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I was wondering if anyone could find a literary technique in this quote from Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates?

"...but not if it makes you cross. We'll stay here if you like. I love you."
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“Life is short. Work somewhere awesome.” Is it ambiguous?

At a company some HR person put a label on the wall with a slogan: "Life is short Work somewhere awesome " /+ Name of the company The question is: May this label sound conversational? Like I ...
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Can “your reputation precedes you” be used as a negative statement?

I have always considered "your reputation precedes you" as a gesture of complement and respect. However it occurred to me if it is possible to use it for a notorious person with a bad reputation? ...
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usage of the verb to bridge in “Bridging someone to something”

My friend suggested a tag line for our project: "Bridging you to your dream higher education online" and I have doubts that "bridging you to smth." is a proper word usage. I've never heard this ...
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'work' or 'working'

What is the difference between: ... algorithm which will be programmed in the later stage work with use of high-level programming language, such as: C#, etc. ... algorithm which will be ...
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Different meanings of blow [on hold]

As' blow' has many different meanings, I always forget which meaning in sentences, like: 'They blew into the charcoal until it glowed red. ' I think that the original meaning is not match, and I ...
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Usage of “n times” (two times,…)

Is it possible/common to say: I'd like an apple two times.
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How do you call the automatic bike pedals in English

I mean those kind of bicycle pedals where you have special shoes and engage the sole to the pedal. In spanish it's pedales automaticos and in german: 'Klickis' or 'Klickpedale'. Thanks in advance
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A question about “common stake”

What does common stake in the sentence below mean? Does it mean a common role? Such overgeneralized beliefs will also be resistant to change, because individuals develop a common stake in their ...
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meaning of “yet” “as if”

I don't understand the second part of this sentence: The Berlin Congress of 1878 and the first set of frontiers drawn on maps ignored key components of local life, and yet they were drawn as ...
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Digital goods' seller-word suggestions

We are creating an online marketplace, so we need some word suggestions. Someone who sells the goods online. Someone who buys the goods online. Given that we already know seller, vendor, customer ...
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What are other ways to express “something becomes more and more important”?

For example, if I would like to use the word "importance", how can I make the sentence?
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Meaning Of Arrangement

I want to know the meaning of the word arrangement in the following sentence and the overall meaning of this snetence: “Reinforcers,” are rewards or punishments used to encourage desired ...
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The very concepts of the “present” and “existence”

In the following sentence I want to understand the meaning of the bolded part: The light from most stars takes millions of years to reach us, so not only the present existence of these stars ...
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Origin of “to be in fat city”?

What is the origin of the phrase "to be in fat city" meaning "to do well" (financially or otherwise)? A search with an internet search engine suggests that it is of fairly recent vintage, as the two ...
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use of “everything” or “anything” in positive and negative sentences?

As a non-native speaker, when I read the books about grammar, I learn that usually the word "everything" is used in a positive sentence and that the word "anything"is used in a negative or ...
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“Half a cup of milk” or “half cup of milk”? “½ cup of milk” or “½ a cup of milk”?

I have two questions related to this topic. Since they are very closely related, I decided to group them in one thread. If it is better to separate them, please let me know and I will fix it. Thank ...
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Irregular verbs: differences between BrE and AmE

I've just found BrE sneak/sneaked/sneaked and AmE sneak/snuck/snuck. Are there more of these deviations? Generally, lists of irregular verbs in grammars are so poor that they show only half of what ...
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What are some words that start with DL? [on hold]

i'm ESL student and I have a homework , My English teacher ask me to get 5 words start with DL ? and I have to use these word in sentience I did not found any word in the dictionary start with DL :( ...
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Difference between the words billing,rating and charging

Is there is any difference between the terms billing,rating and charging? I am coding for billing department? These terms are used interchangeably?
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I was embarrassed by you

When you say "I was embarrassed by you", is it ever possible for you to mean that "you embarrassed me"? In other words, is it possible to convey the passive voice by "I was embarrassed by you"?
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Use of contretemps

the word is "contretemps" and it means an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence. so what's the plural of it, if it exists and how do I use it in a sentence? Do I say "contretemps startled me"? Can ...
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What would be the opposite phrase for “Drawee Bank”?

Drawee bank is the bank, who will pay the cheque/draft. Then what would we call the bank in which the cheque/draft will be deposited? I did some search over the internet and found this link. Is it ...
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Do fruits and veggies work out?

The OED doesn't say much other than the two words have long been synonyms since the 1500s. The words healthful and healthy. healthful - promoting good health healthy - being in good ...
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using the word “croesus”

I came across the word croesus a long back but pondered over its usage recently. It has the two following definitions: 1. the last king of Lydia 2. a wealthy person Is it correct, formally, to say ...
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how do i respond to this email?

How do i respond in a way that is sincere but has a snide message to make the sender feel awkward for sending it. It is implying that I made them feel awkward for making them have to write it. ...
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How do I say I miss someone of the opposite sex?

How does one express the sentiment of "I miss you" to a non-romantic friend of the opposite sex without romantic overtones or suggestions? Some alternatives I thought of are: Your absence has ...
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Meaning of “run its course”in this sentence

The American War of Independence was first viewed by the British as a minor rebellion that would soon run its course.I don't know how to paraphrase 'run its course' in this sentence.
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meaning of edge in this sentence

belligerent speeches by leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States throughout the Cold War were keeping the world on edge.
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Meaning of each with a single eye in the middle of his forehead

How does it look like each whit a single eye in the middle of his forehead,Cyclops?
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What do you call an “atheist” who might believe in an afterlife?

Is there a term for someone who proclaims they don't believe in an afterlife but they are not sure whether the supernatural exists? I don't mean agnostic. Atheists don't believe in a deity, but an ...
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Meaning of goat-footed nature gods play in the fields and woods

There,shepherds play their pipes and sigh with longing for flirtatious nymphs and goat-footed nature gods play in the fields and woods. How can I understand this sentence? And does "play pipes" mean ...
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How to use “near” and “nearby”?

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds, is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? IE: The machine ____. (moves back and forth) or operates ...
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Starting a sentence with “And so” in a mathematical proof

Inspired by this question, I thought of something more. As Tim says, and I ageree, one more often sees repeated use of "Hence", "Therefore" etc. in a mathematical proof, and not very often do people ...
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Is “completabilty” an actual word, and if not, what's a valid replacement?

I'm looking for a word for the ability of something to be completed, or fulfilled. My situation is specifically about sales orders. I found completability, and wiktionary.com says it's a word, but ...
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Is “The MSO/MSE Split is soon underway” grammatically correct?

We're in the middle of a historical time. Two creatures will be separated from each other. Waffles will be torn in two. Meta Stack Overflow will be split. This banner is currently being shown on Meta ...
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A derogatory definition for a politician

I am looking for a definition, a negative one, to describe a politician who is not doing politics in the public interest.
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According to protesters - correct; according to THE protesters - possible?

Source: http://rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened ...
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Greetings after initial email

In a formal / professional email (i.e. emails directed at potential employers, co-workers and administrators), is it okay to exclude the greeting after the first email? For example, I will send an ...
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Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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'uplink' or 'interfaces'

I wonder, which sentence fragment is better? ... effectiveness of the interface failure detection ... effectiveness of the uplink failure detection
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what does the logical fallacy “shifting issues” mean?

what is the meaning of the logical fallacy "shifting issues"? I have tried a web search on many different forms of the question "what is the definition of the logical fallacy shifting issues. I have ...
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Something of value that is worthless in the current context?

Is there a word/metaphor/idiom for something that has value, but is worthless (or even harmful) in the current situation? To use a couple of monetary examples: A check for $1,000,000 has potential ...
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What are the characteristics of slang, dialect and colloquial speech?

**What are the different aspects of slang, dialect and colloquial speech?
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Do these phrases have any sense? [on hold]

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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Less-technical synonym for “timestamp”

I've already looked at Is there a word for "a point in time"?, but there doesn't seem to be any answers other than "timestamp". While I agree that it is the most technically accurate ...
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Is “on-parade” an actual term?

A google search came up with almost nothing. Am I just imaging things? I could have sworn one could use the term "on-parade" to mean a succession of something. For example: Life is an on-parade of ...
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Using “such” and “as”, together and segregated

Here are two variations: I would like you to buy such fruit as apples and watermelon for me. Can you buy me some fruit such as apples or watermelon? Is there any blatant difference or a fine one ...
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What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...

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