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Is spelling of suffixes changed in some cases like prefixes?

I know that prefixes never change the spelling of stem. However, their spelling is changed in some cases. For example: well+come = welcome (not wellcome) all+ways = always (not allways) in+regular = ...
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Can I say "I delve into photography" to say I do photography more or less seriously?

I have seen the term "delve" in the context of discussions "tonight we delve into the consequences of..." or in its archaic acceptation for "excavate" but I have not ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? I feel that the punctuation might be off. Thanks! [closed]

Regarding Management and Regulation of Risk, an elective class undertaken during my 3rd year, Bank Strategy and Management, deviated my interest from pursuing private equity, to instead wanting to ...
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Like waiters serve tables in a restaurant, who serve rooms in a hotel? [closed]

I want to know what the person who serves the needs of a guest in a hotel is called in English.
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Meaning of "don't let her get to you"? [closed]

Could I ask if "don't let her get to you" means "don't let her get you down/unhappy"? In Australian context. Thank you.
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A word that describes members of a council who are not officers

I am trying to find a word for members of a council who are not officers. Officers of a council are usually defined in the constitution of that council and may include the chair [president, chairman, ...
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Can every noun be both countable and uncountable?

I think every noun can be uncountable. It's easy to prove with food: Mother beaver teaches her daughter to cook a salad: Now, add some table to taste. - In this context the countable noun "table&...
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How would native speakers express “let‘s start to analysis the next problem“ [migrated]

Just like a math teacher teaches students. now the teacher is going to take students to solve another problem,
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An English dictionary that lists examples of the word used throughout history [migrated]

In my language, there's a dictionary that for each word not only defines it, but gives multiple examples of usage from actual newspapers, books, etc. The best thing about it, is that it usually ...
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What does "we were just popping off each other" mean?

In an interview, when Paul McCartney talked about his memory with Michael Jackson: It was actually upstairs, here. In this office. Michael originally rang me, and said ‘do you want to make some hits?’...
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What do you mean by saying 'fail better'? [closed]

If you fail, no problem - next time you can fail better! What is the meaning of 'fail better'? A. do it better next time B. succeed eventually C. is there any other meaning?
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Does it make sense to say that a person is “being ironic”?

My gut tells me that irony properly refers to the idea expressed by the person, not to the person doing the expressing. But does referring to a person as ironic have a common enough usage to be ...
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Should I refer to the students as "them" or the "students?" [closed]

I am writing a short summary for my CV, and I am wondering, should I refer to the students as "them" or the "students?" Please tell me which summary sounds better - summary 1 or ...
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Why "monatomic" and not "monoatomic"?

"Mono" means singular, and "atomic" stands for the atom. So combining them will give a single atom - "monatomic". But why is this so? Why can't it be "monoatomic&...
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Does the usage of "ho" or "hoe" for "whore" predate the 20th century?

In Medieval Pleasures: What Was Sex Really Like In The Middle Ages?, Leeds Trinity professor Dr. Kate Lister shows how the records of medieval British street names reveal secrets regarding illicit ...
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When the pronoun "I" occurs outside of quotes, is it always a narrator's voice? [migrated]

When the pronoun "I" occurs outside of quotes, is it always a narrator's voice? If there are exceptions, I would be grateful for examples.
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Why "am" is used in the sentence "It is useless to me who ___ ill"?

First Let me clearly mention that I belong to non English speaking country, so I may be wrong with my question So, My brother encountered a question in his English test. It is useless to me who ___ ...
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Alternative to "always good to hear from you"

English has a lot of conversation-closers (valedictions?), each with slightly different denotations and connotations. Which conversation-closer would you use to express to a friend that you will ...
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I know that "What do you here?" is a valid sentence, but I can't quite parse it to explain to others

I've always been bothered by how people say the translation of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is terrible and full of errors, and the number one thing they point to for the error part of the ...
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Is 'to be imperative' followed by be or the conjugated form of verb be?

Which version of this sentence is correct? It's imperative that measures be taken as soon as possible. It's imperative that measures are taken as soon as possible.
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How would you describe the sound that flesh does when falling on the floor [closed]

I am writing a battle scene. An arm is cut off and I'm trying to describe the sound it makes as it hits the floor. I'm imagining the flesh is heavy, full of blood, probably squishy. I can imagine the ...
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Single word substitution for a given phrase [closed]

What to call a person who has talents but couldn't express it to others?
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I'm looking for a term like "Queen Bee" to describe a gamer who's achieved a high score [closed]

I'm working on a puzzling website, and am hunting for a the perfect title to give players who've achieved a high score. (We can't say "perfect" score because some games are time-based so ...
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What do you call something that is "new" to someone? (Ex: a newly learned word) [closed]

For example a neologism is a "new word" but I'm trying to describe a word that, decidedly, is not new; but one that I have just learned the meaning/usage of, and had never even heard until ...
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Why is the sentence "Wall-to-wall carpets in every room is their dream" acceptable?

I saw this sentence in the CoGEL(Quirk et al). 15.16 Verbless clause: Wall-to-wall carpets in every room is their dream. Question: Why is this awkward sentence acceptable? It's obvious that it ...
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Who, whom, free relative clause, to be [closed]

Should we have who or whom here? He's talking about people who run fast. I run fast. I'm who(m) he's talking about. I understand that "who(m) he's talking about" is a free relative clause ...
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To use or not to use "series" in a book series title? [closed]

I've done research on this and I can't come up with anything conclusive. If you were to write a back cover blurb or synopsis for a website and the book is in a series, when you include the series name,...
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Add a letter, add 2 syllables [closed]

What English word, when a single extra letter is added to the end, makes a new English word that has 2 more syllables than the original?
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What does "cutting in" mean?

Flies, bees, beetles, wasps, and other insects are segmented creatures——head, thorax, and abdomen. where these parts join, there appears to the imaginative eye a "cutting in" of the body. ...
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Is "before" also an adjective?

I searched "define before" in Google and found out "before" is not listed as an adjective in most dictionaries. Google's built-in dictionary, which is one of the Oxford ...
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Conversion of tense in interrogative sentence from direct to indirect speech [migrated]

"Can you see a woman seated at a table?" he asked. A) He asked her if she could see a woman seated at a table. Since the reported speech is in past tense, the tense of the indirect speech ...
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Is "a normal woman" correct?

Normally, we say "an ordinary woman", but I read an article about Kate Middleton recently, the Duchess of Cambridge, it says she isn't a normal woman. From the article, I can tell that the ...
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Is starting your sentence with „Which is why..“ grammatically correct? [duplicate]

…our brain is still busy processing all the information coming from the phones. Which is why it is impossible to actually rest this way.
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Which is correct? Suggest me the best out of it [closed]

I wish no human will ever get trapped like this. I wish no human ever get trapped like this. I wish no human ever gets trapped like this.
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Need help finding the appropriate english term for these financial related [closed]

I'm working for a company (belong to corporation) that provide services to customers through contracts. I'm looking for words that fit into these descriptions: Words describe the "customers"...
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Backshifting in reported speech - thought/knew/promised

This is another question on backshifting. I looked at other such questions at ELU & ELL, it appears that the general consensus is something like 'if the reported situation still hasn't changed, it'...
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Is it correct to say "Don't put your expectation so high"?

While searching on the Internet, I found that another way to say it is "Don't set your expectations so high", but I didn't find anything related to "Don't put your expectation so high&...
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Proper punctuation in a sentence with a semicolon

Should this comma be included or omitted? The resources are rich; the lectures, helpful. Alternately, is it better to replace the comma with the word "are"? (I think it sounds better ...
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Who or Whom, which usage is grammatically correct? [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? who should I tell or whom should I tell? In my head, both sound correct.
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Is there more difference between European and American English than between European and American Spanish? [closed]

As a Spanish (Spain) speaking person I can notice the differences between European and American Spanish. Is there also such a big difference between European and American English?
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What's the proper way to start a sentence with the word "think"?

For example, when trying to describe a product or service on a landing page, how do you arrange the commas and quotes? Concrete example: [clip art describing your product here] Think, 'Uber meets ...
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Meaning of "he'd been had" in this song [duplicate]

There is a song which starts with Juno was mad, he knew he'd been had So he shot at the sun with a gun ... But I'm having trouble trying to understand the expression "he knew he'd been had"...
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Do we hyphen ordinal numbers written in letters? [closed]

Knowing that we hyphen compound numbers under 100. Do we do the same for the ones used for ranks? Every website I've looked at teaches how to hyphen cardinal numbers (67, 82, 34,...) but does not say ...
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How should I hyphen decimal numbers written in letters (that contains the word "point" and "and")?

All the wesites I've looked at says to hyphen numbers when you are describing compound numbers between 21 and 99 (except 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90). A compound number is any number that consists ...
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Non-defining relative clauses: use 'who' or 'which'

We don't use 'that' in non-defining relative clauses, so we need to use 'which' if the pronoun refers to a thing, and 'who' if it refers to a person. Is there any grammatical explanation why not to ...
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Is it ok to place "better" like this?

Can these two sentence be considered as having the same meaning? Also, is there any grammatical error in the latter one? Because he's keeping an eye on his dark side, he's better able to keep it in ...
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Future in the past with the word "then" [closed]

When we use the word "then" something changes in grammar or not. Is it correct? For example: If we decided to hit on girls on weekends, then we would do it like that, otherwise, we all would ...
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What does "a paper of sandwiches" mean?

I am quoting from the TV series "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (episode 3, "The Naval Treaty"): After leaving at the station I went for a charming walk through some admirable ...
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Should I use commas for this list or semi-colons?

I have the following list, and I am wondering whether I should use commas or semi-colons to separate the list items. Which is correct - list 1 or list 2? List 1: I need a portion of chips, two peas, ...
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Verifier or Verificator [closed]

We are building a software to verify the correctness and the safety of computer programs, I would like to know the name of this software should be a "program verifier" or a "program ...
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