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Does a “fact” have to be true?

I'm struggling to decide whether to jettison use of the word fact, because the definition appears to be not solid enough to support continued usage. What do I mean by that? Look at one "meaning ladder"...
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I would like to say “blablabla, which is quite confusing for people who looks at it for the first time”

I would like to say "After you enter the command, you would see output like ... , which is quite confusing for people who looks at it for the first time". Is it correct?
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Difference between mean and mode

What is the exact, abstract difference between mean and mode? I do not mean the statistical terminology. For example there are different concepts of, mode of transportation and mean of transportation ...
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Is there a word that means “to turn into a habit”? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that represents the action of forming a habit. As an example: Joe wanted to find a way to __________ [habit-ize] healthy eating.
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Adjective of low-toxicity

Is there an adjective for low-toxicity, or can it be used as an adjective itself? It sounds strange to say, for example, materials that are low-toxicity.
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Using which or where to refer to place

A student I have been volunteering with wrote the following in his essay: We really enjoyed the cruise and also the islands where we visited last week. To my ear the use of where doesn't sound ...
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get arrangements made? verb and voice confusion

I'm having a hard time parsing this dependent clause: "If we manage to get the arrangements made," Is "made" functioning as an adjective, or is it a verb being used in the passive voice? I'm leaning ...
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Proper name and use of [on hold]

My proper name is Deborah but I like to be called Deb. Some insist on calling me Deborah which irks me. How do I get them to stop?
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Why don't most sources classify “when”, “where”, and “why” as relative pronouns?

I am researching the use of relative pronouns and most websites, including the British Council, list only: who, whom, which, that, and whose What about here? That's the house where I grew up. ...
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“Don't make things become complicated” is Ok in speaking? [on hold]

I am considering the phrase "Don't make things become complicated", is it ok? Even though I think that "Don't make things complicated" looks more natural. Thanks.
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What single word means ‘when all options turn into one’? [on hold]

I can’t find a word that means ‘when all options turn to one’. Here’s an example so you can understand: Jack has five options for fish at dinner. Rainbow fish, glitter fish, olive fish, Cambrian fish,...
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“eat healthy” or “eat healthily” [duplicate]

Look at the following sentence. In order to keep fit, we must eat healthy food. Can we also say "eat healthy" and "eat healthily" to mean eat healthy food ? In order to keep fit, we must eat ...
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What is the word when people come up with the same idea independently

Suppose Darwin and Wallace independently come up with a similar idea. It's like the idea has entered the social consciousness at that time. What is the word for this called? Kind of the tipping point ...
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The definition of perfect infinitive?

I am following <English Grammar in Use>(by Raymond Murphy):unit 43. And I encountered the term perfect infinitive. I googled this term and I found most of the results talk about the usages, not ...
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Around “which” or around “who” or around which?

In a sentence that reads, “Align your attention with that maternal star around **** we orbit”, what word would be suitable? I am unsure because “maternal star” adds gender and very nearly attributes ...
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Is right to say “when he was come down from the mountain”? [duplicate]

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. This is the quote from KJV Bible. I am doubted why to say "he was come down". I felt "he came down" is more proper ...
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Is 'who' here a relative word or an interrogative pronoun?

(1) That's a big part of who I am. (2) When that day comes if you don't like who you are, you're done. At first blush, the who's in (1) and (2) seem to be relative words in the fused ...
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Define the use of dates

Can anyone tell me that whether I should write July 25 or July 25th if someone asks me when was I born? Should I answer "I was born on July 25" or "I was born on July 25th."?
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What is a communication breakdown caused by two cultures/societies trying to adapt one another's mores called?

For example, in Japan I often encounter this paradox when it comes to addressing friends. In Japan, it's generally rude to call someone by their first name unless you're really close friends. You'd ...
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Single word to replace “allowed to be missing” [on hold]

I want to express my knowledge about the presence of absence of something. My knowledge is divided into three different cases: I know that the thing doesn't exist. I don't know whether the thing ...
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Does “The father regretted to tell his children something embarrassing” make sense?

I came across this question in a test: The father regretted _____ his children how he regretted _____ hard when he was young. A. to tell; not to study B. telling; not studying C. to tell; not ...
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What's the correct form for writing a date? [on hold]

Which is the correct way to write a date: The deadline will be on January 25. or The deadline will be on January 25th.
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Is “Additionals” a word?

Google Translate recognizes it as a noun, but search with it and Google suggests me to use additional instead. Is it a recognized word? As in My order came with a list of additionals that were ...
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Which of these two sentences is more correct? [on hold]

Strategy of selecting instrumental Or The strategy of selecting instrumental
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'Advised me to..' vs 'Advised me that I..'

Which one is correct? He advised me to see the doctor. He advised me that I see the doctor.
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Is “dance around” a valid phrasal verb?

I think the idiomatic expresssion “dance around” a subject, an issue meaning, avoid addressing a subject or an issue, is a common metaphor as in: When it comes to money, however, we find lots of ...
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I’m looking for an adjective that describes a person in my experience that at the time I would have obeyed without question or regard

A general in war or later after developing a relationship of leadership for whom one would obey instantly and without question or reference to one’s personal feelings of discomfort related to safety ...
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If eloquent speaking is 'oratory', then eloquent writing is

As it says in the headline, looking for a word that represents "the art of writing" in the same way that 'oratory' in some sense represents the "the art of speaking". Example: She had great ...
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Plural or single with compound objects

Suppose you want to say something like There are two crates, having three and one balls respectively. How to say this correctly? Is it ‘…one balls’ or ‘three balls and one ball’, or something ...
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Word or Phrase for a lie being told to force someone to do something?

Is there a single word or phrase that has the meaning of a "lie that is told to force someone into a specific course of action". For example, if someone tells you that a restaurant is going out of ...
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Is the infinitive form of verb a true verb?

My question is just as mentioned in the title of this post: Would you call an infinitive verb a true verb? I can't find any direct mention of it anywhere on the web. The CMoS (2010) catalogs ...
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Capitalization and hyphenation of proper name derived from a number sequence

I'm writing a sci-fi novel in which humans travel to a nearby star known by the catalog number Gliese 892, where they encounter a sentient species. Listening to numerous videos about such stars, it ...
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usage of “an” with phrase “emotional perspective”

I am confused about the usage of the indefinite article in the following sentence: We compare the language of false news to the real ones from emotional perspective. or We compare the language ...
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What does the idiom “to be known for” mean?

Ok, see this sentence "London is known for Big Ben". So, does the idiom "to be known for" mean "to be well-known for" or "to be famous for". Like "London is known (famous) for Big Ben"? I could not ...
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Why do we say " 'a' unit instead of 'an' unit [duplicate]

As title suggest, wondering what the literary rule is for "A unit." Unit being a noun would need an article. I have generally understood that the a/an decision is if the vowel sound if the lead sound ...
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Diplomatic strategy after data stealing [on hold]

What should be a deserving reply to 'Why did not they ask Evans'should be like?The reply might relate to recovery of stolen data.Once a sucker successfully recovers data.Then 'This to that and that to ...
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what descriptor term would you use to describe (a) humans and (b) AI?

The closest thing I can think of is 'species,' but that feels wrong. Specifically I'm wanting a word that can be used to describe communication between human and AI like "interspecies" but, again, ...
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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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A term used for people who claim undue credit [on hold]

Suppose two people A,B together built a thing. In actuality, A did all the work, B simply did nothing. But to people around, B proclaims that it is because of him and his efforts only that they built ...
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one of a race - but which one

if Melville writes when one of a race - by some deemed accursed of God - even a Stuart, was on the throne what could possibly be meant by 'race'?
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Verb structure: I didn't expect

I have a problem with this sentence: I didn't expect it was so difficult. Is it right/wrong? Tnanks
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plural possessive of Woods

How do you make the last name Woods plural possessive? example: a friend of the Woods (2 people) I assume it is Woodses, but have been "corrected" by someone.
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What is the origin of the slang 'kicks' meaning sneakers

Street culture uses the term 'kicks' to describe sneakers/athletic shoes. I've been using this term for as long as I can remember so I'm comfortable with it's meaning however, as I'm sure I could make ...
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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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Draw my attention (from something) to something

"A beautiful woman always draws my attention". "While I was chatting at Laura's party, a beautiful guy suddenly drew my attention". «Now I wish to draw your attention to what has attracted my ...
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What does one call his/her mother's sister's husband's parents?

I am asking this question for a friend. My friend's sister's husband's parents have become very involved in her kids' lives. She wants to know if there is a relational term her children may officially ...
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Comma between clauses with understood subject?

I write a lot of active commands. When you have a sentence like this: Key in the text and press Enter. Should there be a comma after text? There is an understood subject for both: "You key in the ...
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Single word for “is nothing until it becomes”

Example: Data is nothing until it becomes information, with context. The above sentence is a bit wordy so I was hoping to find a single word to replace that phrase. I could shorten it to: Data ...
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Tattoo phrase translated properly!

I’m Spanish and I wanna get tattooed a phrase that I always say but in English instead. It’s something like ‘You can’t judge someone for something he hasn’t chosen’ I know it is not right like that, ...
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Punctuation with direct speech in a conditional sentence

I would like to write the following in a British English style: I’ve been told I’m not the greatest singer so if I were to say, “I’m going to be a famous singer,” you could reply, “Not a chance!” Is ...

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