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Is “He died himself.” a correct sentence?

I've checked Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and I found that die is an intransitive verb most of the time. I checked other dictionaries as well. I didn't find any usage of "die" as per which we ...
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A weaker form of “ironic”

Is there a word or phrase to express something that may or may not be ironic, but is certainly humorous beyond just coincidental? I'm thinking along the lines of a weaker form of irony. My goal is to ...
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Can I use “clipper” for someone whose hobby is watching and sharing video clips?

One meaning for clip is a short part of a film or television program (Longman, retrieved 4/21/2016). But, clipper does not refer to a meaning close to film clips. Can I use, however, clipper to refer ...
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How to properly use “many more”

When is it okay to use "many more" in a sentence and when isn't it? I'm writing a group paper and having troubles with the following sentence: "Music teachers are responsible for many more grades, ...
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An adjective for your place of origin when it differs from your place of birth ? (like in Switzerland)

My question may seem strange since in most English-speaking countries, someone's origin is defined by their place of birth (at least that is what I think). But in Switzerland your origin is defined by ...
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What is the word to signify “someone is yet having that specific relationship with me”

I'm looking for a word to express my thought or feeling. Say for example, I'm talking or writing about my life. Therein, I've to say about my wife ( who is yet my wife in legal terms or so & still ...
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Can I say “forget” with an item, meaning that I left it at home? [duplicate]

Is it ok to say "I forgot a flash drive at home", or the verb "forget" can only be attributed to thoughts, not items, like "forgot about your birthday"?
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This is the first post of the series / This is the first post in the series

When writing a series in a blog, with which of the following sentences could you start the first sentence? Are they all correct, is only one correct, are there semantic or only aesthetic differences? '...
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A weird use of Your self found in a offer letter sample online [closed]

I was looking for a format of offer letters. I found a letter which had the following line in the end. I look forward to an enduring relationship with your self. I have never seen anyone use "...
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Is 'unrattled' a real word? [closed]

I want a word that describes a person who wouldn't change their position no matter what. Is unrattled a correct word to use?
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Another verb for “speaks to”

I often hear the phrase 'speak to' used as a verb. For example, "This event speaks to the need for good communication" or "Samantha, can you please speak to these dot points?" It seems appropriate ...
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What does 'gatekeeper' mean in most cases?

The sales in our company use gatekeeper to indicate the market leads dispatcher. But I am not sure why gatekeeper is not for those who sanitize the leads. I want to know the most common usage of this ...
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Merriam-Webster redefinining “literally”

I think Webster's decision to redefine the word "literally" is wrong. The use of 'literally', where 'figuratively' is appropriate, has two potential causes. Either the speaker doesn't know the ...
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Does racism include both race and gender, or just race? [closed]

Recently someone told me that racism means that it means both race and gender discrimination. However, I think that sexism is the word used for gender. Am I correct?
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Can I use the word vacua when referring to multiple vacuum cleaners?

The word vacua is a plural of the word vacuum, one definition of which is a vacuum cleaner. While I imagine that the plural vacua is usually reserved for referring to multiple spaces devoid of matter, ...
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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

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Can reinforcement and reinforcements ever be interchangeable?

Example: The general became frustrated when all of his requests for reinforcement(s) remained unanswered. Example 2: The architect realized he needed better reinforcement(s) for the bridge. Example ...
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Labcoat, lab-coat or lab coat? [duplicate]

As in the title, Labcoat, lab-coat or lab coat? Which is the correct version? And is there a convention I can use for other similar combinations of words.
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Using “speaking” in the wrong context

While talking about how a movie hasn't created enough buzz, can one say "Why aren't people speaking about that movie?" and not use the verb 'talking' as is done usually?
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Use of 'Like' and 'Unlike' prepositions

I am confused about the usage of the words like and unlike in sentences. Like and unlike make me confused because I see them being used everywhere almost interchangeably, and to make matters worse I ...
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Is it better to say Aye instead of Yes when committing to something? [closed]

When I am asked to make a commitment rather than simply agree or assent to something, I automatically say "Aye". To me, "Yes" is too casual, and it sounds very harsh, especially when it needs to be ...
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Is term “Cruise” correct when you sail on sailboat?

3 questions. Is term "Cruise" correct when you sail on sailboat? I do not mean day trip but trips from 2 to 30 days. Sailboat is not necessarily big, about 30-50 feet. What do you call stays in ...
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Does the use of 'piece' instead of 'coin' depend on the value of the coin?

I ngram-viewered 'a fifty-pence piece' and 'a fifty-pence coin' and found 'piece' to be more common than 'coin'. But for 'a one-pound piece' and 'a one-pound coin', it is the opposite. Any idea ...
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Noun form for “despise”

What would the noun form for despise be? My current two ideas are despite and derision. According to Google, the etymology of despite is Middle English (originally used as a noun meaning ‘...
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Is this the right usage of respectively? Is this sentence clear?

Is this the correct use of respectively? 40% weight was placed on client evaluations, with 30%, 20%, and 10% weight attributed to manager, peer, and self-evaluations respectively. Also is it ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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Words for political without party affiliation?

I'm struggling to find the right word to describe a campaign I'm starting. I want to influence public policy around an agenda in a party neutral manner. Apolitical and non-political feel wrong. The ...
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Usage and origin of “prioritize”

Prioritize is a term coined a few decades ago and its usage, according to the AHD, should be considered informal by now: Like many verbs ending in -ize, prioritize has been tainted by ...
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“high-quality” vs. “quality”

This appeared in the NYT the other day: "...creating a quality product is challenging." I've always been under the impression that one should say "high-quality" or "low-quality" or have some modifier(...
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On the use of “Dissent”. [closed]

The moratorium on the use of cars caused great dissent among the citizens. Can I use the word dissent in this sentence? If not, what can I use? Thanks!
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Does the word 'Dropout' have negative connatations?

My question is whether the word 'Dropout' has negative connotations? I would like to express in a job resume how I 'dropped out' of University during the first semester but my proofreader thinks ...
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Reported Usage Vs. Actual Usage

I'm currently writing a linguistics research essay and my professor wanted me to explain the differences between "reported usage" and "actual usage" of inter-dental stopping based on the surveys I ...
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Can one say “disjunct sets” and if not, why?

Can one only say "disjoint sets" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disjoint_sets and not "disjunct sets"? "Disjunct" exists in English and in other languages one would say "disjun(c/k)t" https://de....
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What do you call a place which is temporarily closed because it's a holiday?

When it's holiday and some company/firm/business place is temporarily closed, How do you express that? For example: Bob: I'm going to the Apple Store on Queens Road tomorrow, care to join me? ...
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What does this sentence convey to you - “We will reply you after discussion with my manager and/or head of department.”

Does this sentence - "We will reply you after discussion with my manager and/or head of department" conveys that - 1) I am writing from the executive's point of view i.e. I will reply to you after ...
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“rendered mute” vs “rendered moot”

I have seen both, and now I am unsure when to use which. To the best of my knowledge "rendered mute" is roughly equivalent to "rendered speechless" and "rendered moot" to "rendered irrelevant". But I ...
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Elephantine memory. [closed]

When something is 'Elephantine', it means that it is similar to an elephant in a certain way. Since elephants have great memory, is it alright for me to say that someone has an elephantine memory? ...
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“Kindly” vs “Please” : Which is better in official emails? [closed]

Consider the below sentences:- 1. Kindly review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 2. Please review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 3. Could you ...
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Pay for the purchase?

Is "pay for the purchase" correct? Would it not mean something like "pay for the privilege of being able to buy something"? The context is a school newsletter and the phrase is as follows: "These ...
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Does a “window of time” get smaller or shorter?

Also is there a general rule with such phrases?
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Another phrase or term for suicide [closed]

I'm writing a paper about the threats of cyberbullying and require some help. My question is I want to explain that cyberbullying can not only damage one's emotion and feeling but can also results in ...
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A use for the phrase “tailor made”

I'm working on a web development/design agency and English is my second language. I wanted to know if the usage of this phrase suits the purpose: "tailor made". In our case, we want to say that our ...
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Is it correct to say “in their excursion..”?

When describing an event that affects the participant in the middle of an excursion, would it be right to say "in their excursion" or "during their excursion"? Is there a better way to phrase this. (I ...
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Is “hail from (somewhere)” necessarily formal English?

Macmillan dictionary says hail from is "formal". link Cambridge dictionary notes hail from as "formal" in British English but doesn't say this for American English. link Oxford Learners ...
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A biography of/about/on [closed]

Which do I use, in the sentence "I'm reading a biography ___ Winston Churchill" ?
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Correct usage of either 'as to' or 'from'

I am writing a title for an essay and am struggling to choose and differentiate between these two titles. My question is this: What is the most grammatically correct sentence between both sentences ...
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Correct word usage of highest [closed]

I have a questionnaire that I am analyzing and it needs to be documented. I am phrasing a sentence like : Q3 had the maximum number of '0' scores vs. Q3 had the highest number of '0' scores. ...
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I am looking for alternatives to the phrase “way too” or “far too” as in “Way too often…”

I am editing a work written for professions and have come across a sentence beginning "Way too often I encounter ..." First, this seems very colloquial. In doing some research on google ([alternative ...
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More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?

Another single word choice here; this one is along the lines of magnitude, e.g., good, better, best. In this case, I'm describing more largeness as "larger," and more smallness as "smaller." The ...