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In Dutch there is the expression "Nee heb je, ja kan je krijgen." This roughly means that being told "no" after asking for something is only as bad as never asking in the first place. Is there a more ...

translation expression-requests  
asked by Weckar E. 28 votes
answered by Mynamite 62 votes

Are there any English words pronounced with sounds/syllables that aren't part of the spelling?

There are many English words with silent letters, words like gnome or island that are spelt with consonants that aren't pronounced, but are there any words that work the other way round, with a ...

pronunciation-vs-spelling  
asked by nnnnnn 27 votes
answered by sumelic 33 votes

Why is there an extra "t" in Lemmatization?

When we say : Specify, it becomes Specification (no t) Value, it becomes Valuation (no t) Custom, it becomes Customization (no t) Lemma is a code used in programming, to describe the ...

nouns orthography suffixes  
asked by asmgx 18 votes
answered by sumelic 65 votes

How did “to wish that” come to hate the present tense in the subordinate clauses it governs, and why is it alone in this?

Inspired by this earlier question, I've realized that we have no canonical question addressing the stranglely one-of-a-kind special grammatical rules demanded by the verb wish of its subordinate ...

grammaticality subjunctive-mood historical-change subordinate-clauses sequence-of-tenses  
asked by tchrist 15 votes
answered by mike rodent 2 votes

Where did "a racist bone in [one's] body" and "a mean bone in [one's] body" come from?

A recent tweet by the U.S. president includes this assurance: I don't have a Racist bone in my body! A blog post by David Graham, "The One Color the White House Sees Clearly" at The Atlantic ...

etymology expressions idioms phrase-origin cliche  
asked by Sven Yargs 11 votes
answered by sumelic 14 votes

Who would use the word "manky"?

Both Google ngram and Cambridge Dictionary tell me that "manky" nowadays used to describe something dirty, as in it's "so old and/or used that it became dirty." What I am curious about who you're ...

usage  
asked by iZombie 9 votes
answered by user240918 11 votes

Is there an English word to describe when a sound "protrudes"?

I was going to go with "protrude" but I'm getting told it is not used in this sense and it wouldn't be understood. It's to describe the situation where the TV is on but you are doing something else ...

single-word-requests phrase-requests idiom-requests paired-word-requests  
asked by tforc 7 votes
answered by Cascabel 17 votes

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what is the correct abbreviation for millions, billions and trillions in a financial context?

I've found answers on the web but also got conflicting answers from financial professionals (coworkers). In metric, you'd use M (mega) for million, G (giga) for billion and T (tera) for trillion. ...

abbreviations finance  
asked by jcollum 42 votes
answered by anongoodnurse 31 votes

Do you really answer "How do you do?" with "How do you do?"

We're told in our English classes (learning English as a foreign language) that the only possible answer to How do you do? is to repeat the question: How do you do? (While it's ...

greetings questions  
asked by valya 66 votes
answered by ShreevatsaR 48 votes

What's the difference between "I look forward to" and "I'm looking forward to"?

I just don't get the reasoning behind which one is correct in which situation. Typically I use the wrong one, or I use them when I'm not supposed to.

differences verbs progressive-aspect  
asked by Shaz 34 votes
answered by Jürgen A. Erhard 9 votes

“Thank you very much” vs. “Thank you so much”

Some people used to say: Thank you very much. Where others say: Thank you so much. Could anybody please explain what differences there may be between those, whether of correctness or ...

idioms politeness historical-change contemporary-english intensifying-adverbs  
asked by Raiyan 26 votes
answered by TrevorD 25 votes

Which one is correct, "best wishes to you" or "best wishes for you"?

Which one is correct, "best wishes to you" or "best wishes for you"?

word-choice grammaticality prepositions to-for  
asked by Amirouche Douda 18 votes
answered by Antony Quinn 8 votes

Why use BCE/CE instead of BC/AD?

When I was a kid, I was always taught to refer to years using BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini / year of our Lord). However, I somewhat regularly hear people referring to years as in the CE ...

terminology abbreviations acronyms initialisms  
asked by Jez 28 votes
answered by aedia λ 40 votes

rule of thumb for 'however' in the middle of the sentence?

What is the rule of thumb for using 'however' in the middle of the sentence? For example: Some people disagree with this theory, however, as it's never been proven right.

expressions discourse-markers however-placement  
asked by 719016 21 votes
answered by J.R. 29 votes

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Unusual use of the word "equipped" - correct or incorrect?

A car-enthusiast website I frequent often, Bringatrailer.com, uses the word "equipped" in what seems to me like an unnatural and incorrect way. I'd like to know if their usage is correct or not. ...

word-usage  
asked by picky picky 1 vote

What is the Implied Meaning Behind when someone answers a Question with "Because."

I was watching Season 3 of "The West Wing"(# the Greatest show on TV). Episode 9: Bartlet for America. The premise is that Leo McGarry, the White House Chief-Of-Staff is under an Congressional ...

american-english usage parts-of-speech dialogue  
asked by Vigneswara Prabhu 1 vote

What do you call people who are searching for home?

I'm trying to come up with a title for my short story and the story is about people who are searching for home (whether it be a person or a place). What would be a good one word for that?

single-word-requests  
asked by MarkJubilee 1 vote
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