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Single word to define a person who thinks that there is always a scope for improvement

I am looking for a word that defines a person who thinks that there is always a scope for improvement. Just like the term "perfectionist" that defines a person who always looks for perfection. Is ...
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Origin of “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”?

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucious What is the origin, and evolution, of this popular quote? It has a nice air of pseudo-profundity to it; one problem ...
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Term for trying to create unnecessary controversy

What is the term for someone who is trying to create controversy out of nothing? For example a politician attempting to cause outrage over a very minor thing someone from an opposing party has done.
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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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Question form of a sentence

What will be the question form of the following sentence? "They're scared of spider."
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Usage of 'we' by companies

Often companies refer to themselves as 'we', e.g. We offer the following services Even though a company is singular, is this correct usage of 'we'? If not, what should be the correct usage?
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“Bucket and chuck it” origin

Used in this sentence (by a friend): Well, if it doesn't work, just bucket and chuck it.
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Can you help me to formally define the phrase “to edit <something>”?

I am in a situation on Meta Stack Overflow in which I dispute the validity of the system notification text "Code in your answer has been edited", because there was no code in the answer before the ...
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“My class ended earlier than expected” vs. “my class ended quicker than expected”

I'm studying English at the moment and I don't know which one of these is correct: My class ended earlier than expected. My class ended quicker than expected. Could I also say my class ...
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Sentence type, clause identification

I've been told that this is an example of a complex sentence: But then he took a great leap, trying to pull a high kick out of the sky. I see that the "but then" serves as a cohesive conjunction ...
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How to write something like nobody would have been better to achieve this [on hold]

I am wondering if this is correct : Finally someone from Cuba featured here and who could have been better suited to achieve this feat than you
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What does “looked every day of it” mean?

What does "looked every day of it" mean in "She was in her late fifties and looked every day of it."?
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what does 'swing your other leg over' mean? [on hold]

I cannot find the phrase in any dictionary. What does swing your other leg over mean? EDIT: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/playtime/playtime_20150519-1500a.mp3 Audio programme, ...
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What is the word used to describe the redundancy of using two synonyms to define one thing?

Incorrect: a baby lamb Correct?: 'a baby sheep', or just 'a lamb' Is there even one word used to describe this duplication? Or would you just identify the mistake as "a redundant word"?
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Appropriate preposition to go with “concerned”

He is deeply concerned for vulnerable children. Is this correct? Or is there a better preposition to use instead of for? What exactly does this phrase mean? What about "He is deeply concerned ...
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I'm looking for a word that defines a situation commonly used in TV/film writing

Is there a definition, or a set of categories that describe situations in tv shows, movies, etc. Example, When the protagonist is a social underdog and his love interest is that of the ...
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quoting quotes with first person

in a given text, there is dialogue. In this dialogue a character is speaking in first person. I am using this portion of the text as my quote, and I am unsure whether to change the dialogue so that ...
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Antonym for “challenge” (noun form)

I was writing a market research report the other day and listed the challenges my company faced in the market in question, then I created a new section header for the... uhh... easy bits? That's when ...
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Which sentence is correct one?

1) I didn't go to party. 2) I didn't went to party.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number ...
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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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Is there an adjective to describe someone who feels the desire to run away from situations?

I'm looking for a word that could be used to describe a person in this way. E.g. "I'm feeling very ____ today"
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Inverse of dependency

In a project management context where A and B would be tasks, if A needs B, then B is a dependency of A. Is there a word to describe what A is to B? As @KateGregory put it, I want to replace "we need ...
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What is a good word for a lack of knowledge on a particular subject matter?

I would like to know if there is a word for the above situation. Particularly, I would like a word that replaces "X" in the following sentence: You are so computer-X. If it has to, it could fit ...
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How to use which?

is it correct to say A(x) and B(X) are the velocity and the temperature of the solution which we need to find them. is the sentence grammatically correct, and is it academic. many thanks
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What is the correct technical term for this “pool house” on my villa?

I have built a small "pool type" house on my estate villa. The house has a separate entrance, so where I enter the villa via my secure gates, the villa sits on the side. It has separate rooms and is ...
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Word for someone who “backseat-games”, but in real life [duplicate]

I'm looking for a term that describes a person commenting everything you do in a manner that puts (or tries to put) this person in a position superior to you, often mocking whatever you do and telling ...
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Let Alone ≈ Much Less ≈ Still Less : How do the 2 words in each combine to mean 'not to mention'?

For brevity, I symbolise (imperfect) synonymity with ≈ :  X ≈ Y  means  X and Y are synonyms. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/let+alone: let alone ≈ not to mention From Merriam Webster: let ...
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Is there English counterpart to Japanese proverb, 一期一会 , meaning “Cherish once -in -a-lifetime encounter”?

I met a married couple of elderly American tourists to Japan who are both attorney at law in Connecticut a few days ago, and happened to have to introduce a Japanese proverb, “一期一会 - Ichigo ichie” in ...
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“X as well as Y” ; will this be followed by singular verb or plural verb?

"X as well as Y" singular or plural When two nouns are connected using "as well as", does that become singular or plural? For eg. Sam as well as his brother Dean has / have to come. Which one is ...
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Past vs. present tense in relative clauses in the past

Which sentence is grammatically correct, and why? He wrote a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice. He wrote a didactic novel that sets out to expose social injustice.
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Is the adjective “abject” ever found with any word other than “poverty”? Does it mean something other than “very” or “utterly”?

Reading over an answer at the Skeptics StackExchange, it occurred to me that I had never really seen the adjective abject used with any other word other than poverty. Has abject become inexorably ...
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Not to Mention ≈ [Let Alone ≈ Much Less ≈ Still Less]

For brevity, I symbolise synonymity with ≈.  So  X ≈ Y  means  X and Y are synonyms. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/let+alone: let alone ≈ not to mention From Merriam Webster: let alone ≈ ...
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Should I capitalize the word “on” in this title?

Should it be "Alive on Arrival" or "Alive On Arrival"?
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How can a verb symbolise sudden movement or unevenness?

[ODO:] Origin [=] Late Middle English (in the sense 'stab, pierce'): perhaps symbolic of sudden movement or unevenness (compare with jam1 and rag1). How can any verb, let alone jag, symbolise ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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Obama's use of “bemused”

I generally see the definition of "bemused" to be synonymous with "confused" or "puzzled", and that it is wrong to use it as a synonym of "amused". However I tend to see it used — as Obama did ...
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Indian English correct sentence?

It is not very long when my sister will finish their graduation is a correct sentence??
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Which one is grammatically correct: “wood door” or “wooden door”

I have a grammar which says that: "The 'noun+noun' structure is normally used to say what things are made of." "A few pairs of nouns and adjectives are used as modifiers with different meanings. ...
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He cooked me a soup with a lot of hot oil

I'm looking for an English equivalent to an expression in Persian which means "this person got me in a lot of trouble". The Persian expression literally translates as "this person cooked a soup for me ...
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bleed inside out/got-have got

I've been wondering if there is the expression "I bleed inside out" or if it is correct. For example "someone or something makes me bleed inside out" - as we say "it breaks my heart". And actually I ...
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Is `bonny' neutral register?

Dictionary definitions of `bonny' admit to chiefly British (or even Scots), but give no further hint of the possible tinges of this word. Bonny (adj.) means attractive, fair; fine, excellent [M-W]. ...
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Why do we say “archenemy” differently from “archangel” and “architecture”?

Like other words that start with "arch-", archenemy is partly derived from arkhi or arkhos from the Greek (Wikipedia), meaning chief. But why is it said differently, using a "ch" sound, from ...
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'For while …, yet …' : Right quantity and use of conjunctions?

For while the capacity to overcome all opposing sensible impulses can and must be simply presupposed in man on account of his freedom, yet this capacity as strength is something he must acquire. ...
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“Have got” — verb form and tense

In the following sentence, what is the main verb and in what tense does it occur? I have got a car. There are two possible explanations that I can think of: get as the main verb in the present ...
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Is there a word for wanting bad things to happen to others?

The German word schadenfreude is often used in English to express the pleasure derived from seeing misery in others. From dictionary.reference.com schadenfreude noun. satisfaction or pleasure ...
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Where does the intrusive R come from in “warsh”?

My grandmother, who grew up in western Pennsylvania, pronounced wash and Washington with an intrusive R: “warsh” and “Warshington.” Where does the intrusive R come from in that dialect? It doesn’t ...
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Noun/verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it?

Is there good noun verb to describe strong belief in a company as evidenced by joining it? For example, we know that company X is amazing because of the endorsement it has received from ...
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Yikes! Where did it come from?

(humorous, slang) Expressing fear. (humorous, slang) Expressing empathy with unpleasant or undesirable circumstances. [Wiktionary] Yikes! Where did it come from? OED says "Origin ...
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“Shortcut to” or “shortcut for”

Which of these sentences would be correct, or are they both correct? "A shortcut to finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..." "A shortcut for finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..."

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