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7answers
949 views

word request: antonym of try-hard, who does not try to impress

What is a good word to use as an antonym of 'try-hard'? Somebody who does not try to appear highly in another's eyes. A word close to indifferent,aloof, detached...
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1answer
1k views

would rather VS. would rather that [closed]

I would rather go home. I would rather that I went home. Could you tell me the difference between these?
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1answer
2k views

“Back it up” meaning [closed]

What does back it up mean in this context? He can be cocky, but he's got stuff to back it up.
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1answer
491 views

“Can” or “could”, which is grammatically correct?

I'm a call center agent. When I ask to transfer the call to the authorized person, which form should I use: Can I speak to...? or Could I speak to...?
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1answer
137 views

What preposition should be used with the 'wrap' verb?

I want to wrap it WITH the paper I want to wrap it IN the paper I want to wrap it BY the paper
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3answers
1k views

Rationale behind pronunciation of “subtle”

I've read pronunciation, yet I'm still irresolute about the exposition/logic behind the pronunciation of subtle. Why is the b not pronounced? subtle = subtil(e) in French, in which the b is ...
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1answer
53 views

Am I using “such” right? [closed]

Are these right? such amounts of money such a lot of money such an amount of money such lots such lots of people
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2answers
60 views

“Was the extent” vs “was about the extent”

That was the extent of what I recalled. That was about the extent of what I recalled. Do the mean the same? If not, what's the difference?
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3answers
143 views

Difference between “The car is” and “The car is blue” in the word “is”

I, being a native English speaker, and having snoozed through some of my grammar lessons in elementary school, sometimes cannot express differences that I feel exist in certain grammatical constructs. ...
0
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1answer
53 views

What is the meaning of Converted Leads

When i found job on job website, i found the term Converted Leads job(Related to marketing). Please explain to me what it mean and what are the tasks will be done by this job? Any information would ...
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7answers
4k views

What is the origin and meaning of “racing to a red light”?

During the third episode of the HBO show "True Detective" the following dialogue is exchanged: Cop 1: "Certain linguist anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites ...
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2answers
92 views

Word for letting something pass through unmodified

I'd like to phrase the sentence "The system lets certain inputs pass through unmodified" more directly. Could anyone suggest a word to replace the parenthesised 'phrase' below? "The system ...
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1answer
132 views

What does the sentence mean?

I just got an email telling me about a company's 2013 profit. The first sentence is very short, but it is hard to understand for me. XXXX(company name) misses by $0.05(per share), beats on revenue. ...
2
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2answers
287 views

Do you say “I have gone diving before” or “I have been diving before”?

Which is correct and common expression, "I have gone diving" or "I have been diving" "Have you ever gone diving?" or "Have you ever been diving?" As for skating, snowboarding, snorkeling and ...
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9answers
3k views

Word for something being both beautiful and terrible at the same time

I want to know a word that describes the phenomenon of something being both beautiful and terrible at the same time, like a tsunami or the eye of a tornado.
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2answers
3k views

A word to describe a day where I learned a lot

I want a word to describe a day where I learned a lot. I can't think of many good choices. I was thinking productive or industrious, but that describes more the act of doing rather than learning.
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3answers
31k views

I don't get this joke. Is it some kind of play on “water, too?”

I don't get this joke. Is it some kind of play on "water, too?" Transcript: Two scientists walk into a bar. The first says, "I'll have some H2O." The second says, "I'll have a glass of water ...
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2answers
80 views

Valid to use “more conceptually” at the beginning of a sentence?

Suppose I have the following two sentences... The equation can be expressed in terms of the (insert complex but slightly conceptual gibberish here). More conceptually, the heavy cow moves slower ...
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2answers
4k views

What does “We don't see things as they are – we see them as we are” mean?

Can someone please explain the meaning of the quotation "We don't see things as they are – we see them as we are."?
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3answers
379 views

Is there a way to measure how “emotive” a verb is?

I've read that "People buy on emotion and justify with logic" and that, when writing sales copy, one should use "emotive" words. Now understand my background is intensely technical and, while I can ...
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3answers
503 views

“In case” or “in cases”?

Which is the right one: in case or in cases? What's the difference? For example, what if I'm just trying to FYI a team? If in (case/cases) you are not sure, we'll be using this form moving ...
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5answers
438 views

Is there a word for the talking an artist does between songs?

I am looking for a word which describes the talking an artist does between songs in a live performance. The word "intermission" is close, but I think that it has the connotation of a longer break, ...
0
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2answers
1k views

What is the correct capitalization of the words earth and moon?

I believe that Earth means planet and earth means soil. But I've seen earth used in published works to mean the planet earth. But no one writes jupiter. Similarly, Moon should mean the name of ...
2
votes
1answer
8k views

Meaning of “if the shoe fits wear it” doesn't fit

Just now I read the phrase's meaning and was surprised. I always thought that the meaning goes like this: if something is in a really bad or unacceptable condition, but it's serving the purpose, then ...
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1answer
9k views

Difference between Let, Let's and Lets? [closed]

Many people use "let, let's and lets" in conversation What's the difference between them?
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6answers
191 views

A word for a book or list of people that you need to contact

I have to remember to contact Sarah sometime this week about the party, so I add her to my person-listy-thing. I think there may be a (somewhat archaic?) concise term for this along the lines of ...
2
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1answer
6k views

Are “the fact of the matter” and “as a matter of fact” the same?

For a long time, I had only known the phrase "matter of fact" to be used in "as a matter of fact..." However, for quite a few days, I have also been hearing, "the fact of the matter is..." in news ...
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1answer
587 views
2
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1answer
42 views

index, an index or the index?

Context: Imagine a sequence of indices greater than 1. The sequence must follow these rules: 1.) Index 2 cannot be surrounded by two indices 3. ... (I know this may be written in much more simple ...
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3answers
137 views

Hypernym for buildings, fossils, spiders and particles [duplicate]

Edited in response to answers/comments. I'm trying to find a term (other than 'objects' or 'things') which I can use to describe the commonality of substance which all the things that have been named ...
2
votes
1answer
69 views

Is there a noun that describes members of the genus Allium?

I have a mild allergy to Onions, Garlic, Shallots, etc. - all members of the genus Allium. Is there a noun I can use to readily describe all these? Eg: "I have a(n) _ allergy." Been thinking about it ...
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votes
1answer
361 views

Adverbial form for a common swear word

Is shittly a word (and if so, how many t’s does it have?) or do I have to use shittily?
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1answer
85 views

What does “occasions” mean in this sentence?

The justiciarship originated in the king’s need for a responsible subordinate who could take a wide view of the affairs of the kingdom, act as regent when the king was abroad, and on other ...
0
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1answer
74 views

What do you call a medical procedure that requires the patient to recover walking [closed]

For some medical operations its required to revalidate the patient because the procedure was so heavy he/ she had to lie down for 1 to 3 weeks with a completely paralysed lowerbody. After the patient ...
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votes
1answer
97 views

Why “An HTML editor” not “A HTML editor”? [duplicate]

I always see An HTML editor but surely it would be A HTML editor as the H isn't a vowel nor does it sound like a vowel. Why is this?
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2answers
252 views

taller than any student or taller than any other student

Which of the following sentences is correct? a) 1. John is taller than any student in his class. 2. John is taller than any other student in his class. b) 1. No student is taller than ...
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2answers
3k views

“Same old, same old” [closed]

"It is the same old, same old style." In this sentence, what kind of phrase is same old same old? Is it a adjective?
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2answers
289 views

“Martyr To” vs “Martyr For”

This book specifies the difference as: martyr for something: smb. who is made to suffer severely for a cause martyr to something: smb. who is acutely inflicted by something Oxford ...
4
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8answers
3k views

Adjective that describes a person who shows a lot of enthusiasm in the beginning but gets bored gradually?

Can anyone provide a word which describes a person who shows a lot of enthusiasm in the beginning but gets bored gradually and eventually leaves the task uncompleted? I looked at jaded, but it ...
2
votes
2answers
282 views

Are these interrogatives subjects or complements for verbs?

[a] Which is the best choice for the blank? [b] What's the best choice you have made? (TED) Which are the subjects in above respectively? It seems like which in [a] and what in [b] are ...
0
votes
3answers
214 views

Why is “underhaul” not listed in dictionaries? [closed]

“underhaul” is not listed in dictionaries. Did I spell it wrong? Or is it slang?
0
votes
2answers
410 views

Register your interest/interests?

What would be the correct way of saying this: If you would like to register your interest in... If you would like to register your interests in... Both seem to sound correct to me but I was ...
3
votes
3answers
444 views

Conversions between “though” and “however”, both used at the beginning of the sentence

I've come across a sentence conversion question of the following type and am getting stumped. We need to change the following sentence to a construction starting with "However...". Though she is ...
2
votes
5answers
4k views

Good verb for “to make more concise”? [duplicate]

There seem to be many good adjectives to descibe a sentence which effectively gets the point across without wasting words: "concise", "succinct", "terse", "pithy". But what is a good verb to make ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

Why are names that begin with 'Mc' first in order over names that begin with 'Ma'?

Why are names that begin with 'Mc' first in order over names that begin with 'Ma'? For example, in references sections in books, we see that "McGann, Anthony" is first and "Maddox, Graham" is second. ...
2
votes
1answer
311 views

Time before now vs. time before us

We all know that before normally means "earlier in time", but I've been thinking about the opposite meanings of those expressions: The days before now (the past) The days before us (the future) ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Between you and (“me” or “I”)? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "between you and me" or "between you and I"? I am not a native English speaker, so please bear with me.
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vote
1answer
50 views

That of Tokyo vs. one of Tokyo?

The climate of Sapporo is colder than one of Tokyo. The climate of Sapporo is colder than that of Tokyo. Which is correct?
0
votes
2answers
5k views

Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
5
votes
3answers
571 views

Middle English or Elizabethan English as a second language? [closed]

Are there books, web sites, or language courses designed for English speakers who want to learn Middle English or Elizabethan English in the same way that they would learn a foreign language? It would ...

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