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apart from + verb with gerund or not

I was reading the Rails Tutorial and I came across this: The div tag is a generic division; it doesn’t do anything apart from divide the document into distinct parts. I would say apart from ...
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Can we say “the must info” in the sense of valuable information?

I heard the phrase once but don't know the context of conversation. Additionally, is "the must info" grammatically correct?
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Correct title for niece's daughter

Would my niece's daughter be my "great" niece or my "grand" niece?
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A code or some code?

When talking about the source code of a program, my Computer Science teacher sometimes refers to single pieces of code as 'a code'. For example: For today's task, you need to write a code which ...
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Was West Germany commonly referred to as “Germany”?

During the Cold War, in everyday conversation, was West Germany referred to as "Germany" like South Korea is currently often referred to as "Korea" and the People's Republic of China is currently ...
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Is it required to use “that” here?

First sentence: I contribute to projects I love. Second sentence: I contribute to projects that I love. I used to use the first one, but I am not sure if it is right or wrong when omitting ...
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What's the use of Grammar? [migrated]

There's a question that bothered me for a long time when I am learning another language. English is not my first language, so when I was being taught, they told me all these grammars like like the ...
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Etymology of legal meaning of 'dispositive'

Since Prof. Eugene Volokh has observed its counterintuitiveness, what's an intuitive derivation? Prof. Eugene Volokh: One way of remembering this is by looking at the stem, which turns out to be ...
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High and Tight Meaning

This is a quote from the movie Avatar: "Col. Quaritch: I want this mission high and tight. I wanna be home for dinner." I seem to remember hearing "high and tight" used elsewhere. But I couldn't pin ...
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Word meaning “to walk/run around something”?

Example: I [...] the house to see what was happening in the yard. I thought of encircle and surround. But I'm not sure if can use them to mean "to walk around something."
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How to explain sorting by time descending in colloquial English

I am writing a program where I need to ask if the user would like to sort the results by time ascending or descending. The program manages appointments. So if time were sorted ascending, the ...
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Is it correct to say “Master student in Statistics ”?

Currently I'm a student for Master (M.A) degree in Statistics and I need a title for my resume, does it correct to say "Master student in Statistics "? thnx!
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What does “I want you to do me” mean?

I read a conversation between two people. "I want you to do me on this table." What is the meaning of this sentence?
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Casual way of saying “send me an email”

Is there a more casual way to say "send me an email"? I'm going to put this at the bottom of the "contact" section of a website. "Pop me an email" is the only one I've managed to come up with.
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Personification of cold

I'm looking for terms that personify cold. For example, 'the cold bit at my nose'. They will be part of a post/article on the cold weather, so the more options the better.
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Word for saying something brief with a low voice?

Example: “Look,” [...] said Anna, pointing forward. At first thought of mutter but mutter implies dissatisfaction or irritation. Then I tried murmur, however, it's more a continous sound so it ...
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“Having Too Much Feather in His Brain”--H.H. Asquith's Remark About Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton

Prior to Sir Ian Hamilton's appointment by Kitchener as Commander-in-Chief Dardanelles Campaign, P.M. H. H. Asquith said Hamilton 'has too much feather in his brain'. I think it's related to ...
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Starting a book with this sentence, is it ok?

I'd like to start a book with a sentence like this: This book is about X, so why should it start with Y? In fact, the book is already written, but I'd like to get the first few pages absolutely ...
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Meaning of “seek out like water”

What does seek out like water mean in the following sentence? The epitaph contained a final message from Maynard, who expressed a note of deep thanks to all of her supporters, whom she "sought out ...
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ELL question. Errors in sentence [on hold]

What is the error in the sentence, looking for an explanation. Me like popcorn
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What is the phonological error pronouncing /θ/ as /s/ called?

How can I explain the error of pronunciation in the sentence I sink I'm going to bed where the word pronounced sink is actually think?
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Is “prove the advantages of ” right?

I have designed two algorithms, say, A and B. Is it right if I say The following experiments prove the advantages of A over B? Or is there some better method to express the idea that "the ...
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What does “Obama goes big” mean?

The article of New Yorker (November 21) begins with the following sentence under the title “Obama Goes Big on Immigration”: For a two-term President whom his critics used to call “the ...
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Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?

In Australian English, which has a slang meaning of "root" which is best avoided in a professional setting, is "root access" acceptable in a professional setting? If not, what synonyms, preferably ...
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Use of final “s” in -word endings: which words in AmE are correct?

DFW said [0]: The preposition towards is British usage; the US spelling is toward ... Except for backwards and afterwards, no preposition ending in –word takes a final s in US usage." Is that ...
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What is the explanation of this error

why is is the error in this sentence a lack of subject-verb agreement? Sarah have a red car?
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Which is correct? By or bye? [on hold]

In the sentence "The car crawled slowly ..." would ... Get replaced with bye or by? I have a feeling that by is the correct word to use but when written down it does not look correct. I want to be ...
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What are good alternatives to: 'dramatically lowers the barrier to entry for'

I'm sick of hearing the phrase 'dramatically lowers the barrier to entry'. Please help the world out by suggesting a simpler phrase or word to use instead.
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What did he say in this video?

I'm currently translating this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0iaG0RN37k and I can't understand what did The Clown say, starting from 17:30 His whole line about his new mask design. I just ...
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SAT question, pronoun “their”

I've been practising for the coming SAT, and I got confused by this question from the writing section. It read something like this: John was one of the astronomers who devoted all their time to ...
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However in the middle of a sentence

I wonder if I can use however like in this sentence: The lecture however does cover a lot of information, still doesn't explain the main subject. Sounds a bit awkward to me, but it still seems ...
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better word for items on a menu

Is there a better word or phrase for an item on a menu than "menu item"? I'm talking about restaurant menus, not user interface menus. "Menu item" is so dry... "Restaurant dishes" doesn't work very ...
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“Mama had a baby and its head popped off” [on hold]

This is a short children's song prevalent throughout the U.S. at least during the early 1980s. I couldn't find anything conclusive w/r/t the etymology of the song, but perhaps my Google-fu is too ...
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All of … use or omit of? [duplicate]

While writing a sentence , I used all of my books , I got stuck with the usage of "of". Which of the two shall I write: all of my books vs all my books
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Do military titles get capitalized?

I'm pretty sure "Commander Shepard" is preferable to "commander Shepard," but I'm less sure about "the Commander" vs "the commander." On one hand, I'm pretty sure "commander" is a common noun in this ...
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Pronunciation of the suffix “-uary”

When looking up some words containing the suffix -uary in my CEPD, 18th edition I stumbled upon a lot of inconsistencies regarding the RP transcription of these words. Here are some examples: ...
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Good Things Come In Threes - has a definite positive connotation.

From fairytales to hollywood blockbusters, “the rule of three” (Latin-"omne trium perfectum") principle suggests things that come in threes are inherently more humorous, satisfying and effective ...
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Word to describe something that opens like a book?

More specifically, something with bound pages that inherently has a "front" and a "back", in which you start by looking at the "front" and flipping the pages over to see the back of that page and the ...
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Difference between these two sentences?

"How do I suppose to have a garden at home?" "How am I supposed to have a garden at home?" Is there any differences?
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to omit “that” or not to omit “that”

We often omit "that" in direct object noun clauses. For example: I hope you have a good weekend. or I hope the meeting goes well. It may sound a bit stilted to include "that" in those ...
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President “Obamar”

I noticed few days ago that a CNN International anchorwoman (don't know her name) is pronouncing president Obama's name as "Obamar", with an "R" sound at the end. This is similar to certain people ...
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where should the comma be if the clause is not independent?

I have heard this about the comma before and. Generally speaking, you want to use a comma in sentences made of two independent clauses connected by one of the following seven coordinating ...
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Is there a word for a fake radar reading?

Is there a word for a radar (or any other kind of detection device) reading that is known to be false?
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A question about using an apostrophe with “is”

Sometimes, we abbreviate sentences like "Nobody is ready" to "Nobody's ready". Is there a rule about this, and is "Nobody's ready" correct or is this considered incorrect? My apologies if this was ...
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What is an alternative to “f— someone's brains out”?

In Persian, we use a sentence,مخ کسی را زدن [pron.:Mokh-e Kasi Ra Zadan], literally meaning "to hit someone's mind", to mean attracting someone and making them interested for dating, or stealing ...
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A turned on or off car?

Will these expressions sound natural (to native English speakers)? Any better way to say: 1 - A turned on car 2 - A turned off car 3 - An idling car 4 - An idled car 5 - The car is turned off 6 ...
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There is an advantage in/of doing [something]

I know that they usually say "there is an advantage in/to doing [something]" - at least, it's stated in my grammar book. But I am wondering whether it's possible to use the preposition "of" in this ...
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“Don't fall in anger”, I heard you say

If the phrase rang a bell, it's because the actual Oasis song lyric is "Don't look back in anger", I heard you say. But did my title sound very strange and/or slightly off? I might argue that the ...
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Single word for “Expanding and Contracting”

Specifically expanding and contracting without the connotation of rhythm that comes with pulsate. Oscillate, librate, undulate might all be synonyms but lack association with expanding and ...
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What are the appropriate adjective and verb that match “load”?

Hello, everyone. I want to ask a question a little related with the computer. Suppose the requests from the users are shared by more servers as we have deployed more servers. Thus every server ...

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