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has seen vs have seen

Consider the following sentences: The last few years has seen the building of the new church. and The last few years have seen the building of the new church. As a native speaker, both of ...
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Name for letter U in words like 'suede' and 'penguin'

What is the letter U called when it says the /w/ sound in words like suede and penguin? I've read that y and w are semivowels but the U in suede and penguin doesn't really conform to the definition of ...
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Present Perfect vs. Simple past in this situation

if somebody hasn't answered my question, what will be the difference of these two response in meaning? "You haven't answered my question!" "You didn't answer my question!" thanks
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Simple past passive voice

Simple past passive voice, In below sentence who is a speaker and who is a listener. Muthu was heard by Kumar.
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parasitical subversion

The following context is about sniffing CCTV's. What does "Video sniffing’s form of parasitical subversion" mean? And what is its difference from " tapping into live feeds"? Nicholas Whybrow, Art ...
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What does “went after corruption as hard as… ” mean?

Edward Snowden on Twitter commented, Imagine if the government went after corruption as hard as it goes after guys who run filesharing sites. Priorities. What did Edward Snowden mean?
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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What are the pronunciation and etymology of the dog's name “Tige”?

"Tige" was apparently a popular name for American pet dogs even before Buster Brown (1902). I just ran across the same name in chapter 32 of Huckleberry Finn (1884): "Begone you Tige! you Spot! ...
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Is there a word meaning hitting your mouth with something?

Like getting punched in the mouth. Or getting hit by the broom's handle when that one guy in front of you, who's carrying a broom, suddenly stopped.
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What does the phrase “jump right into” mean?

This book jumps right into the functions and features most commonly used with PHP, and from there it continues in describing real-world projects, MySQL integration, and security issues from a project ...
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When describing a detail of an ex, is it correct to use past or present tense?

To start, would it be correct to say "My ex-girlfriend used to eat at red lobster." or "My ex-girlfriend eats at red lobster." Another example: "My ex-girlfriend used to be into ...
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Unexpected Google Ngram for “wifi”

If we look at the word "internet", we can see that it was virtually unused until around 1990. Next, if we look at the word "wifi" we can see that there was a huge jump in around 2000. My question is ...
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subject-verb agreement when 'amount' is used

Even a small amount of gases have / has a large effect. This sentence is an exerpt from a reading passage, which is talking about CO2 in global warming. It says CO2 accounts for only 0.038% in the ...
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Would I use “would be” or “is”

This is driving me crazy. Can someone please help. Which of the two sentences is correct (is or would be)? Another evidence-based approach I would use in my teaching is peer-mediated instruction OR ...
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1answer
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A single (non-hyphenated) word that means “to deprive someone of water”

"to starve" means "to deprive someone of food", but what about an analogous word for water? Is there a word that means "to deprive someone of water"? "Dehydrate" is the closest I could think of, ...
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1answer
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Is there a word for people who worship/glorify something just because it's old? [duplicate]

I'm not talking about religion. Imagine certain Ancient Egyptian writing or old Chinese poem or phrase by Shakespeare, comment on life being very short or we being puppets in the theater of life. ...
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Is it right to say 'give up from doing something'

I'd like to know if it's right to say 'give up from doing sth' instead of 'give um doing sth'. Thanks in advance.
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What do we pay a doctor to visit us? [on hold]

What do we call the amount of money which we give to a doctor to visit us?— the money which we give to the doctor in notes or maybe with an insurance card?
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1answer
37 views

realize or enable?

I need to know if realize is the right word in this sentence: "Rigid connectors realize the transmission of kinematic motion from the tow bar deformation to the plates." I want to say that i use "...
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1answer
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What is a word to mean “when bad is good”?

I'm looking for a single word (adjective or adverb) to describe a person who acts "bad", but in an admirable fashion. Examples of this abound from history and literature. Here are just a few I could ...
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217 views

What is word used to describe someone who is very kind and likes most to help other people with their problems? [on hold]

I would like to ask this question; A word that is used to describe someone who is very kind and likes most to help other people with their problems? (I need both a noun and an adjective; if they are ...
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1answer
64 views

what is the person who is always nosing in people's business? [duplicate]

what is a person called who is always nosing on other people's business - like having a neighbor always outside on the balcony or window to check the neighborhood out.
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4answers
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How to pronounce “×” in “12 × 3 mm²”?

I have this expression: 12 × 3 mm². I guess that it should not be pronounced as "twelve multiplied by three millimeters squared". I've tried to google it already but it seemed to be difficult ...
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1answer
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Comma or semi-colon ?When to use

I don't know whether a semicolon or a comma should be used. For example: Now that GoT is done for the season what will James complain about besides Disney movies?Find out on a new episode of Off Time ...
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1answer
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how to say that I am on my way to home? [on hold]

Scenario: I go back to home everyday after office. Someone called when I'm in bus and asks where are you. What should be my reply? I believe "I am travelling to home" is incorrect. I have to express ...
2
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1answer
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Is it semantically correct to use the word 'ahead' when referring to moving in time?

EDIT: As in the questions title, is it semantically correct to use sentences such as "the concert was moved ahead in time as the stage was no longer available". To me, this makes sense, but is ...
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Usage of “Don't remember”

In my language I can say "I don't remember I've ever watched that film" or "Never in my life have I remembered watching that film" to mean as far as I can remember I've never done something, or in a ...
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A word for an instrumental melody which copies the vocal part?

Sometimes in rock music you'll hear a guitar solo which reproduces the vocal melody: from the verse, for example. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana springs to mind - here's a link to the relevant ...
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Is there a rule for when to pronounce “ah” instead of “ae” in RP versus GA? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a rule when to pronounce ah in RP versus ae in GA. Is it a question of vocabulary or is there a rule for that? Examples: dance- in RP is pronounced ah but in GA it ...
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1answer
44 views

A word from school vocabulary? [on hold]

I would like to know what to call the paper that shows you have passed exams in a subject. The word is seven letters long.
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When to drop the preposition

Which sentence is correct: Attached is a memo regarding membership to and providing charge to... or Attached is a memo regarding membership and providing charge to...
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1answer
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Resources to determine proper prepositions

I find there is a lack in properly outlining the correct use of prepositions in online dictionaries. I often find myself wondering, for example, if I should use "originating from" or "originating in" ...
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What does 'cover off' mean? 10067

10067 I have looked at 'cover off' threads but their answers don't fit my example. In James Titcombe's book about the Morecambe Bay baby scandal (where 30 babies died because of communication ...
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'We are neither.' Is that correct? [on hold]

I am composing a sentence like: 'Some people think we are this, some think we are that...'. Then I want to say that we are neither this nor that. Can I write it in short like this: 'But we are ...
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1answer
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Subjunctive in If clause

Here is my question which I came across-The context is present; "If I could touch the water, I would feel it was cold." Why it is written as "It was cold"? Shouldn't it be "It is cold"? Does " It was ...
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What is the future for the Word *“Womyn”*? [on hold]

The Word "womyn" has an interesting and debated history. It has become ever more pertinent since it's creation. My question is: Does "womyn" have a future?
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question? [on hold]

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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How can a person chime? [on hold]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Absolute Integrity

An employee is habitually unauthorised absent. He was punished earlier also.Now again he is unauthorised absent.Whether a charge sheet can be issued that the employee failed to maintain "Absolute ...
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1answer
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Word order depending on emphasis

In many languages it is very common to deviate from the common word order depending on the emphasis (the most important piece of information one conveys in a sentence). Suppose the following sentence ...
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The difference between Related and Relating [on hold]

I would be very happy if you can explain me the difference between related and relating?
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1answer
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Which is the right usage: It vs That [on hold]

"OH! You are an Encyclopedia. I forgot it/that." (Said In the context after sharing something to a person who already knows it). It or that? Which is right or better usage?
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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1answer
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Question about 'ascending to the throne' for other titles

When talking about the heir to a king, when he/she comes into power, we can say he ascended to the throne. Is there an equivalent phrase for usage concerning other noble titles like duke, count, baron,...
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What is a “longstop”? (British, I think)

I've come across this word applied to God in a book by Julian Barnes but I don't understand it. And perhaps God doesn't mind being addressed only in emergency. It may seem to bystanders that ...
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Word for “easy to dismiss”

I know that there is an adjective with that meaning. I just cannot think of it or find it online. I'd be very grateful if someone pointed out a word that means "easy to dismiss" or something similar. ...
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A question on What Clause

You see Martian paintings and you wonder what the painter was like. could someone make me understand why writer not use how in place of what?
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Jr or Jnr for describing Junior job position?

What is the correct way to abbreviate Junior when describing a job position Jr ,JR or Jnr, JNR? or is it best to just write Junior I have always thought Jr was used after someones name but have seen ...
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1answer
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Then the [noun] will vs. the [noun] will then [on hold]

I was just writing something and came across these two alternations of saying this, and was curious what the difference between them is, and if one of them is technically incorrect. After a quick ...

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