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“Two types of user” or “Two types of users”?

Which is the correct sentence to use? Two types of user are identified: ... Two types of users are identified: ... I would have said the former, but a colleague has suggested the latter. ...
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1answer
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why is this sentence in interrogative form?

Can you think of a real world example or context that would it make sense for x and y to represent, and produce such a graph? If not, can you change the graph and make it simpler to fit with a ...
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40 views

What does “lay to heart” mean?

I am studying a few words in Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary that have connected definitions or meanings: hearken, heed, observe, attend, and regard. One definition of 'regard' is: "To consider ...
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Word that means “desiring power”

What is a good word to use for the describing someone as "desiring power"?
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mom-husband-wife thing

I heard this one on TV, too. Here is the quote: Narrator: Sara is isolated geographically and emotionally from her family and friends. A friend: Five years had gone by where we were doing ...
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Is it autological?

I believe that from a business and personal perspective, leadership defines itself because it is too complex, has too many variables, and any attempt at defining it is severely lacking. Is there a ...
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29 views

hit the road (meaning in context)

I was watching a show on TV (I escaped my killer) and Lisa Noland is dropped off after being raped several times by her attacker and to her surprise he doesn't kill her, drops her off at her ...
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Do reflexive verbs often evolve into intransitive usage?

With the relatively recent proliferation in the number and variety of genders that our contemporaries willingly proclaim themselves to be or belong to, a new intransitive sense of the verb identify, ...
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verb for “To make more modular”

I am a software developer. I am looking for a good verb that I can use to convey to people that I made a set of changes to a piece of code that made the code more modular. In other words, I took a ...
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What is it called when a highly respected person commits an immoral act but people don't believe that he committed the act?

I was wondering. It just came up. It has no real world relevancy. An example: A highly respected businessman commits child abuse and one day his wife finds out about it. She shares what she had ...
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Can “so” always mean “that”?

I know "so" in some places can have the same meaning as "that", but can we always use "so" instead of "that"? Like if my friend told me something yesterday, then he came today to tell me the same ...
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“These nouns provide a different perspective on how attitudes about gender can and have played out in English.”

The cited sentence is syntactically deficient as the modal verb "can" requires the main verb construction "have played out" in addition to the one of the same form given. Thus, it should rather go: ...
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Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' (or possibly something else)?

Someone who is disingenuous is someone who displays ________ (fill in the blank). Is it 'disingenuousness' or 'disingenuity' or something else?
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Help Swedish historical society correct label on a CD “contains music&narration”-thingy

A Swedish historical society wants to write "Beloved music and narrators" (directly translated from Swedish) inside a little star close to the title on the front of a nice looking CD cover. I said ...
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Is there any proverb or idiom that conveys “the world is bound to no man”?

Is there any proverb or idiom that conveys this meaning:" Don't rely on this world, since it is not loyal to man forever, today is in your hand, tomorrow in mine" (actually it is a Persian saying and ...
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1answer
13 views

What does “a media splash” mean?

What does the expression "a media splash" mean? Is it something like a reference or mention appearing in the media?
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58 views

Replacement For “Drive Someone Nuts”

In the expression to drive someone nuts, I studied that it's possible to replace the word nuts with words like: bananas, crazy, insane, bonkers, ... I'd like to know is this expression polite? If it ...
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797 views

Word for that certain fear, worrying you might involuntarily jump from a cliff?

Is there a word for the following fear: being afraid of doing something you don't want to do and you know you shouldn't. For example: if you're on a high place, you don't want to jump, but you're ...
3
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7answers
359 views

What to call the large containers of bottled water?

The water drawn from those 2.5 gallon containers having a spigot (and air hole) is called ‘bottled water’, but what should we call those large containers of water? It seems like “tank” or “tankard” ...
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Is vine-covered an adjective?

I'm having a problem understanding an adjective I found in a grammar book. The sentence is: After an enormous Sunday dinner, the old farmer walked slowly to the vine-covered porch and eased into the ...
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1answer
20 views

Is there a way to contrast the words small/little and big to describe someone/something?

folks! How are you? :) Well, here's my question: Is there a way to contrast the words small/little and big to describe the same person/thing? I found a thread in which I think the question was not ...
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2answers
55 views

Origin of the phrase “it’s been years if it’s been a day”?

I first heard this phrase in an episode of Family Guy, and they're typically fans of referencing older shows and movies, especially from the 80s. So I'd assumed it was a fairly commonly known thing. ...
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1answer
57 views

What does “i.c.” mean?

This is a scholarly footnote: "Ferrarius, lib. i.c. iii p. 108." I do not understand what "i.c." means.
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26 views

“Front of action” vs “action front”

Is there any distinction between "fronts of action" and "action fronts", or are these expressions equally correct and have exactly the same meaning? Here are some EXAMPLES I found in the Internet. ...
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32 views

What is someone who pays compensation called

What do you call someone who pays compensation? Something like compensator
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128 views

Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?

Which one is correct? 1.) It's better to have one of our allies close to us than having none at all. 2.) Having one of our allies close to us is better than having none.
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1answer
52 views

A word to refer to a text fragment that is not transcribed (or probably transcribed incorrectly) from spoken material?

Let’s say I want to decipher (transcribe) some spoken material (voice) to text, but after doing this, I doubt if some parts have been transcribed correctly. What is appropriate word to describe such ...
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41 views

What is “comeforpie”? [on hold]

what is comeforpie? and what's the -pie suffix mean?
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104 views

Simplicity is elegance? or elegant?

As the title asks, which is grammatically correct? Simplicity is elegance? Or simplicity is elegant? If both are correct,in which cases they are correct?
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40 views

What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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1answer
22 views

Comma before where when the clause is at the end of the sentence

Please tell me if I should place a comma before the word where in the two sentences below. I would like to work for you since I’m interested in working in a leading international school with ...
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2answers
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(The) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. To use or not to use definite articles?

I have no clue whether to use "the" or not in such academic examples. Is there a definite correct choice for these sentences? (the) TIF is (the) IRT analog of (the) CTS theory. It depends on the ...
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0answers
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What is the meaning of 'Austenian'?

Yesterday evening the other half and I took a delightful drive into the countryside about 30 miles away, and sat for a while in the Hampshire village of Chawton (whilst listening on the car radio to ...
2
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1answer
42 views

Verb when using Neither / nor

Neither the plates nor the serving bowl goes on that shelf. OR Neither the plates nor the serving bowl go on that shelf. What form the verb should be singular or plural ? Which is correct and why? ...
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1answer
96 views

What are some optional grammar rules? [on hold]

The most popular example would be the Oxford comma: for everyone knows that "dating Clara, the model, and the scientist" vs "dating Clara, the model and the scientist" can make all the difference in ...
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1answer
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [on hold]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.
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What is origin of the word “fluent”?

We often hear people say he speak English fluently. fluent:(of a person) able to express oneself easily and articulately.(dict) But what did that word come from? did it came from fluid or flow? ...
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Can a wiki site be cited if it is the primary source for information?

I'm writing a paper on tulpas and need to know if I can cite this page http://wiki.tulpa.info/Official/Glossary . Of course you're not supposed to cite a wikipedia page, but this (1) is a primary ...
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Pronunciation rules

I was always wondering if there is a compact set of rules that helps readers enunciate English words. One of the reasons why I believe there are such rules is that there are some online dictionaries ...
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“Name1 Name2 are also want to join?”

"name1 name2 are also want to join?" Is totally incorrect, however, I am unable to explain it, so as why is it incorrect. Could you please help me explain it?
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1answer
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Are there certain rules when punctuations i.e. period, exclamation, and question mark can be placed inside or outside the quote, or both? [duplicate]

Which of these sentences are using the proper usage of punctuation? Nicolo said, "I'll let you know if anything changes." Nicolo said, "I'll let you know if anything changes". Nicolo ...
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1answer
39 views

Words for different levels of crying

Another question asks for the written sounds of different levels of crying (wah-wah, boo-hoo), but I was wondering if there are names for different levels of crying. For instance, is there any way to ...
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0answers
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Learning to write with my other hand to improve my handwriting? Formerly dyslexic

I would like to greatly improve my handwriting. I was originally somewhat dyslexic, and had difficulty learning to read and write in school. I did go into special education and learned to read and ...
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0answers
13 views

Have been to college, been in college and gone to college

How do the following sentences differ in meaning/emphasis? 1) Have you been to college? 2) Have you been in college? 3) Have you gone to college? Will you also make comments on the following for ...
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6answers
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What is another way to say “in my opinion”?

What phrase should I use to prevent the redundancy of saying "In my opinion..."? Oftentimes, I always say this phrase whenever my teacher asks for my opinion about certain subject or topic and it ...
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comma use before and

A showed highest diagnostic value among B, C, and D. Diagnostic value of A was comparable to E. Please let me know which one is right 1), 2), or 3) 1) A showed highest and E-comparable diagnostic ...
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1answer
27 views

What does “nothing that” mean?

I read this article- Greeks take to the streets for dueling rallies that reflect a divided nation in Washington post. And I'm confused about what the "nothing that" means in this part : The ...
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3answers
22 views

Correctly say “I will let you know with further updates”

How to say this correctly "I will let you know with further updates"
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3answers
29 views

When is “and” appropriate but “as well as” is not?

Until some seconds ago when I was looking through one of the grammar section is test review book, I had long believed that they were (most of the time, but you know English always has those ...
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1answer
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...

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