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Is the use of the word 'damn' to express frustration offensive?

For example, will a sentence like 'It's so damn hot' be considered offensive by the person whom it is being said to?
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Best word to describe non-profit organization that mediates between private person and company

Like title describes I need a word that best describes non-profit organization that mediates between company (as donor) and private person (as donee or receiver of that donation). What is the right ...
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Verb for “christened,” but without religious connotation?

I'm looking for a word describing the first time something is used, but I want to avoid any religious connotation - I feel that "christened" has a strong (contextually insensitive) religious ...
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1answer
26 views

Is vs Are; why do they use the Are instead of the Is?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Vodafone are providing a useless service" I am quite sure that the Vodafone is singular, but everyday I see even many native English speakers using the Are ...
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1answer
26 views

Too blessed to be stressed [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "too blessed to be stressed" ?
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1answer
54 views

English equivalent for the Persian expression “To keep one's face red with slap”

In Persian we have a saying "صورت را با سیلی سرخ نگه داشتن" which literally translates to: To keep one's face red(warm) with slap It's used in a situation in which a person, if poor or ...
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1answer
39 views

What is the difference between 'clever' and 'cunning'? [on hold]

It is common that these two words mean similar to each other, what is the difference?
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1answer
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Which of these plural forms is the correct one?

I want to describe a list of numbers where each entry is the numeric category of a word. For example, 'english' has category 1, 'love' has category 2, etc, so the list would be [1, 2, ...]. Is this ...
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How many forms can “I avoid telling him” be in passive voice? [migrated]

i need to find out how many forms can "I avoid telling him" be in passive voice, and is it correct to say, "Telling him is avoided" in terms of signifying the process of (telling) informing him?
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Isn’t there really any English equivalent to German “Fachidiot”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the title, “GOP and the rise of Anti-knowledge” written by Mike Lofgren in Consortiumnews.com (October 29, 2015): “English ...
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2answers
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Centre of competence

I have seen this expression several times (Google search gives 67M answers), but it seems mostly used by French or Swiss institutions, while Wikipedia mentions centre of excellence or competency ...
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1answer
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Grammar questions regarding an excerpt from The Giver

I've been reading Lois Lowry's The Giver recently, and have questions regarding a sentence from her book. I know that some sentences in literature, like The Giver, do not always follow strict grammar ...
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53 views

Can the word “mundane” be used in positive sense

Mundane means ordinary.The word is mostly used in negative sense.Can the word "mundane" be used in positive sense too? Like"Mr.K is not a wasteful man.He leads a very mundane life."Another example can ...
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How to ask someone about my email

I recently received a reply from someone around two weeks ago stating that they would send me an email within a week as they were going overseas. We were discussing a good time to call. How would I ...
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1answer
30 views

In a sentence like “the movie was so bad that it was hilarious” does it entail that at one point, it wasn't hilarious?

The movie was so bad that it was hilarious. The area was so cold that plants couldn't be grown. The jewel was so expensive that people couldn't buy it. In sentences like these, that is ...
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57 views

Meaning of “Black Swan” [on hold]

Is "Black Swan" considered as an insult depend on the context it has been used ? For a instance, using "Black Swan" as a name for a company name ?
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Synonym for Happy Hour/Cocktails/Hors d'oeuvres

What's a good word that combines happy hour, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres? Inquiring for phasing in a wedding invitation. Following the ceremony, join us for ???? at 6pm.
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Why confuse us? [on hold]

Why go by the old abbreviation when so many younger kids weren't alive to know what THEY were? I can understand Missouri because of BIG MO, but why not TE or TS for Texas and TE for Tennessee and NA ...
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3answers
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What is the difference between the two sentences? 'crying kid' and 'kid crying'

I comforted a crying kid. I comforted a kid crying. Is there any difference of the two sentences above in meaning?
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I want to know whether 'to' has subjective meaning or objective?

Some says infinite 'to' has subjective meaning, whereas others says 'to'has objective meaning. He seems to be diligent. (has subjective meaning) He seems diligent. (has objective meaning) I want ...
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1answer
25 views

What is the difference when we added 'to be' in the sentence?

He seems to be an honest man. He seems an honest man. What is the difference when we added 'to be' in the sentence in meaning? And What is 'to-be deletion'?
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1answer
30 views

English language, what is the diffence between “;” and “:” [on hold]

I'm writing a paper and I'm confused which one to use and what the difference is between : and ; can someone please answer my question and help?
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1answer
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Is there a term for this phenomenon?

I've been wondering for a while now whether there is a word (or linguistic term) that specifically refers to an instance where a clause can be part of either the clause before it or the clause after ...
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0answers
33 views

Writing vs speaking: “Thursday the 26th” vs “Thursday 26th”

When reading a date aloud, I believe it's common to insert a "the" between the day of the week and the number of the month when the month is omitted. I can't recall if I've ever seen the "the" written ...
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1answer
32 views

Generic term to describe how the lack of a normal limiting factor will allow an undesirable overuse of another resource

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the natural forces or factors that would normally either encourage or discourage a particular course of action if that factor is either present or not ...
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1answer
43 views

Is there a verb or phrase for “good-morninging” someone?

The situation I'm asking about is to use a great amount of fake politeness to get rid of someone, as in the following example from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, ...
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Springtime is when

I heard the saying below, and don't understand what it means. I heard it in a concert, but it is also recorded in an american book of proverbs linked below. (b) In spring a young man's fancy turns ...
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1answer
22 views

Of course I don't! - comma needed or not

All the time I see people replying with "of course I will" or "yes it is!" (to "it's not that good" and not placing a comma after "of course" and "yes". The second case seems even more extreme, as ...
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1answer
16 views

A questions about correlative comparatives

Which of the following sentences is correct? Or are both correct? The more you pick at your wound, the worse it gets. The more you pick at your wound, the worse it will get. I've looked on many ...
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1answer
30 views

Pant legs or pants legs?

With all this I don't see the answer to which is the correct form "He rolled up his pant legs" or "he rolled up his pants legs."
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Question about water and time [on hold]

You can fill a container with water from a hot water tap in 80 minutes . With cold water crane can fill the tub for 48 minutes. How long does it take to fill the tub , if you use both faucets ?
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What is someone who makes a testimonial called?

In the context of advertising/marketing a testimonial is: Written recommendation from a celebrity or satisfied customer affirming the performance, quality, and/or value of a product or ...
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1answer
32 views

Should I use 'which' or 'that' in my sentence?

I can imagine this might be a duplicate, but even looking at the questions asked, I'm still not sure when I should use which or that. I'm uncertain whether or not I should use 'that' or 'which' in my ...
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0answers
21 views

Email Subject Line for cancelling the meeting with boss [on hold]

"Cancelling the meeting" subject line looks impolite to use in email for manager. which subject line should I use to sound polite? (I have requested for the meeting)
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what is it important/ what is important

I found that when I turn the sentence (it is important for us to do exercise everyday) into a Interrogative Sentence by following the grammatical rule, it should be like this: =What is "it" important ...
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1answer
28 views

Is the term “step-action table” jargon?

I'm an engineer. My doc team has been using step-action tables to create user-facing documentation for some software that I've built recently. I think these tables are awesome, but I keep seeing ...
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37 views

Difference Between Came & Come [on hold]

If someone says, "No, he hasn't came in yet." Is that wrong? Or would the proper sentence be, "He hasn't come in yet." Or are both fine?
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What is the correct preposition: on or in?

Is it “on WhatsApp” or “in WhatsApp”? Like, “text on WhatsApp” or “text in WhatsApp”? Please, can anyone clear up this doubt of mine. P.S I know it's on in case of Facebook but is it on for ...
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1answer
30 views

When to respond to “you” with “I” or “Me” from sentence context

I'm writing a program that responds to sentences, but I'm running into an issue: You write: I like that you like me. Program responds: What do you think makes you like that me like you? ...
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0answers
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Asking about vacancies [on hold]

Suppose I want to ask a company about it's future vacancies. Should I ask " are you going to open any vacancies in the near future?" or should I say " are you opening any vacancies in the near ...
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3answers
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a word meaning, “from hardest to easiest.”

Im looking for a word that means "in order from hardest to easiest." I could say "in ascending order, from hardest to easiest," but am wondering if that phrase is encapsulated by one word.
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1answer
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( Did with verb ) or ( had with verb+ed )

I'm confused with rules . My question : what is the different between this examples : Did you finish your homework before you went to the cinema ? Had you finished your homework before you went to ...
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1answer
28 views

Is this correct usage of “designate” as an adjective?

I am aware that a designee is someone who is designated to do something, but I have seen some odd usage of the word designate because of its adjective form. I would like to make sure I am using the ...
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0answers
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Use of Tense after “if it” [on hold]

if it rains i will take an umbrella (Talking about future) if it had rained i would have taken an umbrella (talking of rain if happened in past) Do you find any error in these sentences
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0answers
44 views

“Dear GOD, in heaven” [on hold]

Where does the phrase "Dear GOD, in heaven" derive from ? Isnt "God" assumed to be in heaven already. Or is there a reference that a "GOD" from hell exist or another GOD exist somewhere ?
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1answer
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“Wherever or Whenever”

Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"
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1answer
33 views

Please explain to me the meaning of these phrases [on hold]

I have highlighted the words that I couldn't understand. Please explain to me what they mean. 1 Put returns between paragraphs. 2 Butler can be an explosive player, but as a batman struggles under ...
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1answer
37 views

Have versus Has

Which is correct? For example, is it "When one of you have a moment, please..." or is it "When one of you has a moment, please..."
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0answers
43 views

What does it mean when someone says that something is a take?

I am not a native English speaker. So, I am familiar with only those terms and phrases which are clearly defined and used in literature or in formal communication. Today I came across following ...
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2answers
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“Acted together” or “played together” or ? in a movie

I am looking for a correct and common phrase to describe that people were actors in the same movie(s): An example is: "Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon acted together in The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old ...

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