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What ( is the best time / are the best times ) for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say What is the best time for a meeting? ... I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show ...
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Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?

Some of my colleagues use the word "candlelight" to mean "directly compare similar things". A specific example is comparing two lines on a line chart like this: "We can use this chart to ...
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“That will have to” vs “Which will have to”

I am not really sure if this sentence is translated correctly into English : Access keys have been researched and the implementation will be done in a future sprint, that will have something to do ...
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Can “good for you” ever sound genuine?

This may be a pedantic question but I think it's quite interesting. I think that certain sentences no matter how you try and come across, will always sound sarcastic. I think that saying "good for ...
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Can you end a sentence with 'hence'?

Pretentiousness/archaism aside, does the sentence Any changes that were made have been detailed hence. make sense? The context would be that the descriptions of changes would be found in the ...
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Is IOU an abbreviation, an acronym, or an initialism?

IOU stands for I owe you and we pronounce each letter separately. But how do we classify that construction"? abbreviation: a shortened form of a word or phrase acronym: an abbreviation formed from ...
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be pleasured to do something?

I've just received a letter where the person says: "If you are interested in, I will be pleasured to tell you more about it." Is this passive voice, insinuating that there is a 3rd subject that will ...
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“I belong to a greater stage”

Is it okay to say: I believe I belong to a greater stage. Basically, I want to say that I want to transit from my current position to a better one since I think I am skillful enough for the ...
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Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea?

The English language contains very descriptive and "involved" words, I was wondering what we would call the opposite of those. For example, words like "push" or "hot" can't be simplified further ...
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What are synonyms for “and more”? [on hold]

I would like to know synonyms for "and more". Example: apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, and more.
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Is a “dozen donuts” a singular or plural subject? [duplicate]

which is correct? How much IS a dozen of donuts? OR How much are a dozen of donuts?
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What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”? [on hold]

In the last episode of "Once Upon a Time" (S04E04 - The Apprentice) there was this dialog: Girl: Well, I don't pillage and plunder on the first date, just so you know. Man: Well, that's because ...
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Etymology of the meaning of waste as a broad expanse

Merriam-Webster online dictionary says one of the meanings of "waste" is: a broad and empty expanse(as of water) http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waste I'm interested in the origin of this ...
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Is there any difference between “immune from” and “immune against” in the following sentence?

"His position as president renders him immune ..... criticism." Any subtle difference concerning the viability and efficacy of criticism, according to the preposition used? The Ngram shows ...
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Am I making jokes when I speak “please don't miss me” [migrated]

Last time I expressed the idea "don't pass me" I used the phrase: Please don't miss me. I want to use the meaning of "miss" in this sentence: It would be just his luck to miss the last boat. It ...
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What is the plural of 'only child'?

I suppose it would be 'only children' but that does not sound quite right. For example, a schoolteacher might say, "in my class there are seven only children".
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What is a word for someone without allegiance?

I am looking for an adjective akin to "loyal" and "disloyal" in that it describes someone's exact null association with both words. Someone or something with no allegiances whatsoever, a ...
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Do I need a question mark? [on hold]

I'm sending an email to my employer and was wondering if this email was correct. Basically I'm training at the moment and I am re-scheduled for next week, but I wanted to make sure if it was the same ...
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International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) web-based dictionary

I’d like to improve my pronunciation. When I learn a new word I use the transcription with the IPA or hear it with an excellent dictionary like macmillandictionary. If I've to read out a text without ...
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Structure of a statement

In the english language for sentance fotmat, what is it called when you say "all surgeons are doctors, but not all doctors are surgeons"
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“none like him” vs “none like unto him”

Are "there is none like Him" and "there is none like unto Him" exactly synonymous, or is there a nuance between the two ? (the second construct is often used to translate certain Muslim idioms).
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Cannot vs. Can Not [duplicate]

What's the difference between "cannot" and "can not?" Don't they mean the same? It's kind of crazy if they don't. We learned all about it in 6th grade, but you know how that goes: in one ear and ...
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3answers
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Synonyms For Tall? [on hold]

Hello there everyone! I have to write this 15,000 word "book" for E.L.A., and I need an unbelievably stupendous word for 'tall'. I can't think of a really good synonym, and I'm getting tired of ...
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Why is “a couple of…” correct grammar, while “a few of…” often isn't?

Earlier today I started to type a message and I entered: I can take a couple of hours... After entering the text, I realized that I intended to express roughly three hours so I highlighted and ...
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Use of semi colon in a list with only one “complex item”

I have a list that goes something like this: I am involved in all aspects of these projects: attending client meetings, material selection, compiling information, and most importantly, redesigning ...
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3answers
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Full stop after signing off emails

Is it correct to put a full stop after signing emails. For example should it be Regards, Cristiano or Regards, Cristiano.
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“Hidden layer sizes” vs “Hidden layers sizes” [duplicate]

I am writing a neural network application. In this application, a neural network can have one or more hidden layers, which can have different sizes (neuron counts). Which label would be correct: ...
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Adding extra information [migrated]

The bourgeois in Germany, like Saxony Frederick, initially had quarrels with church. My question: "Like Saxony Frederick" is extra information in the sentence, I always thought you could put commas ...
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Not until [sentence] do [sentence]

Example: “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau Can someone explain the structure of the aforementioned sentence?
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Name on Grave Marker [on hold]

I hope someone might have a suggestion for better wording of this sentence: "A grave marker was placed that honored his name." Is there a better word than "honored", or a smoother wording of the ...
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“(1) stop, (2) drop, (3) and roll” or “(1) stop, (2) drop, and (3) roll”

Which is correct, formally speaking, or is either acceptable based on style and consistency?
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Semicolon or period in the following? [duplicate]

Here are two instances in a formal paper I submitted where my professor told me my semicolon usage is incorrect. He says that, in both instances, a period should be used. Is he right? I maintain ...
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Best way to abbreviate income ranges [duplicate]

I'm looking for recommendations on how best to abbreviate the following demographic income range: 1 below 3,000,000 Japanese yen (JPY) 2 between 3,000,000 and 4,999,999 JPY 3 between 5,000,000 ...
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1answer
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“Where have you been?” or “Where had you been?” [on hold]

Which usage is correct? Where have you been? Where had you been? Can we ask Where had you been as a past tense? Can I answer I had been which happened in the past? Is the rhyme Pussy ...
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Can plural subject precede a single complement? [on hold]

I wonder if the the following sentence is correct grammatically, where a singular complement (is I am calling it the correct way) i.e. "a factor" is used with plural subject: these five roles ...
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To what extent do 'earn income' and 'generate income' differ? [on hold]

I've had a short search on this but may have overlooked an easily-accessible source that differentiates the two. They don't seem synonymous, but I can't yet point to a definition of the two. To me, ...
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“… and then Judah decides to eliminate his mistress.” Is it correct to use “eliminate” for “kill”? [on hold]

In a review for the 1989 film "Crimes and Misdemeanors" a critic says: "...and after his mistress has been eliminated, Judah decides..." meaning "has been killed". I always thought of "eliminate" as ...
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What is the source of the phrase “phony baloney”?

The term baloney means Foolish or deceptive talk; nonsense: typical salesman’s baloney [corruption of bologna] [Oxford Dictionaries Online] Etymonline provides the following derivation ...
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Why is “did” italicized for emphasis in “Where did you come from?”

Where did you come from? What is the nuance of this emphasis? I could understand it if the emphasis were on where.
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...
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How to use “sous vide” in a sentence

First, I'm not sure if sous vide is a trademark or just a cooking method like boil or fry. How should I use sous vide in a sentence when writing a recipe?
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what does “I think it was par for the course” mean [on hold]

In an interview ElonMusk says the following about steve jobs(http://www.freshdialogues.com/2013/02/25/elon-musk-on-steve-jobs-innovation-critics-transcript/). I think it was par for the course ...
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Abbreviation for fixed price of product sold in shops

What is the abbreviation for the fixed price of the product being sold (resale) in consumer shops?
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What is the origin of the word “copped”?

In the language used by footy (Australian football) commentators the word "copped" is frequent. For instance, if a player gets knocked on the head, say, then the sentence might be "player X copped ...
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“Most important” vs “most importantly”

I was always under impression that "most important" is correct usage when going through the list of things. We need to pack socks, toothbrushes for the trip, but most important is to pack ...
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“we and someone” vs “someone and we”

Both: I and my neighbour went to the races and: My neighbour and I went to the races are commonly used. However in the plural I've only ever seen the form: We and the neighbours went ...
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2answers
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How did 'adumbrate' evolve to mean 'represent in outline'?

What's an intuitive derivation behind ODO's definition 1 that helps to remember its meaning? 1. adumbrate = [with object] Represent in outline: Etymonline for adumbration: 1530s, from Latin ...
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“As if it weren't bad enough”: meaning and subjunctive mood?

This is a sentence from a preface of book: As if it weren’t bad enough that I wrote my first book during our first year of marriage, I wrote this book during our first year of parenthood. Although ...
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Have been or Had been? [on hold]

Which one is right? It couldn't had been my fault! OR It couldn't have been my fault!

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