0
votes
0answers
10 views

items, pieces, sets

Are there any rules which govern the choice between items, pieces, sets? Which one is correct? 1) I have two pieces of advice/news. - I have two items of advice/news. 2) I have two sets of scales. ...
2
votes
2answers
27 views

It was the freshest movie for a long time

In a listening of my English course book there is this sentence: "It was the freshest movie for a long time". A film critic is talking about the best movies in the last ten years. For example: For me ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

Rules for verb usage

I'm fairly new to the world of linguistics and this is my first post in this forum. I've been helping a friend to learn English and one of her questions has me stumped, even as a native speaker. She ...
5
votes
1answer
76 views

What might this example teach us about singular “they”?

I just now encountered the following sentence in a student paper: Any new parents that have adopted a child of a different race generally embrace their biological parents[’] race. Having ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Proper adjective usage for “historical, literary, and artistic aspects”?

i am a teacher and am writing my cover letter to apply to a new district. I would like to include the following strong point about myself: My constant desire to learn drives me to research the ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

Difference between unsuited and unsuitable

Can you use both words as synonyms? Or only in some cases? Or do they have completely different meanings?
1
vote
2answers
88 views

Mycorrhizae: how the heck do you say “zae” in greek?

So, I'm trying to sound smarter than the people to whom I'm pontificating about no-till gardening, and I'd like to include a pronunciation of "mycorrhizae" (which is, of course the plural of ...
0
votes
2answers
19 views

Meaning of 'insider hiring'

there is an article about hiring. http://www.haaretz.com/misc/iphone-article/.premium-1.637980 one of the headers is 'Insider hiring'. what does it exactly mean? hiring someone you know? does it have ...
0
votes
0answers
8 views

How is this the present perfect continuous? [migrated]

Pakistan has been slow to embrace the revolution that is the internet. According to present perfect continuous tense, has/have + been + istform + ing is used, but in this case slow is used. I am ...
0
votes
4answers
21 views

Sentence structure “What is common to [..] is that”

What is common to all these types of services is that the process of their delivery is subject to our internal control of quality. I am not sure about the sentence structure indicated above. I ...
5
votes
1answer
160 views

Meaning of “I'm a large”

In one of the Seinfeld episodes (season 6, episode 12) there is a conversation, in which Elaine tells Jerry that she had given a label maker to a dentist and the dentist obviously gave that same label ...
4
votes
3answers
165 views

Is there a suitable antonym for 'Achilles heel'?

I'm trying to juxtapose antonyms in a effort to describe something. The first draft of an excerpt reads something like this: I will tell of their triumphs and downfalls... I would like to ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

in 5 minutes, after 5minutes

For a foreigner, the usage of 'In + time' and 'after + time' are kind of confusing.. The system will be turned off in 5 minutes. The system will be turned off after 5 minutes. I'm confused ...
12
votes
1answer
216 views

Word like “sirsee” for an unexpected, usually small, gift?

Throughout our marriage, my wife would occasionally come in from shopping and hand me a bag containing an unexpected gift...anything from a small bag of candy to a shirt. When I'd ask why she got ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Proper usage of subject

I am always confused with the following case: Let's say, I have two friends and each of them has a book. Which of the sentences is correct? (1) 'Books of my friends are nice.' (2) 'Book of my ...
1
vote
0answers
27 views

Does this sentence make any sense? [on hold]

"Unfortunately, I don't plan on pursuing the arts in the coming years as I enjoy doing it mainly as a hobby, and what better way to do so than to share my work with you guys!" It just doesn't sound ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

the scope of preposition “ which ”?

In this sentence "This leads us to try to optimize, to try to improve, but also to feel bad, to seek comfort and distraction, to procrastinate while we seek the answers. " . The modifier "while we ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

which noun that modifier modify ? “Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? ”

In this sentence "Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!) ", The modifier "that’s awesome" function which noun ? "something" or "ourselves " ? In any case, I think that's ...
0
votes
2answers
22 views

“From then on” or “since then”?

Do these two expressions mean the same or are they used in different contexts? I wrote "Since then" in an essay for my English teacher but she wrote me "from then on" instead. I wanted to say that two ...
-1
votes
4answers
63 views

Green color or color green?

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
1
vote
2answers
19 views

Usage of definite articles in noun phrases

I am writing a research paper and English is my second language. I am fully confused with the usage of a/an/the in the noun phrases with the structure (noun of noun). for example, consider this ...
1
vote
0answers
30 views

How do we say hexadecimal numbers? [duplicate]

When speaking series of decimal numbers, we say "one... nine, ten"; when speaking hexadecimals do we say "one... e, f, ten"? Do we say "nineteen, ateen, bteen... fteen, twenty" and so forth, or do we ...
4
votes
1answer
157 views

Is it inflammable or flammable?

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Difference between the suffixes “-titude” and “-titute”

I vaguely remember the suffix "-titude" is related to a state of a particular action, such as "certitude", which means a state of being sure. But I don't know what this kind of suffix actually is ...
1
vote
2answers
45 views

Is “Blink Dog” an acceptable name?

I saw this word "Blink Dog" in a game. Is this an acceptable usage? Can a verb been used as an adjective as in this way?
0
votes
4answers
63 views

Countable and uncountable in one word?

[original question] Does exist words as countable and as uncountable noun at once? Are there any nouns that are both countable and uncountable? Are there any words which are uncountable and ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

using word “Responsive” correctly?

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
8
votes
3answers
507 views

Is there a word for the spot between the two eyebrows?

Is there a word for the spot between the two eyebrows (right above the nose, but below the forehead)? Thank you
0
votes
4answers
51 views

What is a single word for “Currently Working”

I'm listing all my work experiences on resume but for my current job I added a little label which reads "Currently Working". For some reason this doesn't seem right to me. What's the best way to ...
3
votes
3answers
105 views

Word for development or improvement in art

In human race you call evolution to upgrade mankind, in technology innovation , how about the art work? how u call it? from painting to graphic design
0
votes
1answer
61 views

How to find out an Irony in a sentence

How can I find out what Irony has been used in a sentence?
0
votes
2answers
22 views

Using 'rather' before or after a verb

Out of the two sentences : I should've written rather a diary. I should've rather written a diary. Which one's correct if I want to convey the meaning that I wrote something else earlier and ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

Can you end a multi-sentence quotation with a comma?

This is correct: "Rats," he said. But this looks wrong to me: "I left the oven on. Rats," he said. I can't find any rules about whether you can end a quotation with a comma when there are periods ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

To be stoked on/about/ to do something

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Is this phrase correct? “SNP erases dads from family life”

I recently saw the following headline on the front page of a national newspaper: "SNP erases dads from family life" While I have little confidence in my knowledge of grammar, and doubt a national ...
3
votes
2answers
75 views

Is there anything wrong with asking what 12pm means?

I was preparing an application, where the specified deadline was today 12pm. My understanding of 12pm was 12 noon, but I found it a little odd for a deadline to be at 12 noon. So I sent the following ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

If you called someone named “Shelly” “Shels” for short, would you spell it “Shels” or “Shells?”

Or Kelly -- "Kels" or "Kells?" Is there a rule for this? If it's just a judgement call, I'm inclined to go with one "l" as both "Shells" and "Kells" have potentially confusing homonyms. I'm talking ...
7
votes
2answers
158 views

What is the origin of “dibs”?

Etymonline has this entry for dibs: Children's word to express a claim on something, 1932, originally U.S., apparently a contraction of dibstone "a knucklebone or jack in a children's game" ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

How to punctuate the following sentence?

The sentence: Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. It is from ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Possessive when both refer to a plural: “Hume's and Kant's moral systems” or “Hume and Kant's moral systems”?

Title says it all. What's the correct possessive to use when they both refer to the same noun? "Hume's and Kant's moral systems" or "Hume and Kant's moral systems"? Hume and Kant both have one moral ...
-3
votes
1answer
66 views

What to call someone who takes photos? [on hold]

What to call someone who takes photos? like landscape photos. After what word should I mention the name? (e.g. XXX: Micheal). Should it be 'Author' or 'Artist' or 'Photographer'? What is the best ...
4
votes
2answers
82 views

What Kind of Connotations are Associated with the word 'Bruv'?

I encountered the slang word 'bruv' for the first time not long ago while playing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The word is used quite a lot by a genius scientist character named Gladstone Katoa, but ...
0
votes
2answers
45 views

How do I refer to a distinct number, as opposed to a percentage?

I want to say that we should use a percentage as opposed to a "hard number" (or a distinct value). Like instead of designating a budget of $990,000 for a particular department, we should designate a ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

Etymology of “hysteresis”

Wikipedia (correctly IMHO) defines hysteresis as the dependence of the output of a system not only on its current input, but also on its history of past inputs. The dependence arises because the ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

Should I capitalize “fitz” in front of a surname? [Example fitz Henry or Fitz henry? [on hold]

Please tell me correct way to use fitz in front of the surname. Is it capitalized or not? Example: fitz Henry; or Fitz Henry
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Word for “thing not to disclose” in an NDA

Is there a word to describe "the thing you're not allowed to disclose" when talking about an NDA? For example, how would I complete the following sentence: "Non disclosure agreements are required ...
2
votes
4answers
169 views

Phrases for (someone) making a short visit/appearance

When I need to visit to any place for a very short time, say, for 10-15 minutes A politician coming late and leaving in minutes at a fundraiser. An acquaintance just dropping by to say ...
0
votes
2answers
50 views

“You should know” is it going beyond respect?

I'm going to start a informatic video series named "#YouShouldKnow" inspired from "Did You Know" but I think the name is getting little harsh and disrespectful, but I am confused Is this name Ok ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Compounds and Phrases - differences

What are differences of compounds and phrases and what do they have in common? I know there is the "nuclear stress rule" (phrasal stress on the last word of phrase) and the "compound stress rule" ...
1
vote
1answer
26 views

What is a term for recent that covers the past week and the next week?

I have a software user interface that toggles between the full schedule and a schedule that covers the most recent weekend and the upcoming weekend. Any idea what to call this?

15 30 50 per page