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copulation with uneven noun-phrases

One can use the copula to connect noun phrases of different number. Example: The conversational topic that kept us pleasantly chatting was the different Southern dialects in the US. Here it ...
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“Microwaved” or “Micro waved”

As an adjective describing something that has been cooked in a microwave, would you say "microwaved" or "micro waved"? The dictionary says microwaved, but my autocorrect corrects to micro waved.
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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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What would you call the husband of a widow?

I'm confused as I've been googling a bit and have seen "dead husband", "former husband", ... and even "ex-husband"... So what would you use for ______ in polite conversation: The ______ of the ...
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British English spelling: “gripped” or “gript”?

Hello what is the correct British English spelling of the word 'gripped' or 'gript'? According to Dictionary.com: gript verb 1. a past participle and simple past tense of grip. verb ...
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What does “gages and safety pledges” mean in Henry VIII era English?

What does gages and safety pledges mean in this old passage, and when is the Octave of St. Michael? The King to the Sheriff of Notthinghamshire: greeting. If John Smith shall make you secure to ...
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Should there be a question mark in a quoted question?

This is the tweet I want to tweet: All people repeat after me - I pledge I will not ask every co-worker I run into on Monday, 'how was your weekend'. Should there be a question mark after ...
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Is 'gotten' a proper/legitimate word?

According to what I was taught as school, the past tense of 'get' is 'got' and 'gotten' is "an American corruption and, therefore, is not a proper word". Example: "Should auld acquaintance be ...
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What does “I'm a while.” mean?

Would someone tell me what does the meaning of second sentence: Text me when you have time. Will do, I am a while. Thank you.
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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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Does it make sense to 'lift' an obligation?

I want to say that an obligation that was present previously has been removed in a new approach. Can I say that in the new approach, the obligation has been lifted?
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Felt + present/ past (back shifting )

A few months back I met a celebrity and seeing his glamour I felt that I have/had no past or future. Which is to be used, had or have ?
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Discussing two people - one of whom is deceased

I am writing about Don and Doris Fisher - founders of the GAP - and their love of modern art. The problem is that Don is deceased, yet Doris is alive. Writing that the Fishers loved modern art is ...
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Is the word “acronym”, in fact, clearly defined?

I was about to ask the following question: “Is 'CIA' an acronym, or is only 'laser' an acronym?” Now, in another question, I've been asking about the earliest use of words which started as ...
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Applied to the lottery or for the lottery?

Which preposition should I use in the following sentence: I applied ____ greencard lottery. Would it be: I applied for the greencard lottery. or I applied to the greencard lottery. ...
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Is there a word that describes the need to form one's own opinion of someone new rather than blindly accept the opinion of a third party?

I had a hard time trying to word this and I hope I didn't over-think it and make a total mess of it. I just can't think of a word even close and its driving me crazy. lol I'm interested to hear all ...
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Can “X is enough.” be used when X is plural?

I was writing a meta post on another site where saying "Done." was a sufficient post. In order to meet the character limit, I typed the sentence: Sometimes five characters is really enough. ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of this sentence? They had heard so very little of this; yet it was enough to build up wretched dolorous dreams upon, there in the shade of the night. (Thomas Hardy, Tess of ...
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“Do not … and …” grammar confusion

I recently read this sentence: "Do not declare this callback function with a void return type and cast the function pointer to LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE when creating the thread." and wasn't sure if it ...
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“Not allowed doing that” or “Not allowed to do that”

I've somehow gotten into the habit of saying "your not allowed ......" for eg "You're not allowed watching TV" or "You're not allowed drinking out of that glass". My wife keeps correcting me, ...
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“by now” with Present Perfect

I'm trying to figurę out if it is possible to use the expression "by now" in a Present Perfect sentence. I.e. "He has been called Three Times by now" "He has come back Home by now" "I have had ...
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Different words with the same meaning

I need help with different words that have about the same meaning ( to me ), when would you use: feared frightened scared afraid anxious terrified Are there specific cases or are some just ...
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Is “People of Mars, why most of you are just losers?” grammatically correct?

People of Mars, why most of you are just losers? Is this question grammatically correct?
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a possible meaning of “multiply”

When one says "in our life we have to make the most of our life, go forth, and multiply", does he/she by "multiply" mean "to breed"?
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what adjective ending in -y best describes someone who thinks they're the centre of the universe?

I'm writing an article about the seven writing trolls. All of them end in -y, e.g. Cocky, but I"m struggling with one, ie the writer who is unwilling/unable to empathise with the reader and focuses ...
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Use of “age” as an uncountable & countable noun

Why is it that the "age" is used as an uncountable noun in some cases and as a countable noun in other circumstances? Examples: Now the market is not booming, and the employers are switching ...
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Is it “in the episode” or “on the episode”?

Which one is correct "in the episode" or "on the episode"? If I talk about a specific episode do I have to use "on" like "on episode 40"? Is that correct?
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What is your definiton of bright and sharp person? [on hold]

Like how would fully define a bright and sharp person?
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in images otherwise beautiful

I have two questions regarding the following paragraph: Does " imperfection in images otherwise beautiful" mean "in images that if were not imperfect they would be beautiful" or "in images that in ...
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I can't understand what your point is or I can't understand what is your point?

What is it correct to say: I can't understand what your point is? or I can't understand what is your point?
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“Don't cut yourself on that edge”

What does the idiom don't cut yourself on that edge mean? I have seen it being used on multiple occasions, but could not find anything on the web that explains this idiom.
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The Expression “Drop it.” Stop talking about it

There are some phrasal verbs with drop, such as: Drop in Drop by Drop off Drop out etc... I saw the expression "Just drop it" used in a movie to express 'stop talking about it'. I'm just curious ...
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is it correct to use 'often a times'?

Does the phrase "often a times" exist? If so, what is the correct way to use it? Would the following sentence be correct? I have seen him loafing about in the streets often a times.
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Use of 'such as themselves'?

Would it be correct to use the following sentence? The group make for a handsome lot. And that poise of talk can only be found in the most opulent of beings, such as themselves. I have been ...
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What's a word for someone who does what they say?

I'm looking for a single word that means something like 'being a man/woman of your word', or 'follow through' as a noun. I tried using 'integrity' at first, but that has other implications, like ...
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Term for removing/replacing line-breaks

I'm looking for a good term for removing line-breaks from a piece of text and replacing them with a special line-break marker. (Like how, when quoting poetry, we use "/" to represent a break; though ...
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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What is correct to say: “I don't like it when …” OR “I don't like when …”?

Very simple question. Which is correct to say: 1. I don't like it when ... - OR - 2. I don't like when ... Is there a difference? For example: 1. I don't like it when people can't understand ...
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What is the meaning of “read of”?

I saw this phrase in a sentence. Here it is: He read of the room that was prepared at the palace at Rheims for the use of Queen. What does it mean?
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I was there by your side vs I was by your side there

She was by my side in the building. She was in the building by my side. The first sentence says that she was in the building, and she was staying beside me. The second sentence says ...
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Sentences with no object

I have known for years that sentences do not have to contain the objects. But there are some problems I am facing with great difficulty. For example, sentences below make perfect sense. I missed ...
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What words are trending?

Google graphs word usage in print by year. It was interesting to see "cardinality" show a sharp upwards trend. What other words have become vastly more popular in recent years? Is there a resource to ...
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Singular they with ‘known as’

I want to use singular they with the phrase known as. I am not sure if the appellation following known as should be in the singular or plural. Which of the following is correct? After completing the ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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Word that describes this quality

When an entity (organization, person) does the best they can but are hindered due to outside influence or chance.
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Did you still want vs Do you still want

Is it grammatically correct to ask: "Did you still want to go to the park today?" Or should it be: "Do you still want to go to the park today?"
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“However” or “Though”?

Which would be correct in the following context? They had done this, though, while neglecting one of the most important aspects of our Father’s love, which is freedom. They had done this, ...
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Is “He is being here” ever acceptable?

Is the sentence like He is being here acceptable in some context?
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Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
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What do you call the page you can bring to exams?

On an exam, you can often bring one A4 sized piece of paper that you can write anything on. What's that piece of paper called in this context?

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