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Any single word synonym for “fawn over”?

I have been looking for single word that can be used in place of "fawn over"
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Redundancy: If they should

Today’s horoscope on New York Daily News says (the link may be broken after tomorrow): If they should find out something before you had a chance to tell them, it could cause real friction. How ...
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Hype-driven Definition

What does "hype-driven" means in this paragraph? There have been a few examples of Internet criticism making an impact on American film culture. It’s aided the rise of South Korean cinema and ...
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Is the phrase “awaiting customer” bad English?

In customer support software, issue tracking systems and the like, I frequently see a state titled awaiting customer to signify no action is required until the person (customer) who raised the issue ...
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136 views

What is the name of the sign indicating positive or negative numbers

I want to describe patterns where there are numbers in pairs like these: -1 and +1, -944 and +944. Now I want to write a sentence that someone should "look for equal numbers just with opposite X". ...
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What's a “political landscape”?

What were some of the distinguishing features of the Congresses and political landscapes in the 1965, 1981, 1993, and 2009 time periods? In what context is the phrase "Political landscapes" used ...
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24 views

What does “in the middle of the/a pack” mean?

Does this expression mean something like "in the middle of some score list", or "average level"?
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28 views

You can spend all your love making time?

"You can spend all your time making money; You can spend all your love making time." from the song Take it to the limit by Eagles, the phrase "love making time" makes me wonder. Does it mean someone ...
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“Many of my friends” vs “many friends”

I was writing a complaint to an Indian website and got confused between: I recommended your website to many of my friends versus I recommended your website to my many friends I am not a ...
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From the viewpoint of us/we, the people?

From the viewpoint of us, the people / From the viewpoint of we, the people Hi guys, I'm not sure which one is correct. I'm trying to say that I am also part of the people, and I'm not sure if I ...
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Saxon Genitiv or of-genitive? - e.g. 'the family's' vs 'of the family'

If you look up the rules for the use of the Saxon genitive, grammar textbooks will tell you that it is used with nouns that refer to persons or animals. However, a search on google yields the ...
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One word for the person who spreads positive vibes and is very spiritual in nature

Can someone help me to describe in just one word a person who is spiritual and kind-hearted and who spreads positive vibes. Any help is appreciated.
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34 views

Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dog's ball is always in my yard"?
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“Informed that X is as follows” vs “Informed of X is as follows”

I am making a report to management. Which is the more appropriate expression? Please be informed that the above results are as follows. Please be informed of the above results are as follows.
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60 views

A gender-neutral, informal alternative to singular 'guy'

When referring to an online comment, I want to say I agree with this guy. However, it's not gender neutral (See this ELU post.) What other informal alternate word is there? 'User' seems ...
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113 views

What is a decent word for “spitting”?

I want my friend to step aside from wash basin so that I can spit after brushing. What is a decent word for spitting? Is there a better statement to ask him to step aside?
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what does “a course of action” mean? [on hold]

And what is the difference between "a course of action" and "action"? I look up it on different dictionaries, but I failed to distinguish it with the other.
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32 views

“About which” in legal English

How can I say "about which" in legal English (using some word akin to "herein" and "therewith")? For example, I would like to say "John Smith was born on April 1, about which there was made a record," ...
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1answer
25 views

What's the subordinate clause type for these two that-clause sentences below?

I am always confused about what type of subordinate clause "that" can connect. So there are two sentence below: So far the torpedo has proved a damp squib, with observers arguing that Europe has not ...
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What does it mean to drag something in “by the stamp?” [on hold]

In a 1944 radio skit, Fibber McGee says another character dragged something in "by the stamp." Is the stamp a reference to rationing stamps used during WWII?
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Replacements for “though”

Examples: Mary thought the man was nice-looking. It wasn't enough to lower her defenses, though. Tom crossed his arms on the table. He did it so hard, though, he hurt his elbows. ...
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“Refurbish” vs. “Furbish”

Question is as title says. Is there any difference between refurbish and furbish or for all intents and purposes are they synonyms? These are the 2 levels I would like to discuss: Differences on ...
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1answer
30 views

How to identify a determiner in a sentence that uses 2 determiners

In the sentence, "This is a flower." How can we both say that the "a" refers to a general noun (flower), yet also account for the presence of the specific determiner, "this?"
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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Is 'she' the 'cat's aunt'? [on hold]

When someone, often a child says 'she', when it might have sounded more polite to use the person's name, someone else - often a parent- will retort 'Who's she, the cat's aunt'? A person I knew used ...
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alphabetising the indefinite article [on hold]

why do people alphabetise the indefinite article 'a' instead of saying 'a' as in 'apple' as one does for 'an' as in 'ant' when emphasised? thanks A
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Should it be capitalized? “The state of Michigan has many lakes.” [duplicate]

I was wondering if "state" should be capitalized in the following sentence. "The state of Michigan has many lakes." Will you tell me if I should capitalize "state"?
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50 views

“I'm sorry for” vs. “I'm sorry about”

Can I use about and for interchangeably? If not, when should I use either? Which is more common? I'm sorry for/about yesterday. I'm sorry for/about my bad English. I'm sorry for/about that. ...
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26 views

between 8:00 am to 8:30 am [duplicate]

Pick up the paperwork between 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Is the word "to" incorrect? I was informed by a coworker that it should read "between 8:0 am and 8:30 am." If a correction is needed, can you tell ...
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Word for beginning a statement with a disclaimer / caveat / hedge when you are worried you might say something incorrect

For some reason I am convinced that such a word exists, that I've heard it used in classroom settings, and that I'll recognize it when I see it. But I have no idea what it is. I tried googling this ...
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Is it right to call a job which has begun to bore you a “plain” job?

What is the best english adjective to identify a job in which you always do the same things over and over and so eventually get bored from it? I read somewhere the sentence "I have a plain job", "I ...
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3answers
53 views

Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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1answer
30 views

Should Units of Measure be capitalized inside a title?

There is a similar question regarding capitalizing units of measure, but mine is for titles, specifically. For general applications (ie; not inside titles), the consensus seemed to be no for most ...
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1answer
79 views

A coffee to go…( for syntax experts)

Could the infinitive phrase "to go" be a complement of the noun phrase "a coffee"?
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39 views

Expiry date in English [on hold]

I have a discount coupon with the expiry date shown as: This document expires: 30AUG14 I want to ask, can I use it on 30AUG14?
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22 views

Correctness and meaning of a sentence [on hold]

Is the following sentence correct? summer was everything good to eat What is the meaning of the above sentence?
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44 views

“unconservative” or “inconservative”? [on hold]

Which one is correct: "unconservative" or "inconservative"?! If both are incorrect, what word should we use instead?
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62 views

Is it ok to use fraught in a sentence without saying what the thing is fraught with?

Ex. is it ok to say such and such is fraught. Full stop? In a case where the context makes it clear what its fraught with?
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2answers
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Lack intellectually or Lacking intellectually

I came across a phrase on the internet that seemed wrong (surprise): "[...] especially for those who lack intellectually." In my opinion, this should say "especially for those [who are] lacking ...
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1answer
33 views

“in” versus “of”

I hope that both forms shown below are correct. What is the difference between them and which one seems more natural? the initial and final element in the expression/clause the initial and ...
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1answer
25 views

Use of Past Simple vs Past perfect in sentences with since

Ann admitted that she hadn't seen her parents since she left London. Is the above sentence OK or do I have to write Ann admitted that she hadn't seen her parents since she had left London. ...
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What is the origin of “Pipped at the post”?

Why pipped? I guess that the post is to do with horse racing - as in the post was the finish line? I could be totally wrong there.
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That vs. who for “police”

"After hearing that Ramin’s father was in the shah’s secret police who were responsible for killing millions..." I thought the word would be "who" because police are people, but MS Word corrects is ...
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Need a word that describes Training and Teambuilding

I need a word or conjured word that describes Training and Team Building. I am searching for a name of a new company doing this business.
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1answer
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“I won't stay longer than I can help” or “longer than I can't help”?

I'm a non-native speaker of English and the following sentence makes me wonder: "I won't stay longer than I can help." I've heard similar uses of "can help" in other contexts and they all ...
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a single word or short desciption of a person projecting delusional selflessness after hurting someone

What would be a good way to describe a person who is projecting delusional selflessness ? Example would be: Person "A" hurts you. When you try to take revenge they say they are the ones who have the ...
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In this past tense activity is it necessary to use continuous form for climbed?

Is it correct to write: He shouted in fear as he climbed up the tree.
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73 views

There is a continuity problem with (a film)

So if there is a continuity problem with X (for example a film), what is the way of describing it? It is not continuous but that doesn't work because "continuous" means forming an unbroken ...
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1answer
38 views

out of the reach or out of reach

I have seen the following on different products. Keep out of the reach of children. Keep out of reach of children. What is the difference between the above statements?
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Is it third person singular or plural? [duplicate]

Do I need to add a suffix -s to the verbs in the following cases? Her academic background combined with her working experience...provideS... Her academic and professional experience.. provideS... I ...

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