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Relative and demonstrative pronouns “that” and “those”

I think the sentence the difference between the behaviour of young people today and that of those in the past is correct, as that (relative pronoun) replaces behaviour and those (demonstrative ...
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Idiom for being stubborn about an opinion

Is there an idiom for the action when someone holds tightly onto his opinion? Like you keep to try convincing that person again and again but he keeps that opinion? I made some research but I ...
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1answer
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Why do some people pronounce “singer” as “singGer”?

I teach English to elementary students in Korea. One day, I noticed an African American female teacher pronounce the word,"singer" differently- "sinGer" , a strong G-sound. Is it common in America? ...
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Does “all” take a singular or plural verb form? [on hold]

Which of these sentences is correct? All of these things has meaning. All of these things have meaning. I want to ascertain if has or have should be used in this phrase. The correct word is all I ...
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“similarly like” or “same like”

If I have to relate one statement with another similar statement, how can I write it? For example: Similarly like ABC there should be second topic as well. Same like ABC there should be ...
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“with ~ing” vs. “and ~ed”

Reading through an article on drawing animal forms, I came across this paragraph Horses or deer evolved one or two very strong, elongated metatarsals, with their last finger digits becoming their ...
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“to” Preposition usage

Could you please let know why "to" Preposition is not used in first sentence, however in second one it is used. 1) I welcome John. 2) We welcome to “Veeru" junior. I request you to please let ...
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What's the difference between Earthed Line and the Earth Line?

What's the difference between Earthed Line and the Earth Line? Are they same meaning?
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How to pronounce (OS X) Yosemite in Australian English

In Australian English, is (OS X) Yosemite pronounced to rhyme with "vegemite", or the same as in Yosemite Sam, who is named after the national park?
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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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1answer
61 views

Can you begin a sentence with 'It's because…'

Someone I work with in an ESL setting is using "It's because..." to begin his sentences and I believe it doesn't sound natural. I am aware that he should be using 'because' to join the sentences but ...
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31 views

Words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place.

Are there any words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place? For example, maybe before I start to write a patent, I take potential rivals, expected costs and ...
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The history of 'aisle' and 'isle'

I've read about how the word 'aisle' and 'isle' each came from the French 'aile' and 'ile', respectively. I also read how the there was confusion between the two words, such that when 'isle' gained ...
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1answer
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Using possessive apostrophe with “or”

I've seen this addressed a lot with "and", but not with "or". In the three following sentences: It isn't John's or Mary's fault. It isn't John or Mary's fault. It isn't John's or Mary's ...
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How to express “prefer in order”

Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why ...
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2answers
24 views

am i using the proper grammar for this sentence? [on hold]

is it ok to use the sentence "I've been met with"? for example "i've been met with sorrow and grief."
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Can threshold implies minimum requirement in formal essay? [on hold]

Can threshold implies minimum requirement in formal essay? Thank you very much!
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“I was…and I was…” and/or “I was…and was…”? [duplicate]

Take for example the two sentences: "I was at the park and I was wondering about the future." "I was at the park and was wondering about the future." I hear the two being used interchangeably in ...
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0answers
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Does the punctuation work in these specified ranges?

As a matter of style, could these pass muster to you in terms of conciseness and punctuation - yes or no? I think they are clear and uncluttered. 5-10 year olds 5-10 year old prodigies 10-15 year ...
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How do you say if someone loved you but you didn't know that in the past

Consider you graduated from college many years ago and you run into a friend from college and she says that Alice loved you when we were students at college. Alice was your classmate, and we can also ...
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phrasal verb: 'coffee up'

I want to know what phrasal verb(s) 'coffee up' (as in 'it's good to coffee up for the day') is modelled on. What does 'up' mean in such examples? I'd appreciate your help.
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Which comes first? Grammar or language? [migrated]

I always have the impression grammar is just a tool to help studying and learning a language, i.e. it is a scientific tool invented for a language after the language has existed. But to think of it ...
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Are the words 'empirical' and 'experimental' interchangeable?

Are the two words interchangeable in the academia, specifically in the field of physics and engineering? I am currently reviewing an engineering paper, and the author has used the word ...
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Culinary language: “closhe”

In an episode of the TV show Chopped the dish-cover shown here was called a "closhe" but by definition a closhe (French for bell) is a "bell-shaped" cover (a simple Google image search will provide ...
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Are “caw” or “squawk” countable nouns?

So both "caw" and "squawk" are "a harsh noise made by a bird". Are these two words countable or uncountable? For example, which of the following two is more correct? All night I heard the caw of ...
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Why are many English contractions considered okay to use in contraction-form, but believed to “sound wrong” when used individually? [duplicate]

Some popular examples: Don't you know any better? Now use that with out the contractions: Do not you know any better? Want to bet that many English speakers would find this weird or wrong ...
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Why is the word “Villain” not spelled as “Villin”? [on hold]

This one makes no sense to me. On the face of it, "Villain" could be literally taken to be pronounced as "Vill" + "ain"; to be said as "Vill-ain" instead of its more literal expected form of ...
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2answers
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Simple explanation of the many functional uses of 'should'?

[User John Lawler]: So how many named special cases of each modal verb are there, in toto? There's 1. subjunctive should, and 2. mandative should, and 3. putative should, at least; and I ...
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1answer
41 views

Is there a better way to write multiple Nota Bene? i.e “n.b., n.b.b.” e.t.c

What is the preferred way to write: n.b. Thing. n.b. Related thing #2. Can you use an approach similar to P.S.?: p.s (post-scriptum) p.p.s (postquam-post-scriptum) Or, should it be ...
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2answers
52 views

Single word or phrase - conspiratorially exchanging glances

Is there a single word or a phrase for conspiratorially exchanging glances when someone does something inappropriate?
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Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I've been trying to figure out if this slogan requires a comma: Simple, streaming music. versus Simple streaming music I did some reading on comma rules here and here, but I'm still a bit ...
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How to rationalise the putative 'should'?

Why not simply use the English present subjunctive? Why use and thus complicate 'should' wits its many other meanings? How else can I rationalise the putative 'should', though I heed the Etymological ...
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I need to find out how to say this word who've

I don't know how to say this word so I need to find out how to say so that I can do my home work I am in 4 grade and I am doing my selling homework and I need you to help me find out how to say this ...
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“Batchy” indicating a bad taste?

My grandmother uses the term batchy to refer to food and drink with tastes that young palates won’t appreciate. For example: “Nana, can I try some coffee?” “No, dear. You don’t want that. ...
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1answer
71 views

Is there an alternative to “aren't I?” [on hold]

"Aren't I" sounds wrong to say, but as far as I know there are no alternatives. Does anyone have a quick, compact alternative to "aren't I" that sounds more grammatically correct? Thank you so much ...
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1answer
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Implied details of an “Internship” position in the US [on hold]

Disclaimer: I am not a native English speaker I am currently looking at job offers in the United States in the tech startup world (though not in the Bay Area). I have found a particular employer that ...
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4answers
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Missing reflexive when there's a preposition

English does distinguish between a regular pronoun and a self referential one in all persons. However, it seems like the reflexive form isn't always needed. She told him good bye and shut the door ...
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3answers
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fun - part of speech [on hold]

Compared to other languages, English is in practice pretty indifferent with regards to parts of speech. The lines are often blurry. I'm curious about the following phrase: It's fun. Usually, ...
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2answers
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What does “less than unity” mean in the following context…?

It's about wind power. Here is the context : "Few topics generate more controversy than capacity credits for wind plant. The capacity credit of any power plant may be defined as a measure of the ...
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Ungrammatical: “Half the boys jumped, but only a quarter of the girls did.”?

I'm writing a scientific paper and my coauthor claims that ending a sentence with "did" is ungrammatical. The sentence has the following form: Half the boys jumped, but only a quarter of the girls ...
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Is there a name for this: an idiom that ambiguously refers to itself?

Two examples I can think of: The athlete's Achilles heel was her Achilles heel. The chef's bread and butter is his bread and butter. In both cases, the order of the idiom and the thing it ...
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Word for describing ideas/questions that stimulate thought

Is there an specific word that could describe ideas/questions that could stimulate thoughts? For instance, if someone asks a question: 1). If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did ...
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Who was “Toody Hotpot”?

My late mother (born in the 1920s in London, where she lived all her life) was fond of saying of anyone who wasn't helping in any particular job or activity that they were "Just standing around, like ...
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1answer
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How to learn slang and idioms [on hold]

I'm leaning English, but as you know using some slang sentences or idioms make your speaking more interesting than usual, so I just want to ask a question "How to learn slang ?" or "How to understand ...
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Sift and Sieve definition

Recently, while reading a novel, I stumbled upon the word 'sifted'. This immediately got me questioning the difference between the verb 'sift' and the verb 'sieve'. Some dictionaries say 'sieve' is ...
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2answers
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An appropriate adjective

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...
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60 views

How would I instruct a reader to push a button with an ellipsis at the end? [migrated]

I am writing some documentation and want to instruct a user through a process. During the process the user should click a button to open another screen. I am unsure how to document this as the ...
2
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2answers
58 views

At the opposite spectrum of “at best”

The following was a comment of mine on an answer on Stack Overflow: This answer is misleading and incomplete at best. Plain wrong at worst. My intent was to express that an indulgent ...
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4answers
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Alternative, softer word for 'Employee'?

Afternoon all, A colleague and I have put together an internal feedback form in our workplace, and had to amend the previous form from the word 'Agent', referring to the individual receiving the ...
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Overcast and forecast [on hold]

Talking about the weather, I have always been confused with these two words: overcast and forecast. I wonder to know why they are so similar and in that time they have completely different meaning. ...

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