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Whom did you meet?

I am confused to use the word "whom" in a sentence.Is the above sentence correct? Give me a bit of your mind at what contexts we generally use whom with proper examples.
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Use of 'which' to combine clauses

Is there anything wrong, in terms of either grammar and/or usage, with the following sentence: "The information age has ushered children into a global society, which is the cause of educators ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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When can I use “as well” as a synonym for “too” or “also”?

I remember that I can use "as well" as a synonym for "too" (or "also"). Is there any case in which I can't do this? Am I safe using either of them? This is partly related to these questions: ...
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Is 'verbiage' still considered to be insulting?

All the references I'm finding says that 'verbiage' is used when trying to insult a work or person for being too wordy. My experience with the word (by my own usage and the usage of others around me) ...
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Differences among abandon, desert and give up [on hold]

The soldier ____ his responsibilities and fled in the darkness. abandoned deserted gave up Which is an appropriate answer? And what's the difference?
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Does a phrase “I'm gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense?

Does the phrase “I’m gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? Put simply, I want a phrase to have the same meaning as “I’m going to resign from further engagement in this matter”.
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What's the difference between the verbs “recruit” and “employ”? [on hold]

What's the difference between the verbs "recruit" and "employ? Why is it used so in sentences "Our company is flourishing and we recruit more than a handred workers. Every year we employ 10 more."
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What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?

Is there a word for "usurpation, rather than merely borrowing, of an old word by later, technical usage"? If so, what is it? For example, of old, the English word summer meant "that season of the ...
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Is oaken really a word? [on hold]

I read a lot. I occasionally see "oaken" used to describe something made out of oak. It's used more frequently in historical or romantic fiction. Does common usage make it right?
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Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?

In English usage in many disciplines, like articles on Web designing, people frequently use the word "screen real estate" or "viewport (browser window size) real estate" or even "mobile or browser ...
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How to categorize vocabulary for practical use?

What classification scheme exists for grouping words by their meaning, e.g., "words that describe food," "emotion words," and "types of people"? My concern is pragmatic; grouping words with similar ...
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Erf as term for plot of land in a town or city. Is this word only used in southern Africa?

The Free Dictionary website states and so does Wikipedia: erf [ɜːf] n pl erven [ˈɜːvən] (Engineering / Civil Engineering) South African a plot of land, usually urban, marked off for building ...
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Is knowledge of the meaning of the word “ubiquity” ubiquitously considered to be ubiquitous? [on hold]

Please pardon the pun. I was in a conversation on a game’s online chat, talking about how common an item was, and used the word “ubiquitous” to describe it. But, much to my surprise, the point of ...
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What does this usage of “with” mean? [on hold]

I'm sorry for asking what will be such a simple question but I'm not sure exactly how With is used in sentences where that's the first word. Is that what it took to fall in love with someone? ...
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What preposition should one use with “redundant”?

I realize it's usually better to just say "A and B are redundant". But, I've also seen A is redundant with B ... to B ... of B all with basically the same intended meaning. Are any of these more ...
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I'm worried about my overuse of commas in this news article? I'm trying to use minimal words [closed]

A 45 year old Queens Park man is in a critical condition after crashing his Holden utility through the Welshpool railway barrier and being hit by a train yesterday. The driver, Allan Braddeley, was ...
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Having said that, consequently vs conversely

Should "having said that" always be used in place of "conversely" or can it also be used in place of "consequently"? Meaning, in the structure: X. Having said that, Y. Does Y have to somehow ...
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Use of the word conciliated in Call of the wild

"as he looked at each brutal performance, the lesson was driven home to Buck: a man with a club was a lawgiver, a master to be obeyed, though not necessarily conciliated" from Call of the Wild. I do ...
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Participation/participating and a couple more questions

I'm helping my sister to prepare a cover letter for her job application and I have problems with a couple of sentences: 1) Something seems wrong in the sentence and I don't know what exactly: The ...
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What is the origin of “Why don't you…” as a suggestion or command?

Frequently, in spoken dialogue one hears the above phrase used as a suggestion to the listener (or sometimes more strongly, as a command): Why don't you give me that book? Why don't you go to the ...
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use of “not on purpose”

I was told that "not on purpose" cannot be used in the middle of a sentence. For example: I was showering and, not on purpose, I participated in the #icebucketchallenge. I am aware of the fact ...
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When is it appropriate to use “to receive someone”?

In what cases we can use the verb receive to refer to a person and not to an object?
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“My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?

Is this kind of redundancy acceptable in both speech and writing, formal and informal ? Would the following sentences have their meaning changed if we omitted "personal" or "personally" ? Would they ...
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A word/phrase meaning the “house where I was born”?

For instance, to refer to the place you were born you say "my hometown." How about when referring to the house where you were born? I thought of "my parents' house", but I think it'll sound strange if ...
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What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
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Usage of “granularities” (in plural form)

I wonder whether it is correct to use the word "granularity" in its plural form. For example: X and Y are commonly used granularities in Z research. This study can be conducted at both ...
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Can I use the word “school” when referring to something that belongs to a university?

For example, can I refer to the main gate of a university as the school's main gate? Or say school begins in September instead of university begins in September (especially in informal speech)?
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Can we use the word “initiative” as an adjective?

I'd like to ask if we can use the word initiative as an adjective. I have found it used that way, but there is no entry for initiative as an adjective in the Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary.
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How do you use the word “arguably”? [duplicate]

Does arguably mean "something could be argued", or "could be arguable, is debatable or questionable"? But more often it seems to emphasize an adjective, for example: It is arguably the best, the ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Can 'post' and 'after' used interchangeably?

I notice few colleagues use 'post' almost everywhere. Today one of them said 'lets meet up post noon' and I thought shouldn't it be 'afternoon'? I could be okay with 'post lunch' but somehow 'post ...
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I hardly/highly doubt it [closed]

I always thought "I hardly doubt it" was a correct sentence, but it seems that it isn't. I do find a lot of occurrences though. Should it be "I highly doubt it"? I know the difference between hardly ...
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Usage of “prevalent” in reference to a disease [closed]

Is it ok to use word 'prevalent' in the following sentence: Flu is very prevalent in the third world countries, that nobody cares about it.
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Unrespect vs Disrespect [migrated]

Is it ok to say "do not unrespect me" instead of "do not disrespect me"? I heard someone say it and it struck me as odd.
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Can I omit “one” in the following case?

Rich people's lives are the most complicated (ones)—and also the most meaningless (ones). Can I omit both? If not, which one should I keep?
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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“Fast” vs “Quickly” vs “Speedy” vs “Rapidly”

A similar question has been asked. However, is it possible to give (general) differences in usage of fast, quickly, speedy and rapidly? And with respect to the top answer: Are quick and fast ...
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Can we authenticate the claim that “grungy” was used to mean “envious or jealous” in 1920s slang?

A recent question on EL&U asks "Where did the 1920s slang word "grungy" (meaning "envious") originate, if the modern word "grungy" (meaning "dingy") ...
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What exactly is an idiom?

A recent question on the phrase "take my word for it" sparked a tangential discussion about calling it an idiom. I disagreed with the word since "take my word for it" is not figurative. Wikipedia ...
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Adverb for “multiple”

Say that I have a Pokemon with 2 types: Fire and Flying. One could say this Pokemon has "multiple types." That is because the designer of this Pokemon "typed" it that way. Is it correct to say the ...
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Dough, paste, or pastry? [closed]

I'm a bit confused here. Could you help me to differentiate between the meanings of these words?
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be intended to vs intend to

I see a lot of examples of be intended to and intend to. Both of them mean plan to do. Some examples: Selling was my game and I intended to be a winner. The ban is intended to be permanent. ...
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Is “dispreferred” a mainstream word in English?

I just recently came across the word dispreferred in a linguistic document. I have never heard the word used before, rather I generally hear something like "preferred something else" in everyday ...
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Oxymoron Examples [closed]

I am trying to write some new oxymoron examples. If a grammar school stops teaching grammar (drops grammar from the curriculum), would this be called oxymoronic?
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Can “unto” be used instead of “onto” in American English?

Is there a difference in how the preposition "onto" is used in British and American English? I always understood it to match the following dictionary definition I found online, and was not aware of ...
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“For the time being” vs. “in the mean time”

I am confused when to use "For the time being" and when to use "In the mean time". Are they interchangeable. Can you please explain with some examples?
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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Using term “shot dead”

I'm curious about newscasters using the term "shot dead" in describing the death of a gun shot victim. Is this correct? They would never describe a survivor as "shot live".
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“With regard to” vs. “with regards to” vs. “in regards to” [closed]

I found the following usage notes in the Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary (emphasis mine): The phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all ...