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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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2answers
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Does 'sewer crabs' insinuate any other meaning?

The second old man threw his axe down pettishly, spat in the direction of the closed door and went off among the stacks of cordwood. The door of the shack opened, the man in the Mackinaw poked ...
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2answers
52 views

How can I say this in other words? [on hold]

Recently I took a personality test and got some good results. However, there was a part of the full description that I didn't understand. I'd like to know how I can say this text in other words, must ...
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3answers
45 views

Interpreting contemporary literature [on hold]

There's something I just don't get of English usage in contemporary literature. Take the following excerpt: I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer-its dust and ...
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1answer
75 views

“I never was” vs. “I was never”

What is the difference between "I never was" and "I was never"? It seems that there is a subtle difference, but I can't quite grasp it. Is one of them informal? For example: I never was a good ...
0
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1answer
19 views

Is this an appropriate use of sirrah

Hortensio: ‘Sirrah! I will not bear these braves of thine’ In this context, Hortensio is arguing with Lucentio and called him sirrah. Those two characters are actually rich people disguised ...
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1answer
39 views

infidelity. used only in regard to cheating/affair

When using the word infidelity which means unfaithfulness does it always mean cheating or can it also be used for not listening to your spouse or worse in murder as well.
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1answer
23 views

Comma usage in serial list with isolated speech word thrown in

Consider the sentence: I like listening to hip hop, hard rock, and[,] ironically[,] classical music. What is the proper way to punctuate "ironically" in that sentence? I put [] around where I am ...
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2answers
86 views

What kind of question-tag is this: “I was in the bath, wasn't I?” Is it polite? rude?

Context: (BrE) - a friend is complaining... a- "I phoned you three times this morning but you never answered." b- "I was in the bath, wasn't I? Why the question-tag, if the listener had no idea ...
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1answer
55 views

Using mostly at the end of the sentence

When using mostly at the end of the sentence, do I need a comma like this? He finally did it by using rockets, mostly. Or can I just leave it as it is like this? He finally did it by using ...
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2answers
38 views

I will not in any case kick the ball or I will in any case not kick the ball?

I will not in any case kick the ball. I will in any case not kick the ball. I in any case will not kick the ball. I will not kick in any case the ball. I think only the fourth one ...
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1answer
50 views

Is it ok to use finally at the end of the sentence like this?

Is it ok to use finally at the end of the sentence like this? I am a teacher finally! Or are the ones below the only possible ones? I finally am a teacher / I am finally a teacher You see, ...
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0answers
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Can I use ellipsis this way?

I am not so sure if it is acceptable to use ellipsis in this way: I said I will be on vacation, but forever. The ellipsis is used like this: I said I will be on vacation, but (I will be on ...
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2answers
25 views

which one would be correct company or companies? [on hold]

Which one of the following would be correct "One of best implant company in the world" OR "One of best implant companies in the world"
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1answer
41 views

Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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1answer
27 views

Modified version of an object, use of articles

What article should I use when referring to a modified version of an object? For example, I try to shorten "a modified version of Dijkstra's algorithm" and I'm not sure which of the following are ...
2
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1answer
38 views

'The picture hung crooked on the wall'

Is it more correct to say 'The picture hung crooked on the wall' or 'The picture hung crookedly on the wall'? My instinct is that the first one sounds better to me as a native speaker, but someone ...
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2answers
36 views

What is the possessive form of blocked?

What is the possessive form of blocked when used as a verb. For example: Remove the friend I blocked’s material.
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3answers
65 views

Is there a word for a 'person who likes bubbles'?

I have a question about bubbles and the people who are particularly fond of them. Would someone please help me find a word for such people? Thank you.
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1answer
27 views

Can you leave a hyphen hanging when there is more than one adjective? [duplicate]

When you have 2 adjectives describing one object, do you use 2 hyphens? For example: There are short- and long-form publications.
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1answer
34 views

“It's 20 meters thick” versus “It's a 20-meter-thick layer.”

I know that both of these expressions are correct, but I'd like to be able to explain exactly why the first one is correct. Of course compound adjectives are hyphenated (second expression), but in the ...
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6answers
1k views

How to concisely handle words that don't have an antonym

I work in software for a living, and have had a problem recently with the language I use to describe software components. This profession increasingly reveals itself to need the skill to accurately ...
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1answer
31 views

Difference between indecisive and volatile

I am confused about when to use indecisive and when to use volatile. For example He was very _________. His friends acknowledged his vacillation. What would be the appropriate answer here?
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1answer
34 views

How/When to use an apostrophe [on hold]

Which is the correct way to show ownership when using the name Christ? Is it Christ's or Christ' or neither?
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0answers
41 views

kindly help me rating my english grammar and style in this cv cover letter cause i am not native [on hold]

    I am pleased writing you for applying a position in your financial affairs department as a financial accountant,   For the past 4 years I have worked as an accountant, where I have developed ...
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3answers
68 views

What's it called in english to be cautious about something you do?

Is there a term in english for where you want to describe the discreet or cautious approach you take, when you want to make sure you're not risking or jeopardizing anything in doing a routine job? ...
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0answers
29 views

I have forgotten everything that I learned in the class He knows the girl very well. The hurricane destroyed the island [on hold]

Could you please send semantic role of underline noun phrase sentences answers?
0
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0answers
26 views

Help with a translation into English properly [on hold]

I'm Spanish and my final degree work I want to include a summary in English. I tried to translate it but I think I have many beginner mistakes. The summary in English has stayed with me as follows: ...
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1answer
77 views

While in England, how do I say, “ I might stay” [on hold]

I am writing a chronicle for a Yorkie poo. His moniker is "I might stay." Now he thinks in French, writes in English and sometimes he speaks with an English accent. "Je pourrais rester" is his French. ...
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0answers
36 views

Correct usage of “a” and “an”

Why has the usage of the articles "a" and "an" become reversed over the past several years, ie "a apple" "an banana"? I just looked this up on English Club and the rule is still the same-"a" for ...
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0answers
21 views

Reporting a questions in past tense where the wh- clause replaces the subject

How do I report this question or any question with such form (as described in the title) in past tense like the sentence bellow : Question : Who did that? Reported form : He asked ??????
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2answers
46 views

does the word PERSONS exist? Should I only use it for singular? PERSON [duplicate]

I need to know the correct use of this word, I am quiet confused about the plural form and singular form due to some people use it as plural persons and I was taught that the plural is people1
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3answers
46 views

But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain/remains ignorant

I found the following sentence in Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain ignorant. (p. 164 in Google ...
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1answer
566 views

Is there a specific term used to describe the “Jr.” following a person's name?

Consider the name John J Doe Jr. If John is the first name, J is the middle initial, & Doe is the last name, what is Jr.? I checked with Webster years ago and they could not find a specific ...
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1answer
56 views

How would you pronounce N.B. (nota bene) when reading aloud?

I know how to pronounce nota bene (YouTube can help if your Italian is rusty), but if you were reading an academic paper aloud (or something else that would contain notate bene), how would you go ...
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8answers
1k views

How can I make this sentence unambiguous?

I'd like suggestions to punctuate, or if necessary, reword the following sentence, so as to give its explicit meaning, but without losing its feel. I encourage thought and discussion provoking ...
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1answer
39 views

Help. I need help with comma

Should there be a comma before "or" in the sentence below? I think keeping the comma would be a comma splice, but I am not completely sure. Thanks "It is a disorder in which a missing or garbled ...
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1answer
33 views

Word for traffic running slower due to road impediments

What is the word for when traffic or trains run slower and with multiplie unscheduled stops because of not really being congested but because of (rail)road works or change of pattern?
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0answers
28 views

What is the simplest way to prepare the IELTS? [on hold]

What is the simplest way to prepare the IELTS and How I got the highest band in IELTS?
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20answers
3k views

A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
0
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0answers
42 views

How to express “I'm at company”?

I know "I'm at home" and "I'm at school" are both native expresstions. However, I googled "I'm at company" and just get about 16,700 results, which means it's not a common expression. How will a ...
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1answer
25 views

How should I write long numbers in comma separated lists or parenthetical phrases?

In writing out a sentence with a parenthetical number, it occurred to me that it is a bit difficult to read. Is there a better way? (Yes, this is a bit of a contrived example and yes, I realize it ...
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2answers
50 views

Is there a name for dismissing an argument because of lack of immediate examples?

I've often found myself subject to this tactic, where someone will present an argument in support of a particular outcome, and then dismiss any criticism of it because the critique fails to solicit ...
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1answer
35 views

What is an agent noun that refers to a thing that applies? [on hold]

I am looking for a noun that represents a thing that applies. Some incorrect examples are "applier" and "applicator." Specifically, although it may be unimportant, this thing should be able to apply ...
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1answer
37 views

the pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light

Matthew Arnold somewhere says: "the pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light". what is the role of "therefore? Does it denote "after this" or anything else?
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1answer
48 views

“It was always” vs “I was always” vs “I would always”

No matter where I went with her, it was always the right place. No matter where I went with her, I was always in the right place. No matter where I went with her, I would always be in the ...
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1answer
34 views

the best way for learning is drumming in [on hold]

Does "Drumming in" mean "repetition" when we say "the best way for learning is drumming in" ?
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1answer
32 views

is that right to say have charged our taxes? [on hold]

Is that right to say? send us certificate stating that you have charged our taxes with the amount of 5000 and you are going to get this amount deducted from the next invoice
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3answers
39 views

with the odd chorus from an oratorio by Handel, Mozart or Mendelssohn [on hold]

What does the bold part of the following sentence mean? We learnt to sing and read music and had a wide repertoire of hymns, folk songs and military marching songs, with the odd chorus from an ...
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1answer
49 views

How to make questions using “who”? [duplicate]

I extracted this from L.R.H Chapman grammar two book. An example was given like this : Question : Who did jack meet at the station? Answer : Jack met his uncle at the station I am not ...

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