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“On spring break” or “During spring break” [on hold]

Which is more normal to native English speakers: "I will be going to New York on spring break" or "I will be going to New York during spring break" Thanks
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1answer
53 views

Meaning of a henry ford quote [on hold]

What are some possible meanings for the Henry Ford quote, How come when I ask for a pair of hands, I get a human being as well?
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1answer
60 views

What is the meaning of…“and as many centuries”? [on hold]

In the book Pinocchio in Venice by Robert Coover, there's this sentence: On a winter evening of the year 19—, after arduous travels across two continents and as many centuries... What does ...
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22 views

'May it bring good health on you' [on hold]

After finishing a meal one would say to the other 'May it bring good health on you' or simply just 'good health'. If you were saying it to the person who made the food you may add 'God keep you to ...
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modal verb 'have to'

Do we use have to to express a strong probability? Are these sentences correct: This suit can’t really cost $200. This has to be a misprint. (to refer to the present possibility) Food prices have ...
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23 views

“all are both right and wrong” Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is there anything grammatically wrong with the following quote? "all are both right and wrong"
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2answers
88 views

Word for “the state of having eaten spicy food”

How do I say that my mouth is feeling very hot from the spicy food that I ate? What word should I say? Edit : Removed the I am ____ed constriction. I'm looking for a general term but not necessarily ...
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Inspiring from sth [migrated]

In my paper, I want to say a sentence like this: Inspiring from human societies, we want to do sth. As I searched it seems that "inspiring from" is not correct. What should I use instead of that? ...
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34 views

Polite reminder for some (pending) favour [on hold]

In formal writing, what would be a good/polite way to say that you are about to ask someone a favour, especially if that favour is not a new one, but something you already asked (but perhaps for some ...
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Your request to register for additional ten credits have been declined or [on hold]

Your request to register for additional ten credits have been declined. or Your request to register for additional ten credits has been declined.
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6 views

Newcomer Question [migrated]

I just thought I'd introduce myself to everyone on this site. My name is Suhayl, and I'm an aspiring poetry writer. Being a poetry writer, I, naturally have an infatuation with the English language, ...
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42 views

Adjective help- Is there a word out there to describe a charismatic asshole? Someone that is an asshole, but charming and you love them nonetheless [on hold]

Is there a word out there to describe a charismatic asshole? Someone that is an asshole, but charming and you love them nonetheless.
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PC:“You are an American”, MSF: “No Sir, I am from Kentucky”, what kind of response is that? [on hold]

edit: it seems this question is better ssuited for writers se, how do i move this there? I know following types of responses: Truthful, dishonest, sarcastic, unclear, In the movie edge of tomorrow, ...
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43 views

Where one finds phrases such as “imbued with ambivalence”?

Where one finds phrases such as "imbued with ambivalence"? From Source, some other phrases : "having many commonalities emanating from their histories", "issues had a significant interplay on (her) ...
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2answers
55 views

What does “why” mean in this sentence?

What is the meaning and usage of why in the sentence below: All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep-school for me and finally said, ‘Why—yees’ with very grave, ...
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Antecedent of “it” in “dropped the amulet into the bag and hooked it”

Sentence is: Jim dropped the amulet back into the bag and hooked it through his belt. Isn't there confusion here on the subject? It feels like 'hooked it' is still related to the amulet when ...
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39 views

Fictional writing: Beginning sentences with a verb

Would the structure of the following text be linguistically correct in a fictional write-up: Her beauty arises to action. Pierces my camera lens. Stabs the prism. Please take note of the latter ...
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2answers
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What is the English for the Swedish word 'snippa'?

This report appeared in yesterday's Observer - page 22. Little boys have a word for theirs. Now Swedish girls do too.... It begins: I only ever speak English to our three-year-old daughter, and my ...
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1answer
44 views

Verb for making enemy [on hold]

Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.
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32 views

“Curious as to who” vs. “curious of who”

I'm curious as to who you are. I'm curious of who you are. The person is anonymous and I'm just wondering who it is.
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Can “rentee” be used to refer to one who rents an item?

I am working on a project where I need to be able to distinguish between one who is offering something for rent, and one who is renting from someone. The phrases used need to be short and concise. ...
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How to use “blithe”?

I looked up blithe in the dictionary, which means "happy and without worry." For example, "She shows a blithe disregard for danger." I just don't understand what a blithe disregard means in the ...
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2answers
40 views

What does my accent sound like to you? [on hold]

I have been told by many - Scots mainly as I live in Glasgow - that I have a very obvious accent, though, they never seem to able to tell where I am actually from! I have attached a hyperlink to ...
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24 views

Is the word 'group' singular or plural in sentence: “My group of tenth-graders is/are so well behaved?” [duplicate]

I have read similar questions on this forum and as per best of my knowledge it should be considered plural because it's referring to every student of class. I read this sentence in my grammar book: ...
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26 views

How To reply without being rude [on hold]

"here are some protocols which needs to follow by everyone" How To reply without being rude? Please suggest.
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1answer
14 views

Use of apostrophe in English language [duplicate]

childrens' or children's which is correct. e.g. children's day is correct or childrens' day is correct. please help me which one is correct. Also please guide women's or womens' which is correct. or ...
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To + -ING form: e.g. “to getting”?

I look forward to getting first-hand insights and behind-the-scene perspectives from XXX’s professors who are thought leaders and experts in their fields. Should I replace to getting with to get ...
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1answer
29 views

“A” before an adjective and an uncountable noun [on hold]

Are there any cases when I need to use a/an before an adjective and an uncountable noun? For example, This is uncountable_noun_1_is_here. This is a an_adjective_is_here uncountable_noun_1_is_here. ...
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4answers
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Why is liquid a countable noun?

I read this sentence in a description to a podcast from https://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html Batter, “batter,” when we talk about cooking is a liquid, made usually with eggs, and ...
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'cut one off /loosen grip'

'Cut one off, or loosen grip'. Meaning if someone asks you to do something for them and you accept, but you then just don't do it. We have an idiom that translates something around the lines of 'he ...
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23 views

“pls reply the email in Chinese on my behave” [on hold]

If someone told me to "reply an email to others in Chinese on my behalf", shall I mentioned his name in that email?
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1answer
35 views

Is “stick with reality” idiomatic?

Ok, let say you are running a restaurant. When making important decisions, you often subjectively give your own personal ideas without paying attention to the real needs in reality or in real world. ...
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4answers
81 views

Word for multi opponent combat?

I'm googled it and cannot find an answer. I'm looking for a single word to describe multi opponent combat or multiple opponent training. Maybe even in the way of a skill. For example, a single person ...
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2answers
37 views

''some theory'' vs ''some theories''

I was wondering which one of the two is correct: ''he had some interesting theory to share'' or ''he had some interesting theories to share'' The latter sounds correct, a friend backed me on ...
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1answer
69 views

Is this a clumsy sentence? [on hold]

This is a fascinating book and contains a wealth of historical detail Source To me, this sounds clumsy, using the conjunction "and". If it is correct, would somebody tell me why?
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For 'also', how is ' the demonstrative sense of “similarly” weakened to “in addition to” '?

also (adv.) Old English eallswa "just as, even as, as if, so as, likewise," compound of all + so. The demonstrative sense of "similarly" weakened to "in addition to" in 12c., replacing eke. ...
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45 views

Word meaning “not preferred” - not antonym

I wish to distinguish between items that are preferred and items that are good, but not necessarily preferred. Is there a word to describe the latter?
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Is the writer of this line trying to shorten “time-saving and labor-saving” into “time- and labor-saving”?

Here's the paragraph is question below. The part I'm talking about is in bold. Festool has a reputation for producing expensive tools that provide benefits the other brands either lack or end ...
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A word or phrase for when something gets reported in the news and then similar stories follow

I'm trying to locate a word or phrase which describes this situation: when a relatively unusual news item is reported and then, in the following days, suddenly other examples of the same thing are ...
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1answer
51 views

Word for misusability

I'm trying to articulate a question on stackoverflow. In the question, I state that I'm designing an API, and I want to minimize "misusability" within that API. "Misusability" is not a word, as far as ...
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In what English-speaking communities does “trump” refer to the breaking of wind?

It is clear from this site that the verb to trump has been used extensively across Britain to refer to the breaking of wind. It is especially the case in the North, in Wales and certainly in Norfolk, ...
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39 views

Difference between “strong reaction of relief” and “lassitude” [on hold]

What is the difference between an expression of a strong reaction of relief and an espression of lassitude?
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1answer
56 views

Why isn't this incorrect?

Farmers who grow major crops such as corn, rice and wheat, aware that new developments in agriculture production can result in millions of dollars in additional revenue, switching to newer, ...
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0answers
23 views

“Welcome aboard” for senior cadre person [on hold]

Can a team member say "welcome aboard" to his team leader or a C level exec? Will that be considered as not giving enough respect?
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1answer
16 views

Function of a specific phrase in a sentence

In the following sentence, what is the function of "not, as one might assume, in English"? For example, is it some type of clause that modifies "wrote"? The Irish author Samuel Beckett originally ...
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42 views

Can people who suffer from a stutter or stammer sing without stuttering or stammering? [on hold]

I'm not sure what the preferred terminology is now, so I apologize if I'm using the wrong terms - I assure you that I mean no offense. I'm also not sure if this is the right place for this question, ...
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2answers
43 views

To blush To the Toes of Shoes

What does it mean when somebody says:" I blush to the toes of my shoes to admit "?
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3answers
21 views

Use of “Would” with “Have”

Please explain the use of "would" with "have". Can we use them together twice in a sentence. If not then why?
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1answer
31 views

How to use “in respective of” and how does it compare to “in terms of”? [on hold]

How to use the expression "in respective of" and how does it compare to "in terms of"? What is their appropriate usage?
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1answer
17 views

'Not to be taken as a standard'

Is this correct to say or is there another idiom or saying for it in english. 'Not to be taken as a standard to evaluate smb or smth.' Like if a team who wasn't expected to lose a friendly and ...

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