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Is there an idiom or saying meaning the opposite of “the grass is always greener on the other side”?

I'm looking for an adage that describes a situation where a group is blind to their own faults or situation but readily discerns those same faults and situations in a rival. This picture basically ...
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Is there a word for “able to be conducted”?

Is there a word that means something is able to conducted, like heat or electricity, but more generally/in a metaphorical sense? "Conductible" means "able to conduct" which is counter intuitive.
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Hello, I'm from Vietnam

my teacher asked me to record this passage, and I want to have somebody recorded it, and I will use your record to compare to mine. Could you help me, please?, If you can help me please send your ...
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Baggage claim vs. baggage reclaim

Signs in British airports say 'Baggade reclaim' while the corresponding signs in US airports say 'Baggage claim'. Is it fair to say that the former is better English than the latter?
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Is “Fall in love” idiom or phrase? any crystal-clear definition of idioms vs. phrases?

I'm very keen on the little peculiar differences and distinctions, so I always love to dig till the very end.. sometimes this brings up an anxiety. Please, before voting down, read this question ...
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What does “shine” mean in the context of this Harry Champion song?

Harry Champion was a music hall singer of (I believe) ~1900-1920 in East London. His songs often reflect the time period and location that he lived in. In his song Samuel Duff, the lyrics of the first ...
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What's the difference between “turn out”, “end up” and “become”?

I would like to know what is the difference among these words. Thanks
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Is there any word for someone who is originally from a non-Western country but has been educated in Europe or America? [on hold]

I mean someone like Edward Said who was born in Palestine but studied in America.
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how to ask for approval to manager for his user [on hold]

Can I write as per the record you are the manager for the user could you please provide your approval to proceed further.
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Grammar Question Regarding “Are the” or “Is the” When Referring to Something that May or May not be Plural

I'm revising procedural documentation and checklists for my work. One of the checklist questions are written as "Is the equipment in the work center calibrated, and operating within specified ...
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to let vs. to be let

'Apartment to let' is poor grammar and should be 'apartment to be let'. Nevertheless the former is seen almost to the exclusion of the latter. How should one judge these two phrases?
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looking for a word that means when somebody is good at one thing you assume that they are good at other things

A word that means when somebody is good one thing you assume that he is good and other things. Example: Because a person is a good basketball player you assume that they will be a good basketball ...
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What is the opposite of being 'paranoid'?

I understand that 'being paranoid' is about unreasonably anticipating something bad to happen. Is there a word for unreasonably anticipating something good to happen? For example, one bought a lottery ...
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When do I use becoming or become? [on hold]

Is it wrong to say: I become a manager. Is this the right way: I am becoming a manager.
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SAT grammar resources

Currently searching for a book or a website to help me study for the SAT writing section. I read a lot of books and I have been studying for the writing portion from SAT prep guides such as College ...
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The later/the latest

"The latest/the later five books recount previously unrecorded adventures from her original three visits." So I was supposed to change word "late" to make it suitable for the above-writed sentence. I ...
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Regarding the right word usage and verb

I am trying to figure out whether this sentence makes sense or not: Social Media Marketing is a digital marketing technique that utilizes social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc....
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How do you call a person that reports something, like a failure to another party?

Let's say you have a company where people call, when something broke – like their heating, or water lines or their internet connection. These people are not necessarily customers of the company they ...
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Could the imperative form ever describe a present situation?

I'd think that the imperative could normally describe a future situation. Could the imperative form ever describe a present situation?
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Collocation for perception

Considering the sentence: Investor perception on active funds will be ______ too expensive. I am struggling to find the right wording. The message is clear in my mind, but I can't make it clear ...
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Formal variation for “stash” or “cache” given collocation involves “index”

Considering the sentence: The company adds another index to its _____ of 61. The best I can come up with is "holdings" or "inventory" but it's tough to find a collocation that matches index. ...
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“For only $5” or “At only $5”? Is “At only $5” wrong?

Ok so in my country (English is a 2nd language for many people), it's pretty common to say either one. But recently, a friend pointed out that "at only $5" is wrong. And the mistake probably ...
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How do language researchers find the first written mention of a word?

There are these radio shows where people can call in and ask questions about language. The language experts (researchers I assume) then often answer "The first occurrence of that word was in 1922 by ...
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Should not there be “accused” instead of “prisoner” in this definition?

I've heard a lot of people saying just "Where you at" instead of "Where are you at"? And when I corrected my friend, he said that it is so colloquial to be corrected. And I also want to ask if it is ...
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is it correct to say if above mentioned mail will not be received seperately we will be billing in regular invoice [on hold]

• If above mentioned Spares order will not be received separately, we will invoice these items with regular retail price.
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Use of “Term of Office” and “Term of Employment” when translating internal rules and regulations of a university (in Japan)

I am checking the English translation of rules and regulations of Japanese university (Public). There seem too much use of "Term of Office" in the texts. Some of them must be altered to "Term of ...
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Words for someone who gives up his moral standards?

I am not sure if the word "fallen" matches the moral context.
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Is it okay to use “that” without “than” in this sentence?

He said that my dad was much better to him that his real dad ever was I thought there should be "than" because of the word, "better" Is it okay to omit "than" ?
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Replacing “When” With “For / Since” In A Question?

Does "for" or "since" work in place of "when" in this sentence? Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them? If not, why? Thank you.
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Writing a sentence about a scientific experiment

For the following sentence: The outcome of this experiment was interesting, and raise questions that encourage us to conduct further investigations (Sep 2018 - today) that contribute promising ...
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Is the word priorize acceptable?

Is the word priorize acceptable? I used it and my son laughed at me and said the word is prioritize.
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past participle + ing Vs present perfect + ing

What is the difference between past participle + ing and present perfect + ing? For an example: If you started playing the game, you should have noticed the issue. Vs If you have started playing the ...
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Is “false concedence” a thing? If not, is there an established term?

concedence /kənˈsiːd(ə)ns/ noun 1) The action of conceding; concession, agreement. Here's what I describe as false concedence: Expressing that you concede a less consequential point, but only ...
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All she needs to do is

I m wondering what the best alternative is for the sentence below: ... all she needs to do is to scan/scan/scanning the Word and the scanner Wil read the word out to her. (it s about the quicktionary)
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Do these sound the same or not?

You had better do as you were told. You had better do what you were told. thank you.
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Can you coin a name?

Like, 'to coin a phrase' but 'to coin a name?" My sentence is, "[...] because of this Herodotus is now considered the father of history, a name coined by Cicero."
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Cost and Savings Projection vs. Projection of Cost and Savings - is this active voice vs. passive voice?

I am creating some graphs used in a business report. A colleague suggested using the title Projection of Cost and Savings but my hunch is that it should instead be Cost and Savings Projection. Is ...
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When did Monkeys start making wrenches?

Why is the pipe wrench often called a monkey wrench? From the Ferris State University Jim Crow Museum website… Q: Did Jack Johnson invent the wrench? A: Jack Johnson, the first Black ...
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Why can we say “half a [something]” but not “quarter a [something]”?

I often see the expression "half a [something]", but never "quarter a [something]". Why is the first grammatically correct but not the second despite "half" and "quarter" both being fractions?
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Commodore Blimp

I am reading Martin Booth's Gweilo. Booth mentions several times that his inflexible father was called "Commodore Blimp" behind his back by his colleagues in the navy. I do not understand this ...
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What is the name given to words that have the same root word

I tried googling this and couldn't find the name for this anywhere, they just call the root, a root and then the words, words... This is an example of what I mean. act actor acting action
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When did it become fashionable to drop t's in certain words?

I first noticed certain video bloggers pronouncing button as "BUH-ehn", with a distinct glottal stop between syllables, sounding like an overt attempt to avoid enunciating the "t". While button is the ...
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Prepositions repetition question

These innovations make threats harder to detect and square up. These innovations make threats harder to detect and to square up. Which one of these is correct/better?
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What are the simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences in this passage? [on hold]

"He had changed since his New Haven years. Now he was a sturdy straw-haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining arrogant eyes had established dominance over ...
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How to rephrase this sentence to make it clearer? [on hold]

I am struggling to try to form a sentence describing my experiment. I have a dataset with multiple pedestrians and a ground truth that states whether or not the pedestrian at the current timestep is ...
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whats the difference between two sentences? [on hold]

And over the years destruction has only increased. And over the years destruction has only been increased.
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Are there other constructs such as “[sic]” in quotations or otherwise?

In quotations and other similar contexts, I often see [sic] included used to mean I am quoting this verbatim, they made a mistake here. I am not sure if there is a general category for this kind of a ...
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Janitorial Room v. Janitor's Room/Closet?

In the US, which is more common? Janitorial room or Janitor's room/closet? I think that 'janitorial room' is unnecessarily verbose, but maybe it's just common American usage and not just this author?
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What's a phrase for “doing what you know” even when it's wrong?

We see several tropes over on the DIY forum. People have problem A, but they don't know how to fix problem A, so they fix problem B that isn't broken solely because they know how to do that. ...
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Usage of a comma in definitions separated by “and let” [on hold]

Consider the following sentence, which is often used in math: Let X be an object, and let Y be a subobject of X. Is the comma correct? I read here that one should not use a comma to separate two ...

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