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Word/phrase meaning fatal blow (in an argument)

I'm searching for a word, phrase or term that means the fatal blow, something along the lines of coup de grace. However, that term has implies a merciful killing. I'm looking for something that ...
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‘One less’ or ‘one fewer’?

If we’ve lost a team member, do we have ‘one member less’, ‘one less member’, ‘one member fewer’, or ‘one fewer member’? Thanks!
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Opposite of “the league of extraordinary gentlemen”? [on hold]

If "the league of extraordinary gentlemen" consists of good guys what do we call the analogue group consisting of bad (but not necessarily uncultivated) guys? I am thinking of members like Prof. ...
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Which of the underlined words in the passage needs to be replaced? [on hold]

Answer Choices: a. practically b. literally c.importantly d. important e. newly The correct answer is "importantly". Can someone please explain why?
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Does “government” mean something different in British English? [migrated]

There's been lots of news in the past couple of days about votes in the UK Parliament regarding Brexit. These reports seem to use the word "government" in a way that I don't understand. For instance, ...
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How to rephrase 'questions that concern me'

I'm wondering how is the following statement could be improved and used in formal English: I've added some questions that concern me. I've added some questions I'm worried about. I've ...
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Is it correct to use “because of”'?

I read the motivational phrase " You are a precious and important person, only BECAUSE OF BEING YOURSELF" I want to know if it is written correctly or if it were better to say "You are a precious and ...
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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What does it mean to say “as the clarks swivel around to me”?

When Bercow says in formal antiquated Brtishlish, I say on advice as the clarks swivel around to me What does that mean? I have never seen a swiveling "clark"?
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more than I could hope to

I'd like to know the meaning of "could hope to" in a sample sentence from my grammar book: He earns more in a month than I could hope to in a year. I think it's hypothetical situation. But I don't ...
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A word or phrase for valuing the metric over what's being measured

As an example, let's say a company does an employee satisfaction survey and the scores come back low. Instead of addressing the complaints, they send out a memo saying that they'll start basing ...
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“Nothing is compared with” or “Nothing is compared to”

Do we say "Nothing is compared with the Egyptian pyramids" or "Nothing is compared to the Egyptian pyramids"? If both are correct,is either one favourable in general or in British or American ...
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“will” for future plans (+ specific time involved - day, date, hour)

Can I use "will" instead of "going to or present continuous" when asking or making statements about someone's plans with a specific time involved? for example: I will meet her Monday morning at 7 ...
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“That's all your guesses used up” is correct?

I saw this in a TV programme: "And that's all your guesses used up" I get the meaning but I'm not sure if it is "that's" instead of "those're". Maybe it stands for "that has", but I am not sure ...
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Correct abbreviation for plural - Vineyards? [duplicate]

If the abbreviation for vineyard is VYD would the plural vineyards be VYDS ?
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What noun goes with “I”? [on hold]

Where is the noun of I pronoun? For example for he ( the name of a boy or a man). For she ( the name of a girl or woman). he is a boy Ahmad is a boy Mahmood is a boy she is a girl. Nilofar is a ...
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“misandry” is not recognized in certain spell check programs? [on hold]

Clearly an English term, has long history of use, still regular spell check seems to be unable to identify the spelling correctly.
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Gerund or other grammatical construction?

I am not able to figure out why there is a gerund in this sentence: My mother convinced me to sing, without me initially wanting to. Could someone explain why there is a gerund? Is it a some kind ...
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Origin of the saying “The hawk is out”

There is a brisk, chill wind blowing in my part of the world, and I was reminded of the saying: "The hawk is out" Some people claim it originated in Chicago in black communities, but I have only ...
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Which tense is this sentence? [on hold]

Which tense is this sentence?: „I don‘t think I did very well in my exams.“
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Does one resign their office, or resign from office?

Stylistically, is it more appropriate to use it in the transitive, or intransitive way? Merriam-Webster has examples in both cases. In Nixon's resignation speech, he says "Therefore, I shall ...
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The linguistic term for the slogan structure

Recently I've seen this slogan. Its spelling and pronunciation are a bit unusual: "Nice to meat you" means "it's nice to provide you with some meat dish", but it sounds like "It's nice to meet you"...
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Adjective for something that can continue to grow versus being terminal

I am looking for a single word that can describe something that is continuing to grow. The only term that comes to mind is viral but I am looking for something different. For an example, an ...
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What is a single word substitution for a person with a disable hand? [on hold]

What is a single word substitution for a person with a disable hand ?
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British vs. USA grammar: Wasn't or Weren't usage

From a British speaker, "I hope you wasn't too late." In the USA we would say "weren't". Was this poor grammar, or is this acceptable in the UK? I immediately thought it wrong; however, I don't want ...
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Is “Who art” correct?

I came across these lines in a hymn: Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,Which wert and art, and ever more shalt be. I noticed that "wert", "art", and "shalt" were used with the subject ...
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do you use 1st, 2nd 3rd, etc with word annual such as 3rd annual conference

should 1st,2nd, 3rd, etc be used when announcing a conference that is held annually such as "3rd Annual Winter Conference"
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StarterKit or StarterKits [on hold]

Help me to select the correct name for my application. In my application, there will be authentication, payment, billings, and profit metrics main parts. Should I use StarterKit or StarterKits?
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Noun1 + Noun2 take/s a plural verb?

I recently attended a grammar class, where the trainer explained: A singular noun and a singular noun take a plural verb. However, I feel it should have been A singular noun and a singular noun ...
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How do we use two 'as..as' pattern together?

What is difference between as big and as noisy as their car and as big and noisy as their car. Which is more accepted usage among English speakers? How do we use two 'as..as' pattern together.(as big ...
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Why can't we change an imperative to a question? [on hold]

My name is Ali. I'm from Afghanistan I"m an English learner.
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A Grammatical Point [on hold]

Is this a grammatically correct phrase? "Wicked and detestable slave-owners since generations" Thanks.
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High/low accuracy

Usage of accuracy with values gives me always a headache when I try to think how can I write about higher/lower accuracy so that the reader understands correctly how it affects the values. This is ...
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Is it awkward to use the verb “to mint” with “law”?

Would it be awkward to use the verb "to mint" with "law" ? For instance: "Minted in 1962, this law ..."
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Is this sentence correct? “They have never had” in context

The sentence in question is: “in this room are all the things that she thought belonged to her, but that they have never had” Thank you so much in advance to whoever answers! This is greatly ...
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Idiom(s) for: Discouraged when losing and arrogant when winning?

I am looking for idiom(s) that express: Discouraged when losing and arrogant when winning?
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…of you/your getting free early? [duplicate]

Which sounds correct and why? Is there a scene of you getting free early? Is there a scene of your getting free early? Thank you
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What does “China’s Confidence Rises in Its Military” mean?

I'm wondering what is the meaning of the WSJ's title "China’s Confidence Rises in Its Military" (https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-confidence-rises-in-its-military-u-s-says-11547597775). Is it ...
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Is it ok to say “something I will have come to learn later in the course”?

I have written It lacks exact references to the book, something about argumentative analysis I will have come to learn later in the course. I wonder if this is correct and what this tense would ...
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Is there a word for the opposite side of 'tip'?

I would like to write something like 'A marker is mounted on the tail of the surgical instrument'. Is 'tail' a formal word to describe the other side of 'tip'? It sounds kind of informal to me and I'm ...
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“In and over” - as relating to governance

Wonder if anyone knows the provenance and the precise definition (insofar as the parts "in" and "over are concerned) of the phrase when it relates to governing? In particular I see this usage in ...
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Using adjective as adverb

I've heard a line in a song contained "...I slept peaceful on your shoulder...". Is this correct from a native speaker point of view? Is peaceful here an adverb without a -ly form, or does it relate ...
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mixed tenses: present perfect + future will

Can we use present perfect and future tenses in one sentence to talk about a project that had started in the past and is predicted to be completed in a particular year? e.g. The implementation of ...
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Is this sentence correct? - “Every one of them could not solve it.”

Thank you for checking out my question. Even though I asked a similar question earlier, another confounding issue showed up here. Is this sentence grammatically correct or, at least, acceptable? ...
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Are/is there something here/over here [on hold]

Can I say: Are/is there something here/over here. For example Is there a toilet over here ? Are there many opportunities here ? Thanks and regards ?
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10 Year Challenge

The hashtag 10yearchallenge is very trendy now, but the use of the compond adjective (10-year) makes it look like it's a challenge that spanned 10 years, however, it's the name of the challenge not an ...
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what must be the tense of sentences when we want to talk about a group of people opinions? [on hold]

for example of I want to talk about Democrats opinions about a topic. what must be the tense of my sentences?
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Specific question about conditional in English [NEED HELP PLEASE] [on hold]

I have a question about conditionals in English. In which case should I use the fourth conditional ? Thank you in advance, RD
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Looking for a breakdown of this sentence relating to (I think) relative/essential/non-essential clauses

I'm an ESL teacher and one of my adult students and I recently read this article in class. He and I were stumped by the structure of the very last sentence: Toshimitsu Motegi, minister of economic ...
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Difference between Was and Were. Correct usage

Which is the correct usage in this case? The salary on both days was 500. The salary on both days were 500.

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