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Is there a name to differentiate abbreviations that come before or after the word it refers to or relates to?

Is there a name to differentiate abbreviations that come before or after the word it refers to or relates to? For example: St. Michael's Church (In this situation St. always comes before St. ____ ) ...
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47 views

what does 'live up to the buzz' stand for?

I recently read an article about honey As I was reflecting on all the health benefits of honey, it suddenly occurred to me: I don't think I've ever seen a sick bee. Coincidence? Probably. But ...
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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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Commas when explaining what another sentence “says”

I was editing some text for an open source math book today, and came across this sentence: The previous 8 axioms have basically said "these numbers are all natural numbers." This next and final ...
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1answer
61 views

So which “wich'” is it? [on hold]

It's generally not confusing to most the obvious differences between a sandwich, a witch and the word "which", but are they related in any way? While a sandwich can be defined jokingly as,"in my ...
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1answer
61 views

Is “Christmas for Bogans” a metaphor?

If someone describes Australia day as "Christmas for Bogans", would that be a metaphor? What stereotype is implied in this statement? The term bogan (/ˈboʊɡən/) is Australian and New Zealander ...
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Plural adjective not followed by noun [on hold]

Here is my sentence Hughes writes in a style in which phonetics and stress are not fully working in tandem Can I be understood here, and is it grammatically correct? phonetic fəˈnɛtɪk ...
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55 views

Why is a person 'on' public transport and not 'in' it [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently posted a comment on Facebook saying that the phrase "on a train" is a pet peeve of his since it very rarely refers to somebody literally riding on top of a train. This got ...
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Is there a word or expression for when someone passionately wants something, and then discovers afterwards that it's different from how he imagined?

Is there a word or expression to describe when someone passionately wants something, eventually gets it, and then discovers that it isn't what he thought it was? For example, suppose that John is a ...
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1answer
79 views

’Tis the season

Google has a new doodle that says ’Tis the season when you put your cursor on it: What is the origin of this usage? or even the contraction ’tis? Details: There is a popular carol called “Deck ...
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birth-death range - person still alive

I am wondering if there exists a specific symbol or word I can use in a birth-death range. When I introduce a specific person in my main text, I use a footnote to provide the reader some additional ...
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71 views

“Let it will be” [on hold]

"Let it be" is an easy phrase to understand and to use. It's widely used and it's a set phrase, so it's hard to make mistake here. Why would a native speaker say "Let it will be"? Is it the same ...
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“all the virtues in the calendar”

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "all the virtues in the calendar"? Doing a phrase search (with quotes) gives many example usages. Questions: 1. Is there an actual calendar of virtues ...
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Commute Distance and Time [on hold]

One of the things that I've always been hung up on is explaining the length and distance of my commute. Example 1: "I had a 25 mile commute by car" does that mean 12.5 miles there and 12.5 miles ...
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2answers
45 views

Which is correct, me and Larry or Larry and I? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I agree with the plan worked up between me and Larry. I agree with the plan worked up between Larry and I.
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0answers
53 views

what does the word practium mean? [on hold]

What does the word practium mean? and what is the difference between it and the word practice? it is for me like practical ,for example, the practicum period influences the teacher's identity.
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1answer
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What is the difference between “submit” and “deposit”? [on hold]

I am trying to find out the difference between "submit" and "deposit" these words are very confusing when you visit to a bank and somebody ask you "what is the purpose of you to come here and you ...
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4answers
158 views

A word for “look down on” [on hold]

I have a friend who is a teacher but she looks down on her job. She finds it of little value. Is there a single word to describe her feelings for her occupation?
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Till death do WE part

I understand the meaning of "till death do us part". I even understood why do is not does. However, in the song Love Spent by Madonna, the following lyrics occur: You played with my heart Till ...
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Difference between “to think” and “think” [on hold]

Kate: I love to read.Really! But I don't read because I want people to think I'm smart.I can't stand those pompous people who try to show off how much they know about literature. Why in the above ...
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2answers
54 views

my [young / younger / youngest] sisters

A friend of mine has a big family. She is a Chinese girl, and has five sisters, who are all younger than she. She wants to know how to introduce her five sisters. To make it easy to understand, I use ...
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0answers
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In bike or on bike? [migrated]

For car, we used to tell like I was in car. How it will be for bike? I was on/in bike
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What is the difference between “comprehend” and “understand”?

What is the difference between the verbs comprehend and understand? Can we say comprehend a lesson ?
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62 views

Up Hill vs. Down Hill [duplicate]

The expression "It's all up hill from here!" and "It's all down hill from here!" mean that things will only get better or things will only get worst. Metaphorically going uphill can provide for a ...
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Terminology about English language learning [on hold]

What terminology can i use in a research proposal abstruct about English language skills development through the electronic communication?
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1answer
51 views

Synonym for wow

Wow, the teams are getting better! What alternatives are there to the word wow? I have looked at thesaurus.com, synonym.com, thesaurus.yourdictionary.com, my own personal thesaurus What is wrong is ...
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3answers
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Word to describe ideology of unfettered belief in rational self-interest

I'm looking for a word that captures the ideology of believing everything can be traced back to rational self-interest. I know that this is a form of weak altruism, and that many ideas of economic ...
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1answer
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Meaning of 'charge' as a noun - Jan 8 1799 letter by John Marshall (US)

[Source] Dear Sir, I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 30th of Dec’r while Genl Pinckney was at this place and of delivering to him the packet it inclosed. He left us with the ...
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Does it make sense to compare the frequencies given by the Google NGram viewer for 1grams and 2grams? [on hold]

In the Google Ngram Viewer I can put a single word (a 1gram) or a phrase with up to 5 words (a 5gram). Can I meaningfully compare the frequencies I get for a 1gram with say a 2gram? For example, if I ...
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0answers
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Verb tenses trouble [migrated]

I have scored incredibly low at English testing in Russian university, so low that I was shocked myself. It could be an standartized testing fault but I doubt. The principle of that test was to fill ...
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0answers
32 views

How can I say '(?) minutes later' in another way? (?) = number [on hold]

How can I say 1 minute later in another way, I am writing commentary on a game and I want to put some amount of mins later every time but I can't because that's just wrong. Would you want to write ...
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Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement? [on hold]

Send me your address so that i can send u my laptop ? Is it correct statement ?
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5answers
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A word for extreme care, attention, dedication towards words or a language

I'm looking for a word or a phrase which suggests the treatment of words or a language with extreme care, attention, and devotion -- like on StackExchange for example. I thought of pamper e.g. words ...
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30 views

“from” vs. “off” when talking about an album track

Is there a difference in the meaning or use of those two phrases: Favorite track off Dark Side of the Moon Favorite track from Dark Side of the Moon Is one of them wrong or not as ...
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2answers
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How do you describe a person who loves to join parties, social events? [on hold]

Usage: someone who loves to join social events, who loves to see new things, who loves to be in a group, who loves to follow trends or who loves to take a look on a quarrel on street, or to see a ...
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0answers
28 views

“aside with” meaning [on hold]

Does "aside with" exist in the English vocabulary? if so What is the meaning of it? I've seen someone writing: A aside with B are ... But I really didn't understand what he meant by "aside with".
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2answers
28 views

Meaning of Evenly distributed [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of evenly in phrases such as: Users are evenly distributed between these types or Users were split roughly evenly among these categories does it mean on the ...
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0answers
39 views

What's the meaning of spin in “Don't hide behind spin”? [on hold]

This is a sentence in Rework book written by JASON FRED. Here is the main paragraph: people will respect you more if you are open, honest, public, and responsive during a crisis. Don't hide behind ...
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1answer
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Different tenses in different situations [on hold]

Could you please tell me which one is correct (or which one is the correct one?) out of each set of sentences? None of them are from a quiz or a practice. These are sentences that I've tried to made ...
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2answers
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Is “I'll be John Brown” a common phrase?

The phrase: I'll be John Brown! is an occasionally-used term in North Carolina. Mostly thought to replace taking the Lord's name in vain (GD). Is it used elsewhere? How long has it been ...
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2answers
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Is “a group” singular or plural?

I was wondering what number the verb 'to snowboard' should take in the following sentence: A group of men, led by Olympic athlete John Rider, snowboard(s) down the gently sloping hills. Because ...
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1answer
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Is it grammatically correct to omit “is” in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech?

Is it grammatically correct to omit "is" in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech? The Soviet Union is the largest land power, China the greatest land-sea compound country and ...
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What do you call a person who thinks a lot?

Is there any specific word for a person who is always involved in processing a thought? I could find synonyms for 'deep thought' - contemplation, rumination and so on. But I couldn't find if there ...
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2answers
64 views

Do the following three expressions have the same meaning?

My flight is scheduled for 7 p.m. from New York. My flight is scheduled for New York at 7 p.m. My flight is scheduled for New York, 7 p.m.
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tense change with rhetorical questions [on hold]

John mulled: Would it work? Is it possible to do it? In the above sentence, John mulls 2 rhetorical questions. One of them, the first of the questions agrees with the past tense (mulled). The second ...
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Connotations of “Salt of the earth”

I called my friend "salt of the earth" recently. I meant it in the best way possible - he is representative of moral goodness. But when I looked up the definition, I became a bit uncertain of my ...
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14answers
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A word for: someone who is easy to talk to

I want to convey the idea that such and such person is very easy to talk to. I know that: 'talk to-able' is not a word, obviously. I can always say, "He is very easy to talk to." But I am looking ...
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0answers
28 views

Which word(s) are considered to be spelled the least phonetically? [on hold]

Of all the dictionary words, which are considered to have a pronunciation least like their spelling? Also, slightly different question, but I believe that some English surnames can have surprising ...
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0answers
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Is this a common expression? [on hold]

"That's a lot of things to take all at once. The world turned upside down on him, poor kid."
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how can I use “fewer” and “more” with numbers?

I have never heard anyone use words "fewer" and "more" when talking about the fact that a certain number of items is greater than a certain number of other items by a constant. For example if the ...

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