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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence there are two contrasting ...
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization?

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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Examples of lenition and fortition usage

The latest XKCD comic is titled Intervocalic Fortition. The latest Explain XKCD says: The linguistic processes of lenition ("weakening") and fortition ("strengthening") refer to a sound becoming, ...
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Having trouble with filling in the blanc's

I am busy with studying for an english exam. Is there an underlying misunderstanding at a certain part of english here, since I can't figure out the right answers? What would be the right answers and ...
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Explanation of the English in this University of Cambridge graduation certificate

I recently came upon this certificate of award of a BA degree at the University of Cambridge, which was written in a strange form of English which I didn't find very grammatical or logical according ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful?

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? (i.e. "hey, look at me, spoil me" - What would you call ...
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A person who knows how to read but cannot write [duplicate]

What do you call somebody who can read but cannot write? I found the term semiliterate, the Free Dictionary says Having achieved an elementary level of ability in reading and writing. But ...
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Why describe the word information by using present perfect

I've always seen term information was described as "data that has been processed". Why don't we describe it as "data that is processed"? From what I understand, we're describing definition of term and ...
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Simple present, or present continuous?

Which one is correct: Today, she talks to me by phone from the middle of Italy. What is she doing there? She is working on her novel. In the first sentence, is the tense correct, with the ...
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Use of “s” in two consecutive words

I was doing my online banking and reading through their material, when I noticed a blurb " we offer you a wide range of savings account and fixed deposit products and services.....". Should this not ...
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What is the origin of “A cat in hell's chance”

What is the origin of the phrase: "A cat in hell's chance"? I understand it to mean "not a chance", but it seems a very curious saying and I wonder how it originated. e.g. Bob: Do you ...
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Pronunciation of “Ozymandias”

Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias is written in iambic pentameter and contains the famous lines 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' I can ...
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Grammatical use of How with matter

What is the meaning of the phrase "How does it matter?"
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Which one is common: “Diagnostic” or “Diagnostics”

I'm translating the interface texts of an industrial control panel software and got stuck on this one. The module I'm referring to has some lists containing the sensors and switches for the digital ...
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1)she has an illegal affair with businessman/ a businessman 2)what kind of a person/person

I am in confusion with article. 1)She has an illegal affair with businessman/a businessman 2)I don't know what kind of a person/person he is. 3) He was arrested for spreading false news/ a false ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word?

Actual sentence- As a result, while patients are not being cured, the malaria parasite continues to spread further. My Explanation- This sentence seems to me wrong, because while is contrasting word,...
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Is 'For, surely', correct?

Proof reading an essay of mine, and have come across a sentence that, now I read it, doesn't seem to sound right to me, yet my friend disagrees and thinks it is correct. 'For surely, it must be...' ...
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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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what's the difference between By and At? [on hold]

My teacher asked me this question but i do not know what the difference , i just trying to solve this,but my english is not good.anyone could help me?? Please
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Use of 'here' as a noun, a PA or perhaps an adverb

"Here it is." What's going on with this? If I say "It is here", 'here' is plainly a PA. If I say "Here I am", 'I' is plainly the subject. (Because if it was the object, we would have to say "Here is ...
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How to understand “keeping in mind” in these sentences?

What does the keeping in mind in the following sentences mean? I find it hard to understand the whole sentence. A: According to the present needs, a change should be made in laws. For example, in ...
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Orange “is the new” black!

The expression "is the new" is often used to introduce a comparison between two things, where the latter has actually replaced the former in terms of popularity. The only reference I could find for ...
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China has been simmering with known for several years that …

The following passage is quoted from the comments that Prof. Paul Krugman made during the meeting with Japanese officials on March 22, 2016 in Tokyo. I am wondering what the italic part means. I ...
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What's the difference between by night and at night?

Oxford Dictionary says by has the meaning of *‘indicating the period in which something happens: this animal always hunts by night’* Then do we need to say ‘Why does the sky glitter by night?’ and can’...
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Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult?

Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult? I know there is term for it, but I can't find it anywhere. It's driving me crazy. Example: Are you blind, or ...
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What is the technical term for an infinite sentence?

Is there a name for the infinite (repeating, unending) sentence or paragraph? Here is an example of what I mean: Joe Blow is a chef, painter, author and vocalist from San Francisco who enjoys vinyl ...
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Word for: to exacerbate but not cause

Intended Meaning: Suppose I am feeling upset. There is a clear cause for this feeling, but I also know that if I wasn't also in a particular circumstance, I would be better equipped to temper my ...
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Substitution or Ellipsis? (Linguistics)

I want to ask a question which is not clear for me. In an exam, we were given such a question that it says which of the following dialogues doesnt have ellipsis. Two most possible answers are these ...
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A word or phrase roughly meaning “you are the cause of the problem you try to cure”

I've heard it used in a religious contexts along the lines of They invent the problem which they claim to solve. I know it's also common in marketing, where if I try to sell you a pen, I ask you ...
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Adjective or Verb? [on hold]

Context (Segment of the movie "The Box"). Mr. Steward: One, I am not permitted to disclose any information about the identity of my employers. I, myself, wrote this question: What isn't the man ...
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about the verb 'bias'

I am not sure what difference, if any, exists between the following two phrases: bias the report in Peter's favor. bias Peter in favor of the report. I'd appreciate your help.
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“Complete the following sentence..”… anyone could help me?

I just trying to solve this, but my English is not so good. Anyone could help me? why does the letter a) is correct? thanks a lot in advance Complete the following sentence: "Two ........have just ...
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Suitable words with alternatives

Would you mind ____________ off the fan? a)switching, b)to switch Which one will be the correct one and if any reason y.
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What's the colloquial opposite of “do me a solid”?

"Do me a solid" means doing something helpful for a friend. (I'm going off of Urban Dictionary definition, which I assume is accurate). What would be a good colloquialism to describe the opposite of ...
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Predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

In the sentence: The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective and please explain why. Thank you.
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Do you teach to?

I wonder if this is correct and if there is a better way of putting it. I teach, among other courses, applied mathematics to Bachelor of Science degree students at the first year level.
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To reduce to nearly nothing (to make negligible)

Using a single verb, I want to express the act of making something negligible, i.e. very small or insignificant. "Neglate" doesn't seem to be english :) Example sentence: About the delay between two ...
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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Is this a correct way to use hyperbaton?

Soon this man found himself in the clutches of an evil witch. Mean, full of hatred hell-bent she was on finding and killing him no matter the cost. Does the latter part of the sentence above make ...
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Origin of the word “shill” (“shillaber”)

I was recently looking up word origins for various types of tricksters, in honor of April Fool's Day. Interestingly, I couldn't find much about the word "shill" other than that its origin was around ...
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Usage of the '“of”

Sometimes I have trouble understanding a sentence which begins with "of" and I find it a bit senseless. Let me show some examples: Of the exposure to the disease, it takes about 2 weeks for the ...
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“Incremental” growth as growth by a minimum unit

I always thought that the literal meaning of "incremental growth" was growth by one, or by some minimum unit, that "to increment by one" would be redundant, and that other usages (for addition by ...
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What does “thought of being bounded” mean?

The record books say that the extent of my domain is 120 acres. But it is obvious that, at every dawn, I am the owner of all the acres I can walk over. It is not only boundaries that disappear, but ...
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A word to describe “political buyer's remorse”

Recent numbers show 2.1 million people in the UK have signed a petition to “do over” the Brexit Referendum. Interestingly, since the Referendum the Google question “What is the EU?” showed more hits ...
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A word to describe a couple conjoined at the earbud

Considering how common it is, I would think that we need to create a word for a couple that is conjoined at the earbuds, as in I couldn't find an appropriate word in the Urban Dictionary.
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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“non-assigned” or “un-assigned” inventory?

I am writing up a procedure regarding inventory that is not assigned to any specific employee of the company and would like to know if I should refer to this inventory as "non-assigned" inventory, or "...
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What does proferred mean as to whether funding is proferred? [on hold]

I've seen it in an environment as to whether funding is proferred by the govt or not for certain requests.

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