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Could somebody rewrite this sentence in a simple language? [closed]

"A knight had only to swop his armorial surcoat and shield for those of another to be safely taken for that person." (Hanley, Catherine., War and Combat (1150-1270): The Evidence from Old French ...
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How would you name a chief administrator role?

Say, I have an administrative role in my software application which is intended to assign other roles among other administrators. So I'm looking for a simple and clear name for that senior ...
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Warmth of a seat that has been vacated by a person who was sitting on it

I fail to recall this word (could be informal in nature) that refers to the 'warmth of a seat that has just been vacated by someone seated on it for some time'. Anyone?
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“Absolutely” and “definitely” in AE and BE

Is "absolutely" as used colloquially in "You're absolutely wrong/right!" or "Absolutely!" more typical to AE than BE? Parallelwise, is "definitely" the preferred term in BE to express such ...
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“buy… clever” & “buy… miserable”

You can’t buy your kids clever. What’s more, if they’re merely above average, by sending them to some hideous Holland Park hothouse, you’re probably buying them miserable. As far as I know, clever ...
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Past Perfect Continuous/Past Perfect or?

Which tense should I use in the following example? Is it OK to use the Past Perfect Continuous if I want to explain to someone that I had been working in some company for 10 years, without mentioning ...
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What is the exact meaning of manifestation? [closed]

I am unsure why my professor is using the word manifestations for example here Biochemical manifestations of apoptosis. Activation of caspase family, DNA and protein breakdown, and Membrane ...
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Does not or Might not?

This is the message: The user might not fall under the scope of this policy. It denotes that a setting is not applied to the user because the user is not part of the policy. He's surely not ...
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The drone as autonomous vehicle

Why are these 21st century autonomous vehicles called drones? Why was this zoology inspired name chosen for this kind of technology? And who was the first to call this technology by this name?
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546 views

Should “guest of honour” be capitalised?

The Principal will invite the guest of honour to give the National Day message at 9 o'clock. Is the guest of honour capitalised?
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Single word for “finding company”

This is my very first question here on english.stackexchange.com, so please don't bite me if I do anything wrong. Also sorry for my English, it's far from perfect. I need a single word (or a short ...
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Pronunciation: is there a reason why 'gn' in 'reigning' is pronounced [n] while in 'regnant' it is pronounced [gn]?

Both 'reigning' and 'regnant' are related to the same Latin noun 'regnum'. Why is 'gn' is pronounced [n] in the first word but [gn] in the second?
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Archaic gradation words/constructs synonymous to “more” and “less”?

Are there any adverbs/pronouns (or sentence constructs) that fulfilled the gradation role of more and less in Early Modern English, that currently fell out of use or exist only in marginal, archaic or ...
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Is the adjective common between “form” and “colour”?

In the sentence: "The Bayeux Tapestry of 1068 shows designs in colour but not of heraldic form." Is "heraldic" common between "form" and "colour"? I mean is the adjective "heraldic" joint to both ...
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Can “did not” be used instead of “should not”?

I'm trying to read "Harry Potter and Methods of Rationality" (Chapter 25), and I'm puzzled with the following phrase: And furthermore, Harry said, his voice emphatic and his right hand thumping ...
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“more leads mean more sales” or “more leads means more sales”?

I was just wondering which one is grammatically correct. "more leads mean more sales" OR "more leads means more sales" Of course, "more leads" is plural, but the sentence implies ...
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Is “because-noun” a new preposition?

There are a handful of articles suggesting that a new preposition has appeared in the form of "because-noun": The Atlantic Stan Carey Grammar Girl Isn't "Because (of)... whatever" a causitive? ...
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“It was a brilliant performance delivered in silence worthy of her name” — is this word order acceptable?

It was a brilliant performance worthy of her name. There's no problem here, but what if you then add this: It was a brilliant performance delivered in silence worthy of her name. What's ...
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881 views

'Deflected Off of' vs 'Deflected off' [duplicate]

A question straight from the football commentary pages : X's shot deflected off of Y before finding its way into the net. What is the correct usage here ? Deflected off of or deflected off ?? ...
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109 views

Verbal constructions with “on” in colloquial AE

Are verbal constructions with "on" somewhat more typical of AE than BE? e.g. beat (up) on someone, miss out on something, pass up on something, check (up) on something, catch up on something, ...
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Verbal constructions with “with” more common in AE than in BE

Is it correct, and safe to say, that -- generally speaking -- verbal constructions with "with' are to a certain extent more widely and commonly used in AE than in BE and other varieties of English ? ...
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When someone is available = When someone is free?

I left a voice mail saying "Can I speak to Cindy when she is available?". Does it sound weird at all? It was to an office.
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Single word for “separated for a while with the expectation to be reunited”

I'm writing a story in first person view. In that story the main character is writing about how he is now separated from a once close friend. In telling the story, I want the main character to subtly ...
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Word for two things that are opposite yet the same

Is there a word or short phrase that describes two contrasting ideas the ultimately end up the same? Like two ends of a spectrum that can wrap around? I'm using it to describe two foils for a ...
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85 views

Is there a word for a job role created that gives no practical benefit?

I'm trying to find if there is a word or term for a job role that has been created by a manager that gives no real practical benefit to the business, but was done to give the illusion of change. Say ...
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Various meanings of “mind and do” which can mean “be cautious/careful to do”, “take notice/give heed and do”, and “behave obediently and do”

How would you native speakers define the meaning of "mind and do" in the following examples: I will mind and do as I am told, Master Yoda... Mind and do your work properly... As long as you mind ...
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“…Enough that one can do” for “…enough to do” in AE [closed]

In AE, can the phrasal turn "...enough that one can do" be used interchangeablyn with "...enough to do" in just about every which context? Sam is spiritually strong enough that he can stand with ...
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253 views

“To be starved” for “to be hungry, starving” in colloquial AE [closed]

Is "to be starved" a typical AE expression for "to be starving"? I'm starved! What's for breakfast? source I'm starved. What's for dinner? source I'm starved. When do we eat? source
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224 views

“responsible for” in negative context [closed]

Can you use "responsible for" in a negative context? Like the "Kids were responsible for starting the fire". As they were guilty of burning down the house.
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“Delicacy” vs. “subtlety” vs. “fragility”

I would like to use a word meaning that something (not food) is delicate. More precisely, assume that there is one (mathematical) hypothesis R-H; it is not known if it is true or not. We know that ...
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1answer
133 views

Definite article in a list

Would it be necessary to use any definite articles in this list? There were many alternative theatres in London: Hackney Empire, Almeida, Half Moon, and King's Head.
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Non-vulgar, informal verb for defecate [duplicate]

How can I write about somebody defecating without resorting to childish phrases like 'having a poopoo'. Is there an equivalent to 'pee' (which can be used by adults to mean urinate) for defecating? ...
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Parallelism question: “it is . . . yet is” vs. “it is . . . yet it is”

Florida’s Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a mixed-use recreation trail paved over an old rail bed, is a curious paradox: it is not only completely man-made but also designed exclusively for ...
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“Show someone through” for “show someone around” in AE [closed]

Just wondering, can "show through" be used interchangeably with "show around" in AE? "Trained docents will be delighted to show you through the house." http://www.hewhs.com/museum/
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difference between firm and organization?

Recently during a conversation I was corrected by one of the clients when I used the word 'firm' to refer to his...firm/organization/company which is basically an international bank. The sentence was ...
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“Come through with” for “come up with” in AE

Does come through with sound like a perfectly acceptable idiomatic alternative to come up with? "He came through with an answer, not immediately, that made so much sense." – source
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253 views

A question on narration in the past

This is a bit of a complicated question. The context is that someone gave advice to someone else. The whole situation is narrated in the past. I fear that by using the past tense, the reader may ...
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Verb for “to form the union of A and B”

You can say "to intersect A with B" for "to form the intersection of A and B". But is there also a verb for "to form the union of A and B"? "to unite A with B" doesn't seem right, at least in the ...
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Why is there a definite article before “Hague”? [duplicate]

Teaching definite and indefinite articles to Slavic students is very challenging because they don't have articles in their native languages. For instance, I have quite a few students who use "the" ...
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1answer
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Can an 'essay' be a fictional, creative piece of writing?

A contributor to this site has talked about an 'essay' they are writing. My supposition was that it was a non-fictional piece, perhaps of criticism, history or something. But it transpires that it is ...
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What does mean “pot commited”?

I cann't understand the meaning of "pot commited" in this phrase: Law grads who lost their scholarships feel "pot committed," to use a poker term, Any idea?
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How do Americans pronounce the word 'progression'?

In British English, we pronounce the word 'progress' as pro—gress. Whereas in American English it's pronounced as prog—ress. So how would Americans pronounce the word 'progression'? It ...
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193 views

Future perfect progressive tense question

I don't understand the grammar in this sentence: "By this time next summer, you will have completed your studies and found a job." I understand that the first half is future perfect progressive but ...
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3answers
518 views

“Scratch-work” synonym

Mathematicians often have to perform calculations on paper (maybe often is an understatement). To describe this, I have always referred to it as "scratch-work". Is there any alternate way I could ...
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1answer
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comma or semicolon before “that is” and repeating 'that'

In the following two sentences We need to show that Phrase; that is, that Phrase A'. We need to show that Phrase A, that is, Phrase A'. Which one is correct or more natural? Phrase A and Phrase ...
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How alive is the distinction between 'not any more' and 'not any longer'?

Does I don't love you any more. mean that my love dwindled till there was not any more of it left, focus(s)ing on the process, whereas I don't love you any longer. would mean that there ...
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243 views

What is the noun for either a file or folder?

We have files, we have directories; what is the noun that we could use to generically describe either of these? For instance, an apple or a pear can generically be described as fruit. Is there such a ...
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2answers
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Why are integral probabilities read as “n to 1” and not “1 to n”?

Why, when the chances of a certain event are 1/10, it's read as the probability is ten to one and not "the probability is one to ten"? Like there's a 10/1 probability of occurrence, which is not ...
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190 views

What is the grammatical name of the part of the sentence that is in bold?

SEWING the cassock,John pricked his finger. Mercy and Mary like smiling. The Municipal Assembly has a towing car. The boys are playing their roles well.
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Is “it is necessary be have” correct?

How do you use subjunctive in such situations? Have I correctly written the following? It is necessary to have a farm of your own Is this right? If not, why? It is necessary be have a farm ...

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