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1answer
54 views

“Attempts limit exceeded” in one word [on hold]

I need a one word to describe a status of a token object that had its "attempts limit exceeded", meaning that it has been tried too many times and has become unusable without a possibility of a revert ...
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A single word meaning 'easy yet powerful'?

I'm looking for a single adjective to describe a piece of software which is very easy to use, but has powerful features for users who have access and knowledge. It's for a succinct marketing ...
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4answers
61 views

Is “software” plural or singular? [on hold]

I'd like to know why this sentence uses "needs" instead of "need": Even some very popular software sometimes needs a year or two of testing, I think the subject is plural because it says some is ...
2
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3answers
41 views

Most like / Like most [on hold]

My question has to do with the placement of "most" before or after the verb. Is the following sentence correct/acceptable? I most like apples. Alternatives: I like most apples. I like apples ...
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3answers
45 views

how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?

How should this long sentence with multiple "and"s Property taxes and other local taxes and state taxation and spending may not be ... . be understood? Notice, there is no punctuation near the ...
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1answer
29 views

how should “…; or …” be understood?

I'm trying to make sense of a phrase like the following The foregoing limitations shall not apply to ... [A] ...; or, subject to the provisions of ... [B] ... , to ... [C] ... . (The actual text ...
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4answers
68 views

Synonym for “hands-on” [on hold]

Can I say as follows? I saw him in life, not on TV. Is there any other special expression in English that means that the experience is actual, hands-on, direct?
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1answer
36 views

omitting relative pronoun in a non-restrictive clause

We often omit relative pronouns in restrictive clauses. E.g. "I am flying to a place I love" instead of "I am flying to a place that I love." It seems ok to omit the which/who in the following. But ...
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3answers
81 views

What's the word for “talking about the same thing but do not realize because using different words”

The scenario is I'm talking about a particular thing. You are talking about the precise same thing. We are arguing about it because we don't realize that we are talking about the same thing. ...
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3answers
28 views

A word for 'related in managerial way' [on hold]

Is there a word for "related in work-related way"? I want to include owners, managers and the like. Here's an example: I want to convey "This is a list of all owners, managers, administrators, ...
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2answers
52 views

Word that describes a repeating pattern across orders of magnitude of scale

What word describes the notion of a simple pattern repeating itself across a multitude of scales? For example, consider Gravity. The forces of gravity are present at the quantum scale (atoms attract ...
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2answers
61 views

Person who is responsible for the political guests in the kingdom?

I'm from Georgia, and I need help with a specific word. In one of the history books I found the word mestumre, and in a translation from Georgian it means a person who is responsible for the special ...
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1answer
47 views

Past verb + not

I've found the following constructions with past verbs: They found not the fire. You knew not that. Is this an archaic way? Can we use with "ED" ending verbs, "crossed not the line" or ...
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0answers
14 views

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? [on hold]

ABC Company is managing these technology development activities, a portion of which are being performed by scientists at the National Lab.
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1answer
70 views

Two examples of English sentences. What is their most correct form? [on hold]

Is this sentence well formed and understandable: Figuring his chances of winning are 50%, Picard agrees to play. Next, is there a lack of articles in this sentence, in the place of *: ...
0
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1answer
38 views

“everyone”, “everybody”, “everything”, and “everywhere” - singular or plural. [duplicate]

Are "everyone", "everybody", "everything", and "everywhere" singular or plural. I have found people who are say they are singular but also people who say they are plural. I can anyone give me an ...
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4answers
45 views

Informal phrase for finally doing something pending - very specific

What would be an informal saying of phrase for finally doing some chore or running some errand that was pending for some time? It maybe something you are avoiding, or something you forget all the ...
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0answers
32 views

Difference between philistine and anti-intellectual [on hold]

Is philistine simply a more archaic usage ? Is a philistine a more specific kind of anti-intellectual ? Or are they interchangeable ?
0
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1answer
26 views

a private friend x a close friend [on hold]

What would be the best way to express intimacy with a friend? A close friend = It would be a friend who doesn't like to talk about? A private Friend = It would be a close friend? I am very ...
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0answers
72 views

plural possessive form of a mutated plural?

Here are two examples of mutated plurals: more than one goose= geese; more than one man= men 1)Say you had 2 or more groups of geese. I.e. group #1= African geese & group #2=buff geese. If you ...
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0answers
45 views

Should Stranger (with capital S) be in the OED? [on hold]

The Strangers were refugees from the Low Countries (now Belgium and Netherlands), starting in the reign of Elizabeth I, who were protestants fleeing the Spanish Inquisition. By the late eighteenth ...
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5answers
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I need a section title for a section that describes how a piece of software works

Currently I'm using "How it works" as the title, but I want to replace that with something short and meaningful, most of my other section titles are one word long. The whole document is about a piece ...
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0answers
51 views

Translating a Palestinian old man saying [on hold]

Maybe it's difficult to translate slang from language to another but I'm giving it a try so please correct me if I have mistakes. They asked a Palestinian old man about love He said Love .. Oh may ...
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3answers
83 views

What is a synonym for “controversial” with a more neutral connotation?

When things are described as "controversial," it's usually done with a negative connotation, as in "a controversial new law that many feel restricts their freedom." It seems people tend to describe ...
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4answers
95 views

Word to describe a situation where one wants to do good things but ends up with something bad

I am looking for a word to describe a situation where one wants to do good things but ends up with something bad. It generally happens with me, I always think of doing something good but sometimes ...
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2answers
61 views

Phrase for a guest enforcing their culture/rules on the hosts

Imagine a certain Bob from Somethingistan whose native culture forbids wearing hats. Now Bob immigrates to Somelandia where it is perfectly normal to wear hats. However, not only does Bob not wear ...
0
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1answer
49 views

in the early January or in early January [on hold]

I am confused with the use of "early" and "late" with date. For example, I heard people say that I will be back early January. But on the internet, I saw people use it with proposition "in" and some ...
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1answer
76 views

What is the single-word noun meaning “Someone who participates in a Winterfest”? [on hold]

If someone who goes to the Theatre is a Theatregoer, what is the single-word noun for someone who participates in a Winterfest? I am assuming it would not be "Winterfester" as that sounds more like ...
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0answers
46 views

What do you call someone who collects hats? [duplicate]

Philatelist is a stamp collector. Numismatist is a coin collector. What do you call a hat collector?
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2answers
110 views

the meaning of “alloy” in Jane Austen's Emma Chapter I

The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which ...
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5answers
49 views

What's the best word that can be used to describe level of activeness?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in a question like "how is his * right now?", where a possible answer is 'calm'. Another example is: Person 1: Calm down! Person 2: My * is none of your ...
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2answers
135 views

meaning of “fallen little short of a mother in affection” in Jane Austen's Emma, Chapter I

She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; ad had, in consequence of her sister's marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early peroid. Her mother ...
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1answer
38 views

What is the meaning of “gassed for”? [on hold]

I was reading a comment on ELU and it is... ... when you've been gassed for your oral surgery. Is it an idiomatic thing to say "gassed for or gassed up"?
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26 views

Best ways to learn english grammar [on hold]

I have the Matura Exam in this school year and I'd like to improve my grammar skills. What are the best ways to do so in your opinion?
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27 views

grammar issue in the sentence [on hold]

That made poor coaching but great training. It is expressing the idea that "that" didn't provide good coaching but regardless it led to good training. An expanded form of this sentence would be ...
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0answers
40 views

Without provoking substitions or analogies to the beginnings and ends of experience [on hold]

His work suggests that literature can function without meaning – that is without provoking substitutions or analogies to the beginnings and ends of experience. Kafka's works are signs of body in ...
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What’s a “handegg”?

What’s a handegg? NOTE: This question is primarily related to the etymology of a compound noun which is not in The Dictionary. There is a hat this year called “Handegg”, given out for a posting that ...
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1answer
53 views

What is the difference between “Whatever/What ever happened to Sandra?” and “What happened to Sandra?”

Sandra's been missing for a while, so we ask: Whatever/What ever happened to Sandra? What happened to Sandra? Is there any difference between these two questions and the situation to ask them in?
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1answer
42 views

Can I use “had” without dependent clause? [on hold]

From the common English grammar lesson, the past perfect tense with had is usually followed by dependent clause. For example: He had studied English before he moved to New York. Now, if I want ...
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1answer
40 views

Name for the property of a thing that allows it to be described practically infinite ways

There are things that can be described in numerous ways, but the description still means the same thing. Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates such things, or the property about the things that ...
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0answers
36 views

Is there any difference between “told to” and “told to do so”

I will release a new version when I'm told to. I will release a new version when I'm told to do so. Is there any difference in the meaning of the two sentences and which one would I use in an ...
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1answer
41 views

Is it correct/idiomatic to say “got informed there?”

I thought the phrase was common/idiomatic. So I was surprised when I got 0 results on Google Books. The school was filled with gossip. So Anna probably got informed there (about someone's ...
3
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6answers
58 views

another phrase to express dwelled on

After the incident he dwelled on the issues surrounding the incident. What would be other substitutes to express the idea conveyed by "dwell on?" I considered "mull over", "ruminate", "moped about", ...
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1answer
33 views

What's the meaning of “off to an early start” in this context? [on hold]

The context as below: but violent clashes between riot police and students at the end of September got the action off to an early start
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4answers
265 views

A better word than “disabled” [on hold]

I have recently completed a 'Lean' project on enhancing customer experience in a Hospice. Before submitting my report, I was taking a stock of the various signage at the hospital. A few of them read ...
3
votes
4answers
66 views

Is there an expression similar to this Portuguese phrase?

There's an expression in Portuguese "para você não dizer que eu sou ruim/mau", which literally translates to "in order for you not to say that I'm bad/evil", where "you" or "I" can be replaced by ...
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1answer
27 views

Ambiguity of “just” in a context

I know that there are similar questions, but I'd like to know what's the "preferred" meaning of "just" in a specific sentence in this context. I was watching a GTA V movie, called "Meltdown". In a ...
2
votes
8answers
62 views

A word for not knowing an appropriate word [duplicate]

What is a word to represent a situation in which we feel short of word to be able to express what we want to or what we are feeling .
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votes
0answers
23 views

Text in another words - help please [duplicate]

Two friends play golf and one of them say to the another: "Put me down for a six, four, three. Three! It's a birdie!" What this means? I need to write this in another words for people who ...
0
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0answers
20 views

Is it best to use a comma following an inline address? [duplicate]

Is it proper to include a comma at the very end of an inline place address? Also, in case it is relevant, the sentence is the title of an article. For example: Examples of cross-gene ...

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