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correct punctuation for the You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque projecft [on hold]

correct punctuation for You ask for students of history, of which I am one, having worked on a uinque project
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Pronunciation of ‘few’ as [ˈfjyu̯]

I was surprised to see that Wiktionary states few be pronounced as /ˈfjuː/ or /ˈfju/. I have always pronounced it as [ˈfjyu̯]. Furthermore, I've copied the pronunciation from what I've heard and when ...
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Is there any other way of the expression on this phrase? His breathing was becoming less labored

Or, "Eventually, the old guinea pig was unable to move and her breathing was labored." I am looking for other way of saying in an exactly same meaning.
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“One has to die one death”

I'm looking for an English equivalent to the German "Einen Tod muss man sterben" ("One has to die one death"). As far as I know the literal translation is not in use. It refers to a situation in ...
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Term for a person with absolutely zero knowledge of a topic

I'm looking for a term to describe someone who literally has zero knowledge of a topic. Initially I thought of using something like green field but that doesn't really describe the person, it really ...
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Imagining for future

Guys I am very much doubtful about this sentence I want to say my client " I don't want to put myself in a situation when you Placed me order and I did not have the material" Is is correct if not ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences?

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...
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Is this phrase past tense or present tense?

The following phrase I ain't got no money Is it meant to be used for a past action (I didn't get no money) or is it used to mean (I don't get no money right now)? What confuses me is the usage ...
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What word describes changing behavior from consuming or using services to contributing or providing?

I"m attempting to efficiently describe a threshold of when someone has moved from being a consumer to a contributor. My context is a church setting. I'm responsible for drafting a description of the ...
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Construction of a compound-complex sentence [on hold]

The grammar book which I'm currently reading gives the following as an example of a compound-complex sentence: When the shy squirrels found us, we tried to feed them too, even though we had really ...
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What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
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“It claims to be” vs “it claims is”

A. The company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camera. B. The company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest camera. Could someone please explain why ...
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Any singular word ending in 's'? [on hold]

Singular word that ends in 's' seems to be rare, not counting proper nouns. So far I only know lens. Is there other example?
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How to tell the difference between predicate adjectives and action verbs

While analyzing essays, I often get confused between whether a word is a predicate adjective of an action verb. I found the definition of a predicate adjective to be "An adjective used in the ...
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Pence in the pound

I have received correspondence that includes the sentence: The buyer (or debt collection agency) will offer you pence in the pound irrespective of how I reply. What does "Pence in the pound" ...
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Will have past participle VS should have past participle

I found this from Cambridge grammar book. We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened , will happen. e.g) The builders should have ...
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Is this particular statement a phrase or a clause?

The difference between clauses and phrases has been extensively discussed (here, here, and likely elsewhere). And as Dusty has said, “The short answer [is that] clauses contain a subject and its verb, ...
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Screp - definition

I encountered the following sentence, which is supposed to be related to how managers of a company can improve quality, I am especially unsure about the word "screp"... Screp of cross-dock totes. ...
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Why are there two Rs in “arrhythmic”?

It seems to me combining "a-"and "rhythmic" would intuitively be spelled "arhythmic". Is there a rule or some other practical reason that it's spelled arrhythmic?
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What does it mean when Cinderella said “They treat me as well as they're able.”?

In Cinderella 2015 horse chase scene, Cinderella said "They treat me as well as they're able." and the prince said "I'm sorry!" What does it mean "as well as they're able" in the sentence?
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Spelling etymology of “czar” [duplicate]

Russian emperors are usually referred to as "Tsars" or "Czars". However, while the first spelling (Tsar) utilises the standard English transliteration of the Cyrillic ц as ts, the second ...
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Need a word describing more frequently than monthly, other than semi monthly

We have business processes that happens periodically. These are labeled (in ascending frequency) as Quarterly, Monthly, Semi Monthly, Weekly, Semi Weekly, or Daily. We also have a process that can ...
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1answer
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Correct structure of a comparative-type sentence with dependent clauses

The original sentence says: "The greater the amount of total suspended solids the higher the turbidity of the water." I think it feels off because it lacks a verb. Would the following be an ...
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1answer
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Are there linguistic markers that indicate to subordinates a desire to be addressed less formally

It's a bit of a shame that Is "pal" too informal when the other person is much older than me? was closed, as it dabbles in a difficult topic for all non-native speakers of English. Although ...
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How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions [on hold]

How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions. Sometime people just follow the existing custom or systems as it is, without ...
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44 views

Correct spelling of a Persian/Arabic name in English [on hold]

I need to know what is correct spelling of Persian word Mohebbi in English. Native speakers write it in English in both formats Mohebbi (double b) and Mohebi (single b). It's written in Persian as ...
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How do I say “flexibility with time” on my CV?

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I'm trying to convey the willingness to work flexible hours. I'm translating from Spanish for a friend of mine. A literal translation of ...
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1answer
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Why at the school not at school

In the following sentence why is it at the school not at school? They don't have to do their homework today because it's a holiday at the school.
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“Bit rot” in the context of mobile apps on a mobile platform

Is "bit rot" appropriate as a term to describe how software on a mobile phone appears to degrade in performance as a consequence of receiving updates which are intended for a more powerful hardware ...
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1answer
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Grammatical number of compound subjects with indefinite pronouns

Nobody from the Police Department and nobody from the Fire Department is/are going to the rescue. Which verb agreement is grammatical or preferable for other reasons? Similar examples: ...
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1answer
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server replication or servers replication

In the title of a paper I'm writing, I want to talk about "replication" of servers, but I'm not sure if the object of replication should be written in singular or plural form. Should I write ...
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1answer
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Origin of mandarin

A friend of mine said that the Chinese language and the fruit are called so because the officials and governors of the Chinese Empire (initially, counselors) were called "mentors". This happened ...
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50s synonym for “snogging”

What would the British term in 1954 have been for "snogging"? "Making out" is American. "All over each other" doesn't seem quite specific enough.
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Tense question: “invest and get” or “invested and got”?

Later in the game, after you invest sufficient skill points into combat skills and get better fighting gear, combat becomes easier. or Later in the game, after you invested sufficient skill ...
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Is there any phrases to replace “I was wondering” in a business email to show your politeness?

I often use "I was wondering if you could do..." in my business email. I want to know more phrases that have the similar meaning and express politeness like this one. Any suggestions?
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Antonym of 'helper'?

This is my question. If 'helper' means 'someone who helps', then what is 'someone who got helped'? Whom does the helper help? Is there any term to define it? Thanks!
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Quoting a paper written in a different style

In a paper I am quoting a block of text that contains the phrase "The author however does not believe ..." The copyeditor of my paper inserted comma before and after "however" as this is the journal's ...
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1answer
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What does “sweeping phrases” mean? And How should the sentence be understood?

What is more, this ever-expanding pool of information did not start with humans, but dates back to the beginning of time. “[W]e are born from it, and it is born from us,” he writes gnostically. As ...
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What's the name for when a word changes its pronunciation because of how people read?

With greater literacy in the past 100 years, most English speakers are also proficient at writing. Sometimes due to the great divide between English spellings and the true pronunciation, people will ...
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how to make 'participle phrase' [on hold]

Sentance : As he saw a policeman, he ran away. 1) Delete the 'conjunction' of the independent clause. (But If you want to emphasize it, just leave it.) 2) If subjects are same, delete the 'subject' ...
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How to fit metric units of distance into idioms [on hold]

I appreciate that the system of traditional English measurements was widely used before many English speaking countries switched to metric. So we have expressions like give an inch, walk a mile in ...
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Difference between Paper and Article for scientific writings

As I know, in most of situations (in scientific context) these two terms are used to point to same thing and even they are used interchangeably. For example, Theory of value with public goods: A ...
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“group have” vs “group has” [duplicate]

Do you say: That group has dogs or That group have dogs I'm not too sure which one is right. I'm just confused because I'm not sure whether the word, group, is plural or not
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Problem in 'talking to a lot of people' [on hold]

I told my friend that "I am talking to a lot of people" and he said this sentence is not correct. Can anyone help me find out what's wrong with the following sentence: "Talking to a lot of people"
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Why is there an indefinite article before “London”? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I ...
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What do 'drive' and 'hard' refer to in 'drive a hard bargain'?

If I have to say that "this person(X) does very good bargaining" in a more refined way, I should ideally write "X drives a hard bargain". (I saw it in a book). I know that I have to use 'bargain' word ...
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1answer
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What is a state pair?

In the beginning of the first chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain I read: The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Is the word “constraint” used appropriately in my sentence? [on hold]

I have some imperial equations to estimate seepage from irrigation canals. In these equations some coefficients have been used . These coefficients are based on soil type. Unfortunately there is no ...
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Origin of “Best boy” - a film crew position

For a long time I saw a title in the list of movie crew positions that was strange to me, Best boy. Wikipedia says about that: In a film crew there are two kinds of best boy: best boy electric ...

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