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What is the blurring of pixels for fidelity called?

In most computer graphic design, when detailed images are drawn at the pixel-level the pixels are blurred with those next to them to make the border look more natural and less pixelated. I know in ...
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Tell me the difference between whats and what's.

I'm trying to make sure that business cards have the right title. I don't want to look like an idiot.
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19 views

Is “good for you” a sarcastic usage most of time?

I would like to know what "good for you" mean at most of time. After my own research, I knwe that it could mean "congratulations" and alternatively "would like an award" when speaking sacracsticlly. I ...
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Is “independent minded woman” a set phrase?

Is the phrase "independent minded woman" a set phrase which is used very frequently compared to an independent minded man or an independent minded person? If so, why? I tried using Google ngrams, but ...
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1answer
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The negative connotation of the word desert

What does the word desert mean in the negative form? I am not sure about the intended meaning in the following sentence: We Want Our Country Back followed the “patriotic” organisation as it fought ...
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What does the idiom “That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise” mean?

I just watched the movie The apartment (by Billy Wilder, 1960) and hear the main character say: That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise I kind of understand it as "that's life", as someone would ...
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Argumentation fallacies: Impossible to prove the non-existing

"It is impossible to prove that something does not exist, it is only possible to prove that sth does exist." - Is there an english term or does there exist a known argumentation fallacy to describe ...
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Present Perfect Continuous vs. Present Simple

Do I clearly understand difference between this two sentences? "How long do you dance?" - As I understand I can use this sentence to ask a person about his expirience in dancing. "How long have you ...
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linking s/z and y

I realize some native speakers will create a new sound when linking s/z and y [j]. For example: Miss you = [mɪʃuː] "mishu" As you = [/æʒuː] "azhu" Is it okay if I just say [mɪsjuː] for "miss you" ...
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What are the proper location prepositions when writing out a wedding invitation in longhand?

I am trying to write my wedding invitation out in long hand, and have concerns about the proper use of prepositions: "The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Miss First Middle ...
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3answers
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What is gender neutral for fraternity/sorority?

Is there a gender neutral form for "fraternity/sorority"? How about "brotherhood/sisterhood"? Example: As in "If mathematicians were to form a fraternity of scholars, as in yet another alpha beta ...
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What is the word and/or process used to describe mashing two words together or inserting phonetic sounds to create new written words?

The question Portmanteau seems to apply in cases like: Phablet - Bigger than a smart phone, smaller than a tablet. Smog - Smoke and fog. Vlog - Video and blog. There must be another word for ...
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Pronunciation of “to”

After doing some research, I have noticed I have been saying the word "to" as [tʃu:], while most dictionaries and sources say I should pronounce it as [tu:]. But I have the impression that "to" is not ...
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how do verbs come together?

I've googled the subject but the term "linking verbs" is muddled up with what I intent and I guess they're different from each other, as I peeked into some of those. Regardless, the main question of ...
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1answer
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“Unwanted events happened”

"Unwanted events happened" couldn't be an example for passive because there's no objective in the sentence, it's just like this example, "the child cried", because "happen" is an intransitive verb. ...
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Therefore in the middle of a sentence

Their orientation is therefore well described by... Does this use of therefore in the middle of the sentence, reduce fluidity or sound not suitable for a written text? Should I use commas ...
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2answers
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One word for scientist who can deal with pressure

As I am writing down my CV, there is a part where I am saying that I can deal with pressure and there are proofs about it. So, I would like to squeeze that information in one line. As a result a word ...
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1answer
21 views

What Are 2 Opposite Meaning Words Put Together Called?

For example if you said,'a beautiful tragedy', the words 'beautiful' and 'tragedy', are completely different things. What is the English concept of putting these two words together to describe ...
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1answer
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No question mark after reported question

I am not sure if this was asked before since I don't know if there is a specific terms for this usage. Is it fine not to put a question mark at the end of a sentence like this? He hadn't gone to ...
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25 views

Correct usage of “has been” and “had been”

I would like to know whether any of these sentences are correct: Yesterday, I found out that all the money I had in my bank account has been stolen from me. Yesterday, I found out that all ...
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Correct word property + '-able' suffix [on hold]

I'm not english native speaker, but I'm looking for a word that means something can have properties, something like propertible or propertiable, or propertable. But none of those seem to exist. I ...
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1answer
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Meaning of once and while in “once in a while”

How did "once in a while" come to mean "occasionally, from time to time"? I understand it is an idiomatic usage, but "once" means "one time" and "while" means "in the meantime" , so how can the ...
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Capitalization of first letter of given names inside paragraph

I am writing a thesis. I do some calculations about a robot arm of two parts, like a human arm. I call the first part as "link 1" and second part as "link 2". FIRST QUESTION: Should I use uppercase L ...
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Can the “t” letter be uttered as a flap t before the letter “h”?

I know the flap-t is usually used when the "t" is between vowels or between an "r" and a vowel, but I think I can also hear it betwenn vowels and the "h". And I noticed the same with the "g" I think. ...
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1answer
29 views

“War of” or “war in”?

Say, I am trying to come up with the name of a fictional novel. The setting is in the galaxy with different human and alien races battling each other for planet dominion. "War in galaxy" sounds like ...
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Is “ in two to five days” a correct experession?

I am wondering if "in two to five days" is correct or not. If it is correct, what are the differences among the following expressions? How do you differentiate them? I am Japanese, and the Japanese ...
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What is the purpose of emphasizing indefine article 'a'?

I often see and hear native speakers emphasizing word a, using intonation and /ei/ pronunciation. I understand what they say and I am able to properly (I guess) use it in my speech. But I wonder why ...
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much natural or more natural?

so I've heard the expression "it sounds more natural" in many English podcasts but as everyone knows "natural" is an uncountable adjective, therefore "much" should be preceded before the adjective. I ...
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Live or living wich is common error? [duplicate]

(a) I am living in London for a few months (b) I have been living in London for a few months what is the difference? Is (a) a common error?
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1answer
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What is positive state of 'anymore' or 'no longer'?

I am usually facing situations which I need to use word 'anymore' or 'no longer' when writing. But, I want to use this word's meaning in positive sentences. However, they are being used in negative ...
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1answer
42 views

What does “seam” mean?

As you know "seam" has several different definitions in English. But I can't understand its meaning in this context: How to deal with seams a. There is no seam. We've finessed the seam so ...
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1answer
66 views

“On” and “Off” for Lights, Electrical Switches, etc

Simple question: Why were the prepositions "on" and "off" used for things like "The lights are on" and "The computer is off", and when did these words gain their new usage? I'm guessing back in the ...
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1answer
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Word for “multiple effects apply.”

I'm designing a game where, when players perform spcial game actions, their die rolls can receive bonuses. For instance, if you roll a 4 and have a +1 bonus, your final result is 5. Now, some of ...
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Term/expression to describe a user's license (account) is allowed to be used?

I have a software that manages user accounts at a given service. The administrator creates the account, the user validates e-mail and other data and then the account is considered to be valid/good ...
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Is “scandent” - a tone? (phonetics)?

I have a scandent mark on a word and I should identify a tone of it. Can I say just "scandent" or it should be one of the rising tones (like High Rise etc)? Heelp
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Is there an idiom/word to denote an occurrence as isolated as a rare astronomical event?

Just curious to know if there is a single word in English to refer to a rare (significant) astronomic event occurrence of which is very rare or probably periodical but takes too many years to repeat ...
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3answers
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A word for surpassing/outdoing one's teacher/master?

What do you call someone (say, a student) who surpasses, or outdoes, his/her master or teacher, in skill or achievements? I'm looking for a single word, preferably; if not, as succinct a phrase as ...
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2answers
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A word for words with same meaning, same pronunciation but different language & origin

How to call in English words which coincidentally happen to share the same pronunciation and the same meaning but belong to two distinct languages that are linguistically unrelated? I'm thinking of ...
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Pronoun question

I have a pronoun question, though I am not sure what exact category this question falls into. I'm wondering about what is the best pronoun to use in the following situation: If the "me" in question ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase across the long [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "across the long"
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18 views

The Rules Guiding the Presence or Absence of a Hyphen in a Compound

We know that in recent years many dictionaries deleted the hyphen in hundreds of words that initially had it. I would like to know how do and how did grammarians decide if a word should contain a ...
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1answer
18 views

Orthotypography: Spacing in Abbreviations and the Origin of Rules Guiding Them

Is there a correct way to typeset space in abbreviations? Are there any typographical authorities – and not only in the English-speaking world – who say that you should add thin or hair spaces ...
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What do you call someone who solves puzzles?

What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic. I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword ...
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1answer
39 views

Whats the opposite of the dependent

I'm creating an application/website, that you can control "assets" with. (The fact this is an app/website is irrelevant, I'm just giving some detail) Inside these assets, you can define attributes, ...
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2answers
20 views

In / From correct usage

I have a doubt. According to English Language what is the correct form of the following ? Thanks in advance. Look that from your own eyes ? OR Look that in your own eyes ?
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How to drop a pronoun? (pronoun-dropping/removing 'I'/omitting the subject)

I wrote resume and got stuck in this place. There are recommendations to write your achievements in the short form (without "I"): "Worked with ... " "Created something ... " "Collaborated with ... ...
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0answers
16 views

English articles are writing Usage? [on hold]

Why a paragraph starts with past tense sentence then remain all sentence should be past tense only?
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0answers
14 views

The word “doubt” as a substitute for the word “question.” [duplicate]

I I live in India and I have noticed that in Indian English it is normal to use the noun "doubt" as one would use the noun "question" in Western English. Examples: "He had many doubts regarding the ...
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2answers
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What's the difference between “imply” and “hint”?

I have a question. What's the difference between these two words, imply and hint? They seem to have the same meaning in definition and if they actually mean the same, which one of them is more ...
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How would you interepret the statement below? [on hold]

Your assignment will need to be completed within 48 hours after receiving this email. What exactly do they mean by within 48 hours? If I received the email on 16th February 2016 at 2:00pm and I sent ...

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