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What's the single word for “thing that comforts you”? [on hold]

Can you please tell me what's the single word for "thing that comforts you"? Example: He used a 'thing that comforts you' in order to make himself comforted, and relaxed. Thanks if you answered! ...
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What's the single word for “dangerous thing”? [on hold]

Can you please tell me what is the single word for "dangerous thing" that can be used here: He accidentally scarred his hand with a 'dangerous thing', but he still lives.
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How to use neither …nor [on hold]

I have a problem with this sentence. I neither had a degree in science nor did I work in science. Is this a correct grammatical English?
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Meaning of “gopher” as a job? [on hold]

Would you please explain to me what does “gopher” mean as a job? The dictionary says it means someone who run errands but I cannot understand it. Thanks in advance.
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Is this usage of commas and parenthesis ever appropriate?

Is there ever a scenario where you would put both a pair of commas and a pair of parenthesis around a parenthetical? I.e. in this form word words words,(words words words), words words words.? For ...
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Can the word “there” refer to multiple places?

Probably a silly question, but can the word "there" refer to more than one place? Consider the following sentence: "I visited City A and City B again even though I went there last year." Can "there"...
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Ya Know/ You Know [on hold]

Can you write "ya know" in a proper story, or do you have to use "you know"?
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What's the word for describing days/months/years when comparing to something else?

Here's an example of the sentence I'm trying to write: "Monday: the (x) equivalent of falling down a flight of stairs" Some examples of other sentences that are similar to the one I'm trying to ...
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Is it “in” or “on” HNQ?

Stack Exchange has a special feature that displays the hottest questions from its 170 or more sites across the network, it's called Hot Network Questions or HNQ for short. Most users will see to ...
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What is the meaning of the word Warcraft? [closed]

Is it one of these names that doesn't make any sense like Metal Gear Solid? I never thought Metal Gear Solid made any sense. Am I wrong? Also, what does Warcraft mean? So does Warcraft mean the art of ...
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'Keep him good company'

Men, one last thing before we go, we have a technician who will join us today for this mission. You know him well, his name is George Ovechkin, he's a nuclear engineer. I hope you will keep him in ...
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Is it proper to say “at lesser cost”?

Would it proper to use "at lesser cost" in the following phrase: Get better outcome at lesser cost
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What is meant by 'dancing on this'? [closed]

Move fast baby, don't be slow Step aside, reload, time to go I can't seem to control All this rage that's inside me Hold it fast, they've been dancing on this Branded by fire ...
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Word (adjective) to describe a harsh sound

Context: My brother just played a video with loud screeching noises in the background about 5 feet from me as I was reading a pleasant book. I turned to chastise him, exclaiming, "John! Turn that ...
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What figure of speech or word fits this? [closed]

I'm writing my vows and the final statement is: This is our journey, that we embarked on together, and to say that I wouldn’t trade it for the world would be (xxx) because you are my world. What ...
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Type of usage/accuracy

As the boy tames the wild bird, it evokes pleasure in him away from his hardship in society; the bird is bettering us here. verb gerund or present participle: bettering improve on or surpass (an ...
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Meaning of sentence. “He is not vigilant like you”

He is not vigilant like you. Does it mean that you are vigilant. Or you are not vigilant like him. I am really confused by the sentence whether it's a compliment or complaint?
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What is this white round plastic container called?

What can we call this round shaped plastic container?
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He may be wondering

Suppose i gave a gift to my friend and im talking to myself in my mind He may be wondering what is in it. is this correct way of saying or i should say 1.He may be wondering what will/(would) be in ...
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Usage of conjunction in these examples

She was merely stressed, not angry. (and not angry). The disease effects men across all ages, typically in middle age. (but typically). Is it wrong to use conjunctions in these types of examples? ...
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if and because in compound-complex sentences

I am confused about compound-complex sentences that begin with if and because. In general, if a compound-complex sentence begins with an introductory phrase and contains two dependent clauses, all ...
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Grammar question imperative

I have a sentence and want to know if it would be grammatical correct if i write it other way. Whose is this pen? Whose pen is this? So is the 2nd sentence correct?
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What do we call people who are into various sports?

What do we call someone who is into different sports including biking, mountaineering, tracking, and other similar sports?
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The meaning of “as i live and breathe”

As it is used when meeting someone for whom you havent met for ages. Is this mean that the speaker is emphasizing or wandering if he/she is alive to see this?
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Could “This is worth it” be used in the place of “It is worth it”, or in a different meaning?

I was wondering this as my friend asked me the usage of the word "Worth" in a sentence. So, is there any proper way for "This is worth it" to be used? I heard the phrase "This is worth fighting for" ...
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not that … but

"Not that he's a bad boy, but he hangs around with kids that drink." Can I rewrite this sentence in the three ways below? Do they still have the same meaning as the one above? a. It's not that he's ...
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is it correct to say:I am not here to 'give' you calm?

i am.not a native speaker , but I am trying to become a writer. You can keep someone calm, calm someone down, but what about giving someone calm?
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Did Miranda cross the Atlantic?

US entertainment media have an outsized influence on other countries and cultures. For instance, apparently in some places the emergency services now have to respond to "9-1-1" calls in addition to ...
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Does the word “episode” apply to each individual broadcast of a TV program, no matter what the content each time?

Our studio has a one-hour TV program which runs three times a week and broadcasts different films. The content of the program is usually like the following, so can we call each broadcast an episode of ...
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How to say your graduate ranking?

How should I write about my graduation ranking in a formal way? I graduated with a 3rd rank. or I graduated with 3rd ranking. or I graduated ranking the 3rd. or something else. And I can'...
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What is the meaning of “crew-cut Democrat”?

According to Merriam-Webster, a crewcut is “…a very short haircut usually for men or boys in which the hair resembles the bristle surface of a brush” I found several instances online that used this ...
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Can you help me answer some questions about using the word “The”? [migrated]

I. In the following sentences, I know that I should repeat "they", "they", "she", "he" and "it" instead of using "the " in the second part. But can I use 'the + noun' if I introduce something using ...
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To+verb or to+be+verbiii

I sometimes get confused and it looks like they mean the same. E.g. Success is hard to achieve. Or Success is hard to be achieved. Can anyone please explain this in detail.
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Is the first syllable of “acknowledge” pronounced with /g/ by any notable amount of speakers?

While I was trying to think of examples for an answer to Vun-Hugh Vaw's question about voicing voiceless consonants in American English, I considered the word "acknowledge", which I think I can ...
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Is the voicing voiceless consonants common in the US?

I don't know if I should trust my non-native ears, but I've heard a couple of people (Katie from CollegeHumor is the first one come to mind) who say "thank you" with a voiced "th" instead of the ...
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Type of usage phrases/conjunctions

She'd lived in Seattle her whole life, grew up there. *They have got no family I know of, no children. Would these types of usage be informal only and require conjunctions in formal writing.
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Is it OK to use two consecutive 'that' in a sentence? [duplicate]

Is the usage of 2 consecutive 'that' in the following sentence correct, because it looks a bit odd? Should these be separated by comma perhaps? "While I agree that strength and size definitely gives ...
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Do laypersons understand medical terms? [closed]

I'm from China and I would like to ask English native speakers whether a non-medical professional understands medical terms? Examples: rhinorrhea rhinitis laryngoscopy laryngitis laryngostenosis ...
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do i have to put AN in the sentence before incorrect diagnosis? [closed]

Four of the eight participants reported that they had incorrect diagnosis of their condition at the early stage.
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Is it he and [name], or am I still wrong? [closed]

I'm writing something for a friend. The sentence I'm trying to write is this: "What Sam didn't understand was that he and Nick were more alike than he thought." Is this right? Or is there a better ...
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Is there a word or phrase that encompasses both infidelity and open relationships?

When it comes to married couples or people in a dedicated intimate relationship, there are (essentially) two ways to describe one person in the relationship being intimate with someone other than ...
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Infinitive or to+ verb

I hear all the time native speaks like this and they ignore to add to Dad didn't have to go tell him that While non natives will say like Dad didn't have to go telling him that Or Dad didn't have ...
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The meaning of dont be flip with me [closed]

This text is from the book "Greed". What is meant by dont be flip with me?
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Conjunction Reduction British English vs American English

I am finding there is a difference in what is acceptable between American and British English. I posted this question on Facebook: "Grammar friends, I need your help! Is omitting the pronoun the ...
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Compound, complex, or compound and complex? [closed]

The baseball player, that I enjoy watching, hit a home run.
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Is “in the essence of time” legitimate? Standard? Regional?

I had never heard "in the essence of time" before a recent trip to Virginia. Various local attendees of a meeting I attended used the phrase to justify moving on to a new topic, in a situation where I ...
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some of his most characteristic work or some of his most characteristic works?

I am a Korean English teacher. I am teaching about Monet. But I have encountered a grammatically strange expression like the following first sentence. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1551703/...
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What's the extended meaning by adding “one” before a noun?

Example: Elaine: "You know those label makers make great gifts, I just gave one for Tim Whatley for Christmas." Jerry: "!@#$" Elaine: "Who gave you that?" Jerry: "One Tim Whatley." What does the ...
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AmE/Writing: AN _hors d'oeuvres_ tray, or A _hors d'oeuvres_ tray? [duplicate]

The general rule I was given as a youngster was that if the initial sound of the noun is that of a vowel, the correct indefinite article is “an”, while if it started with a consonantal ...
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“do you have” pronounced [djuv] d'you've

I hear contraction d'you've from "do you have" quite often, broadly [djuv], yet google throws back no result for such a phonetic word. I'd like to know how it's orthographically represented. For ...