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Is this sentence grammatically correct? [on hold]

"with an ability to deliver clear and concise communication to our respective designates" It just doesn't read right to me.
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The day started off incredibly terribly?

Is it grammatically correct to say: The day started off incredibly terribly. My reasoning is that it is, since this is correct: The day started off terribly. The manner in which the day ...
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“By spoken” Would this be correct? [on hold]

I have been studying English and seen "By which I mean." And there came my question. What I want to ask is whether following sentences are grammatically correct or not. I like dogs. By spoken I do ...
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Can “either” be used with “nor”? [duplicate]

Can I say, for example, "You aren't either pretty nor funny"? And if so, is it any different from saying "You aren't either pretty or funny"?
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41 views

Idioms usage by non-native speakers [on hold]

Is there an academic reference that may help foreign people in learning common American idioms to expand their vocabulary, and make their communication to sound more natural? Also if such reference(s) ...
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3answers
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Why are Leicester & co pronounced as they are?

What is the origin of the pronunciation of words like Leicester, Gloucester, Worcestershire? Presumably, the pronunciation predates the spelling but what is the history here? What language do the ...
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2answers
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Using 'better' as an adverb before a gerund

I recently used the following headline in a document: Better Managing Your Health Means Better Managing Your Life My boss wrote back that "better managing" is not grammatically correct. She's wrong, ...
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How to correctly adress interest in a job with pointing to my interests and skills? [on hold]

I am currently working on my cover letter for a job application. There I have this sentence in the first paragraph (not the opening sentence): Since the job description calling for a xx ideally ...
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What does “Thanks! Sounds like XYZ forgetting that he’s changed teams to me” mean? [on hold]

XYZ has been transfered to other team.After seeing his behaviour(I gave him hints), my boss sent me. "Thanks! Sounds like XYZ forgetting that he’s changed teams to me". What does it mean?
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three sentences in one sentence [on hold]

can you tell me my mistakes in this sentence? "trays represented in green have 100mm width and for 250VAC." -we have a project drawing and there are green paths for trays -these trays have 100mm ...
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Not “On the Rocks”

I walk into a bar and order a drink. The bartender may ask me:Do you want that on the rocks?I usually respond "Yes" or "No" Is there a colloquial expression for not on the rocks?
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602 views

Can you use “little” to modify an adjective?

For example, can you say, the toothpaste is little minty, or little fresh. Or for example, that man is little tall.
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You Won or You've Won [on hold]

Is it possible to use YOU WON! in place of YOU'VE WON! in the context of a heading for a prize winning competition? Thank you
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3answers
71 views

Has there ever been a word for someone who has a thousand pounds?

If someone who has a million of a particular currency is called a millionaire, and someone with a billion is called a billionaire what do you call someone with a thousand? I realise that nowadays ...
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1answer
41 views

Can I use “How about..” in this way?

So, imagine that you wanted to suggest something to a friend of yours, like watching TV or go to the movies. You would say "How about watching TV?" or "What about going to the movies?" But what if you ...
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0answers
11 views

Is the sentence below correct [on hold]

With reference to the Company’s letter no. 01, we agree to the points mentioned therein.
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39 views

Boris Group or 'the' Boris Group? Is article omission an error?

From a native speaker standpoint, would it look OK if a company whose name follows the "X Group" pattern omits the use of the definite article when presenting itself on its website, like this (name ...
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2answers
32 views

Which sentence is most suitable in the context of history? [on hold]

The day of sorrow becomes the day of happiness. The day of sorrow changes into the day of happiness. The day of sorrow turns into the most peaceful day. Detail context: The day when one country ...
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Is there a rule how to punctuate adverbial modifiers of time in their front position?

I have a couple of sentences from a Macmillan coursebook by Malcolm Mann and Steve Taylore-Knowles 2007 going like this: Once a week, Helen watches a film at the cinema. In the evening, ...
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3answers
38 views

postmodifying phrase/under the leadership of [on hold]

Are these sentences correct: Such activities found favor with the social democrats under the leadership of Schmidt. Such activities found favor with the social democrats , under the leadership of ...
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“Quyer” When and why did the spelling change so drastically?

The snippet above is taken from The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 53, dated, 1783. It's only when you say Quyer out loud, do you realize what the word is. It is one of the ...
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4answers
271 views

Verb used with “threshold”

I am wondering what verb collocates with threshold. I can think of verbs such as surpass, cross, pass, but I am not sure if they are correct to use here. The threshold I am referring to is not a ...
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1answer
25 views

I don't know Who there is with him or Who is with him

(a) Statement - There is a man with him. (b) Question - Who is there with him? (a man) (c) Noun clause -Who there is with him. (a)Statement -The man is with him. (b)question ...
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1answer
70 views

How are new words created? Centuries ago there was no organization that created new words [on hold]

some of the words are so hard to pronounce for me like unequivocal,inadvertently,or entrepreneur, whoever created entrepreneur probably had been drunk with a vibrating tongue.Google is a new word ...
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1answer
28 views

What phonetic phenomenon is with /mps/ of the word 'palimpsest'? [on hold]

What phonetic phenomenon is with the sequence of sound /mps/ for the word 'palimpsest'? What's the academic term of that?
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81 views

how to respond when boss says sorry to disturb you [on hold]

My boss intentionally takes so much time talking about nothing and then says sorry to disturb you in a very sarcastic way. How should I respond to him?
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39 views

What's the most common name for “Vaccinium corymbosum”? [on hold]

What's the most common name for "Vaccinium corymbosum" in the US and th UK? "Northern highbush blueberry" seems to sound a bit long to use in everyday speech.
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24 views

Is it right to say works such as i have lot of home works? [on hold]

We often come across some phrase such as,"I have lot of home works to do". Do you a word usage like that?
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44 views

Should “building blocks” be hyphenated? [duplicate]

Should "building blocks" be hyphenated? I am using the two words (or perhaps one word) as a noun. E.g., These axioms serve as the building-blocks of the English language. I understand that ...
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3answers
38 views

Apostrophe in “At one's wits' end” [on hold]

Is the apostrophe after "wits" required in "At one's wits' end" ? Or is it optional?
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2answers
45 views

Meaning of the sentance [on hold]

What does the following line convey " The old man was just as generous with his confidences as with his porridge and tobacco."
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2answers
88 views

What is the etymological justification for taking the grammatical term “pluperfect” and turning it into an adjective meaning 'more than perfect"? [duplicate]

I'm interested in the usage of the word pluperfect in the following passage from Thomas Harris’s crime thriller, The Silence of the Lambs. Jerry Burroughs of the National Crime Information Center ...
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1answer
42 views

How does one properly pronounce 'enunciation'? [on hold]

Is enunciation ever pronounced with a 'y' sound at the beginning?
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42 views

What is the etymology of “floccinaucinihilipilification”? [on hold]

I recently encountered this word, "floccinaucinihilipilification" while watching Jason Bateman's directorial movie debut "Bad Words", in which he stars as a 40+ year old participant in a spelling bee ...
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0answers
20 views

Which is right: “3-peak” or “3-peaks”? [duplicate]

If I want to express something has 3 peaks, I should say "3-peak something" or "3-peaks something"?
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What's a formal/proper way of saying “the exact opposite”? [on hold]

I am writing a mock memo for a university assignment, addressed to a current professor. Thus, the general tone and genre of the letter is definitely formal. I am trying to say the following: (The ...
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0answers
41 views

What's the English name for this function [on hold]

I have an app with a list function. It retrieves all the posts of my fan page. I think I can call it POSTS LIST, but I'm afraid that's not precise. I did a lot of research on the internet, but this ...
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1answer
35 views

Is there a difference between the adjectives “express” and “expressed”? [on hold]

Here is an example. It is the expressed wish of the bride and groom that this be a non-alcoholic occasion. It is the express wish of the bride and groom that this be a non-alcoholic occasion. ...
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5answers
124 views

Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult?

Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult? I know there is term for it, but I can't find it anywhere. It's driving me crazy. Example: Are you blind, or ...
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3answers
64 views

Does not divide the Sunday from the week [on hold]

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1 Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore task Does not divide the Sunday from the week; It is easy to guess the meaning of: Does not divide the ...
2
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2answers
42 views

What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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1answer
54 views

What's the meaning of “to him who”?

While I was searching on the net, I found this sentence: Memorandum to him who is concerned. I looked for a definition to to him who, but I found nothing. So what's the meaning of it? ِAre ...
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4answers
573 views

Why do some questions not start with an auxiliary verb?

When I learned English, my teachers told me that all questions must have an auxiliary verb at the beginning, just like Are you mad? or Is she playing? do. But when watching some movies or talking ...
4
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1answer
79 views

Literature: 'Why' at the beginning of sentences [duplicate]

I’m currently reading George Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire novels in English. As a non-native speaker (I’m German), I stumbled upon some grammatical constructs that I’ve never seen before, one of ...
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1answer
37 views

Is agreement required between subject and prepositional phrase? [duplicate]

Which is correct (and have you got a source)? "Animals store vitamin C in their liver." "Animals store vitamin C in their livers."
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1answer
80 views

Why is it spelled “curiosity” instead of “curiousity?”

I have been spelling the word "curiosity" with a u, "curiousity," my whole life, and only today was Chrome's spellcheck bold enough to highlight my lifelong error. I have two questions: The root ...
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28 views

“Knowledgeable about” vs. “knowledgeable on” vs. “knowledgeable in”

When should I use each of the collocations "knowledgeable about", "knowledgeable on", and "knowledgeable in"?
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5answers
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Stealing the topic from another person when he or she is going to tell you something

When someone is starting to tell you something from his or her life, some persons are immediately interrupting and starting to talk about the same topic, but from their own perspective instead. ...
1
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2answers
40 views

What is a 'nearly quotation' called?

Last night in his eve of election speech to the Scottish electorate (a vintage performance according to the Guardian), the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, alluded to a famous line from Macbeth ...
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1answer
27 views

How to say the plural of IP? [duplicate]

Can someone assist me with this doubt? In many sites I have seen it written as "IP's" and in other as "IPs". What is the correct form to refer for the plural of IP?

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