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“Applicable to you” or “Applicable for you”

As the question title suggests, which one of the following is correct? I've sent the file, see if it's applicable to you I've sent the file, see if it's applicable for you Intuitively, I feel #1 ...
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Meaning of “allows” in “He's wonderful knowing about book-beasts, as every one allows”

I don't understand this sentence from "The Reluctant Dragon" (1898) by Kenneth Graham: "It's all right, father. Don't you worry. It's only a dragon." "Only a dragon?" cried his father. "What ...
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Does the verb 'to provide' collocate with the word 'feature'?

In a computer science report, is it correct to say the following sentence: A certain package provides multiple features. In other words, does the verb to provide collocate with the word feature? ...
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Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the ...
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What is the difference between Pharmaceutical and Medicine?

Can we use the word "pharmaceutical" exactly as same as "medicine"? For example:1-I bought too many medicines. 2-Medicines nowadays cost a lot. Can we replace the word :medicine/s" with ...
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The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
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“Cretin” and “imbecile” in US English

How common is the insult "cretin" in US English? What minimum age and level of education do users of the word typically have? Would you say that "cretin" is much less common than "imbecile" in US ...
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Use of 'agendum' today

A wild guess tells me that agenda vs agendum is like data vs datum (former is a collection of the latter), but what is the use of agendum in today's English? If part of my party's agenda is to get ...
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Word usage: feeble

Is it correct to say Feeble people are more at risk of flu-related complications. to convey the idea that there are different levels of risk in the population at risk? I could have said old ...
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Is there a word that describes the swift and skillful covering of the natural emotions?

Some people become adept at completely hiding their natural reaction to a situation. Some may call this lying, or just control. Neither of these describes when it is done swiftly in the moment, and ...
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bumped vs faced [migrated]

Can anybody say me difference between BUMPED and FACED PS I heard in conversation: Yesterday I bumped with my friend. Does it make sense? In meaning he met his friend accidentally. Thanks! ...
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Use of “there's” in plural [duplicate]

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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How to use the word “finna” correctly?

I've heard both "I'm finna go to the store" and "He finna go to the store." Do we prefer with "is, am, are", or without? Is it a regional / dialectic difference, or are they interchangeable?
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Is this a proper usage of the word “disheveled”? [on hold]

"in a disheveled manner" Does this make sense? Is it common?
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Whether one could use the verb drink with ice-cold tea? [migrated]

I have a feeling that we need to say "I took my tea [or coffee]", instead of saying "I drank my tea" since tea is consumed hot, you take it and not drink it. If the above impression that I carry is ...
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Are the following terms correct: “internal worker”, “external worker”?

I am searching for two opposing terms: How to call a person who is employed by a company? How to call a person who is not employed directly be a company, but cooperates with this company, for ...
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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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“would not” vs. “did not” [migrated]

Could anybody explain to me the usage of 'would' in the following sentences: I asked to borrow the car but my father wouldn't let me. The landlady wouldn't allow me to have guests. I was ...
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Does the word “egrarious” exist?

For some reason I thought "egrarious" was a word, but I cannot find any authoritative reference to the word. I thought it meant "ostentatiously bad". I am aware there is a word "egregious".
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Has Usage defeated Grammar, so that “none” is now plural and “data” is singular? [on hold]

Other Q & A have dealt with parts of the evolution of these two words, but shifts in meaning move quickly. I thought an update would be interesting
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Is 'sum' an okay replacement for 'problem'?

I've seen some people using the word sum as a substitute for the word problem, in a mathematical context even though the problem does not explicitly involve the addition operation. For example, We ...
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Contact Details Vs. Contacts

"Contact" could be used as a noun. It could be used as plural as in- The more contacts the cloth has with the dirty surface, the more sploiled it gets. "Contact details" is different. "Contact ...
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Stone bridge vs. Stony bridge

It might sound weird but one of my students asked me if there is a difference between 'a stone bridge' and 'a stony bridge'! Well off the top of my head I said it's the matter of collocation: we ...
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The usage of “conversion”

In the dict, conversion means the act or process of changing sth from one form, use, system to another How to understand this sth? If someone changed his behaviour,is it valid to say "the conversion ...
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Usage of “being” in sentence

Why is being used in the sentence below, and what does it mean? Lisa is upset about not being invited to the party Are they trying to use the passive voice? If yes, how would the sentence look ...
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What made the “worst case scenario” a popular expression?

A worst-case scenario is a cliché that refers to: the worse possible future outcome. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms) Though the meaning is quite intuitive, the ...
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Inferred meaning in a word problem

I know this is a computer science problem, but I am about to blow a gasket over the meaning implied or inferred here. Does this not refer to a single linkedlist that can be inferred from the ...
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Word choice for a comparison of different amounts

I'm currently struggling to clearly state the following situation: Background: Let's assume I have two newspaper articles A and B. Let's say I want to count how often a specific word (for instance ...
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Can we say “to drink out” (similar to “eat out”) to mean to drink away from home?

We all know that to eat out means “to eat away from home, esp in a restaurant” per the Free Dictionary. However, I have not heard anyone say to drink out. The Internet doesn’t have any information ...
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Is the word mercantilistic correct in this context? [on hold]

I want to use the word in the following sentence:--- By using the aforementioned words, he adds a mercantilistic color to the whole situation.
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Can I use “short of being exhaustive” in this case?

I'm making a list and want the reader to know that this list is not complete, that it is only a part of a larger list... Is it correct to say "this list is short of being exhaustive" in this case? Is ...
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English Diminutives and Augmentatives [on hold]

how are English augmentatives formed?Are there any suffixes for forming English augmentatives?
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Is there a word “dramaticness”?

I want to write the following: This is due to the dramaticness of the day. What other word can I use?
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What does the “was held to” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Beijing was widely held to botch its reaction to a stock market fall and its decision to allow its currency to devalue. I understand that hold means to take place or to occur. Why past tense ...
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Was “sexting” an Australian slang term originally?

To sext, (usually as noun sexting) refers to: sending (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone: Its earliest usage appears to be from 2005, thought other ...
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rephrase vs paraphrase vs restate vs reword: usage nuances

I was wondering how the above terms differed in usage, and hope someone can enlighten me by using them in sentences that highlight their nuances. Here is my current understanding: Rephrase - to ...
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What is the difference between “illness” and “disease”?

Are there any differences when those words are used? By whom they are used? Google n-gram All English English fiction: I would guess that "illness" is rather a term which is used in spoken ...
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How to introduce new terms that may be used interchangeably in a formal context?

I am writing a scientific paper. I was thinking whether there is any difference in the following. Technique X, also known as technique Y, is the most commonly used process to ... or ...
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Can “respectively” be used with a single sequence if clear to what each item refers?

Typically, the word "respectively" is used to relate two sequences of identical lengths: ... expectation of finding two and three cats in the left and right room, respectively. Meaning, in this ...
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How to determine if a noun is a place or a thing

I'm having difficulty determining if certain nouns are considered places or things. For example, I'm unsure if 'a park' is a place or a thing. More generally, with the standard definition of a noun as ...
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Metaphysician vs Metaphysicist

A practitioner of physics is known as a physicist. It seems like it would logically follow that a practitioner of metaphysics would be known as a metaphysicist; yet, in every text I've read, a ...
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How do you use “What” in a sentence?

So I am writing this essay and I am not sure how to use the word "what" in a sentence. The sentence is What encouraged me to work hard is what encouraged me to study hard or should it be: ...
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What does it mean transport in network program

All, I just read the book Netty in action. A word Transport is mentioned in the book like below. NIO is used in this example because it’s currently the most widely used transport, thanks to its ...
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Is it considered offensive to describe someone as a Saracen? [closed]

Prior to the 17th century 'Saracen' was the name given to a Muslim, whether of Arab or Turkish origin. It originates from the Crusades, from a region called Sarakene in the northern Sinai peninsula. ...
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Someone who is adept/multi-talented in related activities

Is there a word for someone who is skilled at several talents in the arts, e.g. painting, sculpting, playing musical instruments and reading poetry. I am looking for a word that is analogous to ...
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“each of us” VS “each one of us” VS “each and every one of us”

Is there a difference between: "That would require her to send the document to ..." each of us each one of us each and every one of us Is one of them grammatically incorrect, or would they change ...
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'warrant' in the sense of guarantee, proof or confirmation [closed]

[I have edited my question: the formulation I first read and asked about was apparently paraphrasing a sentence from a book by an American scholar. Having used the footnote to find the original text, ...
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Why my care instead of your care?

In the movie called Big Hero 6, the white robot Baymax is the inflatable healthcare companion robot. He takes care of whoever needs help. And once done, the person taken care should say, I'am ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...