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Is it “Does social media” or “Do social media”?

I am confused as to which way to say the following: "Does social media benefit people?" or "Do social media benefit people?"
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Group of users who believe that a technology/tool they use is vastly superior to the alternatives

Consider a group of users of a given technology (e.g. an obscure programming language) who think that such technology is superior to any other technology for solving the same types of problems. What ...
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what do you call the small decorative tanks built in restaurants or in parks?

I have seen small tanks with fishes in it used as decorative structures in hotels. Usually they are concrete structures. Is there any particular word to refer to such tanks?
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Meaning of “knew from” in this sentence

I'm trying to understand the usage of "knew from" in the following quote: (suddenly cleaning ladies knew from sun-dried tomatoes, suddenly hog farmers knew from creme brulee) Source: The ...
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What Is the Origin of the Word “Sherpa”?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Subscription-only says: Sherpa n. a Himalayan person who is often employed to guide people through mountains and carry their equipment Word Origin ...
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Asking polite question in email

I want to asking question to my collegeous in email; the situation are there is a "marketing budget" and the second parties told me they have an event with embassy i confuse are they purpose to using ...
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Door-to-Wall Relationship Words

What is a useful word for the relationship of a door to a door which is "in" the same wall? The best way I can think of to describe it is "the wall containing the door", but "containing" sounds very ...
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“had better find” or “had better found”

I recently wrote "we had better find a way to do X" but a proofreader has corrected this to "we had better found a way to do X". Which is correct and why?
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A word for support that is superficial, but not operational

I'm looking for a word to describe support that is shown only on a public level; it is declarative but not operational, more like an encouragement. For example, I might support all organizations that ...
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Can the verb “increment” refer to a quantity other than one?

For instance: Every time the user logs in, increment the login variable. vs Every time the user logs in, increment the login variable by 1. Which is more correct? My gut tells me the first ...
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“The reception of the radical theory shows that when [invention/dogmatism] fights orthodoxy to a draw…”

The reception given to Kimura's radical theory of molecular evolution shows that when ______ fights orthodoxy to a draw, then novelty has seized a good chunk of space from convention. Options ...
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Structure “Training by someone and someone jointly”

I am composing a news heading. Is this heading understandable? Training [or whatever you'll choose] by the first party and the second party jointly I mean that the training is being organized and ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “grease the skids”?

What is the origin or derivation of the phrase "greasing the skids?" The phrase connotes preparation, in such a way as to make the subsequent activities easier. Definitions are available various ...
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What does the word “Being” mean?

I know Being is the present participle form of the verb to be. It is used with the auxiliaries is, are, was, and were to form continuous tenses, But I am confused about why 'being' is used here, ...
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What does “assessed cause” mean in following sentence? [on hold]

While propulsion was identified as the “assessed cause” in the breakup of DMSP-F11 in 2004, Air Force Space Command is still investigating the Feb. 3 incident that turned DMSP-F13 into 43 new pieces ...
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Is there a formal version of “as is” for a program

I am trying to summarize 3 phrases in one (if this is possible) for a program: 1. Program is provided "as is" 2. Program is provided for testing purposes 3. Program is provided for trial purposes ...
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Is “take a leak” considered only masculine or is it okay if women use it too?

And if it can also be used by women, I still feel vulgar using it.
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34 views

“Both the drivers” versus “both drivers”

Context: there were two drivers in a single vehicle driving along a test track. Then the vehicle overturned and the drivers were injured. Which sentence is correct: “The vehicle overturned injuring ...
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23 views

What is the scope of the word 'Augment'?

The dictionary meaning of the word Augment is to make (something) greater by adding to it. Is the scope of the word restricted to just quantity or does it extend to quality as well? For example: 'Her ...
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Word for temporary obsession

Me and a friend were discussing something we experience (too) often: we discover some new concept or thing (for example "photography" or "knitting", can be anything) and become completely obsessed ...
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Prepositional Verbs: Transitive or Intransitive

Are prepositional verbs transitive or intransitive? Have a look at the following sentences: I listen to classical music. It reminds me of my grandfather.
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22 views

Direct Object or Complement or Something else

She failed to respond. She wanted to smile. She decided to return. She preferred to travel by train. She managed to save a little money. Are the infinitival clauses complements or direct objects in ...
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What does the phrase “There's a little bit of an edge” mean?

I'm listening to this podcast and I hear the following phrase at around 13:45. There's a little bit of an edge to work in a company where you make games. I can guess only guess it means: It ...
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Is it okay to use the word “letter” instead of “e-mail” regarding to e-mail correspondence?

Could you please advise is it okay to use the word "letter" instead of "e-mail" regarding to e-mail correspondence? For example, is it okay to use the word "letter" in the following phrase if we are ...
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Is there a single, opposite word to “alibi”?

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines “alibi” as 1. evidence that proves that a person was in another place at the time of a crime and so could not have committed it. 2. an excuse for sth that ...
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38 views

What is the synonym of “Decommoditize”?

Is there any synonyms for "Decommoditize"? If not, What does "Decommoditize" mean in the business?
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Is it “is” or “are” in “There is/are two of us here”? [duplicate]

I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be? There is two of us here. Or, There are two of us here.
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Correctness of the usage of the phrase 'by (or in) virtue of'

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Are there any alterations I must make? I am very much observant in virtue of my tendency of being silent.
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What to call a fact/observation told by someone?

Examples: Speaker A: I thought he wanted to know about insects. Speaker B: But not [...] about them eating people! After he finished his [...] about seals. I think using fact ...
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Get and take diffrence [on hold]

1.I will get you there I will take you there Are these two sentenses are the same meaning? No diffrence?
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1answer
39 views

Where can I find a modern English version of King James' “Counterblaste to Tobacco”?

I find A Counterblaste to Tobacco by James I very interesting. Many people are under the impression that anti-tobacco sentiment began in the last century, and this document pretty thoroughly refutes ...
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42 views

“helpful for you” or “helpful to you”

Which is more correct? "is helpful for you" or "is helpful to you" Context: Closing line of an email. eg. "I hope this information is helpful for you."
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I am sure or I am sure that?

I am wondering what is the correct sentence. I am think that both are correct. I'm sure you will enjoy the movie vs I'm sure that you will enjoy the movie.
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craft with -ing or not?

I've seen 'coding craft': http://www.codingcraft.co.uk/ and 'hire craft': http://hirecraft.com/ what's the correct version? why not 'hiring craft'? what's the difference?
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Word for releasing oneself from a hug

I'm looking for a more physical description, so ignoring "disengaged" for this purpose. But wouldn't mind hearing why it might still be a good option. "You were almost torn apart!" Fabian said and ...
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Can a person be 'further arrested'?

On tonight's news there was considerable coverage of the potentially tragic case of Becky Watts, a young teenager who has been missing for over a week. A spokesman for the Bristol police made the ...
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a combined total of x and/or y

On a wiki a user has replaced all instances of the phrase a combined total of 100 x and y with a combined total of 100 x or y Which one is more correct/appropriate to use? Is it situational? Are ...
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Plurality of phrases describing categories of objects

When talking about a specific category of objects, does it make more sense to attach plurality to the label of the category, as in: Dogs are in the kingdom of animals, which also include cats. ...
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How does 'for all that' mean 'in spite of that'?

I already understand and so ask NOT about the definition, below which I want to burrow. I heed the Etymological Fallacy. 1. What part of speech is for all that ? for all that = in spite of that ...
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Word for “seriously considering”?

I'm looking for a word like "pondering", of "considering" which has the connotation that I am very likely to decide to do the thing I am pondering/considering. Thanks!
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53 views

Fail fast versus fail faster [on hold]

Ok, I just took an Agile training class and one of their key phrases is "fail fast". I believe that this is improper form and should be fail faster? I had a lengthy discussion with the instructor ...
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43 views

want + object + to-infinitive / v-ing. Subject + want + v-ing

I'm a bit hesitant when using these sentences : I don't want you talking about her. I don't want you to talk about her. This wall wants painting. The students want teaching. As we know the verb ...
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what is or who is

In facebook one of my friend posted this question with 3 choice --> what is your favorite player ? 1:-Messi 2:-Neymar 3:-Ronaldo 4:- others is it What is correct here or it would be who is ...
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“Lasting” or “with a duration of”?

I'm editing a very bureaucratic document and I'm trying to make it less bureaucratic. There's a passage that refers to "a session with a duration of 1-2 hours." I want to change it to "a session ...
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What's the original English language is it BrE or AmE? [on hold]

There are lots of English speakers around the world and they have different languages somehow so what is the first language ever?
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28 views

Usage of the verb 'aim'. Is it correct? [on hold]

I shall aim completing the correction of the final language test papers.
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86 views

The T in “stair” and D in “dare”

I checked that their pronunciations are /ster/ and /der/ But I can't hear the difference between them! Can anyone tell me the difference and how to pronounce them separately?
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Function of “about”- practised physiotherapy for about 6 months

I practised physiotherapy for about 6 months. I understand that "about" can take forms such as an adv, adj, preposition. Though I can rephrase the sentence, however, I am curious to find out ...
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Please identify the independent clause/s in this sentence

I am trying to understand where the independent clause/s are in the following sentence: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this ...
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1answer
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I'm making sport live score application and I have a question [on hold]

I'm making sport live score application and I have a question My application has many page for show live score and it has some page no any match playing. What sentences should i use ? No any match ...

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