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During a visit or on a visit

Which phrase is correct or are they both correct? "I bought this ring during my visit to France". "I bought this ring on my visit to France".
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8answers
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What do you call it when you refuse to give up on a particular task

In Dutch we've got the expression 'Vastbijten in'. It means you really get into a problem or some work. And you won't give up till it's resolved. I've been looking all over the web, but I've not been ...
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1answer
69 views

A necessary condition is .. or are? [closed]

Which one of the following is the correct form? For some reason, I have trouble understanding whether the correct form depends on "a necessary condition" (is) or "changes" (are). A necessary ...
0
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1answer
168 views

What did the prefix “anti” mean in the 1800s?

I'm reading a book written in the 1800s where a people called themselves Anti-Lehi-Nephi. This people called themselves this to be different then their allies the "Nephites". Did "anti" mean the same ...
2
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1answer
162 views

Is the phrase “collaborative skills” appropriate/correct in this context?

If one were to suggest that they had "...strong documentation, collaborative, and communication skills." My first thought is that it's a bit more awkward than saying "...collaboration...skills"....
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2answers
3k views

What does “True dat” mean? [closed]

I recently read a blog and come across the phrase "True dat". I think it means "Agree". But what is "dat" exactly? Thanks,
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2answers
90 views

Word for expressing oneself non-verbally

Looking not specifically for a word, but a description of someone who expresses their feelings, emotions in an authentic manner. Someone who doesn't have to say much to convey their state; one can ...
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1answer
215 views

What mistake is made when words are incorrectly split into two different words, changing the meaning?

Is there a terminology for when correct English words that are made up of other English words are incorrectly split to use the shorter words out of context? Examples of the error I am trying to ...
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2answers
998 views

Is there any English word starting with “gh” and “gh” is not pronounced as /ɡ/?

Gh is a digraph in English (and in some other languages). In English, you can see it at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the word. If ⟨gh⟩ is not at the beginning of the word, it is ...
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3answers
292 views

what is correct way to write this sentence? Ragen's and Connor's graduation (both boys are graduating from different schools

Both my boys will be graduating from two different schools and in an invitation I'm inviting everyone to "Ragen's and Connor's graduation". So I show possessive for with both boys and would the word ...
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1answer
2k views

Why is “coon” a word?

The word formation process that yielded the word coon is called (fore-)clipping: raccoon > coon Other examples of fore-clipping include: bot (robot), chute (parachute), roach (cockroach), coon ...
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1answer
158 views

“X behaves identical to Y” or “X behaves identically to Y”

I thought an object X behaves identically to an object Y would be correct, because the adverb identically modifies the verb behaves. But an object X behaves identical to an object Y ...
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1answer
5k views

Should I use Sprung or Sprang? [closed]

I just finished my English language exam, and it had the following sentence: Beads of sweat sprang from his skin Should it really be sprang? I always thought it was sprung, but I guess they are ...
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11answers
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Word for “Can't be seen with the naked eye”?

I'm wondering if there is a word to describe something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 'Microscopic' is the first that springs to mind, but this has too many 'science-y' connotations. It ...
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0answers
854 views

Is “strong dependency of” grammatically wrong?

Is "strong dependency of" grammatically wrong? For example: "The strong dependency of the voltage on ...". Should it be "strong dependence of" instead. If so, why can't you simply write "strong ...
2
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2answers
137 views

'What are you' and 'what do you': same pronunciation in AmE…?

The ELL question Do Americans pronounce 'are' as 'do' in 'what are waiting for?' brought to my attention something I've not noticed before. In normal conversational (or faster) speech, it seems What ...
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0answers
21 views

What's the word (or phrase) for the phenomenon that something suddenly works when you try to show an error [duplicate]

As the title describes, I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the phenomenon that a bug/error/etc. disappears when you want to show it to someone. Example: Your Internet connection does not ...
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5answers
135 views

How to translate 计算机及应用 into English?

What's the proper English translation for the degree name "计算机及应用"? Literally, 计算机=computer, 及=and, 应用=application. I think the name means computer and how to use computer in different scenarios. ...
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1answer
130 views

Is 'crewing' only about seamen?

Is 'crewing' mainly about seamen or can it also be used as a general synonym of staffing, hiring, recruiting, employing, etc? I want to use it in a sentence like 'the art of crewing' or 'crewing art' ...
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2answers
409 views

What is the correct technical term for this “pool house” on my villa?

I have built a small "pool type" house on my estate villa. The house has a separate entrance, so where I enter the villa via my secure gates, the villa sits on the side. It has separate rooms and is ...
2
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2answers
159 views

Looking for a limerick, tongue twister or haiku [closed]

Has anyone come across a limerick, tongue twister or hai ku relating to the following words? pear, pair, pare Or does anyone want to make an attempt, something along the lines of "woodchuck chuck" ...
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0answers
35 views

Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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1answer
2k views

What is the correct grammatical formation of this paragraph?

I have seen this particular meme trending on a lot of social media platforms of late. I'm wondering what the grammatically correct formation of the meme (phrase) is? The meme in questions reads as ...
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0answers
10 views

Capitalisation after e.g. in a dotpoint list [duplicate]

I am confused how I should treat capitalisation in the following cases: Example 1 Include the following themes in your writing: respect, e.g. students must respect their teachers. Q1: Should "...
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4answers
426 views

I waited for “a third of an hour”

There are many instances in Google Books of this expression which sounds very unfamiliar to me: Crystal wanted to work on her Science project for three-quarters of an hour. She only worked ...
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0answers
17 views

Difference between while and whilst [duplicate]

What is the difference between 'while' and 'whilst'? When to use them?
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3answers
124 views

Is there a name for these verbs?

This is from a half-remembered class about -ing forms. Consider: Category A I'm knowing that. I'm needing it. I'm wanting this. I'm hating you. as against Category B ...
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1answer
195 views

Playing duffie lassie?

I remember when I was in Edinburgh my English teacher taught me an expression that was supposed to be Scottish. It was something like play the duffie lassie which should mean "that a girl plays dumb". ...
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1answer
57 views

Usage of 'that' in place of 'than' [closed]

Is it right to use 'that' in place of 'than'? Eg.football is more popular that cricket. 2.he is better that him.
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1answer
151 views

Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”

I am explaining something that has the following structure if written in computer language: if X A else B However the condition X is quite subtle, and because of this I want to recall it when ...
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2answers
135 views

will float or floats? [closed]

What's the difference between 1 and 2 below? 1. Oil will float on water. 2. Oil floats on water. The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English says of the first "used to say what always ...
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1answer
331 views

“such as yourselves” or “such as you”

Would it be Without patrons such as yourselves, we could not have this event. OR Without patrons such as you, we could not have this event.
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1answer
492 views

I'm interested in finding a complicated sentence that has a very simple meaning [closed]

If you know of any or can think of a complicated sentence that has a very simple meaning, please comment! I want to use this as an example of why coming to terms with an author is important. And why ...
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3answers
1k views

My uncle's widow remarried, Is she still my aunt? [closed]

I had an uncle (my father's brother) who I never met because he died before I was born. He has 2 kids though, my first cousins. His widow has since re-married and had 2 more children. Is she still my ...
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2answers
191 views

How is the past tense of “error” spelt in British English? [duplicate]

How is the past tense of "error" spelt in British English? Wiktionary says that it's "errored", but its entry for errored doesn't explicitly say it's valid for British English, and I thought it'd get ...
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2answers
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Which preposition follows “lack of knowledge”?

I have the sentence Please excuse my lack of knowledge [preposition] proper essay formatting. Should I write "lack of knowledge in proper essay formatting" or "lack of knowledge on proper ...
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4answers
3k views

Did the English call a fruit “openærs” for 700 years?

There is a small apple-tasting fruit called medlar in English. It looks like a cross between an apple and a rosehip. It has two main curious features: first the fruit must be bletted before it can ...
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3answers
3k views

A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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1answer
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What does the “highs” and “lows” mean here?

It's in the lyrics of Will Young's song-Leave Right Now. Part of the lyrics below: I'm here so please explain Why you're opening up a healing wound again I'm a little more careful, perhaps it ...
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2answers
265 views

Can I say “Being walking down the street, I met my old friend.”?

I know walking down the street, I met my old friend is much better. I just wonder if the sentence is grammatically incorrect, or it's acceptable like in the case of passive participles as below. ...
3
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1answer
350 views

Can I Switch from “it” to “he” or “she” when referring to an animal in a story? [closed]

This one is a question I can't seem to find an answer for. I do have a friend, a professional editor, who told me she saw no problem with me switching from "it" to "he" or "she" when referring to an ...
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1answer
82 views

“What are our numbers?”

How can I correctly ask a question like "What are our numbers?" meaning what are the number of people in the audience in comparison with number of people in some other audience.
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1answer
76 views

What may a “complete sentence” contain? [closed]

What may a "complete sentence contain"? May it contain a "subject" and a "verb"? May it contain an "object" and/or a "subject"? I thank you.
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1answer
52 views

How do I respond to this? [closed]

I asked someone how their day is going. They responded "Hello and it's going lol" how do i respond to that? or was that a way of saying dont bother me?
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1answer
3k views

What's the meaning of, “Within 3 days of the 1st”? [closed]

A lease agreement reads, "If rent is not paid within 3 days of the 1st". Does that mean, the 1st + 3 days == the 4th is the final day to pay rent and the 5th day is in breach?
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3answers
196 views

Leftovers that haven't been eaten?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to leftovers. In this case, the leftovers are not from one of my previous meals, and they are completely uneaten, but they are already cooked. Example 1: My ...
7
votes
2answers
348 views

Can something be “vapid of” something?

The United States Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas” (...
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1answer
156 views

Is “decide to give” a compound verb?

I know that two verbs joined by a conjunction and referring to the same subject make a compound verb: The dog ran and jumped in the park. I read a book and listened to music while I waited. The boys ...
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1answer
94 views

Should there be a comma, full stop or semi-colon after 'reality'? [duplicate]

It takes a while to bring myself back into reality, the last few moments having past with such violent surrealism.
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0answers
41 views

attributable adjective

Is there not a rule that a particular noun (some nouns) can have only certain adjectives. For example : "strong source" seems incorrect to me. Can you suggest a better adjective for the noun "source".

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