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Please kill me or just shoot me now

Please kill me and (just) shoot me now are two common idiomatic colloquial expressions which are generally used to mean that you, metaphorically, would rather die than do something or to express the ...
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Correct way to introduce yourself [duplicate]

In an interview, what is the correct way to introduce yourself? Some use "myself" and their name, and some use "I'm ___." I'm confused about what I use. Please guide me.
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What is the scope of “co-” in English?

Is it right to refer to someone as a “co-chairwoman” if the other person doing the chairing is a man? Someone might say it is not, because the prefix “co-“ implies that two (or more) people share the ...
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“to-know-each-other” or “knowing-each-other”

We gave the new members a to-know-each-other break. We gave the new members a knowing-each-other break. What it means is: the boy came back to the break that was scheduled so that guests had ...
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Usage of 'attributable to' to describe a casual scenario

I am trying to express a state of accustoming of a person to a certain circumstance, due to the consumption of alcohol. By this time, he was somewhat accustomed to the situation, attributable to ...
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When adverbs like “sure” are used to mean the opposite of their typical meaning [closed]

Is there a term or phrase to describe the phenomenon in English where sometimes a statement is qualified with an adverb, which normally would make the claim stronger but native English speakers tend ...
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Is this statement incorrect? “I'm a former English major” [closed]

Is this statement incorrect? "I'm a former English major" Is "I'm an English major" a better way to say it? Isn't the fact that a person majored in English make the usage of the word "former" is ...
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Using sincerity to describe openness

Is the following a proper sentence? His sincerity concerning intimate issues made the old man increasingly uncomfortable I am not sure about using 'concerning' with sincerity
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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How to tell which -ing verbs you can use as a noun?

Example: I like Tom. He doesn't mind my drinking, my nagging, my dressing - I can completely be myself around him. I'm a little skeptical about this usage. Because even though I get some hits ...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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How to say that the navigation is approximate?

I have an app that is an index for businesses, so the user can search for a business and navigate to that business. I have two types of coordinates to the business: Accurate coordinates, which ...
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Proselytize to?

I'm writing a sentence about a person who tries to convert a city to a faith, and differentiating that from a person who tries to convert an individual. "while a (some specific terminology) is ...
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From the “Baghdad bounce” to the “dead-cat bounce”

The world of finance has always been creative in using metaphors to describe financial phenomena. Specifically I am referring to a situation where financial market suffers a consistent fall and ...
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What do you call a person who chooses to ignore someone at specific periods of time

Imagine a person X who chooses to ignore his/her responsibilities and family at will, only to attend to them when he/she sees a tangible gain to be had out of it. Selfish is one option, but I'm ...
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Usage of 'comprise' in a linguistic manner

The small man did not hesitate. "I'm stealing.", he declared in a soft, simple voice, that did not comprise even the faintest tremble. Is this a good, nice-sounding way of describing a way of ...
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Shipping costs or shipment costs?

shipping costs or shipment costs? I want to know the correct form and the difference between them, if there is one. Thank you!
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meaning of “grant” [closed]

I am trying to get the meaning of the word "grant" straight. For example, consider the situation described below: a boy asked his mom if he can have a piece of chocolate cake. The mom, however, gave ...
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A kind/kindly book

I would like to ask if you would use the adjectives "kind" and "kindly" to describe a book or a film? Or are they used to describe people? Is there a better way of describing a book/film that is not ...
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Can we tell when a distinction (e.g., infer vs imply) is likely to be lost? [closed]

Is there some way to tell that a distinction is doomed to disappear? When did the difference between presently and currently disappear? Presently and momentarily? The distinction between imply and ...
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Word for the falling action of a stick with one end is at the ground, not falling freely in the air

When I am reading the question Can adding weight to something make it fall slower? in Physics SE, I notice that (or think that) the reason it can get to the Hot Question zone is the misunderstanding ...
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How to describe an amount of data in the introduction

I'm writing a thesis, mostly about computer science (cloud computing, mostly). In the introduction I'd like to give the reader a vague idea about how much data we are talking about (4.5 TB if I ...
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is there a name for the concept of repetitive writing to improve handwriting?

When I was younger, some of the homework I had consisted in writing sentences several times to improve handwriting. In Spanish, I know this concept or action as "hacer planas". To give an idea. ...
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Word for people who run, but not standard marathon distances

I regularly participate in mini-marathons (as they are sometime unofficially locally called) that happen around my area. I started with 5 KM and over a couple of years have improved my distance to 10 ...
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I don't like him any; you can't fool me any. “Any”?

What's the function of "any" in the title? Is it simply a synonym of "at all"? Why is its use so limited? For instance, we don't go here at all doesn't translate well to we don't go here any for me. ...
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Usage of word “withheld” [closed]

I'm reading this one website insurance of employees and got confused. The employee's portion of the insurance contribution is withheld from the employee's pay So does it mean, the employee's ...
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number ...
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Comprehensive subject?

I was baffled to find this in the introduction to a textbook: We hope that readers will find this text offering them a useful introduction to and a basic treatment of [...], as well as preparing ...
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What is/are the origin/s of the use of “to end” to mean “to kill a person”?

Last night on two shows that I usually watch back-to-back on Tuesdays (NCIS and its spinoff set in New Orleans), the verb “end” was used in a way that seemed to mean “kill” (terminate/do away ...
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What mistake is made when words are incorrectly split into two different words, changing the meaning?

Is there a terminology for when correct English words that are made up of other English words are incorrectly split to use the shorter words out of context? Examples of the error I am trying to ...
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Is 'crewing' only about seamen?

Is 'crewing' mainly about seamen or can it also be used as a general synonym of staffing, hiring, recruiting, employing, etc? I want to use it in a sentence like 'the art of crewing' or 'crewing art' ...
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I waited for “a third of an hour”

There are many instances in Google Books of this expression which sounds very unfamiliar to me: Crystal wanted to work on her Science project for three-quarters of an hour. She only worked ...
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Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”

I am explaining something that has the following structure if written in computer language: if X A else B However the condition X is quite subtle, and because of this I want to recall it when ...
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Can something be “vapid of” something?

The United States Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas” ...
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Figurative use of “address”

Can the word "address" be used figuratively, to mean a place that people turn to (for help, advice, etc.). If not – what would be a better word for this connotation? Thanks! EDIT: I'm looking for ...
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Proper way to say one 1.5 times more?

Temperature was very low, but now...? Temperature has risen in a half as much again Temperature has risen in one and a half times Temperature has risen by half Or... I don't know.
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Is it sarcastic or ironic?

I am calling this person something that is the exact opposite for what he actually is. I call this person "traditional" using a sort of ironic(?) address because he is in fact a modernist reformer ...
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Is “Next to that” really an alternative to “Additionally” or “Moreover”?

I see many of my compatriots use the phrase "Next to that" at the start of a sentence to mean "Additionally", "Moreover", "Furthermore" or "In addition". The reason for this, I feel, may be that the ...
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What's the term for using the wrong word because it sounds the same?

I was reading about various terms for incorrect words, but they didn't seem to fit. I saw a post where someone said "what do you like to do when you're board?". That kind of thing. Also, would that ...
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Is it policy holder or policyholder?

I work in insurance where we refer to our customers as policyholders (one word); however, I always thought it was two. Can anyone enlighten me?
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How do we use the words 'electric' and 'electrical' correctly? [duplicate]

These two words are used differently as shown below: Electric engineering (incorrect✖) Electrical engineering (correct✓) Electrical lamp (incorrect✖) Electric lamp (correct✓) And sometimes, they're ...
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Usage of 'plethorically'

My question is: Can the word plethorically be used in situations in which it would describe characteristics or qualities one would apply to biotic entities (humans)? Is it acceptable to use ...
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Use of the word “Informed” [closed]

Is this the correct way to use the word informed? Ms. Holzinger and a friend informed that they had been driving to the casino on Interstate 74.
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Afternoon OR in the afternoon

Usually we say like : I came in the morning, We are going in the evening, It happened at night etc. If something happens around 12.00 PM, then we can also say: I had lunch at noon. But I have heard ...
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Proper use of the verb 'eclipse'

I need help settling a debate regarding the correct usage of the verb eclipse. The headline in question is (slightly paraphrased): Runner Completes 2mi Run; Eclipses 12m Result Now, let's ...
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Does one ride or drive a motorcycle? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I ride a motorcycle. I drive a motorcycle.
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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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Can I use 'slew' in a formal essay? [closed]

In a formal essay, can the phrase He had a slew of mental and physical illnesses be used?