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A word for an instrumental melody which copies the vocal part?

Sometimes in rock music you'll hear a guitar solo which reproduces the vocal melody: from the verse, for example. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana springs to mind - here's a link to the relevant ...
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Is there a rule for when to pronounce “ah” instead of “ae” in RP versus GA?

I would like to know if there is a rule when to pronounce ah in RP versus ae in GA. Is it a question of vocabulary or is there a rule for that? Examples: dance- in RP is pronounced ah but in GA it ...
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A word from school vocabulary?

I would like to know how to call the paper that shows you have passed exams in a subject. Thank you.
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When to drop the preposition

Which sentence is correct: Attached is a memo regarding membership to and providing charge to... or Attached is a memo regarding membership and providing charge to...
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Resources to determine proper prepositions

I find there is a lack in properly outlining the correct use of prepositions in online dictionaries. I often find myself wondering, for example, if I should use "originating from" or "originating in" ...
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What does 'cover off' mean? 10067

10067 I have looked at 'cover off' threads but their answers don't fit my example. In James Titcombe's book about the Morecambe Bay baby scandal (where 30 babies died because of communication ...
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'We are neither.' Is that correct?

I am composing a sentence like: 'Some people think we are this, some think we are that...'. Then I want to say that we are neither this nor that. Can I write it in short like this: 'But we are ...
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Subjunctive in If clause

Here is my question which I came across-The context is present; "If I could touch the water, I would feel it was cold." Why it is written as "It was cold"? Shouldn't it be "It is cold"? Does " It was ...
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What is the future for the Word *“Womyn”*? [on hold]

The Word "womyn" has an interesting and debated history. It has become ever more pertinent since it's creation. My question is: Does "womyn" have a future?
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question?

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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How can a person chime?

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Absolute Integrity

An employee is habitually unauthorised absent. He was punished earlier also.Now again he is unauthorised absent.Whether a charge sheet can be issued that the employee failed to maintain "Absolute ...
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Word order depending on emphasis

In many languages it is very common to deviate from the common word order depending on the emphasis (the most important piece of information one conveys in a sentence). Suppose the following sentence ...
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The difference between Related and Relating [on hold]

I would be very happy if you can explain me the difference between related and relating?
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Which is the right usage: It vs That

"OH! You are an Encyclopedia. I forgot it/that." (Said In the context after sharing something to a person who already knows it). It or that? Which is right or better usage?
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Weekend/Weekends

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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Question about 'ascending to the throne' for other titles

When talking about the heir to a king, when he/she comes into power, we can say he ascended to the throne. Is there an equivalent phrase for usage concerning other noble titles like duke, count, baron,...
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What is a “longstop”? (British, I think)

I've come across this word applied to God in a book by Julian Barnes but I don't understand it. And perhaps God doesn't mind being addressed only in emergency. It may seem to bystanders that ...
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Word for “easy to dismiss”

I know that there is an adjective with that meaning. I just cannot think of it or find it online. I'd be very grateful if someone pointed out a word that fits that definition or at least a similar one....
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A question on What Clause

You see Martian paintings and you wonder what the painter was like. could someone make me understand why writer not use how in place of what?
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Jr or Jnr for describing Junior job position?

What is the correct way to abbreviate Junior when describing a job position Jr ,JR or Jnr, JNR? or is it best to just write Junior I have always thought Jr was used after someones name but have seen ...
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Then the [noun] will vs. the [noun] will then

I was just writing something and came across these two alternations of saying this, and was curious what the difference between them is, and if one of them is technically incorrect. After a quick ...
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Tense and 'had had'

Which of these is correct? Instinctively, I'd say (1), but it feels a bit formal. I'm also tempted to use (3) but soften the double 'had' by using 'she'd' instead of 'she had'. Thoughts? (Thank you!) ...
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The correct way to say Measure units or Units of measure

which one is correct and why, or are they both correct: measure units units of measure? when i start to google it, I saw only 1st variant.
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Possessive pronouns

Does a first-person possessive pronoun have to come last if it is in a list with others?" "My irresponsible sister loves jewelry, so she took both Sally's and mine. "The same room was marked ...
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A question about the singular or plural?

Two cups of tea _______ (is or are) enough for me.
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What does it mean: “to write in large box letters”?

in this sentence: ask everyone to write in large box letters.
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Increase or increase by?

I wonder which is correct: The added value obtained per ha is increased by 2.7 times with irrigation or The added value obtained per ha is increased 2.7 times with irrigation
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Is the word “bonsai” used both as a noun and a verb?

Is it common to use the word "bonsai" as a verb as in the following passage? And what does it mean? If you've ever crammed into the back of a Toyota with one or more males over the age of seven, ...
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Question that is a no-brainer

I need a phrase which has a meaning of a question that is very easy to answer and requires very little thought. I think it might have something to do with word no-brainer. I don't know if a no-...
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What does it mean “they had going in to the project” in this sentence?

Mind mapping builds a common mind about current reality and thus decreases people's allegiance to the solutions they had going in to the project. Thanks
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Correctness and meaning of “zero tolerance regarding child safety”

Here is an excerpt from IKEA Singapore's Facebook page: A third party investigation has shown that the locking mechanism is not reliable, posing a risk for young children, despite approved tests ...
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Same day vs Same date

Which is correct. same day last year or same day last year. can we use same day/date instead? eg:we went to the place the same day last year
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A word to describe someone who is oblivious to the atmosphere in a group conversation

There is a Japanese phrase "Kuuki yomenai", which literally translates to "Can't read the air", and can be used to describe someone who doesn't get social cues or is unaware of other people's moods &...
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If I was or If I were - what to use

I am a student who is studying software engineering and I have a big dream to become a world class developer in upcoming few years. I am planning to start a blog related to software engineering and I ...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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Is there any word we can tell someone who borrows frequently? [duplicate]

I am not telling about borrowing money alone. i know a guy who never spends/uses his things/money. He always borrow from others. what do we call these people? what is the term we can use?
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Why do we say “On purpose” vs “By accident”?

My 12 year old deserves credit for this question. He asked "Why do we say 'by accident' but not 'by purpose' " I was stumped - this is an embarrassing situation! Searching left me cold. The ...
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What is one word for 'a messy mixture of a lot of ingredients'?

I am looking for a single word that describes - a mixture of a lot of things that ends up pretty messed up. What would that be? Thanks.
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When did it become okay to drop “years old” when speaking about a living thing?

It's perfectly normal and common to say that a person "is 20," or "is 47," or any other age, and it's implicitly understood that we're talking about age. This works with animals, too. But you can't ...
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“Like swimming in ___” honey?

My supervisor and I had a discussion about my thesis progress this morning, and he described my writing progress: Like swimming in _____. I have no idea about the word he said, then he changed ...
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How to distinguish this word as a noun or verb?

Here's a sentence that was in my notes at church today: His plan is to use you to be a warrior and champion for your family's destiny. I'm sure the word champion was intended to be used as a ...
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Can this sentence “stand before you” means stand on front of you? [duplicate]

I was Reading a book called "David and Goliath" and I came a cross sentence says that "but standing before another human being and speaking lies to him only for the sake of self-preservation was ...
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Unique way of saying fulfilling some one else's dream for them

My daughter is a famous motorcyclist and has to answer hundreds of interviews. In her interviews she says that she is fulfilling her father's "legacy". I have always felt she is using the wrong word....
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somthing continues or something is continued [on hold]

While writing report? If I want to describe, for example, "the construction works continued", should I use:- 1. The construction works continued yesterday. 2. The construction works was continued ...
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Word that means non-human animals?

Humans are animals. The term "animals" is sometimes used to mean all animals (including humans) and is sometimes used to mean every animal except for humans. Is there a word that means non-human ...
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Are dictionaries using 'big data'?

Note: I might walk the line of this site's usage here. Let me know if you think I should delete, or move. I ask it here because, though it is not about using English, it is about how we know how to ...
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Is there a word for colloquial forms of address?

For example, "dude," "man," "buddy," "pal," etc, when used to stand in for someone's name. "Hey, pal, how's it going?" Is there a word for terms like these? Or is "colloquialism" as close as we can ...
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Why did an author use in the sentence past simple with present perfect

The sentece is: Vincet knew enough to have decided that no one in it could ever be trusted.

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