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Is “regardless” a word I shouldn't use? [closed]

Is it true that "regardless" is a word I shouldn't use because it is obsolete? If it is, what shall I use instead?
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Use of “Pretty cool, huh?”

Would it be grammatically correct to use "Pretty cool, huh?" or would you need to use e.g: "Pretty cool, right?" I think that the "huh" would be asking a "what?", although that doesn't make sense in ...
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Each vs Every (Best way to make generalizations)

Example: There is a specific school. Every student in that school can take an Art class. They have that right, but they may choose not to take. What is the best way to say it by emphasizing that ...
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With “I bid you farewell” being a normal phrase, would the phrase “I bid you sleep well” also be correct? [closed]

I'm trying to pinpoint the correct application of the verb "to bid" in order to use it in unconventional situations
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Usage of “flock” for a singular subject

Turned on by by his pheromones, she flocked to him. Can we use flock when we have a singular subject? What might be a better alternative to the verb? Something like ran, but with a connotation ...
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Is the phrase “refuse the idea” wrong?

It doesn't sound right, but I might be mistaken. A quick search shows that people do use it, but they could be wrong as well (I suspect the phrase is ok, and I am wrong).
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Is it right or wrong to use forms of words that aren't in any dictionaries? [closed]

I want to use the word ataractically in a formal piece of writing. A derived form of ataraxia, I'd like to use it in a sentence like this: This is the most ataractically candid thing I've ever ...
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Incentive Structure Biased [closed]

Can nonhuman things have bias? Politicians are subject to an incentive structure biased toward the adoption of projects and programs with highly visible immediate benefits and well-hidden costs. ...
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Appropriate use of “littlest”

I recently had a debate with a friend about whether "littlest" was a word. I took the stance that it was not. I find now that basically every time I make such a claim these days someone can hold up ...
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How do you stop using “you” in every question? [closed]

I post questions on stackexchange sites and I'd like them to sound more professional. However, they usually start like this: How do you.... How can I make my questions sound more professional? ...
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Is there a name for spelling differences in words like _grey/gray_, _color/colour_, etc.?

Is there a categorical name for differences in the spelling of a word when the word keeps the same meaning and the same sound?
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“Overlaid” or “overlain” as an adjective [closed]

I have a set of three images, which I have put on top of each other in an image editing program and made transparent. I would like the filename to describe what I have done with the component images. ...
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Does “turning down the air conditioning” make it warmer or colder?

As the title says, I've heard two possible meanings for turning down the air conditioning: It could mean set the target temperature lower (i.e. colder) or make it work less (i.e. warmer). Turning ...
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What should I say to people when I am passing them by?

I am talking about situations when you want to greet someone, without stopping to talk to them. In Russian, people usually say "добрый день" which means "hello." This is a greeting, not a valediction. ...
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Purchase vs. Order [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between Purchase and Order? Is there a preference for Purchase vs. Order in some cases/regions/dialects etc. Specifically in e-shops, when should we use purchase ...
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Difference between “zeros” and “zeroes” [duplicate]

Are there any differences between “zeros” and “zeroes”? Is any of them more correct, more often used, more modern? Are there differences e.g. between British English and American English in the usage ...
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Is the word 'request' by itself as polite form of asking for something?

Is there a difference in the degree of politeness between saying 'I request that you...' and 'Could you, please, ...'? I realize that I could say 'I kindly request...' or 'I would like to kindly ...
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Grammatically incorrect sentence?

I just appeared for GATE 2013. In its aptitude section, I was totally confused. The question was to identify the grammatically incorrect sentence. The sentences were: 1. He is of Asian origin. 2. ...
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Which is better, “customer number” or “customer count”?

I want to express the number of customers my company has. Is it better to use customer number or customer count?
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“situation where” vs. “situation in which”

In my mother tongue I can use the word where not only to describe something connected to a location, but also to substitute in which. My question is: Is it correct to use where in a sentence like ...
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Is “outstaffing” a real word?

In Russia a lot of companies provide "outstaffing" services , but I am not sure whether it's used outside post USSR countries. Is "outstaffing" a real word? Update: "Outstaffing" is when one company ...
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Is “much” used for emphasis in “much to your surprise”?

What is the main difference between these sentences: To your surprise, he is alive. Much to your surprise, he is alive. Is much only used to emphasize your surprise? Can I have a ...
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Is “rightsayer” a word? [closed]

Is "rightsayer" a word that describes someone that believes themselves to always be right?
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How to make sense to “make sense”

ALL, I had met the phrase “make sense” many times, But I still can't understand its meaning and usage even if I had review it in some online dictionary many times, And I still be confused about it ...
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Is “goods” countable?

I am referring to goods as in services and goods provided. I came across this definition (emphasis mine): tender document: A written invitation sent to potential suppliers of a good or ...
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What does 'back-stopping' mean?

We have a tender document, and it lists how the offer should be proposed. Basically this is split into 3 sections: Rationale Strategy Details of Proposal Under section 2., there is this clause: ...
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How to describe leaving an access of a server [closed]

How can I formally write a sentence meaning that I am not using the server now and I have exited it?
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“Three quarters” vs. “three fourths”

To express a fraction of 3 out of 4, how and when would you use three quarters, and when would you use three fourths? To me, three quarters is what I would have used all the time — but I'm not a ...
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“Most” vs. “most of”

During most of history, humans were too busy to think about thought. Why is "most of history" correct in the above sentence? I could understand the difference between "Most of the people" and ...
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“fraction of relevant instances that are retrieved”: Should it not be 'those are'?

I was reading a Wiki page which had this statement: recall is the fraction of relevant instances that are retrieved Shouldn't it be the following? recall is the fraction of relevant ...
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Who says “mummy” and “daddy”?

Is the use of the terms mummy and daddy to (informally) refer to one's parents particular to a specific socio-economic class or culture? How does this contrast with the terms mum/ mom, and dad?
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Verb for creating an icon

I am having some difficulty wording a title for a paper of mine. I am going for something like, "Automatic text iconification". Which means an automatic method of giving text a symbolic ...
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Does “girlfriend” or “boyfriend” always indicate partnership?

My usual understanding is that someone's girlfriend is their (female) partner in an exclusive romantic relationship. Same for boyfriend. Is this correct, or are there instances where girlfriend ...
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'The talk was about' vs. 'We were talking about'

I want to point someone about theme of conversation with another person. What sentence is correct? The talk was about airplanes. or We were talking about airplanes. I want to make accent ...
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Polite Compliments

Is a "polite compliment" necessarily a redundant statement when used in a group of people as opposed to a one-to-one situation?
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Is the use of “-based” ending acceptable for two words expression?

When describing something as being based on a major element, one can use the "-based" ending. How does it work when the major element is an expression formed by two words, such as body tracking? Is ...
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what is the difference between 'similarity to' and 'similarity with'?

I think of expressing that two things are similar by using the word of similarity. I know I can say 'A bears some similarity to B'. Can I also say 'A bears some similarity with B'? If both are ...
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Alternative definitions of wifebeater

I was a li'l nonplussed to find out that the word wifebeater can mean other things besides "a man who beats up his wife". Its definition reads: One who (usually as a repeated practice) beats ...
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Use of “entitle” in “the book is entitled 1984”

Is it really proper to say "The book is entitled 1984"? Entitle seems to refer to the act of giving one the right to do something.
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Can you “escalate down” on an escalator?

In a recent article in New York magazine, a reporter described an entourage of politicians preparing to leave a building " . . . we headed for the exits, and as we were all escalating down to the ...
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Using “how” preceded by “of”

This is the sentence that is confusing me: Thanks to this screenshot we have a better view [of how] this model is built. In my language it is correct to use something like "of how" to introduce ...
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What better way?

With this sentence What better way to celebrate the peace than with a fight? Is "what better way to" an informal phrase? Would it be better to write What is better than fighting as a way to ...
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“In accepting” vs. “to accept” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive? Part of the reluctance in accepting/to accept social arguments about human nature lies in the ...
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The word 'opprobrium'

Free Dictionary states that one of the definitions for 'opprobrium' is Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy. Dictionary.com states it means the disgrace or the ...
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Please help explain this long sentence

It bore an engraved escutcheon, a herald's wording of which may serve for a motto and brief description of our now concluded legend; so sombre is it, and relieved only by one ever-glowing point ...
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“Removals Service” or “Removal Service”?

Take for example the tag line: "reliable removals service". Is this correct grammar/usage? Or should it be just "removal", singular? To me, "removals" seems more correct because it is describing ...
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“Dysfunction” as a verb?

I wonder if it is possible to use the noun "dysfunction" as a verb. It is certainly a noun, but in general use it seems to mean something far more awful and much less technical than "malfunction". ...
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Is “setup” an acceptable noun in formal writing?

I'm editing a draft of a scientific paper which repeatedly uses the word "setup" to refer to the, well, experimental setup. Example: The dimensions of the setup are 250 mm × 250 mm × 50 mm. ...
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Where does the word “valuable” fit best? [closed]

Which sentence sounds better or correct ? I have acquired many characteristics that will play a valuable role in my profession. I have acquired many characteristics that will be valuable in ...
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Has the suffix “-trix” acquired a pejorative meaning in recent years?

A couple days ago I needed the correct word for a female aviator, which I figured was aviatress. A dictionary.com search provided aviatress, aviatrice and aviatrix as acceptable choices. ...