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“confer” (“cf.”) vs “see also”

I used to think that "confer" ("cf.") is to be used to refer to another source discussing the same issue, or making the same argument etc. But it seems some (many?) people use it instead of "see ...
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Meaning of “I'll break it for him,” (Chapter 3 Moby Dick)

I'm Indonesian, and currently reading Moby Dick. In chapter 3 I found a phrase that I can't get to know its meaning. The sentence is: The landlord chuckled again with his lean chuckle, and seemed ...
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If number is represented by '#' what represents text?

Numbers are represented commonly by '#' but I fail to see any sign that represents text. Is there any sign/symbol that indicates it should be in text (or text format)?
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Double space within sentence? [on hold]

I know there is a debate to be had about double spaces after periods, but this is a different question. I often notice double spaces    within    sentences and if it is an editable document, I always ...
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38 views

Use of 'z' versus 's'

I've been brought up believing that most of the words that have suffix with '-ize' or '-ized' is the American English form and the British English forms use (most of the time) '-ise' or '-ised' as the ...
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If one question is embedded in another, should there be two question marks?

The question I'm struggling over is whether, if you have two questions, one embedded in the other, whether you have a single, final question mark covering both the main question and the nested one, or ...
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Can a government censorship body be called a “watchdog”?

In a recent article, The Guardian calls Roskomnadzor an « online watchdog ». Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) ...
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20 views

Hyphenation of a compound that usually would precede a word, but is following it instead

I've done a few searches regarding hyphenation, and while I found the rule saying that a compound functioning as an adjective and preceding the noun will be hyphenated, what happens when that same ...
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Can we use past participle form of every verb after the verb “ to get”?

"Emails that get sent to me get CC'd to my boss" is this sentence correct? or is this sentence better "Emails sent to me CC'd to my boss" ? Thanks
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49 views

I am showing or I am seeing?

When something is displayed on computer screen ( e.g a list or names of servers etc) people use "I am showing the below list" is this correct ? I use "I am seeing the below list". I observed people ...
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33 views

“your” followed by gerund

I teach presentation to companies, and a common sentence at the end of a presentation (for my ESL students) is "Thank you for your listening," or "Thank you for your coming," or "Thank you for your ...
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3answers
50 views

Properties yearly costs

My native language is Swedish and I work as a web-developer. I am currently working on a real estate website, which is written in English. I am wondering what you call the yearly costs of a property ...
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8 views

Colon or dash as a separator in a headline

I’m creating a headline (for my online digest), and I’m wondering if I should use a dash Web Animations API - grouping and sequencing animations or a colon Web Animations API: grouping and ...
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1answer
22 views

Correct usage of wh-pronoun

I am facing problem regarding the usage of who and whom. So I want to know how to use those pronouns? For example: who or whom do you think I met?
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40 views

Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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1answer
94 views

What's the word for something that is 'good', but 'bad' at the same time?

What is the word that describes an act that was meant to be an act of kindness/helpful, but ironically has not been helpful at all. I know the word, but it's totally gone out of my head, and I cannot ...
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30 views

Looking for a phrase

I know there's a phrase for this I just can't remember what it is. It means basically that you don't have an opinion in an argument. What I do know is "I don't have a ____ in this fight". This is ...
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1answer
31 views

Happy to see her, he smiled…what is the name for this usage?

Happy to see her sister, she was about to cry. I can see that this sentence works like a participle phrase, but this "happy to see her sister" directly starts with adjective. What is the grammar ...
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1answer
44 views

“dedicated to helping people ” or “dedicated to help people”

I have this sentence: I'm a volunteer in an organization that is dedicated to helping people find answers about life in the Bible. or it should be I'm a volunteer in an organization that is ...
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1answer
35 views

Adjectival form of “type”?

Is there an adjectival form of the word "type" that means "having to do with types"? The obvious adjectives "typical" and "typic" mean something different (roughly, "characteristic"). Context: In ...
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1answer
29 views

About or around when referring to approximate age?

I am not sure which one is the correct word for beginning this sentence. Is it just a stylistic choice? I was around 10 years old when... or I was about 10 years old when...
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38 views

Word for a retailer's distinctive products

When I worked in retail, I learned terms such as "loss leader", which describes a product that generates little or no profit but draws customers into a store. Is there a similar term for the unique ...
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2answers
40 views

Do these sentences gain any difference in meaning by reversing the order?

Is there any difference between those sentences? I was there to get a hair cut yesterday. I was there yesterday to get a hair cut. Option one is to invest the money so that it will ...
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37 views

In the tube or on the tube?

If I would like to ask, if someone reads the news on / in the tube? (btw Tube being the underground in London) Which one is correct? Thanks,
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Difference between Scruple and Doubt?

Again, both refer to very same meaning.. what's the difference ?
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20 views

Which is correct: “included in results” or “included with results”?

I am writing a report and want to indicate that the results do not have the "Not Applicable" responses included. Which is correct? "are not included in results" or "are not included with results"?
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Is the use of “hereby” superfluous?

Is the use of "hereby" ever essential? I get the feeling it is always superfluous. "As a result of this document or utterance" seems to be trivially true. For example: I hereby declare that ...
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1answer
19 views

Can I use commas here to avoid confusion?

When you turn on the radio while the house is quiet , or you use the radio in your car, you have several choices of music to listen to. (The bold-faced comma, first one) Ok from the content, it ...
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45 views

Pronunciation of “the”: thee versus thuh [duplicate]

We were taught in school that when followed by a noun starting with a vowel sound, "the" is pronounced "thee". In other cases, it's pronounced "thuh" (aside from the emphatic "the"). I have noticed ...
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28 views

Proper use of “would” and “had”

Which of the following sentences would be grammatically correct? Both of the sentences sound correct to me, for which reason I am confused. The volume of sand would be measured after all excess ...
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16 views

How can we use a verb consummate [on hold]

How can we use this verb? In which situation is used a verb consummate?
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46 views

How do I choose between “was” and “were”?

Should I use the singular “was” or the plural “were” in the following sentence? The first thing that I noticed was (OR) were the street performers singing near the main entrance of the park. ...
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425 views

Group of elevators in a building

If we assume a large building with multiple elevators, what would be the name of a group of elevators? Consider a group all those in close vicinity to each other, in the same hall but not necessary ...
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1answer
46 views

Pronunciation of German proper nouns in America [on hold]

Why are American names of German origin pronounced differently than they would be in German? For example: "Kreutz" sounds like "krites", not "kroyts" (same deal with Anheuser-Busch) "Boehner" ...
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1answer
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When did it become common to say “because X” instead of “because of X?”

When did this usage become common, especially in a sarcastic or ironic context? Example: "Carnegie Mellon erroneously sends computer science admission letters to 800, because computers" [emphasis ...
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22 views

Term for a payment paid by an insurance firm to an insured party

Insurance terminology: what do we call the payment that an insurance firm pays a beneficiary if the terms of an insurance policy are met? For example - in life insurance, in case an insured party ...
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0answers
44 views

Replacement for sorry I didn't hear you

I am looking for a polite way of asking some one on a phone call to repeat the last sentence.That's because I did't hear or understand it well. Considering that that's a business situation and I want ...
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4answers
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When do I say “front-left” vs “left-front”, or how do you differentiate between sides?

Suppose I have a box in front of me. I have labeled the front, rear, left and right sides of the box (overhead view). Each side has two handles, labeled A through H. A B ...
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2answers
36 views

When are liable and likely interchangeable?

For liable, a sentence in which it is used correctly; Such a figure is liable to be attacked as a blasphemer. For likely: What he told me is likely to be true. (Not liable. It sounds weird) ...
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Dream company or dream work place?

How can I call companies that I would really like to work in (and let's say no matter how badly people are talking about them)? 'List of my dream companies' or 'List of my dream work places'? Or ...
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An odyssey to Greece.. is this suitable as the title for a topic?

i'm deciding the title of my presentation on Greek mythology. So is "An odyssey to Greece" appropriately conveying the message, preferably with an impact.
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1answer
36 views

Difference between for and of

Is it 1. The renewal dates of the books 2. The renewal dates for the books
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1answer
30 views

Houses vs. Homes for a website name? [on hold]

I am opening a new website for a construction company, and I can’t decide between www.x5houses.com and www.x5homes.com. Which one is better? Does homes sound better? If so, how much better and why?
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1answer
22 views

Punctuation before and within an adverb clause

I have a sentence which includes two independent elements connected by 'and' within an adverb clause. Do I still place a comma before the and? Ex: Jett's dad died when he was seven and his little ...
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1answer
78 views

Does anyone know of any connection between Plato and a color referred to as “reddish purple?” [on hold]

Anyone know of a connection between Plato and a color referred to as "reddish purple?"
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3answers
60 views

People of different ages who share the same birthday

I'd like to find a word to encompass multiple people who share the same birthday (but were not necessarily born in the same year): Best wishes to my <birthday-sharing friends> for a wonderful ...
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2answers
77 views

“you,” “your” or “yours” in this sentence?

I just received an email that had the following sentence, We have plenty of magic that will pique your and your customers' interest. Aside from the obvious errors, do we use "you" "yours" or ...
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1answer
44 views

Me and Susie are going to dinner. [duplicate]

Is it ever correct to say "Me and Jon are going to the movies"?
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3answers
861 views

If 1 is primary, 2 is secondary, 3 is tertiary, what is 0?

As the question states: 1 is primary, 2 is secondary, and so on. Given this pattern, what is 0? I've heard zeronary and nullary but I have no idea which is correct (if either). I've heard zeronary ...
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1answer
47 views

Do you capitalize “Cajun” if referring to cooking?

Is 'Cajun' when used as a premodifier for 'cooking' always capitalized? Why or why not?

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