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“at line” vs “in line” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which preposition in front of “line” — “on”, “in”, “at”? Given a numbered list of lines of text (in my case an ...
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How popular is the word ‘Lede’? Why should it be ‘Political Ledes,’ not ‘Political Catches / Leads ’?

I noticed that there is a column called the day of the week’s ‘Political Ledes’ written by Mark Halperin in Time magazine. Today’s (August 17) ‘Political Ledes’ picks up headlines of New York Times: ...
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Why does a silent “-e” at the end of a word lengthen vowels?

There's a common pattern in English spelling where "short" vowels are pronounced as "long" vowels with the addition of a silent "e" at the end of the word. E.g. bit → bite mat → mate pet → pete ...
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“X has founded his practice after working for very diverse offices such as Y and Z” [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct and is there a better way of writing it? "X has founded his practice after working for very diverse offices such as Y and Z."
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White-orange or orange-white? Which color comes first?

When referring to something, (electrical wires, in my case) and it is half white and half other color, do you put White or the other color first? I want to describe the color of these wires as ONE ...
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How do I deal with quotation marks, parenthesis and period all at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does the period go when using parentheses? I have never seen this particular issue addressed; I looked around and couldn't see anything that specifically addresses ...
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Yes, no, adverbs, and interjections

There appears to be some disagreement over what function yes and no perform in the following sentences: Yes, you are right. No, you are mistaken. According to ODO (yes, no), they are being used as ...
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Analysis stage vs analysis phase [closed]

I need to report the progress of my work, when I am analysing a problem, which is the correct expressions to synthesize my current status ? At analysis stage At analysis phase Other ?
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“Ambitious to [infinitive]” vs. “ambitious about [gerund]”

What is the correct preposition to use with ambitious? I am ambitious to achieve success. I am ambitious about achieving success.
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“Comparing” vs “A comparison of ”

A professor criticized the language in a presentation. In particular he said that English preferred a noun phrase such as a comparison of  to a gerund such as comparing. For reference the entire ...
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Meaning and origin of 'concinnity' in an economics context

Wiktionary reads: concinnity: The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art. Call it corporate social responsibility at work if you wish, but we simply think that ...
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What word can be used in place of “but” in writing or statements [closed]

I frequently write in online forums, mainly with regard to mental health materials and concepts. I struggle with grammatical correctness and the word but gets inserted throughout a lot of my ...
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Proper punctuation of “John’s last words were ‘———’ ” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? When attributing a quote to someone, you put a comma before the quote: John said, "———" But is the comma still used in the ...
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What is a jaffer?

I have been reading the cricket commentary today and came across an unfamiliar word: jaffer. Anderson continues, surely figuring that someone is going to get Morkel out soon and it bloody well ...
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Response time or response times [closed]

Which is grammatical? response time of multiple services response times of multiple services
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Should the statement after “then” be followed with modals?

Consider the following: If you were to buy this, then ask me. Or should it be: If you were to buy this, then you would need to ask me. Is the use of would necessary here? If we go with the ...
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What is the meaning of “provably good”? [closed]

What does provably good mean ? Does it mean not good for practical scenario and only good theoretically ? None of the hash functions that we would be discussing in today's lecture are ...
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Published at vs published on? [closed]

I need to name a column in a table and I'm wondering what the best option is. Should it be "Published at" or "Published on"? I only need to store a full date and time. From some search I did, it ...
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How long is “in a second”? [closed]

When someone says "give me a second", or "one second please", how long do they actually mean? Do they mean "will give you a response as soon as I can", or "in a short time, around 5 minutes"
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“title” vs “appellation” vs “designation” vs “denomination” [closed]

I encountered these words and was trying to understand the subtle difference between them. From my understanding: Designation is used when anything 'official' is being referred to, e.g. He was ...
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Use of 'Much as' [closed]

Consider the use of "much as" in the following: Much as Jason needed money for a new car, he decided not to borrow it from the bank. Much as he needed money for a new car, Jason decided not ...
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Does ‘Power Point (something) away’ have currency in the English language, or is its use limited to this one columnist?

There was the following sentence in Maureen Dowd’s column titled “When cruelty is cute,” in August 14 New York Times: "Unlike some of the right-wing ayatollahs, Ryan doesn’t threaten with moral and ...
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“Sender” is to “receiver” as “distributor” is to what?

I'm looking for a word that means the party being distributed to by a distributor. I'm in the film industry. There are wholesalers and distributors. Even though both roles could be called ...
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Is this correct: “Aloof the hallow things shall always be”?

I'm writing a poem, and I wondered if, to a native speaker, this would sound awkward (or grammatically incorrect): Aloof the hallow things shall always be. As a variant of The hallow things ...
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Why do we say a check “bounced”?

A "bounced check" is a check that cannot be processed by the bank because the party who wrote the check has insufficient funds to cover the amount of the check. (To my understanding it is a non-formal ...
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“liquidate” in metaphorical sense [closed]

Merriam-Webster reads: Main Entry: liq·ui·date Pronunciation: \ˈli-kwə-ˌdāt\ Function: verb Inflected Form(s): liq·ui·dat·ed; liq·ui·dat·ing Etymology: Late Latin liquidatus, past participle of ...
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Does “allegedly made a drug that does X” or “made a drug that allegedly does X” sound better? [closed]

As an engineering-type fellow, I was thinking about this article about a drug that replaces sleep. It occurred to me that I could frame it in two ways: Scientists allegedly created a drug that ...
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“Space” as a synonym for industry, sector or business segment

When, and from where, did "space", as a synonym for industry, sector, or business segment, enter the language? For example, one wouldn't expect to read "His family made a fortune in the buggy whip ...
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How to avoid ambiguous wording: “Each has the same number of each type of flower”

I'm editing a math word problem that has the following ambiguous set up. A florist has 18 carnations, 24 daisies, and 12 lilies. She wants to make flower arrangements that each have the same ...
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Single word for the quality of being waterproof — “waterproofness”, “waterproofity”, something else?

If someone is happy, I can refer to that state as that person's happiness. If a watch is waterproof, do I refer to the watch's waterproofness, waterproofity, or what? TFD has an entry that fits for ...
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What is the word for this effect: things are not normally noticed until those things come in to the news and people fear/are looking for them

For instance. I've never really paid attention to white vans, but when the DC sniper was at large and they stated that he's probably shooting from a white van, white vans seemed to appear out of no ...
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97 views

At practice vs of practice

Suppose I want to know how many hours are needed to be able to do it on my own, like for instance, driving a car. How many years of/at practice do I need to became a basic user? In the quoted ...
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76 views

“Branch of/off the main tree” [closed]

Which should be used: of or off? It is a branch of/off the main tree. The actual context is program code branches and in that context the plural branches is not suitable.
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“If only I” or “If I only” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct position of “only” Should I use only before or after the pronoun? If only I had a chance If I only had a chance Both sentences bring a lot ...
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Can “be” be used with the modal verb “do”?

These two sentences are both valid I write this sentence. I do write this sentence. Are these both valid? I am writing this sentence. I do be writing this sentence.
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“Antarctic climate” or “antarctic climate”? [closed]

When used as an adjective, can the word 'Antarctic' be spelled without a capital letter? I'm confused because 'Arctic' is always lower-cased when we use that as an adjective (e.g.: 'arctic fox', not ...
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Which senses of “announce” and “indicate” are most appropriate here?

In tournament play, the chair umpire announces the end of the match with the well-known phrase "Game, set, match" followed by the winning person's or team's name. It is similarly used in other ...
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“What happens to the comma after an inquiring/exclaiming quotation?”, he wondered, as he posted to StackExchange [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? Forgive me for the creative title, because I'm not sure how else to ask this. If you have a sentence like this... "What's ...
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548 views

Using “in which year” in middle of sentence

Can I use in which year in the middle of a sentence? The industry has being growing at a record-breaking scale, excepting only 2008, in which year, financial crisis stroke most sectors of the ...
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Origin of 'fairer sex'

I've seen the term 'the fairer sex' being used in a number of areas to refer to females. How did they get that title? What does 'fairer' refer to in this case?
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Comma or semicolon after “No” when responding to a question

Given this question: Will I have any migration issues with all of the files after the upgrade? Which of these are correct? No, the new software can still open the old files. or No; the ...
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Which is proper usage: “What I've Learned” or “What I learned”? [closed]

I'm having argument with a colleague of mine over which statement is more correct. I figured the English language gurus of StackExchange would be able to set us straight.
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Ask Question or “Ask A Question”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do newspaper headlines use strange syntax rules? That is the question :-). This may be a nit-pick. But English Stack Exchange website button says "Ask Question". ...
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How do you refer to a member of a biological taxon in the singular?

If I wish to refer to, say, an Owl in the more generic form as a member of the biological order Strigiformes, what is the correct modification of the apparently plural word into a singular form? For ...
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Follow the signings?

I saw a road sign today saying: "Follow the alt route signings." It struck me odd. I would expect: "Follow the alt route signs." Signings is obviously a legitimate word, but it's usually used ...
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1answer
12k views

Correct way of saying “errands to run” [closed]

Which is the correct way to tell someone that I have errands to run? Are all of these fine to say in person and in an email? I got some errands to run or is it I have errands to run or ...
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1answer
859 views

Wish + will have +negative

It seems agreed (for example in this question) that wish is usually** counterfactual; that is you wish that something actually the case were not. I quit my job last month: I wish I hadn't. I have ...
2
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319 views

Why is service pronounced the way it is?

Why is service pronounced the way it is and not like device even though the last 4 letters of the words are identical? I would think that if they end the same way, the same pronunciation rules should ...
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How can you omit repetition of words with prefixes, e.g. “inputs and outputs”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use of hyphens when writing repeated compound words that has common parts I am looking for a general way of shortening the repetition of words with prefixes like ...
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2answers
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Prepositions to use when indicating locations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “in” or “on”? I am always confused with the prepositions to use when indicating an event happening at a place. Should I use ...

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