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Pronouncing vote as voyt? [on hold]

I constantly hear television announcers who have a British accent pronounce vote as voyt, boat as boyt and ocean as oyshun. They almost always say oy instead of the long o (oh). Why is that?
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39 views

Can I use meet for an online meeting?

I would like to know if I can say "We can meet on Monday or Tuesday" in email as a reply to a sales person's email asking for a couple of days options for an online meeting -- a sort of Skype call. I ...
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1answer
42 views

English reference to a work colleague [on hold]

What do you call someone who does not delegate and tries to do everything themselves
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4answers
721 views

An adjective for the condition of a used brush

What adjective best describes the weariness and disarrangement that starts to show in your toothbrush when you've used it for some time? Nothing severe; just a little out of shape: It doesn't have ...
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0answers
23 views

Salary Increment, Revise Email to HR [on hold]

I am working as Sr. Software Engineer. Yesterday, I got Salary increment. But it is below my expectation compare to my performance. So i want to send mail to HR department that indicates to revise my ...
0
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1answer
47 views

“Feel bad about someone” versus “feel bad for someone”

Does the sentence "I feel bad about you" have the same meaning as "I feel bad for you"?
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1answer
45 views

“To come undone”

"Oh, it'll take a little time, might take a little crime to come undone (...) Who do you need, who do you love, when you come undone?" Please, can someone help me with this? I'm pretty sure that ...
0
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1answer
30 views

Correct usage of words about numbers and decimal places [on hold]

I was told by a friend that they were taught to write numbers in this fashion: (1 ten thousanths, 1 thousandths, 1 hundreths, 1 tenths, 1 tens, 1 hundreds). I was wondering why they would be taught ...
12
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3answers
2k views

Date as a synonym for anus

In the Song "Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins" Tim Minchin uses the phrase "it's a sin to take it up the date, even if it's great, even with your cowboy mate". I'm not a native English speaker ...
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1answer
45 views

Is 'Do not be negative' double negation?

Is it correct, if I say, "John, do not be negative". I don't mean to say, "John, be positive". I mean he just shouldn't be negative, not necessarily positive. I'm using 'negative' as an adverb to ...
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1answer
53 views

How do native English speakers pronounce these Vietnamese words “Le” & “Bo”?

I am Vietnamese & If I see "Le" & "Bo" I will pronounce them as /le/ & /bo/. But seem English doesn't have any /e/ or /o/ as a phoneme. A phoneme /ˈfoʊniːm/ is one of the units of sound ...
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4answers
73 views

Is “cemetery gaits” grammatically correct?

There is a song with the following lyrics: "You know us by the way we crawl and you know us by our cemetery gaits" The part I'd like to ask about is 'cemetery gaits'. I love the lyric and am having ...
3
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2answers
48 views

The use of “that of” and an apostrophe

Here is my sentence: "Julia's experience is similar to that of Robert's." Would it be correct to put an apostrophe ('s) after Robert?
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0answers
36 views

What does the “was held to” mean in this sentence? [on hold]

Beijing was widely held to botch its reaction to a stock market fall and its decision to allow its currency to devalue. I understand that hold means to take place or to occur. Why past tense ...
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1answer
42 views

Quotes vs. colon convention [duplicate]

How do the following options differ in what they imply? Option 1 The real question is: what do you want to achieve? Option 2 The real question is, "What do you want to achieve?" Is there an ...
0
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6answers
104 views

One word noun for a person that is always seeking the truth? [on hold]

Could the word "dogmatic" be used as a noun meaning "a person that is always seeking the truth?" For example, is it valid to say that "Dogmatics had failed at truth seeking"? I am trying to understand ...
0
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1answer
42 views

Parallel Structure: Can you improve this sentence? [on hold]

I'm currently writing something and this sentence seems pretty ugly. How can this sentence be improved? Any help is appreciated. "Day after day, you wake up early to make sure we get to school, ...
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2answers
43 views

“What we need and what you get”

we're working on a crowd funding campaign, and are looking for a better way to say, "What we need and what you get". This refers to the call of action encouraging people to donate and the perks ...
3
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2answers
63 views

what is the meaning of “pro-rate”? [on hold]

What does "pro-rate" in following sentence mean? We pro-rate our prices if you join after a session has started does it mean that they reduce the price if I want to enroll after a session has ...
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0answers
38 views

Basic question about way to open and write a letter or query to a person [on hold]

This is quite a basic question. However, I don't think it's ever been formally explained to me. If you say want to write a letter (email) to a relative, a business or helpdesk how does one open it and ...
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1answer
42 views

Does this sentence exceed using verb? [on hold]

I wonder whether the below sentence exceeds using verb or not? This disease at least is likely to spread around country have many people. The main reason why I ask about exceeding using verb is ...
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3answers
65 views

What is a word to describe an action that was not prompted by any special/specific occasion?

For example, you might give a birthday gift or a wedding gift, but a gift that wasn't one of those might be a ______ gift.
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1answer
37 views

using if for past event

Which one is grammatically correct? Situation: I already bought coffee. 1) I told myself I'd buy coffee if I find my book. 2) I told myself I'd buy coffee if I found my book. Thanks.
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1answer
41 views

What is equivalent of brain drain for skilled labour?

What is the phrase when you say that there is movement of skilled labour from X country to Y country for better opportunities? Is 'leaching of labour'valid usage? Please suggest some other phrase for ...
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0answers
43 views

When to use ''of''?

For example, I've stumbled upon these verses by Beckett: ''nothingness in words enclose?'' And while I'm not sure I fully understood their meaning (I've taken ''enclose'' for a noun, as ...
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1answer
53 views

Use of who not directly after subject

My question is about using 'who' in a sentence. Compare, ...particularly children who are vulnerable... vs. ...particularly children in Germany who are vulnerable.. Is the second sentence ...
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0answers
850 views

Is “She is under the shower” a proper English sentence? [migrated]

There is currently a debate on Duolingo about the proper translation of a sentence to English (the original language isn't the point of this question). The sentence, literally translates to "She is ...
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0answers
40 views

What kind of sentence structure it is? I mean Gandhian it [migrated]

It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the Gandhian it is named after...... Gandhian is - related to mahatma ghandi
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4answers
84 views

word for sleep-deprived frustration

I'm keenly aware of the feeling - the anger or shortened fuse that comes with lack of sleep. I can't figure out a word for expressing it though... Any suggestions?
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0answers
39 views

Meaning of “Context” [on hold]

I received the following comment on one of my paragraphs in my article: Provide some context what do you mean. I don't understand what he actually means by "context". Any suggestion, please.
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0answers
19 views

Difference between etymologies of 'allocable' and 'allocatable'

Which one is more proper to use: 'allocable' or 'allocatable'? Sources say the former is derived from the original Latin word 'allocare', while the latter is a part-of-speech-variant of the English ...
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0answers
40 views

Thank you, you too have a great day? [on hold]

Is this the correct sentence to say: "Thank you, you too have a great day!" when someone says: "Have a Great day"
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0answers
40 views

Does this sentence exceeds verb? [on hold]

This disease at least likely to spread around other countries have many people. I just wonder whether this sentence mentioned above exceeds verb or not?
0
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0answers
63 views

Alternate for the word “Hot” [on hold]

I am a PhD Scholar and English is not mother language, so for grammatical mistakes apologies in advance.Recently i received a review on my article. In my article one sentence is something like that ...
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2answers
35 views

The first is convex, and the second is linear when x>2. is it ambiguity?

In my paper, I want to say, the first is convex all the time, and the second is linear when x>2. I am afraid that some people will think that: The first is convex when x>2, and the second is linear ...
2
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3answers
64 views

Would pronouns be objective or subjective in this sentence?

Sentence: John's entire plan was nothing more than him/he and me/I walking by his neighbors' houses armed with twenty-eight inches of potentially bone-crushing sports equipment. Should I ...
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0answers
29 views

How to ask for a reply from a senior manager [on hold]

I am in the process of setting up an informational interview with a director of a company. I messaged them on LinkedIn 10 days ago. Last part of the message is: I would greatly appreciate if you ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

To no end VS no end

I'm curious to know if my examples are right or the idioms mean the same both ways? It worries me to no end = It worries me in vain. it worries me no end = It worries me a lot.
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2answers
92 views

Are “a” and “the” adjectives? [duplicate]

I'm trying to break down the english language in a computer program. Having a hard time figuring out those two. I think that they should be adjectives though because they are descriptive as in a ...
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votes
0answers
18 views

Is “in” before “losing” correct in the following phrases? [migrated]

Sample #1: I am interested in doing the sport, and in losing weight. Sample #2: I am interested in doing the sport and in losing weight. (comma deleted before and) Question: Is placing in before ...
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2answers
157 views

What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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0answers
36 views

Mirror mirror on the wall [on hold]

What is meant by mirror-image? Why does my mirror reverse left and right and not top and bottom? How does the mirror "know" which is vertical and which is horizontal? Would an American mirror work in ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

The Present Perfect. [duplicate]

I can't see any difference between those two sentences in terms of the use of the Present Perfect : I've just cooked dinner I've just sent you the letter Would you be so nice to explain it to me? ...
1
vote
2answers
54 views

Best reply for is was a pleasure meeting you [on hold]

if some one send to me: it was a real pleasure meeting you, what is the best to reply with? The pleasure was really mine/us or it was a pleasure too?
11
votes
10answers
2k views

Synonym of 'kangaroo court'

From legal-dictionary.com, kangaroo court is defined as such: [Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial ...
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1answer
39 views

Get enough sleep vs. have enough sleep

Is it wrong to say "have enough sleep" instead of "get enough sleep"?
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2answers
67 views

The Use of the Present Perfect. What is natural?

Sometimes, I got really confused by the use of the Present Perfect tense. Given the fact, that we don't have this structure in Russian, all we can is to base our knowledge on grammar rules. The ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Is there a word “dramaticness”?

I want to write the following: This is due to the dramaticness of the day. What other word can I use?
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0answers
35 views

how to write approved request email [on hold]

i would like to write a approved request email for one notebook for my company ,this email i want have the reason to support my request,Thanks all.
0
votes
0answers
58 views

Wishing someone a safe flight back to home [on hold]

What are the options for wishing somebody that leaves my country to go back to his/her homeland a good/nice flight? Are the following idioms suitable? Have a safe/nice flight Safe travel

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