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is it correct using pre-marinated

I argue that if a person refers to marinated meat, as pre-marinated, the use of pre- is not necessary am I correct or incorrect?
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Evaluation Method or Evaluation Methodology

In a research domain, evaluation part is itself challenging, and thus we are proposing a way of doing the evaluation in that domain (i.e. determining what inputs should be given to the system and what ...
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Examples where a word has two seemingly contradictory meanings [duplicate]

Most English words have more than one meanings. In most cases they are close to each other and quite compatible. When a word has several unrelated meanings it is usually treated as different words, ...
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what is the difference between accumulate and cumulate? [duplicate]

I find that these two words can be used to express to collect or gather. what is the difference between them? thank you in advance.
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Differences between “carton” and “box” (Express service)

What's the differences between "carton" & "box"? I didn't know which word to choose when using express to send samples. From the Internet, some say that carton is a smaller box, and some say that ...
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Intrinsically Involved

I'm familiar with the definition of intrinsic: belonging to a thing by its very nature. Recently, I came across the following in a CV: Intrinsically involved in setting up and running British ...
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Ambiguity of the word 'any'?

Given the following question, in the context of a poll or vote: Should any employee of Company X be allowed to assume absolute authority in any project with Company X's name associated? Under ...
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the difference between expense or cost? [duplicate]

What is the difference between expense and cost ? what is the phrase to describe all the cost for one person in one day?
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Is it right to say “Try harder” [closed]

I want say to somebody to try more in studying English. Is it right to say Try harder
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Use of “Insofar” in term of progress [closed]

Can I use "Progress Insofar" title in a presentation to show my work to date?
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What is the equivalent to “wise guy” in British English? [closed]

How would I say "wise guy" (as in gangster/mafia speak) if I was in London, England? Wise guy is a very american phrase, so what would be the Equivalent in Britain london??
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Is there a word for stopping in the middle of the sentence?

Lately, I suffer from an unusual habit. I simply don't finish my sentence while typing and I don't even notice it. Afterwards when I take a look at (for instance) the email I sent, I can clearly see ...
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What is the difference between “As per” and “As for”? [closed]

What is the difference between "As per" and "As for"? As for our professional services or as per our professional services?
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Can “of yore” be preceded by words other than days or time? [closed]

For example, "Where is my wanderlust of yore?" Does the sentence make sense?
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Is there any rule when replacing apostrophe intead of some letters? [closed]

In some English songs I found words like: nothin' 'em gon' 'bout Are there any rules to make words like these? Are the words formal? Are there other examples?
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“results” vs “is resultant from”

So there I am, reading, when I hit this sentence: Repeated studies have shown that having excess body fat, type 2 diabetes and weight gain are resultant from eating and storing more calories than ...
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Informal word for someone who likes to keep to themselves

I always thought that anti-social describes someone who keeps to themselves. But according to Wikipedia, anti-social is not the right word. What, then, is the correct word to describe someone who ...
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Serial is produced by … and me

At the end of every episode of Serial, Sarah Koenig says: Serial is produced by Julie Snyder, Dana Chivvis and me. The word "me" sounds wrong to me there. Is it? If it's wrong, what is correct ...
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Cutover: adjective, action noun, state - all the same?

I'm a product Manager writing about a technological system in which a computer system is cutover (switched from one location to another). Cutover is the action. Is it also the state that the machine ...
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The Word Bastard - Origin and Meaning [closed]

How offensive is the word Bastard? And when did it become more of an offense than a term used for child out of wedlock?
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How etiquettical is it to start off a professional email with 'Hey'?

I've been wondering, why whould folks avoid the usage of Hey to greet someone/team as the mail starts, did that really read grotesque? What could be the alternatives other than the conventionals?
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Is it now standard to refer to February 29th as a “bissextile day”?

I've noticed the obscure word "bissextile" showing up with greater frequency, especially in the past few leap years. In the past, the word would occasionally show up to refer to leap years as ...
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Distributive property of 'and' for a set

If I did 'x' for two years and then did 'y' for one year, can I correctly say that I did 'x' and 'y' for 3 years? Or would that be false since I hadn't done 'y' for more than one year? Would it be ...
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Is using the word “snafu” instead of the word “problem” correct? [closed]

Snafu : Wow, you got yourself into one hell of snafu. Problem : Wow, you got yourself into one hell of problem. Are the both sentences above equal ?
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pass on - pass down / passed on - passed-on

What is the difference between pass on and pass down? E.g. "Local knowledge is passed on orally or within practice from one generation to the next." or "Local knowledge is passed down orally or ...
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Help me understand the use of “would ” in a particular sentence (in IELTS Book) [duplicate]

Examiner: Describe a place you have visited in the past. Candidate: [...] When I was a student, I would go there all the time and hang out with my friends. I don't understand what "would" ...
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'Why you did that' and 'Why did you do that' difference [duplicate]

I asked one person 'Why you did that' referring to something he did in the past, and he responded something like 'Why are you saying that, are you a little kid?'. I was confused and asked him why ...
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Goodbye forever

Is there any word in English that you should use when you want to say : "goodbye" for a person and both of you know that you'll never see again? "Farewell" ? or Something else?
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Is there a valid English word for “playability”?

I edit a lot of writing on the topic of cue sports, like pool and billiards. The word "playability" comes up a lot. For example, if one is trying to explain that a pool cue is excellent in feel and ...
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Natives of a Country: Norway Native vs. Norwegian Native

I want to describe someone who comes from Norway. I feel like it's better to say "Norwegian native," but I'm almost certain that I've heard nouns come before "native," like in "San Francisco native." ...
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The difference between “Many a man” and “Many men” [duplicate]

Many a man died in that battle. My understanding of many mean more than 2 and a man mean 1. But in the sentence above, these two words are put together and I wonder what does it really mean? How ...
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Where is it relevant to use the word “sucks” and where is it not? [closed]

Intuitively, the statement Yeah, it sucks! Doesn't seem to be a legitimate statement. Or is it? If it is not then where should I not use such statements? At office? With acquaintances ? With the ...
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How can I say “bon appétit” or “smakelijk” in english? [duplicate]

In the most cultures, some people say something before there meal. In French they say "bon appétit", In Belgium and The Netherlands "smakelijk" and in Polish "smaczny". But how can I say the same ...
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Can the word God be colloquially replaced with f***? [closed]

I stumbled across these lyrics from "Enter Shikari - The Last Garrison": Head's up and thank fuck you're still alive! It sounds like that there was "God" replaced with "fuck". It even sounds ...
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Can we use word “travel” for flying? [closed]

Is it correct to use word "travel" for flying by the airplane? What I understand is, travel is a general term that can be used for any type of travel while flying is the specific version of it.
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Correct way to use “who” in an introductory sentence about a movie

Today I wrote the following introductory sentence about the movie “Outsourced”: The movie “Outsourced” produced in the year 2006 and directed by John Jeffcoat deals with a part of a company being ...
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The audience who or which? [duplicate]

If I want to say something like: The audience,...,who is deeply affected by her loss. Should I use "which is deeply affected by her loss." or "who is deeply affected by her loss."
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Usage of “place” for business premises

In my circle, Manchester, UK, many refer to their work habitat, be it office, shop or worshop, as "my place" or "the place". as in "I'm going to the place", or I left it in my place" Is this usage ...
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“It is just enough” or “It just is enough”? [duplicate]

Where should I put the "Just" in a sentence? Before be or after be? It is just enough. or It just is enough.
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If I'm not sure about the gender of Brown may I write “Brown was merry and their cat was sad”? [duplicate]

If I'm not sure about the gender of Brown may I write: Brown was merry and their cat was sad. ... ? I met such a construction in "Harry Potter", but I don't know whether native speakers are ...
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“Per person” versus “for each person”

Ok, so I'm a native English speaker and some non-natives have asked my help clarifying a particular phrase. The phrase is, "Receive $100 per friend you refer to (name of company)" for me it sounds ...
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Has “hacker” definitely gained a negative connotation?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a hacker as: One who is proficient at using or programming a computer; a computer buff. One who uses programming skills to gain illegal access to a ...
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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When should the word “NOW” be used in a sentence…? [duplicate]

Consider the following 2 sentences:- "Now the application is working fine". "The application is working fine now". Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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“the same as” or “the same thing as”

When comparing words, do you say "X means the same as Y" or "X means the same thing as Y" I understand you could get around this and be more clear by saying : "X has the same ...
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What's the difference between “client” and “user”? [closed]

I want to know the difference between client and user. When should we use client, and when we should use user?
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What is generally considered the youngest age at which it's normal to call a girl a “young woman”? [closed]

It would obviously be ridiculous to call a 6-year old girl a young woman. What's the youngest age when it's no longer weird to call a girl that?
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How to use “In the span of”?

I'm writing an essay regarding the concept of Carpe Diem and I'd like to start my introduction with the following sentence: "In the span of the universe, a human life is an incredibly short period ...
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Is “rotate” in “Earth rotates around the sun” the correct word?

Earth rotates around the sun. Is rotate an acceptable word in that context or should I use words such as orbit or revolve instead?
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I did it fast or quickly? [duplicate]

I have read many books say that they ran fast. But that sounds wrong compared to they ran quickly. Which should it be?