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Non standard english: Slang. “That sucks man.”

Where does the term 'That sucks!' and putting 'man' on the end of sentences come from? "aw that sucks, man!" Thanks!
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Which way is correct?

With Senator Baker the only one to gainsay it, the bill passed overwhelmingly. OR the bill was passed overwhelmingly. Thank you!
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If really bugs me if

Suppose I have gone to the movies(cinema), there is a man behind me that cracks seeds, talks with the next person, and also talks on his cell phone, I want to say that these behaviors are annoying ...
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Will this sentence make any sense to readers? Grammar question

We sat on the ground in the alley i remember, talking about anything. OR? I remember we sat on the ground in the alley talking about anything. Is the first one grammatically correct?
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Would I use “Account analyses and reconciliations” or “Account analysis and reconciliations”?

Which form of the word is correct? Account analyses or account analysis?
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Noun & verb agreement

in the sentence "Fourteen of the bones make up the face and jaw." is "Fourteen" singular or plural? The preceding sentence is "The skulls of every human being have 22 bones." The grammar book I'm ...
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What's the difference between “for” and “in”?

I submitted a simple sentence to my tutor and she said "for" should be replaced with "in" in the sentence below. "I really want to know about his business because he has made so much money for a ...
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'In the ranks' OR 'With the ranks'

Which of the following two phrases is correct? I'd put him right there in the ranks of the best anthropologists out there. OR I'd put him right there with the ranks of the best ...
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Is it still a simile if you say “if X was Y” first?

I was inspired to ask by the famous John Green quote: if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane Is this a simile? Without the "if people were rain" it would be, certainly, but ...
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Can you use people's?

I was writing a thingy when I had a question on how to do it. I had no idea so I wrote it on this. Can you help me to do this?
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Proper usage of word 'corpus'

I want to use corpus in place of total amount of money. Please suggest if I can use it. In place of using: ...leads the way in terms of total amount of money. I want to use: ....leads the way in ...
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why we don't add s to these verbs

My question is why we don't add s to the verb in these examples? John, turn on the light. Why we don't add s to turn another example? Stig eat your breakfast Why we don't add s to eat; ...
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21 views

How do you pronounce serpentine?

I have hear serpentine pronounced sir-pen-tine and sir-pen-teen. Which is correct or more common?
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The difference really cannot

Is there any different in meaning between I cannot really and I really cannot?
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The difference really cannot

Is there any different in meaning between I cannot really and I really cannot?
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How to avoid ordinal numbers when referring to a place in a queue?

I have the following sentence: "You are currently 5th in the queue" I'd like to avoid using ordinal numbers. What is the best way to rephrase this sentence such that it conveys the same meaning, ...
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Why is 'So' being used to begin an anwer to a question grammatically incorrect?

I see that questions about the usage of 'so' have been asked, but none of the answers I've seen get into why. I first noticed this on the Shark Tank show. One of the sharks will ask a contestant ...
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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they ...
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Proper ways of saying “just had” or “expecting” a child for future guardians that aren't the birth mother

If a person is the spouse of or is adopting a newborn from a currently or recently pregnant person, what phrase describes their relationship with the unborn or recently born child? Are there clearer ...
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Sides of a town

With regards to the four quadrants of a town or city...which is correct: The north side of town, or The North side of town? He lives in the west side of town, or He lives in the West side of town? ...
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28 views

neither do they or does they? Which one and why?

Which one: Neither do they or Neither does they I am confused on which one is right and why it is right?
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30 views

Using the word “eyesight”

I was wondering whether the usage of the word "eyesight" is wrong or not in the sentence below. "The purpose of data visualization is to aid people in comprehending complex data by stimulating ...
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Negating a raising verbs vs its complement infinitive

Consider the sentence: I don't seem to have enough time. Theoretically, it could be rephrased: I seem to not have enough time. It seems to be grammatically correct, but it sounds a bit ...
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Should “two” as a pronoun be spelled out in AMA style?

In AMA style, numerals are used for 1 through 9, but "one," when used as a pronoun, is spelled out. Easy enough. But now I'm looking at a sentence that says this: Drug A enhances the performance ...
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To use “deliver” or “delivers” in this sentence

Sentence in question: Mindie has also cultivated strategies to maintain customer and distributor relationships and deliver extraordinary customer service. Which is correct and why? Thank you!
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What is the short for “focusing on the key component of the problem?”

I am writing a research essay which contains something like "a policy that focuses on the key component of the problem." I am struggling to come up with a short name for this policy because I need to ...
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Dialogue from the motion picture “ Captain America - The First Avenger”.What is she implying in this sentence?

This is a dialogue from the motion picture " Captain America - The First Avenger": Steve Rogers: Well, what about you and Stark? How do I know you two haven't been...fonduing? [she turns to ...
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35 views

Are there any differences? - to buy x to purchase [on hold]

Are there any differences between the meanings of "purchase" and "buy"? Thanks in advance.
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I dont mistake or I dont make a mistake… which on of them is true?

I have a query about these sentences: If I do not mistake, she would be his fiancee ... but my teacher said to me that it must be expressed in another way ... If I do not make a mistake ... she would ...
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What's an alternative to “Stack Exchange”? [on hold]

What's an alternative to Stack Exchange that uses 2 words and has roughly the same meaning?
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Term for a group of people born in a specific cohort

Does there exist such a term? I like to name a group of people who's born for example in 1976 or 1991. So I thought probably "76ers" or "91-ers" would do fine but is that correct English? I mean ...
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61 views

What this person is called?

A person who never forgets anyone's birthday and anniversaries and love to wish them at first what this person is called ?
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What is the diferrence between “minute by minute” and “minute after minute”

I am not a native speaker therefore I would be grateful if someone could explain me what is the diferrence between "minute by minute" and "minute after minute". Thank you.
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Is *“lexophilia”* a word?

I've been using the word "lexophilia" for years, but only just realized that it might not actually be in popular use at all. I've even had heated arguments with fellow pedants over the veracity of ...
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1answer
30 views

Cannot understand sentence in preface to “Old Indian Legends” by Zitkala-Ša

I'm reading the preface to Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Ša, originally published in 1901. My mother tongue is not English, and I am having some trouble understanding - in detail - what she actually ...
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A word for people that have the same characteristics

Is there any word or combination of two words that describes two persons with the same characteristics.
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Comments on baby girl photo

I want to comment on a baby girl photo but im unable to find some impressive words. Plz help me out with this. Thanks
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The use of “was” and “were”

...none of them was going to Malory Towers. This is taken from a story book, Enid Blyton - Malory Towers I think, and a pupil at school queried this with me. I can see her point, "were" sounds better ...
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Is gender-neutral language the norm for academic writing ? If so, when did this start?

Most texts I read on linguistics and translation studies seem to use gender-neutral language (e.g. 'he or she/his or her', 'they/their'for people of unknown gender). Is this the dominant trend for ...
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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1answer
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How do you hyphenate the word day to day?

Do you use the word day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year or day to day, month to month, year to year?
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A word similar to inspire which modifies the subject

I want to construct a sentence saying that a pointed chin is a symbol of authority. My current sentence is "The general's (noun) inspires authority". I know that a more correct use of inspire here ...
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Phrase/Idiom for increasing odds of winning by placing multiple bets

I'm looking for a phrase/idiom that represents when you increase your chances of winning some sort of gamble (or event with multiple possible outcomes) by saturating the field with bets. E.g. ...
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8answers
589 views

Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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A Computer Virus which doesn't damage your PC

I am a developer from Italy, and because I usually work with English people, I need to know some new words. How do you call a 'Computer Virus' which is only annoying but not dangerous?
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Is there an expression or idiom for something convenient that happens right when you need it to?

Especially if it's something unlikely. Almost as if it could only happen in a movie. For instance, you're about to be robbed and a random cop on patrol arrives at that exact time. What are the chances ...
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Mind Blowing vs. Mind Boggling

I have seen these phrases using interchangeably, but I couldn't pinpoint exactly what do they mean. what is the difference between the 2 and where/how to use them?
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What is the minimum number of objects in a stack?

A stack is defined by the OED as: A pile of objects, typically one that is neatly arranged In turn, a pile is defined as: A heap of things laid or lying one on top of another and A ...

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