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We like to wish you .. VS We would like to wish you…

I'm having some difficulty with this sentence. Can one say: ''We like''...(to wish, to ask, to join etc) In my opinion one can never say ''we like to'' but must always say ''We WOULD like to'' or ...
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2k views

What to use in context: “surely” or “sure”

Which expression is correct: I sure hope so. I surely hope so. I would say the second one. However, the first one seems to be used more often. Or are they both correct?
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17k views

“By the end of today” or “By the end of the day” [closed]

Which is the correct (or most correct) expression : - By the end of today - By the end of the day my context is a promess to send an email today
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1answer
98 views

Noun phrase / verb agreement in number [closed]

Which form of be is correct: Very small amounts of salt that [is/are] present in commercial fish foods also help aquatic species remain in balance.
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3answers
103 views

What do you call those little explosions you see in barbecues and bonfires?

I'm not talking about the one caused by grease, but the one that occurs spontaneously. A little puff that sends thousands of sparks around.
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3answers
177 views

What are the difference between “prominent” and “VIP”?

The definition of prominent and VIP are same: an important person So if I say: Mai is a prominent guy of Australia OR Mai is a V.I.P. of Australia. Isn't the meaning is the same? Research: ...
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0answers
43 views

Parallel construction [duplicate]

Teaching one student who is very good and another who is bad was a learning experience. Teaching a student who is very good and the other who is bad was a learning experience. One side ...
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3answers
223 views

Can you make this sentence clear?

I insist on putting this never-before-heeded advice in my math syllabus every semester (this is only my third one). I often obsess about the way I write things and I actually re-read it myself this ...
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103 views

Is “Perl Monger” derogatory when used by non Perl programmers? [closed]

The two most common uses of the word "monger" I've heard of are rather derogatory: whore-monger and warmonger. Wiktionary reflects this in its second definition: A person promoting something ...
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1answer
194 views

What is the word for fear of fear?

What is the word for fear of fear? I thought this would be easy to find, recall, or previously asked, but I've looked around and couldn't find it (phobia list). It is simply phobiaphobia? Or ...
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1answer
2k views

A/An Historian Debate [duplicate]

My teacher and I are having a debate over a/an historian. I have brought numerous proofs of why it should be a, but she keeps quoting William Safire who uses the argument that because historian has ...
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3answers
509 views

How can I write this sentence correctly? [closed]

How can I write the following sentence correctly: If you will do all that you will write here, all your dreams will come true
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2k views

Is there any difference between 'plaid' and 'tartan'?

It seems to me that some Americans will say plaid where we will use tartan. Whilst tartan refers to woollen cloth woven in one of several patterns of coloured checks and intersecting lines; plaid ...
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2answers
67 views

Does “reclaim” make sense in this context? [closed]

I reclaimed serenity and readjusted myself to this new life. We can reclaim a property from someone else, but can we reclaim serenity from the angry self which was already the past existence of me?
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63 views

Last Thanksgiving

Would "last Thanksgiving" at the end of 2014 refer to November 27, 2014 or November 27, 2013? Technically, the most recent Thanksgiving would be the former but the Thanksgiving in the last year would ...
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1answer
1k views

How to use “abhorrence” in a sentence? [closed]

How do I use the word abhorrence in a sentence? In my case, this is to express my extreme disgust of the Java programming language to a college. (no hate ^-^) I wrote it as: Is my abhorrence ...
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1answer
156 views

What is difference between “as” and “as to”?

Both them are being used to handle same process in the sentence. For example; I : Circle is called as geometric shape. II: Circle is called as to geometric shape. Google translate converts these ...
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4answers
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What's a word that means does not belong, and doesn't matter at the same time?

The word can be used to mean that something doesn't belong (i.e in this category) or something that has nothing to do with something, but also doesn't matter. I know there is a word for this in my ...
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5answers
862 views

Failure to do something out of fear

I'm looking for a word that implies that one intended to do something but then didn't due to being afraid. Like someone who never asks out a person of interest because of the fears of rejection or ...
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2answers
104 views

If the class “makes”

At the college where I teach, a class might be canceled if too few students sign up for it. We say the class didn't "make". "I'll be teaching that class in the spring... if it makes." Is there a ...
2
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2answers
172 views

When can compound adjectives be plural? [duplicate]

I am helping to correct some errors in a game manual not originally written in english. I've come across a bit that I'm not sure what to do with. The game consists of several 90-minute matches. My ...
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2answers
4k views

How do I mention a video game in a formal piece of writing?

What is the proper convention for mentioning the title of a video game in a formal research paper? Would I place the title in quotations, like the name of a short story ("Myst"), underline it, like ...
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4answers
959 views

Discussing blood alcohol levels in English

Which units/terms are usually used to discuss blood alcohol levels in English? Wikipedia suggests that people use percent in the US and basis points in Great Britain. On websites devoted to the topic, ...
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1answer
91 views

What's the meaning of “Skip the rock stars”? [closed]

In the Rework book written by Jason Fred there is a chapter named "Skip the rock stars". Can somebody tell me what does it mean?
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1answer
68 views

climbing into caftan [closed]

I am reading a play by Joe Penhall and now Facing with these conversation where two characters are speaking on the food that the wife of Bruce had made. according to the conversation below what does ...
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2answers
278 views

What would be the best way to explain “there, they're and their”? [closed]

I was wondering what the best way to explain the difference and how to use the words "they're, their and there" properly because I always get them mixed up.
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1answer
537 views

Is it appropriate to use “too beautiful to become real” here? [closed]

As for those planning to work in the field of MIS, this kind of training was too beautiful to become real. I thought"too beautiful to become real" is better used as an hyperbole. I see a house, it ...
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1answer
91 views

Can I say “when it comes to the stage of…”?

As a result, the two of us who started off being very poor in programming wound up writing and designing the main structure of a website called “team work”. I continued to be in charge of technology ...
2
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2answers
221 views

Must “first” be followed by “second”?

Is the use of the introductory word first awkward or confusing in the following paragraph if I don't include another sentence starting with secondly? In the process of learning them, I deeply felt ...
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10answers
3k views

Word which means - “decreases the beauty ”

If I wanted to express something adds to the beauty of a place I'd use words like: embellish, adorn, beautify, et cetera. What is the word which is used to express that something decreases the beauty ...
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3answers
7k views

Use didn't leave yet, or haven't left yet? Can we use ''YET'' in past tense or not? [closed]

My knowledge of English grammar is very basic. I learned English mostly from movies and a lot of times I choose a specific way to say something in English based on intuition or the feeling that it ...
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3answers
4k views

Usage of the phrase 'make one's eyes bleed'

I googled the phrase "make one's eyes bleed". It seems to me that this is a sort of idiom. I am not quite sure in which situations you say this. Is this expression often used in English, or it is ...
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2answers
108 views

Word for Party *Steward*?

Is there a word that describes a person who is usually not too drunk and takes care of the rest of the folks at a party? Typically, they're the ones who drag the sloshed ones back to beds, clean up ...
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0answers
47 views

Why do speakers from India frequently overuse the phrase “the same”? [duplicate]

In working with overseas teams, as well as with reading text written by speakers from India, I notice a strong overusage of the following types of phrases: Please reply with the same. Kindly ...
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3answers
644 views

Roundel vs Roundabout [closed]

What, if any, is the difference between the two? My best guess is that a 'roundel' is the traffic island or structure that you drive around, while the 'roundabout' also includes the road you're ...
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2answers
836 views

Past perfect and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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1answer
50 views

What's the meaning of “without inventing more obstacles” in the context? [closed]

I don’t understand the meaning of inventing more obstacles means in this paragraph from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: At this stage, it’s silly to worry about whether or not ...
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2answers
619 views

While I was waiting for [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? I want to say that I waited the time that the bus would leave the terminal in the past tense. While I was waiting for the bus leaves, a man came to talk to me. ...
3
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3answers
529 views

'Team of economists': singular or plural? [duplicate]

I am writing an ad and would like to write: "Our team of economists are at your service and available by phone or email. They will be happy to respond...". I know that grammatically speaking, 'team' ...
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8answers
3k views

Is there an adjective for someone who has a “sense of entitlement”?

When someone has unreasonable expectations and feels that he is owed by others, this trait is described as a "sense of entitlement". But how do you refer to the person who has this trait other than ...
3
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3answers
575 views

What is the word for the study of witches and witchcraft?

Is there an academic or scientific word to describe social or humanities studies focusing on witches and witchcraft? I expect it to be some something-o-logy? Compare with cryptozoology.
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2answers
190 views

Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
3
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1answer
394 views

Etymology: Dutch Curry [closed]

I've heard of Continental's Dutch Curry and Rice Soup; and I've seen it mentioned here and there... I'm soon to have it later tonight... But seriously, what makes a Dutch Curry... "Dutch"? It's not ...
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3answers
170 views

a nonrestrictive appositive with a restrictive clause [closed]

Jim's cousin, an olympic athlete, who lives in Boston did X. The nonrestrictive appositive "an olympic athlete" is combined with a restrictive clause "who lives in Boston." Since the comma ...
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2answers
2k views

Since the Latin for 'manus' is 'hand' - does that make 'mankind' a non-sexist expression? [closed]

I heard the following view expressed today: Mankind is not a sexist expression, because it comes from the latin manus, which means hand, as in [genderless] means of action. Is this a false ...
3
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1answer
226 views

sink and sing…not rhyming but what is it called for rhyming the end of two words

What is the definition of reverse rhyming of words where the last few letters of two words are different rather than the beginning letters of two rhyming words. For example: cow, cop, coy, cot, con. ...
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1answer
202 views

Possessive + gerund + object pronoun [duplicate]

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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1answer
809 views

Relic as a verb: why the spelling relicing, reliced?

I just discovered the verb relic, meaning “to make something look worn” and used as far as I can tell only about guitars. (Examples: 1 2 3 …) I was surprised to see that its participles are pretty ...
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2answers
362 views

Meaning of the phrase: “get to the left of” [closed]

I was reading a newspaper article from WashingtonPost.com and saw the following phrase: get to the left of. “That’s what you do when you run for president,” said Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), a ...
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1answer
57 views

Is there a better way to structure a sentence with two separate points? [closed]

I have the following sentence: I improved the usability of the company's website and optimized the website's rendering speeds. Is there any way I can say this by using "company's website" only ...

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