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“Can able to” do something . Is it correct [duplicate]

I have heard many saying, I can able to do something. Is this grammatical?
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46 views

What do I call physical quantities if they are not physical?

I have the following in a form on a computer. This is where a user can enter a measured value. Choose Physical Quantity: Length, Weight, Speed Choose Quantity: NNNN What do I write it if I ...
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1answer
45 views

What does the word “En masse” mean in the following context?

I need someone to help me to define the meaning of the word "en masse" in the following context: the initial aim of internment during the later conflict was to identify and intern those who posed ...
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What is the best way to contract words “Resources” and “Library”? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word to rename my website which is somewhat popular and its current name isn't too good. The website is repository of links and other websites - practically "Resources Library" and ...
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1answer
34 views

Why two 'be's in 'be bereaved'?

Isn't the infinitive be in be bereaved redundant? Etymonline looks complex and refers to bereft. 'Origin' on ODO suggests to 'see be-, reave', but doesn't the prefix 'be-' already suffice? reave ...
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1answer
32 views

Too many commas in this sentence?

I don't know if this sentence is too long, or if it's okay to keep stringing phrases with commas. Any help would be great as my English is not so good. When I was using the toy truck as a reward ...
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1answer
69 views

I was applying for a job and I don`t understand this question [on hold]

Are your former employment references or education listed under a name other than that stated above? Yes or No : If yes, please indicate former name : English is not my first ...
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49 views

Confusable plurals with apostrophe s

I have a question related to already shortened words and their plural forms. As I have seen on this site and have found in the dictionary, words like mas and pas are the plural form of the shortened ...
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1answer
39 views

What word describes a person that demonstrates “poor priorities?” [on hold]

What is a word that means "poor priorities?" (Typically would be used to describe a person.)
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109 views

Word for “descending out of control”

Example: I tried my best to dodge trees and rocks as I [...] down the slope. What's the best fit for the sentence above?
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1answer
27 views

Differences among abandon, desert and give up [on hold]

The soldier ____ his responsibilities and fled in the darkness. abandoned deserted gave up Which is an appropriate answer? And what's the difference?
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1answer
46 views

“largest of any mammal” vs. “largest of all mammals”

A: This animal is the largest of any mammal. vs. B: This animal is the largest of all mammals. What are the subtle differences between A and B?
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1answer
16 views

Can you use “of yours” for a noun that has a superlative adjective?

I have a doubt about the usage of the pronoun "those" with the pronoun "of yours" like in this sentence: The only one who knows "those" worst secrets of yours is me. I know that if I used only ...
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2answers
60 views

The inclusion of “got” in “I've got a question for you.”

Note: I have edited the question substantially as I was unclear about the question I was asking. It is mostly my own fault for not posing the question better, but I hope that it is more clear now, and ...
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What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other?

What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other? For example: John verbally compares a and b but hints that a is superior. With what word would I replace compares ...
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1answer
53 views

Sentence monstrosity! [on hold]

Check out this horrendous sentence I just managed to create: This blanket, Holden talks about as if it were some novelty that Mr. Spencer having bought it shows how “lame” old people such as his ...
3
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2answers
64 views

What is the grammatical explanation of the phrase “all that” as in the sentence “I didn't understand all that much”

What is the grammatical explanation of the phrase “all that” as in the sentence “I didn’t understand all that much”? I didn’t understand all that I came across the sentence above, and now ...
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3answers
48 views

Is it correct to talk about a “lost age”?

Is it correct to talk about a "lost age"? In the sense of a long gone era, or a time where an extinct civilization was living for example. Edit : I will not use this expression as part of a sentence ...
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36 views

Does this sentence make sense? [on hold]

During the war there were some incidents that occurred that led the war to it’s results.
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52 views

Does a phrase “I'm gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense?

Does the phrase “I’m gonna raise a whim flag on this one” make any sense? Put simply, I want a phrase to have the same meaning as “I’m going to resign from further engagement in this matter”.
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2answers
41 views

Idiom help: If beauty is her Yin, then intelligence is her Yang

I've always assumed that the phrase If X is her Yin, then Y is her Yang meant two positive traits, X and Y, that were not extensions of each other, but rather opposites that complemented each other. ...
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Is it mere slang to use the verb *stick* in place of *versus*, as in 'Us three *stick* you four'?

When I was a child (well over a half-century ago) in Norfolk, we would, when playing football talk of 'Team A stick Team B. When arranging sides informally we would say 'Us three stick the rest of ...
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1answer
48 views

The use of “for” with the verb “to crave”

My gut feeling tells me one says "I crave chocolate" and not "I crave for chocolate". This was confirmed for example at this forum discussion. However, google also showed me the sentence "I crave for ...
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24 views

Sentence patterns

Sentence 1: She acted brilliantly. She is the noun phrase; acted is an action verb. Brilliantly is an adverb. Is this sentence pattern NP + IV? There's no direct object, so acted is an ...
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22 views

Looking forward to or looking forward for? [on hold]

I wonder what's the difference between: "I'm looking forward to the next years to come" "I'm looking forward for the next years to come" "I'm looking forward in the next years to come" I'm thinking ...
9
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1answer
344 views

When did “ain't” become slang?

In Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now, there are several places where "ain't" is used instead of "am not", such as: "I ain't afraid of him, if you mean that," continued Lord Nidderdale. — ...
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0answers
21 views

looking for a word [on hold]

I'm looking for a word/term/expression that defined as: something that if you use a word to describe it, it is influenced by the word you decided to describe it with? For example, if you decide to ...
0
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1answer
47 views

A question regarding a parallel

I came across a very neat parallel, but I wonder if I can use the structure today without setting off alarm in an editor's head. A stretch of a series is any piece taken out of it, and not having ...
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4answers
76 views

What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it?

What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it? for example "yes I can ,yes I can "
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1answer
53 views

Synonyms of 'bitter-sweet'

Are there any synonyms for bitter-sweet? I've tried having a look on online thesauri, but haven't had much luck in finding anything suitable. The context I wish to use this in: I have described ...
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Why did the author write “it were” in the sentence ending “as if it were being magnetically repelled”? [duplicate]

In her 2008 novel, A Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult wrote the following paragraph, with the part that confuses me marked in bold: The first time we filed out of our holding pen — a small room in ...
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0answers
35 views

“Fulfil” vs. “Fulfill” [on hold]

Could anyone tell me the difference between "Fulfil" and "Fulfill" ? And which one of them we should use in writing essays or something ? And why does computer underline the word "Fulfil" as ...
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3answers
1k views

What's the equivalent to “typo” in handwritten texts?

"Typos" are acknowledged as "technical" errors, ones that obviously aren't caused by the writer's poor spelling. Although less frequent than in typing, they can also occur in handwritten texts, as a ...
2
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2answers
59 views

“I'm no more hungry” or “I'm no longer hungry” or “I'm hungry no more.”

I'm no more hungry I don't think I've heard the first one very often, but wasn't sure about the last two. I'm no longer hungry and I'm hungry no more Which of these three sentences ...
2
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2answers
51 views

How to rewrite “I passed a good week with you.”

I have a problem to rewrite the sentence, "I passed a good week with you." I thought of "I spent a good week with you." or "I had a good week with you." The direction says not to change the wording ...
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9answers
2k views

Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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2answers
78 views

I will learn better English — should it be “I will learn English better.”

Somehow, I think "better English" is incorrect, because I think there isn't better English; English is English. But I hear this phrase from other ESL students a lot. Is this correct way of saying it? ...
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2answers
362 views

Reversal of the meaning of the word “restive”

According to google etymology the word restive originally meant inclined to remain still. But then it changed the meaning to the opposite. I would like to know if such phenomenon of revresal ...
2
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1answer
21 views

Questioning my use of “in question”

I just found myself writing some documentation that uses "in question," but then I questioned whether what I wrote makes sense. The context is a document that describes the numerical solution of ...
8
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2answers
123 views

We say “U.S. citizen”, but why can't we say “China citizen”? Or do we?

Is the word "U.S." an adjective or a noun modifier in this case? It seems to me that it is an adjective that goes before citizen, because we say "Russian citizen", "Chinese citizen", etc. But if it's ...
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0answers
21 views

It is about handing over of charge in office [on hold]

He has not been handing over to me till date. (I feel usage of "not been" not correct). Please correct the sentence.
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1answer
59 views

“I hope I enjoy myself very much” is this correct?

I hope I enjoy myself very much I came across the above expression when I was reading something, the writer wasn't a native English speaker. She was talking about visiting a place she wanted to ...
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1answer
35 views

Are “Speculate” and “Speculum” related? [on hold]

I wonder if any etymology buffs can shed some light into this one. While commonly a speculum is a medical instrument, I know it has other uses in literature and history. Is speculate a verb extending ...
0
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0answers
37 views

I want to learn english from scratch [on hold]

I found out that http://english.stackexchange.com/ is best for now to learn English. If anyone can guide me on this site where to start would be great.
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3answers
55 views

What does 'freight traffic' mean? [duplicate]

I've searched for the definition of transport, and there's a sentence example: "The bulk of freight traffic was transported by lorry." When I looked up the phrase 'freight traffic', it means ...
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2answers
41 views

How to say “is constant in one year”? (Paper Writing)

I'm helping someone to write their academic paper. He wrote 'something is constant in one year.' But I feel the 'in one year' is a bit awkward. Do I need to change it? The meaning is that we are ...
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2answers
31 views

Meaning of “playing of favorites”?

I am came across this phrase in a CR presentation (slide #19). What is its meaning? Equanimity – Less “playing of favorites” with people, compassion
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3answers
89 views

Is writing very long sentences which waste much of the reader's time reading it and understanding it's meaning a bad thing, or is it good? [on hold]

When I write, I often use very long sentences, such as 50-word-long sentences like these, instead of multiple short sentences because I forget to end my sentence as I have so much to say so I don't ...
0
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1answer
27 views

Indefinite articles and ordinals [on hold]

I was told that when ordinals are used (e.g., first, second, third), the noun they modify should use the definite article "the" (e.g., "the second phenomenon", "the first study on physics"). Are there ...
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2answers
28 views

agent vs. force [on hold]

Ethnic Unity -- What can we learn from the evidence furnished by language? Racial unity alone, a secondary force, is in no way necessary for linguistic community. I am wondering whether or not ...

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