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230 views

Should a contraction taken from the center of a word have two apostrophes? [closed]

I'm currently reading Entrepreneur Magazine, and there is a story profiling a 13-year-old who created a series of stickers to embellish Lego blocks. The subtitle of the story reads A pint-size '...
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6answers
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What is meant by “don't piss on my boots and tell me it's raining”?

I have heard a couple of times recently the phrase "don't piss on my boots and tell me it's raining", usually in the context of a heated argument so I've hesitated to ask speaker what exactly he meant ...
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3answers
431 views

How can I call the type of kicks in football (soccer) in one or two words?

Corner kick, free kick, penalty kick — how can I call those kicks? "Deadplay kicks", "fixed kicks"? Is there any special naming for this type of kicks?
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4answers
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How is the jussive mood rendered in English?

In English the imperative mood is used only for the second person (differently from Italian, where what is called imperative mood is used also for the first, and third person). How is the jussive mood ...
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5answers
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What's a sophisticated synonym for “cooking”?

I'm looking for a word that essentially means "to cook" but sounds fancy and sophisticated. What synonyms are there? Edit: As for context, I'm thinking of a restaurant setting.
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19answers
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What would you call someone who makes no lasting impression?

What word would describe someone who doesn't generally leave much of an impression on people?
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10answers
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Differences between slang words for breasts

What is the difference between “tits” and “boobs”? P.S. I'm not sure if this question is appropriate but as English is not my native language I really would love to know the difference.
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past perfect tense with the conjunction “and”

Among those on his right was Bob, the guy that had days earlier started the lease and so began the first... OR Among those on his right was Bob, the guy that had days earlier started the lease ...
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2answers
287 views

What exactly does the phrase “pass a week” mean? [closed]

Many years ago, on my way from Hongkong to New York, I passed a week in San Francisco. What exactly does the phrase "pass a week" mean?
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4answers
145 views

Word for “watched” videos and “read” articles

Is there a generic way to say that an educational resource (an article or a video) has been read or watched by a student and is expected to be familiar to her, like in lessons learnt? I'm looking for ...
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2answers
313 views

How to make the genitive of a person's name with “OF”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”? We built an engine for the boat of Mr. Sander or We built ...
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2answers
152 views

Actor's “remuneration” for a “job/gig/engagement” [closed]

What's the correct term to refer to the money an actor earns as a result of performing on a movie/film? The contractual "engagement/fee/honorarium" for the service of acting. Slang and official terms,...
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8answers
481 views

Rewrite this grammatically troubling movie poster

On a Wiki-walk the other day, I stumbled across the movie poster for Devil. The tagline on the poster is: Five strangers trapped. One of them is not what they seem. The writer was obviously ...
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5answers
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Which is correct: “standing on line” or “standing in line”?

I'm curious to hear from folks in the the Northeast United States (or anyone, really) an explanation of why "standing on line" seems preferable to "standing in line" in the US northeast. I imagine ...
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1answer
458 views

Meaning of “level” [closed]

A scale is a range of levels or numbers used for measuring something. How do you define level here?
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3answers
51k views

Usage of “shall we?”

What does it mean and where would I use it?
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2answers
297 views

Is it “the position of particles” or “the positions of particles”?

Having many objects (particles) with one property (position), what is grammatically correct? the particles' position the particles' positions It should be noted, that it is possible for one ...
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3answers
204 views

Indicating 'ephemeral questions' section in an FAQ [closed]

Granted that entries in an FAQ are subject to change; but say I want to have a separate section for questions that are really only going to be relevant for a very short time - say, a software product ...
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3answers
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Usage of “as per”

Could you show me how to use the word as per in a sentence? Can I make sentences something like the following: I changed the image as per the suggestion of my boss. Or could you give me an ...
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1answer
3k views

What does “believe it or not ” mean? [closed]

I often hear people saying something by starting their sentence with believe it or not. What does people mean when they say believe it or not ?. Does it mean that although the statement that the ...
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4answers
7k views

Election or Elections?

I'm a little confused about when I should be using the singular form of election, and when I should be using the plural form. Did he win the election or win the elections? Did I vote in the election ...
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3answers
880 views

What are wrong with this phrase?

Is the phrase what are wrong with XY and ZZ correct English? I stumbled upon it in a question on movies.SE: What are wrong with the bleach and the fish in the Machinist?, and instantly thought "...
2
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3answers
317 views

“Ok so I know a similar(ish) question has been asked here before”

How far can we carry the -ish morphism? quote: Ok so I know a similar(ish) question has been asked before. :unquote I thought that -ish adds the sense of like, similar to, approximately,...
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2answers
322 views

Meaning and origin of 'concinnity' in an economics context

Wiktionary reads: concinnity: The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art. Call it corporate social responsibility at work if you wish, but we simply think that ...
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2answers
408 views

Proper punctuation of “John’s last words were ‘———’ ” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? When attributing a quote to someone, you put a comma before the quote: John said, "———" But is the comma still used in the ...
7
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1answer
9k views

“2 hours' worth” or “2 hours worth”?

I think "1 hour’s worth" is the correct way to write this. Therefore, in the plural case, I assume the correct choice is "2 hours’ worth". Which one is it? Just wondering because someone edited a ...
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3answers
218 views

How to phrase a list that continually refers to the first word in the list

How do I properly write this sentence? The census shall provide the total population, its structure and spatial distribution. The second two items are dependent upon "population", but it seems ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Analysis stage vs analysis phase [closed]

I need to report the progress of my work, when I am analysing a problem, which is the correct expressions to synthesize my current status ? At analysis stage At analysis phase Other ?
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4answers
9k views

How do I deal with quotation marks, parenthesis and period all at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does the period go when using parentheses? I have never seen this particular issue addressed; I looked around and couldn't see anything that specifically addresses ...
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1answer
25k views

Yes, no, adverbs, and interjections

There appears to be some disagreement over what function yes and no perform in the following sentences: Yes, you are right. No, you are mistaken. According to ODO (yes, no), they are being used as ...
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2answers
326 views

What is the word for this effect: things are not normally noticed until those things come in to the news and people fear/are looking for them

For instance. I've never really paid attention to white vans, but when the DC sniper was at large and they stated that he's probably shooting from a white van, white vans seemed to appear out of no ...
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4answers
3k views

Alternative expression to 'free from' meaning to disassociate oneself from something bad

Can anybody provide an alternative expression to the phrase 'free from' meaning to disassociate oneself from something or someone bad? For example, a company manager commits fraud and the deputy ...
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3answers
2k views

Single word for 'circulation of documents'

There is a kind of technical/accounting term in Russian: документооборот or делопроизводство. It describes the set of actions and processes for the purpose of formal document management in a large ...
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2answers
355 views

Names for automatic machines' programs

A machine can be programmed, and different programs can be chosen for different tasks. One such task may be to initialise the machine, while the main purpose of the machine is to manufacture something....
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4answers
264 views

Is there an idiom for “can take truth unprettified whatever it is”?

Here's the scenario: I screwed something and that caused some real harm. Now another person could just tell me, “Dude, you screwed X and this caused this and this harm," but instead he will try to be ...
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3answers
2k views

Want a phrase/word to express the time follow and close now [closed]

I want a phrase or word to express the time follow and close now, it would have the meaning that keeps the time continuous. for me, word "later" seems be too generic, "later on" seems to have certain ...
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2answers
750 views

What is the meaning of “provably good”? [closed]

What does provably good mean ? Does it mean not good for practical scenario and only good theoretically ? None of the hash functions that we would be discussing in today's lecture are ...
2
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2answers
3k views

Prepositions to use when indicating locations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “in” or “on”? I am always confused with the prepositions to use when indicating an event happening at a place. Should I use "at" ...
3
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3answers
3k views

“Passed all exams in the first term”?

How can I say in English that students have passed all of their exams in the shortest period, that is, the first time exams were scheduled (only the first examination term was used)?
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2answers
6k views

Using “actual” to signify “current”

The New Oxford American Dictionary gives two meanings for actual: existing in fact; existing now; current How common is the second of these meanings? Is it something that can be used without fear ...
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4answers
1k views

To feel undermined, stepped on

I'm looking for a word describing someone that felt undermined, stepped on by an action I did. It would work in a sentence like "I am sorry if I (word) you". I'm looking for a softer word than "...
19
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10answers
8k views

Term for disrespecting people with lower social condition

What is it called if I have a good social condition (education, money, etc.) and I disrespect people with a lower condition?
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3answers
1k views

What do you call the question type in a quiz game where you have to order the answers?

What is the proper name for these type of questions? These are the questions like the 'Fastest Fingers First' questions in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Can you call them 'ordering' questions or '...
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4answers
783 views

Expression for “medium difficult”?

In my game, I have three levels of difficulty, each represented by an icon. Of course, each level is also indicated by a word; the icons are there just to spice things up, and as a visual pun. Easy ...
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5answers
398 views

Does ‘Power Point (something) away’ have currency in the English language, or is its use limited to this one columnist?

There was the following sentence in Maureen Dowd’s column titled “When cruelty is cute,” in August 14 New York Times: "Unlike some of the right-wing ayatollahs, Ryan doesn’t threaten with moral and ...
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3answers
694 views

Meaning of “par”?

What does "par" mean in this sentence: The exam was easier than par.
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3answers
1k views

Implied meaning of “patriotism”

I don't get what patriotism means. The dictionary says it is the love and devotion for one's own country. I love my country and all other countries. I don't believe in sacrificing anything in the name ...
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2answers
9k views

Did vs. was in sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do we use 'did' with questions using the simple past tense? Do the following sentences have the same meaning? Did she say something? Was she said something? ...
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3answers
127 views

Does “allegedly made a drug that does X” or “made a drug that allegedly does X” sound better? [closed]

As an engineering-type fellow, I was thinking about this article about a drug that replaces sleep. It occurred to me that I could frame it in two ways: Scientists allegedly created a drug that ...
2
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3answers
4k views

Use of 'Much as' [closed]

Consider the use of "much as" in the following: Much as Jason needed money for a new car, he decided not to borrow it from the bank. Much as he needed money for a new car, Jason decided not ...

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