [closed]

Idiomatically we do say "a strong will". But can we say "strong wills"? The context is The optimism and (the) strong will(s) of the handicapped children touched me deeply. Also, do I need a "the" ...
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He/she or what else could fit in a sentence referring to a transgender person?

The transgender, who secured 75 per cent in B.A. through distance education programme, said she had applied for the examination soon after the publication of the notification. On reading that ...
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The difference between per person and each person

What's the difference between the two? 'It costs $50 per person' 'It costs $50 each person'
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Can you say “unconfident”, as in the opposite of being/having confidence? [closed]

Can you say unconfident? I heard it mentioned in Top Chef recently, where a chef mentioned she was unconfident with her cooking skills in a certain area. Is this the correct way to describe the ...
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Can the verb 'send' take a person as its object? [closed]

On Saturday morning, I was in the office working on my PC. At the time, a message popped up on GTalk, where the person had written "Send Martin" (who sits behind me) — my colleague wanted to talk with ...
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The usage of “but” in non-shift sentence

I have found a sentence: He returned several times to India briefly, but only returned permanently early in 1915. I believe this sentence does not contain any shift. We can say that He returned ...
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To 'throw' a farewell party

I would like to write an informal email: Sorry for not throwing a farewell party Is throwing the right word here?
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Can we use “highfalutin” to describe a person? [closed]

Often, I've seen "highfalutin" used to describe words or speech. But as for word usage, is it ok to use "highfalutin" to describe a self-important / pompous person? E.g.: This highfalutin guy is ...
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What does “on’ry” mean in “I Wonder As I Wander”?

During a running debate or whether I Wonder as I Wander qualifies as a Christmas Carol, I looked up the lyrics. The first verse: I wonder as I wander out under the sky How Jesus the Saviour ...
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“Typical of” or “typical for”?

Background Reading this post, I realized that I had a tendency to use "typical for" rather than "typical of". After a quick research, reading through several sources on the web, I found that the ...
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Might “equivocal” be applied to our scientific understandings?

I just read the question and answers about the meaning of "equivocal". Might "equivocal" be used to describe the wave and particle appreciations of light? The results of all inquiries and ...
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Invoices status, Invoices statuses, Invoices' status or Invoices' statuses

According to this, statuses is the plural of status. However, I am not sure here which one to use, my logic is statuses is more proper as each invoice has different status. But seems awkward word or ...
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parent vs parents, which is the correct word to use? [closed]

i would like to know which of these is exactly correct or is both allowed ? i see people use parent and also as parents in day to day communication.
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Ways to Memorize “Discreet” and “Discrete” [closed]

I have a question about discreet and discrete. People tend to get these two words mixed up, and I would like to help them memorize these two words. Discrete: unconnected; separate Discreet: ...
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Fair or Fare? - Which is right in this sentence?

Recently in a newspaper article, I read this line phrase "to conduct a fare probe". Shouldn't it be "to conduct a fair probe" ?? If the former is correct grammatically, can you explain why ?? The ...
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Who uses the term 'freehold'?

I am interested to discover in which countries, where English is used, the term 'freehold' and 'freeholder' is in everyday use. I know the question of 'freehold' has come up on this site before in ...
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Is the use of 'researched X for answering Y' to mean 'checked with X to answer Y' a good usage?

When one uses the word research transitively, the subject of the research is normally used as the object of the verb research (e.g. He researched the effects of acid rain for nearly a decade). Another ...
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Why is it a good idea to avoid 'like' in English?

In the video JULIA BOORSTIN -- Interview a Broadcaster! -- American English (0:34 to 1:20), a reporter from an American news television channel mentions that it's not a good idea to use the word ...
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Set your journey to the wellness.. “set” used as “begin” , goes right here? [closed]

Using 'set' as 'begin' or closely similar way. The sentence "Set your journey to the wellness.." is ok? Set goes right here? From definition, I want to use "set" for this purpose.. cause (someone ...
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“Thou” or “You”? This is the problem!

In some eastern Indo-European languages like Persian specially in its northern accent Gilaki, the words "thou", "thee", "thy",... have a same meaning and pronunciation as English. But there is a ...