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Looking for an idiom describing age

I'm translating a script for a cartoon into English. In one of the scenes a grandpa's talking to his granddaughter. It goes something like this: GRANDPA Indeed! I have forgotten! Apparently, your ...
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How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?

Is there a one word substitute for the scenario below, and what is the politest way of saying it to another person or colleague? I drink water from my bottle by touching my mouth When someone ...
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IMHO, I am great?

I am not a native English speaker. I was wondering if the phrase "in my humble opinion, my proposal is interesting because ..." is contradictory? I am trying to say that something I proposed/said ...
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2answers
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Does the word “out” carry sexual-minority flavour?

My NGO and partners are producing a feature film about Russian speakers in the world, and to explain its point as bias-breaking, we came up with the name out, that's nicely expanded in the slogan as ...
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When to use Might & May?

Is it correct to say "MIGHT I have a look around? OR "MAY" I have a look around? Which is correct and why ? Thanks
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Differences between begin and start? How to use them?

I would like to know when to use begin and when to use start. They have same meaning,so it is hard to ditinguish them.
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“Scare quotes” and placement of question mark--inside or outside?

Consider the following sentence: Did you know you can donate "stuff"? "Stuff" in this case means "anything besides cash." It's the lead-in to an article informing users on a charity's website ...
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45 views

What is the meaning of this line of Andrew Marvell's poem?

O do not run too fast, for I will but bespeak thy grave, and die – Andrew Marvell in The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn Is the Nymph addressing the fawn here, saying "I will bear ...
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35 views

What is the origin of the phrase 'Variety is the spice of life'? [on hold]

I often find myself using the phrase variety is the spice of life when referring to differences in objects. Where did this phrase originate from?
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-phobia word for fear of hearing speeches

I'm looking for a phobia word for someone who hates listening to speeches because they find them so embarrassing. For example, a bride at a wedding or someone about to receive an award might be ...
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2answers
43 views

Use of the “&” symbol [duplicate]

When is it academically correct to use "&" ? In university standard writing can you every use & instead of the word "and"?
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Single word for “time of the day”

Is there a single word for time of the day? A collective expression for morning, afternoon, evening, etc. An example I can think of to better explain what I'm looking for: Good ____! - Insert ...
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1answer
34 views

what is the meaning of about time? [on hold]

I saw this meaning in the middle of a conversation, I hope you could help me, what is the meaning of "about time" in this phrase: "About time you came back."?
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35 views

Correct Use of “A” or “Any”

I am not sure what the difference between 'a' or 'any' is in the following sentences. Which one of the following sentences is the most grammatically correct? Please select a number less than ...
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2answers
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Near, near to and nearby. What's the difference?

Why isn't near, near to and nearby always interchangeable? They can precede the noun. I live nearby the railway station I live near the railway station I live near to the railway station ...
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21 views

such as something vs such something as [on hold]

Then such a scramble as there is to get abroad, and to get ashore, and to take in freight and to discharge freight!" Mark Twain Greetings. I am wondering if I have correctly rephrased the red part ...
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1answer
39 views

What Emotion Do You Experience When You Feel “Honored” [on hold]

There are a ton of situations where it would be appropriate to start a sentence with the phrase "I'm honored." For example, "I'm honored to receive this award." "I'm honored to be a guest at your ...
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21 views

Agreement of subject and predicate

can someone explain this rule to me, please? A few collective nouns (public,infantry etc) occur in the singular, but are followed as a rule by a plural verb, though a singular verb is also ...
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1answer
28 views

date has already passed OR date has already past? [on hold]

Which is correct : date has already passed , or date has already past ? Thanks
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1answer
58 views

Using moot and oxymoron in a sentence [on hold]

There are many questions in this site on the meaning and usage of the word 'moot'. Reading most of the answers, I am only convinced that I need more tutoring on the topic! So here is my question - ...
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4answers
67 views

Word for a salesperson's enthusiasm

Suppose you visit a shop looking for something to buy. Every time you pick up an object, the shopkeeper goes gaga over the features of the product and why it's a must-buy. I'm searching for a single ...
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the position of “of which”

**The car, the wheel of which was broken, crashed into a tree. The car of which the wheel broken crashed into a street The bungalows of which the roofs are leaking ought to... The bungalows the ...
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could you explain the below sentence?

Target of the project =Training programme and dates according to project detailed workplan
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Is it correct to say 'Once we are done with work we will update you.'? [on hold]

Can I use as mentioned below? 'Once we are done with work we will update you.'
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Having vs To Have [on hold]

So I came across a grammar question that I really had no idea how to answer. The question was to pick the best answer for the blank. The question was A: Did you see Mandy's presentation this morning? ...
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What is the actual word for Leaving Out an Examination?

I am from Nepal, our primary language is not English, so many times there are confusion on words which sound similar and have similar meanings sometimes. Recently, I got into a situation, where I ...
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1answer
28 views

Can I use 'drenching' to mean 'being drenched'?

I understand 'drench' means to soak or get wet. Can I say 'I'm drenching in the rain' to mean that I'm standing in the rain and getting soaked by it? I mostly see 'drenching' being used only as a ...
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Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”? [duplicate]

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
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What great writers have used conjunctions at the start of sentences?

I had a discussion today with a friend over the validity of using conjunctions like but or and at the start of sentences. His position was that it breaks a rule of grammar, however I remembered a ...
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1answer
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implication behind “can I ask you to …”

Is there any difference between these two sentences ? (1) Can I ask you to ...[do something]? (2) Can you ... [do something]? Eg., if my boss were to say to me "Can I ask you to pick up the ...
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Collaborative, Iterative and Incremental…? [on hold]

What is means the Collaborative, Iterative and Incremental in Agile
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what is the meaning of the phrase “In the interest of honesty”?

Recently I came up on a question: In the interest of honesty, are you minimizing any important details that your prospects should know? What is the meaning of the phrase in this context ?
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On / of one's own accord

When it comes to the idiom involving the phrase "own accord", is it considered correct to say "on one's own accord", instead of "of one's own accord"? To me, the former sounds more natural. Example: ...
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1answer
17 views

precede versus take precedence of

I would like to describe the relationship between two start dates. I have been repeatedly using "start date of A precede the start date of B." I am wondering if an alternative expression "start date ...
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27 views

When do you say? [on hold]

When do you say: is or are will or shall lend or borrow ...? There are more — add them if you think of more.
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41 views

What does “You hit singles, you hit doubles,” mean?

Roger Cohen, New York Times’ op-ed columnist wrote under the caption, “Ambivalence about America” in New York Times August 18 issue.; Geostrategic shifts over the past year indicate that the ...
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1answer
17 views

Emissary / Ambassador / Representative / Envoy / Delegate

These words are all more or less interchangeable, but I'm wondering which is most distinguished. If I have a group of representatives, but some are the leaders of their groups and others are just ...
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1answer
21 views

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression “full stop” into a written sentence?

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression "full stop" into a written sentence? For example: The USS Enterprise isn't just a great "Galaxy Class" starship, it's a great starship - ...
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Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?

Consider these two sentences: "His actions reveal him to be a husband who is not jealous but is zealous." "Those words demonstrate not his jealousness but his zealousness." Are the words ...
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2answers
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“They have been replaced by…” or “They have been replaced with…”

We replace something old with something new. The Mayor has replaced all the old school buses with new ones. When the sentence is written in the passive voice, "by" is used. All the ...
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0answers
30 views

Supermarket English [on hold]

Please check if these sentences sound natural. If not, please correct them. We currently have a special on apples. Double-bagged paper, please. We do not accept bills larger than a twenty. Can I ...
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2answers
29 views

Does this situation constitute a “Pyrrhic Victory”? Irony?

Consider the following situation: A person, Alice, is hired to do a job for a company, ZooBiz. Alice is able to entirely outsource her job. She pays the outsourcer 50% of what she makes, and no ...
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3answers
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Antonym (or dual) for 'anachronism'

I'm looking for a word or a phrase (preferably a noun phrase) that describes something current, which should not be still present, because it is kind of outdated, but is still around us because of ...
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What are Java Programmers called?

I know that those who code in Python could be called Pythonistas, Pythoneers and Pythonists and Ruby programmers I think could be called Rubians? not sure. Anyways, my question is, are there ...
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652 views

Saying that refers to not going overboard in solving a problem when a simple solution exists

So I know I've heard this saying in American English before but I just can't quite find the original. I have come up with several made up variations like: I don't send the Navy (or whole army, or a ...
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Is the usage of this semicolon correct? Should I replace it with a colon or dash?

I am getting ready to have my first tattoo and, as a fairly strict grammarian, I want to make sure that I get it right. I plan for the tattoo to look like the following, but I'm not totally sure about ...
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Should the names of different sorting algorithms be “<qualifier> sort” or “<qualifier>sort”?

Should the names of different sorting algorithms be <qualifier> sort or <qualifier>sort? The titles of Wikipedia articles of these sorting algorithms are not consistent with respect to ...
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Capitalisation of geographical entities in lists

I cannot seem to find an agreement on the proper capitalisation of geographical entities that use common nouns as part of their full name. Specifically my example is: ...was found in the ...
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26 views

Is YES/NO a definitive statement? [on hold]

I understand that we use YES / NO to convey our agreement or disagreement with the current statement. But does that signify our utter belief/disbelief in the context or does it merely represent our ...
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2answers
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How do you capitalize and hyphenate “at a glance” in a title?

I'd like to use the following as a section title: Module At-a-Glance Is it capitalized and punctuated properly?

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