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Why is comma used here?

It's a sentence from Bartleby, the Scrivener. He lives, then, on ginger-nuts...he must be a vegetarian then; but no; he never eats even vegetables, he eats nothing but ginger-nuts. What I ...
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Right Good but Left Bad

While examining the definition/etymology of the adjective SINISTER, I noticed its senses of EVIL, ILL-FORTUNE, and general inauspiciousness, as well as explicit references to the noun/adjective LEFT. ...
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Can there be a difference between learned and learnt?

To the best of my knowledge, there is no difference in meaning between learnt and the single-syllable form of learned. This is supported by the answers to When do you use "learnt" and when "learned"? ...
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Comma usage and maintain succinctness

I have started my book with the words "The day I was born, Granny died." On reading all the comma rules this doesn't seem quite right. Should the comma be replaced by a semicolon? I wanted the first ...
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What tense to use in a when/if clause?

“I’m afraid I’ll have to take it away when you’ve finished” Is this good English? Shouldn't we use simple present tense in "when" clause when the main sentence is simple future tense? Is “I’m afraid ...
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What does bimonthly really mean? [duplicate]

Does the bi prefix mean that it is every second month or twice a month?
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Do I need quote marks when I quote myself?

Hello language lovers, English isn't my first language and I would like to know if I need to use quotation marks when I quote something I said in the past.
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Does speed limit become plural when referencing two roads?

When writing about the speed limit on two different roads, is it correct to say, "The speed limits on Hunt Brothers Road and State Road 17 will both be reduced to 45 miles per hour," or "The speed ...
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What is the plural for timeout?

In basketball, football, hockey, and many other sport the teams get a set number of timeouts. I was watching a summer league NBA game and there were some stat nerds talking and one referenced that ...
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word choice: someone who sticks with their group

I'm trying to find a word to fit in this context: you are a sitting _____ I want the word to show they are a follower in a teenage girl group. Like one with a head girl and the person I'm describing ...
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Preposition for “Encounter”

The usual preposition after the word, "Encounter" is "with". Such as, "My encounter with an old friend". But I saw "of" being used as a preposition in an example sentence in the Merriam-Webster ...
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A word for an explosion of emotion

When I was reading P.S Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood, I remember stumbling upon a single word that meant an explosion of positive emotion, but I can't recall what that word was. The word had a ...
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Word meaning “to make more accurate”?

I'm looking for a single-word verb that means "to make more accurate". The OED lists a word that might work, but the context is sort of restricted to an (in my opinion unfairly) small situation-set. ...
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Which one is correct ? people are/is

I have been confused for so long about the plural and singular forms of "people". I want to put an end to this confusion. what is the difference between these following expressions and is it correct ...
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Word for “Writing phrase on something”

Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this ...
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Arrangement versus an arrangement [migrated]

Which is correct: If we withdraw from the defense, you will need to make arrangement to pay for the fees and costs incurred by your attorney. OR If we withdraw from the defense, you will need to ...
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use of full stop at the end of incomplete sentence fragment?

Fifty one thousand square miles area. A hundred and fifty six million people. A thousand dollars or less average annual earning per person. Is it ok to use these full stops at the end of these ...
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the fairest to be Patakied

Bea was attractive, though by no means the fairest to be Patakied. This is the sentence that comes from the novel by Tibor Fischer Under the Frog. The official translation of this clause to my native ...
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Two questions - How to say it right? [migrated]

I have two question 1. why cant I say - I didnt understood? 2. why cant I say - why I cant say? Would appreciate any help Thank u
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What to call this person? [on hold]

Someone you love who has only hurt you. Never returned the same love. Even when she knows how much you love her. Not infidel or disloyal but something which also keeps the essence of love like you ...
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Brothers everywhere, raise… or Brothers, everywhere raise…?

In the song "Warriors of the World United," how should one punctuate the following sentence? Brothers everywhere, raise your hands into the air! or Brothers, everywhere raise your hands into ...
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Passive voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [on hold]

I have heard her sing this song several times => She has been heard to sing this song several times or other answer. Plz, help me
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Why the extra “bar” on 7 [on hold]

I remember reading one article that related the written numbers to roman numbering system by counting the number of angles or intersections made to equal the number, or something like that. Has ...
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Word for “weird-looking”?

By weird-looking I mean something like this: I checked Thesaurus, but the words--freaky, funky, kooky--don't seem to have the "looking" part. (I'm purely referring to the physical appearance, not ...
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What is a word for a person being “crossways”?

In my native language Swedish we say that a person is "tvär" if he is diffcult to agree with. It literally means "blocker" i.e. tvär would mean "på tvären" (on the crossway) that means that the person ...
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Why I can't use the infinitive after modal verb or auxliary verb? [on hold]

I don't understand because I can't use infinitive after modal verb ex: I could go (correct) I could to go (incorrect)
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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Does “never” replace “neither”? [duplicate]

I'm writing a sentence that has both the "neither...nor" construction and the word "never". In this case, can/should "never" come instead of "neither"? The two words seem to exclude each other, at ...
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A grammar question [on hold]

Which sentence is correct or better? In discrete event systems, a predicate can be a set of states or a language, therefore, behavioral properties can be classified into two categories. In discrete ...
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What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
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What is the significance of “it did” at the end of a sentence?

Nevertheless, such a generalisation does not take us far towards an understanding of why the revolution broke out when it did, and why it took the remarkable road it did. I wonder why the last ...
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Intermediate level student or intermediate-level student?

Intermediate level student or intermediate-level student? Which one is more correct/preferable?
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To tell the name of a person I met in the past

I have a basic grammar question about the past tense. If I met a guy yesterday, which tense should I use about his name today? For example, "Yesterday I met a guy, his name is/was John."
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What does mean “snap right back to your book”

I need help to know what this sentence means? I have trouble understanding phrase "just snap right back to your book" Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. ...
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Want to write an Email to a buyer [on hold]

MY buyer found my submission seems too high and asking for a drastic revision and i know my rates are very genuine for him, how ever i can negotiate him on his order basis but after 10-15 days. please ...
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Can i say “Advanced Default Interface”/“Advanced Classic Interface”? [on hold]

For people with native English, could you please help me. Can I say "Advanced Default/Classic Interface" in English, and if it's correct or acceptable? I'm building modifications to existing software ...
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“neither/nor” in a sentence

I was wondering if the use of "neither/nor" is correct and comprehensible in the sentence: Moreover, most probably neither was the snake linked to Cleopatra because of the erotic association nor the ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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What is the Plural of staff?

i am a teacher and we are in doubt if the plural form of Staff is staffs. we have been debating on this topic.
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order of using surname and given name

I am a South Indian. As per the passport my surname is Michael and my given name is Sukumar. How shold I write my expanded name (full name)- as Michel Sukumar or Sukumar Michael
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When should hyphens be used to make text clearer

In an earlier post - Phonetic understanding of tongue twisters - a comment was made that "hyphens ...(are) ...not needed in speech, so they must be extraneous". The phrase prompting this assertion ...
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Which one is correct “delivered to” or “delivered at”?

Should I say Food delivered to your doorsteps or Food delivered at your doorsteps?
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Here we go vs here we are

Could someone explain me the difference between the following here we are And here we go Many thanks, Duilio
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Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?

What would be a good single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels, rattling off place names ("Oh that one time in Timbaktu....", "Thank you for the coffee! Speaking ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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Are these two meanings of “phenomenal” related?

I had seen the word phenomenal translated into Chinese words with an equivalent meaning "of phenomenon" in more and more text especially regarding sports. For example, LeBron James had a ...
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Din - with or without an article

I want to ask about an article. "Cars are going back and forward with (a?) din (noise)" Should "din" have an article? I don't concretize it and perceive the word as a concept, that is I don't pay ...
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What is it called when you lose a tooth but still have most remaining ones?

I know the word toothless means, according to Google: having no teeth, typically through old age. I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I ...

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