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The difference between Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous [migrated]

My question is: why do we not say : I've gardened all day, which would be correct if we have finished gardening but we say: I've been gardening all day? We seem to do the same with other action ...
3
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1answer
72 views

Does the idiom “in check” come from chess? [on hold]

I was recently arguing with a friend that the idiom "in check" comes from chess. With the meaning that keeping someone or something "in check" restrains its choices and limits its actions, this seems ...
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1answer
50 views

plural noun with plural noun

I'm not sure what is the best title for this question. For example, Which of the followings is grammatically correct? (1) people with high IQs or (2) people with a high IQ and why? if (2) is ...
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1answer
60 views

Could we please meet in my office tomorrow [on hold]

Is my answer correct to this question ? Could we please meet in my office tomorrow ? Yes, sure I will be at your office tomorrow afternoon.
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3answers
3k views

What is potass?

I'm reading The Four Feathers by A.E.W.Mason, it contains a reference to a beverage consumed by one of the characters:- It would have been strange, after all, he thought, if he had not been able ...
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59 views

meaning of “un-work” [on hold]

Does "un-work" imply "to be null and without action" in the following contexts? So art’s function within the context of urbanity is to facilitate, as Kwon puts it, a ‘critical unsiting’. In ...
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'Implied subject' independent sentences and commas

I've been reading Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, in which this rule is outlined: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. Examples: The early records of the city ...
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0answers
43 views

“You are being it” - why? [on hold]

In this video the person says "you are being it" Why did he use present progressive? It seems strange to me, as the verb be in that context does not have any telicity.
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2answers
59 views

What do you call the process of processing data before triggering an event? [on hold]

If I have a process below in an Event-Oriented System, Pub-Sub System, or etc: Receive Input -> Process Data -> Decide if to Trigger Event -> Trigger Event what word or process can I call ...
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2answers
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“Dial M for Murder” meaning

For me, the title of Alfred Hitchcock's film Dial M for Murder is ambiguous, it may mean either Dial M to order a murder (instead of a pizza) / for a murder to occur (similar to the previous, but ...
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0answers
78 views

we + noun vs us + noun

The phrase "us newly retired were taught" appeared in a letter to The (London) Times recently. A subsequent letter suggested this was an error (due to the writer having 'certainly allowed ...
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1answer
27 views

Possible context of “underpinning”

I wonder, if I might use the word: 'underpinning' in the context of technologies. Looking for examples, I usually only find it in the context of theories and arguments. Example: "MIMO is ...
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1answer
41 views

A date when a price is set by a company

How would you call a date when a company sets its price? I. e. a carmaker will set the price for its new model on a certain date. The context is a legal contract. In particular, does it sound right ...
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34 views

Written Official Letter Language [on hold]

"Request you to kindly update us the status of the same as well" Is this usage correct or not ? Please help. Sam
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3answers
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+50

“trade” for “business deal; transaction” in North American vernacular

Harrap's New Shorter English-French Dictionary, Ed. 1982, states, trade [...] 2. (b) NAm (i) transaction (commerciale); (ii) clientèle f (d'une maison); carriage trade, grosse clientèle. ...
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1answer
54 views

Capitalisation of uncle and aunt in phrases like 'your U/uncle Bill'

I came across this e card: and the capitalisation of "uncle" just somehow disturbed me. To the point where I googled the capitalisation of "aunt" and "uncle" and I found this GrammarBook article by ...
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0answers
25 views

Appropriate use of “to have a background in…” [on hold]

Is it reasonable to say that I have a background in information technology when I have worked as a programmer for over ten years, but have no university degree or formal training?
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37 views

What is another way of saying <I have changed my views> [on hold]

What is another way of saying "I have changed my views"
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1answer
46 views

“To be pound of something”: Correct meaning and usage

I came across an email mentioning : "We are pound to announce that .. (some good announcement)". Initially I thought it was a spelling mistake and they meant "proud" and not "pound". However, when I ...
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2answers
33 views

Are the following terms correct: “internal worker”, “external worker”?

I am searching for two opposing terms: How to call a person who is employed by a company? How to call a person who is not employed directly be a company, but cooperates with this company, for ...
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2answers
31 views

What's the meaning of “sharply diminished”? [on hold]

What's the meaning of "sharply diminished" in the following context? Why do reason, logic, and truth seem to play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions?
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1answer
42 views

for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [on hold]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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1answer
37 views

How common is the use of 'although' as a preposition rather than a conjunction?

Conceding a point can be expressed by means of – an adverb (however, nevertheless, etc); – a preposition + the point in noun form (despite this, in spite of this, despite the fact that, etc); ...
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1answer
39 views

'In' and 'among' of the title of a manuscript, which is appropriate?

I'm writing a manuscript for a medical journal, but I have trouble giving a title of it. The article looks into the effect (severe perineal injury) of episiotomy (a procedure done when delivering a ...
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11answers
2k views

One word for 'something that can be overlooked' [on hold]

I am looking for a single word for something that can be overlooked. Does a word like 'overlookable' exist? Google throws up only Urban Dictionary or Wiktionary suggestions which I suppose are not ...
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0answers
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difference between verb-adverb collocations and verb+adverb [on hold]

I have this question. How do you distinguish verb+adverb collocations from V and adverb, or V + adverbial phrase? please answer to my email.
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2answers
100 views

What should I call a person from New Zealand?

The question “They are Australian” vs “They are Australians” on English Language Learners made me think of what people from New Zealand should be called. With Australian people it's quite clear, you ...
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3answers
53 views

Is the “if only” construction correct in the following phrase?

"If only they had accepted that they make a mistake" Is it correct to say so? I don't understand why the tense is past perfect after "if only" in this sentence.
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34 views

When can i use on, in , at? [on hold]

everyone. what are their name? when can i use on,in,at in English? please help me. thanks a lot.
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2answers
25 views

What does “Of such” mean in this context?

I do not know what "of such" means in the following quotation: “Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival . . . a survival of a hugely remote period when . . . ...
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2answers
47 views

One Word : What do you call who chill / relax a lot? [on hold]

I need one word for people who chill / party / relax / play games / travel and just chill most of the time.
2
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2answers
102 views

What does “Take care sweets” mean?

A good friend wrote me an email and at the end she added Take care sweets. I guess it's something good, but not sure what is the exact meaning. I searched a little bit what does that mean and didn't ...
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2answers
80 views

What does “Retail politics” mean? Is it an established political term?

I come across the word, “retail (oriented) politics” in an article under the title, “All presidential politics is local” in Conway Daily Sun (December 23, 2015), which contained the following ...
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Which is more common for everyday use? [migrated]

An old man is sitting on the bench. Or There is an old man sitting on the bench.
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“'Please no entrance for ladies.'” vs … ladies'." [duplicate]

I did not have much luck searching for it on Google. I hope to find some wisdom here. Is it correct to position the period '(.)" OR (.)'" when quoting a sentence ending with quotation? "One ...
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2answers
37 views

Supercede or Supersede?

I work with thousands of part numbers. Some of the referenced items are now unavailable, and a replacement has been found. In communicating to my users, do I say "x supercedes to y" or "x ...
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7answers
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Non-sexual term for spread-eagle

This word is just not coming to mind. The closest I can think of are "arms and legs asunder" but that conjures up some pretty graphic and unintended imagery. Same with spread-eagle which is the first ...
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1answer
36 views

why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [on hold]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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3answers
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What is the name for those images with quotes in them?

Googling for picture quotes results in many images like this one: It's not about motivation, it can be any type, like this one: I believe there is a better word for this, but I can't remember ...
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2answers
64 views

Why is the word watch pronounced differently from words like patch, latch, match, catch, and batch?

Why doesn't watch rhyme with catch, batch, latch, patch, and match?
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0answers
17 views

Problem with numerals [duplicate]

Is it correct to turn the sentence "He'll be her sixth husband" into a question like this:Which successive/consecutive husband will he be? Best wishes, Boguslaw
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32 views

Can names be categorised under language? [on hold]

For my language course I decided to look at gendered names. One of the requirements is that the content must link to the language course. We have studied language and gender, but are names considered ...
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1answer
40 views

Yearning without Hope

I was reading Poe and thinking about his work. Then I thought his dark-romantic style seems like a huge yearning without any hope but I was not sure if this is possible. Does the word yearning contain ...
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3answers
166 views

Name for a groom, in relation to the best man

I'm the best man in a wedding, in a wedding with a groom. However this has lead to an odd conundrum. The groom can refer to me as his best man, however I am unsure of the term I can use for him. He ...
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3answers
76 views

The first person to land on the moon was Neil Armstrong. What type of sentence is this?

The subject and the object are changed around, so I think it is passive voice. If the sentence is correct, then is this correct: The engineer to fix the problem is Arnold.
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3answers
40 views

Should a colon be used to introduce a quote? [duplicate]

Doing some editing and came across a sentence in which a colon is used to introduce a quote. Is the colon justified in this case? SENTENCE ENDS: ...wearing a T-shirt that says: "When the going ...
12
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2answers
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Is “chaperon” versus “chaperone” a US versus British English thing?

I've noticed that "chaperone" can also be spelt "chaperon", without the "e" at the end. Is this a case of American English simplifying a British English word, or something else? The original French ...
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0answers
32 views

What do you think about this character flaw? [on hold]

What is the character trait of a person who wants money or material things before showing interest in another, but interest wanes when the rewards cease?
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1answer
40 views

What's the correct pronoun for “people like us”?

In the sentence "people like us never wash […] hands", should the pronoun be "our" or "their"?
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4answers
72 views

Proper use in singular: Life is better with a pet or a dog or pets?

I always though that proper sentence would be: Life is better with a pet. When you are referring to having only one pet and not generally mean what kind of pet. But all i find on google and even ...

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