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5 views

When do you use middle and when center?

The other day I was talking to a friend about when to use "middle" or "center". I was using it in the context of top, middle, bottom, as a listing, and he suggested it should be top, center, bottom. ...
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What is the meaning of the expression 'put in leave'?

I have recently read from a South Sfrican person this expression. 'put in leave'. Is it a correct expression? What does it mean? Does it involve a phrasal verb?
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17 views

What does “every now and then” mean? [on hold]

He can buy himself a few DVDs every now and then What does "every now and then" mean there?
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0answers
10 views

Using the word redeemed? [on hold]

Is this the correct usage of the word "redeemed"? A customer has redeemed their voucher? Voucher was redeemed Has the customer redeemed their voucher?
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1answer
15 views

What is the difference between 'outstrip' and 'outrun'?

I can't see any difference between 'outstrip' and 'outrun'. I think they have the same meaning but in the gap-filling question "The economy did very well for a number of years until public ...
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0answers
30 views

What's another way to say “have found its way” and “for more than a thousand years”? [on hold]

For more than a thousand years, his heroic acts have found its way in poems, books and films.
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1answer
25 views

ON or AT the surface of the shell?

On the wall, at the table but how to say ON or AT the surface of the shell?
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1answer
34 views

Do these questions have the same meaning?

Didn't you come here last week? and Did you come here last week, didn't you?
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172 views

Adjective to describe an argument that changed my mind or makes good sense?

I recently read an opinion piece that I found to be totally convincing - it expressed things that I'd felt myself but had never previously been able to put into words - it hit the nail on the head. ...
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2answers
204 views

Company Name as Verb

I am looking for interesting classroom material. Google is both the name of a company and also a verb. Is there a name for this type of verb? Are there any other examples of this type of verb?
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1answer
36 views

poorer or more poor

As a non-native speaker I am curious about the everyday usage of more poor in contrast to poorer. The dictionary dictates poorer as the correct form, with some allowing both forms. According to ...
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2answers
124 views

How to express $1m in a formal document?

I'd like to say something like: I helped my company won a $1m deal with customer A. I'm not sure which one of the following is the best one for a formal document? e.g. in a resume: 1 million ...
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0answers
45 views

Using Tenses in English [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? I have lived here for five years. or I have been living here for five years. Thanks
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25 views

Meaning of “With and Through”

What is the meaning of "with and through" in titles such as "conversation with and through computers" or "thinking with and through examples"? Thanks.
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3answers
99 views

What is the combining form of “Christian”?

I recently heard the term "Judeo-Christian" which caused a thought to strike me. I don't know how to switch the order of the classical compound (word). What is the combining form of "Christian"? ...
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2answers
34 views

With passion for … or with a passion for

I am looking at the following sentence and can not understand whether I have to use a or not. I am a ... with [a] passion for ... . From my point of view passion is a noun and therefore it should ...
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2answers
598 views

What do I call a person who reads documentation or guides in a cursory or superficial manner?

What do I call a person who reads documentation, guides or tutorials in a cursory or superficial manner, i.e. without doing so thoroughly?
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2answers
480 views

Idioms, how do they work?

So, my friend and I were chatting the other day. I, being a new father, sent him a picture of my clothesline completely full of my daughter's diapers. Then this dialogue happened: My friend: Woah, ...
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0answers
27 views

Is it rude to tell someone “do whatever you want”? does it mean you care less?

Would it be impolite to tell someone "do whatever you want" if you have been asked "what was the right thing to do"? does it mean you care less?
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1answer
34 views

Differences: “in some recent years” vs “in recent years”

I can't distinguish the differences. When(how) to use them, and context?
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35 views

Meaning of : “as above, so below; as within, so without” [on hold]

What is the meaning of "as above, so below; as within, so without"? I read the answers given for this question at Yahoo Answers, but they left me perplexed. Please shed some light on the phrase.
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4answers
485 views

Is a “Tale” less factual than a “Story”?

I am preparing a press release, and so far the headline of the press release is: A SOVIET LABOR CAMP SURVIVOR’S TALE A colleague called the word "tale" into question, since this is a book about a ...
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1answer
23 views

“We propose the session focuses on …” or “We propose the session focus on …” Which is correct? [duplicate]

I understand a verb in English needs to match the sentence subject. Is the subject here "we" or "session", or am I seeing this incorrectly?
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1answer
33 views

A “list of Things I've done” including passives? How to explain how this is wrong?

Proofreading a website, it had a "List of Things I've Done" that went something like this: Danced in the moonlight Had a gun pointed at me Ate Lutefisk ...etc. The one that bothered me was the ...
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1answer
34 views

Exceptions of Parallelism

Ok, it all starts with this we learned back in our elementary school that is called parallelism. What it basically says is that you can't compare a thing to a person and vice versa. But here is ...
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1answer
16 views

Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of gerund in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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2answers
71 views

What do you call someone who either borrows money, or receives equity funding?

Someone who lends money, or otherwise purchases equity, is called an investor. The money he is spending are his investments. What do you call the person on the receiving end of this arrangement?
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1answer
45 views

South African Slang “Nu”

Any idea what Nu means when someone uses it as a nickname for someone else in South Africa?
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4answers
1k views

A cell phone company talking about the dangers of texting — irony or not?

There was a presentation at our school about texting and driving. It was held by AT&T, a cell phone company. Would it be considered ironic that a cell phone company is talking about the dangers of ...
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2answers
63 views

Please help me explain the grammatical error

I don't think the following sentence is correct: "Your English is terrible regardless of where you derive.", but my elementary school English lessons have worn thin over the years. The closest I can ...
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2answers
40 views

A word that describes telling someone you are not going to tell them something but inadvertently telling them

For example: Me: So what do you do for a living? Guy: I'm a fish and game warden. Me: Interesting. Well I guess I better not tell you about all the salmon I caught yesterday. I was thinking ...
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1answer
49 views

What do you call seeming “hyperbole” that's actually true?

I saw an ad for a residential and commercial area on a bus the other day. It said something like this, with the emphasis being mine. Along the [whatever corridor], we have six barber shops, ten ...
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3answers
38 views

Is this correct use of 'respectively'?

I am accustomed to using the word 'respectively' as follows: Jack and Jill went to the hill and the pharmacy, respectively. and this is the way I've always seen it being used. Is it correct to ...
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0answers
15 views

Referral Campaigns or Your Referral Schemes

I have a referral program which comprises of 50% UK users and 50% US users. Taking into account location, what would be the most appropriate title to use... Your Referral Campaigns Or Your ...
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4answers
58 views

Small but powerful?

I'm looking for a word or idiom that describes something that is small but powerful. For example, a tiny computer that is capable of doing the same work as a larger computer.
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0answers
41 views

grammatical mistakes in the sentence [on hold]

Maya's face was very shining in the brightness of nacklaise. Is this right to use shining in the brightness or shining by the brightness?
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1answer
47 views

What is the origin of the phrase “the eleventh hour”

Someone happened to use the phrase "the 59th minute of the eleventh hour" just now on IRC (#lisp on Freenode). I remarked that that should be "the twelfth hour". This then started me wondering where ...
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1answer
50 views

That can be used as a weapon?

Is there a word in the English language that means "that can be used as a weapon"? As in: That can be disposed = disposable That can be thrown = throwable
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1answer
24 views

Is “flewed down” an attempt at past imperfect? [on hold]

From a non-native speaker of English: "My friends have flewed down for my surgery." Is this is attempt at past imperfect? I am not sure, since the intent is to indicate the very recent past. Does ...
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0answers
7 views

usage of and inside list [on hold]

I'm unsure which, if any of these are correct. Is the last list item preceded with an and? "I've remapped: tab to act as command, enter to act as option, capslock to act as ctrl." "I've remapped: ...
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0answers
74 views

Does a field of study enjoy from a solid methodology or enjoy it? [on hold]

Can one possibly say that "a field of study (like Cognitivism) enjoys from a solid methodology"? (Meaning it has a solid methodology) I am a little bit confused by the use of From after Enjoy since it ...
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0answers
27 views

How to abbreviate the title of a work in an essay?

I am writing an essay on the short story "Harrison Bergeron." How should I abbreviate the title if I don't want to write out the whole name? Would it simply be "Bergeron" or Harrison?"
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2answers
1k views

What does “I got a bee up my ass about you two” mean?

The context is: Just so you know, I got a bee up my ass about you two.
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2answers
30 views

Word/Expression for a concept made simple as a result of mastery

Is there a word or expression that conveys this meaning: A text (and more generally an expressed idea about any field) seems very clear (crystal clear). But it is clear only because the author has ...
2
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1answer
118 views

Somebody is gonna kiss the donkey

I heard this phrase when I was watching Battleship. An old man said, "Somebody is gonna kiss the donkey." I do not know what it means, I only heard it in a movie. What is this phrase mean? ...
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0answers
41 views

what is called a subdivision of a grate [on hold]

in an industrial equipment named pallet car manufactured by OutoTec company I have encountered the word 'grate' but its ambiguous. As the document says materials are conveyed by a traveling grate ...
2
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1answer
65 views

“Tax on” vs. “tax over”

Does one pay tax on income or pay tax over income? I come across both regularly. On seems to be preferred usage, but I'd like to know which is most correct or formal and why.
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1answer
40 views

What is the term for being able to understand only the auditory form of a language?

What is the term for the condition of not being able to read, write, or even speak a particular language, but only being able to understand the auditory form of a language. For example, a boy could ...
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1answer
20 views

Correct tense for a sentence

When you come to know that somebody has been working somewhere, how to tell them? Are the following sentences correct? I did not know you worked at xyz, or I did not know you "were" a part of xyz ...
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0answers
12 views

Single quotation marks: punctuation marks outside or inside? [duplicate]

I use single quotation marks to provide translations of foreign terms and to highlight titles of parts of my dissertation. I'm confused where I should put commas and periods when they appear next to ...

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