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What is a word that refers to the state of appearing only as a head without a body, as in the case of an apparition or God

I am looking for a word that refers to the state of appearing as only a head without a body, as in the case of an apparition or god. I think the word would be used in a sentence something like this: ...
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“Piece” as a verb, meaning to snack?

When I was growing up in the 1950's, my mother used "piece" as a verb, meaning to snack on something outside of mealtime. She might say "Do you want to piece on something?" while offering me a cookie. ...
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Can something that is one-of-a-kind be “rare”?

Perusing some for sale listings of guitars, many of them are Custom Shop, i.e. built to customer specification and not off the wall production models. By definition, these are one-of-a-kind ...
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“Either value can be higher”?

I'm writing a math paper and want to say that two quantities, a*b and (a-b), cannot be ranked in a unique way. Depending on the values a and b, either can be higher. My idea is to say "either value ...
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Usage of “all” in a sentence

"All the apples in the basket are good" vs "All the apple is good" [meaning the whole apple is good?]. Are both usages correct? If yes please explain why. From here it seems both the usages ...
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Word present and everywhere

Which is the correct one? 1. God is present everywhere 2. God is present at everywhere 3. God presents everywhere 4. God presents at everywhere
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How to write from this, to that, to that, to that

For example, if I were writing the menu options for a restaurant, how would I write something like this? Restaurant ABC offers many different dishes. From pizza, to burgers, to shakes, to fries, ...
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What is an idiom, phrase or expression for situation such as “throw a pigeon among cats”

Normally there is a idiom "throw a cat among pigeons" but what is being inquired here is "throwing a pigeon among cats" where cats are predator and pigeon is the prey and pigeon is trapped between ...
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Do native speakers actually “feel” the difference between the following sentences?

[A] Haven’t they sold many tickets? [B] Haven’t they sold a lot of tickets? According to the Cambridge dictionary, there's a difference in meaning here. When we use much and many in negative ...
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“News that matter” or “News that matters”?

I would like to ask which one is correct. This is for a slogan. I just cannot seem to understand which is the right one to use and why. Both sound fine to me, albeit the first one sounds better.
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Please clarify which sentence below is correct?

I didn’t eat anything for the past two days or I haven’t eaten anything for the past two days Are both sentences correct? If not which is correct? Thanks in advance
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“Nothing is compared with” or “Nothing is compared to”

Do we say "Nothing is compared with the Egyptian pyramids" or "Nothing is compared to the Egyptian pyramids"? If both are correct,is either one favourable in general or in British or American ...
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Anyone knows how to correct this sentences?

I also have a gift on Mathematics, This is one of the extract from my profile description. I figured the "on" is incorrect and I need to replace it with other preposition. What is the correct ...
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What is the justification for the difference between “venom” and “poison”

In the last few years an Internet meme has been going around that "poison" is a substance that has a negative effect when ingested, while "venom" has to be injected. Ergo, "poisonous snakes" should ...
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Quick links, Quicklinks or Quick-links?

Which is the correct spelling? Quick links, Quicklinks, or Quick-links The context is websites providing links to their users under this rubric. Naturally, I tried looking this up in various ...
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“will” for future plans (+ specific time involved - day, date, hour)

Can I use "will" instead of "going to or present continuous" when asking or making statements about someone's plans with a specific time involved? for example: I will meet her Monday morning at 7 ...
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Looking for an idiom

What is a classic saying for a third party getting all the benefit while two others are fighting. For example (from wikipedia): Two dogs fight for a bone, but a third one runs away with it.
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Multilinguists and polyglots

A multilinguist is one who speaks or knows many languages. A polyglot is one who speaks or knows many languages What is the difference between a multilingual , multlinguist and a polyglot? can ...
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Use of prepositions 'in' vs 'at' successively in a single sentence

The given sentence is I live (in/at) Ambala (in/at) Harayana (in/at) India. Ambala is a town in the state of Harayna which is in India (country). You can replace the place names with anything ...
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Word for articles grouped in a Series, but not initially intended to be a part of any series

I'm trying to find a word to describe a particular grouping of individual articles within a specific topic. The context for this word is I have a blog, and on the blog I have a bunch of articles. A ...
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what's the difference between i have no choice and i don't have a choice

I want to know what's the difference between sentences which have in it I have no and I don't have. (eg. "I have no dog") and (eg. "I don't have a dog") is there any difference in meaning or someone ...
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English Speaking Practice [on hold]

How I can practice? Please tell me. Online source for practice. I’ve tried enough but failed.
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I studied or was studying?

Now I am 60 years old and I want to say that sometime in the past I was at Oxford university 5 years for example but without a specific time in the past, 30 or 40years ago etc. 1) "I have studied at ...
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Chicago Manual of Style Headline-Style Capitalization

In the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, §8.159, the following rules are given (among others) for headline-style capitalization: Capitalize the first and last words in titles and subtitles ...
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“I regret that Mary said that John had bought {something / anything} in that shop” [on hold]

In the following sentences, would you, native English speakers, use the "any" form or the "some" form? Thank you very much! a) I regret that Mary said that John had bought {something / anything} in ...
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Usage of word 'fits' and 'true' in a sentence

I saw an image that was forwarded to me online and I thought it suits my situation and typed 'this fits me true' But then doubted if it sounded correct. Pls advise? Thanks.
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I do not understand this phrase [on hold]

Could anybody help me to understand this phrase in order to proceed for french translation. You know, Debbie, it's not important to feel those feelings growing any faster than you realize as you ...
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Please review my essay [on hold]

Children are experiencing the increasing educational, social and commerical pressures. What are the causes? What measures do you think can be taken to reduce them. In recent years, teenagers are ...
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Word for brands that mass produce cheap goods too?

I can't remember where I read this term/word. It's a name given to those brands that also produce goods that are cheap along with expensive ones, therefore still allowing people to hold on to the '...
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personal pronouns in object position but subjective case

Why is this right? Give the baton to he who is closest to you when you run by. Does the case of the restrictive clause drive the case of the sentence object?
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When is could too repetitive?

I am having trouble figuring out when to use the word, could. For example, in the sentence "There is a possibility that person had hit my car". If I used "could have" instead of "had", I think it ...
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Differences between To throw and To throw at?

I throw the paper to you. I throw the paper at you. What is the difference? And why and how the "at" changes this meaning?
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Can I say “empower toward”?

This is a one line description about how I am trying to describe my work. However afraid the grammar is not correct and can't find anything about it on the web. "Empowering teams toward efficient &...
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Why doesn't English employ an H in front of Ares?

While watching the movie the Martian, a question arose regarding the name Ares: Greek Gods were metaphrased into Latin when Romans took over. Ares (from the Greek Άρης) was now named Mars, and so on....
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Repeating “can” in this context [duplicate]

I am writing to inquire the correctness of the following usage of "can": ...can cause much confusion and can be potentially used by adversaries Or can I just omit the second "can"? ...can cause ...
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Is “bump into their conversation” a correct sentence to express getting into others conversation unexpectedly?

Is "bump into their conversation" a correct sentence to express getting into others conversation unexpectedly ?
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Do /ɪə/, /eə/, /ʊə/ diphthongs actually exist in General American as phonemes?

The Handbook of English Pronunciation. (Marnie Reed, John Levis referring to J.C. Wells) Аs the pronunciation of most speakers is rhotic, there are no centring diphthongs, because the vowels /ɪə,...
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Phrase for showing your astonishment

I am looking for an expression which shows that I'm surprised at something. For example: What sorcery is this? What is a good formal expression to show that I'm completely astonished and also make ...
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Come on, don’t be such a nimrod!

According to the OED, the word English Nimrod is derived from the Hebrew, where in Genesis 10:8–9 he is described as ‘a mighty one in the earth’ and ‘a mighty hunter before the Lord’. It is ...
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Can I use Present Perfect and Past Perfect together like this?

At a certain point in time, someone gave me something. At a later time, I tried using it. Now, I'm talking about the attempt. I wonder if I can talk about it like this: "I've tried using the thing ...
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Meaning of bolded line here

Pauline had said with a tinge of pride. “Please, have a look at them.” She pointed at the array of photographs that hung on all three sides of a small canopied stall, around a chair by which she stood....
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“Given” versus “Given that”

I just received a proofread version of an academic manuscript from my copy editor. She essentially changed all of the instances in which I had written "given that" to "given." I've tried to read up on ...
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come up with a present / souvenir / item

Recently I learned the idiomatic expression "come up with". Does this sound odd when I use this expression with nouns such as presents, souvenirs, items, etc. like "I came up with a unique present / ...
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'can' in if-clause

Is it ok to use "can" in the if-clause of Type 1 conditional sentences? For example: "I'll try find the audio files later. If I can't find them I'll record everything for you" Is this sentence ...
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Verb agreement with two gerunds as subject

I would like to know which of the following sentences is correct: Translating and adapting texts for different audiences composes the key of this theory Translating and adapting texts for different ...
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meaning of 'show-and-tell'

Me and a few of the other guys were doing a recruiting show-and-tell at Federal Plaza. The speaker is a coastguardsman who just joined an sector. I thought 'recruit' means 'enlist someone in the ...
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“I wish that” - does it make any sense?

Do you find this construction acceptable? 1) I wish that you find a magic sword for me. (A queen's desire) 2) I wish that he bring me a new book. (from regular life) I think that they mean: I want ...
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When can I omit the auxiliary verb in Past Perfect…?

I've come across two examples of past-perfect in the textbook and was wondering if someone could please explain why the latter sentences still use 'had' and why it shouldn't be omitted: 1) When I ...
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What bolded word represent here

Half-orphaned at the age of twelve, Vincent decided to support his mother and the dog, Puppy, for the two summed up to everything that was left of him.
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Where did the term “Your Obedient Servant” originate?

In political letters throughout history, the closing "Your Obedient Servant" appears many times (For example, president Lincoln uses it in all of his letters). Where and how did this phrase originate ...

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