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“Lasting” or “with a duration of”? [on hold]

I'm editing a very bureaucratic document and I'm trying to make it less bureaucratic. There's a passage that refers to "a session with a duration of 1-2 hours." I want to change it to "a session ...
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79 views

What's the original English language is it BrE or AmE? [on hold]

There are lots of English speakers around the world and they have different languages somehow so what is the first language ever?
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30 views

Usage of the verb 'aim'. Is it correct? [on hold]

I shall aim completing the correction of the final language test papers.
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The T in “stair” and D in “dare” [duplicate]

I checked that their pronunciations are /ster/ and /der/ But I can't hear the difference between them! Can anyone tell me the difference and how to pronounce them separately?
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Function of “about”- practised physiotherapy for about 6 months

I practised physiotherapy for about 6 months. I understand that "about" can take forms such as an adv, adj, preposition. Though I can rephrase the sentence, however, I am curious to find out ...
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3answers
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Please identify the independent clause/s in this sentence

I am trying to understand where the independent clause/s are in the following sentence: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this ...
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1answer
28 views

I'm making sport live score application and I have a question [on hold]

I'm making sport live score application and I have a question My application has many page for show live score and it has some page no any match playing. What sentences should i use ? No any match ...
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What is an antonym for “prior” that is shorter than “subsequent?” [on hold]

In a software application, two drop-down lists are presented. The first is labeled "relative period" and is populated with "Prior," "Current," and "Subsequent." The second list is labeled "interval" ...
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0answers
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Learn faster English grammar [on hold]

For English is a second language in my country, but I'm really hard to write as official letter or email to someone or home as a higher level. That would be very nice if get the advise on how to ...
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1answer
49 views

Usage: “Having children by/from different fathers”?

In the phrase having children by/from different fathers, is by British usage, and from American usage? The collocation with by, I could find in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, but the ...
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2answers
34 views

Prediction / Foreshadow verb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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3answers
53 views

Name of the quality of the bad sound that you have in Skype

When you talk through the internet by using some programs like Skype or Hangout, the quality of the sound may not be good. What is the name of that quality? There are some idea in my mind, but I don't ...
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2answers
34 views

What is it called when you use something in a sentence that will be replaced? [duplicate]

For example say I have this sentence: The following sentence uses ________: You can find the program in [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] where [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] is your default download directory. ...
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Non-finite Adjectival Clause or Adverbial Clause

I came across the following grammatical terms and example sentences on Wikipedia: As an adjectival phrase modifying a noun phrase that is the object of a verb, provided the verb admits this ...
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2answers
92 views

What's the accent of this narration?

The person narrating in the attached MP3 link sounds like a good narrator, but I was wondering what his English accent is. It's difficult for me to say because I am not a native English speaker. Is ...
4
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1answer
471 views

Meaning of the word “shutface”

I have a question concerning the location of the vehicle safety certification label in a certain car. The corresponding user's manual says: "A vehicle safety certification label is attached to the ...
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0answers
34 views

Period with Colon?

Which of these is correct (The word manager is abbreviated to Mgr): Your Line Mgr: OR Your Line Mgr.:
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1answer
42 views

Name for the practice of composing sentences for ease and clarity of pronunciation?

Is there a name for the practice of composing sentences in such a way that they don't contain proximate consonants which cause difficulty when read aloud? For example: Under this criteria, "dogs and ...
3
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4answers
87 views

A fraction of something [on hold]

Does "a fraction of something" always imply less than one unit? Or could it be 4/3 for example?
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1answer
50 views

Did I stress the words correctly in this sentence?

I have this sentence: "Keep your voice down!" I'm not sure how native speakers pronounce it, but I would put a bit of stress on "Keep" and more stress on "voice" "2Keep your 1voice down!". I don't ...
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1answer
101 views

Is the perfect aspect used differently in Indian English compared to AmEng and BrEng? [on hold]

Some people in India speak English but there's differences. But to what extent does it differ in perfect tenses like present, past, future, etc. perfect? I choose to compare it with British English ...
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1answer
100 views

Is “each” an adverb, pronoun, determiner, or what else?

What do Online Dictionaries Say? Cambridge Dictionaries Online says each is used as an adverb in the following examples: There are five leaflets – please take one of each. Each of the brothers ...
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0answers
37 views

Is “If you be…” correct? [duplicate]

Are the "If you be my everything..." and "If I be wrong" structures correct? Thank you for the answers!
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0answers
24 views

DIfference between 'cause' and 'causation'? [on hold]

I think they mean the same, but still is there a difference between them?
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3answers
424 views

When to say “a proof”, “the proof” and just “proof”?

My friend asked to check his work, and he had written: I think Asimov is proof that being prolific is at least as valuable as being talented. He writes simply is proof. Did he write correctly ...
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1answer
39 views

Quoting title with a question and ellipsis

I need to quote a title which contains both an ellipsis and question mark. I am unsure how I should punctuate the sentence. Note that because of a particular style guide, I must also italicise the ...
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1answer
41 views

What does “independent” bind to in this sentence?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? A is valid independent of B. A is valid independently of B. In other words, does independent bind to "are" or "valid"? I tend towards the first ...
2
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1answer
51 views

The Usage of “ask”

Are the sentences below correct? I asked "Please send me some money." Can you use ask in direct discourse? John: What did you ask Tom? Megan: I asked "leave me alone." Can you omit the ...
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0answers
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What is the meaning of the comma in this case? [duplicate]

He rides a bike reading the book. (with no comma between bike and reading) He rides a bike, reading the book. (with a comma between bike and reading) In the sentence above, What is the ...
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Question about usage of the article “the” [duplicate]

Although I have learned English for over 20 years, using articles is still confusing for me. Sometimes I do'nt understand why the is used like in these cases: Shoot for the stars -> This is ...
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1answer
35 views

When do I use “hours” and “o'clock” in a programming document?

When do I have to use hours and o'clock in a programming document? For example, I have to show that the program runs at 23:45, should I use o'clock or hours? I used hours but my manager says that ...
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0answers
49 views

Do I use “has” or “have” when talking about a sports team? [duplicate]

For example, if I want to talk about a team's chances of winning a competition, which of these would be correct? What do I say? United have the best chance of winning. United has the best ...
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1answer
45 views

Could “Give in” mean “Hand over”? [on hold]

Give in = hand in but does give in = hand over? and which of them are equal? and what's the differences?
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2answers
53 views

What's the difference between “Speakers of English” and “English speakers”?

What's the difference between "Speakers of English" and "English speakers"?
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28 views

Asking about the meaning of a phrase: a point of useful application [on hold]

I came across the phrase that I was not so sure of the meaning: a point of useful application, which appeared in the context as follows. Shafts are a common method used to transmit power from a motor ...
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0answers
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0
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1answer
75 views

What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [on hold]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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2answers
80 views

Interest ( someone ) in ( something )

This phrasal verb means to persuade someone when we try offering something. Examples : Can I interest you in coffee? Can I interest you in having a special relationship between us? Do native ...
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2answers
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suburb to city?

The following sentence is taken from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Today most commutes were not suburb to city but from one suburb to another. What interests me is the use of un-inflected ...
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15 views

best case or the best case [duplicate]

I want to show my maximum ability in some thing. Which one is correct? In best case, I can ... or In the best case, I can ...
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1answer
35 views

Can I put a comma before as well?

Can a comma be placed before as well? People aren’t just struggling with the snow near their homes, it’s affecting their daily travels as well.
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113 views

What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
0
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0answers
24 views

I was asking for you - [on hold]

'I was asking for you' - what does it mean? I met a girl n she enquired me saying ' I was asking for you to my daughter' as she met me after a long time. Is it correct usage?
3
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1answer
713 views

What does the prefix iso- mean in “isolate”? [on hold]

My question is referring to the prefix iso- and its meaning in the word isolate. My question is, if the prefix means equal, how does that make sense in the word isolate?
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38 views

Why attend college not a college? [on hold]

I realised that actually people say attend college not attend a college and I would like to know why you should not use a here. This is might be a simple question but it makes me pretty difficult to ...
0
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3answers
67 views

Linguistic term for all existing words [on hold]

I really didn't know how to name this thread so I apologize about it. My question is: what is the linguistic term that refers globally to the words "vocabulary", "words", "phrases", "collocations", ...
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2answers
66 views

Does “their citizens” in this sentence mean all citizens? [on hold]

In the sentence, "Just governments ought to ensure food security to their citizens" does "their citizens" refer to all citizens of the just government, or just most citizens in general?
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1answer
35 views

Using “shy” as a verb? [on hold]

She shies away from new things. Or She shyes away from new things. Which is better? What is this called? It isn't a present participle because it doesn't end in -ing.
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1answer
190 views

What is the etymology of “gatefold”?

What does the word "gatefold" mean? Sure, I know what it is (the whole internet is very eager to tell me what it is), but where does it come from? The "gate" part that is, I can guess the "fold" ...
26
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1answer
1k views

I'd like to know the spelling of a word, a synonym of unknown

I'm used to watching American TV Series all the time. I watch them with Italian subtitles, so I misspell many words. Many of them are not so difficult to figure out, but there's one that I just cannot ...

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