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Using archaic (obsolete) words for decimal penny

So, is it possible to use words such as the "threepence", "elevenpence" etc. for sums in new pence (introduced after 1971)? For example, to read the value of £6.03 as "six pounds and threepence" ...
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“Will have been +ing” equivalent to “Must have been +ing”?

The book "Advanced Grammar in Use" third edition, on page 22, says: "We can use the future perfect continuous (will have been +ing) to say what we think was happening at a point in the past: ...
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When / While + gerund

I would like to ask about two things Can both "while" and "when" be used with a gerund? Which one sounds better: "While ordering" or "when ordering" ? While ordering a taxi, reliability is very ...
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Use of the noun 'associate'

Am I a 'former associate at Company XYZ' or a 'former associate of Company XYZ'?
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Is it grammatically correct to use “would” with “were supposed to”?

For example in this question: What would you were supposed to tell me?
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Single word to describe a person who is difficult to work with

Is there a single word to describe someone who is difficult to work with in a work environment. They turn down offers to help but then blame you if things aren't done, try to actively go against what ...
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derivation of the expression "I am just going out to turn my bike round

I believe the phrase was used in london upto the 1960's as a cryptic way of saying to go (outside) to the toilet. Upto the 1960's most pubs and many houses had outside lavatories. The speaker may not ...
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When to use “most” or “the most”

I came across with this sentence and it cast me doubt the usage of "most" and "the most" The sentence states: "But what I remembered most is moving a lot" Would it change the meaning of the ...
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Why is “wry humor” more evidently used than “analogy” in this sentence?

The question is from the English portion of a particular test, asking for the rhetoric strategy used in this quotation: I love Henry, but I cannot like him; and as for taking his arm, I should as ...
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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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Use of “were” (subjunctive)

I'd like to know if the use of were is correct in the sentence below or if it should be replaced with was: As if X weren't hard enough already, companies now face the challenge to deliver Y. ...
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Which is correct? ( duplicate)

Which is correct? a) I'm not sure where is the ball. b) I'm not sure where the ball is c) I'm not sure where do the ball is. d) I'm not sure about where is the ball.
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If I were to have or If I should have

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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Connective phrase between a negative and a positive result

Research papers in computer science often contain both positive and negative results. A positive result is, usually, an algorithm that solves a certain problem. A negative result is a proof that an ...
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The differences bewteen “Mere” and “Merely”.

What are the difference between these two sentences: 1) He's a mere boy. 2) He's merely a boy
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Excerpts or Extracts?

I am going to amass a collection of material on a certain subject (from works in the public domain), and will use portions of Mark Twain's "Roughing It." When I present this material, is it preferred ...
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Idiom for someone who buys all the best gear to do something before they even have a basic proficiency?

I apologize if the title is a bit confusing, if I knew the concise way to describe this, I wouldn't be here. I'm looking for an idiom to describe someone who, upon deciding to take up a new hobby, ...
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Meaning of “run their way to”

I tried to find the exact idiom in online dictionaries, but could not find any entry on it. Here is the sentence: "For more than five years, she tried to run her way to a different life."
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is there any difference between “nice to meet you all” & “nice to meet all of you”?

When we want to say "nice to meet you" to many people, I often hear people say "nice to meet you all" and seldom hear "nice to meet all of you" So, is there any difference between "nice to meet you ...
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Please proofread. “Those are…”, “[enumeration], with the last one to be a…one” [on hold]

I passed Abitur examinations in 2015, and received results on 18 June. Those are an overall score of XX, XX points in the Abitur examinations of both physics and maths, and XX points in the ...
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Do I use a period or a question mark at the end of those two sentences?

Are the following two sentences questions or statements? a) "Why we call them masterpieces" b) "How I choose, Research and Write AZ Star Columns Week After Week" Thank you.
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Product name for service that manages connections

Looking for a word or catchy phrase that captures the meaning of "connection management". I work for a web-based company that manages APIs (API's are the connective tissue of the Internet of Things). ...
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Unbiased vs Impartial difference

What is the difference between the words "unbiased" and "impartial" in terms of formality, usage, meaning?
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Hypernym for “audio podcast”, “radio drama”, and “audiobook”

I'm setting up my media library to contain music, movies, shows, audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks. I would like audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks to be in the same category, ...
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How do you call the process of breeding or generating the next generation? [on hold]

Please lift the On-hold ban. I updated my question. I believe it is valid. I am not sure how to ask otherwise, I hope you understand my question. I wonder if there is a verb that describes the ...
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recommend for somebody to do something

The book is great... ...I recommend that you read it. ...I recommend for you to read it. I know the "that" sentence is ok. But would the "for" structure be possible?
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Difference between Footnotes and Bibliography [on hold]

How does one decide if a certain piece of information should appear in Footnotes (at the bottom on the page) or in References/Bibliography (at the end of the report)?
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what is the deference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity' [on hold]

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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Ambiguous comparison between percentage values

English is not my mother tongue. The question is whether the phrase "half as fast" is grammatical, frequent and unambiguous. When googling, I've found out that the structure "verb + half as fast as" ...
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comma to set off two verbs/phrases with different prepositions

If I write a sentence that makes use of two verbs each relying on a different preposition, is it advisable to add commas to structure the sentence and to guide the reader, or is it not necessary (or ...
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Aphorisms that use two words in reverse order [duplicate]

I've found aphorisms often that play on the meaning of two words and their interaction and was wondering what one might call them. An example is the PJ Harvey song name: The whore hustles and ...
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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What does “rally behind one another” mean?

Can someone explain me what this expression means and if possible how can I translate it to a latin language, such as spanish? Below are some sentences that make use of this expression: "They rally ...
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meaning of “object”

We know "object" has several meanings: a thing, objectivity in philosophy, goal, disagreement, ... but, which one is true in this context?: "On the one side is the school of neo-realism, which ...
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Should a noun come before or after someone's name?

How can I use a noun as an adjective before a name? Would it be Publisher Jack or Jack Publisher?
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Using Two Past Sentences Together

Is it correct to say: He was a nobleman but not like all other noblemen who were cruel and selfish. If we divide the sentence into 3 parts we can see the first and third parts are about the ...
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Word for “helping work”

Example: Speaker A: You got a new babysitting job? Speaker B: No, it's just a [...]. No payment. Speaker B is just going to do a "helping work", say, taking care of a friend's cat while the ...
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Does “Concentrations” make any sense in this context?

Went to a job website (monster.co.uk) where you can fill out a profile, among other things asking for your education. You can enter "Degree Level", "School Name", "Dates Attended", and ...
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a paragraph in plain English [on hold]

Can anybody rewrite this paragraph in plain English, please? "Much like a work of science, a work of art represents both more and less than a simulacrum of pleasure – it is foregrounded by the values ...
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How to call the first 20 banks of some rating

If we consider banks that are in the first 20 of a rating, what do we call these banks in short? I suppose we can call them "TOP-20 banks". I need this phrase in the sentence. The assets of ...
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Essay, Article, Report and Letter [on hold]

I'm currently studying for my CPE which will have a part where I will have to write two short texts of a couple hundred words. The exercises always state what form you are supposed to use in your ...
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Is this a decision or a choice?

My local fruit and vegetable shopkeeper gave me this conundrum upon my last visit: You are travelling down a road when you reach a junction. You must go left or right. For the sake of argument, you ...
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Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth

What does this quote by Theodor Adorno mean? Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. What do magic, lie, and deliver mean here?
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What is the meaning of “If I can survive to him”? [on hold]

I saw this sentence: I still have all of my body organs. If I can survive to him (about other person), I think I still be okay. What is the meaning of it? It's not as "If I can survive for him"? ...
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british and american english [on hold]

Can we use them instead of those in " I was very sad during the last few weeks because during them I wasn't getting the company of my best friend. "? Please reply....
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Specify versus supply in technical documentation

I have a question regarding the usage of verbs to supply and to specify in technical documentation: I have a sentence: There is no geometry center supplied. I have been asked by my colleague ...
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Is there a word for a divorced father who you don't live with?

If your parents are divorced and you live with your mother, not your father, what would you call your father?
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Whats the word for the supposed content of an inventory?

Assume I have a stock of sorts and I have a list of stuff that is supposed to be in there. The sentence I have in mind is: compare the actual with the [nominal inventory] The words in brackets ...
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Meaning of the phrase “cutting their noses to spite their faces”

What is the meaning of the phrase "cutting their noses to spite their faces"? I came across this phrase in the following context : As many as 22 states currently are cutting their noses to spite ...
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The first two of ten thousand have been delivered

Does this mean that the first literal two have been delivered? Or does it mean the first two thousand have been delivered?

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