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I _____ a work of fiction. (Fill in the blank.)

Where "work of fiction" means "fictional story" or "fictional narrative", not strictly "written work of fiction". Consider a work of fiction, x. I am looking for a single verb, y, such that: If x ...
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Line under a number [on hold]

What does it maen to have a line under a number example 100*5=500, the line would be under the number 5
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A word for evidence used to tell if someone has been in your room

I know there's an actual word for this. I used to know the word, but I've lost it. The word describes a category of methods that someone uses to detect if someone has been in a room, or opened a ...
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What would be an exact word to describe taking solace in other's misfortune, knowing one is not alone in facing it?

Schadenfreude implies deriving 'pleasure' in other's misfortune but what I am looking for is a word where one derives comfort that one's misfortune is faced by others as well. For instance, knowing at ...
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“Don't you know” in upper class-British?

I have been reading Jeeves and Wooster recently, and the latter character says "don't you know" a hell of a lot. Eg. "He's my manservant, don't you know?" "Tea is very good after a journey, don't you ...
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Self centred person [on hold]

Is a self centered person who always thinks about himself/herself only and doesnt cares about others feelings and emotions Or he/she is a person who is into himself/herself and doesnt contact or ...
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Difference between “one of the states” and “the one of states”

I have a question about the following: Texas is only one of the states that still have sizable wheat production. Texas is the only one of states that still has sizable wheat production. I want ...
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Did the modern British accent originate from a speech impediment?

I have heard a theory that the modern British pronunciation (as compared, for example, to American pronunciation) started when somebody in the monarchy had a speech impediment (perhaps rhotacism) and, ...
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Conveying the idea of “balancing conflicting interests”

I'm looking for a less wordy way (either single word, phrase or even a metaphor or word picture) to convey the idea of the tension you feel when you have to balance two conflicting interests. Any ...
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“Definitely how many” Usage

One of the question given in the text book starts with 'Definitely how many students are there?' Does this mean "the exact number of students" or 'The minimum number of students'? May be a silly ...
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“Table of Contents” vs. “Contents”

I'm a student and about to write my first scientific paper in English. I'm currently not sure how to name the "table of contents". The dictionary says that "Contents" is more popular, but I have seen ...
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28 views

How should I use “just as .. so ..” phrase [on hold]

I have not understood the usage of the phrase "just as .. so" yet. When should I use it ? What is it meant for ? Do the sentences have to be diferent in some way ? "Just as Roni wanted to see ...
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Usage of can vs may [duplicate]

It is said that can and may both are used as a sense of possibility. If that’s the case, then what is the difference between: It can be very dangerous to cycle at night. It may be very dangerous ...
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get backup or get backed up?

Which one is correct? Data gets backup to your computer. Data gets backed up to your computer.
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What's the origin of the “Dare to …” pattern for slogans?

There are many slogans stated as an imperative of the form "Dare to X", where "to X" is an infinitive phrase. This typically exhorts the listener to do X, without fear or hesitation. It may ...
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25 views

Correct preposition to follow “ineptitude”?

I wish to express John's inability to do a certain activity, e.g. cycling, by using "ineptitude" plus a preposition. Which preposition is most appropriate/accepted? "At" + gerund? "For" + gerund? ...
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What part of speech is “on” in the phrase “Bring it on home (to me)”?

If I had to guess I'd say it's an adverb, modifying the verb "bring," but it seems like it could also be interpreted as a preposition with "home" as the object. Both? Neither? Thanks for any help.
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One word for things which are different for different people, or exclusive to the person to which they belong?

What is an English words which describes that something is different for different people, or in other words, it's kind of exclusive to the person they belong to. For example I want to say that there ...
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Use “with” twice in a sentence

Is it correct to use "with" twice in this phrase? The ability of the people to acquaint themselves with and work together with ..." Or should I say: "The ability of the people to acquaint themselves ...
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Request for a scholarly reference for the correct usage of the English indefinite article (a/an). [duplicate]

This is NOT a request for a recommendation of a "best" book. I'm looking for a definitive authoritative source to address a specific question... I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who ...
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Verb Tense in an email response

When sending an email response, is it grammatically correct to say "I CHECKED your account, and I SEE/CAN SEE that..." or, should it be "SAW"?
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Please I want to know if this text is ok? Can somebody help me? [on hold]

"He is a tiny guy but can make a huge difference in my life. His art, his smile, his friendship, his very free way of live teaches me a lot. I am a big fan of you my dear brother. I hope see you very ...
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Bernie Taupin's “Voyeur” lyric

I cannot understand the meaning of the folowing excerpt from Bernie Taupin's lyrics to Elton Johns "Voyeur" (the bold lines): I’m looking, I’m looking back I’m trying to imagine this and that ...
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Etymology of 'clinical' in 'clinical professor'?

I searched for the meaning of 'clinical' and I could not find any association with academia. Why are non-tenure track jobs referred to as 'clinical'? What is the etymology?
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Does this open compound noun require a hyphen when used as an adjective?

A friend of mine works at a restaurant that sells tortilla soup; however, I think the soup tastes like hot dogs. There are thus three ways to write this: hot dog soup, hot-dog soup, hotdog soup. Only ...
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Word or phrase for “mechanism/ability to pause machine in a certain condition”

Air conditioner (or any cooling machine) has mechanism/ability to pause cooling a room for a while. If this ability doesn't exist, the room will get very cold and could freeze anything in the room. ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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Where can I find a list of words that contain one or more spaces, such as ice cream?

This post asked if ice cream was one word or two. John Lawler's comment seems logical and accurate to me: "Space: The Final Frontier. The answer to the question is "Yes". That is, some people ...
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“Hereinafter” usage question

If I use "hereinafter" in a formal document in order to announce I'm abbreviating something can I use the full version afterwards or do I have to stay with the abbreviated version from there on out? ...
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The best word to describe intelligence,wisdom and vision [on hold]

The best word to describe an extremely wise,intelligent person who has vision.
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32 views

Usage of the word 'have'

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? I will soon have a new secretary work for me on the weekends. I will soon have a new secretary working for me on the weekends. I will soon have a ...
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“Sponsoring” without implying funding

I am trying to replace the term "sponsored" in the following context, with a better term that does not imply receiving funds or support of any kind. Project X was sponsored by Company Y. Any ...
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Should “was” or “were” be used here?

I was reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and in chapter 5 (“Fallen Warrior”) I came across the following sentence: The suddenness and completeness of death was with them like a ...
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Usage of the word 'like' [on hold]

Is the follwing sentence grammatically correct? I do not like Tom drink alcohol everyday.
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51 views

How do I pronounce my surname?

I am not a native English Speaker, but I work with English speakers on a daily basis and they have always troubles pronouncing my surname, so they will often ask me to tell them how they can pronounce ...
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1answer
38 views

Which dictionaries have modern USA english pronunciation? [on hold]

I need a dictionary with the latest USA English pronunciation. Anything else (word definition and etc.) does not matter, I only need modern USA english pronunciation of the words. Which dictionaries ...
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What is the name of a word like “shite”?

Whilst watching the 3rd Test match between England and Australia, from Edgbaston, this week, the Barmy Army of England fans were singing as ever (the Australians are not terrace-singers in quite the ...
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How should I place “Indeed” in sentence

I would like to say sorry first for my bad english, and I hope you understand me . I have been improving my english recently and I thought about adding "indeed" into my essays , I have certainly ...
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1answer
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Prepositions usage: In vs For

There is a topic for a scientific paper in which I think the usage of the preposition "In" is incorrect; that is: Admissible Observation Operators in a Flexible Beam Technically, we can ...
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“That's a mercy!” - Is this some kind of repartee?

I came across the phrase "That's a mercy!" in a textbook dialogue. To put it in context I've reproduced the whole dialogue as below: Bobbie: You look like hell, dad. What's on? Sam: Nothing special. ...
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Is “cut and come again” understood outside Australia?

Although I haven't read the Australian children's book "The Magic Pudding", I'm familiar with the phrase "cut and come again" being used in it. Is the phrase understood outside of Australia?
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What does “the exposed nail” mean?

"I was the exposed nail in the meeting room." What does "the exposed nail" mean in the context?
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Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant?

Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant? A title which would make these designation sound professional and more respectable.
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Unrelated “because”

A student uses the following sentence: I love strong coffee, because the there are coffee plantations in Kenya. The reason (because X) is unrelated to the statement. Is there a term for this?
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Etymology of “horny”

What is the etymology of "horny"? It isn't related to rhino horn, because rhino horn isn't used as an aphrodisiac in traditional Chinese medicine. Wiktionary doesn't have any etymology info The ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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Opposite of reluctance?

What would be a suitable antonym of "reluctance" or "hesitance" that does not have the connotation of "rash judgment/action" or any negative connotation? Instead, I am looking for an antonym that ...
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What does “which I find convincing” refer to in this quotation?

I have two questions: What is "which I find convincing" referring to? to "pleasing analyses" or "the idea that we should not get too carried away with pleasing analyses"? What does "But at the end ...
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Should I use “will” or omit it in following sentence?

Now I'm pondering on the details of me fulfilling an elaborate plan,thinking that it works well. (In this sentence,would it make sense ...
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27 views

Is it acceptable to make a question by adding “or” at the end?

Example: "It is unacceptable for young ladies to put up their bare feet in public railway carriages, or?" I only ask because the germans do it all the time as in: "Ich habe dir schon einmal darum ...

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