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Grammatical function and functions [on hold]

As soon as the story ended, they stood up to counter the chairman's decision
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Expressing relative amounts

Suppose there is a chemical composition that contains 5 g of sugar and 45 g of water. One way of expressing the amount of sugar in relation to the whole would be to say the sugar content of the ...
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What is the subject of the passage? [on hold]

Strategies for the reading comprehension questions Skim the reading passage to determine the main idea and the overall organization of ideas in the passage. You do not need to understand every detail ...
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Are there words like “Percent”, but for other quantities?

If "Percent" is based off of the pseudo-latin "per centum", then it stands to reason that one could use numbers such as ten (decum) or thousand (mīlle) to construct similar words as "perdec" or "...
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meaning of 'jump up and bite for'

Ever since you got that Ivy League scholarship, you’ve been hooked on their teat. You think you’re one of them because you go on their ski vacations and their yachts. The Man snaps his fingers, ...
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Position of “in accordance with” in negative sentence affect meaning of the sentence

I find that the position of “in accordance with + noun” in a negative sentence affects the meaning of the whole sentence. For example: Our company did not supply goods to country yy in accordance ...
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Origin of the phrase “close to the bone”

I need to find out the earliest use of the phrase, “close to the bone”. Etymonline and other online dictionaries don’t give details about its earliest usage.
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farthest vs. the farthest from the Sun

My native friend says 'Neptune is the planet farthest from the Sun.' is right while 'Neptune is the planet the farthest from the Sun.' is not right. Although more than 5 native Americans - some of ...
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auspicious vs auspicial - why two of them and etymology

I always knew the word auspicious. A colleague of mine used the word auspicial and I thought this was a spelling mistake. I made a search and am seeing it in a lot of dictionaries. Does anyone ...
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Can a lexical definition be imprecise? [on hold]

Can a lexical definition be imprecise and if so, what would be an example of one?
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Rolling “R” sound after “TH”

English is my first language and I have noticed that I roll my "r" after "th" in words and my children do as well, but most people do not. It would make sense in a Spanish/Latino environment but I'm ...
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Not every time a celebrity gives thoughts on common issues is beneficial [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It is awkward sounding to me but I can't seem to rephrase it to a better one.
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“Either value can be higher”?

I'm writing a math paper and want to say that two quantities, a*b and (a-b), cannot be ranked in a unique way. Depending on the values a and b, either can be higher. My idea is to say "either value ...
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Why “Now is the time” 50 years after “Donald in Mathmagic Land”?

Reading about leet speak on Wikipedia in Spanish I stumbled upon this "Now is the time" text among several other examples of it. Why this one caught my attention? I clearly recalled having read it in ...
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Capitalizing the first letter of each word in letter greeting

I have searched for an answer on the site, but all the questions I have found (e.g. this one) seem to be less general. Assuming that I'm writing a cover letter to join a team working on a project ...
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About the past perfect and its proper use is a sentence

When they had celebrated their 50 anniversary, it was already popular. Is this sentence correct? (I Think it must be just the other way around?)
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Word for color, material, light, etc

Is there a word that encompasses the visual lighting, texture, materials, colours etc., of an object? The best I could come up with so far: Visual property or attributes Display property or ...
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Using the word DEANERY to mean office of university faculty dean

I understand word DEAN has about four basic entries in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English. The FIRST TWO meanings of DEAN are both clearly restricted to the "priestly" sense. ...
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What does 'even' even mean?

What is the difference between these two sentences? Hate is all the world has seen lately. and Hate is all the world has even seen lately. I've heard this in Limp Bizkit's song "Take a look ...
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Tense corrections [on hold]

1' The extreme violence clearly illustrated that hong kong public safety is widely endangered 2' The extreme violence clearly illustrated that hong kong public safety was widely endangered Which ...
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What is the word for someone who dabbles in different art forms but can't master any?

What is the word for someone who jumps from one artistic media to another but they never master anything. I remember a professor using it once and I just can't figure it out. (For example, Rob tried ...
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Can “teems” be used as a collective noun?

I just wrote down an expression that sounded perfectly natural to me (a native English speaker): The room contained teems of people. but now I am second-guessing myself and wondering if I am ...
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Using the F word in the middle of the word [duplicate]

Not sure if I can use the F words here, therefore I will refer to it as f*** or f***in I know that we can use F word in the middle of the sentence like You may f***in not do that or She is f*...
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Semantic usage of “be (not) agreed”?

I agree and I don't agree are both grammatical. Is it true that "I am agreed" is grammatical and semantically only if you want to express that you are forced to agree on something because you want to ...
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Plural or singular when being asked “what's the unit of a number”

Example 1: "What's the common measuring unit of the speed of a car in the United States?" Do we say "It's mile per hour" or "It's miles per hour"? Example 2: "Please enter the degrees of the angle:" ...
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Why Shakespeare used “come” in the line “A Daniel come to judgement?”

From The Merchant of Venice, 1596: SHYLOCK: A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel! O wise young judge, how I do honour thee! Is it a perfect tense with the auxiliary verb omitted? And is ...
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meaning of 'P.S'/'One-oh-nine'

I remember how you always…used to look out for me here. When that gang from “P.S.” one-oh-nine would come after me for my lunch money… The speaker is Hispanic who lived in Bronx when he was a boy. ...
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What word could I use? [on hold]

"its not good to happen to me, but o.k if it happens to you" How could I express this in one word? Thank You
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When talking to another person, is that person your conversation or conversational partner

When talking to another person, is that person your conversation or conversational partner.
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Can I use “Amongst others” that way? [on hold]

I'm trying to tell someone that amongst some other work, especially their work has shown me something. Can I say: "Amongst others, especially your work has..."? When put like that, it just somehow ...
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using “to” instead of “into” in “transform A into B”

Instead of using "into", can I use the preposition "to"? He transformed himself into a werewolf. He transformed himself to a werewolf.
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Making the sound of 'th' in 'with'

What is the sound of TH in the word WITH? Is it made with the upper teeth in the bottom lips, or with the tongue between them? Is there any source of why there are such differences with this pair ...
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#1. Learning the correct usage of articles in English sentences. (Duplicate articles)

What’s more commonly accepted method of expression among the following English sentences? I started working here since the beginning of the last week. I started working here since the beginning of ...
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What is origin of the phrase “Don't say boo” or “Didn't hear boo”?

I've very infrequently heard the expressions: "Don't say 'boo' [to them]" (meaning don't say anything, no matter how small or insignificant) or "I didn't hear 'boo'" (meaning I didn't get any ...
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Is there a single word meaning “something which stops something”?

A trigger is something which causes something to start, e.g. caffeine and stress can be triggers for palpitations. Is there an opposite noun, a single word meaning "something which causes something to ...
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“Even more worth reading” v “worth reading even more”

A Meta.SE post was recently edited (by an ELU member I respect), with the reason "grammar": Before: resigned: Aza on Literature, worth reading, predates other events; later wrote an update ...
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feel well-equipped to do something

I'm writing a letter of recommendation for myself. In the letter I write: "I have known XXX for four years and spent four years at XYZ before joining ZZZ; as such, I feel well-equipped to assess his ...
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Saying “into” instead of “times” when talking about multiplication

I'm studying a series on algorithms taught by "Abdul Bari" on youtube Here is when he says "A into B" to talk about multiplying A by B I know why some say "a times b" when talking about ...
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Dropdown or drop-down

In web programming we use drop-down lists, but I'm not sure about the correct grammar. Wikipedia says "drop-down" when most frameworks uses "dropdown". Which one is correct ?
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Demod as a neologism

Moderator is a very old term in the sense still popularly used nowadays: Meaning "one who acts as an arbitrator, person who presides at a meeting or disputation" is from 1560s. (Etymonline) ...
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How would you describe someone's love for themselves and family? As big as [on hold]

I'm looking to describe my aunt's huge love for family and use it in positive way ...(Her loud mouth and contagious smile and love) I'm supposed to come up with one sentence of what I love about my ...
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Mental faucets or mental faculties?

I was typing a sentence then realised after typing it I don't know if mental faucets sounds right. Googling didn't less me to much of an example either Don't let mental faucets run amok was one ...
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Which verb form is best here?

Use the esses or not? Political correctness refers to the conscious avoidance of speech and action that exclude/excludes or insult/insults socially marginalized groups.
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Should “at” or “to” be used in the following sentence?

Should "at" or "to" be used in the following sentence? You can send me an email with any inquiries to: email@website.com. or You can send me an email with any inquiries at: email@website.com. ...
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Using “himself” in a sentence

In a book, I found this sentence. Though dead for three years, the ghost of this scoundrel threatened greater harm to Sherlock Holmes than Professor Moriarty himself had done. In this sentence, is "...
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Is the sentence “Why C treats array parameters as pointers?” correct? [duplicate]

Why C treats array parameters as pointers? It sounds quite wrong to me. I would have been happier to hear Why does C treat array parameters as pointers? instead. Is the first sentence correct?
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A two weeks’ notice is - should the indefinite article truly be there? [duplicate]

As far as I know, when the possesive is used, I really should not use articles because it would bind to the same noun. E.g.: A two-day trip Two day's trip However, I have just found a site which ...
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sell like “pancakes” instead of “hotcakes”

I know the idiomatic expression "sell like hotcakes". Recently I've come across an article headline read "PBA All-Star tickets selling like pancakes" somewhere on the web. Can I use "pancakes" ...
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should I use on or from?

The exam will start (on 2nd of march ) The exam will start ( from 2nd of march ) The exam will be held (from 2nd of march ) Which is right?
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can “Every” be used as the Subject of a Sentence?

"Every can't be used as a subject since it is a determiner" is this sentence correct ? Here Every is being used as a subject but we know every is a determiner , how is it possible ?

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