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Adjective describing a project/goal that is not easy to collaborate on [closed]

Example usage: At first we attempted to cheat by dividing the problems between us. However, the test wasn't (adjective) because most of the solutions depended on the answer from the previous ...
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1answer
3k views

'In doing this' or 'by doing this'? Which is more common in this context? [closed]

In doing this or by doing this? Is the following sentence correct as is? In doing this, [the products] benefit from greater diversification and wider reach. ('In doing this' refers to the ...
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4answers
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Is it appropriate to use “reunion” for meeting only one person after a long time? If not, what's the alternative?

I met a childhood friend after over 15 years. It was myself, my spouse (who had never met the friend), and this friend. Would I use reunion for this situation, as it always makes me feel it's for a ...
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1answer
75 views

“With you” vs “For You”

Hi Willis, I have a question for you. Hi Willis, I have a question with you. What is the difference?
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1answer
223 views

When to use possessive “'s” or “of the”? [duplicate]

This is one topic that I thought that I have already known well, but sometimes when I am writing a text or something like this it always come up the doubt of what should I use in the sentence to ...
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2answers
158 views

Synonyms for “freak show” or idioms for a “working awkwardness”

What are other expressions that describe some prepared, working awkwardness, that's is worth to show because it does work and/or is interesting, and even maybe solves some problems? Example of such ...
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1answer
170 views

Is /æ/ sound always same?

I have an issue with /æ/ sound. There is no such vowel sound in my native language, which is Russian, so it's quite problematic for me to master this sound. The main problem is I can't even HEAR it as ...
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1answer
340 views

“He is a genius, he is.” Is there a term for the “he is” addition to this sentence?

Just as we have tail-questions (or question tags), affirmative additions to affirmative remarks ("so do I", "so did he") and negative additions to negative remarks ("neither do I", "neither would I", ...
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Does “on behalf of myself” make sense?

I often hear the following, particularly during announcements when travelling by rail or air: On behalf of myself and the rest of the team, I would like to wish you a pleasant journey. I've ...
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1answer
96 views

Synonym of word “last” for some special case

There are two special words (abbreviations) showing the significance (weight) of a bit in a set (nibble): lsb - least significant bit, msb - most significant bit. Both "lsb" and "msb" are not general ...
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1answer
280 views

Member's Price or Members Price or Member Price [duplicate]

I have a members only website. I want to place a price tag for "Members Price" is that correct or Member Price. It refers to the price a member pays.
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4answers
372 views

Eulogy : Praise , what would be an equivalent to “criticize”

Usually a eulogy makes the dead person sound a lot more impressive than they really were. A couple of less common synonyms for this kind of "praise the dead" speech are panegyric and ...
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1answer
189 views

Can I use “Your” and “Our” in the same sentence?

Is this sentence correct or do the pronouns need to match one way or the other? "Please join your classmates for a reception to celebrate our 25th reunion"
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1answer
150 views

“Represent” or “Representing” [closed]

Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively represent your interests. OR Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively representing your interests.
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0answers
195 views

Electronic module or unit?

I make circuit boards with micro controllers that I mount inside plastic cases. I've always referred to them as electronic control modules. But what is really the best word for these? Electronic ...
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1answer
4k views

What's the difference between “delay in” and “delay of”? [closed]

What's the difference between “delay in” and “delay of”? I have seen many examples of both, but I can't guess the difference.
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What is a non-gendered synonym for “macho”?

In teaching computer science, I often want to mention certain beliefs that would normally be described as "macho", such as "Strong types are for weak minds" (translation: only lousy programmers need a ...
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4answers
292 views

Is there a word for unconsciously reinforcing gender roles?

For instance: I thought it was a she, but then I noticed you didn't specify what gender your dance teacher was. I realized that I was being ______. I think stereotypical kind of fits here, but I ...
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7answers
4k views

Is “a half dozen” necessarily 6, or can it be 5-7?

In my answer to a question on the SF & Fantasy stack, I assumed that "half a dozen" is imprecise enough to mean anywhere from 5 to 7. Another user challenged that assumption and stated that since ...
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3answers
1k views

What do you call someone who calculates all their actions based on the future outcome and neglects the present usefulness?

There are some individuals, when they want to buy something like an automobile or home or similar things think about the future market for selling it, and neglect its present advantages and ...
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1answer
337 views

What does “a riff on Shakespeare” mean?

I have a pretty good idea of what this means already. For example, Beckett's riff on Hamlet in Waiting for Godot: What are we doing here, that is the question. But I'd like to be a little more ...
2
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1answer
207 views

Any term for an indirect reference/name for something?

Euphemism and dysphemism would be hyponyms of such a term, with positive and negative connotations of meaning respectively. I don't think "synonym" quite describes what I'm getting at here, though, ...
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2answers
71 views

Should I say “American grounds” or “American territory”?

Which one sounds more natural to you? If this message still catches you on American territory, I wish you a safe flight! or If this message still catches you on American grounds, I wish ...
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2answers
123 views

Is there a word or a term for the gap of familiarity developed over a time apart from a person or other thing?

So I began thinking of this concept after I'd met a good friend that I hadn't seen in a few years. We'd picked it up as if we'd seen each other the day before, and even though plenty had changed, the ...
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4answers
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Is there a verb that describes speaking with a full mouth?

I am looking for a verb that describes speaking with a full mouth, like a child asking something at the dinner table before swallowing, because they are so anxious/curious for the answer. Anything ...
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2answers
2k views

to be + past participle

I wanted to ask a lot of questions concerning this phrase: I always consult with my children who are affected by the decisions to be made. What role does the particle "to" perform in this ...
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0answers
77 views

Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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1answer
49 views

Does 'Digressing others' make sense? [closed]

One of my friends said the other day: 'Digressing others is a part of my job' Does this phrase make sense?
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3answers
152 views

Can I have an easy comprehension?

I want to know if it is possible to say this: "He has an easy comprehension of theory and methodologies, and a complete understanding of technologies, learning very quick the use of different Business ...
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1answer
113 views

how to refer to a single author in a first-person plural narrative

In an essay written by two nameless authors speaking in plural first-person narrative, how would one refer to a single one of the two authors? For example, suppose Alice and Bob are the authors of the ...
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1answer
48 views

How to combine “social”, “cultural” and “miIeu” [closed]

Would it be socio-cultural-milieu or sociocultural-milieu or socio-cultural milieu or sociocultural milieu
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1answer
2k views

“Gun an engine” vs. “Rev an engine”

The driver of the van brakes sharply at every red light or junction and guns the engine when we move off. I begin to sweat—travelling sideways isn't helping. Apple Tree Yard "To gun the ...
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6answers
793 views

Ways of saying “to get into a relationship.”

For love you have to fall in love. How about relationships? I'm not an native English speaker so the only ones I can think of are: to stumble into a relationship and to dive into a relationship ...
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1answer
107 views

Head of something [closed]

For instance, which one will be correct: "Head of the Finance", "Head of the Finance Dept", "Head of Finance" or "Head of Finance Dept" ? And why?
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2answers
263 views

“To Put the flag up the pole and see who salutes”

Is this a common expression? Is it used in an ironic way nowadays? If the latter is the case: Is there a similar phrase that is usually not used ironically?
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0answers
305 views

What is the grammatical function of “in my opinion”?

In phrases such as "X is better than Y in my opinion" what is the grammatical function of the phrase "in my opinion"? I know that prepositional phrases can function as adverbs or adjective depending ...
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2answers
382 views

“Reduce to” or “reduce by”?

Can I use the verb reduce in the following way? Also can anyone help me verify the whole sentence? The transmission overhead is reduced to more than 95%.
2
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2answers
182 views

“of the” vs noun adjunct

Please note: This may be a complex question, references would be great, search engines do not help with "of the". Looks like we can remove the use of "of the" with a noun adjunct switching the order ...
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1answer
1k views

What's the expression for the port of boarding of a flight?

What would be an appropriate formal expression to describe the place from which the plane is going to take off? For e.g. a flight travels from London, Heathrow (LHR) to New Delhi, Delhi Indira Gandhi ...
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1answer
138 views

Job title spelling

I have a question regarding my job position and its spelling - I develop mobile apps, what would be the correct spelling of my job position to put on my LinkedIn page: Mobile Application Developer ...
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0answers
811 views

Is there a collective term for restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs?

I'm looking for a parent category name for restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs? If the category had included hotels i'd have called it hospitality... but it doesn't.
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3answers
5k views

Fiscal versus Financial [closed]

I've never quite got the hang of this one. Money is the object, but what's the difference between for example 'fiscal policy' and 'financial policy', or are they indeed merely synonyms?
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2answers
171 views

Is envy a theme or a motif? [closed]

I'm writing about a film - one of the events in the film is that I'm reminded of envy between two characters. Towards the end this re-appears. Which one is best? : With the previous motif of envy ...
2
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3answers
470 views

Difference in usage between “with” and “in” when describing clothing

What is the difference between "in red uniform" and "with red uniform"? When are with and in used when describing someone's clothing?
0
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3answers
185 views

How to differentiate you are or you were from you're? [closed]

I need clarification on this sentence. I'm asking this to someone (in written): What is the problem you're facing with C++? My question is, How do you get that whether its you are or you were ? ...
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1answer
185 views

The meaning of “ haut to trot”?

What's the meaning of this expression " Modelling : She's haut to trot !"
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2answers
128 views

Verb plural or singular after subjects connected using “and” [duplicate]

Should I use "is increasing" or "are increasing" in this sentence: Second, the frequency of attacks and number of deaths is increasing. The original post uses "is". Is it British English? SOURCE ...
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1answer
103 views

Does “provides the pinnacle of education” make sense?

The phrase seems hardly used so I'm not sure if I can use the "pinnacle" like that. I can't seem to find another way to say what I want. Any clarification is appreciated! :)
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1answer
218 views

A dataset of equivalent English phrases?

There is a similarity or even equality between many sentences in English language such as: I happened to come across the scientific definitions while reading. I came across the scientific ...
1
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1answer
253 views

Should British r be spoken out in liaison?

For example, the r in "better" is not pronounced in British English. How about the "r" in "a better idea"?

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