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Is it 'a' L-formula or 'an' L-formula? [duplicate]

In Logic & Mathematics textbooks, the terms 'L-formula', or 'L-term', or 'L-theory' are used. (Though for math, it is reserved to mathematical logic.) I've witnessed it first-hand, and I'm sure ...
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Meaning of "run to the bank" in a political/business context?

In this video, there's rather a grim discussion of the US Military Industrial Complex. The female commentator talks about how the MIC is making profits out of wars and "they run to the bank"....
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What is the (incorrect) German phrase "Bluetooth-Gabeldorsche aktivieren" most likely in English?

I apologize for asking a seemingly German question in an English forum, but I suspect that "German" just resulted from a bad translation of English. Usually I try to translate the German ...
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"both per" or "each per"? [migrated]

If one object costs both of another object, it makes sense to say both X per Y. If an object costs each of two other objects, then does each X per Y mean that it costs one of the other two or does it ...
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The charts below show in4 about land use in 4 countries [closed]

The given chart depict the proportion of land used in 4 countries: Por, N.Z, Can and Nor. Overall, it is clear that the land not used for farming is the dominant followed by Arable land, except N.Z ...
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Getting "poured out" in legal terminology

A common expression in Texas legal circles is, We got poured out down at the courthouse. The clear meaning is that their team lost a lawsuit. I’ve been unable to find a source, first use, nor an ...
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"hack it" - phrasal verb or prepositional verb? [closed]

I'm trying to understand the difference between particles and prepositions for my English assignment but specifically I'm trying to identify parts of speech in the sentence "he couldn't hack it ...
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Best word that describes [closed]

What would the best word to describe the metronome-like beat that windshield wipers make?
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Which is correct? 90 hub or 90 hubs? [closed]

When should I use 90 hub vs 90 hubs? I am trying to name a place and I don't know which is the correct 90 hubs or 90 hub?
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What does "rule" mean in "the rule of law"?

What does rule mean in the rule of law? I understand the concept of it, but not the grammar. Does "rule" mean "control"/"domination"? Or does it mean "rule" as ...
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What’s the meaning of “Substance” [closed]

What’s the meaning of Substance in this phrase: James had never served in the medical community, and his strength was substance rather than management of a large organization.
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Are “is” and “are” both ok here? [duplicate]

In the figure below, I would say that there are two edges that cross each other. I use "a pair of" to emphasise that the two crossed edges are paired. So I write it this way: There are a ...
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Adverb position(by deliberately doing.....)

I have searched the definition of contrarily to know its usage. I found this A child who behaves contrarily behaves badly by deliberately doing the opposite of what is wanted or expected. I ...
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Last part of the sentence "the most" [migrated]

"I want everybody to come to the party, but I want James to come the most". The last part of the sentence "The most". Does it works as adverb of degree?
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Naming my End of Life Doula business [closed]

I have begun my own business. It's very similar to a hospice in the client’s home ( whatever that looks like). I am a certified End of Life Doula Specialist. Think of a midwife for birthing (sometimes ...
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Why use a less common word when communicating with foreigners? [closed]

I am English. When communicating with those who speak some, but not great, English.... I find myself using less commonly used words when I might otherwise use a more common English word with a ...
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Pronunciation of "wind" [closed]

Could I ask how to pronunce "wind"? Here "i" should be pronunced to be "i" or "ai"? Thanks!
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What is the meaning and origin of "a ___ is a ____ is a ____" [duplicate]

Over time I've seen phrases like: "a pound is a pound is a pound" "a year is a year is a year" "a gallon is a gallon is a gallon" all following the template "a ...
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Does the parallel structure break when we use pronouns?

First of all, I know that this sentence obviously preserves the parallel structure: The experiment on wild animals yields results not only to understand their eating habits better but also to ...
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What is the appropriate use of the modal 'Could' in this example? [closed]

I was writing a passage of dialogue wherein one of the characters reflected on their ability to not do something in the past. See a similar example below: [1] They were making a mockery of his name. ...
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How does "on one's case" get its meaning?

I just met this sentence "Your brother is constantly on your case for being clumsy, so when he knocks down a table filled with glassware, you revel in it". I don't know why the phrase means &...
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"Of his" or "of him" in this situation?

The sentence I saw on a TV series: I wanna grab him by that stupid knit tie of his. First I saw it, I thought it is incorrect because I only saw the use of "of him" before. Is this ...
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Can square brackets be used in the following way even though it is not a direct quote?

I am proofing an article and the author has written this: She states: [A]n ekphrasis can be of any length, of any subject matter, composed in verse or prose, using any verbal techniques, as long as ...
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"As I told you" or "Like I told you"? [duplicate]

Which of these two sentences is correct: Close the door as I told you. Close the door like I told you.
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Can "multiply" be used with uncountable nouns?

If multiply means to increase or cause to increase greatly in number or quantity (OxfordL) does that mean that multiply can be used with uncountable nouns as well? Most examples I find are with ...
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Is the quantifier modifying the verb or the noun in this sentence "He gave a lot of advice"?

I'm trying to find out if the quantifier is modifying the noun.
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Is there a proper/better way to write a serial comma separated list of dates? It feels like I shouldn't be mixing date commas with the serial commas

For example, consider the following sentence: The company mentioned the project in press releases dated September 13, 2020, May 21, 2022, and June 8, 2022. Is that the correct way to write it? It ...
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Connotation and Purpose of repetition of Purge [closed]

What is the connotation of "purge" as seen in this excerpt, and what is the point of repeating it? Florida may have changed the outcome of the 2000 presidential election when Secretary of ...
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Forgot vs have forgotten anniversary [migrated]

My understanding of present perfect is basically something that has the possibility of happening more times, The author has written 3 books (he could write more books) The author wrote 3 books (he ...
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Common Rhetorical Devices in Nonfiction [closed]

What are some common rhetorical devices used in nonfiction writing and columns/op-eds?
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Alternatives to "too...to"

I know that "too..to" in "I am too busy to go" means I can't go. But can I use other expressions in the place of "too" to have the same effect? For example, do any of ...
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Can I insert any word/adverb between the noun and the relative clause?

In the following two sentences, should I always move "yesterday" and "very much" to other places or can I leave some short ones in between the noun and the relative clause? I ...
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What is correct form Wonder or Wondering [closed]

You make me wonder/wondering what you are speaking about this
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What rules govern whether a parenthetical phrase can be moved anywhere else?

Can all parenthetical phrases be moved to somewhere else in the sentence, without loss of meaning? I just tried it with about 5 parenthetical phrases, examples from a grammar site, and I think they ...
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Why there is comma before "as" and "did" in the sentence [closed]

Anyone who makes the observation, as the patriarch of the clan, Cosimo de’ Medici, did, that “every painter paints himself ” is clearly someone with a deep understanding of creativity.
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Question with consfusing word [closed]

we have a...salary structure based on employee's experience a)Different b)Differential Can anyone tell the difference between two words and give me the answer?
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Question About Confusing Wording [closed]

I was working on a problem for math homework and I got confused by the wording of what the question was asking. The problem is shown below. A customer who intends to purchase an appliance has three ...
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This question is about English and commas too

Which is correct usage This question is about English and commas too This question is about English, and commas too and why?
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Synonyms to "doesn't follow" [closed]

What are other ways to say that someone doesn't follow something, for instance a story that was told?
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Is there any grammatical difference? [closed]

I have a quick question that has bugging me all evening and can’t seem to find an answer; is there any difference between: ‘The fuel prices have gone down’ & ‘The fuel prices have went down’? The ...
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Euphemism for "kiss"

I am trying to use kiss as a verb, but with non-romantic connotations. I want it to express someone's reverence and longing after another person, in a context like: In spirit, he was __________ [...
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Thinking same about something [closed]

What we can say in words for thinking same about something
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What is the animal adjective relating to tegu lizards (salvatorine, tupinambine etc.)?

If I were to go on a "corvine extermination expedition," we would understand an intent to exterminate crows, of genus corvus. The invasive tegu lizards in Florida are subject to such ...
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What does “watermarked the moon” mean? [migrated]

The lyrics say “Watermarked the moon, cast the hex” I really don’t know what it means. Even “cast the hex”, is it like “throw the witch” or “cast upon the witch a curse”? This is more of the lyrics ...
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Difference between "duly admitted" and "graduated" [duplicate]

I got my degree but it is stated that "duly admitted" but I am wondering if it is correct or not? Of course it is from university, so it might be correct, but I am just curious. EDIT: This ...
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What is another way to write 'if it is'? [closed]

Examples: I doubt, if it is ever finished, that we will be able to afford to maintain it. I can do this in words of one syllable if it is still opaque to you. This may well be true, but if it is, ...
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What's a word or phrase for something I excel in that when I do for others, it comes good but when I do for myself, it doesn't come through? [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the situation when something I am evidently good at only comes through when I do it for others and not when I do it for myself.
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Should one use 'lastly' or 'last'? [closed]

Rough and ready sentence to illustrate the question: First, I cleaned the dishes. Second, I tidied the kitchen surface. Third, I put the unused food in Tupperware. Lastly/last (or 'and last/lastly'), ...
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What do these punctuation marks mean? [closed]

This is the syllabus for an exam I planning to prepare for and in the picture there are many punctuation marks viz; hyphen, em dash etc, I am confused about multiple hyphens in the para. What do they ...
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What's the etymology for the term "resilvering" as used in computer file systems like hardware RAID, btrfs, ZFS, etc?

Hardware systems like traditional RAID, or modern software systems like ZFS, btrfs, etc. Are used for redundancy (and performance) of the storage of data. E.g. if you have 6 drives with ZFS, you can ...
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