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The proper usage of 'compeer'; and is it a root word?

Compeer has a definition: A person of equal rank, status or ability What I am asking is what context is this word typically used? And equally important - is it valid to use the words compeering and ...
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Suitable English word to express tongue emotion

I am actually a little bit confused to how to say the following tongue emotion? I am actually talking about tongue out with somewhat between the teeth. Is sticking tongue out a suitable word for ...
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Is the following use of “decorating” incorrect and/or unclear?

If you do XYZ , it could end miserably with your body decorating the gutter by sundown. I looked up the use of decorating on Ngrams and Google and found nothing of the kind. This usage appears to ...
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“Para” and “Paras” vs “Paragraph” and “Paragraphs”

I find people using "para" for "paragraph" and "paras" for "paragraphs", even in formal English. See the example sentence: In para 2 of the plaint, the plaintiff has stated that he is entitled ...
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A term for a particular or general skill that needs to be improved and acted on?

The title says it all. I'm unable to come up with the term for something you have as a part of a skill-set that needs to be further improved upon. It may be something very simple that is also at the ...
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Using “since” instead of “because”

I want to use the word since as because, but I don't know if I can add the word 'then' after it. For example, is the sentence 'since we have A and B, then there is no need for you to get C' correct? ...
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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Destigmatise -usage, meaning

Could someone explain the meaning of the word "destigmatise" and how can I use it? Is it a colloquial word? Thank you in advance!
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Are the words “experience” and “value” used correctly in the phrase “to experience different values and cultures”?

As above. (Written by my friend who is learning English, but I find myself at a loss as to whether this is correct or not!) I tried juggling the words around and came up with "Experiencing different ...
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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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Does this have a typo?: “the lexical alternations that figure in systematic polysemy”

Is the "the lexical alternations that figure in systematic polysemy" below natural? I thought this should be written as "the lexical alternations of that figure in systematic polysemy"? It is this ...
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Difference between “where” and "what' when asking for a place to visit

What is the difference between where and what when asking for a place to visit as follows: (a) Where will we visit in Yilan? (b) What will we visit in Yilan? Is there any difference in ...
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Tone: Caustic vs. Acerbic vs. Satiric

I'm having some trouble determining which of these three tone words would best apply to the excerpt below, taken from Richard Seaver's letter in the Coca Cola Letters: "We note with sympathy your ...
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Is there a way of knowing whether you can make a compound word?

For example, can I make 'year round' year-round? Or resort style 'resort-style'? Is there a general rule to let me know that it will be correct, grammatically speaking? Thanks!
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From pharos to lighthouse

Pharos and lighthouse indicate: a tall structure topped by a powerful light used as a beacon or signal to aid nautical navigation. Ngram shows that lighthouse usage has been preferred ...
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Usage - “Given the understanding” vs “Find/Found”

I'm not a native English speaker. Grateful for sources to cite on any subtle difference in the meaning and usage of "given the understanding" and "find/found" in demonstrating the writer's ...
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Concerning the definition and usage of “Award”

I've looked up the definition of award on several different websites and it seems to have positive connotations. However, my friend and I are huge football fans, and disagree on the use of the word in ...
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Difference between spine-tingling and spine-chilling?

I've learned the word 'spine-tingling' in an Oxford book. While when I look up that word in the Websters dictionary,there only comes out 'spine-chilling'. I perceived them as synonyms but no evidence ...
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Is it acceptable to say “He is the best lawyer, bar none” and add “no pun intended”

I would like to know if it is OK to say "He is a topnotch lawyer, bar none - no pun intended" as part of my review to my lawyer.
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What is the difference between disaster, catastrophe, and calamity?

Disaster, catastrophe, and calamity all seem to have very similar, if not the same, definitions in dictionaries. So, how do they, if at all, differ from each other?
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Time-Taken; Taken Time; Used Time

I have created a tool/database for the measurement of the time which is used to complete a specific process/workflow in my company. One of the columns shows the time the workflow used to be ...
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Is it okay to say “X has enriched the research of Y”?

In my original sentence, X is the pluralism of a concept, and Y is an emotion. My question is, simply put, can research be the object of enrich? I know that we can say "enrich our lives", "enrich ...
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Parellelly is wrong usage

What are the other ways to say it other than "in parallel". example: "Do this bit of work now. And in parallel do some research on the new prospect"
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the difference between to draw up and to write something

What is the difference between between to draw up and to write in terms of meaning? I saw it this usage in a sentence like "...draw up a constitution..." and I thought can I say also " to draw up ...
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How to politely ask a man or a woman's chest size?

For a lady: What's your bust measurement, Madam? For a man: What's your chest size, sir? Are these correct and polite? Thanks.
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The word 'Relearn'

I was surprised of not seeing the verb Relearn in any of the online dictionaries I use the most: Cambridge, Oxford and MacMillan. Is it formally correct to use it?
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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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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?