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Confusion in was and were: The diameter length of X,Y,Z was/were 4,5,6 respectively

I am confused with the usage of was vs were in the following sentence: The length of diameter of three plates X, Y, Z was/were 4, 5, 6 respectively. I am not sure which one is correct: was or were. ...
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Who and what was the first meme? What does meme mean?

I might already know this, but I actually want to know it, you can't trust the internet, well except for you guys
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Subject of an email

So my native language is Spanish and I'm about to write an email to a colleague in English asking about several stuff. While doing so I started wondering about the subject of the email I was writing ...
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When does one capitalize the word “city”? [on hold]

In the UK, when does one capitalize the word "city"? As in My City does not approve of trash receptacles.
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The meaning of causative 'have'

(1) He had a specialist examine his son. (2) He had his son examined by a specialist. About this pair, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 1236) says: we have equivalence ...
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“Questions need to be answered” or “questions require to be answered”?

"Need" is often used on living things, whereas "required" is often used on non-living things. For example: I need a stereo for my car. My car requires a stereo. But when it goes to "question", we ...
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‘Not until’ VS ‘until’

It was not until his third match that Mendoza won. It was until his third match that Mendoza won. What is the difference between two sentence?
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Is the grammar in this article of this student constitution correct?

I am currently disputing my eligibility to run for president of my college's Student Government. The grounds on which my opponents are seeking to exclude me from the ballot fall upon the following ...
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The phrase 'cut no ice' [with sb] [on hold]

Here is a sentence-'Bengali language is blunt,outdated and cut no ice[with sb]. The question is in context of rare honor conferred on Tagore by UNESCO BY Announcing national anthem of India'jana gana ...
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Usage of 'commas' vs 'commata'

I've learned quite recently, that plural form from comma is commata (but commas is also correct, such as index-indices-indexes). I've learned the rule for German, and I've checked the English version ...
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“A vs. One” in this context

As well as hoping to encourage children to catch the reading bug, WBD also hope to get reluctant adults hooked on books. So, for the first time, WORLD BOOK DAY will also have an adult focus, with the ...
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“On me” vs “I currently have”

I have 10 dollars on me. I currently have 10 dollars. Does the first sentence imply that I have 10 dollars in my pocket right now or I always have 10 dollars in my pocket? I understand the ...
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can the word “versus(vs.)” be used when listing relationships?

I have a question regarding the use of the term "versus". Can it be used in this way? or should I keep saying "A and B"? the exhibition deals with the correlative relationships between minorities ...
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Verb for the inverse of greet

Is there a verb for the inverse of greet, or a synonym verb for greet that has an inverse verb? Everything I can think of is a verb phrase, exclamation, or noun. Salute is the closest I could find, ...
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Is it correct to say “What's the happened?”?

I would say just "What happened?", but I've heard this also.
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What is the meaning of “You've never met a graph you didn't like?”

From an article that recommends things to read to help students too focused on exams and disconnected from the rest of the world.
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Is there a word for missing the point due to literal interpretation of figurative phrases

Figurative language is when people use words or phrases to communicate an idea not meant to be taken literally, such as speaking in metaphors. Sometimes, people do not realize the figurative nature ...
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“Indian” comes from Italian/Spanish “gente in dios” (God-like people)? False etymology?

A while ago in January The Black Hebrew Israelites were speaking/shouting/proselytizing to surrounding people at Lincoln Memorial. The speaker claimed that the word "Indian" means "savage". A member ...
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"lends credence to…'

The expression "lends credence to the conjecture" is standard. I was wondering if it sounds hyperformal or affected and can be replaced by "provides evidence as to the validity of the conjecture", "...
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‘have been’ VS ‘were’

He said with a smile as if he were talking about an old friend. He said with a smile as if he had been talking about an old friend. What the difference between two sentences?
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Why father’s first letter is capital

After they had their supper, Father went into the living-room to watch TV. Why use Father not father?
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Blurrier or more blurry?

I am not sure about this particular word, the sentence is the following 'Increase it for more blurry(ier) effect.'
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Are there restrictions to what can serve as a subject to “need?”

Basically, I wonder if there are restrictions on what can serve as a subject to the verb need. The sentence that started this comes from a recent EL&U question: Successfully doing this needs a ...
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How do you say 1/1024th

Is there such a fraction in English as: "1/1024th" and if so, how is it pronounced? I can't image we say: "One thousand and twenty fourth" Maybe the correct way is to write it without the "th" and say ...
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comperatives and superlatives [on hold]

There's an exercise witch is called comperatives and superlatives. No4 of the exercise says: A)To our great surprise we found one immediately. B)The surprise was all...……………………………………………………….. In ...
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Is it “No band practice” or “No band practise” in British English? [duplicate]

I understand that one is a noun and one is a verb. But is it correct to say "There is no band practice today" or "There is no band practise" UPDATE: I am not asking for the correct spelling of the ...
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Which is correct? Launch Ceremony or Launching Ceremony?

I have been having a disagreement at work. We have several events where we commemorate the launch of something like the start of an alliance or an award. My colleagues (whose first language is not ...
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An expression for the trigger of something that was inevitable

I'm looking for a way to describe the thing that finally triggers something after rising tensions. For example, some isolated incident triggers massive protests, but the protests are really due to ...
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“All the apples” or “All apples”?

Which one is correct? "All the apples on the tree are ripe" or "All apples on the tree are ripe".
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What's the English for Chinese word “敏感词”?

The Chinese word "敏感词" is translated into "sensitive words" somewhere, but I think it's not exact. What's the exact expression in English? In Chinese, "敏感词" is the word which is not allowed to be ...
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Is there a term for clause in a sentence that can be removed without invalidating the remainder of the sentence?

Take, for example, the sentence "The dog, which is in the corner of the room, is barking.". Is there a specific term for the part of the sentence "which is in the corner of the room", which can be ...
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using the word “and” [on hold]

is there a difference interpretation for each of the following statements or not? Application of injection material to treat, reduce and eliminate the water leaks Application of injection material to ...
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Etymology of “chookas”

"Chookas" is an Australian (?) word, used in the theatre to wish people luck, much like "break a leg". Wikipedia points to the Behind Ballet blog, which explains: I have been told that the use of ‘...
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Is the phrase correct?: part I [on hold]

Is the phrase "And how is it so that we start the day?" correct?
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Adding “Have” in a sentence or not?

I've got a question that bothered me a lot lately. When do I know if it's right to use "have"? For example: "I didn't understand anything you have said" or is it supposed to be written without the ...
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Need urgent help with these MCQ Questions [on hold]

These questions popped up in a practice test that was provided by the Ministry of Education. I have asked around 3 English teachers about these questions and all 3 have given me different answers.. ...
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When was “Chronic” first used as its own antonym?

The word "Chronic" means "long lasting", or "occurring over an extended period of time". A chronic illness one that you will have for a long time (if not for your entire life), or take a long time to ...
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spatio or spatial

Searching the Google scholar, "spatio-temporal" returnn 778,000 hits, "spatial-temporal" returns 798,000 hits, "spatial-temporal scales" returns 3,620 hits, "spatio-temporal scales" returns 13,...
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Determining licensing in CaGel by means of substitution test

I read a comment on licensing in another post, which made me revisit this concept. Unfortunately I haven't got access to CaGEL – only to its "little brother", Huddleston and Pullum's A Student's ...
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Differentiating between the use of “or” in questions

In a question such as "Does this word mean plenty or too much?" where the two words conjugated by "or" are similar in meaning could be asked in a way that a yes or no answer is expected instead of x ...
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How to describe “something on which a decision has to be made”?

Context The term will be used to describe items in a list presented together with options / possible solutions (e.g. material: wood, steel or aluminium?). Example When designing a piece of ...
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Didn't leave me a choice - May I drop the subject? Really hope so

"Why did you leave a friend?" "Didn't leave me a choice" Seems fine to me as it's clear to the reader that the friend (he), didn't leave him a choice. Who's with me? Should join me.
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To swear in the church [on hold]

In Norwegian we use an expression which in direct translation means: to swear in church The expression is used in a situation where you give your opinion that is totally outrageous in the eyes of ...
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What is the structure of “dorm room door”? Is it genitive?

I wonder where we can make genitive without 's or of. I know that using "of" in "dorm room door" might be complicated but the question is when we are allowed to make such phrases.
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Meaning of Update

Do you think "update" means the person puts the new information over the existing one, so that the previous history can't be seen? I heard someone said "update" meant we cannot see the previous ...
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How do I combine these 2 sentences by using the subjunctive mood?

I learned Chinese as a child. I can write Chinese now. If I want to combine these 2 sentences into one with the subjunctive mood, which sentence showed below is correct? If I hadn't had learned ...
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Can something be “very historic”?

In the video NASA Administrator Bridenstine Chats with Elon Musk of SpaceX Bridenstine uses "very historic" three times out of four times near the beginning of the video: the historic launch complex ...
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Unfrosted light bulb

In Catch-22 there is following passage (my emphasis): The unfrosted light bulb overhead was swinging crazily on its loose wire, and the jumbled black shadows kept swirling and bobbing chaotically, ...

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