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Does this sentence sound strange to your ears? - “Not anyone can be a poet.”

Thank you so much for checking out my question! I am currently trying to be a teacher of English in Japan and reviewing the basic grammars of English. And I hit a wall. I cannot explain what is wrong ...
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“On behalf of” or “On the behalf of”?

Ability to do X on the behalf of another user vs Ability to do X on behalf of another user Which one is correct and why? :( I've been debating this with someone over the copy of some ...
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what are the differences between “ what is with ”, “ what is up with ” and “ what is wrong with ”?

I am watching the drama called friends at the moment. and many times actors used to say one of them. I think it seems like that those expressions are little bit similar to each other. Please, tell ...
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Good morning beautiful

For quite some time I have greeted foreign/english girlfriends with "good morning, beautiful" in the morning - I'm from Germany, so English is not my first language, hence the question: Today I ...
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How can I express that I have completed task given somebody in polite manner?

Somebody asked me to rebase my github repository with his repository and I did it as per his/her request. How can I express it in polite manner? Some sentences running in my mind are: I did rebase ...
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Please help me correct this IELTS essay [on hold]

The map shows us two stages of development of a city hospital with its surroundings from above in the year 2007 and 2010 respectively. As we can see, the road access in 2007 looks simpler than the one ...
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What's a good word/phrase for “something that may not lead to anything concrete”

I was passing a lead to a potential project to my manager via email. Because he's super busy, I wanted to say something like the following at the end of the email. "I hope this doesn't add _______ to ...
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What do you call a person who take down notes using their gadgets like laptops or Smart phones?

Curiosity question though my friends called me "nerd Gadgets" because i always take down notes in class using my phone rather than the traditional pen and paper, but i think there is a better word to ...
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Bussines Email Closing [on hold]

in closing business email that send by firm email, which one is correct or better : closing with my name or closing with firm name ? thanks in advance.
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Are 'among' and 'of' interchangeable in this sentence?

I am proofreading a book for a museum of archaeology. While I was doing so I came across this sentence and it seems a bit odd but I am not so sure. I need your help; "Of the six gold crowns of ...
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Ephialtes is somehow associated as the demon of nightmares. how did this come about as defined in English language refrences? [on hold]

Ephialtes has earned a position in the dream world as the demon of the dream state. This is somewhat vague and some more information would be appreciated. "Ephialtes/ephialtes the more: oosterwal ...
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What does 'walk-through' mean in this sentence?

Jane : Hi Mateo, Brian Jaffers just called to cancel tomorrow's walk-through at 721 Union Street. Mateo : That's too bad. That apartment is just right for him. Did you reschedule? I nearly ...
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What we call tests that we can work from home?

For designer's and writer's jobs, candidates get tasks that they can work from home and later they submit it. Can we call that type of tests 'an aptitude test?'
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Is “super stable” correct English?

A user quoted one my posts on another forum, and said I should have used the word "very" instead of "super". He also said I am corrupting the English language by doing so. Sentence: I have a ...
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What does “overcome” mean in this sentence?

I'm trying to understand the following bolded sentences. These have been copied from a legal document regarding the outcome of a patent application linked here. DECISION The sole outstanding ...
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I can't find a single word that starts with the “Sa” sound in “saga”

I've read every word starting with "SA" in my dictionary out loud. It's driving me crazy thinking there is only a single English word starting with what appears to be such a common syllable. Is it ...
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Enjoying something more because I know it will end [on hold]

Suddenly enjoying something more because I know it's about to end/be taken away. Is there a word for this feeling? Scenario: Getting to the bottom of a bag of M&Ms, and realizing a sudden greater ...
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I'm looking for a word or phrase with the meaning [on hold]

.. 'being responsible for your own happiness', 'creating your own reality' kind of thing, something positive
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What is the word for vocalists singing “out of time”?

I'm not sure if I should post this question here in English Language and Usage or in one of the music-specific forums... The word for (sometimes deliberate) "sour" notes or semitones is "dissonance." ...
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Take a train or Take the train? [on hold]

Lovely people,I really need your help... I saw different variety of Take a train or take the train in sentences... And I still can't get it...When should I say take the train and when take a train?:/
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Is whooping ass and taking names a profession, pastime or a phrase indicating “that one has done well” in any type off generic undertaking?

A commendation delivered to an individual who has done well can come in many forms. One of the fancy descriptions of excellence is included in the subject line of this question. However, in the quest ...
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Opposite of innovation

I received a newsletter from my University that read, "Are you promoting innovation, diversity, and excellence at [university name]?" I was with a friend and we both saw the email on our phones. I ...
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Is English in the process of creating a nominative absolute in compound objects?

I have been observing the increasing frequency of the use of the nominative in cases such as: Mary always has a huge disagreement with you and I. If you have a problem at school, you can let your ...
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Dashes(-) and Double Dashes(--) [on hold]

Is there any difference between a pair of dashes and double-dashes? I see them being used interchangeably, but I need an expert reply. All help appreciated.
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Who are the cloud of witnesses and do they communicate to us today? [on hold]

Who are the cloud of witnesses mentioned in Heb.12:1 and do they communicate to us today? Some examples of this from the bible is Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration and the man mentioned ...
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Any suggestions for a good boutique name? [on hold]

I am looking for a good catchy store name for a new clothing business. Any suggestions for a good boutique name?
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on provision of seven (7) days written notice

I was reading a legal contract and came across this sentence about the termination of the contract: This Agreement may be terminated by either Party on provision of seven (7) days written notice ...
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Would Limnlight make sense instead of limelight? [on hold]

I am familiar with the term limn: limn /lim/Submit verbLITERARY past tense: limned; past participle: limned depict or describe in painting or words. suffuse or highlight (something) with ...
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What's that you say? [Syntactic role of 'you say']

An opinion article titled "Mattel and Margot Robbie's Barbie movie is not the film 2019 needs" has this passage: Yet I don't think Mattel gives a tinker's cuss whether we're hating on Barbie or ...
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Does “throw a leg over” means “riding a horse” or “sexual intercourse”?

Now anyone reading this article - http://mentalfloss.com/article/31841/why-new-york-city-called-big-apple and especially this line from that: "The Big Apple. The dream of every lad that ever threw a ...
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Is the below sentence correct? [on hold]

to complete the verification process of internet service.
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What is a slang but safe for work word for someone who is stubborn or narrow-minded?

I'm trying to write a book and have run into this problem multiple times. I want it to have a strong meaning while remaining respectful. Any ideas?
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After starting a sentence with a name, do you capitalize the next part of the same sentence?

For example, in the case of the following sentence, do you capitalize the "Good Morning!" and the next part "It..."? Mr. Smith, Good Morning! It was a pleasure meeting you the other day. Please ...
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“Left behind after class?” Is this sentence correct?

Is the following sentence correct? "I left my book behind after class." What I want to say is that my character left their book behind after class, so they went back to get it. I know I could say "...
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Name of excerpt at start of a book

In the front matter of some books, before the half-title, on the very first page, is a small excerpt from the book, sometimes slightly edited in relation to the actual content, as a kind of teaser. In ...
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Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? [on hold]

Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? For instance, when you manage your finances, your family, your goals, etc.
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Is this sentence correct? Not shame sometimes to cry [on hold]

If anyone knows it, please let me know, or tell me how to say it correctly. Thank you DE
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What does a native speaker imagine when hearing “lunatic cat”?

Is "lunatic cat" like "crazy cat" or "it's nonsense, they don't say so", or something else? According to https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/lunatic there is a connection to the moon (see "...
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Please translate to English [on hold]

Please translate to English Plus ca change, plus cest la meme chose! Il n'ya point de rose sans epine.
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Is the phrase “the fact that” fixed?

It seems that the phrase "the fact that" is fixed, and we cannot substitute the word "fact" with others? E.g., we can say: We made this decision based on the fact that he is one of the most the most ...
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Usage of infinitive or gerund

For him to sail back is unthinkable For him sailing back is unthinkable. Why is the second sentence considered as wrong? Can the first sentence be paraphrased as (1) It is unthinkable that he could ...
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Capitalizing a word mid-sentence

I am creating an ad for a newspaper and want to emphasize a word. Can I use a capital for the word and follow with an exclamation point in the middle of a sentence? Here is what I am saying: CRC ...
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How to offer someone of a higher office your support [on hold]

Could you advise please how to address a superior from higher management: Please do let me know if you are aware of any outstanding issues and I will try to help sort them.
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What's a word for the contents of a book are different and more helpful than the cover depicts

The book's cover is "People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them The Keys" but the content of the book is more about changing yourself and your perceptions and attitude and more. TOC snapshot, ...
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Does “Sure fix for conflicts” need a hyphen between “Sure” and “fix”?

A friend is using the tagline Sure fix for conflicts. He says sure fix needs a hyphen (Sure-fix). I'm not sure. Which is correct and why?
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Is “The cat paws in the water to get the fish” a grammatically correct sentence? [on hold]

Is this sentence, "The cat paws in the water to get the fish" grammatically correct?
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Is this sentence make a sense? [on hold]

Sentence : I was waiting passionately for you. What I have had read is that I was eagerly waiting for you. But recently I read it somewhere but I cant make sense out of it when there is "passionately"...
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The landlors raised the monthly rent for the first time in several years, and REASONABLY so [migrated]

Could somebody explain me why we use reasonably instead of reasonable. Quite confuse this grammar
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What do you call the land area around a pond?

Usually "shore" and "beach" are used when talking about a large body of water. But what if we talk about a pond? Is the area around it still called a beach/shore?
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What does “standing on someone’s shoulders” really mean?

I'm translating the following passage, which is said by a black woman living in America: But the doctor was right: I was depressed. Like most people in my community, I had the misconception ...

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