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Analysis of the word

What's wrong with the sentence: Put the rest of the water at the back of the door in the kitchen
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How did 'up to' evolve to mean 'regardless of', in maths?

Even the OED seems not to have featured it. I couldn't find an explanation on Etymonline. [Wikipedia:] If X is some property or process, the phrase "up to X" means "disregarding a possible ...
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Describing the phonetic interaction between the F and the T in often

In the word often, the labiodental non-sibilant fricative f precedes the alveolar stop t, which is then followed by the vowel e. The Oxford Dictionaries Online offers two accepted pronunciations: ...
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An antonym for “shortcut”

I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously. How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact a longer route, or the longest ...
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What do you call it when you refuse to give up a particular task

In Dutch we've got the expression 'Vastbijten in'. It means you really get into a problem or some work. And you won't give up till it's resolved. I've been looking all over the web, but I've not been ...
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A word meaning an “indifferent resignation”?

As the title says, I'm looking for a word that is similar to resignation, but conveys a feeling of indifference. For example: Although I have severe myopia, I've lived with it all my life and have ...
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Did the English call a fruit “openærs” for 700 years?

There is a small apple-tasting fruit called medlar in English. It looks like a cross between an apple and a rosehip. It has two main curious features: first the fruit must be bletted before it can ...
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The meaning of “I never take it for granted”

I was recently translating a subtitle and I couldn't totally get the meaning of this sentence: Coffee is something I drink every day; But I never take it for granted. I'm not sure if she's ...
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What does the message, “Race together” Starbucks baristas wrote on customers’ cup mean?

Though a bit old news, Starbucks stopped to encourage their baristas to write the campaign massage, 'Race Together' on customers' cups in March. www.dailymail.co.uk . - 2015/03/22 reports: ...
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Unlikely it may seem… - is it correct?

On my final English exam I had to transform the following sentence ' It sounds unlikely, but the government has promised tax cuts.' into 'Unlikely ________, the government has promised ...
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'Might' is the subjunctive inflection of 'may'; was there ever a subjunctive inflection of 'must'?

I acknowledge that there is no subjunctive mood in English. However, there are variants of some words that we might regard as subjunctive variants. For example, 'might' is the, if you will, ...
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Order of things [duplicate]

Let's say you were in a race, and you finished 5th. One of your friends comes to you and asks "What was your ___ in the race?". Or, 'G' is the 6th letter in English alphabet. Someone asks you what ...
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Which is correct?: “my childhood dream” or “my childhood’s dream”

As an English native speaker, I feel tempted to say "my childhood dream", but from a grammatical perspective, would "my childhood's dream" be more correct?
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What is the best word to describe an “object of importance” without inquiring about its past? (i.e. not memento)

I'm looking for a word to describe a gift. The way I am using this word is to describe the item in way that a person who receives this gift would almost worship it because it means so much. The words ...
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A word for a person who works on two positions at the same time

Like: "A manager and designer at the same time wanted" It doesn't sound very informative nor does it make much sense. How can I write this sentence so that it can be understood as I want a ...
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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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Which is correct: “I feel tempted to” or “I have the temptation to”

While asking a question earlier, this issue sprung into my mind. I immediately decided to use the phrase "having the temptation to", but later decided to correct it to "feeling the temptation to". So ...
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Can one use “whether” and “if” next to each other in this sentence?

In the following sentence, is the use of whether and if next to each other grammatically (and logically) correct? I wonder whether if you and I were to agree on that final point, we could sign a ...
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Comprehensive subject?

I was baffled to find this in the introduction to a textbook: We hope that readers will find this text offering them a useful introduction to and a basic treatment of [...], as well as preparing ...
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Not “enthusiast”, but what?

I am looking for a word for: someone who enjoys thinking or talking about a thing more than actually doing the thing itself. Most of the answers I have seen so far address the distinction ...
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What is/are the origin/s of the use of “to end” to mean “to kill a person”?

Last night on two shows that I usually watch back-to-back on Tuesdays (NCIS and its spinoff set in New Orleans), the verb “end” was used in a way that seemed to mean “kill” (terminate/do away ...
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How to say “local community” in ONE word?

I'm struggling to say 'local community' in one word. Is there a suitable word which describes 'local community' or synonym?
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What are words to describe something transcendent vs non-transcendent?

I need to compare the concepts of "Virtue and Meaning" to "Resilience and Wellbeing" in people and organisations. My current thinking is to call "Virtue and Meaning" transcendent, but I can't find an ...
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What is the name of the dependent clause that repeats the preceding noun?

I, Motes, don't know this. "Motes" is? I think it starts with an 'A'.
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Synonym for tsunami

I'm looking for an equivalent term in English for tsunami. How did people name/describe the phenomenon prior to 1868 -the first time the word was recorded in English according to Etymonline bearing in ...
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She showed me it

What is grammatically wrong with saying, "She showed me it." I know that should be showed it to me but I can't think of the reason the first is wrong. Thank you.
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How would you call the main software used by a company

I'm looking for a word designating the main software of a company. I know the term line of business application, but I never heard anyone say "this is our line of business application", only "this is ...
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Word for “Can't be seen with the naked eye”?

I'm wondering if there is a word to describe something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 'Microscopic' is the first that springs to mind, but this has too many 'science-y' connotations. It ...
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To comma or not to comma?

I often find myself putting excess commas and brackets (parentheses for all you US English speakers out there) into sentences, in hopes of rendering it more 'readable'. The trouble is, I am never ...
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expanding vocabulary

So there's this sentence I want to say and don't know how but definitely want to use different words. Wha I am basically trying to see is that now days ujust don't know what to expect or what can you ...
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What adjective would you use for “not readable color”?

Imagine you received an email, which looks like this: I guess there's an adjective to express that either the background or the font color should be changed, because it's really hard to read. My ...
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Is the phrase “collaborative skills” appropriate/correct in this context?

If one were to suggest that they had "...strong documentation, collaborative, and communication skills." My first thought is that it's a bit more awkward than saying ...
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Need a better way to present sentence

We are able to do this with a national network of sales, service and research professionals and a robust delivery platform, which helps over 10,000 individuals and organizations of all sizes ...
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How to express relation that something belong to something, using noun phrase?

I want to express the belong relation between things, but not use of or 's such as "path of file" or "file's path". In coding, there is sometimes a need to express "belong" relation in an identifier ...
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How did 'unless' evolve to mean 'if not'?

[Etymonline:] mid-15c., earlier onlesse, from on lesse (than) "on a less condition (than); see less. The first syllable originally on, but the negative connotation and the lack of stress changed it ...
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What word describes someone who never acts thoughtful but blames others for not being thoughtful

I have a friend who always expects you to be fully understanding, considerate and thoughtful, but when you expect her to behave in the same way, she says you are too picky, a drama queen, and not ...
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Tense shift: If you tell this to him, he will understand what you “say” or “said”?

If you tell this to him, he will understand what you "say" or "said"?? I am wondering which one I should use in this case. And, If the answer is "said" I am also wondering if it is because of ...
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Which spelling/pronunciation is correct?

undoubtedly OR undoubtably? I say, "undoubtedly," but my friend insists it's "undoubtably!" Help!
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Overuse of the verb “to be” and reference to the “deity form”

Several decades ago, I remember a humorous but insightful story or article about the verb "to be" in English, referring to it as the "deity form" if I remember correctly. I suspect it was on National ...
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Please help with this qustion! [on hold]

I am Christina Nunez and i am trying to figure out if the answer 9+10 is 21 or 19? Comment to give me your answer/ opinion. Please, thank you!
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Is there an English word for “the ability to delete something”?

I was wondering if there exists a correct English word for "the ability to delete something"? The phrase I want to use this word in is: Toggle the option "that enables the object to be deleted" ...
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Where are the missing commas in the text below?

For works of art and the finest treasures of the Renaissance period look no further than the beautiful city of Florence. This is the home of the famous Michelangelo statue of David amazing paintings ...
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Same words with different syllabification

I am Italian and I need to split English words into syllables for suprasegmental phonetic analysis. I'm noticing that the Longman Online Dictionary http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/ gives ...
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Which is correct: “could care less” or “couldn't care less”?

What's the deal with the phrase "could care less"? Whilst growing up, I've always known people (parents etc) to use the phrase "couldn't care less", but I've also come across people who use the ...
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Phrase for arranging a meeting - 'anytime you can'

I want to arrange an interview, pointing out that I am available at any time convenient to him. I don't know the correct form for saying this. And although he has not asked for my contact information ...
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Word for a satisfying tactile feeling?

What is the word for a tactile satisfying feeling? Some examples include the feeling of magnets gently clicking together, the sound of a car door closing, or the feeling of pressing/clicking a really ...
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Is it correct to say “greedy little mind” or “little greedy mind” or both? [duplicate]

I was watching ERB, and Tesla replied to Thomas Edison - "You couldn't handle my gifts with your greedy little mind". What if I say: "little greedy mind", what does it change on the meaning. Is it ...
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Insight Vs Insights

I have an essay prompt that includes "insights" in the context "develop new insights into my community" This isn't actually correct for me to write in my essay is it? I mean insight can be used as a ...
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Base/root of increment and decrement

I'm tasked with a morphological analysis of incrementing. I would say that crement is the base of increment and the root of the word. But I'm curious, because all my life I've been thinking about ...

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