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Un cancel? A word or phrase to say I'd like to cancel my cancellation

Say I have cancelled an appointment, but I then decide that I would like to go after all, so I cancel the cancellation... Do I uncancel the appointment? Seems a bit clumsy even if it's a valid ...
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Use of “on the grounds” in the context of a government decision

The following sentence comes from a foreign publication. It sounds wrong to me, but I am not a native English speaker. Is it grammatically and idiomatically correct? The government banned ...
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Word that means “continuing the current thought”

The precise word eludes me, but I remember that it appeared in the context of a sentence similar to this one: That is a valid choice, but in making it, you will create unintended side-effects; ...
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22 views

The ambiguity of negative imperative

11) Don't just sit there and introduce yourself! 12) Don't just sit around and eat! Is it right that those two sentences eventually convey Don't sit and also don't introduce in #11 and "don't sit ...
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A phrase to replace sentence

I'm need help in replacing this sentence with a phrase or example. People often avoid being part of situation like fighting against a crime. They should actually be a link in chain. Not be afraid of ...
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48 views

Ambiguity of “last” [on hold]

I find "last" ambiguous in the following context: I destroyed his report in our last meeting. IMHO, both of the following interpretations make sense: "He can get however pissed he wants; ...
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70 views

A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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1answer
31 views

Any alternative to “on the one hand, on the other hand”

I'm writing a formal academic article to introduce some facts. For example: On the one hand, the government would like more energy, but on the other hand, it is not prepared to find more extra ...
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32 views

Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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21 views

How did 'sequester' evolve from 'follow' to 'remove'?

[ Etymonline for 'sequester (v.)' ] late 14c., "remove" something, "quarantine, isolate" (someone); "excommunicate;" also intransitive, "separate oneself from," from Old French sequestrer (14c.), ...
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How did 'deign' upend its meaning from 'worthy' to 'condescend'?

I was researching the etymology of disdain which rechannels to the following: [ Etymonline for 'deign (v.)' ] c. 1300, from Old French deignier (Modern French daigner), from Latin dignari "to deem ...
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How did we get ‘deft’ and ‘daffy’ from “daft”?

[ Etymonline for 'daft (adj.)'] Old English gedæfte "gentle, becoming," ... from PIE * dhabh- "to fit together" (see fabric). Sense of "mild, well-mannered" (c. 1200). [ Etymonline for ...
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synonym for someone who is a “fraud” or “liar”

He portrayed himself to be a really straightforward, hardworking person that always keeps their word, always shows up and is on time when they make plans, but turned out to be completely the opposite ...
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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [on hold]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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Specifically, what makes some words harder to spell, pronounce, and remember?

I have never been able to nail down a solid answer, or set of answers for this. What specifically makes some words more difficult to spell and pronounce than others? What makes some less memorable ...
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32 views

What are good synonyms to “not to speak of”?

I wanted to use some other phrase for "not to speak of". What could be a good synonym for that? For example, "international community" is a political contrivance, it doesn't exist! And what ...
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22 views

Serial comma in a list of verbs [on hold]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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27 views

Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech?

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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2answers
37 views

How to increase my vocabulary the right way? [on hold]

I have bought many books about vocabulary. Most of them by Cambridge Press. However, I don't know if it is the right way to learn vocabulary from a book like those or is it better to pick new words ...
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0answers
33 views

Audio sample evaluation of text to speech software [on hold]

I have a software that reads text, it is called Natural Reader, the voice I use is Jennifer (ScanSoft) I uploaded the audio and sample text on this page: http://goo.gl/a3L5xK Can you evaluate the ...
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7answers
286 views

Thing that opposes its origin [on hold]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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3answers
40 views

What is a word/noun to describe someone who authors a project but doesn't produce it?

I'm looking for a one-word noun to describe someone who posts a project idea for a freelancer to pick up. They describe the project and project need, but they are not the producer. For example, "I'm ...
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2answers
21 views

Is this sentence valid? [on hold]

Is this a valid sentence? Besides liking art enough to have made it a hobby, I would also like to work in a similar sector.
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1answer
49 views

When is it okay to use the term “Indians” when meaning “Native Americans?”

It has always been a personal pet peeve of mine when Native Americans are referred to as "Indians." It has nothing to do with respect for Native Americans or political correctness; it is entirely ...
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3answers
539 views

Is there a word for opposite numbers?

Example: -100 and +100 - is there a way of describing the relationship between these numbers? Obviously, I've already come up with "opposite", is there anything else? This is for use in an email. ...
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1answer
65 views

Is there a word 'kablan' or 'koblan' in English with the meaning of “accomplice”? [on hold]

Is there a word 'kablan' or 'koblan' in English with the meaning of “accomplice”? Perhaps an old word, not currently as extensively used anymore? I've heard a very significant person in Jerusalem, ...
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464 views

The term for when fruit is first starting to appear on a plant

Was looking through a vineyard and noticed that the grapes were beginning to show up on the vines. They were small and unrecognizable from when they would be picked but they were the first sign of ...
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0answers
30 views

It's a Psychology term [on hold]

It starts with a C I believe, having to do with a kind of test subject or test, in which it's used to find out what happens in the study.
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1answer
50 views

Etymology behind “tim-” words involving honor and “tim-” words involving fear?

Words like timocracy (a form of government based on ambition for honor) and Timothy (honor to God) come from time, which means "honor" or "worth." According to Etymonline, timid (easily frightened) ...
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In what parts of the world do “again” and “rain” rhyme?

I sometimes read rhyming poetry where "again" and "rain" are clearly meant to rhyme. However in my accent they don't rhyme at all. I am now wondering in which accents they do rhyme.
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47 views

Is it correct to start a sentence with the infinitive of a verb without the “to”? [on hold]

The context is: "Yes, your card made me close my birth month with a flourish! Receive it on the last day of April was perfect and very meaningful to me." Is it correct to start the sentence ...
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How common are adjectives on -ly?

How common in English are adjectives ending with -ly? I can remember only "stately" and "unruly". Is it adequate to assume, say in machine text analysis, that apart from several predefined exceptions ...
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1answer
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Using “to do” twice in a sentence is correct?

Is it correct to use "to do" twice in a sentence? For example: is it correct to say "how to do that and when to do that is a problem" or should it be "how to do that and when doing that is a problem"? ...
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The correct is what? [on hold]

Mary Sanders was a successful artist. Before she died, - - - - . A) she should do practice B) she had better take photos C) she has won several awards D) she could draw many pictures
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“When will you come” vs. “When are you coming”? [on hold]

One of my friends will come to my city "Ahmedabad" on 18th May 2015. In a WhatsApp group chat, my friend asked him, "When are you coming to Ahmedabad?" I corrected my friend: "When will ...
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Is there a way to condense “put back” into one word?

The example in question involves a sentence of the structure: I'm putting my changes back. Is there a one-word equivalent for "put ... back"? E.g.: I'm ______ing my changes.
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Best way to describe a decrease in time taken?

I have written an algorithm that greatly improves the computation time for a particular problem, but I am divided on how to best describe this in writing. As a rough guide, a process that previously ...
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1answer
46 views

Other words for “stated”?

In our law essays we are often required to quote different judges. It becomes really monotonous to use the word "stated" all the time. I have also used "advocated" & "declared". Is there any other ...
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How to distinguish “recording(adj) issues(n)” from “recording(v) issues(object)”

I've written the following phrase in a technical document: To avoid recording and archiving issues, . . . I've come to realize that it can be understood in two ways: To avoid recording(v) ...
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2answers
50 views

Is there an english word that means opposite yet complementary and orthogonal without a positive/negative connotation?

I am looking for a word to use to describe technical traits of a programming language that are the opposite of each other yet complementary. There is no positive or negative connotation to either ...
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538 views

Word/phrase for seeing something for the first time and being impressed

I'm looking for a word that can best describe a thing that you see when you first come to a place, a thing so strange or unusual that you didn't think something like that could exist (or you have been ...
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4answers
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Why does attach have two Ts and detach have only one?

The title says it all. We have two words: Attach Detach Shouldn't they be...? Attach Dettach Or? Atach Detach
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“learnings” to talk about things that were learned but that were not taught

I understand that the use of learnings is very controversial. Some say you can't use it, while others say, "there is nothing wrong with teachings, so why with learnings?". I want to use learnings not ...
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1answer
77 views

What part of speech is “know” in “let us know”? [on hold]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical ...
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2answers
41 views

Usage of “Of” and “for”

Is there a general rule governing the usage of "Of" and "For" when used in the following way: Which is correct "My love of animals" or "My love for animals" ?
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2answers
47 views

Is “Next to that” really an alternative to “Additionally” or “Moreover”?

I see many of my compatriots use the phrase "Next to that" at the start of a sentence to mean "Additionally", "Moreover", "Furthermore" or "In addition". The reason for this, I feel, may be that the ...
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1answer
44 views

Is this a dangling participle? “To use the computer, it need to be powered.” [on hold]

Is this sentence correct? To use the computer, it need to be powered.
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39 views

I will offer up a few bits of advice (???) [on hold]

I think that this means simply "I'll give you a few of advice." My question is how "offer up" and "offer" are different. In the dictionary, "offer up" is to worship or present as an act of worship, ...
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What does Ï mean in a play?

I just saw this in a play that I'm reading (on p24 of this version of A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller): Enter Beatrice with coffee. ï What does the ï represent / mean? I can't find it ...
3
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4answers
114 views

Capitalization in merged company name [on hold]

I own a company called Find My Bus Ltd that brands itself as Find My Bus. Yesterday we sat down and had a discussion regarding the name and all came to the agreement that it didn't represent the ...

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