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What is wrong with this question [migrated]

I have a sentence My wife ate eleven snickers, and I'm trying to ask about the quantity of snickers. I know that the question How many snickers did my wife eat? is correct, but what is wrong with How ...
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Interpretation “has been entered”

I am having a hard time interpreting a specific phrase. The phrase is "A judgement has been entered." If a judgement was previously entered, and it was then removed. Would the "has been entered," be ...
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A question about “seems like” (as If) [on hold]

He seems to be happy. It seems that he is happy. (formal style) It seems like (as if, as though) he is happy. (informal style) 1) Sentence #1 ; I assume that 'to infinitive' functions as subject ...
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Why do we say “in range” but “out of range”?

Is is the pair of expressions "in range" and "out of range" just an idiomatic outlier? Maybe not, as you can put something "in the list" or take it "out of the list". But I can think of other in/out ...
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How to abbreviate the word Number in a pharse? [duplicate]

I have the following words: international numbers It's possible to abbreviate to N°? Is it correct? international N°
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Is there a word for someone who now wants to be known as a native of a country?

For example, someone born in London but who moved to Wales at a young age and therefore wants to be known as a Welshman rather than an Englishman?
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Can I use 'judge to Noun'? [on hold]

"When on the hunt, snakes judge to perfection the very instant that separates life from death." I saw this sentence. Can I use 'judge + to Noun'? I thought it can be only used as 'judge + Noun'. ...
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What is the meaning of to 'gain one's ends'?

I was reading a paragraph which quoted Johann Von Goethe. It said: The only means to gain one’s ends with people are force and cunning. Love also, they say; but that is to wait for sunshine, and ...
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Which one is more correct? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically wrong to write This means you are a great leader. Or should I write This means that you are a great leader. Also, when I reply to someone's comment, is it more accurate to ...
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Before / until the end of

I have a sentence: "If you haven't paid for the trip yet, please do so before Friday afternoon" . Does it have the same meaning with "You have until the end of the school week to pay for ...
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The timing to use “in which”

Where growth is concerned, is population destiny - The Economist magazine 2019/4/17: 'As intriguing as it is to consider the directions in which macro variables such as population or GDP are likely ...
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A term for a woman complaining about things/begging in a cute/childish way

I'm trying to find a fitting translation for a Chinese term, which means that a woman is trying to be cute in front of her man in order to get what she wants. While she does this, her voice will ...
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Prepositional phrase modifying multiple nouns

I am working with a client on a website and he has submitted the text below which I believe is not written correctly. Although we know that there are five boroughs in NYC, it seems the five boroughs ...
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What is considered a statement? [on hold]

Hello benevolent linguists There are quite many answers to type of statements or meanings of specific statments but I don't quite understand the meaning of "a statement" itself and what is considered ...
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Attachment of “with […]” prepositional/adjective phrase coming after a relative clause that comes after a noun

I have asked a question in an exam, which I wish I had asked in a clearer way. I would like to know how reasonable it is to understand this sentence different from the way I originally intended: ...
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How to use the word total properly?

Hey guys which one of the following sentence makes sense the most? • The numbers were great and totalled 95% • The numbers were great and totalled to 95% • The numbers were great and totalled up to ...
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What does “philoso-fugal” mean?

What does "philoso-fugal" mean in the following sentence? "It seems to me that a consideration of Malick’s art demands that we take seriously the idea that film is less an illustration of ...
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“in Figure 1 to Figure 3” or “in from Figure 1 to Figure 3”

I have 3 figures to demonstrate some process. Which one should be used? The process is shown in Figure 1 to Figure 3. or The process is shown in from Figure 1 to Figure 3. I feel that the ...
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Is it okay to pronounce “wouldn't”, “couldn't”, “didn't” like this?

I just realized how I pronounce those "n't" words. It's like 'd' sound in 'wedding', which is similar to 'r'. (Is it called flapping?) So how should I pronounce "wouldn't" "Wu-n" or "wu-rn"? (I ...
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Pls, Help me. I've written an essay “An invitation letter to my friend for my school holiday” [on hold]

I have written an essay and I have some problems with grammar. My English isn't so good therefore I just wanna ask, Is it right writing of essay? Thank you! Hey Zak, I'm writing this letter to invite ...
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Do schools produce/raise/educate/graduate students?

My question here stems from a lack of idiomatic phrase knowledge. Let me proceed with an example. I am looking for a suitable verb for the sentence below: As a university taking the 21st century ...
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grammatical order [on hold]

I've recently come across with a sentence " People who had commited a crime, before worked here, they will not be allowed to work in this company." so This is the sentence But I think ( before OR ...
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Can we use hearty as an adverb?

In the movie '300', the protagonist King Leonidas has a famous dialogue. Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight, we dine in hell! Here, I wanted to know if the usage of ...
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Annually |AND or OR| as required - policy wording debate

Completing an internal policy document and the review clause has created some debate in the office. Some may call it petty, I call it a quest for betterment, either way I am seeking some consensus ...
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Is there any word for a place full of confusion?

I am searching for a word for a place which is full of confusion. I tried searching but couldn't find any link. This website mentions nothing. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/confused Merriam-...
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What does it mean when someone says “Don't call me ”boy“! ”

non native speaker here. when someone calls another person boy and the other person responds by saying "don't call me "boy" ". Does that mean the first person was calling the other person "boy" to ...
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A good title for a paper which compares the pros and cons of a subject [on hold]

Okay, so currently I'm writing a research paper about the detriments of social media. I know a lot of people today think social media is good whereas others think it's bad (I'm arguing its cons ...
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What are the naunces of the placement of 'be' in the following two sentences?

I'm translating a bit of dialogue (from Japanese to English, in case anyone was wondering) in which Character A is speaking to character B. The two possible translations I came up with are: "There’...
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What is the origin of “Here's why” - what is it gramatically? does it have a name?

Ive seen its use increase over the last few years. Mostly in online articles, as a "catchy" / click baity title , in the form: "Here's why $thing" ; or "$statement!. Heres why" apostrophe optional. ...
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Any words that can explain someone that values school over self-care? [on hold]

Why do you have to wait to go drink water, or go to the washroom at school? Why do teachers give you lectures about using your lunch time to take care of yourself? Doesn't the human body have a clock ...
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When referring to the word “sensitive” what does having a greater sensitivity mean? [on hold]

This might sound a bit confusing, so let me specify. John is more sensitive to food than Louise Does this sentence mean John is able to taste more food, and therefor has a larger range of food, or ...
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What’s a catchy phrase that means get the most out of your dollar?

I’m trying to finish a speech, and I was thinking of a catchy last idiom to wrap it up. It was on the tip of my tongue and it I think it mean get the most out of your dollar or something like that.... ...
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eggs fried easy, while boiled soft

Why are eggs fried (over-)easy while boiled soft? I looked for etymological clues on the phrase "over-easy", but could find one. In both frying and boiling, fully cooked eggs are hard in the sense ...
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Another word for a “selective” character trait

I'm seeking the word that describes a character trait for someone who, when given a system of beliefs, methods, or views, will sort through and accept or emulate only the best or purposeful parts of ...
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Who said it first?

"If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven't spent the night with a mosquito" Is this an African proverb or is it originally from the Dalai Lama?
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' he got the drop on us '

In some western movies one cowboy says to another 'looks like he got the drop on us Tex'.Just wondering what there that phrase originated?
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Why do verbs need to be pluralised when you are using a name at the beginning, but not when you use 'You' at the beginning? [migrated]

Examples: 'You like cake.' and 'Lucas likes cake.' 'You run fast.' and 'John runs fast.' Why are the verbs pluralised when the name is used? Thanks!
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Avoiding use of “who” while maintaining proper syntax

How do I say the following phrases - typeset in bold - without using "who"? The situation is children on a playground, and attention is given to those on the swings. If I wanted to say something ...
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What is a word for an argumentative victory via empty rhetoric and audience manipulation?

A word or phrase with similar usage as a "pyrrhic victory", but meaning that the argument was won in an invalid/disingenuous way via empty (but effective) rhetoric and superior persuasive skills. ...
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What is a word for being obviously humorous?

So I'm trying to write a piece of dialogue and I can't remember this word for the life of me and Google isn't helping. I know it's similar to sarcasm in usage but not quite. The characters are in a ...
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What's this idiom or proverb? Please help!

You want to give a criticism to someone, but you cannot because you’re not close to them, but you give that criticism to someone else and hope the other person understands.” I will explain more so ...
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Is there any difference between to strew and to scatter?

I just read that : https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/strew-scatter.172228/ and it appears those two words are interchangeable, apart that strew is rather literate. What do you think?
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Main and Subordinate Clauses

Does whenever functions as a subordinate conjunction or as an adverb in the following sentence. Whenever did the Ramsey twins paint their parent's house?
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What is the correct term for a fear of breasts? [on hold]

I have known this is a phobia for quite a while and remember reading the word long ago, but when I googled it today I got 2 different spellings: mastophobia and mastrophobia. Which one is right? Is ...
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Word for the river emptiyng into the ocean

In Portuguese we have the word "desaguar", which would roughly translate to "to release water" but is almost exclusively used to mean the offloading of water by a river into another body of water. We ...
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Is there any standard terminology to describe how advanced a topic is?

Background: I have been searching for succinct language for referring to how "advanced" a topic or skill might be. I've found things like Integrative Complexity and the Model of Hierarchical ...
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Should vs Will? [migrated]

What is the difference, if any, between the following: the building materials should be stored on pallets the building materials will be stored on pallets
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Does the word “append” work for when one inserts something at the beginning of something else? [on hold]

For example, does putting one's initials before the name of a copied document count as "appending" one's initials to the name of the document? I know there is a word called "prepend," but it is ...
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What's the reason behind this common error? [on hold]

Pretty frequently, I see someone Capitalize Every Word In Their Sentences Like This; (example) after seeing it so many times I'm intensely curious just what makes it so common. It seems to be from ...
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Nonrestrictive Clauses and Coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses

Quick, not so simple question. I know that, if you join two independent clauses with a coordinating conjunction (like "and"), you need a comma before the coordinating conjunction. For example: I ...

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