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Are there any dictionaries that be able to look up words in word families? [duplicate]

I was wondering there are any dictionaries/a dictionary that if I search for a word, for example: news, the dictionary will provide its word family or any types of usages related to this word, for ...
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Is there such a thing as a reverse dictionary? [duplicate]

Is there any tool online that generally permits me to enter a phrase or idea and get back a word that means something similar? For example, if I were looking for a better word or phrase for arguing ...
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How do you find the right English words? [duplicate]

An example, just a minute ago I was looking for a word to replace candidate Amongst the candidates for the album title. since the candidate is a person, not the one-of-many album titles. So, I was ...
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online free dictionary of choice? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are your favorite English language tools? This may seem like a meta question but I feel it is really about English Language and Usage. What is the preferred online free ...
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Commonly used sources [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are your favorite English language tools? I have a question regarding the English language that is too general for this site according to the faq. OTOH, I don't know ...
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Where can I find words and expressions which are dated and not found in today's dictionaries? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble understanding Charles Dickens book called The Haunted House. Could anyone tell me in which dictionary I can find parts I don't understand? Is there a dictionary for nineteenth ...
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When should I use "a" versus "an" in front of a word beginning with the letter h?

A basic grammar rule is to use an instead of a before a vowel sound. Given that historic is not pronounced with a silent h, I use “a historic”. Is this correct? What about heroic? Should be “It was a ...
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"Less" vs. "fewer"

I've just received a memo which says (effectively) As more people leave, there will be less people available. I want that word to be fewer. Are there guidelines for which word ought to be used ...
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Is it correct to use "their" instead of "his or her"?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Anyone who loves the English language should have a copy of this book in their bookcase. or should it be: Anyone who loves the English language should have a ...
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What is the word(s) for someone who is very particular about the small details of something? [closed]

I am looking for a word or multiple words to describe someone who is very (perhaps even 'overly') concerned about the fine details of something. It could be describing someone who is a perfectionist, ...
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Is it really incorrect to start a sentence with "and"?

I know it's wrong, but I do it all the time or else my sentences would go on forever.
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"None" as plural indefinite pronoun

In my grammar book (English Grammar, HarperCollins Publishers), I read that none is occasionally treated as plural, but it is usually regarded as singular. Can you give me an example of sentence where ...
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When is it correct to use "yourself" and "myself" (versus "you" and "me")?

I'm confused by why people use the following: It's up to yourself. Rather than: It's up to you. Another example of this would be: Please feel free to contact ourselves if you have any ...
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Is "prepone" being used outside India?

Prepone is a great word - it's the opposite of postpone. When you prepone a meeting, you change its scheduled time so that it occurs sooner than originally planned. Has this usage spread beyond India? ...
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Correct usage of ‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’

As a foreign English speaker who never really studied too much English grammar other than the basics at high school, I often struggle to decide what is the correct preposition to use in certain ...
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