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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below sentence ...
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Where does “more bang for the/your buck” come from?

The saying "more bang for the/your buck" that is more value in exchange for money or effort has been around since the '50s probably from "an adaptation of Pepsi-Cola's 'More Bounce to the Ounce' ...
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What's the adjective from 'emit'?

I'd like to know what's the right adjective from the word 'to emit'. Is is emitting or emitted radiation? Or are they both used interchangeably?
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exports goes with is or are! Which is correct [on hold]

India's beef exports are 7,10,791 tonnes or India's beef exports is 7,10,791 tonnes in these two sentence which is correct? is or are
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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What is a word (or two) that means “to fill in the blanks?”

I'm looking for a word or two (the shorter the better) that means "to fill in the blanks".
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Using “Putting up” in day to day conversation

How to use "Where do you put up?". Is it the right replacement for "Where are you staying?".
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what is a word for “multifaceted information”?

It can be said as either "multifaceted information" or "information in multi-dimensional form ." some times, people used to provide a wide variety of information in a single graph or figure. So, what ...
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I have found this in a German newspaper: “Don't spring from the margin”

A German newspaper has published this instruction at a swimming pool in Berlin. Spring can also mean jump Margin is certainly not the edge of a pool I'd write Don't jump off the edge ...
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What can a pass be? For example there is a ski pass. Are there any typical collocations? [on hold]

I can't find the similar collocations on-line! I think that it is possible to say a salsa pass too. What passes may be?
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Perfet aspect as a contradiction

I'm a Russian native speaker. I've been struggling with "perfect tense" for a long time. Can we say that word "have", besides it's root meaning (posession), has 2 distinct (that is we can separate ...
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Can I use “but” when the second part of a sentence isn't in contrast to the first?

My understanding of the conjunction "but" is that it should be used when the second part of a sentence rebuts the first. However, I often find myself using it when the second part isn't rebutting ...
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Help with correct phrasing for poorly constructed sentence [on hold]

I know the below sentence is wrong, but I'm stuck on the right way to phrase it; any suggestions? Select the period of duty this person will be going on while awaiting approval or rejection for ...
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verb - Is there a word for 'de-acknowledging'?

Is there a singular word for the act of 'de-acknowledging' or 'removing an acknowledgement'. For context: I am creating a computer program with a list of issues. Issues can be acknowledged. But these ...
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Do you know the word ROUTABILITY?

Is the word "routability" appropriate in the context of electrical engineering? I want to express whether the electrical routes between components can be routed or not.
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Difference between usage of room and space

There is no more space for you in this apartment. There is no more room for you in this car. How to determine which one to use?
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Origin of “Caught between a rock and a hard place” [duplicate]

caught between a rock and a hard place Where is this expression coming from? I understood the meaning but, for me, literal translation doesn't make sense. Can you give me some image?
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I don't understand two points in the following sentence

I don't understand two points in the following sentence: I have quite a lot of family and when I was growing up it was in a real, good, ordinary family – you couldn’t really get away with ...
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Should I use commas to delimit a clause that starts with “related to”

I have the following comment in my programming code: pop and store data related to nested objects from validated_data I wonder, should the related to nested objects clause be surrounded by ...
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What do you call all the pieces of a song minus the lyrics

I think there must be a good word for this, but can't think of what it might be. Harmony and Melody are pieces of it, beat seems simplistic, Instrumentation seems too scientific and dull. Any Ideas? ...
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“Read the sentence aloud” vs “Speak the sentence aloud”

A. Read the sentence aloud. B. Speak the sentence aloud. Which is more natural among native English speakers? Is there any subtle difference between the two? Thanks in advance.
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Simpler synonym for “holistic approach”

Is there any simpler or better equivalent of "holistic approach" you can recommend to use instead? Please let me know.
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what is the Forty-five day escrow?

I want to make sure this English sentence. A: When are these people moving in? B: Forty-five day escrow. A: That’s like three months from now. In this sentence, B said it's 45 day ...
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Plural of double barrelled surnames

What is the correct plural for double-barrelled surnames: is it "the Scott Fitzgeralds" or the "Scotts Fitzgerald"?
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What does “one’s peers” mean in “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers” mean?

Jill Lepore quotes a clause in Magna Carta, “No free man is to be arrested, or imprisoned … save by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land,” in her article in New Yorker March ...
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“You are looking good today” vs “You look good today”

Which of the above two sentences is right?
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“has been raised” or “was raised”?

Which one is correct? The credit limit has been raised from currently 2,2 to -in general- 2,6. or The credit limit was raised from currently TEUR to -in general- 2,6.
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Antonym of Scholasticism

I have been using the word scholastic to address scholasticism-related things as explained here. In some cases i am in need of addressing the opposite of it and have been using non-scholastic which ...
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Escalation: Ask team leader if problem is “too big”

I am not a native speaker and want to know if "escalation" is the matching word for this: I get a question from a customer, and I don't know if I am allowed to answer or do it. I want to go to my ...
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Is it plagiarism when copying something that you have written before? [migrated]

I am writing an essay and I have previously written and submitted an essay to a different professor about a similar subject. Would it be considered plagiarism if I copied my own exact sentences from ...
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What is another phrase for one stop shop?

I am writing a small description and need a phrase to highlight a range of services. Is there another phrase for "one stop shop" which is both catchy and apt?
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Could you please give me the meaning of this poem

Dusted with yellow The Bumble–bee comes, A good natured fellow Who buzzes and hums Where even an elf Could scarcely crawl The hollyhocks near And the foxgloves too Are happy to ...
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Isn't it the stress shown as h?

Like in ee-koh-ly in E-coli? Don't we have to stress the 'co' sound? I asked a question on how to pronounce some brands, and someone told me that... but, in this pronunciation of 'elastomer' ...
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turned up sound-system-loud

What does "whilst the music may have been turned up sound-system-loud" mean in the following sentence? Does it mean "although it could have been a party with very loud music, it was a silent party"? ...
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the meaning of 'case' in this sentence

I don't understand the meaning of case in this sentence: That may be wise policy, but it will also create an impression that many more potential problems exist than is the case. I also don't ...
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What is meant by technical background? [on hold]

I need to write the technical background of my capstone proposal.
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

I've been discussing with a colleague which apostrophe/single quote to actually use in what situations. We've agreed to use the closing single quote ( ’ ) for possession. e.g. That’s his ...
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Is “hiree” a word or are there alternative words with such meaning?

I need a word that means "someone that was hired." For example a trainee is someone who is being trained. I google'd hiree and I got some results, but am not sure if this is a proper word.
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to meet or meeting

I had a lot of opportunities to meet many different people and listen to their stories. Always I am confused whether I have to use "to Verb" or "Verb+ing". I guess that sentence is the past tense, so ...
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Difference between a rule and a requirement?

What is the difference between a rule and a requirement? Can these words be used interchangeable in a national standard?
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intention vs. purpose

Oxford Dictionaries define the nouns as intention A thing intended; an aim or plan purpose The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists So which sentence ...
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Could not achieve vs could not have achieved

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/tinderbox-in-in-the-himalayas/article8548784.ece Please look at the following The decision to deploy a few Air Force helicopters could not ...
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If I swallow part of an animal, am I not entitled to say “I swallowed an animal”?

As the question implies, if you swallow part of an animal do you think it mean it can be can be considered "swallowing an animal"? My argument was that part of an animal doesn't mean the whole animal. ...
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is there a name for adjectives that end in -ive formed from verbs?

Examples include 'declarative', 'manipulative', 'accusative'. Is there a name for these adjectives that describe something of or related to their base verb?
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Please help me. Compare these two sentences (A) and (B) and give me your comments, please [on hold]

(A) Moreover, some members of agricultural societies were now free to engage in pursuits other than food gathering, resulting in a more elaborate social structure with a division of labor allowing ...
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What are demeaning foods to call people? [on hold]

I was debating someone recently, and he started rejecting my view point entirely. He started referring to me as "cupcake", an attempt to insult me, I'm sure. I don't quite understand why, because ...
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'Expect to' as an expression of excitement?

In a recent test we asked students to write a sentence expressing their excitement at a future activity. We gave an example sentence using 'looking forward to'. One student wrote "I'm expecting to ...
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to become, becoming

My dream was to become a scientist. My dream was becoming a scientist. Which one is correct? or Do you have any idea to make it sound natural?
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Ellipsis and Parentheses

Due to the high density of questions related to the use of the ellipsis (...), I am not sure whether my question has already been adequately answered or not. However, in my research, I haven't found ...
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Talking over the phone for the first time [on hold]

I will have an interview in English over the phone, and I am preparing for it. What I'm wondering is what will be the best way to greet the interviewer? "Hell, my name is ______. It is nice to talk to ...

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