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The ordering of word pairs: anyone for chips and fish?

When we list pairs of words, certain orders seem much more common and natural than others. A few examples: Fish and chips instead of chips and fish Ladies and gentlemen instead of gentlemen and ...
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How to avoid the word “that” in a reception history

I'm writing a reception history and find myself expressing the sources as "X said Y about Z" or "X said that Z was Y" (mainly the latter). I can vary the verb and invert the sentence, but how else can ...
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“for students who” or “for students whom”?

Which of the following example sentences is correct? (one uses who and the other uses whom) This has caused a problem for students who, up until recently, were in good shape. or This has ...
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Can we use apostrophe for holidays?

Can I say 13 days of March is Nowruz's holiday? Or I shouldn't use apostrophe?
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Do you get killed or do you be killed?

Wondering which version is correct of these two sentences: "I will go to war where I will be killed." or "I will go to war where I will get killed." I was thinking it might be an american english ...
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Is it required to use a modal verb in the subjunctive mood?

Consider the following statement: If I were you, I would go to the doctor. As far as I know, a modal verb or a past tense can be interchangeably adopted to express the subjunctive mood. It seems,...
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How do you politely say in this situation? [on hold]

Our company was supposed to undertake tasks and place in the position as contact desk for a certain event、but the negotiations ended up with being broke off. A customer is currently contacting us ...
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Can “harder” be used when the base case is null?

I'm mostly concerned with being able to say "I should try harder" when I'm currently not trying at all. This seems right to me, but other similar situations like "I should jump higher" if I'm not ...
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A word for someone who always lies and never keeps promises [on hold]

My dad always promises to do things and get me things like for my graduation or my moving away gift but never does. I want to confront him about it, but I don't have a word for what he does. Does ...
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History of using “fact” as an interjection

There is a common (maybe even hackneyed) rhetorical device of interjecting the word fact before or after spoken statements to emphasize that the statement is true. Here's an example from a TED Talk ...
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How to translate a Brazilian term that means “sell company cars”

There is a process in Brazil called 'desmobilização' and I would like to know how to properly translate this term to the English language. So let me give an example: Imagine a company having a few ...
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What does insolent mean?

I was looking up the definition of "impertinent" and dictionary.com defined it as "insolently rude." I was always under the impression that insolent meant excessively rude/disrespectful so the phrase ...
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what is the meaning of “spell” in that context [on hold]

Would you please help to understand the meaning of the word spell in the follwoing context? Over the past five years, Egypt has seen revolution and counter-revolution, a brief spell of civilian ...
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What preposition should I use before “celebration”?

What preposition should I use before celebration? At a celebration In a celebration On a celebration The context is: Nowruz holidays, the 'New Year's Day' in my country, are 13 ...
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Difference in pronunciation of “a team” and “A team”?

I noticed that I pronounce the A differently based on the intended meaning: I belong to the A-team. (like ey in they) and I belong to a team. (like a in apple) Are the pronunciations ...
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What is a word that means “something that is commonly known, but not commonly talked about”?

For example, nobody likes to use the restroom after they take a shower because you slide around on the seat, but that's not something commonly talked about between persons. Or the well understood, ...
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What can “impolitic” really mean?

I stumbled upon the word "impolitic". The original text deals with Chinese philosophy and would probably be more of a distraction than a help. I did my best to clarify the question through searches. ...
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“The Industry of Future” or “The Industry for Future”? [on hold]

In the context of "Industry 4.0", which one of the above best suits to express the concept? "The Industry of Future" or "The Industry for Future"? More explicitly, if one asks which one better suits ...
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Is there a word for enjoying something, but disliking the fact that other people enjoy it or disliking the way they enjoy it?

Elitist or snobbish comes close to what I mean, but I don't feel like either of those are descriptive enough. I'm just wondering if there's a more specific word. For instance: I find that when I ...
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Can you end one syllable words with a lax-vowel?

Is it OK proper to end a one-syllable word in a lax vowel? I only ask because of this comic strip XKCD. Hint - you have to hover your mouse over the image a bit for the alternate text to display.
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51 views

What decides how to read a Roman number in titles?

Is there a fixed rule that decides whether to read a Roman numeral as a cardinal number or an ordinal number? For Example, WWII, we say World War Two, but Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth the ...
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Is this pathetic fallacy or a different type of literary technique?

In the novel I am currently reading, it is said that someone hits the iron: "...raining blows down on the victim" I originally thought that this was pathetic fallacy, as the author is using the ...
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What is an alternate name for “Graduate Student”?

To me, Graduate Student sounds like a contradiction in terms. What is another commonly used word or phrase? I have been in the US my whole life and never heard one. Looking at definitions, I don't see ...
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It there a better way to say, “Thank you for your inquiry about my business?” [on hold]

Would it be better English to say instead "inquiry into our business?"
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Why is it “study the [instrument]” instead of “study playing the [instrument]”?

Musicians often say things like "I study the violin", but "I majored in violin performance". It seems to me that it should be "I study violin performance" to both match with the thing actually being ...
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Like me or such as me

“Some people, like me, don’t look disabled, but the disabilities are real,” Hardiman stated. “As more of us age, disabilities will increase and many people will rely on service dogs.” “Some people, ...
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What is the origin of the expression “do me a solid”?

What is the origin of the phrase "do me a solid"? The definition I am referring to: do me a solid do something for someone as an act of kindness; do someone a favor. Example usage: Hey ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “taking the long way around a square”?

A new apartment building is going up on our block, and the sidewalks are closed on that side of the block. "Oh well," I told my wife, "we'll just have to...wait, I swear there's a phrase for ...
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Is there name of the person in the comprehension position and production position?

The four aspects of communicating are: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Reading and listening are comprehension, writing and speaking are production. So, what is the word for a person in the ...
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Those who could not met people, unless they visited(?) those places [on hold]

I'm a newcomer here. I'd like to ask if it's right to say like "Those who could not met people, unless they went(?) to the meeting." I'm trying to say those who are not able to meet people if they ...
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Why is “in threes” an adverb? [on hold]

While explaining a grammar concept, someone gave me these sentences as examples. In both sentences, he says "in threes" functions as an adverb. "The kids are playing in threes." "Give me ...
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Lead someone to make a statement

Is the verb "lead" used in the sense of "getting someone to do something by a cunning" Does the phrase "lead someone to say something" make sense? Also, would it make sense if I turned it around e.g. "...
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When can I use the word Temporal?

I'm wondering about the word "temporal." The definitions I've read are as follows: adjective adjective: temporal relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular. synonyms: ...
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36 views

Is “his bad” alright? [on hold]

I've seen many people using 'my bad' for an apology, so is it alright to use 'his bad' or 'her bad' by the same token?
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132 views

Past Perfect vs Past Simple

The following quotation is from Greg Egan's novel Permutation City: The terrace house, one hundred and forty years old, was shaped like a cereal box. It had originally been part of a row of eight; ...
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What's the correct way to quote song lyrics? [on hold]

Do you attribute it to whomever wrong the lyrics, or to whom actually sings/speaks them? Or it is simpler/more correct to just use the name of the band/group? What about a cover song? Can you quote ...
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Active voice corresponding to “what he shall be done to”

The following is a quotation from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. No, reprobate! You are a castaway - be off, or I'll hurt you seriously! I'll have you all modeled in wax and clay; and the ...
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What is the proper way to use ' ones ' or ' one's ' this word in sentence?

It's said that this is not a good idea to think in my native language (Turkish) then try to translate it to English. But I couldn't find to correct word/phrase to express this sentence: I didn't ...
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Is there any difference between the sentence below [on hold]

Is there any difference among.the following sentences she has lived in this city her whole life she has lived in this city for her whole life she has lived in this city in her whole life
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Is it correct to say it “existed from the beginning” or it “existed since the beginning”? [duplicate]

I have heard some people say that something had "existed from the beginning" and others say that it had "existed since the beginning". Which one is correct?
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How to use the word “mainstream” in a sentence

Should we use "the" before the word "mainstream"? I have found some sentences on the internet and not sure if they are right and if they right then not sure why they are right without the word "the." ...
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Category of “In cahoots.”

If I say "They were in cahoots", 'cahoots' makes most sense as a noun. There are different kinds of nouns. I'm sure different linguistic systems divide them up differently. For instance, there are ...
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Proper pronoun usage: It or That?

Suddenly I came up with this question. (assuming when somebody and I are talking about mobile phone bandwidth) my limit is 7gb. I often exceed it after 15th, then need to pay extra for better ...
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Usage of 'last June' in newspaper archive

I found a UK newspaper article from October 1918, which made reference to 'last June'. What's the likelihood of that meaning June 1917, as opposed to June 1918? I assume if it was 1917, they would ...
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Please let me know which is correct? [on hold]

1,Is there any difference between If only every single person in a dark, loud nightclub was carrying a gun, as soon as the first shot is fired, everyone could have joined in and begun firing at ...
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“Touched” in “This one is touched, folks.”

Today I was reading an article on a classic computer game, and was struck by the following interesting turn of phrase: "Give it a shot [...] I think you’ll be glad you did. This one is touched, folks....
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1answer
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When I can use below wording [on hold]

Kindly ask you to help suggesting me when I can use below, which cases ect.. "In the meanwhile..." / "Meanwhile..." "In the meantime..." / "Meantime" Examplease what I wanted to write in the ...
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23 views

Past or present tense to describe data collection and analysis in an academic paper?

To answer the above research questions, we firstly collected a large amount of data (Section 2), and then did some statistics and experiments (Section 3, 4 and 5) on the data set focusing on three ...
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What is a single word to call someone who adores you?

I want a word to describe person Y who adores person X. As in this case, person Y admire person X one-sided. So what would be the word to call person Y? A more specific context is when this person Y, ...
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1answer
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About love, fear and hate

If to love or like something is *phile, and to fear something is *phobia, then what is to hate something?

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