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Should we always use the past if the person is no longer alive or when we refer to a past state

When I want to point out that the person is still regarded as the best student till now, tho they have been gone or they are not a student anymore, what tense should I use, the present or the past? ...
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Please one answer

In 1-3 sentences, please explain why you should be approved to join our affiliate program and promote our brand and products.
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The plural form of the word blue

The blue means literarily the sky or sea. Does its plural form indicate the sky and sea both? For example, is this a meaningful sentence if I say “the horizon is where the blues intersect”?
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What is “plurisecular”? Can't find this word meaning, only translations

Here's a quote from Foucault's "History of Sexuality": he was the most direct and in a way the most naïve representative of a plurisecular injunction to talk about sex. I was searching for this ...
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Is there a word for irrational doubt or lack of confidence?

A sample sentence would be "I have this lingering feeling of [irrational doubt] that's discouraging me from pursuing my goals. I've used Merriam Webster to search for synonyms for doubt but none ...
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Take a turn for the worse vs worst

Example: "My Life took a turn for the worse" or "My life took a turn for the worst"? Which is the correct usage here? And if they both are, what is the difference?
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How would a native speaker react to the proverbial phrase: “Life is lethal”?

Would it sound completely wrong? Would it be understood humoristically? Would "deadly" be better? It's an attempt to translate the humoristic German sentence: Das Leben ist tödlich. I often ...
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Semester of mathematics

Is this expression correct? Or is there a different preposition (in)? Semester of mathematics I mean semester with the subject mathematics.
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Is there any word in English language to express hating both genders? [closed]

Is there a single term that would combine the concepts of misandry & misogyny? *Note to OP; Consider adding context to why you are asking.
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Can I use a noun clause introduced by “that” as the direct object of “curse”?

I wrote the following sentence "She cursed that only leaving could cure her." I am aware it sounds odd; I am purely interested in whether it is grammatical. I was told that it is not because "curse" ...
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Word for when you're looking for something and it's in your hand

What's the word for when you're looking for something and it's in your hand or in front of you? Examples: Looking for your phone and it's in your hand. I had put on my spectacles and I was looking ...
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generic statements with indefinite articles

If I said, "An earnest wish is a prayer." Am I referring to one, unspecified wish or am I making a universal generalization that all wishes in the past and present are prayers. A cat is a mammal --...
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“He hadn't realized there'd been a lightning storm brewing.” Why is past perfect used in this sentence?

I'm seeing past perfect more often in these types of sentences and it doesn't make sense. What makes it different from using simple past here? Edit: Thanks, I got it now.
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What does “as of” mean in this sentence?

The ocean threw its water over the island with the roar as of many voices.
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What does Meric Casaubon mean?

The below quote is from Book X, Verse 3 of Meric Casaubon's translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations : But remember, that whatsoever by the strength of opinion, grounded upon a certain ...
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What's the meaning of “very much there” in this context?

Let them hear once again the strength, courage, and capabilities you see in them, often below the surface, but very much there. I think "very much there" means being close to the surface.
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commas in English speech

I know commas can make a big difference in the meaning and interpretation of sentences. However, in speech, when we speak out loud, how does the listener interpret sentences if there is no punctuation....
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Spectrum of adjectives for the extent of effort?

I want to describe the extent of effort necessary for completing some task. With physical sizes, gradation, or taking points on the spectrum, is pretty easy: Negligible, tiny, very small, small, ...
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Why was hip-hop your choice of genre or Why hip-hop was your choice of genre? [closed]

I watched an interview and they were talking about music. the interviewer asked that "Why was hip-hop your choice of genre ? and it doesn't sound natural to me. I want to know that what if I say "Why ...
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What is it all but words!

I am reading the novel "Women in love" by D.Lawrence. In it there is coversation between sisters where one asks "But isn't it very risky?" and her sister replies laughingly "What is it all but words!" ...
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Grammar - for you / with you?

I am writing a letter and got stuck here: Will that be alright for you? or Will that be alright with you? Which one is the correct version?
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Gerund or Adjective? [closed]

A man used his walking stick. Is walking in this case a gerund or an adjective?
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What is the meaning of 'like' in [nothing like]?

Life at college where I enrolled in the modern art course was nothing like I expected. My understanding is 'like' in both below sentences are same meaning with the above one. a. At last he saw ...
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What is the correct way to punctuate this text?

I would like to know your thoughts on how to correctly punctuate this text: One of the most visited places here in Manila is Binondo, often referred to as the business capital at the time, before ...
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What is the term for shaking one's head when your hair is wet?

I'm not a native speaker and just can't seem to think of the right term. What I want to describe is the movement when you're, for example, swimming and you come up for air and shake your head as if ...
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Did you talk with him? vs Have you talked with him? [closed]

Which is the correct way: 1. Did you talk with him? 2. Have you talked with him?
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How to ask someone politely to “share pictures of newborn baby” [closed]

I have a cousin sister who has delivered a baby girl. I want to ask her in polite way "to share pictures of baby". How should I ask her?
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Sentences Starting With 'It'

While it may not be good style to start a sentence with 'it' when writing, we do it a lot when we speak casually. For instance 'It is interesting that you selected that factor.' Or 'It wasn't the ...
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Interpretation of clause including compound sentences

I'm trying to interpret the highlighted part below. It seems to me that lack of punctuation (serial comma) makes this a little difficult to understand. One of the comforting things about old ...
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Convention of writing percentage range

I am writing to inquire the convention of writing the following percentage range in academic writing: We reduce the extra cost from 99.9% to 12%--24% (depending on different configuration schemes). ...
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How to list a list of PhDs

How do I list a list of PhDs? Usually names and abbreviations are separated by a comma. For example: John Doe, Ph.D. So if I have a list of Ph.D. holders: John Doe, Ph.D., Jane Doe, Ph.D., John ...
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“Even when pets is not my thing…” Is this grammatical?

My friend just posted a picture with a soft toy and captioned it: "Even when pets is not my thing, you can always pose with soft toys!" I want to know if that sentence is grammatically correct. I ...
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Please correct the sentence. Thanks [closed]

Apps published. Our manager asked to published the requested apps, so I have published. How to write this best? Is this correct? Please confirm. "These below apps are published to all users".
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Best regards salutations

What are current or urban salutations that can be used instead of “Best regards” and “Sincerely”?
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Is a comma after initials (inside quotation marks) correct?

I feel like I am wrong, but a set of initials placed inside quotations marks followed by a comma looks incorrect (at least in my case). Here is my sentence: One woman, with the initials “K.R.”, ...
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A problem with a prepositional phrase in the sentence of a poem

The following is the sentence: Is it the graceful blessing that vivifies the existence and whose nectar for seekers is an unparalleled opulence? My problem is with the position of the ...
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“If he come” vs. “If he comes”

I've found the following on the internet (https://www.jstor.org/stable/43344096) : (1). If he comes, I shall go. (2). If he come, I shall go. Here, the first sentence is in indicative mood, ...
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Capitalization in quotations

I suppose this is not a repeated question. While it's natural to capitalize the first letter in a quoted sentence (even it's split into two parts), I want to know should I capitalize the first letter ...
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Is the word “woman” as a term of address rude? [closed]

Okay, I give up, apparently this question is a little too sensitive and starts to attract unhelpful opinionated comments. I've voted to close it. Disclaimer: I don't want to rage a war about feminism ...
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Can we place a verb before a long subject (ten words) in passive voice?

I need to put the verb (to develop) in its proper place in the following passive-voice sentence: In that book were developed the basic ideas about the cell and its biological properties. The ...
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Word for “mid-sized wild mammalian land animal,” equivalent to Sanskrit “mṛga.”

I am looking for an English translation for the Sanskrit word mṛga. This word refers to wild animals that are somewhat below the top of the food chain. The archetypical mṛga is a deer. They are ...
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Use of semi colon or colon?

So I want to make a sentence presenting a list first and asking a question about it at the end. But I am confused whether semi colon should be used or colon should be used. I am of the view that colon ...
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Two nautical terms

In following line by Walt Whitman there are two nautical terms. The pilot seizes the king-pin, he heaves down with a strong arm, After searching I can say that "king-pin" could be a main handle ...
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Pronunciation of -wic in place names

In the TV series The Last Kingdom a number of place names appear. The series typically shows the Ænglisc spelling of place names, followed by the modern one. E.g. the name old name Wintanceaster ...
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What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?

What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?
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does an “issued” a threat become “rescinded/revoked” when acted upon?

In the sense of a direct threat like "If you do X, I will beat you", which is a threat with a promise that is clear. One would say a threat was "issued". If something can be issued, it can be revoked/...
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“his” usage in Victorian English [duplicate]

From Pride and Prejudice: “My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, “how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.” What is the function of "his" in this ...
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English equivalent to the Swedish idiom “A dear child has many names”

In Sweden we have a saying that — literally translated — corresponds to “A dear child has many names” (“Kärt barn har många namn”). The meaning is pretty straightforward: popular things can have a ...
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What does 'do not insist that' means in this context

We also do not insist that you type your solutions. As usual, you are responsible for ensuring your submitted solutions are easily legible. After some search on internet, I found following similar ...
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What’s the meaning of the last line of Daniel Borzutzky's “Managed Diversity”?

What’s the meaning of the last line of Daniel Borzutzky's “Managed Diversity”: “[...] When the sleep medication wears off I am alone with the machines that watch me / The global economy brightens my ...

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