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36 views

Is it correct to say “an auspicious situation”?

Auspicious, as defined by Merriam-Webster means - showing or suggesting that future success is likely. I was learning about the correct usage of the word and found the following usages to be correct : ...
5
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1answer
142 views

Present continous and present simple

Why do we say, "Who is that man? What does he want", but, "Who is that man? Why is he looking at us". If the second is okay, which I am sure it is, why can't we say, "Who is that man? What is he ...
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1answer
45 views

Is there a noun form for “fine-grained”?

For example I want to say: ...the level of (fine-grained in noun) that is needed... I wonder if the word "grainery" will work.
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33 views

Negative form of “satisfy”, correct usage of “such”, difference between “quick” and “fast”

I just did an English test on the Internet because I have an entry exam tomorrow and I wanted to recap. I got 91% right, but I wanted to find out why I made these mistakes and what the correct way to ...
0
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1answer
30 views

Macbeth, Act I, scene 7, lines 41-43: what does “that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life” refer to? [on hold]

Lady Macbeth scorns her husband for his sudden lack of courage: "Wouldst thou have that / Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, / And live a coward in thine own esteem, […]" If "that which ...
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1answer
95 views

Is “I would understand everything you said if you said it in Portuguese” correct?

"I would understand everything you said if you said it in Portuguese." Is it any kind of conditional? And if it is, can you tell me which one? As I wrote this I had the feeling that it ...
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0answers
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Indirect narration for following sentences [on hold]

q1) He said to me, "I don't have to do this for you." q2) He said to me, "I don't need to do this for you." q3) He said to me, "I have to do this for myself." I have certain doubts here: "to do" is ...
4
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1answer
65 views

Difference between promptness and promptitude

Seeing this EL&U question: 'saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you', the first word that came to my mind was promptitude which, as the definition states, can ...
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0answers
20 views

Should I use “have” or “has” after using an “and/or” in a sentence? [duplicate]

In the following two sentences, when "and" is used, then "have" would follow. When "or" is used, then "has" would follow. Example: "If the price and lead time have changed..." "If the price ...
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0answers
35 views

parallelism: the farther/the more [duplicate]

I edited this phrase: the farther the negative from the lens, the more light needed to expose it properly and the longer the exposure to read: the farther the negative from the lens, the greater ...
0
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0answers
47 views

Problem with “at least you're not starving in Africa” saying [on hold]

Maybe you've heard this saying, maybe you haven't. However, this phrase I hear a lot and it bothers me. I see the logic as being flawed with good intentions. People usually use this when they are ...
3
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2answers
88 views

What's the correct form of the negative subjunctive?

It is essential that [some parameter] be not reset during the day. (1) It is essential that [some parameter] not be reset during the day. (2) Which one is the correct form? I do know the ...
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0answers
37 views

why sentence “ it means something different” is grammatically correct [migrated]

Can anybody explain for me why this structure correct "It means something different" I thinks It is reduction form of sentence it means something (that is) different Im so confuse, i hope ...
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1answer
41 views

Showing possession when the noun is defined by a word in parentheses

Document Title: Plaintiff's Interrogatories to Defendant There are multiple plaintiffs. We typically define the plaintiff as, "Plaintiffs (Smith) want to object...etc." and this particular plaintiff ...
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2answers
61 views

An alternative way of asking for the bill?

When asking for the bill in a restaurant/diner, besides the common "Could I have the bill [/check for US English], please" can I say something like: "Could you close me out, please?" I saw that in a ...
1
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1answer
41 views

Commas and sentence structure

I have a question about stringing clauses together. The following is an excerpt from a book called 'Jolie Blon's Bounce' by James Lee Burke: ...I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, ...
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0answers
30 views

why “the American consumer” instead of “the American consumers”?

as in "The Survey of the American Consumer" or "The state of the American consumer". Why singular here? Thanks a lot for answering.
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0answers
40 views

Way to ask interviewer (/speaking examiner) to repeat slowly its question [duplicate]

The accent of a speaking examiner is sometimes difficult to understand completely. Asking him to repeat his question is a delicate action that should be handled correctly, in my consideration. ...
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1answer
25 views

American English: collective noun + verb when collective noun is plural? [duplicate]

I'm struggling with grammar and the name of a group of clinics; let's say that there are five dental clinics colocated in the same building, and the name of that group is Foo Dental Clinics. There's a ...
1
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1answer
57 views

saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you [on hold]

Which of these sentences sounds more american? and which sounds more polite against who is important for you like a professor or boss? first: Thanks for your prompt response second: Thanks ...
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2answers
41 views

Are the two sentences same meaning? [duplicate]

Is the sentence "I didn't marry you because you were rich." same as " I married you not because you were rich but for another reason."
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3answers
81 views

*the most* in english [on hold]

Suppose we have job A, B and C. Job A requires more skill than job B and C. How do we say that? i) The job that requires most skill is job A. ii) The job that most requires skill is job A. iii) The ...
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4answers
157 views

How to name or define a new word? [on hold]

Suppose I wanted to create a new word. Are there any rules for that? How can I do it? If I create the word, how can I ensure that it has an appropriate meaning? For example, in a word like quiz or ...
0
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2answers
44 views

Use of “range” and “etc”

When I use the word "range", can I end my list with "etc."? Here is my concrete sentence: "These data sets range from transport to tourism, fishery, forestry, and agriculture etc."
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2answers
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How to shorten: Environmental data, geospatial data, business data

I have the sentence "These data sets span domains such as environmental data, geospatial data, business data". If I remove the repeated data i.e. "These data sets span domains such as environmental, ...
1
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4answers
68 views

proper word or phrase for 'already eaten or drank by other person/animal' [duplicate]

Is there a single word or a short phrase to better describe a consumable item (e.g. drink or food) that has already been nibbled or sipped at? The relevance of this word or phrase would be in a ...
0
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2answers
34 views

Proper usage of 'if so' [on hold]

I want to know if this sentence is grammatically correct. Is there anyone else who have access to admin panel? If so, please provide us all ip addresses from all users in order to monitor your ...
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1answer
36 views

How could one quantify the typical modern non-literal usage style? [on hold]

I was thinking, "'Nobody' (joke) uses words literally in English any more -- but, could we quantify that somehow?" So for example with "nobody," the word now only means "almost no-one". If you want ...
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3answers
61 views

Using 'send' in passive voice

You are sent this e-mail because... Is this correctly worded or does it sound weird? I ask because I think I've seen similar wordings, such as "you are being sent X because Y", but I'm not at all ...
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2answers
42 views

“Can't help but” vs “can't help” [duplicate]

What's the difference between "can't help but" and "can't help" Consider two examples: I can't help thinking about you. I can't help but think about you. Do the two sentences mean same, or is ...
6
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4answers
146 views

Is this usage possible?

Is it possible to use "wing" as a verb meaning "blowing something in a certain direction," as in the following? "The wind winged a thick heap of clouds off westward, to cloud over the corn field that ...
0
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1answer
49 views

I am better vs I am getting better [on hold]

which is the correct one and what is the difference : "I am better" or "I am getting better"
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0answers
37 views

Difference between 'attain' and 'achieve' [on hold]

We can say To attain this goal, we should work hard or To achieve this goal, we should work hard What the difference between those two words?
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3answers
44 views

is it correct that some individual use the idiom “so to speak ” repeatedly [on hold]

is it correct that some individuals use the idiom "so to speak " repeatedly? do they want to fill up the gap between their sentences?.
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1answer
48 views

Distinguishing between there seem or there do seem [on hold]

Today, when I read an essay, I found the sentence there do seem to be some common needs that we all share with regard to experiencing or achieving happiness. With me, It is familiar with ...
3
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2answers
435 views

Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
0
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1answer
35 views

“And” vs “as well as”

Although the words and and as well as seems similar but I make mistake on using them as synonym. What is the difference in the usage of and and as well as?
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0answers
24 views

Usage of the word “TILL” [duplicate]

I am landed in a confused stage, with one of my colleagues email, which says ; "Till November , Bank Adjustment Entry is finished." For me ,that statement, means , including November, the work is ...
0
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3answers
288 views

“WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English? [on hold]

I want to name my upcoming project as WE ON - Information & entertainment media agency . This agency will work in the city and act as communication between businesses and consumers, so I need ...
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1answer
24 views

Phrase: give pause

What exactly does the phrase give (sb.) pause mean? Is it just a simple shortening of the following?: give pause to someone (or give someone pause for thought) cause someone to think ...
0
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3answers
83 views

What is an appropriate replacement for the term “oriental” when used as an ethnicity? [duplicate]

When I was a child I remember frequently hearing references to "oriental" people. Of course "oriental" now has a pejorative connotation, and generally "asian" is preferred. However, I can't help but ...
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votes
1answer
19 views

“the condition to do” or “the condition to doing”

The title is quite self-explanatory. For example, in the following sentence: The condition to making it viable is fairly significant in my opinion. Should it be changed to: The condition to ...
0
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1answer
22 views

“Major”, “Minor”: Any words for gauging more importance or less? [on hold]

I am writing a list of descriptions of how much or how little importance is attached to an issue under discussion or to a product feature under consideration. I would like to have three or four ...
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1answer
36 views

Jon and I or Jon and me? [duplicate]

How do I know when to use Jon and I, or Jon and me? I can't really figure it out. I've tried to teach myself, but I just can't seem to do it. Will someone please help me figure this problem out?
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1answer
23 views

What is the difference between “pair” and “pairing”? [on hold]

What is the difference between "pair" and "pairing"? Are both correctly used? Note: I mean "pairing" as a noun in this case. Also "match" vs "matching"?
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1answer
24 views

Should I use every day or everyday? [on hold]

I have two sentences in question: "But, humans see a lot of different people everyday/every day" and "because every day we see between a dozen and hundreds of other humans - in school, work, or ...
0
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2answers
51 views

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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0answers
26 views

What type of phrase is “I'm telling you,” when used for emphasis

Consider the following sentence: I'm telling you, I left it right there. In this sentence, the phrase "I'm telling you" is used to emphasise the truth of the clause that follows. What is the ...
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0answers
25 views

When am I supposed to use “use” and “used”? [closed]

The title speaks for itself. I also want examples, please.
0
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0answers
8 views

Does this sentence need a comma? [duplicate]

Over the past months, we have seized several opportunities for liaison. Is the comma in this sentence needed and/or correct? Which rule(s) of grammar apply here, and is there a name for this ...

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