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201 views

A synonym for “again” that is widely used today? [closed]

I wrote the following: She nodded to her dad, smiling again. His words made her feel like a child again. That period of time when she felt absolutely safe. As you can see, it reads awkward ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the meaning of “casting a blind eye”? [closed]

What do you mean by "casting a blind eye to scenes of misery around them." ?
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2answers
450 views

“Be to sleep” - What does that mean? [closed]

Normally, I find English people say something like: He is sleeping. He goes to sleep early. But occasionally, I found something like: "I have been to sleep 3 times during the lesson." (Michael ...
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2answers
222 views

Usage of “figure” and “figure out”

Sometimes I get confused whether to use figure or figure out. Example: Cynthia didn't blame his dad for being so quiet. She just figured (out) some fathers found it more difficult to ...
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150 views

What's meaning of “hauled off” in a particular phrase [closed]

I'd appreciate help of native speakers. There's line in a poem: Water and Gold by Michael Burch You came to me as rain breaks on the desert when every flower springs to life at once, ...
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Difference between “read-only” and “write-protected” [closed]

Essentially, both mean the same, so is there any clear difference in the meaning of those two words?
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4answers
5k views

What's exactly I'mma? I'mma go now, I'mma open that for you

When I chat I hear sometimes "I'mma ..." like in: "I'mma go now" or "I'mma open that for you" I am not sure how it's written, I have never got a precise answer when I asked. Should I learn to ...
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487 views

“is like” , “are like” comparison between singular and plural

So I had a debate with a friend, where that friend is of the opinion that you can't compare singular entities with plural ones Eg : Women are like a magnet, always attractive! (Just an example) Women ...
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239 views

An article before the word “Equation”

In many scientific papers, the article before the word "Equation" is omitted. Is there any grammar statement behind this? For instance: "Equation (8) contains various approximations, and we have ...
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124 views

Which department work is being carried out for

I am a non-English-speaking software developer who faces difficulties with the English language. I built a form for users submitting work for my department. The users should write down their name and ...
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4answers
1k views

Starting a Question with “Why Not . . .” Inappropriate?

Microsoft Word has underlined a question I typed starting with "why not." Something along the lines of: Why not walk to the hall every morning before the sun has risen and while the streets are ...
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2answers
295 views

**in** an equilibrium or **at** an equilibrium

I often search for valid collocations using google with a specific query phrase. In case of the phrase in question, i.e. in/at an equilibrium I have a problem since both seem to be used almost equally ...
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2answers
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Word(s) for close family friends

There may not be anything better than in my title, but I have an idea I'm missing something. Is there a good way of expressing close friends of a family. The original and closest friendship may be ...
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1answer
399 views

Would 'There are 300,000 dollars in my bank account' be correct usage? [duplicate]

Would using there are instead of there is be acceptable in utterances that talk about quantity? For example, There are 300,000 dollars in my account. There are 20 gallons of petrol in my ...
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1answer
62 views

Rephrase the question about history? [closed]

Here is what i want to ask - if you are given a chance to meet and talk to a person from history, who that would be? This above phrase doesn't sound good when asked as a question. Please ...
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6answers
874 views

Whats a word for a non-communicable (non-contagious) disease that has still spread throughout a population?

Normally I would use forms of the words epidemic, pandemic, or infection but these would imply that the disease in contagious. Are there any words that mean a disease has spread but is not contagious? ...
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3answers
87 views

Faced Error or Error Faced

I want to make the following sentence short by removing we. Please help me which one is correct form. The error we faced is "Sorry, you have exceeded the maximum allowed databases." Option 1 : ...
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2answers
7k views

How to properly say that agreement is still valid/on? [closed]

For example, we agreed with a friend to meet in a week, and the day before the meeting I want to make sure nothing has changed about the agreement. So I'd come up with something like Are we ...
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2answers
41 views

raised … 25 basis points or raised … by 25 basis points?

I would like to know if it is correct to add the word "by" in the following sentence: Today, bank x raised its loan rate by 25 basis points.
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6answers
847 views

Why does left come before right?

For example in the idioms "left and right", "left, right and centre", and in many contexts where both left and right are mentioned, it seems that the left usually comes before the right. Why is this ...
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1answer
48 views

Is it appropriate to use it? [closed]

Is it appropriate to say this sentence please? My mother wanted me to grow up to be a princess Thank you all!
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1answer
40 views

Difference between two phrases [closed]

Which is more appropriate to say: We go on learning We go about learning
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2answers
925 views

“If a talk is [desirable/desired]” - which one to use?

If a talk is desirable/desired, I can drop by your office any time. Should I use desirable or desired here? Or some word else?
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1answer
1k views

Work around an issue or workaround an issue? [duplicate]

I'm writing an essay for college admissions, and this snipped is highlighted by my auto-correct as incorrect: There are many obstacles I face while working on a project, most of which take a lot ...
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1answer
119 views

What do they mean saying “thumping through the brush”? [closed]

I came across a phrase given by Lennon during his bed-in session. Here is the context Also, of course, we live with rattlesnakes. You just can’t go thumping through the brush, thinking of what ...
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3answers
405 views

What different types of rhymes are used here?

In this video with rapper Eminem, he makes the following rhymes: "I put my orange, four inch, door hinge, in storage, and ate porridge with george." Following the Types of Rhymes wikipedia ...
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2answers
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Rules of thumb on using the correct tense forms and auxiliary verbs

For example, when using "since", you should use "present perfect": Mr Smith _ _ _ the company since 1990. runs has run is running ran Is there any reference on similar rules, ...
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2answers
409 views

Difference between the words “validate” and “agree” [closed]

What is the difference between agreeing with a persons feelings and validating their feelings?
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2answers
488 views

An adjective for something that will happen next month

English is a so cool that I believe even an adjective which means "happening next month" exists. Tom is a rather strange man. He always has the urge to attend a _______ event but he always changes ...
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5answers
2k views

Is “stationery” the name of the store that sells pens, pencils, paper, school things, etc.?

In Brazil we call this store by the generic name of papelaria, something like "paper store". What is the correct name for this? Is "Stationery" the name in any country that speaks English? I read ...
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4answers
262 views

Meaning of “misuse of the word 'only'” in context

I am reading the book Learning Python by Mark Lutz, in which there's a passage I don't understand: I also want to thank my original editor at O’Reilly, the late Frank Willison. This book was ...
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1answer
278 views

“I told him I am 20” vs. “I told him I was 20” [duplicate]

Suppose I am 20 years old. Which the following is correct? Someone asked me how old I am. I told him I am 20. Someone asked me how old I was. I told him I was 20.
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1answer
408 views

Diagramming and use of please as interjection

When diagramming the sentence, "Simon, would you please sing now?", should I diagram Simon or you as the subject? Would you be diagrammed as pronoun and please as an interjection? I am trying to help ...
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2answers
1k views

“… need XXX-ing” vs. “… need to be XXX-ed” [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two expressions? Your hair needs brushing. Your hair needs to be brushed.
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2answers
224 views

Ambiguous? “someone lives between place A and place B” [closed]

Is this sentence: “someone lives between place A and place B” ambiguous? Depending on the cities, I wonder whether it means: "someone lives in a place C between A and B" Or, "someone keeps ...
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3answers
2k views

Writing numbers that are less than two digits in length [duplicate]

I was told that numbers under two digits should be written out alphabetically (e.g. one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine), and that anything two digits or over should be written out ...
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1answer
77 views

usage of “very much ” in reference to place

I am very much in town. Is this expression correct as an answer to the question whether the person is out on leave or in town?
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8answers
498 views

Using the word “coon” as part of a company name

I'd like you to ask if it's ok to use the word "coon" as part of a company name? The website isn't related to racoons at all, but has a racoon head in the logo. Will it offend visitors? As a foreigner ...
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1answer
378 views

Name for words with same number of letters (size)?

There's anagrams, lexigrams, palindromes and many others... But is there a name for words that have the same "size"/"length" (number of characters)? For instance, "car" and "bat" both have 3 ...
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1answer
142 views

Have or has in this sentence when talking about “one or the other” [duplicate]

Which of these two sentences is correct english? If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury or: If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury Considering that it is regarding ...
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2answers
2k views

Can “in the scope of” and “in the field of” be used interchangeably?

I am wondering if "in the scope of" and "in the field of" can be used interchangeably? Such as: ... possesses knowledge and skills in the field of general problems of computer science as well as ...
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2answers
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Definite article “the” before name of university? [duplicate]

If I write article "the" before name of university, it would be a mistake? The Poznan University of Life Sciences Thank you for your help in advance.
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3answers
119 views

Word or phrase that refers to the person who is the “focus” in a video?

In the case of, for example, birthday and weeding recordings, how do you call the people who are the main focus of the video (e.g. bride, groom and birthday boy/girl)? Example: All the [...] of ...
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6answers
4k views

The dark dot in your eye

I think every single one of us has experienced a dark dot in his/her sight when looking at a white surface such as a white ceiling, there's something in our eye that with a little focus we can see it, ...
3
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4answers
185 views

A word to express 'currently active' [closed]

Suggest a word to express a task/thing has started, is running and is not yet complete. Does inchoate fit? Also, suggest a word to express completed/fully built thing/task.
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4answers
115 views

Which object is modified by the infinitive in this sentence?

The sentence is like this: Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive. I'm not sure about the to thrive. Does this sentence ...
6
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4answers
4k views

What does “enough” mean in expressions like “Fair enough” or “Funny enough”?

As a non-native speaker, I already get used to the word enough in expressions like those below, but I sometimes still got confused of it. It makes me wonder what it actually means and where does it ...
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3answers
1k views

Difference between “give them a cheer” and “cheer them up” [closed]

Is it more common to say that way written on the left rather than those written on the right? If so, please let me know why. give him a hug hug him give him a smile smile at him give him ...
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2answers
4k views

“There are still problems” vs. “there still are problems”

There are still problems. There still are problems. Is one word order more correct than the other and do they have identical meaning?
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1answer
349 views

Belong to Vs. Pertain to

I would like to know if the meaning of belong to conform the meaning of pertain to. If no, what is the difference and when each one of them is more suitable? Update Well according to my search ...

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