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Label word for someone? [on hold]

What would you call a person that causes harm to you( not physical) destroying your property and then is offended when you call them out on this? Not sure what word to use for their label.
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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Is there a word or expression for extrapolating an analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense?

An analogy is used to explain some concepts, and the points of comparison are limited and contextual. What if I am extending that analogy way beyond the point where it makes sense. What is the word or ...
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Word to describe people engaged in “credit card fraud”

I find the word "fraudster" a little bit silly-sounding when used in a serious context. Do there exist any synonyms that are more usable in professional discussions of fraud? I'm mostly interested ...
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How to find a mistake [on hold]

1.His case comes into the court on 27th February. Can anybody, please, help me? Where is a mistake in this sentence?
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Use of “there's” in plural

Well we know that is is the correct form for singular and are is the correct form for plural, right? As such "There is a great pizza place in Chicago" would be correct in prose or dialogue as would ...
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Small or little question

A question for which the asker does not know the answer. But for the answerer is very easy because he is very familiar with the issue, or has the information at hand. (Of course, we can call it an ...
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1answer
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Does “month ending January” mean the end of January, or the start?

I file reports that cover monthly periods of time. I thought that the heading at the top that says "Month ending February" would refer to the report including all of February. (I am writing this in ...
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I'm confused with do and does [on hold]

I saw this sentence and I got confused, it says: " You're getting too caught up in things that don't matter." Isn't suppose to be doesn't instead of don't?
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Expression for internal struggle

In German language, there is the beautiful expression "seinen inneren Schweinehund überwinden", which amounts to "to overcome one's inner pig-dog", and vividly describes the feeling of surpassing the ...
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“All he does is freeze water pipes and mess with my eggs.” What are “freeze” and “mess” in this sentence?

The following sentence is from Rise of the Guardians: All he does is freeze water pipes and mess with my eggs. What is the form of the verbs "freeze" and "mess" in this sentence? If it is an ...
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Does this sentence work, and if not what is a valid alternative? [on hold]

The planes had landed at the airport in usual conditions. Due, however, to all the time spent replenishing the large amounts of fuel, clearing the second bomb at Gran Canaria International, and ...
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Where does “the sky is falling” come from?

According to Wikipedia the common expression "the sky is falling" is from a folk tale: Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as "Chicken Little" and sometimes as "Chicken ...
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Activity vs. operation

Should it be: The network consists of 4 operations: project planning, engineering, and production. OR The network consists of 4 activites: project planning, engineering, and production. What if the ...
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Is there a term for the use of adjectives as nouns?

I wonder when this horrible trend started—to me it seems to have proliferated very recently, over the last year or two: Give the gift of happy this Christmas ..or how about this, from the ...
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Blazing in his eyes

The following passage is taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I cannot understand exactly what the phrase 'blazing in his eyes' mean. What is the subject of the verb 'blaze'? ...
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Can I use “could” and “would” in the present tense? [on hold]

Is it correct to say: She speaks so fast that I couldn't understand her.
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have seen vs had seen in this context

Today, I said the following while giving a presentation: "So, this is something which you have already seen in the previous slide." Should I've said "So, this is something which you had already seen ...
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Is this a proper usage of the word “disheveled”? [on hold]

"in a disheveled manner" Does this make sense? Is it common?
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English equivalent to the Indian saying “Like a thief being stung by a scorpion”

The title is the literal translation of a south Indian proverb, used to describe situations where a person who's already guilty will be proven so, if he voices himself against something. Examples: ...
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“Giver of false hope” translation?

The term "PHP" (no, not the programming language) stands for pemberi harapan palsu which roughly means giver of false hope in English. An example of usage would be: "Sialan lo, PHP ya! Katanya mau ...
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How to make a sentense short, clear, and gramatical? [on hold]

I have an English sentence like this "In the case of Indian languages, we used phonological features and orthographic features such as presence of characters representing glides, which are present ...
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Send a “smaller” message or send a “shorter” message?

I would like to know which comparative is correct when saying something like the following. The maximum size of a message is 150 words. Please send a [smaller|shorter] message. Thank you very ...
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“LIfe” as the doer in the sentence — does it have to be that way?

There is a sentence which can be translated into English like this: My life has its ups and downs. My life has ups and downs. My suggested translation was "There are ups and downs in my life". I ...
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“high-end clientele” is to “low-end clientele” as “carriage trade” is to what?

Is there a phrase in English that works as a direct antonym to the idiomatic carriage trade, that is, the wealthy patrons of a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.; the elite clientele? carriage trade: ...
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It were cucumbers or It was cucumbers [on hold]

everyone! Please, help me with these simple but unexpectedly complicated sentences! Here they are: My grandmother planted something in her garden. It was cucumbers / It were cucumbers. (Which ...
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Retriable or retryable?

As in "it is possible to try it again". Tryable seems to be the one mostly used online, if you type it in Google. Which spelling is the correct one?
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The word “example” as noun modifier [on hold]

Is the use of "example" as a noun modifier generally acceptable, e.g. "see the example diagram" ?
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British grammar structure

He can make rules specifying the manner in which the order and other instruments made and executed in his name shall be authenticated. PPlease explain the structure of statement above
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Use of Confident at? [on hold]

Is it okay to use "Confident at"? For example, I have written in my CV under Skills & Abilities section: Confident at delivering presentations
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1answer
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The definite article before a noun, if another noun + a numeral are present before as an identifier?

I know that one may not use the definite article before "noun + numeral" constructs, like "floor six", "room twenty five" etc. But should it be used in constructs where "noun + numeral" are like an ...
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Functionality is working “fine” or “as expected”

Here the functionality is related with web Site responses. Now I'm looking for a sentence which would be preferable when, ABC functionality was not working before, (Explanation of some work ...
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0answers
47 views

When to use 'is' and 'has'? [on hold]

I have a question about where to use is and has. Examples: The tea boy is come. or The tea boy has come. Lunch is ready. or Lunch has ready. He is come back. or He has come back. She is assigned ...
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Until I met you or meet you

Until I met you or meet you. which is correct?
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did not think he would steal some

a. I did not think he would steal some of my ideas. b. I did not think he would steal certain of my ideas. Could these sentences have two meanings: I did not think he would steal any of my ideas. ...
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35 views

Which of the two is grammatically correct?

'Remind me to tell you about my favorite movies' 'Remind me to tell you my favorite movies' Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? and why?
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I'll come sometime end of March

Is this sentence correct: I'll come sometime end of March. The expected meaning should be, I'll come end of march but exact date is not known yet.
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Suspension or suspensions

What is the difference between suspension and suspensions? I know suspensions is the plural form for dispersion but in what circumstances the word "suspensions" can be used in a sentence. ...
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Restrictive vs Non-restrictive Relative Clause

Can you tell me the difference in the meaning of the two sentences below? As a defining relative clause. The location which was called Central Park was a park in New York. As a non-defining ...
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“feel the urge” vs “have the urge”

Which of the following options is correct/would you chose? "I have the urge to say something" or"I feel the urge to say something"?
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Meaning of “False Positive”

My question title itself is self explanatory. Can any explain what "false positive" means? I got this word usage from one of my clients in bug report. Can anyone explain with usage in layman's ...
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Under what kind of conditions is a past time adjunct allowed for in experiential perfects?

In CGEL p.144 the author says about experiential perfects This use of the present perfect allows for the inclusion, under restrictive conditions, of a past time adjunct: iia) We've already ...
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On words related to commone root: awe [duplicate]

My question is: How come the three words "awesome," "awe," and "awe-inspiring" denote positivism with the root awe, they are virtuous too,but the 4th word "awful" denotes negativity. Even the spelling ...
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Word for knowing what one wants to do, but not knowing how to do it

I often imagine my dream softwares, but I do not know how to program them into reality. What words, that are more fitting than impotent and ignorant, are there for a practical, non-verbal "tip of the ...
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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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What does “a bit of a tartar” mean?

Recently, a woman I know who lives in England (OK, she's my fiancee, if you want to know), wrote to me and described someone she knows as "a bit of a tartar". Now in context it seemed like a friendly ...
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Whether one could use the verb drink with ice-cold tea? [migrated]

I have a feeling that we need to say "I took my tea [or coffee]", instead of saying "I drank my tea" since tea is consumed hot, you take it and not drink it. If the above impression that I carry is ...
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Whether words like thou, thee, etc. from old English can be used by a poet or a fiction writer? [on hold]

Whether words like thou, thee, etc. from old English can be used by a poet or a fiction writer to add a suitable color to the spiritual or romantic conversation. I write poetry in English. Although ...
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What is “school annex”? [on hold]

Could you please explain what does the following expression mean: school annex I saw a building with this title on the front. However, I cannot figure out what it is exactly, and how does it ...
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2answers
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The person whom to be accompanied? Or the person to accompany to? [on hold]

Accompanying guests must enter the name and ID number of the person whom to be accompanied. Accompanying guests must enter the name and ID number of the person to accompany to. The name and ...

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