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IMeaning of phrase “knock against sth.”

I have encountered the phrase "... the knock against [sth.]" from this reddit comment. Does this mean that the person has concerns or problem with [sth.]? Is this expression used commonly? The full ...
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“Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”

wich one is more correct: “Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”
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…Your baby gonna come out naked

I heard this in a casual how-to video. It seemed random and not associated with anything they were doing. Someone said, "My favorite one is... your baby is going to come out naked. If you keep working ...
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“Since” usage in Future Perfect sentences

My friend gave me a sentence in Polish "odkąd pływam minie 8 lat przed koncem tej klasy" to translate into English. And so i did, it is what i came up with "It will have been 8 years by July since i ...
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Future perfect or Past simple in colloquial?

Do you use the complex structure of Future perfect in colloqial speech or resort to simpler Past simple? The sentence: We're going to look for a place until the 2nd of June. Then we'll gather to ...
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Is there a word that encompasses the meaning of both “sort” and “filter”?

Filtering seems to be like restricting things out of a group of things, while sorting is keeping the group of things the same but changing the ordering. Wondering if there's a word that can classify ...
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Is the sentence “On our wedding day I was forty-six, she was eighteen” an example of a comma splice or an example of incorrect list formation?

I would argue that the phrase “On our wedding day” implies that the following two clauses are being listed together as pertinent information, rather than that there are two independent clauses. For ...
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Is it correct to abbreviate etc as &c?

I recently asked someone why they had several instances of "&c" in their writing, to which they told me that &c is another abbreviation for et cetera. I have since looked it up and understand ...
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What's the name of this grammar error: “due to him having…” [duplicate]

I know there's something wrong with the way the indirect-object pronoun "him" and the gerund "having" are being used here, but I can't put my finger on it or find it on Google. Here's another example: ...
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New words invented but how to propagate?

To write is to invent words, and one invents words from everyday experiences. Today during a long disGussion with a juvenile mind I thought up diaPERtribe, evidently from diatribe and diaper. Is there ...
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Use of “the” among list of proper names

When listing proper nouns in a sentence, must I use "the" before each proper noun, or can the first "the" constitute for the remaining nouns? Example: ...the Department of Transportation, the ...
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Go and into the jump, meaning?

I'm trying to understand what does "Go and into" mean here. The frame is approximately this one: there's a skater getting her trainings in front of a TV camera (which is supposed to create media ...
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Usage with conjunctions

She bought one for her, one for him. She bought one for her, and one for him The horse ran out of the gate, across the field. The horse ran out of the gate and across the field. Are the ...
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What does „disingenuous“ really mean in English? Any good definitions?

It is like hypocritical? German translating dictionaries give me „unaufrichtig“ mostly but I think that‘s only an approximation. I not sure I am really understanding the word.
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Can I use “whom” to refer to a non-person?

Person one says: I'm switching my phone carrier from company X. Person two replies: To whom are you switching? It feels wrong to me, but I don't know why or what the grammatical justification ...
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"Fun Killer' Phrase

Can we use the phrase “fun killers” to describe people who watch the new episode of a show and start talking about it in front of their friends, who have not watched it yet, to spoil and ruin the ...
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“Rubric” as meaning “signature” or “personal mark” — is this accepted usage?

I am reading a book about Spanish California, and the author uses the word "rubric" to mean, I think, "personal mark attesting to a document." I don't have access to the original manuscript documents, ...
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When do I put a comma before the word 'on'?

For example, why is there a comma before 'on' in this sentence: So, return to the case of Max Greene and consider the way in which satisfaction made by Max Greene should be understood, on the ...
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Is “wheatfield” a valid word? [on hold]

I do know that the field in which wheat grows is called "wheat field" (which is a compound noun). Though, I'd like to know whether there is a simple noun to express the same notion. A potential ...
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Word for kind of descriptive/metaphoric style

On a web-show called Bravest Warriors there is a character called Paralyzed Horse. He has a tendency to make these interesting monologues and I was curious if there was a name for the kind of language ...
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What's the word for?

What's the word for a place and/or activity where a small number of people stand in the streets with information boards in their hands and inform the passersby people about something (which the ...
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Which is proper English? The usage of have or has [on hold]

Which is correct? "They told me there are 80 dioceses which have an active ministry." Or "They told me there are 80 dioceses which has an active ministry."
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Word to describe correcting where no correction required

Suppose I write a sentence, 'They bid me goodbye, and left'. Now, someone corrects the sentence to 'They bade me goodbye, and left'. The past tense of bid is both 'bid' and 'bade'; either can be ...
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based on/being based on?

In my thesis, I had the following sentence: Because of the limited timespan, there was no statistical analysis done and the algorithm was rather built up on intuition, instead of based on provable ...
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What do you call the part of a novel that is not dialog?

Many novels consist of dialog - and the other part, the part that is not dialog. What do you call the part of a novel that is not dialog?
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Is it Decryptor or Decrypter?

I'm coding a decryption service and wondering which is the best name, Decryptor or Decrypter I had a quick look online and it appears -er and -or convert a verb to an agent noun, however is one ...
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Meaning of “Can you come through?” [on hold]

Here are some lyrics from the song "comethru" by Jeremy Zucker I might lose my mind Waking when the sun's down Riding all these highs Waiting for the comedown Walk these streets with me ...
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How to start a sentence in a complex nice manner? [on hold]

I'm bored of the old simple sentence starts. I usually write sentences like this: The source provides a lot of valuable information. It talks about how Shakespeare contrived words. It also talks ...
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Opposite of expense? [duplicate]

I have a database of invoices. Some of these are to be paid by us. These are called expenses. Some are to be paid us by others. How should I call those? I want a word that is fit to use for invoices ...
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Question: Is it having been sent [migrated]

Can I use "Is it having been sent" for question? I know I can ask "is it sent", that's why, I thought that I can put "having been sent" instead of "sent". Is it correct?
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Apply to correct use [migrated]

Is this sentence correct? This applies especially to your VAT return. Or should it be for instead of to? Cheers J.
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Below Is My Question. Tell Me Whether Is It Right? [on hold]

You are not allowed to select a combination of 'Field Partner and Project' that are not associated with each other when type is equals to 'Project Disbursement'.
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“Love Experiences?” is this question correct grammatically?

Is this question a product of digitalization of writing, where we shorten everything? Is this broken English or it is grammatically acceptable?
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What is the opposite of mistress? [duplicate]

Normally, we say "He was caught with his mistress." Here, we know that the male is a married person. The meaning is clear. If he is not married, then we can say "He was caught with his ...
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What are the differences of meaning between “eligible”, “suitable” and “pursuant”? [on hold]

I searched but couldn't find a certain answer. Could you write a few sentences including those words?
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a word for a bulky middle-aged woman [on hold]

I am looking for a word in English to "a bulky middle-aged woman" Here bulky means that woman is large for his weight. How about matron? I am not sure because the definition I have found says that "...
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What is the sense of “Only God judge me”

There is a wall near my house where this phrase has recently been graffitied - Only God judge me My reaction to this (!) has been to realise that most similarly-constructed phrases I can think of ...
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“Whatever a Russian does, they end up making the Kalashnikov gun”? Are there any similar proverbs in English?

I'm translating a Russian blog post into English and got stuck with the proverb, "Whatever a Russian does, they end up making the Kalashnikov gun." (Humorously meaning it's hard or even impossible to ...
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Use of the correct preposition

Choose the correct options below to complete the sentence. I met him __________________________. on last Sunday morning on the morning of last Sunday on the morning, last Sunday last Sunday ...
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How come a multitude of high-level works don't have any transitional phrases?

Like when I read top level academic papers, most of them don't really use any set in stone transitional words. Even when I put them on a paper grader, they rate them below average for usage of ...
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I want to improve my English. Can you check this letter and find out mistakes? [on hold]

Your local college is organizing an event on the International Student’s Day and is looking for people to talk about their country. Write a letter and say - What topics would you like them to cover?...
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Released on my own recognizance

I used the statement, "Released on my own recognizance," as a joke to mean I was released from the hospital. I meant I was allowed to leave the hospital as long as I did what I was told. Hence the ...
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Term for phobia of various groups

So I am not looking for 'Enochlophobia' or 'Agoraphobia' the fear of large crowds. I am looking for a generic term (or is it collect noun?!) for phobia of various groups of people e.g. homophobia, ...
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When talking about a year in the past, do you use by, in or before?

There has been a few questions on this but this one example has never really been answered. If you were writing a report on the year before and you wanted to say that the a project was completed in ...
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Is there a specific term to refer to a word associated with specific part of speech?

I'm looking for a term I can use to refer to words tagged with a specific part of speech. Let's say the word run may be used as a verb and as a noun. So, run (n) and run (v) are ... of word run. Is ...
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Etymology of the word “homies” [on hold]

As in "I've got lots of homies in the hood" How did the word "homie" come to be?
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Pussy(cat) vs cat

What is the difference between a pussy or pussycat and just cat? According to some soft sources, such as this yahoo answers question the term pussycat is a female cat, complementing the tom cat which ...
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American communities vs communities in America

Is there a difference in meaning between: "Helping migrants became part our communities in America." vs "Helping migrants become part of our American communities." It feels like option 1 is more ...
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Is “do one’s diligence and err on the side of caution” an idiom?

Today’s Washington Post (April 24) carries an article titled Trump wants to push Iran to the point of no return, quoting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's warning to other nations. It reads: Now, it’...
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Word to be given to drink

Looking for a specific word when I want to be given to drink. If I am hungry I say feed me. If I am thirsty I say ____ me. I know a person who is given such is said to be fed and watered. But I don'...

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