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Term for how long employees stay within a company

What is the term to describe how long a given employee remains at a company? For instance, if I wanted to use it in a sentence: The ______ of Software Engineers in Seattle, WA is about two years. ...
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Nannicock - a young woman, a fool or something else?

What definition(s) are there for the word Nannicock and what it's the etymology for each definition. (I've checked OED already). I came across Nannicock recently and on looking it up in OED their ...
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Should I use “such that,” “so that,” or “in a way that”?

I'm trying to edit a user guide in which the word such is used frequently to describe the way things have to be done. For example: Step 1: Position the frame on the cone using the sliding bar, ...
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Is there an adverb meaning “now, but not in the past”?

“Still” means “in the past and now”: “It is still raining.” Is there an English adverb meaning “now, but not in the past”?
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Why has English spelling reform never caught on?

English spelling is notorious in (literary) language learning for being chaotic. It would be better for reading and writing learners if the spelling were reformed to a more phonetic spelling like ...
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What is the correct word for the list of goods?

What is the correct word for the list of goods that we receive from our clients to be shipped(export) abroad? Please let me have your order/shipment list?
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Is the expression “see you when I see you” impolite?

Once, I have received feedback that using "see you when I see you" is not very polite. Do you have the same opinion? What other expression should I use in case I have no clue when I will see the ...
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Mathematical Institute or Mathematics Institute: Which of these is correct and why?

Many titles of universities or research institutes have a variety of adjectives before the noun institute. Example: Oxford University and Chennai have a Mathematical Institute each. Then, there are ...
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Can 'to' in 'to + verb' be an adverb?

The 'to infinitive' has the structure to + verb as in to go, to eat, to ride, etc. The word 'to' is thought to be a preposition. However, since a preposition needs an object and a verb cannot be an ...
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Is “All you need to do is work out debt payments.” grammatically correct?

I saw the following cleft sentences in an online lession. "What you should do is consider selling some valuables." and "All you need to do is work out debt payments." Are these correct? From my point ...
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past tense in adverbial phrases that does not mean past time

There are times when we use past tense to refer to future, like in the following sentences: We'd manage the funds until he came of age. You'd get helpers until you got older. The background behind ...
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Is “join” in this context ambiguous?

During this internship, I joined the on-line training program which was given by the company to the employees and aimed to help them grasp the new system. I am the student of this program. I am ...
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Using correctly the verb “preach”

Can I write "Who will you preach then?" (after something has happened) Or should I write "Who will you preach to, then?" Also, is there a shorter way to say it?
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1answer
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Why “Jesu” rather than “Jesus” in this carol?

Why does this bit of O Come, All Ye Faithful use Jesu rather than Jesus? Yea, Lord, we greet thee Born this happy morning Jesu, to thee be glory given Am I right in my thinking that Jesus is ...
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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What's a term for “useless numbers or data”?

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase that can describe any numbers or statistics that have very little practical value, and are useful only to the extent of "hey look, a number!" Here's an ...
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1answer
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Word for a statement that embodies its own 'theme'?

eg, "People over-generalize." Sort of, 'autological', for sentences.
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“For he that fights and runs away, May live to fight another day”: wisdom or mockery?

The question is about the contemporary usage of the following distich: For he that fights and runs away, May live to fight another day ; ...and whether historical events and imprecision ...
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As above, so below

I unable to fathom the quote of Hermes Trismegistus which is given Below; 1)As above, so below, 2) as within, so without, 3)as the universe, so the soul Kindly also suggest, if possible, how we ...
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38 views

How to describe these abstract concepts?

I am aware that to do this one needs not only professional skills in technologies, a sound knowledge in education and methodologies, but also a deep understanding and comprehensive analysis of ...
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Where do accents and dialects come from?

Why do people in different areas speak differently? Where do accents come from, how do they change and/or survive over time and why do we have them? Reading recommendations on this topic would be ...
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What do you call someone who obsessively thinks they are sick?

Googling relevant terms such as sick, self, conception, and mixing them gave me nothing useful. So, is there any term in English, either in common sense of the word or technical sense, to refer to ...
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Other ways to define a turning point

After a difficult childhood, the encounter with Rev. Charles, was a turning point in his life. What other expressions can be used to to define the concept of turning point?
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2answers
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Does “selfie” refer to the picture's taker, the picture's poster, or both

I'm a middle-aged person who is not up on the latest trends and am not a social media user. But a few days ago on CNN, the anchors were going on about the latest celebrity "selfie" that had "gone ...
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Question about phrasal verbs

When looking up a word in my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary recently, I noticed that there's a section for phrasal verbs at the end of the entry. The particular word was bow. When you take a ...
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1answer
75 views

Can a declarative, independent clause be considered an introductory element?

Consider this question: Are you going to the birthday party? I know that the following response can be punctuated correctly in at least two ways: "I hope so. I have already bought a ...
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Sleeping Issues

Many a time, while travelling i fall asleep and then my head starts falling, iimmediately wake up with this but then go back to sleep again and this keeps repeating. what is this known as... falling ...
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Origin of ZZZzzz

How did ZZZzzz in texting, in comic strips, or online come to mean sleeping or something boring? What's the connection between the repeated letter Z and sleep? And when did it start to be used?
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1answer
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An verb or expression for regularly writing about things that occur

I'm not a native english speaker. I'm looking for a verb that expresses (regularly) writing about things or situations. Two words came to mind; chronicling novelling logging Any verb will do, as ...
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Is there any word for person who moves frequently between two extremes in everything

Is there any word for person who moves frequently between two extremes in everything, for example say sometimeshe eats much and sometimes very less , sometimes talk much and sometimes keep quiet like ...
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6answers
598 views

Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?

I am working as a translator and in one of my projects, which was about strategic management , I came across this sentence: " In scenarios that come straight from Kafka, the simplest problems take ...
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3answers
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A word for someone who links subjects together?

I'm pretty sure there is an adjective for this. I keep thinking along the lines of 'interdisciplinary' and 'multidisciplinary', but 'multidisciplinary' to me seems to imply being good at many subjects ...
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2answers
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I could hear something rattling/rattle

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Huddleston and Pullum) says under the section "Past time could" at page 197 that it is possible to say (1) I could hear something rattling. ...
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15 views

When do we use “elder” “older” and “eldest”?

I'd appreciate it if someone explained everything regarding those three adjectives. They confuse me.
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1answer
90 views

Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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How can I advance my language skills from 'above average' to 'advanced'? [on hold]

Background: I have always been good at learning English but I feel like I've hit a plateau since there has been no significant improvement in my vocabulary or the usage of advanced sentence ...
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1answer
34 views

Is there a name for a war where everyone fights everyone else?

Is there a name for a war where everyone fights everyone else? I think that I heard the name "Kephyr" (Turkish? for the name of a war where it's all against all but I could not verify it.
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1answer
16 views

Can "field“ used in this sentence?

They succeed in persuading me to leave the field of technology in which I can easily find assurance in terms of job opportunity and financial stability. Please tell me whether I can use the word ...
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How do I quote a person with a nickname?

How would I set up the quotations for this sentence: "The current governor of California is Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, a Democrat who was inaugurated January 3, 2011" (governors.library.ca.gov). Do I ...
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What's the correct pronunciation of 'improcerous'?

The word improcerous means 'low' or 'short in stature'. How is it pronounced?
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Is there a word for person who is obsessed with scores

Is there a word for a person who is very eager to earn points or scores? Not only in some academic field but everywhere, like sports or even if they join Stack Exchange, they start concentrating on ...
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1answer
122 views

Wondering if this mixed conditional is correct or not ( taken from Euronews )

Earlier on his arrival in Warsaw the president had met US and Polish air personnel from a detachment of F-16 fighter jets. Obama also stressed that more sanctions were being prepared against Russia ...
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rent a car, rent out a car, hire a car

English not my native language. I'm trying to understand what would be correct in British English. If I want to use a car for some time. I can say, "I want to rent a car". But from my knowledge there ...
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Which tense is to be applied to this sentence?

What this experience revealed to me was that for an education program to be truly international, it needs to condescend to be local at first, because human habits are highly entangled with and ...
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1answer
67 views

Word for disliking nice people

Is there a word that means not liking nice people. I know some that are fine people but seem annoyingly nice ... maybe too good to be true.
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1answer
42 views

How many types of errors are there in English language?

I was lately reviewing a book and had to tell about the errors. It was on C++, so I had to differentiate between the kinds of errors so that people don't get terrified like "OMG 50 errors? Bad book." ...
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What single noun denotes a person who is interested in something?

'Follower', 'disciple' and so on sound too strong. I want to describe a person with a more casual interest in something. Perhaps similar to what 'amateur' used to mean, before it picked up the sense ...
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How to convert this sentence into passive voice?

Sentence: the carrier requires the manufacturer to install the software code on the iPhone I want to conver the above sentence into passive voice by making software code to be subject, but not sure I ...

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