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Noun + participal phrase in titles

I was making an essay about cystic fibrosis and I stumbled upon a problem regarding the title. I was wondering whether the title I made was grammatical. It was "Cytosis Fibrosis: A Hereditary ...
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Fill with Take or takes [migrated]

On a plane, I like to speak to the stranger who ____ seat next to me. Fill with take or takes, and why?
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More formal phrase for “throw someone off”

Is there a more formal phrase with the same meaning of "throw someone off"? I want to use the phrase exactly how I am sure everyone is used to it being used. I want to say that something unexpected ...
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Position of ever in a sentence

Quite the most remarkable article we ever remember to have read. Why are we using ever remember and not remember ever?
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Modifier placement/ Dangling modifier

Manifesting their delight, People of our neighboring countries, after the hard-fought victory of West Indies over India, made me wonder why we get pleasure in others' misfortune? Manifesting their ...
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How do you interpret “one near or in each end”?

I am reading European pressure vessel design standard and in a line it is written that "2 large sightholes, one near or in each end or 1 handhole in the the central third of the cylindrical section." ...
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Can I say two-series to describe a series of two events?

I am presenting two talks on two different dates, and I would like to describe the first one as the first of a two-series talk. Is two-series talk a word that can be used with this meaning? Googling ...
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“New York is raining” vs “It is raining in New York”?

"New York is raining" vs "It is raining in New York" Which one is correct? As far as I learned, it is correct to use 'it' to describe weather. However, is it possible to say like "New York is ...
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Help in deciphering the meaning of the Paragraph

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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Can parallelism be defined as a syntactic structure?

Can parallelism be defined as a syntactic structure? In my course, we study parallelism as an example of syntactic patterning. However, would it be ok to call it a syntactic structure?
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how to describe walking, cycling, bus as whole ?

walking, cycling and public transportation represent the low speed and distinguish from automobile. can this be called as low-travelling traffic system?
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English. Word for Legal but Unjustifiable

A suitable word or phrase for being legally correct but not Justifiable
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“The woman's card” vs “the woman card”

In this recently uploaded video by CNN channel, it shows that it is not clear as to whether we should use the possessive apostrophe or not, though Sue Mendelsohn, Director of the Columbia Unv. Writing ...
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Umbrella term for paging, sorting and filtering in software

I'm looking to name an object which encapsulates 3 common functionalities used for displaying items on: paging, sorting and filtering. All I'm looking for now is a good name to describe this. I was ...
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read the body please

Im looking for the PROPER TERM. So theres a female. Her name is kaylee. Knows this guy that is madly in love with her and would give anything to be with her well she is struggling and needs things for ...
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Meaning of this sentence “I am not great with blade.”

I wonder what is the real meaning of this sentence. A: I bet I would have made one hell of a capo at La Cosa Nostil. B: Nostra A: Ah, I don’t know. I mean, I have a wandering spirit. ...
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Using the indefinite article

When I want to express that I have pain , should I use the indefinite article (a) e.g. I have a pain
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Collective word for software and hardware

I'm looking for a term that collectively describes both software and hardware. Doesn't have to be a single word but it would be preferable.
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Which form should be used for “student union”: singular, plural, possessive?

When should a noun acting as an adjective be plural, and when should it be singular? And when should it be possessive, like baker's dozen and when should it be plural possessive, like farmers' market? ...
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First Lover in the Nighttime? a little bit of bacon?

This is in the drama Psych. I am an English learner and I can't understand why the man suddenly says this. Juliet and Shawn are couple and they are a kind of policeman. I wonder the bold part. It ...
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Is the sentence in the question correct?

I want to say that "x theory and y theory are much elder than z theory. However, z theory plays an important rule in germination of both x and y theories." How to write the two sentences above in ...
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Usage of the word “largesse”

I am writing a sentence like: Show clients your largesse with a gift of equal proportion. Is it right in a formal sense or is it a little condescending? Is there another way to write it?
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Question mark or period at the end of “What is your favorite song, and explain why”

Which would be correct? What is your favorite song, and explain why? (I'm thinking this is right.) What is your favorite song, and explain why. This could be written as, "What is your ...
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What's the English for “allappare”?

This is essentially a translation question and as such off-topic, but please bear with me for a moment. Allappare is an Italian verb that is used to refer to the astringent effect that you may ...
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Is “to silo off” a real phrase?

I often hear people (and myself) say that something is "siloed off from" something else, meaning that is is isolated (or, in software, sandboxed) and allowed to work without affecting something else. ...
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Choose the grammatically correct sentence

** 1. ** (a) She said that she was ill owing to cold weather (b) She said that she was ill due to cold weather 2 (a) He refused to dine with me (b) He denied to dine with me 3 a. It is much ...
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If we say A is weaker than B by a factor of x, then should x be smaller or bigger than 1?

In math, we always need to derive different algorithms to get a tighter error bound. It may be correct almost surely that: the error bound of B is better than that of A by a factor x (x is bigger than ...
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Terminology to describe the formal use of “I wish to”

I am aware that there is a similar post, however, is there a more specific term (other than simply formal) to describe the use of "I wish" in the following case: If your Ladyship doesn't wish to ...
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What's a word for setting up a mechanism to prevent you from doing something in the future no matter what you may say or do then?

Suppose I've a tough exam tomorrow and I plan to study all day. Knowing that I'm usually great at procrastinating, I ask my family members to keep a tab on me and to do whatever is necessary to bring ...
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Is it OK to start a phrase with a gerund, when it is meant to imply an action in the past?

Example: "She was out of school for a long time when she caught the measles, giving the disease to her family." I am editing a document in which the author frequently uses the above construction, ...
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“Ask” vs “ask for”

I've just been told that when you want information from a person, you should not use "ask for" just "ask". They're quoting from Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English. This doesn't appear to be ...
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What is the female version of “forefather”?

I might say "My forefathers were Irish". Is there an equivalent for mothers? Could a woman say "My foremothers were German"?
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Is 'I don't know' an adjective?

Other than being an interjection, does 'I don't know' serve as an adjective?
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“To science the sh*t out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, ...
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meaning of “a game of tease”

what does it mean when someone compares something or some act to "a game of tease"? I think it means like indulging in a game of seek and hide or something like that. Am I right? it is like a game ...
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A term that describes the “shoulder angel/devil” but on a broader scale

I am attempting to find a phrase or word equivalent to "shoulder angel/devil", but on a broader scale, that does not only refer to the idea of "good" versus "bad". A shoulder angel/devil is a plot ...
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Letter closing other than “Love”

I am writing an email to a family member (in-law or brother/sister). While in the past I used "love" and signed off with my first name for closing, I usually wondered if there are better words I could ...
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A superset of contractor, employee and businesses?

I need a single word to define an employee, contractor or any business entity (e.g. sole-proprietorship, corporation) that provides services in exchange for pay. I saw ...
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Use of “insight of” in a sentence

Is it correct to use "insight of" in the following sentence: Statistical insight of binding regions in disordered human proteome Because here it basically means: insight into the statistics ...
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These have been processed

I have been told I can't say the below in my email reply and am not too sure what is wrong with the sentence. Can someone enlighten me please? These have been processed.
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Is there an English idiom/metaphor for “mind boggling”, only more so?

In Hungarian, if you want to express that something is mind-blowing, you say megáll az ész "the mind stops". (For example, the National Geographic Channel's show Brain Games is titled Megáll az ész! ...
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Is there any idiomatic synonym for “to apply a double standard”? [on hold]

Is there any idiom that if you use it in your conversation, the audience would notice that you are accusing someone of having a double standard behavior or policy? In Persian we use this idiom: ...
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which is grammatically correct

Which is the grammatically correct to write this sentence? Ask, we may just have what you are looking for. or Ask, we just may have what you are looking for.
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Use of preposition and prepositional adverb

I know that prepositions are not supposed to end a sentence; however, I have also read that some prepositions function as adverbs as seen in "come inside" and "run around". My question concerns an ...
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Word for when set A is not a subset or superset of set B

I'm looking for a word to describe the relationship between two sets when set A is neither a subset nor superset of set B. Obviously if a technical term exists, great. Otherwise, imagine someone has ...
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Can food be described as “nice”?

Can food be described as 'nice'? This food is nice; This dish is nice. I always thought it could be, but I was speaking to a few friends and they argued (and strongly may I add) otherwise.
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Meaning of 'roll' in 'I have all my grass to roll'

‘Oh, I am so sorry,’ said Hans, ‘but I am really very busy to-day. I have got all my creepers to nail up, and all my flowers to water, and all my grass to roll.’ The above is a part of ...
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Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think the ...
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A figure of speech to illustrate the irreversibility of an action

I'm looking for a good figure of speech to suggest that something is irreversible. It would be used in the following context: "I'm sorry, dear, but you said it loud and clear and there is nothing ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...

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