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What is the meaning of "unto itself"? [duplicate]

I've been scrolling through Quora.com to find posts that would make it easier for me to understand the sum and substance of the stock phrase "unto itself" but there aren't a great deal of ...
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What does the idiomatic phrase "err on the side of" mean?

I've looked through several online dictionaries to ferret out the meaning of "err on the side of" ("err on the side of" in the sense of the phrase having no qualifying objects, ...
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Is there any difference between "congenial" and "genial"?

As the question implies, I'm interested in only the linguistic distinction between the two words I've listed. I've looked up these two words on some online dictionaries. After some searching, I've ...
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What is the definition of the phrase "unto itself"?

I've looked through several online dictionaries to discover the meaning of the phrase "unto itself" ("unto itself" in the sense of the phrase having no qualifying objects, people, ...
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What is the subtle difference between the words "hallmark" and "trappings"?

I've scoured many dictionaries for the difference between the two words listed in the question. However, is there a distinction? What separates "hallmark" from "trappings"? ...
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What does "ever having happened" mean?

I was listening to a Doctor Who podcast episode, and got confused by this line: She (The Doctor)’s supposed to be here. She’s supposed to fix things like this. Or stop them from ever happening. Or ...
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didn't need to have + p.p? [closed]

I just wanted to ask if we have this structure in English or not? IF yes, can you please explain its roll or feature, I mean in what case we use that? To be honest, I wanted to have a reason to prove ...
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What's the difference between animate subjects and inanimate? [closed]

[EDIT: 5/15/22] I am picking up information about inanimate subjects and I've got to research that because it has been asked in one of my classes in school. Moreover, I am making a website (https://...
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"Chinese yuan" or "RMB"? [closed]

Which is more often used in daily conversation, "Chinese yuan" or "RMB"? I personally think it would be "RMB", or full name, "Ren Min Bi"(人民币), but some people ...
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Is there a difference between "care about" one vs "care for" one?

One person says:"You don't care about me!" Another replies: "I care deeply for you." Instead of replying "I care deeply about you," the replier says "I care deeply ...
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Are "adaptiveness" and "adaptability" interchangeable?

Here are the definitions for the words according to Cambridge dictionary: Adaptiveness - the quality of being able to change to suit different condition Flexibility and adaptiveness are important ...
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"But not more than (being) satisfied with your work": identical alternatives?

This is the original passage: It’s very hard to feel motivated when all you consider important is your salary and job security. Therefore, if you want to change your work situation, it’s important to ...
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What's the difference between class and category? [closed]

George Firican said the ER (entity relationship) is different for classification and categorization. The ERs according to him For classification members : classes 1:n (one to many) A futon can be in ...
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Difference between “my feet” and “my two feet”

I'm trying to translate the following Prophetic tradition from Arabic to English: ألا كل شيء من أمر الجاهلية موضوع تحت قَدَمَيَّ، وربا الجاهلية موضوع كله، وأول ربا أضع ربا العباس بن عبد المطلب. A ...
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What is the difference between “He complains about”and “He is complaining about”? [closed]

I learned this sentence. 1)He complains about his daughter not saying anything to him. Can we also say the following? 2)He is complaining about his daughter not saying anything to him.
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What is the difference between “not to try”and “avoid doing”?

I learned these sentences in my textbook. I try not to talk about work at home. Teachers have to avoid speaking too quickly Can we also say the following sentences? What is the difference? Teachers ...
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What is the difference between “mistake me” and “mistake what I say”?

In my textbook there is a sentence, “Listen to me carefully so as not to misunderstand me”. Can we also say “mistake what I say”?
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Is there a meaningful difference between "abjure" and "abnegate"?

Can abjure and abnegate be used interchangeably? I see that abjure is defined as "solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)" and abnegate as "renounce or reject (something desired ...
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Adverb placements

I came across this sentence and had a hard time understanding it because of the adverb placement. I thought adverbs or adverb phrases usually come right after the verb when "be" is the main ...
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Difference between: zesty and flavourful

I just came across this sentence: "Make your salad zesty and flavourful with..." Can you tell me the exact difference between these two words? I think they're 90% the same or even ...
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entailing, entailing "the", entailing "about the" or entailing "that"?

What is the correct way to use "entailing"? "The machines are working, entailing consumption of nonreplenishable resources, such as fuel" "The machines are working, entailing ...
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Is there a difference between "assertion" and "assertation"?

In software development we use the word Assert frequently. While working I had to describe some of the code I was working on. I was going to write that... This function makes the assertion that x is ...
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Crenellated or Castellated

I read an article today. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60767454 It used the word "crenellated". I thought I knew the word "castellated", but I'm getting more confused. ...
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Does order of a conjunction also change its meaning? [closed]

Consider the following two phrases: Just a phone call away if absent vs If absent, just a phone call away Is one of them grammatically incorrect, or would the order change the meaning? Which is ...
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Best Regards or Best regards [closed]

My Gmail suggests using the following Best Regards Jimmy Doe I do not understand why "Regards" is capitalized in this case. Should it not be: Best regards James Doe
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The difference between saying you're "from somewhere", "raised somewhere" and "grew up somewhere."

Raised The Cambridge English dictionary states that to "raise" is: to take care of a person, or an animal or plant, until they are completely grown Taken literally, if you were to spend 0-...
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Could " we'd better .." be replaced with " we will .." in the sentence below?

" I reckon we'd better hit some water tomorrow" Or " I reckon we will hit some water tomorrow" I have two more questions . Is the word " better " adverb here and if the ...
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What is the difference between annexation and accession?

In a Wikipedia discussion about the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation 'User:力' says: For the record, if you ask the Russians, they would say that Accession of Crimea to the Russian ...
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"all/only too" vs "far/much too"

There are a lot of collocations with "too" that show different extents of something: a little too, a bit too, rather too, far too, much too, etc But there are two collocations that, as I was ...
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What are the differences among 'remove', 'delete', 'dismiss', and 'discard'? [closed]

I'm working for a professional application, and as I'm not a native English speaker I need your light to help me to use the best one in the best context. What is the meaning of each of them and in ...
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Which sentences are correct or nature and why? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the difference between I started to study in 2015 and I finished in 2019. and I started studying in 2015 and I finished in 2019. Which of these sentences is/are correct?
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Only this way (we can)/(can we)? (Or why is negative inversion necessary?) [duplicate]

In general, we would say "Only this way can we", but I also came across many sentences in the internet which use “Only this way we can”. Is the expression "Only this way we can" ...
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'focus fully on' or 'fully focus on' [closed]

A student wrote '(I) focused fully on cycling'. I am quite certain about 'I fully focused on' but I think his phrasing was grammatically correct too.
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Has the word individual 'outcompeted' that of person historically?

Would it be correct to say that the word individual have 'outcompeted' that of person since 17th century in everyday English, as well as in social sciences? According to etymonline.com's entry on ...
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Difference between 'specify' and 'select'

What's the precise difference between specify and select? Can either be used in this example, or does one work better than the other? I can instinctively feel that there is a subtle difference between ...
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What's the difference between "really have had" and "have really had"?

In a sentence, what's the difference between "he must really have had a rough day" and "he must have really had a rough day"?
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Differences between “Approach,” "Perspective," and “Paradigm”

My question is related to this one: Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms” In lectures, we learned In statistical practice, there are two main schools of thought or paradigms: ...
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Are the expressions "to put it mildly" and "to say the least" always interchangeable?

As we know, the expressions "to put it mildly" and "to say the least" are used to avoid describing something in the strongest way possible. But I wonder if there is a subtle ...
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Difference between "bail on" and "scrap" in oral?

In the australian context, I heard somebody said "scrap that" or "..bail on the van". Both basically mean "abandon, get rid of..", but was wondering what specific context ...
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What's the difference between astonishing and astounding?

They both seem very similar to me, too similar to make a distinction. astonishing Something that is astonishing is very surprising Collins Dictionary very surprising Macmillan Dictionary ​very ...
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"This July" vs "This past July" [closed]

Which of the two forms is correct when referring to July of 2021? What is the contribution of past, if any?
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Intransitive use of "to wake" vs. "to wake up" [closed]

He woke in bed. He woke up in bed. Is there a difference between the two? How does the lack/addition of "up" affect the connotation, if at all? Is one preferred over the other depending on ...
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"Watch" vs. "Watch as"

He watched them run. He watched as they ran. What's the exact difference, in terms of the information/scene conveyed? He was watching the runners in both cases. Do they have different connotations? ...
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Difference of meaning between the two sentences

Whenever I see "to be", I don't get the whole meaning, so please help me with other scenarios which could help me get rid of my fear with "to be". I'm going to be hanging out ...
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The difference between "gonna be doing it" and "gonna do it"?

I got a question when one of my Australian friends said "I'm gonna be working on this[the project] tomorrow". What's the difference between "gonna be doing" vesus "gonna do&...
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What's the difference between cahoots and collude

They seem similar to me. Collins Dictionary in cahoots If you say that one person is in cahoots with another, you do not trust the first person because you think that they are planning something ...
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Is Merriam-Webster wrong about sympathy and empathy?

According to Merriam-Webster: In general, 'sympathy' is when you share the feelings of another; 'empathy' is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them. This seems ...
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What's the difference between "synonym for" and "synonym of"?

For instance, if I need to assert that "a is a synonym for|of b", which preposition may be relevant here - 'of' or 'for'? Also, which usage is grammatically correct?
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I am taking the bus tomorrow vs I am going to take [duplicate]

In your interviews for an ESL teacher, you are asked a question of this sort: What is the difference between: a. I am taking the bus tomorrow. b. I am going to take the bus tomorrow. Or a. I lived in ...
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Corpus vs. corpse

I found this definition on Wikidiff: "The difference between corpus and corpse is that corpus is the body while corpse is a dead body" While in Collins and Merriam Webster I found this ...
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