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Explaining the structure of a thesis

The following sentence, and in particular the bold part, has no entry in google. Does it sound natural to native speakers? The work in this thesis is organised around three research themes of ...
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Is “humbleness” a word? [closed]

I am curious if "humbleness" is a word that can be used in place of the word "humility." Example usage: A certain amount of humbleness is necessary to fit in with the office environment.
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Alternative ways of saying “hope life is treating you well”

In a letter to an acquaintance, what's the best way to express literally hope that everything is good at their end? "I trust you are well" sounds a bit too formal?
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What is a “small minority”?

I can see this being argued either way. 1% is a small minority because 1% is a small number. 49% is a small minority because, albeit a minority, it is only barely.
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Sprung or unsprung trap?

When a trap is set up to be active, is it "sprung" or "unsprung"? I'm confused by the ambiguity of the verb "spring". That is, a trap that is set up and active could be "sprung" in the sense that a ...
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Orc vs Ork: What's the difference?

I'm hoping for clarification on some fantasy-based terminology. I've read a number of websites that refer both to "orcs" and"orks", occasionally in the same sentence! Previously, I had only ever seen ...
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Can I say “Intake energy into the grid”?

My UK translator always talk about sold energy to the "electric grid" but I need to describe the energy that is put in the grid from a generator (paid or not) Now I'm also using "InakenEnergy" as a ...
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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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Is this grammatically correct: “It has happened for a while now.”

If not, why? I think it sounds awkward but I cannot be sure it's incorrect.
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“To be assigned to” usage question

Many years ago I translated a document and wrote "he was assigned to an operation" (context: hospital operation, the assignee is undergoing one). An English professor who volunteered to copyedit my ...
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“Tiger eats who” or “tiger eats whom” [duplicate]

I have an answer to a question Tiger eats rabbit. What would be the question for this? Tiger eats who? Tiger eats whom? Which is correct among these two sentences?
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Is there such a thing as a reverse dictionary? [duplicate]

Is there any tool online that generally permits me to enter a phrase or idea and get back a word that means something similar? For example, if I were looking for a better word or phrase for arguing ...
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Asking for an estimate

Let’s say I am to remodel my kitchen and need a price estimate from a store. What are my options expressing this in writing, in a more formal way? Quote of tender, tender offer, bid?
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What are alternative terms/words for “cognitive dissonance?”

I grasp the meaning completely, I'm just looking for alternatives ways to express it.
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“I am from” vs. “I am with”

I want to say that I work for Company A or represent it. I see 2 ways to express this: I am from Company A I am with Company A Which way is correct one? What are other ways to say it? ...
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Say I wrote down 25 instead of 52 by accident. What is the right verb I can use here to specify what I did to these two digits? [closed]

I'm looking for a verb/some verbs here so I can say: I (verb) those two digits and that's why you read 25 here (instead of 52). I don't want to use "mix up" because I'd like to specify this "action" ...
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“flyer” vs “flier”… interchangable or totally different meanings/usage?

For announcements/advertisements on pieces of paper, I have seen it referred to as "flyer" and "flier". Are half of the people using the incorrect spelling or are these two words interchangeable like ...
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What are differences between “advice” and “advise”? [duplicate]

When we can use advice instead of advise? Can somebody help me?
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Is there such a phrase as “or else”? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker so I'm not very sure. For example: She thought her boyfriend had settled with someone in the island, or else his plane had crashed in the middle of the Pacific ...
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Accustom vs accustomed? Which is proper usage here? [closed]

I'm using accustom in a sentence like so: Users are already familiar with YouTube and are accustom to its expansive music catalog. I'm wondering if this is an incorrect use of the word accustom. ...
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What are the differences between “assumption” and “presumption”?

I was told the following: A presumption is something you think is true before you know any facts about the matter. An assumption is something you think is true when you miss information, but ...
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May I use the word “miscreant” in my thesis? [closed]

I am writing my thesis. May I use the word miscreant to refer to people who create viruses to spread them on the Internet? Or is it a slang term that I must avoid?
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Use of “rather” instead of “whether”

I would like to correct what I see as a frequent mis-speak from a friend of mine, but I first want to make sure that I am not the one in error. I'd like to know whether the following use is ...
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Difference between may be and can be while replying to my superior officer

When I am telling my boss to do some thing which word is appropriate: You can close the purchase activity. or You may close the purchase activity.
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What is the vocative expression we can use to attract the attention of someone whose name or surname we don't know?

I was reading one of my old English Language books when I came across this: "Madame, Señora, Signora, etc, are foreign vocative expressions and they have no equivalent, in either ...
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“Gain in popularity” vs “Gain popularity”?

I've got the following sentence: These issues have allowed for alternatives, such as Spotify and Pandora, to gain in popularity. A friend expressed concern and believes that it would be more ...
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Incorrect expression “In that moment” [closed]

I was doing an exercise and I found this one: Correct one word in the incorrect expression "In that moment, the door opened" (the exercise highlights "In that moment" part). However, I think it is ...
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Can “womenomics” be considered a neologism?

It is not the first time I come cross the term womenomics used to refer to a wider presence of women in the economic activities of a country. In this case it refers to Japan, a country where women ...
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Is “pronunciate” a word?

Is "pronunciate" a word? At first it doesn't seem to be, but why not? "Pronunciation" and "pronunciative" seem to be words, so it would seem natural that "pronunciate" would be. After Googling, I ...
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When should we use the word 'status quo'? [closed]

I know 'status quo' means the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues. When should we use the word 'status quo'? (Here is a related ELU question.)
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“are added” -or- “are being added”?

Basically, what I want to say is: "new pictures are constantly added", but I need to omit "constantly", so how would be grammatically correct to say this phrase meaning constantly: "new pictures are ...
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“Fewer resources” or “less resources”? [duplicate]

I was writing a document in Microsoft Word, and it flagged "less resources" as being ungrammatical and suggested "fewer resources". I did some research, and it appears that "fewer resources" seems to ...
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Person who involves in sexual harassment

Is there a proper word for describing the person who involves in sexual harassment.? I thought that it would be sexual harasser, but i am not sure whether it is right or wrong. Can anyone point the ...
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Is there a male equivalent of 'bitch'?

While I know you can attribute 'bitch' to a male, I feel there is a sense of femininity. I was wondering if there is a colloquial equivalent that describes someone with the qualities of a 'bitch' ...
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What do models do on the catwalk?

What is the appropriate verb that I should use to fill in the blank below? People march on parades, but models __ on the catwalk.
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What is differences between “level” and “degree”?

When we can use degree? And also when we can use level? Are they similar or not? For example in this sentence The way to tell a true unit from a degree of something is to look at the zero ...
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Where in the world are cabinets called cupboards?

I understand the difference between the two words and it was answered here. However I have spent part of my life redoing houses and I have only heard of kitchen cabinets. In fact if I order ...
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Presence of resources when using “construct” vs “build”

There are similar questions to this but I want to point out the following: When using the word "construct", does it implies that the resources are already available? Because when I use the word ...
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“Bear something in mind” or “Bear in mind something”

I've been seeing both of these constructions all around, and I'd like to know if there is any rule that controls the usage of this expression. For what I've read, it seems to me that "Bear something ...
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Is it technically incorrect to state something in this manner?

"I want to work at the same hospital as Tom." Tom isn't a hospital, so it might sound odd in that sense, but it's also clear that Tom isn't a hospital, and I get the feeling that this is how most ...
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Can “recall” be used in an imperative sense?

Can "recall" be used in an imperative sense, interchangeably with "remember", such as in "Recall that..." as if I was saying "Remember that..." i.e. "John, recall I told you to go shopping"
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Let's suppose vs. Let us suppose

Imagine you are working on a formal research paper (several authors). At the time of making an asumption, what would be more correct: Let us suppose that... Let's suppose/assume that... ...
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Is this usage of “last” correct?

Let's say I have just written an argument for something in a text, and I then add: "Last argument implies that..." Is that correct? Or should I add "That/the last argument implies that" or "The ...
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Can the term 'loss of service' be used to describe a service offered to an unsatisfactory standard?

I'm trying to get a full refund for my services with my Internet Service Provider. My speeds are extremely slower than usual and they have recognised that the problem is their own fault. I am ...
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Solution to needs

Is this expression correct? "solution to your recruitment needs" You don't really solve ones needs, I suppose... You meet somebody's needs... I see it being used widely but I'm not sure if it's ...
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“Happened to” or “Happened for”

If I am explaining and listing events that happened to someone or concern them in some way, should I say: This is a list of events that happened to person x. or This is a list of events ...
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Can I use the word “flesh” when referring to plants/crops?

If not, what would be a more appropriate word? Those potatoes had been potatoes eaten by worms. Now, they were nothing more than lumps of flesh with nothing inside.
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Rethink as a noun [closed]

I came across the word 'rethink' so many times. But it still puzzles me if it is correct to use the word 'rethink' as a noun. Is it okay to use the word 'rethink' as a noun? Your inputs are highly ...
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Is “oftener” obsolete?

Does any native speaker of the English Language ever use oftener instead of more often?
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Singular of “dice”

After a discussion on the topic I found out that the oxford dictionary describes that Historically, dice is the plural of die, but in modern standard English dice is both the singular and the ...