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Collective word for prefix, stem and suffix

Please, is there a collective word for all the parts of a word, prefix, stem and suffix?
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Hit and miss, or hit or miss?

Are both "Hit and miss" and "Hit or miss" valid English phrases? Hit-and-Miss Misses the Grammar Mark claims that "Hit and miss" is illogical, but I see both in Google NGrams.
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What is a Metaphor for “Being Thrown Into a Completely New Environment”

I am trying to convey how I was thrown into a completely new environment in my essay. What would be a good metaphorical representation of that?
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Are there any famous English poems that every British-raised or American-raised person knows?

In the Chinese language, there is a poem named Quiet Night Thoughts(Jing Ye Si) by Li Bai, which is known by everyone that is native to China (from little kids to very old people, even if they are ...
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Word for paying in auctions? [migrated]

I am looking for a specific word that can be used in the following situation: You are in a auction, and want to buy it, so you "place" a price.
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What does commute/commutation mean in this context?

I am trying to understand the following sentence from a legal document. Can anyone explain me what 'commutation' means? Immovable property presently sold is free and clear of all seigniorial ...
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Regional pronunciation of “houndstooth” as “houndsooth”

I have always pronounced "houndstooth" as ˈhau̇n(d)z-ˌtüth , the exact same way I would pronounce the phrase "hound's tooth". Recently, I was told that the pronunciation should be "hound sooth", ...
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Is there a word that describes this gesture of interlocking hands on the lower stomach?

Specifically, I am referring to the traditional gesture some female service staff members seem to do, when demonstrating their work or their readiness to receive orders. Also, this is the gesture ...
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Weird Use of 'Same'

A few times I've seen written the word same used like some sort of mass noun, to refer to something aforementioned. As a simple example: The box contains a gun. The use of same for shooting people ...
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Is there a term for a foreign word that looks like an English word but has a completely different meaning?

Examples: gift (German) = poison Poisson (French) = fish embarazada (Spanish) = pregnant triviale (Italian) = vulgar
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Notarial Deed Translation from Canadian English

I have to translate an English document from Quebec into Polish language. However, there is one sentence that I cannot understand: As the whole now subsists with all its rights members and ...
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Words without simple synonyms

Is there a word or concept that describes words lacking simple (e.g. less pretentious, less technical, less subjugating) synonyms, or more generally words without single-word synonyms. I'm looking for ...
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How to appropriately use the word “baby” as in the pattern “ ____ baby ___”; for example, “run baby run”?

As a non-native English speaker, I am not sure what is the meaning of this pattern "_ baby _" as in "run baby run"? Another example: "USA continues to "drill baby drill" (referring to oil). What other ...
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What’s the difference between a software “developer” and a software “maker”?

We usually call someone who makes software a software developer. Why don’t we call them a software maker instead? What’s the different between software developer and software maker?
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conniption origin?

I viewed the thread about conniption dido - which I'd never heard before. But was wondering what true meaning of conniption was? I always figured it was an old medical term for seizure or ...
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Quote: nearly impossible for artists to critique themselves well?

In the recently-released movie, Birdman, Michael Keaton's character witters a seemingly famous quote to Edward Norton's character about artists critiquing themselves and how it is nearly impossible to ...
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Capitalization in direct speech without quotation marks

My question has been largely answered in the discussion linked to below. However, one question remains: in mid-sentence hypothetical direct speech without quotation marks, what is preferable ...
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What figure(s) of speech or expression are in play here?

I recently heard a somewhat poetic song lyric that I couldn't pin down. The writer says of a failed relationship: We broke a diamond with our bitter words. I get diamond as a metonym for ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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A word that is a little less than cold [duplicate]

I'm looking for an adjective that says "It's cold, but not that cold". For example, lukewarm means (in my mind) "It's warm, but not that warm", and I'm looking for its cold counterpart. Every ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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What is the word to describe a situation when rival gangs come together to figure out who is stronger?

a very common situation when 2 hostile groups,gangs come against each other to fight and dominate? It could be a slang word, what is the occurrence of this situation? I can think of gang fight, but ...
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intreraction the xy spin models and heisenberg “Memorandum graduated Master” [on hold]

need this chapter : xy and heisenberg Hamiltonian in the absence of magnetic field xy and heisenberg Hamiltonian in magnetic field comparison of the two models conclusion
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which is Grammaticality correct allowed for me or allow for me [on hold]

which is Grammaticality correct? Is this allowed for me? or Is this allow for me?
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He is believed to (Passive)

What is grammatically right? A famous athlete is believed to be hurt on a road accident last night. A famous athlete is believed to have been hurt on a road accident last night.
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Word for arson by secret police

Is there a word or phrase for when, during a protest meeting, the secret police lock the doors and set fire to the building?
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Why is the apostrophe spelling of 'Doh!' so common?

This really grinds my gears- It seems to be common to spell 'Doh!' (the exclamation made popular by Homer Simpson) with an apostrophe, i.e. "D'oh!" yet clearly no apostrophe is required here. Given ...
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Sentence correction

Is this sentence correct? The irony illustrates an influential theme, that power does not lie within the object but can actually lie within the persons abilities. I'm not sure about the comma ...
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Word for “to speak louder than”?

I was trying to say: I had to shout so as to X the loudness of the music. And then I realise I didn't know any word whose meaning was "to speak louder than". Does such a word exist? At first, I ...
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apart from + verb with gerund or not

I was reading the Rails Tutorial and I came across this: The div tag is a generic division; it doesn’t do anything apart from divide the document into distinct parts. I would say apart from ...
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Can we say “the must info” in the sense of valuable information?

I heard the phrase once but don't know the context of conversation. Additionally, is "the must info" grammatically correct?
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Correct title for niece's daughter

Would my niece's daughter be my "great" niece or my "grand" niece?
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A code or some code?

When talking about the source code of a program, my Computer Science teacher sometimes refers to single pieces of code as 'a code'. For example: For today's task, you need to write a code which ...
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Was West Germany commonly referred to as “Germany”?

During the Cold War, in everyday conversation, was West Germany referred to as "Germany" like South Korea is currently often referred to as "Korea" and the People's Republic of China is currently ...
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Is it required to use “that” here?

First sentence: I contribute to projects I love. Second sentence: I contribute to projects that I love. I used to use the first one, but I am not sure if it is right or wrong when omitting ...
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What's the use of Grammar? [migrated]

There's a question that bothered me for a long time when I am learning another language. English is not my first language, so when I was being taught, they told me all these grammars like like the ...
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Etymology of legal meaning of 'dispositive'

Since Prof. Eugene Volokh has observed its counterintuitiveness, what's an intuitive derivation? Prof. Eugene Volokh: One way of remembering this is by looking at the stem, which turns out to be ...
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High and Tight Meaning

This is a quote from the movie Avatar: "Col. Quaritch: I want this mission high and tight. I wanna be home for dinner." I seem to remember hearing "high and tight" used elsewhere. But I couldn't pin ...
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Word meaning “to walk/run around something”?

Example: I [...] the house to see what was happening in the yard. I thought of encircle and surround. But I'm not sure if can use them to mean "to walk around something."
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How to explain sorting by time descending in colloquial English

I am writing a program where I need to ask if the user would like to sort the results by time ascending or descending. The program manages appointments. So if time were sorted ascending, the ...
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Is it correct to say “Master student in Statistics ”?

Currently I'm a student for Master (M.A) degree in Statistics and I need a title for my resume, does it correct to say "Master student in Statistics "? thnx!
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What does “I want you to do me” mean?

I read a conversation between two people. "I want you to do me on this table." What is the meaning of this sentence?
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Casual way of saying “send me an email”

Is there a more casual way to say "send me an email"? "Pop me an email" is the only one I've managed to come up with.
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Personification of cold

I'm looking for terms that personify cold. For example, 'the cold bit at my nose'. They will be part of a post/article on the cold weather, so the more options the better.
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Word for saying something brief with a low voice?

Example: “Look,” [...] said Anna, pointing forward. At first thought of mutter but mutter implies dissatisfaction or irritation. Then I tried murmur, however, it's more a continous sound so it ...
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“Having Too Much Feather in His Brain”--H.H. Asquith's Remark About Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton

Prior to Sir Ian Hamilton's appointment by Kitchener as Commander-in-Chief Dardanelles Campaign, P.M. H. H. Asquith said Hamilton 'has too much feather in his brain'. I think it's related to ...
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Starting a book with this sentence, is it ok?

I'd like to start a book with a sentence like this: This book is about X, so why should it start with Y? In fact, the book is already written, but I'd like to get the first few pages absolutely ...
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Meaning of “seek out like water”

What does seek out like water mean in the following sentence? The epitaph contained a final message from Maynard, who expressed a note of deep thanks to all of her supporters, whom she "sought out ...
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ELL question. Errors in sentence [on hold]

What is the error in the sentence, looking for an explanation. Me like popcorn

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