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Why do “X associate” and “associate X” have such different meanings?

This answer describes the American English term "stock associate", as meaning a low paid store worker who fills shelves. By contrast, high status work seems to have the job descriptor after the word "...
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Is it possible to use suggest followed by an object?

I need your help. Can we use an object after suggest? He suggested me going out? Does is sound right to you?
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Speak to (topic) or speak on (topic)?

Here's an example: BizComm is miles ahead of industry when it comes to artificial intelligence - a subject James will speak to later in the presentation. I find this phrase jarring. The following ...
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How to use “to a large extent” in a sentence?

I formed below statements with "to a large extent". Which one is correct? and What is the most common and formal way of agreeing with something? I to a large extent agree with the given statement. I ...
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What it means - Translators do not always do what they say they are doing or, indeed, what they think they are doing

I spent a lot of time to try to catch correct meaning over the above sentence but just could not get it. Would anyone there can help on this? Thank you in advance for the kind help. Arthur YMJ.
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Term for wiping hands together to get dirt off?

What is a term for wiping hands together to get dirt off? For example, when someone falls down and they push themselves up and clean their hands by sort of clapping but then rubbing sideways.
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“Contributions by” or “from”?

The yearbook is made with love by Lisa, with contributions by Mary and Sal. or The yearbook is made with love by Lisa, with contributions from Mary and Sal.
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What is the importance of silent letters in English language? [duplicate]

How did the usage of silent letters came into being? For example : what is the use of 'k' in knife or 'p' in pneumonia ?
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Terms for someone who is attracted to females/males [duplicate]

Heterosexual/homosexual indicates a person's sexual preference in relation to their gender. However I am looking for a term which indicates sexual preference irespective of a person's own gender. E.g....
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Word for someone who complains about others not following the rules despite it not being such a big deal

I need a word for a person who tells people to follow the rules even though it's not such a big deal. Is there evem a word for it? The guy pretty much spoiled the fun just because he wants people to ...
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Bug-out- bag among list of new words

I was just informed on CBS news that this is now an official word. Is the label 'word' appropriate for a group of words strung together with hyphens, or is there a more accurate term?
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Cellphone or cell phone?

I want to get this right, so I’ve decided to get the opinion of all you smart folks out there. I’ve seen the word written both ways, I personally write cellphone as one word, but I’ve seen it written ...
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Others ways to say “I wish you the best in your decision”

I'm writing a business letter. Wondering if there are other ways to say "I wish you the best in your decision" (already used it in a recent letter to the same person). Found "I wish you well in your ...
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Instead of you’re welcome [on hold]

If we can say “thank you” why can’t we say “welc you” in return? I like it but it drives my wife batty.
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When it is with yourself that you are not satisfied, are you “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied”?

Is someone who wishes they had done something differently “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied” with what they did? How about someone who – more generally – wishes they were someone else, wishes they were ...
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“THANK YOU” + Sentence Parts of Speech?

~ In this following sentence, "Thanks for reserving a court.", what parts of speech are "for reserving" and "a court", respectively?? Been "racking my brain" & can't get it figured out. THANKS!
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Alternative way to communicate “Fill Rate”

I am working with customers in an app that helps them visualize where their products are in the order management process. Recently with some testing I discovered that the users were confused by the ...
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Should “translation” be plural in “specializing in English and German translation”?

I am specializing in English and German translations. I am specializing in English and German translation. Are both sentences usable? Would the plural of the word highlighted modify the meaning ...
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Can “ liquid music” refer to “downloadable music”?

The recent Italian expression “musica liquida” (liquid music) has been used for about a decade now referring to the music which is no longer recorded on traditional devices such as records, CDs or ...
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“On Average” vs “The Average”

I'm not sure if this might be a math question, but are the following phrases equivalent, or do they differ in nuance: "___ group of people are X, on average" "the average ___ person is X" I found ...
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The clause “through the lens of fate, …” is repetitive after using it for many times..what should I do?

I have a piece of writing on fate beliefs that requires me to describe them in the following structure: 1) "Through the lens of fate, life events are not..." 2) "Through the scope of fate, personal ...
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Which two of these sentences are correct?

I’m writing to my professor a suggestion of how his course can be made more interesting. Do I write it like this: It can be more interesting if there was an action learning, or case studies. Or ...
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In search of the origins of term censor, I hit a dead end stuck with the greek term, to censor, λογοκρίνω

I have been looking in OED for a history that makes sense, yet, I just find crumbs, and I can not piece the history of this term. I am hitting a dead end researching the greek term to censor, named ...
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Usage of the word “Am” [duplicate]

Please fellows, how and what is the best usage, application and difference between the word "Am" and "I am"
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Why is there an 'h' at the end of the word 'cheetah'?

This question is prompted by another question on Stack Exchange regarding the addition of a last letter for no apparent reason during transliteration from Aramaic to Greek : We have the Aramaic ...
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Term for asking crowd to cheer louder

Sports people, sometimes after making a really impressive play, make a motion with their arms spread out moving up and down, basically signalling at the crowd to cheer louder. Is there a better word ...
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Looking for one word [on hold]

Looking for a one word representing "Seen By All" or "Public Facing" or "Open to Public". For some context we are in search of a team name who works on websites which are public facing. Help building ...
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Liquidate work = Perform work

I recently came across terminology in a contract scope of work which used the phrase "liquidate work" which I am told by a colleague is intended to mean "to perform" (or execute) said work. I have ...
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What is the difference between contraction and elision?

So, what is the difference between the terms? Is it right to say that elision is a specific case of contraction? Another version I've I ran onto was that these were slightly different terms as ...
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To make a long story short, formal or informal

I know from here a couple of good alternatives for "to cut/make the long story short", I'm just curious if it is formal to use it or not.
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Is “barrel of eels” a common expression? What are alternatives

"To me, literature is something much more alive. More like a barrel of eels. When a writer creates a new eel, it wriggles its way into the barrel, muscles a path into the great teeming mass from which ...
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What Do we call somenone who Ignores You? [on hold]

What can we call a person who Ignores you,like She talks with you and then She Gives someone else more priority then you a lot.
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Orthography plural singular possessive

Do you say socks shop or sock shop? Trousers shop or trouser shop? And why flower shop?
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Which one - at first sight / glance / look? [on hold]

in a sentence beginning 'It might seem easy' which sounds more natural: 'at first sight' 'at first glance' 'at first look'?
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Can “contemporary” be used for objects

I don't want to use the word competitors in a business context, can I use the word "contemporaries". For example, Our business stands out from its contemporaries.
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what would you term a form that has information of completed jobs? [on hold]

what would you term a form that has informations of completed jobs? The form will have names of the clients, clients i.d, date of job,etc
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Marked - adjective vs. verb

In the sentence, "She took a hair from the box that was marked "Big Hex"." is marked a verb or adjective? And can you explain why?
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Difference between horrible and terrible [on hold]

I want to know how to use the term horrible and terrible.
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A better alternative for “second next”

Is there a word or phrase (in particular) that exactly give the meaning of the page coming after the next page. For instance, I am reading a book at page 203, but someone suggests me to read the ...
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Clear vs. Clearly

I am confuse which one is correct? Both the words sounds natural in the given sentence. Try to speak as ____ as you can. [Clear, Clearly] Referring to Oxford Clear means Easy to perceive, ...
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Undefinite article absence in scheduled actions

this morning I saw a sign at a metrostation "Train arrives in a minute". The question is: Why the article "a" is omitted before the word "train"? I would say "A train arrives..." because 1) train here ...
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in the possessive form, a possessive pronoun refers to what? [on hold]

If a butterfly's color is white, its odds at surviving are slight can I use "its" here to refer to the butterfly?
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Is 'has' a word of compulsion?

I came across a sentence similar to the following: Not every child HAS to be a doctor. and someone noted that the emphasis through capitalization was on the wrong word, they claimed the word '...
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Can anybody explain why my answer is wrong? [migrated]

Capital expenditure of their company in the year 2001 _______ clearly below the spending in the year 2000 when they _______ about half the investments for the concept conversion. A) used to be / had ...
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the meaning of “for” in the form of “noun + for”?

The U.S. is ending waivers for countries to import Iranian oil, part of the Trump administration’s effort to deprive Iran of export revenue, the White House said Monday. The U.S. is ending waivers (...
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Correct grammar [on hold]

Which is grammatically correct (1) Our class valedictorian in John Perez the son of Mr. and Mrs. Perez or (2) Our class valedictorian is John Perez the son to Mr. and Mrs. Perez. Please justify
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hear sb do / hear sb doing, what's the difference

I heard them sing. I heard them singing. What's the different meaning of these two sentences?
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CASchool students' artworks reflect/reflects ?(Plural)

I'm asking about putting "s" at the end in this sentence. Which one is correct? "CASchool students’ artworks reflect their perspectives on road safety." or "CASchool students’ artworks reflects ...
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The show has started OR The show has been started [migrated]

The show has started. It means Show has started doing something. For example, I have written an essay. It means I am the one who write. How can the show do something by itself? How can this be correct?...
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THe formal form for Let's see [migrated]

I want to say First, let's see what is the concept of (a word). The question is how can I write this part of the sentence (let's see) in a formal manner?

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