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How to say a case of “multiple of multiples” correctly?

In programming I often step into cases where names of variables have to indicate a group of groups. How do I properly formulate them in terms of multiplicity word endings? Examples (concrete ...
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Good Luck **in** all your endeavors' versus Good Luck **to** all your endeavors'

What is the difference between 'I am currently busy with family stuff so I really don't know when is a good time to catch up. Good Luck in all your endeavors' versus 'I am currently busy with family ...
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the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that vs. the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that [on hold]

Which of the twain is a more appropriate, grammatically correct expression? "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINTS towards that" or "the 'Wall', 'Doctor', etc., POINT towards that"
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Correct terminology for items carried on a fictional starship?

I'm working on a sci-fi video game project that involves starships and simulation of life on board. I'm wondering what the correct term would be for an abstracted overview for the player of what is on ...
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Why not “graduated from (institution)”?

He graduated from Nirvana High, sounds better than He graduated Nirvana High. Why is the latter usage more prevalent?
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Reading Comprehension Question: How to narrow down to correct answer? [on hold]

Passage (Its a bit long) The pioneers of the teaching of science imagined that its introduction into education would remove the conventionality, artificiality, and backward-lookingness which ...
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What is the job title of these municipal officers?

In some countries,( specially Asia) some vendors spread their stuffs for sale on the ground ( upper picture), and thereby cause trouble for the pedestrians comeing and going. For preventing this , ...
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What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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Is the definition of a word also a synonym of that word? [on hold]

When writing, you can substitute the definition of a word for a word and still make a correct (if more complicated) sentence. Does that make the definition of a word a synonym for the actual word ...
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On correct using of dash

Which one of the following is more appropriate? ...offers scope for the theoretical integration of teaching, learning, and development with the culturally new user-generated and mediated contexts. ...
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55 views

What is the plural form of “S.Sgt.”?

Is it "S.Sgt.'s" or "S.Sgts."? Thanks.
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1answer
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Did + multiple bare infinitives in a question

What is the proper way to combine past tense of do (did) with multiple bare infinitives in a question: Did you go to vacation or stay at home? Did you go to vacation or stayed at home? Did you go to ...
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A synonym for the prefix intro~

Good afternoon, While working on a philosophical paper I came across a slight problem and while I searched for an answer on my own, I seem predisposed to not find any, at least not in the sense of an ...
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2answers
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Is this gramatically correct? (with options) [on hold]

Context: Class mate gave me a gift "A gift from my classmate. It is moments/things like these/this which make my heart grow fonder of XYZ school every day" I'm wondering if I should use moments ...
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When to use “parted from” and “parted with” [on hold]

I believe parted with is followed by person for eg: parted with parents. And in other cases parted from. Am I right?
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37 views

Any connection between “escheat” and “cheat”? [on hold]

According to Google, "Escheat is a common law doctrine which transfers the property of a person who dies without heirs to the crown or state. It serves to ensure that property is not left in "limbo" ...
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35 views

Why Is There Air China not China Air? [on hold]

Want to know why there is Air China instead of China Air.
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1answer
48 views

Do fish smell or taste blood in water?

Which is the right verb to use? Is smelling as a verb strictly connected with air or what fish do is also called smelling? I ruled out "detect" as it sounds too formal, or is it?
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What is the origin of the word digicam? When and where did it originate?

Supposedly the word digicam (digital camera) originated in 1989 as a trade name in England, but I have not found any further information.
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1answer
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'Lodge a complaint' vs 'file a complaint'

Is there any difference between lodge a complaint and file a complaint? I found two relevant senses for these words in the Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary: lodge: to make formal statement ...
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water content vs content of water

Would you say it is acceptable to write “The content of water in(of?) the sample was very high” to mean “The water content of the sample was very high”? The second one obviously is simpler and sounds ...
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“I consider that …” in place of “I think that…”

I often see people use the verb “consider” in place of “think” as in (a) “I consider that this project will be completed in three years,” (b) “We consider that this deficiency can be overcome ...
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What does “… which is somewhat long in tooth” mean, and what is the source of the phrase? [on hold]

This is the complete sentence where I found it. It is from an online training about the Linux operating system. e4defrag is part of the e2fsprogs package and should be on all modern Linux ...
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2answers
28 views

Direct and indirect objects in the sentences

In the sentence, There is a full moon in the sky. ... will the sky be treated as the object in the sentence?
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37 views

Can the word “imperative” be a noun? [on hold]

Here's an example: It is our imperative to bomb the volcano early, thus preventing a much larger eruption later. Is "imperative" correct there? It seems to be synonymous with "duty", or maybe ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between “case by case” and “case to case”?

What's the difference between "case by case" and "case to case"? I often hear the former from my Japanese students. When I asked them where they got the phrase, they always say they learned it from ...
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What does “to-” in today, tomorrow, tonight mean?

As in the title. Does it mean anything? Does it mean the same thing in all of these words? What is its origin? Are there any other words with "to-"?
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Dictionary grouped by English levels and word's popularity

I am looking for dictionary where words would be grouped by English levels (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate...) and popularity of them, or event just list of words grouped by levels. Thanks in ...
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Is “reservee” an acceptable word like employee?

I see one reference from an old version of Webster but not much else. Word says it is misspelled. Which is it? Our list of reservees include Beyonce, Cher, Bono...
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1answer
46 views

Idioms and phrases [duplicate]

In a sentence idioms acts as which parts of speech??
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A term for someone denying an accusation but appearing guilty as a result

The situation being when you are accused of something, and provide a logical reason why you wouldn't (not couldn't) do such a thing, and such an explanation only makes you sound more guilty. For ...
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term for the marriage of words and art

I'm looking for a term, preferably one or two words, that refers to the union of visual art + words/language. Probably a noun. Something that might describe an instance where art and language come ...
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One inference question - how many answers do you see? [on hold]

I teach English to high schoolers in Korea, and there is this one question which makes me scratch my head. In order not to give you any ideas before your getting into the question, I will simply put ...
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Nobody would believe what an effort it is **to do what little I am able**,--to dress and entertain, and order things

Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able,--to dress and entertain, and order things. (a part of "Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman) I don't ...
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“People who” or “people that” [on hold]

I am doing homework and I got confused about this phrase when I was writing. I am not a native English speaker. (...) and the only way to do this was taking control of everything and being ...
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Usage of *was going to do* [on hold]

The following is an article by Patrick Wintour in The Guardian website. Miliband’s team admitted that they were slow to realise the danger. One close adviser admitted that he was initially ...
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Meaning of up front

I came upon this paragraph: Dennis was taken back to the jail. He carefully removed his new suit and put it on a hanger. A guard took it up front. I can not figure out what the guard did with ...
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If “propriety” is from the French for “property”, why is it now about proper comportment?

I was trying to reverse-translate a quote I mistakenly believed to be originally in French that I saw in English, so as to find the source. (It turned out to be from Jeremy Bentham.) In the process, I ...
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36 views

What is a word to describe a toxin that is ubiquitous but in trace amounts?

What is a word to describe a toxin that exists ubiquitously in small amounts?
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Why is 'sort of' pronounced /sɔːrdəv/ in AmE though /t/ is not between vowels?

Sort /sɔːrt/ of /əv/ Why is "sort of" pronounced /sɔːrdəv/ in American English even though /t/ is not between the two vowels /r/ & /ə/?
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easy-going vs easy going

Which one is correct: Clive never worries. He's really easy-going. OR Clive never worries. He's really easy going. As per my understanding, hyphen comes between compound adjectives if ...
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'Mental illness' or 'Mental disorder' or 'Mental condition'?

I was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and when talking about it, and other mental conditions like depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, I'm wondering what term to use. Is there perhaps a distinction ...
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Sentence structure of “It is time we found out”

I've heard in a lot of movies they use this format : "It is time we found out" Now I would like to know if the sentence " It is time we find out " incorrect and why we are using a past tense in the ...
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Word-request for equivalent of “Anniversary” but for time period of a month

As defined by OED, Anniversary is, the date on which an event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year. Is their any word in the same context which can be used for addressing ...
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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Can we use “I can put you down..” when enlisting someone for an appointment?

For example, "I can put you down on a weekend tour." As far as i know, when you use the phrase "Put you down" it's more of embarrassing someone or it could also mean that you want to kill that ...
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SAT grammar question [on hold]

Because each cell phone carrier in the United States offers a different selection of technologies and services, so it is important to consider your needs when you make a choice. I thought this ...
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4answers
187 views

SWF Seeks Strong Single-word Synonym

I’m a single female and lately all I do is work, work, work. Truth be told, I’m lonely and bored to tears. Desperate for relief, I decided to take out a classified advertisement but got stuck on the ...
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“Initiate a transition” vs “anticipate the subsequent digression”

What is the different between writing a sentence that serves to initiate a transition and one that does to anticipate the subsequent digression. Can somebody please give me a example?
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What could one-minded word mean if it were to exist? [on hold]

Unfortunately I can not use like-minded as my app name, it is used already, and I though one-minded would have the same meaning: people with same mind, interest. What do you think? Do you know any ...

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