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What does fuzzy means in this context?

I am working a narrative which is told by a five year old girl, and somewhere she says "Momma will pluck me out of bed and feed me bacon. I want to ask out loud but my teeth are too fuzzy." I could ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet
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“(singular) OR (singular)” - plural or singular

Which is correct? "Is MS Office or OpenOffice installed on your computer?" Or "Are MS Office or OpenOffice installed on your computer?" Is this affected by the possibility that both may be ...
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Is it correct to say someone is in a certain role?

For example, "Is Connie in the role of administrator?"
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is there a word for arguing no one?

I'm wondering if there is a word for when someone is making an argument but there is no one on the other side of the argument. it's like they've made a statement against an opinion, even though no one ...
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What is the word to describe explanatory person?

What is the word to describe explanatory person who like to explain everything even though they were asked an question which can be answered simply with YES or NO?
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Explain the quote?

[We command all] Ministers of the so called reformed religion, who do not choose to become converts and to embrace the catholic, apostolic, and roman religion, to leave our kingdom
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Two good things put together create a bad thing

I had this word as a vocabulary word in jr high I think. The definition is things that are good individually but bad when put together. I cannot think of the word! The example was ketchup and ice ...
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Add “the” before “of” [migrated]

I am confused with the usage of "the" before an of". City of Pain A City of Sadness Why the first example does not add "a" or "the" before the word "city"? Actually, the first one is a ...
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What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact?

What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact? Suppose as part of a narrative, I want to say something happened ...
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37 views

What's the difference between pigment, dye and colorant?

For example, is 'pigment' always solid, 'dye' always liquid, and 'colorant' a general name for the both?
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Long trip for small reward?

There's a German idiom (I think) for a long trip for a small reward. For example, driving from New York to Boston to buy a roast beef sandwich. Has a connotation of taking a trip for the trip's sake. ...
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Phrase “In my spare time” [on hold]

In an office environment answering a customer with the response "I will work on your project in my spare time". I feel there is a more professional way to answer. Suggestions?
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Whats the word for an missed event?

I am looking for a fitting end to this sentence: With so many members around I refrained from speaking up and now my wish/plan to have a private conversation with the leader remains ...
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2answers
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I speak common English. I want to know how to spell a sound I hear people make

When you stick your tongue outside of your mouth, and gently blow it makes a common sound to "say" whatever! or I don't like your answer/response or Yes, you are smarter than I am.
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32 views

“predicted at” vs “predicted for”

If you are trying to say that a bus will arrive some time in the future do you use "predicted at 2pm" or "predicted for 2pm"?
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Sorry I didn't turn up, I clean forgot. What's the sense of "clean' and its usage hygiene? [on hold]

Sorry I didn't turn up -I clean forgot. The explosion blew the cooker clean through the wall. What kind of usage is this- AmE or BrE ? The meaning of clean usually refers to removing ...
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28 views

Plural Noun--Its vs Their

I am trying to determine which sentence is correct. A) Storyboards got their name from the bulletin boards containing cartoon drawings. B) Storyboards got its name from bulletin boards containing ...
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29 views

How to ask a question to interviewer [on hold]

I have got an email from a interviewer and he said that he will take a short coding test but I want to ask him in which language I have to give the test. I wrote something like this as a draft. ...
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1answer
35 views

When do words like “Rewirable” keep the 'e' from “Rewire”?

I was spelling "rewirable" earlier and could've sworn it should be spelled 'rewireable' but google said otherwise. Whats the deal here? I never paid a lot of attention in my english classes ...
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22 views

For statements using the following words/phrases

1. to music/ Marlin/ is listening/ now 2. did/ I/ my homework/ in my room/ not I choose. 1. Now Marlin is listening to music. (but i think is not correct that phrase.. my opinion is to add ...
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Is it correct to say “unsubscription”?

I'm a web developer and in our project we use the word unsubsription to talk about making someone no longer subscribed to our maling. I know we can use the "subscription" word to talk about someone's ...
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25 views

“hereby referred to” or “hereafter referred to”?

In a document where I would like to change how something is referred to, which would be the correct sentence? The variable x hereby referred to as a... The variable x hereafter referred to as ...
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1answer
36 views

Is it correct to use the phrase - “he / she fights on”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "he / she fights on" to say that a person is fighting / struggling for a cause?
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what's the difference between “important to” and “important for”?

When do we use important for and important to? What's the rule? For example: It's important to me. Or It's important for me. What's the difference between the two sentences?
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between (year) and (year), by which time

"In a study in the Bahamas, lionfish abundance was found to have increased rapidly between 2004 and 2010, by which time lionfish accounted for nearly 40% of the total predator biomass in the system." ...
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Is there a concise word or phrase for making something dynamic? [migrated]

Not sure if this is more appropriate for Stack Overflow, but I'm a web nerd constantly using the invented word dynamic-ify to describe taking a flat, static web page and converting it into something ...
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Phrases and clauses, what are they both?

What do you call the category of sentence component that contains both clauses and phrases?
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5answers
90 views

Is there a word for when a statement is technically true but misleading?

The statement that inspired the question was "Newton was wrong [about the laws that govern movement]". Although some exceptions have been found to Newton's laws since he discovered them and thus the ...
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2answers
51 views

What's the difference between Anonymous and Pseudonymous?

Anonymous means someone who can't be identified by name. Pseudonymous means someone who uses false name. It seems to me that Pseudonymous is a subset of Anonymous. Is it right? If not, what's the ...
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1answer
23 views

What are the proper verb tenses of this sentence?

First a little history before I pose my question. Without this history my question may not fully make sense. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia had a stroke in 1995. After this stroke, Crown Prince Abdullah ...
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2answers
42 views

Mars orbits Sun [duplicate]

Why do we call the star in our solar system "The Sun" when all other celestial bodies are addressed simply as Jupiter, Neptune, or Sagittarius A Star? Ex: The Saturn has many rings. Incorrect Ex: ...
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Is “layman” an offensive term?

Is it offensive to use the term layman nowadays? Does it insinuate that the people to whom you are referring are uneducated? I am wanting to say This is just one of the ways that CERN's research ...
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How can “in touch with” be used figuratively?

I am sure that we can say “get in touch with someone”, to mean figuratively that we are in good contact. Can I go further to use it more figuratively, e.g., to say that “my brother is not in touch ...
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Are there other words which share the prefix “ig” to mean opposite, such as ignoble?

I'm wondering what other words share this prefix. Ignore (ignorance) comes to mind, though not strictly opposite (as "nore" is not a word. Nor is "norance"). Though the implication of "lacking ...
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1answer
55 views

I love you for like ever [on hold]

Can I say: "I love you for like ever" or I should say "I will love you for like ever" or both forms are correct? Thank you very much!
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39 views

Countries “of the world” or “in the world”

How should I say: There are many threats faced by almost all countries IN the world or There are many threats faced by almost all countries OF the world I used to say "IN the world". ...
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1answer
20 views

Confusions about the definitions of “draw on”

The idiom draw on as I know has many definitions. Two of which are to approach and to pass gradually This can be very confusing because the same phrase has two opposite meanings. Here's an example ...
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0answers
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Terminology for words that are the same backwards and forwards, upside-down or right way up

I'm thinking of getting a SONOS sound system and have realised that it's an example of a special class of word. It's a palindrome, it's a rotational ambigram and it is also a word that is the same ...
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2answers
54 views

What do you call this “Rain rains” [duplicate]

Saying things like "rain rains" "thunder thunders" etc
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2answers
56 views

Does the phrase “Santa just isn't” make sense?

As the title says, does it make sense? It feels right. Not just though.
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1answer
51 views

How do you describe something bad, that everyone wants? [duplicate]

Like - trying to catch a disease on purpose.
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1answer
53 views

Should directories be named in singular or plural? [on hold]

I'm trying to be consistent in my system with some logic to name a directory either singular or plural. Examples of directory names document(s) language(s) apple(s) The way I see it now is: ...
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0answers
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If you use semi-colons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?

Here is the sentence in question: The worst scenario is when your friend refuses to bare any responsibility for their cancellation: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight, were we?” ; “Good ...
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The question is. How would this affect my chances of a book deal with a Publisher in the future’? [on hold]

Preferring to peddle my Science Fiction manuscript to a Literary agent, may well be an impossible dream. In which case I feel that whilst I’m considering that option however remote it may be. I might ...
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0answers
21 views

What does “give sufficient notice” means? [on hold]

Could anyone please explain to me what the expression "give sufficient notice" means ? and in which situation this expression is used ? I cannot find it on any dictionary except ...
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1answer
52 views

How to respond politely and professionally to an email requesting information?

I have received the following email Hello, Thank you for applying to UCB. We would like to call you briefly between the hours of 10:50 A.M. EST and noon on January 31. Please provide ...
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0answers
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“there's no story behind this (pict) to be told” is it right?

is it right if i write "There's no story behind this (picture) to be told"? thanks.
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1answer
49 views

Would you say “is” or “are” in this sentence? [on hold]

Would you say "is" or "are" in this sentence? "His talent, combined with his personality, is/are attractive."
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2answers
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Can “nothing” be a direct object?

In the sentence: "The boy kicked the ball," the ball is obviously the direct object. A student asked me if the sentence were changed to "The boy kicked nothing," is nothing also a direct object?

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