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How many syllables are in “nights 'n' days”?

While I was trying to match the number of syllables in my poem, I could not be sure how many syllables these sentences below have. Count the nights and days spent together in spite Count the nights ...
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1answer
40 views

Why are there so many synonyms in English? [on hold]

I am a translator. I often use dictionary to find English equivalents for words I am trying to translate from my native language. I wonder why there are so many synonyms in English so that I find a ...
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Never Having happened vs never happened

What is the difference between "Never having happened" and "Never happened" Please elaborate on this. Thanks
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2answers
795 views

The american R sound

After doing many research and find more than one result, I would like to know how exactly the R sound is pronounced in American English. On this video, the woman describes two ways. Firstly, the ...
2
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1answer
77 views

What does “not far wrong” mean?

First, what does the sentence below mean? He may not have been far wrong Second, why do we use have rather than has?
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1answer
13 views

What is the name of the base form of and adjective?

Adjectives are found in different forms, among which comparative and superlative. However, is there a term to describe adjectives' "base form" (is "base form" the right term to coin them)? Example: ...
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41 views

“Dead Rubber” definitive etymology

What's the etymology of the phrase dead rubber? Googling, I see references to diverse sports as well as a reference in attributes it to some obscure bridge reference. I do not understand it. Edited ...
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32 views

“If there is some uncertainty, please let me know” is correct? [on hold]

"If there is some uncertainty, please let me know" is correct ?
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2answers
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Need help identifying subject in sentence with a conjunction

Currently, I am involved in a disagreement as to interpreting the grammatical meaning of the following sentence: “Restores 10% of Att as HP in battle.” Given that “Att” and “HP” are nouns (with ...
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46 views

What is the meaning behind “wag imagined”?

Today I read these sentences in The Economist "Lying, cheating bankers" “IF YOU can only be good at one thing, be good at lying…because if you’re good at lying, you’re good at everything.” ...
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1answer
21 views

Which one is correct [on hold]

This is all I have to work with it. I am going to have a concert. I am going to put on a concert. Which one is correct.
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2answers
91 views

“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”?

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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3answers
111 views

past perfect tense and comma usage in Churchill's book

I'm reading a book called "My early life" by Winston Churchill. "I was working in the saloon of the Indiaman, and had reached an exciting point in my story." 1) why did he put comma before "and had ...
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Word for “picking up something quickly/abruptly?”

Say, you'd been expecting a call and the person suddenly calls. Is there a word that feels more 'rushed' than pick up? I checked Thesaurus but none of the synonyms seems to fit the purpurse.
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Recommended sources for understanding the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions

Can anyone recommend to me a good book and any other sources where I can study in detail the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions? Since I am a visual learner, I would love to find ...
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Is the slang phrase “wicked good” still used in New England?

Once popular with young adults in the Boston area, wicked good simply meant "very good". I haven't been to that region for a long time and never heard it elsewhere. Is it still current slang?
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What is the spatial difference between in and on [migrated]

.....that I received in my email or .....that I received on my email What is the correct preposition in the example above? What is the "spatial" difference between these two prepositions when apply ...
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1answer
31 views

What sentence does not belong?

I am trying to figure out the sentence that does not belong to this paragraph. The researchers developed three criteria for the test subjects. The test subjects needed to be women because the drug ...
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0answers
30 views

What is the right way: “It's better for me to talk BY \ ON \ or without nothing here- English” [migrated]

What is the right way: "It's better for me to talk BY \ ON English" or to say simply "It's better for me to talk English" without any prepositions?
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1answer
26 views

Use of “although” without a contrasting statement

In IAS 37 Clause 37 states: Although a constructive obligation is not created solely by a management decision, an obligation may result from other earlier events together with such a decision. ...
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How to name something that is common for two competing theories?

Geocentric and early heliocentric models of cosmos were different at the very core of theory, but they did share some elements: circular orbits, epicycles, uniform speed of celestial bodies. What ...
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1answer
74 views

Why do people pronounce “f***ing” like “f***en”? [duplicate]

I'm not a native English speaker so I might not be exactly accurate with this, but whenever people (e.g. in films) say fucking, it sounds something like fucken. There's no "g" at the end and instead ...
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2answers
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Is the word 'lousy' used more often in the UK than in the US?

It seems to be considered a peculiar word to use in the US (like 'queue' or 'spectacles' or 'pail'). And more generally, is there any resource I can use to compare how frequent any particular word is ...
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1answer
38 views

grammatical elements in 'as + ing'?

In dictionary, I see phrases in the form of 'as + ing' quite many times, for example, attribute : regard something as being caused by (something or someone) Is 'as' here a preposition or ...
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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1answer
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Into vs In to, which do I use in this sentence?

I'm writing an op-ed with this sentence: "It was initially – in my mind – a list of people you could ask about whoever it is you’re looking into." According to my understanding of this link ...
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1answer
27 views

Neither do I vs I don't either [duplicate]

I have read in several sources that in agreement with a negative statement one can use either, for instance: I am not a child, and my cousin isn't either. At the same time, there is the word ...
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What is the American word for 'tea-towel'?

On a tour from Australia to the states my wife asked me to stop at the gift store and buy memorable fridge-magnets and tea-towels. Everywhere I went, none of the store attendants seemed to know what ...
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1answer
116 views

Can “barge in” be used as an informal and quirky way of saying “come in” and “come on in”?

I am looking for a specific US expression. An informal way of saying "all right, come on in" to a very good friend in a situations as follows: The (drunk) friend who is barging into my suit suite ...
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5answers
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What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back?

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...
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0answers
18 views

“Same procedure as last year?” [on hold]

Kann mir jemand helfen mit der Analyse dieses Dialogs in Dinner for one? Wieso ändert sich die Bedeutung dieses Dialogs während des Films? "Same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?" - "Same procedure ...
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1answer
23 views

having done something

Can I use this in the future like this? She, having painted the house,can invite to the friends Having done the task , she can go: In advance,thanks to all of you
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1answer
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Can I say “Hiking the Lighthouse/Mountain/Jones Path”?

If there is a path called the Lighthouse Path (somewhere at the coast) or Mountain Path or Jones Path (named after somebody who identified it) and I want to hike it, is it correct to say "Hiking the ...
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48 views

The structure of the following sentence: “Why may standing up for a long time cause hypotension?”

Is the structure of this sentence "Why may standing up for a long time cause hypotension?" correct?
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398 views

What do we say when glue does not stick anymore?

I want to know how can we says to a glue that does not stick anymore, can we say "Glue has faded"? is there any specific word in English for this phenomenon?
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Can someone please correct the below lines of mine and explain me where and why I am wrong. [on hold]

An author of a work that has been published in Australia will automatically receive copyright protection in countries that are signatories to the Berne Convention. Likewise, an author of a work that ...
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What is the difference between “attitude” and “approach”? [on hold]

Merriam-Webster gives the definitions of the words approach and attitude, respectively, as follows: Approach, noun: A way of dealing with something A way of doing or thinking about ...
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1answer
76 views

Discussing a dead person: Present or past tense: His name is or was john? He is or was my cousin? [on hold]

If a person is dead, is it correct to say: "His name is John," or "His name was John?" Also can I say, "He is my cousin?" Should I say, "He was my cousin?"
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Need help with Ideas for an essay [on hold]

I was assigned to write a cause/effect essay on the unawareness of gender in young people today. But I do not fully understand the topic and the teacher did not elaborate more about it. So I am ...
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1answer
55 views

I like “the” music or I like music? [duplicate]

I like music. I like the music. I know the difference between the previous two sentences is that 'the music' is specifically talking about a music. Is there any more difference in meaning? Can you ...
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2answers
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what's the meaning of “time-tagged” [on hold]

i don't understand the meaning of "time-tagged" e.g. The event data is encoded into time-tagged actions (assault, kidnap,flee, assassinate)
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Usage of previously vs earlier [on hold]

Sentence 1 : We need to read the essay we have written previously. Sentence 2 : We need to read the essay we have written earlier. Please tell the difference between Sentence 1 and Sentence 2.
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1answer
38 views

Gone are the days [on hold]

Kindly tell me about the usage of following phrases 1) Gone are the days 2) Gone were the days 3) Gone are those days 4) Gone were those days
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1answer
73 views

What is the objection of Siddhartha here? [on hold]

I am reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse and I am not able to understand this passage But according to your very own teachings, this unity and necessary sequence of all things is ...
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1answer
88 views

“She suggested me to go shopping.” [duplicate]

I wrote "She suggested me to go shopping." Why is it wrong? Can we say one of the following sentences? She suggested going shopping. She suggested that we to go shopping. How would you correct my ...
2
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8answers
284 views

A word meaning <a short article or essay>

I recently came across a word somewhere that literally meant: a short article or essay It was most likely a loanword, either from Spanish or French. It began with a "C" or a "P", and was more ...
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Spill the metaphorical beans?

I was reading a comic book and ran into this phrase. Is there any difference between 'spill the beans' and 'spill the metaphorical beans'? here is the context. Talk show host: "But seriously, Reed. ...
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2answers
24 views

(somebody) demonstrated improved results

I'm wondering if the following sentence is correct: In his PhD defense, he demonstrated (his) improved results. Also, should we use the determiner "his" here? What I am trying to convey is that he ...
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2answers
67 views

Putative should - what time does it express? [on hold]

Here are some examples with the putative should. What is the factor which indicates the time reference expressed by the putative should in the examples? Being a foreigner to English I find it hard to ...
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4answers
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American word for commode

I know several words for the toilet, i.e. bathroom. However I want to know the colloquial word for the seat on which one sits while defecating. I have read john somewhere but never heard an American ...

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