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Usage of “to compensate for” in the passive tense

As I am not a native speaker, I'm not entirely sure of a sentence I just wrote. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Is the following sentence gramatically correct and something you would use as ...
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“Nobody likes to wash (the) dishes.” Can it be used with zero article?

Am I right in thinking that it's possible and correct to use the zero article in contexts like this, when the meaning is general? Even though in dictionaries it's presented as a set expression with ...
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What is the old phrase meaning that two people do not meet that involves a weather house or cookcoo clock?

I have a faint memory of an old phrase that my mother would use when I was young. It was to do with two people that would happen to just miss each other repeatedly. She would compare them to the man ...
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A word/phrase for when an icon means something other than it's actual depiction

A few years ago at my company, for various reasons if you performed a dangerous action you had to hold a large doll while doing it. This is no longer necessary and the doll is now gone from the office....
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The novel “The black alibi” after J. Woolrich

Whoever had made whom, one thing was certain: now she had the place put away in her pocket.
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NORMINAL — normal or with nominal mistake?

At the very end of the live-stream for the nominal SpaceX STP-2 mission, the presenter places what appears to be a baseball cap onto the table. It reads "NORMINAL" (sic). My first thought was how ...
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Difference between will finish and will be finishedd

what is the difference between the below sentences 1) i will finish by next monday 2) i will be finished by next monday Is the second one is a Passive voice?
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English equivalent of the Hindi saying “Dusre par bill fadna”, meaning “putting on others what YOU want”

What is the English equivalent of the Hindi saying "Dusre par bill fadna"? The meaning of the Hindi saying is stating a request as though it is others who want it when in fact it is you who want it ...
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Technologies in or Technologies for

Which is the correct form for a company name: 1. Digital technologies for logistics LLC 2. Digital technologies in logistics LLC 3. Logistics digital technologies LLC?
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Is it good morning to you or good morning too

When you are replying to a morning greeting ,do you reoly with good morning too or good morning to you too or just good morning
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Beyond reproach - alternative expressions

What are some alternative, diplomatic ways to say "beyond reproach", "above question", "of the path that is ethically spotless/sound and cannot be challenged". I was thinking, "unquestionable", but ...
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I don't want to make any excuses for myself

Is this sentence correct? For instance the syntax is that I'm talking with a friend and I'm telling him I don't want to make any excuses for myself. Sounds a bit odd, what can I do to make it more ...
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Should I use the formula or the name of the chemical in a sentence?

In a scientific paper, when quoting a chemical, is it more appropriate to write its formula or its name? For example: Ion exchange removed nitrate ions from solution. Or: Ion exchange removed ...
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to enact that coming together

can you help me about the exact meaning of the following passage? He had called on university communities nationwide to mix with ordinary people to form a jameeh’e tohidi, or unitary Islamic ...
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Are these in passives?

I learned English autodidactically by reading books , watching movies , video games , etc.... But, there are some things in english that confused me , such as passive forms. What's the difference ...
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Is Latin “porrige” connected to middle ages “porridge”?

Is Latin word "porrige", to stretch, connected in any way to "porridge", the cereal made by stretching oats/ grain by adding water?
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Lets me or Let's me

Do we use "Let's me" or "Lets me". (without the apostrophe) Because if we used the apostrophe, it would mean "Let us me", which wouldn't make sense! Thanks.
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to get past a press law

Dear all! Can you help me about the exact meaning of the following passage? "Homayoon, himself an eminent journalist, had worked to get past a press law to balance the press freedom with ...
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Appositive without a noun?

Is the following grammatical? If so, what would you call the phrase after the comma? It sounds somewhat like an appositive but there's no (explicit) noun to which it refers. Bill might assume his ...
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What is the difference between the terms ‘basic’ and ‘fundamental’?

I am reading an article titled “Basic needs, basic rights” in which the author emphasises on the need of a robust doctrine of basic rights in addition to fundamental rights. Source: https://www....
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Hygroscopic substances

The terms 'desiccant' and 'humectant' are opposites of each other. However, both of them have been described as 'hygroscopic' substances. If desiccant and humectant are opposites of each other, how ...
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Nominalizing adjectives regarding nationalities

When we talk about nationalities, "Americans" and "the Americans" (or "the American people") are different ways of saying the same thing with the latter two expressions having a collective, global ...
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why does “perturbation” mean small change while “perturb” means greatly disturb?

I only recently looked into the etymology of the word "disturb", which means "per-turb", completely (through, thoroughly) + disturb, which translated into "disturb greatly in mind". My question is ...
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Idiom Request: What is the idiom that means “If it's hard/easy for you, it must be the same for others”?

This is the situation: a younger brother just (badly) finished a rigorous exam and the older brother wants to say something that means "Others must feel the same, don't worry". Is there such an idiom?
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“Leave on” vs “leave”

Can there be a missing on when I say somebody leaves on some date? For example, is it okay if I say: We'll have to leave September 1st, because we have to be back in school on the 2nd. instead of: ...
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Replying to an e-mail or letter where two people have the same name

I see varying answers over the web on this. Hello John and John, Hello John My last email I went with Hello John, It works as intended and seems like the best way to me.
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Do east side and west side implicate poor and rich respectively?

One day I googled the words and I got the meanings and I remembered them as below East side = poor city West side = rich city Is this correct? I want to know the historical, cultural background of ...
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A Word To Use To Describe A Person's Non-Physical Presence

What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience? Example of a ...
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How should I correctly write the term 'get well soon card'?

My instincts tell me that the examples below may be correct; however, I could not find in corroborating sources online. She received many 'Get Well Soon' cards. He opened the mail to find yet ...
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Stendhal “A novel is a mirror” quote

A famous quote from Stendhal's The Red and the Black is: A novel is a mirror carried along a high road. At one moment it reflects to your vision the azure skies at another the mire of the puddles ...
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the use of will have or would have are the same or they have different meaning in the below sentences?

I am trying to say traveling brings opportunities to develop different skills. Which one is correct? Traveling is good... People would have the opportunity to develop ... People will have the ...
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“wore at” vs “wore out”

Is the use of "wore at" vs "wore out" the same? Few Google examples: "She was tired of apologizing for the intractability of the land, its people, for the distances that wore at him, the endless ...
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Adjective for 'made of pus' or 'corrupted by pus' or something of something of pus

This to be used in a sentence with: a somethingish discharge I like "pustulous discharge" but 'pustulous' is of pustules not of their content. 'Pusy' would be a natural but doesn't look like ...
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Attributive noun and adjective difference for '-ist' suffixed words

I’d like to understand if there is any difference between attributive nouns and attributive adjectives with regard to ‘-ist’ suffixed words that refer ideologies, belief systems and movements in art ...
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Answer the question vs answer to the question [on hold]

When to use which one? 1.answer the question. 2.answer to the question. 3.give answer to the question. 4.GIve answer the question.
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Word for the ability to deliver clever replies? [duplicate]

What do we call the person who comes back with clever replies when someone insults them? Also what is this ability (personality trait) to cleverly thrash rivals on-the-spot called? Example: ...
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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” but with a more negative connotation

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" is from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It means: what matters is what something is, not what it's called. I feel like this phrase has a very positive ...
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Word in a sentence [on hold]

Can someone please tell me the usage of these two words (nitpicking, cherrypicking) in a sentence? Or is there any other forum in stack exchange where I can ask for usage of word/phrase in a sentence? ...
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Musical numbers or musical pieces?

I am going to perform two […] from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” rock opera at graduation party — which noun should be in place of the dots, if I have prepared the instrumental Overture (on piano) and ...
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Comma needed or not? [on hold]

I was reading an article and found the below sentence: I met Ruhail through Facebook last year but I hadn’t saved his number as I didn’t want my parents to know. I believe the author missed commas ...
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What's a word used for someone who criticizes his country but doesn't let any foreigner criticize his country?

I noticed some people attack foreigners who say anything negative about their country, yet they themselves criticize their same country and are being negative. What's a word that describes them? ...
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Word to describe something that has an ending

How to say that something has an ending in one word? I am looking for the opposite of endless.
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What need is there for the English language to include both “affect” and “effect” [on hold]

I do not know the history of the words affect and effect. I know their use in English, with the words being verbs and nouns respectively, but as a point of curiosity and enthusiasm, I wonder if there ...
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The different usage of “whatever” and “what”

Following two sentences includes a confusing grammar in my opinion. Can you help me ? Whatever a man lacks in himself he will seek outside. If I wrote this sentence, I would use "it" after the ...
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Difference between 'comically tragic' and 'tragically comic'

What is the difference between 'comically tragic' and 'tragically comic'? Or do they mean the same? If they are different can you explain it with an example?
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Word for eyeglasses with no prescription

I once heard/read a word for eyeglasses that have no presciption in the lenses. Just plan glass, worn for effect. Can someone recall that word for me?
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Passive voice reuse after “and” conjunction + screen/display usage

1 Should you copy passive voice frame if the verb has a pair connected with &? 2 Which is more preferable - screen or display in terms of colorless led surface of small smartwatches? 3 Is it ...
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Where did “yeppers” come from?

Where did the slang word "yeppers" come from? I have googled it and found dates as far back as the 30s and geographic areas including Florida, the midwest and Pennsylvania.
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How do you pronounce this phrase, “as for me”? [on hold]

How do you pronounce this phrase, "as for me"? "æz fɔr mi", "æz fər mi", "əz fɔr mi" or "əz fər mi"?
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Are they both same or do they have different meaning?

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