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What are proper words to describe “one of the five finalists at a competition”

I am writing a SOP for grad school. When I was in undergrad, I once became one of five finalists at an IT competition. I want to write a sentence about it, but I'm not sure this is understandable ...
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Who uses the term 'freehold'?

I am interested to discover in which countries, where English is used, the term 'freehold' and 'freeholder' is in everyday use. I know the question of 'freehold' has come up on this site before in ...
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A word meaning “to set equal to one” in a mathematical application?

How do I describe the process of setting something equal to 1 in a mathematical application? I often deal with numbers and figures that are set equal to zero when certain conditions are met, and the ...
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People who is or People who are [closed]

I want to know if which one is correct, for example I want to say: "The people who is in charge of this process" or "The people who are in charge of this process". I'm a bit confused because of the ...
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What does adding quotes to an expression do to its meaning?

I always thought it meant sarcasm when someone wrapped quotation marks around a word. "Thank you" for coming over... That thank you now was said sarcastically and was a passive-aggressive way of ...
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Said Monday vs Said on Monday

Banks such as CaixaBank, Banco Sabadell and Catalunya Banc, which are based in Catalonia, would face serious problems and could go under if the northeastern region were to declare its independence ...
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“Number of users are” vs “Numbers of users are”

I am using Word to write an article. It keeps suggesting that Number of users are should be replaced by Numbers of users are or by Number of users is. My question is whether either of the following ...
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630 views

Is it ever correct to use “relate to with”?

The following is a sentence I used - Read these stories. See how many you can relate to with your own childhood Somehow this relate to with was there in my subconscious mind, but now I feel it ...
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229 views

I was wondering which tense should be used in the following sentences

Suppose it is now 12 o’clock at noon and I want to tell my mother I will have three meetings: one in the afternoon, one three days later, and one in several months. If I spoke at 9 in the morning, ...
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370 views

Whether I should use “without” or to use “except” in this sentence?

I have read a sentence in “New Concept English”, that is, Harrison had thought of everything except the weather. Here is the context: Harrison lived in Mediterranean for many years before ...
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How to abbreviate “and” when used in a name [duplicate]

How to abbreviate "and" in titles such as "Lavender 'n Fields"?
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What is the proper term for a manufacturer of charcuteries?

I’m looking for the term for a business that takes raw meats from a slaughterhouse and refines them into charcuteries.
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Is it right to say available valuable?

This sentence is pat from my paper which I would like to submit but I am not sure if it is right? Does it sound correct? Is available here correct? This study reveals that S and A have ...
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163 views

a passage in Dracula

In Dracula, there is this passage: Tell your friend that when that time you suck from my wound so swiftly the poison of the gangrene from that knife that our other friend, too nervous, let slip, ...
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Euphemism for poo

In German, we call the result of one particular dump as well as the doing it itself sein Geschäft machen (to do a deal/business) This is common and fit for print. Is there something similar in ...
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169 views

a line in Dracula

In Dracula, a passage: My dear young miss, I have the so great pleasure because you are so much beloved. That is much, my dear, even were there that which I do not see. I am stuck at "That is ...
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Payed or paid, is there a rule for this change in vowels?

Why do some verbs combine the "y" and the "e" in the past tense, while others retain "ye"? For example, pay to paid, but flay to flayed? Is there a rule for this change? Any help would be ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'Simple stuff shouldn't feel like an achievement'? [closed]

I'm not certain if stuff can be used as a singular in addition to its plural use so I can't establish whether this structure makes sense. The context is: picking your keys up off the floor shouldn't ...
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170 views

Mainly, First, second, third

It is correct? Reduction first in starch, second in glucose and fructose concentrations. from "first", I mean "mainly". May I use "mainly" and "second"?
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Origins of round in “round of applause”

A round of applause is a short period or burst of applause. What are the origins of the meaning of round in this phrase, and indeed the phrase itself? Are there any other phrases that use round in ...
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355 views

How to deal with unknown plurality

I have just seen the following sentence fragment in some new internal technical documentation: ... thereby meaning the Logging thread(s) ha(s/ve) less work to do. I've highlighted the part this ...
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926 views

“If he saw that he should act” or “If he sees that he should act”

If he saw that he should act immediately or If he sees that he should act immediately Any differences betweeen these?
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852 views

Is “having have been” / “having have eaten” grammatically correct? Is it a verb tense?

Some examples of a weird thing I found. I want to call it a verb tense, but I'm not sure that's accurate: "24.6% reported having have been injured due to excessive consumption of alcohol." "When I ...
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393 views

“Want to relieve from” vs. “want relief from”

Want to relieve from academic pressure. Want relief from academic pressure. I think the former one is more proper but my teacher said the latter one is correct.
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It is correct and formal to include “of” when writing dates?

A friend of mine, native EN speaker, told me that the following is correct written like this: We met on the 1st of June. Is that really true? I cannot see any reference that these are used in ...
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Comparison grammar: repeating the main verb vs. using a helper verb

Is the following grammatically correct? Corporation X spends a larger percentage of its revenue on insurance than Corporation Y does on employee salaries. Should it not be: Corporation X ...
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855 views

Why are Kansas and Arkansas pronounced differently? [closed]

Arkansas is typically pronounced like so: “ahr-kuhn-saw”   IPA: [ˈɑɹkənˌsɔː] However, Kansas is typically pronounced like this: “kan-zuhs”             IPA: [ˈkænzɨs] Why are these two ...
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Hope is good to .. “chase swallows with the salt”

From Virginibus Puerisque by Stevenson: Hope is the boy, a blind, headlong, pleasant fellow, good to chase swallows with the salt; Faith is the grave, experienced, yet smiling man. I did ...
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“which” as the subject - composing a complex sentence

How is the best way to compose a complex sentence with the word "which" as the subject of main and dependent clause? How about this sentence? Which road to take is very crucial, because that will ...
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Is “martini” plural or singular?

Although frequently used incorrectly incorrectly in English, the borrowed Italian word paparazzi should be used for a group, while paparazzo is one intrusive celebrity photographer. The dictionary ...
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In Grapes of Wrath, What does “I learned to write […] Birds an' stuff like that” mean?

In The Grapes of Wrath: I learned to write nice as hell. Birds an' stuff like that, too; not just word writin'. My ol' man'll be sore when he sees me whip out a bird in one stroke. (Tom Joad) ...
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Can the verb “intake” be used intransitively? [closed]

Can a combustion engine be said to intake oxygen?
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Is there a word for when someone tells you to do what you're already doing?

Is there a word that describes when someone tells you to do the thing that you are already doing? It seems there should be a word for that. Or at least there should be a word for it so that you can ...
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255 views

white-eyed boys

From Virginibus Puerisque by Stevenson: I see women marrying indiscriminately with staring burgesses and ferret-faced, white-eyed boys, and men dwell in contentment with noisy scullions, or ...
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853 views

How to list books in an essay (in-text)? [closed]

I would like to list in an essay three books that I read, I do not know how to do so in text.
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78 views

What does this “direct” mean here? [closed]

Source We handle even our plain English with much greater effect if we direct it from the vantage point of a multilingual awareness. What does this "direct" mean here? It doesn't make much sense. ...
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606 views

adverbs modifying noun phrases and licensing their own complements

[i] Harry looked down at his empty gold plate. He had only just realized how hungry he was. The pumpkin pasties seemed ages ago. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) [ii] Albus Dumbledore ...
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326 views

Is there a word that describes a person whose given name and surname each contains but a single syllable?

Is there a word that describes a person whose given name and surname each contains but a single syllable? Some examples are: Mae West Bill Fold John Doe
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Lose Attendence Numbers

When some sport is "losing attendance numbers", what does "numbers" refer to? I can't find a good definition in dictionaries that would fit this usage.
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What the gesture of sticking out the tongue signify as a body language among native English speakers? [closed]

My question does not regard the word, but a facial expression. Albert Einstein’s picture of sticking out his tongue is so popular and humorous, but I’ve been wondering under what situation the ...
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Is the phrase “combined with” or “coupled with” a nonessential phrase?

Is the phrase "combined with" or "coupled with" a nonessential phrase? For example": Her neat work combined with her pleasant nature makes her a pleasure to teach. Should it be "Her neat work [comma] ...
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Meaning of “Discretion”

I saw this dictionary entry, and it says "discretion" could mean approximately either 1) the right to choose what to do or 2) the quality of being careful what you do. The dictionary has these two ...
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How to quote a quote within a lecture?

If there is an quote in my lecture slide, for example: “180 years of being a beacon of good practice. Something very precious was lost [when Cadbury was taken over]” – Sir Dominic Cadbury Do I ...
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Holding off on it or Holding it off or Holding off of it?

I would like to say that I'm pausing / postponing work on something. I wasn't sure which of the following is the right way to say it: I'm holding off on it for the time being I'm holding off of ...
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Looking for a word to describe someone who has high achievements in a particular field

I am looking for a word to describe a person who has high achievements in a particular field. High achievements can be subjective so this word should have personal meanings. For example, I really like ...
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Are owe and due are the opposites?

"You are due an apology" If I say that to someone then it means that I owe them an apology and not the other way around. I recently debated this with someone and they could not make sense of it and ...
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131 views

Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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80 views

Is the use of 'researched X for answering Y' to mean 'checked with X to answer Y' a good usage?

When one uses the word research transitively, the subject of the research is normally used as the object of the verb research (e.g. He researched the effects of acid rain for nearly a decade). Another ...
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Should I use “coming” or “going”?

When should one use the word "coming" vs. "going"? For example, is it "I'm coming home." or "I'm going home."? (Ehhh maybe that was a bad example). "Are you coming?" vs. "Are you going?" may be a ...
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45 views

Describing how a contained object/subject limits the minimum size of its container

If A is inside B, it might be said that the size of B constricts the maximum size of A. What is the word to describe A's limiting effect on the minimum size of B? What I'm trying to describe is how an ...

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