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What's the appropriate place of “languages” in this sentence?

I'm trying to express this idea (not one not another, using nor and neither) but I do not know what is the most appropriate form in English. Is any order usually established for the position of the ...
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Defference between ''may'' and ''may well''

What's the difference between may and may well in following sentences? Besides, which sentence says it is more likely to rain? It may rain. It may well rain.
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SWR “post-closing” 'aftermath" comments after an argument

Consider the final (often rather desultory) addendum or comments made (by one side or the other) after an issue is decided, after an argument is complete. So, it could be a statement of success ...
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What is a group of musicians called? [on hold]

What is a group of musicians called? answer options : choir or troupe I searched Google and got responses like band, group, ensemble, orchestra but none of them in answer options i searched Google ...
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I know or I do know

I have seen people using I do know that. instead of I know that. Is this usage correct?
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A single word for terraced plaza?

Is there an English word for a plaza or forum in a park that is semicircular in shape, with rising decks on a slope similiar to how terraced farming is conducted?
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Synonyms for practice [on hold]

I was writing an essay about fairness or appropriateness of taking older family members to retirement homes. Throughout the essay I had to refer to "taking family member to retirement homes" as "this ...
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2answers
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“Same old story,” vs “old story.”

Example: Maybe it's the old story, maybe he just sees me as a friend. Maybe it's the same old story, maybe he just sees me as a friend. Which version is more commonly used by native ...
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It would be… vs. it could be

When doorbell rings and i think it is my friend at the door, what should I say? "It would be my friend at the door" or "It could be my friend at the door" What is the difference between the above ...
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to- infinitive: Is it correct to say or ask…? [on hold]

Is it correct to say or ask: What is a rich man to do with no light in his eyes? (meaning: What is it that a depressive rich man can do?) What is a rich man to do but hide? (meaning: ...
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What does “#Race together” mean? Is this a perfect English sentence?

Starbucks decided to stop their baristas writing “Race together” on customers’ cups in response to raging public criticism. Totally apart from political, social, or racial dispute involved in this ...
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What words should never be capitalised in a title or heading? [duplicate]

Are there any exceptions to the rule? Sometimes song names will have "the" with a capital "T".
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What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?

A classic example: In the opening scene of Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke and Mowbray seeks the adjudication of the king. They hurl accusations of treachery and cowardliness at each other. They ...
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Single word for an idiom giving advice

I'm trying to find a word referring to an idiom that gives advice (e.g. "Fake it till you make it"). "Nugget of wisdom" is kind of what I'm looking for, but I want a single word, not another idiom. ...
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Are there any clear explanations for these trends?

I was curious earlier about the use of various pronouns / possessives in English (primarily first person), so I chose a selection of them and was surprised to discover that, among other oddities, "I" ...
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Personal pronoun before noun? [duplicate]

Before Sarah can board the bus, she needs to get some coins for the fare. Before she can board the bus, Sarah needs to get some coins for the fare. My questions are: Between the above ...
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Is there a term for “purposely deceptive behavior”?

Is there a word for representing one's self as weak or unintelligent in order to lull an opponent into a false sense of security and thus gain advantage? I have been using "disingenuous" but that's ...
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I need help with a riddle [migrated]

Someone asked me a riddle today please help me answer. Which five letter english word is it? Where the 1st letter is the last letter. The last letter is the 1st letter. The middle letter is the second ...
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Word for: older than legacy

In computer programming "legacy" usually means some older version of something, that is still there for compatibility reasons. Is there any other technical word to describe something even older and ...
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1answer
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In the 2011 film bad teacher, there is an exchange between several characters:

Elizabeth: You must be Carl? Thank you for meeting me on such short notice. Carl: Of course. Sure.. Carl: Did you find the boys okay? Was it a good drive? Elizabeth: Great ...
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What is the difference between Mitigate and Mollify?

I have a feeling that mollify is used with anger and other emotions while mitigate can be used with severity of something such as punishment. Mitigate: to lessen in severity or to appease ...
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Is there as more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign?

Is there a there more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign? The campaign relates to women's safety issues and sexual harassment. We ...
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41 views

Word for using commas in long numbers?

What's a word that means to use commas inside long numbers? 10000 vs 10,000 There's words like this in other languages разряд in Russian.
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0answers
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Should it be on or over?

From Aljazeera News: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" over Yemen's political crisis, after denouncing Iran's alleged role in the ...
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What's the word for the facial expression over an unexpected disappointment?

If your friend says something sarcastic to you unexpectedly when you are talking about something that makes you exited or your innermost feelings and makes you feel stupid. What's the most widely ...
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did “born and bred” originally have different meaning?

Internet searching suggests the phrase "born and bred in Boston" means the same thing as "born and raised in Boston." But "bred" is the past-tense of "breed." Might "born and bred in Boston" have ...
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Usage of “each” in this sentence

I have a question about the below sentence. "You have each come to me for separate cases. I need to settle this here." I wonder why "each" is placed between "have" and "come". Is it possible?
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What does “dredging deep for steel” mean?

I read the leader column - 'Should an ex-jockey be allowed free rein as pseudo sleuth? (Answer: no, of course not.)' and then, dredging deep for steel, I finally returned to India Cathcar's piece. ...
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28 views

complete the following sentences by adding a prefix or suffix to th word in brackets [on hold]

Political leaders (percept) of keeping their promises for the electorate very important
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47 views

“may you” or “can you”? [on hold]

Which is correct? Can you please fax me the document? May you please fax me the document?
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Is there an idiom for “I'm not an expert when it comes to kinds of feces”

There is an idiom in my language, which literally sounds like "I'm not an expert when it comes to kinds of feces". Which means that one considers all the instances of some group as equally bad, not to ...
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2answers
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Does “They themselves” need commas?

Which of the following sentences has correct comma usage? a) They themselves can state their feelings. b) They themselves, can state their feelings. c) They, themselves, can state their ...
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What dialect or accent is Woishington?

My mother uses the pronunciation woish or worsh for wash, feesh for fish, and deleecious for delicious. What accent or dialect is this considered? She has lived her entire life in central Illinois. ...
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1answer
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past perfect intentional [on hold]

Hello everybody I'd like to know the structure and also the usage of 'past perfect intentional '.when is it used and what's the structure of that. I owe a debt of gratitude to anyone answer my ...
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1answer
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When to use present continuous for describing near future instead of using will or going to

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states "USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the ...
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Why do we say won't instead of willn't? [duplicate]

If won't is the contraction of will not, where did the "wo" come from in won't? Why is this convention over willn't?
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1answer
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I don't know how to put the meaning into sentences? [on hold]

When I search the meaning of a word in a book, I can understand it, but sometime it's hard, because some words have different meanings. So after reading and finding the meaning I understand it, but ...
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0answers
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logic Programing [on hold]

"Anyone who is thin, tall and energetic will be good basketball player. Some people are tall but not good basketball players. Anyone who do exercise or eating healthy food will be energetic. Saman is ...
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2answers
66 views

What's the difference between a House and a Dynasty?

Why is it called "House of Plantagenet" or "House of Lancaster", instead of "Dynasty of Plantagenet" or "Dynasty of Lancaster"? What's the difference between house and dynasty?
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Of what usage is “do” in a term like “work do”? [on hold]

The phrase work do - where does this come from? Which usage of do is meant in the context of this phrase?
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1answer
42 views

“The Dude abides” — what does “abide” mean in that context? [on hold]

Has anyone considered the meaning with reference to George C. Stewart's 1949 fiction, "Earth Abides"? or Stephen King's "The Stand" ? In the post-apocalytic work, "Earth Abides," civilization falls ...
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2answers
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Is saying 'What did you think' acceptable?

Can you please tell me what is correct: The situation is that you have been to a movie with another person. At the end of the movie you ask: What did you think of the movie? I want to know ...
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1answer
29 views

Is Luncheon capitalized when referring to an event?

For example: the Intercultural Union "luncheon"
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1answer
43 views

How do I introduce this relative clause clearly?

As we shall see later on, there are pairs of genes ______ neither gene dominates but each lessens the effects of the other. Which of the following makes the most sense to create the relative ...
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What is the best word for “kitchen products” on an e-commerce website?

I am wondering what the best word is for all things used in the kitchen, including: kitchen gadgets dishes pans forks, knives.. kitchen towels kitchen decorations What is the best word to sum it ...
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2answers
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I have “a limited space” vs. I have “limited space”

The Corpus of Contemporary American English (http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/) shows both. I have a small room so I have _____________________. (1) a limited space. (2) limited space. Which is correct? ...
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3answers
52 views

is the phrase “available with me” correct?

I used a bus in which the hostess said that the company magazine is available with me on demand. Is the usage of available along with with correct?
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1answer
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Determiner “every” + to be (were/was) [on hold]

Is it gramatically correct to use "were" after determiner "every" + noun in the sentence? All students were required to attend the ball and Every student were required to attend the ball. ...
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0answers
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Quality form of coterminous? [on hold]

I'm looking for the "quality" form of "coterminous". I'd think "coterminality", but I'm not sure.
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1answer
35 views

What is the meaning of sarcastic? [on hold]

I've searched this term on internet. It shows various meanings of sarcastic which means that this word is a slang. However i just want to know the meaning of sarcastic in this very particular line ...

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