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comment If I hyphenate first-order conditions should I also hyphenate higher-order conditions?
The answer is... yes.
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comment Is this sentence grammatically correct?
And that sentence is not a sentence; it is a phrase that could become part of a sentence.
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comment Idioms usage by non-native speakers
It takes more that one vote to close. I did my part. ;-)
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comment Idioms usage by non-native speakers
IMO, this polling of feelings about language misuse is off-topic. But my view of people doing that is that they will soon enough discover such mistakes. IOW, making a mistake prompts others to correct you. Keeping silent is generally a worse way to learn to speak than is saying the wrong things. ;-)
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comment Idioms usage by non-native speakers
I think it sounds 100% totally and completely OK. Sorry, but I don't see what polling feelings about foreigner misuse of idioms has to do with EL&U. What is the relevance of such feelings/opinions here?
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comment “By spoken” Would this be correct?
Sorry, but I have no idea what you mean. Try providing more context or examples of what you are trying to say (what you mean).
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comment Why do we use back and forward instead of backward and forward?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is (only) about the choice of terms for user interfaces in software products (see the OP comment to this answer).
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comment Why do we use back and forward instead of backward and forward?
If your question is limited to why it is different in UIs then I believe that it is off-topic. But I'm no expert on that.
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answered How to name or define a new word?
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comment saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you
Promptness is what you want to emphasize. It speaks about the time between a request and its response or between an expected event and the actual event. Whether a reply is fast or an answer is quick is irrelevant. You don't care how fast the reply moved as it was delivered; you care about the delay between request and response delivery. But to answer your question: they are all American, and none is more so than the others.
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comment why sentence “ it means something different” is grammatically correct
I see something blue. I see something that is blue. Kif kif.
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comment What's the correct form of the negative subjunctive?
All 3 are grammatically correct, which I think was your question. That said, the other comments are appropriate, and I too second not be reset.
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comment What is an appropriate replacement for the term “oriental” when used as an ethnicity?
Actually, the word oriental means anything from Middle Eastern to East Asian. It was used in Europe to mean, at different periods, different peoples or regions somewhere to the East of those using the term. It is definitely not more specific, regionally, than asian - quite the contrary. It is all over the map. ;-)
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comment “WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English?
Makes me think of wee-wee on. ;-)
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answered Why do we use back and forward instead of backward and forward?
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comment What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?
What are you feeling? or How are you feeling?. I would not say What's your mood?, and I don't think most people would.
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comment “I'm flabbergasted!” - Old fashioned? Pedantic? Refined? Educated?
Sorry. Lmgtfy.
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comment “I'm flabbergasted!” - Old fashioned? Pedantic? Refined? Educated?
FWIW, your questions do not sound stupid to me. This question is not stupid. I did wonder what made you suppose this (What kind of person...?). I guess it was based on your Canadian acquaintance and not hearing the term otherwise. It is good to pose the question to find out - far better than just going with a foregone conclusion based a tiny sample. I applaud you for that. And now you know. ;-)
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comment “mine” ambiguity
The former is an excavation for extraction. If on land, the latter is a land mine.
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answered How do I explain “The man on the Clapham omnibus” to the man on the Clapham omnibus?