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How do expert writers avoid using “ I ” when they mean to address themselves in their article?

How does a competent author, in a more refined an perhaps (slightly) formal way, address themselves without saying I? I've seen the term this writer somewhere. How is it with a native? Are there any ...
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Does this sentence make sense?

Does the sentence below make sense? Those who would like a spot of lunch after, there will be a fish and chip van on-site providing a lovely meal for £3 per head. I know that you are not supposed ...
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Are “perchance” and “by chance” interchangeable?

Merriam Webster's defines "perchance" as: "maybe but not definitely" Similarly, the fifth definition of chance on Merriam Webster has "by chance" defined as: "in the haphazard course of ...
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Is “Daily Sport Stream” grammatically correct as a website name?

I want to register a certain domain name for my website. Is the name Daily Sport Stream acceptable? Or can I use only Daily Sport Streams?
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Why do people put 'had' in front of past tense verbs? [on hold]

As can be seen in any English language newspaper or novel, people do at times put had in front of past tense verbs, both regular and irregular past tense verbs. Why is this done? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...
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picking a nicer word than article [on hold]

We are developing a web application where users can post beautiful magazine-like articles (those are mostly images and an adequate amount of text). Though we don't like words like atricle or post, so ...
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Neither vs either in a negative statement

Is it correct to say: A: You can't say a word to anyone. B: Yes, but you can't say a word to anyone either. or A: You can't say a word to anyone. B:You can't say a word to anyone neither. ...
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Conditionals (Past Tense)

In terms of conditional sentences, is it correct to say: if you knew why I WAS here, then I wouldn't need to be here. or If you knew why I WERE here, then I wouldn't need to be here. Which ...
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pronunciation of foreign names [on hold]

I will have to talk to a employment manager. Her last name is Hser Hti. I will say to her Good morning Ms Hser Hti; but with what kind of pronunciation?
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*In* or *On* Contacts?

I'm making a chat application and when the user chooses to delete someone I need to show a confirmation window, but I'm unsure which to use. Option 1 Are you sure you want to delete? You will no ...
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“That awkward moment when…”

I know when people use the phrase "that awkward moment when (blah blah blah)..." it is clearly a sentence fragment. What exactly is it called though? A dependent clause? A noun clause? I have no idea. ...
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Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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I hope you enjoyed/have enjoyed staying in Italy [duplicate]

A friend has written me a message in which she tells me that she is leaving tomorrow from Italy. I want to say that I hope that she had/ has had a great time here in Italy. What is the right way to ...
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why is googling the definition of “aviance” so difficult? [on hold]

I was just checking on the spelling of "aviance". However, google is giving me very surprising results. Please type "aviance", "aviance definition", and "what does aviance mean" into the google search ...
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Comma placement between two clauses

Based on my research, #2 is most correct, with two independent clauses separated by the "and". For some reason, a pause after "and" SOUNDS better to me. Is one of these correct and the others ...
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“get a coating”

I recently saw the expression "get a (real) coating" in this book review: Swales, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the only guy who gets a real coating, but only in passing But I just cannot figure ...
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“in the order it was received” [on hold]

I'm sure many of you have been in this situation—I'll be on hold for a bit and some automated voice will say Your call will be answered in the order it was received. I understand what they're ...
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Meaning of “that's the idea”

I read a book in which a character wrote a poem. She told herself I should fix the first part, but that's the idea. What does this mean, "but that's the idea"? Does it mean she should fix ...
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“The more…, the less…” sentence with the same verb

I'm kinda ok with basic "The more..., the less..." type of sentences, like The more you think about it, the less likely you are to take action, but what if I want to say next: The more ...
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Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)

In a discussion that involves talking about the program named "grep", the activity of applying the program to some data is often referred to as "greping". I was writing - still informally - about ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use 'in the profession of' in this context?

I have some questions. Is it grammatically correct to use 'in the profession of' in this context? Is this sentence grammatically correct? I completed my education in the profession of manual ...
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In which countries are sentence diagrams used in teaching English?

Until I watched "Weird Al" Yankovic's Word Crimes, I hadn't encountered a sentence diagram. (I was born and raised in Australia) Are they only used in teaching English in the United States, or in ...
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Preposition with word “interest” [on hold]

What preposition is properly used with word "interest"? Thanks in advance.
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Who, the subject or the object of the main clause, does the subject pronoun of a subordinate clause refer to?

It goes as follows in an un-manipulated text about websites serving as social networks: They are sweepingly putting many users on the brink of addiction, if they are not already victims of it. ...
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Connotation of “appease”

Is "Bob did what he could in his capability to appease them" a positive or negative comment about Bob?
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Is there a word for the opposing ends of a tangible scale, as there are “obverse” and “reverse” to describe the physical sides of a coin-like object

I feel that obverse and reverse are too "Geometric" to properly describe more complex ideas in society where something is not in reality in a completely opposite position in relation to another. For ...
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1answer
40 views

The right word or phrase of an act of telling false bad stories about someone deliberately? [on hold]

My subordinate at the workplace has a problem of not accepting reprimand when she has done wrong. She always becomes shaking with anger threatening to leave her job and then spreads the false stories ...
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spread of the quotative “be like” outside North America

I thought that the quotative "be like" was limited to American English, but was surprised to hear a 60-something New Zealand woman using it repeatedly recently. What is the status in world English? ...
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What does “Had X not Y” mean? [duplicate]

In this sentence, It should have, had the umpire not been intimidated by the reputation of the man who had come in to bat why "had" is being used here? what is its meaning in the above context? ...
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51 views

Etymology of “throw good money after bad”?

The idiom "throwing good money after bad" refers to spending more money on something problematic that one has already spent money on, in the (presumably futile) hopes of fixing it or recouping one's ...
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Third time lucky [on hold]

What is the meaning of third time lucky? He is three times lucky or got luck at the third time. Can someone explain me in detail? Thank you in advance.
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Price per 100 pieces?

In business English, what is the correct way to say: Price per 100 pieces? the context is a table listing unit price when the overall quantity is of 100 pieces. In short: if you buy 100 pieces, ...
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Words describing extent/ degree of 'jeopardy?' [on hold]

I am writing a letter to describe the future of a country is in serious jeopardy, in the sense that all cultures, economies, rules of games and so on will be lost in a second. Which adjectives I can ...
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What does “If wishes were fishes we'd all swim in riches” mean?

What does "If wishes were fishes we'd all swim in riches" mean? This phrase doesn't make any sense to me though I do understand the point it's making. But by the logic of the phrase, if a wish = a ...
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How does 'Bull I' Th' Thorn Inn' translate into standard English?

I am currently staying briefly in Stockport. Among the vast array of historical education that the town offers, is a most refreshing feature, given the current heat wave in North-west England. That is ...
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Why is the word “engineering” used in “social engineering”?

The word "engineering" is usually used for something constructive and innovative, for example, mechanical engineering, software engineering, aerospace engineering. But "social engineering" denotes ...
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What does wink and nod mean? In which context is it used?

Yesterday I read the word "wink and nod" in a newspaper. I didn't understand the meaning. Can anyone explain?
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1answer
27 views

“…easy enough, except…” Is this correct?

I heard this line in the movie "The social network". The full line is "The truth is she has a nice face. I need to do something to take my mind off her. Easy enough, except I need an idea." What I ...
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Can a person happen? Is “Zodanga happened” correct?

I was watching movie John Carter where there was some dialogue like this: — What happened here? — Zodanga happened. Here Zodanga was a bad guy in the movie. I don't understand how a guy ...
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5answers
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What would be a valid replacement of “as”?

Say I want to write something to say: John looked over his shoulder as he opened the door slowly. However, for stylistic reasons I don't really want to use as in that sentence. There must be ...
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'demurrage and deviation claims calculation' or 'calculations?'

Which one is correct? Our demurrage and deviation claims calculation or Our demurrage and deviation claims calculations
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42 views

Should I use a colon or semicolon?

Which of the following punctuations is more appropriate? Strict liability serves to uphold the rights of individuals: in this case, the rights of the neighbor to the security of his property. or ...
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1answer
20 views

Term for “the story referred to by the title of the collection”

Many short story collections are titled something like Foobar and Other Stories. Suppose I am writing a review of such a collection and want to refer to the story entitled "Foobar". I wish to say ...
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''We average 8 hours’ work a day.'' Is this a correct sentence?

"We average 8 hours’ work a day." Is this sentence correct? Can I say: "On average, we work 8 hours per day."? Please give me some examples to explain the usage. Thanks, everyone!
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meaning of “weeds” in english phrase [on hold]

i read this in "calvin and hobbes", calvin said: he'd pay us a dollar to pull weeds out of the front walk. (note: i don't think if it is a same weed of marijuana.) what is weeds here? and what is ...
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1answer
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Is “Selected 1 of 1 Entries” correct pluralization?

I'm trying to work out any possible pluralization strings for an application that handles dynamic values, and I'm a little stuck on the English here.. What I think sounds right doesn't feel right. ...
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27 views

“You are” vs. “you're” — what is the difference between them? [migrated]

I get confused between the two a lot. I want to understand how to use them appropriately, because I hate making mistakes.
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2answers
31 views

Does not show one's potential

One who has potential, but never gives the effort to show it. What would be the best word or words that match this description?
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29 views

What meaning does “hardly” impose in this context? [on hold]

"The jury was hardly moved by the man’s plea that his loneliness was an extenuating factor in his crime of dognapping a prized pooch" What did it end with? was the jury finally moved? or not at all?
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TH sound, is it continuant or stop?

How do you all pronounce the TH sound when speaking fast? For example, I've learned to pronounce the TH sound like a continuant sound, for example the hard one: ð. I start doing a Z, so this Z go ...

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