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Would you ever use “closed-loop” as an adjective without a hyphen?

Is it correct to use "closed-loop" as an adjective without a hyphen? Example: Partners can serve as a recycling hub and sell the products in their stores, telling a closed-loop story. Our ...
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What's the Military Term for Standing for Extended Periods of Time?

Dad and I are having a conversation about this. Perhaps Inspection?
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Where do the commas go?

Here's a specific phrase I just wrote, but I'm not sure where the commas should go: " One thing we do need implemented into the login system that we need for datalayer stuff, is a way to pull out the ...
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20 views

Why do words like mean (in the context of '__ means ___') require an s?

I am trying to help a friend of mine from Thailand with his English, and before I correct his usage of 'mean' I'd like to be able to explain the why and wherefore of what I am telling him. He often ...
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23 views

What is the word for the gesture when someone takes three fingers and kisses it into the air?

You often see this with Italians, especially when complimenting some food they just ate, but it has evolved into a more universal gesture. Take the thumb, index, and middle finger, gather them ...
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If everyone in the world were a clone, would OPINIONS be considered OBJECTIVE? [on hold]

If everyone in the world were an identical clone, then would opinions be considered objective?
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Does “As much as possible” in a question needs an example?

Hello I am developing a questionnaire and I am using a sentence: "Do you plan to start to take the stairs as much as possible? (For example you would consider taking stairs instead of taking a lift ...
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How was 'Herbal Tea' called before 'tea' was introduced in Europe?

I recently got in a discussion with a colleague, about herbal tea not being a correct term, as it contains no tea. Instead, one ought to use the term herbal infusions. Tea(dried leaves from the tea ...
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“Are you a man or a mouse” phrase origin

Robert Burns associated the fates of mice and men in his poem "To a Mouse" (1785): The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley, But this seems to suggest that mice and men have a ...
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Laid vs. Lain in This Sentence

Which past participle would fit best in the following sentence? I've always struggled with this one. The idea that had presented itself during the meeting had plagued him all night, and he'd ____ ...
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Meaning of “go to!” as an (old) exclamation

I'm reading (well listening to an audio book really) Ivanhoe (19th century) and there are some old expressions and words that have rather fallen out of modern use. Most of them I can google, but the ...
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Punctuation for nested quotes at the end of a sentence

This is something I've gone back and forth on with a couple of writer friends and nobody is ever really sure what the correct punctuation format is, or whether there really is a format that's ...
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certain (humorous) quote about revision of an organization’s bylaws

I’m looking for a certain (humorous) quote that goes something like: “The demise of an organization begins when it revises its bylaws.” After 15 minutes of googling for it, I have given up and am ...
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Synonyms for “walking on thin ice”

It's tough to find synonyms for whole phrases as opposed to single words. I'm trying to think of at least a couple for "walking on thin ice." So far the only one I've come up with is "playing a ...
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14 views

Suggest Indirect speech

Please tell me what will be the indirect speech of this sentence The boys shouted, "Don boscho school well played?"
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Does the “she was found in violation of…” <-> “she was violated” equivalence have a name?

This is a follow-up to this question: Why is "violated" being used as future perfect with a person as the object? At that question, it was established that there is a jargon/slang usage of ...
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26 views

Use of pronouns her

Which is correct English? Jane's mother taught Jane to keep herself clean. Or Jane's mother taught her to keep herself clean.
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How should I use “so” and“ too” for showing agreement in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town!

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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Do you use the word 'overwhelmingly' or 'extremely' often?

Do you use the word 'overwhelmingly' or 'extremely' often? Overwhelmingly vs Extremely?
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39 views

What's the opposite of reckless? [on hold]

What is an adjective to describe someone who is the opposite of reckless other than 'cautious' or 'careful'?
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What is the opposite of indented (because “exdent[ed]” appears not to be a word)?

I've always used the word "exdented" when describing a paragraph of text (or, more usually, a section of computer code) where the first line is set further left than the remainder of the ...
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every boy and every girl singular/plural verb [on hold]

a/''Every boy and every girl has to do this homework.' b/ Every boy and every girl have to do this homework.
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Is `limited to viewing` correct in this context? Your account is `limited to` viewing only the first 100 pictures

As the title says, is limited to correct in that context? Let's say for instance that Facebook offers free and paid account and Facebook only allows free account to view the first 100 pictures of ...
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29 views

Using “beau geste” as an opposite of sin

Beau geste defined here seems to be a noble act and from what I know to be the definition of sin, which has the word "immoral" in it, "beau geste" should be its antonym. Even if it isn't the perfect ...
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Why has “Caucasian” remained in use, while similar terms for other races have fallen out of use?

Why has the term "Caucasian" remained in use, while equivalent terms, such as those used for Asian people, African people, and Australian Aborigines have fallen out of use in polite society? I came ...
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“hugest” grammatically correct?

I saw an article on yahoo yesterday and thought I'd ask, is "hugest" a real word? I assume whoever wrote the article understands what they are trying to say, but it just seems wrong and foreign to my ...
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can we use `localite` for business entity?

if any business was started in particular area, can we use "localite" for that business entity? For example: This business is localite to this area.
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46 views

“before I get it” or “before I got it”

I wrote the following sentence and my native proofreader corrected 'before I get it' to 'before I got it': I would like to know why this package was sent back to the sender at the transit center ...
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plural or singular of verb following staff [duplicate]

Is it: A number of staff who was not able to attend. or: A number of staff who were not able to attend.
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25 views

Simultaneous usage past & present Part. in the same sentence

I have a doubt to be clarified. Kindly refer following sentences and suggest, which one correct and why? Is there any specific rule on that aspect? he who never failed, has never tried.< he ...
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Is it insight in, or insight into?

Is the correct form - gaining insight in, or gaining insight into - or are both right? The context is: "Focus on your interactions to gain decisive insight in your emotional reactivity."
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“We're sorry for the delay in reply.” or “[…] delay in replying.”?

There's an office debate going on over this. We're all non-native english speakers so none of us can make a good case for either option. So, the debate goes on about whether the "delay in reply" ...
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25 views

Is this free indirect speech ? “ …and would I please … ” And why is “please” necessary?

I would like to ask a question about the expression, “...and would I please .... . ” Which appeared in a mystery novel. I’ve been wondering what the expression means. And why is the word “please” in ...
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11 views

Post genitive usage

I am writing an introduction to a mathematical text and have to convey the authorship of certain ideas and theorems. However, I am unsure which of the phrases I wanted to use are actually proper ...
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37 views

Do I use “were”, “was”, or “is”?

Sorry for the elementary question, but I am confused. Suppose I am telling someone about a conversation I had with a friend the previous day. Which would be correct? "I asked him if he were well" "I ...
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Have any words experienced sustained frequency growth greater than the word “sustainable”?

XKCD comic 1007, "sustainable", has indicated that the frequency of the word "sustainable" has undergone significant growth. According to explain XKCD, it has gone from 0.000005% in 1960 to ...
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How to say 24 of book titles?

I would like to say 24 of this book title but i'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. For example, I have a book titled "Lord of the ring". How would I say I want 20 of that in a letter. Is it ...
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Can someone “proofhear” an audio?

I'm preparing an application where people can proofread other people's texts, but they can also review other's audios as well. Review could be a good word to use, but I'm already using this to... ...
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Difference between “depend” and “depends” [migrated]

Could someone explain me the difference between "Depend" and "Depends"? When I need to add the "s" at the end?
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Cry and cried - drop the y and add ied

I understand the usage of the two, but I'm looking for how to describe these types and rules for when you drop y and add ied. If that makes sense Thanks
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Is 'verb + so + adjective' correct?

I've by chance learned the following sentence: Why does the idea of progress loom so large in the modern world? It confuses me a great deal,as I think that it should've been 'loom so largely'. Could ...
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Em dash and quotes

While I toss up between the em dash and the en dash, I am consistent throughout one document. However, one thing I have noticed when using the em dash is that when I write something like: Firstly, ...
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Should we always use a prepositional object after an intransitive verb?

I arrived at home. I arrived home. Arrive is intransitive verb and it needs a prepositional object but 'home' is adverb of place and I think we can't use any preposition before it as we were ...
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Single word for “winner takes all”

Is there a single word for the phrase "winner-take(s) all"? Need to mention a single word heading for a issue within a Business report, explaining how a new technology release would mean winner takes ...
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Usage of presumed [migrated]

"Everyone presumed that I am weak person" Is this wrong? vs. "Everyone presumed that I was weak person" Is this always right?
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“It was the kind of story that / where you had to be there.” — Are the relative words 'where' and 'that' interchangeable?

Consider this exchange: A: Your story wasn't funny at all. B: Maybe it was the kind of story where you had to be there. I encountered something like that a few days ago, and wondered if the ...
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General term for location or event

I thought I would try my luck here. Is there a general term that encompasses locations and/or events? For example, music festivals and towns?
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Word describing the one flaw in an otherwise perfect crime, plot or plan

I am wondering if there is a noun or phrase that articulates how a crime, plot or plan was foiled. I am interested in a noun or phrase that relates to crime in particular. For example, They two ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...

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