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Is it right to say “that and all…”? [on hold]

My many friends are using “that and all”. For example (context):  I was talking to my coworker about our project.  He has been assigned to do some part, and he is doing it.  But some of the ...
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What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
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Origin of the “-y” or “-ie” diminutive suffix to denote intimacy/tenderness? (E.g. Bob→Bobby, dad→daddy, Doug→Dougie)

Many names seem to get a "-y" or "-ie" at the end when the speaker wishes to denote a hint of familiarity, intimacy, or tenderness. Examples can be seen not just in names, but in terms like puppy, ...
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A “friend” friend? Is that ironical?

Here is a quote from the "Lois & Clark" series: A: Who are you? B [a guy]: I'm a friend of her ["her" is another female character whom B is looking for]. A: A boyfriend, a "friend" friend ...
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3answers
189 views

Using Neither Nor

Is it correct to say: He needs neither to store the datasets locally nor to access the outsourced datasets each time they delegate the computation. Edit- What I mean is: He does not need to keep ...
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1answer
15 views

Given, particular, specific, any

I'm not sure which of the words from the title would be the best choice to indicate that I'm referring to a random consequence in general, in the context of the following sentence: Most often, a ...
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1answer
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'Predator' is to 'Predatory' as 'Prey' is to…?

I'm trying to find a word like 'predatory' that refers to prey instead. Looking through some physical books gave some information about the root word 'praedor', for which I found this Wikitionary ...
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28 views

Can I insert a prepositional phrase between an attributive clause and its antecedent?

For example: He eats an apple which I picked yesterday. If I want to modify the apply by a prepositional phrase, can I say: He eats an apple above the table which I picked yesterday. If I can't, ...
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Use of “discriminate” as verb

Is the following sentence correct? They are discriminated because of their skin colour. My gut feeling tells me discriminate (in this sense) has to be followed by against. Dictionary examples ...
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Have no sense / make no sense

everyone! Please, answer which one is more common and what is the difference between them. This sentence has no sense or this sentence makes no sense. I would like to say that a particular sentence is ...
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2answers
47 views

More negative version of astonished

I'm trying to use the word astonished in a sentence but to convey that I am surprised at a negative outcome. Is there a better word for this than astonished? Example: I was astonished at the lack of ...
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2answers
63 views

What do you call torture which leaves no visible marks? [on hold]

Basically, physical torture that is painful, but, leaves no visible marks to provide any proof.
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How do you describe someone who can hear you or see you but pretends or ignores your presence while you are trying to get his or her attention ?

you are trying to get somebody's attention by waving your hand or saying hello! but he or she ignores you; I am looking for an Idiom or word to describe the situation or attitude of that person.
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1answer
32 views

Meaning of “I don't love her because she is beautiful.”

I don't love her because she is beautiful. This sentence is in my grammar book. It means I love her not because she is beautiful. I am confused!
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1answer
65 views

How to use “Both”

How to use both in sentences when we have "and"? For example: both of X and Y are letters. Or both X and Y are letters?
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0answers
17 views

The Synonym for Customer Satisfaction

Is there any word or phrase to convey the meaning of overall thought of consumers/customers about a product/company such as customer satisfaction?
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0answers
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“in processing customer orders” or “in the processing of customer orders”?

Most of the time I see people use a gerund this way: The storm caused delays in processing customer orders. However, sometimes I see something like this too: The storm caused delays in the ...
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1answer
18 views

Pre-booking vs booking?

I came across this work in my work, I am not sure which one to use for a screen menu in our application, "pre-booking" or "booking". This menu will allow users to book their work schedule in advance. ...
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2answers
48 views

Definition of paradigm, abstraction and metaphor

UNIX based operating systems uses the concept of paradigm to identify everything from files, folders, hard drives, networking interfaces as files. Also it uses the concept of abstraction to reduce ...
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333 views

Etymology of the “nick” used in “nickname”?

I've enjoyed your material on the etymology of the word "nick" meaning: A) just in time = in the nick of time (from notches nicked into wood or also to denote good timing) B) in good ...
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16 views

Context in the use of 'neither'

I saw this in one of my newsletters: Neither Barack Obama's nor Hillary Clinton's top adviser is Iranian: they're both American citizens by birth. Is that part that says, 'top adviser is Iranian' ...
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1answer
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“I would not prefer to” or “I would prefer not to”?

(1) Is there any difference/nuance (in mood, meaning, or something else) between "I would not prefer to" or "I would prefer not to"? (2) Which is the more/most common in usage?
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The word that describes maintaining your body on the water surface

What is the verb or the word indicating the following action: when you are in the water and you can't swim but you just move you extremities so hard and quickly to remain on the water surface and to ...
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0answers
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What is the term used to describe the space under a roof that joins two buildings?

Sometimes architects will take two tall (say 8-10 storey) buildings that happen to be near each other, and build a glass roof between them. Down on ground, the area which originally would have been a ...
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35 views

Mmeaning of the phrase “keep the blues at bay” [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "keep the blues at bay" ant what is the right context or situation for it? Please explain.
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1answer
22 views

Devastated - verb or adjective

He was devastated when he learnt that his best friend was migrating. I would like to find out if devastated in this use case is a verb or an adjective.
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4answers
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Origin of “booty”, meaning buttocks

According to etymonline the word booty is used to describe the female form as a sex object. It says the word is black slang from the 1920s. The definition is placed in the entry for booty meaning ...
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18 views

Replacement word/words for “safety”

I'm looking to find a more accurate word/term for "safety" in the context of sharing ideas, without fear of rebuttal in environments that acknowledge its ok if you have a question Which at times will ...
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0answers
16 views

Comma after also at the beginning of a sentence

I just can't figure it out; some writers use it others don't. For instance,in this para from an article: "On a domestic scale, people whispered about their neighbours, families split along north-...
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2answers
63 views

such + noun phrase + that

Consider these two examples: My secretary is such an honest woman that she never says anything about my business. My secretary is of such honesty that she never says a word about my business. Why ...
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1answer
20 views

“If done correctly, …”

Could you please tell me what does "if done correctly" mean in this sentence? If done correctly, all existentialism is applied existentialism.
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Trained at vs trained to?

The following is a quote from Dragonsbane, by Barbara Hambly, chapter 1. “John would never have gone after the dragon, Gareth, had he not been forced to it. But as Thane of Alyn Hold, as Lord of Wyr, ...
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6answers
129 views

How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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1answer
78 views

“I feel myself unhappy” vs “I feel unhappy”

I feel myself unhappy. The above sentence strikes me as somewhat peculiar. What is the difference between "I feel myself unhappy" and "I feel unhappy"?
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1answer
21 views

Is this sentence correct

It uses not only... but also. Alex was not only hungry, but he was also very talkative. Shouldn't it be Alex was not only hungry, but also very talkative. To keep up with parallelism?
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1answer
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'police' and 'police officers' in American English

I'm wondering whether 'police' and 'police officers' are interchangeable in the following in American English: Twelve police officers / police were killed in the shoot-out. More than 20 police ...
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1answer
32 views

What is the man saying? [on hold]

What is the man saying when he says: What are you doing after work. You need to get out and have a beer.
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1answer
39 views

subjunctive in a “non-if” hypothetical clause

I know that both the conditional sentences below are acceptable - If I were an animal, I would be a horse/If I was an animal, I would be a horse - but what about this: 'It would be unwise for a ...
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5answers
178 views

How to describe something that's slower than it could be, but it guarantees success eventually?

I'm trying to name a module in a piece of software. The module guarantees the delivery of messages sent on a network connection that's only available intermittently, and makes no guarantees about when ...
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2answers
35 views

Can I use 'the' before the name of my college?

Should I say: "I am doing my graduation in the Dexter College" or "I am doing my graduation in Dexter College".
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1answer
21 views

Is there a word/phrase for when something makes you uncomfortably self-aware?

Is there a word or phrase for when something makes you think about an aspect of yourself that you would rather not think about or something you're guilty of and makes you feel very uncomfortable/...
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1answer
17 views

which is correct? to, at or in for sending goods to a city

The product is supposed to be delivered to London. or delivered in London or delivered at London.
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Usage and origin of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italian title: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, literally: "The Good, the Ugly, the Bad") is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio ...
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1answer
28 views

Is this sentence correct “I'll do whatever depend on me”?

don't I need to use the ending "s" after word depend? Don't I? I don't have this question almost in any cases but now I am confused because I've already used Future Simple before the word "whatever". ...
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1answer
35 views

How should I punctuate this sentence?

During the interview, I asked Ms. Smith what geared her towards teaching students with special needs.
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3answers
305 views

Term for a humorously hypocritical last sentence at the end of a lecture

At the end of a long lecture on proper behaviour by Pokémon Go players, there's a request to let the Shrine Priest know about any rare Pokémon, indicating that they're playing the game as well. Is ...
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1answer
1k views

A question on co-ordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence

A compound sentence is characterized by one or more than one main-clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjuction, as opposed to a complex sentence, which has a main clause together with a dependent or a ...
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1answer
57 views

Is there a term for this phenomenon?

I've been wondering for a while now whether there is a word (or linguistic term) that specifically refers to an instance where a clause can be part of either the clause before it or the clause after ...
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0answers
12 views

Rephrasing the sentence pertaining to past and past perfect tense

Let's consider this sentence: The car sprang up into action after it had broken down since the last year. If I want to rephrase this sentence to make it more concise, should I write: The car ...
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0answers
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Vancouver in-text citation + footnotes

There seem to be several acceptable versions of Vancouver-style in-text citations. Originally I was using just the simple superscript number in brackets but then realized that I needed to make ...

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