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Past tense alternative for “wind up”

I am writing an action scene and trying to stress that a character is winding up a punch. For clarity this means frames 1-3 in the image below. At the moment the sentence is : She winded the first ...
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Is “party” as in “group of people” singular or plural?

Which is correct? The party hears Lily yell The party hear Lily yell Likewise The party groups around the fire The party group around the fire Or is this a matter of American English vs British ...
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Psychiatrical - a valid word?

I was talking to someone about neuroscience one day and caught myself saying "psychiatrical stuff" instead of "psychiatric stuff". Somehow I don't think psychiatrical is actually ...
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What's another word for “not” honed talent?

I was looking for a metaphorical phrase that sort of fits along the lines of honing a hidden/unapparent talent. I can't quite place my finger on it, but I remember one that goes something like trying ...
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word for a correction or change made retroactively

What's a noun that means a correction/amendment/addition made to a text after the text has been "finalised" JK Rowling's many ______s posted on twitter
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Is this sentence gramatically correct? “I will be ready at night by when the medication would've kicked in”

I'm trying to say that I'm waiting for the medication to take effect before being ready. What's the least odd-sounding way to say this elegantly? The following sentences are slightly different. Are ...
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Use of modal verbs when writing in past tense

I'm trying to write a story in past tense (I'm using deep POV). I have two characters who parted ways. One of them is regretting not spending more time with the other before leaving. Since he is ...
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How would you describe a car kicking up clouds of dust as an adverb of a car heading somewhere?

I am trying to translate a sentence from Turkish to English. I'm almost satisfied and it is something along the lines of A black car kicking up clouds of dust was seen heading to the city from a ...
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Word for “wide variety of”

I'd like to reduce the sentence "The product is used by a wide variety of people, such as jugglers, priests, and businessmen" in length. Thus, I'm looking for a word that would replace "...
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confused about usage “in which” / “from which” in this example

Hi can I write it like that: I packed you a variety of things in which I hope that they are either useful to you or bring you joy. Is it "in which" or "from which"? Thanks
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Looking for a word or short expression to it for wanting to re-experience something for the first time

We all have the wish to experience something for the first time again but obviously it's not possible. How can we describe that wish/feeling ? Is there a specific word, or a combination of words that ...
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“… for visitors” vs “ … for the visitors”

SURVIVAL SKILLS FOR VISITORS TO THE CITY OF NEW YORK should it be Survival Skills for the visitors to the city of New York
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Give or Take - Which is Give and Which is Take

I was recently asked for a rough estimate on how long a small project will take. I figured it would be a couple weeks, most likely a bit less, but could also be a bit more depending on a few unknowns, ...
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Is it correct and polite question [closed]

I would like to send email to the prof assigned by the university as supervisor for my research. Is below question correct and polite? Dear Prof xyz Would you please advise if I can start working on ...
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Start or started

Should I say I start a business 5 years ago. Or I started a business 5 years ago. Let’s assume I’m still running the business up until today.
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What is “a gallops”?

I've found this phrase here on a recent BBC report: "...the mare in the video died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a gallops in April 2016." The same article has: "A video on ...
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Term for a specific Month and Year in time

Similar to this question, is there a term to describe a month and year in time, without the day of the month? eg. a term for the month of May, 2018 as opposed to 23rd May, 2018.
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As long as/long as

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by JK Rowling. The excerpt is the description of a serpent. "He could see the vast, bloody eye sockets, see the mouth stretching wide, wide enough to ...
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How do I diagram this sentence (“Boats docked at Toronto in Ontario should be registered with the town hall.”)?

I need help breaking down this sentence, which I found in my grammar book. Boats docked at Toronto in Ontario should be registered with the town hall. I'm assuming "docked" here functions ...
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Capitalization of “mathematics” [closed]

Is "mathematics" as a subject capitalized or spelt with lowercase? Examples of partial sentences for context: ....discussing the challenges experienced when teaching mathematics to grade 11 ...
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Seeking the meaning of: There exists a special character in Sentence which is present in every special sub-sentence of Sentence

There exists a special character in Sentence which is present in every special sub-sentence of Sentence. What does this statement mean Grammatically? I know that 'exists' is singular and also we have ...
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Should the parentheses be used to supplement the sentence format?

However, the new channel leverages the fact that whether there are discrete datas (using the data status instead of specific data) affecting the timing, which is difficult to be interfered. However, ...
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What is the difference between the words allocation, assignment, affiliation?

What is the difference between the words allocation, assignment, affiliation - or the verbs to allocate, to assign, to affiliate? I would like to know in general, because I would like to finally ...
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What is the name for a video that is shown as a preamble to an interview on a talk show?

In TV talk shows, what is the name for a video clip that is shown as a preamble to an interview? I am working in the Netherlands, where they call this an 'instart'.
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Correcting a grammar mistake

"French is my first language in which I am very articulate" My professor challenged us to this one. It is indeed awkward, but I can’t spot the grammatical mistake. :/
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Ambiguous preposition of time

I am learning English, and would like to know if this sentence means A or B: I knew that you went there yesterday. A. You went there, and I knew it yesterday. B. You went there yesterday, and I knew ...
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Which article a/the should be used in API documentation?

For example: some_field - an/the description of smth In what cases articles should be/should not be used?
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Do “for” and “since” change what the sentence implies in the present perfect tense?

When someone says "I have lived in this house." and finishes the sentence right there, does it mean they still live in that house or do we need more context to know that? What if the ...
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“helped transition X” is correct? [closed]

Is it correct to write/say "I helped transition X from Z to Y" Alternative phrasings would also be appreciated.
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What's a “completion of comprise”?

I scanned this because I don't know how to format 2 columns here, or add color. I Googled "completion of comprise" and found just 4 results, and 2 were from this book. Stacie Strong. BA ...
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What's the term for a comma that commences non-restrictive clauses?

You pine to use a comma, to clarify that John has just one ball. Is there a term for the mandatory comma that I embolded? In each of these examples, the phrase set off by commas can be eliminated ...
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The grammar of “it” here

I never had this feeling (that) you warmed "it" up inside. I know "it" is redundant here and is not grammatically correct. What is the grammar behind it? I want to read more about ...
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Why didn't English judges break their paragraphs?

Weren't unbroken "pages of type" even more unreadable back then? If so, why didn't judges break their paragraphs with one blank line? At least in 2018 (year of publication of book below), ...
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Without internal punctuation, weren't lists of a series of items and activities prone to ambiguity and debate?

I can't imagine how shunning internal punctuation would've assisted to construe "a series of items or activities". Even with internal punctuation now, and canons of interpretation, "...
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“Do you know” vs. “Did you know” [migrated]

I know the difference in general, but it still confuses me when it comes to certain contexts, including the following: I love a girl and I'm wondering if she knows that I love her. I'm talking about ...
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What is the difference between “Timmy Mouse” and “Timmy the Mouse”?

This is an expert from an article. “My name is Timmy the Mouse. I must get up early at 6:30 a.m. every morning. Then I have to go to the kitchen to get food for grandpa.”
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Does “know more about something” really mean “more” (implying that one already has some prior knowledge) or just a customary phrase

It is a question resulting from a translation attempt of this sentence: Many, however, may wish to know more about this remarkable people from the outset. (Lord of the Rings, Prologue) From here we ...
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Does the comma in my example sentence add clarity, or should I leave it out?

I quickly realized, homeless people listen to and trust other homeless people. I chose to include the comma to ensure readers understand it was the 'listen to' and 'trust' that I realized and not ...
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What is the idiom or expression used to say that “what someone has done is nothing special”?

Something like praising someone ironically when they have messed up or they don't derserve it.
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Name of the relationship between something positive you do for someone else and what is done for you by a third party

Familiar religious example: Luke 6:37 "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" Transitive (from mathematics) ...
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What is the origins of the phrase “on the lam”? [duplicate]

After puzzling over this phrase for quite some time I came across the possible answers offered in this site. The one that seemed to show the most promising solution was the longest entry, which ...
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What's a polite form of “bitch” referring to a female dog whilst writing a kids book? [closed]

I am currently writing a book, "Ready or Not", and it is about cats and dogs. It is a children's book, also. Here's the sentence I was trying to write. “Ha! Cowards, aren’t puny things? Not ...
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Using the word “out” after the word “thaw”

What is the etymology of using the word "out" after "thaw"? For instance, "I put the food on the counter to thaw out." Are there any other such words that are customarily ...
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Word for when someone says they are good at something they know they are terrible at doing [duplicate]

I usually find contractors who do this and I am looking for a word to explain it. They are stating a claim, they know they are terrible at doing in order to get your business.
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What is the meaning of “longer hours”

I was on the NJ transit and saw an advertisement outside our local baseball stadium for TD bank. The ad said: “Big fans of the patriots and longer hours” - TD bank. I can totally understand why a Bank ...
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Writing for child birth certificate [duplicate]

Is it correct when you say, "I and my wife had our second baby last month" ?.
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Is this usage of the word “concerned” correct?

Dictionaries are not generally concerned with phonetic transcription, but rather with phonemic transcription of the words presented. Sentence by myself. I just wanted to see if this sentence makes ...
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Why does the word 'suffix' have a double ‘ff’ while 'prefix' has a single ‘f’?

While writing the word ‘suffix’, I stopped to do a spellcheck as a result of the 'ff.' I did not do so with the word ‘prefix’ as I was comfortable with the 'pre' and 'fix'. I looked up ‘ff’ vs. ’f’ ...
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What does “I have got a witness 'set up' down the road? ”mean?

set up The context is a detective telling another detective about the case in an episode of Wandavision. I specifically want to know what does "set up" mean here?
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Is there a preference between 'submissible' and 'submittable'?

When referring to something that can be submitted, is there a preference between 'submissible' and 'submittable'? If so, does the preference vary by geographic region? Related: Is "submittable&...

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