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Proper usage of word 'corpus'

I want to use corpus in place of total amount of money. Please suggest if I can use it. In place of using: ...leads the way in terms of total amount of money. I want to use: ....leads the way in ...
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How should I call “summer prepared” for a car?

When a car has been made ready for summer, there is a word for it, at least in Dutch: the car is "zomerklaar". In case of winter it is called "winterklaar". Is there a word for it in English? A word ...
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That's a lot of 'pizza'!

I've heard this expression on TV suggesting 'a lot/(too)big amount of something'. Is it just an extension of the expression that's a lot? Is it a common expression (AmE or BrE) or just a one-off ...
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Usage of the word “Slightly”

Given I have a set of some values, for example, a mean price for petrol in month for 12 months. All that values are steadily but slightly increasing in each consecutive month. Is it allowed to say ...
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What does “delinquent” mean in this context? [closed]

I'm more or less aware of the meanings of the word delinquent. However, I can't decide what it exaclty means in the following quote which is from god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and where he ...
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What does “older faith” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I've come across a sentence in God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and don't understand what older faith means here. "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus," as the older faith used to say. “Within ...
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Correctness of “Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response.” [on hold]

I see "Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response." in my co-workers emails. Is it correct? What about "Merry Christmas and wishing you well."
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How to pronounce fractions larger than a twentieth, where the last digit of the denominator is a 1 or a 2? i.e. one thirtieth is to 30 as _ is to 31

Disclaimer: I speak British English. I've noticed a lot of differences between the way Americans and Brits pronounce numbers.1 Since the question concerns this, I thought it might be appropriate to ...
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How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions [on hold]

How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions. Sometime people just follow the existing custom or systems as it is, without ...
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Correct use of “x times lower”

In scientific writing numbers are often compared and if something is twice the size of something else, let's say A is 13 to 17 times the size of B this can be written as A is 13–17 times ...
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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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Comprehensive subject?

I was baffled to find this in the introduction to a textbook: We hope that readers will find this text offering them a useful introduction to and a basic treatment of [...], as well as preparing ...
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“Problematic” versus “problem”

A reviewer of my thesis told me that I am wrongly using the word problematic. He suggested that I use problem instead. I have since read the definition of both words and neither correspond to the ...
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“Provenance”: use and abuse

The word provenance is used in the sense of denoting the origin of a thing or things. However, can it be used in the sense of asking about the origin of an expression or a word? Can you ask about ...
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What, exactly, is the point of beginning a sentence with “Well…”?

Sample conversation: Person 1: What did you think of the movie? Person 2: Well, the acting was great, but the plot was terrible. What does "well" actually add to the body of the sentence? I ...
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Is there a term for ascribing acts of the human mind to non-human objects, and when is it appropriate to do this?

Nota bene: English isn't my native language, so when I say acts of the human mind, I attempt to generalize things such as making assumptions, drawing conclusions and (to some extent) to reject. To me ...
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Ways to say “Can't be bothered!”

How else can I express a feeling similar to "can't be bothered!" Words or phrases would be appreciated as well as variations from across the English speaking world.
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Difference between 'to seem' and 'to appear'

Is there a difference between the sentences "The general case seems to be open." and "The general case appears to be open." ? Or are they interchangeable?
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Can I use “impression” to mean the act of impressing others?

Can impression be used to mean the act, process, or phenomenon (in a very transitory sense) of impressing others, like entertainment is used to refer to the activity of entertaining others?
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How may one properly use “born by …”?

If one's mother is Jane and their father is Dave, and their name is John Smith, would they say any of the following? I was born John Smith by Jane Doe and Dave Smith I was born John Smith by ...
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What's the difference between “scribbled” and “scribbled down”?

Example: Scott scribbled a few words. Scott scribbled down a few words. What's the difference? I checked on Google Books and it seems like "scribbled a few words" is often immediately ...
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Difference in usage between 'If I were you, I would X' and 'If I were you, I would have Xed'

"If I were you, I would look for another job" and "if I were you, I would have looked for another job" what is the difference between these two sentences?
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Reason vs. purpose

Just now I wanted to explain why I was doing something, then I wrote "the purpose of doing something is blablabla". Immediately I wondered why I didn't write "the reason of doing something is ...
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melancholically or melancholic

In the example below, should I use melancholically or melancholic? Are either fine to use? "the music begins playing melancholically/melancholic over the dancefloor." Thanks for any input, much ...
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On the use of “both”

I keep running into this debate with my thesis advisor. Are both of these forms correct? It can be seen that both the users are able to... or It can be seen that the both users are able ...
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Can I use “bottom line” as “fundamental point”?

bottom line in English has 2 meanings: 1- the final total of an account, balance sheet, or other financial document. "the determination of Japanese companies to ignore the bottom line" ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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Do you remember the English expression “content is better than…” which means “real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance”?

I remember that once upon a time I heard the expression "content is better than..." which means "real inside content is better than superficial outside appearance". But I couldn't remember the "..." ...
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Better word for 'believe' or 'think'

It's common to write something like "We believe that XYZ corp will continue to see an increase in sales in the next quarter." But the word "believe" seems like a somewhat flimsy way of persuading ...
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Use of “ would”? [closed]

What does "would" mean? What are the different meaning of this word? What are the different sentences types in which it is used?
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Recur vs. Reoccur

Is there any difference between the verbs reoccur and recur? Several sources suggest that they are synonymous, but some fine-tuners suggest that there is a nuanced difference, such as Grammarist, ...
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Can “predeceased” be used before any event?

When a person dies, it is common to say the person was predeceased by other people such as his parents, his brother, and others. However, I am wondering if these statements are correct: His ...
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“Often” usage in places

"I often go to Paris" could mean that you go twice a year, however, you wouldn't use "I often go to the dentist" even though you have your teeth checked twice a year." Why is that?
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Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone) [on hold]

Which usage is correct? Please reply to me as soon as possible. Please reply me as soon as possible. In my understanding, people say, "Please reply my mail..." What about the ones I wrote above? I ...
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How to reply to the question 'make sense'? [closed]

When I ask a question to my TAs. They explain, and then sometimes ask "make sense?" I don't know how to reply to this. Should I say "yes, it makes sense"? I want to know what you guys reply to TA if ...
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To gain/acquire/obtain comfort with something abstract - is this idiomatic, or at least acceptable?

I am encountering the expression "to gain comfort", "to acquire comfort", and to "obtain comfort" more and more lately. Example: "This issue was looked at in depth in 2013 and we obtained comfort at ...
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Not a malapropism but a … what?

Let's say someone rebukes me for being ignorant of a well-known fact. They say: "Everyone knows that; it's general knowledge" when I know that in that context, the normal usage is: "Everyone knows ...
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is 'for which' correct? [closed]

i used 'for which' in a sentence saying: 'Anyhow, at the moment our best offer for Paraffin Wax (for which I have attached a data sheet to this email) is USD 895 PMT, ICD ... is it correct to say ...
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petabyte vs terabyte, which one? [closed]

I assume they both has meaning like "million gigabyte", right? Then, why two words are coming out to English world?
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is vs. are… which is correct? [duplicate]

I'm confused, perhaps unnecessarily by which term to use: What programs is company X involved in? OR What programs are company X involved in?
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deliver TO… deliver IN

To 'deliver to' is used when there is a directional move... like in: The parcel is delivered to your home in London. If the location isn't defined (like all over London f.i.) is it correct to say: ...
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Is “terroir” never translated?

It seems that terroir is always used in English as the original in French. Wikipedia proposes a somewhat vague translation: Terroir can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place" But is ...
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Does “Smugness” imply “Having or showing low opinions of others”?

I have a little confusion whether "smugness" implies a "low opinion of others" in contrast to a "high opinion of oneself" I have consulted ODO and wiktionary; they showed the meaning of "Smugness" is ...
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what is an alternative word of “would cut to training hundreds of New York city police.”

The author of the book I am reading uses this phrase number of times. Watching in shock the reports of Kennedy's murder would cut to working with our government on predicting and preventing such ...
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What English construction matches the Boolean condition of nand?

English language usage has some logical word pairs including: Or | Nor Either | Neither With | Without But there doesn't seem to be an opposition to the word "and". In computer engineering and ...
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How can something be “fuller” or the “fullest”?

Consider the definition for full (Source): full [foo l] adjective, fuller, fullest. completely filled; containing all that can be held; filled to utmost capacity: a full cup. ...
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When should “those” be used in place of “the”?

In the following, the the word "those" is used, but it seems like "the" could be used fine instead: In this case, the best we can do is use the Weak Inside View — visualizing the causal process — ...
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When to use “electricity” and when to use “power”?

Many non-native English speakers, especially from Asia, often say "There is no electricity at home". But seem that the native English speakers will say "There is no power at home". so, When to use ...
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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Using “Whether” or “Whether or not”

I read the information about using whether or whether or not on your web site; however, I am still not certain about making the choice. Could you please tell me the specific rules for using whether ...