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Are “till” and “until” perfectly interchangeable at the beginning of a sentence?

In the following sentences, would one of these conjunctions sound better than the other ? Until/Till my daughter got married, I had never been abroad. Until/Till you change your mind, I won't ...
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“You could do it better” Past/Future?

While showing my work to my adviser, he uttered a sentence, "You could do it better!". Is it analogous to: You could have done better OR You can do it better (so improve it)? It seems to me this ...
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About the usage of “with” in “There are grey goos everywhere, with many consuming the haemocoels of tardigrades”

Is the sentence below grammatical? There are a lot of people, with many wearing tuxedos. There are some cute teenage girls in the club, with many of them being PhD graduates in topological ...
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turn right backward or turn slightly right backward?

Please see the image. When giving directions, how should I describe what the arrow indicates on the road? My ideas are turn right backward turn slightly right backward I'm not sure if they ...
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Near in its verb form

Is it correct to say David does not near women. Meaning that he does not go close to them or approach them.
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Are the words “backdrop” and “background” interchangeable?

Are the words "backdrop" and "background" interchangeable?
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Can a person have a “dextrous mind”?

Can we say that a man has a dextrous mind? This would mean that he has a highly skilled brain which is capable of excelling at a certain mental activity, or that he as an individual is capable of ...
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Is it common to use the word “tiptoeing” even if the person is just standing?

Definition by Google: tip·toe walk quietly and carefully with one's heels raised and one's weight on the balls of the feet. But can I use it in a situation where the pension isn't walking?: ...
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Is it correct to use the word “devastated” to refer to the pain we feel towards other people? [closed]

I think the word devastated is mainly used when something bad happens to oneself (maybe I'm wrong?) Say, can I use it in the following way? I felt devastated after watching the survivors of ...
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Use of 'which' to combine clauses

Is there anything wrong, in terms of either grammar and/or usage, with the following sentence: "The information age has ushered children into a global society, which is the cause of educators ...
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Lean in and lean out

There was an article titled “Forget Leaning In, Let's Talk about Leaning Out” in Forbes magazine (April 2. 2014) in which the author, Caroline Mayer says: “I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard ...
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Is complimentative a word?

Is 'complimentative' a word? There are a bunch of definitions online but I couldn't find it in the British National Corpus or the OED (from searching oxforddictionaries.com). Does this mean I should ...
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Incidences vs incidents

I will analyze the number of incidents of traffic accidents which occurred last year. I will analyze the incidences of traffic accidents which occurred last year. Are these sentences using the ...
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“Security was a privilege of expensive locks” [closed]

Can I say "security was a privilege of expensive locks"? I am rechecking a translation, and the use of privilege in this context seems too weird to me. Isn't "privilege" used only with people?
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What is the meaning of “… to felicit you …” [closed]

Recently I have received some comments about my work, and it used "... felicit you and your work". What is the meaning of this word? Is is positive or negative?
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“Minutes later” vs. “a few minutes later”

Can I say this: I forgot about it minutes later. Or do I have to say it this way instead: I forgot about it a few minutes later.
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“Do so” vs “do it”

Example: I don’t know why I didn’t go back to my hometown. I didn’t have any reason not to—maybe I didn’t have a reason to do [so/it], either. Should I use do so or do it in the example above? ...
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Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
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Usage of the phrase “We have been made.”

I was watching a TV show in which they showed this two friends who were hiding in disguise to escape from bounty hunters. Then one friend upon realizing that the bounty hunters have recognized them ...
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What is the word for adjectives like 'correct' which may not provide complete meaning without previous sentence?

While working on my project, I came across this sentence: Obi is correct My question is can we say that 'correct' in the above sentence defines the state of a man, since is is a form of 'be' - ...
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“Seriously speaking” or just “seriously”?

Is the expression seriously speaking redundant? For example: [A asks a question] [B replies with a joke] [A and B laugh] B: No, seriously (speaking), I came to visit my mom. I ...
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A key is bound to a function or a key binds to a function?

For example, I have a shortcut Ctrl-x that executes "Cut" action when press. Should I say "Ctrl-x is bound to Cut" or "Ctrl-x binds to Cut"?
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What two words best describe these features?

I am in the middle of developing an app. I'm having some trouble trying to decide the best usage for two features in particular. I know what both of these words mean, but I am becoming increasingly ...
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“Our subconscious” or “our subconsciousness”

Example: There are many hidden things in the unreachable depth of our subconscious/subconsciousness. What's the most common choice? Is the first option ungrammatical?
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When to use had rather [duplicate]

I had rather go home than stay out too late. I had rather listen my parents or get in trouble. Is had rather refers to past? Can anyone explain 2nd sentence in other words?
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“Pouring from the window” vs “pouring in from the window”

Mary woke to the soft light pouring from the window. Mary woke to the soft light pouring in from the window. What's the difference? Do they mean exactly the same?
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'I thought', 'I would think', 'I would have thought'

I'm going to show you three examples. 1. A - Have you got any change?     B - Do I have change? What for?     A - For the vending machine! ...
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Co owns with me in official letter to Home Office

I have couple of sentences as, I confirm that my brother, Name, DOB 01/01/0001, Nationality Indian co owns property 00 Same Road, Manchester, UK with me and I have no obligations for his wife to ...
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One word for “change of requirements”? [closed]

In software or in Any Industry the change of requirements is often seen. Is there a particular single word that can describe the "change of/in requirements". Apart form updation, editing, amendment ...
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The usage of “with whom” [closed]

I would like to write a sentence to thank a number of colleagues. I would like to express the idea that it was a pleasure to spend time with them. Which of the two sentences below is better? I ...
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Crib: to Complain [closed]

People in India use crib as a word for complain as in 'Don't crib about it'. I always thought this was wrong usage, but I recently checked in OED online and found that sense 9b says b. To ...
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Can the word, “art” be used as a verb to mean “create” art?

In the Washington Post (July 27 issue) article titled, “Figuring out what matters in a midlife ‘Is this all there is?’ crisis” the columnist, Carolyn Hax writes as follows: “Tweak as you need to, ...
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“More loudly” vs “louder”. Correct usage

What is the correct usage of the adjective "loud"? Please sing louder Please sing more loudly I came across this in one of the quizzes at office, and as per them, the correct answer was option 2. ...
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Committee, Association and Assembly — What's the differrence?

I'm confused by these 3 words and I'm not quite sure what the differences are. I know how council, commission and committee differ, but I can't find it for Assembly and Association. I'm using it for a ...
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Why do Americans seem to use the word “delicious” less often than I do?

I am a foreigner and now I am in America. I always use the word delicious whenever I like food. For example: This meat is so delicious! But one of my friends, who is not a native speaker, once ...
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Disproportionate vs. disproportional

Which is correct in which contexts? "My head is disproportional to my body." "My head is disproportionate to my body." "My head is disproportional." "My head is disproportionate." I have the same ...
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Are “perchance” and “by chance” interchangeable?

Merriam Webster's defines "perchance" as: "maybe but not definitely" Similarly, the fifth definition of chance on Merriam Webster has "by chance" defined as: "in the haphazard course of ...
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What would be a valid replacement of “as”?

Say I want to write something to say: John looked over his shoulder as he opened the door slowly. However, for stylistic reasons I don't really want to use as in that sentence. There must be ...
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''We average 8 hours’ work a day.'' Is this a correct sentence? [closed]

"We average 8 hours’ work a day." Is this sentence correct? This is just a sentence written from my friend and I'd like to know the usage and form of the word, "average") Please give me some ...
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Does not show one's potential

One who has potential, but never gives the effort to show it. What would be the best word or words that match this description?
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Which word fits better in a cause and effect sentence? [closed]

If there is a sentence- English is not too difficult to master, ____ it gets easier and easier with practice which of these words would be the best fit for the blank and why? So When As ...
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Should I use “narrations” or “narratives”?

At work I keep seeing the term narrations as opposed to narratives and I'm trying to understand if this is common across the English speaking world or if this is just a term in the US.
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“X is not dead, it just smells so” [closed]

From what I've found the typical form of this phrase is X is not dead, it just smells that way. Can "that way" be replaced with a so in such a position? X is not dead, it just smells so.
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Might the use of the word “where” be inapt in these three sentences? [duplicate]

The question found here triggered a question in my mind. Lately I've been noticing how people tend to use the word where in a way which to me seems inapt. Some examples: Anorexia is a condition ...
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Custom v/s Customized v/s Personal

We have a small start up and need a tag line for it. We deal in custom products that we make according to their requirements. We have come up with 'Customized Technology Solutions'. But, now we have a ...
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Is “help out” an inappropriate phrase? [closed]

I have seen statements like: She helped out her grandmother. OR The boy was helping out in the laundry. But, does it make any sense to have the “out” there? Is it even incorrect, in spite ...
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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When did 'permission' become popular as a therapy term

Permission has several uses, but somewhere around the 1990s it became common to hear it in the context of therapy sessions as in "you need to give yourself permission to..." do this or that. When did ...
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Possessive of “day” for “day's leave” [duplicate]

I need to request leave for one day and for more than one day. What's the correct way of using the word day? Which is correct for a single day of leave? 1 day's leave 1 day leave What ...
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“A fallacy in its own right” [closed]

Would it be correct to say or write that an "organisation is a fallacy in its own right" — by failing utterly in doing what it's supposed to do?