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Why do we say “rips and tears”?

For example, "Clothing must be free from rips and tears." It seems to me that the words "rips" and "tears" can be used interchangeably, and that using both is redundant. Is there a particular reason ...
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What is a single word for people personally close to a King?

What is a single word for the people who are part of the inner circle of a king? It is in the following context from the Quran: Moses was sent to Pharaoh and threw down his staff which became a ...
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the correct translation of “attendu que”

does attendu que mean "given that" /"considering that"/ whereas. it appears at the beginning of every paragraph in a french legal document i'm working on and i'm not sure if all of the "attendu que"s ...
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Most common and usual way to say “to the client's request/demand”, “if desired”, “requesting further negotiations”? [on hold]

Most common and usual way to say "to the client's request/demand", "if desired", "requesting further negotiations" ?
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What is the symbol for an answer?

Usually we use a question mark,'?', to indicate a question, in writing or in simple graphic presentations. I want to know what is a comparable indication for an answer? Note. I don't know whether ...
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12answers
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Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”

I'm not a native English speaker, but I do understand and personally appreciate the use of the term "xyz Nazi" to say that someone is a bit dogmatic about their point of view, without necessarily ...
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If he had emailed me, you would not have to call [on hold]

Hello I want to know which of the below usage is right, actually I am trying to say if that person had emailed us, we didnt have to call him. If he had emailed me, you/I would not have to call him ...
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Having an IV or being on a drip

I had an IV last night because my blood pressure dropped too low. I was given an IV (Fluids) last night... I was put on a drip last night... I got a drip last night... I was on a drip last night ... ...
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Comma or no comma before the word “and” [duplicate]

I'm curious about whether to use comma before "and". Some people told me that using comma to connect two different sentences and two different subjects. Please provide some examples to explain the ...
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What is a note in small print before a drop-cap called [on hold]

In this sample from 1776 of Philosophical Transactions via JStor, there is a note in small print set in front of the the large initial starting the article. To make it more clear: It is the phrase ...
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5answers
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How to read “A = (πr)²” so as not to mistake it for “A = πr²” [duplicate]

None of the 26 answers given here, or the 5 answers given here mentions any similarity between the pronunciation of E = mc² and A = πr², yet I still remain confusioned as to what distinguishes the ...
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1answer
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Why is the sentence “I go to the US for studying English.” is wrong?

I heard the sentence "I go to the US for studying English." is wrong. Can the prepotision "for" as purpose be used in this case? Could you teach me the reason why this sentence is wrong?
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I have objectives in my proposal, how can I turn them into questions? [on hold]

i. To identify experiments that can be delivered via mobile application. ii. To establish design requirements for the selected experiments. iii.To design and implementing the selected experiments. ...
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2answers
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How did 'subsume' evolve from the Latin for 'take + under'?

What's an intuitive derivation behind ODO's definition that helps to remember its meaning? subsume = [with object] Include or absorb (something) in something else: Etymonline: 1530s, from ...
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2answers
36 views

Usage of the word terrorism

We read in the newspapers and watched on tv, many cases regarding students gunning down their classmates and teachers. Suppose a student brought a gun to his class and started pointing it to his ...
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3answers
82 views

Word for what you call yourself

What words or phrases would you use to introduce someone by a nickname they've chosen? Say I want to introduce Dr. Samuels (who introduces herself as Susie-Q) to Dr. Smith. I can't call my superior ...
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2answers
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The “it-seems-better-than-it-actually-is-because-it-comes-from-a-famous-place” effect?

It is far easier to provide an example for what I am trying to describe than to try and articulate it: Example: Scholar A: "Wow. That new study from University X is getting a lot of attention." ...
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1answer
21 views

Referring to humans in a rhetorical analysis essay

Take the sentence: Woolf gears her essay to the inquisitive mind, attempting to raise thoughts about whether humans are pathetic beads of life in time’s entirety, or whether we are somehow more ...
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1answer
36 views

Differences among 'abundant' 'sufficient' and 'enough'?

In the case I want to say there is a lot of things available and implies 'the more the better', which word should I use?
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1answer
30 views

Should add a comma before 'though' in the following case?

The dog was lying on his side. He wasn’t resting though, of that I was sure. He was dead. Should I add a comma in the bolded sentence? The dog was lying on his side. He wasn’t resting, ...
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1answer
60 views

Using word “hate” in American English

Having lived in the USA for several years I've noticed that Americans use the word "hate" a lot. What do they mean? Do they have hate emotion attached when they use this word? Or do they really mean ...
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2answers
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The meaning of “yet” in “Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes”

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. within a month; Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married: I'm wondering about the ...
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1answer
25 views

Position of always/continuously in these sentences

I have two sentences: 1.- On and beneath the earth's surface, new rock is made and old rock is destroyed ______________. 2.- The rock cycle occurs ______________________, over millions of years. ...
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3answers
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What's the name for this kind of writing? [on hold]

I recently 'fell in love' with reading after receiving a book. Now that I've finished reading it, I'm looking for books with that kind of writing. I've Googled for similar books from the same ...
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2answers
32 views

Using a common be verb for adjective and noun

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? A: He is nice and a grocer. B: He is nice and is a grocer.
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1answer
33 views

Duty and responsibility is important? or Duty and responsibility are important?

I want to know which of the below sentence is correct :- Duty and responsibility is important? Duty and responsibility are important? Thankyou
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0answers
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OF as a part of speech

What part of speech is the word "of" in the phrase "made of"? Trying to review the word "of" I the command :"Go and make disciples of all nations". Please help
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6answers
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Is there a phrase or slang word for a man who is always chatting women up?

He can be rich or poor, educated or not, vulgar or polite, handsome or not, but what characterizes this guy is his way with words and his garrulousness. More importante, he is notorious for making a ...
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1answer
68 views

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. within a month; Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married: I'm wondering about "Had ...
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0answers
10 views

positive warrant - meaning [on hold]

I have a question perhaps for philosophers. What does “positive warrant” mean exactly? Is it closer to premise or to claim? Or neither of them? Are there any synonyms? Example of context: We ...
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5answers
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A word for “mapping existing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to mean: “mapping existing and ongoing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”. I was thinking about "conforming execution" or "collapsing and initiating ...
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2answers
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preposition for tie

is it correct using preposition (on) for the verb (tie)? when it is used with? And do we use it when we want to use it for ( fastening to another thing)? For example in this case: " more and more ...
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1answer
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Pronunciation of “every body”, “every thing” etc. when written as two separate words

How shall I pronounce the words every body, every thing etc. when meaning everybody, everything, but written separately in the 19th century, like Jane Austen did? As two words, or as one? In the ...
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Is it acceptable to say curse words if they are the title of a work? [on hold]

I'm not entirely sure this is the correct place for this question. It seems more like a question of professionalism, or more accurately, not pissing of those who dislike "curse words." It's not ...
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2answers
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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3answers
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The horribility of English language

Pretty much every adjective that ends in the suffix -able or -ible gives rise to a related noun: corruptible becomes corruptibility mutable becomes mutability respectable becomes respectability ...
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1answer
53 views

What is a word meaning “has always been happening” up to the current point time?

I have an active event that may or may not have declared beginning or ending dates. When there is no ending date set, I'm using "ongoing" to indicate that this event will continue for the foreseeable ...
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2answers
51 views

“As of ” + future?

Is the following sentence correct? As of next year, I will be studying [insert a field of study]. I know that "From next year on, ..." and "Starting next year, ..." are better options, but just ...
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1answer
28 views

“will be all present” or “will all be present”

Which one do we use for this sentence : Student chairs will all be present for this meeting or "will be all present"
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Correct way of reading The Nibelungenlied

I'm trying to read "The Nibelungenlied" in metrical English translation by George Henry Needler (http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/niebn10h.htm). However, I've got certain difficulties with doing ...
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1answer
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How to phrase a question to know a person's current number in a particular position?

I'm trying to figure out how to phrase a question to know a person's current number in a position. For example: Mr. X is the 15th prime minister of India. What is the correct question to ask ...
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2answers
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Is “not worth to do” an acceptable alternative to “not worth doing”?

Basically what the title says, nothing more to add. I've encountered the former form on the Internet more than once, hence the question. Thanks!
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1answer
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Linking or connected speech in reading English

I tried to read novel and could read every word correctly. But one thing that hindered me was the "connected speech or linking in English". I listened to the audio version of the book but as I ...
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1answer
70 views

Is it necessary sometimes to use past tense in formal writing to mean present

"This could be made a ‘standing item’ on the agenda so that it had to be considered before each time that assessments were considered." Source My question is would it be wrong to write the ...
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0answers
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Is there a difference between negligible and neglectable?

According to wiktionary.org they are synonyms. However, most words have a slight difference in the way or in which context they are used. I would like to know those differences. For example, when one ...
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1answer
29 views

I thorougly enjoy _____ [on hold]

Does thoroughly fit well in this sentence? Is it appropriate to use it in a formal sentence?
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2answers
42 views

How to distinguish between transparent (water-like) and opaque (milk-like) skin lotions?

In cosmetics there are 2 distinct kinds of skin lotions and some languages (but not English, as far as I know) include distinct words to name them: 1. transparent, water-like looking lotions usually ...
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6answers
82 views

Is “evidence” as a verb an Americanism?

We need to evidence the agreement with these forms. Is this usage predominantly American?
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2answers
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“with and without” vs. “with or without”

If I want to abbreviate a statement of the form We consider a model with X and a model without X I am not sure if We consider models with and without X and We consider models with or ...
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2answers
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“Slice” vs “Piece”: when to use which?

I'd like to understand when I should use "slice" or "piece", for example: "He's eaten three slices of pizza, and two pieces of cake". Why do I have to use "slice" with pizza, but "piece" with cake? ...

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