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Use quotation marks for phrases on items

I am editing a story with a character who is wearing a "Search and Rescue" T-shirt. If I understand correctly, "Search and Rescue" is not a proper name. The shirt simply identifies the character as a ...
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synonym for made of reduced packaging

Is there a one-word synonym for the bulky description of a sustainable product that is "made of reduced packaging"? So that one could use the synonym in a sentence like, "This product is xxxx"? I used ...
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When writing an informal letter, is it advisable to use the em rule at all?

I must point out before explaining my situation that I'm an English learner. However, for this question I need the help of an expert; that's why I'm asking here and not in ELL. When writing an ...
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Into or at the source code?

Should I say: I'll take a look into the source as soon as I move to testing.. or I'll take a look at the source as soon as I move to testing..
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parentheses when referring to a word

I want to say something like this: The sky is blue. This statement is false if 'sky' is replaced with 'grass'. Should I use single or double parentheses, and where does the period go at the end?
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what does “'We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun.”

What does We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun. mean in plain english?
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Moving the lower case “c” up above type in the last name McNeil?

I have been asked twice recently to move the lower case "c" up to line up with the other letters or above them - regarding the name McNeil or McDonald, etc… I do not recall seeing this done in most ...
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Might “any more than” mean something like “neither… nor…”?

While translating something I came across this sentence: "However, they were not registered with the health-insurance in 1910, any more than they were in 1911?" As far as I understand from the ...
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Use of quotation marks for company or project names

In my native language, Albanian, we use quotation marks when giving the name of a project, company, university, etc. For example, the UNDP project "Biodiversity Management". Are quotation marks used ...
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Extremely loud and incredibly close [on hold]

What does this quote mean: "It's not like we were actually burying him, anyway"
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Is “spot” the same as “pip” in the context of playing cards?

There are not 365 spots on a deck of cards. On a standard deck there are 220 (4×(1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10)), since the face cards do not contain spots. To come up with 365, one would have to assume ...
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Statement that is a mix of sarcasm & to make someone happy

I'm searching for this word but I can't think of it. It describes when you say something you don't believe in but know it's what the other person wants to hear. Such as: "I wish you the best of ...
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Proper Email Salutations to a group

Is it inappropriate to use the salutation "Ladies" when referring to a group 5 women in an email? I was told the term could be offensive to women. Is this true? I usually use the term "Folks" when ...
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When to Recycle, Recycles, Recyclables, Recycling

I always feel like I pick the wrong "recycle"-based word. When do I use what? Confusing examples: Is it a recycle bin, recycles bin, recycling bin? Do I take the recycles out or the recycling out? ...
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What do you call it when you make a baby laugh?

What do you call it when you talk or make funny sounds to a baby to make it laugh or giggle?
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Is saying the Queen grew up in a “council house” a very dry joke?

In this CBC article from before the Brexit, they discuss what view Queen Elizabeth II might have of Brexit, stating, But that hasn't stopped some from speculating how the Queen would vote. "As an ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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What English guidelines determine the spelling of a unique name/word? [on hold]

If i only have the pronunciation of a unique name, with no cultural origin, what are the rules to follow, to spell it correctly? Or is it spelled any way i want to, but then i shouldn't expect people ...
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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Capitalization on Award [duplicate]

On a plaque or award should all word be capitalized: In Appreciation For Your Service or In Appreciation for your Service
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Is there a name for an adjective that cannot precede a noun?

I accept that my premise may be incorrect, but here it is. The word alone, when used as an adjective, seems only to fit in sentences of the form: The X is alone. and not in the form: ...
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“discovering” of a protein? [on hold]

[Summary of John's Invention] Reason: death of a close friend Process: examination of 8,000 proteins / discovery of a protein that reveals the pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages* Here in this ...
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What word describes both survivors and decedents together?

In statistics, specifically survival analysis, one often talks about the number of survivors and decedents in a cohort. What would be an appropriate word to describe the two groups?
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Correct me if i'm wrong [on hold]

I'm writing some lyrics And my first line is: "When time allows will make a change" Is this correct?
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Correct use of adjectives [duplicate]

Sentence : They couldn't perform when it mattered most/mattered the most? I think it's the latter but I've seen in places the first one. Suggest me with explanation the correct answer please.
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What is the origin of the term “cooling glass” as the term for sunglasses in Indian English?

I live in India, and in the region where I live, I have never heard the term "sunglasses" used while speaking English. The term used here is "cooling glass" (in singular.) The term gets used quite a ...
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What is the meaning of “Beary Important”? [on hold]

Is there some sort of connection to "bear" or "very". Why bear? Edit: https://realmomtime.com/2013/11/20/beary-important-person/
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'Hanger' or 'coat hanger' for AmE?

Is the term hanger or coat hanger used more often in colloquial speech in American English? I'm afraid Google Ngram is of no help here, as the first word has several meanings, plus we are talking ...
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What word best describes wronging someone who you had previously done positive things towards?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe the situation where someone has previously done good deeds towards another and then subsequently wrongs them in some way. This is NOT betrayal. ...
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What's the correct way to express the possibility of one event happening before another?

I'm struggling to find a way to express the idea that it's possible that something was done before something else was done. I'm not sure if I'm just tired, but the idea is this: In the present ...
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Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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English translation

I am confused on the punctuation of a list of questions, shown in this example: The questions are the following: first, Would you describe yourself as someone who is knowledgeable about cuisines?; ...
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Why do non-native speakers consider “bitch” to mean “prostitute”? [on hold]

Why do so many non-native speakers from very different linguistic backgrounds seem to understand the term bitch as being a synonym for prostitute?-- I have never heard a native speaker use the former ...
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Which word or phrase should I use in the blank? [on hold]

The book is optional. My professor said we _______ read it if we needed extra credit. But we do not have to read it if we don't want to. PS: Why I can't use had to?
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“O.R. they?” from Rushmore movie

what's the point of this joke: max: I like your nurse's uniform, guy. dr.: These are O.R. scrubs. max: "O.R." they? from rushmore movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMd2gB9L8So trying ...
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Is it 'sale' or 'the sale' when referring to a period during which a shop or dealer sells goods at reduced prices [on hold]

sale has started the sale has started 50% sale has started the 50% sale has started What is common usage? What is correct?
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Is it possible to substitute “after” for “besides”? [on hold]

Do these two sentences have the same meaning or not? Besides going to the gym on weekdays, he plays football on Saturday. After going to the gym on weekdays, he plays football on Saturday.
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'Dark' and 'light' functioning as adverbs or adjectives in the sentence “The dark brown coat will match the light brown pants perfectly”

"The dark brown coat will match the light brown pants perfectly" Do 'dark' and 'light' function here as adjectives modifying 'brown' or are they adverbs informing us to the manner of degree? I've ...
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How to pronounce “locale”?

In computing, a locale is an identifier for a user’s language or region. As a non-native speaker, I somehow came to pronounce it low-kale, while it seems it’s rather enunciated lo-kaal (avowing its ...
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Think I'm very stupid.. See this question for me [on hold]

All the competitors but one had already finished when Rick and Dick finally made it to the finish line, but the spectators all waited to see them finish and stood up to cheer for them. in this ...
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Regarding usage of “both”

Could you tell me how the following sentences are different? Alice and Bob are not both in the room. Alice and Bob are both not in the room. Updated: Could you divide the sentences into a set of ...
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What is the appropriate verb for making a judicial decision to punish someone?

Are punishments inflicted / issued / administered / or delivered by the court's judges? Is there any difference between these multiple alternatives (and probably others that I forgot), any nuances of ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Also, can someone explain what is 'but' used for? [on hold]

Happiness is but a dream, Pain is the true reality .
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Usage of double 'of'

// split input by splitChar and return the string of index of splits. return function (input, splitChar, splitIndex) { return input.split(splitChar)[splitIndex]; } I need to write a comment for ...
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Single word for a grid pattern

What's a single adjective/noun I could use to describe a grid pattern? Something that could be used in the place of "checkered", "plaid", or "pinstriped", but describing an empty lattice. I'm ...
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meaning of “the field of the fullers”

Accursed be the Sea-folk, and accursed be all they who traffic with them. And as for him who for love's sake forsook God, and so lieth here with his leman slain by God's judgment, take up his body and ...

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