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What is the meaning of the name Wilber in English?

I'm thinking of picking Wilber as my English given name recently, since it has similar pronunciation with my Chinese given name. But I'm not sure about the meaning of Wilber in English, especially ...
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Pronunciation of “-st-”. When is it “sd” and when “st”?

I recently found some words but I got confused and don't know whether to say sd or st. I am sure the following are pronounced as st: sister caster ancestor master But the following are pronounced ...
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Is “worser” correct grammatically?

I know it seems incorrect, but I stumbled upon the word when reading Hamlet, "Oh, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half." Lines 159-160, Act 3 Sc 4 I looked it ...
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Can I treat “being wined and dined” as singular?

I want to say, "He loves being wined and dined, and he's not above demanding it." I don't know whether being can be treated as the referent of it, or I must take the whole verb phrase as a plural. I ...
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Can I remove the “who were” in the follow sentence?

The park was empty except for a group of elderly people who were stretching, jogging, and doing Tai Chi Is it still grammatical?
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Changing tense with brackets: “Bully[ing]” or “Bull[ying]”?

I've noticed that it seems to be common to bracket letters when partially quoting someone in order to make it grammatical. If Bob said "I'll retire when I turn sixty," one might write, "Bob told ...
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“All but” - what does it mean?

I actually have a very naive question. When someone says All but five people have left the town. What does it actually mean? Have 5 people left the town or has everyone else left, with only 5 ...
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Direction-most or Farthest / Furthest for cardinal points on a map?

I am creating an app which will allow the user to designate the bounds of the map. I will let them set the points most north, south, east, and west (latitude and longitude). I am wondering about the ...
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Begin Sentence with Gerund

My teacher recently marked on my paper not to use a gerund to start a sentence. I have been told by teachers in the past to use that format to vary sentence structure. It seems to make the paper flow ...
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For which question would you answer“I'm very glad to say”?

I have to write a poem based on another poem and i was wondering what question would have to be asked to answer "I'm very glad to say"?
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Is “Needless to say” ever worth saying?

I get a weird twinge in my stomach when ever I have the urge to write "Needless to say." If it's needless to say, it would seem stupid to say it. Am I right? Am I wrong?
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“Would you like some coffee?” “Thank you!” - In this context, does “thank you” mean “yes, please” or “no, thank you”?

The OED defines "thank you" as a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. ...
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Word for the describing the situation of caring about nothing but one thing

I want to describe a situation in which someone gets interested in something/someone to such extent that forgets other activities and normal life, and just cares and thinks about the beloved ...
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“During” a Period of Time

I'm working on a sentence (example below). It doesn't quite feel right: I tried to count the number of cars driven during 1980-1990. Specifically, the issue here is about usage of the ...
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Are there any three syllable words which exist as a noun and verb?

There are several word pairs consisting of a noun and a verb that are written and articulated the same; the noun generally has stress placed on the first syllable, and the verb on the second. For ...
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What is the correct shortened form for “Goals of the Theses”

What is the correct shortening for "Goals of the Theses"? Theses Goals Theses' Goals I am confused, because Theses ends with an 's', but using the apostrophe makes it plural.
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On the tray - what does that mean?

What does "on the tray" mean in the Sandra song, "On The Tray"? Sandra - On The Tray Lyrics Once in a year I'm looking back counting my rounds Time after time it's been so hard holding my ...
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Where is the mistake in usage of time?

Tina: Hi,Kelly.I just want to let you know when I'm coming.I'm leaving my house Saturday morning at 9:00.I should arrive at your house by 11:00. Kelly:Great!While you're here,you go with me to the ...
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Term for inefficiency inherent in hierarchical allocation

Background Some observations: The internet has just about exhausted the IPv4 address space. When I was ten years old, or so, I had to start dialing the area code for all outbound phone calls, even ...
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Why is it “Divide by 0” instead of “Divide 0”? [on hold]

When I read "by" it feels to me that the target to be divided is the number that comes before the 0, not the 0 itself. For example, "1 divided by 0", 1 is the target of the division, and 0 is what 1 ...
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What is a word or expression to describe a person as entertainment to pass the time?

If someone is being used or employed as entertainment to help someone else pass their time at work, but only in this capacity, what word or expression can be used to describe this? This other ...
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Word/term for “the ability to affect history or make things happen”?

I'm looking for a word, but I'm not entirely sure one exists that fits exactly what I'm looking for. The concept is "the ability to affect events" or "the ability to inexplicably make things happen." ...
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Is there a way to say “It Starts With You”? [on hold]

I'm looking to try to find a phrase or a much more simpler way to say "It Starts With You". Is there any other way? Even if it's in another language!
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“I can not attend to something” meaning “I'm free not to attend to something”?

When I say "I cannot attend to it" it sounds like I'm saying "I'm not able to attend to it", while what I want to express is that I'm capable of doing it, but I just don't need to. In Slavic ...
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Hard on the outside but soft on the inside (personality attribute)?

What is a single word (or idiom, or metaphor) that can be used to describe a person's personality that is "hard" or "tough" on the outside, but sensitive and soft on the inside? Something that says: ...
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What is the difference between “pallet” and “skid”

I usually call this device a pallet, but I have heard it referred to as a skid: Is there a difference between the two words (such as one is the name of the actual wooden device, the other is the ...
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Questions on modals,tenses

I'm not sure whether I used the right tenses? They say that he might not have done all he could to keep her safe There are many things he could have done over the years to keep her safe,but he ...
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Life as these little kids know it [on hold]

I have taken some photographs of some poor innocent kids, and want to create an album. Can I title it as "Life as these little kids know it"... any suggestions please.
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Expression for losing something that you never really had

My "friend" keeps whining about "losing n reputation points" on Stack Exchange. My instinctive interpretation is that some of the votes he had earned were reversed due to vote fraud. What he really ...
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Discerning between as and so?

I would appreciate it, if someone readily explain the difference between these. As, I yet to get what the first one means precisely, I had to broach such a discussion. UPDATED: The world was created ...
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isolate vs. isolated

I'm doing research paper and I want to write a sentence like We wanted to compare two groups isolated. A colleague told me to write isolate, without d. I just checked, this is an actual ...
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Is this a native English way to speak:I have the drive to do something

Is this the proper way to use the term I have the drive to do something? I have the drive to work in an elite company.
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Can the sentence “ Coaxing the Hoax ” used?

I mean the meanings of coax and hoax are perfectly justified . Atleast I think so , they are . Is it correct to use this sentence as it rhymes good , for a status or something .
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“ahead of” is NOT used with a particular time reference?

Am I right that the phrase "ahead of" is NOT used with a particular time reference such as "ahead of 2 o'clock"?
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Term for closing a stock trade?

I'm TA:ing a programming course and am writing up the instructions for a lab in which the students will implement a toy stock trading platform. I'm not too familiar with financial lingo, so there is ...
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What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either?

What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either? I know the word exists, it refers to greetings such as "How are you" and similar. ...
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“Rhetorical” Questions in English [on hold]

If the following question would not be considered a rhetorical one, then how do you change it to make it a rhetorical question? How has CVS changed over the past few years?
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Contentious Vs. Controversial

Are the words contentious and controversial synonymous AND interchangeable? or is there some difference in some contexts or in emphasis? For example, take this sentence I found in an excerpt from a ...
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Is there a short term for a banner ad displayed on all pages of a website?

I'm translating a media kit table with banner ad rates, and in one of the cells of said table there's a pithy short expression in Russian saying that the banner is to be displayed in its exact ...
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Lowercase w/ and w/o or W/ and W/O - which is better?

I am working at an engineering firm and discussing why the lower case w/ and w/o is more widely used and maybe correct, when all the abbreviations here are capitalized, like W/ and W/O. I think it is ...
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writing paragraphs [on hold]

I'm having a writing exam tomorrow, and I need help regarding the paragraph. I don't know how to do brainstorming. It's really very hard for me. How to have a perfect writing paragraph? By the way, ...
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Is a comma required here?

"During the war David was a pilot in the RAF." This sentence looks OK to me, but would there be any reason for or against putting a comma after "war"?
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What would be a modern equivalent for “A curtain lecture”?

I chanced on this expression while reading a book by David Crystal. In a chapter dedicated to words that have disappeared from the English language, he mentions this gem in Samuel Johnson's ...
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Is there any difference between “how it is doable” and “how it can be done”?

I have a phrase which can be written in two ways: This page contains information about orders, like how they are traceable after production. Or This page contains information about orders, ...
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How should I (or Should I) reply to 'Enjoy' mail?

I sent out a vacation mail to my office group. And a colleague of mine replied to the mail with "Enjoy!". Now Should I reply to this mail?. If yes what would be a proper response to this?.
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President vs. The President

For several years now, I have noticed that commentators on the radio and TV are dropping the word "the" in certain circumstances. For example, "President prefers foreign aid at this time." or "United ...
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Term for a shoe with a spring loaded spike

In movies when you have a bad guy who can trigger a spring loaded metal spike from his shoe to try and hurt you, what is the metal piece and/or the shoe/boot called? There has to be a term for that, I ...
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Same word multiple times in a row - longest? [duplicate]

Examples: Thanks for painting my pub sign, but could you increase the size of the spaces between Bull and "and" and "and" and Bush? All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his ...
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Does “playhill” make sense as an english word? [on hold]

I'd like to use the word "playhill" for a gaming website address like playhill.net - does this word combination work in native english? Or does it sound very odd? Thanks in advance
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“Preliminary Considerations”

In my thesis I have a part where I provide all the algorithms which I have developed. I want to introduce this part with a chapter containing the literature review regarding these algorithms, ...

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