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How to say “As crucial as it is, it's surprising to…”

As a non-native English speaker, I'm trying to improve variety in my writing. For this particular, I want to express my feeling of surprise toward something that I always considered critical but ...
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Words that split as they untie

Say one has written a novel where certain sentences are supposed to split multiple ways, so: "The Bolshevik she cried, though he to too far away by virtue of words that split as they untied. The ...
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What's the word for when someone is made to do something but another person does not have to?

What is the word for when someone is made to do something but another person does not have to?
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is this correct use of thereby?

I just want to ask that do we always have to use verb+ing after "thereby" And If the following sentence is correct ? I just want to ask that do we always have to use verb+ing after "thereby"
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proportionate opposite for “little brother”

The opposite of younger brother would be older brother. Now what would be a proportionate opposite for 'little brother'?
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Is this the correct sentence pattern?

Pursuant to the third paragraph of Article 57 of the Statute, such appeals are subject to the same procedure as an application for interim measures made directly to the Court. Is the sentence pattern ...
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A word sort of like “newsreel” and sort of like “propaganda rag”?

I'm thinking of those old U.S. wartime movie-theater newsreels that celebrated victories, but combined with aspersions and taunts on the enemy. "We're great and those guys are idiots." Not necessarily ...
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The usage of “Per se”

Is the usage of the phrase "Per se" correct in this sentence? Sometimes, religion, though not be enaugh per se, may lead to violence.
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Word for part of speech before the main speech

I am not trying to troll anybody, although it might seem like it. Also, this is not intended to be funny or anything. The question I wanted to ask is what do you call the part of a ...
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What this act is called?

I have noticed that every time when a judge declares death sentence to someone he breaks his pen's nib after signing his order. So what this act is called ? I mean any specific term or a single word ...
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Polite way when you ask someone you don't know a question

Which is the best way to ask a question in a polite way; for example, I want to write an email to someone that doesn't know me, and to ask something... Is okay to say write this: Sorry to disturb ...
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Sentence Correction: Team - was or were? [duplicate]

In the sentence: The team could not win the match because it was split into two groups. The correction given is: The team could not win the match because they were split into two groups. According ...
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Must have arrived by now

Please tell me if the following sentences are the same or not? It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived now. It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived by now. Are they same? If not, then please ...
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Ask questions in first or second person?

When I ask a question, should I use first or second person? As an example, should I say "How do you do that?" or "How do I do that?".
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Figures of Speech: Inversion, doubt

This is a doubt from the poem Television by Roald Dahl and it is there in our 10 STD school textbook. I and my teacher had a bit of conflict with the figures of speech here: ...In almost every house ...
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What could be a word for this concept?

I asked this question on Stack Worldbuilding: In this world a secret society "farms" people with desired features (personality appearances etc.). They have ectogenesis of course; but they ...
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“does there exist” or “does there exists”

I have seen many uses, even in books, of the three words "does there exist" and of the three words "does there exists". Examples: Does there exist a political business cycle? [1] Does there ...
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'lead to someone doing something' OR 'lead to someone's doing something'

Under the entry lead (v.), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th edition) lists: lead to someone doing something example: His actions could lead to him losing his job. However, ...
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Pronoun Agreement Rule

"Why did God let Adam and Eve eat the apple of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Why cannot he prevented evil? (Quoted from an article.) Those were the last questions he asked to his parents ...
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I am little bit confused about conditional sentences [on hold]

What does this sentence express? If I didn't know about it I wouldn't be able to complete my syllabus.
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Adverbs of time

Tomorrow at this time I will be travelling across Italy. At this time tomorrow I will be travelling across Italy. Which one?
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All other and any other difference

Ramayana is more sacred than all other mythologies of Hindus. OR Ramayana is more sacred than any other mythology of Hindus. Which one is correct?
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Which question sentence is correct?

I'm not sure which of the following sentences is correct: "Don't they have to send the table?" "Do they not have to send the table?" It would be great if you could help me. Thanks in advance!
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Double possessive of a single noun

I am writing a question for a quiz. I need some advice on what the "right" way to word the question. The question follows a short passage in a foreign language. The question is asking about the ...
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Who did the dog which the farmer who the cat licked own chase

Is this sentence ill-formed syntactically and pragmatically/ or ill-formed pragmatically and semantically/ or well formed semantically syntactically, pragmatically/ or ill-formed syntactically and ...
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What's the grammatically correct way to say the following sentence?

"I have studied a few psychology books which helps me understand the needs of each user". Should it be "which have helped me" or are both correct depending on the meaning ?
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Are “gadfly” and “gadabout” related?

A recent question prompted the answer of "gadabout" - which made me think of "gadfly". Are the two related? If so, which gave rise to the other; or, did they occur contemporaneously? What's a "gad"? ...
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Either/Or Usage

I want to know how I should use "Either/Or" when the clauses are of different grammatical forms. For example, in: The click is either followed by no further clicks for 30 seconds or the last click ...
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Is this line correct? [on hold]

Is it corrct if I use this line- "I have not that sort of brain." I have a little bit confusion about that.
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“If a son strike his father” - shouldn't it be “strikes”?

I am reading The Code of Hammurabi translated by Robert Francis Harper. Many times there are sentences in the format "if one do this, some action shall be done". Here's an example: If a son strike ...
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Speaker in front of mic

A word for person who is very profound when speaking in front of mic ,or else a good speaker in front of mic.
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Writing a letter for someone else, how to address it in the body of the letter

When writing a letter for someone else and stating it on the letter, do we continue the body of the letter as if the person I am writing it for is the one writing it?
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]”

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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Is there an unambiguous term for “singer or band”?

Say you want to ask someone what their favorite "music-creating entity was", but in more eloquent terms. iTunes just uses "artist", but out of context that term is very ambiguous. I don't really like ...
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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Word for pending project or collaboration

What word could I use to describe a future project or collaboration that isn't guaranteed to happen? I was emailing someone that I had talked with very briefly about collaborating on a project ...
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Word that Resembles The Dutch Word Kudde

Kudde, Couth, is there an english farmers word that resembles Kudde. Kudde means herd, flock, fold, drove, livestock, and bevy. So I'm looking for a word that means something along the lines of ...
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a thousandS years tradition

A thousands year old tradition "a thousand year old" tradition, would mean only a 1000 years, but I'm not sure we could use the plural form in this expression. I'm looking for an adjective that ...
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What is the sense of “news tip” in contact pages [on hold]

In which sense we can read "news tip" on contact pages like: http://reversemortgagedaily.com/contact/ https://upside.com/pages/contact.aspx which meaning can i pick from dictionary to understand ...
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What does “the bully pulpit has splintered” mean?

The article of New York Times (April 29) written by a former White House speechwriter, David Litt under the headline,” What it’s like to write jokes for President Obama” wraps up with the following ...
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Combining forms of country names

For the names of various countries, we have combining forms, e.g.: England -> Anglo- France -> Franco- Russia -> Russo- China -> Sino- India -> Indo- These seem to be used in two major contexts: ...
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Meaning of word with definite article the for a facebook page? [on hold]

Decorating cake is my hobby and am planning create a facebook page and a website to showcase this. Just listing out some names, can you please give me your feedback about these names? Cake Fairy Vs ...
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Would you ever use “closed-loop” as an adjective without a hyphen?

Is it correct to use "closed-loop" as an adjective without a hyphen? Example: Partners can serve as a recycling hub and sell the products in their stores, telling a closed-loop story. Our ...
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What's the Military Term for Standing for Extended Periods of Time?

Dad and I are having a conversation about this. Perhaps Inspection?
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Where do the commas go? [on hold]

Here's a specific phrase I just wrote, but I'm not sure where the commas should go: " One thing we do need implemented into the login system that we need for datalayer stuff, is a way to pull out the ...
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Why do words like mean (in the context of '__ means ___') require an s?

I am trying to help a friend of mine from Thailand with his English, and before I correct his usage of 'mean' I'd like to be able to explain the why and wherefore of what I am telling him. He often ...
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What is the word for the gesture when someone takes three fingers and kisses it into the air?

You often see this with Italians, especially when complimenting some food they just ate, but it has evolved into a more universal gesture. Take the thumb, index, and middle finger, gather them ...
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If everyone in the world were a clone, would OPINIONS be considered OBJECTIVE? [on hold]

Simplified Core Issue of Question: Do matters of opinion always fall under the umbrella of "subjective" by default? Original Question: If everyone in the world were an identical clone, then would ...
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Does “As much as possible” in a question needs an example?

Hello I am developing a questionnaire and I am using a sentence: "Do you plan to start to take the stairs as much as possible? (For example you would consider taking stairs instead of taking a lift ...

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