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Punctuation in a sentence “from A or B to C and even D”

Is there a need for punctuation in the following sentence: "Response time has reduced from weeks or days to hours and even minutes in some cases." More generally, how should one use punctuation in a ...
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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Looking for an Equivalent to the AWL for Academic Idioms

Coxhead developed and evaluated something called the "Academic Word List" for English Language Learners. This is a list of (supposedly) the most common "academic" terms to be used by students from ...
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Prepositions before and after percentages

I'm commenting on several data of a graphic and I have a doubt question about the preposition that comes or not before the percentage, and whether the determiner "the" has to appear before "times/ ...
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How to pronounce the Polish name “Aronszajn”

Nachman Aronszajn was an American mathematician born in Poland. I will make a talk (in English) on a subject for which I would like to cite some of his works. But since I am not a native ...
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Is this just a peculiarity of the specific text, or does the disuse of “‑self” to indicate the reflexive here speak to broader trends?

In the 1917 JPS translation of the Hebrew Bible, we have, in Ecclesiastes 2: I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards; I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in ...
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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What word would best represent a combination of being alive, thinking differently, and having atmosphere

I know it sounds pretty hard to find such a word, but I'm needing a title that flows and is pretty, and attractive. The word I'm trying to think of would try to express to someone the act of ...
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How did 'countenance' evolve to mean 'support or approval'?

[OED:] The extension of sense from ‘mien, aspect’ to ‘face’ appears to be English: compare French use of mine. [ Etymonline for 'countenance (v.)' ] late 15c., "to behave or act," from ...
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Phrase to describe a place where people write in a language

There is an expression "X-speaking country", where X is any language. How to describe a place (e.g internet forum) where people write in a language? For example, people usually write in English on ...
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“Neither…nor” with “to” and “by”

Is this statement grammatically correct? "The fee is administered and retained by the vendor. It is neither revenue to, nor administered by this agency."
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Are omissions like “he has a Facebook [account]” an ellipsis of the modern age, or has this always been going on?

Some English speakers omit "account" in conversational speech when referring to their membership in an online service. For example: "Here's a link to my Tumblr." "I took a break for a while, but I ...
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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Origin of “deez nuts”

I really hate to ask this one, but... When I was a child, some thirty plus years ago, there was a popular juvenile game where you would try to trick a friend into asking a question that could be ...
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What is a formal word for “typicality” ?

Consider the sentence: "Although design plans were not required, they are included in the appendix to demonstrate the typicality of our design" I want to reassure/emphasize that the underlying ideas ...

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