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JAPANESE ENTERPRISES WILL INVEST 85 BILLION IN VIETNAM [on hold]

2007: JAPANESE ENTERPRISES WILL INVEST 85 BILLION IN VIETNAM On November 19, at the meeting between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with businesses from the two ...
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“all around the world” vs “around the world”. What's the difference?

The context: "English is used all around the world. Since English is used in so many different countries, you'll probably use English to communicate in many travel situations."
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Phrase for “forced to do a lot of mental work” [duplicate]

Today I read a beautiful metaphor for being forced to perform more brain activity than needed if there would have been a proper and clear explanation: The essay lacked a proper structure: "The ...
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How to use word in parentheses [duplicate]

I wrote a sentence: Figure 6(top) shows that....... while figure 6(bottom) shows.... Does this sentence look grammatically clear with using parentheses? Do I have to leave a space after number 6, ...
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Isn’t “higher-priced products” with an adjective ungrammatical for the correct “more highly priced products” with an adverb?

The phrase higher-priced products is very common, but isn’t it grammatically incorrect? The adjective higher is being forced to servce as an adverb here, so the phrase should instead be more highly ...
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a word to describe a “discriminator” - someone who discriminates against everything [duplicate]

Looking to find a word to describe a "discriminator" - someone who discriminates against everything. My first thought is "bigot", but I need a word for someone who inflicts their bigotry on others. I ...
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Do you now? - Ironic question

Is this question only possible in this format or may it be phrased in other forms? For instance, if the previous sentence was something like 'You'd wish you could tire me out', could the ironic remark ...
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Is “Has your headache gone?” grammatically correct? [migrated]

I saw on one site that you usually don't say "My headache has gone," and "My headache is gone" is commonly used instead. However, there is this "Has your headache gone?" question in my textbook. Is ...
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Is “aggr-” a prefix and what does it mean?

I'm not sure if "aggr-" is a prefix but I can see some words starting with it. like: Aggregate Aggressive Aggravate Aggrieve Aggrandize I'm here to ask if it has some meanings or they are all ...
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Usage of 'the delay of 30 minutes' [migrated]

Why don't we say "There was the delay of 30 minutes." instead of "There was a delay of 30 minutes.". When we say 30 minutes delay, hasn't the indefinite noun 'delay' changed to a definite noun because ...
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Sentence meaning (Story- The Tiger King)

The story The Tiger King, ends this way: On that day father and son played with that tiny little wooden tiger. It had been carved by an unskilled carpenter. Its surface was rough; tiny slivers of ...
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'On behalf of' usage

I have read many sentences making use of 'on behalf of' meaning 'as a representative of'. I know behalf is a noun, so when we could use 'on the behalf of' in a sentence? I consulted many websites, but ...
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Is preposition “for” used in the sentence correctly?

In the last part of a post, I use this sentence: We thank all of you for your continued interest and support for our Facebook page. I know we often say"interest in something" or "support for ...
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Punctuating a question containing a quotation that itself contains a question, in MLA format

My literature teacher was explaining punctuation and its relation to quotations when writing a paper according to MLA guidelines and I thought of a question that he didn't have an answer to. I figured ...
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Writing Regarding mission of an institute [on hold]

Have to write a profile for a newly start up institute. Can I write, Our training program is covered with examples and scenarios for easy understanding of the course. Thanks
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Finding the right word

My friend dropped a few historic samurai names A, B and C. And then I mentioned D. He said that D came long after A, B and C. Is it proper to say D is a modern samurai compared to the three? Can I say ...
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Does “fruit” get singular or plural verb form?

Which one is correct? There are no low-hanging fruit. Or There is no low-hanging fruit. Or are both correct? If both are correct, is one of them more preferable?
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Comma between two clauses

I want to find out why there is no comma between two clauses in this sentence and what is the grammar rule for it. But the curious thing was that while he was doing so (,) a totally different ...
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Who ruled first, “girls” or “boys”?

A recent ELL question contains a catchphrase which is utterly novel to me. Boys rule, girls drool Wanting to know more, I searched online and found a female variant. Girls rule and boys drool ...
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In what region could one refer to honking a car's horn as “hooting”?

My family is South African, and I grew up hearing them saying "hooting", referring to cars honking their horns. Of course now that I'm an adult I'm aware that's common usage, as I learned this after ...
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Put on a pot of coffee

James Mattis, Mr Trump’s defence secretary until last year, reassured outsiders that he would serve as a check, telling Strategic Command “not to put on a pot of coffee without letting him know”, ...
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What is wrong with the sentence “There put a student an amazing answer to the test”? [on hold]

Why is this sentence ungrammatical? There put a student an amazing answer to the test.
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What tense should I use when putting deceased and living characters together?

Let's say George is deceased. He liked the color red. Let's say Sally is still living. She likes the color red. How would I combine these two ideas? I am looking for something like "George and Sally ...
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Is is okay to say “Large parts of many things”?

For example, can I say that "he has studied large parts of many high school physics topics?" Some people consider "large parts of" and "many" as repeats of the same meaning, and hence redundant. ...
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Police described his condition today as serious but stable

This British article titled "Two stabbings near Crumpsall Park overnight in separate incidents just 200 metres apart" says: He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Police described his ...
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Term to describe someone's lack of interest in festive activities

I am someone who doesn't care if someone doesn't buy me a present on my birthday. I don't care if my girlfriend would propose we don't do anything on Valentine's day and maybe go out another time. It ...
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has been responsible vs was responsible

Here's the example sentence. "There have been arguments about who was/has been responsible for the accident." I'm not a native speaker. In my language(which is Chinese), when you cause an accident, ...
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A host of competitive offers has / have been received

Singular or plural verb? A host of competitive offers have been received. (The sense is plural, so should we use 'have'? Or should it be 'has' to agree with the singular subject 'host'?) Thanks.
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Reference material for change in English usage over time

How words have changed in meaning and usage over time is frequently a hot topic both on here and the wider community, and I find it fascinating. Are there any good reference works which document this ...
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Phrase request: indicator for undesired outcome

Is there a phrase that describes that something is an indicator for an undesired outcome? For example: The fact that you haven't heard from them yet is ..... (after a job interview).
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What is a word for being obviously humorous?

So I'm trying to write a piece of dialogue and I can't remember this word for the life of me and Google isn't helping. I know it's similar to sarcasm in usage but not quite. The characters are in a ...
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the use of articles after prepositions [duplicate]

We say "I will contact you by letter", but we say "He was knocked down by a bus". Why is "letter" not preceded by an article?
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Correctness of sentences

Which one of the following would be correct/more correct? M. Hamel's last class was different from others because it was, unlike other times, set in a serious environment, and he had full attention ...
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Is this a complete sentence [on hold]

“Few men have tried” Is that a complete a sentence or should it ha e more stuff in it?
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Should I use a hyphen with a latin phrase that modifies an adjective that modifies a noun?

I understand that Latin phrases are not normally hyphenated. I also understand that adjective-modifying adverbs normally do receive a hyphen (despite this parenthetically invoked exception). So, which ...
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What do you call someone whose rights have been taken away from them?

For example, if someone took my right/freedom of speech, by forcing punishments or such. What do I become? Is there one word to describe this situation (where rights are taken away)?
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Is there a word for the noun modified by an adjective?

In the sentence "Jack saw John and helped him" we would say that "John" is the antecedent of the pronoun "him". In "I saw a blue sky", what is "sky" with respect to "blue". Object? Modifiee?
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Finding a word that can meet same meaning (below) [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that means "something kind done unto you but when you had the same situation, you did the opposite of it". I can't find the word, I really need your help guys thank you.
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What's that word for the action you do right after rinsing and wringing a shirt, but before setting it out to dry?

This is really funny, but I'm writing a story, and need to describe an action I've done and seen others do almost all my life - here in Uganda at least, but I can't seem to find the word or expression ...
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Why does the US judicial system use the emphatic mood so much?

At my university we receive mandated "Clery Crime Alerts" whenever various crimes are committed on campus. The police officer who writes these always uses the emphatic mood: "The perpetrator did ...
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Is the minimum precision maximally specific? [on hold]

I was reading some documentation that used the phrase "minimum precision" to refer to the best precision available. Paraphrasing slightly for length: You can create ... an automated schedule; the ...
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What is a word that properly describes a distrust towards anything fast and easy?

What is a word that describes a distrust/disgust against "fast and easy" or "something for nothing" thank you all for your time
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Can an adjective be converted into a noun by '-s'?

I saw a passage "this doesn't mean to get riches and honors." 'rich' is an adjective but 'riches' is a plural noun according to the dictionary. Are there any other examples where an adjective becomes ...
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A Question About Pedestal

I'm reading an unpublished article for a friend and he writes: This will show how X defines prosperity on a different and higher pedestal. (X being a higher authority) I don't have the words to ...
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How did loophole become associated with law

...and stick almost exclusively to it? According to Collins Dictionary: A loophole in the law is a small mistake which allows people to do something that would otherwise be illegal. The ...
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What is the origin of the phrase signal improvement?

I have checked all the websites that collect info on phrase origins and none of them had anything to say about the expression signal improvement. Sending signals by semaphore and fires like in the ...
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What is dif­fer­ence be­tween be­low two sen­tences? [on hold]

What is the difference between these two: Presentation events allow for the sharing of knowledge. Presentation events allow to share knowledge. Do they share the exact same meaning?
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Is “A increases the bigger B becomes” a legal English sentence pattern? Is it really a disguised “the more X, the more Y” pattern?

For many years I’ve been using constructions of two interrelated clauses where each of the two verbs comes with a comparative adverb or adjective of some sort (so either with more or less, or else ...
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What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?

Some people write bloated books and long essays with skilful use of hooks, e.g. Jared Diamond; some others speak in long-drawn sentences with torrents of words, e.g. Noam Chomsky. It reminds me of a ...
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Does the subject of a sentence have to be doing the verb? [on hold]

I was curious about the formal rules of using I and me in a sentence, and have learned that "I" is the subject pronoun and "me" is the object pronoun. However, I am still not clear on when it is ...

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