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In Loving Memory of with comma or no comma? [closed]

I am planning to write an engraved message behind an Ipad, which reads: In Loving Memory of, name of deceased I am wondering if comma is needed here.
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"you may find yourself facing a hard, if meaningful, path" What does "if meaningful" mean in this context?

The full text I'm trying to understand is the following: If you decide to split your time between two passions—say, music and psychotherapy—you may find yourself facing a hard, if meaningful, path. ...
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Mentioning isolated effect using alone/lone [closed]

I was explaining a physical phenomenon where an element produces an effect (say pressure), which is combined with the pressure induced by another phenomenon. The writing in my case demands special ...
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write about your daily life [closed]

Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to talk about myself. My name is Nguyễn Thị Hà Duyên. I'm originally from Nam Dinh Province. It is a peaceful city which is well-known for its ...
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Is there a better way to say this? [closed]

Is there a better way to say the middle sentence in: Dear Fred, Your credit card was successfully charged $30.00 by ABC Agency Inc for your DEF subscription. Regards DEF Inc
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What is the meaning of "screwing someone"? [closed]

I think this is an informal phrase. I was watching a movie where a woman asks his husband "So you were gonna beat me because I'm screwing someone else?" I think it refers to her sleeping or ...
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Wheel turning but vehicle not moving

What is this action called in English? "Wheel turning but car not moving forward, like when there is sand under the wheel and it is difficult for the vehicle to move forward". Also, what do ...
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Mainstay example sentences [migrated]

Recently I came across a useful word which definition is "the most important part of something which supports the others or enables the others to work". The word is mainstay. Normally, when ...
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What are the participants of a dalliance called?

"Dalliance" usually means some spontaneous or quick romantic relationship. What do we call the participants of this relationship? "Lover" feels a bit too generic since it applies ...
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What do you call a tyrannical person who uses soft language and protective reasoning to get people to do his bidding? [closed]

This type usually guilt-trips people and appeals to emotion. It acts under the guise of safety and compassion. You can imagine AOC's bleeding-heart expression paired with a call to build national ...
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Ameliorate example sentences

Ameliorate in Oxford's dictionary means "make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better." Since I am new with this word, I want to know whether these sentences (that I made) are correct : ...
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What does it mean that something has a hard edge to it?

I'm reading an article in the New York Times (the author recently had a daughter) and it talks about being an Asian person in America today. It reads: But now, while my wife slept at night, I would ...
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What are examples of synonyms for desired destiny?

It doesn't have to be synonyms, it can also be phrases or other ways of describing it as well. To clarify the context and what I mean by desired destiny. I'm writing something related to Macbeth. So ...
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Distribution of "yelp" for "yes"

I've recently come across two people online who consistently write "yelp" meaning "yes" or "yep" in chat. Due to anonymity and privacy, I don't know much about them. From ...
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Is it correct to say "I have not done enough to say no"?

I am an international student and writing my Statement of Purpose. To give you some context, my client asked me a question that I didn't know the answers, but at the same time I felt like I did not ...
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Meaning of mount in software engineering [closed]

What does "mount" mean in the following sentence: If you mount a local folder inside a docker container
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Disavow example sentences [migrated]

Since I am unfamiliar with the word "disavow" and am unsure as to how to properly use it, please tell me if the examples presented below are correct. Disavow = to deny responsibility for or ...
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To present or to give a presentation [closed]

As part of a recruitment process, Bob was asked to 'present a finished product'. Bob took that literal and gave them a finished/packaged product as he thought this was the requirement. Instead, they ...
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Meaning of the word prospect [closed]

Since one of the meanings of the word "prospect" is "chances of success". Can we say "Prospects for this mission is low"? Does that mean that the odds of successfully ...
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Alternative interpretation to the word 'rest'? [closed]

Let's assume I've created the headline: Rafael Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open and will miss rest of 2021. When writing the text about this, can I make the word rest to mean repose? Like Nadal misses ...
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Double comparatives: "more preferable"

Fowler reads Sometimes the double comparative form more preferable is used. The word more is of course unnecessary, since preferable by itself means ‘more desirable (than)’. Like other comparatives,...
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Generic word for a verse, chorus, or bridge of a hymn or song

I'm working on a project that involves breaking a set of lyrics into “sections,” by splitting on double line breaks. Later on in the process, each section will be categorized as a verse, chorus, or ...
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can Where/Whereas be used interchangeably in the following examples?

"Whereas there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the island, there are now only about five thousand." "Where there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the ...
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Does the expression "press the flesh" imply hypocrisy? [closed]

I read in Longman the meaning of this phrase "to shake hands with many people while campaigning for public office". Is this phrase implying that the act of "pressing the flesh"/...
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definition of "character" [duplicate]

I wonder if "character" could be explained as "something that exists separately from other things and has a clear identity of its own" in a strict sense. In my opinion, character ...
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Is there a word in English to describe the descent of water or fluid out from a source? [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe the flow of a liquid downwards gently and continually from a source. E.g. water being shot up from a jet fountain and then bending and flowing downwards. Lava ...
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Please explain the differences between those similar words [closed]

I came across with the unfinished sentence below: Her bestie showed her true _______. a. character b. disposition c. temperament d. colors e. nature I know the correct answer is D for colors. But I ...
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Meaning of "snatch the words from"

What is the meaning of "snatch the words from" as in this sentence: I have seen a religious who used to snatch the words from his superior’s lips, but I despaired of his obedience when I ...
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What are some alternative words/phrases for Wargame/Wargaming?

I am pursuing a doctoral research and because of lack of data in my specific domain, I want to use war-gaming as a methodology. However my advisor won't be very comfortable with the military ...
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What is the meaning of "flat-footed" in this context?

The word 'flat-footed' appears several times in the Harry Potter books and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It could be interpreted in several different ways, I think. And normally in the ...
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What's the synonym of "Module"? [closed]

I want to know the synonym of the word "module" in the context of university. What is another way to call a module of a university course? can I call it a subject ?
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Is the word "adjectival" used in this context?

My English Fundamentals professor keeps using the word "adjectival" as in "adjectival clause" but I can't find it being used anywhere else but his class notes. I know that the word ...
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Sinecurist synonyms

So my native language has a word whose definition is a person who has become a public sector employee through a nepotistic relationship or political party affiliation, normally without the required ...
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Why are there so few synonyms for *interesting*? [closed]

Why are there so few synonyms for the word interesting? Really the only entirely interchangeable synonym is curious but it's rarely used now in this context. And interesting is a word used a lot and ...
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Is there a term for when people group 2 unrelated things they dislike into one entity?

I have seen this fallacy a lot of times when I'm having conversations with people. For example - when someone assumes a person who leans towards the right on the political scale will definitely be ...
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How is the word 'possible' used in this sentence?

"My job is important because it makes the best use of nature possible." I'm not sure how the word 'possible' is used in this sentence. I've looked up the dictionaries and thought of possible ...
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Word or phrase for becoming clumsy due to being overjoyed/happy

As the title implies, I'm trying to describe a person who is extremely happy and because of that behaves clumsily since they don't have enough attention about their surroundings. The specific case ...
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Not everything is about you [closed]

What does it actually mean when people say "Not everything is about you." when they use it?
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What does "Dibs on his wings" mean? [duplicate]

When I watched "how I met your mother" season 5 ep15, Robin said: "Dibs on his wings" when she saw Barney was on TV, showed his phone number for any girl to call if that woman ...
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How is the expression 'in my work' used in the following question?

"I am a sport data analyst. In my work, I watch baseball games all the time." I want to know what 'in my work' means in the above sentences. I guess it could be 'in my working place', or '...
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Does this piece of text, below, follow a correct grammar? [closed]

This piece of text was found today in the streets of Amsterdam. I was wondering if its grammar is correct. Wandered walker sewn onto the shadowy night. Vindictively I swear to be casted you, into the ...
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What does "play at writer" mean in this context in the The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck? [closed]

" Bukowski wrote back to the editor: “I have one of two choices—stay in the post office and go crazy . . . or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve.” " What ...
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the quality of having technical expertise is called? [closed]

I have to write three qualities, which a successful person possesses. I thought of creativity resilience knowledge - Here knowledge is not the quality of a successful person as per my teacher. But I ...
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Which is correct: "cope up", "cope with" or "cope up with"? [closed]

So, I was just writing an essay as part of my summer holiday homework, and I got stuck at this phrase - is it "cope up", "cope with" or "cope up with"? Naturally, cope up ...
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word analogy - accelerate is to velocity as [closed]

Accelerate is to Velocity as sound is to decibels incarcerate is to prison levitate is to elevation commiserate is to weight denigrate is to reputation Please choose one option.
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Word analogy - terrify is to frighten as [closed]

Terrify is to frighten as... demand is to request explore is to ignore brag is to scold predator is to prey chase is to capture Please choose the closest option.
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What is the best word to describe the feeling of being nervous, intimidated, excited etc which may be felt upon meeting a person you greatly admire? [duplicate]

Every time I've had the opportunity to meet a moviestar/rockstar who I idolize and imitate in every way (and call it influence), I always flub it up. Without fail. This is because I get so nervous and ...
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How you say to take notes/information in this context?

The idea is that take notes means to store info about something, so is this context correct? I placed an order, but they didn't note well my info. When you are taking somebody's info, how do you say ...
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Is there a book or website or software with core English words that allow you to understand every English word? [closed]

Is there a book or website or software with core English words that allow you to understand every English word? These core words can give us the meaning of every English word in the entire English ...
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What is the name of the relationship between someone and his/her relative?

If the relationship between someone and their friend is "Friendship", then what is the name of the relationship between someone and his/her relative? Context: e.g. I cherish my friendship ...

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