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How did 'despite' semantically shift to signify 'without being affected by something'? [closed]

I quote Etymonline on despite (n., prep.) c. 1300, despit (n.) "contemptuous challenge, defiance; act designed to insult or humiliate someone;" mid-14c., "scorn, contempt," from Old French despit ...
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Term for a graph with a regular polygon with labeled points and an irregular polygon inside of it

Taking a personality quiz on FiveThirtyEight, there were these graphs, consisting of a regular pentagon and an irregular pentagon inside with the points further from the center being lesser and points ...
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How did 'however this may be' semantically shift to introduce contrast or contradiction?

however, adv. : Oxford English Dictionary Etymology: < how adv. + ever adv. 6. In senses 2, 3, however is the relic of an original subordinate clause (like those of sense 1), such as ‘...
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Can you use a comma splice in a sentence with lots of “ands”?

Are the following comma uses correct? Please explain and quote the rule (if possible). Examples of comma splices in real publications: In previous grades, students studied positive and negative ...
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Gerund and noun meaning difference

I have 3 sentences; 1- Fixing file solved the problem. 2- File fixing solved the problem. 3- File fix solved the problem. I have no problems with sentence one since i know it is a standard gerund ...
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Compendium of Exemplary Paragraphs/Sentences [closed]

I'm looking for a book that is little more than a book - like a chapbook - of exemplary paragraphs and sentences. I want to use this book for some experimental teaching of English composition. I'm ...
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Is it correct to say “A speaking task by using WhatsApp messenger”? [closed]

Can I use "by using" in a title or phrase or does it have to be a full sentence? I want to put a caption under one of my photos I took in one of my classrooms in which my students are doing a ...
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What does (its) refer to?

In a sentence like: America is a rich country. Its resources are massive. If the question was: what does (its) refer to? And there were choices to choose from: A. America B. America's Which one ...
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What is the rule for using 'ø' as in Rømer [duplicate]

There is a network Hot Question where Romer is written with a crossed 'o', or as Rømer. It appears to be character code 0xf8 for ø. This seems to be consistent on Wikipedia for his name, but why ...
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So what does this mean --> I’ve long gotten <--

I’ve long gotten a thrill from the rawness and messiness of our local politics. This confuses me.
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Apostrophe usage in “From the Smiths” [closed]

We are very confident there is no apostrophe needed but given it's for a wedding I wanted to be sure. We are printing the following on our wedding favours "From the Smiths with love" The printer ...
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What wil be the one word in A person who like to take medicine [closed]

I want a single word to call a person in one word who like to take medicine.please give me.
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How to get rid of fears [closed]

So in my about me bit I have named a few of many fears and they are really starting to ruin me so like I really needs way to sort it all out so if you can all help me out it would. Be much appreciated ...
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Word for an event that will likely never happen again

I've read this question, but none of them are what I am looking for. I once read a book that used a word to describe an event that has happened in the past, but the odds were so astronomical that it ...
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“difficult of accomplishment”

(=completion, fulfilment) "difficult of accomplishment". Is it grammatically correct? If so, is it a productive pattern? any other examples? I'd say "of difficult accomplishment" or else "difficult ...
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Difference between Anything and Something

Is there any meaning difference between these two sentences below? If this story has taught us anything, it's that... If this story has taught us something, it's that... If there's not, why ...
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Is the “en-” verb prefix redundant?

The verb prefix en- seems redundant to me. For example a book titled 'Something' a book entitled 'Something' Are these identical in meaning, or is there some nuance?
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What phrase is used to describe the subsequent act in a series of performances [closed]

For example, the MC at a talent show might say: "Currently on stage is [Performance 1], up next we have [Performance 2] and [Performance 3] is ____." I know the phrase exists because I've heard it ...
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Why do people use present tense when they are quoting someone? [duplicate]

I've heard and used this a lot but was wondering why and is it even correct. When you are in a conversation with your mates and you are telling a story and when you try to quote someone, you say "...
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Is “Had not came” is correct or not? [closed]

In this sentence correct grammar? He hadn't came for the interview.
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Proper use for “Us” or “We”? [duplicate]

Will you please help me find out what is the right pronoun to use in the following slogan: You + Us = the world or You + We = the world Thanks very much!
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Is saying “X it is” too informal a response for a casual workplace environment? [on hold]

When choos­ing be­tween op­tions, peo­ple of­ten say X it is. For ex­am­ple: Dick: What do you want to eat? Jane: I want pizza. Dick: Pizza it is. I am cu­ri­ous whether say­ing X it is is just ...
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what does it mean to say “it is on London to find an approvable Brexit deal”

This sentence is odd to me: Ms May's position that it is on London to find an approvable Brexit deal and not on Brussels, has been replaced by a new doctrine. "it is on" / "not on" - is this a ...
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Is 'faithless' a literary version of 'unfaithful' (in the context of a spouse)?

Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. defines 'faithless' as: faithless, (of a spouse): unfaithful (literary) Is 'faithless' really the literary term for 'unfaithful', unlike unfaithful which would supposedly ...
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by (the) way: incidentally

Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. defines incidentally as by way: used to introduce additional information such as something that the speaker has just thought of by chance: by chance or by accident Is the ...
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change the subject of an active sentence into an adverb of the passive counterpart

what is the rhetorical device which changes the subject of an active sentence, The breeze wavered the flowers, into an adverb of the passive counterpart, the flowers wavered in the breeze?
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Meaning of a sentence 'The Uncommon Reader'

I've recently read The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. I'd be very grateful if someone can help me with the meaning of the following sentences / phrases. That she did her boxes with less assiduity ...
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X vs. X-al adjectives (asymptotic vs asymptotical, etc.)

Right now I am writing a technical report, where I describe asymptotic(al) curves, expansions etc. My understanding after a bit of web browsing is that asymptotic and asymptotical are near-synonymous ...
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Reregistration or Re-registration?

Reregister is in the MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY but when I'm typing reregister into Chrome it wants to correct me to re-register. So which is correct? Reregistration or Re-registration?
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A phrase for a time period between event and its associated deadline

I am looking for a phrase that would describe a time period between an event and a deadline that is associated with it. For example, consider a press conference that starts at 11 AM. Its start is "...
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Sentence meanings from a novel Queenpin [closed]

I've recently read Queenpin by Megan Abbott, and it contained in it a lot of colloquial usage which I wasn't able to grasp. I'd be very grateful if someone can help me with the meaning of the ...
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Word for someone who likes showing off her or his food [on hold]

Word for someone who likes showing off her or his food,someone told me before, I have forgotten unfortunately.
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Any “concept”, or name, for not questioning norms? [duplicate]

Hello from first time poster (non english native speaker). Are there any "established" concepts, names or terms for "blindly following established practises without questioning them" or something ...
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When to use “that” in indirect speech?

Which one is correct, and how will I know when to use that? The poet asks that who is the Being that is capable of creating such a majestic yet terrifying creature. or The poet asks who is the ...
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“One is done for you” or “One has been done for you”?

While I was writing a textbook I gave an exercise for students. Since the exercise was difficult, I gave an example and gave the instruction One (example) is done for you The editor corrected it ...
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Some confusion about hyphenated-compound-words and quotations

How should I punctuate the following: You-Know-Who or “You know who”? Should I use hyphens to compound words e.g. if I'm writing long-and-complex sentences? Or should I use quotation marks when I'm ...
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Usage of “as” for comparison

Can we use "as" in this manner? It is very hot here in the summers. However it isn't as hot in the countryside. or It is very hot here in the summers. However in the countryside, it isn't as hot. ...
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I don't understand the logic in this sentence

It was always bound to have good battery life thanks to the big 5000mAh cell, but when it's powering a budget phone then this 14+ hours is possible. In the first part of the sentence the author is ...
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“English Program” vs “Program in English”

I am writing a summary about two Master of Science programs in Physics, one is taught in English and the other one is taught in French. Is it correct if I use terms like "English Program" or "Program ...
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A Word/Phrase for the Process of Classifying Something as a Sin

If we turn something (including a concept or tactic) into a weapon, we have weaponized it. If we legally classify something as a crime, we have criminalized it. What is an equivalent single-word, ...
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What's the implication of this sentence in this context? [closed]

It's 4 AM, we've been up for 14 hours, and began watching a movie in Netflix, ever since the movie began, I kept talking about NASA and scientific research for 15 minutes, when my partner interrupted ...
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Looking for a certain gender-neutral word [duplicate]

This is going to be a bit tricky to ask correctly, so sorry for making you read long, carefully crafted sentences! Sorry if it seem like excess (and it kinda is, but better safe than sorry, as I don't ...
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Why do we say “I'm at home”, but “I'm at the gym” instead of “I'm at gym”? [duplicate]

I was speaking to some ELL and they asked me the above question and I wasn't able to give a good answer. What's the reason we need to prefix gym with "the", but not do the same for places like home, ...
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Could you please fix my first essay? Thank you so much! [closed]

Essay topics: Some people think that planning for future is a waste of time. They believe it is more important to focus on the present. To what extent do you agree or disagree? It is thought that ...
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Are there non-technical words that have no synonyms? [on hold]

Are there any non-technical words that have no synonyms? In other words is a word "technical", such as electron, DNA and igneous, because they involve technology or because it has no synonyms?
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When to drop AD and BC from dates?

I see some texts using AD and BC or BCE and CE. But other texts just have the date, like 1992 and it is understood. Is there a rule of thumb for when to add these prefixes? I'm using Chicago-Turabian.
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International youth day [closed]

The United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12th each Year to recognize efforts of the world’s youths in enhancing global society. It's also geared to promote ways to ...
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Term for one who traffics teenagers for sex [on hold]

The media and online blogs are currently promoting Jeffrey Epstein and at least some of his friends as "pedophiles." However, that term technically describes people who exploit pre-pubescent children, ...
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what to call a person with an obsession with eyes

I don't know guys but in have a HUGE. obsession with eyes and its like I don't know but I have a book with 80 sheets of A3 paper and they ALL have eyes on them my phone I full of pictures with eyes my ...
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Word Request: Is there a word or two words for the intersection of emotional intelligence and decision making? [closed]

I am trying to come up with a concise category name for content that relates to clear-headed decision making and becoming emotionally intelligent. Clarification: This "word" or "words" I am ...

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