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Is this usage of “short-lived” common?

In a Last Week Tonight's segment on Ashley Madison, a married dating site, you can see John Oliver saying “Life is short. Have an affair. That is the most morally dubious slogan since Toyota’s ...
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What about a sentence.like …I like going to “new” places with “old” friends---

What can we call the above I ENJOY GOING TO "NEW" PLACES WITH "OLD" FRIENDS and can you think of other examples?
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What is meant by “ Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO.”

Well I've seen that sentence in wiki; an article about a rock band called Scorpions. I'm a little bit confusing on the verb used in this sentence. Scorpions opened for upcoming band UFO. What does ...
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Is “to take birth” correct English?

A Google Books search shows many results of the phrase “to take birth” in the sense of “to be born”, but most of them are in books dealing with Eastern philosophies like Hinduism and Buddhism. I am ...
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Origin and meaning of “chaff before the wind”

I've usually encountered the phrase "chaff before the wind" in the context of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I would like to know where it originates from historically and what imagery should come ...
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Racialization definition

I am completing a PhD. It is imperative that I find a reasonable definition of the term racialization. I am not using it as a verb for racism. Rather I am attempting to use the term to describe hoe ...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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What is an “American style shopping mall”?

Consider the phrase: "American style shopping mall?" Implicit here is a large multi-story enclosed gallery with lots of shops on a passageway that connects the "Generators" (large department stores ...
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Term for “person who just keeps talking and won't go away”

I'm looking for a polite word for someone who traps you in a conversation. I'd like to avoid suggesting that the person is foolish, just that they continue a conversation in spite of all hints that ...
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What's the word that means someone who can't adapt to nature?

I heard a word some months ago describing someone who was not the type who could handle being dropped in the middle of nowhere and surviving. I forget if it was an adjective or a noun - I think it was ...
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How do you know if a derivative word is actually an English word?

For example, "recidivistic" can be found in Merriam-Webster as an adjective derivative of recidivist. How do I know if "recidivistically" is adverb form of "recidivistic"? It is not listed in ...
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A word that means education away from self reliance

What is a word that means: To deliberately educate the masses away from knowledge of self sustainability/self reliance. I heard this word some 10 years ago and can't remember what it was..
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What's a word (in any language) for “a setting for adventure/an epic”?

For an rpg worldbuilding blog I'd like to make.
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Correctness of “Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response.”

I see "Thank you for your time and looking forward to your response." in my co-workers emails. Is it correct? What about "Merry Christmas and wishing you well."
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What does salt and slug mean in IT?

salt: For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, ...
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Term of Art Designation for a Tightrope Walker's Balancing Pole

One hot and humid summer day--7 August 1974, to be precise--my father, in a tone of unusual excitation, bellowed for me to join him in our living room where he directed my attention to the television ...
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Uses of word OR

Whether it’s the evergreen comedy FRIENDS or HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or medical drama like GREY’S ANATOMY or the mysterious and sociopath detective streak SHERLOCK or a family show like FULL HOUSE every ...
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Roman alphabet vowel arrangement

Is there any significance to the pattern we get when the Roman alphabet (upon which English is based) is arranged by giving vowels a "lead" column (which I hope you will be able to see as a grid)? ...
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“It ends tomorrow” or “It will end tomorrow”?

Which one is correct? It ends tomorrow. or It will end tomorrow.
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to have fun “on a journey” vs “in a journey”

Richard Branson in an interview with Motivated magazine was quoted as saying: To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes. Source: PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENTS OF 5 ...
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Future Tense Help

I said: "Should I not receive my letter by the end of this week, I will pay for my bill." I believe it should be "should" because I am talking about something that should happen in the past in the ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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When someone ruin all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes he/she say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their Kindness and helps, ...
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Elections took place, Impersonal Passive

I am reading one PhD thesis at the moment, and encountered an explanation which states that the form of the verb take used in the following sentence is 'impersonal passive'. On 25 April, for the ...
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correct punctuation for the You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque projecft

correct punctuation for You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque project
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Pronunciation of ‘few’ as [ˈfjyu̯]

I was surprised to see that Wiktionary states few be pronounced as /ˈfjuː/ or /ˈfju/. I have always pronounced it as [ˈfjyu̯]. Furthermore, I've copied the pronunciation from what I've heard and when ...
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Is there any other way of the expression on this phrase? His breathing was becoming less labored

Or, "Eventually, the old guinea pig was unable to move and her breathing was labored." I am looking for other way of saying in an exactly same meaning.
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“One has to die one death”

I'm looking for an English equivalent to the German "Einen Tod muss man sterben" ("One has to die one death"). As far as I know the literal translation is not in use. It refers to a situation in ...
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Term for a person with absolutely zero knowledge of a topic

I'm looking for a term to describe someone who literally has zero knowledge of a topic. Initially I thought of using something like green field but that doesn't really describe the person, it really ...
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Imagining for future

Guys I am very much doubtful about this sentence I want to say my client " I don't want to put myself in a situation when you Placed me order and I did not have the material" Is is correct if not ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences?

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...
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Is this phrase past tense or present tense?

The following phrase I ain't got no money Is it meant to be used for a past action (I didn't get no money) or is it used to mean (I don't get no money right now)? What confuses me is the usage ...
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What word describes changing behavior from consuming or using services to contributing or providing?

I"m attempting to efficiently describe a threshold of when someone has moved from being a consumer to a contributor. My context is a church setting. I'm responsible for drafting a description of the ...
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Construction of a compound-complex sentence

The grammar book which I'm currently reading gives the following as an example of a compound-complex sentence: "When the shy squirrels found us, we tried to feed them too, even though we had really ...
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What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
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“It claims to be” vs “it claims is”

A. The company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camera. B. The company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest camera. Could someone please explain why ...
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Any singular word ending in 's'?

Singular word that ends in 's' seems to be rare, not counting proper nouns. So far I only know lens. Is there other example?
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How to tell the difference between predicate adjectives and action verbs

While analyzing essays, I often get confused between whether a word is a predicate adjective of an action verb. I found the definition of a predicate adjective to be "An adjective used in the ...
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Pence in the pound

I have received correspondence that includes the sentence: The buyer (or debt collection agency) will offer you pence in the pound irrespective of how I reply. What does "Pence in the pound" ...
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Will have past participle VS should have past participle

I found this from Cambridge grammar book. We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened , will happen. e.g) The builders should have ...
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Is this particular statement a phrase or a clause?

The difference between clauses and phrases has been extensively discussed (here, here, and likely elsewhere). And as Dusty has said, “The short answer [is that] clauses contain a subject and its verb, ...
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Screp - definition

I encountered the following sentence, which is supposed to be related to how managers of a company can improve quality, I am especially unsure about the word "screp"... Screp of cross-dock totes. ...
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Why are there two Rs in “arrhythmic”?

It seems to me combining "a-"and "rhythmic" would intuitively be spelled "arhythmic". Is there a rule or some other practical reason that it's spelled arrhythmic?
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What does it mean when Cinderella said “They treat me as well as they're able.”?

In Cinderella 2015 horse chase scene, Cinderella said "They treat me as well as they're able." and the prince said "I'm sorry!" What does it mean "as well as they're able" in the sentence?
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Spelling etymology of “czar” [duplicate]

Russian emperors are usually referred to as "Tsars" or "Czars". However, while the first spelling (Tsar) utilises the standard English transliteration of the Cyrillic ц as ts, the second ...
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Need a word describing more frequently than monthly, other than semi monthly

We have business processes that happens periodically. These are labeled (in ascending frequency) as Quarterly, Monthly, Semi Monthly, Weekly, Semi Weekly, or Daily. We also have a process that can ...
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Correct structure of a comparative-type sentence with dependent clauses

The original sentence says: "The greater the amount of total suspended solids the higher the turbidity of the water." I think it feels off because it lacks a verb. Would the following be an ...
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1answer
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Are there linguistic markers that indicate to subordinates a desire to be addressed less formally

It's a bit of a shame that Is "pal" too informal when the other person is much older than me? was closed, as it dabbles in a difficult topic for all non-native speakers of English. Although ...
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How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions [on hold]

How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions. Sometime people just follow the existing custom or systems as it is, without ...
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Correct spelling of a Persian/Arabic name in English

I need to know what is correct spelling of Persian word Mohebbi in English. Native speakers write it in English in both formats Mohebbi (double b) and Mohebi (single b). It's written in Persian as ...

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