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How long have you known..?

I've just took an English exam and there was a question I must answer using "since". How long have you known her? My answer was "I have known her since February". But then I thought what if I wrote ...
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Need to write an email to a stranger/a manager that my friend tell me for a job

My husband is relocating and I am looking for jobs. His manager gave him a contact (a manager for the department I would like to apply) who was his student before. He is working for another department ...
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A synchronizes with B - which direction is the synchronization?

I read in a document that A will synchronize with B after a procedure. My question is: After the synchronization, will A be equal with B, or will B be equal with A? Edit: I want to clarify why I ...
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Indirect vs direct object

Consider the two sentences John taught himself calculus. John taught himself. In the first sentence 'himself' is the indirect object and 'calculus' is the direct object. In the second ...
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Noun with Meaning Related to “Confidential”

I can't seem to remember the word (a noun) to fill in the blank space: "Please keep this matter confidential" is equivalent to "I'd appreciate your _____ in the matter."
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Hyphenation of tidally enhanced wind mass loss

I am correcting my thesis on stellar evolution, and I was wondering what the correct hyphenation of 'tidally enhanced wind mass loss' is. The meaning of it should be mass loss originating from a wind, ...
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On a peculiar use of the preposition “out”

It can be placed before the stem of many a word to produce verbs of a very distinctive kind. For example: outdate, outgrow, outlay, outlive, outmatch, outnumber, outrun, outsmart, outsource, ...
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person's characteristic name

what can we call a person who have low ability to understand? its basically a characteristic name. A person who cant understand during communication and complains again and again that 'i do not ...
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18 views

I asked if he speaks/spoke English

I asked if he speaks English I asked if he spoke English Speak or spoke? Colloquially, is it correct to say speaks?
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Is there a synonym for 'synergy' that has a negative connotation?

I am looking for a word that describes a situation, where two processes with a negative outcome (in software development) combined together lead to a stronger negative effect.
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4answers
118 views

Single Word for an Unfortunate Coincidence?

Is there a single word that is able to be used instead of the phrase "unfortunate coincidence"?
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Shifting position of a noun clause within a sentence

I came across the following odd-sounding sentence while reading The Time Machine by H. G. Wells: But how the trick was done he could not explain. In this sentence, the clause 'how the ...
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What is better: I can tell or I tell..?

I tell a bad car from a good one by.. is this correct or should I use.. I can tell a good car from a bad one by.. I am confused because I always hear the second option but someone told me the first ...
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What's the difference between 'single-hand' and 'single-handed'?

What's the difference between 'single-hand' and 'single-handed'? And why? Is meaning of 'single-hand' a subset of 'single-handed'?
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What does “plough” mean in this context?

The following excerpt has been taken from The Time Machine by H.G.Wells: ‘One might get one’s Greek from the very lips of Homer and Plato,’ the Very Young Man thought. ‘In which case they would ...
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24 views

What's the word usage frequency of the word “zit”?

I have never heard anyone except my parents use the word zit. Everyone else I know uses pimple.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for **remarkable number** of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I thinks there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a ...
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Role Title Word That Conveys a Sense of Direction/Command as well as Engagement of Particular Skills in Work

I'm looking for an eloquent word, if one exists, for a role in one's profession whereby they direct and mentor a team with a particular set of skills, but also clearly engage in work with said skills ...
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Past tense equivalent to “will be” that works in singular and plural form

Is there a past tense version of "will be" that works in the following cases without change? Examples: 0 users will be added. 1 user will be added. 2 users will be added. X users will be added. ...
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What does “circle the flame” mean?

In the movie American Sniper, when Chris was holding his baby girl, Taya said this sentence "You can only circle the flames so long." to him. What does it mean? I couldn't find any definition for this ...
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Singular or plural, before and after “of”

Let's say I have a statement like the following: "He was looking for seed of apples." I am looking for a general rule for statements like something (seed) of something (apples) where the second ...
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Usage of an article in front of the structure “adjective + non countable noun.”

They blamed the accident on shoddy construction. They blamed the accident on a shoddy construction. - Are both of these two sentences correct? I think the usage of an article could be ...
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What is demeanor and how is it measured? [on hold]

Please define "demeanor" and discuss how it is measured.
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What are some examples of stock, or stereotypical characters?

Do stock or stereotypical characters have to have only one-dimensional qualities, or can they have dynamic qualities? I just wrote an exam stating that Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman is a stock ...
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Like “rearranging chairs on the Titanic”, but for more positive situations

I'm looking for a phrase or word that has a meaning similar to rearranging chairs on the Titanic, but means that it's a lot of effort for a small improvement on something that's already working well. ...
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Is the clause “where are you from” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

One of the most fundamental sentence from the English “phrasebook” that almost every beginner will learn is this sentence, using which one can ask another one’s nationality or country/region of ...
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Who uses the term Hail the King?

Looking for information on who or what time in history the phrase "Hail the King" was used, not hail to the king. When this phrase was said it was followed by what sounds like a foot stomping on the ...
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Back story, back-story, or backstory?

I've been looking through a number of grammar and editing blogs, not to mention during a Google search, trying to find the correct way to write what back story/back-story/backstory. These are the only ...
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Words describing relation to scope

I remember hearing two words, each describing a relationship to scope, or a containing set. I think they are prefixed with micro- and macro-, but am not certain (I'll call them 1 and 2). 1 ...
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What does “Schmisses” mean in “Issues, schmissues. Can the Presidential candidates sing”? [duplicate]

Today’s (May 7) New York Times carries an article under the title, “Issues, schmissues. Can the Presidential candidates sing?,” which begins with the following passage: “The cacophony of presidential ...
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One-word synonym for 'fall short of'?

What are one-word synonyms, existing as a lone verb, for the verb phrase 'fall short of'? I already know, and so ask NOT, about 'miss'. OED's thesaurus suggests only 'trail', but this differs from ...
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A term for making an object behave like an animal

I'm writing a fanfiction and I can't seem to find the word for making an inanimate object act like an animal. I'm writing from the object's point of view, it supposed to act like a fledgling bird. ...
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Should I have used “is” or “are” when telling a friend “Jennifer and Amy is going”? [duplicate]

Its all in the title. I messaged a friend on Facebook the other day. I told him "Jennifer and Amy is Going" Should I have used are or is?
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Analysis of the word

What's wrong with the sentence: Put the rest of the water at the back of the door in the kitchen
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The meaning of “I never take it for granted”

I was recently translating a subtitle and I couldn't totally get the meaning of this sentence: Coffee is something I drink every day; But I never take it for granted. I'm not sure if she's ...
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A word meaning an “indifferent resignation”?

As the title says, I'm looking for a word that is similar to resignation, but conveys a feeling of indifference. For example: Although I have severe myopia, I've lived with it all my life and have ...
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Unlikely it may seem… - is it correct?

On my final English exam I had to transform the following sentence ' It sounds unlikely, but the government has promised tax cuts.' into 'Unlikely ________, the government has promised ...
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Which is correct: “I feel tempted to” or “I have the temptation to”

While asking a question earlier, this issue sprung into my mind. I immediately decided to use the phrase "having the temptation to", but later decided to correct it to "feeling the temptation to". So ...
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Can one use “whether” and “if” next to each other in this sentence?

In the following sentence, is the use of whether and if next to each other grammatically (and logically) correct? I wonder whether if you and I were to agree on that final point, we could sign a ...
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Which is correct?: “my childhood dream” or “my childhood’s dream”

As an English native speaker, I feel tempted to say "my childhood dream", but from a grammatical perspective, would "my childhood's dream" be more correct?
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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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Order of things [duplicate]

Let's say you were in a race, and you finished 5th. One of your friends comes to you and asks "What was your ___ in the race?". Or, 'G' is the 6th letter in English alphabet. Someone asks you what ...
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Comprehensive subject?

I was baffled to find this in the introduction to a textbook: We hope that readers will find this text offering them a useful introduction to and a basic treatment of [...], as well as preparing ...
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Describing the phonetic interaction between the F and the T in often

In the word often, the labiodental non-sibilant fricative f precedes the alveolar stop t, which is then followed by the vowel e. The Oxford Dictionaries Online offers two accepted pronunciations: ...
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What is the name of the dependent clause that repeats the preceding noun?

I, Motes, don't know this. "Motes" is? I think it starts with an 'A'.
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What is/are the origin/s of the use of “to end” to mean “to kill a person”?

Last night on two shows that I usually watch back-to-back on Tuesdays (NCIS and its spinoff set in New Orleans), the verb “end” was used in a way that seemed to mean “kill” (terminate/do away ...
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How did 'up to' evolve to mean 'regardless of', in maths?

Even the OED seems not to have featured it. I couldn't find an explanation on Etymonline. [Wikipedia:] If X is some property or process, the phrase "up to X" means "disregarding a possible ...
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expanding vocabulary

So there's this sentence I want to say and don't know how but definitely want to use different words. Wha I am basically trying to see is that now days ujust don't know what to expect or what can you ...
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An antonym for “shortcut”

I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously. How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact a longer route, or the longest ...
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How to say “local community” in ONE word?

I'm struggling to say 'local community' in one word. Is there a suitable word which describes 'local community' or synonym?

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