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Use of That-clause with Certain Nouns

Can 'rule' be followed by a that-clause like 'possibility'? Are both of the following sentences correct: There is a possibility that life exists on other planets. There is a rule that people take ...
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Application of this phrase

Where is this phrase generally used : "in arrears to" meaning indebted to . I am eager to know its usage . Is it just used in context with Banking or in common use also.please provide reference ...
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Question on word-usage: synergetic, synergistic, or synergy

In environmental psychology there is a specific cumulative effect which has been referred to in literature as: synergetic effect E.g.: Potential synergetic effects between local road traffic ...
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Making a fetish of something

Could you explain what making a fetish of society means in the following context please? French conservatives—who in the years preceding World War I turned against the Sorbonne, which they ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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Which verb is better to express the “functioning” of a “pump” and a “pump motor”?

Does a pump "operate" or "run"? Does a pump motor "operate" or "run"? Or are there better verbs which describe the functioning of these devices?
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How to say if coffee is diluted and not strong?

For instance, a cup of cappuccino was made with too much water and because of it its taste was not that strong. What are correct words to say it? Dictionary returns many options, but which ones are ...
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Is “rewirings” a word?

Is "rewirings" a word? I recently found myself at need for its use and every location I search says it's spelled incorrectly / doesn't exist, yet I'm fairly certain this would be the correct word to ...
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Does “the flip side” refer only to the negative aspects of something?

I understand that the expression "the flip side" is generally used to refer to the "negative" aspect of someone or something. I think the expression comes from the meaning of the "flip side (of a ...
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Has there been a decrease of use of the word “rend” in literature?

The word "rend" (Verb: "to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence") is such an effective word. Descriptive and visceral. Yet it seems to me it's fading from literature and becoming an ...
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Usage of Too… to

In school, I learned too... to... as an expression, like I am too tired to stand or It is too early to sleep. But sometimes I want to say something like I think 30 days on trip is good, it is not ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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How “however” is functioning in the given sentence? [on hold]

Thwaites began to consider what kind of animal he’d like to be. His initial plan >was to become an elephant. Elephants were big, he reasoned, and, if he could build an elephant exoskeleton, he ...
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An excellent novel in its own right [on hold]

What does the following sentence mean? An excellent novel in its own right. Somebody can be rich in his/her rights but how can a book be excellent in its own right. At the end books are ...
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Positive connotation of “fluke”?

Many sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, for a start) suggest the word "fluke" has mostly positive connotations when used in the sense of "accident." That is, "a fluke" properly describes a lucky accident, not ...
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Can “extremely professional” have a negative connotation? [closed]

If someone is described as extremely professional, might there be a negative side to it? This is how I would take it in many contexts, and I'm wondering whether it's justified. If some chap at work ...
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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Where does “contango” come from?

Contango is a very common term in financial business that originally referred to: (on the London stock exchange) a fee paid by a buyer of securities to the seller for the privilege of ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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Can 'residential context' be used interchangeably with 'domestic context'?

I know that when I am referring to a home, I can refer to it using the words - in a residential/domestic context... Is it the same for different places of stay like hostels, old age homes, refugee ...
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Is the use of the word 'damn' to express frustration offensive?

For example, will a sentence like 'It's so damn hot' be considered offensive by the person whom it is being said to?
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Meaning of “my having completed my packing” [closed]

I ran into this in a novel: This expedition began this morning almost an hour later than I had planned, despite my having completed my packing, and loaded the Ford with all necessary items well ...
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Can the word “mundane” be used in positive sense

Mundane means ordinary.The word is mostly used in negative sense.Can the word "mundane" be used in positive sense too? Like"Mr.K is not a wasteful man.He leads a very mundane life."Another example can ...
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Femicide vs feminicide

While using the term femicide I realised that the is another term, probably a synonym, feminicide. From the following Wikipedia extract, the two terms appear to be synonyms: Femicide or ...
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Have versus Has

Which is correct? For example, is it "When one of you have a moment, please..." or is it "When one of you has a moment, please..."
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Need someone to clear this up

If one is 'beyond reason to deal with' then wouldn't this mean that they are more than reasonable to deal with? In other words, I'm assuming to be 'beyond reason' or 'below reason' is the same thing, ...
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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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Usage of “hysterical” meaning “very funny.”

One meaning (I am personally not very familiar with) of the adjective hysterical is: causing unrestrained laughter; very funny: Oh, that joke is hysterical! (Dictionary.com) No other ...
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Usage of 'that of' [closed]

Vishal invested 2/11 th part of his monthly income in stocks share and that of 4/11th part in mutual fund This is a mathematical question (source). I am confused about the usage of 'that of' ...
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Usage, origin and the possible Hollywood influence on “terminate” meaning “to kill.”

Terminate is an old term, but its connotation meaning "to kill, assassinate" is quite recent ("to assassinate" is from 1975. ) unlike finish, whose meaning "to kill" is from 1755, according to ...
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Is the use of the term “bugged” to refer to software bugs in English a worldwide or regional use?

In the 1950's, the primary uses of the word "bugged" was to describe a room that contained a hidden microphone, or to refer to a telephone line that was being tapped. Over the last few years, I've ...
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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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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [closed]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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Meanwhile vs while. [closed]

I have a difficult time to understand the differences between "meanwhile" and "while". Also, Can I always replace meanwhile with while?
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Linking words doubt

Is the following sentence correct? Can I use both linking words separated only with a comma? Additionally, although the quality is...
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Ambiguity of the word 'any'?

Given the following question, in the context of a poll or vote: Should any employee of Company X be allowed to assume absolute authority in any project with Company X's name associated? Under ...
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Use of MOREOVER

My English literature teacher says "moreover" should be used only when you write a lengthy passage, such as a dissertation, to add an extra point after many points have been written. Is that true?
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Can anyone advise on a guide to the usage of “enote”?

I am looking to use "enote" in a mathematical description where the symbol occurs before the concept, and denote seems inappropriate. (I suppose with rewriting this can be overcome, but that's a ...
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Old English word for “lonely”

What Old English (and by Old English I mean the language of Anglo-Saxons, recorded in written works from VII to X century A.D.) adjective is the most appropriate to describe the feeling of loneliness ...
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How to name process of illustrating definitions for words?

So lets imagine that I have many words. For each I would like to see how they are looking more or less. For this, I am planning to request google like: illustrating definition for word 'football' ...
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Use of “purdah” metaphorically: appropriateness

When I was a kid, the word "purdah" was regularly used in the UK metaphorically to mean a (usually voluntary) screening or separation. For example, the chancellor had a period of pre-budget purdah. ...
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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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“Respectively” and implicit word ordering

I was recently told that the use of the word "respectively" in sentences like the one below is unnecessary because the reference is implicit through the ordering. "Jack and Jill are a boy and a ...
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How would you describe the word 'tron'? [closed]

I have searched the meaning of tron and found various results. I though it would be related to working people like robots. Can you please answer me the various possible meaning of tron?
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Can anybody tell me what “the stake” in this question means?

I'm doing an assignment for my English class, and I don't understand what my instructor is asking. What are the stakes of the various objections to teaching Fun Home (promotion of a lifestyle, ...
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Use of word “the” with “based on” and “noun + of + noun”

In the phrase: "based on the conversion process of modal distances", I understand that it is not necessary to use "the" after "based on", but also that it is usual to put "the" before the ...