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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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To italicize or not?

I am writing a novel set in 12th century France in English. I have included, for flavor, only a sprinkling of French words commonly known to English readers. I'm questioning the typeset of ...
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Every other number

Trying to figure out what numbers to do from 3!-35 in terms of every other one? 1 #3 # 5 thats how it goes right?
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“Too much pills and liquor” or “Too many pills and liquor”?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? My apologies if the answer to this is readily available, I haven't been able to find anything
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Is who singular or plural? [migrated]

What do residential areas in a big city look like, and who lives there? or is it .... who live there? There are more people there so would live be correct?
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Sentence: use of is/are with you yourself

Can't seem to figure this one out: Of course, it is more difficult to analyze those signs if you yourself is/are stressed beyond belief. Both seem to sound wrong (or maybe I'm overworking). ...
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English is or are [duplicate]

Which is correct? There are a million excuses, but none of them is very good. There are a million excuses, but none of them are very good.
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Is there a comprehensive list with commonly used words? [on hold]

I am looking for a long list of words, such as "the", "a", "I", "to", etc. I know this is english.stackexchange.com, but the more languages I can find, the better. Thanks in advance, Wilhelm
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Word for death by over eating?

If we are malnourished, we can die by starvation. Is there a word that is the opposite of starvation? We can die of _________ ?
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Punch him good? [duplicate]

I some time ago saw some sentences, "Punch him good", "You punch really good". I assume, that good works as adverb and means well. Upon assuming, I got a question: How has the word good become to mean ...
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A single word to describe going out

I need a word to describe going out and doing something, which is thought through but not necessarily fully planned. Like all of a sudden thinking "I want to go to a club" while sitting on your ...
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Why isn't “somewhen” a word? [on hold]

If, over time, "some" and "how" have been combined to become "somehow", "some" and "where" have been combined to become "somewhere", and "some" and "what" have been been combined to become "somewhat", ...
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How to call an item in a Grocery Checklist [on hold]

I will have a Grocery Checklist listing products to buy like one below Apple Orange Bread Mineral water Sugar How to call an item in a list with a one word? Update Please do not suggest word ...
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what is meaning of odd bunch

THE Ood are an odd bunch. Among the more enigmatic of the aliens regularly encountered in “Doctor Who”, a television series about a traveller in time and space, they are mostly silent—though sometimes ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Please offer suggestions [on hold]

"It is our effort to reach at every student around the globe, and help them to learn and understand in the easiest and simplified way."
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Is it OK to edit a review for a website?

I'm making a small website, and there is a review which has to be included in the website. Normally, I'd just copy-paste the review as-is and be done with it. But I'm not comfortable using this ...
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root words and affixes lead to a limitless vocabulary?

Could anyone explain how a solid knowledge about root words and affixes ( which can alter words meaning presumably ) boosts one's vocabulary? I want to know how it works? I've read somewhere that good ...
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Word order in english (adverbial modifier of place)

Could you tell me what’s wrong in this phrase: "In this database, there are failed copies of the file." Is it grammatically correct to write "In this database" at the beggining of a sentence? Thank ...
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Which preposition to use with “interface”

What is the best preposition at/for/on to use in sentences like these: Configure CoS queue parameters at interface or Configure CoS queue parameters for interface or Configure CoS queue ...
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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Adverb position in app notification

In our application, when one deletes a room, a notification message pops up. It says "Your room has been deleted successfully". I have been taught that adverbs are often supposed to precede the verb, ...
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What is the plural of “Starbucks”?

I was travelling, and I was standing in a spot where I could see three Starbucks shops. Rather than thinking "North American cultural imperialism", my brain had a melt down over what the plural of ...
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difference between spectacle and spectacular? [on hold]

What is the difference between spectacle and spectacular? And how do I use the words in a sentence?
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Opposite of Envy

I need a word that describes the opposite of envy in this situation. Example: If a mother sees another mom with a child who is well-behaved and makes good grades that mother might be envious, wishing ...
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1answer
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Meaning of Tantalizing paradox [on hold]

What is the meaning of tantalizing paradox? I searched for it in an oxford dictionary. but couldn't understand the exact meaning.
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Usage of 'someone gets someone familiar with something'

I can't find the exact answer to the question of whether 'someone gets someone familiar with something' sounds correct and natural in English? When I googled a while, I discovered that speakers of ...
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What is the terminology for a phrase whose common usage is diametrically opposite to its literal meaning?

For example, consider the following simple phrases one typically says upon entering a popular restaurant: I love chicken. I love fish. If the person literally loves fish, he/she wouldn't really ...
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''When'' condition? When we've finished, we'll have

I had a question in an exam and I don't understand why I was wrong. 1) When we finish the painting we'll have a cup of tea. I PUT THIS ANSWER AND WAS WRONG 2) When we've finished the painting, ...
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What is a “rehab stint”?

I have looked through all dictionary meanings of "stint" (even at the Urban Dictionary), but have not found a meaning which is implied in "rehab stint" as a collocation. I have found a longer ...
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“Lover of Life”: Biophile?

Looking for a single noun to title a funeral picture board where photos show the subject dancing, eating, drinking, reading, and laughing. I want to portray this man's love of life. Other photo ...
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Is “Unfavorite” a legit English verb?

I need to express the following: an application user is allowed to mark a file as "favorite". He then can execute the reversed action of "unmarking a favorite file". Is it all right to use the terms ...
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“in God's name” usage in English [on hold]

When people say "what in God's name are you doing?", I couldn't understand.
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What does “is for” mean exactly?

I get the main idea in phrases like "L is for the way you look at me" and "A is for Apple", but I don't know the exact meaning. If you were to use other words instead which synonym would you use? I ...
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To manage or to use?

I am writing a text in English and unfortunately word "use" is used very often (like in this statement:) ). So I decided to replace it with other words where it is possible. For example there is ...
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A question regarding the use of “for” or “with” in an expression

Which of the following two is correct? (a) "jumped for joy" (b) "jumped with joy"
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Edification is to knowledge as _____ification is to food

There is a good possibility I'm just crazy, but I wanted to use a word in a sentence the other day that I could not find in the depths of my memory. If it exists, it ends in -ification, and means ...
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A formal way of saying 'rub it in'.

I am trying to find a formal phrase equivalent to the colloquial expression'rub it it.' rub it in (informal) if someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something that makes you feel ...
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a nomadic though punctual disposition?

Mrs. Cornett, who spent much time at her toilet table, and whose complexion was reputed to be of a nomadic though punctual disposition, looked as ill at ease as the Major. The above is a part of ...
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Ways of saying “You don't have to be a rocket scientist”

I'm trying to find different ways of saying that "You don't have to be a rocket scientist", but I can't seem to get any good ideas. I got a variation, "You don't have to be a brain surgeon...," but ...
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Choose the most appropriate alternative [on hold]

Choose the most appropriate alternative from the options given below to complete the following sentence: Suresh’s dog is the one ––––––––– was hurt in the stampede. (A) that (B) which (C) who (D) whom ...
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Notifying of postponed training

Im the convenor and trainer of Unix training. Since I am not able to find time, I want to postpone this. As of now I dont know when I can postpone this to. But, I want to let the trainees know that ...
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Usage of would have

While reading a document I came across the following sentence: "After 9 months’ time data base administrator will run a job which will copy record from operational to archival data base and as soon as ...
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How did 'decree' evolve from 'to separate'?

What's an intuitive derivation or rationale to help remember the definition? I purpose to burrow below definitions, which I already understand so ask NOT about. I heed the Etymological Fallacy. ...
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Ignorance Is Strength [on hold]

what does the following statement mean: "Don't confuse me with the facts, I know what I think?
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Origin of irregular ending “-ught” for past simple and participle

There is a little group of irregular verbs in English that follow a similar pattern, having "-ught" as their ending for past simple and for participle. These verbs are among the group of most used ...
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Avoiding reflexive pronouns

Say, for some reason, it's preferable to avoid pronouns when referring to someone. With most forms of pronouns, it's easy to do so by substituting their name in. Consider: She likes the bread of her ...
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How is this rhetorical question quote irony in the lady or the tiger [on hold]

Would it not be better for him to die at once, and go to wait for her in the blessed regions of semi-barbaric futurity? How is this Irony ?? Lady and the Tiger
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“At this stage” in corporate speak

I've noticed "At this stage" preceding delivery of the negative to the reader. What's the reason for this? "At this stage, unfortunately (for you), we won't be proceeding further with your ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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A good attitude, that's what counts. — Good attitude is an appositive?

At first I saw this and thought comma splice; but that can't be because a splice requires two clauses. In this sentence "a good attitude" is in apposition to the pronoun "that;" that's why this ...

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