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What would "the 2021 school/fiscal year" refer to?

Generally students start the Nth grade in the fall of some calendar year Y and graduate that grade in the spring of some calendar year Y+1. Likewise if a fiscal year does not start on January 1 it ...
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Why are gender pronouns conventionally written as subject/object? [duplicate]

When gender pronouns are explicitly stated they tend to be given in the form "subject-pronoun/object-pronoun" e.g. he/him, she/her, they/them. Where does this convention originate from? Is ...
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Is there a standard way of referring to electronic files?

If I'm writing about a specific computer file - let's say a file which looks, in some view, to be named ExampleFile.pdf (which is already problematic, since what you see might depend on the details of ...
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Conventions in referring to a baby's age

What are the ranges wherein a baby's age can be referred to in terms of weeks, months and years respectively? Is there a set threshold that people conventionally use, or does there exist a "...
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What's going on with the phrase: "none the wiser"?

Wiktionary gives the example sentence of They were none the wiser from their experience. This grammatical construction/combination of adverb, article and comparative adjective doesn't prop up too ...
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Is it obligatory to write the word "as" twice in comparison of equality?

This really baffles me since I've always regarded the "as...as" form as standard but I've heard a lot of people say phrases like "cool as heck" and even "solitary as an oyster&...
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What is the technical name for the birth and death dates that follow a person's name?

There has been discussion here as to the proper way to indicate a birth-death range for a person still alive. I would like to know what the the grammatical name of these dates. For example, in the ...
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Should the asterisk of a postscript correspond in size to the first asterisk, or be the same font size as the postscript's lettering?

The former makes sense in terms of its intent--which is to take off where it leaves off, the reason why an asterisk is used on both ends--but perhaps this is trumped by the importance of font size?
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Adjective for "of the Tractatus"

Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus introduces a way to constrain language, and I'd like to take an approach inspired by the concepts defined in that work. What is the correct way to ...
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What is the difference between "Are you sure to xxx?" and "Do you sure to xxx?"

What is the difference between "Are you sure to xxx?" and "Do you sure to xxx?" I am writing an app that requires to ask the user to confirm some actions. E.g. I want to confirm the user whether to ...
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Is the repeated use of units in sentence okay?

Consider the following sentence: Also on Fig. 2, is the estimated price of a pizza at five locations along the highway (z=0, 4, 6 and 8km). or Also on Fig. 2, is the estimated price of a pizza ...
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Origins of the 'editorial we' and its counterpart, the 'editorial I'

In researching an unrelated EL&U answer, I came across this commentary in an item titled "Hobart Town" in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (November 10, 1829): These ...
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What term to use to refer to a late husband's last name after marrying again and taking the new husband's name?

When I married my first husband I took his name and used the term "nee" to quickly refer to my birth name. After my first husband died, I remarried and took my new husband's last name. Now I want to ...
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Why does "President of the United States" have a "the" before "U.S", but "President of Russia" doesn't? [duplicate]

Some other examples: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom President of Russia President of the Russian Federation Emperor of Japan
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Standard abbreviations of “portrait” and “landscape”? [closed]

The terms “Portrait” and “landscape” are used to describe the orientation of content relative to a page or screen. For the sake of keeping file names short and concise, what would be the best way to ...
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How to stylize specialist domain terminology [closed]

So I'm a software engineer and I was recently writing some documentation about an application. Said application has some functions/classes/etc whose names are overloaded with common English words and ...
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“Church Catholic” versus “Catholic Church” is the first form acceptable?

I heard both expressions, but the first sounds more "creedal". Although, just the second is fine according to the English language norms. When is "Church Catholic" fine to be used? The Merriam Webster ...
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Looking for a single word that can represent "receive from"

I am trying to find good names for a part of my software which I would describe as a layer. Multiple layers can lay ontop of each other and interact only with the layer above and the layer below. ...
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Why is the comma splice an error?

It's always drilled into us that we shouldn't use comma splices. They're bad, to be avoided and poor form. But why? What makes the comma a faulty choice in something like this: I never liked ...
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Why is "You're welcomed" wrong?

Welcome is a verb, We welcome you to Rio de Janeiro They welcomed the good news. When we arrived, we weren't welcomed and a noun. What a lovely welcome. The cold welcome was unexpected. Welcoming ...
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How should I express large numbers with a combination of numerals and a word?

I am working on a translation of a document from Korean to English. There is a table containing large numbers (given in trillions and hundred millions), written like so: So the number expressed above ...
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How to state abbreviations inside brackets?

I am aware of the convention of stating an abbreviation in brackets the first time it is used, e.g. "I did well in the Biology Admissions Test (BAT)". However, I am having difficulties with when you ...
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Beginning a formal essay with a spoiler alert?

I'm writing a literary analysis piece on Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Online, such analyses are often preceded by a warning that the contents of the page contains detailed information ...
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Does "Ethernet" need to be capitalised?

Microsoft Word insists that it should be but I don't know why.
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Meaningless/Placeholder Verb?

In some fields of study, there are various placeholder nouns/proper nouns---basically nouns that are conventionally used in an example but are understood not to correspond to an actual object. In ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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Why doesn't Buckingham Palace require an article? [duplicate]

There's a whole bunch of them that look as if they would require one, but actually don't: Times Square, Trafalgar Square, Union Square, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey, ...
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Why are figures 1-9 written as numbers, but after 9 written in alphabet form? [duplicate]

I have tried to research this .. could anyone answer why figures 1-9 are written as digits/numbers and then from 9 onwards they are typed in alphabetical form?
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In a conversation, do native speakers people call each other by name? [closed]

I've noticed a particular behavior in the frequency of mentioning the person's name we're talking with. I'm Italian, in my language we are used to calling each other by our first names during a ...
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Should an article title be capitalized if the word stylization disagrees?

I have students who have turned in their undergraduate thesis with a citation for a website: http://www.foraker.com/ios-app-distribution-options/ The title of this article would be: "IOS App ...
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Can you end a list with "e.g."? [duplicate]

Can you use "e.g." after you have listed something? I've been busy trying to figure out training, WHMIS e.g.
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Is there any notation or abbreviated phrase meaning "this is provisional"?

I want to write on my timetable that an event will take place at "Building X, but this is provisional as it is subject to change and it may happen somewhere else." Is there any kind of notation or ...
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"Table of Contents" vs. "Table of Content"

If I ask an English speaker to spell out TOC, I would expect it to be "Table of Contents" with an 's'. But I not much but sometimes do see "Table of Content" without an 's' in some books. Is this ...
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Should I capitalise "or" between examples?

On this site, there are often many different options as an answer, for example both with and without the Oxford comma. When giving multiple options, should I capitalize the word "or" between them? ...
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