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“High-schooler” vs. “high schooler”

My initial attempt to settle the question with a google search didn't help as much as I'd hoped: A search for 'high schooler' revealed approximately 4% of results employing the hyphenated form. A ...
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better word for an industrial part

I am looking for a generic word that can be used to refer to a fairly large industrial part or component such as a generator, motor, control box or possibly a circuit board. We are using the word "...
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“if” used to introduce facts

I have learned that "if" is used for more or less likely possibilities while "when" is used for things which are considered facts. Now I read a bit similar to the following in a book. My sister ...
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“Massager” vs “masseuse”

A friend of mine recently used the word masseuse to describe a person that gives massages. I have never heard of this terminology before so I'm wondering what the difference is between massager and ...
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Correct usage of “The” within this sentence

A client has requested that I put a notice in the form of ALL THE PRODUCTS ARE FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY on a web page. However, the word "THE" in the sentence appears unnecessary in my opinion. Is ...
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Is the word “queer” an accepted and polite word for lesbian?

I was reading an article on the promulgation of the dental dam as a means of preventing sexually transmitted disease. Article here. The author of the article Arielle Duhaime-Ross consistently refers ...
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“Course in/on/of/for nursing specialty”

Which preposition would be the correct one? the course in/on/of/for nursing speciality
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When should “literally” be used?

We all know that literally is being overused currently. I want to know if literally should only be used in contrast to situations which are normally figurative in common usage. For example: It ...
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what the logical/physical pair means?

In English, we often use logical/physical pair to describe something, like in powerdesigner, there are two type of data models: logical data model and physical data model what's this words ...
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Founders vs Co-founders

What is the correct term to use, or what is the difference between the two? For instance, if you describe yourself as a founder in a resume it sounds like you founded something alone. In plural form (...
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“You being an Asian does not / don't know this”

It’s a shame that you being an Asian does not know this I somehow have the feeling that this doesn't sound right! Particularly the last does not know this part. Should it be It's a shame that ...
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Word for something that is available/accessible all the time

I was just wondering if there was a single word to represent the phrase "something that is available/accessible all the time"
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Is “narcotraffic” a real word?

I know the meaning but does this word actually exist in English? Should I use it in a formal paper?
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Which is more correct: gender or sex? [duplicate]

I've always used "gender" when I want to talk about whether a person is male or female. But I came across this comment on a similar question here: Correct usage is "sex" for humans and other ...
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Am I wrong here?

Our English teacher told us to frame a sentence using the word lively. I wrote: He was a lively person But she said it was wrong and couldn't be accepted. Is she wrong, or am I?
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Any alternatives for the word “deservability”?

The word "deservability" officially doesn't exist in dictionary. But, we might come across few situations where you need to make sentences like this one. You deserve that job. But sometimes, ...
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Is the phrase Comfort Room to mean rest room acceptable in English?

In the Philippines, people label the "rest rooms" with the letters CR which stands for "Comfort Room". Is this acceptable?
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“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm in ...
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“as she did X” vs “while she did X”

Another question related to correctly conveying a sense of time: Who will be held accountable for the costs incurred as the managers dragged their feet? vs Who will be held accountable for ...
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“Semantic”s relation to “Pedantic” [closed]

When pointing out to my friends one day that I should have used a different word in a previous conversation, I mentioned that I was being pedantic. They, ironically, corrected me saying I was being ...
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Is it considered good style to use “relatedly” to start a sentence?

I sometimes like to start sentences with “Relatedly,”, as you might start them with “besides”, “however”, “furthermore,” and so on. (“Like” in that I find the word practical and concise. It could be ...
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Which pronoun best completes the sentence? [duplicate]

Which pronoun best completes the sentence? Every woman received ____ prize. Is it her or their? Please explain
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___, ___, and I am/are…

What is the proper way of saying: "Jim, John, and I am going to the beach." Whenever I say "Jim, John, and I are going somewhere", I stumble over "I are going". Should it be "am" or "are", or ...
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concentration usage

Are the following sentences acceptable? In country X, wealth is concentrated in the low density rural areas. In country X, the blue people are concentrated in the low density rural areas, while the ...
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“to spate” as a verb

As I was reading a book I came upon the following passage: And when rain at length arrives, how beneficent is its coming! Boisterously, richly, merrily it spates forth, like the large, hot ...
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Sports commentators' English

Football commentators are not renowned for their erudition, but one particular usage I am finding wearisome. I am not writing this by way of complaint as I know that is not the purpose of the site. ...
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saying “hello” when somebody asks something obvious

What exactly does it mean, when somebody answers "hello" to my (perhaps naive) question? Also, I have heard people say "hello" when they are outraged about something, such as for instance "for all ...
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Is it considered offensive to describe someone as a Saracen? [closed]

Prior to the 17th century 'Saracen' was the name given to a Muslim, whether of Arab or Turkish origin. It originates from the Crusades, from a region called Sarakene in the northern Sinai peninsula. ...
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An easy way to differentiate between Compendium, Encyclopaedia, and Almanac?

Are there any tips/tricks for easily differentiating between Compendium, Encyclopaedia, and Almanac? To give you an idea—the question goes like this: Which reference would you use to find the ...
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Is the use of “this” correct in “There is this blog, but I don't remember its name”?

What I write should mean the following: "There is this blog, but I don't remember its name." So I thought I have to write it this way to achieve the meaning in a short way: "This blog." But is ...
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What does “…considered to be, well, school” mean here? Does “…, well, …” change it's meaning?

In Time magazine (March 5) article titled, “The New SAT: America treats its language like garbage,” John McWhorter, an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University ...
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What are the casual words that helps to express yourself in Internet chat [closed]

English is the second language for most of us. So when we chat in the internet, sometime our wordings looks more formal and not interesting. But I found when I chat with native English Guys, they uses ...
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objectivization vs objectification

I'm in a bit of a trouble over the words objectivization objectification Which of the above would be correct in the context of making something objective (impersonal, unbiased). I suppose ...
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Is 'of' as in 'drink of' an old usage?

I drank of the jar. Is this 'of' an old usage? But I can't find the proof for that.
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Correct Usage of Names

if the name has a junior e.g. Jose A. Ruiz, Jr. which comes first when the surname is asked first? Which is correct Ruiz, Jose Jr. A. or Ruiz, Jr. Jose A.?
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“be denied” or “be denied by”

I'm reading Robert Bringhurst's book The Elements of Typographic Style (4th edition), and encounter this sentence on the top of page 10: That freedom is denied us if the tradition is concealed or ...
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Usage of dwell/hail [closed]

When I describe myself, I normally have to say where I'm from. If I were actually born and raised in Chicago, could I use dwell and/or hail? I dwell in Chicago. I hail in Chicago.
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Can the word “off-label” be used for other than medical application?

The New York Times article (March 4) introduces top 10 ramen destinations in New York under the title, “Ramen’s Big Splash.” I was amazed to find that ramen acquired so much popularity among New ...
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Equivocal meaning of “Have a backlog of (something)”

Isn't there an equivocal sense to saying "I have a backlog of (something)"? I have a backlog of work and would be unable to help you out on that. I have a few outfits that I haven't shot yet -...
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Are “unlevel / unleveler” not so common words?

Suzanne Mettler, a professor of government at Cornell University wrote the article under the title, “College, the Great Unleveler” in New York Times (March 1). She pointed out that the degrees of ...
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To what extent is it correct to refer to a credit union as a bank? [closed]

To what extent is it correct to refer to a credit union as a bank? Is it correct to use the verb "banking" when referring to credit unions, for example "I do my banking at Northern Credit Union"? One ...
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What are the meanings of the common verbs we use to mean change? [closed]

Having acknowledged that the meanings of these verbs overlap, how would describe the prototypical use of each of these verbs? Become It was becoming dark. He became a pilot. Get It was getting ...
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Usage of “Trainers having experienced working with XYZ organisation”

I am preparing a creative brochure for a workshop, where I need to mention our trainer's experience as "Our trainers have experience working with XYZ(elite organisation)". Could any one help me to get ...
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What is meant by 'intestinal fortitude'? 'ovariological fortitude'? [duplicate]

Is a good example of 'intestinal fortitude' when someone faces his/her fair share of adversity and bounces back from it? Or when a boxer is repeatedly pummeled and knocked down in a fight, and he ...
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Why do we use the word “oops”, if something goes wrong?

Why do we use the word oops in a sentence or when communicating with others, if something goes wrong? I would like to know the correct information regarding this question.
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“This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy”

Lately I have heard many people using what in place of which in adjectival phrases: This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy. This cake, which is my favorite, makes me happy. Is ...
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Can a female proprietor be called as “proprietor”?

I know the female version of proprietor can be called as proprietress or proprietrix. But I want to know whether a female proprietor can also be called a proprietor? Or does proprietor only indicate ...
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Is all use of illegal drugs abuse?

"abuse" is often defined as improper usage. When speaking about an illegal drug, it seems impossible to properly use it (I mean here recreational consumption, not specially licensed medical or ...
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What does it mean when someone says “Would you please indulge me for a couple of minutes?”? [closed]

What does it mean when someone says "Would you please indulge me for a couple of minutes?"? The context in which I heard it makes it seem self-evident, but I may be wrong. Somebody was talking to ...
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Which one is right “Comment” or “Comments”

On webpages ( in contact-us forms and comment boxes ) plural and singular for of comment and comment/comments are variably used. 1) Add a comment 2) Submit comment 3) Post comments etc On ...