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What is the equivalent word for Nationalisation when it is a State seizing the assets?

In several Western countries there is a Federal system in place (US, AU) of States and a National government making laws. In the worst of circumstances, one of those two levels of government may ...
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First name vs. Forename

I really don't understand why others are using "forename" instead of "first name". Can someone explain the difference to me?
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“I'm happy to see that you are sober as a judge” Is this a rhetorical device?

Context: A few decades ago, during the electoral campaign for governor, there was a televised debate between the three major parties candidates. Candidate A, the favorite according to the polls, was ...
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What does thunderous silence mean? Shouldn't it 'deafening silence'?

I encountered this in an article..., English is my second language so I am very curious..
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Is there a term for the type of communication where the feedback is immediate, as opposed to delayed?

I often try to distinguish between immediate-feedback communication, such as talking in person, on the phone, or by instant message, and delayed-feedback communication, such as email. (Or at least, ...
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“His dishonesty” vs “His being dishonest”

My question is - which of the two phrases above sound better/worse? His dishonesty OR His being dishonest Actually, the question is not only about this particular noun/adjective pair, but ...
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Resonance vs. Resonation

Fellow wordsmiths - when would you use the one noun over the other? In the following sentence: Science seeks to classify nature; Emerson rather directs focus towards nature's emotional ...
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25 views

a matching phrase or idiom, to the arabic equivalent 'compelled me to the argument'

If two people were discussing something and they want you to share your thoughts, even more judge. A bit like a lawyer. If someone started with saying something that the other person thinks is ...
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22 views

Starting a text using By + ing form

Can I start a text using by + ing form? Ex. By recognizing the difficulty of the material, the teacher took extra time teaching it to her students.
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punish with or without for"

Recently I've been given a couple of sentences to translate. Of them was the following: It was an extreme dishonesty extremely dishonest of him; he should’ve been punished. Does he should've ...
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Is tapping common in English?

From Bruce Hayes' Introductory Phonology, I am presented with the following phonological rule called tapping: /t/ -> [ɾ] / [+vowel] ___ [+vowel -stress] That is, /t/ has an allophonic realization as ...
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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title

Why does the famous song 'The Age of the Cathedrals' from the Notre-Dame de Paris musical have the second article 'the'? Shouldn't it be titled 'The Age of Cathedrals'?
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Rule of making long words

I would like to know if there's any rule to create a long word, base on a short, popular word. In example: local -> localization. international -> internationalization stubborn -> ...
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39 views

What is the difference between “and all” & “and everything”?

What is the difference between "and all" & "and everything"? Is that just "all vs everything"? I am reading The Catcher in the Rye. I think I got the nuance of that expression, but I would like ...
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Can “firstly” be used in the same meaning as “at first/initially”?

I've come across many sources claiming that the words firstly and first (as an adverb) can be used interchangeably. They, however, only seemed to be comparing their meanings with regard to ...
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Why is the 't' silent in 'christen'?

The audio clips at ODO do not vocalise any sound resembling a 't', and the IPA contains no 't': BrE  /ˈkrɪsn/   ;   NAmE  /ˈkrɪsn The 't' in 'christen' and 'hasten' (mooted by this comment in a ...
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Can You Correct This Sentence? [on hold]

After getting burnt by firecrackers, being shot with bottle rockets, and having mortars blow up in our faces, I can conclude that it was an awesome 4th of July!
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Flarf - What?! Really? [on hold]

What is your understanding of "Flarf"? And is it really "new"or just a rerun of a technique already often used? And perhaps "named" to make it seem cool?
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550 views

Word for someone or something deeper than most would assume

I was looking for a word to describe someone and I'm certain it exists... to describe a person is usually assumed to be one-dimensional but is in fact not, or even something more literal like a ...
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60 views

What does “older faith” mean in this sentence?

I've come across a sentence in God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens and don't understand what older faith means here. "Extra ecclesiam, nulla salus," as the older faith used to say. “Within ...
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Unusual example of past and present combination

I understand past and present can often appear in the same sentence, but I have one example that's bothering me. In a past tense work of fiction, should the line be: That's when I noticed what ...
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The plural of parenthesis: parentheses or parens?

I am a fan of the word parens. As the title suggests, I am confused as to whether I can use parens instead of the more commonly used parentheses as the plural of parenthesis. Are there any differences ...
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What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?

I've first heard the phrase on QI (season 3 episode 6) where Stephen Fry uses it as rhyming slang for "buzz" Bill: "Woman"? Stephen: "Woman who does": buzz. Bill: Buzz. Phill: ...
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Can shoving someone be nonviolent?

I'm trying to express a situation were someone is being forced/persuaded to move in a certain direction by another person, not in a violent, but rather a humorous, way. The word I'm thinking of ...
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plain form of seem or past participle?

I was wondering, can you say ''You could have seemed [...]'', like... you didn't seem too intelligent but you could have seemed so had you quoted... Cioran, for example. I'm yet to encounter this form ...
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middleware vs middlewares

I am contributing at an open source project, and we got a message (https://github.com/gin-gonic/gin/issues/252) about our grammar at source code and documentation (we are not native english speakers). ...
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Is it kind of passive strucure?

I know the passive structure and i know it's application.But i always notice that there are some sentences which have a structure like passive although they are not passive exactly.for example: I ...
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46 views

On the origin of “exit poll”

An election exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they have exited the polling stations. Unlike an opinion poll, which asks for whom the voter plans to vote, or some similar ...
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71 views

Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities [on hold]

Women in xxx country are viewed as disposable/dispensable commodities Which word is more appropriate? I see both in common use.
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33 views

Verbal compounds such as come-to-be, come-to-know, come-to-X

Reading about intellectual history and the history of natural science, I have very often come across the expression to come-to-be as a synonym for to come into being, to start to exist, to originate, ...
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756 views

Word for Thing Being Described?

The descriptor is the term that describes something. Is there a word for that which is being described? Many English words exist that have this "affected-affector" relationship. For example, it ...
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Is this grammatically correct? To be validly dismissed on the ground of willful disobedience requires the concurrence of at least two requisites: [on hold]

Is this grammatically correct? "To be validly dismissed on the ground of willful disobedience requires the concurrence of at least two requisites:" Thanks! Edit: Hi, sorry for the unclear ...
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27 views

Usage of some vs. some of

I would like to ask if any specific rules apply to the usage of some and some of phrases and especially in which cases either of them is not suitable for a sentence. I understand that e.g. a phrase ...
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What do I call doing something complex without writing/visual help?

What do I call the process of doing something without any visual help or writing? Example sentence: "He's such a brilliant student! He can calculate derivatives ____ whereas his classmates have to ...
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“Many issues” vs “Many are the issues”. What the difference?

I am reading the text and see "Many are the issues". Why not "Many issues"? Full example: It is an unquestionable fact that the limited financial resources allocated to a local council must be ...
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What phrase can I use to describe connected concepts

I am searching for a more sophisticated phrase that would express a specific connection between items mentioned in my paper. I wish to explain that the connection is not like a vertical line but more ...
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4answers
363 views

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against politics but he knows he is too small for that and he can not change anything?

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against politics but he knows he's too small for that and he can't change anything, although he wants to try? For example most of the time artists are ...
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A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
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247 views

What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault?

What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault? For example a person wants to buy a car. He works hard and saves money but by the time he saved ...
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19 views

place of present participle in a given expression

A kind of excitement that I can't subdue emerges in my soul right after I see you. I want to place " spreading around my heart" somewhere in the expression provided that it is going to make ...
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44 views

Correct use of the word “unprecedented”

Is it valid to say "an unprecedented meeting occurred ... "? To me this sounds cumbersome.
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How to express the idea of the company I am working for and not my company?

Ok, English is my 2nd tongue, and sometime I got this confused situation. When on the train, I told a friend of mine that "My company is not doing well these days". By my company I mean the company ...
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“It seem” vs “It seems”

Today I came across this NY Times' article, where it's written: Talking to people at newspapers makes it seem as if the future of comments is all social log-ins and filtering algorithms. But I ...
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Too big a step? [duplicate]

I am recently reading a book called "Small Steps". So there is one sentence I just came across, which was "If he tried to take too big a step,...", I thought this sentence was grammatically wrong, but ...
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Must had been or have been?

I want to make sentence about effects of an action that must be noticeable in the past. Is the following correct? Effects of this action must had been noticeable in the past. Is "had been" the ...
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“squeamish” and “relishing in”

"It looks at the somewhat squeamish work being produced by artists relishing in new gene technologies." What type of artworks are "squeamish works"? What does "relishing in" mean here? Does it mean ...
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A word relating to sad emotional drunkenness

I tried googling the word but no success. I recall it was used in a pejorative manner, but it isn't slang, at least in this day and age. And maybe it even describes a pathetic or morbid rambling of a ...
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Term for 'wounded (Callus-bearing) knuckles'

I have often observed the knuckles of some people bearing weird bruises. Googling tells me a 'callus' fits the description of the bruise. Is there a term for these knuckles?
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In the context of tertiary education in nursing, what does “traditional” mean?

Someone described themselves as doing a traditional nursing university degree. In this context, what does "traditional" mean? Nursing using traditional medicine? Nursing involving traditional ...
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Graduate or graduated ?

When I want to describe my self .. Should I say I'm a graduate or graduated student in .. What is more accurate ? Past or present ? P.s: I have a bachelor degree and I'm not planning currently to ...

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