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1answer
40 views

Pluralizing abbreviations where the noun is not the last word

For abbreviations - both acronyms and initialisms - where the last word in the abbreviation is the noun, I'm accustomed to adding an 's' with no apostrophe (e.g. ATMs), as described in the answer to ...
2
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1answer
29 views

Term for “opposite” items that are actually similar [on hold]

Is there a term (like "pseudo-synonym") for things that are colloquially considered opposites when in fact they are part of the same set on a higher level? For example, "cats and dogs" are "opposites"...
2
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1answer
61 views

“Baby needs a new pair of shoes!”

I'm looking for the origin of this phrase: "Baby needs a new pair of shoes!" (Or "Mama needs a new pair of shoes" or "Daddy needs a new pair of shoes"). You see it in movies and television as a ...
3
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0answers
16 views

Is there a term that describes leaving out the implied subject of a question? [duplicate]

For example, "Not going? Be sure to cancel at least 24 hours in advance." has an implied "Are you…" in front. Is there a term for this concept? Is it proper grammar (or at least accepted in business ...
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0answers
22 views

initially“ in the meaning ”bearing initials/signatures" [on hold]

I wanted to know if it is possible to use the word "initially" in the meaning "bearing initials/signatures" here's the sentence: He ensures that the documents are initially uploaded, replaced if/...
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2answers
88 views

Is it rude to call a woman “ma'am”?

I use to call ma'am to women showing respect, but as there is some people that find annoying the "Mrs", I don't know if my respectful tone using ma'am they do aside and find it rude.
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3answers
100 views

What's large about the Large Hadron Collider?

In Connolly's "The Gates", the narrator says, rather superciliously, "The Large Hadron Collider is, as the name suggests, large." I realised that I had always thought of it as the (Large Hadron) ...
3
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1answer
56 views

Origin of the phrase “go west” (to die)

I was curious, what is the origin of the phrase "to go west" or "to pass into the west" (as in the sense of to die)?
3
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2answers
44 views

A term for “real law”

I am looking for a term to denote "real" law, as distinct from "theoretical law". An alternate formulation is to say that I am looking for a term to be a legal equivalent/version of "realpolitik". ...
0
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0answers
19 views

Not only, but In negative way [on hold]

I appreciate if you help me on this: Is this sentence correct? " She not only did not use the money to pay her rent, but went on and bought a new phone" Any body can help me?
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0answers
29 views

Surfing confugation [on hold]

I'm confused about these sentences. Are they correct?, What's the difference between them?: I'm going surfing I will go to surf tomorrow Also when I talked about the past: I went to surf on Sunday I ...
4
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1answer
54 views

Tense usage in relation to date of birth of deceased individuals [duplicate]

Let's say Bob passed away. Would we say, "Bob's birthdate was xxx" or "Bob's birthdate is xxx"? Birthdates don't change, which makes me inclined to use 'is', but sounds a little weird if the person is ...
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1answer
37 views

“I feel myself unhappy” vs “I feel unhappy”

I feel myself unhappy. The above sentence strikes me as somewhat peculiar. What is the difference between "I feel myself unhappy" and "I feel unhappy"?
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1answer
26 views

In social networks, what is the person who is friend with numerous group of friends called?

Assume there is a class of a hundred students. Naturally, they won't all be friends - or, at least, good friends - with each other and all hang out together; they will form small groups of, say, five ...
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0answers
27 views

How to put emphasis on a chapter [on hold]

In one chapter I have been discussing previous work of my colleagues with one approach. Then, in the next one, I want to emphasize that a totally different approach is employed. My sentence is: ...
0
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3answers
38 views

Simile with a noun in the middle? [on hold]

He expected as good of a performance as Sam's. Or He expected as good as performance as Sam. (sounds very wrong to me) He expected as good of a performance as Sam.
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0answers
34 views

What is meaning of Hi There [on hold]

I have seen many people using "Hi there". I want to know what it means and when can we use it?
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0answers
31 views

Difference between star (verb) and starring [migrated]

Definition from the dictionary: star - (of a movie, play, or other show) have (someone) as a principal performer. Ok, sometimes I meet this word, used as follows: The movie stars Dustin ...
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0answers
17 views

What if I were to use the word “versus” for determining a noun? [on hold]

E.g., Oil versus water test or oil-versus-water test. Which one is correct?
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0answers
15 views

How do you frame this answer? [duplicate]

How do you frame this answer? Can't seem to get it. "Satya Nadella is the 2nd CEO of Microsoft." Note that the emphasis lies on 2nd.
2
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0answers
18 views

Which verb is the best for sending/extending/offering condolences? [on hold]

Which verb is the best for condolences: send, extend, offer? Or another?
0
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0answers
27 views

Word that means effectual or efficacious?

I'm an old guy suffering from a malady common among seniors: I often have trouble recalling the right word to express an idea. The word I'm trying to retrieve from my faltering brain means the ...
0
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1answer
24 views

Use of the words “welcome” and “welcomed” [on hold]

Monetary donations are "welcome" or "welcomed" in a sentence.
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10answers
2k views

Can a fact be 'biased'? [on hold]

Apropos of this baffling exchange I had with a right-wing 'Brexit' supporter on on Twitter yesterday I'd like to know if my definition of a fact ('a thing that is known or proven to be true') is ...
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0answers
51 views

Formal, scientific or mathematical word describing the discrimination between “multiple-choice” and “single-choice”

For example; I am constructing a web page that asks two questions. The first question is titled Marital status: from a list of choices; there can be only one. The other is a multiple-checkbox ...
3
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1answer
57 views

What is a gift called that is given to you to possess and keep but can be taken back at any time?

I have this gift that was given to me as a present for my birthday, but was informed that is not mine permanently but to keep until my friend wants it back. What is that kind of gift called?
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5answers
445 views

Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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3answers
31 views

Medicine or Medication in the past

I am translating a historical tv series about the Ottoman Empire. So in the 15th century do you ask for medication or medicine? Or is there a more appropriate word for it?
2
votes
1answer
57 views

Gender neutral singular “they” in the first person singular [duplicate]

Can I use they in the following fashion when referring to oneself? [Name] is a Web Developer at [company Name]. They holds a B.S. in Computer Science. The emphasis here is when one tries to ...
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0answers
29 views

Get sb kind of […] [on hold]

I'm wondering what rules have this sentence structure with "get" and "kind of" ? I mean, is it correctly wrote (gramma) or it is some native speaker way to express himself ? "Get everybody kind of ...
0
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0answers
48 views

What is the difference between error, mistake and fault? [on hold]

What is the difference between error, mistake and fault? When i hear error it always reminds me something related to computer maybe...
0
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0answers
13 views

Using make and appear to /be both at the same time?

Do these sentences sound correct or even at all grammatical? "These shoes make me appear taller than I am." "These shoes make me appear to be taller than I am." and how about this one? "Your lies ...
2
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1answer
56 views

Looking for a word describing the act of a person passing an access machine that does not imply if it is an entry or exit

I am translating a computer program interface that deals with granting access to places and records entries and exits of employees. I need to find a word that describes the act of an employee using an ...
2
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4answers
94 views

To reduce to nearly nothing (to make negligible)

Using a single verb, I want to express the act of making something negligible, i.e. very small or insignificant. "Neglate" doesn't seem to be english :) Example sentence: About the delay between two ...
0
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3answers
56 views

Correct use of the word “legible”

I am of the understanding the term applies only to physical text (print or handwriting). Or at the very least applies only to that which you can see. Not what you can hear. Is this the correct use of ...
6
votes
6answers
177 views

Word for a person that is being taken advantage of financially / leeched off

In English there is the concept of somebody who is a 'leech', and takes advantage of a second person's resources or generosity, financially or otherwise. What word or phrase could be used to denote ...
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0answers
64 views

Part of speech in a sentence

In the sentence: " I let him take the pen ... are the mentioned functions correct? I = subject let = main verb him = indirect Object take = the second verb (bare infinitive) the pen = Direct ...
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0answers
43 views

I have/will have time tomorrow? [migrated]

everyone. I have a question. I have time tomorrow. I will have time tomorrow. Which one is correct? Thanks.
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0answers
25 views

Is the word gleaned from good to be used in this context?

I am trying to write an objective for my resume. To take up a new and challenging position in IT Consultant, which will make best use of my skills gleaned from 5+ years of experience in the IT ...
0
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3answers
29 views

how to understand “ephemeral quality”? [on hold]

I saw the sentence in this article. The context is "By then, Cazale was not quite a star — he lacked that ephemeral quality — but he was regarded, in the industry, as a rare talent, in demand ...
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1answer
41 views

Passive/ active statement- specific question

Why don't you come this evening? She ________________ that evening [SUGGESTED] The answer is: suggested coming/that I/we come Why can't it be: 'suggested I came'- because the passive tense changes ...
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0answers
24 views

General rule for name and category, eg. “Variable x” or “x variable”? [on hold]

What's the general rule for name and category? Consider the following examples. If they have a special rule, note it. A variable called "x". --> Variable x equals 5, or Variable "x" equals 5, ...
2
votes
1answer
45 views

“It's hard to find a good path to taking this mission on”. Why “taking”

So the sentience is "It's hard to find a good path to taking this mission on", I wonder why it is "to taking it on" not "to take it on", is "taking" using as a gerund? Can I say "It's hard to find a ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Synonyms and antonyms of “specific” [on hold]

I am trying to come up with the names for the following two classes 1) Design-specification-specific 2) Design-specification-agnostic Somehow I feel that these can be named better. You can help ...
0
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0answers
28 views

One word for - learning from individual [on hold]

I am looking for a word which fits: learning from individual (with passion)
1
vote
2answers
47 views

One-word “rotatable, translatable, scalable”

I've run into a scenario where I want to describe something that can be rotated, translated (moved around) and scaled. However, calling out all those words in sequence is just ugly. Example, "The ...
1
vote
1answer
24 views

“Artists Take on Architecture”

"Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture" is the title of an exhibition. Does it mean "artists' understanding of architecture"? Thus, is "take" here a noun? If so, wasn't it better to say "...
0
votes
1answer
14 views

How to comprehend a sentence with multiple contrasting word and commas?

Darwin’s influence on modern scientific inquiry is largely ......; yet while Darwin’s ideas inform fields as disparate as genetics and social psychology, one cannot help but think that each group, in ....

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