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Is there a name for these type of words: where, what, near, up, down, how, if, would and so on

Is there a word to describe the collection of words of the type shown below. I'm not looking for a grammatical classification... knowing that they're mostly adverbs doesn't help. Is there something ...
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Very much? What?

In this sentence: The air force and navy were modernized but the army, very much the poor relation, was not. The "very much" used here seems to be different from the "very much" of "thank you ...
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Can you be sharp and intelligent but got bad grades in school?

A lot people nowadays think that your smart only if you get good grades In gcse's and A Levels
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What is the determiner in this example?

For example in the sentence: "The little girl's pink dress." Is the determiner "The", or is it "The little girl's"? Thanks.
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“Person with a trauma” or “person with trauma”

In academic writing, I frequently run across texts where the determiner is dropped when a person is described as having a medical condition or having suffered an injury. Moreover, a singular noun is ...
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What is wrong with “cotton field”?

The news is very sad. The guy, Vester Lee Flanagan, was very crazy. (Please see the news: ...
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Does anyone happen to know more about the word “zoot” and this use of speech called “nonsense reduplication?”

I am curious about the word "zoot" in "zoot suit." I have not done extensive research on the word, but the cursory search I conducted yielded so little and was so duplicative that I didn't bother ...
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I need to know if there is a specific word for this

Would there be a specific word or phrase that basically means "A good person that does something bad for the good of the people?" I don't really know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but I would ...
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Little Sports Vs Little Sport's

I am about to register my new business name. IF I was to register it as Little Sport's, would I be correct that it would then be inferring to the children it is designed for rather than referring to ...
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It didn't last long

Could anyone explain what is the exact meaning for Last Long? When to use this?
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But I would say that, wouldn’t I?

What does it mean when after a personal statement someone says "But I would say that, wouldn’t I?"? Does it mean "any way, it is my idea"?
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Should I exclude the suffix when referring to someone using only their surname?

If I'm writing an article about John Smith III, I'll use his full name, including the suffix, when I first introduce him in the article. For example: "The owner of the dog, John Smith III, was ...
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Bad things combining to make something good

I'm looking for a single word (or two words) that means something along the lines, "Two bad things coming together to make something good." When I say things it could mean events or objects or people ...
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Word/phrase for looking up and down repeatedly?

Example: He took out the picture of the building and compared it with the live version, [...]. I'm not sure how to search for that on Google or Thesaurus.
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… and good company to be in

What is the meaning of "and good company to be in" here? Context: It is as if artists were rogue mutations in the body politic, sniffing the wind, open to new ideas, makers of new constructs and ...
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Anyone could hazard suggestions for the biological purposes

Context: Anyone could hazard suggestions for the biological purposes of art – it eases social interactions, it is a mark of status and of the conspicuous display of consumption that indicates ...
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What is the correct form of this sentence?

Which one is correct? I hope I thanked you proper! I hope I thanked you properly!
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Need help with a convoluted sentence

I'm trying to simplify this sentence, but I can't figure out how. The string of "was when even after" makes it sound very odd, especially when you read it out loud. The most unusual situation I ...
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Why is “renege” pronounced with a hard “g” sound?

The word renege comes from Medieval Latin renegare (source). It is the only English word of Latin origin I'm aware of that doesn't follow the soft g pronunciation rule. The g is hard even though ...
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When you feel Grim Amusement

When one feels grimly amused, exactly what kind of emotion is described? It seems to me that grim and amused are mutually contradictory so they do not conjure any consistent image in my mind. Thanks ...
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Does this sentence use inversion correctly?

Does this sentence use inversion correctly: I don’t think just by seeing other people having luxury cars can a good person be made bad. If not, please tell me the best way for it to work.
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More concise form of “not intended for human consumption”

Is there a more concise way of describing something as not intended for human consumption? For example how would you make the following more concise: This kind of thing [medicines in animals] was ...
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Whats does sharp as a tack and bright as a button mean? [on hold]

What does it exactly mean to be as sharp as a tack or a bright as a button?
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“Queuing twice for a cup of coffee is once too many.” Is this correct?

Or should I say "(...) once too often" or "(...) one time too many" instead? Or perhaps, "queuing twice for a cup of coffee is one queue too many?" My issue with once too many is that it makes once ...
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Is the use of whom appropriate in the phrase “You are with whom your mind is.”?

And why? I always see whom used in questions. This is not a question, is a statement. Whom sounds correct to me, but I'm not sure if it is and why. The "rules" I've seen around are all for ...
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The right expression to give the semantics of “Creative, Brilliant, Innocent, Clever”

I'm going to build up a videogames software house. I would like to choose a slogan, and I want to give the idea of "Creative, Brilliant, Innocent, Clever, Not too serious". So I'm searching the right ...
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Can we use “around about” like this?

Can we use "around about" together as in the following sentence? The building was built around about 2 years ago.
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Can you use a lowercase letter after an apostrophe at the beginning of the sentence?

Let me start by saying that I'm aware you're supposed to capitalize the first letter after an apostrophe at the beginning of the sentence. My question is can I not. I have this inspiring piece of ...
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What is the precise meaning of “preliminary to”?

Clarification: The point of this question is this: does Event A being "preliminary to" Event B require that Event B has happened or will have happened? Consider the following sentence: "Slaughter ...
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Degrees of consideration

"I seriously consider taking English lessons" - are there other degrees of consideration that are a little less serious?
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when this kind of sentence being used? [migrated]

I be traveling around the world. Does it mean "I am traveling around the world" and "I was traveling around the world"? Does it indicate both of them?
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Is there any relationship between the “theo” in “theoretical” and that in “theology”?

The title is rather self-explanatory, but the notion that "theory" has some etymological connection, remote or intentional, to concepts of God i.e. "theology", is intriguing to me. If they're ...
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Isn't the phrase “sleeveless vest” redundant?

I had always thought a vest implied a sleeveless garment of clothing, but I find several instances of the phrase "sleeveless vest." Isn't that redundant and is there any reputable, somewhat ...
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How to notify Merriam-Webster of errors in their dictionary? [on hold]

Lately I’ve been consulting Merriam-Webster online with regard to ELU. More than once I’ve found an error — usually in the example sentences. Here’s one: Examples of AUDIT The audit showed ...
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Refined Definition of Missive

My grandmother 1883 - 1980 insisted that a "missive" was a HAND CARRIED message or letter. I don't find this distinction in modern thinking. Any ideas?
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How to punctuate a list filled with details

In the answer: Then, Scout and Jem find two pennies, a ball of gray twine, small carved images made of soap that appear to be Jem and Scout, a full pack of gum, a spelling medal, and a non-running ...
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Need help on Schedule Service [on hold]

I just want to book a Car service schedule though phone, I just need an example of how to ask it?
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what it is the correct word for a computer teacher

I am doing my resume and I don't know how to describe my position. I was a person who teach in the university software as office, adobe
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Word to describe a person who doesn't come here for the first time (or antonym of first-timer)?

Suppose I am handing invitations to an event that occurs with a certain regularity. A person that is attending for the first-time can be called a "first-timer". What's the antonym of that expression? ...
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How should proper nouns using stylized case (e.g.: ownCloud) be treated in formal writing?

Many companies are now using stylized case for their names. When writing formal documents, how should these names be written? Assuming that the case they've chosen should be honored, how should they ...
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Etymology of “the fix is in”

The common phrase “the fix is in” means that the outcome of an event or process has been covertly manipulated to ensure a result that would otherwise be determined by chance or a fair test of some ...
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Slashes for hyphens in compound modifiers

Take the phrase "a joint FBI-SFPD task force" for example. According to my boss, a slash can stand in for the hyphen. I tend to disagree. Is this grammatically correct? Stylistically acceptable?
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“Is there a word for a product used for killing mice?”

A building in a nearby neighbourhood seems to be infested with mice. A TV-News reporter was interviewing one of the janitors who said: "We tried to get rid of them but I don't think we used the right ...
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Template email for medical professionals [on hold]

Looking for advice on how to "touch base" with a prospective client. Usually in the medical industry we ask how clients are doing to remind them of a previous email we sent. For example, Name, ...
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What does it exactly mean to be sharp? [on hold]

Examples of being sharp, and what sharp people usually do?
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Should you put an “a” before some words? [migrated]

I read this in a website: "A skilled customer service provider must develop abilities to effectively assess a situation, establish rapport, defuse anger, and work with wide diversity of customer ...
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about a weight abbreviation

I would like to ask a question about an abbreviation about for weighing silk and goatswool in a commercial manuscript. The abbreviation using like on the photos. Can you please help me what is the ...
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I didn't come here for an argument

Is there any consensus on how the word for a heated discussion (which apparently comes from the same root as Silver/Argent) also came to mean a parameter passed to a function? Edit: ...
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is the first sound /k/ in the word “confused” aspirated or unaspirated?

I thought that it is aspirated because of the rule of aspiration : the stops like /p t k/ become aspirated when they occur in the word initial position OR in the onset position of the stressed ...
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Should you use an apostrophe in this example?

I received an invitation to a meal, with the following sentence: Partners Welcome - Menu’s to Follow The message the author was trying to get across is "the menu(s) will be announced at a later ...

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