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the dynamic would surely be altered

What does "the dynamic would surely be altered" mean in the following context? If I wish, I may effectively restart the pilgrimage into the unknown, though, with no necessary end in sight this ...
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What is the word for “other people's thinking”?

For years I've been using the word dogma to describe other people's thinking. This is an example of how I used it: Don't get caught up in other people's dogma...live your own truth... Basically ...
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wish to know what the correct order is

Here is a quote out of the novel "The Heiress": "...and it would have been difficult to decide who was the most gratified of the three; certainly Helen was not the least so." Shouldn't the correct ...
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What is the correct way to phrase? [on hold]

Which is the preferred usage; "Fix for BBD layer appearance" OR "Fixing for BBD layer appearance" (a) for staining, (b) for stabilising, the polymicrobial samples.
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Is the expression “By the gods!” an interjection?

In the work of art it reads as follows: "No, by the gods! Would that it had been!"
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Possessive Pronouns - they made the final decision vs they made their final decision

Should I use Possessive Pronoun in the following case ? Maybe there was a misunderstanding, I thought they made the final decision but clearly that was wrong Maybe there was a misunderstanding, I ...
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Should I use the Genitive case in the following case ? Paola's answer [migrated]

Should I use the Genitive case in the following case ? I should've waited until Paola's answer I should've waited until the Paola answer
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36 views

Archaic verb form “bare”, its semantics

In King James Bible, John 12:6 we read: This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. As said here, bare is archaic ...
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sequence of tenses in conditional mood

If I ruined this relationship, I would kill myself because I wouldn't be able to forget about the love I had lost. I would like to know whether "had lost" is correct. Maybe "have lost" would be ...
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24 views

Reported speech word order

I need to convert the following to reported speech: in terms of availability of coming to Germany how much notice do you need? Which one is correct ? When he asked me what was my ...
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32 views

Should one enclose variable names in commata?

In scientific writing, when should one enclose variable names in commas? Take the following example sentences: 1a) "For a set of pixels S, two pixels p and q from S are said to be connected if ...
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Does “the military” refer to any military?

When someone uses the term "the military" is it implied they are talking about the military of the current country they are in, or any military? For example I sometimes see on application forms "Have ...
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How will “winning” be percieved?

If I use the phrase "winning business" as a byline to a logo. How will it generally be percieved? 1) Like a winning business 2) Like the act of winning business 3) Doesn't make any sense to have ...
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Can “zero hours contracts” be considered as not grammatical?

Zero hour contract (or zero-hour contract) can be found : Number of workers on zero-hour contracts in UK rises to 801,000 Zero hour contracts are a hot topic in employment. Zero hour ...
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1answer
15 views

'and what are the (…)'

I come across this sentence structure quite a lot, and every time again I wonder if it is actually grammatically correct. Example: In general, we know why groups mobilize in the EU, what ...
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1answer
16 views

“After all” usage

When to use "After all" ? In what context? Could someone provide examples on this? In some contexts, i have seen it using as a 2 different words "after" and "all". I am really not clear on how to use ...
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How to write £1 million where style guide clashes

I am writing the figure of £1,000,000 in a presentation but finding that my style guide clashes with what looks right. 'Million' must be spelled out. '£' must be used instead of 'pounds'. Numbers ...
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Generic one-word term for “fixed date and time”?

I'm looking for a generic word that describes a fixed date and time, as an entry in a datebook, translating from the german word "Termin". An online translation tool suggests "appointment, deadline, ...
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When should I end online comments with a period?

I'm wondering what the rule is for when you post comments online. Here are some examples: Yeah, I totally agree Terrible Nice picture I wouldn't do that myself Would I end these with a period? Or ...
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Correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders

I'm trying to establish the correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders I put into my Google Calendar. I was wondering how should the following be capitalised: John's birthday ...
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“Any” or “some” in indirect questions

If we want to report a question with any, e.g. "Is there any milk in the bottle?", it becomes "if there was milk in the bottle", technically it isn't a question any more. So, should we say "some milk" ...
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“Pardon” vs “Please can you repeat that”?

In a client/business conference call , when you do not hear, what the speaker was saying or the message was unclear due to noise disturbance, what is the professional way to say it:- Pardon Could ...
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1answer
38 views

Connotation of “dime novel”

In the afterword of its novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury states that I didn't know it, but I was literally writing a dime novel. However dime novel seems to have a negative connotation, ...
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Word for bringing supply chain into a business

For example, a company that makes telephones might develop expertise in chip making thereby avoiding reliance on a 3rd party supplier. What is the word or term for this business practise?
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please let me know the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

Whenever I cannot understand some English expression, I am getting big help from this site. Very useful website and good people. Anyway. I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode ...
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Phrase for hosting or supporting children activities

Is there a phrase or word that would fit the activity (verb or noun) of hosting or supporting an activity for your children etc. Such as coaching the soccerteam, or perhaps just taking them to a ...
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Different uses of would [on hold]

The following are some uses of would: Willingness: They asked us whether we would join them for dinner. Consent: If you would only stop talking, I will explain. Preference: I would rather not. I ...
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Which one is correct to use?

I'm confused with a sentence that would ask for concerns in business writing. Which of the below sentences is correct to use: Let us know if any concerns. or Let us know concerns if any.
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1answer
23 views

Any difference between pleasure to us to… vs. pleasure of ours to…?

I am writing a super-formal letter (it is a semi-legal text) and I am unsure if there is any sensible difference between writing "It is a great pleasure to us to..." (26,200,000 hits on Google) ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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betray you for nothing

Can one say a. I will betray you for nothing. instead of: b. I will not betray you for anything. ? Normally, (a) would mean: I will betray you even if I don't get anything out of it. I will ...
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24 views

What is the difference between Know and knew [on hold]

How to use know and knew properly in a sentence..?
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422 views

What is a word for “loudly whispered”?

Example: "Don't make a sound!" he _______ed, trying to be as loud as he could without being too noticeable.
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Upper case and lower case [on hold]

The phrase of 'English language'and 'English Language' which one is correct? Thank you.
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What is a word for “loosely mirror” something/someone else?

The student "loosely mirrored" the moves of the dance instructor, trying his best to mimic the motions.
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1answer
15 views

comparative phrase 'more than'

I don't know the meaning of the phrase in this sentence We are seldom exposed only to a single contaminant in the environment-but more often than not to a cocktail of chemical mixture. How ...
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If “nice” is an adjective, what kind of word is “niceness”?

Say you have the adjective "nice". If something is nice, then it has the quality of niceness. What type of word is "niceness"? Is it still an adjective?
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“celebrating” or “to celebrate”?

The following sentences are the same except the bold parts. Which of the following sentences sounds natural to native speakers of English? A, B or both? A: Farmers who are growing rice for profit ...
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What's a word for “annoyingly posh”?

Example: We were escorted into the old country club, and I made an instant grimace over how ______ the ambiance was."
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What is it called when you can't tell a person's age?

So if androgynous means visibly indeterminate gender, what would you call someone of visibly indeterminate age? "I can't tell that Asian guy's age. He's [age-ogynous]."
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Is this sentence true? [on hold]

Kindly be informed that America will borrow 12 drums HEDP for the batch of 1602181001 from Brazil. America will return the stock once america's stock arrives by 3rd week of May 2016. Please do the ...
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52 views

“Have you washed it” vs “Did you wash it”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between these two questions? Your car looks very clean. Have you washed it? Did you wash it?
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38 views

Modality of would in English [duplicate]

What is the meaning of 'would ' in the following sentences? I have tryed to give my understanding of these sentences in brackets. Please explain these each sentences with meanings in details.Thanks a ...
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“Relationship to” vs. “Relationship with”

I found two different terms regarding relationship: "Relationship with the applicant" while filling the invitation form "Relationship to the applicant" while filling the application form Whether ...
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1answer
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Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent

In this clip, Lex Luthor says, "Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent." Could he have said instead, "Bruce Wayne is meeting Clark Kent." in the same context? What's the reason for going with the present ...
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Is “and” used correctly in this sentence? How does it change the meaning if I remove it?

It's hard for me to figure out why the writer uses "and" in the end of the following sentence. Like "and of which we and those who come after us have a right to be proud." "It is no good talking ...
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21 views

What is a visual pun? [on hold]

I know what a regular word pun is, but what qualifies as a visual pun? Please explain what qualifies as it.
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1answer
24 views

Neuronal Regenerative Response [on hold]

Please rephrase the following question grammatically: can neural reprocessing cause a kinesthetic response? I've tried and can't get it right.
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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct?

I have two sentences and I would like to know whether both are correct or one of them should be preferred over the other: The availability of sensors in many applications necessitates that the ...
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Why did the writer use “would” instead of “loved” [migrated]

I can't understand why the phrase beneath is written that way. "She needed someone that would love her for more than just one night" I've seen the same construction in other cases. Hope someone can ...

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