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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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5answers
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Thrice or triple?

There is a fairly well known recipe for Triple Cooked Chips. It involves cooking chips three different ways / times. Is triple cooked correct or should it be called Thrice Cooked Chips as they have ...
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11answers
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A word for paying attention to detail

Looking for a word that describes "Paying attention to the smallest details, though they might not matter". Starts with the letter "P"
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0answers
38 views

What does 'quiet laughter' refer to?

Abraham Lincoln in his famous letter to his son's teacher asks the teacher to teach his son the secret of quiet laughter. Is this expression an oxymoron (like deafening silence)?
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4answers
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Rule for when to use “thin” versus “narrow”

My 5-year-old asked this morning if you would say a road was "thin" or "narrow". We had no difficulty telling her she should use "narrow" in that case, but couldn't explain why. We found it ...
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0answers
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Correct use of 'at all' after a verb [migrated]

I don't know how to use the expression 'at all' correctly. Please, which of the following two sentences is correct? There are people who do not believe in gender equality at all. There are people ...
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2answers
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Passive voice expressed by means of the active voice

I wonder what the reason is to say These cakes sell well instead of These cakes are being sold well. I understand that it’s shorter but it doesn’t work with any verb, does it? For example, The house ...
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3answers
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What function does this prepositional phrase have in this biblical sentence?

From Mark 7:13: Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Although this sentence may be incomplete, I am wondering ...
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0answers
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Correct order of representing information

I've been writing a research and I've come across this silly question. In the below sentence "Network investigation" is a general term that consists of many sub practices of which analysis of data is ...
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2answers
65 views

Can the verb 'judge' collocate with 'of'? [on hold]

I saw this sentence in an essay: Children’s cognitive development is on the preoperational stage, so they cannot consider as logical and judge of dangerous events. I would say "judge sth" or ...
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1answer
39 views

Tenses in the sentence [duplicate]

"On occasion he had even been entrusted with the rectification of ‘The Times’ leading articles, which were written entirely in Newspeak." Why can't we say: "he was entrusted"?
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Specifying geography with cardinal directions [duplicate]

So here in America we are in "the West". Would this become "the Western world" or "the western world? " I'll assume the same applies to "the East" (Asia).
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1answer
45 views

How do I distinguish between Much and Many [on hold]

I'm in year nine, and I'm still having problems with the use of much and many. Yes, I know it sounds stupid and a question that could be searched on Google, but I don't want the NSA telling my teacher ...
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1answer
69 views

Terminology for “New Yorker” vs “lives in New York” [on hold]

What are the terms for two types of nouns; one where a person is described as someone who does something, versus a doer? Examples: New Yorker versus lives in New York Diabetic versus person ...
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1answer
140 views

What is the name of these display machines used inside libraries?

They are obsolete now, but I see them often in movies. They are some sort of slide-show projector with a rotating handle that flips to new slide? I uploaded pic of the machine and the displayed slide. ...
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1answer
70 views

What's the difference betwen perhaps and maybe?

I would like to know how to use them are theres alike? or just two differents words that can be used in the same way?
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3answers
79 views

“I like cat” type of sentences [duplicate]

The sentences seems a bit wrong but when you replace cat with something else it sounds right: I like A (Do you like A or B?). I like apples (Do you like apples or oranges?). but... I like cat. (Do ...
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1answer
32 views

Is there a word that describes the sound you make when you chuckle/breathe/cough in agreement with something?

I am writing a novel and am constantly trying to figure out how to describe the action when someone gives a sort of small cough or a quick "huh" in agreement. I suppose it would be the non-word ...
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0answers
38 views

How to hear the pronunciation of words in a PDF? [on hold]

I heard that using some software it is possible to just double-click a word in a PDF file and listen to how it is pronounced. Unfortunately I couldn't find any tools of that kind. Could you suggest me ...
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7answers
113 views

An exact word for the opposite of academic progress? [on hold]

I have been confronted with a word so many times for which I couldn't find any equivalent in English. What is an opposite term for academic progress? I mean specifically when one is no longer doing ...
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3answers
71 views

Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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1answer
124 views

“Karma is a bitch” [on hold]

I recently sent a message to my credit union complaining about the misbehavior of some staff members (treating customers with contempt). I ended my message by writing: Karma is a b*tch. The ...
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6answers
935 views

What is the difference between a 'rocket' and a 'missile'

Someone pointed out on the BBC News that the Malaysian plane was hit not by a 'rocket' but by a 'missile'. From the dictionary definitions I have looked up I cannot tell the difference. Missile An ...
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0answers
30 views

Uninformed in the school [on hold]

Why people of the United States of America think that South America is south of the Rio Grande?
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1answer
55 views

“So” as a conjunction

I'm a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, and I would like to get some information on SO as a conjunction. As far as I know, it's a coordinating conjunction, and it's part of the FANBOYS group. ...
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0answers
29 views

Better formulation of “technology helps us to create a better world” [on hold]

If we (as mankind) want to achieve something like: Eliminating poverty Allowing as many people as possible to live their lives how they want to then, in my opinion, technology offers many ...
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0answers
46 views

What does “Grass for his Pillow” mean? [on hold]

I'm reading an amazing novel, Lian Hearn's Grass for his Pillow, but I didn't understand the meaning of its title; it's the most complicated sentence I've ever seen.
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3answers
528 views

What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [on hold]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
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1answer
100 views

Does “ought to” imply irrelevance?

Does the phrase "ought to" express the irrelevance of the person taking the action? For example, if someone says "Governments which are just, ought to ensure food security for their citizens", are ...
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6answers
308 views

Recommended replacement for 'literally'?

Around lunchtime yesterday I overheard a coworker say "I'm literally so hungry right now" Though misuse of the word literally was always common, it appears in the last year or so it has lost any ...
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0answers
23 views

meaning of “Subworks” [on hold]

I would like to know the meaning of the word subwork in the following text: Thick black power cables crawled over the street, climbing up the sides of buildings, and disappearing into holes ...
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0answers
19 views

what is the meaning of “crowded back”? [on hold]

Here is the sentence: Old times crowded back into my mind as I watched her.
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2answers
63 views

Word for someone who is hungry for power and control

What do you call someone who's running after power and is hungry of controlling everything/everyone, all the time? Somehow like a moderator Darth Vader.
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1answer
112 views

Is “banana” the shortest overlap word?

Banana, alfalfa, entente: these are words containing an overlap, that is, the pattern XYXYX where X and Y are replaced by letters or sequences of letters. The idea is that the two occurrences of XYX ...
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0answers
29 views

Collocations origin

Learning collocations we were told stories of their origin. For example, 'baker's dozen' origins from the fact that bakers used to take profit for each 13th product they sold. Could you please suggest ...
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2answers
39 views

a definition of the phrase “ On both accounts” [on hold]

hi I have a problem with this phrase " on both accounts". what's the definition? I see this phrase in TOEFL IBT tes 7. the student said two characteristic of something and the teacher said that. ...
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0answers
42 views

The End of a Watch (Opposite of the verb Watch) [on hold]

Consider the sentences, "At 5 o'clock, you must watch the gate." And "At 9 o'clock, you can -----." (meaning to stop the watch) Is there any appropriate word to mean finish a watch, other ...
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10answers
443 views

Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
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1answer
27 views

What does “Essential Travels” mean? [on hold]

I live in Israel, and at the 12th of August I need to travel to some place in Russia. My travel goes through Turkey, as the place I am traveling to costs more and takes longer if I travel through ...
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2answers
49 views

What do you mean by the phrase David vs. Goliath? [on hold]

While watching the hit TV series Suits I noticed a headline "David vs. Goliath" published in the newspaper when the show's protagonist gets in an altercation with a common cab driver What does it ...
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votes
1answer
32 views

A way to describe/categorize music that would rhyme/alliterate with each day of the week [on hold]

Good day, apologies for the rather confusing title. My friends and I came up with an idea and started a music appreciation day for each day of the week. The idea is that each day has an assigned genre ...
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1answer
110 views

Meaning of “fl.” and “seq.”

Currently I am reading a book titled Configurations of culture growth by the American anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber. Part of his book consists of tables that iist eminent people from all fields ...
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0answers
25 views

Cohesive devices

Hi I'm analysing an old advertisement at the moment. Below's a picture of it, I'm stumped on one thing. Can someone tell me if the pronouns 'you' and 'your' are anaphoric references or exophoric ...
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0answers
42 views

To be or not to be? That's a question [on hold]

"There is potential personal liability for the directors if they continue to trade in a situation where they knew or ought to have known that there was no reasonable prospect of avoiding an insolvent ...
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1answer
39 views

“Most of them plant based”

What's remarkable is that so many of the claims made for some of these remedies, or at least their ingredients, most of them plant based, have since been found to have at least some basis in fact. ...
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1answer
34 views

“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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0answers
41 views

What is subrogation? [on hold]

"A person that discharges the debt of another will be subrogated by operation of law to the claims of the creditor whose debt is discharged. These rights can be, and typically are, waived by the ...
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1answer
20 views

Punctuation between clauses when the first clause is a series

I have this sentence: Even if I seem too busy, or you made a mistake, or someone we care about will be upset, or you feel embarrassed, if anything bothers you, I want to know. I believe that ...
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1answer
74 views

Single word for feeling bad about feeling bad

There arises situations when at first we feel bad about something and then later we feel bad about feeling bad in the first place about that something. I don't exactly remember the situation I was ...
0
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1answer
31 views

Pronunciation problem [on hold]

I am from India. I am very eager to learn English. So I am used to add some English words with my language. But My friends says that you are having problem with your pronunciation. I tried a lot of ...

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