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Is it true that every argument is a complement but not every complement is an argument?

The textbook "The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language", page 226: Argumenthood In the simplest cases the propositional meaning of a clause (ignoring the component contributed by the ...
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What are the differences between to sweet-talk, smooth-talk- butter up, suck up to, cajole, coax, wheedle, inveigle, beguile, and get round someone? [closed]

Are there any differences between the verbs sweet-talk, smooth-talk, butter up, suck up to, cajole, coax, wheedle, inveigle, beguile, and get round someone ? I am aware that this question is very long,...
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Is this the difference between a voucher and a gift card? [duplicate]

A voucher features a specific service or product that you can get for free at a specific place whereas a gift certificate features a specific monetary value for which you can buy products or services ...
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What's the difference between a voucher and a gift card? [duplicate]

Does a voucher feature a particular product or a particular service you can get for that voucher while a gift card features a monetary value for which you can get any service or product at a given ...
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Can someone please explain the difference between a parking pass, a parking permit, a ticket you get from a parking machine and a receipt?

I have heard that parking permits are valid for several days, several weeks, several months or even a year and that a parking pass is only for a couple of hours or for one day. Is this information ...
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Should I use "A/an + adj. + Name" or "The + adj. + Name"?

As a native English speaker, I find myself perplexed by this situation. Here are some examples of what I mean. 1.1 The worried Link went to see Impa. 1.2 A worried Link went to see Impa. 2.1 The angry ...
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what is the difference between "detail" and "detailing"? [closed]

I am an English language learner, so please forgive me for some errors in expression. I am confused about the difference/s in meaning between nouns "detail" and "detailing". These ...
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Are comprehensiveness and comprehension completely unrelated words? [closed]

Comprehensive : inclusive of everything. Exhaustive, complete. Comprehension : Understanding and awareness.
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What is the difference between "more like X than Y" and "more like X than like Y"?

There is a grammar textbook that gives the following example. (a) It looked more like a cormorant than a heron. (b) It looked more like a cormorant than like a heron. The textbook says that (b) is ...
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What is the difference between "Us girls gotta stick together" and "We girls gotta stick together"?

I am looking into the difference between the "we" and "us" pronouns, and have found some very useful information here. In the context of emphasizing a particular group, you can put ...
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Difference between gerund and a present participle [duplicate]

I saw him dancing. In this sentence is dancing a present participle or a gerund?
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What if any differences exist between ‘exchanges between’ and ‘exchanges among’? [duplicate]

In the following phrase: The film offers a considerable number of long takes, making use of the technique to lace the film with comedy but also to quiet the need for more energetic forward movement ...
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What's the difference between "watches" and "watching" in this sentence [closed]

Lisa watches movies every Sunday. and Lisa is watching movies every Sunday.
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Authoritative source for distinction between 'collaboration' vs. 'cooperation'? [duplicate]

The question of how collaborate and cooperate differ (if at all) seems not to have a straightforward answer. It was asked before on this site as What's the difference between "Collaborate" ...
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"Intra": can it be used just like "sub" or does it have extra nuance?

I'm editing a draft academic paper at the moment that distinguishes between the variety that exists between several groups, on one hand, and the varieties that exist within one of those groups, on the ...
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Is there a difference between "maltreat" & "ill-treat"?

Is there a difference between maltreat and ill-treat or are they interchangeable, since both refer to rougher treatment?
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If a baddie is using, are they abusing?

The following sentence got me thinking 1: While hawala is used for the legitimate transfer of funds, its anonymity and minimal documentation have also made it vulnerable to abuse by individuals and ...
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What's the difference between each sentence and are they both correct?

I had thought it would be different before I took the test. I had thought it would have been different before I took the test.
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What is the difference between "academic" and "scholarly"?

I have heard the words "academic" and "scholarly" used interchangeably, like "academic journal" and "scholarly journal", but I was wondering if there is a ...
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What is the technique that produces phrases like "Miss Anne Thrope" called and is there a master list of names?

Misanthrope, as a word, can be converted into the pseudonym "Miss Anne Thrope" (bonus points if the meaning reflects the writer's style). But what is this technique called and is there a ...
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Difference between Travel vs migrate

I would like to ask what is the difference between travel and migrate?. I have read definitions of both and they seem to me similar (are they?) from what i have read migrate and travel both can be ...
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Isn't "grouped together" redundant? If not, how does it change the meaning from just "together"?

Is the word 'together' redundant in this sentence? Keys are grouped together in a keychain. I mean, how is that any different from Keys are grouped in a keychain. I find the first sentence ...
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Which is better, 'Iberophile', or 'Hispanophile'?

I'm not sure, because according to dictionaries, Iberophile isn't a word, but it is the first result on Google for "lover of Spain"
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What is the difference — honor, confer, decorate —?

I’m a Japanese college student, and in English class, I saw a sentence saying, The prime minister was formally invested with the title by Emperor. When I looked up words which mean "to give a ...
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What is the difference between "Chinese-Canadian" and "Canadian-Chinese"?

What is the difference between a "Chinese-Canadian" and a "Canadian-Chinese"? Do I understand correctly that the first part of such phrases will show the origin of a person, and ...
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"I pray that this letter ___ your approval" - 'attains,' 'gains,' or 'obtains'? [closed]

I was writing a Statement of Purpose letter and I am stuck with this dilemma. Here is what I wrote: I pray that this letter attains your approval. I first used "gains" but my mind ...
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What is the difference between fascistic and fascist

I've seen these words both used but not interchangeably. My guess is that fascistic refers to 'fascist in nature', e.g if a building is fascistic it is reflective of fascist ideology but not ...
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'Magic Tree' or 'Magical Tree': When to use, which is more common? [duplicate]

I'm struggling to find an answer to my question, which is about the difference between Magic Tree and Magical Tree For native English speakers, is there a preferable option that "sounds right&...
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Difference between "wave AT" and "wave TO"

What's the difference between "wave" used with "to" and "wave" used with "at"? Two sentences as examples: She's waving at the person behind me. and The ...
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Difference between freight, cargo, and shipment?

I surfed the internet and found countless definitions for these terms and they are "kinda" representative of what you'd find on the internet: Freight: Freight refers to the goods or ...
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difference between rinse and rinse off

Is there any difference between 'rinse' and 'rinse off'? I searched many places and didn't find any obvious differences
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'Painted' or 'painting' after 'want' + NP

Which is correct? Is it, "Do you want your house painting" or "Do you want your house painted"? Examples of both can be found on the internet. Is there a difference between them? ...
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Does a restaurant 'make' sushi or 'do' sushi?

In the following sentence, which is idiomatic: make or do? Is there any difference in register, meaning, or usage? There’s a little Japanese place near my office that makes/does great sushi! I've ...
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How to tell which is "port" and which is"interface" on electronic devices (e.g., PC)

I cannot simply know where to use "port" and "interface", because these two words translate into one same word in my native language. So, I wanna figure out the difference between &...
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Should I use 'can' or 'will be able to'? "If he fixes your car tonight, you [?] drive it to school tomorrow." [closed]

Should I change "will be able to" to "can" in the bolded sentence from the exchange below? A: My car broke down and I have to drive to school to pick up my daughter tomorrow. I ...
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colonial heritage vs. colonial legacy

I'm trying to find the best translation for the German phrase "koloniales Erbe" as applied to a former colonial power, e.g. as used in the title of this conference. Both "colonial ...
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What is the difference between 'can', 'could' and 'would you mind' in asking questions? [closed]

For me these 3 have the same meaning, but i just could not differentiate what the subtle difference between them, maybe 'would you mind' is more polite then the other two?
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Difference between "they thought that the general would lead them to victory" and "they thought that the general would have led them to victory"?

They thought that the general would lead them to victory. vs. They thought that the general would have led them to victory. Is there a difference between the two sentences above? Is one ...
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Is it "financial and real estate industry" or "financial and real estate industries"? [closed]

Is it "financial and real estate industry" or "financial and real estate industries"? I'm trying to figure out which example is correct. Are they synonymous? Context: In the ...
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Difference between "bizarre" and "eccentric"

In google translate, the word "bizarre" means "very strange or unusual, especially so as to cause interest or amusement.". But I believe that this description is more suited for &...
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Difference between 'obliterate' and 'annihilate'

Are 'obliterate', 'annihilate' the same thing? I've searched dictionaries and they both mean to destroy completely, or in other words, destroy utterly: obliterate [verb] [transitive] 1 to destroy ...
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I'm going to do vs I'm going to have

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this so please let me know if its not appropriate. I was wondering if there's any general rule on when to use "have" and "do" in the ...
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Getting a deeper understanding of the similarities & differences between the words "offhand/offhanded" , "facile" & "glib" [closed]

(reference: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/offhand ) offhand not friendly, and showing little interest in other people in a way that seems slightly rude: (reference: https://...
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Is there any difference between "is called the" vs. "is called a"? [closed]

Is there any difference between "is called the" vs. "is called a"? Examples from ISO/IEC 9899:2011 (E) (emphases added via bold font): The identifier immediately following the ...
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grief vs grievances [closed]

In a recent tweet of C. R Hills: The Serbian people will never set aside their grief, but I believe they are strong enough to set aside their grievances. The United States’ dedication to our ...
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What is the difference between an 'inference' and a 'prediction'? [closed]

Some say the two words 'inference' and 'predictions' can be used interchangeably. Personally, I think of an inference as the act that produces a prediction. Does anyone know if they are the same or do ...
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What's the difference between backward(s) and backwardly?

What is the difference between backwards, backward, and backwardly? They're all adverbs, but I feel like there's some sort of difference in their meanings and uses. Although this question is similar ...
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I may go to the party - permission or possibility? Or both? [duplicate]

Hope you can help me to answer this tricky question. I´m posting here as I got the impression that it needs a linguist or at least a native to answer it. When you say: I may go to the party. Does this ...
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Meaning of the word "star" in Australian English?

This is "star" in the context of talking about celebrities. My impression from talking to one Australian is that the word has a negative meaning to refer to a "prima donna" -- ...
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Injury VS Injuries in this context

I came across this exercise in the Cambridge English Advanced exam: Because he was injured he couldn't play in the next game. PREVENTED His ______________________ in the next game. ANSWER: injury ...
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