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How would you invent the word for 'fear of standing next to beds'?

It is known that there is a proper word for almost any phobia you can think of. What is the etymology of such? And how would one construct the word for the phobia of standing next to beds; because of ...
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Is 'theris' a 3rd person plural possessive pronoun

I saw a Grammar Chart earlier today stating 'theris' is a third person plural possessive pronoun. I've never seen this word used.
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When to use addicting vs. addictive?

We're having a debate in the kitchen about this. When would I use addicting vs addictive?
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It was comprised of five ingredients. It comprises five ingredients

I have always used the term the first way, as in "comprised of five ingredients," but someone I work with regularly uses it as in "comprises five ingredients." Are both usages correct? If no, which ...
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Do I use is/are with measurements and time?

EX: There is/are 12 months in year There is/are 60 minutes in an hour etc.
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Plural or singular verb: is /are- What to choose? Why to choose it?

When using measurements and/or time, do you use the plural form are or the singular verb is? Examples: There is/are 12 inches in a foot There is/are 12 months in a year etc.
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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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got ready vs is ready

A friend of mine corrected my sentence but I couldn't understand it. Just hoping someone can explain it properly for a non English speaker. My sentence is: "Finally your passport GOT ready for ...
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55 views

Words to describe a person who is arrogant

I am looking for words to describe someone who is arrogant/pompous/ungrateful/incorrigible.
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Get on the plane, get in the car? [duplicate]

I'd say "I get in the plane", but apparently this language tries hard not to make sense.
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Hi! I was wondering: Nostalgia ? Wanderlust? [on hold]

How did these foreign terms for emotions get into English? They all describe a feeling of something imagined. Some examples: Nostalgia Wanderlust Fernweh These group of words amazes me, makes me ...
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Is it necessary to use “The” on product name “The Last Words”?

EDIT: The company that I work is developing a game and we are deciding the best name of the game. The final one was "Last Words" but we were not sure if we have to use the "The Last Words" or just ...
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Proper use of 'aspects' in a descriptive sentence

Scientists now have the ability to monitor aspects of an organism at the molecular level on a large scale during a diseased state. Is the word 'aspects' used correctly in the above sentence?
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infinitive after say

In Modern English, vol 2, P.120, it reads the object infinitives have the subject of the main verb as their subject. However, in Longman and Oxford, there are two collocation examples- NINA SAID TO ...
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How to politely say to sellers in stores that you don't need help? [on hold]

This happens quite often. You're at a store, and while looking for clothes sellers come over and ask if you need any help. And since my English is far away from normal English I just use what I know ...
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38 views

“The largest being” [on hold]

I have gained insight into the challenges this city will face in the future, the largest being growing our business sectors and improving our infrastructure without sacrificing our community's ...
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2answers
42 views

“If you want, I can do this ”vs “I can do this, if you want” which one is correct?

I am not sure which one of the two forms is correct: "If you want, I can do this" vs "I can do this, if you want" Do the above sentences have different meaning? even slightly? Other example: "I am ...
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1answer
46 views

Parsing a difficult sentence

I'm having trouble understanding this sentence from a book on system theory, which reads like a modern version of Euclid's Elements: Intuitively, we would expect the concept of a system to ...
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SAT ACT online website [on hold]

I am developing an online SAT and other tests tutorial service. Kindly suggest some names for the websites.
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347 views

A word for “lack of a word”?

What's the word for "no word for"? I've really been trying to find it, but I just can't seem to.
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25 views

verb +ed or to be + verb +ed

I don't quite know the explanation to this. When they arrived, they found the door locked from inside. When they arrived, they found the door was locked from inside Locked sounds better than was ...
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54 views

Dissecting Bad Grammar

I have a fairly good sense of what is and isn't correct in terms of grammar, but that's mostly through feeling, rather than hard knowledge of the rules. My formal knowledge of the English Language ...
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How to say thank you to a friend who agreed to take care of my pet?

I have been preparing to IELTS test and currently I need to write a thank you letter to my friend, because she agreed to take of my pet. So I've come up with this: Thank you so much for saying "yes" ...
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2answers
51 views

Is there a word that describes an intelligent, self-aware, sentient lifeform?

... like "human" but also applicable to other beings that are generally as intelligent (i.e. capable of complex thought, participation in a society, etc.). Or must one describe that concept with ...
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What is the object of this sentence?

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While both understand what they are and how they work we got stuck on a random sentance that I blurted out. Now, if I say "Mary baked ...
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We went to Atlanta in “summer vacation.” [on hold]

The words in inverted commas are a) Collective Noun b) Adverb of place c) Adverb of time d) Proper noun Everyone says it's "collective noun", but it put me in high doubts.
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32 views

Are quotation marks necessary?

For 8th grade recognition all students selected a quote they like. Is is necessary to put in quotation marks? The authors are acknowledged and the section is titled QUOTES.
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8answers
511 views

A neutral word to describe ones ability to bypass social expectations in interpersonal interactions?

My assumption is that humans rely heavily on an embedded framework of social contracts when engaging in social interactions. This is for sure both biological and cultural in origin. I'm searching for ...
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use of hyphens in a compound adjective

I'm currently reading "Assuming a mantle of power" from International New York Times (May 14, 2015), and the article is about a soft power look that female leaders are donning, with pencil skirts and ...
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2answers
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Meaning of the sentence “…had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud…”

I'm unable to understand this long sentence, particularly the parts highlighted in bold. Can someone break it up for me? Those who had before known her, (1) and had expected to behold her dimmed ...
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325 views

What single word encompasses all of a person's social media & Internet presence?

I'm looking for a single word that describes the Internet & Social media presence of a single entity. Their digital footprint, as it were.
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1answer
26 views

revoke or annul or cancel or others?

Supposing you are designing a chatting App and would like to add this feature which allows a user to "unsend"/take back a message after sending it out. What is the best choice of word to describe it? ...
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32 views

Comma with dates - oddity

I KNOW the rule is to put a comma after full dates, but in this case, it seems to be a bit much: "...the contract runs from July 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016, and should be amended as such. Because ...
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24 views

'That is' versus 'That was'

Here's an example of what's puzzling me (I'll use a brother/sister arguing example): Sister - I couldn't find my homework, so I got an F on the assignment. Brother - You couldn't find your homework ...
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198 views

“Pass me by” or “pass by me”?

Should I say he passed me by, or he passed by me? I think it's passed me by, but I'm not sure. Thanks.
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Are there any synonyms for IT IS? [on hold]

I am writing an essay and i'm wondering is there any other way to say it is?
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(Metaphorical) meaning of ›lowercase‹

I am not sure about the following use of the term ›lowercase‹: »Their approach is decidedly lowercase […] Through the lowercase abstinence and erasion lies an unfathomed vastness […]« Context: ...
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Felicitated- pragmatics and connotations

This sentence from a major Indian daily amused me: The mother of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, who died in the line of duty in Jammu and Kashmir, was felicitated at the 65th ...
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Can one ever: is it correct?

Is it correct to use ever to emphasize like this: "How do I rent a flat for $1 a week?" "Can one ever?" in the sense that it is impossible at all? And also I am not sure about comma in ...
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Referred as … below

When I'm writing a rule, I meet a problem that I need to define a word used below. For example: "Group", or "The Group" below means "the ??? Group." The Group will not...... How can I ...
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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662 views

Single word that describes a boat stop / drop off point

I am looking for a single word that describes that act of a boat stopping to allow passengers on and off. For example, if it was a bus. The bus might arrive at a bus stop. On route, there are many ...
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In the following sentences you should think the most appropriate meaning for the Idioms out of four options [on hold]

All and Sundry ? [A] Everybody without distinction [B] only rich person [C] together [D] selected people
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Which part of a cap is called the bill?

I came across this line There was only the New York Yankees baseball cap lying there, mold crusted on its bill. I was wondering what part of the cap is called its bill.
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To “close the circle” or not to “close the circle”…?

For my thesis title, I'm thinking of using a phrase that underlines the work I do, which is to bridge the beginning and end of a workflow, to create a perpetual analytical process. To give a bit ...
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28 views

What's the meaning of 'do bits'?

In a video, two people are describing a character from a fictional show and they say: 'he loves bits, he's always doing bits' and they move on to another topic. I don't understand the meaning of ...
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10answers
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Does a “fact” have to be true?

I'm struggling to decide whether to jettison use of the word fact, because the definition appears to be not solid enough to support continued usage. What do I mean by that? Look at one "meaning ...
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“Should be” is to “Should become” as “Should have” is to what?

I'm trying to express an assertion that someone should have something, not right now but in the future. What I'm looking for is analogous to the relationship between "should be" and "should become". ...
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2answers
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What is his name again? vs. What was his name again?

Which sentence from the title sounds more natural when asking for clarification about something which has already been discussed? Is one tense preferable overall? Take the following examples: ...
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“Thanks, my lovelies!”

I was looking for a phrase to thank multiple people. It's supposed to be an endearment for friends but not super close friends. Is this an appropriate reply to compliments or birthday wishes, e.g. on ...

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