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“Parallel With” versus “Parallel to.”

Are there rules for the use of "parallel with" and "parallel to"? I am interested in mapping, i.e., literal parallels, not the metaphorical usage.
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Word for “someone whom the law is enforced upon” [on hold]

I need a word for someone whom the law is enforced upon, any ideas? Example : Law needs to disregard the personal beliefs of the enforcers as well as the _____
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1answer
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Should I say “education resources” or “educational resources”?

In the following sentence: The stagnation in the educational process in middle east is quasi attributed to the deficit in the budget allotted to the education resources. Should it have been "......
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1answer
51 views

Significance of the term “London town”?

I have heard multiple instances of "London town" in Gwen Stefani's song Rich Girl, and in a commercial for the second Garfield movie (just a TV spot, not a trailer). I want to know what it means and ...
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More eloquent idiom/expression for the phrase “cut it at the roots/source to prevent the problem from growing/escalating ”

There's nothing particularly wrong with the phrase that's in the title except I figure there may be some better sounding alternative or something more pleasing to the ears. Example usage: We have to ...
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How do I find Oxford/Merriam Words by Year?

Is there a way to search for when a word become an official word? My guess is that words that have been around "forever" were part of early unabridged English dictionaries. For modern history though, ...
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Term for 'the thing as seen right now'

Is there an english word fitting the longer description 'the visible part of something as seen right now' or 'the thing as it can be understood as of this time'? The word 'Impression' seems to cover ...
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1answer
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How do you paragraph dialogue when multiple characters are acting?

So if I'm correct, you start a new paragraph in dialogue every time a new character is the one focused on. So if character A says something and then does an action that's all one paragraph, but if ...
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2answers
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What might be the name of the educational stages prior to the university?

What could one call the educational stages prior to university? I know that there are the primary, elementary and secondary levels of education. But is there a hypernym for just the aforementioned ...
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1answer
48 views

GOOD DAY in emails greeting [on hold]

Is the use of GOOD DAY in emails is restricted to greeting in the morning or can be use all day long?
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Is there a more precise phrase for “can and should?”

The idea that one is able and obligated to act is often conveyed through the phrase, "can and should." Is there a way to convey the same idea through a single word or is there a stronger way to ...
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2answers
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“s” + Apostrophe

Our editorial office is more talented than The New York Times'. In this sentence why is it Times' and not Times's?
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Is there a similar root for basting? [on hold]

Basting a turkey vs. a basting stitch in sewing. Is there a similar root, or so they just happen to end up sounding the same?
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1answer
42 views

Word for turning a situation around on someone

Let me describe the situation: My wife has been having issues with a certain employee at work...long story short, this other employee now goes out of her way to try and exclude/snub/cold shoulder my ...
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1answer
49 views

Is chicken coop acceptable in written journalism [on hold]

Can we use chicken coop in a research, or there is a better word for that? The context is a refugee blaming the government for leaving her family in tents for so long. She says to the researcher that ...
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“in patients” vs “among patients”

I was wondering what the correct form is, or if both of these forms are correct: The IBM is the most common disease of skeletal muscle in patients over 50 years old. The IBM is the most ...
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5answers
98 views

A word that means “it only works if everyone does it”.

For example, fiat money or Facebook. Fiat money only works because the whole community accepts it. Also, Facebook only has value because all your friends are on it. I can't seem to think or find a ...
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2answers
99 views

What do we call a person who does shoe polishing

In many countries, there are people in the streets who do shoe polishing on the go. Please refer to the attached image. What is the word for such a person?
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2answers
48 views

What's an idiom for missing the obvious?

A friend posted a photo of her daughters examining something tiny in the road. Up ahead of them is an enormous chasm where the road has been destroyed and washed out. They're absorbed in something ...
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1answer
73 views

Term for “the class of landlords”

I have heard in several spoken discussions a term (which sounds kind of French and is maybe related to the English verb "rent") for the class of landlords - people who live off renting out properties ...
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1answer
38 views

Figurative usage of “salvific”

Note that English is not my mother-tongue. Would a native speaker understand that the following sentence is trying to convey that the protagonist is relieved by the fact that he'd been able to set ...
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1answer
41 views

“Getting sealants are…” vs “Getting sealants is…” [on hold]

Which one is correct: Getting sealants is as easy as brushing your teeth. or Getting sealants are as easy as brushing your teeth.
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3answers
1k views

Does the nth century contain the (100n)th year? [on hold]

I am given to understand that 2016 AD is a part of the 21st Century. Is it the case that 2100 AD is a part of the 21st century too? Or is it a part of the 22nd century?
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0answers
28 views

what is the use of these words; would, should, could? [on hold]

I want to know the usage following; Would Should Could please answer me
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1answer
29 views

Need word for a pathway or trail formed by frequent use by people, not through landscape or town planning [duplicate]

The paved pathway across the grassy knoll became unused in favor of a .... [NEED WORD FOR TRAIL FORMED BY FREQUENT USE AS A SHORTCUT].
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1answer
32 views

What is the word for offering feedback in an earnest tone that is actually meant to derail?

There is a word for "earnestly" questions and giving suggestions with a hidden agenda to derail and distract from the main argument being made. I've seen it used on twitter before. I think it ...
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1answer
740 views

What do we call a rainwater pond? [on hold]

What do we call a small pond of rainwater that usually appears on the street after rainfall? Can we call them a pond?
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“If found then please let me know, so that i can raise this issue to security” [on hold]

"If found then please let me know, so that i can raise this issue to security" Please tell me the grammatical errors in this sentence.
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1answer
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Not pronouncing the end of a possessive construction [duplicate]

Everyone knows the rule (not universally followed) that when a word ends with the letter S, we just add an apostrophe right after the word, instead of adding an apostrophe and an S after it. So, ...
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1answer
36 views

Is there a semantic difference in two repeated sentences quoted from a book?

This is a quote from "Clean Code"--a quite renowned book by Robert C. Martin: The Total Cost of Owning a Mess If you have been a programmer for more than two or three years, you have probably ...
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0answers
38 views

Common word for level and area

Suppose that a building is divided in levels (floors) which are further divided in areas. How would you them both with one word? (preferably in Australian English) Best word I could think of so far ...
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2answers
39 views

Term for when someone falsely accuses you of doing to them what they are actually doing to you

Is there a term for when someone falsely accuses you of doing to them what they are in actuality doing to you? When I was a child, my younger brother would punch me and then would tell my mom I ...
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1answer
21 views

To Step Back and synonyms

What is the word for something/somebody very popular giving its/his/her place/popularity to something/somebody new and more popular? For instance, In 1990s CDs were the most popular source of music ...
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2answers
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The judge decided to allow broadcast of the trial

The title is a usage example from Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionary... broadcast [noun, noncount] the act of sending out radio or television signals : the act of broadcasting something My ...
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1answer
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Origin of “run” in “run short/out of /low” on something

Where does the usage of "run" come from in expressions in which you are saying that something is finishing like: run short of or run low on something? I checked the etymology online dictionary ...
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Mark the letter A, B, C, D to indicate the correct answer [on hold]

Which one do you want? - I don't want_______ A. both B.neither C.either D.each She arrived___a helicopter A. on B.in C.with D.by They prefer to go____their car than____the train. A. by-on B. in-on C....
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29 views

article usage with singular nouns [migrated]

Do I have to use a/an articles before singular nouns, always or can I eliminate them? Is this true? I saw dog yesterday.
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0answers
23 views

Usage of the word then [on hold]

Based on what you have said, I would then prefer to use my own notes and syllabus. I would like to understand the usage of the word then in this sentence. Thanks.
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1answer
45 views

Take your hands out “of / from” your pockets

Which is proper: Take your hands out of your pockets. Take your hands out from your pockets. Is there any difference in American English and British English? P.S. Also reading the ...
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34 views

How to address a couple when husband's name is not known? [on hold]

How to invite a couple when husband's name in unknown? Would Mrs. & Mr. (her first name) be appropriate?
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Is there any difference between the meanings of “phonetic translation”, “phonetic transcription”, and “transliteration”? [on hold]

I was asked to provide phonetic translation for legal name (as original characters are none-Latin characters), does it mean I must make transliteration (or phonetic transcription)?
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How do we get pronunciation Yoost to?

In this thread How does the phrase "used to" work, grammatically? the construct "used to" is discussed but there is no mention of its pronunciation. Here (Canada) the "used" in this phrase ...
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2answers
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A strange meaning of the word “handle”. Can it mean “a leader”?

I encountered an occurrence of the word "handle", which is strange to me, in an article, here is an excerpt: The cow, revered by Indian upper caste Hindus as a Mata (mother), has been used to spur ...
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0answers
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Which preposition to use with “averse” and “abounds”? [on hold]

I have a test tomorrow, and while preparing, I came across these sentences: He is averse ____ study. The Satluj abounds _____ fish. [The Satluj is a river]. Always get _____ sunrise. Only a ...
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1answer
88 views

What is a woman with no unwanted hair (or unwanted hair removed) called? [on hold]

Women used to be very conscious about their looks. They used to remove unwanted hair in order to look good. What is a woman with no unwanted hair (or unwanted hair removed) called? Is there a single-...
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1answer
35 views

What is the name of this construction “something-o-something”?

In the phrase "franco-prussian", what is the name of this construction using the contraction "something-o-something"?
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1answer
55 views

Is there a word for “ someone who hates people from their own country”? [duplicate]

A xenophobe is someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from other countries. My question is: is there a word for someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from their own country? I ...
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0answers
24 views

Are there rules that can be followed with plural or is it meant to be this way?

In my quest to learn something new, I started with simple ones where I come across this poem "Why English is hard to learn": We'll begin with box, the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox ...
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1answer
36 views

Why “It is raining?” instead of “Rain is coming”? [on hold]

People will normally say, "It's raining". Why can't it be, "Rain is coming?"
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1answer
37 views

writing decimal numbers as ordinal?

How to write 0.1 (ordinal) percentile? E.g. for 1 it would be "first percentile". Would it be "0.1st percentile"?

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