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meaning of: “Might be dated though!” [on hold]

Actually, I got a reply from the author of a blog. It is the following I am glad it's of help to someone! Might be dated though! However, I understand the meaning of the first part, that the ...
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I don't know Street address [on hold]

Do you know the Street address.i don't know please send me i read the your answer and understanding to knowldge.what is the street address please discribe him..reply
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“To put into relation to each other”

I would like to ask if the phrase to put into relation to each other is correct English. I only found a few hits in the Internet and it looks like many of these sources were written in German. I do ...
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Term for words like “Hanky-Panky” [duplicate]

Is there a name for these kind of doubled words? For example: hanky-panky flim-flam hoity-toity boo-hoo zig-zag Note that some rhyme and others do not.
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Can the word “Sails” in any meaningful way equate to the number Six? [on hold]

Either historically, or even up through leetspeak, can it be understood by a group of English speaking people to stand-in for the number 6, and if so, how? It's understood that – for example purposes ...
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If the direct object is also doing an action can it be a subject?

For example in a simple sentence such as: Jim saw another man eat a cow. I know that "Jim" is the subject, and "another man" is the direct object. But then is "another man" a subject as well ...
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Sight is to Visualisation as Sound is to?

Unsure that the word exists, given our preference for sight to convey abstract information rather than sound, but I was hoping one of you might know?
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Should I use “has” or “have” for “Is there any field or fields that ____ this property?” [on hold]

I have no idea what a good title for this question should be. I'm asking a database guy about a problem with our data. I'm considering phrasing it this way: Is there any other field or fields ...
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when using the titles of Dr. should it be followed by their first name or last name

when in the presence of a doctor, is it proper to call him Dr. "first name" or Dr. "last name" is there any rules that normally apply. I know in the military that you don't use Sargent "first name" ...
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Simple vs Continuous in the Past Tense and in the Future Tense

Even though I understand the difference between the simple and the continuous aspect of the English tense system, I sometimes struggle to understand what each of these two aspects expresses in some ...
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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one of the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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BBC, Playtime: Summer fair, don't understand certain parts from audio program

The radio program is here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150512-0900a.mp3 Don't understand the following fragments: 00:40 – There are lots of brightly … … 01:30 ...
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welcome baby party vs baby shower party

could you please tell me what the difference between baby shower and welcome baby party is? And is there a party that American families throw after the baby get born?
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Pittsburgh English - dropping the “to be” before a verb [duplicate]

This is a region dialect issue, while discussing local idiosyncrasies the question came up is the following sentence grammatically correct with or without the "to be" "The clothes on the line need to ...
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Asking a boss to be if agreement still holds?

I'm awaiting for my employment contract to arrive, which is one week overdue. How do I ask my employer to be if our agreement made over the phone is still in force without looking annoying or ...
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Have I correctly used comma in the following sentences [on hold]

Have I correctly used comma in the following sentences? However, he soon realized he was short of money, even though he had sold his car to pay his debts. He was sent to Court, and the court ordered ...
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Non-standard British use of possessive “me”

Native North American speaker here. It's fairly common in certain British dialects to substitute "me" for "my" (Shiver me timbers) in informal speech. My impression is that some speakers mix the ...
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1answer
64 views

Ending a mail in my language? [on hold]

I was having a discussion with my coworker because I was sending a mail in English (we're Mexicans), and I wanted to end the mail with: Saludos! My coworker insisted that I ought to stick to the ...
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What is the editing term for a section of text in a translation which was already in the target language and therefore has not been translated?

I'm wondering if a Latin or special editing term exists for texts which was already in the target language in the original, and therefore has just been copied over onto the translation. The ...
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1answer
44 views

What does “still informant” mean in the following context?

With his ideas still informant, Albert Einstein was 22 years old when he sat out alone on foot across the Alps.
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Using “that” before pronouns

I seem to have a problem with using the word "that" before pronouns and have been told that it is wrong. Examples: They were playing a piece of music that they had only heard once before. I ...
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4answers
62 views

Best practice to learn English [on hold]

How should I start to improve my English? I know this may closed as off-topic, but I just need some clear steps. Thanks in advance
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1answer
58 views

possible ambiguity of 'he' when two nouns are in use [duplicate]

I want to express that Brahma explained to Indra the mistake Indra had committed. Is it proper to say it like this? Brahma explained to Indra the mistake he had committed. Is there any ...
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What does “strip away all the sound and fury” means?

I have seen this comment on Ed Miliband's current rhetoric: "Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is: ...
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Correct use of 'comprise'

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "The application site comprises an existing care home which has 59 bedrooms and 85 registered bed spaces" I was under the impression that 'comprise' would ...
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The use of “among” in subject construction

I came across the following sentence in the newspaper yesterday: "Among the questions is who fired the fatal shots that killed nine." This construction just doesn't seem right to me. Is there some ...
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In (a) broad range of

Should "a" be used in the titular expression? I've found instances in which "a" used : This book presents a practical introduction to signal analysis techniques that are commonly used in a broad ...
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What is a better way of saying this.“Our most valuable inventory is our people” [on hold]

"Our most valuable inventory are our people" The word inventory is changeable to product if that works better. I plan on including a bar code of a name in between "inventory" and "are".
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Can someone please explain the syntactic rules at work here?

I'll use an example statement that's currently being used in a radio commercial for American Family Insurance (paraphrased.) They all told me that I couldn't build my dream home by myself; but, I ...
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Please indicate when to use 'have been' or 'has been' [on hold]

Would you say: There have been no payments. There has been no payments.
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Qualitative Measurement

If a measurement is a quantitative observation, then what is the word for a qualitative observation? Measurement: 1 cup X: smells old
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2answers
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Client or the client?

I am a programmer working on a solution composed of a service and a client application which will use it. There will be only the one dedicated application to work with the service. In our ...
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2answers
48 views

Meaning of quote [on hold]

What does the below quote mean? Just when you get used to today, along comes tomorrow
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“Up with the… ” (complete the saying for waking up early) [on hold]

If you wake up early, what is the saying for this? Beginning with the words: "Up with the..."
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Of sorts vs A sort of

What basically is the difference (if any) between these two expressions - of sorts and (a) sort of He would wear a coat of sorts. He would wear a sort of coat.
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As sent to or as send to

In the sentence: The invoices, as sent to the customers by mail. When the invoices have already been sent. I suppose it would be sent. But when the sentence refers to the process of the sending ...
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Is “a whole nother” grammatical?

Often one will hear the phrase that's a whole nother kettle of fish, but is "nother" actually grammatical? If not, what would the correct way of saying it be?
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However vs. how ever: one word or two?

I am writing a paper and stumbled upon this sentence of mine. "The output remained consistently poor however the data was/were analysed". "The output remained consistently poor how ever the ...
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What is the meaning of “old sport”?

In the film "The Great Gatsby," Mr. Gatsby says "Sorry, old sport, I thought you knew"; what is the meaning of old sport?
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You're unsure if the name is female or male? [on hold]

What happens if you aren't sure if the person is female or male with names like Christian or any other unisex name?
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Another word for “manufactured” with regards to argumentative statements

which on the surface look genuine and possibly discovered but are in fact architected in some way to support a pre-existing position. there is the element of deception, intentional or otherwise I'm ...
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Chinny chin chin [on hold]

In Three Little Pigs they reply to the wolf Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin What Is the meaning of this? Where did it come from?
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Is there a similiar saying for czech “dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám” in english?

Dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám The quote translated means something like Everyone will drag you down, but you have to find your way up on your own. Is there something like that ...
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How do idioms come to be? [on hold]

All these questions about idioms here on ELU makes me wonder - how do idioms come to be? How are they made up? How do they become accepted? Common examples are: silly as a wheel that's another ...
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60 views

Pronunciation Dilemma

How acceptable/appropriate is the pronunciation of words such as "Christian" and "fortune"/"fortunate" with a [t] sound as opposed to [ʃ]? I personally prefer the former but I believe that it's not ...
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'Not' followed by 'as was the case of' is possible?

I'm wondering if the phrase Not as was the case of [...] is possible. For making it clear, the synonym is "Not like the case of ...".
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1answer
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Dedication to my grandparents where one is passed away

I would like to know the appropriate way to dedicate a thesis to my grand parents in the case where one of them is dead. Somme possibilities: To my grandparents To the memory of my grandfather X, ...
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196 views

Why say 'chai tea'?

The Hindi word for tea (the drink) is chai. In India, this is the primary kind of tea (also, Hindi isn’t spoken throughout India); so, IndE speakers say “I’ll have some tea” rather than “I'll have ...
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Writing one academic year to another academic year

I am a bit confused. When do we write 2014-2015 and when do we write 2014-15? Are the two the same? If yes, which is more formal?
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To “have” or not to have

Which is correct (and why): Am I allowed to some wine? Am I allowed to have some wine? I hear people saying phrases like this without the have. Are both correct? Or is one more correct than the ...

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