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Modifying a word in its structure (spelling) to convey a different meaning?

Somewhere on the Internet I read the following lines: Daughter is not equal to tensions. Daughter is equal to ten-sons. In this sentence the word "tension" is modified to be written as ...
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Meaning of 'noted lights'

;prominent individuals of both political parties, Society hostesses, well-known dramatic authors and novelists, and distinguished aeroplanists were dimly recognizable in that doomed throng; noted ...
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Help with sentence syntax and style

A. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of what the profile looks like on their official website. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of the profile as ...
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22 views

correct use of the article “the”

Is this sentence correct? "She is trained in the teaching of the English Language." Is it correct to use " the" before " English Language"?
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What's the difference between legal (illegal) and lawful (unlawful)?

For example, why signage in national parks says "it's unlawful to feed wildlife" instead of illegal?
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How did 'to intimate' evolve to mean 'suggest indirectly'?

intimate (v.) [⟸] "suggest indirectly," 1530s, back-formation from intimation, or else from Late Latin intimatus, past participle of intimare. [...] intimate (adj.) [...] [⟸] ...
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One word to refer to this list

We are attending a developer conference. The host has arranged various talks. They are scheduled in specific time slots. We are attending that event as a team. One of us has assigned who should ...
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Can a pronoun and its referent have different plurality?

(Hello, everyone. I am new to this community and also not familiar to English, so if this posting does not meet your standard or tradition, please let me know.) My question is as the title says: Is ...
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What is the one word which means this?

A place where no one lives. It looks mysterious, completely ruined by some sort of event that might have happened in the past. The land is barren. There are some ruined structures. It looks like ...
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Do native speakers ever make pronunciation mistakes?

I've been thinking of this and I'd appreciate if a native speaker could reply. Many times I see on the internet lots of English-related material about how to pronounce correctly, and that is mainly ...
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0answers
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Transliterations Of The Same Thing From Different Languages

In English what transliterations exist of the same thing borrowed from separate languages? I believe I have heard that Messiah and Christ are transliterations from Hebrew and Greek, respectively, ...
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What do you call this sound in English?

When you raise or lower a window blind with a one quick movement, it produces a sound, what do you call that sound in English? I rolled up/raised/opened/ pulled up the window blind quickly with ...
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Reported speech with changing time expression

I do not fully understand the difference in meaning between the time expressions 'next week' and 'the following week'. How can we change next week to the following week? If an original situation is ...
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Use of semicolon between dependent clause and compound subject

Is is appropriate to use a semicolon in order to avoid comma ambiguity in sentences like the following? When they returned from the zoo; Charles, James, and Jane looked for new locations to visit. ...
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Specific Word someone who has interest in particular area

I read a word this morning it starts with B or W or V. I don't remember it. When I looked about it in Google in the morning they were no other synonyms below so now I am unable to track it down. ...
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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...
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44 views

Where did the phrase, “You did a bean,” come from?

I grew up in Texas in the 60s. My dad grew up in Waco and moved to New Jersey during World War II. He contributed may German phrases to our lives. My mom was born in central Texas, but her dad was ...
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equivalent to 'don't hold it on me'? [on hold]

'Don't hold it on me' means don't take it as a certainty, it is an approximate answer that is more likely. for e.g. A: How many floors did the Hotel have? B: Don't hold it on me, but I think it was 8. ...
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Is there a single English word for “posting that will hit the Network hot topics list”? [on hold]

Is there a single English word for "a StackExchange posting that will hit the Network hot topics list"?
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how do you write a title, and chapter?

for example: "On chapter Twenty Three The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter" am i writing it correctly (or in this case typing.)
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my first summer assignment and i want it to be as perfect as possible. does this sound alright?

"Which character seems to you most responsible for the sufferings of the main characters in the story? Explain. Include specific text references to support your ideas." The author describes ...
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is the grammar correct? and do i need to add more? [on hold]

Dimmesdale’s final confession was courageous, but if he really was to be truly courageous about the confession then he would of confessed seven years ago. He would of had a better life, and not feel ...
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1answer
22 views

Should there be any punctuation marks in this sentence?

other than full stop. The sentence is "Sample B must be isolated." Is it missing a comma or a hyphen between the words Sample and B?
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3answers
47 views

Exclamation mark and question mark

Is there any difference is placing a question mark before the exclamation mark and placing a question mark after the exclamation mark? More like... the speaker is astonished more or confused more?
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28 views

Singular or plural verb in “How many miles of tightrope-walk still lies/lie ahead?”

How many miles of tightrope-walk still lies ahead? or How many miles of tightrope-walk still lie ahead? Please tell me which is correct and why.
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How should I call “summer prepared” for a car?

When a car has been made ready for summer, there is a word for it, at least in Dutch: the car is "zomerklaar". In case of winter it is called "winterklaar". Is there a word for it in English? A word ...
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Unable to pronounce 'sh'

I know a number of speakers for whom English is a second language who are unable to pronounce sh. As a result, words such as passion become something along the lines of pass-en. I'd like to know what ...
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Any and some don´t have rules

In my university, in English Grammar, I learned I can use any for negative and interrogation sentences and some in positive sentences, but when I watch English movies, any is used in positive ...
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What to call an area or territory without government control?

Take Somalia for example, the central government has almost no control outside the capital and arguable within it as well (citation needed). Although the government is recognized internationally as ...
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1answer
43 views

Chat to vs. Chat with

I work in an office and lots of my co-workers use the phrase "chat to", as in could I chat to him about the project? I would say the same thing like this: could I chat with him about this project? ...
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2answers
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Would “What he did, he started these buisiness” be correct?

I was reading the Catcher in the Rye, and I have seen some expressions like this. Where I lived at Pencey, I lived in the Ossenburger Memoial Wing of the new dorms. What he did, he started these ...
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62 views

Meaning of “get somebody back”?

Recently, I've heard that someone said "get him back". I'm not sure about the exact meaning though I can guess some. Could you please explain the meaning?
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44 views

Ellipsis after a comma

I want to use an ellipsis to indicate a sentence is being interrupted. That point of interruption happens to be right after an appositive which has commas around it. Does the second comma get omitted ...
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6answers
105 views

Is there a word for a group of software programmers?

We call a group of musicians an orchestra. In the same way, what would we call a group of programmers?
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1answer
84 views

I don't get this joke

Isaw it on instagram and I don't get the joke or pun, it said, me and my plant gf me: “bby your hands is so thin” her: “that me leaf”
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i'd like to know some expression used at a photocopy shop

mostly I say " can you copy it into 5 pieces " at a photocopy shop does it sound alright? and plz give me some expressions i can use at a photocopy shop thanks
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When an anthropomorphized wolf eats a human, it is called?

Occasionally, I find myself writing about stories (especially children's stories) were there is a theme of eating characters. For example, Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by the Wolf, and Peter ...
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0answers
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How much like us they are or how much they are like us?

I was watching movie and one of the character said: We have never realized how much like us they are. For some reason, it sounded a bit strange to me because I've seen and heard many people ...
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4answers
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A word for having trouble distinguishing between friendship and romance

I need a word for a person is, or the act of being, incapable of distinguishing between romantic partners and friends. Or someone who feels the same about friends as they do about romantic partners. I ...
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2answers
44 views

A phrase to replace “you use” in this sentence

I'm trying to ask a question to a student, but I really want to avoid using the phrase "you use". I still want to address the student directly but "you use" just feels awkward and clumsy. The sentence ...
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2answers
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Term for referring to someone with mediocre words to describe their greatness

What is the term for describing the following sort of phrases used to humoristically, and almost affectionately, describe someone who is obviously well known to be superb in their field? Referring ...
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About TSC acronym pronunciation [on hold]

How would you pronounce TSC acronym ? tē ĕs sē ? or most probably people would use a word like pronunciation Tis´ic ? :-(
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Old Style Grammar

If a thing take place whereof the cause be not apparent, even though it be in accordance with nature, it appears wonderful. ... Is it formal and valid English, or is it old style English, or is ...
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What is the scientific name to humour that is based on surprise [duplicate]

I remember browsing through Wikipedia one day, and coming across an article defining surprise-based humour. The article had a very specific scientific name, which doesn't have the actual word ...
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1answer
27 views

Everyone's Problem, nobodies job. or Everyone's Problem, nobody's job [on hold]

Everyone's Problem, nobodies job. or Everyone's Problem, nobody's job What is the correct use for this sentence?
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1answer
57 views

Is there a difference between “heir” and “legatee”?

Merriam-Webster defines heir as "one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property" and legatee as "someone who receives money or property from a person who has died." Is there any difference ...
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Indirect question vs objective clause

Which is right: Do you think it's a good idea to visit in mid August? Or Do you think if it's a good idea to visit in mid August? On one hand, if viewed as indirect question, if should ...
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3answers
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In Gary Bernhardt's talk about Ruby and JavaScript surprises, what does “wat” mean?

There's a video of a conference presentation by Gary Bernhardt about surprising behavior in the Ruby and JavaScript computer programming languages. At the beginning of the video, Seth asks the ...
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2answers
19 views

Comma usage - Comma before “and whose”

I'm kind of confused as to how I should punctuate the following sentence: A land as old as time and whose history defies any simple description. The author added a comma before "and", but i'm ...
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5answers
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What do the pronouns indicate?

Whatever one believes about the merits of completing the remaining intercity portion of the system, it is clear that 1) it gives the country an intercity transportation network that would be sorely ...

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