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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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Why can I vary the position of the noun phrase only in certain sentences?

It is possible to say this: It formed inside him an ambition to teach his students all the more. I brought the "inside him" to the front of the noun phrase "an ambition to..." since the ...
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What's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...
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Expedience or Expediency

I have been using the word 'expedience' for years. Today I discovered that the oxford dictionary does not have this word. Instead it has 'expediency' for a noun.
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difference between these two sentences

I was wondering how are these two sentences different. Also, if one is wrong please suggest the correction. 1) I have revised the designs to incorporate the changes you have suggested. 2) I have ...
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Envy vs jealousy - has the meaning changed?

When I was at school (in the 80's) I learnt that jealousy and envy meant different things: you are jealous if you think someone will take what you have, you are envious if you want what they have. In ...
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Happy to see her, he smiled…what is the name for this usage?

Happy to see her sister, she was about to cry. I can see that this sentence works like a participle phrase, but this "happy to see her sister" directly starts with adjective. What is the grammar ...
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Which order of words is more logical in a sentence?

We are writing an error message for a user and we have two conflicting opinions at the moment. Since we're not native English speakers/writers we may have some issues with punctuation. Here are the 2 ...
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What's the word for something that is 'good', but 'bad' at the same time?

what is the word that describes an act that was meant to be an act of kindness/helpful, but ironically has not been helpful at all. I know the word, but it's totally gone out of my head, and I cannot ...
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Manage+simple present from of verb [on hold]

"We will try to manage your visa extend till July,2017." I have seen this sentence somewhere.It seems to be incorrect to me.I just want to know how can I use ''try'' and ''manage'' both in this ...
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gerund or infinitive

I have this sentence... I'm a volunteer in an organization that is dedicated to helping people find answers about life in their own Bibles... or it should be I'm a volunteer in an organization ...
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What's in between “single” and “double”?

I'm trying to think of a word that basically communicates something in between a single and a double. Is there such a thing as half of a tuple? How would you communicate something that is in ...
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Looking for a phrase please help

I know there's a phrase for this I just can't remember what it is. It means basically that you don't have an opinion in an argument. What I do know is "I don't have a ____ in this fight". This is ...
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“you,” “your” or “yours” in this sentence?

I just received an email that had the following sentence, We have plenty of magic that will pique your and your customers' interest. Aside from the obvious errors, do we use "you" "yours" or ...
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What do we call the especially visceral feelings of horror or disgust that are triggered by thoughts of bodily damage?

Here's a passage about kidney stones, taken from here: About 1 in 11 people in the United States have had kidney stones, according to a 2012 report in the journal European Urology. These small ...
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When did it become common to say “because X” instead of “because of X?”

When did this usage become common, especially in a sarcastic or ironic context? Example: "Carnegie Mellon erroneously sends computer science admission letters to 800, because computers" [emphasis ...
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Proper use of “would” and “had”

Which of the following sentences would be grammatically correct? Both of the sentences sound correct to me, for which reason I am confused. The volume of sand would be measured after all excess ...
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Variations in the pronunciation of “the”

Although there are rather simple rules determining the pronunciation of "the", native speakers quite often deviate from these rules (including, e.g., TV shows). According to the Longman Pronunciation ...
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Do these sentences gain any difference in meaning by reversing the order?

Is there any difference between those sentences? I was there to get a hair cut yesterday. I was there yesterday to get a hair cut. Option one is to invest the money so that it will ...
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Adjectival form of “type”?

Is there an adjectival form of the word "type" that means "having to do with types"? The obvious adjectives "typical" and "typic" mean something different (roughly, "characteristic"). Context: In ...
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Participles with a shared object - faulty parallelism

I'm trying to explain to a friend why this is faulty parallelism; can anyone help or provide relevant sources to cite? "... by evaluating customer needs, identifying, and implementing a solution." ...
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Can Neither-Or be used?

My friend was reading the book "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and she found what seems to be a grammar mistake. The following sentence is found in the author's note: Neither novels or ...
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English word for when avoiding being seen by people?

When I want to go outside, there are times I wish to avoid running into certain people such as friends or colleagues in order to have some private moments. In such cases, I frequently find myself ...
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Can a statement be “hissed” without any sibilants?

Is using hissed as a replacement for said technically acceptable in dialogue without the presence of any sibilants? "You fool!" she hissed. I understand that hissed could be used to indicate a ...
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a word or hyphenated term for a resource harvester?

I need a generic term for mines, farms, collectors, and anything that harvests a resource (iron, food, water, etc). The closest thing I've thought of so far is "resource harvester", which is a little ...
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About or around when referring to approximate age?

I am not sure which one is the correct word for beginning this sentence. Is it just a stylistic choice? I was around 10 years old when... or I was about 10 years old when...
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Whatever tickles their fancy in the US?

The delightful-sounding tickle your fancy is, I think, one of those rare idioms where the word order can be reversed and its meaning changes; the request: fancy a tickle? said with a raised eyebrow ...
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Control, control and manage, management difference

What is the difference between control and m­anage? Some context below:­ I can control/manage it.­ I keep it under control/management.­ It is a subject of control/management.­ These phrases could ...
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Expression for “dividing something with others”?

In a play, a girl finds some stolen treasure and divides it among her friends. I ask for an expression which is used to describe this heroine that wants to share with her friends. Within the dialog ...
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How can I say “not any time soon, but it won't take a long time either”?

I was writing an email to a client about a feature we plan to eventually release, maybe in a couple months, but they want some of the functionality now. I initially wrote: If there's something ...
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Opening-conversation for requesting a service over the phone

As a non English speaker with a non English name, I find myself opening quite a long question before I even get a confirmation about the fact that, the person in the other side can even help me in ...
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“Criticism” vs. “critique”

What is the difference in meaning between criticism and critique?
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Etymology of “dude” and progression in language

On this one, etymonline really let me down. It says: dude 1883, "fastidious man," New York City slang of unknown origin. The vogue word of 1883, originally used in reference to the devotees of ...
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What is a real word that means “disenthused”?

I want to get across the point that I was no longer enthusiastic about something: When I walked in the room I was disenthused by what I saw. AFAIK, disenthused isn't a word. Edit: Chasly was ...
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Is this riddle worded correctly?

So I've just read this riddle online: A baby falls off a 20 story building and survives. How is this possible? Answer: He feel on the ground floor. Currently, I'm under the impression that ...
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Recommendations for book title: Title to describe teamwork across functions

This is my first posting, so please forgive any errors. I'm working on a training manual (for my very large, corporate employer) that describes how various departments interact with, and work with, ...
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What is the equivalent in English of the French sentence part “complément de phrase”?

In French, a sentence has two essential syntactic parts (the subject and the predicate) and may have one or more "complément de phrase", which are optional parts. "complément de phrase" = "sentence ...
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What is the definition of definition?

Does a definition need to provide a unique or near-unique description or can non-unique descriptions also be categorized as definitions? For example: Is the statement "An apple is a fruit" a ...
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Word for a retailer's distinctive products

When I worked in retail, I learned terms such as "loss leader", which describes a product that generates little or no profit but draws customers into a store. Is there a similar term for the unique ...
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The + vowel letter

I've been told that when "the" is proceeded by a vowel sound, like "apple" or "hour", it's pronounced as "thee" and not as "thu". But after listening to a couple of songs, I noticed that sometimes ...
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People of different ages who share the same birthday

I'd like to find a word to encompass multiple people who share the same birthday (but were not necessarily born in the same year): Best wishes to my <birthday-sharing friends> for a wonderful ...
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Which is correct: “included in results” or “included with results”?

I am writing a report and want to indicate that the results do not have the "Not Applicable" responses included. Which is correct? "are not included in results" or "are not included with results"?
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In the tube or on the tube?

If I would like to ask, if someone reads the news on / in the tube? (btw Tube being the underground in London) Which one is correct? Thanks,
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Difference between Scruple and Doubt?

Again, both refer to very same meaning.. what's the difference ?
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Can I use commas here to avoid confusion?

When you turn on the radio while the house is quiet , or you use the radio in your car, you have several choices of music to listen to. (The bold-faced comma, first one) Ok from the content, it ...
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Someone sociable who prefers a quiet environment when outside

Someone I know who is fairly sociable, prefers unbusy (i.e no crowds) environments when they're outside. They prefer to go, say shopping, in the late hours in order to avoid other shoppers. Or they ...
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Is the use of “hereby” superfluous?

Is the use of "hereby" ever essential? I get the feeling it is always superfluous. "As a result of this document or utterance" seems to be trivially true. For example: I hereby declare that ...
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Pronunciation of “the”: thee versus thuh [duplicate]

We were taught in school that when followed by a noun starting with a vowel sound, "the" is pronounced "thee". In other cases, it's pronounced "thuh" (aside from the emphatic "the"). I have noticed ...
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Is there an equivalent of diaeresis, but for consonants?

I know that diaeresis is used to show that two adjacent vowels are not a diphthong but should be pronounced separately, as in naïve or Zoë. Is there an equivalent mark or format in current ...
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Pronunciation of German proper nouns in America

Why are American names of German origin pronounced differently than they would be in German? For example: "Kreutz" sounds like "krites", not "kroyts" (same deal with Anheuser-Busch) "Boehner" ...

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