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Oversight or the oversight

Totally confused on the need for an article in front of "oversight". Google gives examples of all the different variations. Would appreciate help choosing the right one from the below. A. Operated ...
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Sentence Meaning

What is the meaning of the sentence "Even as a young man, bob had some bias against poor people, but during his years in social services, his bad opinions ossified into unshiftable views"
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Words that are both Anagrams and Synonyms

So my father and I were talking, and I commented that it is supremely satisfying that the words it's and 'tis are synonyms that have the exact same distribution of characters (they are anagrams). He ...
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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” and “there's nothing to it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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Making participle adjectives

I would like to ask can we use participles of all verbs as an adjective at will ? or we can use just some participles of verbs to this end ? Is there any rule determining this fact ?
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“The” in front of activity nouns

I'm getting quite lost on the usage of the definitive article "the" in front of activity nouns like "analysis". Which one of the following is correct and why? A. Joe Bloggs is responsible for ...
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A noun for the act of brushing one's teeth?

I can't think of a proper word to use here... for example, in a hypothetical schedule there might be this: Shower - 9:30 Teeth brushing - 9:40 But Teeth brushing seems very strange/unnatural. Is ...
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The word that describes maintaining your body on the water surface

What is the verb or the word indicating the following action: when you are in the water and you can't swim but you just move you extremities so hard and quickly to remain on the water surface and to ...
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what do you call the person who passes the trophies to the prize giver/presenter?

The person who gives out the trophies to the winners are called award presenters. So what do u call the person who passes the trophies to the presenter? Thanks!
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What do you call torture which leaves no visible marks?

Basically, physical torture that is painful, but, leaves no visible marks to provide any proof.
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a special question to the predicate

I've got a sentence: "Му sister's got five lessons today". I'm asked to put a special question to the predicate. I wonder, how I can do that! Can anyone? Thanks in advance, Vic.
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Is “to say” in Hamlet's “and by a sleep to say we end” an infinitive or an adverb?

I was trying to identify the word classes of Hamlet's famous monologue "To be or not to be", and I'm really having trouble deciding what word class "to say" in "and by sleep to say we end the ...
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Suitable words or phrasal verbs

Consider this situation: A girl has been lost and her parents are trying to find her. Hence, can I describe this circumstance as the following: The child, who has been lost from her parents, is ...
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How to format a sentence that a character has written down?

I'm trying my hand at editing a friends work. They've written the following: 'Thinks he's the smartest one in the room,' Henry wrote on a piece of paper. (For context, they use double quotation ...
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Idiom or phrase that describe some of being ordinary

I was reading an article I don't remember where; it was comparing baroque composers, who is prominent and who is not. Those who are not where described by an idiom (I remember it was something like "...
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What is the word used to descibe someone who grooms someone for future personal gain?

I have a "friend" who used to socialize with me a lot and we had a lot of fun. She'd invite me over for dinner and to parties she threw. I got really close to her, or so I thought. She has a second ...
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Etymology of “Japlac”

What's the etymology of the brand name "Japlac"? Is it based on the word "Jap" plus a contraction of lacquer? Or is it a reference to Japanning? Onelook doesn't have a reference to the brand name.
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Is this an oxymoron or do they juxtapose each-other?

I am currently reading the book 'Spies' by Michael Frayn, and this phrase comes up quite often: 'Everything is as it was; and everything has changed' The use of the semi-colon between the two ...
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Is it right to say that and all? [on hold]

My many friends are using that and all.I am not sure it's right or wrong.Please help me .
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A word for “useful components”?

A word for “useful components”? Is there a single English noun that means something like “useful small pieces of material or machine elements that the craftsman prefers to have always at hand”? E.g. ...
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Is it correct to say “be a pioneer”? [on hold]

I am going to use "be a pioneer" in my business. Could you let me know whether this a reasonable sentence or not?
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Does it sound natural/acceptable: “He is flawed/wrong from head to toe”

Does it sound natural: "He is flawed/wrong from head to toe" I wonder how you can describe a person in whom you don't see any positive character traits. Does it sound natural or acceptable to say: He ...
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Why is “on” not used in “…given under my hand this x day of y of z”?

The legal documents generally use an expression like: ...given under my hand this x day of y of z. I always wonder why is "on" between "my hand" and "this" missing in the expression? I have ...
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“reasons to” vs “reasons for”

Which of the following is the better or more correct usage when the noun reason is plural? I can't do it. There are several reasons to it. vs I can't do it. There are several reasons for it.
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Suffix ‘-ium’ vs. ‘-um’

Many chemical elements have the suffix ‘-ium’. However, exactly four elements – molyb­denum, tanta­lum, plat­inum, and lan­thanum – have the suffix ‘-um’ instead. Is there a difference between the ...
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“Algorithmic …ing…” vs “Algorithm …ing”

Q: Question is general, but let's take some concrete examples: Isn't "Algorithmic Auditing" - about audits done by (or using) algorithms (and subject can be whatever) "Algorithm Auditing" - about ...
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Tenses and modals. Must have been vs. had to be

I have a question regarding modals: must have/had to. When an author of a book, that's written in past tense, chooses to use modal "must" he has to use its past tense form: The car crashed. The ...
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the difference meaning between humiliate and ridicule [on hold]

i get new word, ridicule, that means making fun of someone in harsh way how about humiliate. i think there both have similiarity but there both not a synonym. what is the difference ? thanks
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One word for a “cheap imitation/replica of a thing”?

Suppose I bought a fake rolex watch from a flea market. If a friend ask me, "Is it really ROLEX?". What will be a good word for "cheap imitation"?
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Plural form for nouns used attributively

Can we say? We have checked the doors requirements. Or do we have to say. We have checked the door requirements.
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How to ask someone to speak more politely?

Imagine the situation that someone speak his/her mind and use a lot of rude words like F words or use aggressive attitude in his/her body language or indirectly insult in his/her language, How we ask ...
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What does she mean when she says shyly to me : “Hmm, Mmm and Aww !”

I have seen some women make some remarks when they like something said in their appreciation- of their beauty or of their intellect- may be. Like Hmm, Mmm and Aww. I guess they say," Thank you so ...
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Does “of what” phrase need to have commas?

I came across this writing. I was told that the second version is grammatically correct. Donald oversaw the construction, of what he would deem, a "fortress". Donald oversaw the construction of ...
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Need synonym for beginning something eagerly

I am trying to find a one-word synonym for the phrase, "They threw themselves into [an activity]", or "they launched ambitiously into..," or "They zealously began to...". The actual phrase that I am ...
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How to identify “deictic center” for distinguishing “come” & “go”?

Read this paragraph from this site My question is: How to identify "deictic center" for distinguishing "come" & "go"? Let say I am at home & I say "I am going to the zoo this evening", so ...
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Questions about 'dredge through' and 'primary's worth'

Trump dredged through a primary’s worth of animosity with Cruz, blasting him repeatedly while basking in the glow of his victory. Can i consider 'dredge through' as 'drag through'? 'primary' should be ...
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About word usage

I can easily get the definition of the word, but the problem is.. well .. Word Usage. How do I know how to use a word without sounding pretentious, I don't believe this needs a specific context. I am ...
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Does “key challenge” mean the primary source that causes the challenge?

I am confused which one is the key challenge? a growing demand for skilled accounting professionals that leads to a talent crunch or a talent crunch that leads to a growing demand for skilled ...
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Word usage, colloquy

How do I use the word "colloquy"? I don't understand how it is used. I know the meaning is "A conversation". My context: "My friends and I are having a colloquy about politics." "My family are ...
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Do comparisons make up a special case for understanding either/or as a logical operator?

This question was prompted by a friend who is a fluent speaker of English but not a native one. Consider the following cases: I either eat the apple or the orange. I eat: apple XOR orange. I eat ...
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I don't know why it says 'preventing a complete tally of the injured'

The wounded were taken to different hospitals around the city, which police said was preventing a complete tally of the injured. Tally means count, right? In this sentence, the wounded were taken to ...
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things according to the previous events that happened. Edit: To narrow down the scope, a person with ...
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Capitalization of “earth,” “moon,” and “sun” [duplicate]

I've read that these should be capitalized when used in a sentence that mentions other planets, but should otherwise be lowercase. But what is the rule if they are mentioned together without mention ...
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Usage and meaning of the term “narrative”

I have the impression that the term narrative, which traditionally refers to the literary sense of: the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a ...
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Formal email RSVP for a single person

Suppose your name is Kyle Robertson and you receive a formal (finctional) invitation by email: Ambassador of Japan and Dr. Noboku Sasae request the pleasure of the company of Mr. Kyle Robertson ...
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What is a single-word synonym for “train of thought” that would cover exposition to someone else and internal philosophising?

I am seeking a single word to denote a character's train of connected thoughts, both when they are expounding a view or explaining something to another person and when they are analysing in their mind ...
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how to correctly rephrase the sentence [on hold]

in the following sentence: ..such poor educational system produces scientifically sterile generations able just to regurgitate what i ment be "scientifically sterile generations" is, a ...
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What does the phrase “sucking at my ankles” mean? [on hold]

I am translating a text and it says: I staggered to my feet as the water receded, sucking at my ankles as it swept back to the ocean. I am not getting the second sentence. What does this mean?...
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improve vocabulary by reading stories books [on hold]

which book shall I read to improve my vocabulary by reading English books

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