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A derogatory definition for a politician.

I am looking for a definition,e negative one, to define a politician who is not doing politics in the public interest.
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According to protesters - correct; according to THE protesters - possible?

Source: http://rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened ...
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Greetings after initial email

In a formal / professional email (i.e. emails directed at potential employers, co-workers and administrators), is it okay to exclude the greeting after the first email? For example, I will send an ...
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28 views

Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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1answer
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'uplink' or 'interfaces'

I wonder, which sentence fragment is better? ... effectiveness of the interface failure detection ... effectiveness of the uplink failure detection
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1answer
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what does the logical fallacy “shifting issues” mean?

what is the meaning of the logical fallacy "shifting issues"? I have tried a web search on many different forms of the question "what is the definition of the logical fallacy shifting issues. I have ...
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Something of value that is worthless in the current context?

Is there a word/metaphor/idiom for something that has value, but is worthless (or even harmful) in the current situation? To use a couple of monetary examples: A check for $1,000,000 has potential ...
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What are the characteristics of slang, dialect and colloquial speech?

**What are the different aspects of slang, dialect and colloquial speech?
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Do these phrases have any sense?

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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Less-technical synonym for “timestamp”

I've already looked at Is there a word for "a point in time"?, but there doesn't seem to be any answers other than "timestamp". While I agree that it is the most technically accurate ...
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Is “on-parade” an actual term?

A google search came up with almost nothing. Am I just imaging things? I could have sworn one could use the term "on-parade" to mean a succession of something. For example: Life is an on-parade of ...
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25 views

Using “such” and “as”, together and segregated

Here are two variations: I would like you to buy such fruit as apples and watermelon for me. Can you buy me some fruit such as apples or watermelon? Is there any blatant difference or a fine one ...
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What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...
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1answer
18 views

Use of Adjust -

How to use this usage? If I have to console my friend who is right there in front of me. Is it "Get adjust to your work" or "Get adjusted to your work"
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What is the origin of the place name Privett vs. plant name Privet?

The Ligustrum vulgare, the English Privet, seems to have a confused history. It was known to the ancient Greeks as an important plant in making their formal gardens or topia "places" which gives us ...
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Is there a word or phrase for ethical value based on economic value?

I'm not even certain that such an ethics system exists, but I can think of at least a few people who consider economic levity to be a sign of moral absolutism, and that those who are economically ...
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1answer
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Do I use commas before the word “to” in the following sentence:

The JP-8 pipelines included 7.4 miles of parallel 10-inch pipelines from the Navy's transfer pump house manifold to the custody transfer to the Anderson Air Force Base.
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Once you've introduce an acronym / initialism should you always use it?

When writing a large document with technical terminology (in this example I'll use 'Content Management System') I would use the full term itself and alongside introduce the acronym / initialism: ...
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1answer
32 views

Next week, in particular, is my wife(')(,) Liana's(,) show

I was writing an email to my department, and was informing them about an art show my wife was having. So I wrote: Next week, in particular, is my wife Liana's show. But then I realized that I ...
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1answer
17 views

Problem with sentences structures?

I have problem with sentences structures. I have a sentence: When reviewing [Name of Bank] reports, the conclusion can be reached that over the next few years demand for new solutions will be ...
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1answer
19 views

Does addition of clause change tense

For example, which of the following sentences is correct: Jack, and his partner Jill, offer a new perspective on child-rearing. Jack, and his partner Jill, offers a new perspective on child-rearing. ...
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How to verbalize a mathematics expression in English?

How do we express a simple mathematics equation in a way that could be understood by most people bad in mathematics? I have a formula like this: Processing Fee = Base Fee x ( Your Bid / Original ...
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5answers
539 views

What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [on hold]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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3answers
49 views

Difference between “climate” and “weather” please

As a native speaker of Spanish I am confused because we don't have two different words for these terms
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2answers
47 views

Can 'Too+an adjective' be used to make a non-negative statement?

When one says the following type of sentences, they have a negative connotation. You are too nice. You are too fast. You are too intense. I am curious if there are any instances when we could ...
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10answers
426 views

Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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1answer
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what's the meaning of “To make the larger point”

what's the meaning of "To make the larger point" e.g. To make the larger point, this chapter initiates a detailed study of types of commercial and political alliance making that are impossible ...
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1answer
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Used with permission/by permission, which is correct?

On a lot of small print notices you see things like "ABC is a trademark of XYZ Corp., used by permission" or "used with permission". To me, "used with permission" sounds correct. Is either (more) ...
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34 views

Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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2answers
39 views

Pronunciations of different accent [on hold]

Would it be possible for me to to listen different pronunciations in english. Regards, Aboli
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Difference between “Pitiful” and “Pitiable”?

Would you be kind enough to explain the nuance between "pitiful" and "pitiable"? My Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary shows two similar meanings for the aforementioned words. deserving pity or ...
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Earthling/s equivalent for Mars and Venus [on hold]

The first earthling in space was a dog. What about Mars or Venus. marsling? venusling? I am looking for a word for an inhabitant of Mars (and another word for the inhabitant of Venus) that ...
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1answer
30 views

Caveat - accepted pronunciation(s)? [on hold]

I've always read it at cave-eat, even spelled it that way sometimes. But I just recently found out that that's not the case. It's supposedly pronounced as "KAH-vee-yat"--which I've never heard anyone ...
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1answer
41 views

I need to comment on Bill Gates's blog. In my comments I would frequently want to refer to him (I don't want to address him) with respect [duplicate]

What should I add before or after his name to show respect? In India we do that adding sir after the name but I don't think it's done in standard English.
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What is the English phrases for “to bet/vote on a winning candidate”?

For example, betting Manchester United rather than a newly-promoted club. This is not limited to sport and not limited to only two participants. I've heard it's "to ride on a winning horse", is that ...
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I want to refer to Bill Gates on his blog with respect in the comments section

One way would be to simply write sir, but I don't want that readers get confuse in that who actually I'm referring to.How do I refer to him with respect but simultaneously not creating any ...
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1answer
35 views

“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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0answers
25 views

English spelling/pronunciation example [migrated]

I think most of us can agree, English pronunciation vs spelling (vs conjugation) is strange: Read (present tense) Read (past tense) Red (color) Reed (plant) contrast with Lead (direct, present ...
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Multiple quantities of an object that has a descriptor and units of measure

My question is probably best illustrated with an example: Four 2.25 hp electric motors were used to propel the vehicle. Is that correct? I feel like it can't be, but my friend is saying ...
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1answer
26 views

'betrayal' of expectations

I read a line in my textbook that goes: Negative effects may arise due to a 'betrayal' of expectations when people involved fail to understand the situational context. Can the word 'betrayal' ...
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1answer
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It's time we 'informed' the Senate

In the movie Star Wars, one of Mace Windu(S.Jackson)'s line reads such that: I think it is time we informed the Senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished. Is saying 'inform the ...
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2answers
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Difference between 'in order to', 'so as to,' 'to'

I'm a Korean and I learned in school that 'to' is equal to 'in order to' and 'so as to,' if they are used in expressing intent. Are the sentences "I study in order to achieve my goal" and "I study ...
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“It had not been working as I thought” vs. “It was not working as I thought”?

I want to convey that I recently discovered that a software code was not working like I thought it was working...I'm not sure how to phrase it correctly. Which A phrase goes with which B phrase? A1. ...
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1answer
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When distinguishing 'in which' and 'which' is ambiguous

I'm a Korean high school student (who really likes reading English novels), and I'm curious regarding the usage of 'in which' and 'which' in a sentence. Which one do I have to use in the following ...
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0answers
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Is there any difference between “[Only/All/All] that I need is”? [migrated]

Is there any difference between: Only I need is All I need is All That I need is I noticed that this phrase is used with nouns after "is", can I use this phrase with verbs? for example: Only ...
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0answers
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“that is” or “which is”

I am writing an article in BE and I try to remain formal. I have a difficulty with that and which: (meaningless sentences) We move from our old car to the truck that is his new means of ...
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what is the difference between later and latter?

As cited above what is the difference between later and latter? Latter : occurring or situated nearer to the end of something than to the beginning, the meaning of latter is similar to later only. so ...
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6answers
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“It was turning out the dining-room done it.”

“It was turning out the dining-room done it, if you ask me,” said Mrs. Sutton. “Now, don’t you overdo yourself, ma’am,” I says to her; but you know how she is, sir. She gets that restless, she ...
2
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1answer
46 views

Do I take a small nap or a light nap?

I heard a friends say that he's going to take a 'small' nap. Is this correct usage? I thought we only take 'light' naps
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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...

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