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4 tables or 4 table?

I am preparing a technical documentation. I am facing problem to frame a simple sentence i.e; "The database deals with 4 tables" or "The database deals with 4 table". Which one is correct. Kindly let ...
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How did the spelling of 'mien' evolve?

I ask only about mien's definition of 'A person’s look or manner', and not the Yao people. OED: Etymology: Probably a merging of two words of distinct origins: (i) shortened < demean n.; ...
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Devoid and Lack

I often found it hard to use "devoid" naturally and correctly. And most of the times it seems to me that replacing "devoid" by "lack" sounds more natuare Could anyone please explain and exemplify the ...
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18th century English [on hold]

My attempts at finding that which is deemed by me as being the purity of the English language, namely, 18th century text, is that which I cannot find myself. After having searched for this very text, ...
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bemustached versus mustached

I've just read an article in The Huffington Post in which the phrase "bemustached 26-year-old" was used. While I'm very much aware of the function of the prefix "be" in words like "bespectacled", ...
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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation that “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile in that it is very 'infectious', or it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could only come up with words ...
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Three hours ( or three thousand pounds ) is or are?

When can three hours or three thousand pounds be considered singular and plural ? e.g. Three hours ( is - are ) a long period to wait for you. e.g. Three thousand pounds ( was - were ) collected for ...
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Where would J. D. Salinger publish today?

A biography of J. D. Salinger describes his eventually successful efforts to publish his short stories in The New Yorker, which is described as a literature Olympus of that time. Is there an ...
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'limit' vs 'limitation'

What are the similarities and differences? I already tried the OED, but its richness (ie plenitude) of information can overwhelm me, a novice. I heed the Etymological Fallacy, but does etymology help ...
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Difference between be supposed to and ought to

I was confused by usage of be supposed to and ought to modals. Where can we use them? For instance, I am supposed to/ought to learn English today. I don't have to learn english today, but to me it ...
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a flap in “wedding” and “bidding”

I'm wondering if a flap occurs in "wedding", and "bidding" in American pronunciation? I can't hear it out here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/wedding
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Father and mother are to parents what brother and sister are to which gender neutral noun?

Looking for a word that denotes both brothers and sisters without gender connotations (gender neutral), in a similar fashion as parents for father and mother.
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What is the proper preposition following 'appendix'?

In the following sentence, 'The graph can be found in the appendix [preposition] this report', what is the correct preposition to use? In particular, is 'to' more appropriate than 'of'?
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Using “Before” for audience [on hold]

I am not sure if using "before" is correct here: The Stars Music Group did a fantastic job at the University of Kansas before a large group of Iranian and American audience. Is that correct? ...
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What are the uses of the modal verb “would” ?

Except the future in past tense in conditional sentences what other alternative uses the world " would " can have in conversation?
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she said vexing OR she vexed [on hold]

Can I use "vexed" in the example: "You're impossible!" she vexed. or would I have to write: "You're impossible!" she said vexing. Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks and have a lovely day :)
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Which one is the correct sentence? “Forever shall I remain indebted” or “I shall forever remain indebted”

I came across an acknowledgement in one of the theses which came for correction to me. The opening sentence says: "Forever shall I remain indebted to....". Is it the correct way of writing? In my ...
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What kind of error is: “He should be consequenced”?

I've been watching The Sopranos recently; a very useful vehicle for picking up American pronunciation and mob slang. In series one, episode seven, Tony Soprano and his wife Carla are in the school ...
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“You will die” vs “You shall die?”

Had a discussion about the difference of connotation between "You shall" and "You will"; after discussion I became curious about which would be more appropriate in the context below. The Context: ...
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Define the sentence

Is the following sentence COMPLEX or COMPOUND? Sentence: They sat beside the fire when it was cold. I feel "it was cold" is a subordinate clause.
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Grammar Question: Much, Many, More, Less, Some and A Few [on hold]

Can you give me some examples of using much, more, many, less, some, and a few in a sentence? and what is called of this? Please someone explain? I need to know.
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What does “double pump” mean in basketball? [migrated]

Can anybody explain the meaning of "double-pump" in the following sentence: Grant sprinted down the court and had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but Kentucky's swarming defense made ...
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How to express the sequence from the last one? [on hold]

Assuming that I got a fourth place in a competition, and there are a total of eight contestants, how many ways can I express my place from the bottom? Such as, the fifth from the bottom, the last ...
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Which is better to use 'Door is open wide' or 'Door is widely open' [on hold]

Which one is better to use ? Door is open wide or Door is widely open I dont put 'The door' because im asking for more reasonable views. What, Why and When they are suitable to be used. So it can ...
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“come on as” versus “come across as”

Would you say that both sentences sound correct? On the whole, I think you came ON as sincere and credible, and your soft-spoken demeanor, laced with a dash of wry humor, was quite charming. On the ...
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“I want all your presence” a valid sentence? [on hold]

This can be read ambiguously as I want all, your presence implying that your presence is a pronoun, although it isn't capitalized or I want all [of] your presence.
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what is the correct answer choice and why?

Studies have shown that people who keep daily diet records are far more successful at losing weight than people who don’t keep track of what they eat. Researchers believe that many weight-loss ...
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“differently” vs. “different” in a certain sentence [on hold]

Which one is grammatically correct? It's a differently story in the councilors' race. or It's a different story in the councilors' race.
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Latin phrase to English? [on hold]

I am looking to create a family motto in Latin for a character in a book. Using Google Translate, I've been able to translate "More money today than yesterday" into "Plus hodie quam heri". That then ...
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He rares himself up?

Raring definition: very enthusiastic and eager to do something. I want to use 'Rares' E.g. He rares himself up, ready to tell her. I'm wanting to use it as the above example, meaning he gears ...
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Is the phrase “Thank you for your effort” is the best way to praise someone for the help he giving me? [on hold]

Let's say that I'm doing my daily labor, and it's a pretty hard work in general. And someone offer to help me, without I that asked for it, and surprisingly that person invested in that job a lot more ...
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what does “fine-grained” mean in cloud computing? [on hold]

I don't understand the term " fine grained" as used in cloud computing. Can anyone help me please?
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“Each of us will tell you our own side ___ the story”? [on hold]

The context is that 4 people are talking. One person says the line to another. One person does not know "the story" so the other three will take turns to tell their own sides. What word(s) goes ...
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Excuse me for my curiosity [on hold]

Curiosity killed a cat, but satisfaction brought it back or Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back or Curiosity killed a cat, but satisfaction brought her back Thanks!
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Is retard/retarded a word for discrimination? [on hold]

Are these words used for making fun of people with Down's Syndrom? This question came to mind when I saw some specific pictures, googling the words. I am asking this seriously.
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“walking for five o'clock every morning.” “for”? Why not “at five o'clock”?

I'm reading a book on philosophical puzzles and problems. At a certain point, it reads: "Descartes had a lifetime habit of staying in bed till 11.00 a.m. After only a few months in the cold ...
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What's a word or phrase that means “get together with people informally to play music”?

What’s a word, phrase, or expression that means to get together with people informally to play music? Something that doesn’t imply any particular style — could be Jazz, Rock, Classical, Rap, etc.
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What is the correct way to introduce and write a list?

In technical papers I often see text like this. Finally, the goal is to determine x. The three ways of achieving this are the following: The blue method involves tying your shoelaces. The pink ...
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Should there be commas before sentence-ending words such as 'too', 'either', 'apparently', 'obviously' and 'respectively'? [duplicate]

Should there be commas before sentence-ending words such as 'too', 'either',  'apparently', 'obviously' and 'respectively'? He wants to go to the mall, too. She's not attending the meeting, ...
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What does it mean when a person is 'besieged by apoplexy'? [on hold]

What does it mean when a person is 'besieged by apoplexy'? Not sure what this means either. Thanks
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What does it mean when a female 'displays her wares'? [on hold]

What does it mean when a female 'displays her wares'? I've heard this before and am unsure what it actually means.
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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Giving false information in good faith

Kayla and Rob are good friends, and they also happen to be taking a class together at a community college. The class is very small, so the professor knows all of the students by name. One day, Rob ...
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Ultimate > Penultimate : Paramount >? [duplicate]

Is there a word or even a list of words that come after Paramount to describe second, third and forth place etc. ? e.g. Ultimate, Penultimate, Antepenultimate, Preantepenultimate, ...
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A more polite/formal way of saying “contact us, we will get back to you” [duplicate]

I'm doing some language correction for my mom's company website. While my English is much better than hers, I'm not a native speaker, and I've never really focused on business English in my studies. ...
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Do surnames have to English language in England [on hold]

I've asked another question, because they wouldn't let me comment on my old question, but Italian? Amazing! As to whether not having an English-language name would make me English or not, I looked up ...
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Meaning of “neck is forfeited”?

What does "neck is forfeited" mean in the following sentence? "Human nature is a strange mixture, Watson. You see that even a villain and murderer can inspire such affection that his brother turns ...
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Origin of using “left” as something we still have

People express a quantity of something they still have (but is finding away) by using the word "left". Time left: 2 hours Where does this usage originates from. If one depicts a timeline, it ...
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“In month year” versus “In year month”

I find that "in May 2012" is used more often than "in 2012 May" by far. Is the latter ungrammatical?
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Single word for feelings of helplessness/hopelessness?

I wish I had a bigger dictionary in my brain. I'm looking for a word describing a feeling you get when you're stuck in a place you cannot escape. It would best describe how reality makes you feel ...

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