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A word to describe someone who is oblivious to the atmosphere in a group conversation

There is a Japanese phrase "Kuuki yomenai", which literally translates to "Can't read the air", and can be used to describe someone who doesn't get social cues or is unaware of other people's moods &...
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If I was or If I were - what to use

I am a student who is studying software engineering and I have a big dream to become a world class developer in upcoming few years. I am planning to start a blog related to software engineering and I ...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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Is there any word we can tell someone who borrows frequently? [duplicate]

I am not telling about borrowing money alone. i know a guy who never spends/uses his things/money. He always borrow from others. what do we call these people? what is the term we can use?
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Why do we say “On purpose” vs “By accident”?

My 12 year old deserves credit for this question. He asked "Why do we say 'by accident' but not 'by purpose' " I was stumped - this is an embarrassing situation! Searching left me cold. The ...
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What is one word for 'a messy mixture of a lot of ingredients'?

I am looking for a single word that describes - a mixture of a lot of things that ends up pretty messed up. What would that be? Thanks.
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When did it become okay to drop “years old” when speaking about a living thing?

It's perfectly normal and common to say that a person "is 20," or "is 47," or any other age, and it's implicitly understood that we're talking about age. This works with animals, too. But you can't ...
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Like walk in the honey

My supervisor and I had a discussion about my thesis progress this morning, and he described my writing progress like swimming in _____. I have no idea about the word he said, then he changed the ...
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How to distinguish this word as a noun or verb?

Here's a sentence that was in my notes at church today: His plan is to use you to be a warrior and champion for your family's destiny. I'm sure the word champion was intended to be used as a ...
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Can this sentence “stand before you” means stand on front of you? [duplicate]

I was Reading a book called "David and Goliath" and I came a cross sentence says that "but standing before another human being and speaking lies to him only for the sake of self-preservation was ...
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Unique way of saying fulfilling some one else's dream for them

My daughter is a famous motorcyclist and has to answer hundreds of interviews. In her interviews she says that she is fulfilling her father's "legacy". I have always felt she is using the wrong word....
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somthing continues or something is continued [on hold]

While writing report? If I want to describe, for example, "the construction works continued", should I use:- 1. The construction works continued yesterday. 2. The construction works was continued ...
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Word that means non-human animals?

Humans are animals. The term "animals" is sometimes used to mean all animals (including humans) and is sometimes used to mean every animal except for humans. Is there a word that means non-human ...
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Are dictionaries using 'big data'?

Note: I might walk the line of this site's usage here. Let me know if you think I should delete, or move. I ask it here because, though it is not about using English, it is about how we know how to ...
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Is there a word for colloquial forms of address?

For example, "dude," "man," "buddy," "pal," etc, when used to stand in for someone's name. "Hey, pal, how's it going?" Is there a word for terms like these? Or is "colloquialism" as close as we can ...
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Why did an author use in the sentence past simple with present perfect

The sentece is: Vincet knew enough to have decided that no one in it could ever be trusted.
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Alternatives to “with the aim of…” in a scientific context

I'm currently writing a scientific report and repeatedly found myself sneaking sentences like "with the aim of..." or "with the purpose of" in my text. Despite how trivial this problem may seem, it ...
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Does 'to prove' necessitate truth?

If I prove something, does it have to be true? I can structure the question more convolutedly: Does successfully proving something depend on the credulity of the audience, or the truth of the ...
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other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
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A Question of Grammar [on hold]

When did the phrase "as best I can" vs "as well as I can" become grammatically acceptable?
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For one week VS one week [on hold]

Which of these is the more common expression to say you'll be on holiday for a certain amount of time? I'm going on holiday for one week from next Wednesday (29th June) to 10th July. OR I'm ...
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“element identification techniques” or “techniques of element identification” [duplicate]

I don't know how this phenomenon is called. Simply put, I can either put the noun to the end and place it's properties before, or I can use "of". What is the difference, is some form more formal and ...
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A synonym for “enableable”? [on hold]

I'm not sure "enableable" is even a word but I define it as "something that can be enabled or disabled". Is there a less of a tongue twister available to convey this meaning?
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Translation of pages or translations of pages?

I want to refer to a particular translation of the pages in a book. Which one is correct? the translation of the pages is good. the translation of the pages are good. the translations of the pages ...
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“five years since I have been playing tennis”

Can anyone tell me whether this sentence is grammatically correct or not? It's been 5 years since I have been playing tennis now. Whats wrong in this sentence?
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How do I refer the next item after the top K item?

I have the following sentence The top 10 most frequent item are {1, 2, ..., } After the above sentence, what's the appropriate way to refer to the next item? (1) The next 10 item are {,...,} (2) ...
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How do you use integrity in a sentence to describe yourself

I want to elaborate on my character on how I display integrity. How do I put it in a sentence? Integrity is a good word to use. I thought of fine moral-character but this will be used in another part
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When does the phrase “Some of us…” include the speaker?

I do not recall ever hearing anyone say "Some of us..." without including themselves. It appears to me that oneself is assumed to be part of the subject. However, some of is usually used to denote an ...
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what are the alternative phrases to express “my legs are gently sore after jog”? [on hold]

If it is not terrible, are other words/phrases available rather than "sore"?
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What is the term for repetition of an initial syllable in successive words?

In Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, one character comments on the name of another Carla Carlucci: alliteration. Or something more than alliteration, but I don’t know the term for it. ...
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Should state be captalised for the sentence “in a state competition”? [on hold]

i.e. Leading a team in a state chemistry competition.
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization? [duplicate]

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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Having trouble with filling in the blanc's [on hold]

I am busy with studying for an english exam. Is there an underlying misunderstanding at a certain part of english here, since I can't figure out the right answers? What would be the right answers and ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful?

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? (i.e. "hey, look at me, spoil me" - What would you call ...
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Why describe the word information by using present perfect

I've always seen term information was described as "data that has been processed". Why don't we describe it as "data that is processed"? From what I understand, we're describing definition of term and ...
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Is 'For, surely', correct?

Proof reading an essay of mine, and have come across a sentence that, now I read it, doesn't seem to sound right to me, yet my friend disagrees and thinks it is correct. 'For surely, it must be...' ...
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1)she has an illegal affair with businessman/ a businessman 2)what kind of a person/person

I am in confusion with article. 1)She has an illegal affair with businessman/a businessman 2)I don't know what kind of a person/person he is. 3) He was arrested for spreading false news/ a false ...
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A person who knows how to read but cannot write [duplicate]

What do you call somebody who can read but cannot write? I found the term semiliterate, the Free Dictionary says Having achieved an elementary level of ability in reading and writing. But ...
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what's the difference between By and At? [on hold]

My teacher asked me this question but i do not know what the difference , i just trying to solve this,but my english is not good.anyone could help me?? Please
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How to understand “keeping in mind” in these sentences?

What does the keeping in mind in the following sentences mean? I find it hard to understand the whole sentence. A: According to the present needs, a change should be made in laws. For example, in ...
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Use of “s” in two consecutive words

I was doing my online banking and reading through their material, when I noticed a blurb " we offer you a wide range of savings account and fixed deposit products and services.....". Should this not ...
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“Complete the following sentence..”… anyone could help me?

I just trying to solve this, but my English is not so good. Anyone could help me? why does the letter a) is correct? thanks a lot in advance Complete the following sentence: "Two ........have just ...
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Pronunciation of “Ozymandias”

Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias is written in iambic pentameter and contains the famous lines 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' I can ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word?

Actual sentence- As a result, while patients are not being cured, the malaria parasite continues to spread further. My Explanation- This sentence seems to me wrong, because while is contrasting word,...
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Grammatical use of How with matter [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "How does it matter?"
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Do you teach to?

I wonder if this is correct and if there is a better way of putting it. I teach, among other courses, applied mathematics to Bachelor of Science degree students at the first year level.
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Suitable words with alternatives [on hold]

Would you mind ____________ off the fan? a)switching, b)to switch Which one will be the correct one and if any reason y.

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