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What does “the exposed nail” mean?

"I was the exposed nail in the meeting room." What does "the exposed nail" mean in the context?
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Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant?

Is there a better title or a word for Computer Lab Assistant? A title which would make these designation sound professional and more respectable.
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Unrelated “because”

A student uses the following sentence: I love strong coffee, because the there are coffee plantations in Kenya. The reason (because) is unrelated to the statement. Is there a term for this?
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Etymology of “horny”

What is the etymology of "horny"? It isn't related to rhino horn, because rhino horn isn't used as an aphrodisiac in traditional Chinese medicine. Wiktionary doesn't have any etymology info The ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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Opposite of reluctance?

What would be a suitable antonym of "reluctance" or "hesitance" that does not have the connotation of "rash judgment/action" or any negative connotation? Instead, I am looking for an antonym that ...
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reference of “which I find convincing”

I have two questions: What is "which I find convincing" referring to? to "pleasing analyses" or "the idea that we should not get too carried away with pleasing analyses"? What does "But at the end ...
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Should I use “will” or omit it in following sentence?

Now I'm pondering on the details of me fulfilling an elaborate plan,thinking that it works well. (In this sentence,would it make sense ...
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Is it acceptable to make a question by adding “or” at the end?

Example: "It is unacceptable for young ladies to put up their bare feet in public railway carriages, or?" I only ask because the germans do it all the time as in: "Ich habe dir schon einmal darum ...
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What would I call the author and date line in a blog?

What can I call the second line in a blog post heading such as below? I tend to call this the author and date line, but is there a single term that encapsulates this identity? Blog Post Title ...
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The rhetorical effect of “no more … than” construction

The following is a part of the section 15.70 of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (Longman). Rachel is no more courageous than Saul(is). The sentence implies that both ...
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Future indefinite tense

Is it possible to use "will" twice in a sentence? If not then when it is possible? It will rain tomorrow and we will enjoy. Is it correct? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced
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expression following EACH

I have difficulties in using each. Which would be correct in the following sentences? They are each connected to a) a hydrogen atom/ b) hydrogen atoms. They each are connected to a) a hydrogen atom/ ...
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How to use “would”?

"In the span of the next two years, Bezos redefined Amazon. During this period, he would start to think differently about conventional advertising." What is the difference if I change "would start" ...
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Is “I'd rather it be you.” correct?

Is "I'd rather it be you." correct? or "I'd rather it were you." And Why?
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Origin of Soccer

What is called football in most of countries, called soccer in US. However, there are some inconsistent usage of these terms. For example, in Australia, they have Football Federation Australia (FFA) ...
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Is this the right way of framing the sentence

I am preparing my resume and I would like to have your opinion on the grammatical correctness of the following sentences. Taught Laboratory sessions, graded home works, exams for PH 101 (Course ...
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Meaning of “Green” and “GreenBack” in American english?

I found 2 new words on my American Slang book (Talk the way americans do). 1) Green 2) GreenBack Meaning of these words on my book : Green : money (Referring to the color green seen on U.S. paper ...
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any difference between “would” and “will” in question?

Ts there any difference between “Why would you do that?” and “Why will you do that?” in the meaning? It made me so confused every time.
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What is “better” modifying in this sentence?

I'm not sure what "better" is modifying in a sentence with "had better": "If there is a virus in your system, you had better hope that it responds to the appropriate treatment and therapy." I know ...
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What is the meaning of “get held under the water”?

"You pull in the barrel and then you eat it and you just go spinning and get held under water forever" I read it but I didn't really get it. I mean does it means that he drowns? Please help me ...
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Couldn't and would

I read a quote from "House of cards" that went like: "You're are my best friend, John. I couldn't have it off with my best friend. It would be embarrassing." Is it of any difference if I change ...
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is there a word for the time span between an old king and a new king?

A king suddenly dies, and during the immediate aftermath, the realm is without an official leader (leaving the throne susceptible to usurpers) and the heir is still being notified or is traveling and ...
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do native English speakers completely omit the /r/ sound in /ˈev·riˌwʌn/ (everyone)?

Most Asian non-native English speaker pronounce the /r/ clearly in the word everyone /ˈev·riˌwʌn/. However, when hearing the pronunciation of /ˈev·riˌwʌn/ in some online English dictionary, I hear no ...
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I want to register domain name for blog, which one is correct?

This blog is about career should it be "careersblog" or "careerblog" Thank you very much.
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Contract interpretation

To be eligible for holiday pay the employee must meet the following requirement: the employee must have worked the last scheduled day before, and the first scheduled day after a holiday except when ...
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'go ride your highest horse' equivalence?

'Go ride your highest horse'. It is used to mean go do whatever you wish I will not comply or listen to what you want. It's like never will I do that, go do as you wish. The idea behind riding your ...
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Is there a good alternative to “low man on the totem pole”?

Since "low man on the totem pole" is potentially ambiguous (and is possibly offensive to some), are there any good alternative idioms to mean someone of low rank who gets stuck with undesirable ...
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What was the archaic source of “All Turns To Yesterday”?

I was recently reminded of Mediæval Bæbes' performance of "All Turns To Yesterday" (perhaps best known from its adaptation into Delerium's Aria). I've read that it's a rendition of a traditional ...
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meaning of “beat the measure”

When Keawe came to himself a little, he was aware it was the night when the band played at the hotel. Thither he went, because he feared to be alone; and there, among happy faces, walked to and fro, ...
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What is “irregular rhyme?”

In my search for the definition for the poetry term "doggerel," which I still do not understand, I came across the term "irregular rhyme." Can someone explain the definition of these terms, and how ...
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“thick loaves”: meaning

I would like to ask you what do the native speakers of English mean when they say a thick loaf of bread? Does the adjective "thick" describe the bread's texture or size? Does it just mean that the ...
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'let him vent out his malevolence/rancor'? matching idiom?

I believe an example will serve best to explain it, so if someone has been extremely tolerant with smb or a group of people over a long period of time, until no more can be beared and emotions flood ...
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Is “there's no chance” the subject in “… there’s no chance she will change her mind”?

She’s very determined and there’s no chance she will change her mind. I try to understand what is "there's no chance" in the sentence. e.g. is that subject? etc.
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Is thesis's project correct? [duplicate]

This is a general question I had in years. When we want to declare possession, we use the apostrophe and the s. For example: Bayern's best goalkeeper is Oliver Kahn. What about the words that end ...
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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?
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What is the second clause modifying?

I went to swimming pool three times a week through out my childhood, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday morning practices that were exhausting but fruiful. I simply cannot find the clause "a ...
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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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She didn't even had me/has me/have me

I'm trying to translate a sentence out of a book, and the author is talking about the past and I'm not sure which one is correct, the sentence goes like this: She was so alone, I was the only one she ...
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They are going to be letting me out next week

I am reading a book "Second hand" by Michael Zadoorian in which a boy visits his ex girlfriend in the hospital as she attempted suicide. There is a sentence which creates some difficulty to me: "They ...
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“until late afternoon”: when is that?

Here is a phrase about supermarkets in Belgium: The idea for brewing with bread came when 31-year-old Frenchman Sebastien Morvan talked to a friend about food waste, specifically the bread ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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Word for a given situation

In the spirit of The Big Bang TV show titles I am looking for a word to use in a particular situation. First, there's a joke that sets up the scenario. 2 guys camping. They are barefoot by the fire. ...
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How many phonemes are in the word “queen”?

I am in the process of digging into phonemes as a way to help teach our son to read. I don't remember ever having formal instruction on the role of phonemes in speech, and I am actually having a lot ...
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What is the correct word for moving part of the ground to another place?

I would like to know the correct english word for this activity:
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Use the comma, or not?

In a flyer, should the following comma stay — or be omitted? Call, or e-mail for more information.
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Theirs will be a great torment

I have run into such a verse in Quaran: Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment How should I parse the ...
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English equivalent to the Arabic idiom 'soak it and drink its water'?

There is a common Arabic idiom, which literally translated says: Soak it and drink its water It can said about pretty much anything, to express a kind of contemptuous indifference. For ...
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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What word beginning with “D” means “for you” or “for many people”? [on hold]

What is a word that starts with the letter "D" and means for you or for many people?

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