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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town!

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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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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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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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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What is the sense of “news tip” in contact pages [on hold]

In which sense we can read "news tip" on contact pages like: http://reversemortgagedaily.com/contact/ https://upside.com/pages/contact.aspx which meaning can i pick from dictionary to understand ...
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“To live” vs “for living in”

I was wondering which is the correct form for expressing this simple concept in a formal way: " my hometown is a good place FOR LIVING IN / TO LIVE ". Grammatically I would say that "my hometown is a ...
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Using “beau geste” as an opposite of sin

Beau geste defined here seems to be a noble act and from what I know to be the definition of sin, which has the word "immoral" in it, "beau geste" should be its antonym. Even if it isn't the perfect ...
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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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How commonly does “done” replace “did”?

How common is it for native English speakers to actively replace the past tense 'did' with the past participle 'done'? I used to think it was only really done in rather vulgar dialects, but I have ...
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can we use `localite` for business entity?

if any business was started in particular area, can we use "localite" for that business entity? For example: This business is localite to this area.
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every boy and every girl singular/plural verb [on hold]

a/''Every boy and every girl has to do this homework.' b/ Every boy and every girl have to do this homework.
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What is the word for “other people's thinking”?

For years I've been using the word dogma to describe other people's thinking. This is an example of how I used it: Don't get caught up in other people's dogma...live your own truth... Basically ...
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Help me understand the use of “would ” in a particular sentence (in IELTS Book) [duplicate]

Examiner: Describe a place you have visited in the past. Candidate: [...] When I was a student, I would go there all the time and hang out with my friends. I don't understand what "would" ...
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“Death comes in threes” origin?

With David Bowie and Alan Rickman dying within a few days on each other (RIP), I've heard some people say, "Death always comes in threes, I wonder who's next." What is the origin of this phrase? How ...
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Difference among Show as, Show with, and Show by

Is there any differences among theses sentences? Which one is better? We show the quantity with n. We show the quantity as n. We show the quantity by n.
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“match” vs "fill' dimensions of a 2D object

Question I apparently misunderstand the use of "fill" and "match" as used in the situations described in the context below. I take "fill" to mean "taking up the empty internal volume of something, ...
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Can one say “buy from $100”?

A colleague of mine (we both aren't native speakers) used a phrase "buy from $100". It is supposed to mean "buy for $100 or more". I am not sure whether this is correct or not. I usually expect to see ...
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“Pardon” vs “Please can you repeat that”?

In a client/business conference call , when you do not hear, what the speaker was saying or the message was unclear due to noise disturbance, what is the professional way to say it:- Pardon Could ...
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Connotation of “dime novel”

In the afterword of its novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury states that I didn't know it, but I was literally writing a dime novel. However dime novel seems to have a negative connotation, ...
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What is a person being shown something called?

Let's say I am demonstrating to a person "how to flip a chair" by flipping a chair for him. What is the person who is being demonstrated to called?
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Use of 'being' or in a sentence

While I was writing an article related to next-gen technology for my work I had a question on when to use 'being'. In the following sentence, is 'being' used correctly? And what would be the ...
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the use of rob with cars

I am wondering why you can say "I robbed a bank and stole the money..." or "I robbed a post office..." or "The bus was robbed while the passengers were at the restaurant" But it sounds extremely ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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skies meaning in the ''leisure '' poem [on hold]

Please explain me the definition of skies in the poem of leisure. ''In broad daylight Streams full of stars like skies at night ''
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Is the use of 'that if' discouraged?

Is the use of that if discouraged or even wrong? This may be a weird question, but in Dutch the use of dat als, literally that if, is considered an error. So, for example, is the following sentence ...
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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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“Inside of a house” versus “inside a house”

I'm confused as to when to use of. I've heard "inside of a house" and "inside a house." Which one is correct?
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Difference between 'prank' and 'hoax'

The two words have a pretty similar meaning of 'malicious trick' or 'deception scheme'. My impression is that 'hoax' is more formal on one hand and more wicked, less playful on the other hand. Surely ...
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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Usage of “many” vs “many a”?

Can someone please elucidate the difference between "many" and "many a"? In what context of usage should we add an extra "a" beside the word "many"? For example: Many times, I had seen that . ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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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 a better way to say: [on hold]

Approval of high-density projects, well beyond limits prescribed in the City’s General Plan, will encourage developers to buy developed properties, demolish the productive buildings/homes and ...
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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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Does the joined word “Appresenter” implies resenting or presenting? [on hold]

What is the english implication of connecting these two words (app and present) to one appresenter... does this joined word implies resenting or presenting an app
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Grammar of phrase “diverse sexuality and gender community”

Something about the phrase diverse sexuality and gender community seems wrong to me, but I can't put my finger on why it feels wrong to structure the phrase this way. It sounds more correct to ...
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May “in with” be used to mean “among?”

I was thinking about how little I use the word among and how I would phrase the dictionary's example sentences for it. Most of it involved substitution with the word with. Then I noticed something. ...
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Can I use “some” as a synonym of “very”?

I heard some used unusually a few times. Based on context, I figured that the meaning of some in that sentences was very. However, I'm not sure. Can I really use some as a synonym of very? Here are ...
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Can a tree “uneasily frowning” be synonymous to a tree “hauntingly frowning”?

In the sentence "the trees uneasily frowned on....", I was wondering if saying "the trees hauntingly frowned on....." is synonymous. From the look of the definitions of the words "uneasily" and ...
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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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What's the difference between nauseous and nauseated?

I read an article about the difference between nauseous and nauseated: It seems the article at last indicate that both nauseous and nauseated can mean the state of wanting to vomit. Is that true? ...
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Is “He died himself.” a correct sentence?

I've checked Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and I found that die is an intransitive verb most of the time. I checked other dictionaries as well. I didn't find any usage of "die" as per which we ...
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Is it acceptable to use “Thank You” and “Best Regards” simultaneously as the closing/sign off for an email? [on hold]

In many cases I always receive email with "Thank You" and "Regards"/"Best Regards" at the same time/simultaneously. But I've read one article on a magazine said that it'd be too "crowded" to use them ...
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Can 'some' mean 'about, 'around'?

In the examples below, can 'some' be replaced with 'about', 'around'? And also, are sentences below a correct usage of the word 'some'? 1) Some hundred people 2) annual production of some 35 ...
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What can you 'distort'? [on hold]

You can distort facts, truth, images, signals. What else can you distort? Please give examples of using this verb.
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without speaking vs without talking [on hold]

TEXT. The writer and his mother sat in silence. Question. The writer and his mother sat without ---- (1) speaking (2) talking Which one should be used ? Why ?
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Use of its and it's [duplicate]

I always get confused when to use "it's" and when to use "its". I don't know how they are used. Also someone once told me that "its" is wrong while "it's" is correct. Kindly throw some light on ...
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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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In what context would I use the word “availabilities”?

In what context would I use the word “availabilities”? I believe it is a valid English word, in how could it be used? Many thanks