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I've a degree in Engineer informatics, so I am… what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have troubles when trying to define my title (in several context, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to some ...
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How do I say in the situation?

There is the situation that I'm sitting on a bench and I'm watting for a bus in a bus station. If I want to tell my friend that by a phone. How Do you think that I would say "I sit watting for a ...
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“fought in the World War II” versus “fought in the second World War”

Why is "fought in the second World War" or "fought in the Vietnam War" correct but "fought in the World War II" is not?
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Compactify an expression like “if you cannot accept…” or “cannot live with…” for rhythmic reasons

I'm just editing some older fun-proverbs to present them in a list of jokes... I'd like the following to make it precise but also short. If you don't like that data have some ...
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Opposite of Nightmare?

First off the word dream in most contexts does have positive connotations. When talking about dreams that people experience during sleep though the meaning becomes fairly neutral, at least as far as ...
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Inter Multi Cross in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used in some form or another to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the ...
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“-ing” verb + gerund

I am aware that some verbs require the use of a gerund in certain constructions like "to avoid doing something". However, does this rule extend to the case that avoid is also used in an -ing form? ...
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“With regard to” vs. “with regards to” vs. “in regards to” [on hold]

I found the following usage notes in the Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary (emphasis mine): The phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all ...
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What is a proper word for time slowing down

I've been trying to figure our a proper single word for the phenomenon of time slowing down . Is there any such word ?
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Accept and change

Is there any word which accumulates the meaning of both words "Accept" and "Change"? Example : I accepted and changed myself from the feedback given.
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what does over-ridden means?

I got a email from my lecturer saying You have over-ridden the design document with a progress report. What does this mean?? Cheers for your help.
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How does “to entail” develop to mean “involve (something) as a inevitable part”?

What's the logical derivation behind definition 1 of to entail: Involve (something) as a necessary or inevitable part or consequence: How does the etymology (listed in that link and here) ...
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What does “bupke” mean?

There was the following passage in the New Yorker's (August 27) article titled, “A scandal at the C.I.A. May be.” : In January I (David Shafer, novelist) filed a Freedom of Information Act request ...
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How does “to consist in” develop to mean “to have as an essential feature”?

What's the logical derivation behind this definition of consist in [Definition 1.1]: have as an essential feature: How does the etymology (listed in that link and here) lead to the foregoing ...
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Word meaning “likely to cause controversy?”

Example: The name Self-Arming Group isn't as [...] as Gun Club, but controversial nevertheless. What word can I use in the example above?
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Comparison error

Because of its innovativeness and its effective presentation, Mary's science project received more judges' votes at the exhibit than did Jim. The "did Jim" part was incorrect, and I was kind of ...
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Is there an adjective beginning with “dis” and connoting non-negative meaning?

Out of curiosity, I would like to know whether there is an adjective beginning with "dis" and connoting non-negative meaning?
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What is the meaning of 'to be recessed 0.2mm in area shown' in a drawing

What is the meaning of 'to be recessed 0.2mm in area shown' in a drawing
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“Should you pull a ‘Burger King’ to cut your tax bill?” - What figurative device is it?

Burger King plans to buy the Canadian Tim Hortons in an effort to cut taxes as in the following link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/should-you-pull-a-burger-king-to-cut-tax-bill-2014-08-26 What ...
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What are the physical things that identify you as a member of a group? [on hold]

I'm looking for the various physical things that identify you as a member of a group, or identify you as one of a certain status. The physical things as defined by cultural customs or practices, not ...
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“You are going to want to” vs “You will want to”

So I was going to say something the other day like "After eating this, you are going to want to go there." I wanted to express that after eating that, the person would end up with a wish about ...
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“The Tengwar are an artificial script…”

Reading up on Tolkien's Tengwar, I stumbled upon this sentence introducing its Wikipedia article: The Tengwar are an artificial script created by J. R. R. Tolkien For me, mixing plural Tengwar ...
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“And been” when “has” has been said in the sentence already?

I have the sentence "The role has gotten easier and easier to play, and been forced upon me more frequently than not." I was wondering if "and been" is correct to use in this case, or if "has" must be ...
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Can “sitcom” be considered an “acronym”?

ACRONYM - An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/acronym Sitcom - a situation comedy, ...
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What does a man reply when told: “I love you” by a fellow man and by a woman? [on hold]

Is there any difference in replying to the words "I love you" when it is said by one male to another male, and when it is said by a female to a male?
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Does the word “hope” require the use of the subjunctive mood?

e.g. - I hope you be/are fine during your travel - I hope you be/are fine living in your new apartment
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Approximate values of amount modifiers

This is an area of English that I consistently have trouble with. Consider the following sentences. I have a couple of books on my desk. I have a bunch of books on my desk. I have a number of books ...
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Usage of the future perfect tense: “… a year will have completed…” Is it correct?

Is the following sentence correct? By the end of September, a year will have completed for our friendship.
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Another way to say “be safe and come back soon”

I am looking into a specific expression I heard but could not remember it exactly. It means that be safe and come back soon, or any similar meaning. You say it to your friend/ relative when they ...
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How did “stuck-up” get to mean “snob”?

I was inclined to believe that the expression "stuck-up", meaning staying aloof from others because one thinks one is superior, had its origins with somebody's nose stuck (up) in the air and yet, ...
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Why is this a correct sentence? Her uncle prefers that she speak with him personally [duplicate]

An native English speaker said the correct grammar should be ... 'she speak,' rather than ...'she speaks.' What is the grammar rule?
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Floating in/on atmosphere?

Which of the following two are correct? Melodies floating in relaxing atmosphere. Melodies floating on relaxing atmosphere. My gut feeling says that it should be 1, but I am just a bit confused. ...
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is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english?

Is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english? Any suggested phrases to replace if this is not?
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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Single word, or good words/phrase for “confusingly asked question where meaning changes.”

Today we had some clients who had us build some stuff, X. Then they say "hell, we actually wanted Y, let's do that." So we scrapped that and did Y! Then they said "hell, this is no good, we realise ...
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“Syndicate something to boot” Definition [on hold]

What is the meaning of the bolded part? Fewer people seek critical opinion, especially when they’ve been bludgeoned by aggressive (and effective, as it turns out) viral marketing campaigns that ...
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What do you call someone who gets along with children?

What do you call someone who gets along with children/babies? A simple example: He is such a ____, he makes all children smile. A single word noun would be ideal but a phrase is acceptable ...
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Which form is correct?

I found a sentence in a paper which I believe to be wrong, I have couple of questions: Is it wrong? If not, which one is the correct form? The sentence: ... these algorithms require successive ...
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Meaning of “by” when used with dates - inclusive or exclusive [duplicate]

If, in a contract fr example, the text reads: "X has to finish the work by MM-DD-YYYY", does the "by" include the date or exclude it? In other words, will the work delivered on the specified date ...
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might have helped

He had kidnapped him when the child was seven and had taken him to the backwoods and baptized him and instructed him in the facts of his Redemption, but the instruction had lasted only for a few ...
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“Short of” meaning in “means of finding an audience short of landing a job as a critic.”

what does the bolded part means? An established New York critic admitted to me a certain amount of bitter envy, for when he was coming up in the ranks, there were no outlets in which to express ...
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Most number of items vs Most items

Consider this phrase, would you write this: The bucket containing the most items or in this form: The bucket containing the most number of items Some information here: ...
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Let us or Let's when demanding.

What to use when you are not exhorting a group and yourself to go, but demanding a third person to let you go? Can “Let's go! " also be used"or only “Let us go!"?
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A few contexts with the Present Simple which make me puzzled

These extracts are taken from an old English text book written by A.S. Hornby. 1) A: You were out very late last night. I know! B: Quite right! I was out until three o'clock. And I had too many ...
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I don't understand a part of the dictionary definition of the word“ bastion” [on hold]

I looked up the word "bastion" on the internet, and the definition was: a projecting part of a fortification built in an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several ...
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How to use “To be perceived as to being something” [migrated]

For example. To be perceived as to being useful, the information tool must provide useful information to user and the user must find the information provided by the information tool is useful is ...
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What does “to be of service” means?

I recently saw the following sentence: One is glad to be of service Could anyone please describe what does that means?
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Meaning of “niche” in “he knows the niches of this or that genre”

He knows the niches of this or that genre. Which meaning is intended here? He is a master at every genre and knows everything about them. He has a shallow knowledge about every genre.
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I don't understand a part of the dictionary definition of the word “bastion” [on hold]

I looked up the word "bastion", and the definition was :" a projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions" What does ...
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Alternative to idiom “Barking up the wrong tree”? [on hold]

I want to use the idiom: Barking up the wrong tree. But in the situation it seems a little rude. What are the idioms/phrases similar in meaning to this idiom?

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