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Use of Past Simple and Present Perfect in the description of graphs

I would like to know how can I use correctly both past simple and present perfect in the description of a graph which is set in the past. For example comparing two years in the past such as 2013 and ...
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“greater”, or “greater than”, in a dropdown?

This is more a matter of usage and common sense than anything, but I'm faced with the following problem. I have a dropdown with things like greater, equal, between, and then a field where numbers can ...
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“trip us or trap us” menaning

This is the first time I use this service. I hope I'm doing it well. I have a doubt on this phrase from a song of TheLastFiveYears. "If I didn't believe in you I couldn't have stood before all of our ...
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Is arisal a word?

I'm trying to talk about the specific point at which something arose (came into being). I'd like to say, "...the arisal of x." But I can't find any evidence that this form of "arise" is a word. Is ...
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Word for somebody who participates in a riot?

I could not find an official definition of rioter anywhere, so I am unsure if that is the correct word. I'm looking specifically at a word for someone who is actively participate in a riot, so not ...
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Usage of comma in “Some like it hot, others cold”

How does one punctuate the following construct: Some like it hot, others, cold. Somehow, the two commas seem incorrect or at least awkward. Should the second one be omitted altogether? Or should ...
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If quoting only an extract of dialogue from a fiction book, do you still need to have quotes within quotes?

I need to show kids how to write a book review. I am writing a book review as an exemplar to show them how it's done. However, I got stuck when it came to citing extracts of dialogue. My question is ...
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Default position of a switch

Which version is correct? Move all switches into their default positions. Put all switches into their default positions. Switch all switches into their default positions. Bring all switches into ...
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I wanted sb to win ==? Sb is the entity I wanted to win

When I say, StackExchange is the website I wanted to win (in an implied context of best website award), it sounds like I wanted to win (own) StackExchange, whereas I'm trying to imply that I wanted ...
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what's meaning of “have you brought over to my place in the morning.”

There's a sentence of dialogue from Walking Dead that confused me: have you brought over to my place in the morning. This is not a interrogative sentence. Why does it put the "have" in the first ...
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What do you call the grammatical element that describes the state of being of the subject?

Suppose we have these sentences: 1. Smiling, she offered me a hot cup of chocolate. 2. Busy finishing my homework, I have no time to even think about video games. 3. Knowing there's little change of ...
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Grammatically correct, vs archaic, vs grammatically incorrect ?

So i'm new here just to start this out to begin with. So I hope you can understand my grammatically incorrect sentences. So any ways let me explain the context of this question, I am writing a short ...
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How to pronounce X-mas

How should I pronounce Xmas? Is it the same as we pronounce the word Christmas?
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The infinitive after the comma

Why is the comma before the infinitive? The Roman state was a parasite, draining men and wealth from the island while failing, or not even trying, to defend it from Picts, Irish and Saxons.
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How does 'contingent' mean 'subject to chance'?

contingent = {adjective} 1. Subject to chance Etymonline: late 14c., from Old French contingent or directly from Latin contingentem (nominative contingens) "happening, touching," present ...
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Why put S in Novotel Hotels?

In my city, i found a nameboard of a hotel sounded like this : Novotel Hotels Novotel is the name of the hotel. But what makes me confused is the use of S at the end of Hotel word. Why put S in ...
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How does 'to deport' mean 'to conduct oneself' ?

2. deport {verb} {archaic} = Conduct oneself in a specified manner: deport (v.1): late 15c., "to behave," from Old French deporter "behave, deport (oneself)" (12c.), also with a wide range of ...
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Etymology of 'genus'

Etymonline: (plural genera), 1550s as a term of logic, [3.] "kind or class of things" (biological sense dates from c.1600), [2.] from Latin genus (genitive generis) "race, stock, kind; ...
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Can I use 'no more' with future tense?

I love you no more I will love you no more Which one is correct?
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How did 'ply' evolve into these 4 different definitions?

ply = {with object} 1. Work steadily with (a tool) 2. {no object, with adverbial of direction} (Of a vessel or vehicle) travel regularly over a route, typically for commercial purposes ...
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So, we don't change /t/ to /d/ if /t/ is between 2 vowel sounds and /t/ is the beginning of the stressed sound in a word in American English, right?

Ok, see this word entertainment has IPA of /en.təˈteɪn.mənt/. Ok, now in American English if /t/ is between 2 vowel sounds then it will become /d/ cos it is flap T. But /t/ will become flap T only ...
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Does “on earth” replace “on the earth” in modern English?

I am a non-native English speaker. Since school, I was taught "on the earth" is equal to "in the world", and "on earth"'s meaning should be "indeed". But nowadays, I find "on earth" has replaced "on ...
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Education begins at home

What (from where or whom) is the origin of the phrase, "Education begins at home?" I've tried a general "google" search but have not found any clear attribution yet. It is a basic statement many ...
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36 views

What's the proper expanded form of RGB and HSL?

I know they mean "Red Green Blue" and "Hue Saturation Lightness", but the Wikipedia articles on each refer to them as "red, green, blue", and "hue-saturation-lightness". Which way, if either, is ...
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Usage of commas before thus and though

I am doubting if I used commas correctly in this sentence. The rods in this study have a unique structure that has not been studied in-depth. Each rod is composed of ten monosized, spheres of ...
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Résumé: Additional details can be provided (if required / on request)

I'm a freshman applying for internships. I previously had a detailed résumé with appropriate information regarding my projects and areas of expertise. However, I want to tailor it down and keep it as ...
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27 views

phonics meaning the same [on hold]

Which word means the same as the phrase full of sleep in the sentence? The baby took a nap because he was full of sleep. Sleepiness,sleepless,sleepness,sleepy
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Is the following sentence correct? A statement followed by a list. Should I use a colon?

Is the following sentence correct? "My main priority as a tutor has always been to help the learner feel at ease, with me, with themselves and with their own abilities." I feel like there should be ...
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34 views

what to use: Them or it?

Question about the phrase: please, could you fill out 3 documents in attachment and send them (or it?) to me Thank you in advance!
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What is a word that describes a belief (or nonbelief) in an afterlife?

What is a word that describes a belief (or nonbelief) in an afterlife?
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need help ! past tense, it is ok. past simple [on hold]

i need help :C I hope it didn't inconvenience you in any way. it is okay ? i need past tense, past simple ?
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47 views

Looking for a shorter term for “Preferred places to meet”

I am working on an online platform (mobile and web apps) that enable item lending/renting between peers. When a user posts an item for rent, he needs to put down his preferred places to meet for item ...
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It took everything within me?

In a documentary I'm watching, a teenager is missing and her car is found. In the car's truck a bag can be seen, and they suspect that she might be inside of the bag. Her father states: It took ...
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what will be a good artistic world or phrase for close cooperation for mutual success

what will be a good artistic word or phrase for close cooperation for mutual success.The cooperation of two parties (one with stronger power, second with weaker power, but huge dedication) where each ...
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Uncommon Term for an Excellent Orator?

I'm looking for an uncommon term for an excellent orator that doesn’t include adjectives such as “good” or “excellent,” or the noun “orator.” I've googled this request but haven't encountered anything ...
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What's the rule behind the use of the articles to refer to something in general?

I'm very confused about the use of English articles in generalisations with singular countable nouns. I read in a grammar book that in case of the word 'man' - the rule is that, if you want to say ...
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Using Life or Lives

I searched on Google for "Personal and Professional Life" versus "Personal and Professional Lives" and the result for each is around 500,000 results. I want to know if the following sentence is ...
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41 views

How to correctly quantify the term “research”

What is the correct way to express the quantity of research. Eg: Joe has done a lot of research on the subject. Is there a better way to express "a lot". Thank you
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Is there any word for a person who doesn't want to connect with others?

What is a word to say someone who doesn't want to connect any person?
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47 views

Do we need to put extra sound W or J in front of L in the case of /ei+L/ or /ee+L/ or /ai+L/ or /oo+L/ or /oi+L/ in American English?

Ok, let see the sale /seɪl/, that is from IPA but when speak American English, do we have to put /seɪ-jl/ (sound like sei jo) Similarly, feel /fiːl/ will become /fiː jl/ or mile /maɪl/ will become ...
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41 views

On the grounds that

Which is correct: "on the grounds that" or "on the ground that" if only one 'ground' is given?
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Is “also was” a correct construction?

I had an editor who was very picky about the use of the adverb "also" used with the past tense of "to be." According to her, there was a difference between "was also" and "also was." For example: to ...
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what does “to walk at grade” mean?

"John was walking at grade and slipped on a patch of ice. When John slipped he did not fall to grade as he caught himself with his right hand [...]" Does "at grade" mean "on an uneven/inclined ...
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In search for universal formal greetings

I am dealing with a system which is supposed to autoreply to certain emails. It cannot start with 'Dear (forename)' as it cannot parse a forename from email address or original email. It also cannot ...
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Is it true you should never put a comma after “then”? Please explain [duplicate]

I would like to know what the rule is, if there is one, behind the use of commas after all sequence words except then. I have seen "then" written both with a comma and without one, but I remember ...
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Comma Problem: I removed the commas from this sentence because I can't determine where to put them and was hoping for some help

Your relationships change based on the decisions you make when talking with each crewmember and in a few specific instances with decisions you make on which mission to take or how to resolve a ...
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Word for telling about events of a movie/book etc

When someone reveals details about surprising events which will happen in a movie or book to someone who doesn't know about them, we nowadays say that's a 'spoiler.' I'm looking for a verb for that, ...
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What are the different uses of “of course?” [on hold]

There are many uses of the English phrase "of course." What are the different ways to use the phrase "of course," and what do these uses connote?
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What do you call this elevated road structure?

I'm looking for an English term for this: Notice it's a single piece of road that is elevated, having another one pass underneath it. I wouldn't call it a bridge since a bridge usually goes over a ...
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Word for a short promotional video

I know that usually a short video with audio is called "clip", but at least for me, it's associated with a music video, MTV, etc, and doesn't sound professional enough. So is there a single word for ...

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