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German first names [on hold]

Famous geometer Johannes Bolyai's father's first name was given as Farakas and also Wolfgang. Are these names German? Can one have two first names?
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Past perfect and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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Should I use copyright or trademark symbols in my personal essay? [on hold]

I'm working on my common app, and in my personal essay I refer to several things that are trademarked, such as Lego. Should I use © and the like, where appropriate, in my personal essay?
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28 views

What's the meaning of “without inventing more obstacles” in the context?

I don’t understand the meaning of inventing more obstacles means in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: At this stage, it’s silly to worry about whether or not ...
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will i have to come there? vs do i have to come there? [migrated]

what is the main between these two sentences. will i have to come there? and do i have to come there? which is most appropriate to use. will i have to come is grammatically correct or not? please help ...
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111 views

While I was waiting for [on hold]

Which one is grammatically correct? I want to say that I waited the time that the bus would leave the terminal in the past tense. While I was waiting for the bus leaves, a man came to talk to me. ...
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3answers
66 views

'Team of economists': singular or plural? [duplicate]

I am writing an ad and would like to write: "Our team of economists are at your service and available by phone or email. They will be happy to respond...". I know that grammatically speaking, 'team' ...
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68 views

Is there an adjective for someone who has a “sense of entitlement”?

When someone has unreasonable expectations and feels that he is owed by others, this trait is described as a "sense of entitlement". But how do you refer to the person who has this trait other than ...
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What is the word for the study of witches and witchcraft?

Is there an academic or scientific word to describe social or humanities studies focusing on witches and witchcraft? I expect it to be some something-o-logy? Compare with cryptozoology.
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What difference doe it make if I use be instead of become [on hold]

Referring to this page http://www.springer.com/computer/computer+contacts?SGWID=0-40005-0-0-0 on the right panel it says: Be(come) an author. So what is the difference between be and become in this ...
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Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
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Etymology: Dutch Curry

I've heard of Continental's Dutch Curry and Rice Soup; and I've seen it mentioned here and there... I'm soon to have it later tonight... But seriously, what makes a Dutch Curry... "Dutch"? It's not ...
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24 views

a nonrestrictive appositive with a restrictive clause

Jim's cousin, an olympic athlete, who lives in Boston did X. The nonrestrictive appositive "an olympic athlete" is combined with a restrictive clause "who lives in Boston." Since the comma ...
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28 views

Improving my English [on hold]

Where can we use did not have to in sentence?
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40 views

When and How to use the term “hindsight”? [migrated]

hindsight=understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. I heard many people (especially business people) use the term "hindsight", but I am not sure when to use it ...
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42 views

Is “a request and a reminder” singular or plural? [on hold]

Is the following sentence correct? Below are a request and a reminder for your guidance. Should I use are or is?
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58 views

Since the Latin for 'manus' is 'hand' - does that make 'mankind' a non-sexist expression? [on hold]

I heard the following view expressed today: Mankind is not a sexist expression, because it comes from the latin manus, which means hand, as in [genderless] means of action. Is this a false ...
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34 views

sink and sing…not rhyming but what is it called for rhyming the end of two words

What is the definition of reverse rhyming of words where the last few letters of two words are different rather than the beginning letters of two rhyming words. For example: cow, cop, coy, cot, con. ...
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44 views

Possessive + gerund + object pronoun

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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42 views

Relic as a verb: why the spelling relicing, reliced?

I just discovered the verb relic, meaning “to make something look worn” and used as far as I can tell only about guitars. (Examples: 1 2 3 …) I was surprised to see that its participles are pretty ...
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Meaning of the phrase: “get to the left of”

I was reading a newspaper article from WashingtonPost.com and saw the following phrase: get to the left of. “That’s what you do when you run for president,” said Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), a ...
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1answer
29 views

Is there a better way to structure a sentence with two separate points?

I have the following sentence: I improved the usability of the company's website and optimized the website's rendering speeds. Is there any way I can say this by using "company's website" only ...
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How did the adjective “just” come to take on so many adverbial meanings?

Just is a pretty useful adverb. It can carry several different meanings: very recently: I just finished the novel. exactly: That’s just what he meant. by a narrow margin: He just missed me ...
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58 views

Is this motto right grammatically?

Is this motto right grammatically? I feel that the second line might be a bit odd. In life, consistency. In work, perfection. Does in work actually mean what it's supposed to mean here, i.e. in ...
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23 views

Difference between “hypothesis” and “first principle” [on hold]

What is the difference between a "hypothesis" and a "first principle"? Additionally, what is the meaning of this quote from Roger Cotes in the preface of Newton's Principia - "Those who assume ...
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1answer
57 views

How do dictionaries cope with new meanings of words? [on hold]

Scientists are working on every aspect of our lives and find out different information which is sometimes contradictory to the previous information or definitions. Or sometimes there are some ...
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Source for tracing evolution of specific polysemes, e.g. “catamaran”?

Does anyone know a dictionary (or other resource) that traces the etymologies of words in such detail as to show how two, three ... different meanings may have come to apply to a given word? This ...
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44 views

How to comment on somebody's clothes? [on hold]

Is it correct to say e.g. "I like your way of wearing" or "the way you wear looks perfect"? Is it politely? Is it in use or not? Thank you for your suggestions in advance.
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28 views

Where should I put “available”? [duplicate]

I am writing this sentence: There are many fruits available, including apples, bananas, oranges, to choose from. I am confused where I should put "available". Which of the following is correct? (1) ...
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1answer
52 views

Why are religious texts (“The” Bible, “The” Torah, “The” Qu'ran) preceded by “The”?

Although English is my first and only language, I've always wondered why religious texts are preceded by "the", although they really can just be seen as pieces of literature (I'd rather not get into ...
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104 views

What do you call a house with a yard?

Is there a word in English, no matter from which origin e.g. French, Latin, etc., to describe a house that has a yard area? Or do we just have to say house/home with a yard? Update: By house, I mean ...
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35 views

Confusing plural/singular nouns

I come across this paragraph from a webpage: It seems ill-conceived to relegate decision and choices about arts funding to a handful of bureaucrats, who are likely to decide based ...
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39 views

“As does” grammar question [on hold]

He does not like reading, as does me. Is this sentence grammatically correct, and if it is, does it mean that I like or do not like reading?
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69 views

How is the word “Cactaceae” pronounced?

I was wondering how the word Cactaceae, which is the botanical taxon for the Cactus family, is pronounced. I searched for "Cactaceae pronunciation" and found the following pronunciations: ...
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Word meaning unable to empathize because of hindsight

A few years ago, I heard a word that I now don't remember. It seems to be related to the "curse of knowledge" -- being unable to see things from the perspective of people with less knowledge. The ...
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451 views

T-shirt says “Get out of my …” (help me read the last word)

I do not understand the last word. Can someone write it in plain text?
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35 views

Is “to drape a medal” correct usage?

I am trying to describe the act of an official attaching a medal to a recipient's clothing (chest) during an awards ceremony. Is "to drape a medal" the correct usage? I don't think "to pin a medal" ...
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1answer
43 views

Is there a tool to find words that are related to multiple input words?

I'm looking for a similar tool to thesaurus.com, but one where you can enter multiple words. For example, I'm looking for a word that describes something between match and race. Or one that captures ...
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1answer
65 views

Native English speakers vocabulary

I was wondering, how many English words does an educated native English speaker know? I speak English as a second language and since the first year of my undergraduate, I have been learning new ...
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22 views

Definite articles

Are definite article (i.e, the) necessary for the following sentence? "There is enough practice for quizzes in classes before quizzes". Thank you very much.
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64 views

Winter is gone and spring is come [duplicate]

I understand "He is gone" or "Winter is gone" is the common usage. But is "She is come" or "Spring is come" as common?
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1answer
37 views

“All the more so” - correct use:

Is this sentence correct: "If this was true fifty years ago, it must be all the more so in modern times" Did I use the expression "all the more so" correctly in this sentence? Thanks
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255 views

Is “will open 1st quarter 2015” grammatically correct?

A lot of signs in the Hong Kong MTR writes: xxx Station will open 1st quarter of 2015 Is this actually grammatically correct?
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24 views

Enhance Vocabulary [on hold]

Hello Can anyone tell me the book/vedio links or texts to enhance my english vocabulary.I know english so do not require begineer lessons. I want to find sources where evry word is explained with ...
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31 views

What does “at X’s disposition” mean?

What is the meaning of the phrase “at their/his/her disposition”? For example: He left the apartment at the old’s man disposition. Please explain with a few examples.
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50 views

Cloud nine Vs. Dante's Inferno!

I looked for the expression to be on cloud nine on Etymonline; it is stated 'of uncertain origin or significance'. My question is could there be a connection between the origin of cloud nine and ...
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What’s the verb for discontinuing a call on a mobile phone?

What is the correct term for stopping a conversation on a mobile phone? In the old days we used to put the phone down when we were done talking. Do we now put the mobile down instead of putting the ...
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When did corruption, bribery, easy money start to be associated with rot, decay -hence death in English? [on hold]

E.g. the expressions the rotten boroughs or pocket boroughs used in 19th century Britain to refer to undemocratic practices in the electoral system back then. Also, I'm looking for similar ...
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1answer
29 views

Where I should put a comma in this sentence? [on hold]

where I should put a comma in this sentence? Thank you for inspiring us to be a better servant of God.
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24 views

Can the comma be used after the word or? [on hold]

Which of the following is correct? The glory is gone. Or, is it? The glory is gone; or is it?

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