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Position of structure of as+a+noun" in sentences

The only complaint that I have about you as a homemate is ... As a homemate, the only complaint that I have about you is ... What do the expressions in bold refer to ? 'I' or my homemate ?
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Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once (?)

I have this list of choices: Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once The last one "once" is used to indicate thing that occurs only one time. I wanted to keep up with pattern of the first four ...
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better word for single handedly [on hold]

I was wondering if I want to say "No news, single-handedly / on it's own, is good news" is there any better way to say it? Thanks alot in advance.
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Tallest vs Loftiest

How is the usage of the two words different? I think they mean one and the same. Are they?
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Synonyms or other ways of saying “once there”?

Example: We went to the roof terrace. Once there, we leaned on the railing and gazed the stars. Thesaurus has synonyms for once, but not for once there. I don't know where else to look. I ...
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fill in the blank using correct option [on hold]

How much longer_______this book. A-) you are needing. B-) will you be needing. C-) will you have needed. D-) have you needed.
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“There is not a need” formal alternatives

I am writing a formal technical report and I would like some advice about an expression I want to use. I have a sentence which I want to make more formal: The mert of their approach is that there ...
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Does one ride or drive a motorcycle?

Which one is correct? I ride a motorcycle. I drive a motorcycle.
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What is This “if”? [on hold]

He could not believe that, had the Englishman known how much he was at risk, he would have hazarded his grandson. - 1)If the English man had known how much he(Englishman) was at risk, he would have ...
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“A little too quick” [on hold]

I am reading a book, and in it is the phrase many people are a little too quick to say that money can't buy happiness. Is "a little too quick to do [something]" an idiom? What does it mean?
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antonym of “to register with”

What is the antonym of the phrase to register with? I'm not looking for the antonym of to register itself (that's to deregister) but for the correct dependent preposition. For example: to register ...
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The film was tried to be masked as a fictional movie

I wrote the following sentence in my exam The film was tried to be masked as a fictional movie. My teacher had underlined this part of the text and told me that it was incorrect. The idea was to say ...
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Why is encourageable not a word? [on hold]

What are general rules of thumb for creating adjectives with -able? I wanted to denote an object as having an ability to be encouraged, but "encourageable" and "encouragable" both are yielded as ...
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Should the footnote be capitalized?

If we refer a textual content in a footnote, should it be capitalized or not? Here is an example: The proposed method is only working well with homogeneous space and it fails if the space is ...
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Am I parsing this incorrectly, or is it really possible to read in ambiguity without more context?

A while ago, I saw the following advert on Facebook: Uber is a flexible way to earn extra money and meet new people giving rides with your own car. Now, being a bit of a pedant, I concluded that ...
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Looking for a perfect word to replace my phrase in the lyrics

I am working on a lyric. This is about a girl who smiles at a boy whom she is interested and also ignores him on the other day .. she wasn't sure whether she want him or not. To accomplish this ...
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What does 'since' imply in this sentence?

Sentence: "I have never seen such a fine display of fast bowling SINCE Glen Mcgrath played for the Australian Cricket team" Does this sentence mean Glen Mcgrath is no longer playing for Australian ...
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the English Language Teacher [duplicate]

I was taught that with the word language, the definite article is used. the English language vs English the English language Teacher vs English teacher. Is the English Language teacher correct?
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What does “and how” really mean?

I understand that the phrase and how is an informal way of expressing strong agreement, but how would one really parse the phrase? Would the etymology of it provide any clues? For example: "This ...
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I want to understand this sentence [on hold]

"Hemingway lived to hunt big game so should we be surprised at his virility, not to mention that of many of the author’s--chiefly male--protagonists?" Can someone please explain me on how to ...
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Word or phrase to describe the “overly feminine” stereotype

While writing up a persona, I am trying to describe a woman who (I say) is confidently female, but not "overly feminine". By this I wish to mean the stereotype of a sophisticated woman who ...
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Word for a place or resource where everything can be found

To give a full understanding of my question, I'll give some short background info. I'm working on an Easter Island website where I offer travel tips of all sorts, a travel guide, tours and hotels. ...
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'Previously' or 'ever ' in this context

I encountered a question in a textbook for an English exam as below where I did not understand why the correct answer is that. Ms.Tanaka is the ideal leader for the project because she has _______ ...
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The mayor as well as his brothers is/are going to prison

Which of these is correct? The mayor as well as his brothers is going to prison. The mayor as well as his brothers are going to prison.
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What word would best represent a combination of being alive, thinking differently, and having atmosphere

I know it sounds pretty hard to find such a word, but I'm needing a title that flows and is pretty, and attractive. The word I'm trying to think of would try to express to someone the act of ...
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Correct preposition with “to be jealous”

Let's say Alice sees her boyfriend Bob with Charlotte, another girl. Now, I know the correct usage is "Alice is jealous of Bob". My question is how to connect this predicate (be jealous) to Charlotte. ...
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It Is Imperative That You Be Not Afraid?

A question closed recently as proofreading asked about the grammaticality of the following subjunctive statement: They suggested that the washing machine not be put in that place. To my ear, that ...
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Use of the word 'inured'

My English TA commented on my word choice of inured. Is the way I'm using it incorrect? Given Lilith’s other choices, she attempts to become comfortable with his looks versus Given Lilith’s other ...
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Correct usage of article and conjunction [on hold]

what is wrong with the following sentence? An house is not the home, or so they saying goes.
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What's a side remark called when it's meant as something sarcastic or secretive?

What do you call the gesture when someone makes a sarcastic or parenthetical side-comment? It's usually something related to the original comment that's said quietly to someone else, sometimes ...
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In a single word, how can you describe something as being made by women for women? [on hold]

Can we say "for women and by women" in a single word? I'm talking about a service. Thank you very much.
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what is the best book about etymology? [on hold]

I saw a lot of books for learning etymology, but I can not have the best usage of it. Who can introduce the very good book about this subject?
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What's the meaning of the expression “[something] much?”

I see this often. I don't understand what it means. Just a noun followed by "much?". What would something like that mean? Maybe it's not "real English". I don't know. For example, some of the titles ...
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How would I answer the question Why Don't You Want To Go? [on hold]

Im wondering what the best response to Why Dont You Want To Go (to the party) is.
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What prefix corresponds to something on the same level?

I am working on modeling a problem for a computer program and am having a tough time coming up with the proper naming convention I would like to use. Specifically I am working with a finite state ...
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“Without whom…” or “whom … without”?

Is it more grammatically correct to move the preposition without to the end of its clause, or use without whom? Does the "in no particular order" change matters? I wish to express my sincere ...
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A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make the ...
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Why Birthday/Event day is called birthday/Even tday but not birth/Event dayMonth

My birthday is 26 Jun 1992 assume I Celebrate birthday on 26 of June every year. So if it's birthDAY,then I, can celebrate Every 26(Not possible if I was born on 30th though). My question is why they ...
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What form of long dash — to isolate asides — is preferable to you?

I started writing books over a decade ago and my first editor kept tossing out most of my parenthetical ideas, replacing them with long dashes. I liked it; so now I separate asides, flashes of ...
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Word meaning: “The act of taking/obtaining that of which is rightly yours, but you've never had.”

Other examples include: "Liberating oneself by obtaining a right or value one deserves, but has never had." "To have the ability to do something for the first time." Something like secure, capture, ...
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Usage of Upon in unusual way after verb and before noun

So I would like to ask if the usage of upon makes sense in the following sentence. I have already done extensive research on the interwebs but have not come to a conclusion; hence I am here. Does ...
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can we contract plural nouns with present perfect

In either in writing or speech, can we contract plural noun with the present perfect? For example, can we say or write: The children've eaten ?
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Another word for not present [on hold]

I need to know another word for "Not present" Here would be the example sentence. All the students were here except Joshua, who was not present.
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Should I be putting the quote symbol every time someone is saying something?

Serina saw a reflection of light, now with Aron behind her she searched where she had seen the glistening. “What is it?” he asked “I don’t know it’s almost… All the sudden she stopped and screamed ...
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Object pronouns+verbs+ing

As non native speaker of English , I'm having trouble making sense of a structure pertaining to object pronouns. Likelihood of me doing this.... Your plan involves me attempting to prepare ...
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Meaning of “desperate picnic”

I've seen the expression "desperate picnic" whose exact meaning I've been unable to find in the Internet. I thought it could be a common expression in English. The full sentence was: Dwarika's ...
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Why is “won” pronounced as “one” and not as “wahn”?

I've been saying it that way my whole life and it makes sense when you sound it out. First you say the "w" sound and then you say "on". It was recently pointed out to me that this was wrong however. ...
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Word to describe 'frak'

Many (particularly sci-fi) shows or books invent words to replace real words, for example 'frak' in Battlestar Galactica replaces the 'F' word to get through censorship. Is there a word to describe a ...
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Is is correct to say the a part of speech is a matter of its function? [on hold]

Determining a part of speech is a matter of functionality. Do you agree or disagree?
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What do the particles mean in 'believe of, on, to something'?

Foreword: The use of 'believe of' in this comment, motivated this question. 2. intr. With in, †of (rare), †on, †to (rare). To have confidence in the truth or accuracy of (a statement, doctrine, ...

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