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How did "ought" lose its original usage as the past tense of "owe"?

Ought is originally the past tense of owe (v.). It appears that this usage is retained in Scottish and in some dialects of English. The current use of ought in standard English is a modal auxiliary (...
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English used in an email [closed]

Which sentence is correct? Please confirm if you have available one. Please confirm if you have an available one.
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In this scenario, could the word some include all? [closed]

I recently read that the term some can imply or include all so in these cases would this be the case? For example, regarding history: Some scholars believe Washington had wooden teeth.
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Repeat verb in sentences with 'than' [closed]

In formal academic English, I have seen that the verb of the previous sentence is often repeated after 'than' for more clarity. Example: Colchicine has more complications than does ibuprofen. I know ...
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Single word combining Millennials and GenZ

Question: Does a single word exist that combines GenZ and Millennials? Example: "XXX investors are profoundly different", where XXX is the word I'm lookning for. Context: I'm writing a pitch ...
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How to say I would join but cant give an exact time. Basically, things would be a bit unpremediated and would need to play it by the ear?

How do I say that since I am caught up in things and I cannot predict how they would go, I would have to be improvising on a given schedule and everyone else should go ahead without me? I could be a ...
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The meaning of the word "postule" [closed]

While watching a video about religion comparison, I heard the word postule. But when I looked it up in most online dictionaries, I didn't find any entry. Is there a meaning for the word related to ...
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Difference between the words “fate” and “destiny” [closed]

What is the difference between the words “fate” and “destiny”? Which one of them is more often used?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct with the use of this idiom? [closed]

The idiom: "piping hot" which means very hot. The sentence: "The meals from Restaurant 59 always come piping hot." Meaning the food is always served hot. Is it okay?
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Were "Fell" and "Fel" both correct spellings?

I'm trying to describe evil magic and creatures to my players and to set the tone, I'm trying to use Middle and Old English words and phrases. After googling a while I couldn't find a definitive ...
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Without loss of generality, a word describing a fixed amount of something

I want a word that describes a fixed amount of matter which may or may not exist as part of a larger whole. To be clear, An 'object' is a fixed amount of matter but implies discrete boundaries with ...
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Appositive or incorrect grammar?

P. 17 of "The C Programming Language" 2nd Edition by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie: It's possible to get carried away and create impenetrable code, however, a tendency that we will try ...
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What is another word for allowing [a professional] to take some sort of [privileges, leniencies, risks, allowances, decision making]?

What is another word for allowing [a professional] to take some sort of [privileges, leniencies, risks, allowances, decision making] with the work they are producing ? The specific context is I am ...
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What is the meaning of practiced upon here?

Sammy has been practised upon, and has broken confidence. It has all come out. You had better not be in the way, for strangers are going to call upon you. They have been very quiet as yet, because ...
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What is a dry county in this context?

I'm reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, which contains this passage (emphasis added): These were said to be individuals who beat the tar out of each other, husbands belting wives, mothers ...
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Can you use two sets of brackets side-by-side within a quote?

Specifically, I want to use brackets to indicate a break in the quote (with an ellipse in the brackets) as well as brackets to format the quote to fit my sentence. For example, if I were to quote from ...
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Is the adjective "irregular" gradable?

Is it improper to describe something as "more irregular" than something else, or is irregular non-gradable? Merriam-Webster isn't very helpful with classifying adjectives in this way, and ...
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Is it correct to use "can"/"can't" and "possible" together in a sentence? [migrated]

Is it grammatically correct to use "can/can't" with "possible"? Can by definition indicates possibility, so in my opinion using can and possible is redundant and poor English. But ...
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Generic term for Block and Allow

Is there a generic term for "block" and "allow"? Use case: I have a list that can either be a block list or an allow list. I'm looking for a term that "covers" both allow ...
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Is there a faulty tense sequence here? [duplicate]

I recently read the following sentence in the blurb of a book that will soon be on sale: In August of 1844, a man named Leonard Reed takes violently ill at his home near Heathsville, Illinois, and ...
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What does "darkest Africa" refer to?

Many times in my life, I have heard phrases such as "in darkest Africa...", seemingly to refer to somewhere in Africa. It is never explained, and appears to be considered so obvious as to ...
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Why do we impose emotions in areas of inanimation? [closed]

If words carry negative and positive injunctions, what's the point of perspective?
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Word for "Thriving in Chaos" [duplicate]

Looking for a noun describing people who thrive in chaos. This is different from people who like chaos. Antifragile was proposed by Taleb at some point, but not sure if it suggests the same.
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Why does the rising pitch start from "in a rush" instead of "rush"?

YouTube: in a rush Please watch the video first. The image is the pitch contour from PRAAT. It shows that the rising pitch starts from "in a rush" instead of "rush". Is it because ...
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Fancy greetings [closed]

Are there any fancy greetings in English, either current or slightly archaic? Sometimes when I'm translating from Czech to English, the original text includes various fancy greetings which literally ...
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Usage of adding please to a "do you" question? [migrated]

I know that "please" is normally used with "may" or "can" ("May/Can I have this book, please?), but can "please" also be used when asking for information? ...
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When do we use haven't had, hadn't had, and didn't have? [migrated]

For example: I haven't had my breakfast. I hadn't had my breakfast. I didn't have my breakfast. Could you clarify if the abovementioned sentences are grammatically correct, and if yes, then what are ...
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Emergence of “got it sorted”

I grew up in England (in the Midlands, in the 1960s) and if there was some issue or confusion that I had successfully resolved, I would have said “I sorted it out”, or “I got it sorted out”. I haven’t ...
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What rule of free indirect style is violated in this paragraph? [closed]

What rule of free indirect style does this paragraph violate (if any)? Is free indirect speech nonsense? An explosive device or Avant-Garde art? Maglio claimed the Blanks were intent on destroying the ...
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pronounciations: ideo- vs idio- prefixes. homophones?

I'm looking into these two prefixes for a hobbyest writing project I'm working on. I'm wondering if there is any great source for differentiating pronunciation of the terms and their derived words. To ...
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Pronunciation of ss as s and lack of sh?

I've been hearing some British and Irish actors and presenters pronounce ss like s instead of sh, so tissue sounds like tisyu rather than tishu for example. I also heard someone pronounce appreSEEate ...
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CH/J sound and the position of the tip of the tongue

Question about American English: According to these YouTube videos (Example 1, Example 2, Example 3), to make the CH-/J- sound, we place the tip of the tongue on the alveolar ridge behind the top ...
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Is this sentence correct? using hands down [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "She is the most professional journalist ever, hands down." Please let me know. Thank you!
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Simple way to use "Students who haven't done the homework." [migrated]

I am a teacher and I want to know how many students have not done the homework. Those students who haven't done the homework. Please stand up. Is this sentence fine? Is there a simple way to say ...
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How to read in order to improve my writing skills? [migrated]

It's fairly common wisdom to say that one must read to improve his/her writing style. I am looking for techniques or activities to do while reading books. I mean, should I analyze the sentences' ...
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How do you pronounce "figure it out" quickly? [closed]

It it pronounced "figurtitout" or "figurtout"? which one is more natural/correct? I always try to go for the first but I find it harder to pronounce than the second one (Cuz I hate ...
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What do you call someone who is secretly rooting for an opposing team? [closed]

Imagine an opponent who, during discussions, claims either to side with you or be neutral yet constantly gives simplistic arguments and examples, or points out faults, that are contrary to the point ...
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Does the pronoun 'we' contain the listener? [closed]

I know that the pronoun WE is first person plural. Does it contain the listener? When I am referring to a group of people, sometimes it seems to have the listener in the group. Sometimes doesn't. Can ...
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Can anyone check my sentence if it is right? [closed]

Please kindly check my sentence if it is correct. He is always late, besides sleeping during working time.
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Does latin alphabet contain 23 or 26 letters? [closed]

I know that classic Latin alphabet consists of only 23 letters (absence of J, U, W from English). But in medieval or renaissance period, 3 letters J, U, W were added. But my doubt is that, were they ...
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Informal way of asking if someone doesn't mind something [closed]

If you are having an informal conversation and you want to ask if someone doesn't mind something, would these be correct? You really don't mind this? Do you really not mind this? I always wanna use ...
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What is the difference between using noun as premodifier (of a head noun) and participle as premodifier?

For example, what is the difference between race car vs racing car; cook oil vs cooking oil.
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Can someone explain to me the meaning of the verse "in over your chest is way too deep"?

I was listening to the song "Wetsuit" by the band "The Vaccines" when I met with these weird lines: "Submerged, your vision's just obscured You're a lot like me In up to our ...
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Alternate meaning of “sleep with” – sharing the same barracks/bunkhouse?

I am watching the 1943 western The Ox-Bow Incident which is set in Nevada territory in 1885. Early in the film, the bartender is discussing some touchy issue and he says, They don't like to talk ...
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Ways to learn by myself [migrated]

Currently i'm learning by myself with videos but mostly with textbooks. I have no much people to speak with and i'm trying to find some ways to practice conversation. Do someone have any hint?!
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An adjective to describe the qualities of an object that relate to its ability to produce an effect on the environment

I am trying to find a single adjective that specifies the qualities of an object that concern its ability to produce an effect onto the environment. Consider this sentence: Accepting the notion that ...
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The word "thereof" taking a plural referent

Your assertion that "thereof" can take a plural noun as a referent is clear in the example you stated. Can "thereof" also take as a referent three different physiologic actions, ...
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Is the word ' use' an uncountable noun in the following sentence? Because it doesn't have an article

A recent study found that women who reported frequent use of hair straightening products were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than women who did not. Why is there no article for ...
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Difference between easier and easiest [closed]

Which one is correct? First assess when and where you find it easier to work. First assess when and where you find it easiest to work.
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What is to give light must endure suffering [duplicate]

My friend and I were discussing whether the following sentence is grammatically correct or not.. The sentence: What is to give light must endure burning. -Viktor Frankl Is this sentence grammatically ...

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