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what is the meaning of “dry up and blow away” in this sentences?

"The Canadian flag's supposed to be a symbol of power... it's a leaf! Yeah, don't mess with us or we'll dry up and blow away!"-Jeremy Hotz Suppose that truth had simply dried up and blown away in the ...
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Confusion between:“{is/has} no chance” and “{is/has} no match” [on hold]

Which form is correct in the sentences below? A snake has no chance/match to an angry rabbit. OR A snake is no chance/match to an angry rabbit. Please explain when I should use has ...
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Difficult sentence strucure [on hold]

His thesis works relatively well when applied to discrimination against blacks in the US, but his definition of racial prejudice as "racially-based negative prejudgements against a group generally ...
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Can someone help me to understand this difficult sentence structure?

Please help me to understand the following. I have difficulty with the passage that appears between the two dashes. Gutman argues convincingly that the stability of the Black family encouraged ...
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Would have find or found [on hold]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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First wife vs. Former wife

Does one of the designations indicate that one of the partners is dead vs. divorced? First vs. Former
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Have you seen or did you see?

In US, when people work together, they may look for a colleague or any person to tell something or for any other reason, asking other collegues/people such a question: have you seen Michael or did you ...
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Which one is more correct? [duplicate]

(1) "My teacher gave me an A today. One of many reasons WHICH make my heart grow fonder of school everyday" Or (2)"My teacher gave me an A today. One of many reasons THAT make my heart grow fonder of ...
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Can anyone point out where my grammar was wrong? [on hold]

"We have a red balloon problem. These objects that fall under this category are silly. No children loves them which means they have no value whatsoever or hope to do anything. We should get rid of ...
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just none that live nearby

I have just come across this sentence, which sounds a little strange to me. I do have friends, just none that live nearby. I would have said "just none (of them) live nearby." Is it possible to add ...
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1answer
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What to call words with permanent prefix, but no unprefixed form? (ex: nonchalant, untoward) [duplicate]

What do you call prefixed words with no unprefixed counterpart? For example, there's no such thing as a "chalant person". Bad behavior may be "untoward", good behavior is never "toward". What are ...
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1answer
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Bill reading Shakespeare and Maureen singing Schubert satisfy/satisfies me [duplicate]

Which verb form is grammatically correct here? My intuition says 'satisfy' but a textbook I'm reading says otherwise (Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. If interested, a legal copy is available ...
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Meaning of “there’s a fire burning in someone's bones”

What is the meaning of the expression "there’s a fire burning in someone's bones" in below and when does it is said: there’s a fire burning in my bones And I still believe.
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“Restricted in”

"Product has been restricted in: list of countries" Does this mean the product is available only in the countries listed, or not available in them? Thank you.
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What word describes something that frequently switches between opposite states or views?

I have been searching for a word, which I'm beginning to doubt exists at all, that describes a person or thing that changes from one state to the opposite of that state frequently, i.e. an adjective ...
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2answers
532 views

Gray or Grey, Which one should I use? [duplicate]

I have seen people using both Gray and Grey but I wonder which one is correct and when to use one?
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How to say a case of “multiple of multiples” correctly?

In programming I often step into cases where names of variables have to indicate a group of groups. How do I properly formulate them in terms of multiplicity word endings? Examples (concrete ...
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Good Luck **in** all your endeavors' versus Good Luck **to** all your endeavors'

What is the difference between 'I am currently busy with family stuff so I really don't know when is a good time to catch up. Good Luck in all your endeavors' versus 'I am currently busy with family ...
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the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that vs. the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that [on hold]

Which of the twain is a more appropriate, grammatically correct expression? "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that" or "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that"
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Correct terminology for items carried on a fictional starship?

I'm working on a sci-fi video game project that involves starships and simulation of life on board. I'm wondering what the correct term would be for an abstracted overview for the player of what is on ...
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Why not “graduated from (institution)”?

He graduated from Nirvana High, sounds better than He graduated Nirvana High. Why is the latter usage more prevalent?
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Reading Comprehension Question: How to narrow down to correct answer? [on hold]

Passage (Its a bit long) The pioneers of the teaching of science imagined that its introduction into education would remove the conventionality, artificiality, and backward-lookingness which ...
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What is the job title of these municipal officers?

In some countries,( specially Asia) some vendors spread their stuffs for sale on the ground ( upper picture), and thereby cause trouble for the pedestrians comeing and going. For preventing this , ...
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What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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2answers
56 views

Is the definition of a word also a synonym of that word? [on hold]

When writing, you can substitute the definition of a word for a word and still make a correct (if more complicated) sentence. Does that make the definition of a word a synonym for the actual word ...
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On correct using of dash

Which one of the following is more appropriate? ...offers scope for the theoretical integration of teaching, learning, and development with the culturally new user-generated and mediated contexts. ...
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53 views

What is the plural form of “S.Sgt.”?

Is it "S.Sgt.'s" or "S.Sgts."? Thanks.
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Did + multiple bare infinitives in a question

What is the proper way to combine past tense of do (did) with multiple bare infinitives in a question: Did you go to vacation or stay at home? Did you go to vacation or stayed at home? Did you go to ...
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A synonym for the prefix intro~

Good afternoon, While working on a philosophical paper I came across a slight problem and while I searched for an answer on my own, I seem predisposed to not find any, at least not in the sense of an ...
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2answers
43 views

Is this gramatically correct? (with options) [on hold]

Context: Class mate gave me a gift "A gift from my classmate. It is moments/things like these/this which make my heart grow fonder of XYZ school every day" I'm wondering if I should use moments ...
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When to use “parted from” and “parted with”

I believe parted with is followed by person for eg: parted with parents. And in other cases parted from. Am I right?
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36 views

Any connection between “escheat” and “cheat”? [on hold]

According to Google, "Escheat is a common law doctrine which transfers the property of a person who dies without heirs to the crown or state. It serves to ensure that property is not left in "limbo" ...
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35 views

Why Is There Air China not China Air? [on hold]

Want to know why there is Air China instead of China Air.
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1answer
48 views

Do fish smell or taste blood in water?

Which is the right verb to use? Is smelling as a verb strictly connected with air or what fish do is also called smelling? I ruled out "detect" as it sounds too formal, or is it?
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What is the origin of the word digicam? When and where did it originate?

Supposedly the word digicam (digital camera) originated in 1989 as a trade name in England, but I have not found any further information.
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'Lodge a complaint' vs 'file a complaint'

Is there any difference between lodge a complaint and file a complaint? I found two relevant senses for these words in the Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary: lodge: to make formal statement ...
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water content vs content of water

Would you say it is acceptable to write “The content of water in(of?) the sample was very high” to mean “The water content of the sample was very high”? The second one obviously is simpler and sounds ...
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“I consider that …” in place of “I think that…”

I often see people use the verb “consider” in place of “think” as in (a) “I consider that this project will be completed in three years,” (b) “We consider that this deficiency can be overcome ...
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What does “… which is somewhat long in tooth” mean, and what is the source of the phrase? [on hold]

This is the complete sentence where I found it. It is from an online training about the Linux operating system. e4defrag is part of the e2fsprogs package and should be on all modern Linux ...
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2answers
28 views

Direct and indirect objects in the sentences

In the sentence, There is a full moon in the sky. ... will the sky be treated as the object in the sentence?
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Can the word “imperative” be a noun? [on hold]

Here's an example: It is our imperative to bomb the volcano early, thus preventing a much larger eruption later. Is "imperative" correct there? It seems to be synonymous with "duty", or maybe ...
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What's the difference between “case by case” and “case to case”?

What's the difference between "case by case" and "case to case"? I often hear the former from my Japanese students. When I asked them where they got the phrase, they always say they learned it from ...
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What does “to-” in today, tomorrow, tonight mean?

As in the title. Does it mean anything? Does it mean the same thing in all of these words? What is its origin? Are there any other words with "to-"?
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Dictionary grouped by English levels and word's popularity

I am looking for dictionary where words would be grouped by English levels (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate...) and popularity of them, or event just list of words grouped by levels. Thanks in ...
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Is “reservee” an acceptable word like employee?

I see one reference from an old version of Webster but not much else. Word says it is misspelled. Which is it? Our list of reservees include Beyonce, Cher, Bono...
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1answer
45 views

Idioms and phrases [duplicate]

In a sentence idioms acts as which parts of speech??
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A term for someone denying an accusation but appearing guilty as a result

The situation being when you are accused of something, and provide a logical reason why you wouldn't (not couldn't) do such a thing, and such an explanation only makes you sound more guilty. For ...
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term for the marriage of words and art

I'm looking for a term, preferably one or two words, that refers to the union of visual art + words/language. Probably a noun. Something that might describe an instance where art and language come ...
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One inference question - how many answers do you see? [on hold]

I teach English to high schoolers in Korea, and there is this one question which makes me scratch my head. In order not to give you any ideas before your getting into the question, I will simply put ...
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Nobody would believe what an effort it is **to do what little I am able**,--to dress and entertain, and order things

Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able,--to dress and entertain, and order things. (a part of "Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman) I don't ...

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