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Meaning of “Green” and “GreenBack” in American english?

I found 2 new words on my American Slang book (Talk the way americans do). 1) Green 2) GreenBack Meaning of these words on my book : Green : money (Referring to the color green seen on U.S. paper ...
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any difference between “would” and “will” in question?

Ts there any difference between “Why would you do that?” and “Why will you do that?” in the meaning? It made me so confused every time.
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What is better modifying in this sentence?

I'm not sure what better is modifying in a sentence with "had better": "If there is a virus in your system, you had better hope that it responds to the appropriate treatment and therapy." I know ...
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what is the meaning of (get held under the water)?

I read it but I didnt really get it. I mean does it means that he is drawn? please help me with this one
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Couldn't and would

I read a quote from "House of cards" that went like: "You're are my best friend, John. I couldn't have it off with my best friend. It would be embarrassing." Is it of any difference if I change ...
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is there a word for the time span between an old king and a new king?

A king suddenly dies, and during the immediate aftermath, the realm is without an official leader (leaving the throne susceptible to usurpers) and the heir is still being notified or is traveling and ...
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do native English speakers completely omit the /r/ sound in /ˈev·riˌwʌn/ (everyone)?

Most Asian non-native English speaker pronounce the /r/ clearly in the word everyone /ˈev·riˌwʌn/. However, when hearing the pronunciation of /ˈev·riˌwʌn/ in some online English dictionary, I hear no ...
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I want to register domain name for blog, which one is correct?

This blog is about career should it be "careersblog" or "careerblog" Thank you very much.
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Contract interpretation

To be eligible for holiday pay the employee must meet the following requirement: the employee must have worked the last scheduled day before, and the first scheduled day after a holiday except when ...
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'go ride your highest horse' equivalence?

'Go ride your highest horse'. It is used to mean go do whatever you wish I will not comply or listen to what you want. It's like never will I do that, go do as you wish. The idea behind riding your ...
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Is there a good alternative to “low man on the totem pole”?

Since "low man on the totem pole" is potentially ambiguous (and is possibly offensive to some), are there any good alternative idioms to mean someone of low rank who gets stuck with undesirable ...
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What was the archaic source of “All Turns To Yesterday”?

I was recently reminded of Mediæval Bæbes' performance of "All Turns To Yesterday" (perhaps best known from its adaptation into Delerium's Aria). I've read that it's a rendition of a traditional ...
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meaning of “beat the measure”

When Keawe came to himself a little, he was aware it was the night when the band played at the hotel. Thither he went, because he feared to be alone; and there, among happy faces, walked to and fro, ...
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What is “irregular rhyme?”

In my search for the definition for the poetry term "doggerel," which I still do not understand, I came across the term "irregular rhyme." Can someone explain the definition of these terms, and how ...
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“thick loaves”: meaning

I would like to ask you what do the native speakers of English mean when they say a thick loaf of bread? Does the adjective "thick" describe the bread's texture or size? Does it just mean that the ...
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'let him vent out his malevolence/rancor'? matching idiom?

I believe an example will serve best to explain it, so if someone has been extremely tolerant with smb or a group of people over a long period of time, until no more can be beared and emotions flood ...
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Is “there's no chance” the subject in “… there’s no chance she will change her mind”?

She’s very determined and there’s no chance she will change her mind. I try to understand what is "there's no chance" in the sentence. e.g. is that subject? etc.
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Is thesis's project correct? [duplicate]

This is a general question I had in years. When we want to declare possession, we use the apostrophe and the s. For example: Bayern's best goalkeeper is Oliver Kahn. What about the words that end ...
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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?
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What is the second clause modifying?

I went to swimming pool three times a week through out my childhood, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday morning practices that were exhausting but fruiful. I simply cannot find the clause "a ...
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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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She didn't even had me/has me/have me

I'm trying to translate a sentence out of a book, and the author is talking about the past and I'm not sure which one is correct, the sentence goes like this: She was so alone, I was the only one she ...
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They are going to be letting me out next week

I am reading a book "Second hand" by Michael Zadoorian in which a boy visits his ex girlfriend in the hospital as she attempted suicide. There is a sentence which creates some difficulty to me: "They ...
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“until late afternoon”: when is that?

Here is a phrase about supermarkets in Belgium: The idea for brewing with bread came when 31-year-old Frenchman Sebastien Morvan talked to a friend about food waste, specifically the bread ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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Word for a given situation

In the spirit of The Big Bang TV show titles I am looking for a word to use in a particular situation. First, there's a joke that sets up the scenario. 2 guys camping. They are barefoot by the fire. ...
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How many phonemes are in the word “queen”?

I am in the process of digging into phonemes as a way to help teach our son to read. I don't remember ever having formal instruction on the role of phonemes in speech, and I am actually having a lot ...
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What is the correct word for moving part of the ground to another place?

I would like to know the correct english word for this activity:
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Use the comma, or not?

In a flyer, should the following comma stay — or be omitted? Call, or e-mail for more information.
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Theirs will be a great torment

I have run into such a verse in Quaran: Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment How should I parse the ...
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English equivalent to the Arabic idiom 'soak it and drink its water'?

There is a common Arabic idiom, which literally translated says: Soak it and drink its water It can said about pretty much anything, to express a kind of contemptuous indifference. For ...
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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What word beginning with “D” means “for you” or “for many people”? [on hold]

What is a word that starts with the letter "D" and means for you or for many people?
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Making passive sentences into interrogative sentences [migrated]

How to make an interrogative voice sentences from a passive voice sentences? for example, we have the following sentences? They will be offered in the fall semester. How to make this ...
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How to use “glad” in a return email [on hold]

I would like to reply to an email using the word glad. I was trying the following. I am glad to receive your email. Kindly note that this is my first reply to an email I have received from that ...
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Do I need to repeat the 'have' before the second verb?

I wonder whether it is optional/necessary that I repeat the 'have' in the sentence below (from an academic writing) While both aforementioned approaches have enjoyed many success stories and have ...
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English versus french grammar

Recently, on the internet, I have heard people say that one should conjugate cartain adjectives that are closely related to french. For example, blond for males and blonde for females in the singular ...
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Official Meeting invite

When sending a meeting invite, what are the ways to say that, "I am setting up this meeting" to discuss on a topic, say "I am blocking this time to....", "Parking sometime to ...."
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What is the word for someone actively engaging with an idea?

For example, not just admitting that the idea of race exists but actively pushing boundaries of what we commonly accept it as or searching for the implications in relation to the lives of themselves ...
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“Thingy” or “thingie”?

I heard "thingy/thingie" very often to refer to "a something". However, I observe it written either way and I don't know what is the correct form. Dictionary.com redirects "thingie" to "thingy", ...
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aberration vs aberrance vs aberrancy

All three nouns are derived from aberrant, the latter two are not used often I suppose considering that spell check considered them misspelt. What are the difference between the three? Are they ...
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What should I call the part of car that influences the orientation of the wheels by moving left/right?

I want to know the English word for stuurhuis as shown in the following picture:
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Using 2 as to in a domain name [on hold]

What is the stylistic value of using number 2 as to in a domain name? Like business2business.com. In some sense it makes it more readable as it delimits words but it can be seen as something for ...
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Infinitive or gerund in the beginning of a sentence

Is the following sentence correct? Living in US for 10 months helped me to grow culturally, academically, professionally and personally.
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Why do we say 'year 1993' as “nineteen ninety three” instead of “one thousand nine hundred ninety three”?

Why do we read some calendar years by their two-digit place value and not according on their numerical place value like: 1500s as fifteen hundreds and not one thousand five hundreds 1895 as ...
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What does the phrase “He’s holding a cat” mean or does it only have a direct meaning? [on hold]

What does the phrase He’s holding a cat mean, or does it only have a direct meaning? This phrase hasn’t any context. Perhaps is it an idiom?
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What do you call someone who desperately needs (or better said craves) everyone to like them?

I have this friend who is in constant search for approval - and not only from his peers, but every single person he meets. He also needs to be the center of attention.
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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How to politely ask someone to hurry up because of lack of time? [migrated]

There is a professor who is willing to allot an open position in the lab but he's just delaying about it. He just won't tell me what project is he going to assign to me. He told me he wants to talk to ...
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article - the or a? [duplicate]

The US is usually associated with the bald eagle and the bison. or The US is usually associated with a bald eagle and a bison. I suppose the first sentence is much better(?) But can the second be ...

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