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Can the word ''alternate'' be used to mean ''alternative'' in British English?

I recently noticed people use phrases like ''alternate'' news/facts/sources/etc. I would say ''alternative'' in those situations. I had a look online and it seems that ''alternate'' is used to mean '...
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Is there a term for a list for which each member has a superscripted index that provides more detail?

The term "footnoted list" doesn't seem quite right here, especially because the notes don't appear at the bottom of the page: Alex Holcombe1, John Smith2, Liqiang Wang3 1University of Sydney, ...
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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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What does an operative operate?

I’m trying to come up with a word which describes the thing an operative operates upon. That is, the target of the operation. For example, if a surgeon operates on a patient, and a chauffeur operates ...
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Noun meaning to stay in one place for a long time

I want my sentence to indicate I don't have enough money and I move too frequently. "Starting a business would be almost impossible without any collateral or ... Right now I have "long term ...
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'Quite a lot' vs 'a lot'

Do these two phrases have the same meaning? He met a lot of people in London. He met quite a lot of people in London. or I swim a lot. I swim quite a lot. Do the above sentences in each pair mean ...
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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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I need a word like "confound," or "confuse" but with an important nuance

The word needs to mean confound or confuse, but with ignorance on the part of the confused that they are indeed, confused. We as spectators can tell they are coming to wrong conclusions based on ...
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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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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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Nullifidan, heresiarch, latitudinarian-- Is there some database where I can find other obscure words describing "types" of people?

I only come across these really obscure words while reading. I really love the weight they carry. Do you know of any place where I can find more words of the same family? If not, do you know any other ...
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Civics: word for a representative's constituent who voted or will vote for them

In the U.S. as an example, a senator represents constituents -- the people in her area of representation. What's a word or short term for those constituents who voted for her? As a more concrete ...
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How should I understand the meaning of 'start' in this sentence in Virginia Woolf's Orlando?

I'm reading Virginia Woolf's Orlando, however in the first paragraph in Chaptet 1 I ran into this sentence Orlando's father, or perhaps his grandfather, had struck it from the shoulders of a vast ...
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Expend vs. Spend: is my understanding of the semantic difference between "Expend" and "Spend" correct?

I, sort of, tried to handpick the best resources and dictionaries for the semantic comparison/distinction of these two words. From those, I will share the definitions by the dictionaries I mainly tend ...
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Does it sound natural to say "I have made an unsolicited resignation"?

I would like to say I resign before being fired and the company accept that. Can I say: I made an unsolicited resignation. 2.I took the initiative to resign. 3.The company accepts my unsolicited ...
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Contemporary synonym of "thereanent" or "thereabout"

I want to express that one thing concerns another, using an adverb, such as in: I mended the sink and wrote her a note thereanent / thereabout. Meaning: I mended the sink and wrote her a note ...
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I don't understand what a character says in a TV programme

I'm a non-native English speaker and English is my second language. I've been watching an episode of one of my favourite children's TV programmes for a minute and I already don't understand what one ...
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Is active vocabulary increasing, decreasing or stays approximately the same?

English constantly borrows or makes up new words. At the same time, other words become old-fashioned and obsolete. Do the two processes balance each other and the language's active vocabulary (words ...
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Smart working, does this word even exist?

Lately I've been hearing and reading the term "smart working" a lot, every day, especially in the news, and now it seems everybody is using this word, including professionals and politicians. It's ...
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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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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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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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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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clever-turning cicada-ticking sun chasers

"...Even in the dark they fretted, feeling the stars bite like summer flies as they migrated overhead. They built shelters to block out the sight of their passing. This only succeeded in making things ...
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Subject with -ian suffix is a?

Is there a word which describes the relation of, when associating or committing, an added suffix such as “-ian” (or “-ic”, et al.) to its subject? For example: “Orwellian is the _____ of/for ...
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when we talk about settlement in litigation, can we use the word "price"?

When we talk about settlement in litigation, can we use the word "price"? I feel "amount" is commonly use when we talk about the amount of money one side has to pay to the other. Can we also use "...
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Adjective word that means a person who sets up decisions and plans

I'm trying to find the word that is used as an Adjective which means a characteristic of a person who sets up all the plans and decisions. This word is usually used in relationships when a girl, e.g,...
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singular/plural mix up and vocab word confusion

Two questions on these two sentences: Throughout my PhD I intend to give talks to local underserved middle/high school science classes in the hopes that I can encourage students to consider an ...
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Question about work and job

A Japanese student told me that when she chose "job" in the sentence below her teacher corrected her and said that "work" is the correct one. However difficult it may be, I decided to do the _____(...
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Synonyms for "exchange partner"

I'm currently writing a letter to my Canadian student exchange partner whose name I don't know. So, instead of writing "exchange partner" all the time, are there any useful synonyms? Any help is ...
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Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced usage of simple words?

Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced versions of simple words? (thesaurus is not enough) For example, Untapped vs unexploited Lucrative vs profitable Prospect vs aspect ...
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Which verb to use with noun “action”?

In technical manual how would you write: “to run the default action press the button” or to launch the default action? Or to activate? Or something else?
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Word for when a subclass label would be a valid label for a parent class

Words like "book" cover a class of object, whilst "textbook" covers a subclass encapsulated by "book". That said, a literal interpretation of "textbook" suggests that it would be a valid label for the ...
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What is the difference between "no different" and ''not different"

What is the difference between the two following phrase I'm no different than any of you I'm not different than any of you
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how do we refer to a work of an author written in English?

Which of the following is correct? English work of an author? English speaking work of an author? author's work in English language? Is there a specific term instead of work, if I only mean one ...
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How do you say "to brown-bag it" in your neck of the woods?

Is the North American phrase "to brown-bag it"--which means to take a packed lunch to work, school, etc.--used or at least readily understood in the UK and other English-speaking countries? How would ...
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their work is enjoying immediate application in law enforcement

I have two questions regarding the following context: "Thankfully, scientists are now much closer to understanding how facial recognition works, with significance for possible future remedies. In the ...
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A curious word - anyone come across it?

In his memoir Blessings in Disguise, Alec Guinness refers to a 'bizzle', evidently meaning a carpet-sweeper. He offers no explanation, as though it were a normal word. I can only guess that it derives ...
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How to express reduction by a specific amount?

The word "decimate" literally means to reduce by eliminating 10%. If there is a general way to express reduction by eliminating a percent or fraction, I can't think of it. How would you express ...
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This type of + plural ( reason)

As we all agree on, types when plural, always comes after "of" a plural noun.. Like types of cars : meaning different classes of cars. My question here is : when I want to address one type ...
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What is the right way of saying this: "we're giving our opinion OF/ABOUT you"

I've done some research but I still don't quite understand the difference between "of" and "about" after the noun "opinion". Edit: the original sentence is "we're giving our honest opinion OF/ABOUT ...
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I'm trying to remember a word that describes when someone relates experiences you describe to them in conversation with their own experience

For example if I were to talk about an activity I did at work that day, their response would be I have done this slightly related thing. With thinking behind their response being their experiences are ...
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International English - Question related to an adjective used to describe a very easy to grasp, yet thoroughly complex concept

I'm looking for a word that would describe a certain idea that is so easy-to-grasp that it appears to be innate, yet it is thoroughly complex and complicated. An example is national identity, which ...
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Are 'practical' and 'intellectual' the best words to describe types of musical study?

I think the sentence below could be better put. In particular, I wonder whether 'practical' and 'intellectual' are the best 'headings' (?) for the broad areas of musical study (explained below). ...
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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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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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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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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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How would I say "Time it takes to fall after casting" as short as possible?

As said in the title. The "Time it takes to fall after casting" is only for a title and should not show a time.
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What is a word to describe the units of influences for a piece of work?

The thing about a changelog, or an update that has been made for a document or an app, is by the time the reader reads about the update or the change, the update's already happened. The reader is now ...