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1answer
34 views

What's the difference between these two sentences? And which one is more common? [on hold]

I had wanted to buy a tv. I had had the idea of buying a TV. I really want to know the difference between them.
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7answers
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What do you call someone who is able to learn the new technologies?

As I renovate my CV, I would like to find a word (or two) to replace this phrase: Able to learn state of art technologies So for example one would say: George is able to learn state-of-the-art ...
3
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1answer
39 views

Should I include a “T” for “the” in an acronym/initialism?

For an acronym or initialism that includes the word "the", should I include "T" in the acronym/initialism? For example, "Change the world": should the initialism be "CW" or "CTW"?
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1answer
26 views

Problem with “Not just… but” [on hold]

Is this correct for a header? Not just learning English, but how to live better.
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2answers
892 views

What's a the word for people who make fun of themselves?

I don't mean people with low self esteem. But there are people who feel happy at being able to make other people laugh at their own expense. I remember someone telling me there is a word for them, I ...
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13answers
4k views

A word for someone who gets scared easily

I have looked online and most websites reference words such as cowardly and spooked. Those however don't seem to reflect what I am looking for. I am looking for a simple word to call someone who ...
3
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1answer
43 views

What does “semantic” mean when used dismissively? [duplicate]

The word "semantic" means "related to the meaning of things". I understand, for example, the difference between syntax and semantics. But people also say "X is just semantics", "they're just arguing ...
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0answers
31 views

What's the difference between “on” and “of” after a verb? [on hold]

For example: "Some variations on the activity" vs "Some variations of the activity". and "practise vocabulary on pets" vs "practise vocabulary of pets". What is the difference in terms of meaning ...
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2answers
47 views

How does “I never had nothing” mean “I never had anything”? [duplicate]

In a BBC Documentary about Brexit, an interviewee stated his reason for voting out as following: We are giving to some of the eastern Europeans who come in here at that time. they have more priority ...
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0answers
45 views

What is a good word that means “something we've done ourselves”? [on hold]

Is there any word that describes this? For example, if I used something that I made myself and did not buy? I was thinking about self-made and homemade, but it doesn't fit the context. We broke apart ...
4
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3answers
70 views

What are some less ambiguous words for “choice,” “decision,” “option,” etc.?

1) You come to a fork in the road. You need to make a choice between going left or right. You face a decision between the left path and the right path. You have the option to advance in either ...
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2answers
52 views

Is “home patch” completely equivalent to “hometown”?

I heard this expression "home patch" referring to "hometown" from a recent BBC Documentary. Since I am not a native English speaker, I am wondering about whether it is completely equivalent to "...
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0answers
30 views

[basic]Usage of “at least” in a sentence [on hold]

Recently I got into a fight with a guy I met while gaming. He was saying very immature levels of language so I said to him "You must be at least 13 years old to chat like that" He said that you have ...
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0answers
39 views

Fairy, Faerie, or Faery? [on hold]

I'm writing a story, and I was wondering if fairy, faerie, or faery was correct. Thanks!
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0answers
30 views

Am I using “whichever is the later” properly? [on hold]

I am writing a document that explains the logic of some software. Here is the whole part. Upon receiving a PDF file, count the number of pages. Using the number of pages and size of the PDF ...
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0answers
26 views

…disregard school work as of no great concern.

Would you explain for me why we use "as of" in the sentence below: -Boredom in the class can be a serious problem. If a student is bored because he thinks the material is too simple, it can cause ...
4
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2answers
277 views

What are fanners?

In the Rudyard Kipling poem The Bee-Boy's Song there is a section that goes: Tell 'em coming in an' out, Where the Fanners fan, What are these fanners that the bees are so curious to know ...
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1answer
43 views

Someone that can work on all OSs

In my CV, I have a line that says: OSs: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux Is there a word (that a human could understand) that laconically says that I am able to work on all OSs? Example: George ...
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0answers
13 views

Use of 'that' and 'where' in the same sentence [on hold]

Can I use 'that' and 'where' in the same sentence? Like below example: "We follow the model defined in ..., where ...." or "We follow the model that was defined in ..., where ...."
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1answer
41 views

Abounding, abound, in abundance

I have a sentence where I need to express a few ideas, and I'm not sure about the correct choice of the vocabulary and if the use of insert clause here sounds acceptable enough.Here is the sentence: ...
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1answer
30 views

Is that sentence correct? [on hold]

"How wouldn't you know what was going on?", is that correct? Or would you rather write "How wouldn't you know what is going on?" Is that a correct application of the subjunctive mood in the first ...
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1answer
38 views

Synonym for 'first class' as in 'first gathering of a course' [on hold]

I'm looking for the most colloquial synonym for the term 'first class', in the meaning of 'first gathering of a course'. My reason for looking for an alternative is that 'first class' is too easily ...
4
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1answer
99 views

Sunscreen vs sunblock

These two words have very similar definitions on Google. One protects against UVA and one protects against UVB rays. The question is, at what times should I use one word, and the other? Or can they be ...
2
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1answer
73 views

Meaning of a Jean Paul Sartre's saying [on hold]

Could you please what does Sartre mean when he says that:"freedom alone can account for a person in his totality."? And what does "account" mean in this sentence?
2
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0answers
24 views

When did “two and thirty” construction fall out of common usage? [duplicate]

In "The Red-Headed League", one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, a character named Jabez Wilson remarks, "It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it cost them two and thirty ...
8
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1answer
295 views

How do I show that a singular word is louder than any other in a sentence when writing it?

I know that when a word is capitalized it expresses yelling. What about text showing someone is talking and emphasizing a particular word, but he clearly isn't yelling the word out? How is a "non-...
4
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2answers
52 views

What is the difference between “doing something” and “on doing something”?

I don't understand the difference between "doing something" and "on doing something". I am going to make up a few examples. (1) On cleaning up my bedroom, I found my valuable watch. (2) Cleaning up ...
5
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2answers
426 views

What does “be out in” mean?

There's a song "Winter" by The Rolling Stones, and there's a line "And I wish I been out in California". What does it mean - he wants to be in California or he's sad about that he's in California?
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0answers
32 views

english grammer [on hold]

Please tell me the NOUN VERB ADJECTIVE ADVERB of the following words. (1)appear (2)incarnation (3) promote (4) sterility (5) instruct (6) instruct (7) exhaustion (8) memory (9)...
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0answers
47 views

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone [on hold]

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
5
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1answer
73 views

Given, particular, specific, any

I'm not sure which of the words from the title would be the best choice to indicate that I'm referring to a random consequence in general, in the context of the following sentence: Most often, a ...
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8answers
8k views

'Predator' is to 'Predatory' as 'Prey' is to…?

I'm trying to find a word like 'predatory' that refers to prey instead. Looking through some physical books gave some information about the root word 'praedor', for which I found this Wikitionary ...
0
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1answer
46 views

The Synonym for Customer Satisfaction [on hold]

Is there any word or phrase to convey the meaning of overall thought of consumers/customers about a product/company such as customer satisfaction?
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1answer
19 views

“in processing customer orders” or “in the processing of customer orders”?

Most of the time I see people use a gerund this way: The storm caused delays in processing customer orders. However, sometimes I see something like this too: The storm caused delays in the ...
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0answers
32 views

Context in the use of 'neither'

I saw this in one of my newsletters: Neither Barack Obama's nor Hillary Clinton's top adviser is Iranian: they're both American citizens by birth. Is that part that says, 'top adviser is Iranian' ...
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0answers
29 views

Have no sense / make no sense [on hold]

everyone! Please, answer which one is more common and what is the difference between them. This sentence has no sense or this sentence makes no sense. I would like to say that a particular sentence is ...
3
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1answer
31 views

What is the term used to describe the space under a roof that joins two buildings?

Sometimes architects will take two tall (say 8-10 storey) buildings that happen to be near each other, and build a glass roof between them. Down on ground, the area which originally would have been a ...
3
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1answer
48 views

Comma after also at the beginning of a sentence

I just can't figure it out; some writers use it others don't. For instance,in this para from an article: "On a domestic scale, people whispered about their neighbours, families split along north-...
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1answer
35 views

Devastated - verb or adjective

He was devastated when he learnt that his best friend was migrating. I would like to find out if devastated in this use case is a verb or an adjective.
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0answers
36 views

Replacement word/words for “safety” [on hold]

I'm looking to find a more accurate word/term for "safety" in the context of sharing ideas, without fear of rebuttal in environments that acknowledge its ok if you have a question Which at times will ...
0
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2answers
47 views

Meaning of “I don't love her because she is beautiful.” [on hold]

I don't love her because she is beautiful. This sentence is in my grammar book. It means I love her not because she is beautiful. I am confused!
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1answer
32 views

“If done correctly, …”

Could you please tell me what does "if done correctly" mean in this sentence? If done correctly, all existentialism is applied existentialism.
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0answers
8 views

Trained at vs trained to?

The following is a quote from Dragonsbane, by Barbara Hambly, chapter 1. “John would never have gone after the dragon, Gareth, had he not been forced to it. But as Thane of Alyn Hold, as Lord of Wyr, ...
0
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1answer
22 views

Pre-booking vs booking?

I came across this work in my work, I am not sure which one to use for a screen menu in our application, "pre-booking" or "booking". This menu will allow users to book their work schedule in advance. ...
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5answers
4k views

Etymology of the “nick” used in “nickname”? [on hold]

I've enjoyed your material on the etymology of the word "nick" meaning: A) just in time = in the nick of time (from notches nicked into wood or also to denote good timing) B) in good ...
0
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1answer
25 views

which is correct? to, at or in for sending goods to a city [on hold]

The product is supposed to be delivered to London. or delivered in London or delivered at London.
0
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1answer
26 views

Is this sentence correct

It uses not only... but also. Alex was not only hungry, but he was also very talkative. Shouldn't it be Alex was not only hungry, but also very talkative. To keep up with parallelism?
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1answer
33 views

Is this sentence correct “I'll do whatever depend on me”? [on hold]

don't I need to use the ending "s" after word depend? Don't I? I don't have this question almost in any cases but now I am confused because I've already used Future Simple before the word "whatever". ...
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0answers
44 views

What is the man saying? [on hold]

What is the man saying when he says: What are you doing after work. You need to get out and have a beer.
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1answer
48 views

Can I use 'the' before the name of my college?

Should I say: "I am doing my graduation in the Dexter College" or "I am doing my graduation in Dexter College".

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