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Pronouncing Methane

The first “e” in methane is pronounced like the “e” in metal in the US but it is pronounced like the “e” in me in the UK. I asked a friend how this difference in pronunciation came about. She ...
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Better word or phrase for “very profound”

What is a better word or short phrase to describe something as being "very profound"?
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What does “To get on a high horse” mean? [on hold]

Here is the phrase: I'm going to get on a high horse here and say that it worries me that developers think client-side rendering is faster. I think I can understand the meaning of the whole phrase, ...
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what is meant by “ I but a tell ” [on hold]

I've been searching the meaning of this sentence " I but a tell ", but I couldn't even find any answer, Does anyone know about it?
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Multiple instances of the same (foreign) word

Consider the following snippet: The Spanish word lágrima comes from Latin lacrima which also has a descendant in English. When you cry, your eyes get their tears from special glands known as ...
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What is the right meaning of the sentence: “I should demonstrate restraint”?

I've watched this clip of The Originals TV show. Starting on 00:09 sec there's a dialog between Klaus and Elijah: Klaus: Finn and Kol must be turned to us. Elijah: I should demonstrate ...
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Placement of adjective “only”

I have the following sentence and three versions to write it: Ensure string only contains printable ASCII characters. Ensure string contains only printable ASCII characters. Ensure string ...
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The use of article when an element is defined before

Assuming that a function f is defined, which one of the following statements is correct with respect to the use of article for "call"? I know that i is already introduced, but how about the call? ...
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Alternative to “thankful for”

I do not like using the phrase "remember all that we are thankful for" because of the preposition at the end; however, it is a common phrase at this time of year. Finagling the sentence to avoid ...
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Rhetorical device - listing rejected answers

Is there a name for the rhetorical device whereby you ask a question and then list the rejected answers? For example: "What was it then? It wasn't x, nor y, nor z. No, in fact it was . . .." The ...
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Comma usage while explaining a single word

Consider the following sentence: The French word entrailles means inward. Is it advisable to surround entrailles with commas in this case like this? The French word, entrailles, means inward. Or ...
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“Stockmarkets” vs. “stock markets”

I am having trouble with the difference between stockmarkets and stock markets — or should it be stock-markets? In some articles it is introduced as stockmarkets, but that term is not found in ...
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“One in a million” or “A million to one”?

Last week I took part in an English course, and the teacher was constantly saying a million to one (when he meant "an extremely small possibility"). Is this correct? Is it the same as one in a ...
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Umbrella term for travel 'ingredients': hotel, flight, car rental, …?

What's the catholic/encompassing/general term for these travel essentials? 'Travel items' is wrong; they refer to actual physical objects. 'Travel necessities' is also wrong; they technically aren't ...
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How should I word this? [on hold]

Please let me know which is the best way to word the second sentence: Please find for filing in the above reference matter our representation. Request for Hearing was file electronically today. ...
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How can I describe a low temperature that doesn't actually feel cold?

Last night, I walked home from my bus stop (in Belgium). Since it was around 11 PM, it was quite cold, probably only about 4-5 °C. However, it didn't actually feel cold at all, and I didn't feel ...
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Do we say “After 7th grade” or “After THE 7th grade”

I would like to ask if we say "After 7th grade" or "After THE 7th grade" Thank you
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What word could be used to describe a period of time that stays recent?

I have a button in an app that allows a user to enter a fixed period, i.e. they specify the start and end date and it always stays the same. I have another button that allows them to enter an ...
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Position of “here” in a sentence

Background In my thesis I have to write without 1st person. On the other hand I sometimes have to explain how I have chosen some parameters or how I have realized some implementation etc. (which in a ...
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word or phrase for a smell that sparks nebulous memories of times or places past

I sometimes catch a whiff of something that reminds me very strongly, but very vaguely, of a time in my past. Different whiffs for different times. It's not a single identifiable smell and a single ...
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What is the difference between a “vapor” and a “mist”?

What's the difference between "vapour" and "mist"? I ask because I was reading the Wikipedia article for Electronic Cigarettes and there is a lengthy and acrimonious discussion. I don't want to get ...
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Is there a name for a word where all the letters are in alphabetical order

After this question, is there a word for a word where all of its letters are in alphabetical order? Examples of such words: AEGILOPS BILLOWY ALMOST (If the word in question is also one of those ...
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Delayed relative clause

Consider the following phrase taken from a draft of my master's thesis: In this chapter, the fundamental physiological principles will be presented that underlie the mathematical models and ...
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Collective term for physical as opposed to virtual (digital) destinations

I am looking for a word or phrase that encapsulates the following collection of nouns in the sense that they are all physical, proper entities, and that you can go inside them: Words that apply to ...
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How to be correct? in the home or at home? [migrated]

is it possible to say in the home or we should always use at home? I am not sure whether I can use in the home.
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What is the best term in (global) copywriting: “sticky tape”, “tape”, “scotch tape” or “sellotape”?

Perhaps "sticky tape" is childish? Sellotape is British? It should be general and indicate the transparent, adhesive tape. Thanks for your input.
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Meaning of 'action' - 1884 UK

Source: p 115, The Law of Contract, 5 ed (2012), by O’Sullivan and Hilliard Lord Blackburn was even more troubled by the result [in Pinnel's Case (1602)], tantalisingly hinting that he had ...
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What is the difference between supposed to and meant to

It is because it was always meant to be so. It is because it was always supposed to be so. What is the difference between meant and supposed? There must be more but all I can deconstruct ...
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Is there such a thing as American English Vs British English when it comes to grammar [on hold]

Is there really a difference between American English and British English when it comes to grammar/syntax. I thought the difference only existed in pronunciation of words and preference of certain ...
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We may never know why we were born, and why certain people come into our life - lives

Is lives correct? I want to use life. We may never know why we were born, and why certain people come into our life - lives.
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Person who doesn't want to listen to others' personal feelings [on hold]

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to hear/listen others' personal feelings/information. If not, the equivalent word for a person who are stubborn in listening to others' ...
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“Twice” vs “two times”

I had a disagreement with someone over these two sentences. Is one of these two sentences incorrect? I had to replace the window two times. I had to replace the window twice. I would ...
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How do I respond politely to a salesperson? [on hold]

When a sales assistant asks "Can I help you?", can I respond with "No, thanks" ? Or are there more common ways of responding, instead of using "No, thanks" ?
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What does “She is tall for her age” mean?

I read the following sentence She is tall for her age. Now I'm greatly confused about its meaning. Does it mean "she would have as long age as she is tall" (perhaps showing prediction) Or ...
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What's the origin of the phrase “to be young and in love”?

What's the origin of the phrase "to be young and in love"? I speculate that it's a quote from something influential, but I can't find a source. Anyone know?
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what replaces the word “I” when starting a sentence [on hold]

I think your feelings were hurt when I walked out on our conversation.
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How do I list related phrases? [on hold]

I am listing evidence that a person had a certain background and I'm not sure how I should list it. Would it be this be the correct formatting/punctuation? Joe had a tragic life; his parents ...
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did you know …? [duplicate]

Should I use an interrogation mark in the following examples? Did you know that…? ...in Finland, there is only 1 mandatory test, PISA, taken when children are 16 ? ...in Brazil an ...
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Common way to express that my guess is right [on hold]

How do you say to express your guess is right? Example You guessed Yankees would beat Red socks, and actually Yankees won. How do you express that your guess was right?
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Word for “partially buried”?

Example: They sat on the lower part of the beach, [...] in the sand. The word buried would imply they are completely or almost completely beneath the sand. Is there a word to show they are just ...
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Word for to share thoughts about something

Looking for a word that you would use when you want to share thoughts about something. For example. Me and a friend watch the same movie then we get together and share thoughts about it. pretty sure ...
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“At your university” - does university take a capital letter?

In the following sentence: I would be humbled to partake in the tradition of excellence in Wizardry at your university. Does "university" (referring to an actual institution) take a capital ...
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bigger/larger number of mole(s)

I keep re-reading this sentence and it just sounds so wrong to me. I am not quite sure which part is wrong but I am sure that there is something wrong with it. Am I supposed to use the word bigger or ...
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Safe Deposit Box

I get really annoyed when I hear "Safety Deposit Box" - to me, the thing the box is deposited in is a Safe, not a Safety. Is my annoyance justified? Why do people say "Safety" when it's both harder to ...
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Historical probabilities that a person is referred to by his or her first or last name by friends

This is really an anthropology question, but since there's no SE anthro forum and I already am a member of this forum, I'll ask it here. What is the probability that a male is (I don't use "man" ...
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What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?

When I look up unforgettable in a thesaurus, I get words like enduring, remarkable, or exceptional. These all are positive; I just cannot forget such a wondrous thing! I, however, want a word that ...
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What does “There’s less to the deal than meets the eye,” mean?

There was the following passage in New Yorker’s (November 18) article that came under the title, ”Is China really going green?”: “But here was President Xi Jinping pledging that, by 2030, his ...
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Please advice grammer we should use during writting an essay [duplicate]

Shall we use present tense or past tense if we are writting essay on movie ? kindly advise
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Longest word with just one vowel [on hold]

What is the longest word with just one instance of one vowel?
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Person who doesn't share

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to communicate to share any of his/her secrets, life's stories or personal information? Need some words related to the above described ...

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