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How can I help my essay's readers “get into [my] mind a little more?” [on hold]

I have a friend who wrote up a review on an essay I'm supposed to be turning in. There is one paragraph in my essay about which he said "Facts are great. But this paragraph relies too much on it. ...
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Is it this grammar correct? [migrated]

Can I say: The client sent me a letter asking if we could change the information for them. or should it be: The client sent me a letter and asked if we could change the information for him. ...
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Androgenization refers to masculinity, but Androgynous refers to masculinity and femininity. Why? [on hold]

I recently came across the word "androgenization" which I have found to mean "possess male hormones". I found this rather strange, because to be androgynous is to have neither/both male and female ...
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is this the correct form of the usage each and every? [duplicate]

Each day I arrive at work it usually is the same routine. Every funeral home is organized the same.
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Triple Commas not acceptable?

I'm wondering why this phrasing: I spend most days thinking about the future. Hoping that I'm on the right path, I do my best at everything I can. is preferred over this one: I spend most ...
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52 views

“Why was the girl that/who had plenty of money arrested”

Why is that used in the following sentence, instead of who? Why was the girl that had plenty of money arrested for shoplifting some trinkets worth only about two dollars?
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Condensing Two Sentences [on hold]

How can the two sentences below be condensed? At this time, we are hosting a private Facebook page that brings the remote position to the potential employee. While there, members apply, discuss, ...
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Semicolons before buts, ands, and sos, and other strange places? [duplicate]

Is this right? I thought that aside from something like this: He had some dogs; he ran to the beach; he drowned. that you are only supposed to put commas before ands, sos, and buts, etc. But I ...
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The vowel /ʌ/ can be found in the word ________? [on hold]

(1) The vowel /ʌ/ can be found in the word ________? carpet rapper supper cartel (2) The consonant /b/ is present in one of these words tomb comb born climb (3) The sound /ʧ/ can be found in ...
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Recommendations for books on English style (not grammar/proofreading)? [on hold]

I'm looking for a good handbook for native English speakers on English style, with more of an emphasis on improving style, and less on punctuation, grammar, etc. It might contain examples of poor ...
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“Can see” or “see”?

In the song "Me Neither" Brad Paisley sings: "...would you like to dance Me neither I was just bein' polite Thank goodness my feet are much too tired I'm sure you're tired too, I can see an empty ...
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Using “called” with status and name

Let's say I have a sentence like this: I have participated in an event where I had to present myself to a European Commissioner called Jacques Santer. Is it correct to use "called" in this sentence ...
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Usage of “yet” and comma

Which of the following sentences is correct? In other words, do I need the comma before the word "team"? By using this plan, we are keeping a limited, yet strong and great team. By using this plan, ...
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“a wottle of bine”, “a can of boot reer” and “holed and sealed” - What types of speech errors are these?

People often make these mistakes in speech, on purpose, just for amusement. Sometimes, however, they are unintentional and prove even funnier. In this case, is there a specific term for them? e.g. ...
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16 views

Shoud I use singular or plural for this sentence? [duplicate]

"I touched their forehead[s] with my fingertip." I'm not certaint whether or not forehead in this example should be singular or plural. There's a group of people, so obviously, multiple foreheads are ...
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Relations between base level English words

A lot of dictionaries these days when they explain a word, they usually suppose that we know some base level words e.g, 'a', 'the', 'he', 'that' ,and 'be'. If I look up to their definitions in the ...
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Board-bored split and pour-poor merger

According to some sources (e.g. Mott (2012:76), Wells (1982:310)) the so-called board-bored split is a feature of London accents (e.g. Cockney, Estuary English). Thus, /ɔː/ is realized as a centring ...
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Is it “Foreign Language Department” or “Foreign LanguageS Department”?

I searched the Internet and found some universities use the former and some latter. Can't professors agree at one? Or when the former is used, only one foreign language is taught?
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Is it correct to say on English like this? [on hold]

Can someone help me with checking for errors my English translation? I mean, is it correct, to write on English like this: Life has left the body of our hero... So his journey has ended here.
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41 views

Function of “or”

A hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime (Merriam Webser-wassail) Is a ...
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Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence

Both these sentences contain two verbs (correct me if I'm wrong) that are in the past perfect tense. I'd like to ask how do they occur in chronological order. Though my question is related to the one ...
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It's unconventional, but is “T's & C's” technically correct?

It looks a bit weird and isn't the commonly used term, but is it not correct? The apostrophe would be marking the shortening of "terms" to "t" and "conditions" to "c", of course.
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25 views

How do I translate this italian locution? [on hold]

Often in Italian we use this locution: venire meno Now I wanted to translate it and I didn't come with an 'immediate' translation. Somebody knows the English equivalent?
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23 views

-'s suffix for things? [duplicate]

According to Oxford Learner's Dictonaries, the -'s suffix can have these two meanings: (added to nouns) 1 belonging to the woman's hat Peter's desk children's clothes 2 used to refer ...
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31 views

How can a poem be defined? [on hold]

Merriam webster says: A piece of writing that usually has figurative language and that is written in separate lines that often have a repeated rhythm and sometimes rhyme. Googling 'define: poem' ...
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“Even to me” or “even for me” [duplicate]

English prepositions are difficult even for/to me. Which one is correct, for or to? Is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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Is there a word or a phrase which compares with the best tools available? [on hold]

Sorry for a confusing title. I am looking for a word to describe the following situation: "our algorithm showed an accuracy worse than [other best algorithm developed by competitors]". I do not want ...
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How do I decide which word to add to remove an ambiguity? [on hold]

I am currently trying to understand the meaning of this phrase: There will be 12 exercise sheets in this semester. Some errors are found on the sheets by two per ten sheets, on average. Does ...
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The Largest is White Bears [on hold]

My question is twofold. I came across this text: "The Largest is White Bears" in a presentation. Intuitively this seems incorrect. Is there any grammatical justification for the singular form of the ...
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52 views

Identifying the subject of a sentence

Please could you tell me the subject of the sentence below? Is it 'He' or 'she'? Thanks. He believes she went to London.
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What are some literacy techniques used in here? [on hold]

I was just wondering what sort of literacy techniques are used in this film review? Here's the link: ...
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30 views

“Is been”: grammatical or not? [on hold]

For example: is been rejected, is been found, etc.
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [on hold]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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36 views

My mom's (Theresa's) house [on hold]

Without recasting, I say that number one below is correct; number two is not. Agreed? (1) My mom's (Theresa's) house was burglarized. (2) My mom (Theresa's) house was burglarized. And could it be ...
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What word best means “disdain for the uncouth”?

I'm looking for a word that means: bigotry against, or disdain for, uncouth people. ('Misanthropy' is too general, I think.) This would sort of be the converse of anti-intellectualism.
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sleep by/at night [duplicate]

I found some sentences like "Most people work by day and sleep by night." Is it appropriate to use these sort of wordings like "sleep by night"? If so, what's difference between "sleep by night" and ...
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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13 views

Futurecast or Forecast

I saw the word "futurecast" in a TV weather report. What is the difference between "futurecast" and "forecast"?
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Is there a shorter way of saying “Not knowing what else to do?”

Does the English language provide a shorter form of the phrase? Example: Not knowing what else to do, I kept walking through the corridor.
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Either, as well or too?

Is the sentence "Won't you come, either?" right? Why? Is the sentence "Won't you come, as well/too?" right? Which one is correct? Why? Can you tell me if all the sentences are right? If there is just ...
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Can a sentence have an indirect object without a direct object?

Everywhere I look online, people seem to say the same thing: "A sentence with an indirect object must have a direct object." Every case of confusion I've seen about this rule has only involved ...
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37 views

Is “German measles” regarded as offensive?

Google NGrams indicates that "rubella" has been more commonly used than "German measles" since approximately the end of the WWII, and that it isn't because people have used "liberty measles" instead. ...
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“““Quotations nested multiple times in their entirety.””” [duplicate]

Is anyone aware of an authoritative rule on how to use quotation marks for a statement that has been repeated in its entirety from one speaker, to a second, to a third, to a fourth, to a . . . . . .? ...
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14 views

More General term for “appliance operator”

In the HAM radio community the term "appliance operator" is used to describe people who use radio equipment but don't understand how the equipment works. In IT these people are disparagingly called ...
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Are “a perfect fool”, “a proper fool” and “a precious fool” the same kind of “fool”?

Is there any (subtle) difference in meaning and usage when these adjectives qualify "a fool"? Are these adjectives perfectly interchangeable "A precious fool I would look, if I did that." "The ...
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How can we structure the continuous form of 'theft'?

I am trying to form a sentence that tells about how someone is stealing something at the moment. Can I say - "A theft is taking place right now." ? 'Taking place' sounds improper, and too formal. Is ...
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Which beneath-mentioned words collocate with appearance? [on hold]

I have this text with gap-filling: "What made Sandra fear Mr Moore the most was neither his __________ appearance nor his abrupt manners. Rather, she was terrified by the way he would suddenly ...
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Are “prop the door open” and “prop open the door” both correct?

So I feel like "prop open the door" is correct over "prop the door open" because the former splits the verbs, but the latter sounds better to me, for reasons I don't know. Is either correct over the ...
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A woman's body is the sanctuary of her soul [on hold]

My teacher once told me a poem, whose main theme, more or less, was that god created a man and then he created a woman for him. The poem had so many adjectives like, God created woman from the ...
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“withdraw the question” in less formal way

I'm trying to find more common way to say that I would like to withdraw/cancel/recall off (?) my question I sent few days ago. Can you suggest something? Thank you Hubert

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