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What does “a turn-away crowd” mean?

When I watch some sports events, narrator says, "A turn-away crowd tonight, a sold-out American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX" (actually this one is from WWE ;-) What is the meaning of " a ...
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2answers
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Difference between 'next' and 'following'

What different between this sentences? what is correct/incorrect? Please check next items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Please check the following items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Thanks.
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22 views

Why is it “could” and not “can” in the famous line: “If a face could launch a thousand ships”?

This is from a song lyric If a picture paints a thousand words, Then why can't I paint you? The words will never show the you I've come to know. If a face could launch a thousand ships, ...
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36 views

How does the verb “send” work?

Please advise if this is the correct grammar in the sentence, "Should I send the letter to her"? If we can say that, using to in that question, how is it that send can be used without to? Should ...
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Are “Real class” and “Paper class” well-received pair words?

Today’s (October 23) Time magazine and New Yorker carried articles dealing with a report of academic scandal of the University of North Carolina under the respective headline, “North Carolina Releases ...
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Word for “having characteristics of the beach?”

The city had a tropical, [...] feeling to it. I thought of the word beachy but I worry people will confuse it with the other similar-sounding word.
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4answers
40 views

Connotations of “inevitable” versus “unavoidable”

"Inevitable" and "unavoidable" have near-synonymous definitions per stock Google dictionary searches, and both words stem from the same Latin root, but I've also seen broad acknowledgement that they ...
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19 views

“Permitting for” or just “permitting”?

Is the phrase "permitting for" okay to use in the same way "allowing for" would be when not working on a verb? This does that, permitting for fewer those. This does that, permitting fewer ...
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2answers
98 views

What word means to feel better by writing about what you feel?

What word means "to feel better by writing it down?" Usually speaking about your emotions.
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2answers
33 views

“Start to Inf.” vs. “start V-ing”

I want to know about usage of "start + action" and "stop + action". Which one of followin are correct or preferred? For ex. When shall I start working? When shall I stop working? Or ...
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23 views

“polished surfaces reflect brutal efficiency” meaning?

This is the description of the location "The Ebony Barracks" in Act 3 of Path of Exile. I wasn't too sure whether to ask it here or in Gaming.SE since it is English related. What is the meaning of ...
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1answer
19 views

What does the phrase “old Charlottes” refer to?

I'm reading the novel Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian at the moment. It has the following passage in it: '… it seemed to me there was an unnatural proportion of Lord Mayor's men among ...
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19 views

Full stop or colon to describe a number of choices? [on hold]

Which example is better? There are three reasons for this: One, two, finally. There are three reasons for this. One, two, finally.
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A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment

I'm trying to find a word to describe, given a stagnant (i.e. not improving) environment, the phenomenon of improving the local situation as much as possible, possibly even up to a fixed upper limit ...
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1answer
20 views

Add The in between sentence [on hold]

What is the difference between these two phrases? accept change accept the change
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0answers
25 views

Are we taught to use parentheses in the wrong way and too often?

I'm finding a lot of questions and answers in general on SE are very liberal in using parenthesis to wrap secondary information within sentences which leads to broken flow and reduced readability. ...
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6answers
423 views

What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?

I'm sure I saw, recently, a word for this, but I can no longer remember, or find, it.
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4answers
198 views

What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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3answers
90 views

Should 'g' followed by 'e' and 'i' be pronounced with a soft or hard g?

In English, words with a 'g' followed by a front vowel (e, i, y) can be pronounced with a soft g or a hard g: Words with Germanic roots are usually pronounced with a hard g: gear, get, gift, give ...
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47 views

Does the 'i' in 'iPhone' stand for anything? [on hold]

Does the i in 'iPhone' stand for anything? For example, when the word 'email' is used, it's just a shorter way to say 'electronic mail'. When someone says 'eSports', it means 'electronic Sports'. So ...
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1answer
43 views

Where does the “… take Manhattan” trope originate?

There are a number of creative works whose titles end in this way. For example, The Muppets Take Manhattan, a 1984 film “First We Take Manhattan”, a 1987 song Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes ...
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4answers
59 views

Word for secret knowledge that is not publishable, but known by “everyone on the inside”

I am looking for a word, or name of a concept, that describes a secret that is kept from one group of people, e.g. a society (outsiders), is known by a specific group of other people, e.g. ...
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2answers
38 views

Using 'her' vs. 'its' to refer to a country

I am currently reading Liddell Hart's "History of the Second World War", and I'm wondering why he sometimes uses her/she when talking about Japan. In my understanding of English, it should be its or ...
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3answers
34 views

What is the correct translation

I am trying to translate Invictus by William Ernest Henley into my language. I was done translating it, but I had a discussion with a fried for the first line. Out of the night that covers me. ...
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1answer
21 views

What is the meaning of “magazine spreads” in this context?

Source article. Extract: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is so good, so profoundly entertaining, so confident that it makes you wonder whether the other Iñárritu — the director of such ...
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A positive alternative to 'harp'

To harp is to talk or write persistently and tediously on (a particular topic). Example: "I don't want to harp on about the past" Is there a similar, non-tedious equivalent?
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Usage of what and which in questions

Give me the money. What money? Give me the money. Which money? Which answer is correct? I think which money? But i'm not sure about it. I am not a native speaker.Thank you for answer in advance. ...
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1answer
33 views

Can the Oxford Comma be used with a list of adjectives of the same type?

I was wondering if a list of classifying adjectives of the same type could use the Oxford Comma. For example: social, political, and economic problems is it a correct expression? I was checking a ...
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282 views

What is the hearing equivalent of behold

According to the google definition of behold it only applies to seeing and not to hearing. be·hold /bəˈhōld/ verb archaic literary verb: behold; 3rd person present: beholds; past ...
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19 views

Morphological analysis of 'unlawfulness'

How would you give the internal structure of the word 'unlawfulness'? My attempt: un - law - ful - ness prefix - noun - suffix - suffix Internal structure: law + ful > Adjective un + law + ful > ...
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2answers
59 views

Is “vector” countable? [on hold]

I was wondering if "vector" is countable or not. I've been using it in plural form (vectors) but I don't know if that is correct.
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1answer
21 views

Are there any synonyms for someone who has opted into something?

Ideally anything more substantive than 'participant'. I wasn't able to find anything using Google search or Word's synonym tool, and I'm looking for a more personable alternative to using the term ...
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0answers
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Is there any free online dictionary with pronunciation videos?

I believe perfectly learning a language and the pronunciation of its words depends a lot on both watching and listening to the native speakers of the language- just like how a baby learns from his ...
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3answers
59 views

Does anyone know the origins of “lucks a mussy” ( phonetic as I don't know correct spelling).

My mother used the saying lucks a mussy ?correct spelling and I have always wondered about it origins and meaning. I think it means Lord have mercy but am not sure on this.
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32 views

Hypernym for 'parallel' and 'antiparallel'

What is a word that includes both parallel and antiparallel ? This bothers me all the time when I do my math or physics homework.
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1answer
32 views

The Jones's, Joneses, or Jones'? [duplicate]

I am calligraphing holiday ornaments. I have been given a list of names. Which is correct when a name ends in an es, "The Jones's, or The Joneses, or The Jones'?" Also, when it does not end in an ...
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23 views

Difference between Interoperability and Interaction [on hold]

Is there any difference between those two terms: 'Interaction' and 'Interoperability'?
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4answers
46 views

Treatment vs Management

What is the difference in meaning between management and treatment? Is the word "treatment" just a medical term or can we use it in another situations? i.e in order to say "I want to relieve his ...
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1answer
54 views

A noun for phenomenon experienced by wave-particle duality

We have known for centuries that elementary particles exhibit both wave and particle properties. Does the English Language have a word that describes this wave-particle duality?
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43 views

Can I omit “had” if it is repeated too many times in a paragraph?

Example: I’d heard about this mystery before. However, I'd only thought it as a ghost story; something you'd tell around a campfire. Maybe I'm mistaken but the paragraph sounds better without ...
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1answer
37 views

Conclusion VS Summary [on hold]

In the scientific papers it is very common to see words like abstract, summary and conclusion. What is the difference between those words and how we can use them correctly?
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1answer
47 views

'Having been' verb third form, 'having been having' [on hold]

There is the tittle milk in the jug because of my cow! Having been distributed it wouldn't not, having been gathered it wouldn't not! I have been having difficulties understanding these words for ...
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1answer
36 views

the meaning of “this far”

what does" this far" mean? is it a synonym for"thus far"? and what does it mean in this example:" Oh I guess we made it, Or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here."?
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3answers
39 views

To the point of my knowledge [on hold]

Do you know any words to summarize "to the point of my knowledge"? To the point of my knowledge, in the literature review there are three publications about this idea. I want it to be like ...
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1answer
24 views

When should I include “note that”?

When writing scientific articles, I often feel that, for example, Note that the model can be solved exactly. and The model can be solved exactly. are equivalent. Other, similar phrases ...
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4answers
49 views

Expect vs. Foresee

Just read the sentence "This is not what I expect but what I foresee." Does this make sense to anyone here? Granted there are differences in meaning between 'expect' and 'foresee' but to me they are ...
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0answers
4 views

Is “Did you not tell me…” proper English? [migrated]

Is "Did you not tell me..." proper English, as opposed to "Didn't you tell me?"
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4answers
48 views

Punctuation with maximum

How would I edit the following to be correct? He would hardly sleep. Sometimes just two hours a night, maximum – four, and no more. Should a hyphen be used? I do not want to add any words, just ...
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3answers
73 views

pronoun antecedent agreement [on hold]

"Either the professional craftsmen or the amateur woodworkers enjoyed working with (his or her, their) hands. Is the subject here Either? What is the correct pronoun to use?
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1answer
64 views

A word or phrase for “going past a deadline.”

I'm translating a document into English from a business meeting. Participants are often being implored to finish their tasks by November, as planned, and in no way ??? to December. I'll give some ...

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