0
votes
3answers
32 views

Is it grammatically correct to say “Utilities Operations”?

My department is titled Utilities Operations. We run the utilities (heating, cooling, power) for a public university. It seems to me that the correct title should be either Utility Operations or ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

how to decide the form of the subject is present participle or infinitive

Is there any difference in the following cases 1, when present participle is used as the subject 2, when infinitive is used as the subject
2
votes
1answer
30 views

Why is “exhorbitant” a common mis-spelling of “exorbitant”?

I discovered that my natural (British English) spelling of "exorbitant" added an "h", and upon looking it up on oxforddictionaries.com discovered that it is a common mis-spelling. Can you help me ...
-1
votes
1answer
18 views

How to study english + Study materials recommendations

I came to U.S. at the beginning of 6th grade. Unfortunately, I did not pay too much attention to most of my classes (especially english) during my years in school. As a entered college, I had a hard ...
1
vote
2answers
23 views

Emphatic appositive

Typically, an appositive in a sentence should be signaled with some kinds of punctuation, such as commas and dashes. However, can we eliminate these kinds of punctuation with a view to emphasizing the ...
0
votes
2answers
21 views

How can I say “Something which want to do but it impossible to happen” in the most formal way?

Consider this situation: You sent an application for a job, then the company boss sends you an email, and tells you if you are in town, he likes to meet you in person. Is it correct to say? "It ...
2
votes
2answers
21 views

Idiom or phrase that calls for solidarity with others in problem

There is an idiom in my language that translates to something like: If you don't say (or do) anything (to show solidarity with your neighbor) when your neighbor's house is robbed, then next turn ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Do you native speakers care about “the” when using superlative adverbs?

This website says that "The is not used with superlatives in predicative position, when we compare the same person or thing in different situations." So, She works best in the mornings. (A woman’s ...
-1
votes
1answer
29 views

Can I use past tense in a sentence with the word every time in it? [on hold]

Can I use past tense in a sentence with the word every time in it if I want to imply that it happens in the past? "When I was in college I use taxi every time I went to school." Thanks!
2
votes
2answers
25 views

How do you punctuate a sentence that uses the word “or” multiple times in one list?

I am editing someone's work and am not sure how to punctuate the following sentence. The list uses the word "or" multiple times for drama. Option 1: They wanted money or a watch or a camera or some ...
5
votes
4answers
830 views

How can I say “stop the effects”?

I want to express "If mass deportation becomes a true plan, the positive economic effects of undocumented immigrants will no longer exist". To make the sentence more concise, I wrote: Mass ...
0
votes
1answer
13 views

Hyphenating Multiple Compound Adjectives With Common First Word

I have a feeling this question has already been asked, but couldn't find it by searching. I found people asking about hyphenation of multiple compound adjectives with a common second word, but I'm ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

(The) existence of a solution, (the) uniqueness of the solution [migrated]

I want to write a sentence like We consider the equation f(x)=0. We show that (the) existence of (a) solution and (the) uniqueness of (the) solution. I want to know if the above sentence uses ...
-1
votes
2answers
28 views

“What” and its usage [on hold]

Can the below be a statement indicating that 'What' is the name of the ship? What is the name of the ship. Is this usage wrong?
1
vote
0answers
40 views

Let's go vs. Let us go [duplicate]

Am I correct in my understanding that let's is a contraction for let us? And if so, we do these two phrases have different meanings? Let's go implies a group of us going somewhere whereas let us go ...
-3
votes
2answers
44 views

words to describe a person that is interested in nature and art [on hold]

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a person that loves nature, art, fashion and has a unique style. An example is Rowan Blanchard from Girl meets World. I relate to her and would like a word to ...
1
vote
3answers
42 views

Word or phrase meaning “ability to take responsibility” or “self-control”?

There is a word/phrase that I can't recall that is bothering me. It means to be able to take responsibility for a situation or to have the ability to control ones actions. For example, if you "take ...
1
vote
4answers
62 views

What's a word that means arbitrary, but doesn't carry a negative connotation? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes a choice made without reason, but that has a neutral-to-positive connotation. I had always thought that "arbitrary" is inherently neutral, but in practice I've ...
-2
votes
0answers
21 views

Task status: Finished this week or in this week [on hold]

I am summarizing my weekly achievement. For tasks last week, I would say "finished last week". What about things I finished recently? Should I say "finished this week" or "finished in this week" or ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

'going for me' vs. 'going instead of me'

Is this phrase correct? They will be going for me. or can you use this wording? They will be going instead of me. Is either expression usage correct, or it needs to follow some rules?
2
votes
1answer
31 views

What do “…or will I?” constructions mean?

I've seen this construction, but I can't understand its meaning: "I will do something, or will I?" I can't understand why there's a question after an affirmative sentence with the same meaning. ...
-3
votes
0answers
25 views

meaning of “He takes all manner of pills and piles up analyst bills” [on hold]

what is the meaning of this part of Blur song " He takes all manner of pills and piles up analyst bills" ?
-3
votes
1answer
33 views

What does playing musical chairs mean? [on hold]

What does "playing musical chairs" mean?
0
votes
3answers
66 views

Adjective to describe s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ text?

Sometimes you get strikethrough text that has been crossed out. How can I describe this attribute of text in one word? i.e. The text "the illuminati exists" is ______ Bold, italicised, ...
0
votes
2answers
25 views

Back to back support

In a (software) business negotiation to provide a joint service with a partner, the potential partner would like to provide "back to back support" for the joint service. What does back to back ...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

Is it acceptable to say “full of baloney” in an essay? [on hold]

I am a high school IB student taking AP English Literature. In my opinion, Brave Orchid is full of some balderdash talk-stories, which I would like to express as "full of baloney." Is this acceptable ...
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Is this correctly written? [on hold]

I would like to know if the following is a complete sentence. If you would, please contact me at your earliest.
-3
votes
0answers
18 views

What is the proper word choice/format/capitalization for e-mail? [duplicate]

What is the proper word choice/format/capitalization for e-mail? e-Mail first made its debut in the early 90s. When used at the beginning of a sentence, the abbreviated reference to electronic mail ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

What does “how to sell your way through life” mean? [on hold]

I just came across this "how to sell your way through life" (the name of a book written by Napoleon Hill), but I don't really get what it means. Anyone please explains it in details, and please help ...
-3
votes
1answer
52 views

African American? [on hold]

Almost every country in America have black people even though, the United States of America considers that African American are black people born in that country, Why ?
1
vote
0answers
11 views

To formally ask/thank somebody: “By virtue of this email/letter”

When I want to formally ask/express your idea to somebody/an organization through email/letter, is the following phrase OK? "... By virtue of this email, I request your organization for X. By virtue ...
1
vote
2answers
45 views

What is the correct name for the places where net filaments cross?

E.g., fishing/cargo nets are made of monofilaments that cross and constitute the net: what are the names of those intersections? I'm wondering whether 'nodes' or 'links' could work. I'm trying to say ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

“Suped-up”: is it a real idiom (vs souped-up)

I've looked up both and seen the answer to "why do we say 'soup up.'" Having always thought myself that the phrase was "to soup-up," I've been lately surprised to see a significant amount of usage of "...
1
vote
2answers
39 views

The Association of vs The Association

Let's say that there's a simple NGO, or a non-profit organization, called "ABC" (purely hypothetical name, and unrelated to any existing companies or organizations), and made up of two ordinary people....
3
votes
1answer
34 views

What does “work on side gigs” mean?

Here is the context: "Employees who remained at Yahoo struggled to motivate themselves amid all the uncertainty. Some worked on side gigs in the office. Many feared more layoffs, with or without a ...
-1
votes
2answers
96 views

Can “f***ed up” be used as a synonym for “f***ed”?

As far as I know, "fucked up" usually means something like "made a mistake". But what I'd like to know is if "fucked up" can be used with the meaning of "fucked", or in a terrible situation. Example:...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

What's the correct phrase to ask “from what something is made”? [on hold]

Are following phrases correct? 1) What is it made of? 2) What it is made of? Thanks.
0
votes
2answers
34 views

Is this sentence correct? How can I convey its meaning better?

"There are 8000 clauses in Yili corpus with 5000 clauses as training corpus and 2000 clauses as testing corpus, and there are 6000 clauses in Zuozhuan corpus with 4000 clauses as training corpus and ...
-1
votes
0answers
26 views

Is saying 'excuse my passing' correct? [on hold]

Is saying "excuse my passing" correct?
1
vote
2answers
49 views

What is an idiom for overcoming a life obstacle?

It's on the tip of my tongue -- something related to a tool like "to pass through a vise". The meaning is along the lines of overcoming a character-defining struggle in your life; the kind a person ...
-1
votes
0answers
26 views

Why is the correct plural of change singular?

When stating change, one says, "A dollar and thirty-six cents is your change". Is this because the entire "change" is considered a singular unit? It should be "are" but I cannot find an exception to ...
-1
votes
0answers
23 views

I have a question about propositions

my name is Srdjan. I'm not a native speaker, so I have some doubts about prepositions. Usage of preposition OF, I know where we can use it, but there is one example, jealous of. Is there a rule for it?...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

what does “which is all he is” mean?

Could you please tell me what does "which is all he is" mean in this sentence: "This boy (which is all he is) does not act as you expect an 18 years old boy ..."
0
votes
1answer
25 views

'My Swift and my Armour' from Hemingway's “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

'If you have to go away,' she said, 'is it absolutely necessary to kill off everything you leave behind? I mean do you have to take away everything? Do you have to kill your horse, and your wife ...
2
votes
2answers
43 views

Can “diligence” be used as a verb?

I've been coming across the verb "diligence" more and more in internal documents (either as "to diligence" or "diligencing"). I was under the impression that this word could only be used as a noun. I ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

What would be a good term for a 'randomness generator' if that term is not suitable?

Dice can be used to generate random numbers, and online many random number generators can be found. However, what if you would have a device that creates non-numerical randomness? Think for instance ...
1
vote
4answers
32 views

Term for: “equal and opposite” and “sum to zero” (physics)

I'm looking for a word or term that encompasses both of the following conditions: equal and opposite AND sum to zero I am looking specifically at a term for a pairing relationship in the ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Can “last” here mean newest?

Context: My word processor is the last of a series of instruments of self-expression that began with crayons and colored pencils held in my childish fist. My hands, somewhat grown, migrated to my ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

Why does “tangent” have multiple meanings that are in conflict with each other?

Perhaps it was just being misused, but the questions crossed my mind before and last night it came up again again. While talking with someone about job opportunities in NYC, a friend started to talk ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

What do you call a person who is a mentor to someone but he is not aware of it

Say I have a person called 'X' and he has been following every move, every mistake of 'Y' and has secretly considered him a mentor in his own mind. But 'Y' does not know about it. One day 'X' decides ...

15 30 50 per page