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When to use “come” & when to use “go”?

I don't understand what this article is saying: We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. ...
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Which he doesn't or does?

Here's the context: A dying man has guilt, and one of the voices in his head is claiming he will experience hell, if he dies with it (the guilt). One voice hints that 'hell is a hoax', and the other ...
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“Garnered” the attention of

I've used this phrase a couple of times recently and it just now struck me that I'm not entirely sure if it's correct. I'm using it in pretty much the same context as "caught the attention of" or ...
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How to say “As crucial as it is, it's surprising to…”

As a non-native English speaker, I'm trying to improve variety in my writing. For this particular, I want to express my feeling of surprise toward something that I always considered critical but ...
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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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Does a “window of time” get smaller or shorter?

Also is there a general rule with such phrases?
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How does one determine when a comedian is also a humorist?

Wikipedia's list of humorists are categorised as people who write or perform humorous material, but the article also states: A humorist is usually distinct from a stand-up comedian. Woody Allen ...
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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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How do I use the verb confined correctly?

Example: "Intelligence is usually confined to the ability to process information fast." Is that a correct use of the verb confined?
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Trial vs try out (verbs)

I've look them up in the major dictionaries. They seem to mean almost the same thing or do they? Apparently the only difference is trial is British. Let's try out / trial this new computer / system / ...
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In what case we should use 'all right' in questions?

Here is a example: . all right? I know 'all right' means 'OK' here. But does it sounds more arrogating or annoying? What's the right situation to use it this way?
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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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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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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 reinforcement and reinforcements ever be interchangeable?

Example: The general became frustrated when all of his requests for reinforcement(s) remained unanswered. Example 2: The architect realized he needed better reinforcement(s) for the bridge. Example ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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Reported Usage Vs. Actual Usage

I'm currently writing a linguistics research essay and my professor wanted me to explain the differences between "reported usage" and "actual usage" of inter-dental stopping based on the surveys I ...
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Can one say “disjunct sets” and if not, why?

Can one only say "disjoint sets" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disjoint_sets and not "disjunct sets"? "Disjunct" exists in English and in other languages one would say "disjun(c/k)t" ...
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Correct usage of either 'as to' or 'from'

I am writing a title for an essay and am struggling to choose and differentiate between these two titles. My question is this: What is the most grammatically correct sentence between both sentences ...
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Does “wealth” only refers to a financial aspect?

For a contest I'm attenting, the organisators uses, in their theme description, the world wealth. I wonder of the meaning of this word... Here is the sentenc where it's used : Europe need to ...
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Evaluation Method or Evaluation Methodology

In a research domain, evaluation part is itself challenging, and thus we are proposing a way of doing the evaluation in that domain (i.e. determining what inputs should be given to the system and what ...
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Distributive property of 'and' for a set

If I did 'x' for two years and then did 'y' for one year, can I correctly say that I did 'x' and 'y' for 3 years? Or would that be false since I hadn't done 'y' for more than one year? Would it be ...
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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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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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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? ...