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How to say “this is my situation so far” in a formal way

I am writing a progress e-mail about my project explaining that I have done those things, but I am stuck at the end. I am trying to say that that's my situation so far in a formal way. Is it formal ...
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Is “as to” used correctly in this context?

Is "as to" used correctly in this context? "John suggests they go see Billy while they make the decision as to whether or not they should agree to the operation." Thanks!
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A word for 'single view of information'

I have billing information coming from different sources and I want to provide a single view to all the billing information to users. Just wondering if there is a better single word for single view of ...
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Is the use of the word “metrics” correct in this quote?

Is the use of the word "metrics" correct in this quote? "The problem with identity lies in the arbitrary metrics we attempt to use when defining it." - T. Cowan Thanks for your time.
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“Would-be” meaning “potential”: must it be hyphenated?

Suppose I write, "Giving exams in class thwarts would-be cheaters." Must "would-be" have a hyphen? Or would it be preferable to write it without a hyphen? (It seems easier to read with the hyphen.) ...
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49 views

Why is “language” spelled that way?

I just read a question with answers about the letter u making the sound /w/ in penguin and sanguine. However, the word language was not mentioned. What is the explanation for the spelling of language? ...
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Buying in increments

I am looking for the best word for when you have to buy something in increments or in certain quantity sizes. Minimum billing, minimum charge, minimum buy is typically used when you have to spend a ...
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in vs on for dates

I've met the following phrase 'Something happened on February 12-25, 2010'. It means that some event started on February 12th and ended on February 25th. Actually the text was about the Olimpic Games. ...
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Word for a platform for knowledge sharing

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a platform (e.g a website) that this is a place for knowledge sharing. I found that maven, pundit, guru is related but not appropriate. Can you ...
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Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded

Generally a rule is a standard which describes what not to do to avoid getting punished. I am looking for a word which describes a standard for a positive behavior which will be rewarded (edit: or ...
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A “cold opening” like by Saturday Night Live [on hold]

I could not find it on my favorite translator dict.leo.org, so I ask the resident AI, what is a cold opening, as found in many titles of Saturday Night Live episodes on your favorite video clip ...
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Is there a word for the letter that a diacritic is applied to?

If I am speaking about a letter that has a diacritical mark (e.g. 'á'), what word or phrase should I use to reference the base letter (e.g. 'a')? I'm looking for something a little more concise than ...
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Word for something that is too idealistic and dangerous to pursue?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an effort or endeavour that is idealistic to the point of being dangerous and which is unwise to pursue. Perhaps, an example could be when people ...
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2answers
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Idiom: Get off your high horse (American English Stress)

Get off your high horse [gɛt̬ _ɔf jər ˌhɑɪ 'hoərs] We have a flap T linked with the word OFF. I'm not sure which words I should stress in the idiom above, apart from the noun "horse" which is the ...
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How would you label someone that generates ruses?

Someone who constantly tells lies can be labeled as a liar. Is there a word that describes someone as a person that constantly uses ruses(sp?)? I found that in the definition, if you go to the old ...
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0answers
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Meaning of “absolute construct” in books?

What does "[something] is an absolute construct" mean in plain English?
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“Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?” [on hold]

"Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?" Is it a valid statement(rather question) or does it need to be tweaked in any way ?
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bottom dropped out

I heard this expression and I don't know what it means. I googled it and it was mostly financial meanings. But mine is not. I'm writing the context exactly. The bottom kind of dropped out when I ...
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Is this phrase correct? “I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer”

English is not my native language and somehow this phrase doesn't feel right. What do you guys think? I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer.
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subject+to+verb relationship

I want to draw your attention to a point which I find complicated. Take a look at the expressions below a man to save us , a dog to protect the barn, maids to serve us , now please take a look at ...
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Indefinite article before an adjective in form [number]-[something]

Which one of these is correct? We use two-stage compilation process. We use a two-stage compilation process. The second looks more formally correct, but feels strange. Perhaps this is better? ...
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usage of possesive and object pronouns

what is the difference between my chances of winning and chances of me winning? I've come across the usage of both.
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Sentence , use of decision+preposition “of ”

Your decision of omission of this team from the competition was not fair. Does this sentence sound correct to you? I wanted to write another form of Your decision to omit this team from the ...
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0answers
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Is word always correct in suggesting either a comma before which or else using that?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine suggests before the use of which that a comma be placed or alternatively, to replace it with that and not use a comma. Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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Is there another term for sharing knowledge [on hold]

Hello I am looking for a word that would best be used as an exchange of knowledge or teachings within a community. Is there a word or phrase that would best sum up a group of people who are sharing ...
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1answer
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Is this compound noun compose of a group of many things plural or singular? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, I'm not sure whether the noun should be considered plural or singular? A grid pattern of streets (Main, Elm, First) are shown. Or: A grid pattern of streets (Main, ...
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What’s the Modern English word for Old English “preost”? [on hold]

Preost is an Old English word; I need to know what it is in Modern English.
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Past Perfect or Past Simple? Or both?

From Collins Cobuild entry "should": 3) MODAL If you say that something should have happened, you mean that it did not happen, but that you wish it had. I fully understand the general meaning of ...
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“exhaust gas aftertreatment” vs. “exhaust gas after treatment”

My question is related to filters and catalysts in vehicles. I would name them "exhaust gas aftertreatment". However MS Word always corrects this to "exhaust gas after treatment". What is correct? ...
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1answer
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The phrase - “I remain sceptical” vs “I continue to remain sceptical”

During a parent meeting , I heard a teacher say : I remain sceptical (on the progress of the child). and the parent questioning him- Why do you continue to remain sceptical? ...
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“You just won the lottery? Chapeau!”

"You just won the lottery? Chapeau!" This is the first time I have seen such usage in English. Literally 'Chapeau' means 'hat', but the intention (that I get from the internet) is something ...
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A word that encompasses both creating and editing something [duplicate]

I am combining two website-based editors (one for create, one for edit) into one, and am trying to think of a word that encompasses both creating and editing in one. I would appreciate any ...
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Is there a linguistic term that denotes the class of properties that words of comparison compare?

The class of words called 'words of comparison' includes words such as 'higher' and 'highest'. The words 'higher' and 'highest' express comparative height. The term for the class of words that ...
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Do you say “ What I was the most surprised at was …”?

Superlative is confusing to me. I am the most surprised at ... , I am most surprised at ... I am surprised most at ... I am surprised the most at ... It's the most surprising that ... Which ...
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My quagmire about tenses [on hold]

He wanted to tell his feeling over the incident. Why is it the word TELL is in present tense; when the word WANTED is in the past?
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“if he doesn't” versus “if he won't” [on hold]

Steve will be really disappointed if he _______ get a ticket. 1) doesn't 2) won't which one is correct? in my opinion, both answers are fine. :( but I know I'm wrong Q_q
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Articles: an email or a email in written English? [duplicate]

Different sources provide different information. E.g.: it should be an email for after e there's a consonant sound. And it should be a email for the general rule to use "an" instead of "a", is bound ...
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Have met vs. Met [duplicate]

there They have met several times before. vs. They met several times before. Could you please tell the difference between the two sentences? Thanks in advance! Burning the midnight oil, Oodo
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1answer
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How to express difficulty selecting from equally appealing options [on hold]

I want to express the idea that multiple options are equally appealing and therefore difficult to choose from. I thought of this sentence: They are too equally attractive to >be picked up. ...
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What is the difference between “could not get to” and “did not get to”?

Take, for example, this sentence: Away from Vatican City, Tome was quiet as authorities ordered all public offices and schools to close (close), and banned (ban) cars from the roads. Millions of ...
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Word that means “excluding something from a calculation.”

Example: I asked the teacher if he could [...] my attendance record from my final score. I think omit sounds too light, almost like a joke. And ignore as thought it were an act of corruption.
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Avoiding stuffy language: “Therefore”, “Thus”

In my thesis, I'm using "thus" and "therefore" a lot. This is repetitive and it sounds stuffy. Is there any alternative which sounds a bit more relaxed but is acceptable in scientific writing? "So" ...
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Is this sentence correct- 'There's only one way I can jump over a car.'? [on hold]

Is the above sentence? Is there anything weird about it, or is it plainly incorrect? How can it be worded better? EDIT: Some context-Say there are X methods of jumping over a car. I only know/can use ...
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Informal way of saying “moreover”

My teachers said that they couldn't do anything for me. That no matter how many times they added and rounded up my scores, the result was still zero. Moreover, if they let me pass the other ...
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“if you would like to do smth” construction [on hold]

There is a special facility in the text I'm currently reading (It was written by my acquaintance) If you would like to add this ability to your application you need to go through the next list of ...
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2answers
61 views

Is there a single word for money making avenue [on hold]

Please suggest a single word that means "money making avenue" or "money making work" or "money making business."
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What's the word for “too many but not good enough”?

There's a single word that I can't remember what it is.. the word I'm looking for is when there are many choices/points but no substance or not good enough. For example: too many kinds of ...
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0answers
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Looking for a couple of comprehensive reference books: adverbs, rudimentary syntax, and English Media Arts focusing on readers theater [on hold]

Looking for a few comprehensive reference books: one examining adverbs, rudimentary syntax, and another focusing on readers theater. I have a very comprehensive book on prepositions, "The Ins and Outs ...
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What types of words/phrases are “this” “here” & “they”?

I'm currently doing an analytic essay on my drama coursework (fun.). I'd like to explain how the playwright never reveals the exact setting of the act, by using only phrases such as "this","here", and ...
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Is “I cannot best you” valid sentence? [on hold]

In video game "Skyrim" enemy warriors some times cry I cannot best you! and run away. Is "I cannot best you" valid sentence? Does it mean: "I cannot defeat you"? Can I ask question: "Can you ...

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