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What is the meaning of “cooling relations”?

Sometimes relations between nations can be considered to be "cooling"? What does this mean? I can't tell if it means: The relationship is getting better because it's "cooling-off" from "hot" ...
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word: fridges that keep things hot (and not cold)

What's the word for what looks like a fridge but actually keeps things warm/hot instead of cold? hot fridge?
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helping me with a few questions or help? [on hold]

what is the correct word to use here? helping or help? "I was wondering if any of you have friends or family in London, and feels like making the connection between us for helping me with a few ...
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1answer
21 views

Still unanswered 'had' question

Why do English-speaking people put 'had' in front of past tense verbs? ... as in the the question asked by painfulenglish: "I would use the first variant, because to me 'did' implies that the person ...
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2answers
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What does “reclusion” mean specifically?

If we take a recluse, with their state of seclusion unknown, is their condition self-inflicted? Or is reclusion a punishment? For example, (from www.thefreedictionary.com) re·clu·sion (r-klzhn) ...
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21 views

Last (count) entries

I am currently documenting a web interface. What would you recommend as a more friendly way of saying: This will display the last n entries. Where n is the number they have entered. I've been ...
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2answers
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“More loudly” vs “louder”. Correct usage

What is the correct usage of the adjective "loud"? Please sing louder Please sing more loudly I came across this in one of the quizzes at office, and as per them, the correct answer was option 2. ...
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348 views

Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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Leaving the “been” out of the present perfect

I work (in the UK) with someone who habitually leaves the "been" out of the present perfect (or so it seems to me), using phrases like "Has an appointment created?" or "If an appointment has ...
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2answers
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“Prices of” vs. “prices for”

I came across two different sentences both containing the word "prices", but with different prepositions, "of" and "for". Which of the following two sentences use the correct preposition? Audi ...
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1answer
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Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?

I am working on my college project, which is a kind of product review/feedback website. In this many users can give their comments and opinion, and like or dislike the product. I'm very confused what ...
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0answers
29 views

Is there an implied verb missing?

Is this statement correct? - However catastrophic the physical abuse, the lasting scars came from the verbal insults that had been hurled at them. Does the first part of the sentence before the ...
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3answers
38 views

One who never attends public meetings

There is an actor who never attends any public meetings or award functions. What to call such a person?
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1answer
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Only when .. will … then only Usage

This sentence: Only when inputs goes to logic 1 (s) will the FSM move from state s0 to s1,and then only when a clock pulse arrives. I have read in a book related to digital logic. I know the ...
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2answers
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Is the usage of “forfeit” correct here?

«The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property.» ...
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For X going to be developed, this is enough. Correct grammar?

I am wondering whether this is a correct usage: For the system going to be developed, the diagram is shown below. I said that without thought and now I wonder as Google yields no hits on similar ...
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1answer
42 views

Replacement for the annoying habit of saying “I was like”

I am new here, so my first question would be to ask about an annoying habit that I, as well as many other people out there, seem to have... During the telling of a story I will often say this one ...
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0answers
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“They are willing” for future tense (and other queries) [migrated]

For an exam answer, I was required to write a letter objecting to a planning application. I have some specific queries about it, but I've put the whole thing here for some context. The problem phrases ...
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2answers
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Please help me by explaining a sentence I don't understand

Please help me to understand an important email which contains this confusing sentence: It is recommended that you must delete the videos after use, especially after your sponsorship expires. I ...
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0answers
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Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion?

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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1answer
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Is it correct to say “It is pathetic to see some people only see the lust side of a girl”?

I want to put as a comment on a photo of a girl on a social media site that some people has made some bad vulgar comments on her photo.
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0answers
43 views

“It's secure” versus “It is secure” - which is correct [migrated]

Which is the correct form of these: It’s secure It is secure My question: which is the correct form? For examples, is this sentence ok? XY says it’s secure.
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1answer
21 views

Choice of plural and singular, definite and indefinite articles for multiple nouns

Which of the following is correct? There are apple and orange. There is an apple and an orange. There are an apple and an orange. There are apple and orange.
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23 views

What is the correct way of mentioning project experience in CV? [on hold]

We are 3 engineers and one product manager working in the project. What I want to mention is that as an engineer, I am one of the main people in the development of that project. What is the correct ...
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0answers
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Listening Question in IELTS

i am practicing an IELTS exam listening question. The word limit for answer is 3.Now the speaker says "We need to select all the films". So i wrote "Select All Films" But the correct answer is "Select ...
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1answer
60 views

What's the difference between “hoover” and “hover”? [on hold]

I sometimes use "hoover" and sometimes "hover". What's the difference?
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1answer
25 views

Using “the/a/an” with “and” and “or” [duplicate]

Suppose I need to mention two nouns in a phrase so that they are joined with either "and" or "or". Do I use "the/a/an" with the both of the nouns or just with the first one?
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1answer
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Is there a word or phrase that means both the answer and the question?

I am exploring how to create a game that generates metaphors or concepts that could be created outside of a linear thinking of past, present and future. Simultaneous revelations that occur ...
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9answers
565 views

Art and Culture are to “Philistine” as Feeling and Compassion are to what?

I'm looking for a noun to personify the adjectives "unfeeling" and "heartless" the same way Philistine personifies "uncivilized" and "crude". I'm looking for something a bit more tactful than say, "a ...
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2answers
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Is it polite to say 'thank you guys' if both genders were involved? [duplicate]

Related: Is "guy" gender-neutral? Discussion about more formal version: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1620575 Thank you (thank you guys)
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“Tear(drop)” synonyms

I've been looking for the synonyms (especially poetic ones) referring to the nouns "tear" and "tear-drop". Unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to find. I've found two, poetic ones - "brine" and ...
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1answer
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When you run a program for the first time, is it after the first “run”, “launch”, or “execution” of that program?

I’m slowly writing my thesis and I’ve encountered an issue where I need to say that certain settings must be set when the software starts for the first time. Which of these things would I therefore ...
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1answer
43 views

“it seems” vs. “it seems that” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between using "it seems" and "it seems that" For example: "It seems that automatic restart is not happening now" "It seems automatic restart is not happening now" ...
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0answers
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Accurate meaning of “as” in “as by” [on hold]

From http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=paternalism&searchmode=none: paternalism (n.) = ..."government as by a father over his children,..." What part of ...
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1answer
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Aberrant usage of the adjective “incredulous”

Below is a sentence I found in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Could you please explain why the adjective "incredulous" is used as if it's an adverb? 'You sold the car?' she asked, ...
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1answer
77 views

English word for “empty-able”

I would love to know what is the word for the meaning : empty-able, like the Name part of a registration form can not be empty, but the Address part can be
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0answers
42 views

“If that was/were the case” [on hold]

The subject: "We have never voted on ethics and morals." Which is correct? If that was the case If that were the case
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0answers
14 views

“The height of the building” or “Height of the building”? [duplicate]

I'd like to know when I should use 'the' and when I shouldn't. For example: "The use of 'the' is confusing" or "Use of 'the' is confusing" ? "There's a building over there, the height of the ...
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0answers
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A word for “similarity to reality”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a single word which means "looking like a real thing" or similarity to reality for the post which I am about to write. Example: One of the prominent reason why Nolan's Batman Trilogy ...
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2answers
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How do you convert a noun into an adjective? [on hold]

What would be the adjectives for nouns like shopkeeper, country, wife, earring, teacher, father — and so on and so forth?
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The comfort which one hath of her husband

According to an article published on quizlet.com, titled 'The most difficult and unbelievable word of the OED' (which i dont have access to), levament means "The comfort which one hath of his wife". ...
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0answers
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How to say speaking to you reminiscent of something [on hold]

I am giving an interview and the question is tell me about your favourite actor and at the end I say speaking to you reminiscent me of him.is it ok.reminiscent word usage is ok here or not.
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1answer
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Do vs. did in “do you want to join us?”

What exactly is the difference in meaning between the questions Do you want to join us? and Did you want to join us? in the context of a group of people asking asking another person who ...
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0answers
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May I use “evidence where”? [duplicate]

Modern science has given clear evidence that smoking can lead to many diseases. in this sentence,“that smoking can lead to many diseases” is an Appositive clause,but I wonder if I can say ...
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0answers
42 views

SCUBA upper or lower case?

In a university project which I am writing I have been reprimanded at least 10 times for using the word scuba in lower case. i.e. Scuba tank, Scuba diving etc. Is this permissible and can I tell my ...
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2answers
48 views

Committee, Association and Assembly — What's the differrence?

I'm confused by these 3 words and I'm not quite sure what the differences are. I know how council, commission and committee differ, but I can't find it for Assembly and Association. I'm using it for a ...
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2answers
27 views

Which is easily understandable?

[missing words here]would be utilized in the best possible way to achieve the goals of your organization, while at the same time continuing to develop and gain experience. [missing words here]would ...
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2answers
86 views

Difference between 'I would like to be' & 'I want to be'

I would like to be and I want to be What is the difference between them? I think 'want to be' sounds stronger than 'like to be,' but I'm not sure if this is true.
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6answers
108 views

How to write a pair of pairs without sounding awkward

I am attempting to write a list of pairs of people, like so: "The pairings are Bob and Jane, Joe and Mary, and Fred and Ashley." This works fine in that the comma lets you know where each pairing is ...
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3answers
77 views

Do you always have to put a comma before someone's name? [duplicate]

Example: (1) Hello John. (2) Hello, John? (3) How are you today John? (4) How are you today, John? (5) I wish I could John. (6) I wish I could, John. Must there always be a comma before ...

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