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Synonym for “motion”

What is an uncommon synonym for the noun "motion" (movement)? I'm looking for cool sounding words like "twitter" that are synonyms or somehow relate to motion, the noun that means movement. Example: ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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Is it OK to use the colon in the following manner? (I do this a lot!)

I am currently working on a book (I am in the final stages) and would love to know whether the following use of the colon is correct or not: Firstly, please take time to brainstorm all the negative ...
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Should I use double punctuation inside and outside parentheses? Confused!

I would really appreciate a clear answer to the following question—it would mean a lot to me! Which one of the following sentences is correct (or more acceptable): Honor your creativity and write ...
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2answers
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What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use?

I know there is a technical word that's used in foreign language acquisition that means using many words to describe a word you don't know. I'm doing it now, just talking and beating around the bush ...
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Synonym for 'to follow up on something'

Regarding 'to follow up', I prefer a one-word synonym for want of concision. Example: I am writing (or calling) to follow up on the earlier missive.
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“I didn't do anything” or “I haven't done anything”

I looked at a girl and gave her a smile. My friend next to me has put a serious look on his face staring at me. I turned to my friend and I'd say " I didn't do anything' or 'I haven't done anything' ...
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Word or phrase for doing something poorly so that someone else does it for you?

Let's say that I abhor doing a particular chore such as the dishes. Let's then say I intentionally do the dishes poorly. That way when my significant other sees the bad job I've done they stop asking ...
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Does “is that ok for you?” means the same of “does that work for you?”

Do they mean exactly the same? Is one form more formal/casual than other? Can I say one of them in a email that is not very formal?
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How to use “when” in reported speech?

My friend told me: "I am going to sell my bicycle when I buy a car tomorrow". He bought a car last Monday and sold his bicycle on the same day. Now, how can I convert this to an indirect speech ...
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An interest text interpretation problem

This is a text from my writing course. I'm trying to understand the text so that I can get some idea to write my essay. Online connections were first conceived as a substitute for face-to-face ...
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“Cabbage and beets together sounds good.” or “Cabbage and beets together sound good.”

Cabbage and beets is not a single dish. Does the word 'together' make the subject singular?
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Fish food or Fish feed?

Do you need to spell it as food or as feed? Or is that different between UK english and USA english?
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Is this sentence correct, and is it subjunctive? [duplicate]

If your merchant ID were 54321, you would use the following password.
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237 views

Is there a word for someone who does no work of their own, but criticizes the work of others?

I have a coworker who is notoriously lazy, hands off all her assignments, then when others do her work for her she is ridiculously critical of it. Is there a word for someone like this? My colleagues ...
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Can I use “plus” instead of “and” in branding? [on hold]

Can I? And does the following have any meanings? “I plus science” (or "Me plus science") I looking for a brand name, so I think it is not necessary to be strict with grammars. (my personal opinion)
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lexical items- morphology

1.Can sb help me to count lexical items in the sentence: Tom's girlfriend lives in an old-fashioned apartment building. How many different lexemes are realized in the sentence: Linguistics is a very ...
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1answer
24 views

Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. possessive continuous? Is it even valid?

I'd like to know if this type of construction has a name, and for that matter, if it's even grammatically correct. I can remember seeing it in certain formal texts, but not as much recently: The ...
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1answer
28 views

Single word, noun, the act of increased intensity

What's one word that means, "the (current/ongoing) act of increasing in intensity"? I thought Intension had this secondary definition but I can't seem to find any reference.
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What word sounds similar to “magnanimous” but means “impressively large”?

A friend of mine often uses the word "magnanimous" to mean "large and impressive in a positive way". Examples: "Look at this magnanimous snow!" "He had a magnanimous, bushy eyebrows." I understand ...
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30 views

Verbal equivalent of “correspondent”

one of the definitions of the word "correspondent" is a person with whom one converses through writing: is there a corresponding ;-) word for a person with whom one converses vocally (either in person ...
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1answer
34 views

How do different languages convey shades of meaning as English does with stress?

Browsing this site recently, I noticed a lot of discussion, not to say bickering, about whether some languages are more expressive or nuanced than others. It reminded me of a question I had in my ...
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Confusing passage

I find people willing to seriously consider robots not only as pets but as potential friends, confidants, and even romantic partners. We don't seem to care what these artificial intelligences ...
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1answer
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Root words and affixes lead to a limitless vocabulary? ( 2 )

I had to revise the entire question in order to be more specific about what I was really looking for. let's take a look at the example below: ( there are countless examples like this presumably ) ...
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received religion

Does anyone know what "received religion" means? Here's the link to the book where I found it: Hungary's Long Nineteenth Century Does it mean something like the "oficial religion" or "legitimate ...
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29 views

to stalk the block

I cannot find the definition of the verb phrase "to stalk the block". Can someone explain this? The context is: After yuppies and dinkies, a new creature from adland stalks the block.Source: ...
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What word describes the object for which a payment was made?

This came up with regard to a leasing software application. Occasionally lump sum payments must be made and the reasons the payments were made - i.e., the object paid for - must be documented. I ...
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1answer
26 views

Should /Maker/ be capitalized when referring to God

Should /f/ be captialized in - ...the Fall of 1967
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36 views

What to use instead of cliched exaggerated adjectives such as iconic? [on hold]

The English language expert at grammar.about.com advises on many occasions against using the word iconic, claiming it is cliched and will make you sound trivial, without saying what to use instead. Is ...
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Can “I would please prefer” be grammatical?

I got into a friendly argument with another user over whether a construction like I would please prefer to talk tomorrow. can be grammatical. To my eye, that just seems plain wrong. I would ...
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12answers
761 views

single word for “pleasant to look at”

It is pleasant to look at. So pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight. What would be a word for "pleasant to look at"? Something that's pleasant to my eyes... as ...
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“Just sayin” what?

What are people trying to imply by using the phrase "just saying"? It sometimes seems they are trying to lessen the negative impact of a prior statement, or perhaps adding legitimacy to it. Perhaps it ...
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1answer
42 views

How can I change my nickname so that it's pronounced correctly?

My nickname for online games is "Davarius". I'd like the 'var' to be spoken so that it rhymes with 'car'. But people always say it "Da-VARE-ius". Should I spell it different? Or just deal with it.
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is this a correct sentence: what do you come my birthday?

tomorrow is my birhday,I am inviting my friend today using this question what my teacher taught is : "what do you come my birth day?" but i think it is a wrong sentence.i want to say that"would you ...
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Is 'empty chair', when used as a verb, literal or metaphorical?

The latest verb to have become all the rage in Britain is to empty chair. It arises from the failure of the political parties, so far, to reach agreement with the broadcasters on the structure of the ...
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Synonym for “Fellow Sufferers”?

"They agreed to stay connected for hours in their provisional support group, looking for answers in their counterparts." I want to change the bold part to say that they all shared the same ...
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Can the pronoun “one” precede the thing it is referring to in a sentence?

I give an example so you understand right away what I'm asking. Does the following sentence sound right: Users are parts of not only the one being discussed right now, but the already-mentioned two ...
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3answers
129 views

Confused about proper nouns like Dad and Mom [duplicate]

Im confused because well people say that sometimes you use a capital letter in mom and dad. So when do you use capital letters for mom and dad?
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1answer
66 views

European expression that varies by historical international relationships [on hold]

I recall reading an article a long time ago about an expression that, translated into other languages, would vary the subject of the expression in a way that revealed historical attitudes and ...
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1answer
124 views

What's up with 'recapitulates'?

I am puzzled by the the use of the word in the sense of the phrase "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny". The meaning is taken to be 're-enacts' or 're-creates'. It's entirely different from what I would ...
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34 views

Can “dare” be followed by a present continuous tense? [on hold]

I want to know if the following sentence is correct : "How dare you are not drinking tonight?"
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What does “entitled” and “entitlement” mean here? [on hold]

What does entitlement, and its related entitled, mean when it's used as in this example: It was just a yalp of entitlement combined with an aggressive unwillingness to accept that blue-eyed people ...
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4answers
79 views

Polite or unrectified placement of the word please

I would please prefer to take both parts of the test on Monday. Is the placement of the word please in this sentence grammatically correct?
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59 views

Genitive of this

Is there a genitive form of the word this in English? For example: The color of it -> Its color The color of this -> ?
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Correct usage of “to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb.”

I am looking into the usage of the phrase to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb. It seems to require a person at the end of the phrase, but I would like to use it in the following way: ...
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Grammar - Passive

The famous artist will have been painting the mural for over six months by the time it is finished Is it correct to convert the above sentence to "passive" form as follows? The mural will ...
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Adjective to Define “Key” Features

My company has released a big upgrade to our flagship software. There are 5 key features that would motivate the user to upgrade. Is there an adjective that is commonly used to describe those ...
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1answer
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What exactly are “adverbial inflections of verb-based adjectives”, and what are some commonly used examples? [on hold]

Came across this long ago but can't seem to find anything relevant anymore, and that makes me even more curious!
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explain the idiom [duplicate]

I am the novice English learner. Please explain me the idiom "What are you up to" I've already google it. But i still want you people to explain this with examples. Thanks
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Whats wrong in using the words Whilst and Due to?

I remember reading in an English style guide (The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers) that the words whilst and due to were quite redundant and not to be used. The author did not seem to like them as ...

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