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multiplicands:factors::addends:______?

When two multiplicands are multiplied, we get a product. But when we factorize the product, we split it into factors. Similarly, when we add two addends, we get a sum. What do we call the resulting ...
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Is there a specific word for pen maker?

I have searched but all I can find is "pen maker" for someone who makes pens. Is there an alternative like "cobbler" for someone who makes shoes?
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What does “Towards Reference” phrase mean?

I wrote a conference paper about technical requirements of mesh networks in smart grids. Originally I named it "Engineering Requirements for Mesh Networks in Smart Grids", but a reviewer changed its ...
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A word for the feeling that only last a few moments

I'm searching for a word if you guys can help me find it.. It is the moment when for ex: you are just about to jump out of an airplane (with parachute x) ) or when the song hits THAT great note.. Or ...
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Pronunciation of Fete as in Village Fete

I don't know how this site appeared in my pc, but I was using an old pc. Maybe my Greek Lady companion logged on at one time. She is multilingual whereas I am a Monoglot ( English only, with a ...
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In what sort of rhyme do matching consonants precede last stressed vowels?

Is there a term for the sort of rhyme or near-rhyme that subsists between such words as deformed and reformed? For these seem to me less truly to rhyme than, say, vision and decision. In the latter ...
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because I am funny, not good-looking

a. He likes me because I am funny, not good-looking. b. He likes me because I am funny, not because I am good-looking. In which case am I good-looking? In which case is it possible that I am ...
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Interrupted quotations in BE and comma placement

In BE, have I punctuated correctly the two bulleted sentences below? "That", he said, "is a lie." Comma goes outside the introductory quote above because the original sentence is: That is a lie, ...
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For what you have stood up for

Work your ass off for what you have stood up! or Work your ass off for what you have stood up for!
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What is the meaning of “wrapper girl”?

I've heard this expression many a time — "I am your wrapper girl." But I couldn't get it.
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Please correct below [on hold]

Which is correct: 1- My main concern is these clauses 2- My main concern are these clauses 3- My main concerns are these clauses
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Can “most of which” be used in the beginning of a sentence?

Just out of curiosity I would like to ask. By searching through the web I could not find an answer yet. Can "most of which" be used in the beginning of a sentence? Here is an example of a sentence ...
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Does the word “can” imply more than one option?

There are thee categories: A, B, and C. There are also types: 1, 2, and 3. Type 1 typically falls under B, but not explicitly, given that at least one object of type 1 falls under A (because the ...
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Idiom or phrase meaning

I can not find the meaning of this phrase: perished of fits. What does it mean? It is an idiom? Thanks for help and understanding.
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What's the origin of the “memory lane”?

Where does this meme come from (as in a trip down memory lane) ? Is it from a book ?
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Is there a word for a person who loves to build his vocabulary?

What is the English word for a person who loves building his vocabulary?
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Proper us of ('s) and (s') [on hold]

Is this a proper way to use 's and s': "My friend's dog" "My parents' house"
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expressions using body parts

'Hands' of a clock, 'Arms' of a chair, 'Nose' of a plane, 'Mouth' of a river. In these expressions human body parts are used.What are such expressions called?
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for the greater good [on hold]

In a sentence: "We arrive after a fraught journey, which I undertake begrudgingly, for the greater good, since I am clearly not the maddest person in the bus," what does "for the greater good" mean in ...
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Evaluative vs. Normative

What is the difference between the words "evaluative" and "normative"? The former means, according to the OED, "of, pertaining to, or tending to evaluation; appraisive, estimative." How is this ...
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Where to put “either”

I'm writing a short story for my own when I came across this dilemma: "And the question was immediate to a point of self-acknowledgement of either one’s inability to formulate abstraction into ...
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“My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”

My father's hands → modified by a possessive noun The hands of my father → modified by a preposition When is "my father's hands" preferable over "the hands of my father", and vice versa?
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(allegedly) ungrammatical preposition stranding

Certain types of preposition-stranding are considered by some linguists to be "ungrammatical" in English, even though they do not seem remotely strange to me (an English speaker). I'm not talking ...
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Synonym for “dream life”?

I have been unable to find a good word (or 2-word phrase) to convey the idea of "dream life", by which I mean "the possible future state of my life in which I experience even more fulfillment, health, ...
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What would the preposition mean in: 'Woe is [whatever preposition] me'?

Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman supports 'Woe is preposition me' : How did “woe is me” come to be accepted? Did it evolve from “woe is to me”? ...Of course the woeful expression ...
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Why are curses not offensive if you mask all but the first letter with symbols?

Nudity and foul language is often blurred in the media. I can understand the need to blur nudity, but when it comes to blurring F-words I don't see the sense of it. When you write F- off, you simply ...
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Why should a copula link two noun phrases of the same case?

http://english.stackexchange.com/a/30392/50720 motivated this question: To quote from the clear explanation: The rule for what [Fowler] and others consider technically right is ... that ...
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What does “to give a buck about” mean?

What does the expression to give a buck about mean? I could not find the definition of that expression in my dictionaries. I think it shows a lack of interest about something. Am I wrong?
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Why the correct answer is Choice(A), not (C)

The___of companies that now take orders over their Web sites us remarkable. A. Diversify B. Diverse C. Diversity D. Diversion
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Why use “functional”? [on hold]

We need to have a spare copier since the only one that is__(functional)___is on its last leg. A. Functioned B. Functions C. Functional D. Function
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Not a duplicate - Different question altogether regarding comma placement inside/outside of quote marks in BE

From proofeditright.com: The exception to this rule is in UK English where the comma and full stop/period go inside for a complete quoted sentence; otherwise, they are placed outside (to show they ...
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Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)?

Is it acceptable to use a single hyphen as a dash (as the BBC does)? Example from BBC News: Venezuela - a major oil producer - has been heavily affected by the fall in oil prices on ...
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It is to the feminine as the hug of a bear is to the scratch of--well;--anything with claws

"A man's sense of humor is a barbarous and a cruel thing, Miss Innes," he admitted. "It is to the feminine as the hug of a bear is to the scratch of--well;--anything with claws. Is that you, Thomas? ...
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Why did he say “Abe is to blame for Yukawa's death.”?

I am reading this news http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/24/world/isis-japan-hostages/index.html Played over Saturday's picture, the voice of a person claiming to be Goto says in English that Abe is ...
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What is the meaning of the term brevity? Read on please [on hold]

I sent a short email to someone. They responded "Hi, Thanks for the note. Sorry for brevity. I'm in transit from ****** to home." Does the term brevity mean short or brief? In other words sorry for ...
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Use of “don't mention it” for “you're welcome”?

In which American regions is "don't mention it" used for "you're welcome"?
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Struck vs Stricken

Is struck or stricken correct in these sentences? The house was stricken / struck by lightning. The house had been stricken / struck by lightning. He was stricken / struck by grief, cancer, etc. ...
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Could you help me with this [on hold]

They will be pleased to know that you have spent your time learning about their culture. Is it correct?
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1answer
26 views

What does “We're taking one for the team” mean?

I was looking at the Send Your Enemies Glitter website, and there is a headline saying We're taking one for the team, this shit gets on everything. What does "We're taking one for the team" mean ...
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1answer
24 views

Subjunctive usage

I wanted to know whether this sentence is correct: The author, being aware of the money to be earned by ecranizations of books, helped to write the scenarios for movies based on his stories. ...
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Idiom for: managing to solve a big problem only to be frustrated by a smaller problem

What would be an idiom for solving a massive problem and then only getting hindered by a small problem? So after solving a hard problem, getting stopped by the easy problem. It would not be: out of ...
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Phrase for “false conceptual framework”

Some people like to frame (an aspect of) the abortion debate in terms of "when does life begin", and I once referred to this as a "false dichotomy" without really knowing what that word meant, when ...
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“Rely” vs. “Relies” usage

Is it correct to say "The subjective nature of these tests rely on human expertise to assess the patient correctly" or "The subjective nature of these tests relies on human expertise to assess the ...
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Do you have something better? [on hold]

I am making a creative poster with this sentence: I can also be complicated if you like me to be but I prefer simple because otherwise it really gets hard to understand the message I am ...
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1answer
34 views

wasn't v.s. was not

I'd like to know whehther there are any differences/nuances in meaning between "wasn't" and "was not". Examples are: I wasn't there I was not there And: She insisted she wasn't soft on Russia She ...
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What is a more formal alternative for “pros and cons”?

The phrase I'm looking for is on the tip of my tongue, I'm sure it exists I just can't think of it. This is for an essay title, and if the essay is good, a journal paper.
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Should it be written due date or date due?

Is it better to write: Please pay by due date or Please pay by date due?
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53 views

English tv programme about the origins of words and idioms [on hold]

Does anyone remember a series of programmes on UK tv about the origins of words and idioms? They focused each programme on a different aspect of society, for example: church, navy, farming, pubs. I've ...
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The meaning of “be based in”

When a company says: "All applicants must be based in the UK.", what does it mean? In which aspects should we be based on the UK?
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1answer
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Is there a word that describes disliking a food or drink after vomiting it?

I'm finding it particularly hard to google this, but want to know if there's a word or expression used that describes the scenario when a person stops liking a food or drink after they have vomited ...

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