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Is there another word that means 'togglable'?

Using Merriam-Webster as a baseline, the word 'togglable' doesn't exist yet. It has made it into Wiktionary. It also makes enough intuitive sense that I don't have a problem using it. But, I'm ...
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Relative stress principle

the degree of stress of a syllable is determined in relation to the stress of the syllables adjacent to it. i.e. according to the theory of relative stress, differences in stress do not just ...
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Contrary vs Converse when used as a noun

Q: Which is the better word to be used in the following sentence? My history seems to indicate the contrary in that my hypertension was the cause of my anger & stress. ...or... My ...
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What doe Ev. followed by a number mean in a footnote?

I am reading a document with numerous footnotes providing references to the source of the information in the main text. However, some of the notes just give Ev. followed by a single digit number. All ...
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Anyone here ever used the word “palaver”?

In a Sci-Fi movie from 1957, an astronaut says he's "going to palaver" with the cave-dwelling natives. I'd never heard the word before, but my husband - a history buff - knew it by it's original ...
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A word that means a bad copy of lots of other things

Used in this context... I don't like The Cleveland show because it is **** It's a term we use in animation to say that we don't like this programme or idea because it is too similar to other ones ...
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Why “a” bow and arrow?

Anyone who's watched CW's Arrow would recognize this line immediately: They've got guns. You've got a bow and arrow. They never say a bow and arrows. They never say a bow and an arrow. They say ...
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…is/was in debt

I'm really sorry to put the same question through. Let's say I'm narrating a past incident in which one of the sentence is -- "There was a rumor that Citibank is in debt." I'm aware that here 'is' ...
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What does “face as sharp as a pen” mean?

I am reading a text and there is a phrase which I don't know the meaning of: His face was as sharp as a pen. What does it mean?
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correct my text [on hold]

I have to write a short and easy story for my English class. would you correct it for me ? let me know if it has any solecism. The legend of fugitive. He was banished to their Apple orchard many ...
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“single in a run off”

Kang Jung-jo of the Pittsburgh Pirates singles in a run off Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena during the first inning of their game Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Kang, who started at third base and hit ...
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Correct usage of *'ve contractions

Coincidentally over the last few days, I have twice seen what I view as an 'incorrect' use of I've, viz. How could I've done this better? On attempting to explain why this sounds wrong to a ...
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Can “how has ” be abbreviated?

For example, if I say "How is your day going" I can abbreviate that to "How's" (How is). But if I said "How has your day been" can I abbreviate that to "How's" (How has)?
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Is “It's not a second, seven seconds away” a kind of idiom in English? [on hold]

Is "it's not a second, seven seconds away" a kind of idiom in English? What is its meaning? I am trying to make sense of the chorus in "7 seconds" by Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry and I just can't ...
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The most appropriate term for a noisy machine

I've written the following sentence: He had wanted to write a letter to Jimmy, an old comrade of his, but when the boisterous clipper started, he decided to have a second breakfast instead whilst ...
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What is a person who participates in computer network chatting, called?

I just wrote the word “chatter”, but then, googling it, I found no definition in the direction of “one who participates in a computer based chat”. Can the role of such a person ...
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2answers
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How would you invent the word for 'fear of standing next to beds'?

It is known that there is a proper word for almost any phobia you can think of. What is the etymology of such? And how would one construct the word for the phobia of standing next to beds; because of ...
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Is 'theris' a 3rd person plural possessive pronoun?

I saw a grammar chart earlier today stating 'theris' is a third person plural possessive pronoun. I've never seen this word used.
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When to use addicting vs. addictive?

We're having a debate in the kitchen about this. When would I use addicting vs addictive?
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It was comprised of five ingredients. It comprises five ingredients

I have always used the term the first way, as in "comprised of five ingredients," but someone I work with regularly uses it as in "comprises five ingredients." Are both usages correct? If no, which ...
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Do I use is/are with measurements and time?

EX: There is/are 12 months in year There is/are 60 minutes in an hour etc.
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When do I use “are” instead of “is”?

When writing measurements or time, do you use the plural form "are" or the singular form "is"? For example: There [is/are] 12 inches in a foot. There [is/are] 12 months in a year.
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augment something by some percentage

I am wondering if this sentence sounds natural to a native speaker "We augment SOMETHING by 2% to 23K." ? I have already assumed it sounds natural to use increase and raise in this case. Is it a ...
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got ready vs is ready

A friend of mine corrected my sentence but I couldn't understand it. Just hoping someone can explain it properly for a non English speaker. My sentence is: "Finally your passport GOT ready for ...
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Words to describe a person who is arrogant

I am looking for words to describe someone who is arrogant/pompous/ungrateful/incorrigible.
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Get on the plane, get in the car? [duplicate]

I'd say "I get in the plane", but apparently this language tries hard not to make sense.
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Hi! I was wondering: Nostalgia ? Wanderlust? [on hold]

How did these foreign terms for emotions get into English? They all describe a feeling of something imagined. Some examples: Nostalgia Wanderlust Fernweh These group of words amazes me, makes me ...
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Is it necessary to use “The” on product name “The Last Words”?

EDIT: The company that I work is developing a game and we are deciding the best name of the game. The final one was "Last Words" but we were not sure if we have to use the "The Last Words" or just ...
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Proper use of 'aspects' in a descriptive sentence

Scientists now have the ability to monitor aspects of an organism at the molecular level on a large scale during a diseased state. Is the word 'aspects' used correctly in the above sentence?
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infinitive after say

In Modern English, vol 2, P.120, it reads the object infinitives have the subject of the main verb as their subject. However, in Longman and Oxford, there are two collocation examples- NINA SAID TO ...
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How to politely say to sellers in stores that you don't need help? [on hold]

This happens quite often. You're at a store, and while looking for clothes sellers come over and ask if you need any help. And since my English is far away from normal English I just use what I know ...
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39 views

“The largest being” [on hold]

I have gained insight into the challenges this city will face in the future, the largest being growing our business sectors and improving our infrastructure without sacrificing our community's ...
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2answers
44 views

“If you want, I can do this ”vs “I can do this, if you want” which one is correct? [on hold]

I am not sure which one of the two forms is correct: "If you want, I can do this" vs "I can do this, if you want" Do the above sentences have different meaning? even slightly? Other example: "I am ...
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1answer
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Parsing a difficult sentence

I'm having trouble understanding this sentence from a book on system theory, which reads like a modern version of Euclid's Elements: Intuitively, we would expect the concept of a system to ...
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SAT ACT online website [on hold]

I am developing an online SAT and other tests tutorial service. Kindly suggest some names for the websites.
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364 views

A word for “lack of a word”? [duplicate]

What's the word for "no word for"? I've really been trying to find it, but I just can't seem to.
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verb +ed or to be + verb +ed

I don't quite know the explanation to this. When they arrived, they found the door locked from inside. When they arrived, they found the door was locked from inside Locked sounds better than was ...
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Dissecting Bad Grammar

I have a fairly good sense of what is and isn't correct in terms of grammar, but that's mostly through feeling, rather than hard knowledge of the rules. My formal knowledge of the English Language ...
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How to say thank you to a friend who agreed to take care of my pet? [on hold]

I have been preparing to IELTS test and currently I need to write a thank you letter to my friend, because she agreed to take of my pet. So I've come up with this: Thank you so much for saying "yes" ...
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2answers
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Is there a word that describes an intelligent, self-aware, sentient lifeform?

... like "human" but also applicable to other beings that are generally as intelligent (i.e. capable of complex thought, participation in a society, etc.). Or must one describe that concept with ...
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What is the object of this sentence?

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While both understand what they are and how they work we got stuck on a random sentance that I blurted out. Now, if I say "Mary baked ...
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We went to Atlanta in “summer vacation.” [on hold]

The words in inverted commas are a) Collective Noun b) Adverb of place c) Adverb of time d) Proper noun Everyone says it's "collective noun", but it put me in high doubts.
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Are quotation marks necessary?

For 8th grade recognition all students selected a quote they like. Is is necessary to put in quotation marks? The authors are acknowledged and the section is titled QUOTES.
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9answers
590 views

A neutral word to describe ones ability to bypass social expectations in interpersonal interactions?

My assumption is that humans rely heavily on an embedded framework of social contracts when engaging in social interactions. This is for sure both biological and cultural in origin. I'm searching for ...
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use of hyphens in a compound adjective

I'm currently reading "Assuming a mantle of power" from International New York Times (May 14, 2015), and the article is about a soft power look that female leaders are donning, with pencil skirts and ...
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Meaning of the sentence “…had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud…”

I'm unable to understand this long sentence, particularly the parts highlighted in bold. Can someone break it up for me? Those who had before known her, (1) and had expected to behold her dimmed ...
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What single word encompasses all of a person's social media & Internet presence?

I'm looking for a single word that describes the Internet & Social media presence of a single entity. Their digital footprint, as it were.
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revoke or annul or cancel or others?

Supposing you are designing a chatting App and would like to add this feature which allows a user to "unsend"/take back a message after sending it out. What is the best choice of word to describe it? ...
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Comma with dates - oddity

I KNOW the rule is to put a comma after full dates, but in this case, it seems to be a bit much: "...the contract runs from July 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016, and should be amended as such. Because ...
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'That is' versus 'That was' [on hold]

Here's an example of what's puzzling me (I'll use a brother/sister arguing example): Sister - I couldn't find my homework, so I got an F on the assignment. Brother - You couldn't find your homework ...

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