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Suspension or suspensions

What is the difference between suspension and suspensions? I know suspensions is the plural form for dispersion but in what circumstances the word "suspensions" can be used in a sentence. ...
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Relative Clauses Question

Can you tell me the difference in the meaning of the two sentences below? As a defining relative clause. The location which was called Central Park was a park in New York>> As a non-defining ...
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“feel the urge” vs “have the urge”

Which of the following options is correct/would you chose? "I have the urge to say something" or"I feel the urge to say something"?
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Meaning of “False Positive”

My question title itself is self explanatory. Can any explain what "false positive" means? I got this word usage from one of my clients in bug report. Can anyone explain with usage in layman's ...
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Under what kind of conditions is a past time adjunct allowed for in experiential perfects?

In CGEL p.144 the author says about experiential perfects This use of the present perfect allows for the inclusion, under restrictive conditions, of a past time adjunct: iia) We've already ...
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On words related to commone root: awe

My question is: How come the three words "awesome," "awe," and "awe-inspiring" denote positivism with the root awe, they are virtuous too,but the 4th word "awful" denotes negativity. Even the spelling ...
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Word for knowing what one wants to do, but not knowing how to do it

I often imagine my dream softwares, but I do not know how to program them into reality. What words, that are more fitting than impotent and ignorant, are there for a practical, non-verbal "tip of the ...
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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?

Recently, a woman I know who lives in England (OK, she's my fiancee, if you want to know), wrote to me and described someone she knows as "a bit of a tartar". Now in context it seemed like a friendly ...
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Whether one could use the verb drink with ice-cold tea?

I have a feeling that we need to say "I took my tea [or coffee]", instead of saying "I drank my tea" since tea is consumed hot, you take it and not drink it. If the above impression that I carry is ...
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Whether words like thou, thee, etc. from old English can be used by a poet or a fiction writer? [on hold]

Whether words like thou, thee, etc. from old English can be used by a poet or a fiction writer to add a suitable color to the spiritual or romantic conversation. I write poetry in English. Although ...
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What is “school annex”? [on hold]

Could you please explain what does the following expression mean: school annex I saw a building with this title on the front. However, I cannot figure out what it is exactly, and how does it ...
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The person whom to be accompanied? Or the person to accompany to?

Accompanying guests must enter the name and ID number of the person whom to be accompanied. Accompanying guests must enter the name and ID number of the person to accompany to. The name and ...
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Does “The UK” mean the state or its citizens?

When I have expressed criticism towards the UK government saying The EU policy is crystal clear ... The UK as usual in their bizarre anti freedom ways and I got an (obviously) UK citizen pissed ...
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English equivalent for “matrimonial bed”

I just heard that some romance languages (e.g., Spanish and Italian) use a word that translates directly as "matrimonial bed" and basically means a queen- or king- sized, as far as I can tell. Does ...
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Seperate puctuation for paraphrasing [on hold]

Paraphrases can be quite far from the quotes they reference. I would prefer seperate puctuation for paraphrases, to make the reader aware. Examples: 'paraphrase' vs "quote" ""paraphrase"" vs "quote" ...
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Opinions on my short story [on hold]

I was practising my writing skills and came up with this story. I think it's alright but wanted to get another opinion The river beneath me began to swell, water cascading over the rocks. Clouds ...
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to be riddled with something vs to teem with something

I'd like to ask how verbs 'to be riddled with something' (idiom) and 'to teem with something' (phrasal verb) overlap each other and can we replace with one another in the same sentence? For example: ...
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Theatrical Term Describing Technicians and Ensemble 18 [on hold]

List itemTheatrical Term Describing Technicians and Ensemble
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Theatrical Term Describing Technicians and Ensemble

I am making a program for the school musical coming up. On the inside of it, I have the left-hand part of the page as the cast. On the right-hand side, I have the technicians and the ensemble (people ...
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Is there a short, preferably monosyllabic, intransitive verb that means “to be absent”?

My internal thesaurus seems to have a weak point and I don't know what search terms to enter in an on-line thesaurus for this one: Is there a short, preferably monosyllabic, verb that means "to be ...
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“for a long time” or “in a long time” - can't understand what is said at 29:32 in a youtube video [on hold]

Please help me understand whether it's "for a long time" or "in a long time" at 29:32 in this youtube video: https://youtu.be/k95ln3wfTFs?t=1772 I know that both "for" and "in" are valid in terms of ...
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The feeling when a familiar object is missing or in a different place

If someone has misplaced a familiar object like a wedding ring or wristwatch, they might say they "feel naked without it", or that it's "like a missing tooth". It's not exactly "pining" for ...
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I was set up in a sting [on hold]

I read someone's story and she said: "Then I was set up in a sting by the same woman who got me started. I was wondering what has just happened !! .. What is she implying ? I couldn't understand by ...
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Fun + Challenging =?

I am looking for a single word that can be used to describe an activity (e.g., work or studies) that is both “fun” and “challenging”. Words I have tried include “intriguing”, “fascinating”, ...
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Does “Hang a Shingle” refer only to lawyers starting their own business?

I guess I've only heard it used to refer to lawyers. Is the term exclusive to lawyers?
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What did Terry Pratchett mean by “avec”?

Terry Pratchett used in his disc world novels the word "avec" as a common food ingredient for french (in his books named "quirmian" or "Quirm" for the country) food. Excerpt from "Snuff" by Terry ...
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Which one is correct ? is update are updates

I need to sen update for some issues. Which one of following is correct Below is the update of issues or Below are the updates of issues Thanks
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Which is correct, artifact or artefact? [duplicate]

I am writing a book about illicit antiquities. Some of my resources spell this word, artefact; others, artifact. Is one right and the other wrong?
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How do english character/word counts compare to other languages?

We're overhauling a couple databases to allow for multilingual content in the future. I've been browsing some text fields because (where possible) it is most efficient to specify the maximum number ...
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The difference between Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous [migrated]

My question is: why do we not say : I've gardened all day, which would be correct if we have finished gardening but we say: I've been gardening all day? We seem to do the same with other action ...
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Does the idiom “in check” come from chess? [on hold]

I was recently arguing with a friend that the idiom "in check" comes from chess. With the meaning that keeping someone or something "in check" restrains its choices and limits its actions, this seems ...
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plural noun with plural noun

I'm not sure what is the best title for this question. For example, Which of the followings is grammatically correct? (1) people with high IQs or (2) people with a high IQ and why? if (2) is ...
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Could we please meet in my office tomorrow [on hold]

Is my answer correct to this question ? Could we please meet in my office tomorrow ? Yes, sure I will be at your office tomorrow afternoon.
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What is potass?

I'm reading The Four Feathers by A.E.W.Mason, it contains a reference to a beverage consumed by one of the characters:- It would have been strange, after all, he thought, if he had not been able ...
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meaning of “un-work”

Does "un-work" imply "to be null and without action" in the following contexts? So art’s function within the context of urbanity is to facilitate, as Kwon puts it, a ‘critical unsiting’. In ...
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'Implied subject' independent sentences and commas

I've been reading Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, in which this rule is outlined: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. Examples: The early records of the city ...
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“You are being it” - why? [on hold]

In this video the person says "you are being it" Why did he use present progressive? It seems strange to me, as the verb be in that context does not have any telicity.
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What do you call the process of processing data before triggering an event? [on hold]

If I have a process below in an Event-Oriented System, Pub-Sub System, or etc: Receive Input -> Process Data -> Decide if to Trigger Event -> Trigger Event what word or process can I call ...
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“Dial M for Murder” meaning

For me, the title of Alfred Hitchcock's film Dial M for Murder is ambiguous, it may mean either Dial M to order a murder (instead of a pizza) / for a murder to occur (similar to the previous, but ...
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we + noun vs us + noun

The phrase "us newly retired were taught" appeared in a letter to The (London) Times recently. A subsequent letter suggested this was an error (due to the writer having 'certainly allowed ...
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Possible context of “underpinning”

I wonder, if I might use the word: 'underpinning' in the context of technologies. Looking for examples, I usually only find it in the context of theories and arguments. Example: "MIMO is ...
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A date when a price is set by a company

How would you call a date when a company sets its price? I. e. a carmaker will set the price for its new model on a certain date. The context is a legal contract. In particular, does it sound right ...
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Written Official Letter Language [on hold]

"Request you to kindly update us the status of the same as well" Is this usage correct or not ? Please help. Sam
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“trade” for “business deal; transaction” in North American vernacular

Harrap's New Shorter English-French Dictionary, Ed. 1982, states, trade [...] 2. (b) NAm (i) transaction (commerciale); (ii) clientèle f (d'une maison); carriage trade, grosse clientèle. ...
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Capitalisation of uncle and aunt in phrases like 'your U/uncle Bill'

I came across this e card: and the capitalisation of "uncle" just somehow disturbed me. To the point where I googled the capitalisation of "aunt" and "uncle" and I found this GrammarBook article by ...
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Appropriate use of “to have a background in…” [on hold]

Is it reasonable to say that I have a background in information technology when I have worked as a programmer for over ten years, but have no university degree or formal training?
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What is another way of saying <I have changed my views> [on hold]

What is another way of saying "I have changed my views"
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“To be pound of something”: Correct meaning and usage

I came across an email mentioning : "We are pound to announce that .. (some good announcement)". Initially I thought it was a spelling mistake and they meant "proud" and not "pound". However, when I ...
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Are the following terms correct: “internal worker”, “external worker”?

I am searching for two opposing terms: How to call a person who is employed by a company? How to call a person who is not employed directly be a company, but cooperates with this company, for ...

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