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Slashes for hyphens in compound modifiers

Take the phrase "a joint FBI-SFPD task force" for example. According to my boss, a slash can stand in for the hyphen. I tend to disagree. Is this grammatically correct? Stylistically acceptable?
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“Is there a word for a product used for killing mice?”

A building in a nearby neighbourhood seems to be infested with mice. A TV-News reporter was interviewing one of the janitors who said: "We tried to get rid of them but I don't think we used the right ...
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Template email for medical professionals [on hold]

Looking for advice on how to "touch base" with a prospective client. Usually in the medical industry we ask how clients are doing to remind them of a previous email we sent. For example, Name, ...
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1answer
44 views

What does it exactly mean to be sharp? [on hold]

Examples of being sharp, and what sharp people usually do?
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Should you put an “a” before some words? [migrated]

I read this in a website: "A skilled customer service provider must develop abilities to effectively assess a situation, establish rapport, defuse anger, and work with wide diversity of customer ...
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69 views

about a weight abbreviation

I would like to ask a question about an abbreviation about for weighing silk and goatswool in a commercial manuscript. The abbreviation using like on the photos. Can you please help me what is the ...
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1answer
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I didn't come here for an argument

Is there any consensus on how the word for a heated discussion (which apparently comes from the same root as Silver/Argent) also came to mean a parameter passed to a function? Edit: ...
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is the first sound /k/ in the word “confused” aspirated or unaspirated?

I thought that it is aspirated because of the rule of aspiration : the stops like /p t k/ become aspirated when they occur in the word initial position OR in the onset position of the stressed ...
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Should you use an apostrophe in this example?

I received an invitation to a meal, with the following sentence: Partners Welcome - Menu’s to Follow The message the author was trying to get across is "the menu(s) will be announced at a later ...
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1answer
57 views

Flags flying Souls [on hold]

If I may hold your attention for the moment while I decode the seemingly cryptic title, I shall endeavour to make the question worth your while. I would like to know if I can use, both in speech and ...
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58 views

Antonym of benefit

Consider this common sentence structure for discussing a hypothetical situation: Who would benefit from adding Foo to Bar? I would like to ask the opposite: Who would be disadvantaged from ...
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57 views

Which word order is correct? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct: Regarding extra expenses, what should I do? or Regarding extra expenses, what I should do?
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992 views

A word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or deceived? [on hold]

Whats a good word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or isn't gullible?
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A word similar to “self-promoting”

Is there a word (other than "as****e") to describe someone who always says things in a way that makes other people look incompetent in order to make themselves look better? A different word to ...
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1answer
46 views

What is the word for something that is pronounceable when reversed?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that's read the same way forwards and backwards (eg. race car). Is there a word for something that is pronounceable both forwards and backwards, but not necessarily ...
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59 views

What does it mean to be a sharp cookie? [on hold]

What does it mean to be a sharp cookie? Is it a compliment (because I've never heard of sharp cookie)?
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The usage of “myself” - possessive

I was reading through some of the posts regarding reference to something "possessed" by more than one person, and I can't seem to find an agreement of the usage of of myself. Is it correct to say the ...
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5answers
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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1answer
33 views

What's the underlying grammar of the bold part of this sentence?

As of 2014, 38 percent of the world's human population has used the services of the Internet within the past year—over 100 times more people than were using it in 1995. According to what I've ...
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71 views

Is it grammatically correct to say “Year of built”?

Is it grammatically correct to say: Year of built 1922 when talking about house or some other building? I know i should probably use phrase: Built in 1922 or just Built 1922 but I ...
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Is there a word equivalent to “stereotype” without negative connotation?

Often, when describing or referencing a group of people, you use terms that summarize them, such as farmer or smallholder farmers. What is the correct word for these terms? Similar concepts: a ...
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Meeting request sentence [on hold]

Can every body suggest me a short sentence to attach to a meeting request to sendto my collegues.What I have in mind should be something like Following here the meeting invitation as follow: ...
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1answer
59 views

Is it “Victory is mine” or “Victory is mines”? [on hold]

Which one is correct? Victory is mine. Victory is mines. I'm not sure if mines is even being used correctly here.
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Present Perfect Progressive in scientific writing?

Scientific writing is generally supposed to be written in present tense (focus on proof of the existence of the result, not how the author arrived at it). However, I have a case where this results in ...
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3answers
676 views

Word for the money that is paid for a carpool – equivalent word to the German informal word “Spritgeld”

In German there's the word Spritgeld which is a compound of petrol/fuel and money. So, the verbatim translation is petrolmoney or fuelmoney, respectively. This is an informal word which is commonly ...
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1answer
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Which one is correct: “after a century of” or “after a century from”?

I have two sentences: The Solvay conference, after a century of the first one, brought all the physics geniuses together once again. The Solvay conference, after a century from the first ...
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59 views

Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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Can penult stress for “stigmata” and similar words be explained or justified by any principle?

I enjoy studying the pronunciation of Greek-derived words in English, and I've found an odd anomaly. There appear to be two possible pronunciation patterns for words ending in the plural suffix -ata ...
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1answer
34 views

Is it common to use 'time slot' to refer to days/weeks?

How would you say to a client that you a have a 'free time slot' (like days or weeks) to take a job? Is it common to refer to 'time slot' even if I'm thinking about days or even weeks?
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Can the stress pattern of “uroboros/ouroboros” be explained by any principle, or is it random?

The word "uroboros," coming ultimately from Greek, has a couple of spellings and also pronunciations (see How to do you pronounce Ouroboros?). As explained by Nohat in the linked page, the two ...
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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) UK - Meaning

My question is simple (hope not too simple): Why this organization has chosen this name? - DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disclosure_and_Barring_Service DBS enables ...
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4answers
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'Fine Results' is fine?

I'm currently working in a slogan and my outcome so far is something like Fine Results, Simple Methods However, by googling "fine results", the search results shows me that there is little to ...
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3answers
231 views

Verbs for when asking someone(e.g designer) to do a job(logo design) for you for a fee

I would like to use a verb to describe the above situation. There are many professions like consultants,web designers which charge fees on project basis. Example answer for above question would be : ...
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2answers
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Passive form when documenting code

As a non native English speaker, when documenting code, I'm always hesitating between the two following options: /** * ... * @param tag the name of the tag to select. */ bool selectTag(..., string ...
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1answer
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what's the term for who's talking to who?

I was updating a change in my demo app that looks like: -"Wow that was cool...but how can I work with you for python/django/and beyond?" +"Wow that was cool...but how can I work with your author for ...
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1answer
31 views

How do you mean vs What do you mean?

What do people mean when they say How do you mean? Are they asking me to explain what I just said? Then how is it different from What do you mean?
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Bring or Brings [on hold]

Which one is correct? Bring buyers and sellers together Brings buyers and sellers together.
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1answer
26 views

What's the meaning of “would have been”?

"Who would've thought that working with you would have been a silver lining?" Actually, I don't quite understand the usage of "would have been"? What's the difference if I replace "would have been" ...
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4answers
76 views

Single word for “very expensive”

I am looking for a single word for "very expensive". It is going to be used, e.g., I bought [very expensive] software.
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1answer
29 views

Meaning of “count in”

The German Fischer, the two Americans no longer count in the outcome of the race, the Hungarian alone is battling the three Japanese. I happened to read this sentence while browsing web and ...
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2answers
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What is a better way to say “deceptively deadly”?

While intended to mean "seemingly harmless but actually deadly", "deceptively" when used in the positive sense ("deceptively safe") inverts the meaning, and there's no reason it shouldn't do this in ...
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Or it is correct sentence? [migrated]

I have problem of using articles, and don`t know or correct is use this pronoun in sentence at the bottom; Here you can found all matches stored in company database. We do predictions using this ...
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2answers
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How to say “unavoidable problems”

There was a deadline to submit an application. But I could not submit due to holiday in our institute and again unavilability of official staffs after the holidays. So I would like to write a letter ...
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What is the function of “as” in the sentence?

China is not in crisis. However, its ability to evolve smoothly from a command to a market economy is in question as never before. What is the function of "as" in the sentence above? What is the ...
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1answer
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For those that like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like

Can any one please explain the saying: "For those that like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like" Does it mean: When someone likes some sort of thing, that sort of thing is ...
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25 views

Suggestions for first classic [on hold]

I am not much into literature, but I want to give it some serious try. I have read some sci-fi and mystery novels with not very good language. I want to read a book written with beautiful words and ...
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3answers
37 views

Do I put a comma or a period after a mid-quote dialog tag?

Okay, so I have this sentence. "He's where?" Suzy demanded "And what happened to your rig? The whole front is bashed in!" As you can see, I did not put in a comma or a period after demanded ...
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2answers
26 views

Phrase for shared experience which indirectly affected direction of a field

Imagine that every person who had gone on to do something extraordinary in a field of endeavor had had a shared experience -- E.g. imagine that every scientist who received the Nobel prize in 2015 ...
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4answers
53 views

A word to mean the act of making two things equivalent?

When someone, by way of analogy, says that A is equivalent to B, I would like to say (if I don't agree), "I don't like that equivocation". However, that statement is wrong because equivocation ...
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2answers
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Why do these sentences sound unnatural

If I say : "It is hard to choose which to eat between a candy and a chocolate." Or "If not stealing my stuff, I don't care about him acting like a thief." It sounds so unnatural. Is there a grammar ...

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