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Meaning of “candle” in “I now call to mind that there was a letter in the candle three days ago”

In the book The Trumpet Major, by Thomas Hardy, there is the following paragraph: That was Budmouth postmaster, and he says there's a letter for me. Ah, I now call to mind that there was a letter ...
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How would we punctuate a sentence which ends in an abbreviation and exclamation mark or question mark? [duplicate]

I was wondering what to do if I have abbreviation at the end of a sentence which ends in a question mark. What is Google inc.? What is Google inc. What is Google inc?
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908 views

Why is there a difference in the adoption of “Kindergarten” in American and British English?

As someone living in the US, I've heard the term "Kindergarten" used quite frequently. However someone from the UK was mentioning to me that the term is really not used that much in British English. ...
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What is the difference between “compound” and “complex” sentences?

And what is the difference between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions? Is one kind of sentence (compound or complex) characterized by either a coordinating or subordinating conjunction, while ...
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Is there a term to denote writing numbers in words rather than as digits?

Often when writing we would like numbers to be written out fully e.g. thirty rather than in digits e.g. 30. Is there a name for this kind of representation?
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Apostrophe Usage with Arkansas [duplicate]

Currently, we are having an issue at work where we may not be able to tack on apostrophes to words programmatically, in order to make them possessive, because of certain edge cases; such as Arkansas' ...
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Why do people say “that-a-way” instead of “that way”?

I've often the following: Bob: Have you seen Ian ? Geoff: Yes, he went that-a-way. What is the reason people sometimes jokily add the extra "-a-" into the phrase? Where did this come from? ...
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903 views

Use of “any more than” to relate two different situations [closed]

In the following quote by Billy Sunday “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” can anyone pls explain/elaborate the usage and meaning of ...
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291 views

Stress in “control” word

I heard the "control" word (and other similar words) stress depends on whether it is a noun or a verb. But I can't find any proof to that. Is it really so?
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120 views

Positions of “of which” [closed]

I am not sure how to use of which here. I do know I could use whose, I would just like to understand this structure more. Each bag contains a number of bank notes (bills). And now: Select the ...
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940 views

“[adjective] and [adjective] [noun]” — Should the noun be singular or plural?

In a scientific paper I submitted, a reviewer suggested that I change the sentence The operation just substitutes "(m, l)" with "m" on both the sender and the receiver side. to The operation ...
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2answers
455 views

Do any UK place names have non-ASCII characters? [closed]

Are there any place names in the UK that have non-ASCII characters? I’m looking for any cities, towns, villages, etc. in the UK that use characters that aren’t in the basic ASCII range (code points ...
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2answers
618 views

What does “You end up having somebody that’s a problem” mean?

I've read one article about the murder of one guy and stumbled across one sentence, which I can't understand fully. It's within the Chinese culture. You end up having somebody that’s a problem, ...
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1answer
713 views

Are “could I have been able to cope with” and "could I have coped with” the same?

I am a bit confused with the formation of this sentence. My lines are: What if I were a girl? Would I have been able to cope with the ordeal that women and girls live through every day? But I ...
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1answer
326 views

What does the expression 'justified for him his own idea' mean?

I am reading a novel, and I did not understand one of the sentences in it. Following are two lines from the novel. The narrator is talking about a guy called Paul and her father. They were once ...
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0answers
98 views

A confusing use of a negative [closed]

I'm Russian and I don't understand this sentence: "It was obvious that there would be no shortage of WPF books in the marketplace." So, were there books in the marketplace (they exist) or not (a ...
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What does “maze-bright” mean?

From searching online, I haven't found any dictionary entries for this phrase, however it seems it has something to do with Tryon's rat experiment, and it's often used in HR to describe a certain type ...
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1answer
293 views

“please forward us the amount owed” - Is this expression ok for a letter?

I am trying to figure out a formal way of asking for a payment. Is the phrase: Please forward us the amount owed. too formal, too outdated or not clear?
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1answer
275 views

Meaning of “deep” in “deep, acute curves suggest confusion”

Deep, acute curves, on the other hand, suggest confusion, turbulence, even frenzy, as in the violence of waves in a storm, the chaos of a tangled thread, or the turmoil of lines suggested by the ...
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1answer
383 views

Usage of “by the way” in an essay [closed]

Can I use the phrase "by the way" in a formal essay? The essay is almost a tech paper (not an article — rather a university paper). Is that literary language or slang?
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2answers
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Will the sentences be correct? [duplicate]

We all know that universal statements are always in present tense. For example, My grandma did not believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Here, though the sentence is in past tense, ...
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1answer
301 views

Use “the” before a scientific method name? [closed]

I'm writing a paper about an algorithm that I have developed. Just for illustration, I will say that the method name is "quicksort". My question is about the usage of the in the following context: ...
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3answers
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What’s the word for the habit of writing “play’d” or “revolv’d”?

I’m working on an 18th-century manuscript, and I’m trying to explain to others the use of ’d in past tense verbs. Is there a word that encompasses the usage of ’d in early 18th-century manuscripts? ...
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129 views

Should I use “like a…” or “like the one of a…” in the following sentence?

What sounds more natural? This: Her body was warm, like the one of a sunbathing cat. or this? Her body was warm, like a sunbathing cat. (I'm open to other suggestions). EDIT Here's some ...
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1answer
482 views

Experience ranks in engineering titles [closed]

I've seen terms such as "Associate Engineer", "Assistant Engineer", "Senior Enigneer" but I'm yet to find a ranked list of such terms. In a word-for-word translation for similar ranks in Brazil, we ...
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2answers
341 views

Is the construction, “He is a great player, is Tendulkar” grammatical? [duplicate]

I came across sentences similar to the following in a cricket commentary. He is a superb timer of the ball, is Cook. He is a great ambassador of the game, is Tendulkar. Are these sentences ...
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1answer
112 views

What is the difference of “a troubling cut to Social Security” from “a troubling cut of Social Security”?

The Home page of today's (April 11) New York Times carries an article titled ‘In the President’s Budget’ written by their Editorial Board, which is followed by the lead copy - “The plan for 2014 ...
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“My job is not to worry about those people” — what does “not” refer to?

In the famous leaked video, Mitt Romney says My job is not to worry about those people An equivalent sentence probably is It is not my job to worry about those people Some media in my home ...
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2answers
275 views

What does “faculties” mean in the context of this Coca Cola ad? [closed]

This advertisement (by Coca Cola in 1889) features the sentence "A glass adds to the pleasure of a drive or a walk by brightening and refreshing the faculties" In this case, what does faculties ...
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1answer
268 views

Sentence Structure: Relative Clauses with “who”

I can't analyze the structure of relative clauses. We are to look only to God, who as He wills makes angels "ministering spirits" to the heirs of salvation. I guess ... who makes angels as ...
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364 views

Are constructions like “That's me out, then” primarily British rather than American?

Prompted by comments to this question on English Learners (about "That's you done"), I've been searching Google Books for similar constructions of the general form that's [pro]noun adjective (for this ...
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“I didn't think of it [at first/before]” — which one is acceptable? [closed]

I like the idea of contract signing with my customers. I didn't think of it before. Should I say at first instead of before, or is the sentence acceptable as it is?
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515 views

Can object complements make any difference to sentences?

I'm reading a grammar book, and I have some questions. A. We ate the fish raw. I want Sue drunk. I prefer the music soft. I like coffee black. We drank the beer cold. This type of ...
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980 views

Is there a word for start and end of a time period? [closed]

Is there a word used to describe the extremities of an arbitrary time period? The word "weekend" refers to the end of a week, but it's limited to the week and it only describes the end, but not the ...
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5answers
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What part of speech does “here” have in “I am here”?

What part of speech does here have in the following sentence? I am here. I say that in that sentence, here must be an adverb because: It modifies the verb am by describing where I am. Am is a ...
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“Since”, “until”, “from”, “to” on invoices or date ranges of a form

Which is the correct form on an invoice, or a general date range in a form, and why? Monkey dolls 12 GBP From 2012-01-03 to 2013-01-02 Monkey dolls 12 ...
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112 views

Is “in in vitro” acceptable?

Is it ok to use an "in" before "in vitro", or other Latin-derived phrases that start with "in"? For example, could you say "there's been a lot of advances in in vitro fertilization lately"?
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572 views

What is it called when an hourly worker is paid at a different rate for doing different things?

What is it called when a worker is paid a different hourly-rate for doing different things during their shift? The reason I'm asking is I want to learn a bit more about how payroll is calculated when ...
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158 views

“One blue ball and one red ball is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? One blue ball and one red ball is preferred. One blue ball and one red ball are preferred.
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231 views

Analysis of “There is something it is like to be us”

I found these similar phrases (bolded by me) in an article [1] and am wondering how they can make sense. Ordinary human beings are conscious. That is, there is something it is like to be us. We ...
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2answers
481 views

Is “workflow” a word? [closed]

I'm trying to reference a business process in which a document has to be approved by several different people before it is finalized. I want to be able to say things like: We've modified the ...
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7answers
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What is a single word for “Out of our control”

I'm looking for a word that defines that something is out of our control in a business sense. For example, we can't control the postal delivery time, so it is... (out of our control). Needs to be ONE ...
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1answer
3k views

Correct punctuation in song lyrics that aren't necessarily good English [closed]

Lots of music contains repetitions, incomplete sentences, and slang. I want to know if there's a "correct" way to add punctuation and breaks when transcribing the lyrics. Take for example an excerpt ...
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1answer
99 views

How do you pluralize “cuirass”? [closed]

I've had a hard time finding the plural form of the word "cuirass". I know it's a Latin word, but is there any common English (or Latin) pluralization?
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“Haven't” vs. “hadn't” [closed]

Are there any differences in meaning between the two sentences? We hadn't left the place yet; we will be there in 10 minutes. We haven't left the place yet; we will be there in 10 minutes. ...
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118 views

To write or to write to?

Is it correct to say "I wrote him" or "I wrote to him"? My Mother was a stickler for English grammar and would say "I wrote your Uncle..." rather than "I wrote to your Uncle..."
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1answer
271 views

cocktail knowledge

Some years ago in a computer science department I heard the term “cocktail knowledge” to refer to the knowledge that someone has on a subject when they can name techniques, results, and people but ...
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1answer
1k views

“comparison across the two classrooms” vs. “comparison between classroom A and classroom B”

My question is about differences between the following: comparison across the two classrooms comparison between classroom A and classroom B Would you answer my question?
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1answer
367 views

Oh fudge knuckle!

What does this expression mean? I heard it in a video where the person said something like This sounds right, but in fact, son of a gun, or as my younger son would say, fudge knuckle, it goes ...
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1answer
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...

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