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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " "أنت تؤنسني" "يؤنس وحشتي" It is used ...
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Should verbs be conjugated in code documentation? [on hold]

// Removes something. void removeSomething(){} or // Remove something. void removeSomething(){} I tend to use the first form because I think it implies "it removes something". But ...
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Should I use Narrations or Narratives?

At work I keep seeing the term 'narrations' as opposed to 'narratives' and I'm trying understand if this is is common across the English speaking world or if this is just a term in the US.
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Should I use the subjunctive mood in these sentence?

Which of these sentences are correct: (1) "Do you mind if I send you messages while you are away?" (2) "Do you mind if I were to send you messages while you are away?" (3) "Would you mind if I ...
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44 views

Can [gi] sound be at the end of an English word? [on hold]

I am an Arabic person, and my family name is "Basrugi", but, what I know is that if the letter 'g' be followed by 'e', 'i', or 'y' it will be pronounced as /dʒiː/. So, when an English person reads ...
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singular entity as a collection of subjects

"If you are looking for a XYZ Residential Real Estate Attorney, the Law Offices of John Smith is here to help. " The firm itself is called "the Law Offices of John Smith", so is it correct that it ...
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Does this sentence make sense at all [on hold]

"Murder him with only a curious to where is why," I was wondering if this is correct or not? I'm trying to write in an older fashion and i'm not sure if this makes sense. Any help would be great. ...
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'How comes it' or 'How come is it'?

I was reading this paper and I came across this sentence, which I found quite odd. In the words of Bertrand Russell, the problem is this: “How comes it that human beings, whose contacts with the ...
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Dangling Participle? Confusing parenthetical commas? Incomplete sentence?

In this excerpt, is the second sentence grammatically correct? The painting, Woman In Red Hat, was inspired by her son's art selections while on a trip to Vancouver together. Which particular ...
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Is it possible to be more redundant or less specific? [on hold]

I noticed this on the wrapper for "belVita: Nutritious Sustained Energy" (breakfast biscuits), specifically on the package of a particular flavor of the product (I assume there is more than one flavor ...
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Email of replay to some one ask about me [on hold]

absolutely I'm remember you. I'm doing great, thank you for asking! Now I'm lecturing at Ahlia University
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1answer
52 views

What is a wrong? [on hold]

Is the sentence What is a wrong? Grammatically correct or should the a be left out of the sentence?
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1answer
82 views

Are all Congressmen idiots? [on hold]

Really couldn't resist the question title :-) This question asks about the famous quote by Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ...
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49 views

The use of “not” in idiomatic English

The Daily Mirror recently used the phrase "Pentagon experts on Friday said it was impossible to imagine that the missile could not have been fired without Russian help". This exact phrase has appeared ...
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Transcription of pronunctiation [on hold]

this is my first question here, please don't be cruel :). I am creating dictionary application and I have source dictionary (LMF) which contains data including pronunciation. For example I have ...
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1answer
46 views

Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [on hold]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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1answer
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How to refer back to the final sentence of the last paragraph?

I'm wondering about the "distance" over which one may refer back to a point recently made. For instance, there are obviously no problems with the following construction: "...therefore, Method A may ...
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3answers
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Naming of paragraph subsections [duplicate]

Regarding the questions: What do you call those divisions of a book bigger than a paragraph but smaller than a chapter? Is not such a division best known as a PARICOPE from the Greek PARIKOPE or "a ...
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1answer
75 views

Is “Sent to say” proper?

Is it incorrect grammar to say that someone "sent to say" something? As in "Joe sent to say that he would love to join you all for the pic nic". I know that I don't have the greatest grammar skills in ...
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1answer
64 views

What is a clustermug?

What is a clustermug? I could not find the word in a dictionary. Duke stopped laughing, but he was still smiling. Unabashed. "It's a clustermug," he said. The quote is from the novel Under the ...
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6answers
318 views

An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [on hold]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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2answers
53 views

The true meaning of “did not immediately respond to requests for comment” [on hold]

This expression is included in almost any negative news story - stock price decline, corporate scandal, criminality, you name it - but to me, it's frustratingly vague. I see these as "weasel words" - ...
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0answers
47 views

Explain Corruption to a Five Year Old [on hold]

How would you explain what the English word "corruption" means in such a way that a five year old would clearly understand your intention? Example: "Because of corruption, the city works project was ...
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Why do some words with Latin etymology use -ae suffix while others use the -s? [duplicate]

Why do some words in English with Latin etymology use the suffix -ae while others use the more common -s?
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Why is the OED's first reference to *irredentism* as late as 1886?

Irredentism (from the Italian irredento, 'unredeemed') has a first reference in the OED as late as 1886. Yet irredentism, the problem which had plagued European statesmen for generations was deeply at ...
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1answer
47 views

Correct pronunciation of either? [duplicate]

I'm doing subtitles for some videos on Youtube. I heard the words either and neither spoken in two different ways by the same person. Written it could be: ee-ther versus i-ther or n-ee-ther ...
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What does it mean to “frame an argument”? [on hold]

I have asked this same question on Yahoo! Answers before, but I didn't quite understand the meaning of it. The phrase is used like so: "See how the author framed his argument?; What is he doing up ...
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puzzled in one part of speech known as “adverb” [duplicate]

Difference between hard and hardly? Is hardly an adverb? [Duplicate]
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“A” is about as much “B” as “C” is “D”

I wanna find out what this sentence means. “ASOT is about as much “trance” as Nelson Mandela is indie punk.” So to generalize: "A" is about as much "B" as "C" is "D" Is this comparing A with B? ...
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47 views

Should I use “is needed” or “is in need”? [on hold]

I am writing my master's thesis now, and I got a small question on the two terms in the title. You probably noticed, my English sucks... I have a sentence like: "this model is needed", but I want to ...
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1answer
51 views

How to emphasize pronunciation of a specific letter? [on hold]

I have a client whos business name is TradOut — pronounced like “Trade Out”. What would be the best way to show that the pronunciation should sound like “trade” and not like “trahd”? We looked ...
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1answer
31 views

Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [on hold]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
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1answer
44 views

How to best convey excitement for the next assignment, quarter, or project? [on hold]

I’ve just received feedback on my work during the second quarter of the year (Q2) from my manager. I would like to reply to this feedback and end my reply with a sentence along the lines of" ...
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1answer
45 views

Past or Future? [on hold]

Every so often, I see a death-notice for someone who was deceased on the following date. However, understandably, it feels grammatically problematic to remark that someone had "died yesterday". What ...
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2answers
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Adverb order: 'has largely been' or 'has been largely' [duplicate]

Does the placement of an adverb affect its meaning or application? Does each paired sentence here mean the same as the other? 1.1 Mobile technology progress has largely been consumer-driven ...
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Can a singular or plural verb (“is” or “are”) be used when the subject is a coordination? [duplicate]

In the sentence: The dimensions and shape is/are a little different than the rest. Should I be using 'is' or 'are', or can either be used?
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How does 'according as' = 'Depending on whether'? [on hold]

I've read the definition and am not asking about it: 'according as' = 'Depending on whether' Instead, I'd like to learn how to determine/deduce this definition myself, starting from according ...
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0answers
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What requires the 'of' in 'dispose of'? [on hold]

I brook and am NOT asking about Definition 1 per se; I concede that its synonyms are 'discard' and 'abandon'. Yet why not simply 'dispose + (direct) object' ? I also tried Etymonline but its ...
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Free (of) poetic synonyms [on hold]

I am looking for the words determining the state/condition of being free of something/somebody. Poetic ones are always welcome! EXAMPLE : "Her face was INNOCENT OF make up."
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Where does “flying in the face” come from?

To "fly in the face of" something means to be opposite it, with a particular connotation that is hard to describe. Where does the expression come from?
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82 views

From the 4th to the 8th of June - [date ranges]

In a business letter, what's the correct or more frequent way to write date ranges? from the 4th to the 8th of June 2014, we have been working on the project or from 4 to 8 June 2014, we ...
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Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
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possessive case: “you and Bob's wedding”? [duplicate]

I understand that, if two nouns possess something, the possessive case is only applied to the second noun, i.e. it is "Alice and Bob's wedding". Following this rule, if I talk to Alice and refer to ...
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42 views

Help me fix this! [on hold]

I always have a confusion which form to use and which is right to use. Like, We have noted your below email and we are not holding below booking any longer. We have noted your below email and are ...
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0answers
22 views

Is it ok to write “I just dropped in …” in an e-mail? [on hold]

For example, if I want to send a quick reminder via e-mail, would this be ok? "I just dropped in to remind you that tomorrow, at ....." in case this was ok, would it be too informal or should be ...
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What's wrong with this?please help me! [on hold]

Could you please suggest me whether the below sentence is correct or not?I couldn't figure it out. Note – Kindly mark your future emails to the addresses that have been marked by me as well. Thanks!
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How to determine which definition of 'contingent'?

This quote was revealed to exemplify Definition 1, but working backwards, how would you determine the meaning of contingent? Even after seeing the context, I'm still vacillating between definitions 1 ...
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'In + participle' vs 'participle'

Is there a name for the structure 'in + participle' ? 2. What are the similarities and differences? I tried Google which revealed nothing. In the following example, what would differ if the ...
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35 views

Barcode or Bar Code? [on hold]

A simple question, is it Barcode (one word) or Bar Code (two words)? Merriam Webster lists it as two words while the OED and Wikipedia both list it as one. Which spelling should we be using? Edit: ...

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