Questions tagged [doubled-words]

Five 'and's in a row: A shop was called Simpson and Simpson. One of the M Simpson's asked a sign writer to make a sign for the shop. After she had done her job, M Simpson came out and said "no, you have the spacing wrong. The spaces between Simpson and and and and and Simpson are not equal.

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How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem

Have you ever had a case where you felt compelled to include strange things like a double that in a sentence? If so, then what did you do to resolve this? For me, I never knew whether it was ...
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“The the” next to each other

In the sentence "The lowest in-game rank of authority is that of the Baron – variations are Timariot, Shaman, Mayor, Bishop, Patrician – of which only Patrician is a playable rank if the player owns ...
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Is it proper to say “Turn right right here”?

I was accused of being grammatically incorrect for saying "Turn right right here" and I was wondering if it is truly ungrammatical or if it is merely awkwardly worded.
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Un cancel? A word or phrase to say I'd like to cancel my cancellation

Say I have cancelled an appointment, but I then decide that I would like to go after all, so I cancel the cancellation... Do I uncancel the appointment? Seems a bit clumsy even if it's a valid ...
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“He thought that that might be awkward.”

"He thought that that might be awkward." I know this sentence is a bit awkward, but is it grammatically incorrect?
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What's the correct term for when a small problem becomes a big problem? [closed]

What's the correct term for when a small problem becomes a big problem? An example would be what happens to Larry David on "Curb Your Enthusiasm"...
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Can “was” occur twice, consecutively, in a sentence?

Is this correct?: "But I guess all there was was such a big lie." I think I've heard that sentence in somewhere and it sounds to my ears just fine but wanted to make sure if it was still right. (My ...
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Sentence with two 'than's in a row [closed]

I'm looking for a sentence with two 'than's in a row. I'm sure they exist but I just can't think of one!
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“I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules.” — Can this sentence work?

This is the sentence: I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules. I think the first that is a relative pronoun, the second also and the third is a demonstrative pronoun, the ...
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Where in the world does “a lift” mean “a ride in the car”?

In the United States and Canada, when someone asks you for "a lift" or you offer "a lift", you are speaking about riding in a car with them. However, in England and other places, a "lift" is an ...
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Especially or specially [closed]

Please explain the difference between especially and specially ? Especially: ADVERB 1 Used to single out one person or thing over all others: 2 To a great extent; very much: Specially: ...
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What does the phrase “point-blank” mean in “she refused point-blank to join in”? [closed]

So she refused point-blank to join in. What does the expression point-blank mean in this context? Could you give me some more examples of situations where this phrase could be used?
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How to avoid that “that that” that is so very awkward

In all seriousness, are there any common patterns or strategies people use to avoid having to write a sentence in which "that that" appears? For example: Evidential decision theory recommends ...
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Words that can be decomposed entirely into parts which are anagrams of each other [closed]

I recently noticed that teammate is composed of two anagrams, and was wondering if anyone had any other examples of this, or even better, a name for this phenomenon?
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Word for accepting rule breaking

If a manager sees someone breaking a rule but doesn't say something to that individual, the manager is basically saying that doing that is ok. I thought the words sounded like plausible deniability ...
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Better use of “that that” — or not [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem I sometimes seem to write myself into using 2 thats in succession, as in: "Now that that ...
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Is the phrase 'on on demand' correct?

Here I am referring to TV broadcasting channels such as Sky TV who have a service called 'On Demand', now I have heard numerous people including family members say something like this: 'We can ...
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What do doubled-verb-doubled-noun and doubled-noun-doubled-noun constructions imply?

In the sentence "The company is able to store and conserve fruits and vegetables.", which relations between verbs and nouns exactly do we imply? Let's consider the following general case "A and B C ...
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Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb?

Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb? For instance: the expectations provided for for the grade
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An odd double word sentence, is it acceptable?

The sentence in question is: I detailed the projects I had a hand in in my journal. I've got this lovely double in, in my sentence! Is this acceptable? I usually try to avoid the classic "had had"...
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Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? For example, I saw the following sentence in a book, and wondered whether it is correct: If I do nothing else in Wallace, I want to teach my ...
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When a woman says ''no problem'' to thank you, is she being disrespectful? [duplicate]

I am curious to read your thoughts on the matter.