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Do you use a comma after an exclamation inside quotes?

Mary listens to Joe say, "Hello!", and then he leaves.
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1answer
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Formal word for 'emit anal air'?

Is there a formal single word for 'emit anal air'? I've heard 'eructate' being used, but this means air from the mouth only; not from the other end.
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Two step method or two steps method [duplicate]

It seems like a particular dance is called "Two-step". It gave me some doubts about how to spell step in the description of a method I use. If my method has two steps, should it be called a two step ...
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1answer
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How to correctly say that I will get graduated?

I'm going to "get graduated" at second quarter of 2014, and I need to write an e-mail saying this, but I don't know the "correct" way to write that "I will get graduated" this sounds pretty weird to ...
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Item queue vs items queue? Files list vs File list?

My question is connected with programming. I'm not sure how to name my class. Should it be ItemQueue or ItemsQueue? We are talking about queue, which stores many items. We can add new ones or remove ...
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2answers
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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Is there a single word for date of death?

Since we have a single word like birthday, is there a corresponding term for the date of someone’s death?
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1answer
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What is the technical name for an expression of the form “all good men and true”?

...by which I mean an expression wherein one of the adjectives modifying a noun precedes that noun and another follows it. I know that an adjective that appears after the noun it modifies is a ...
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Is there one word for both horizontal or vertical, but not diagonal, adjacency?

I'm trying to describe a grid and I want to say that the adjacent grid square is chosen if it's horizontally or vertically adjacent, but not diagonally adjacent, to the current grid square. I was ...
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How to phrase topic sentence

I am writing an essay on why time travel is actually possible; i.e. actually has a chance of happening in the future. I don't know what my topic sentence should be. "Time travel is possible" doesn't ...
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1answer
35 views

“on Mondays” v. “on Monday” with the adverb, “always”

Are all of these correct? I wash my car on Mondays. I always wash my car on Monday. I always wash my car on Mondays. I know #1 is correct, and it means every Monday. However, I'm not sure if #2 ...
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What calls are you making? [on hold]

Sorry, if this is a trivial question. But I feel really confused when I ask people, their answers are different to my answer. So I want to ascertain what exactly is answered to this question. For ...
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The meaning of “…Identity between”

There is this sentence which I can't work out the meaning. "They have a unique identity between language and thought that means they cannot conceptualize a lie. This also means that deception, ...
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0answers
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early on, later on - How to explain “on”?

I have been thinking about these adverbials for a long time to understand this connection of "early/later" with "on". These adverbials are used for introducing a sentence or they are placed at the ...
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1answer
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Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles - an vs. the

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-disbands-army-unit-fiasco-push-east-144943083.html Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as ...
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4answers
45 views

Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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2answers
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Which is more common to say “I used to have a month off” or “I was used to having a month off” over Charismas holiday?

There was the following sentence in Tina Fey’s “Tina Fey Bossy Pants”: " When I took the job at the front desk in early November, I had stipulated that I had to have off a few days around ...
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0answers
37 views

Family go vs family goes? [duplicate]

I am wondering which one is current? -my family go... - my family goes... Which is correct?
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“Try me”: Too Sexually Suggestive and “Slangy” for Retail Marketing?

Is the expression “Try Me” inappropriately sexually suggestive and “slangy” for use in retail marketing? A client wants an expression for use on a sticker for an electronic device in a retail store ...
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1answer
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Whereof, wherein, wherefrom, whereupon, whereby, wherewith, wherefore in a contemporary article?

I am publishing an article (research) and I am wondering whether theses words, albeit far more beautiful than their equivalent using which, can still be employed even though the OED described them as ...
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1answer
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substantial vs. numerous

these two words seem very similar, 'substantial' says in the dic.that 'large in amount or number', numerous says that 'many'. Do they have differences in contexts?
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1answer
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Which is correct? 'Education college' or 'educational college'?

I don't know which is correct, and it confuses me the more I learn the English language. We all know that educational is an adjective, so if I had to choose one, I would definitely choose educational ...
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1answer
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written ...
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1answer
30 views

meaning of Republic [on hold]

I've been thinking what might be the real meaning of the word Republic? As far as I know the prefix re- gives the base word the meaning of again; as in renew, replace, reclaim. I am wondering what ...
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Referring pronoun in multiple clauses sentence

"I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with its little hand, his father’s finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014) The word ...
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1answer
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Cover Definitions

I don't know which definitions of "cover" would fit this usage: source "The Crafoord Prize covers the disciplines of astronomy, mathematics, geosciences and biosciences as a complement to the ...
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paraphrase this sentence [on hold]

Please help me to paraphrase this sentence. Because of their insect origin, the Myrmidons were blindly loyal to Achilles, so loyal that they would die without resisting if ordered to.
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2answers
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be on board a flight [on hold]

SITUATION: I almost cannot catch my flight for some delay in the traffic on the road, when I get to the gate to board on the plane, I saw people are sitting around the gate and waiting, but not ...
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4answers
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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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1answer
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the similar meaning of impress and strike…as

I learnt a phrase said 'strike sb. as sth.' it means to seem to have a particular quality or feature. I think it is similar to 'impress sb. with sty' Maybe it is most common to you native speakers to ...
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0answers
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Is “I watched them go” grammatically correct? [migrated]

It has been only few years I have been watching English movies. Recently I heard a sentence saying "I watched them go". I have been repeating the scene, and checked through subtitles whether I heard ...
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What's an antonym for the noun “critic”?

I need an antonym (a noun) for the word "Critic", ie. a noun for someone who praises.
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3answers
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Is the definition of browser generally poor?

In regards to this question on meta Stackoverflow I had a look at what definitions one find for "browser". My definition of to browse is in short looking for information or things of interest. In ...
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5answers
64 views

Word/phrase that means “the sound that is produced when objects are being moved by a stream”

Is there a word/phrase for that? Example: I closed my eyes, and listened to the [...] stones.
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4answers
75 views

Using the word “lagniappe”

Oxford dictionary defines the word lagniappe as something given as a bonus or gratuity. Is it only used when transactions (by transactions I mean a gift given to customer when he shops a lot.) are ...
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1answer
28 views

The correct way to title a work of art

Should a work of art have an author first, and then the title, or the title first, and then the author? Answer: (...less than 10 rep ATM..) A work of art may have the author first, and then the ...
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3answers
41 views

Which article do I use if I'm pointing out an object that both I and the listener know

For example: Upon seeing a cup on my colleague's desk, I say, "you have a very big cup." But the cup is already known to him (it's his and there is only one cup on his desk). Regardless, the above ...
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2answers
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Which tense do I use for an on-going event that has a connection to the past

For example, please consider the following sentence: "The site was disapproved for not having enough unique content. The site has mostly links and banner ads that would negatively impact the user ...
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Is there a noun that means “the state of being flustered”?

I was writing a bit just now and found myself typing the word "flusteredness", which gets the meaning across but is rather awkward and decidedly non-standard. Is there a more common or natural word ...
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3answers
79 views

Is this sentence correct English?

I am not a native English speaker. But I would like to know if the following sentence is correct? "Choose a password at least 6 characters long." Or should it be something like "Choose a password ...
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2answers
36 views

What is meant by “if only…”?

Does it mean something like I wish? If only I had time to do this. If only I could do this.
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3answers
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Whether my thinking sir conveys more respect is really correct or not? [duplicate]

To my question "How do I refer to Bill Gates with respect but simultaneously not creating any confusion about who I'm referring to", I got the answer "Mr.Gates" OK.This doesn't even create confusion. ...
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2answers
56 views

How to improve my English? [on hold]

To improve my vocabulary, I read a lot of novels and learned more than few new words. Though I am able to comprehend the word when I see them, I am unable to use (or recall) them when needed. What ...
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2answers
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Your vs yours - is there a rule?

English is not my first language so maybe this is the reason for this question - is there a formal rule whether to say 'your' or 'yours': This is your hat. but The hat is yours (not 'your')
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1answer
25 views

Which word is used to specify? [on hold]

Can yo say which word is used to specify? a. Yet b. In fact c. In brief
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What does it mean to speak with “mock deference”?

I can find many instances of this expression, especially in descriptions of characters' lines in written dialog, but I can't find any mention to the expression itself. I understand that deference ...
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1answer
29 views

Is there a term for the convergent evolution of homonyms?

Some homonyms, like "punch", originated in different languages with different spellings. The violent act "punch" comes from the English word "pounce", while the beverage "punch" comes from the Hindi ...
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1answer
29 views

“focus on” or “concentrate on”

I am wondering if "focus" and "concentrate" can be used interchangeably? Such as: [..] designed solution will focus on using modern hardware [..] [..] designed solution will concentrate on using ...
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2answers
28 views

Word for describing process of walking, going on foot

I'm translating an article about a wax doll museum, and I got trapped on a phrase 'this wax doll has a mechanism, which simulates ''process of going on foot, walking, smth. like that''. I know, this ...
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2answers
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what's the meaning of “since” [on hold]

what's the meaning of "since" in this phrase: The territory in which these Albanian merchants traditionally traded was since divided

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