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What do you call someone who hates how they look, and fusses over it?

I’m trying to describe an anime character named Nene Yashiro, and she hates her fat ankles. She’s always whining about it, so what should I say in a sentence like: Yashiro, the ______ daikon. Or ...
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How to rewrite "There are a red apple and a green apple on the table."?

Consider the following sentence. There are a red apple and a green apple on the table. Can I rewrite it as follows? There are a red and a green apple on the table. Or, should I rewrite it as follows? ...
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Capitalize "the" when referring to publications as physical objects?

There are plenty of questions on Stackexchange and the web about when to capitalize "the" in titles like "The New York Times." But most of those questions have to do with referring ...
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In the sentence " They want me to do this sober ", why is an adjective being used to describe a verb ( do )?

In a movie, the interviewer wanted to interview someone, and then his friend offered him a drink, but the interviewer said " They want me to do this sober ". "They" refers to his ...
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Is this the correct use of the word probity in this sentence?

As far as I can see the sentence would make sense as if you speak to your mother with honesty about what you did wrong they would definitely punish you. Thanks in advance!
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Past tense sentence containing a habitual action in present tense

I have found a few questions on the site regarding habitual action and tenses, but nothing addresses my specific query. I want to know whether it is acceptable to use the present tense to describe a ...
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Possible meanings of “[they] are forming a procession in the square” in context

This is from Baltasar and Blimunda (1998, p. 3), a translation of José Saramago’s Memorial do Convento (1982). Broader context: it’s the 1700s, an Austrian princess married the Portuguese King to “...
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Does "pig" (fat animal) come from the Latin "pinguedo" (fat)? [closed]

Does "pig" (fat animal) come from the Latin pinguedo (fat)?
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What do you call a person who purportedly represents the best qualities of a nation?

In Russian there is an expression "conscience of a nation" (совесть нации) which means a person who embodies best qualities of that nation (according to one's subjective opinion). In the ...
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What does "Oh snap" mean?

May I ask, what does "oh snap" mean please? I heard it from the DIY Art competition, when the competitors were waiting for the judges to announce who's the winner. Competitor A said: I'm ...
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Should you avoid capitalization of capitonyms to avoid ambiguity? [closed]

Per this question, Polish is a capitonym. To avoid ambiguity, should one avoid using the verb/noun form of polish at the start of the sentence or in other contexts when capitalization is required? For ...
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What is the relationship between these two clauses?

I came across this sentence: Even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan morph into shapeless struggles, they have given birth to an extraordinary outpouring of writing that tries to make sense of it ...
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I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know [closed]

There is a part of song in one of Gotye's where he sings "I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know" I was wondering what that means. is hung past participle?
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What's the meaning of the preposition 'for' [closed]

Your thoughts are just for me. Can anyone explain the meaning of the sentence above especially the preposition 'for'?
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What does " Any award recognition is just gravy " mean? [closed]

The interviewer asked the actor "What would an Oscar nomination mean for you?", and he answered, "Any award recognition is just gravy". Can anybody please clarify the actor's ...
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How to Form Plural Nouns of Borrowed German Terms?

Just signed up for this site and think it's great. Yesterday I encountered the artistic term 'Sturm und Drang' (roughly: storm and stress), a term that describes the literary and artistic movement ...
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Is "inveterate" always pejorative?

Clearly, the most common usage of this is "inveterate liar." I don't think I've ever heard this word used in a positive sense. You never hear of an "inveterate philanthropist," for ...
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Jaw to Jaw (without expressing action)

As the werewolf wrenched itself free of the manacle binding it, the dog seized it about the neck and pulled it backwards, away from Ron and Pettigrew. They were locked, jaw to jaw, claws ripping at ...
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Is it "what sports" or "which sports"? [closed]

I want to ask people about the sports they like. Should I ask, "what sports do you like?" or "which sports do you like?" I would be happy to know the reasons as well.
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Past perfect vs Past simple and sequence of tenses

I have an example We knew he went to Paris. We knew he had gone to Paris. The first example sounds like he went to Paris at that moment or sometime very recently. By using the past perfect, the ...
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Speak low/lowly

Speak very low. Speak very lowly. Research: Low can, according to Oxford dictionary, mean low sound, low in height, or maybe "low in importance". Lowly, according to Oxford dictionary, ...
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What does "turn down a glass" mean?

I was reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (from the early 1930s) when I encountered this strange expression. This is the context of the phrase: Somewhere, as you read, the secret to which I ...
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juxtaposition of adverbials

Consider the following succession of sentences: Everyone struggles. Inevitably everyone struggles. Everyone inevitably struggles. At certain times, everyone struggles. Everyone struggles at certain ...
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Word that describes text transformation into a code with data loss [closed]

I am working with a piece of software code which transforms a character array into a single integer. For example, if I have the array [ a, b, c ], then it becomes 97 + 98 + 99 = 294, for ASCII 'a' = ...
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not only... but also (but also - together)

I know that parallelism is a maxim when it comes to talking about this matter, my question is: Not only do I like chocolate, but I also like coffee. (this is correct) Not only do I like chocolate, but ...
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What is a word for altering the public perception/interpretation of a word or concept?

I am looking for a verb that can be used to describe the conscious and intentional act of taking action to alter the perception of a phenomenon to the public and/or within a certain group. I'm looking ...
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At which reading age could someone possibly converse using only basic vocabulary [closed]

So this is kind of a complex question I am asking. Take the word "complex" for example. A child might learn the word "difficult" before they learn "complex" or even the ...
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With a between-subjects study design or in a between-subject study design

Which one is correct (and incorrect) or makes more sense? With a between-subjects study design, Using a between-subjects study design, In a between-subjects study design, For example: These ...
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What is the meaning of 'live' in this text?

And I love you so The people ask me how? How I've lived til now? I tell them I don't know? Can you tell me what the word live means?
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Is there a technique for when a verb is used to conjure up a distinct image? [closed]

In The Crucible, Arthur Miller describes the love between John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor as an "emotion flowing between them". In my interpretation, the verb "flowing" connotes ...
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Can I use verb "pass" to tell someone to ignore a question?

If I leave a message to someone such like as "Can you please bala bala bala?" After a while, I want to let him skip my question. So I said "Please pass it" but is this correct? Or ...
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Different verb tenses [migrated]

We were cooking all morning because we had 15 people coming to lunch. We were cooking all morning because there were 15 people coming to lunch. What is the difference? Many thanks.
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Is there a difference between yield and lead to in the scientific context? [closed]

Examples: Recall the inequality (1). Then (2) yields the desired upper bound. and Recall the inequality (1). Then (2) leads to the desired upper bound. Is there any difference between these ...
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"Will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month" - what does this "stand to" mean?

In Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Scene 4, Mercutio departs with Benvolio, leaving Romeo to speak with Juliet's nurse, whom Mercutio has mocked and insulted. Nurse asks Romeo who this rude and raucous fellow ...
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Is the expression "To date, it's the first..." redundant?

I have read expressions similar to the following multiple times in scientific papers: "Our study is the first to date to prove that..." "To date, our study is the first to..." I ...
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Universal but another word

I’ve been looking for a word for when something is created which can be enjoyed by both the general public and those with esoteric taste. I’ve been told the word is universal but tbh I don’t find that ...
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Using 'not only' and 'but also' - are both these sentences correct?

I have searched so many sites and looked at the questions here but can't get clarification on whether both these sentences are correct or not. I've figured out they should be parallel and looking at ...
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When to use either the word "by" or "depending on" to classify something?

I was writing some English sentences and I found that the following sentences both seem good to me. The students are sorted by their scores. The students are sorted depending on their scores. The ...
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What does "that much" mean? [closed]

In the sentence"That much is straightforward." from Malcolm Gladwell's Blink, "That much" seems to be the subject. How can I say it in other way? ... most of us have figured out ...
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Discovering their self and discovering themselves

In adolescence, teenagers discover their self. (as in the “self” with a possessive their) OR In adolescence, teenagers discover themselves (reflexive pronoun). I think both are potentially acceptable. ...
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Genuinely curious

In the past two years every time I've seen curious it has been preceded by genuinely. What is going on here? (Actual question.) Is there some alternate connotation now being seen with the bare curious ...
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Why is there a comma after the word “recipient”?

**Writing sample below (first sentence, not second) The statement is also in the interest of the recipient, as a person seeking an attorney would likely want to know if an attorney only wants easy ...
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Question: Is it social democracy or Social democracy or Social Democracy? AP style [closed]

Sentence 1: Similarily though he carried out many useful administrative reforms, in a vain effort to combat Social Democracy he seriously interefered with the liberty of public meeting and attempted ...
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How do I ask a question in a sentence while referencing a quote?

I am working on an assignment where you are supposed to ask Obama a question. I wanted to include the quote in the middle of my sentence and use that quote to help me ask my end question. I added a ...
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Can "while you're at it" be used in non-physical contexts?

Most of the examples I looked up with the expression "while you're at it" involves physical contexts: "I'm going to the store to buy a newspaper." – "While you're at it, ...
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Does this sentence convey my intended meaning properly? I have to write a six word story

Sentence: "They acquitted guilty men for justice." Does this sentence convey that "They acquitted guilty men to achieve justice," or am I not able to use the word "for" ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "slam home"?

I can't find a definition or any synonyms for the phrase "slam home" in cases like: It slams home a sense of what the wars were like. or To slam home the point, a guy from the State ...
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Can you introduce a direct quotation with "that" and not accommodate conjugation and pronouns?

I've heard this many times recently in public, copy-edited discourse, where I don't expect to find grammatical errors, but it doesn't sound right to me. Let's say my mom says to me, "I want you ...
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What is the meaning of "be places"?

Recently I saw the sentence "Sometimes I just am places". What does it mean? Actually, it was used when one of the characters in the movie asked his friend "why are you here?", and ...
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My son and I having fun or My son and me having fun [duplicate]

I thought I knew it all when it comes to I and me, but on this one I did a double take. On a photograph caption, a facebook post, my friend wrote "my son and I at the party". It didn't have ...

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