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Does English “sludge” relate to “slough” (swamp)?

Does English “sludge” relate to “slough” (swamp)?
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When discussing names as names, should italics/quotation marks be used?

Consider the following: Kev was another one of Kevin’s nicknames, so I knew who arrived. Of course, only I call him Asparagus. Should "Kev" have italics/quotation marks or not? Also, what about "...
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Fr:“Triangle Rectangle” in english?

How could I say "triangle rectangle" in english? For non-french people, it's a triangle which have an angle of 90°. Thanks
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What is the origin of “Psych!”?

What is the origin of the phrase “Psych!!!” like when someone is saying something jokingly and they’re taking it back? Often believed, by those who don't understand the term's origin, to be spelt (...
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How did 'phat' come to be used in music as slang?

most prominently things like ''phat bass line'', meaning a bassline rich in texture ie has a full sound. Appears to have originated in African American use?
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Why `kitchen` instead of `cooking room`?

Most room names contain room, like bedroom bathroom living room dinning room sunroom Why kitchen instead of cooking room? :p
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Word ending in “-ine” for rat-like

There are several words ending in "-ine" that can be used to make comparisons to animals. These include equine (resembling a horse), canine (resembling a dog), vulpine (resembling a fox) and porcine (...
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Verb forms in incomplete sentences (e.g. in phone settings)

I once had a discussion with some of my friends at school about something that is not really referred to by most grammar literature as it is about incomplete sentences/clauses. I'll give you some ...
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Talk to him is what I did

Talk to him is what I did. (this sentence is from forum.wordreference.com) "Talk" is a verb here that is not in the imperative mood. I suppose, it's in the infinitive form. But then how can it stand ...
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What does “tired of her ass” mean? [on hold]

Does it mean tired of her or tired of having sex with her?
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Which Is correct: 2500 calories Is/are enough for the average man? [duplicate]

Which is correct: '2500 calories is enough for your diet' or '2500 calories are enough for your diet'?
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Is “mad” used as an intensifier in the UK?

I mean mad as in 'mad good' 'mad props' etc which mean ''very good'' or ''much propers to you'' or intensifies the ''good'' part. I hope its more clear now?
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What's a single for a situation where a person swears a lot?

It is not a commonly used word. It's not a medical condition, but it's a noun that describes a person or the condition of a person who abuses when he is angry and calms down. I think it starts with ...
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i looking to improve my academic essay writing skills [on hold]

Fast foods are becoming a major market around the world. Nowadays, most of the people tried a number of fast food dishes. The first advantage is that it is affordable for all. for example, it usually ...
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Pronunciation of Los Angeles with /g/ and not /dʒ/, /lɒs'æŋgələs/ as opposed to /lɒs'ændʒələs/

I remember reading in an early Michael Connelly novel from the late nineties a remark about how one of the characters pronounced Los Angeles with a /g/ sound, making it /lɒs'æŋgələs/. So far as I ...
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Does this sentence sounds natural?

all I'm studying English as a second language. I wonder a sentence below, especially the position of "feeling surprised" in the sentence, sounds natural or not. I saw this sentence on my book but I ...
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Is “a becoming humility” a correct use?

I found the sentence "She accepted the award with a becoming humility" as an example of the use of the word "becoming" in Merriam Webster Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Is the use of the ...
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Adjective Phrases in Lists

Recently I came across the following sentence: He is a very good, loyal and playful and slightly smelly dog. How is the ruling concerning the order and separation of the adjectives and their ...
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Does the average adult know more words or proper nouns?

I'm curious if the average adult knows more words in their language, or more proper nouns? At first I'm inclined to think the former, but then I think of all the names I know: names of people, places/...
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Origin of the phrase ''Respect,man/bro. ''?

Respect bro!! , you never hear anything like ''Fear, man'' or ''honesty, man.'' used in the same sense, its interesting.
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Can I use Present Indefinite Tense with till/until?

Can I say "He doesn't leave his house till 9 o'clock" if I want to express that the man leaves his house at 9 o'clock every day? I'm asking because we normally say "He leaves his house at 9 o'clock" ...
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Can 'web' be used with the zero article in 'through web'?

Can 'web' be used with the zero article instead of the definite article? I came across the following example in an online context dictionary: "You book through web, pay through web and receive ...
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Are these sentences below both correct? Is there any difference in the meaning? [on hold]

I have known this man for over a decade. And I have known this man over a decade.
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Which future form is correct?

When I ‘ll graduate/graduate/am graduating from school next week, a new chapter in my life is starting.
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What verb for taking advantage fits in “I don't want to ________ on the friendship”?

What word am I misplacing that means 'to abuse' but takes the preposition 'on.' For example, My best friend the attorney could give me some free advice here, but I don't want to ____ on the ...
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What synonyms for “absurdities”?

Can you give a few synonyms for something which is nonsense and can you grade them? I know that you can say absurdities, and you can do stupidities, can you also say stupidities? If I should grade I ...
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Why is -ght- in draught pronounced [ft]? [duplicate]

Why is -ght- in draught pronounced [ft]?
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Meaning of a quote in the movie Casino (1995)

I am watching Martin Scorcese's movie Casino (1995) and there is lot of idioms. I am not native english speaker so I am searching for the meaning of quotes I didnt know already. I found meaning of ...
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selling job on the patriarch

Can anyone help me about exact meaning of the following sentence? The group also recognized that their proposal required a more difficult selling job on the patriarch. Of course. I should add the ...
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Pronunciation of the word antisemitic [duplicate]

There seems to be two ways to pronounce antisemitic. I have always pronounced the syllable "sem" to rhyme with "them". I notice that many Americans make it rhyme with "him" and the following syllable "...
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Which sentence is correct? (him or himself)

There was some rice in the kitchen, and using the wood that was stacked inside, he cooked some for him and the dogs. There was some rice in the kitchen, and using the wood that was stacked inside, ...
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Am I using the word 'amiable' correctly? [on hold]

Please correct my grammar and punctuation, if there are some...thanks. 1.My friends adore Claire because despite of her high social status in life, she still displays an amiable personality, ...
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Word for combination of strength and agility

I'm looking for a way to call an attribute for a Pen&Paper RPG. It's supposed to be derived from "Strength" and "Agilty" and would be used for all kinds of things which usually fall somewhere in ...
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Capitalization in food

Morning everyone! Translating a Spanish restaurant menu into English, I found myself doubting whether to capitalize sauce names. Some examples are romesco and Sriracha. Not being familiar with them, ...
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Which one of these sentences is better? A thesis title - Apostrophes Showing Possession

Sentence 1 : The comparison of Muhammed Bedruddîn Mahmûd el-Aynî’s "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" books Sentence 2 : Comparison of the "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" ...
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Ground Floor versus First Floor; Who is Less Wrong?

In the UK we say 'ground floor' and in the US they say 'first floor' for the lowest level in a building. As I am fairly sure, no-one else in the world uses this terminology. Does this make Britons ...
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Preposition after Persist

Please advise if the below are correct. We persist with what we deserve. We persist in what we deserve. We persist for what we deserve.
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Here, that is=that is to say? and what it was like=its appearance? or else?

I had not then seen a coracle, such as the ancient Britons made, but I have seen one since, and that is what it was like. Source, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
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My language is English and I need to know what sound a 4wd makes [on hold]

What sound does as V8 4 wheel drive make?
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When were you borne? [on hold]

To invent the word 'born' (borne without the 'e') and call it an adjective is ridiculous. A happy healthy baby is not a 'born' baby. We can describe the delivery of a baby in the past tense passive ...
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Is there an expression to say someone will replace me at a meeting?

I am writing an email to the top management to tell someone will replace me at a meeting I cannot attend. Is there a good expression / a better verb for this situation ? Or is 'replace' the good word ?...
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Comma before 'if' in maths definition

I wonder if there is clear guidance about the following construction: We say that a foo admits a bar, if baz is quz. I feel that the comma before if breaks the structure of the sentence, and ...
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Can I use word “Thou”, “Thee”, “Thy” and “Thine” like following

Firstly I have researched about those words, This answer really help me understand their meanings. So I believe that those words are singular form of You, you, your and yours respectively. ...
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healthy: fine (adj) vs. well (adj)

Fine (adj) and well (adj) have different meanings. I am only interested in a possibly slight difference between the following definitions: 1) fine (adj): definition: well or healthy : not sick 2) ...
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“Which I don't know is possible”?

I want to say: In order to get there we would have to build a bridge over that river. But I don't know if that's possible. But I want to phrase it differently: In order to get there we would ...
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Is a sentence with 'as well as' a simple or a compound sentence?

X likes orange as well as mango. Is it a simple or a compound sentence?
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Use of “the” with nationalities that have plural forms

Is the rule 7.8 here widely accepted in English? Rule 7.8: Use the definite article when referring to nationalities that do not have a plural form. If it is, does it sound off when one says "'the ...
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Were the sanctions helpful or not in this context?

I'm not sure whether I understand this passage correctly. The author appears to generally suggest that the sanctions against Iraq were not successful. In the midst of the passage though he signals ...
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I dont understand ‘Stressed schwa’

how can a ‘stressed schwa’ exist? In ‘Applied English Phonology 3rd edition’ (page 85), ‘herder’ is the example of the stressed schwa and it is manifested as ‘3’(with r-coloring tail). As I’ve seen so ...

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