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Old nautical word for the wooden pin you tie sail ropes to?

It serves as a kind of 'lynchpin', but another word for that. You can also take it out and use it as a bat, to bash Pirate's heads in. I think there are a bunch of them all around the bottom of the ...
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what do they mean by critcally analysing a relationship between a high level tolerance of ambiguity by a small business

critically analyze the relationship between a high level tolerance of ambiguity by a small business owner and success or failure in the business?what does this sentence mean
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What is 'less' about 'unless'?

[Etymonline:] unless (conj.) [:] mid-15c., earlier onlesse, from on lesse (than) "on a less condition" (than); see less. The first syllable originally on, but the negative connotation and the ...
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Is there the difference between “I was determined to overcome a stage fright” and “I determined to overcome a stage fright”?

The New York Times’ article titled “Overcoming a Lifetime of Stage Fright” in its Sunday Review page describes how a female pianist who has suffered stage fright in her lifetime felt when she played ...
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“Kitchenette” by Grinderman - help in writing lyrics

I would be most grateful if someone could help me with - let's say - deciphering the lyrics of a song by Grinderman, "Kitchenette". I mean the RAK Sessions version - ...
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Fire meet gasoline: is it correct?

Is it grammatically correct to say "Fire meet gasoline", as in the Sia's song, or just poetic license??
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how do you punctuate numbers

I know that if you have a list of numbers then you just separate them with a comma and then add and at the end. I also know that if you a have a long number like 78654 then you don't do any ...
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How can one improve his or her “on-air personality”? [on hold]

I am planning to start a gaming stream on twitch.tv. While other streamers are able to generate interesting commentary, even in the absence of viewers with which to interact, I find my improvisation ...
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Is this properly written? [on hold]

this is a bit embarresing, I'm writting this letter to my English-speaking girlfriend. I need your help knowing I didn't mess up with the grammar and stuff. While you're home, know that you have ...
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In what ways and for what reasons does the author of your novel seek to represent thought or interior consciousness? [on hold]

This is a essay question for my outside reading book (run rabbit) john Updike Can some specifically give me a better understanding of the question? i'm a little confused
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Logging out/off of ELU [migrated]

How do I log off this site? I'm certain it's easy but I'm currently flummoxed! I utilized the tags below just so i could post the query.
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Present participle phrases as premodifiers to a noun

In deep structure, there is usually a subject-verb relationship between the noun that is modified and the participle phrase, e.g. beer-swilling hooligan (the hooligan swills the beer), or labour ...
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Use of title capitals

Admiral Gonzeles told his men to search for a gun. A soldier asked if the admiral had any further instructions. Should the second time admiral is used be capitalized or not? Thanks Frank
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Is there a word for a person who's obsessed with lights?

I need to know if there exists a word for a person who's obsessed with lights. The formation lights make etc.
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what do u call it, what should i do

What is it called when there is someone who says something or tells you to do something or wants something but nothing goes as planned, completely blames the other person saying it was all their idea ...
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Why is “omnipotent” stressed iambically?

"Omnipotent" is stressed like omˈnipotent, with a stress on second syllable. But both components are stressed on the first syllable ('omni and 'potent). And a comparable word, "omnipresent", has the ...
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Usage of “scienter”

"Scienter" is most commonly used as a noun in the following contexts: "Whether the corporation acted with scienter in defrauding investors." (In this case, it appears to be the object of the ...
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Get vs Make: Verb usage

So far, I've only seen phrases having present participles after get and roots after make--"Get the ball rolling," "Make it happen," "Get it going," and so on. So, I feel like it's wrong to do it ...
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What does the expression “Ring the bell for lemons” mean?

Google search doesn't tell me - it occurs in two George Eliot novels, from context I think it means "act cheerful in a disappointing circumstance" - does anyone have a dictionary of phrases/sayings ...
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Comma or no comma before the and?

Force answers force, war breeds war, and death only brings death.
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Can anyone believe “Dord” was in the dictionary for 13 years?! Also, it's a mistake [on hold]

I once found out that "Dord" was added to the dictionary for 13 years when it was actually meant to be "D or d," which is the abbreviation for density. Did this happen because the dictionary didn't ...
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What does it mean for “turn over”

I was just looking up the word escrow in the dictionary. But for the explanation of it. I just can not understand the idiom turn overout there. which is a deed, a bond, money, or a piece of ...
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Translating a website with google translator, but still I think there are some problem

I am going to start a trip in (about) August 23, for this reason I created a website to help my user to sign up and register and then I select best of them. my native language is Persian, I created ...
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2 verbs in a sentense . become / becomes [on hold]

Efficient DPR Residence Home Plan Makes this Home Become Comfortable and Enjoyable Dwelling Place Design Idea. This is the title from an online article. Why isn't it "becomes", since they use ...
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Is this Correct Sentence to use in an Email? [on hold]

I send a welcome mail to the users who register on my website. I end the email with "If you are facing any problem in using the service then let me know, I will be happy to assist you." Is this ...
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British abbreviations

What is the accepted British practice for abbreviations - are full stops still used to abbreviate? In particular, what is the correct abbreviation of number? Is it No 1 or No.1?
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in / in the … of

Which one is preferred? Cola-Cola have a special interest in protecting local water sources that sustain communities in areas where their bottling plants are located. Cola-Cola have a special ...
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Is it a verse or stanza?

Is "verse" or "stanza" the proper word to refer to some "paragraph" in a poem? For example, in Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over ...
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does this: 'Decoy of Desperation' make sense ?

I was wondering if the words 'Decoy of Desperation' make sense. English isn't my first language and i wondered whether if these words make sense or not. Thanks, and I'm sorry for any English ...
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Taxi Fraud or Taxi Scam?

I've heard people said both terms to mean that when the taxi driver is trying to rip you off by tampering the meter or taking a detour. But which usage is more common or correct in terms of ...
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“Thou”, “Thee” and “Thy” [on hold]

What is the difference between "thou", "thee" and "thy"? I know that "thou" and "thee" mean "you", but what about "thy"? Are "thou" and "thee" interchangeable?
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What do you call a person, who needs to stay active in order to feel comfortable?

There are some people, who always need to do something. They can't just sit and relax. If they are on the job, they constantly try to change something (e. g. propose new approaches to existing tasks). ...
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Thesis: spell out numbers or not?

I'm unsure if I should spell out numbers or not, in this specific case of the thesis: This is the area I'm concerned with and I tried both approaches: Setup 1 is a static setup with seven nodes in ...
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“A”/“an” in front of a noun

Which sentence is grammatically correct or preferred? Emerald is a delicate and brittle gemstone. An emerald is a delicate and brittle gemstone. My kids and even one of their teachers ...
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Is it impolite to say “thou” instead of “you”?

Would native English speakers feel offended if I address them by "thou" instead of "you"?
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Is there any difference in certainty between “may be” and “maybe”?

In the song Tonight Again, there's a line going They may be right but only maybe I understand that "maybe" is an adverb, while "may be" is a combination of the verbs "may" and "be", as mentioned ...
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how to distinguish transitive and intransitive verbs

Enter a room vs. Enter into a conversation We finally reached a conclusion vs. His memory reached far back to his boyhood I am an ESL learner. I have learned that transitive verbs are ...
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Turn in to a simple sentence

As he came to where they had stopped to wait for him, he could not suppress the desire of his heart, even though he well knew the old, cold stare of refusal in their eyes.
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Are backticks used outside of computing?

Is the backtick character ("`") used outside of computing in English? If so, what for?
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Do I use a comma between “whimsical” and “clay” in the sentence below?

Billy did a wonderful job creating his whimsical[,] clay fish dish.
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Is there a better word than “moot” for “not worth talking about”?

Of course a lot of people misunderstand the primary meaning of the adjective "moot" -- "open to question" or "argued about but not possible to prove" -- using the word only in the expression "moot ...
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Should I use “in” or “of”?

I would like to write about the Municipal Services Sector in my country, which is the Kingdom of Bahrain. So, what is the right phrase to use: The Municipal Services Sector of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ...
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The word for understanding that everything is one? [on hold]

Is there an actual a word for the understanding that everything and everyone is one?
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1answer
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Any difference in meaning: “They differ in language” and “They differ in languages”

(I am not a native english speaker but a translator asking help for better translation) I saw the expression, "All these differ from each other in language" and thought it is a typo of 'languages'. ...
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Preposition for “Alternative”

I've found out that there are several prepositions for the word alternative that all seem to be correct, however, I think there should be a best choice. Do these prepositions affect the meaning in ...
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Can “obviously” be used in a sentence which is related to past event? [on hold]

Let's say there would be a sentence like this: I obviously still don't speak Danish and therefore I am having a hard time living here. Is it correct if you consider that, in the past, I had a ...
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1answer
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The Hollies ´ song [on hold]

What´s the meaning of "the early bird´s been up all morning" second verse of I am down by The Hollies. Thank you
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word “recourse” usage

I have a sentence where someone uses the phrase, "she is also a great recourse". Could that be correct? Or are they confusing the word for "resource"? A person can have recourse to another ...
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1answer
41 views

On correct using of colon [on hold]

Is the use of a colon in this question grammatically correct? Which colors do you prefer: blue or green?
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Using “a” with a superlative adjective

The Wikipedia article for Drum Machine contains the phrase an earliest fully transistorized rhythm machine Is this grammatically correct? Is it any different from the phrase an early, fully ...

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