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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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What is the antonym of opposite of “times/multiplied” in this case?

One can say that muscle is 3 times as dense as fat. [citation required] What is the term for the opposite? Fat is 3 times less dense than muscle? That doesn't sound quite right. Is there a better ...
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What does “I feel friendly” mean?

If I want to express the feeling that other people are very friendly to me, what is the proper way to say it? Is it okay to say:"I feel you are very friendly"? Is there any better way to say so? ...
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What does “render” mean in this sentence?

What does "render" mean in this sentense? Most programs are tedious to write in the bare language, whereas just about any task can be rendered simple by the use of good libraries.
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Past perfect and use of “and”

1 - When he had entered the room, he found him lied on the floor with the box in his right hand. 2-He had entered the room and found him lied on the floor with the box in his right hand. 3-he ...
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Men sweat, but women glisten. What's the equivalent for a woman for snoring?

Colloquially, we say that men sweat, but women glisten. Is there an equivalent word for describing when women snore?
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what does “within the next year” mean? and this accuracy will be greater than 90% in the end of 2017?

"Quadmetrics Inc. says it can predict with greater than 90% accuracy the likelihood that a company will be breached within the next year." the text above is from WSJ (Cybersecurity Startup ...
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What puts “wants people to go on with their lives and not think about them” in a word?

I am writing a analysis and I feel the need for a word that means exactly that but I can't seem to find one. I would very much appreciate a word that means this. Thank you.
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What is up with the smaragd? [on hold]

I know that this is described as a variation of an emerald, although many dictionaries do not include this word.
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Meaning of “allows” in “He's wonderful knowing about book-beasts, as every one allows”

I don't understand this sentence from "The Reluctant Dragon" (1898) by Kenneth Graham: "It's all right, father. Don't you worry. It's only a dragon." "Only a dragon?" cried his father. "What ...
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What word means “not straight, white, and male”?

I'm looking for a single word that refers to the entire group of people who: identify as anything other than heterosexual OR racial identification is other than "white" OR sexual identification is ...
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How do you call someone who fits in but is still different from others?

I am curious if there's a word for a person who apparently fits in easely but still remains different from other - he thinks differently then the mass, or has different interests than the mass and ...
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Single word for something which receives a request to do something then does it

Is there a specific word for something or someone which receives requests to perform different tasks at a specified time, then according to the specified time (given with the task) either immediately ...
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there is a big difference between providing care to a degree and being subserivent

I don't understand this sentence: There is a big difference between providing care to a degree and being subserivent. I have severe learning disability, severe ADHD (Attention Deficit ...
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What did English use before “triangle”?

Apparently the word "triangle" was borrowed into English in the late 1300s. Triangles are a very common shape in everyday life, and there were certainly English-speaking craftsmen and artists before ...
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Clearest way to say “penultimate?”

I have a series of paired bar charts that show the most recent administration of a survey immediately adjacent to the next most recent administration for a given client. The two time points are two ...
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Is the punctuation of generational suffixes dropped when they occur at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Is the punctuation of generational suffixes (e.g. "Jr.", "Sr.") dropped when they occur at the end of a sentence? For instance, I liked Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. The obvious answer seems to be ...
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Splitting the components of a compound verb

I've always understood that splitting infinitives should be avoided; e.g., instead of To boldly go where no man has gone before. use To go boldly where no man has gone before. With that in ...
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To address denominations of cash [duplicate]

"Please bring lots of $1.00s and $5.00s" or "Please bring lots of $1.00's and 5.00's"?
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Singular of staff

Staff can be composed of directors, employees, contractors and other contingents. Can any give me a word that will describe all of these types of people? Colleague doesn't work as that's when talking ...
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Word for judgemental attitude?

I'm tempted to use judgementality, which is for whatever reason not a word, and I don't feel like "judgement" conveys the same meaning. I was put off by his ________ towards my life choices. If ...
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Is “No” a complete sentence [on hold]

I'm aware No is what is called a "sentence word". Does that mean that on its own, it is a "complete sentence"? Please state the reason for your answer, i.e. do not simply answer "Yes" or "No"
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What is the difference between ‘popular’ and ‘famous’?

popular liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group and famous known about by many people. Oxford Learners Dictionary When should we use popular ...
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What's the difference between double quotes and single quotes when paraphrasing?

Not sure the exact name and proper use when someone paraphrases using single quotes (') vs double quotes ("), eg. 'abcd' as opposed to "abcd". Can someone explain the difference please?
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What is the synonym of the word stray?

Is there any synonym to the word "stray"? I need that to better understand the phrase "Stray observations". Word for word translation doesn't say much to me
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Why do people use the term "free gift'?

I see and hear the term "Free Gift". Are not all gifts free?
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Proper word for “all type of rooms / accommodations”?

I'm working on this app and right now it has a common taxonomy called "hotel". However, this app can work with hotels, chains of hotels, apartments, rooms, cabins, guesthouses and anything you could ...
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What is the meaning of “Scale” here?

I've already asked question about this word on English stack exchange What is synonyme of "scale"? But I guess there is some other meaning of it. What does it mean in this case? In a ...
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Description of a Person [on hold]

What word describes someone who likes to take things in? They enjoy everything around them? Who like to take things slow?
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Word for the feeling of thrill when doing something for the first time

I want a funky word for the feeling of thrill when doing something for the first time. The word should contain 'first'
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'Including' Grammar

Applicants for this position must have successfully completed Grade 12 or the equivalent including Grade 12 Mathematics, Grade 12 English and 1 senior Science. Does this mean the applicant will ...
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Future Simple and Present Simple

Are these sentence below correct? Thanks in andvance. 1. We go to cinema when they come. 2. We go to cinema, when they will come. (Can we say: When they will come, we go to cinema)
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A person who doesn't know himself! [on hold]

I have been trying to find out the exact word for this state. What is the word for a person who doesn't know himself? All answers are appreciated :)
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Using RDP as a verb?

I did not find anything on our sister tech sites. I Googled around and did find anything notable. I RDPed to the server I RDP to the server You should RDP to the server I was RDPing to the server I ...
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How to pronounce the stop-t

could somebody tell me how would a native american pronounce the stop-t in the following sentences? -It would be nice to meet her. -I've got you. -Right now. I learned that we should bring our ...
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I have never understood a word Alice has said

I am not sure about the use of present perfect in the subordinate clause. I want to say I've never understood Alice for as long as I've known her, so should I use the present perfect aspect in the ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement with separate clauses

Which is grammatically correct, and why? This device does two things: create the whatzit and set the squorple in place. This device does two things: creates the whatzit and sets the squorple in ...
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What is the difference between “etiquette”, “courtesy”, and “manners”?

I found this link explained the difference between "etiquette" and "courtesy", as following the rules and being kind to others. The answer regarded "etiquette" is similar with "manners" If this ...
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Operating System Concept, A Translation is need? [on hold]

Who can translate the following sentence in a simple manner? Between garbage collections free space will build up, which cannot be reclaimed until the next time the garbage collector runs. This ...
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Is there a typo in this sentence? If not, help me understand it

I'm having trouble parsing this sentence: (I hope I used "parsing" correctly.) Now, the history of Eliza Doolittle, though called a romance because of the transfiguration it records seems ...
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Word for phrase Good for you, bad for us

There is a phrase I have heard quite a bit recently dealing with people that are leaving the department for promotions, etc. When a person leaves, it is good for them, but bad for us. It is good for ...
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Historical information about dustmen in Edwardian England [on hold]

I'm helping a middle schooler who was assigned Shaw's Pygmalion. I found a nice write-up about flower girls but now I need something about dustmen. For example, why does Alfred Doolittle, dustman, ...
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‘the condition that <noun> be <adjective>’

In a scientific paper, I am using a phrase that is something like ‘the condition that all the numbers be positive’. I was wondering what kind of construction this is (the ‘be’) and how it compares to ...
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Participle and gerund

Barking dogs seldom bite. Barking is a gerund or present participle? His rising early in the morning, helped him score well. His rising early in the morning -- is this a participle clause? Can ...
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“To science the sh** out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, ...
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Words rhyming with “ear” pronounced with the vowel as in “eat”?

For words like ear, year, hear etc., most dictionaries only give the pronunciation /-ɪr/ (with the vowel as in the word it). But I think some native speakers pronounce them /-ir/ (with the vowel as in ...
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Word order in a descriptive statement

When stating the conditions in which an experiment was done (no particular emphasis needed)... What's the correct word order "Plants were exposed to freezing temperatures for 2 hours" OR "Plants were ...
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What's the word for “remaining list”?

Let's suppose there is a list of tasks ordered by due date past due date change toothbrush change tyres today Go to xxx place buy xxxx remaining list(which are ...
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Is “maiden speech” regarded as politically incorrect?

Some people use "inaugural speech" instead of maiden speech. For example, from the Twitter account of the Australian Sex Party: From one year ago, the Inaugural Speech of @FionaPattenMLC ...

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