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revised “Watch movie [x]” vs “see movie [x]”
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comment Meaning of the phrasal verb “divert from”
Sort of, but not really
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comment Is this the correct preposition? “… arranged vaccination appointments between employees and occupational health nurses.”
Please edit your rational into your answer.
Mar
26
comment How long it takes to learn English?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because asking about improving English is off topic. Please check out our sister site English Language Learners.
Mar
26
comment Etymology of “div”
Always cite your sources.
Mar
26
revised Etymology of “div”
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Mar
26
comment Is there an idiom for “I'm not an expert when it comes to kinds of feces”
This refers to taking something that is bad and trying to make it look good, not saying that a group of things are all equally bad.
Mar
25
comment Word for a modified version of a quote
In your example I believe you are remaining so. But yes, you should remain conceptually honest.
Mar
24
revised Is Luncheon capitalized when referring to an event?
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Mar
24
comment Put down good money, meaning and derivation?
Dictionaries can describe present day use. Which ones have you consulted?
Mar
24
revised Put down good money, meaning and derivation?
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Mar
24
answered Word for a modified version of a quote
Mar
24
comment What does the following phrase mean: “pursuing invariably the same Object”
But what does the highlighted phrase mean?
Mar
24
revised Opposite of “dive deeper”
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Mar
23
comment What word means a “male temptress”?
Please explain what makes any of the options good choices.
Mar
23
revised Does the word “vain” necessarily have a negative denotation or connotation?
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Mar
19
comment Words Starting with Double Consonants
@jamesqf the pronunciation of words like llave and llamo use the sound /ʝ/ or /ʎ/ which are not vowel sounds. It is similar to the English /j/ as in university, a word which is not preceded by an.
Mar
19
comment Synonyms for multiplexing and demultiplexing
Why is that? Please explain your answer fully.
Mar
19
comment “is each” or “are each”?
But why? This doesn't even begin to answer the question.
Mar
18
comment Is there a word in English for copy which is better than the original
This is not a single word, which has been specifically requested. Also, you do not explain why this is a good answer. As far as I can see, it is not.