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How to distinguish “wherefore” from “therefore” [closed]

I'm aware that the word "wherefore" can be used in the same way as "why", as in classic Shakespeare: "Wherefore art thou Romeo" (NOT meaning where). However how else can it be properly used? Please ...
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can the term “is when” be used in grammatically correct wtriting? [closed]

I am trying to learn whether using the phrase "is when" ever grammatically correct in writing.
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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A word for days you don't work [closed]

Is there a word for days you don't work? In portuguese you have the term "dias de folga" that means the days that you would normally work but will not because the company gave you those days to ...
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Which one makes more sense Swap or Trade?

I am building a website where you can give a thing you own and get another thing of the same kind in return. Say you give a stamp in exchange of for another stamp, so you change stamps with someone. ...
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How do I most briefly and appropriately convey that my research papers were authored only by myself? [closed]

I've currently mentioned that I authored 4 papers by myself in the following way: I solo authored 4 papers. Is this fine or is there a more appropriate/correct way? Also, in the same context... ...
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Is “correspondingly” used here correctly?

The importance of Internet access grows each day, correspondingly, web content accessibility too becomes equally important to ensure it meets the needs of users with disabilities. ...
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Is using the term 'Highly-Sophisticated' appropriate for an item already in the scope of 'feasible technology'?

I'm questioning whether the term 'Highly-Sophisticated' is appropriate in the case of an item that is already known to be within the scope of creation/belief. I.E., is calling the modern-day laptop ...
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Is there a term or word for someone who fears homophobes?

Can you think of a single term or word for someone who dislikes or fears a homophobic person?
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Correct usage of “switch between A and B”

I want to show that a switch between A and B, and vice versa, is not allowed in a specific situation. Is "Between A and B" the correct usage in this case? I've been told that omitting "vice versa" ...
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One word for 'communication between two people' [closed]

Can you please tell me what is the word for "communication between two people"?
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Multiple vs Multi

What is the usage difference between "multiple" and "multi"? I have an algorithm that uses more than one agent. Should I call it multi-agent or multiple-agents algorithm?
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A word for a group of people in a church

Is there a a single specific word for a the group of people when they assist at Mass in a church? Religious assembly (Ngram) is a common expression whose usage appears to have been decreasing in ...
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Is a single factoid a trivium?

I was writing a comment on another website, and considered introducing it with a piece of trivia. My classical education kicked into gear, and I wanted to say "Relevant trivium: ..." I realize I ...
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Word to describe remembering some text [closed]

I am reading Chapter 1 very loudly in order to remember the text because tomorrow I need to ____ it [read the text without open the book] in front of my teacher.
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What is the difference between “match” ,“suit” and “fit” [closed]

Could you tell me what is the difference between match, suit and fit. I know their usage for clothes (color,size e.t.c.), but I'm wondering about other cases. For example: When your skills don't ...
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What is specific usage of “to be of service”? [closed]

Can you let me know specific usage of that expression?
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“Practice amp” or “practise amp”? [closed]

I'm rather confused as to whether you say I have a practise amp or I have a practice amp when referring to an amplifier that you use to practise your guitar playing. I understand that the verb form ...
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Project included or involved orconsisted of? [closed]

Is it correct to say "the project included fundraising and construction of ..."? Shall I use other synonyms of "included"?
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“color of each subject” or “colors of each subject”?

I'm confused about the usage of "each" in the structure"xxx of each xxx". Fro example, I want to discuss some subjects. When it comes to their color, should I say: The color of each subject is ...
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I need to know how to phrase part of a sentence containing the word of [closed]

I'm editing a document that has the following phrase: <. . . could have garnered the respect, much less the votes, of Southern conservatives.> I am wondering if this should be reworded to be the ...
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Is it 'rerun' or 're-run'? [closed]

If you want to run a program you have previously, do you say "rerun" or "re-run"?
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Usage of the word “conniption” [duplicate]

I was reading an article on buying stereo amplifiers and I ran into the following sentence: My dad has an unmitigated conniption if the sound ever climbs above 90 dB or so... I am bit confused ...
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The same [noun] v. The very [noun] v. The very same [noun]

I'm having a bit of trouble explaining to a friend whether or not there's a big difference between the three modifiers in the title. Same and very on their own are different enough, but when combined, ...
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Is “augmented with” or “augmented by” preferable?

Which is the preferred preposition to use after the word "augmented", as in the sentence "A is augmented with/by B"? Does this depend on context? For concreteness, I am interested in mathematical ...
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What does “non-white-haired audiences” mean in “Tony Awards, filled with desperate pleas to get non-white-haired audiences”?

Vanity Fair (June 8 issue) carries an article under the title, “Larry David wasn’t nominated but he stole the 2015 Tonys anyway.” It starts with the following passage: “It was a long and ...
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Is “cacheability” a word (technical word)?

Alternate spelling - "cachability" (seems perhaps less popular/proper) In Computer Science, the word "cache" is used in a specific sense to mean a place (usually in a specific memory location) where ...
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The word for a person who orders something (Wrong: Orderer) [closed]

What's a word for a person who orders a parcel to be delivered; for example if there is a case where an individual orders a courier company to deliver a parcel. Are there any words for it?
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Proper term for “cross-section area”

What is the proper term for the area of a cross section? I am looking at these two formulations: cross-section area cross-sectional area As in A is cross-sectional area of the pipe [...] I ...
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Can 'Yes' and 'No' be used other than to answer questions?

Is there any way you can use the words 'Yes' and 'No' without it being in the context of answering a question? Both words can be used to answer yes/no questions like 'is X true' or 'are you X'. Is ...
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Is it technically correct to describe normal figures and text figures as upper case and lower case numbers?

There is a recent question on the Graphic Design SE asking: Why don't upper case numbers exist? There is also a heavily upvoted answer saying that upper and lower case numbers do exist, and that what ...
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Incisive: Noun use

Incisiveness is the noun of the incisive adjective, but in this sentence: Communication has to be incisive. It seems to me that Incisiveness doesn't work here, and incisive sounds correct, ...
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“Thanks for VERB + ing” vs. “Thanks to VERB”: which is correct? [closed]

Should I use Thanks for being here or Thanks to be here? I have read that the first one is correct. However, I am not sure about these usages. Please tell me which one is correct and why it is ...
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What word describes the process of a ship being slowly “swallowed” in the sea?

Trying to find a word which will describe the slow process of the absorption of a ship by the sea. Metaphysical words are also welcome. Sea water swallowed the ship.
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Are androphilic males persons with a homosexual erotic development?

I come across the following piece and don't understand the last sentence in the light of the first one. This suggests that the resulting proportion of true pedophiles among persons with a ...
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Does “invertebrate” have a figurative meaning?

In Oxford Dictionary of English I looked up the word "invertebrate" and I only saw its zoological meaning: noun An animal lacking a backbone, such as an arthropod, mollusc, annelid, ...
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A verb meaning “Answering question in a way that doesn't answer it” [duplicate]

Take an example: Me : Where can I find the best pizza in the city? Friend:1000s of people are dying of hunger and all you care about best pizza. In this case he does reply to my question but it ...
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Tyrion Lannister Acquits Himself? Guess Again!

If I were to say that, in his perilous negotiations with the slavers (transcribed below), Tyrion Lannister had “acquitted” himself, would I be saying that Tyrion had A) repaid or settled a debt or ...
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Is there a single word to denote “arguments on words, word meanings, and their registers”

I often get into arguments with my colleagues on the difference between formal and informal words. Example: He was felicitated on bagging the first prize. I tried to explain to my colleagues ...
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Word for someone who has accepted something

I was programming away today when I needed a variable name, the variable holds people who have accepted something. So my question is, is "Acceptee" a word? And if not what is the acceptable word?
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Does the English verb 'project' correctly represent the Latin 'columna'?

kel-2 [=] To be prominent; hill. [...] 3. c. extended and suffixed form * kolumnā‑ . colonel, colonnade, colonnette, column, from Latin columna, a projecting object, column. [M-W:] ...
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'Chargeable': Where else, besides Singapore, is this word commonly used in this particular context?

In Singapore, the word chargeable is used in the sense of it being something that can be charged for. Example: Customer asks, "Is the green tea free?" Waitress responds, "Sorry no, it is ...
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Why is 'real' and 'really' interchanged? [duplicate]

I thought 'real' was an adjective and 'really' was an adverb? Is it not improper usage to say things like, "I think the cake is real good" ? Or to have a [news] websites called ...
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Is there the difference between “I was determined to overcome stage fright” and “I determined to overcome stage fright”?

The New York Times’ article titled “Overcoming a Lifetime of Stage Fright” in its Sunday Review page describes how a female pianist who has suffered stage fright in her lifetime felt when she played ...
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Taxi Fraud or Taxi Scam? [closed]

I've heard people said both terms to mean that when the taxi driver is trying to rip you off by tampering the meter or taking a detour. But which usage is more common or correct in terms of ...
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Is the word “palaver” in common use anywhere in the English-speaking world?

In a sci-fi movie from 1957, an astronaut says he's "going to palaver" with the cave-dwelling natives. I'd never heard the word before, but my husband—a history buff—knew it by its ...
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It was comprised of five ingredients. It comprises five ingredients

I have always used the term the first way, as in "comprised of five ingredients," but someone I work with regularly uses it as in "comprises five ingredients." Are both usages correct? If no, which ...
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augment something by some percentage

I am wondering if this sentence sounds natural to a native speaker "We augment SOMETHING by 2% to 23K." ? I have already assumed it sounds natural to use increase and raise in this case. Is it a ...
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“Pass me by” or “pass by me”?

Should I say he passed me by or he passed by me? I think it's passed me by, but I'm not sure.
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Single word that describes a boat stop / drop off point

I am looking for a single word that describes that act of a boat stopping to allow passengers on and off. For example, if it was a bus. The bus might arrive at a bus stop. On route, there are many ...