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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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17 views

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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19 views

Where can I find a dictionary for homonyms?

I want to know where I can find a dictionary that I can look up homonyms of a word. For instance if I type in alien it will show me the word salient. That dictionary should base on the sound itself, ...
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What am I giving, if I am giving: Clothing items, technology items, beauty items, recipes, knowledge and whatever else…a variety?

What am I giving, if I am giving: Clothing items, technology items, beauty items, recipes, knowledge (etc)...a variety?
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23 views

What is Synonyms of rich or wealthy? [on hold]

I would like to know the single word for rich or wealthy people, who don't have much money but enjoy their rich life. also the are active people. It can be adjective word too. please recommend me ...
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Same word with opposite meanings

The connotation of adjective 'appropriate' is positive, while that of the verb is negative. 1. What's this phenomenon called, though this question allows any part of speech (and not just an ...
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4answers
54 views

Is there a different way of saying “Steam Engine Time”?

Steam engine time shows up on urban dictionary, but isn't quite as prevalent beyond that. I'm trying to remember the name of the concept that it's "time" for something to get invented when all the ...
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4answers
44 views

Is there a single word or phrase to describe a context-less option for “manual” or “automatic”?

Is there a word (or a short sentence) that can describe category which includes Automatic or Manual as mutually exclusive options? Of course I mean without more context (if used, for example, to ...
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3answers
28 views

Use of Phrasal Verb 'Yearn for'

I'd like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct: It is a rare luxury yearned for by even those who have it all. I am especially concerned with the usage of the phrasal verb ...
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22 views

Condescension or condescenscion?

Merriam-Webster dictionary (official android app) only recognizes condescension, however, in page 341 of Verbal Advantage, it reads condescenscion. Which spelling is correct?
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294 views

What's the difference in meaning between “evidence” and “proof”?

What's the difference between "evidence" and "proof"? I've noticed that the word "evidence" is often used in English as if it meant proof. For example, ...there is evidence of human existence in ...
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424 views

Word/phrase for “the one that brings bad luck” (e.g. to a group)

Example: I've always considered myself a/as [...]. I thought of black cat. But I think it's a little ambiguous and weird to use it in this situation.
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Can “a-mingle” be a verb in imperative mood?

In the last lines of "Jingle Bells Rock": Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock ...
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“A” or “an” before abbreviation [duplicate]

Scenario: You're going to buy a/an SSD. Do you use "a" or "an" before an abbreviation that is pronounced with a vowel first, but written with a consonant first? When spoken, you would say "an ...
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What is it called, when a situation is described in a complicated way instead of a simple one?

How to say in English, when one describes the matter in a more complicated manner than it is. For instance, one has two options, A and B; and either of them has to be accepted. One want to say the ...
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Meaning of “I'm going to have to let you go now”

I got a call from my company and I heard as follows: Sorry, we are going to have to let you go now. Can anyone tell me what does this means.
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28 views

Thanks/ thank you for your suggestion [on hold]

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate? Thank you for your suggestion. Or, Thanks for your suggestion.
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30 views

Is Shakespeare ungrammatical? [on hold]

Some people say that Shakespeare's works are poetry implying that they are often ungrammatical and therefore it's off-topic to ask about their grammar. I wonder if that is true. I would like to know ...
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May Not definition?

I'm playing a forum game and am on the hunt for loopholes. So here's the question: With the following rule in place, do I have the option to use coordinating conjunctions? You may not use any ...
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Need help selecting diacritic for first name [on hold]

I am legally changing my name to Micah (male), however I do not pronounce it like most people in my region (Birmingham Alabama USA) are used to pronouncing it. Incorrect (IPA): /ˈmʌɪkə/ Correct ...
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19 views

A word for “the act of driving something into a success”

Suppose that a major achievement for a company has been done thanks to me. Now then, let's have me saying this: The last project was a success. Now there is a new project, and I am eager to ...
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19 views

Using “resolve” to mean “turn (into)”

Liquidation is the process of resolving a company's assets into cash. Is the word resolve used correctly here?
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32 views

How to handle ambiguity caused by long clause and compound?

I am composing a sentence: People who have children who score A's in school and have good health are very happy. In this sentence, 'have good health' is intent to be clause of 'people'; however, ...
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What is the origin of “alrighty”?

I think it is a bit more friendly version of "alright" colloquially. It is also used as "Alrighty, then!". I usually hear it at the end of conversations in Canadian English, probably same in American ...
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In teaching, what is a “prompt”?

I have a teacher-trainer book that says teachers can use "questions and prompts" to help students think about what they read. I understand what a "question" is, but what is the meaning of "prompt" in ...
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32 views

Word/phrase for “staring at two things alternately”

Example: When Liza and Josh told me their crazy plan, I did nothing; just [...]. I thought about glance, but I think glancing is more like looking briefly, rather than staring in bewilderment. ...
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what does “tilt north” mean?

I ran into this slang occasionally. Does this mean something (normally a number, e.g. KPI, index etc) is growing? slowly or fast? where does this slang come from?
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1answer
45 views

Why 'aye aye sir' instead of 'yes sir' in naval response?

From Wikipedia, I know Aye aye sir is used in a naval response. I want know the origin of why Aye aye sir is used here? Another question: when I saw TV series A Song of Ice and Fire, I found Aye is ...
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1answer
25 views

Do these sentences sound stilted and unnatural? [on hold]

1.) I don’t think I can use this vacuum cleaner for 30 minutes without worrying about my electric bill. 2.) I don’t want to ruin your hope of getting a sound advice on dating boys, but I haven’t ...
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798 views

A word to make something bad sound good

Lets say we are talking about a book about teens that drink. In the book the teens have fun and nothing bad ever happens. What word would you use to describe what the book is doing to teen drinking. ...
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can we use “admitted to the mistakes”?

Can we use "admitted to the mistakes"? I think it must be "admitted the mistakes" and "admitted to the hospital". The sentence that i am working on is "it has not admitted to the mistakes in the ...
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41 views

The connection between roosters and genitalia

It is a known fact that the same word (same spelling and pronunciation) is used to describe both a rooster and a part of male genitalia (I am not sure how vulgar it would be of me to use the word ...
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2answers
16 views

How to use “in comparison” in this sentence

How can I use "in comparison" in the following sentence, without changing its context or meaning? Computers-based communication is extremely fast, telephone services are slow
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43 views

These sentences sound awkward, how can I fix them?

Blabbermouth blabbed for 5 min explaining what had happened in Kahani. The shadows had started rebelling. They were trying to disconnect from their people. It was causing massive havoc. These ...
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1answer
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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpy, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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39 views

More general version of “finger on the pulse”

From my understanding when someone is "keeping a finger on the pulse of x" that person is keeping a close watch on and has a detailed understanding of the subject or situation. What would be an ...
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1answer
125 views

Formal Version of “Getting Around”

I am writing an essay about The Catcher in the Rye, and need to mention Stradlater's ability to get with basically any girl he wants. It can be said that he "gets around" (sorry for lack of a better ...
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6answers
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Term for “unnecessary diversity”?

I am looking for a word or phrase to capture the notion that too much diversity can backfire. Here's the context. In some technical fields (such as programming), there may be hundreds of possible ways ...
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5answers
582 views

Why is this sentence: “Additional nine features were added…” incorrect?

I am trying to explain to a colleague why the sentence: Additional nine features were added to the dig is incorrect. I have said you can say "An additional nine features...", "Nine additional ...
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20 views

efforts vs effort — has been made

I want to say "During the past years, effort(s) has been made to ..." Since the scenario is that there are many groups of people involved, and I am not sure which one should I use. Thanks
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1answer
23 views

Is it “Breathing in breaststroke is easy.” or “Breathing in the breaststroke is easy.”?

I'm never sure if I need the article or not in that particular case...
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1answer
33 views

Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?

Which is a better equivalent for “in stock” (meaning a product is in stock)? “at hand” “on hand” “in hand” Can any of them be used? Which is the most appropriate? Which is second-best?
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22 views

Is comma usage in this phrase correct?

I have a phrase that reads: Section 8.01, entitled "Polar Bonding in Basic Organic Compounds," provides, in pertinent part, that due to the slight electro-negative bias of Flourine, the ...
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1answer
49 views

Is this an example of rhetoric? [on hold]

I don't know if this is an example of rhetoric. How has CVS changed over the past few years?
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2answers
39 views

Founder or co founder? [duplicate]

I created a website one year ago and a friend joined me on the project seven months later. So i worked one year on it and he worked four months. I searched on many website to understand the ...
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8answers
919 views

What do you call those two strands coming out of the electric capacitors?

Here is a picture of a capacitor: What are these two metal wires called in the professional world in the US?
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1answer
40 views

Do I need an apostrophe in this title?

Educations Influence on Christianity This is the title of my essay. Does 'educations' need an apostrophe?

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