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Fear of an effect occurring causing the effect

For example a fear of not making a good impression on people causing a person to be paranoid of people's opinions and thus not making a good impression on them. Is this situational irony or something ...
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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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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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What does the word “there” refer to?

He went to the nearest village and ( there) in the bazaar, he found various kinds of meat and fish.
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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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How to describe an amount of data in the introduction

I'm writing a thesis, mostly about computer science (cloud computing, mostly). In the introduction I'd like to give the reader a vague idea about how much data we are talking about (4.5 TB if I ...
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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 it common to use 'time slot' to refer to days/weeks?

How would you say to a client that you a have a 'free time slot' (like days or weeks) to take a job? Is it common to refer to 'time slot' even if I'm thinking about days or even weeks?
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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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So, we don't use “what happens?”, do we?

Most of time I heard native English speakers say either "What is happening?" or "what happened?". When do we use "happen" in present tense? So, we don't use "what happens?", do we?
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Is “stick with reality” idiomatic?

Ok, let say you are running a restaurant. When making important decisions, you often subjectively give your own personal ideas without paying attention to the real needs in reality or in real world. ...
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Unrelated “because”

A student uses the following sentence: I love strong coffee, because the there are coffee plantations in Kenya. The reason (because X) is unrelated to the statement. Is there a term for this?
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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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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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difference in meaning: morphology / structure

What is the difference in meaning between "morphology" and "structure"? Coming from a physics background and being a native German speaker, I tend to use "structure" when describing an internal ...
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augment something by some percentage

I am wondering if this sentence sounds natural to a native speaker "We augment SOMETHING by 2% to 23K." ? I have already assumed it sounds natural to use increase and raise in this case. Is it a ...
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On the origin and usage of 'mainstream'!

Mainstream is a very common expression mainly used, both as an adjective and a noun, in its figurative sense to refer to: the prevalent attitudes, values, and practices of a society or group ...
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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What tenses should be used after “in case of”?

What tense should be used after "in case" or "in case of"? For instance, is the following sentence correct? "Just imagine that in case of a dispute with her husband she leaves home."
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University research or Academic research

What do you call researches that are carried out in the universities as thesis or...? academic researches university researches researches in university
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loud, aloud, loudly?

Which one of the following should I use ? Speak loud. Speak loudly. Speak aloud. I heard once a teacher say 'speaker louder', so I think 'speak loud' should be no problem. What's more, ...
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Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”

I am explaining something that has the following structure if written in computer language: if X A else B However the condition X is quite subtle, and because of this I want to recall it when ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...
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Use of “one of” with “and” and “or.”

Is either of the following is proper? Are you related to one of George or Mike? Are you related to one of George and Mike? I'd like to ask a yes-or-no question to determine whether you are related ...
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to emanate from vs to stem from

Are the words to emanate from and to stem from synonym in the following sense? Do you think I can swap with each other without changing the meaning of the following sentences ? 1 (Of a feeling, ...
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What does “the networked listened” mean in regard to NBCUniversal’s decision to break off relations with Donald Trump?

There was the following passage in the Vanity Fair (June 30) article reporting that NBCUniversal announced that they would put an end to their relationship with a new Presidential candidate, Donald ...
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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Word choice: When to use “of” vs. “about”?

Word choice question: Is it OK to say "We want to update our approach to engaging and informing the public "of" the program and services,"? Seems to me we inform "about" a topic.
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amongst and amidst and other words ending in -st

Came across this article earlier today, and now I'm questioning everything- Are "amongst" and "amidst" synonymous as the article states? Also, rather than possessing the "excrescent -st suffix", ...
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“Hereinafter” usage question

If I use "hereinafter" in a formal document in order to announce I'm abbreviating something can I use the full version afterwards or do I have to stay with the abbreviated version from there on out? ...
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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 “in more general sense” good enough to use in written English?

When I just came across the expression while listening to the radio, I found it quite useful to expand my idea to more general one. Can I use this expression in an essay?
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When should a repeated word be removed?

There are a few scenarios, a word is always removed when it's repeated, "There were four or more (more) people in the room" Which is what most would say for a few situations like There are ...
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researching greater detail about word difficulty

I noticed that dictionary.com has a word difficulty index which is called "proprietary." Questions: Is there an open source list of English words that assigns a difficulty index value to each word? ...
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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Is using the term 'Highly-Sophisticated' appropriate for an item already in the scope of 'feasible technology'?

I'm questioning whether the term 'Highly-Sophisticated' is appropriate in the case of an item that is already known to be within the scope of creation/belief. I.E., is calling the modern-day laptop ...
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“color of each subject” or “colors of each subject”?

I'm confused about the usage of "each" in the structure"xxx of each xxx". Fro example, I want to discuss some subjects. When it comes to their color, should I say: The color of each subject is ...
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Is it correct to say,“Please, tell me the picture where you can see…”?

Is it correct to use the word "tell" in a sentence "Please, tell me the picture where you can see (an object)"? The answer required is to say the letter of the picture in which that object is shown. ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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“Come home.” — other adverbs which refer to the noun versions of themselves?

In the phrase Come home. the word 'home' is playing the role of adverb, and essentially means 'to or towards home'. It is interesting to me that it has a rather recursive definition; are there ...
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They are going around you

I just very confused about the women's saying in below video, http://www.voanews.com/content/vendors-showcase-marijuana-products-washington-expo/2666893.html It appears in 2'30'', the women said " I ...
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open my heart / open up my heart

In a translation I am trying to decide whether I should use open my heart / open up my heart which is better do they have the same meaning?
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Electronic module or unit?

I make circuit boards with micro controllers that I mount inside plastic cases. I've always referred to them as electronic control modules. But what is really the best word for these? Electronic ...
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Can we use “therefore” before “before”?

Can I use "therefore" like this in a sentence? "Many Companies have various software systems which need to exchange data between one another despite their using different protocols. Therefore, ...
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“In” after “happiest” or “content”

I feel the happiest and most content knowing I can always count on them. OR I feel the happiest and most content in knowing I can always count on them. Is it correct both ways? or does this ...
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Can the word “things” be used in reference people?

Can a list of "100 things I love" include people?
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Usage of 'indeed', specifically in terms of position in a sentence

I'm wondering if there's any rule or consensus on how one should use the word 'indeed' when trying to convey actuality. The context is that I'm writing an email to someone about a job, but I'm not ...
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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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What is the difference among “at the outset”, “from the beginning”, and “at the beginning”?

Let me tell you at the outset that <-- sounds right Let me tell you from the beginning that <-- doesn't sound right Let me tell you at the beginning that <-- doesn't sound as right as #1 ...
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The differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly

What are the differences between being crafty, cunning, conman and sly in terms of meaning and usage ?