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Literary/poetic way of saying hello

I have heard farewell as an old-fashioned or formal form of goodbye. But what can I say instead of hello? As far as I know, the word, greetings, can be used instead of hello, but I am not sure it is a ...
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I'm working in an Indigenous Australian context in which particular sacred trees and animals are capitalised. I'm aware that the specific name of the tree, for example, needs to be capitalised but ...
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Identifying Literary devices (synecdoche, periphrasis)

Does the usage of the names of specific national dishes here represent the countries? Can we affirm that the author uses a synecdoche? Even if you’re not bold enough to try bubble and squeak, haggis ...
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Literary devices and sentence structure in Matthew 7:1 (KJV)

I am a student who is looking for help on a specific portion of my discussion. I have been asked the following questions with respect to this KJV verse: Judge not, that ye be not judged. -- ...
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Is 'Thanks for your trouble' a common phrase?

Is it a common phrase 'Thanks for your trouble' ? I read this sentence in some speaking books. However, I think the phrase 'thanks for your effort' is better to express my intentions, doesn't it?
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Passive clauses without auxiliaries

Sentences such as I came across a letter that was typed by her secretary, can be "reduced" by removing that and the auxiliary verb, yielding I came across a letter typed by her secretary. In this ...
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Is "new changes" redundant?

"Exam comes with 3 new changes" Three big changes have been introduced in this year's Form Three examination under a new format.
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Is "Annular Ring" redundant?

I've come across the term annular ring in parentheses following washer in my calculus textbook: "has the shape of a washer (an annular ring)". The definition of this word in Merriam Webster ...
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What is the phrase or expression which has the word ‘finger’ in it and means very easily or quickly

Long ago the Internet could not be accessed …. I am looking for a word to use in the above sentence. I want it to mean ‘easily’ and ‘quickly’. I remember there was a phrase or proverb which had the ...
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To act as [insert profession]

Would it be correct, in English, to say: I acted as an engineer in that company I acted as a lawyer in that firm And, more generally: To act as [profession]
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What is the definition of "calculus" (not referring to the mathematical connotation)?

What is the definition of "calculus"? I've scoured some online dictionaries, only to be stumped as no dictionaries offer me a satisfactory explanation. I'm mostly focused on the "a ...
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"The purpose of" versus "the purpose for" — which one is proper?

Is there even a difference between the two?
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Actions That Terminate At Present Moment

Which tense should I use for actions which terminate exactly at the present time and the final point of the action is the present moment ? Can present perfect be used for this type of situation? Let'...
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What is the native word for describing an expression or gesture

What will be the perfect word for expressing huff, pride or sulking like when children angry with their parents and sit in the corner and don't want to talk with them . What word generally a native ...
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Question about literary devices (probably personification)

Is there any literary device? I suspect that the part with "relationship" is connected with personification. From: https://www.britishtours.com/greenwich-tours. The Museum packs a treasure ...
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How to describe someone who has recently entered a new phase of their life

I have the sentence below: Looking at the budding teenager mature made me feel old. Is it right to describe someone who has recently become a teenager as budding? If not, what word should I replace &...
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Noun phrases within other noun phrases

Consider below the partitive NP "a group of business leaders and politicians". Today, a group of business leaders and politicians held a meeting in which they discussed a wide range of ...
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Long answers with present perfect [closed]

1-A) I haven't eaten yet, because I was doing my homework, but I've just finished. 1-B) I haven't eaten yet, because I have been doing my homework, but I've just finished. 2-A) I haven't played yet, ...
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I want to know about liking of the following sentence . I mean is it participle or gerund?

"He has got a house to his liking." In this sentence what is liking? I mean is it gerund or participle.
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Is there a word or phrase to describe men who blindly support a woman, no matter what wrong she does?

Certain women have the skill of destroying relationships or using powerful people or a network of people to exact vengeance on someone, and then pretending that they are innocent. The pretence of ...
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Specialized or Specialist

There is a large hospital in my city whose name is King Fahd Specialist Hospital. I argued with a doctor working there about the name of the hospital. I said that it needs to be changed into King Fahd ...
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What is the meaning of "physical character of of the people"?

Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet published the book "Travels in China" in 1804. In Chapter VII. Government—Laws he said It is sufficiently evident, that the heavy hand of power has completely ...
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Another word for "quietly confident"? [closed]

A single word for "quietly confident", or "not saying much to draw attention to themselves yet having a deep sense of security"? "Update the question so it can be answered ...
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"During this hour" vs. "In this hour"

"This took place in this hour." "This took place during this hour." Is there any difference between the phrases "in this hour" and "during this hour"?
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How is the word 'gullet' understood by non-medical English speakers?

I've found that there are several dialect words that mean both 'windpipe' and 'gullet'. This is true of Wright's (old, but monumental) dialect dictionary (see e.g. 'kecker'). It also holds in a ...
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Can an abbreviation of a verb be classified as a nominalisation?

For example, in the abbreviation for the fictional organisation "SCP Foundation", "SCP" is short for "Secure, Contain, Protect." Would this classify the term "SCP&...
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What does "hell-turding away" mean here?

Just as we were reaching the cottage, we saw two women in the street. One of the women was Old Mrs Adams. She was shouting at another. Hell-turding away. From the book How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
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"The transfer of money for building bridges by the government." Does this mean money is transferred by the govt or the bridges are built by the govt?

The transfer of money for building bridges by the government. Does this mean money is transferred by the government or does it mean the bridges are built by the government ?
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to comply with goals?

I am looking for the most succinct way (preferably a single word) of expressing that some actor, who professes some goal, is acting in way consistent with what they profess. Would "X is ...
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Why is “cannot” spelled as one word?

Why is “cannot” spelled as one word whereas other similar constructions such as “do not,” “will not,” “shall not,” “may not” and “must not” are spelled as two words (unless they are contracted as “don’...
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Meaning of "They say! What say they? Let them say."

I've heard this quote in the past, but have never really found any reference to the meaning of it. "They say! What say they? Let them say." was the personal motto of reclusive millionaire Edward F. ...
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Which one's correct? [closed]

Which one is correct? What are you doing here? or What you are doing here? Similarly, Till when you are at home? or Till when are you at home?
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Is there any difference between the idioms "pull the rug from under" and "leave in the lurch"?

Is there any distinction between "pull from under the rug" and "leave in the lurch"? What separates them? I've scoured some online dictionaries, but I fail to see the difference. ...
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Use of 'Get' in a particular type of sentences

I just want to know whether the sentences below are grammatically correct or not – His / that attitude gets me irked. Is the use of word 'get' acceptable in such cases? His / that attitude irks me. ...
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Confused about which between "does" and "will" should I use [migrated]

Which among these two examples are gramatically correct? A: "DOES the disadvantageous offer still remain on the table?" B: "WILL the disadvantageous offer still remain on the table?&...
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"Trawling through" or "trolling through"

There are quite a few discussions online about whether one can "trawl through" or "troll through", looking for something. From what I can see, both are fishing terms so both are ...
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Verb for "tenable"? [closed]

Most -able adjectives can be derived from verbs, e.g.: do -> doable bear -> bearable like -> likeable Is there a verb we can derive tenable from?
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I'm sorry THAT I didn't hear you [closed]

Is it wrong to put 'that' after I'm sorry in "I'm sorry THAT I didn't hear you"?
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In what varieties of English is "working" used (as a gerund) instead of "work" (as a noun)?

A recent question on the English Language Learners Stack Exchange concerned the use of the phrase "have been knowing" (as opposed to "have known"). While the latter is standard in ...
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What is the correct spelling for 'finash'/'feenash'/'phinash'/'pheenash'?

I have heard this word somewhere but am unsure how to spell it. He had a certain level of mastery of his pottery skills, he completed all his work with remarkable finash/feenash/phinash/phines It ...
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What does “saving the world, one X at a time” mean?

Does it mean that you are using X to save the world, or that you are saving the world by eliminating one X at a time?
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Can changing the order of adjectives alter the literal meaning of a phrase?

Someone recently pointed out to me that most English-speakers will say "I saw a big brown spider," rather than "I saw a brown big spider". However, the second sentence has the same literal meaning as ...
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What do you call a person who receives patronage?

I'm pretty sure there's a word for that. Unfortunately, searching for the antonym of patronage didn't yield any results. Example sentence: Since I became a __ I haven't had to worry about money ...
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"The world forgetting, by the world forgot."

This is from Alexander Pope's Eloisa to Abelard, also appeared in the movie Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind(2004). Could anyone parse this sentence for me? Where's the predicate? What does "the ...
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Convert these to first person [closed]

This chapter introduces an interaction model for information search that is tailored to children’s inquiry-based learning practices
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How do I distinguish wanting something to happen vs predicting it will happen? [closed]

This question comes from arises from cases of shipping as in (romantic) relationship - ping; The Psychology of Shipping and The Psychology of Shipping. What happened was that I saw this forum where 1 ...
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Using the term "operating system" to describe a gun mechanism -- influenced by computers or other way around?

Saw two separate videos on Youtube where they go into the details of how a given model of firearm works -- I think they use the term "operating system" to describe things like how ammunition ...
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Does anyone know the origin of the name "dear-joy" (used, often perjoratively, by English people to denominate the Irish in the 18th century)?

I'm looking for the origin of the term "dear-joys" applied by English people to the Irish in the 18th (and possibly 19th century). I can find lots of citations for its use in 18th century literature ...
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Is there any difference between "beget" and "engender"?

Is there a distinction between "beget" and "engender"? What separates them? I've scoured many dictionaries, but I don't see the difference. For example, Lexico's Dictionary defines ...
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Syllabify geology

How do we syllabify the word "geology? Go ol o gy or ge o lo gy. If A is right then why is B wrong? If B so then why A? Also 2. laboratory.

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