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What are fanners?

In the Rudyard Kipling poem The Bee-Boy's Song there is a section that goes: Tell 'em coming in an' out, Where the Fanners fan, What are these fanners that the bees are so curious to know ...
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Someone that can work on all OSs

In my CV, I have a line that says: OSs: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux Is there a word (that a human could understand) that laconically says that I am able to work on all OSs? Example: George ...
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Use of 'that' and 'where' in the same sentence

Can I use 'that' and 'where' in the same sentence? Like below example: "We follow the model defined in ..., where ...." or "We follow the model that was defined in ..., where ...."
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Abounding, abound, in abundance

I have a sentence where I need to express a few ideas, and I'm not sure about the correct choice of the vocabulary and if the use of insert clause here sounds acceptable enough.Here is the sentence: ...
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1answer
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Is that sentence correct?

"How wouldn't you know what was going on?", is that correct? Or would you rather write "How wouldn't you know what is going on?" Is that a correct application of the subjunctive mood in the first ...
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1answer
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Synonym for 'first class' as in 'first gathering of a course'

I'm looking for the most colloquial synonym for the term 'first class', in the meaning of 'first gathering of a course'. My reason for looking for an alternative is that 'first class' is too easily ...
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1answer
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Sunscreen vs sunblock

These two words have very similar definitions on Google. One protects against UVA and one protects against UVB rays. The question is, at what times should I use one word, and the other? Or can they be ...
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Meaning of a Jean Paul Sartre's saying

Could you please what does Sartre mean when he says that:"freedom alone can account for a person in his totality."? And what does "account" mean in this sentence?
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What is the meaning of this line “Dude the guy is going places!!”

I didn't properly understand what that line mean...
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When did “two and thirty” construction fall out of common usage? [duplicate]

In "The Red-Headed League", one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, a character named Jabez Wilson remarks, "It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it cost them two and thirty ...
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How do I show that a singular word is louder than any other in a sentence when writing it?

I know that when a word is capitalized it expresses yelling. What about text showing someone is talking and emphasizing a particular word, but he clearly isn't yelling the word out? How is a "non-...
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What is the difference between “doing something” and “on doing something”?

I don't understand the difference between "doing something" and "on doing something". I am going to make up a few examples. (1) On cleaning up my bedroom, I found my valuable watch. (2) Cleaning up ...
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What does “be out in” mean?

There's a song "Winter" by The Rolling Stones, and there's a line "And I wish I been out in California". What does it mean - he wants to be in California or he's sad about that he's in California?
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english grammer [on hold]

Please tell me the NOUN VERB ADJECTIVE ADVERB of the following words. (1)appear (2)incarnation (3) promote (4) sterility (5) instruct (6) instruct (7) exhaustion (8) memory (9)...
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What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone [on hold]

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
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Given, particular, specific, any

I'm not sure which of the words from the title would be the best choice to indicate that I'm referring to a random consequence in general, in the context of the following sentence: Most often, a ...
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'Predator' is to 'Predatory' as 'Prey' is to…?

I'm trying to find a word like 'predatory' that refers to prey instead. Looking through some physical books gave some information about the root word 'praedor', for which I found this Wikitionary ...
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The Synonym for Customer Satisfaction

Is there any word or phrase to convey the meaning of overall thought of consumers/customers about a product/company such as customer satisfaction?
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“in processing customer orders” or “in the processing of customer orders”?

Most of the time I see people use a gerund this way: The storm caused delays in processing customer orders. However, sometimes I see something like this too: The storm caused delays in the ...
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Context in the use of 'neither'

I saw this in one of my newsletters: Neither Barack Obama's nor Hillary Clinton's top adviser is Iranian: they're both American citizens by birth. Is that part that says, 'top adviser is Iranian' ...
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Have no sense / make no sense [on hold]

everyone! Please, answer which one is more common and what is the difference between them. This sentence has no sense or this sentence makes no sense. I would like to say that a particular sentence is ...
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1answer
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What is the term used to describe the space under a roof that joins two buildings?

Sometimes architects will take two tall (say 8-10 storey) buildings that happen to be near each other, and build a glass roof between them. Down on ground, the area which originally would have been a ...
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1answer
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Comma after also at the beginning of a sentence

I just can't figure it out; some writers use it others don't. For instance,in this para from an article: "On a domestic scale, people whispered about their neighbours, families split along north-...
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28 views

Devastated - verb or adjective

He was devastated when he learnt that his best friend was migrating. I would like to find out if devastated in this use case is a verb or an adjective.
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28 views

Replacement word/words for “safety”

I'm looking to find a more accurate word/term for "safety" in the context of sharing ideas, without fear of rebuttal in environments that acknowledge its ok if you have a question Which at times will ...
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0answers
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Meaning of “I don't love her because she is beautiful.” [migrated]

I don't love her because she is beautiful. This sentence is in my grammar book. It means I love her not because she is beautiful. I am confused!
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28 views

“If done correctly, …”

Could you please tell me what does "if done correctly" mean in this sentence? If done correctly, all existentialism is applied existentialism.
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Trained at vs trained to?

The following is a quote from Dragonsbane, by Barbara Hambly, chapter 1. “John would never have gone after the dragon, Gareth, had he not been forced to it. But as Thane of Alyn Hold, as Lord of Wyr, ...
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1answer
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Pre-booking vs booking?

I came across this work in my work, I am not sure which one to use for a screen menu in our application, "pre-booking" or "booking". This menu will allow users to book their work schedule in advance. ...
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Etymology of the “nick” used in “nickname”?

I've enjoyed your material on the etymology of the word "nick" meaning: A) just in time = in the nick of time (from notches nicked into wood or also to denote good timing) B) in good ...
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which is correct? to, at or in for sending goods to a city

The product is supposed to be delivered to London. or delivered in London or delivered at London.
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23 views

Is this sentence correct

It uses not only... but also. Alex was not only hungry, but he was also very talkative. Shouldn't it be Alex was not only hungry, but also very talkative. To keep up with parallelism?
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Is this sentence correct “I'll do whatever depend on me”?

don't I need to use the ending "s" after word depend? Don't I? I don't have this question almost in any cases but now I am confused because I've already used Future Simple before the word "whatever". ...
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37 views

What is the man saying? [on hold]

What is the man saying when he says: What are you doing after work. You need to get out and have a beer.
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Can I use 'the' before the name of my college?

Should I say: "I am doing my graduation in the Dexter College" or "I am doing my graduation in Dexter College".
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Rephrasing the sentence pertaining to past and past perfect tense

Let's consider this sentence: The car sprang up into action after it had broken down since the last year. If I want to rephrase this sentence to make it more concise, should I write: The car ...
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Vancouver in-text citation + footnotes

There seem to be several acceptable versions of Vancouver-style in-text citations. Originally I was using just the simple superscript number in brackets but then realized that I needed to make ...
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which pronoun is used for “ everyone ”?

Everyone in the class raised one's hand. Everyone in the class raised their hands. Everyone in the class raised his hands. ( which is correct)
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45 views

Meaning of the phrase “keep the blues at bay”? [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "keep the blues at bay" ant what is the right context or situation for it? Please explain.
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1answer
47 views

'police' and 'police officers' in American English

I'm wondering whether 'police' and 'police officers' are interchangeable in the following in American English: Twelve police officers / police were killed in the shoot-out. More than 20 police ...
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1answer
23 views

Is there a word/phrase for when something makes you uncomfortably self-aware?

Is there a word or phrase for when something makes you think about an aspect of yourself that you would rather not think about or something you're guilty of and makes you feel very uncomfortable/...
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3answers
461 views

Term for a humorously hypocritical last sentence at the end of a lecture

At the end of a long lecture on proper behaviour by Pokémon Go players, there's a request to let the Shrine Priest know about any rare Pokémon, indicating that they're playing the game as well. Is ...
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3answers
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How to say that foods with too strong taste can kill the flavor of the wine?

Recently I had a dinner with my friends and I wanted to say that, "The food's taste is so strong that it kills the flavor of the wine." Are there expressions with the similar meaning but also with ...
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2answers
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A synonym for 'stay' that starts with 'f'?

What word starts with an 'f' and is a synonym for stay, remain, 'opposite of move'?
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28 views

Word similar to relief, on the tip of my tongue

I'm trying to think of a word that would be used to describe the only relief out of a bad scenario, kind of like the silver lining, of the only redeeming quality of a ln unfortunate event. Example: ...
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poor sentence example to fix [on hold]

Initial contact person for students and visitors to the Campus both in person and over telephone, greets callers, provide as much accurate infprmation pertaining to their need and if necessary forward ...
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3answers
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Use of 'or' to indicate the consequence of an action

I have recently come across this (to me) strange usage of 'or': Given an option to do some action X with a consequence Y Do I want to do X or do I want to risk Y? Specifically, this appears in ...
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2answers
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Oversight or the oversight

Totally confused on the need for an article in front of "oversight". Google gives examples of all the different variations. Would appreciate help choosing the right one from the below. A. Operated ...
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1answer
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Sentence Meaning [on hold]

What is the meaning of the sentence ? Even as a young man, Bob had some bias against poor people, but during his years in social services, his bad opinions ossified into unshiftable views.
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Words that are both Anagrams and Synonyms

So my father and I were talking, and I commented that it is supremely satisfying that the words it's and 'tis are synonyms that have the exact same distribution of characters (they are anagrams). He ...

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