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Alternatives to “The following (standards) shall be followed:”

Can anyone suggest a good alternative to "The following (standards) shall be followed:"? I'm trying to avoid using "following" twice in a sentence.
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Opposite of a requiem

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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how to get to know the tense of would auxiliary verb?

i see that "would" in the text is used in present ,past and future. I got confused to get the correct tense of the sentence having would as a auxilary verb .
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Does orchestra need “the” before it?

Does the sentence It requires full orchestra and progressively adds each of the four brass bands need the between requires and full?
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Why does the meaning of a root sound different than the root?

I am currently constructing a language for my fantasy world. I am utilizing roots, prefixes, suffixes - all that fun stuff. I've noticed something that I find rather strange though. Nearly every word ...
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Can't remember the word for indicating different options

The word I am trying to find sounds like "weather" and I think it is used on some sentences like "I have to decide {weather} I use this or this other thing", I can't remember how it is written. ...
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Sentences without subjects

"What do you call a sentence without a subject?" I have gone through a lot of sites, but none of them has the answer. So, I'm hoping this website might help me.
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Is the sentence; 'Can people stop inviting me to play games I don't want to.' grammatically correct?

Is the sentence 'Can people stop inviting me to play games I don't want to.' grammatically correct? To me it doesn't sound right. Is the sentence; 'Can people stop inviting me to play games that I ...
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What does “too on the nose” mean?

What does "too on the nose" mean, especially as applied to art? I use the expression but struggle to explicitly articulate what I mean. My best attempt is that I use it to refer to film, music, etc. ...
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Play games THAT I like, or play games I like? [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct? Don't make me play games I don't like. Don't make me play games that I don't like.
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A word for a big, difficult, weird question [duplicate]

Is there a word that describes an important question that is difficult to answer? I'm attempting to get permission for something big.
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“That” – Which of the following sentences uses correct English grammar?

Which of the following sentences uses correct English grammar? Don't make me play games I don't want to play. Don't make me play games that I don't want to play.
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Is there any saying or idiom to describe the opposite of “blessing in disguise”?

John Forbes Nash, Jr. was an American mathematician who was killed in a traffic automobile accident, because the car service he had ordered didn't show up and he hired a taxicab and crashed on the ...
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Neither, or nor, or both

I don't have cash, neither do I have means to raise Or I don't have cash, nor do I have means to raise I don't want to use the traditional: Neither I have cash, nor do I have the means to ...
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Can you check my translation? [on hold]

I'm translating the document about mobile app. Can you check for grammatical errors? There are my translated sentences: You can turn off the sounds when new messages arrive. Once you minimize the ...
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1answer
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Which one is grammatically correct, with “the” or without “the”? Why?

An Introduction to the History and Principles of Heraldry. An Introduction to History and Principles of Heraldry. Which one is grammatically correct, with "the" or without "the"? Why?
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The origin of “deerstalker”

A deerstalker is a soft cap, most commonly associated with Sherlock Holmes. Neither Oxford nor Etymonline lists the word's origin. Does anyone know when and how this word originated?
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Is there a more literary term for a “parallel” in a story?

Right now I'm writing an essay on Death in Venice, and I'm having trouble finding the right word or phrase to express how Aschenbach is parallel to the old man on the boat to Venice (both dress up to ...
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How do native speakers understand “make an acquaintance”?

Can you explain what it means?
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Is this a proximal deictic?

"In all my dreams, I saw him drowning" I think it is, thoughts?
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I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?

Provided "should" and "had better" are near synonyms (stronger advice in "had better" than in "should" or in more formal "ought to"), I know I can say You shouldn't have done this! But how about ...
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What does “to have something to something” mean?

I've been reading god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens which is from time to time hard to understand for me. I came across a sentence majority of which makes sense to me, but I lose the track at ...
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Are these subject-dependent inversions?

Consider these sentences: Be it ever so humble,... Hallowed be your name. I think these two have similar structure whose elements are merely arranged differently; why I think so is they can also ...
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Why is “earnt” not a word?

Being an Australian I am accustomed to -t past tenses like learnt and spelt, so naturally I would write and say "earnt". However, when I wrote "earnt" in an email, Outlook underlined it as a misspelt ...
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Capital letters colons, full stops, comas in presentation

What is grammatically correct, where I need to start from capital letter, where I must use comas and whatever in following web page or power point presentation. We offer - Fresh air - Special air ...
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The summer equivalent of “winterize”?

I winterize my car in preparation for the harsh winter. I want to say I summerize my snow blower for summer storage. But "summerize" seems not to be an English word, and in any case, it is homophonous ...
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Be going to have to

I have encountered this phrase on a forum. It was an answer to an unclear question. What does it exactly mean? In particular, what is the function of be going to in this case? You're going to have ...
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How do you explicitly name a stack of blocks?

The structure follows strict rules: Therefore, it can't be: A collection of blocks. A list of blocks. A pile of blocks. Also, a table of blocks makes no sense since a table relates to rows and ...
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only”

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Are prior, previous, and preceding interchangeable?

If I have four moments in time (A, B, C, D), where moment D is the present, would previous, preceding, and prior be interchangeable as adjectives to refer to moments A-C? Is one of them more likely to ...
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A Proper Answer to “Hello, I'm Dr. Stephen Newdell, How do you do?”

The proper exchange, which apparently alludes everyone is as follows: 'Hello, I'm Dr. Newdell, How do you do?' 'I do well, doctor, and how do YOU do?' 'Quite well thank you. How can I ...
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Outdoors vs in the outdoors

If somebody likes sleeping in the open, which of the following sentences is correct? And if both are correct, what is the difference (if any) between them? He likes sleeping outdoors. He ...
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“turned model” vs. “reverse(d) model” vs. “inverted model”

Which of these sounds the most natural: turned model, reverse(d) model or inverted model? The context is: Your costs can be turned to an income by using the turned earning model.
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Demarcate vs isolate

Which one of these verbs would more appropriate here. I know it really depends on the context. the Germans isolated/ demarcated a few streets for the Jews and gathered all of them there. They called ...
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market,market square, square

can anyone tell me the difference between these words? According to the dictionary these are market is a place where buyers and sellers of a specific good or service interact with each other in order ...
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various ways of punctuating a sentence — are they all correct?

It was raining. There was a strong wind. It was raining, there was a strong wind. It was raining and there was a strong wind. It was raining, and there was a strong wind. It was raining. And there ...
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How to Make It More Succinct [on hold]

Can anyone please give me some hints as to what I can cut out of this paragraph/rephrase to shorten it? The most critical function of Restorative Justice is the restoration and building of ...
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1answer
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Infinitive in complex sentence: 'we will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.'

Is 'We will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' a grammatically correct sentence? I am not sure if I used the infinitive correctly, is it better to place simply 'is' ...
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Is that correct to say?

Speaking about bedtime reading... Please, help me with my grammar "As a rule, I don't take handsome dead conductors to bed, but if it is Bernstein, my husband doesn't mind".
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Higher volumes of export OR volume of exports?

The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import. OR The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of ...
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get off having sex [on hold]

I read an article talking about the movie "Nine and a 2/1 week " and found an expression " They get off having sex in public places". What does "get off" mean in this sentence?
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Valedictions: “My thoughts go your way,”

Is the valediction "My thoughts go your way," common anywhere among native English speakers? Is this phrase used differently? Do you care to comment on its connotations? Are "My thoughts are going ...
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A sentence equivalence questions

The question is to fill the blank with two equivalent choice. TWO choices that lead to a complete, coherent sentence while producing sentences that mean the same thing. Question: Most people who ...
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What is the expression for a list of low importance items, part of a more important speech?

Summary: I am trying to find an expression equivalent to annonces parafiales in French I am looking for an expression which means "list of items of low importance, appended to a more important ...
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.
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Can you give a clearer definition of “powerhouse” in food industry like dessert powerhouse?

I read an article and the article writer uses the word "dessert powerhouse". I guess "dessert powerhouse" like a big manufacture that makes a lot of dessert and whole-sales to other smaller cake shop ...
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What is 'burning or baiting' about the verb 'stake'?

stake (v.2)    "to risk, wager," 1520s, perhaps from notion of "post on which a gambling wager was placed" (see stake (n.2)), though Weekley suggests "there is a tinge of the burning or ...
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Is “UTF-8-encoded” an overuse of hypens? Does “UTF-8 encoded” require a hyphen?

After reading usage of the phrase "UTF-8 encoded" ("UTF-8-encoded) at, for example, stackoverflow.com, in Howto identify UTF-8 encoded strings, and in an excerpt ...every character can be UTF-8 ...
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How to find the name of the poem/book by Hermann Hesse where this quotation is found [on hold]

We kill at every step, not only in wars, riots, and executions. We kill when we close our eyes to poverty, suffering, and shame. In the same way all disrespect for life, all hard-heartedness, all ...
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Origin of the phrase “There's a fine line between pleasure and pain” [duplicate]

What is the origin (or original) of the phrase "There's a fine line between pleasure and pain"?

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