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comment Logic of tense in fiction
But was the supposition at the time of the action or in retrospect? If in retrospect, present tense is entirely appropriate.
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comment Is there another word for “Burrito”?
@Anontu...what is it with the questions where you're looking for replacement words with the same letter? :-/ If we knew the broader quest, maybe we could be of more assistance?
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comment What are “legacy brands”?
I did the following Google search (including quotes): "legacy brand" + meaning. It brought up this very good article from Entrepreneur magazine: entrepreneur.com/article/232432
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comment Word for judgemental attitude?
Can you provide a sample sentence leaving a blank where the word in question should go? That might be helpful.
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comment Proper word for “all type of rooms / accommodations”?
Are all of your examples procured for a limited period of time? Could you use "nights"?
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comment What is the difference between ‘popular’ and ‘famous’?
Hi Sonu, welcome to EL&U! What does your dictionary say about each of them? If you read the definitions of both and have a particular question about their differences, you'll have a better chance of not having this question closed.
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comment Why do people use the term "free gift'?
And "free" isn't necessarily without ambiguity which is why in my days as a copywriter for a large retail catalog, we were strictly forbidden from using "free" when offering something for no charge, such as buy one/get one. Per our legal department, we had to use clunky language or disclaimers such as "at no extra charge", "complementary", etc.
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comment What is the synonym of the word stray?
Where did the phrase "stray observations" come from...a translation site? If so, from what language? As Rob_Ster said, some context would be helpful, such as the source of the phrase.
Feb
5
comment Is there a negative word for an overt display of emotion?
That would not be understood in the US. We would replace it with sugary or sappy (for sap from maple trees, used to make syrup). Saccharin would be another substitute for the same word. FWIW, the first time I became acquainted with the word "treacle" was in the Harry Potter books' reference to treacle tart. :-)
Feb
5
comment Is there a word for “false accuser”?
I don't get the "accusing you falsely" part. You can be genuinely mad at your friend for being mad at you, regardless for the reason. I'd say that it's more irrational than a case of false accusation. Or maybe you're feeling guilty about making him mad at you in which case you'd be guiltily turning the tables on him.
Feb
5
comment Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?
If I had said, "I, Debbie and Janet are going skating." when I was a child, my Mom would have added, "...and the donkey goes first". I guess that meant that it was more polite to name everyone else first. :-)
Feb
5
comment A single word to describe a young, successful team or organization
Rising Stars is a good one!
Feb
5
comment What does 'their' refer to here?
That's a good guess but because it really is ambiguous who "they" are, the sentence should be rewritten, removing the ambiguity. I'm guessing that is what an editor would tell this writer.
Feb
4
comment “What we need and what you get”
Personally, I'd say "What we need - what you'll get"
Feb
4
comment what's the word when you feel like
Voting to re-open. This is about having the same experience, not necessarily feeling the same feeling.
Feb
3
comment Nylon bag vs plastic bag
Quite right @NickT, and according to our good friend (kidding!) Wikipedia: Polyethylene (abbreviated PE) or polyethene (IUPAC name polyethene or poly(methylene)) is the most common plastic. The annual global production is around 80 million tonnes. Its primary use is in packaging (plastic bags, plastic films, geomembranes, containers including bottles, etc.).
Feb
3
comment Nylon bag vs plastic bag
Why yes, that is absolutely true @ToddWilcox!
Feb
3
comment Nylon bag vs plastic bag
That's interesting ventsyv, which is why I think this question shouldn't be closed. We're both English speakers yet the same word, in common use, means different things to us. I feel smarter now! :-)
Feb
3
comment Nylon bag vs plastic bag
You'd know better, @FumbleFingers, if you'd lived through the 70's as a teen in the US and had a clinging, sweat-trapping, yet fashionable plastic windbreaker jacket vs. a comfortable, breathable nylon windbreaker! :-)
Feb
3
comment How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”?
I'd give this answer +2 if I could. I have people in my life that insist on trying to tell a joke from their native country translated (literally) into English. Humor is SO about the usage of words and the shared understanding of both the actual meaning and the intended (funny) meaning that jokes and puns just aren't translatable. Those of us who have tried to deliver a "bad" joke or pun get to recognize the blank look followed by an obligatory half "heh-heh" smile. It's enough to make you go back to your day job! :-)