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Multiple verb in present tense

Consider the following sentence. Social identity refers to the social group a person deems s/he belong to. Is the sentence correct or should it be ... a person deems s/he belongs to.?
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English equivalent of the French “trompe-oreilles”?

The following is the translation of the French definition of trompe-oreilles as it appears on the Wikipedia page: A trompe-oreilles is a valid sentence that, when spoken out loud, gives the ...
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error finding questions [on hold]

It is a myth that drinking within limits helps to improve health. Options: No improvement help improves helps improving helps improve please solve this ...
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Klick vs Kilometer

Is is correct to use the word Klick instead of Kilometer in the following sentences? It's about 50 klicks to the next gas station. The US is about 25000 klicks from India by air.
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One word verb for “Used to tell”

please give me a good One word verb for "Used to tell". Sentence : My father used to tell me, “Mr. X reads newspapers , magazines published all over the country......." Please make the whole part ...
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Is the grammar on this sentence-list correct?

She tested of the following games for production roll-out: Robyn, East of the Sun West of the Moon. Would it be better to add 'and' in-between the 2 list items? Are these in need of a colon? ...
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Is 'more later' grammatically incorrect?

I've just stumbled into "We’ll cover this idea more later" in a book. Is it a widely used form? and if so, what's the difference from plain 'later'? To me it sounds weird, even ungrammatical, but I'm ...
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What's is the meaning of this sentence ? [on hold]

I guess we will meet soon at some part if the work no
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A word or phrase that means to swallow people

ln some parts of the world, violent earthquakes sometimes make the ground open up and swallow people. My question is: is there a word or phrase to describe this appalling scene?
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1answer
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A word for stretching out the facts just so they fit a theory?

There’s pareidolia which describes the phenomenon of your brain tricking you into seeing faces in every-day objects. There’s also a (seemingly) related phenomenon of people believing in a theory so ...
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Which is more idiomatic in the following context: “Occurs to me” or “Occurred to me”?

The question is in the title. When you're trying to simplify a complex concept and say: "Well, looking at this equation, the first thing that occurs to me/ comes to my mind is..." or is it ...
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Does “has been employed” imply they still are employed? [migrated]

Mr. Smith has been employed by our company as engineer since 1st March 2015. Does this mean Mr. Smith is still being employed by the company?
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What's a word for something that you have to do, even if you don't want to

I want a word for something that you gotta do (mainly because society or family is expecting you to), even though you don't want to take part in doing it. But you still do it. In other way of putting ...
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1answer
37 views

does this sentence sound right? [on hold]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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1answer
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When and where did * become “splat”?

I learned the asterisk character is the reason splatbooks are named such (from *books). However, I've been unable to find any specifics on who started pronouncing * as "splat". I know it's not very ...
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1answer
43 views

not only.. but also

Why is this sentence incorrect: "Not only this transformation changes the preference of respondents, but it also converts the scale" and I was asked to write: "Not only does this transformation ...
0
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1answer
24 views

Use quotation marks for phrases on items

I am editing a story with a character who is wearing a "Search and Rescue" T-shirt. If I understand correctly, "Search and Rescue" is not a proper name. The shirt simply identifies the character as a ...
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1answer
18 views

synonym for made of reduced packaging

Is there a one-word synonym for the bulky description of a sustainable product that is "made of reduced packaging"? So that one could use the synonym in a sentence like, "This product is xxxx"? I used ...
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0answers
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When writing an informal letter, is it advisable to use the em rule at all?

I must point out before explaining my situation that I'm an English learner. However, for this question I need the help of an expert; that's why I'm asking here and not in ELL. When writing an ...
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0answers
21 views

Into or at the source code? [on hold]

Should I say: I'll take a look into the source as soon as I move to testing.. or I'll take a look at the source as soon as I move to testing..
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0answers
38 views

parentheses when referring to a word [on hold]

I want to say something like this: The sky is blue. This statement is false if 'sky' is replaced with 'grass'. Should I use single or double parentheses, and where does the period go at the end?
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1answer
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what does “'We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun.” [on hold]

What does We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun. mean in plain english?
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Moving the lower case “c” up above type in the last name McNeil?

I have been asked twice recently to move the lower case "c" up to line up with the other letters or above them - regarding the name McNeil or McDonald, etc… I do not recall seeing this done in most ...
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0answers
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Might “any more than” mean something like “neither… nor…”?

While translating something I came across this sentence: "However, they were not registered with the health-insurance in 1910, any more than they were in 1911?" As far as I understand from the ...
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2answers
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Use of quotation marks for company or project names

In my native language, Albanian, we use quotation marks when giving the name of a project, company, university, etc. For example, the UNDP project "Biodiversity Management". Are quotation marks used ...
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Extremely loud and incredibly close [on hold]

What does this quote mean: "It's not like we were actually burying him, anyway"
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0answers
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Is “spot” the same as “pip” in the context of playing cards? [on hold]

There are not 365 spots on a deck of cards. On a standard deck there are 220 (4×(1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10)), since the face cards do not contain spots. To come up with 365, one would have to assume ...
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3answers
457 views

Statement that is a mix of sarcasm & to make someone happy

I'm searching for this word but I can't think of it. It describes when you say something you don't believe in but know it's what the other person wants to hear. Such as: "I wish you the best of ...
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1answer
24 views

Proper Email Salutations to a group

Is it inappropriate to use the salutation "Ladies" when referring to a group 5 women in an email? I was told the term could be offensive to women. Is this true? I usually use the term "Folks" when ...
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1answer
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When to Recycle, Recycles, Recyclables, Recycling

I always feel like I pick the wrong "recycle"-based word. When do I use what? Confusing examples: Is it a recycle bin, recycles bin, recycling bin? Do I take the recycles out or the recycling out? ...
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3answers
208 views

What do you call it when you make a baby laugh? [on hold]

What do you call it when you talk or make funny sounds to a baby to make it laugh or giggle?
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1answer
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Is saying the Queen grew up in a “council house” a very dry joke?

In this CBC article from before the Brexit, they discuss what view Queen Elizabeth II might have of Brexit, stating, But that hasn't stopped some from speculating how the Queen would vote. "As an ...
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1answer
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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1answer
67 views

What English guidelines determine the spelling of a unique name/word? [on hold]

If i only have the pronunciation of a unique name, with no cultural origin, what are the rules to follow, to spell it correctly? Or is it spelled any way i want to, but then i shouldn't expect people ...
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0answers
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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0answers
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Capitalization on Award [duplicate]

On a plaque or award should all word be capitalized: In Appreciation For Your Service or In Appreciation for your Service
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3answers
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Is there a name for an adjective that cannot precede a noun?

I accept that my premise may be incorrect, but here it is. The word alone, when used as an adjective, seems only to fit in sentences of the form: The X is alone. and not in the form: ...
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“discovering” of a protein? [on hold]

[Summary of John's Invention] Reason: death of a close friend Process: examination of 8,000 proteins / discovery of a protein that reveals the pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages* Here in this ...
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1answer
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What word describes both survivors and decedents together?

In statistics, specifically survival analysis, one often talks about the number of survivors and decedents in a cohort. What would be an appropriate word to describe the two groups?
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Correct me if i'm wrong [on hold]

I'm writing some lyrics And my first line is: "When time allows will make a change" Is this correct?
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1answer
83 views

What is the origin of the term “cooling glass” as the term for sunglasses in Indian English?

I live in India, and in the region where I live, I have never heard the term "sunglasses" used while speaking English. The term used here is "cooling glass" (in singular.) The term gets used quite a ...
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What is the meaning of “Beary Important”? [on hold]

Is there some sort of connection to "bear" or "very". Why bear? Edit: https://realmomtime.com/2013/11/20/beary-important-person/
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0answers
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'Hanger' or 'coat hanger' for AmE?

Is the term hanger or coat hanger used more often in colloquial speech in American English? I'm afraid Google Ngram is of no help here, as the first word has several meanings, plus we are talking ...
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2answers
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What word best describes wronging someone who you had previously done positive things towards?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe the situation where someone has previously done good deeds towards another and then subsequently wrongs them in some way. This is NOT betrayal. ...
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2answers
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What's the correct way to express the possibility of one event happening before another?

I'm struggling to find a way to express the idea that it's possible that something was done before something else was done. I'm not sure if I'm just tired, but the idea is this: In the present ...
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1answer
43 views

Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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0answers
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English translation [on hold]

I am confused on the punctuation of a list of questions, shown in this example: The questions are the following: first, Would you describe yourself as someone who is knowledgeable about cuisines?; ...
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2answers
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Why do non-native speakers consider “bitch” to mean “prostitute”? [on hold]

Why do so many non-native speakers from very different linguistic backgrounds seem to understand the term bitch as being a synonym for prostitute?-- I have never heard a native speaker use the former ...
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0answers
45 views

Which word or phrase should I use in the blank? [on hold]

The book is optional. My professor said we _______ read it if we needed extra credit. But we do not have to read it if we don't want to. PS: Why I can't use had to?
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1answer
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“O.R. they?” from Rushmore movie

what's the point of this joke: max: I like your nurse's uniform, guy. dr.: These are O.R. scrubs. max: "O.R." they? from rushmore movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMd2gB9L8So trying ...

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