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What is the word for things that work even when they aren't working (e.g. escalators)?

I'm looking for a word (or phrase) to describe mechanisms that are perfectly functional even when they aren't functioning as expected. Examples of these include: Escalators & Electric Walkways: ...
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Something was from country or something someone brought from country, are these same?

The ice cream was from Japan or The ice cream he/she brought from Japan Are these almost same meaning? What is the difference between them?
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How to interpret sentences without “quantifiers” like “any” or “all”?

NOTE: the examples given are all made up; I am not asking anybody to help me make decisions. Second language learners often face difficulty when they see sentences without quantifiers. For example, ...
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What does the formation of putting words an idea or feeling given here mean?

Here's the conversation I was having with a guy: Me: May all your wishes come true. Him: [Maybe not all of my wishes should come true, as I fear the finality of a life without wishes.] So, in this ...
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What is the term used for the person that a carer is looking after?

I was doing some research into the role of carers in the community and wanted to differentiate between carers, the people that they look after and also someone who is/was a carer and is now being ...
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Does or Do? (This is a dissertation’s initial research question) [on hold]

How does Russia’s soft and hard power strategies impact on Georgia’s current political, social and economic environment under the rule of the Georgian Dream government?
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Is it “pose” or “poses”? [migrated]

Reasoning about systems pose/poses a challenge Should it be singular or plural? And, I'd be happy to know why. Thanks!
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another meaning of 'light out'

A: How long did this go on? B: It was starting to get light out. Does 'light out' mean 'Sun comes out'? Or 'Sun goes down'? (My native langue it not English. Please be kind to me. :-))
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The pronunciation of two consecutive O's

I came across such a sentence (‘Cakes and ale: or the skeleton in the cupboard’): She looked no older than when last I saw her six years before. And I stumbled over this ‘no older’ reading it ...
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The usage of “now” in an update

My colleague and I write articles about a social media's updates on the platform (e.g. Twitter dark mode, Facebook ad placements). Whenever we write our articles, we indicate the date to inform the ...
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Meaning of “beautiful mind”

In some movies, when people want to describe a genius they say Are you one of those beautiful mind guys? Does beautiful mind refer to the movie A Beautiful Mind, and does it mean genius? Is it ...
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Need Helps in Correct Essay - [1st]

To begin with, I would like to send you my greeting. My name is Raymond and I am studying Writing Test myself. Therefore, I hope receive a lot of feedback regarding my essay. Thank you for your ...
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What is a euphemism for enforcer?

As in a bad guy, thug, hatchet man, etc. who "persuades" people to pay. I'm trying to think of something overly professional and comedic. Any ideas?
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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Can we say, Please tell me once eat or Please tell me once ate or Please tell me once have eaten [migrated]

I want my friend to call me once he is finished his lunch. what is the most correct way Please tell me once eat lunch or Please tell me once ate lunch or Please tell me once have eaten lunch
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singular or plural: objects following “sometimes”

I would like to ask a question to native English speakers. Could you tell which sentense is right and its reason? a) I sometimes go to a museum. b) I sometimes go to museums. My question is whether ...
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Should it be “persistent [high] levels of unemployment” or “persistently high levels of unemployment”?

Here is a sentence that I wrote for an academic paper: ... the provision of longer benefit durations in regions of high unemployment creates long-term EI dependency among seasonal workers, which ...
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What is the meaning of To Keep Tally

Here is a quot from Bloom's essay on Whitman: His knowledge and sexuality are one, and we need to ask: how does that sexual self-knowing keep tally with the meaning of all things? It refers to ...
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What does it mean “to queer the pudding”?

In today's Observer, columnist Jonathan Bouquet mentions Jon Snow on Channel 4 News while interviewing Jacob Rees Mogg, having used the expression to queer the pudding. Bouquet refers to it as a "new ...
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I have the resolution to emulate in University the effort and responsibility that I have demonstrated throughout high school

I have the resolution to emulate[comma?] in University[comma?] the effort and responsibility that I have demonstrated throughout high school.  Should there be a comma?
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How to use “Lest”?

How to properly use "lest" in a sentence? The Indian batsmen took blows on their bodies but did not make a fuss about the surface. Lest the match was called off, they brushed aside fears over the ...
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Four Hundred Blows

The French expression faire les quatre cents coups seems to mean ‘to cause trouble in every possible way’. François Truffaut used the phrase for his movie Les quatre cents coups (1959), known in ...
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Expressing wish using past perfect and simple past

What's the difference between these two sentences? One uses past perfect, the other uses simple past. Which is more appropriate for wishing that something really happened in the past? I wish I had ...
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“of + something + verb-ing,” Is This Correct?

I've been writing some essays recently and then bumped into this problem: I want to use "of" to describe something's potential of turning into other things. Is the below sentence correct? This is ...
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all I have to do is + gerund

I know "all you have to do is + infinitive verb" like "all you have to is scroll down the page". But how about using gerund instead of using infinitive verb? "All you have to do is scolling down ...
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For how long has the phrase “from time to time” not meant “constantly”? [on hold]

Source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/from_time_to_time (idiomatic) Occasionally; sometimes; once in a while. (law) In whatever status exists at various times. (obsolete) Continuously ...
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Using a comma in a sentence

Should there by a comma in the sentence: On that day in late September I went to look at puppies.
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“Fell off X and landed in Y”

I remember hearing a phrase that meant someone had a stroke of bad luck that ended up good - "he fell off X and landed in Y" - but I can't remember what X and Y were. This was something said by my ...
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How to name the thing that has components? [on hold]

What is the best name for the abstract thing which contains components? Context: I am writing an abstraction in a computer program. My domain consists of abstract entities. I don't know what concrete ...
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Meaning of 'off one's brake fluid'

We got a problem with this slunt, Ingrid, again. She’s off her brake fluid. Banging her head against the wall. Is there another meaning of 'brake fluid'? The speaker is a prison officer. And there ...
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How would I use “the heck” or “on earth” to put emphasis on a “how much” question? [closed]

I would like to add "on earth" or "the heck" to put emphasis on a "how much" question. What I mean by this is you can add emphasis to a "what" question like this, for example: What is a ... can be ...
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Why does English use singular they instead of making up a new word for this?

Why does English use singular they instead of making up a new word for this? In my native language there's a word dia which has the same meaning as he/she, but it doesn't give information about the ...
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Word used to describe someone that has done a sufficient effort usually in the context of establishing protective measures

This may not be a single word, it could be a short expression. It may also involve latin, but I don't remember. The word can be used in the context that someone has done a considerable effort to ...
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Is a copula a function word?

Most resources I have read state that verbs are content words (excluding helping verbs). I was just wondering whether copulas are considered content or function words. To me, a copula seems more like ...
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What is this grammatical rule that applies here?

So I was doing an elementary level of English language test, and I stumbled upon the following question. Go past the library, and bus station is opposite _____ the cathedral. Available answers to ...
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Replacing “When” With “For / Since” In A Question?

Does "for" or "since" work in place of "when" in this sentence? Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them? If not, why? Thank you.
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Well-document escalation of expectation [on hold]

What does “The first reason is the well-document escalation of expectations.” mean?
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around town or around towns? [on hold]

"Recently, many housing estates around town have seen a dip in home valuations." This is the first sentence of an article. Is it because town has a specific meaning so singular form (uncountable) is ...
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What could be an alternative meaning to the word “planets?”

I am reading a speech delivered by Sir Edmund Pendleton who was a public servant of Virginia, US. I would like to know what he means when he used the following words in boldface. But the power of ...
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Which abbreviation to use for the current observed time in Central Europe?

When I talk to colleagues I want to write "Let's meet 10am London / 11am Europe", but I want to use an abbreviation. I used to write "10am GMT / 11am CET". But if it were daylight savings time this ...
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Which one is Correct? (Intuitive declarative syntax or declarative intuitive syntax)

Which one is Correct? and why? Intuitive declarative syntax or declarative intuitive syntax Is there a rule to make these expressions?
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What is the meaning of the phrase “persecuted merit?”

I am reading a passage written by Mary Robinson who, during her time, wrote literary pieces under the pseudonym Anne Frances Randall. I would like to know what exactly the word in boldface means in ...
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Difference between “with the purpose of” and “for the purpose of”

Could anyone point out the difference between "with the purpose of" and "for the purpose of"? For example, if I say, " the group was formed with the purpose of cleaning the school compound", then ...
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'At' symbol vs multiplication symbol: adjectives or verbs or what?

I was reading about the origin of the @ symbol. It came on the scene in 1531. It has always meant “at” for pricing. New usages have been assigned to it as well as using “at” as a preposition, e.g. ...
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another meaning of 'logistical'

Your Honor, Mister Walker has access to resources both monetary and logistical. The speaker(a prosecutor) thinks Mister Walker is very rich and famous and his crime is serious. So, the juddge set ...
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past participle + ing Vs present perfect + ing

What is the difference between past participle + ing and present perfect + ing? For an example: If you started playing the game, you should have noticed the issue. Vs If you have started playing the ...
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I need to write my expectations from a job

I`m looking for a job as a developer, so I need to write my expectations for the job. Am I right grammatically writing this into my CV? I am looking for opportunities for professional growth and ...
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another meaning of 'born into'

Um, Miyako Nara. She was born into a massage parlor. Got passed around early. I know what 'born into' means. But, 'Miyako Nara' wasn't actually born in a massage parlor. So maybe it means that she ...
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Can you say - I hope it wouldn't

Is it a proper way to say:”I hope it wouldn't rain tomorrow?”, or should one say: “l’d hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow?”
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Word for someone who acts like an expert but who has very little knowledge?

What is a word to describe an individual who acts like an expert in a subject area, constantly stating facts and correcting people, but who actually has very little knowledge on the subject?

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