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What is the opposite of signee? [on hold]

Signee is the person who signs the contract, but what is the word for the person who gave the signee the contract in order to have it signed. For instance, if someone asks you to sign a ...
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The choice between “A” or “The” [duplicate]

This month is the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "The Speech". The title of his speech is however "A Time For Choosing". Why is it not "The Time For Choosing"?
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Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?

It's straightforward to refer to a "craftsperson" instead of a "craftsman" if one doesn't want to imply a gender. But "craftspersonship", "sportspersonship", and the like seem pretty cumbersome. Is ...
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“Came undone” in this context?

I was listening to a song of Frank Sinatra's called It Was a Very Good Year. A certain part got my attention because I did not quite understand what it meant: When I was twenty-one, it was a very ...
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American English, word for something you don't notice at once [on hold]

It's basically in the title, a detail that isn't obvious. Hope my posting etiquette is right, first time :)
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“I won't be home for three hours.” [on hold]

The sentence I won't be home for the next three hours means that I won't be staying at home for a period of time of three hours in a row (but I can be home, for example, for 2 hours, leave, and come ...
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Innovation Projects vs. Innovative Projects? What's the difference?

It seems to be that innovation projects refer to those projects that are going to innovate current systems or practices with newer things, or generally speaking, bringing something newer to replace ...
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What quality describes “degree of concentration of wealth”?

Suppose I wish to propose a challenge to quantify the "degree of concentration of wealth" as it pertains to "rep" on various Stack Exchange boards. The measure being used, the Gini index, is formally ...
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Is there a verb for making something continuous? [on hold]

I want to describe a process of expanding a function definition in a continuous manner and wanted to write it as a verb action. How would I do that?
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Why does “with” exist in this sentence?

I can't understand why "with" is needed in this sentence. Are you through with your lunch? I think that This sentence means "Did you have your lunch? " And in second sentence, there is no "with". ...
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Using article “the” when addressing a general category in an article [on hold]

I am writing an English paper; (actually translating into English from a Persian source), where the topic of "ending" in story writing is discussed. Due to frequent use of the term "story", can I use ...
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single word for “positive attribute” [on hold]

What is a single word that means 'positive attribute'? Possibly an antonym for "shortcoming." I need this word to describe some of the good features of a neighborhood. Maybe "features" is the word? ...
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Why is there no such word as “percentagely”?

If I want to use an adverb to say, for example: I'm not sure you could do it. I can say that percentagely / in percentage there are few hopes. Is there a specific reason there is no such word in ...
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Meaning of “exactly” in casual conversation

My question involves a group text conversation between friends whom are all native english speakers. Friend A began the conversation with a photograph of himself dressed up for a night on the town, ...
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Literary term for referring to a future event in the story line

Is there a literary term for when an author refers to something that is going to happen later? I am referring to two usages of this technique. The first is when an author says "as will be explained ...
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Word choice in this sentence [duplicate]

From/for/since last three months I haven't received any messages from him. Which preposition is correct in this sentence--from, for or since? Is 'last three months' a point in time or a period of time ...
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Communicating Last Full Week to users

I'm trying to communcate the idea of 'Last full week'. That is, the most recent Sunday through Saturday range that has totally finished. October 2014 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 ...
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Want to know meaning of a sentence [on hold]

What is the meaning of the following sentence: the new imperialism is what it is because it is a creature of capitalism.
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using “the” when referring to languages

When should one use "the" when referring to a language and when is just the noun appropriate? e.g. At the end of a quote one may see "Translated from the German." What about, "Joe translated the ...
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take a pill/medication/medicine? [on hold]

my friend needs to take a painkiller. She said, "I need to take a pill." I was wondering, is this the correct way to put it? somehow I feel that using the word pill made me think of birth control ...
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How to use for as a conjunction [on hold]

When I recall the short way of remembering a list of the conjunctions, FANBOYS, for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so, how could for be used as a conjunction? Could it be used in Justin and Mark could ...
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Real estate derivation [duplicate]

The derivation of "real" in the term "real estate". Can it be literal in describing parcels of land as distinguished from other appurtenances that was added or exists on the parcel? Could it mean ...
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what is the difference between speak to and talk to [duplicate]

I am confused with these two words, speak to and talk to. For example, I can say "I will never speak to a man about this." Can I substitute "speak to" here with "talk to"? Is there any difference? I ...
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Wounded Sustained [on hold]

The family of John who died of wounded sustained when shot in the head has found traces of the murderer. Hi, I didn't get the meaning of sustain in this sentence. What does it mean here?
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Even though + Adverb usage

I'm not sure if these sample sentences below are grammatically incorrect, but they sound very odd to me. I couldn't see the man even though actually he was there. He still got hit even though ...
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What is the keyword used to designate a semantic field specific to a certain period of time?

When the words 'bowler hat, shilling, bobby...' appear in a text, they tend to show that it is from a certain time period. What's the word used to describe this sort of giveaway? It's kind of ...
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Is there a term for a question that repeats something someone just said, followed by a stressed interrogative pronoun?

Examples: "She said you were here and saw everything." "She said WHAT?" "They are going to Swaziland in November." "They are going WHERE?" People stress the interrogative pronoun usually ...
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Word for sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep

A sudden feeling of hunger and wanting to eat may be called a hunger pang. Is there a word for a sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep?
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Formal way of saying “how it feels like to do sth.”?

How may I adapt the following sentence so that the adapted version is formal? Through this internship, I experienced how it feels like to work in a top company.
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differentiating between all that and what

Original-- extracted from the book Scarlet Letter: Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains to crime, ...
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Grammar rules for comparisons with similar structures

The original quote I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than suffer the pain of regret Variations: I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than the pain of regret I would ...
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Brackets enclosing job titles [on hold]

What would be the legal reason for someone placing round brackets around a job title? example (Case Manager on the Disputes Team)
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Verb for “tradeoff between A and B”? [on hold]

What verb should I use in Moving along this curve, we ________ the tradeoff between the retail price and quantity. I wish to express that we have the freedom to either have a low price and a ...
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Pronunciation of file format GIF [on hold]

While browsing the internet I found several cases in which people argue what is the correct way to pronounce .gif. There are two sides in this argument: People pronouncing it with a hard g as in ...
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Word or phrase for something with many future possibilities [on hold]

Tired of repeating during presentations. When stating that a new idea has many possibilities for the future, what are other ways to make this point? 'Limitless', perhaps 'potential', but what else ...
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the best preposition for “review” [on hold]

What is the best preposition for a word "review"? Leave review of Macau/about Macau/on Macau. And what prepositions shouls be used in the sentence "We are looking reviews (about) Macau (by) the ...
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Noun instead of gerund 'expecting'

What noun can be used instead of the gerund expecting? Users below have suggested expectancy, but neither its definition nor expectation's, mentions pregnancy. I ask not about ...
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What is the meaning of “ironically” in this passage?

A rocket launched and shortly exploded on Tuesday. Below is passage from a news article written about it: This was the second launch attempt for the mission. Monday evening's try was thwarted by a ...
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Technical term for social questions?

Is there a (technical) term that can summarize "society" practical and in theory? Like when I say a country has its politics, education system and ... "society issues"? Asked differently: is there a ...
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Comma before “where” – “produce cine [loops, where]/[loops where] changes observed.” – Identifying vs. Nonidentifying Clause? Essential clause?

Comma placement before “where” – “Gradual deformations of a tendon can produce cine [loops, where]/[loops where] changes in echo intensity can be observed.” – Identifying vs. Nonidentifying Clause? ...
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Adverb position: 'I have also been working" or 'I have been also working'?

I doubt about the place of the adverb 'also' in the following sentence: 'I work at the hospital, and for three years I have also been working for my PhD at the University.' Should I say: 'I have been ...
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What Shakespeare means to say? [on hold]

In Macbeth, Act I, Scene IV, Duncan says, "Would thou hadst less deserved' That the proportion both of thanks and payment Might have been mine!" What does he mean? Does he mean to say that the ...
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Alternate, but not exclusive interpretation

Is there a word to suggest that an interpretation is another possibility, but that it isn't necessarily exclusive with the previous interpretation. Here's an example of what I'm writing: Firstly, ...
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Why does modern English only have one affirmative response? [on hold]

I learned that nearly all Germanic languages have two affirmative responses, one of which answers a positively framed question and the other answer a negatively framed question. In modern English, ...
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Is this in-text citation correctly punctuated?

I wonder if the following punctuation I made in my literary translation for an in-text citation is correct in conventional English. Or should I omit the period after parentheses? Or should I omit the ...
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What's the meaning of “if anything else”?

I don't seem to understand the exact meaning of "if anything else" in the beginning portion of the sentence below. I think I could use your help to understand what it actually means. If anything ...
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Write a thanks for birthday wish [on hold]

My boss wished me on my birthday personally. I have to say thanks to him in a polite manner. What would i write.
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“Through” is used mostly with general verbs?

"while in some foreign countries" is correct but, "while through some foreign countries" is NOT Why is that? I guess it's because "through" is commonly used with general verbs as in "while traveling ...
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How do you pronounce “ a ”

I'v heard this sentence " If you kiss a frog, it turns into a prince. " and the British announcer read this sentence like this If you kiss [ ɛɪ ] frog, it turns into [ ə ] prince Is there any ...
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the last but not the least usage [on hold]

I'm asked to host a English speech contest and I need some help from native speakers. I really appreciate it if anyone could help me. Does this sentence make sense? It makes me feel how cruel ...

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