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Is “adding further detail” redundant?

Further as adjective can carry the meaning of additional (https://www.lexico.com/definition/further). I often read statements, such as I add further detail to the figures. Isn't add + further ...
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Do you ever say “coffee with milk” or “coffee and milk”?

I know that in a coffee shop in different countries you need to be more specific about how you want your coffee and milk. And I know that in the US they usually say "latte", in the UK "white coffee", ...
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On sums and mixtures

Suppose that we have a sum, involving several terms. Then, each term which participates in this sum is called a 'summand'. Now, suppose that instead we have a mixture of entities. Is there a word to ...
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The difference between “use up” and “run out of something” [migrated]

Consider these two sentences: I have used up all my pencils. I have run out of pencils. Which one, if either, is better? What is the difference? In what context should I use each one?
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Am I using the word “viable” correct in this context? [closed]

“ I hope this email finds you well. I am writing you this email to inquire about the viability of myself transferring to your school`s IGCSE department at grade 10 starting from the next academic year....
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Is there a word for a document with structure, such as a W2 or a lease?

Is there a word for a document with syntactic structure, that is, where the layout of the document encodes information (via, for instance, tables or the placement of labels)? "Form" suggests that the ...
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Is there a noun meaning 'book of poetry/poems'?

There is a noun meaning 'book of fiction': 'novel'. But there doesn't seem to be a noun meaning 'book of poetry/poems'. Or is there?
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What is the meaning of “later on the day”

The sentence is Please note that only candidates who actually pass the tests will receive a notification by email later on the day. I would like to ask that "later on the day" is when? Is that ...
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The core difference between phonetics and phonology [closed]

What are the differences between phonetics and phonology?
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What is the difference between screen shot and screenshot, where do we use screen shot and screenshot

What is the difference between screen shot and screenshot, where do we use screen shot and screenshot. Are they used interchangeably?
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“As a whole” synonym

I want another way to say "as a whole" or "as a group" in the example below: "However, even though it can distinguish between file-backed and anonymous pages in usage accounting, it is unable to ...
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Uses of “herein” in a lyrical poem

Is it right to write "Herein lies my sorrow" in a poem? Does that sound good? I want to look a little archaic, but not too odd. This is for a neoclassical/neofolk music.
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Replacement words/phrases that make you sound “wiser”?

I don't know how else to phrase this, but my Literature teacher, when speaking, uses words that make him look wiser or more mature. Instead of saying everyday phrases, he replaces them with more ...
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What does “Chap” when it describes a person? [closed]

Hello I am a student and I was wondering what "chap" means in this particular form. Because you ‘re not the kind of father a chap could go when he is in trouble These words are from the play "...
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Another way to say “before” or “in advance”

I am writing a (computer science) paper and want to express the sentence "A acquires the lock before B acquires it." in a more complex way. Can I say: "A acquires the lock antecedent to B." or can ...
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Difference between TOUCH DOWN and PUT DOWN (= to land)

Please help me with this question The plane ____ down 20 minutes later than scheduled because of the bad weather. A. Put B. Touched C. Landed D. Flew I've googled "touch down" and "put down" ...
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Is there a difference between “lo” and “behold”?

I noticed, while going through the King James Bible, that the translators will translate a particular greek word as both "lo" and "behold." It seems like it is interchangeable to them. However, I don'...
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What is the difference between a curiosity and having a sexual desire? [closed]

What is the difference between a curiosity and having a sexual desire? Can they be used interchangeably? From what I understand, "Sexual Desires" are what you get when you "know" what that something ...
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Is there a specific expression to denote territories which were once occupied?

I have to write a long History essay about territories which were once occupied by one people, but no longer are. Is there a term for that, something like once-[insertpeoplehere]-occupied?
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Word for two or more feasible yet opposing explanations for the same observations?

Is there a noun for when there are two or more feasible yet opposing explanations or interpretations of the same observations/evidence? For example, two people look at the arrangement of the balls on ...
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Is 'Feedbacker' a real english word?

As a non native english speaker I stumbled upon the word 'feedbacker' and I am really confused if this actually is a real English word that people are using. Even some online research could not solve ...
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What do you call a speaker who does not follow a standard pronunciation?

As per Wikipedia, a native speaker is the one who learned to speak the language as a part of childhood development either through his(her) family or because his(her) country of origin. Let's suppose, ...
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How to say the following thing? [closed]

If I have a phone number in usage & after some time I no longer does, how do I then say it in an active form? Is it okay to say the following? I disconnected that phone number. I ended ...
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Word for the way a leaf falls [closed]

What is a single word that describes the back and forth way a leaf falls to the ground? I don’t think float or flutter quite capture the movement. Does ‘sway’ or ‘oscillate’ convey the image?
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Difference between “put” and “get” [closed]

By running advertisements, the company was able to put/get its offerings in front of millions of potential customers. What is the difference between "put" and "get" in the sentence above? They seem ...
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Why do different dictionaries seem to have different nuances in word definitions?

I always viewed dictionaries as a collection that formalized the definitions of words and phrases. However, I've seen that different dictionaries give different definitions for the same word, which ...
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a question about “discursive” and actual usage

I found an adjective "discursive" in my readings these days. At first, I believed it was used as "cohesive" or "strong" because it was something about a project with a discursive theme required. Then,...
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Usage of 'Offset'

I was reading an article on Investopedia (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/speculation.asp) and encountered this: With speculation, the risk of loss is more than offset by the possibility of a ...
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What is a creative synonym for “flexible”?

I'm trying to find new ways to describe a technology that can work in many different contexts without using the words "flexible," "agile," or "resilient." I've found that most synonyms easily found on ...
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What is a word for temporal negative change in people?

I am looking for a word that means negative temporal change or reverse moral evolution. For example, when we analyze a criminal's history, we may chronologically mention abuse during childhood, being ...
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Word for “the ability to understand something without missing context”

Not sure if there is a word for what I am looking for. It is almost something along the lines of like "being able to solve" but it's not really a question or problem you are trying to find an answer ...
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A footnote refers to the wrong document - what is a word to describe this kind of mistake?

Well, the title question says it all I think: A footnote refers to the wrong document - what is a word to describe this kind of mistake? Words like "discrepancy", "incongruence", "fallacy", or ...
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What does “You are my weather” mean? [closed]

I would like to ask what the phrase "You are my weather" mean. The context is in an acknowledgement section at the end of a book where the author pays tribute to her family. She said that she would ...
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Use the Past Perfect instead of the Simple Past here

I've seen that we should use the Perfect to say about prior events that happened at a certain time and that give us context. Now, in this sentence here: A: Hello, Allie. B: I don't wanna talk ...
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Engage and bring in to demonstrate your product (creative)

I need help — what is a creative term of one or two words (max) that describes engaging someone outside and bring them in to demonstrate your product? It may contain an aspect of smartness or ...
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What is "soured aesthetic“?

I read the line from this article. https://www.frameawards.com/project/3004210-wemarket Can someone explain what does "common soured aesthetic" mean in the last paragraph? and, "This buzz associated ...
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noun form or adjective form?

Given that the adjective form of wood is wooden, why has wood been used instead of wooden in the following sentence? It is a spacious house with wood floor.
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meaning of “out of the season” in this sentence

It's something said by a production manager: "I'm responsible for the refining process, and I organise the shift system...Out of the season, I supervise the overhaul of the plant." Does "out of the ...
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A word or words to describe the relationship between humanity and the natural world

It's a bit of a hard one to describe but i'll try my best, and give a little context too: So my project is about the way that humans 'use' nature for their own gains. It's more about the feeling that ...
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“fat” as an insult

Much ado is being made about the spirited exchange between Joe Biden and some corpulent guy in Iowa that took him to task about his son's dealings with some Ukrainian company. Biden's supposed to ...
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Is there a word for that which is judged or that which is valued/evaluated?

A judge judges the judged. Is there a synonym for this "the judged"? In other words, is there a name for the object of judgement? When I judge a proposition to be true, art to be beautiful, a ...
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How can we say that the government declared that a particular day is off due to, for example, air pollution?

As a result of air pollution, sometimes the government shuts the schools and universities. What if they declare the entire day (and not just for schools) is off? I don't think we can say "They ...
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Architectual or other word meaning “at the base/foundation of” or makes up the “lower boundary of”?

This might be a little confusing, but is there a word, similar to "bounded by" (which refers to all sides) or "flanked by" (which refers to left and right sides), but meaning the "lower boundary of" ...
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Is there any difference between “closure” and “closing”

Is there any difference between the two in general usage?Can I use the two interchangeably in the context of talking about the end of a business?
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What slang words are used in social networks with the meaning of “cool”? [closed]

What English slang can be used in social networks to say that something is great and you like it?
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usage of “get the sense of” in a sentence

What does this sentence actually means? this is from the book Born to Run: Imagine Anderson Cooper vanishing on assignment for CNN, and you get the sense of the search that was launched for Bierce....
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Single choice and multiple choice questions helper sentences

I am trying to find the more appropriate helper sentences, e.g. for a single choice question: "check" only one of the options OR "check" only one of the answers Is there a better way to say this!...
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What do you call a person who does a very special and rare job? [closed]

I am looking for a perfect and general word describing a person who does a very special, uncommon and rare job. For example, what is the best word describing a veteran miller who works in a ...
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university word

In my country if university students get a GPA under 12 they become conditional. I was wondering if the verb ((become)) is correct for this state. shall we say: I became conditional this semester? ...
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Use of 'Until' and 'Not' in a Sentence

Is the use of "not" in this sentence correct or not? Don't communicate until the phone line is not fully secured. Kindly advise.

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