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What does “to reason about” mean?

Recently I saw the following sentence: "I recently began using it on a side project and it has quickly proven itself to be a great way to create fast, dynamic user interfaces with code that’s easy to ...
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parallelism in linking verbs and verbs

Is the following sentence parallel? "He was young, wore expensive clothing, and had good facial features." Isn't "was" in this sentence a linking verb and thus a verb making the whole sentence ...
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What is a idiom for a person who can read people and is perceptive?

I'm doing homework and I need idiom for a character who is very perceptive?
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Using the preposition ON in phrase“ She shall receive % annually on the sum”

In legal Document there is a following phrase: " She shall receive % annually on the sum" 11 lawyers who read this document divided how to read it. 6 lawyers read it as she have to get SUM + % ...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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Why aren't words for specific groups of animals in the dictionary?

Common words that group animals together such as a pack of wolves or a flock of birds are universally recognized by all the dictionaries. The lesser known ones, such as a tower of giraffes are not ...
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What do you call this sitting pose or position that sad or depressed people adopt?

What do you call this pose/ position that we adopt when we are very sad or depressed? (For example; when we feel heartbroken or have lost someone or something important.) P.S. I know that some people ...
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Word for displaying the percentage of works hours logged by employee

In a project we need to display percentage of work done by the employee. For example in a week of 40 hrs, employee only logged in 20 hrs of work. Then we need to display 50%. That percentage can be ...
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Double Consonants in Gerund

Is there any rules regarding gerund that tell when to double the consonant of a word and when not to? I'm a little bit confused regarding this matter. Based on this link there are words that can be ...
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What does the phrase, “ninesigma worthy,” mean?

A person whom I met recently said something that I consider a bit odd. During our conversation, the topic of lost items arose. "Personally," he said, "I'm glad that over all the years I have not lost ...
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It saves you endless agony - Correct?

My sentence reads: It may not save you bucks, but, it surely saves you endless agony. Is this correct? Or, do you suggest any alterations?
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I thought I heard you call my name

I read several sentences, like these: "I thought I heard you call my name", should this be "I thought I heard you called my name"? "Yesterday I saw a lion kiss a deer", should this be "Yesterday I ...
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Is -age as in garage, mirage, barrage a suffix?

So -age as in bondage, message is a suffix since it's active in creating non-Norman words such as shrinkage (with the Saxon stem shrink), slippage (Saxon slip). What about the more recent -age as in ...
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Box is expected to be delivered by/in/on Q1 of 2016

Box is expected to be delivered by Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered in Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered on Q1 of 2016
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Is there a word that means “forced into somewhere despite not fitting”?

Eg, what is a toddler doing when they force a square peg through a round role? More abstractly, what would you call it when you try to describe something via a model that doesn't really fit, and you ...
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Opening and beginning

Fill in the gap: "... of the document". This refers to "the start of the document". I had 2 choices: "opening" and "beginning". I chose "opening" but the answer is "beginning". Why?
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16 views

straightforward from / by

What is the correct construction "straightforward by" or "straightforward from"? For example, in sentences below: It is straightforward by the definition... or It is straightforward from the ...
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Is there a word to collectively refer to “the things on the office table”

For example, "Confectionaries" is to refer to all kinds of candy. I'm looking for a word to describe all sorts of things one might find on the office table (pen, paper, paper clips etc)
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Can you “commemorate” something bad?

Strictly speaking, from an etymological standpoint, there is no reason to suppose "commemorate" should imply either a positive or negative connotation of what is being remembered. That said, it feels ...
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verb agreement: what he is looking for are/is books

Which of the following is correct? What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Is it are to agree with the object books ...
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What is the definition of “another few years” [on hold]

As in the phrase "I don't plan to retire for another few years"
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What is the opposite of generalization?

Via a quick check in the thesaurus, it returned the terms 'specific' and 'specificity'. What I have in mind is 'specificalization', but that word does not exist.
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Meaning: deliberate vs ponder

I'm doing some exercises and don't understand why in the sentence below "deliberate" is the right answer whereas "ponder" has similar meaning: The jury are still deliberating, but they're expected ...
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Can there be “an” “endemic”? (Can “endemic” legitimately be used as a noun?)

A recent AMA headline shouts: "The Resident Depression Endemic---and Solutions Underway". Now, doctors are not known for their writing proficiency (self included here) but this seems to me to be a ...
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Is there a word or phrase that’s the opposite of “drinking the kool-aid”?

Is there a word or phrase that’s the opposite of “drinking the kool-aid”? That phrase means you’ve been “on the inside” for so long that you can only see the good things. I’m looking for a phrase ...
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An adjective for “one who doesn't understand or appreciate the importance of something”

There is an adjective in my mother tongue (Turkish), "kıymet bilmez"... We use it to describe the people who don't understand or appreciate the good things, the good opportunities etc. which they ...
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A term for a concept formed through abstraction and from categorization?

For e.g, lets say you take the number 1, 2, 3, 4... etc. From these list of numbers, you can abstract from these ideas the concept of a number. You can't do this if you only know of the number 1, if ...
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“Jane makes over six figures” - how much money does she make?

Suppose you are told that "Jane makes over six figures". Assuming this to be true, what is the minimum amount of money that Jane can be making? I have always understood this to mean "Jane makes at ...
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2answers
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What is the correct word for a set of samples for experiments?

I'm writing a paper about an algorithm. The algorithm is qualitatively evaluated using empirical tests on sample data. I find it difficult to find a good word for multiple such data. It should be ...
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3answers
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Confused by the syntax or grammaticality used in this quote by Karl Marx. Please help?

The quote is from the Manifesto of the Communist Party: No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set ...
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Subjunctive construction involving “that”

From a prep book for GMAT: Note that you should ALWAYS just use the base form of the verb in such a subjunctive construction involving the "that" clause. Wrong: she recommended that John ...
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Should LOL be LA? “Aloud” and “Out loud”, a history

Is out loud a corruption of aloud or did it develop independently? Out loud is a much newer formation than aloud and out sounds enough like a- that I could believe speakers mistakenly heard the one ...
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Can LGTM and SGTM be used interchangeablay?

LGTM = Looks Good to Me SGTM = Sounds Good to Me I see these two abbreviations used frequently to express "I agree with your idea, go ahead". Can they be used interchangeably? Is there any subtle ...
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“Is there anyone on the horizon?” What does it really mean?

It happened in a conversation between 2 girls? One girl think that the other one is freaking goregous and she was like "Is there anyone on the horizon?" And the other girl was like "I don't know. I ...
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Is there a specific word describing black boxes covering confidential data on papers being prepared for public access?

Is there a specific word in English describing black boxes covering confidential data on papers being prepared for public access? Here is an example of such a paper
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What languages did these words come from? [on hold]

I've got a question about the origin of some words:Knife, fork, letter, penguin, age, key, chicken, fruit, dessert, language, a.m., p.m.The possible languages are:Celtic, Latin, Anglo-Saxon (Old ...
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“Let the 5th may announce that I have been designated as Soma's First day”… here what i intended to convey [on hold]

"Let the 5th may announce that I have been designated as Soma's First day"... here what i intended to convey is that 5th May feels proud as it falls on Soma's birthdate
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What does “red chair” imply?

At a meeting in an international corporation, a Canadian speaker mentioned having a "red chair" culture and later continued to talk about their "red chair" learnings. I'm not sure what that implies. ...
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how to continue a sentence after a line breaking example

I am writing a technical document in which I need to intersperse examples into paragraphs. For example I have a sentence like below: For example, rather than the following code example: //This ...
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Possessive apostrophe for words ending in “s” [duplicate]

"This car belongs to Tom" is also written as "This is Tom's car". How do I write "This car belongs to Yves"? Is it Yves', or Yves's?
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How to say that while performing your job duties you interact with other people in English only?

Odd question, but I just can't google anything on that matter. A friend of mine is writing a CV (she is not a native English speaker). In a CV she wants to say, that while she performs her job duties ...
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3answers
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A word that means an event runs for a consecutive period

I got a calendaring app and a terminology question. An event that occurs just once, is a one-off If it occurs every second Monday, and/or 4th Friday of month it is regular If it happens on a random ...
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Which is proper usage prices or price?

The company's shares of face value Re1 each, recorded 52-week high/low prices of Rs201/149. In the above sentence should I use high/low prices of or high/low price of
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Should a comma be used between “us” and a noun describing “us”?

Example: When she needed help moving, she asked us four men. When she needed help moving, she asked us, four men.
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Is the capitalization correct? …and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies

Is the capitalization correct in the bold section of following partial sentance ...and ensures proper coordination among State and local criminal justice agencies
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difference between “date of flight” and “departure date” [on hold]

I was reading a file that contains flight programs, and i find this flight1 flight2 date of flight 2015-08-02 2015-08-02 start stop ...
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weak and strong pronunciation of 'until' and 'because'

We have the weak /ənˈtɪl/ and strong /ʌnˈtɪl/ pronunciation of until and /bɪˈkəz/ - /bɪˈkɒz/ for because. Could somebody give me some examples of sentences where we would use each? For example, if I ...
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Crepi il lupo in English?

What is the English version of the Italian: "In bocca al lupo / Crepi"Crepi il lupo"? Is this correct?: "Good luck! / Cracks the wolf"
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What is the best movie to watch for a foreigner trying to understand modern American culture? [on hold]

I am an english teacher and I am trying to teach the american culture through films. I chose Forrest Gump to discuss major American events during the later part of the 20th century, and Wedding ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?

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