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What's the word for software that benefits third parties at the expense of the user?

A few examples of what I'm talking about: Android has a permissions system that allows two values for each access request from installed software: yes or no. However if Android tried to benefit the ...
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Using a collective noun when only a single item exists?

A statement like "dodos were flightless birds" seems to be using a collective noun; "dodos" being is the collective. But in the case where a group actually only had a single item, would a usage like ...
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Is there a word for a situation that is specific to an individual based upon prior experiences

I feel there is, or should be a word to describe a person-specific situation, but I haven't been able to think of it
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Is the sentence correct? If not how can I improve it? [on hold]

Sentence: "This at its essence is what Fitzgerald uses to critique the abstract idea of the American Dream: those who pursue are left with a degenerating sense of "what's more?"."
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What is the difference between Lenience and Leniency?

And which one is used most nowadays? Thank you.
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What is the phrase “in days gone by” for here?

The original sentences: Ideas are dangerous. The Holy office knew this full well when it caused heretics to be burned in days gone by. I do not quite understand the purpose of "in days gone by" ...
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Is 'too big of an issue' correct?

Recently, when writing an email, I used the following phrase: 'I hope this does not cause too big of an issue' However, in their response, the recipient (an English teacher) said that he was 'not ...
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“Save only locally” or “Save locally only”?

Shall I save it online? Save locally only ✓ Save only locally ✓ Which one of them is correct?
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“What” root or “Which” root? [duplicate]

I read a sentence in "Word Power Made Easy" which was: In the etymology section, you will learn what Greek or Latin root give the word its unique meaning and what other words contain the same or ...
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How can we use 'for' before adverb of time?

I read this sentence in the book 'Icon' of Fredrick Forsyth. “I need to see the complete guest list for three nights ago.” here is he asking the entire list of the three nights or only one particular ...
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Is “and” elided in the sentence?

The original sentences: It was necessary first to arrive at that degree of sophistication where we no longer set our own belief against our neighbour's superstition. It was necessary to ...
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Word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist

What's a word or phrase for believing people will take up a new opportunity even though other, potentially better, opportunities readily exist? For example my parents always tell me to take out ...
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How do you parse the sentence?

The original sentence: In this way, we have learned all that we know of the laws of astronomy, or of the habits of the social insects, let us say. Please let me make it simpler as below: In ...
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Use of hyphens with a single letter + noun

I am a technical writer in oil industry. In the oil field, locations and platforms are named as A-Location, B-Location, etc., and AB-Platform, AC-Platform etc. I am always using hyphens for the ...
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Phrase for saying we can only speculate

I am looking for a more formal variation of this sentence: "We can only speculate at this point." Perhaps what is taking away from the professional feel that I want is the first person "We." ...
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Antonym of the word “fault”

Consider the meaning of the word "fault" as used in the following sentence: It is not your fault that the warehouse burned down. What word could we use in the following sentence: It is not your ...
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Correct preposition for dates written YYYY-MM-DD

What is the correct preposition when writing dates in the numerical format YYYY-MM-DD? I would argue that there are two possibilities, "on" or no preposition at all, but then again I'm not a native ...
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Which one grammatically right:

When I was ten, my grandfather (had \ was having ) his 60th birthday party. ?
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What is the difference between “ 's ” and of in attributing things?

I want to know when i should use 's or of in attributing things . For example , should I say "standard of living" or "living's standatd" ?
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Does “them” in the sentence mean “the customs”

The original text: [...] The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community. From the moment of ...
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Does Friend-Ship have sexual connotations?

In modern usage "shipping" refers to basically two people having a love attraction or psychological humpy humpy time and possibly procreating so basically I'm asking Does the term friendship have ...
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word usage post or after

The Court has given 90 days to the complainants to file their reply, post/after which they will conduct the final hearing in the matter. Which word should one use- post or after?
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Is it grammatically correct to omit a comma after dialogue ending in an ellipsis?

I know that Grammarly isn't always correct but before tonight, I didn't know punctuation directly after an ellipsis was grammatically correct, even in special circumstances such as dialogue. Unless ...
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Does this sentence' That is so incredulous' make sense? [on hold]

Does this sentence make sense? That is so incredulous, I am not sure.
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Difference between Pomp,Splendor,Grandeur and Flamboyance [on hold]

what's the difference between Pomp,Splendor,Grandeur and Flamboyance, can u give an example for each one to elaborate. They all seem the same to me.
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Does the word 'authored by' imply the non-existence of co-authors?

In an article I'm co-authoring, I'm about to say the following: ... d is the number of articles authored by John Doe ... But then I thought this would be better: ... d is the number of articles ...
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about the usage of “at present” and “in the present”

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thank you in advance. I'd like to know about the usage of "at present" and "in the present". Which is right A or B? A: At present the earth ...
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Why do many people misspell “cuirass” as “cuircass”?

I thought so myself until hearing someone pronounce the word - I've always pronounced it in my head as kur kass. Initially, I assumed the 'c' must be silent, so I did a search to find out. Of course, ...
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“whichever is (the) less”, vs “whichever is (the) lesser”

I would like to have advice on the differences between "whichever is (the) less" and "whichever is (the) lesser". Are they both grammatically correct? If yes, under what circumstances should they be ...
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What is the correct preposition for election results is it “results OF / AT / IN the elections”?

When writing about the European elections on the 26 May, what is the correct preposition in this sentence "The results of / in / at the election will be confirmed on Thursday" I've been told I should ...
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Would have and could have

Today when i said "she could have gotten an accident ,if she had not gone potty." Then an english speaker corrected me and said "you mean she would have gotten an accident?" In these sentences, i ...
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What is another word for “pop out”?

I made up a sentence below I saw something like slop(?) popped out of somebody's mouth while he/she was laughing. I want to use another word for "pop out" to express more vividly Is there ...
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Edit the following paragraph [on hold]

Is it the following in the olden days student used to stayed in the Teacher's house and learnt
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What's meaning of Cheap thrills?

A song "cheap thrills", what's meaning of it?
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What part of speech is “mountain” in the sentence “Avalanches are dangerous to mountain climbers.”? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand the grammar of this sentence: Avalanches are dangerous to mountain climbers. What part of speech is the word mountain?
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Usage of “of that”

I am working on a translation of a poem. My current versions is: Leaping toward first light
 I left my body nearby singing the sorrows of that born. My problem is in the last line, "of that born." ...
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Is the use of the word “lost” appropriate here?

I was writing a story and wanted to write a dialogue however I was unsure if it had proper grammar and wanted a verified opinion. You were lost and I made you lost even further. You can never ...
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What does “Something has to go” mean

Hello to all community members. I am preparing for the IELTS listening and rehearsing the cambridge books IELTS listening tests. I marked one question wrong and when i checked the typescript and ...
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What literary device/term is this? “To die would be an awfully big adventure.”

What literary device does this show (if any)? To die would be an awfully big adventure.
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Talking about the temperature [migrated]

Is it correct this? : Today is 25°C Or this: Today it’s 25°C And without today: Is 25°C/ It’s 25°C
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tenses: what's the difference between the following sentences

I am reading a novel named Thirteen Reasons Why. And there is a sentence (And that's when I realized how hard I had been crying) in a paragraph as follows: When someone finally did answer, I sucked ...
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“I saw the girl, who is standing outside our house”

I was having a conversation with my mom about this one sentence. Which option is grammatically correct? a) I saw the girl who is standing outside our house b) I saw the girl who was standing ...
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is it okay to start a paragraph with Due to? [duplicate]

Due to the severe foot injury, I was recommended to stay on bed rest for three months and also attend physical therapy to heal completely
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What was/is the name of the person who phoned/had phoned? [duplicate]

What was the name of the person who phoned? I'm wondering what does this question really mean? Does it mean: What is the name of the person who phoned? but why was instead of is? or ...
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How to describe in a resume that a person left college because of the age limit for immigration?

I studied for two years in a university towards a bachelor's degree and then left because my parents and I had to immigrate to another country before I turn 21 (the age limit for an immigrant's child)....
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Wonder the question?

A writer I work with keeps using the phrase "wonder the question" -- as in, "Scientists have wondered this question for years." It totally rubs me the wrong way, perhaps because it's contrary to the ...
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What does the word instruction mean in programming?

A computer program is a set of instructions that tells the computer what to do. I have checked on the English dictionary the meaning of instruction in programming but I think it is wrong. Here is ...
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How macabre is a graveyard?

This one has been bugging me for a while. The first time I discovered that the word for graves in Arabic was مَقَابِر‎ (maqābir), it just seemed the obvious source or indirect source of macabre, but ...
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Correct way to use Nor, Neither

Is this sentence correct? What is this "Email" tag? It is not HTML tag, nor I could find it in the "comfy" documentation. As you may have already noticed I am not native English speaker, so please ...
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For the expression “bumf**k, Egypt”, is “bumf**k” an adjective and “Egypt” a noun? [on hold]

I'm asking about the structure of the expression. If the answer is YES, then what's the reason for the comma. Besides, which Egypt is meant, "The Arab Republic of Egypt" or that "region of Illinois", ...

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