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Figurative language uses in these sentences

For a homework assignment, I have to analyze 7 sentences/phrases from Friar Laurence's speech in Romeo and Juliet (2.3). I'm pretty sure I have some of them right, however, I'm confused with others. ...
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Using the word “foible”, and its interpretation

There are situations when I get in doubt about the usage of a word, even after having used it for long and on a regular basis. One of those words is "foible". I thought it to be related to character ...
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Writing the introduction, I want to know if using phrases like “in my opinion” are stylish or not

I want to know if using phrases like "personally speaking" or phrases like that contributes to good style. Do good writers use such expressions? Am I better off simply stating my thesis without using ...
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How to point out the year 2000?

1970s - The seventies; 1980s - The eighties; 1990s - The nineties. What do you call year 2000 and 2010? If someone who is older says a joke that was funny in eighties. I mostly hear right after: ...
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“Sonata of…” or “The sonata of…”?

For example, what's more grammatically correct (or at least common practice) "Sonata of Awakening" or "The Sonata of Awakening"?
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Variations in meaning between “Last week” vs. “The last week” vs “The last n weeks”?

Similarly between "Last month" and "The last month". Last week implies, at some point during the previous week. Not inclusive of the current week. What exactly does the last week mean? Is that ...
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The term “No problems” meaning?

For example you send an email to an acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby, could email it soon. ...
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What lexical relationship lies between the days of the week?

I'm confused, What is the lexical relationship between "Monday" and "Tuesday"? I mean is the relationship hyponymy, prototypes, polysemy, homophones, metonymy etc?
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The pose of a model

Is there a term for the pose when a woman covers her breasts with her hands (like for a photoshoot or movie)?
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Someone who doesn't learn from the mistakes he made

Is there a word or phrase that neans someone who doesn't learn from his mistakes or makes the same mistakes again?
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How do you address people at the beginning of a conversation?

I will have a visa interview (for the US) in a few days and I would like to know how I address people in a conversation. Especially, I would like to know the differences between the following: Sir ...
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Why is “poignant” pronounced /ˈpɔɪɲənt/?

I felt a little bit strange when I heard poignant pronounced as /ˈpɔɪɲənt/. It is also pronounced as /ˈpɔɪgnənt/, but the former seems to be more popular. A word stagnant has similar spelling, but ...
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What does “as good as any out there” mean?

I don't how to interpret the following sentence: "Her research seems about as good as any out there." What does that mean? Is 'her research' just average, better than average or the best ever ...
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use of 'rager' in the following sentence [on hold]

Dose 'rager' use to describe great and interesting parties? like: -I'm gonna go to Mike's party tonight. -Yeah, I heard it's gonna be a rager.
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A question for native english speakers [on hold]

Do you think that this sample text is written in a way that a native English speaker would? What I mean to say is, will this text pass the grammar and style standards of those who have a strong ...
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1answer
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To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
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2answers
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Question beginning a sentence [duplicate]

If I were to write a sentence beginning with a question, where would the question mark go? It does not seem right at the end of the sentence. For example: Was there something changed recently ...
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“Before” vs. “ahead of” vs. “in front of” vs. “in the front of”

What are the differences between before, ahead of, in front of, and in the front of? In which situations should I use which?
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Is there another way of saying “opener” as in the one who does the opening prayer in a devotion?

Another term for saying "Opener" in a Christian devotion.
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Condition interpretation - Mathematics

Condition is read as below:- Where juniors who have completed their qualifying or eligibility service are being considered for promotion, their seniors would also be considered provided they are not ...
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“Older version of me” vs. “older version of myself”

I wrote: "...," said an older version of me. But a native speaker of English — which I am not — replaced the me with myself. Can someone tell me which one is correct and why?
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A more formal alternative for “go with” in the context of food or literature

... or the literature on food. I need a verb for associating things that go particularly well together. Possibly with a wine or French lineage. It is not pairing. Other ideas thrown out are go with ...
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Jargon meaning: Cover

I am not too sure about the meaning of the third step in this list: web 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a ...
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28 views

What is the best word or phrase to use, that describes comments provided by a guide?

What is the word that can be used to describe commentary given by a guide during a tour? For example riding on guided tour of a city where guide tells you about different objects of interests. ...
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How to: Ask an exclusive or question

Not long ago I finished a project for a school assignment. After the assignment was done I left the office of this particular teacher. Just before I wanted to exit through the door I turned around and ...
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What is it called when something is unimportant for several years, and then it becomes important?

I've been writing a paper about a math concept (called "permanent") that, upon its discovery, nobody really cared about it because it has very few useful properties. It was until several years later ...
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I have a question regarding the proper usage of the word “nor” [duplicate]

Is "...not legal advice, nor is it intended to be" the proper usage of "nor" in the prior partial statement?
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Travel by my car or travel with my car?

What is the correct form of this question ? I travel by my car Vs I travel with my car ? Is it correct to say I drive to office in my car ?
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One word for “putting it together”

I am starting a blog focused on software development and trying to come up with some catchy name for it. The theme of the blog should be "putting things together", or to "connect all dots of complex ...
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114 views

Prose Equivalent to Poetic

Is there a single word equivalent to poetic for prose? So instead of having a poetic license you would have a "prosetic" license??
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Did the author of the Hunger Games make a mistake here?

I am reading the Hunger Games and it is written in the first person. However I came across this sentence: “I dismissed myself,” I said. I remember how I promised Prim that I really would try to ...
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“Their windows slot the ebony of their walls with lemon.” What's the meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of the italicized sentence in this paragraph? From basement to sky rise the tenements of an alien colony. Their windows slot the ebony of their walls with lemon. Behind those ...
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A “scuffle” versus a “fight to the death”?

I want to describe an event where an intense fight broke out: "It was not so much a scuffle, as a fight to the death." Did I word this sentence correctly?
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People not admitting when things are going bad

Is there a word for someone who does not want to admit that things are going bad? E.g. when a person does not want to admit that a specific project at work isn't going as planned -- not because ...
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Is it accurate/correct/proper to call an abusive dictator a megalomaniac?

The definition of megalomania indicates that it is the delusion of power, wealth, greatness, importance, etc. So when talking about malicious dictators, especially those known for mass murder of ...
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Alternative to 'apart from the purpose to' [migrated]

Consider you want to contrast another purpose of your work with one you just mentioned. You could write for example: Apart from the purpose to validate ..., we also hope that ... . What are ...
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Ataraxis or/and ataraxia, a quandary. A question over their existence and usage?

The Oxford dictionary has ataraxia (ataraxy) as a valid word but not ataraxis. however, I've seen and heard the ataraxis being used once in while. But it happens that the guys at Oxford do not ...
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I thought…WAS vs. I thought …IS? [duplicate]

I read this phrase: "I thought your essay about Internet WAS very accurate" I wonder why the past tense is used in here! Doesn't it have to be: "I thought your essay about Internet IS very accurate"? ...
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meaning of the expression “wet flannel”

I would like to know what is the meaning of the expression "wet flannel" referred to a person or personality trait. I have seen it mentioned here: ...
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Is there an old, rarely used word which means “an archaic word”?

I seem to recall from my youth, when my vocabulary was many times what it is today, learning a word (started with an 'a' I think) whose meaning was "an old, unused, or archaic word" or something ...
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Double possessive [duplicate]

If there is a restaurant called Johnny's, how would you turn that into a possessive? For example if I want to ask about the pasta at Johnny's, would I say "How is Johnny's's pasta" "How is Johnny's ...
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The honest human heart or The honest human's heart?

Which form is correct? "This is how the honest human heart look" or "This is how the honest human's heart look", and why?
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Collective term for data sizes (bytes, kilobytes, megabytes etc.)

As you will probably work out from my profile, I'm a software developer. This is sort of a software development question, but I think this is more suited to English language too. Feel free to migrate ...
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Was vs had been

I guess this question has been asked before, but please take a look the following sentence and tell me if there is a difference between them. When the transaction had been completed, A was still a ...
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“Graduation must be” vs “Graduation is must” [on hold]

What is the exact meaning of those sentences. "Graduation must be" "Graduation is must" I am a little bit confused. Do those have same answer? I am confused when must is used in end of a ...
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Transcribe a song

I'm transcribing this song and it looks like I'm unable to complete it because of a couple of lines. Hope you will help me. Here is what is done at this moment: I'm not mad like you, Just look ...
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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learnt their meanings, ...
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custom cutting lumber or custom cut lumber or custom lumber cutting

I know custom picking strawberry, to a certain extent, as I think ,is right. I have confirmed it in google. But here comes the problem: when I try to apply the same structure to "customers can cut the ...
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Single word for shopping after comparing price and features across multiple shops and product types

I'm looking for a phrase or a single word that denotes the act of buying an item after analyzing the price and features of different products across several shops. The closest I could get to was ...
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Where does the second “l” come from in “till”? [duplicate]

I've always wondered this: surely an abbreviation of until should abbreviate the word, without subsequently needing to double the last letter? Are there any reasons for this?

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