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Double Comparatives

I'm learning English comparatives of Adjectives and Adverbs. I have 2 questions relating to "double comparatives" Firstly, should I use: (1) The better you are at English, the more chances you ...
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What does “Booting these guys” mean? [on hold]

I am not native English speaker, but in a conversation with an American guy, I come across this line. I am adding the situation where that guy used this sentence. He gave me some things to do, I did ...
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Is the following sentence correct? “keep standing for a long time causes to blood pressure TO BE low.” [migrated]

Should I need to use the word "TO", or maybe I can say "Keep standing for a long time causes to blood pressure BE low."
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need a word FAST because i am writing a story! [on hold]

OK, so I'm writing a story and I have a part when someone finds out that someone has an ability and the person who has the ability didn't tell anyone about it and it gets found out and someone asks ...
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which is correct? grammatically and in present form

She becomes popular in Canada. or She become popular in Canada?
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Phant Latin root and similar words

I ran into an unfamiliar word recently: sycophant. I am wondering now if phant means anything but simple google searches aren't leading me anywhere. Hierophant - someone who shows sacred things ...
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Where is the truth? [on hold]

Why the image of of christ is a "white man" when the book of revelations describes him as a "black man" with woolly hair?
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Synonyms for intimate? [on hold]

What's another way to say "getting to know someone"? I want to say: "...due to lack of intimacy..." except I'm talking about doctor-patient relationships and the word intimate doesn't seem right. ...
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What is the name of this “yawning like” movement?

You may do this when you're tired or after a nap. This movement is usually called "yawning" but I think yawning is a bit different. With this movement, we may yawn too. After waking up, it usually ...
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Origin of the disapproval associated with “derivative” used as an adjective?

This is the first meaning of the word derivative used as an adjective(Oxford): 1 (Typically of an artist or work of art) imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for ...
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Adrenaline vs epinephrine

I just stumbled upon a blog that states that epinephrine is the American name for adrenaline. Is it true? If so, how prevalent is this Americanism within America? And do they prefer epinephrine in ...
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Number when using “one of those who…”

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? He is one of those who prefer studying over traveling. He is one of those who prefers studying over traveling. Should the verb ...
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Using “could” when giving direction

Today someone asked me how to get to a place via bus. I only knew the train route so I tried to tell her that she could(?) use the train instead. This is an excerpt of the conversation: Do you know ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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Term for a word with opposite meaning to its root?

I remember coming across a term for a word which has an opposite (or at least very different) meaning from its etymological root word's meaning, does anyone know what this term is?
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Which is the most appropriate verb tense and mood for this text?

Access or use of this system without authorization or in excess of authorization either express or implied may subject violators to criminal and civil action. On top of that we would probably ...
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Sit v. sit down

I seriously cannot find any good, thorough responses to this question, and I'm trying to help out a non-native friend. Sit down implies motion. I understand that because of the preposition "down". ...
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Who decides how a foreign name should be transliterated and why do such transliterations change over the decades?

I would like to know how a transliteration of a foreign name becomes "the accepted version", and why the accepted version is sometimes replaced. I would also like to know why some transliterations ...
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Which is the correct plural of Atlas? [on hold]

Good evening, in a "creative writing" course this question was brought up. Some of my classmates argued the plural form is "Atlas" because the word comes from Latin. Others favored "Atlases". What is ...
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At Up To together in a sentence?

Does it make sense to say "At Up To 30% off"? Shouldn't it either be "At" or "Up To"...not "At Up To"?
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25 views

Meaning of “Stakes” [on hold]

Can anyone help me with the meaning of "stakes" in the following sentence: "In other words, melodrama is about recognition and clarification, how to be clear what the stakes are and what their ...
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1answer
73 views

Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?

Title says it all: "Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?" I want to describe the action of reaching the top of a hill and finally being able to see what ...
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23 views

How do I use “worth” here? Help me, pleaseee

I don't know how to use "worth" here, "if you really like, it's worth it" Is it correct? Thank you!
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Can you help me find the definition and purpose of these satirical strategies? [on hold]

The bolded words are the category of satire the terms have been placed into. (ignore the ordering of the numbers used, they're merely being used like bullet points) Parody twisted saying Word ...
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“old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)

I am reading the diary of a Colonel in the British Army in the 1940s. He describes some of the recruits as "old stiffs". This seems to be largely a compliment, and seems to refer to older folk who ...
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0answers
21 views

Another word of 'Technology' [on hold]

ancient word for 'technology' Please suggest
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Which is the correct use of 'no'

Editing a document and wondering which is correct? There have been no historical digs on the pipeline. OR There have not been any historical digs on the pipeline. A lot of the document ...
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What kinds of books are necessary for a new English learner? [on hold]

I am a new English learner, and I am curious about what kinds of books are necessary for an English beginner in an elementary level. More specifically, I haven't learnt the English pronunciation in a ...
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1answer
45 views

“in danger”: an adverb or an adjective?

Is the expression "in danger" an adverb or an adjective? Why?
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147 views

Does -able have an imperative meaning?

In a question on SO I ran into a question about the meaning of word "closeable". As far as I know (and my teachers taught me so) it has two meanings: possible to close should be closed The ...
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1answer
54 views

English folk saying or proverb involving the number four (of people)?

We have: "it takes two to tango", "two is company; three is a crowd", etc... Are there any similar sayings that refer to four people?
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41 views

Would you mind opening the door? [on hold]

when somebody asks you " Would you mind opening the door?" what would your answer be?
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1answer
22 views

How to differentiate between writing an introduction and a conclusion? [on hold]

I know this sounds silly but bear with me. In the introduction, I state my thesis and briefly point out the ideas to follow. In a conclusion, I re-state the ideas that I have discussed in the body. I ...
3
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2answers
130 views

Economics - plural or singular

"The economics of the matter mean that your proposal is not feasible." or "The economics of the matter means that your proposal is not feasible."
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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Noun or adjective required [on hold]

What would be correct? I am standing at 100 feet high, or I am standing at 100 feet height. Thank you!
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2answers
59 views

preposition “travel in” or “travel by” [duplicate]

Which is the grammatically correct statement : "We are travelling in a car" Or "We are travelling by a car" Thanks in advance...
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1answer
543 views

Etymology of 'swan song'

Can someone explain the historical background behind this phrase with context to its usage today? There are several versions of etymology, so which version is most widely accepted? I came across this ...
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1answer
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Meaning of the phrase 'out upon it'

I came across this phrase twice while reading the play Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare in the following contexts: 1 - "Out upon it old carrion, Your flesh rebels at these years?". A ...
2
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1answer
80 views

Where did “Spineless” come from?

A spineless person is said to be, "without moral force, resolution, or courage; feeble" - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spineless. So they are cowardly. But where did that term come from? ...
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Differenciate between instant and at your convenience messaging

Consider two cases Case 1: Two peoples are online and both are free. They are doing nothing other than chatting with each-other. So both of them are replying within few seconds. After chatting for ...
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2answers
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one word for “the desire to feel special to someone”

Is there one word which can substitute the meaning of "The desire to feel special to someone"?
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1answer
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Meaning of “repay” in “the book repays close study”

What does the word "repay" in essence mean in the phrase "the book repays close study"? My OED defines "repay" as to make return for; requite [a service, action, etc.]... must repay their ...
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Mixing single digit and double digit numbers - how to write formally

If writing about numbers below 10, I spell the word out ('two out of four people use grammar correctly'). If writing about numbers greater than or equal to 10, I use digits ('15 out of 20 people use ...
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4answers
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Why are 'student' and 'suspend' not pronounced as written?

I am a Chinese student beginning to learn English. I am curious to know why the word student is pronounced with the sound of d instead of t. Likewise, why is the sound of b used instead of p when ...
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What does “slow and deliberate” means? [on hold]

She won the argument in a slow and deliberate way. I can grasp the overall meaning, but I'm wondering if it's an idiom or does deliberate has another meaning?
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Is there any difference between “monthly average” and “average per month”?

I have trouble understanding if I should use "monthly average" or "average per month" when asking someone to calculate monthly average of a variable, e.g. heating expenses. Is there any difference, if ...
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1answer
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How many syllables are in “nights 'n' days”?

While I was trying to match the number of syllables in my poem, I could not be sure how many syllables these sentences below have. Count the nights and days spent together in spite Count the nights ...

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