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How do you use adjective or adverb to modify the gerund?

I want to figure out the situation of the gerund that should I use adjective or adverb to modify it? I know about the gerund that can function as both noun and action. It acts like a noun. My ...
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Is the saying “It's not that big of a deal” incorrect?

Is the saying "It's not that big of a deal" incorrect? I would really like an answer to this as my children think it is correct.
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direct negation of concur

I'm wondering what the direct opposite of "concur" is. For example, disagree is the direct negation of agree. Is there such a word? Thanks!
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Problems with the meaning of the word 'even'

I understand the meaning of this word in general, but there's just one question. Here are two examples: We painted even the floor. AND We even painted the floor. Are they correct and if ...
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“I'm always going by bike” vs. “I always go by bike”

Premise I hate translation work. No, don't get me wrong. I really hate it. With a vehemence. Not because it's boring, but because doubts, insecurities and scruples plague me and deadlines give me ...
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What is the meaning “It is permitted us to know …”

I saw a sentence It is permitted us to know respecting the signs, which are spoken by the prophets, for they foretold signs by which the consummation of the times is to be expected by us from day ...
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send something to someone|someplace

Background: I am writing a computer application which can understand English sentence. For that purpose, I was preparing frames of each word. Eg send smth to recipient|place Since "to" can be ...
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Is the pronunciation of “oa” in “broad” unique?

The "oa" in the word "broad" is pronounced like the words "or" or "awe". In phonetic symbols that is ɔː . However in all other examples I can think of it is pronounced like the "oe" in "toe". Or in ...
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Problems with meaning already

I have the problem with understanding the difference between 'already' and 'yet'. Are these examples correct and do they mean the same: Have they already done it? OR Have they done it yet? OR Haven't ...
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Is “infallibility-concentrated” an English word?

Is the word 'infallibility-concentrated' proper English for something/someone= concentrated on being infallible?
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Is there a word for the instant after you are slapped and are deciding how to react?

Or just any kind of semi-unexpected personal injury. Maybe someone destroys the painting you spent months on. So after the inciting incident, there's a split second where you're trying to figure out ...
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Is it “I've heard the story told many times” or “I've heard the story being told many times”?

I've learned that we use a bare infinitive or present participle after see, hear, watch. What happens when the object after these verbs are in a passive situation? For example, is it "I've heard the ...
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33 views

What is the word for the place/address a person lived, or is identified with, most of their lives?

I know this word exists but I can't remember it. It is like saying current address or last address but has the meaning of the address a person lived most of their lives or is identified with most. ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Dawn, Dusk.. what's a word for middle of the day? [on hold]

A word to best describe the position of the sun when it's directly above and very bright?
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2answers
26 views

Word/phrase for “time-wise in-between”?

Word/phrase for "time-wise in-between"? Say my arrival was time-wise in-between lunch and dinner. Say I want to say that more idiomatically, how would I do that?
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24 views

Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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1answer
25 views

Pronunciation of double G: soft “gg” versus hard “gg”

When I was a student, I was taught double G is normally hard, as in "agglomerate", "aggregate", "foggy", "aggressive", "dagger", "niggard", "doggerel", etc, the exceptions being "exaggerate" and ...
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Rubber baby buggy bumpers

Can someone explain the meaning of the following tongue twister:Rubber baby buggy bumpers? I am familiar with the meaning of individual words, but am still not sure that I get the meaning of the whole ...
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”?

Which of the two is the correct sentence: You are a sorry excuse of a magician OR You are a sorry excuse for a magician If both applies, then what is the difference between the two and when should ...
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Are graphic novels considered literature?

Most of the definitions I have found for the word literature basically define it as written material. Some graphic novels contain words but that is not a requirement. Can graphic novels be ...
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [on hold]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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5answers
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Alternative phrase for “makes sense” (used in arguments)

An idea I have for an alternative is 'is consistent'. But I'm looking for something that's better. I am looking for a succinct answer that implies consistency, and to be used in arguments.
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2answers
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What figure of speech is this, “assaulted by a haircut”?

"That guy is assaulting us with that haircut". There's some hyperbole in there, but its definitely a substitution of some sort.
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In this sentence is the comma after 'though' correct?

"Though, people hadn't climbed it, the very act of adorning it with these strange exotic names meant that the mountain (let alone the species that named it) would have many adventures."
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Formal email title to follow up the hiring process [on hold]

I had an interview now I want to email them to see if they have decided to hire me or not, what will the title of the email?
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3answers
269 views

It was dark by now

Does the following sentence make any sense? "It was dark by now, and I realized that it was time to [...]," If it was an occurrence in the past, then wouldn't referencing it as "now" be ...
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1answer
27 views

Can unthinking entities be “informed” in the sense of “being provided with information”?

In scientific papers, I read something along the lines of the following at times: Our results on banana transmogrifation may inform studies on apple transmogrification. Given the context, I am ...
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A synonym for “surroundings”

Is there a synonym for the word "surroundings" which describes the closest surroundings of a spaceship in space (to specify scales lets say distance between planet and ship when ship is on ...
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1answer
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Who is trying to improve their future or who are trying to improve their future?

'Is' and 'their' don't mix well... But I have heard people saying 'Don't bring up the past of a person who is trying to improve their future.' Is it correct? Or should it be 'Who are trying to' ...
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0answers
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Which terms are used to describe language usage?

When trying to explain the usage of words in French to English speakers, I'm handicapped by my lack of vocabulary to describe when words are used. Looking in dictionaries for the French terms give me ...
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28 views

Improve sentence grammar and writing skills, vocabulary [on hold]

My problem might be a bit twisted to explain. I can read and write English without any major challenges. However, I do not have clarity when I write my sentences. For example, is the sentence x, ...
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Can somebody tell me wheres should I put commas and semicolons in the following statement

Developed humanized mouse model for allergic airways diseases, characterized peptide immunotherapy in different mouse models of allergic airways diseases, handled variety ...
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2answers
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Present tense: “saying” vs. “says”

I am translating an ebook for A1-German learners. Most of it is written in the present tense. I am writing a lot of dialogue. Is it correct to use the present progressive or not? Your help will be ...
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5answers
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Are there words with positive connotations used to describe atheists or other non-religious people?

Most words used to describe the lack of religion of people have negative connotations, for example: infidel, nonbeliever, disbeliever, unbeliever, skeptic, doubter, atheist, agnostic, heathen, ...
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4answers
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Military terminology for the outbreak of war, or events which begin a World War?

I wanted to know if there are any general terms for the outbreak of war, or ones which refer specifically to the beginnings of the World Wars.
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1answer
15 views

might we not say?

What might be the reason the author adds "might we not say" in his diatribe against boardinghouse life? Here's the context: "There is no chance for the development of the unhappy wife into a ...
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24 views

Should this sentence have a question mark?

Should the following sentence have a question mark?" Can you ask your dad to come as quickly as possible, she needs a doctor to check her leg.
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1answer
19 views

Amass vs accumulate - is there a difference or can these be used interchangeably?

These two words mean pretty much the same thing. But I couldn't understand the difference. I picked these two examples from google translate: investigators have yet to accumulate enough ...
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2answers
58 views

She was LAST across the finish line.

Please help. What part of speech is "last" in the sentence: She was last across the finish line. Thank you!
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2answers
35 views

She dresses different/differently from?

The maid of honor dresses different from the bride. The maid of honor dresses differently from the bride. Which one is correct? Or both of them are? It's a fill-in-the-blank questions appeared in ...
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6answers
167 views

Looking for the media equivalent of “televised”

If you say "an event has been televised", it means that the event has been recorded for or transmitted by television. Media covers not only television, but also radio, newspapers and the Internet. ...
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1answer
43 views

I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit?

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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1answer
30 views

Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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0answers
21 views

grammar question : article [on hold]

I would like to start a blog and I translated something from german to english. But I'm not sure, If the grammar is correct :) thanks I look forward to Hearing from you soon. The article: I love my ...
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2answers
82 views

What are the different ways of highlighting (or emphasising) words in English typography?

I know the following techniques are used for words in print : Italics, Underline, Bold, ALL-CAPS, Change-Of-Font, Enclosing-In-Single-Quotes, Enclosing-In-Double-Quotes, Change-Of-Colour, & ...
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1answer
43 views

Is “be my guests” correctly used in the following case?

Speaker A: We want to ask you some questions. If you don't mind, of course. Speaker B: [He opens the door of his house] Sure, be my guests. Is the idiom being used correctly? If not, what ...
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29 views

What is the difference between “asked” and “offered”

What is the difference between someone making an offer or asking if you want something ?
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26 views

Which verb would fit better to describe the flow between the steps of a process?

I'm describing the steps of a workflow and each step's description ends with the expression "Press the xxx button to ... to the next step". I can't decide which verb to use in this context. My ...
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3answers
53 views

How do you describe the 'darker side' of someone? Context given here

Context: Foster child learns to manipulate people to make them love her. She meets a kind mother for once, and she doesn't need to revert to her 'psychopathic' (for lack of a better word) side. I am ...

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