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What's the origin/etymology of the phrase “regular old”? Does it have a clearly defined meaning?

It seems to me that the adjective phrase "regular old" seems to have a few distinct usages, but a confusing conversation and some fruitless searches as to a specific definition have me coming to ...
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Is it always necessary to be “finished with”?

Is it grammatically incorrect to say "done school" or "finished school"? For example, I am done school, or I am finished school. Must I always use the word with to be grammatically ...
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Is there another way to write Gasping and Panting sounds?

I'm making a comic where a character is scared and is hyperventilating. What should I write to make it as if they're panting/gasping?
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In differentiation as in dy/dx what do you call y and x?

Like numerator / denominator, but for differentiation.
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What's the meaning of “I can't imagine why.”?

Does it mean "The answer is obvious to me." in a sarcastic way, or does it mean "I really don't know the reason."? I am inclined to go with the former. Surprisingly googling doesn't help. Secondly, ...
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Passive voice after the verbs “to order, command, tell, ask for”

I found the following sentences in an English language texbook (written by a non-native speaker) and I'm not sure about them. I've tried to find similar examples elsewhere, but couldn't. I think the ...
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What is a word or phrase for how you feel when you discover something that you don't think you can have

The title is relatively self-explanatory. For example, I have been introduced to something that I want but only a few people will get one (e.g. winning the lottery, finding a four leaf clover, or ...
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The/a/an usage question [duplicate]

In the book I am studying in , I saw these two sentences: After a university education, she got married. These days, women have as good an education as men, which I think is a good thing ...
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Is it correct? mom will let me go, will give me permission or other? [on hold]

Which is the best: Will you come here again? Yes, If mom would let me... We are sure that mum will let you go Will you come here again? Yes, If mom will give me permission... We are sure that mum ...
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Antonym of test run

I have developed an algorithm that aims to produce some scientific results. These calculcations use a lot of computing time, so most runs use a much faster, stripped-down version of the algorithm. At ...
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Using the phrase 'a number of' with countable/uncountable nouns and verbs in singular/plural

Find the mistake: Every year, an enormous number of paper is used to produce books. My thoughts so far: After googling I found that when using "a number of" we use plural verb (i.e., are) , is ...
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the structure : … so not much…, but rather

I don't comprehend the meaning of this structure in this sentence: His major contribution to the field is so not much the actual discovery of the material to which he gave its name, but rather the ...
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“manufacturing time” vs. “manufacture time”

Why is the term "manufacturing time" used instead of "manufacture time"? Just like one would say "production time" and not "producing time".
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Pride in or pride for

Does one say: I have a great pride for my country or I have a great pride in my country
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What is the appropriate use of “lighted” vs “lit”? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to say "her eyes lighted up" or is it only acceptable to say "her eyes lit up"?
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Academic writing Photo or Photograph

Which one of these two forms would be more appropriate in academic writing. The text does concern The Holocaust and is being translated from Polish into English. This is a photo presenting bodies of ...
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A positive way of saying “Grammar Nazi” [duplicate]

Grammar Nazi is usually how they describe someone who corrects other people's grammar (or spelling, or other errors). Is there any expression that shows such a person in a positive light? I ask ...
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Exercies on right usage of english words [on hold]

Could you find out, where are from the current exercises or advice a similar text book? I have problems with determining right usage of different words, and such textbook will be quite useful for ...
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How to identify same pronunciation across languages?

I'm interesting in finding words that have a very similar unambiguous pronunciation across the English language and other languages in Northern Europe (German, Danish/Swedish/Norwegian). One example ...
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Why is the definite article used here?

They ran to the door of the cellar, but Toto was afraid, and he ran under the bed. — Chapter 1 of The Wizard of Oz(Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 1) In this book, There is no bed that has ...
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Usage of touch the wood?

I've started using English language about 4 years ago after I moved to England. I came across this practice a few times: when people speak about their health or similar things they say this and touch ...
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Looking for a slang for penis [on hold]

is there a slang for "penis" in our daily life? Chinese would use "gun" to say that, what about you? Thanks
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asked + lived/lives

I asked where he lives/lived. I'm confused between lives or lived. Some say only lived can be used while others say both lived and lives can be used.
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Pregnant … somebody

I,m wondering what preposition I should use, when I want to say that somebody made somebody pregnant. For example Anna is pregnant with Bill (they gave him the name in advance :) ) and Jack is Bill's ...
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what does “know this time round to ” mean?

I know this time round to take more video and feel glad to live in a time when I can soak up moments of film to drink in later when the memories fade. I don't know the grammar as in know this ...
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aimless milling

"Prices in trading ranges go nowhere, just as crowds spend most of their time in aimless milling." What does aimless milling mean here? I don't think it means its literal meaning.
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Defintion of Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale [on hold]

In The Handmaid's Tale written by Margaret Atwood the military government is called Gilead. What is the definition of Gilead? Googling gave me the following definition: Gilead was a mountainous ...
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A phrase to describe that you catch up with sb

For example, one of my friends is walking far ahead and I can judge that he really needs my help. so I ran to catch up with him . So I'm looking for a word or phrase that can describe my above moves. ...
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which is all they need in

In the week since Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo declared a war on corruption in business circles, prosecutors have launched an investigation into Posco Engineering and Construction (E&C) for ...
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The meaning of this sentence [on hold]

"Time is what you want the most, but what you use worst." what should be the meaning of this sentence , I am unable to comprehend.
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Rank 2 in National Ph.D. Entrance Exam vs. Rank 2 in the National Ph.D. Entrance Exam

Is this grammatical? I want to put it in my resume but I'm not sure whether it is grammatical and natural or not. Rank 2 in National Ph.D. Entrance Exam 2015 Top Student in M.A. Program (GPA: ...
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Formal alternative to the phrase 'Not taken seriously'

I'm writing a legal essay and the sentence is For example, a young person’s reluctance to seek redress, and that youth are often not taken seriously, their words often not repeated in court rooms. ...
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How does “ourselves alone” actually sound?

I am not a native English speaker nor do I live in an anglophone country. So although I can understand the language, sometimes I miss how a word really sounds in everyday life. In this case, I'd like ...
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How to parse 'to avail oneself of'?

[ODO:] {verb} 1. avail oneself of = Use or take advantage of (an opportunity or available resource) 2. avail = [with object] Help or benefit [Etymonline] c. 1300, availen, ...
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“Back at his house in…” vs “back in his house in…”

What's the correct form? Or at least the most commonly used? I found both instances in Google Books: On the journey home and back in his house in Scy Chazelles Schuman gave the plan his ...
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How does the gerund 'bear, carry'?

[ Etymonline: ] 1510s, from Latin gerundum "to be carried out," gerundive of gerere "to bear, carry" (see gest). In Latin, a verbal noun used for all cases of the infinitive but the nominative; ...
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'en-' in 'entreat' : Did it divorce 'entreat' from 'treat'?

entreat (v.) c. 1400, "to enter into negotiations," especially "discuss or arrange peace terms;" also "to treat (someone) in a certain way," from Anglo-French entretier, Old French entraiter ...
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Etymology of 'inexorable' : What does 'out' + 'pray' mean?

inexorable (adj.)    1550s, from Middle French inexorable and directly from Latin inexorabilis "that cannot be moved by entreaty," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + exorabilis "able ...
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Names of specific phobias

I need help. I'm trying to find the phobia names of these fears: Fear of your own identity Fear of not knowing
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A quote from The Lord of The flies [duplicate]

There's a sentence within a novel that I don't understand. Can you break it down for me? The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward ...
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What does 'closing the distance between' mean?

In the larger context: The poet showed how bad war is. Therefore, closing the distance between the audiences views and the reality of war itself
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Where have you been for your last vacation?

I'm about to work at an English Hagwon in Korea. Hagwon is the Korean term for a private language school so unique to this nation only. I received this textbook and on its first page there are some ...
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Do I need to add “that which” or “what”?

In the sentence "They had been warned about the Maestro's idiosyncrasies and were ready to behave with as much aplomb as might be expected of a professional choir." Between as and might, should I ...
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meaning of “Operation Stork”

What are the meanings of "Operation Stork"? I know the common meanings of the word "Operation" and "Stork", but putting the meanings together doesn't make sense to me. PS:I saw this phase as the name ...
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Is it “a honor” or “an honor”? is h silent in this word in American English?

I read a tweet of President Obama: An honor to address the Coast Guard class of 2015. Confident they'll help us meet big challenges like climate change. Is h a silent letter in this word in ...
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Word to describe someone who makes you feel uncomfortable

It's more like unsettling and discomforting but not threatening like daunting or menacing.
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What does “a Kosher ham” signify in the line, “Stone described himself as a kosher ham ready to go to the opening of door.”?

I found the article titled, How Jackie O played matchmaker to two of America’s greatest minds appearing in Vanity Fair (May 18) very interesting and informative, but am curious to know what the ...
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the phrase: Word of hand

I've heard somewhere: "word of hand" What does "word of hand" mean? Can it mean something like: word of advice | help | aid? Like it does in: "to give hand to smb". UPDATE: (what I could find in ...
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send you or send it to you?

Please, which phrase is correct: I have already finished the new recording; I will send you right now. I will send it to you right now.
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Word for someone who can't keep up with the times?

Is there a word that means roughly 'someone who refuses to accept change and insists that things should be done in the old established way'? I'm looking for something like behind the times or has ...

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