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Using “henceforth” to refer to future events, but from a “past perspective”

The title isn't great, sorry, I couldn't really come up with anything better :D Here's a bit of context: I'm working on my thesis and am currently writing down the historical evolution of a certain ...
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How does one use 'moue' properly in a sentence?

I don't understand how to use moue in a sentence. I know the definition of moue: noun - a little grimace : pout It says it is a noun, but whenever I've seen it used, it always comes off ...
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Usage of “been to” in perfect tenses and in other tenses

"been to" (be to) is used in perfect tenses - in sentences like the ones below: I have never been to the opera. I have never been to a baseball game I have never been to a Pentecostal ...
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Question as a Retort? [closed]

I'm a huge Pulp Fiction fan, and the following is one of my favorite scenes, but it also irks me. (source: IMDB) Jules: [Jules shoots the man on the couch] I'm sorry, did I break your ...
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Is the word utilisability correct [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Utilisability” vs. “usability” The word utilisability seems to come from the french utile (useful), utilisabilité (usability). I checked ...
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When to use “we” and “us” — specific SAT example [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? I am confused about the usage of the words 'we' and 'us'. I am using a Princeton Review 11 SAT tests 2011 edition, practice test ...
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Is it okay to use the word “behooves” in this way?

Your patience on this matter behooves. Is it okay to use the word "behooves" in this way?
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Is this use of “rollback” mis-leading or out-and-out incorrect?

Suppose you are working with a system that keeps track of edits to a file and can show you a list of the versions. In this system, available actions are shown following each version, e.g.: 3 Edited ...
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Usage relating to a new word [closed]

I have often heard people use the word "paramount" to mean "the most important", which I think is correct usage. However, I have also heard them use "parmountacy" or "paramountcy". e.g. The changes ...
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“I worked in a chemists” vs “I worked in a chemist's” vs “I worked in a chemist”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Store names & possessive What is the correct grammar for saying that I worked for a chemists (that is, a shop that sells medicine)? Is it I worked in a chemist ...
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Since more than six months

As per English grammar, 'Since' is used to show the time period in the past from which the event is happening. So, is the sentence given below correct? "Since more than six months, I have been ...
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“Every” being used instead of “ever”?

Occasionally I'll see a comment on the internet along the lines of I don't think I have every heard of such a thing. Maybe not exactly that, but something equivalent where I would think that ...
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'Fill an appeal' or 'file an appeal'? [closed]

I encountered both expressions but I am not sure which is correct. Should I use "fill an appeal" or "file an appeal"?
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Does the word “government” in English mean the courts as well? [closed]

Does the word "government" in English refer to the cabinet and the ministries, or the courts and legislature as well? Is there a difference in usage depending on country? Can you say "the government ...
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Usage of “ain't” in formal conversation

Is it okay to use ain't in formal conversation? I know ain't can be used for am not, is not, are not, have not, has not. So if I can use it in day-to-day life, it will be easier for me I guess.
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Etymology of “Green Paper” and similar expressions [closed]

Is there any other similar expression beside White Paper, Green Paper, Yellow Pages and Blue Book? What is relation between their color and their meaning?
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When making a decision, how many “choices” are there?

Suppose I put a coin on a table. I can do this in two ways: heads up or heads down. Question: How many choices do I make? It looks like I have one choice in the sense of having one decision. ...
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“The language of the question/answer”

Are these sentences correct? I have changed the language of the question, so that you may understand easily. I have changed the language of the answer, so that you may understand easily. ...
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“Go to the country”, “go to the countryside”

I'm a non-native speaker of English. A lot of people say although you would say 'I went to the country,' meaning 'I went to a rural area,' you wouldn't likely say 'I went to the countryside.' Is this ...
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What makes 'admix' different from 'mix'?

A friend of mine (who, as far as I know, doesn't have English as a first language, though is fluent) mentioned how odd it was that English had the word admix, and quoted a dictionary definition that ...
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Is there a collective term for charges & fees?

Say I have documentation of a particular account with both amounts credited & amounts charged(fees). What would be an appropriately descriptive term for the collection of credits & ...
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Amber or yellow lights

What is the difference in usage between amber and yellow, when it is the color of traffic lights or some derived meaning? Is this purely a difference between British English and American English, or ...
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Is this sentence correct with “irreverent”? [closed]

You people were irreverent to POP's speech. irreverent = disrespectful - flippant - impious Is it a correct sentence according to syntax and semantics? If it can be written in a better way, ...
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Can't understand the meaning of “facile” in these example [closed]

I found the meaning of facile is easy, getting something without effort. http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/facile I have read those sentences. But can't understand it clearly. I'm trying to ...
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Proper pronunciation of ordinal numbers?

Ok, so these few are easy: 1st (first) 2nd (second) 3rd (third) 4th (fourth) ...... And all other ordinal numbers ending in 1, 2 or 3 have their respective values, except ...
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How common is the misuse of “literally” to mean “figuratively”? [closed]

This question "Literally" and "Decimate" misuse addresses the misuse of the word "literally" to mean its opposite. I am curious as to how prevalent is such misuse. My hunch ...
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Proper format for listing criteria for a project

My team are going back and forth between the proper usage of a specific sentence in our project proposal. This project proposal is being presented to a school, so we want to make sure we are correct ...
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What does 'sucker for' mean?

I recently came across a couple usages of 'sucker for' which indicates that it means 'crazy about', 'enthusiastic for', or 'interested in'. For example, 'I am a sucker for sports.', seems to say, 'I ...
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How should the word “brutal” be used in marketing?

I noticed that some companies use the word brutal for marketing their products. Examples: brutal performance – a data storage software markets itself with this, they mean that their software is ...
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Coney and rabbit: what’s the difference?

Are the words coney and rabbit full synonyms in English? Are there any slight differences in usage or meaning? Are there any cases when one word is more appropriate in the modern writing or speech ...
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A proper definition for “hogget”?

This is the meaning of hogget in the Collins English Dictionary: a sheep up to the age of one year that has yet to be sheared the meat of this sheep So, is a lamb a hogget? This ...
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horrible vs terrible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “horrify” and “terrify”? Since I am not a native English speaker, I always have trouble figuring out when to use ...
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What's the meaning of the word “tad”? [closed]

I always see the word in sentence like, "it's a tad faser". Or people say "tad", as if they are frustrated. So, what's the meaning of the word? When to use it?
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On the usage of “etcetera”

In Spanish, we use the word etcétera at the end of an enumeration to imply there are more things to mention, which may (or not) be important, but they will be omitted. Thus, I was fairly surprised ...
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where to position the preposition in the phrase: “not only… but also”

I have the following sentences, of which I don't know whether the prepositions are correctly positioned: The solution depends not only on Condition A, but also on Condition B. But when C happens, ...
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Are 'contemporary' and 'contemplate' related words? [closed]

Do the words contemporary and contemplate relate to each other in any way?
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Is “scopperloit” a real word?

Bysshe, Bysshe, Bysshe! What are we going to do about you? I hope you'll pardon this mesonoxian and inaniloquent lamprophony from a nihilarian pronk; it is not so much a phenakist scopperloit ...
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Is there a particular name for this kind of “poster”? Is this called a poster?

I was talking to a friend and wanted to speak about a particular kind of "poster" that has small hanging strips of paper containing information about services, sellers, or in this case the cat owner: ...
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“to comment out” before the era of programming

I think many people here are programmers since stack sites started out as stackoverflow originally, which is about programming. My question here is about the phrasal verb "to comment out". It makes a ...
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For the current vs in the current [closed]

I'm in doubt about the right preposition in the quoted sentence, may I use in or for here interchangeably ? Or, each one gives a different meaning to the sentence ? A worker exists that has at ...
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Is “what on earth” still commonly used in real life? Is there any alternative that is not cursing or obscene?

I'm a non-native speaker. When I was at school, we were taught that "on earth" is used for emphasis in questions such as: What on earth are you talking about? However, from my experience ...
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Follow the signings?

I saw a road sign today saying: "Follow the alt route signings." It struck me odd. I would expect: "Follow the alt route signs." Signings is obviously a legitimate word, but it's usually used ...
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depends on or dependant on [closed]

Consider the following: The response time of a service depends on the network traffic, The response time of a service dependant on the network traffic. Which is correct?
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When the word period is used after a sentence, what does it mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does 'period' mean when someone says “something, period”? When the word period is used after a sentence, like so: Bacon is awesome. Period. ...
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What does “incognita” mean? [closed]

American Heritage Dictionary reads: incognita adv & adj, with one’s identity disguised or concealed. Used of a woman; n, A woman or girl whose identity is disguised or concealed. ...
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Behind of or in front of?

We daily use terms like "I was sitting in front of the television" and "Spent the all day behind the computer". What is the most appropriate term to use and why is it that people sit in front of the ...
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Difference between *guile* and *beguile*?

According to the dictionary, guile as a noun means cunning or deceit, while as a tr.verb it means to deceive. Beguile, doesn't seem to have a noun form, and as a tr.verb means to deceive or to be ...
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Verb form of statistics

May I ask what is the verb form of statistics or is there any replacement word with the meaning of "the act of doing statistics"?
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Is there a software that can help my speech and grammar [closed]

Is there a software that can help me to improve my speech and grammar?...like learning the past participle,present participle and etc...also in constructing the sentences...or if there is no software ...
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Is the word “throwee” acceptable?

I wanted to have a word to refer to the thing being thrown, so I decided to use the word "throwee". I can't find this word in online dictionaries, so I guess this word does not exist in the English ...