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collapse vs minimize

Is it right to use the word "Collapse" to describe what this button do or "Minimize" is more correct? What the difference in meanings of words "collapse" and "minimize" in context of computer ...
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Word or phrase for the opposite of a distraction?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that means the opposite of a distraction. More specifically, something previously distracting that has since faded into... well, I don't know into what. So I ...
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Word for “opening and closing the mouth?”

Example: The stranded fish were flapping desperately on the sand, their mouths closing and opening, seeking for the water that wasn't there. Is there's a word that means opening and closing ...
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'As Per' in english communication [on hold]

Please tell me if below statements are correct or not? As per standards. As per your convenience. As per previous version. I just need to know is it correct to use 'as per' in context when it has ...
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relaxed grammar rules in resume?

Business schools or law school application resumes are typically concise at around 1 page. Is it acceptable and considered ok to ignore some grammar rules to save words/space on a resume? For ...
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lady sitting in the car vs lady is sitting in the car [migrated]

I believe that the second and the third sentences are grammatically correct and the first one is incorrect. I would appreciate if you could clarify the issue here. Thanks in advance. Sentences are ...
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‘Concern of’ vs. ‘concern about’

Commercial builders downplayed ______ a bust in the superheated housing market. 1) The concern of 2) Concerns about The answer is number 2, but why does number 1 not work?
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pre-customer inquiry/ post-customer inquiry

I'm translating titles of paragraphs from Japanese to English. A pragmatic translation of the titles can be: "Before Receiving Inquiries from Potential Customers" and "After Receiving Inquiries from ...
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One word for the thing that other things depend on?

If a have a sentence: "A depends on B", then I can describe A as a "dependent" (adj.). How can I describe B with one adjective?
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Usage of spending time

Which one is correct? a)Thank you for the time you spent on reading this letter. b)Thank you for taking the time on reading this letter.
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Where can I find a good idiomatic dictionary with explanations and examples in plain text format?

I found dictionaries of this kind but in pdf format. I'm searching for one in plain text format ( well organized ) to build an app.
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Capital letters + Blame on

I'm Mohammad. I would be grateful if you could answer to my questions: 1- "Talkative" and "Sad" are negative or positive? 2- Can we write all letters of names of countries with capital letters? Is ...
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What is a courtesy message?

I have seen the term a few times in notification e-mails. Does it mean just a polite notification?
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In respect to process the order [on hold]

Can I write a sentence like " We looking forward your approval in respect to process the order"
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Is it correct to use “or” in place of “and/or”?

Consider the following sentence: A project is a large and/or complex undertaking. To me, the expression “and/or” seems redundant since in formal logic “or” implies ...
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What do you call a woman who's feeling “bitchy”?

It's that time of the month, your female partner has begun to fault pick you, for no explicable reason she becomes weepy, and anything you say or do will be criticized or misinterpreted. Is there a ...
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Time and “look back on” as a phrasal verb

When using this tri-part phrasal verb, i.e., "look back on," what is the length of time it refers to or can refer to? For example, it's common to say: "When John looks back on his childhood, he can ...
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Brush up on as a Tri-Part

Is "brush up on" technically a tri-part phrasal verb?
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What we call the next consecutive question in series of problem

on stack overflow we can edit the questions and this problem is based on that. Scenario I was asking problem A and got the solution of A but face a new problem B. How do I mention (reference ...
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What is “unilateral superiority over the public”

What does it mean? Is it when one party had complete control over the other?
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My using gerunds

I do hope that you are able to impart your forthright laconicism onto my writing below by paying particular attention to my use of gerunds. I had been lying atop my bed pondering my intelligence ...
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Can One Jump To Good Conclusions?

Jump To Conclusions is noted in the free dictionary's entry for jump a few different ways: To form an opinion or judgment hastily: jump to conclusions. to proceed abruptly, ...
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The right time to use semi-colon

Below is an example of how I normally use semi-colon in sentences and I truly do not know if it's correct. Open the gate; let the dogs out, then close the gate.
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When should I use a comma before the word “who”?

Should I use a comma before the word who? This sentence is confusing me: I made this blog because I want to help all of the other people who have problems that are similar to mine. If I did ...
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When did “to forgive” lose its primary meaning for pardoning and become solely about an emotional response?

During a recent debate I was having with a peer, I was shocked to find out that the word "forgive" no longer carries a primary association with the act of pardoning another individual (i.e., ...
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Is all ok a RAS?

Once you realised ok = all correct, then "All OK" = all all correct, which is a RAS then. Or to classify into RAS you will need the exact same initial letter? For those who missed the point of ...
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An experience that induces self-doubt is a(n) ________experience?

If I were to challenge a great intellectual, who knows his area extremely well, on one of his points he has made; thinking about how I can repudiate his argument, how I will phrase my ...
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There's a word that describes experiencing pleasure at the sound word

Not the pleasing sound of a word. (euphonious) But the enjoyment of that word being pronounced. I know that such a word exists, but I cannot remember it. I've tried numerous sources, eg google, ...
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What does it mean to wax a cross?

On the TV show Archer, the saying "get some wax for your cross" is used. What does it mean? I'm guessing from context it means that you carry around a cross so often you need wax for it.
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Single word that means “to look down on others”?

What is a single word in English which means to look down on others (due to their younger age, lower socio-economic position, lesser experience, etc) Not look down upon everyone else in general, ...
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“So shouldn't you”?

So shouldn't you: is this grammatically correct? Or is you shouldn't either the only appropriate response?
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who strongly disapproves of smoking, drinking and gambling?

It would be used in a sentence like this: "Let's not invite your uncle Peter. He is (a) ......, you know, and he would feel very uncomfortable among our friends. I'm not looking for lists. I'm not ...
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How do you form the plural of an elided/contracted noun?

The noun, without elision, is "beatings". Singular, elided, is "beatin'" (note the apostrophe). So what's the plural? I considered "beatins'" (note the apostrophe) and "beatin's" but neither of them ...
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deconstructing a cupertino

For the uninitiated, a "cupertino" is a word that's been created by an autocorrect spellchecker misdiagnosing your typing. I wrote myself a note for a book to read; it got autocorrected as "gazebo ...
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English expression for facial hair (beard) of a woman

Is there a specific term for facial hair around the mouth (or a beard) if the person in question is female? I'm looking for a translation of the German "Damenbart". Some dictionaries provide ...
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Is it common to use “say a reason”?

Is it common to use “say a reason” in a sentence? for instance is the following sentence true? "the reason they say is not logical"
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Can you play ON it?

I have a question. Is it correct to ask "Can you play ON it?"? The word "it " means an instrument. So if I ask "can you play it? ", will this question mean the same as "Can you play the guitar?"?
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is addicted an action verb?

Is the word "addicted" an action verb? "Rubetta has been addicted to meth for 12 years of her life, losing custody of all of her children as a result."
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Is there a “-nym” word for the members of a political party?

In an answer to a previous question, I referred to "tea-partiers" as the demonym for members of the Tea Party in US politics. But I know that's not right; demonym describes the name of the ...
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Is there an inverse of the word “consignment”?

Consignment is when you leave goods at a third party for them to sell as their own, and when it sells they pay you an agreed amount. In this case the third party is called a consignment store Is ...
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American words for gas stoves

Please take a look at the following two images: In India, it's customary to refer to the thing in the first image as a "gas stove" and the second as a"cooking range" or "hob." Is it the same in ...
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Capitalization after ellipsis

Although there does exist a related question on SE, it doesn't exactly address my issue. What that question asks if the first letter should be capitalized after an ellipsis. I have the same question ...
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Meaning of “tea party”

Of late I've noticed that this phrase seems to be tossed around all the time especially in the context of political discussions. What does it exactly mean? For example, take a look at the following ...
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Why was the word “alluring” much more used in the 1920 than in the 1870 or the 1980?

As per title. This is the Ngram Graph for the word alluring: For comparison, this is the same graph for the word remarkable:
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Agile, nimble and deft [on hold]

Again, they seem to be very similar, according to The Free Dictionary definitions. Is there any difference between then?
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What is the difference between 'of sorts' and 'sort of'? [on hold]

What is the difference between 'of sorts' and 'sort of'? Also, if they have same meaning then which one is better to use?
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Effect of English Language & Usage Stack? [migrated]

Not sure if this is the appropriate forum, but: Is there a way to measure the effect of stack exchange on correct usage of the English language?
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The Fires are up [on hold]

Can I say "The Fires are up" is this sentence correct in any way? I want to know if this statement can be used in any context possible. I have tried looking it up but found almost nothing about the ...
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i have some idiom, i want to know the meaning and if you can give example [on hold]

i have some idiom, i want to know the meaning and if you can give example To bury the hatchet To draw the long bow To mind one's p's and q's To let the cat out of the bag To ride the high horse ...

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