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Can “draw X” mean the same as “draw on X”

In this silly YouTube animation, there is a short sequence where a child is drawing a bear, an adult asks her what she is doing and she responds “I’m drawing a bear”. Then the camera zooms out and it ...
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comma use for brief pause

Isn't a comma needed after "aggressive" in the sentence below? If so, what would the rule be? I think it's for a brief pause, but I cannot find a solid answer on Google. Through the years my media ...
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How you you spell non self destructive?

Non self-destructive Non-self destructive Non-self-destructive ????? It has to be these
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What's the different between “precaution” and “prevention” in English?

I always confuse "precaution" with "prevention". They are very similar in meaning, but what's different in usage?
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Why is “wong” a bad word?

I just use "wong" as if I am saying "wrong" without the "r". For example "You are wong. try again" However, this word is moderated in roblox chat several times. Merriam Webster and other dictionaries ...
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interrogative sentences with WH-clauses in the middle

I know that when we are reporting a question in a sentence in reported speech, the question mark should be removed, like this: Question asked of me: "Did you know that girl?" Reported: He asked ...
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What's an idiom for making something too obvious?

I'm looking for an idiom that means something like "making something too obvious", specifically hinting at an event in the future in such a way that it spoils the surprise. "Spelling something out" is ...
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Accredited Certification - past tense

Certified is the past tense of certify, associated with the noun Certification. What would the past tense associated with Accredited Certification be? 'Accredited Certified' seems wrong. 'Certified ...
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What does “legal jumping jacks” mean in the marketing context?

I came across the expression "legal jumping jacks" in a sentence from a sales pitch text which is explaining why that company is good to buy a service from. The sentence is like as below: We(...
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Specialism or/vs speciality

I had never heard of specialism until I encountered it in some British professional bodies' databases I was researching. I had thought it was a fake word because speciality would be the noun we use ...
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What term means “comprehension of one's own words”?

Comprehension typically refers to one's ability to understand another's words, whether heard or read. There may be some contexts, such as in a school, where students say things without really knowing ...
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About, around, for

What would be the most correct way to write the sentence below? Should I use 'about' or 'around'? And is the 'for' correct in this case? It will take about/around 1 month for the letter to arrive.
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“On” and “Off” for Lights, Electrical Switches, etc

Simple question: Why were the prepositions "on" and "off" used for things like "The lights are on" and "The computer is off", and when did these words gain their new usage? I'm guessing back in the ...
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There is or there are

The English grammar says that we use there is when it's a singular noun and there are when it's a plural one. But I often hear people saying something like "There's also some other words that I'm ...
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Capitalisation question

In creative writing, if there is a character known as The Poacher, as opposed to 'poacher' just describing what he does, should 'The' and 'Poacher' always be capitalised? As in: "I had a meeting with ...
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How to cite a citation thats meant to give context as part of a discussion

How to use citations that are meant to give more historical or just larger context possibly needed for details of certain things, but not The integrality gap of this LP is related to the Erdos Posa ...
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Are “ins”, “hrs”, “mins” and “secs” the technically correct plural abbreviations for “inches”, “hours”, “minutes” and “seconds”?

Are "ins", "hrs", "mins" and "secs" the technically correct plural abbreviations for "inches", "hours", "minutes" and "seconds"? I'm hoping that all examples below could possibly be correct. Examples:...
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The use of indeed at the begining of a paragraph

Is it appropriate to use indeed at the beginning of a paragraph? I have two paragraphs as follows: Paragraph "A" describing some concepts that are better to be considered in a class of methods, name ...
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Saxon genitive for company products

Is it correct to use the Saxon genitive when talking about the products of a given company? For example: Apple's iPhone / Apple iPhone? Of course, I have no doubt with products whose denomination ...
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What does “they” in the phrase, “the best they can” point to? [migrated]

This sentence is grabbed from a website: A teacher's primary goal is to teach students the best they can about the things that are in our textbooks and more important, how to show respect for one ...
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Phonetic rules and their usages

I am a bit confused about 3 words and their pronunciation. 1.Son -[ /sʌn/] 2.Sun - [ /sʌn/] 3.Boat - [/boʊt/] [pronunciation taken from Cambridge dictionary ] Firstly, Son and Sun have different ...
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Alternatives to using “from - to” with dates

Is there a correct and formally accepted shorter alternative to "from ... to ..." when referring to a specific period of time? e.g. They have their annual forum meeting in Las Vegas from 10 to 12 ...
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Why there's no box (for me) to answer a question? [migrated]

I am relatively new in this forum but I have already 101 reputation points from other stackexchange sites. There's no absolutely no help in this subject! Reference: The above problem regards a ...
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The meaning of the word stupid

Does the meaning of the word stupid dictate that even though you know the difference between right & wrong, you chose the do the wrong thing anyway?
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Request for meaning

What does name of a person followed by exclamation mark in brackets mean. For eg (name!). Thanks for your response
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Are there terms for composite words that do not follow a logical etymological pattern?

For instance, we have two patterns for terms to describe sexual atteaction, one of which intersects a pattern for terms to describe a deep fondness for. Homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual follow ...
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Why is ‘Earth’ often spelt with a lowercase e, even when referring to the planet?

The word earth has several meanings; the most central one is ‘soil, dirt’, that thing we walk on when we’re outside. It’s also used as a name for the planet we live on. The Lexico definition for this ...
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Double “will” or not

Please consider the following sentences: It is an act which will make the audience think that I (have/will have) used too much time. The man never wants to buy her the ring, which will leave ...
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How can I improve my English writing? [on hold]

I am a student in college right now. My major is Business English. As we all know, English learning has been penestrated in our life and is very essential for us to master. The question is I can speak ...
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How to write my full name in English?

My first name is Thu, my middle name is Thi and my last name (which is also my father's name) is BUI. How should I write my full name: Thi - Thu BUI Thu Thi Bui
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What does “uber-word” mean in particular context (see body of question)?

What does uber-word mean in the following context? This question came up at Is "act like a mensch" too localized for ELU readers (U.S. and/or British English)? Uber-word came up in this ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to make similar”?

I'm attempting to document a change that will make two things more congruent. I'd like to use a word in this way: This change [makes similar] the two items. The best I've been able to find by ...
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What's a good word for “to turn into a library”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the act of making something into a software library. Software libraries are collections of code with a well-defined interface, such that it is easy to ...
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Use of 'as per' vs 'per'

I've read and have heard of both 'as per' and 'per' being used conversationally, both with the same connotation of either 'according to' or 'on authority of' Examples: "Tell Ron to start molding new ...
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Do we have a term for knowing-oneself?

In many psychological, religious, and ethical theories it's been suggested that you know yourself, through contemplation, cognition, etc. It's like trying to recognize who you really are deep inside, ...
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The meaning of “scoots” as noun in Irish slang

In the second season, episode 4 of Derry Girls, in the last two minutes, the girls are caught trying to get rid of 'happy' scones, flushing them through the toilet, which gets clogged. In the next ...
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Origin of the word “yeet”

Dear fellow linguists, I have been researching the origins of the spurious word "yeet" Various studies have returned the root word "yeetus," however this does not provide any further clarification ...
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Is the expression “rag trade” common in American English usage?

I want to know if Americans use the expression "rag trade" the way the English do to describe the clothes business. I'm also interested if it is used with a derogatory connotation or not. It seems ...
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When to use On/In/At?

When should I use On/In/At? I was In/At School? In/At Home? See you On/In/At Monday? I left the book In/At my parent's house? Other use cases I cn't think of right now? And why is there a ...
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When can I omit articles when writing instructions?

Say I am writing a set of instructions for making a cup of tea, I would normally write it as: Add water to kettle and boil. Place tea in pot and pour hot water over top. Strain tea into cup, add milk ...
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See you on 7th October or I am seeing you on 7th October

I am about to say goodbye to a friend that I know that I’m going to meet again on the 7th of October. Before leaving should I say “See you on the 7th of October", "I will see you on the 7th of ...
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How to say my meetings have caused cascading delay

What is another way to say to co-workers that my previous meeting took longer than expected (and hence I am late for the current meeting). and what is the business and also day to day common phrase(...
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Is there a word to describe someone who is, or the state of being, content with hanging around others without interacting with them?

I've always been one to enjoy the company of others while off doing my own thing. Examples would be driving along in the car where everyone is laughing, conversing, and having a good time but I don't ...
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This is the stone where I carved my name=This is the stone into which I carved my name

I would like to know if the two sentences in the title mean the same thing. This is the stone where I carved my name=This is the stone into which I carved my name.
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Can “to seed” and “to sow” be used interchangeably?

I'd never heard about "to sow" until recently, and I was quite surprised that I couldn't find even a connotation about the difference in meaning from "to seed." The German word "säen" is translated ...
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Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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What adjective descibes a 'stooge' in a Socratic dialogue?

Suppose one constructs a dialogue in which a second participant is clearly there just to provide ballast while the first participant (the author) promotes a point of view. You could refer to the ...
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Phrase/Term for someone who thinks they’re still great (even if the aren’t anymore) because of their past achievements? [on hold]

I know there’s a term for that. I just can’t remember.
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Is the usage of trip correct?

The following is an example sentence in my book Some passengers flew to Paris on the last trip Is the use of trip idiomatic? Trip is a short journey made for pleasure. I think it is not correct ...
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“stand braced” meaning

He stands braced in the boat. What is the meaning of "to stand braced"? I want know the exact body state and gesture.

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