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When should hyphens be used to make text clearer

In an earlier post - Phonetic understanding of tongue twisters - a comment was made that "hyphens ...(are) ...not needed in speech, so they must be extraneous". The phrase prompting this assertion ...
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Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?

What would be a good single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels, rattling off place names ("Oh that one time in Timbaktu....", "Thank you for the coffee! Speaking ...
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Brothers everywhere, raise… or Brothers, everywhere raise…?

In the song "Warriors of the World United," how should one punctuate the following sentence? Brothers everywhere, raise your hands into the air! or Brothers, everywhere raise your hands into ...
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Word for “weird-looking”?

By weird-looking I mean something like this: I checked Thesaurus, but the words--freaky, funky, kooky--don't seem to have the "looking" part. (I'm purely referring to the physical appearance, not ...
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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What is a word for a person being “crossways”?

In my native language Swedish we say that a person is "tvär" if he is diffcult to agree with. It literally means "blocker" i.e. tvär would mean "på tvären" (on the crossway) that means that the person ...
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“Real time”, “real-time” or “realtime”

Which of real time, real-time and realtime is correct when you are talking about seeing something as it happens?
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Passive voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [on hold]

I have heard her sing this song several times => She has been heard to sing this song several times or other answer. Plz, help me
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Why the extra “bar” on 7 [on hold]

I remember reading one article that related the written numbers to roman numbering system by counting the number of angles or intersections made to equal the number, or something like that. Has ...
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What is the significance of “it did” at the end of a sentence?

Nevertheless, such a generalisation does not take us far towards an understanding of why the revolution broke out when it did, and why it took the remarkable road it did. I wonder why the last ...
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What is the origin of “rag” meaning newspaper?

In Australia and the UK, some folks refer to a newspaper as a rag, and I am curious how this term was coined. Although most people would ask for a newspaper, I have gone around asking "Have you got a ...
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2answers
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To tell the name of a person I met in the past

I have a basic grammar question about the past tense. If I met a guy yesterday, which tense should I use about his name today. For example, "Yesterday I met a guy, his name is/was John." Thank you ...
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What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
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Why I can't use the infinitive after modal verb or auxliary verb? [on hold]

I don't understand because I can't use infinitive after modal verb ex: I could go (correct) I could to go (incorrect)
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Does “never” replace “neither”? [duplicate]

I'm writing a sentence that has both the "neither...nor" construction and the word "never". In this case, can/should "never" come instead of "neither"? The two words seem to exclude each other, at ...
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A grammar question [on hold]

Which sentence is correct or better? In discrete event systems, a predicate can be a set of states or a language, therefore, behavioral properties can be classified into two categories. In discrete ...
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“Trust arrives walking and departs riding.”

That is the translation (provided by Wikiquote) of the Dutch proverb "Vertrouwen komt te voet en vertrekt te paard." I don't like this translation very much for conversational use. It doesn't "feel" ...
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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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“Premise” as a location

Can the word "premise" ever refer to a location or building? I have noticed that "premise" is being used in the computer industry to refer to a computer system that is located at a customer's place ...
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The difference between an analogy and a metaphor?

Many a time I've asked what the difference is between an analogy and a metaphor. I've asked it to my teacher, on internet sites, to my parents, so on and so forth. I got a different answer every time, ...
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1answer
251 views

Which tense should use? Present Perfect or Past?

Whici of the following sentence is correct? "I have talked with him today and he said that he is well" or "I talked with him today and he said that he is well" Which tense I need to use at the ...
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Whats a word that means a name of some one you don't want to say in vain? [on hold]

I need a word that describes a person who can't stand that other particular person so much that they won't say their name even when they're talking about them. Example:I'm feeling very ________about ...
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Which one is correct “delivered to” or “delivered at”?

Should I say Food delivered to your doorsteps or Food delivered at your doorsteps?
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What does mean “snap right back to your book”

I need help to know what this sentence means? I have trouble understanding phrase "just snap right back to your book" Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. ...
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5answers
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Why “interesting” is sometimes pronounced as “intra-sting”

Why is interesting sometimes pronounced as intra-sting? The same goes for interest sometimes being pronounced without the first e.
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0answers
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Can i say “Advanced Default Interface”/“Advanced Classic Interface”? [on hold]

For people with native English, could you please help me. Can I say "Advanced Default/Classic Interface" in English, and if it's correct or acceptable? I'm building modifications to existing software ...
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1answer
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What is the meaning of “ironically” in this passage?

A rocket launched and shortly afterward exploded, on Tuesday. Below is passage from a news article written about it: This was the second launch attempt for the mission. Monday evening's try was ...
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1answer
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Intermediate level student or intermediate-level student?

Intermediate level student or intermediate-level student? Which one is more correct/preferable?
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Common phrase for something that changes while you are working on it

What are common phrases that describe something that is changing while you are working on it without you knowing. for example: you are adding comments to a doc, and when you submit them you see that ...
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10answers
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“Problematic” versus “problem”

A reviewer of my thesis told me that I am wrongly using the word problematic. He suggested that I use problem instead. I have since read the definition of both words and neither correspond to the ...
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0answers
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Want to write an Email to a buyer [on hold]

MY buyer found my submission seems too high and asking for a drastic revision and i know my rates are very genuine for him, how ever i can negotiate him on his order basis but after 10-15 days. please ...
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1answer
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Biting butter and crumbs

In a song by The Last Shadow Puppets there is this line: "Can't you see I'm the ghost in the wrong coat Biting butter and crumbs" Is the "Biting butter and crumbs" an actual saying, or just a ...
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Where do the words for daughter, son, aunt, uncle, mother, father, cousin, nephew, niece come from?

Please see Title. I'm not specifically referring to which language they came from... but if they come from something else. In other words, do they come from words with other meanings. For example, do ...
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“neither/nor” in a sentence

I was wondering if the use of "neither/nor" is correct and comprehensible in the sentence: Moreover, most probably neither was the snake linked to Cleopatra because of the erotic association nor the ...
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How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another?

Non-native speakers often get confused about what the various tenses and aspects mean in English. With input from some of the folk here I've put together a diagram that I hope will provide some ...
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“para-” in words like “paraglider” and “parabrake”

As is well known, para-, in its meaning of "alongside or beyond", is derived from Greek loanwords such as paraphrase and parasite, while its meaning of "against" is derived from the Latin "be ...
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order of using surname and given name

I am a South Indian. As per the passport my surname is Michael and my given name is Sukumar. How shold I write my expanded name (full name)- as Michel Sukumar or Sukumar Michael
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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2answers
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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What is the origin of 'common or garden'?

Why do we speak, for example, of a 'common or garden' bicycle, meaning one that simply does the job of a bicycle without alloy wheels, Sir Bradley Wiggins pedals or any other bells and whistles. ...
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What can a prepositional phrase modify adverbially?

I wonder what prepositional phrase can modify when it as an adverb phrase? I've learned about adjective + preposition these day, and I got confused. see - It's very generous of you to bring me a ...
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Here we go vs here we are

Could someone explain me the difference between the following here we are And here we go Many thanks, Duilio
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587 views

Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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What is the Plural of staff?

i am a teacher and we are in doubt if the plural form of Staff is staffs. we have been debating on this topic.
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1answer
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A word that describes different forms of the same word?

Is there a word that describes the many different forms of a root word (and I don't mean tense). In this example specifically the root word would be compare...and the form of it is comparatively. But ...
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4answers
156 views

Can “weren't” be used in reference to a singular noun?

I've been watching a TV sitcom lately, "Last Tango in Halifax." A main character uses "weren't" instead of "wasn't" and I am wondering if that is considered correct in some areas or dialects? For ...
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“Ex Machina” versus “Deus Ex Machina” [closed]

I have recently watched a movie called Ex Machina. I searched for the meaning, but Deus Ex Machina was the closest to this title. There certainly must be a relation but can someone please tell me ...
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Term for self-serving behavior disguised as altruism? [duplicate]

Once when I was having a hard time a guy said to me, "I'm sorry you're having a hard time, I'll pray for you," in a way that made it clear that he was glad I was having a hard time because it gave him ...

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