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2answers
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“Prices of” vs “prices for”

I came across two different sentences both containing the word "prices", but with different prepositions, "of" and "for". Here are the two sentences. Audi Cuts Prices of Spare Parts in China ...
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2answers
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Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?

I am working on my college project, which is a kind of product review/feedback website. In this many users can give their comments and opinion, and like or dislike the product. I'm very confused what ...
2
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3answers
79 views

Is there an implied verb missing?

Is this statement correct? - However catastrophic the physical abuse, the lasting scars came from the verbal insults that had been hurled at them. Does the first part of the sentence before the ...
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3answers
66 views

One who never attends public meetings [on hold]

There is an actor who never attends any public meetings or award functions. What to call such a person?
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1answer
33 views

Usage of “Only when X will Y and then only when Z” [on hold]

This sentence: Only when input goes to logic 1 (s) will the FSM move from state s0 to s1, and then only when a clock pulse arrives. I have read in a book related to digital logic. I know the ...
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2answers
75 views

Is the usage of “forfeit” correct here?

«The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property.» ...
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2answers
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For X going to be developed, this is enough. Correct grammar? [on hold]

I am wondering whether this is a correct usage: For the system going to be developed, the diagram is shown below. I said that without thought and now I wonder as Google yields no hits on similar ...
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1answer
51 views

Replacement for the annoying habit of saying “I was like”

I am new here, so my first question would be to ask about an annoying habit that I, as well as many other people out there, seem to have... During the telling of a story I will often say this one ...
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0answers
23 views

“They are willing” for future tense (and other queries) [on hold]

For an exam answer, I was required to write a letter objecting to a planning application. I have some specific queries about it, but I've put the whole thing here for some context. The problem phrases ...
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2answers
48 views

Please help me by explaining a sentence I don't understand [on hold]

Please help me to understand an important email which contains this confusing sentence: It is recommended that you must delete the videos after use, especially after your sponsorship expires. I ...
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0answers
34 views

Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion? [duplicate]

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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1answer
50 views

Is it correct to say “It is pathetic to see some people only see the lust side of a girl”? [on hold]

I want to put as a comment on a photo of a girl on a social media site that some people has made some bad vulgar comments on her photo.
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0answers
43 views

“It's secure” versus “It is secure” - which is correct [migrated]

Which is the correct form of these: It’s secure It is secure My question: which is the correct form? For examples, is this sentence ok? XY says it’s secure.
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1answer
27 views

Choice of plural and singular, definite and indefinite articles for multiple nouns [on hold]

Which of the following is correct? There are apple and orange. There is an apple and an orange. There are an apple and an orange. There are apple and orange.
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1answer
27 views

What is the correct way of mentioning project experience in CV? [on hold]

We are 3 engineers and one product manager working in the project. What I want to mention is that as an engineer, I am one of the main people in the development of that project. What is the correct ...
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0answers
33 views

Listening Question in IELTS [on hold]

i am practicing an IELTS exam listening question. The word limit for answer is 3.Now the speaker says "We need to select all the films". So i wrote "Select All Films" But the correct answer is "Select ...
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1answer
66 views

What's the difference between “hoover” and “hover”? [on hold]

I sometimes use "hoover" and sometimes "hover". What's the difference?
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1answer
27 views

Using “the/a/an” with “and” and “or” [duplicate]

Suppose I need to mention two nouns in a phrase so that they are joined with either "and" or "or". Do I use "the/a/an" with the both of the nouns or just with the first one?
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1answer
75 views

Is there a word or phrase that means both the answer and the question?

I am exploring how to create a game that generates metaphors or concepts that could be created outside of a linear thinking of past, present and future. Simultaneous revelations that occur ...
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11answers
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Art and Culture are to “Philistine” as Feeling and Compassion are to what?

I'm looking for a noun to embody the adjectives "unfeeling" and "heartless" the same way Philistine embodies "uncivilized" and "crude". I'm looking for something a bit more tactful than say, "a ...
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1answer
69 views

Is it polite to say 'thank you guys' if both genders were involved? [duplicate]

Related: Is "guy" gender-neutral? Discussion about more formal version: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1620575 Thank you (thank you guys)
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2answers
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“Tear(drop)” synonyms

I've been looking for the synonyms (especially poetic ones) referring to the nouns "tear" and "tear-drop". Unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to find. I've found two, poetic ones - "brine" and ...
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1answer
59 views

When you run a program for the first time, is it after the first “run”, “launch”, or “execution” of that program? [on hold]

I’m slowly writing my thesis and I’ve encountered an issue where I need to say that certain settings must be set when the software starts for the first time. Which of these things would I therefore ...
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1answer
45 views

“it seems” vs. “it seems that” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between using "it seems" and "it seems that" For example: "It seems that automatic restart is not happening now" "It seems automatic restart is not happening now" ...
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0answers
46 views

Accurate meaning of “as” in “as by” [on hold]

From http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=paternalism&searchmode=none: paternalism (n.) = ..."government as by a father over his children,..." What part of ...
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2answers
70 views

Aberrant usage of the adjective “incredulous”

Below is a sentence I found in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Could you please explain why the adjective "incredulous" is used as if it's an adverb? 'You sold the car?' she asked, ...
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1answer
82 views

English word for “empty-able” [on hold]

I would love to know what is the word for the meaning : empty-able, like the Name part of a registration form can not be empty, but the Address part can be
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0answers
43 views

“If that was/were the case” [on hold]

The subject: "We have never voted on ethics and morals." Which is correct? If that was the case If that were the case
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0answers
14 views

“The height of the building” or “Height of the building”? [duplicate]

I'd like to know when I should use 'the' and when I shouldn't. For example: "The use of 'the' is confusing" or "Use of 'the' is confusing" ? "There's a building over there, the height of the ...
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0answers
21 views

A word for “similarity to reality”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a single word which means "looking like a real thing" or similarity to reality for the post which I am about to write. Example: One of the prominent reason why Nolan's Batman Trilogy ...
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2answers
76 views

How do you convert a noun into an adjective? [on hold]

What would be the adjectives for nouns like shopkeeper, country, wife, earring, teacher, father — and so on and so forth?
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2answers
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The comfort which one hath of her husband

According to an article published on quizlet.com, titled 'The most difficult and unbelievable word of the OED' (which I dont have access to), levament means "The comfort which one hath of his wife". ...
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0answers
22 views

How to say speaking to you reminiscent of something [on hold]

I am giving an interview and the question is tell me about your favourite actor and at the end I say speaking to you reminiscent me of him.is it ok.reminiscent word usage is ok here or not.
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0answers
67 views

Do vs. did in “do you want to join us?” [duplicate]

What exactly is the difference in meaning between the questions Do you want to join us? and Did you want to join us? in the context of a group of people asking asking another person who ...
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0answers
37 views

May I use “evidence where”? [duplicate]

Modern science has given clear evidence that smoking can lead to many diseases. in this sentence,“that smoking can lead to many diseases” is an Appositive clause,but I wonder if I can say ...
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0answers
43 views

SCUBA upper or lower case? [duplicate]

In a university project which I am writing I have been reprimanded at least 10 times for using the word scuba in lower case. i.e. Scuba tank, Scuba diving etc. Is this permissible and can I tell my ...
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2answers
56 views

Committee, Association and Assembly — What's the differrence?

I'm confused by these 3 words and I'm not quite sure what the differences are. I know how council, commission and committee differ, but I can't find it for Assembly and Association. I'm using it for a ...
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2answers
28 views

Which is easily understandable?

[missing words here]would be utilized in the best possible way to achieve the goals of your organization, while at the same time continuing to develop and gain experience. [missing words here]would ...
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3answers
115 views

Difference between 'I would like to be' & 'I want to be'

I would like to be and I want to be What is the difference between them? I think 'want to be' sounds stronger than 'like to be,' but I'm not sure if this is true.
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7answers
119 views

How to write a pair of pairs without sounding awkward

I am attempting to write a list of pairs of people, like so: "The pairings are Bob and Jane, Joe and Mary, and Fred and Ashley." This works fine in that the comma lets you know where each pairing is ...
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3answers
98 views

Do you always have to put a comma before someone's name? [duplicate]

Example: (1) Hello John. (2) Hello, John? (3) How are you today John? (4) How are you today, John? (5) I wish I could John. (6) I wish I could, John. Must there always be a comma before ...
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1answer
35 views

Difference word descriptions [on hold]

Why do we say >we are going to sea< when we board a ship that will travel across an ocean?
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53 views

Do “in a black study” and “in a brown study” mean the same?

I encountered relatively often the expression "to be in a brown study" but I can find nothing about the "black" version of the same expression. I found it in William Hope Hodgson's The Island of the ...
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0answers
32 views

Is the sentence “How is <name>” localised to game-specific forums? [migrated]

I keep seeing people say "How is X", where X is the name of a game or a band. I think the implied question is about the entertainment quality of the thing in question, e.g. "Do you find this game ...
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14answers
2k views

Sentence in which “its” and “it's” can be interchanged without changing the meaning? [on hold]

A friend posed the following word puzzle to me: Can you think of a sentence that keeps the same meaning whether you use "it's" or "its"? He asserted that this puzzle does in fact have a ...
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1answer
57 views

Stative verbs in the continuous form?

As a nonnative speaker of English I was always taught in school that there are verbs that cannot be used in the continuous form, i.e. the stative verbs. However, I've seen some stative verbs used in ...
0
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2answers
58 views

A simple question about syntax [on hold]

I guess this would be a pretty simple question to answer. Is this sentence correct: The player appears to have not connected. I am having my doubts about the appears to have not part. P.S.: Not ...
2
votes
1answer
45 views

What's the meaning of “stand” in this context? [on hold]

The following is a verse from the song Billy Jean by Micheal Jackson (this is the full version of the lyrics of the song): For forty days and forty nights Law was on her side But who can stand ...
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2answers
66 views

What is the difference between “sheer” and “utter” in the sense of enphasis if there is any whatsoever?

English is not my first language. I don’t know the difference between sheer and utter used for emphasis. For example, instead “That’s utter nonsense” can I say “That’s sheer nonsense” instead?
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1answer
57 views

Can an -ing or -ed clause be seen as a relative clause?

I'm confused with reducing clauses. I need help to understand reducing clauses in English. For example: The amount of goods transported by train totaled about 70 tonnes. I think the full ...

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