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Difference between near, nearby and close

Could you tell me a ( near - nearby - close ) pharmacy? I live ( near - nearby - close ) to the bank. Don't leave. I'm (near - nearby - close ). Do you think that they ...
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331 views

singular or plural nouns? [closed]

I am not sure about the following sentences: I don't know any native speaker. I don't know any native speakers. I don't think any native speaker would say that I don't think any native speakers ...
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Is the phrase “Icy slush” redundant?

It's winter here in New York, and my driveway was a sheet of ice yesterday. Today, the ice is softer, and a bit slushier. Is it an icy slush? or a slush that is icy? Or just a slush, indicating that ...
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4answers
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Difference between Brand (noun) and Branding (gerund?)

I am writing for marketing client. Goal is to clearly define difference between the two terms. A BRAND (noun) is the collective set of perceptions existing about a company in the larger world. ...
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125 views

Informal way of saying 'to be on the list'

Did you check out your ingore list? If I am on the list, cross my name off there. Are there any informal phrases in English that mean the same as in the example above? As I mean the ignore list ...
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110 views

What does your sense of language tell you about this blog post title? [closed]

The title is "Boiling React Down to Few Lines in jQuery". Is it confusing? Is it appealing or bringing attention? Does it feel wrong? And last, are there anything grammatically wrong with it? Please ...
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429 views

Can we use “Now” (not until now or until then) in past tense sentences

I wrote this to my friends a few days ago: (1) It used to take 5 seconds for me to reach Youtube, now it only took me 2 seconds to do it. I used "now" to refer to the moment when I installed a faster ...
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1answer
121 views

What does “flavor” mean in the field of Information Technology? [closed]

I often notice the word flavor being used on the Web. I'm from Russia, and this word is generally translated into Russian as the equivalent of 'impression', 'taste' etc. However, these translations ...
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subsubsubsubset of subsubsubset of subsubset of subset of set - is this recursive usage normal?

so I stumbled upon this issue and I cannot find anything that would clear my confusion (as googling "of" is pointless): If I have something, that is of something that is of something - how far can I ...
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206 views

What's the meaning of 'fan his pantaloons' in this quote?

Consider... the university professor. What is his function? Simply to pass on to fresh generations of numskulls a body of so-called knowledge that is fragmentary, unimportant, and, in large part, ...
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555 views

what does the Flip Or Flop mean?

I just moved to the US and like a tv program on HGTV channel called Flip or Flop. I have no idea what this phrase means? Could somebody offer an explanation?
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295 views

A term to explain my progress in an incomplete undergraduation

Here in Brazil, all the undergraduations last for 4-5 years and each year is divided by 2 academic periods and we refer to each one as period. Thus as I am a Mining Engineering undergraduate student ...
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2answers
134 views

Quite apart from [closed]

What does "Quite apart from the times" mean in the following sentence: Quite apart from the times, I have had to take tests at various points in my life. Does it mean Indicating taking tests ...
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288 views

About usage of prepositions

I've recently seen this sentence in an article: Robert is an authority on English literature. Could you explain why there is used preposition "on" with a noun "authority", but with adjective "good" ...
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Is a comma needed in “The tall, gray building is my company”? [duplicate]

"The tall, gray building is my company." "The big, brown bear scared the children." Comma needed in each sentence? Thanks
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319 views

“He for She” or “He for Her”?

Of course we all know that when a personal pronoun is the object of a verb or a preposition, it must be an objective pronoun. My question here is about the choice of a nominative pronoun in the ...
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1answer
261 views

Charles Bukowski's “best dick” [closed]

I am reading Charles Bukowski's Pulp and as non-native English speaker I am finding decoding certain expressions challenging. For example the main character, Nicky Belane, often refers to himself ...
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1answer
31 views

'That' in defining clauses [duplicate]

when should that be used in defining clauses. Is it only used to give more information about a person or something or can it also be used to give more information about a place. Is it informal or ...
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258 views

Who or whom in a sentence [duplicate]

Programming skills are an important criteria for whom we choose to hire Programming skills are an important criteria for who we choose to hire very subtle I'm guessing it's the second, but I have ...
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119 views

simultaneous dialogue [closed]

[[The question has been edited in an attempt to address the reason it was originally put on hold.]] Suppose that several individuals are speaking. There are two conversations occurring at once in the ...
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192 views

Why is this sentence grammatically wrong?

Albert Einstein, who will always be revered in history, was not only a great scientist but a great human being. What's wrong with that sentence? My teacher gave us a hint and said the problem may ...
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“user's details” or “user details” [duplicate]

user's details or user details, which one is the correct form when referring to the details of a user in a database? Regards
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163 views

Who is a “vocal customer”? [closed]

I know the meaning of vocal, but I don't know what does a vocal customer mean. Does it mean a gadfly customer?
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a better term for “Energy Imbalance Market”

These are how I understand the meaning of the phrases Energy imbalanced market: Trading of energy in a market where supply of energy is imbalanced. Energy imbalance market: Trading of ...
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138 views

What kind of error is it considered when a person uses the wrong form of a word? [closed]

I guess I asked the question in the title. Basically, when it comes to using the wrong form of a word (to instead of too, there instead of they're, etc.), what kind of error is this considered? ...
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95 views

usage of adverb never [closed]

Is this sentence correct? "We had a fight and never spoke again". I think the verb "spoke" should be either in simple present or present perfect, shouldn't it?
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Are the commas correctly placed outside the quotes? [duplicate]

The questions "Who?", "What?", "When?", "Where?", "How?", and "Why?" remain unanswered. She was tired of his "Where were you?", "How many drinks did you have?", and " Were you unfaithful to me?" ...
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1answer
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When referring to another clause, is the non-relative clause always singular?

I have seen examples in some grammar website about non-relative clauses that refer to the whole main clause: Chris did really well in his exams, which is quite a surprise. My friends were all ...
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Where did to “pore over” come from?

I used the phrase "pore over" the other day and realized that I have no idea where it came from (or how to spell it - I originally thought it was "pour over"). After looking it up, Merriam Webster ...
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3answers
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Single word for making a situation doubly worse

I'm thinking of a situation, wherein instead of helping someone's cause the helper rather doubly complicates the problem by giving an uneasy solution to it. For example, I'm assuming a person who ...
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Synonym for “academic year” when talking about primary/secondary schools not universities

Academic years in my culture are specified using two-year format e.g. academic year 2014-2015 (which starts in September 2014 and ends in June 2015). The term "academic" bears, in my opinion, much of ...
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Is there a phrase for “a close distance”?

I'm trying to describe a sense of distance that makes one feel his/her personal space is invaded. The context would be "She turned around, only to see him grinning at her from _____." I tried "a ...
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4answers
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Phrases that express “to look around nervously”

I'm trying to describe a situation where someone is on high alert, scanning his surroundings looking for potential threat. It seems to me that "Look around" lacks the sense of tension I want. "Scan" ...
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What does 'it should be proved" mean in the following context? Could you rephrase the sentence? [closed]

It's about building earthquake-resistant houses built of earth in rural areas of earthquake-prone zones. The sentence is : "Using locally available building materials as well as the skills of local ...
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1answer
682 views

lie awake or stay awake? [closed]

Soon, we will lie awake to talking and laughing until the sunrise Soon, we will stay awake for talking and laughing until sunrise
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How common is the term “boondoggle”? And what is its origin?

Even for a country well accustomed to foreign policy boondoggles, it was an impressive body count. Eighty Americans, eight Brits, eight Germans — no French because they'd been boycotting ...
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What is the difference between “loquacious” and “talkative”?

What is the different between loquacious and talkative? I don't see much different in their definition: Loquacious: tending to talk a great deal; talkative. Talkative: fond of or given to ...
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Unreal Conditional and Subjunctive [duplicate]

I have read that in using unreal conditionals, irrespective of personal pronouns, it mandatory to use subjunctives to form verbs. " If Jack was playing they would probably win " - if I am correct, ...
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4answers
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...
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Future Progressive tense [duplicate]

I'm quite good at English,but not adept in it. Over a period of time I've gotten a good grip over it and I could ponder a lot about grammar in detail. I've doubt regarding the following Qs. and need ...
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1answer
817 views

clutching one's chest / at one's chest

Why is it that I'm getting overwhelmingly more results for "clutching at his chest" than for "clutching his chest"? Can you suggest any good reason? Here is an example: Walking again in the long ...
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1answer
78 views

Meaning of “He didn't move that we weren't with him”

This is from a video I watched. The police are watching a suspect. The first sentence is fine, but I couldn't figure out the bold part. The quote is: We set up an overwatch position across the ...
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0answers
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Help us decide vs. help us to decide [duplicate]

I'm having a hard time to decide between the correct form. Is it "help us decide" or "help us to decide"? Please also state the reason for your answer. Thank you very much!
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108 views

Informal Version of 'Respectively' [duplicate]

When I say: The board and council meetings will be held on the 5th and the 6th of this month, respectively. it seems to be the proper way to say it and it sounds correct . But when I say: ...
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2answers
305 views

Single word for something that receives a request or response

Something that sends Requests, can be called Requester, but is there a single word to denote a Handler / Receiver? Request Sender > Request > Request Receiver AKA Requester ...
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1answer
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Does 'extraordinary', 'exceptional', 'outstanding' always carry positive connotations nowadays?

When I take the word 'extraordinary', 'exceptional' and 'outstanding' literally, it simply means something 'out of the ordinary', 'rare and/or unusual', or something which 'stands out from the rest', ...
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1answer
105 views

The Subject of a Participial Construction

The following passage is quoted from the article in Newsweek by Leah McGrath Goodman, titled "Thomas Piketty Says He Was Ambushed": [Financial Times’s economics editor Chris] Giles, in his ...
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Developed an RTP program vs. Developed a RTP program [duplicate]

See title. Which one is correct? For reference, in case it matters, RTP is an acronym that stands for Real-time Transport Protocol.
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“Terms dictionary” or “Term dictionary”

On the one side a dictionary contains many terms, on the other one a dictionary is a single book (or website, whatever). I am not sure which form is correct Maybe I should not use "Term" instead of ...
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3answers
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How can “for” be classed as a coördinating conjunction in the following instances?

How can for be classed as a coördinating conjunction in the following instances? I cannot give you any money, for I have none. He deserved to succeed, for he worked hard. Blessed are the merciful, ...

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