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Correct pronunciation of “the” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is pronouncing “The” as in “Thee” still correct in titles? What is the pronunciation of “the?” What would be the correct way to ...
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which is correct “a ear” or “an ear”, conversely “a year” or “an year” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct- “A Year” or “An Year”? Use of “a” versus “an” A(n) ear vs. a(n) year in speaking is very confusing, please clarify.
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What is the difference between “onetime” and “one time”?

I was reading a book that had a sentence containing this: ...onetime commissioner of New York...
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What is the meaning of “personnel”? What is its plural form?

From Wordweb: Group of people willing to obey orders The department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management The two are kind of ...
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Is it true that etymology is the leading tool to understand the correct use of words?

In discussions about the meanings of words I often find participants bring up the etymologies as though they are conclusive deciding factors. On the other hand there is concept of the "etymological ...
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What is the rule for using “a” or “an” in a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: “A user” or “an user”? Use of “a” versus “an” If I remember correctly back to my school days, the rule is to use "a" if ...
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Which one is correct: “1yr” or “1yr.” or “1 yr”?

I need to put one of the above on one of my app's buttons. Bonus question - does the same rule hold in plural? That is if I write "1 yr.", do I write "15 yrs." as well?
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Separating alternatives using slash/stroke where the only difference is the length

I'm wondering about the usage of slash/stroke as a way of separating alternatives (perhaps it, in this sense, could be called a abbreviation of "or"?). If the alternatives are similar, but the second ...
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Proper term for “four way duel”

On this Wednesday's Survivor, Jeff Probst called one of the challenges as a "four way duel." Now, obviously, this is wrong because a duel is between two opponents, but is there a term referring to a ...
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Look and 'feel' of a web page/site/app [closed]

Although used a lot, the phrase 'Look and feel' of a web application's assets seems a little inaccurate. Is it not better to change this common phrasing to 'look and character' because we really don'...
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What is it called when a character is portrayed opposite the stereotype for comedic effect?

Many character roles have stereotypically defined behavior, e.g. macho soldiers or helpless princesses. Sometimes authors intentionally defy those stereotypes for humor, and to call attention to ...
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Why use the word “copy” in “do you copy that”?

I notice "do you copy that?" is used in movies to ask for confirmation in telephone/interphone conversation. I only know copy means make things duplicated, so why use it in "do you copy that"? Is ...
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What word defines a category suited for both header and footer?

So there I was, trying to ask a question (now on SO) on Webmaster.SE partly involving a 'header' and a 'footer'. One part of my code defines shared aspects of both the header and the footer. Anyway ...
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Can somebody help me to understand this love saying? [closed]

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he and I was I...
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What's the difference in meaning between “I never would have thought…” and “I never have thought…”?

With the sentence,'I never would have thought that he would behave like that', does the meaning change if I omit 'would'?
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What's the difference between orthography and spelling?

The terms "spelling" and "orthography" seem to be largely synonymous. What is the difference really? Is it that "orthography" is a more formal or technical term and hence more well-defined? Or is it ...
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What's an easy way to remember when to use “affect” or “effect”? [duplicate]

Is there an easy way to remember when to use the word affect or effect in a sentence? It is very confusing, and I still get them mixed up.
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The British pronunciation of the word “schedule”

Is pronouncing the word "schedule" as "shed-ule" only an upper class thing in the UK? Which pronunciation, "sked-ule" "or "shed-ule" is more faithful to the original etymology of the word, i.e. which ...
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Why is “hopefully” treated so mercilessly?

Is the word "hopefully" unjustly treated? We don't like the sentence: "Hopefully, my ship is just over the horizon and due in real soon now." But we don't mind saying: "Happily, the tree fell on ...
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Pronunciation of “zounds?”

I came across the sentence "Fortunately their are a variety of different offerings out there with zounds of features." Disregarding the misuse of "zounds," how would Elizabeth I have pronounced the ...
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Isn’t a word missing?

I’m quoting a part of the article titled “Pakistan Sees Shared Intelligence Lapse” written by Alan Cowell in today’s (May 4) New York Time’s Asia Pacific section (online edition) simply by cut-and-...
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Is there a word for someone who somewhat delights in their illnesses/medications?

For example, a couple of years ago I talked to this woman who had lupus, and she would often tell stories of the all the gnarly surgeries and medications she had to take to control her disease. I ...
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Etymology of “dude” and progression in language

On this one, etymonline really let me down. It says: dude 1883, "fastidious man," New York City slang of unknown origin. The vogue word of 1883, originally used in reference to the devotees of ...
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What's the difference between a 'Sourcer' and a 'Recruiter'?

In HR terms, what's the difference between a 'Sourcer' and a 'Recruiter'? Why is one preferred over the other?
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Are there any other English syllables without vowels, besides “thm”?

As far as I knew*, all English syllables have a vowel sound and all of them are spelled accordingly, except for "thm" as in rhythm and algorithm. Are there any others? And are there any etymological ...
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What's the longest monosyllabic word? And disyllabic?

Another question on the site made me take notice that through is monosyllabic, but quite long. Are there longer monosyllabic words? What's the longest disyllabic word in English? Edit: so, Wikipedia ...
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Monosyllabic and polysyllabic [closed]

what exactly would monosyllabic words and polysyllabic words be? Google definition isn't helping to understand...
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What's the proper past tense of “to freeze”: “freezed” or "frozen? [closed]

Which form should be used for the past tense "freezed" or "frozen" or are both acceptable?
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“In detail” vs. “in details”

Which form is correct: "in detail" or "in details"? I want to use it while describing an algorithm. First I give a general description of an algorithm and then more detailed description.
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Question marks at the end of declarative sentences [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the question mark misused in affirmative sentences? I often see declarative sentences ending with question marks, like these: I tried your solution but it didn't ...
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When to use “Elven”, “Elvish” and “Elfic”?

Well, these are three adjectives for "something from the elves". But I'm spanish and in my language there's only one adjective for these (élfico), and I can't understand what's the difference.
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Is there a sequence following “ace” (as in “ace pilot”)?

If an expert pilot or covert operative or other specialized profession can be referred to as an "ace", is there a word that describes someone who is less experienced or lacks some of the expertise? Is ...
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How did the phrase “are you nuts” come about?

What is the connection between "nut" and the character? How was the phrase "are you nuts?" used at first?
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Can sound be “blurry?”

Can sound be considered "blurry?" I have heard of visual things being "blurry." Examples of this include blurry photographs or blurred vision. Is the word "blurry" restricted only to vision? I ...
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What word or phrase describes pulling a fish out of water?

What would be the fishing word or phrase that describes pulling a fish out of water?
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Which words may start with “al-”?

Is there a rule which determines whether it allowable for a word to be "merged" with "all" to make a new word starting "al-" e.g. 1)All together -> Altogether 2)All right -> Alright The ...
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What on Earth does “cheap at half the price” mean?

I hear this all the time, "cheap at half the price", to indicate that something is cheap (mostly in an ironic sense, but often used literally), but it makes no sense to me. Of course, if something ...
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Are there sounds where the tongue is not symmetrical?

Are there sounds in English languages and accents where the tongue does not move symmetrically in the mouth, i.e. the right side of the tongue is not moving like the left side?
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Which one to state — “We would like to thank You” or “We thank You”

I am writing an official statement for plaques, in appreciation of an employee's contribution to the company. I am not sure which one to use: We would like to thank you for your unstinting support....
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What is the difference between “archetype” and “prototype”?

I'm very confused by the difference between "archetype" and "prototype", and even more baffled when to use which. Can someone clarify?
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What is the difference between Philanthropy and Philanthropism?

In a the context of a paper, there's a paragraph-title: "Philanthropism in American culture", I'm in general only familiar with the word philanthropy, hence I'm not sure what an appropriate title ...
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“vote” vs. “vote on”

Please tell me, what is the difference between vote and vote on
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Sentence correction (vote, voted)

How to say: Comment was already voted by you In this sentence I mean that someone made some choice about a comment and I want to tell him about it. Please help me to make my sentence correct and ...
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What are “stocks” called in English for online shops?

In a piece of software, what would I call a place or building where products may be stored before their export or distribution for sale, particularly for online stores (such as Amazon.com)? It will ...
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“Stressful to” vs. “stressful for”

Which preposition, for or to, is correct in below sentence? It is less stressful [for/to] a child than an adult to learn a foreign language.
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Logic behind “at most”

Does the term 'at most' mean there is at least one?
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Does “All” imply one or more?

Does all imply that there is one or more of something? Does the statement "all of the books are red" imply there is at least one red book? Could there be zero books and the statement still be ...
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Using the semicolon in my sentence

I am writing an essay and don't have a fundamental understanding in using semicolons, and in fact writing as well. My sentence is below: Group dynamics is the study of the processes and functions ...
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Where should adverbs be placed?

There are two sentences: I completely understand. I understand completely. Which one is correct and why? Another example: I slowly opened the door. I opened the door slowly.
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What is the difference between a command and an invitation?

What is the difference between a command and an invitation? Both seem to be directed to elicit an action. Are there structural differences between the two?

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