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Should I say “She is in the park or She is at the park”? [migrated]

I am really confused which one is correct. She is in/at the park, They are at/in the park, or I am in/at the park? I'm an Asian trying to learn English. I really need your help. Thanks in advance!
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1answer
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“Pending approval” or “Approval pending”

I'm not a native english speaker so there are still some things that I don't fully understand. What is the best way to say, in a software, that an item is waiting for the approval of someone? ...
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How do I rephrase this?

As a result of seeing these sad situations, I have volunteered in clubs I want to say that due to the sad sightings that I've seen before, I am now volunteering in various clubs.
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2answers
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Is “Click bait” an Internet buzzword? How can I rephrase it?

I found a video showing a fireman who rescued a suffocating kitten from a fire smoke and resuscitated her by oxygen inhalation introduced in the article titled “Why that video went viral” in New York ...
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How can we distinguish “uptalk” from a real question?

uptalk or high rising terminals is an intonation pattern where declarative statements occur with yes/no question intonation. "It is used when the speaker is establishing common ground with the ...
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34 views

looking forward to our tennis battle? can I say this way?

I am sending an email to a friend/mentor. We have the same interest in tennis and during our past conversation, we said we would like to play together one day. Is it ok to say "I am looking forward ...
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Meaning of “get it on”

What does phrase "get it on" mean in sentence "Am I wrong, cause I wanna get it on, till I die". I found a translation where "get it on" is translated as "to have sex" but i think it is not ...
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Can “tamper” be used transitively?

Consider the following two statements: The file has been tampered with. The file has been tampered. Does the second version make sense, or should it always be "tampered with"?
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Don't you do this vs Don't do this

Could anyone clarify, please, what the difference between these two sentences is? I heard an American woman say to her child: "Don't you do this!"
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2answers
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“right of say” — legal term? poor translation?

I'm looking at a political document where Country A is saying Country B has no right of say over Area C. A cursory search did not turn up a legal term but I do not have an adequate legal dictionary ...
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“Shamefully presents” vs. “ashamedly presents”

I'm editing a short movie. In the title screens, after the production company is listed, there needs to be a play on the common "Proudly Presents" text. It is with some chagrin that the production ...
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What's the English word for the Spanish “sobremesa”?

In Spanish, the situation where you keep talking after the meal has ended with the people you shared your lunch or dinner is called "sobremesa" (literally over-table or after-table). Is there a word ...
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Can I say “thousands of <something>” to make it sound more dramatic when it's actually “a thousand and a half”? [on hold]

I'm writing a letter to my friends and I want to make some parts of it sound more impressive and say in one part of the letter "thousands of <something>" Can I say so if is actually in order ...
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0answers
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Can “definitely” be used as a conjunction? [on hold]

Under any circumstances, is it possible for the adverb "definitively" to be used as a conjunction?
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What's the difference in meaning between “grandiose” and “elaborate”? [on hold]

What's the difference in meaning between adjectives: "grandiose" and "elaborate" ? Thanks in advance.
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A non-defining relative clause sentence

My question is something to do with non-defining relative clauses.. One online friend of Breck's claimed the teenager had been groomed by Daynes, who he described as a 'control freak' So is ...
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“Prefer” usage - If the emphasis is on the habit --ing form or to-infinitive? [duplicate]

-ing form : Most people prefer watching a film at the cinema rather than on TV. -to-infinitive form: We prefer to drive during the day whenever we can. Which of the above two sentences ...
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799 views

sound played when a key character appears

What is the name for the music or sound played when a key character appears in a play, movie or show; like in "Peter and the Wolf"?
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2answers
53 views

What do you call the process of reducing inflammation or the state that inflammation has been cured?

At First I was searching the antonyms for inflammation, concerning that one of the antonyms for the word "inflate" is "deflate" , but now I don't think this is the correct way,I am unable to find ...
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0answers
13 views

Singular or plural with attractiveness? [duplicate]

Q. Her eyes are (OR is) her only attractiveness.
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Equivalent of “Excuse me” for “you're not in my way”? Pedestrian bump avoidance

Is there a quick phrase, like "excuse me", that means "You're not in my way; please don't change this fact"? I mean in the context of e.g. passing someone who's on the grass between the sidewalk and ...
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What's a common phrase that means “To put it simply though not 100% correctly”?

Like when you want to say that you'll tell a short version of something which would alter the accuracy of the original version. I was thinking of "In a nutshell" and "To make a long story short", but ...
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overlapping two incidents in the future [on hold]

My English class has been scheduled on Friday December 5, and it will be overlapped with my vacation day. is it correct
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What is the negation of “last”? [duplicate]

If the opposite of "last" is "first", is there a word for the negation, i.e. non-last element in a list?
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Usage of to be + use to + verb (ing) [duplicate]

What's the meaning of "to be use to +verb +ing"? My doubt is if it can be used as the present of "used to" (habit or state in present), if it means to be able to stand an uncorfortable situation, or ...
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Research about public space [on hold]

I'm going to research about the public space as a social space and public participation in the city of Palembang South Sumatera. could tell me what kind of theory could be use to explain this topic ? ...
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Clean, concise, snappy synonym for “f—ing awesome” [on hold]

Our company mission is to make product X fucking awesome. Any clean, non-long-winded, emphatic, passionate synonym for 'fucking awesome' in this context?
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Is it grammatically okay to say “ in a similar way as (subject + verb)”?

Is it grammatically okay to say " in a similar way as (subject + verb)"? For example, "A behaves in a similar way as B does". Or should I choose another expression for this meaning to be ...
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0answers
36 views

Etymology of 'scape goat' [on hold]

I am unable to find a clear historical link on the origin of scapegoat. Can someone tell me what are some of the believed origins of this word and which is the most widely accepted one?
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34 views

How do I use paired?

In the sentence "they've built roads, ports and stores in our city, but these facts are unpaired to the schooling steep growing levels." I'd like to know two things: Is the usage of "but these ...
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0answers
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Difference between cause of and cause for [migrated]

Could someone please tell me whether to use of or for in the sentence given below:- Inactivity is the greatest cause of/for overweight. Please also explain the logic used to make the distinction.
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Which article to use: 'a' or 'the? [migrated]

In the following sentence, which article, a or the, is suitable before diameter, tensile strength, and modulus, respectively? What is the reason for that? For example, multi-walled nanotubes with ...
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3answers
101 views

What do you call someone who has passed deadline?

What do you call someone who has passed deadline or someone who should return book to the library, but has passed due date?
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23 views

Which is correct? Verb-ing

Look at the boy dancing. Look at the dancing boy. What is the difference between the two sentences? Are they both correct?
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177 views

Define “plate” from Sweeney Todd musical

The opening song of the Sweeney Todd musical contains the following passage about his wife: There was another man who saw that she was beautiful... A pious vulture of the law who, with a ...
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1answer
36 views

Mathematical Institute or Mathematics Institute: Which of these is correct and why?

Many titles of universities or research institutes have a variety of adjectives before the noun institute. Example: Oxford University and Chennai have a Mathematical Institute each. Then, there are ...
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1answer
57 views

Meaning of “I'm surprised you ever do that.”

While reading some quotes from a book, I came across a quote consisting of the phrase whose structure I found hard to figure out. "You're so slow. I'm surprised you ever get anywhere." (From Aesop's ...
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Definite article before an abstract noun

When is the definite article the appropriate before an abstract noun? In particular, I have the following examples. Which are correct? Case I In the Theorem 4.4, we prove property A for all ...
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1answer
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Can I say “I'm glad I was of any help”?

I received an e-mail from a person thanking me for my help when I had traveled to Germany. I would like to start my answer with the following phrase. Is it correct? I'm glad I was of any help! I ...
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29 views

Any specific word for refferring and fetching back old data

I am looking for a specific word for referring and fetching some data from old document. e.g "I pull out some points from my documents from last project." I am trying to write something like ...
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2answers
37 views

Is there a word or concise phrase for “alternative name for something”? (but not pseudonym or alias)

Question Is there a word or concise phrase for "alternative name for something" which doesn't have the associated negative connotation that pseudonym and alias have? It has to be short so as to fit ...
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1answer
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Use of commas around 'though'

With regard to the use of commas around 'though', which of the following is correct or deemed more appropriate? 'It is interesting, though, as I've done a lot of work in...' 'It is interesting though, ...
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The word for a man who hunts a dangerous mountain cat without prophylactic? [on hold]

Hello once again special team stack exchange and a usage. I search many hours dictionary for a man goes into woods for hunt dangerous mountain cat or similar enemy despite no protection or ...
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37 views

Is there a term in English (or any other language) to refer to the movement of a large, rapidly spreading fire?

I like very specific words and this would help me with a poem I'm writing. Also, if you have any references for very specific words/know any yourself (English or otherwise), they would be appreciated. ...
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1answer
45 views

Word for “take with permission but no intention of returning”

In such cases, "borrow" doesn't fit, as it implies intent to return, nor does "steal", which indicates lack of permission. "take" seems too general. As a concrete example: "Hey, can I [verb] some ...
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1answer
68 views

How would you transcribe the pronunciation of “ttiwdty”?

ttiwdty Not an initialism AFAIK (as far as I know) but an acronym like LASER and NATO. It's apparently trending on Urban Dictionary, although the down-votes outnumber the up-votes Thumbs up: 6880 ...
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2answers
90 views

What type of movement is this?

When animals and population instinctively move from one place to another and come back again , this type of movement is called?
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54 views

Does “bankroll” mean “cash” if used as a verb?

I was watching the TV show "White Collar" (episode: Forging Bonds). Neal Caffrey is a bond forger. Neal is planning to steal money from a rich man named Adler. Neal needs some money to meet Adler, so ...
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2answers
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What function does the clause exert in this sentence

I was surprised that he can fulfill his obligation. What confused me is the clause, being nominal, unable to modify neither "surprised" nor main clause in this sentence
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usage of “and” in listing items, especially in cases where it is repeated

Please see the statement below: Hyphenate all compound numbers between twenty-one and ninety-nine, and fractions less than one. In the above case, the first "and" is past of the first item in the ...

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