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Can we say “He drunk water?” [closed]

I know about the comparatives - drink,drank,drunk. But when I just used it in the sentence "He drunk water!", Someone pointed that it was wrong and that the verb "DRUNK" must be used only when someone ...
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How do you use “starting to”?

"He's starting to look this way." "Researchers are just starting to look at the psychology of binge watching." Is there ambiguity when using "starting to"? In the first sentence, he has not actually ...
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525 views

An Englishman has to be quiet when an Irishman talks

When Christopher Hitchens debated Bill Donohue on Hardball the discussion got heated and for lack of moderation they often talked over each other. Donohue (presumably Irish-American) said first that ...
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4answers
578 views

What do you call a rope you set to return to an original point?

Say, you don't want to get lost in a tunnel, so you set a rope that leads back to the entrance (or likewise follow another rope set by another person). I searched for guide rope and guiding rope but ...
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41 views

Negative granting [closed]

I want to say for example to my kid that tomorrow he has the option to not wear formal shirts in school. What is the best way to say that ? "You can not to wear formal shirt tomorrow" ? Or in some ...
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451 views

Which word can describe programmer, coder and developer in computer science? [duplicate]

I have seen many questions here and there about programmers, coders and developers. Like "programmer vs coder vs developer" etc. All these words are having slightly different meanings. Can we describe ...
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Why is it spelled “maintenance” and not “maintainance?”

Why is the task of maintaining spelled "maintenance" and not "maintainance?" Other words related to maintaining include: maintain, maintained, maintainer, maintainability, and maintainable. Each of ...
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When someone says, “I have no words,” what does it mean? [closed]

I contacted a former friend to tell her about a rough situation in my life, and she said to me, "I have no words." What did she mean?
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Why do people finish speaking by saying “so”? [duplicate]

I often experience people who when they get to the end of what they were saying, they finish their sentence with the word "so" as if they are going to say something else, but they don't. Example: "I ...
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3answers
713 views

An Idiom/phrase/adjective for an imaginary place where everything is perfect [closed]

A place where unrealistic and impossible things can happen. Is there an idiom/expression/phrase that connotes to such a stretch of the imagination?
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2answers
584 views

Import and export preposition usage

Consider the following phrases: The car was imported from Detroit. The car was exported from Detroit. The car was imported to Detroit. The car was exported to Detroit. Are these all semantically ...
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1answer
75 views

Permutation as an adjective?

"My studies showcase special emphasis on cumulative recursive [permutative?] effects of one's hydration, nutrition, self-image, and general cognitive ability." Basically, each of the four items ...
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2answers
170 views

Is the apostrophe always necessary when denoting the number of individual items that are usually grouped together such as M&Ms?

Which is correct: I ate the M&M's or I ate the M&Ms? With or without the apostrophe?
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312 views

What does “when in doubt, lay out” mean? [closed]

So, what does it mean? "When in doubt, lay out." It seems to be an advice.
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What do the British mean by “bolshie”?

In this week's edition of The Economist there is a review of Edith Pearlman's latest book of short stories. In it, the reviewer says the volume is characterised by prose that is bolshie yet ...
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5answers
589 views

Was the BrEng term “coloured” derogatory in the 1970s?

SAM Look... I owe it to myself to say this to you, okay? Leave Tony Crane. Just go far away from him. He's gonna ask you to marry him and he's gonna make you a business partner. EVE Is ...
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1answer
305 views

Positive term for “curious”

I'm looking for a synonym for "curious" that is undoubtedly positive. "Curious" itself is fairly neutral--it could be interpreted as a good thing, but it's sometimes seen as a bad thing (i.e., ...
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197 views

Compounds and Phrases

What is the difference between compounds and phrases? How do I know that "watch-maker" is a compound but "steel bridge" is a phrase? Does the "head" have anything to do with it (complement-head or ...
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Is calling someone “old school”- offensive/derogatory? [closed]

My colleague, a relatively young school teacher, prefers not to use e-mails. He is digitally absent. During a recent teacher's meeting, while I appreciated his efforts towards content ...
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779 views

Is it correct to use being + V3 without to be in this case?

Is it correct to use being+V3 form without "to be" in the following case? After code being scanned, you will receive text
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5answers
658 views

Person who believes that men and women have defined roles

While a male chauvinist is defined as someone who believes that men are superior to women, what would be a word for a man who believe that men and women have defined roles, without implying the ...
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1answer
229 views

“to + verb” at the beginning of each bullet point vs. single “to” + multiple verbs

With regard to bullet points stating objectives using verbs, is it better to repeat "to" at the beginning of each of them, or to introduce bare infinitives with a single shared "to"? In the Land of ...
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2answers
2k views

“Who are you staying with” or “Whom are you staying with?” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Who are you staying with or Whom are you staying with?
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4answers
444 views

Word or phrase to use “when you told a story/situation and it happend you later”

English is NOT my primary language . In my language we have a phrase to use in this kind of situation . You were telling a story or a situation to your friends and later it happens you . For eg : ...
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141 views

Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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1answer
37 views

“To leave its throne to something else”?

I want to define a situation where a certain type of food is the best in my opinion and express this in an idiomatic way. Would the the following example be completely understood by the native ...
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2answers
49 views

“First day after expiration date” term

What term can be used to define the first day of the time interval where an item expires? For example, my driving license expires on 2015.01.31; the date of 2015.02.01 is "first day of invalidity" or ...
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1answer
220 views

Is there a term for when the moisture on the inside of your nose freezes when breathing in on a very cold day?

On particularly cold days, the moisture inside of one's nose freezes instantly with every inhalation. It is a peculiar sensation as if all the hairs inside your nose have been glued together. I was ...
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4answers
689 views

Word for covering yourself with something while slouching?

It's what you usually do when the weather is cold. Example: We walked through the snow, [...] is within/inside our coats.
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5answers
1k views

Is the misuse of “literally” an example of a malapropism? [duplicate]

The new Father John Misty album takes up the "people keep misusing the word 'literally' and I'm mad as hell about it" cry and calls its misuse a malapropism. I think of things like "french benefits" ...
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1answer
881 views

Usage of double plural

Here we have the plural in the end: "communication technology services" Here we have two plurals(quite common in google): "communications technology services" Eventually, we could have three ...
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377 views

A short alternative to describe a location very close to the city

I've racked my brains to no avail trying to find a correct and practical term to describe a location very close to the city centre (of the little town). "Close to the city" is very cliche and sounds ...
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3answers
663 views

Using “kindly” as an adverb to indicate humility [duplicate]

Is it the following correct to say? May I kindly request ..." As when calling a celebrity onstage during an event Would it not be better to say, May I request so and so to kindly come ... ...
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1answer
92 views

Pronoun usage: that vs one

I've encountered a sentence on English Wiktionary: The company's 2005 revenue exceeds that of 2004 Can I use one instead of that in the sentence? And that one? And, basically, what is the ...
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4answers
312 views

A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...
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2answers
146 views

'Orthogonality' in words [closed]

The concept of the opposite of a word is well known, for example black/white, on/off. In mathematics, there is the concept of 'orthogonal', meaning geometrically perpendicular. Is there a ...
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3answers
441 views

I don't want to give you excuses

I haven't been able to work on my thesis due to my ongoing masters and work obligations. I'd like to get in touch with my advisor regarding that, and I don't want to sound like I'm making up excuses ...
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2answers
513 views

Position on gas station

I am looking for a word for "position" on gas station, or on car wash, when you can say "I have washed my car on 2nd --position--" or when you say on gas station "I have get fuel from 2nd ...
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1answer
139 views

Correct usage of “whose”?

I was wondering if it is correct to repeat "whose" after "and"? More precisely, assume I want do describe an object, say a chair of width 50cm and height 1 meter. Then which of the following is ...
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111 views

grammatical construct “sitting on the bench”

What is the grammatical construct or part of speech of the following two phrases in italics? Sitting on the bench, the tramp wondered about life. The tramp sitting on the bench wondered about ...
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2answers
80 views

“Accessory” vs “included” as adjective (BE)

I'm wondering about the use of the word accessory as an adjective. Would it be preferable in BE to say something like "This DJ controller comes with accessory headphones"? I feel that "This DJ ...
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1answer
627 views

A question about the usage of any other than

First, I will give three sentences. Your information will not be used for any other purpose than those specified here. Your information will not be used for any purpose other than those ...
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2answers
136 views

Why is “I believe in woman” ok? Or isn't it? (from Slade's “My Oh My”)

This first line of the song is I believe in woman, my oh my. I'm not a native speaker, but that sounds odd to me. I'd either expect women (I believe in women [in general]) or some kind of determiner ...
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1answer
265 views

Is It Correct to Say ‘I Care Not’?

I was watching the film ‘The Devil’s Violinist’ (which takes place a long time ago) when I noticed the following sentence in a dialogue: I need not and I care not. Here, need is used as a modal ...
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1answer
37 views

Tense Usage in Scientific Paper for analysis

I'm curious what tense is typically used in a scientific paper for analysis of one's own work/scientific observations. Specifically, I'm wondering what is commonly used in a situation such as this: ...
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2answers
137 views

Why are there some inert letters?

My original question was: why is ⟨g⟩ is silent in phlegm but not in its derivatives like phlegmatic? After a research, I was linked to the Silent letter wiki: Some are inert letters, which are ...
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2answers
91 views

can hardly read … and feel

The following quotation is taken from an article by Fintan O'Toole titled This glorious and unruly English language that lets everyone in (The Observer, Sunday 15 September 2013). Does the word ...
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2answers
122 views

Can things make smells?

I have read that things "produce" smells. Something creates a certain smell, is OK, I believe. I could not find "something makes a smell" during my online search, however. I wanted to say, "The milk ...
2
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2answers
402 views

What am I implying with the expression: “Let's meet so we can get a better feel for each other” in a dating context?

Just want to make sure I don't say something silly or nonsense. I am not a native speaker and the expression "have fun" is translated as "have fun" in all other language but in English is means let's ...
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1answer
44 views

The Wider Empire and the wrong parts of Britain

The following quotation is taken from an article by Fintan O'Toole titled This glorious and unruly English that lets everyone in. (The Observer, Sunday 15 September 2013) What do the terms "the ...

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