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Is “chaperon” versus “chaperone” a US versus British English thing?

I've noticed that "chaperone" can also be spelt "chaperon", without the "e" at the end. Is this a case of American English simplifying a British English word, or something else? The original French ...
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What do you think about this character flaw? [on hold]

What is the character trait of a person who wants money or material things before showing interest in another, but interest wanes when the rewards cease?
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What's the correct pronoun for “people like us”?

In the sentence "people like us never wash […] hands", should the pronoun be "our" or "their"?
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Proper use in singular: Life is better with a pet or a dog or pets?

I always though that proper sentence would be: Life is better with a pet. When you are referring to having only one pet and not generally mean what kind of pet. But all i find on google and even ...
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What is the difference between This is a letter or this is the letter [duplicate]

Which is the correct one: This is a letter from my friend who lives in Paris or This is the letter from my friend who lives in Paris
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Is there any all-purpose opposite for “in person”?

I'm looking for a term or single word that can be used as the opposite of "in person" in situations we might be involved in a given activity without our direct (physical) presence, like: Taking ...
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how while usage in this sentence written below which is asked in amcat 2015 [on hold]

Can i know how while used in in this context. He is better acquainted with the place ____ I am . (a) which (b) that (c) while (d) than ANS:(C)
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Help rewrite my mission statement [on hold]

We believe in: • Enhacing hiking oportunities by to exploring new trails and diverse ecosystems • Preserving hiking trails throught sharing our passion and knowledge • Hiking trails are our ...
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I wouldn't vs I'd not

I'm defending my word choice to an editor in a novel I've written. There are two points of view: one is a native Irish speaker, and the other, an American born and raised here. They're both eighteen. ...
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Is there a kind of “official” dictionary for the English language?

Context On languages having an Academy (I know it's not the English case thanks to this SE site) it's usual that those academies edit and maintain a kind of official dictionary for that language. ...
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I don't feel on my biceps/particular muscle [on hold]

Is the usage correct? While doing a particular biceps exercise, I don't feel on my biceps.
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Meaning of “to have seconds” [on hold]

I'm watching Futurama now, and on episode s1e7 there is Zoidberg's quote I cannot understand nor find out the explanation. The dialog is: Amy Wong: Is this salt water? Bender: It's salt with ...
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Help with direct equivalents? [on hold]

3 questions: Is there a direct equivalent to the Bahasa term 'kepedasan', as in "Hei, kamu kepedasan ya?" in English? and greget as in 'Makan jus paku BIAR GREGET' (found on the Indonesian 9GAG, 1cak) ...
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Any better alternatives to “open doors to a new world/findings/horizons/etc. for sb”?

Results of experimental models show great dependency on site conditions and experiment method. Under these conditions, statistical and AI-based methods (artificial neural networks and fuzzy ...
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“accounts for up to” vs “is gained from”

I am arguing with my colleague about what phrase is easier to understand, i.e. "accounts for up to" vs "is gained from". My wording is the following: Sometimes this sector accounts for up to 70% ...
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1answer
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Is it okay to say, “I would rather eat it than look at it”?

I know "than" can be both preposition and conjunction and in this case it seems to serve as a conjunction. But the sentence doesn't look right and I think the right sentence would be, I would ...
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How to distinguish between temporal and longterm hate/hating of sb

When I say I hate someone in could be in a heat of a moment. "I hate him." (right now, because he ate my chocolate). However I could "I hate snakes." (all my life). It is still the same word. Are ...
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Keeping my soul and my senses apart

Trying to translate a famous song. Something's gotten hold of my heart Keeping my soul and my senses apart What is the meaning of "senses" here? Is it "mind, clear state of mind" or ...
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1answer
35 views

meaning of ludic and play [on hold]

"The Ludic City" is the title of a book by Quentin Stevens. It is about the role of "play" in urban areas. But does "play" here mean in regard to "theatre and performance" or "game"? I think the ...
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0answers
23 views

Evaluable vs. Evaluatable

How do we describe "something that can be evaluated"? My first thought was "evaluatable", since we have inflate -> inflatable debate -> debatable equate -> equatable However, ...
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1answer
55 views

“available (availability)” vs. “valid (validity)” for “having sufficient power or efficacy” in AmEng vernacular

Per Random House Webster's College Dictionary, Ed. 1991, available suitable or ready for use; of use or service; at hand: I used whatever tools were available. readily obtainable; ...
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1answer
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Other special hyphenation examples than eight-teen

According to The TeXbook [Don Knuth, 1984], solution to Exercise 14.8, the word eighteen should be hyphenated eight-teen. It is, indeed, standard practice in pre-reform German to contract triple ...
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This thesis statement. Whats wrong? [on hold]

I want to diagram this and know about any errors. I'm not too experienced with semicolons XD. For the continued prosperity and equality among people of every race, educational level, gender, location ...
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2answers
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Grammar Rules regarding the pronoun 'it'

"I want to be a doctor. I like helping people that's why I want to be it." "Where's your new iphone? Can you show me it?" What grammar rules govern the use of the pronoun 'it' in these sentences. They ...
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1answer
36 views

What is the source for “My back foot!”

Does anyone know where the phrase "My back foot!", used as an expression of disbelief comes from? The seemingly, obvious source would be a reference to being on the defensive as to the truthfulness of ...
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Language school & language institute

I'm a non-native English speaker in Iran. Here we have schools to which students go to learn about different subjects such as math, history and English. We have institutes (or at least we call them ...
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2answers
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Usage of “Sufferer” in Diseases and Disorders

So I've recently seen a few people use the word "sufferer" to describe themselves having a certain mental disorder. I know that a person thinking that they are suffering a certain disorder may be ...
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What is the difference between “perpetrator” and “transgressor”? [on hold]

I don't quite understand when one might be applied, but not the other. Also, is anyone who committed a transgression a transgressor, or might they also be perpetrators? Does it make a difference? ...
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What is the difference between “look into” and “look at” when used in figurative meaning? [on hold]

Thank you for sending me the introduction of your company. We will "look into"/"look at" it later. What is the difference between "look into" and "look at" when used with a figurative meaning ...
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1answer
50 views

What's the longest word that has survived from Old English?

I recently saw this question Did the "We shall fight on the beaches" speech mainly use words from Old English? If so, why? about Winston Churchill's famous "Fight them on the beaches" speech ...
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2answers
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Meaning of the phrase: “I am but one.” [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the phrase: "I am but one." In sentence it is used as: "I am but one person out of the billions that exist on this earth."
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Difference of “I visited / have visited the museum many times when I was a university student.” [on hold]

(a) I visited the museum many times when I was a university student. (b) I have visited the museum many times when I was a university student. What is the difference between (a) and (b)?
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0answers
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They don't like I spend time alone vs they don't like me spending time alone

"They don't like I spend time alone" I'm not a native speaker but I found this sentence written by non-native speaker kind of awkward and I'm wondering if this sentence is natural or grammatically ...
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1answer
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“cf. with” vs “cf.”?

The abbreviation cf. according to Wikipedia should be read as compare. Which, therefore, of the following would be a more correct statement: 1) The properties of the electric field are given below ...
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“Try to open the car” vs. “Try opening the car” [migrated]

I have a few questions. Do the following structures sound natural to native speakers? Is there any difference in meaning between them? Try to open the car. Try opening the car. You ...
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Origin of phrase “passing the trash”

In broadest terms, the phrase Passing the Trash describes dealing with corrupt individuals by giving them transfers, new job titles or even promotions. However, a quick search with Google suggests ...
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What is the correct usage I have (I've) or I multiple times in one sentance?

This probably won't change your life, however I'd love to know which is correct and why? "I compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I've compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I compiled a list ...
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1answer
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“Have a shower” vs “Take a shower”

According to take-a-shower-bath-or-have-a-shower-bath, there are already many answers there, but it's still not clear for me. I still wonder that Have a shower and Take a shower, are they the same ...
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Could you Clarify the Front - Back & Close - Open position & other positions in between in IPA vowel chart?

See the IPA vowel chart A front vowel is any in a class of vowel sound used in some spoken languages. The defining characteristic of a front vowel is that the tongue is positioned as far in ...
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Has Usage defeated Grammar, so that “none” is now plural and “data” is singular? [on hold]

Other Q & A have dealt with parts of the evolution of these two words, but shifts in meaning move quickly. I thought an update would be interesting
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“They are Australian” vs “They are Australians” [migrated]

On the very first page of "Essential Grammar in Use" book of R.Murphy. He wrote Those people aren't English. They're Australian. My question are Is this sentence grammatically correct? What ...
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2answers
33 views

What does “Take a collective look” mean? [on hold]

Surely the fortieth anniversary is a good time to take a collective look at this problem. What does Take a collective look mean?
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3answers
78 views

Idiom whose etymology involves misunderstanding the original meaning

I found this question on a rather fascinating (if unapologetically prescriptivist) website: Is there any idiom -- not a single word, but a full phrase -- whose meaning has changed over the years, ...
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2answers
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Can I say “had better do this THAN do sth else”?

I'd like to form this sentence: For the sake of learning more, one had better seem to not know much than to know everything However, I am not fully sure if I can use "than" with "had better" ...
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1answer
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where does the phrase “all of a 2 'n 8” originate from?

where does the phrase "all of a 2 'n 8" originate from? It means - not knowing what to do - confused - unsettled
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1answer
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Is “yet” and “ever” interchangeable in “the most pivotal contest yet / ever”

Today’s (February 7) Time magazine carries an article titled, ”Republicans ready for eighth debate,” which starts with the paragraph, “Republican presidential candidates will face off in New Hampshire ...
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Countable singular nouns not preceded by any articles in some circumstances, What could be the reasons?

Occasionally, It can be noticed that even countable singular nouns are not preceded by any articles, especially for book or article titles or song names, What could be the reason for writers to ignore ...
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1answer
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“I decided just to go away”, “I decided to just go away”, “I just decided to go away”?

What I mean is: I decide this: just going away. Does any of the sentences below convey that sense in a gramatically correct way? I decided just to go away. I decided to just go away. I just ...
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3answers
103 views

The “wrought /wreaked havoc” misunderstanding

According to the American Heritage Dictionary: the past tense and past participle of the verb to wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work. ...
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2answers
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What is the word for the face of a mountain or a huge rock that rhymes with edifice?

I think it kind of rhymes with 'edifice' or *'Irifice' or something. Can someone give me a word for the face of a mountainous brown rock?

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