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When please is at the end of the request, but before a name, should there be a comma before and after the word 'please'?

I have found similar questions but couldn't find an answer to fit mine, so I am sorry if I have asked a question which has already been asked. This is an example of the sentence: "Sit down please ...
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In a week versus After a week

"I'll be back in a week" means "I'll be back after a week has passed" or "I'll be back after the next seven day's period is over". I've done a great deal of research to find out whether "I'll be back ...
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is to be doomed

I've encountered a sentence like the following. " Our destiny is to be doomed" What does this mean exactly? And could you give the grammar name for " is to be verb+3" because I couldn't find it on ...
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Can diplomat mean a person with a diploma?

From the site of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the title "Dip ACVB" is used. As the information I was reading was about certification or qualification, I assumed the "...
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Reg usage of 'May you.. '

If someone wishes like 'May you always succeed in this noble professon' Is there anythig sarcastic/ inherent meaning?
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How to structure a question using “where” to ask about a path/intermediate location

In Portuguese, I can ask literally "Por onde vais?" meaning something like "What is the path you are taking?" I would like to know how to ask this in English, using "where", possibly a preposition (by,...
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Is “you ate?” an acceptable form to ask the question in spoken/informal English?

I've been a part of the discussion on whether it's acceptable to ask someone "You ate?" when meaning to ask "Did you eat?" or "Have you eaten?" and we can't find a definitive answer. We've found some ...
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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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response to thank you after helping [on hold]

I kept a door for somebody to pass and he said: "thank you". What should I say in response? I said: "no problem!". But I am not sure my response was the best one.
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The usage of “with of” in a sentence

I am writing to the following sentence written by a native speaker: ... and build a corpus with of effective tests, reports, analyses and evaluation results. What's really confusing me is the ...
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another meaning of 'boxing room'

Just because he’s charming? Look, we’ve seen this before, alright? We have the "D.N.A." - - Liv and I were in the "boxing room". The speaker and Liv believes that 'he's a suspect. They already ...
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My -ing (possessive form + -ing) vs. me ing (object form + -ing) [duplicate]

(a) We filter out information that the brain deprioritizes without our knowing it. (b)We filter out information that the brain deprioritizes without us knowing it. I came across the sentence (a) ...
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Do tense, singular/plural mistakes really impede verbal communication? What is it like to hear an ESL speaker err in these aspects?

This is a question I always wonder. "Do grammatical parts really matter in English speaking?" If one's native language does not distinguish between tenses, singular and plural nouns, and gender ...
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What does “a sports idiot” mean? [on hold]

Does "a sports idiot" mean he is an enthusiastic sports fan who enjoy watching or playing various sports, or someone who doesn't know much about sports?
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Word for veneration due to moral example

some time ago I read this word that meant, approximately, when something is a moral example and was worshipped because of that reason. To put it into context, the phrase was like this: "The Old ...
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Which one is correct?

Imagine that you're going to sell a package containing eight scrubber brushes. For advertising the product the number of items should be displayed on the first line and item type on the second line. ...
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What does a verbal tennis talk mean? [on hold]

What does it mean when someone says to another they are going to have a verbal tennis before a recorded talk?
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Do you want some or any?

Can you help me spot the difference between Do you want to buy SOME pencils? vs. Do you want to buy ANY pencils?' Does 'SOME' imply 'quantity' and does 'ANY' imply 'any kind of'? To me '...
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Ambiguity in the usage of “When somebody does something, …”

Consider the following sentence made by a person after watching Joker in the cinema: “You can’t recognize Joaquin when he plays the Joker—he turns into an entirely different character.” Which of ...
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Question about a game concerning sentence structures

Would it be possible for a compound sentence to have a noun that is a retained objective complement, and this noun would then be contained in an elliptical clause functioning as a retained objective ...
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Are there any words which contain a double vowel, a double consonant, and also is 4 letters?

By "double", I mean the same letter twice. There are many double consonant 4 letter words. There are also many double vowel 4 letters words. However, are there any which include all three of these ...
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Is there a website which can offer the most frequently used adjectives to a word typed in? [on hold]

I'm learning English and trying to extend my adjectives vocabulary. Is there a website which can give me the most frequently used adjectives to any noun I choose? Or the right adverbs to a verb word? ...
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Why doesn't English employ an H in front of Ares?

While watching the movie the Martian, a question arose regarding the name Ares: Greek Gods were metaphrased into Latin when Romans took over. Ares (from the Greek Άρης) was now named Mars, and so on....
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What is the name of this type of mark?

Is there a name for this mark? It sits below a letter as a means of showing an abbreviation. (In this case, Established abbreviated to Estd.) I've seen it used in the form below in place of an ...
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The pural opi for opus is a joke, right?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/opus attests that some people in the classical music world use "opi" as a plural for "opus." I think this is just a joke, giving a pseudo-learned false-Latin form for ...
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What does the “for which” here stand for?

Without looking back, the old man had hurried down the hillside and across a meadow, leaving George Willard perplexed and frightened upon the grassy slope. With a shiver of dread the boy arose and ...
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Brief / debrief, flammable / inflammable — is there a term for pairs of words that appear to be antonyms but aren't? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a pair of words that would appear to be antonyms from their construction, but actually have the same or similar meanings? For example, brief / debrief. From The Guardian: A ...
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Is there a term for sounds that are spelled with multiple letters?

Is there a word or term to describe sounds (phonemes) that are spelled using multiple characters (graphemes)? Examples would include the English ch, sh, or German dsch, tsch, etc.
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Auxiliary “do” in questions, sometimes mandatory, sometimes not [duplicate]

I have doubts about the "do" auxiliary in questions, and its use, and what makes it mandatory. Is it true that "How many XXX have you got?" is wrong? And why do you have to put the auxiliary here, I'...
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When did 'post' become a popular replacement of the word 'after'

I am trying to determine when 'post' became a popular replacement of the word 'after'. I have found 'post' being prefixed to words used in the medical and other professional disciplines, and in ...
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Is the vocative comma a recent thing?

It's usually considered necessary in the modern day, but I find the further back you go, the less frowned on its absence seems to be. I seem to remember a few vocative sentences in The Hobbit without ...
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Using “Excuse me, …” for asking questions

It has happened to me a lot that I stop random people in the street for asking a question about direction. I said "Excuse me". In answer to my "excuse me" People usually say "Hey". I am wondering if I ...
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“equalable”, “equalizable”, or none of them?

What is (or which are) the proper adjective to denote "two things that can be made equal (in a mathematical sense)". Both the words "equalable" and "equalizable" have been used, but it is unclear to ...
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Usage/non-usage of definite article in this text

So as many/most of us, I have doubts regarding the use of the definite article. Now I would like to ask about the following text (the spot to discuss is marked with "(the?)"): "... It is better to ...
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Is the phrase “You are requested” polite or rude?

My supervisor and I wrote a research paper to be sent to journal for review. My supervisor wrote the cover letter of the paper as Dear Editor in Chief You are requested to review the paper "...
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Attend you or attend to you?

An Amazon delivery guy rang me and told that he was waiting for me at my place and I replied by saying that "I won't be able to attend you before 12 pm" but I am a bit confused about whether I was ...
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When you ask something with 'why', you can anwer with 'when'?

Child: Mister Jackie is a bad man. Detective: Why is he a bad man, sweetie? Child: He follows me into the bathroom. Detective: Why does he do that? Child: When I have to go. It's ...
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Does 'game' have a meaning related to farming? [on hold]

Most of the land in Namibia belongs to the whites. To Afrikaners who are descendants of European colonists. They raise cattle and game. 'They raise cattle' I can understand, but I don't know ...
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Do /ɪə/, /eə/, /ʊə/ diphthongs actually exist in General American as phonemes?

The Handbook of English Pronunciation. (Marnie Reed, John Levis referring to J.C. Wells) Аs the pronunciation of most speakers is rhotic, there are no centring diphthongs, because the vowels /ɪə,...
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Is the title of a course capitalized if it has no specific name?

Do the names of classes remain without capitalization if they are the simple names of subjects and not specific course titles? The example that I am looking at is: "She asked a question in calculus, ...
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Can ‘dismissible’ be used this way?

Dismissible is defined by Vocabulary.com as: capable of being removed or taken away or dismissed Dismiss is (from Merriam Webster): to permit or cause to leave In my context, I am trying to ...
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In the old name Dreadnought, is nought an adverb or a noun?

The name Dreadnought, a class of naval ship, originates from the eponymous HMS Dreadnought. Wikipedia indicates that Dreadnought's name, and the class of battleships named after her, means "a ...
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another meaning of 'make a run'

I overheard Alex talking to his brother-in-law, Bobby, about making a… a run. Is there an another meaning of 'making a run'? This is a dialogue from a TV show. And Alex who is a mayor candidate ...
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Traffic or Traffic jam which is countable [on hold]

Why is 'traffic' an uncountable noun while 'traffic jam' is a countable noun? I have asked many people and also googled but didn't get a satisfactory answer
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Difference between family name, name at birth and first names?

I'm filling an English document and I'm being asked to complete my family name, then my name at birth and then my first names. Does anyone know the difference between these 3 concepts? My guess is ...
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Nobel prize in literature 2018 - what is “encyclopedic passion”?

The question is inspired by the today's announcement of the Nobel prize awards in Literature for 2018 and 2019. The short description for Olga Tokarczuk has been worded as follows: The Nobel Prize ...
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Is it correct to say second maximum?

I've seen, "second largest" being used more often. Is there any special reason that, "second maximum", is not a correct thing expression? For example, if I have an array of numbers: 1,2,3, is it ...
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response on job acceptance [on hold]

I want to open my mail with the following sentence: It's great to hear that you have chosen me for the position! But after talking with a friend he suggests that I should change the sentence to ...
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Can I use “such as” after em-dash?

Example: So you might need help from various resources—such as parents, classmates, school administrators, and so on. Or should I write: So you might need help from various resources—parents, ...

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