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Etymology of "banged-up" = "imprisoned"?

1. What is the etymology of banged-up = "imprisoned"? Briefly googling, I couldn't find any etymology. (I'm guessing it came from the banging sound of the gate/door as one is locked up?) ...
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"I give Salle a pocket watch" or "I gave Salle a pocket watch" [closed]

I want to express the sentence in the present simple form, but there's a mistake in "I give..." and "I gave..." I know that the action describes the situation in the past but I ...
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Prepositional phrases in the end of sentences made A LOT OF ambiguity, But FEW people on web don't raise the questions? [migrated]

PPs are making a lot of ambiguity in sentences especially in the end of sentences. In the structures like VERB+NOUN+PPs. There are two interpretations. One is that PPs is adverbial modifying the VERB, ...
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The presence of "the" in the sentence of "Find all (the) indices of the ' ' character in a string" [duplicate]

Find all the indices of the ' ' characters in a string. Find all indices of the ' ' characters in a string. Do these two sentences have any difference? Which one is it if one is more natural than the ...
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The usage of the idiom "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

The idiom "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" conveys [at least] the idea that merely having good intentions is insufficient; one must also take action to realize those ...
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Olympic basketball terms: what does “gutted on the glass and in the paint” mean?

The U.S. men’s basketball team has been “bullied” in the past because of the size of the players. Generally speaking, Coach Kerr played smaller lineups, and in losing three of their final four games ...
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How to parse and punctuate the saying: "United we stand, divided we fall."

Personally, I think the phrase should be punctuated like this: "United, we stand; divided, we fall." The thing is, I could envision "United we stand" without a comma perhaps ...
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Confusion regarding "since" vs "for" [migrated]

I know that we use "since" when we refer to some specific event that started at some point in the past and is still continuing and "for" when we talk about the duration of the ...
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What is it called when someone exaggerates pronunciation of word for emphasis? [duplicate]

I can think of two examples that I have heard many times… Drawing out or almost stuttering parts of a word as in saying “wh-h-h-at?” to express extreme disbelief. The goal seems to be to add imaginary ...
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This is relating to a number of posts from a few years ago that I have just stumbled upon [closed]

There seems to be some confusion around the word 'food' and its plural form. The word 'food' is one of those nouns that is singular as well as plural, so you don't put an s on the end to make it ...
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Subject-verb agreement for "Most X and Y" subject

Would "is" or "are" be more correct in this sentence? Most acute pharyngitis and laryngitis is/are caused by viral or, more rarely, bacterial infection. I'm not sure if the verb ...
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Is there a name for someone who always talks about their bodily functions?

I know someone who is always talking about when they poop. They have no problems talking about when they have diarrhea, when they have accidents, or when they soil their underwear. And it almost seems ...
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An adjective for something peaceful but sad?

I need an adjective for that please, is about the energy of the room feeling both sad but quiet and peaceful. There was a ____ atmosphere in the room.
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Why does Huddleston and Pullum's definition of catenatives exclude objects (and predicative complements)?

A "catenative" complement, according to Huddleston and Pullum, is a non-finite clausal complement (e.g. "He stopped [doing it].") They use the term to refer to the verb, ...
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Please answer me… ‘The only thing which…’ Is it impossible? [duplicate]

The movements themselves are not the only thing which can vary across cultures. Can't 'which' be used in this sentence?
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Idiom for "different people know different things"

There is the common saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to show that different things may have different value to different people. However, I teach a class of students and often ...
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Is Swirling a noun?

I have got a title composition from AI "Swirlings of simple Things". Also in the Leo online dictionary is Swirling listed as a noun (https://dict.leo.org/englisch-deutsch/swirling). But I ...
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Word 'between' for things like values in range - exclusive/inclusive [duplicate]

Is there any single word that could be used in pair with the word 'between' where the other word is either exclusive or inclusive? Exclusivity is generally dependent on context, with inclusive being ...
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Are there other proposed translations of "aelfheres" in Beowulf than a name?

Am looking at the online Beowulf site, and wonder about "aelfheres" that is translated as a name. XXXVI WIGlaf wæs haten, Weoxstanes sunu, leoflic lindwiga, leod Scylfinga, mæg ...
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Is aux inversion okay in this sentence? [duplicate]

My original sentence is It is rare insofar as outcomes can be assessed and methods adapted. If I want to make ‘can’ modify both assess and accept, is it okay to invert ‘can’ like this? It is rare ...
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On team, in team, or from team? [closed]

Which of the following is better? a) "You have a new message from Shelly from the Pepsi vendor team:" b) "You have a new message from Shelly on the Pepsi vendor team:" c) "You ...
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Are commas required when saying 'separate but interlinked'? [duplicate]

In a sentence such as This forms three separate but interlinked questions. should there be commas round 'but interlinked'? Or no commas at all? I'm assuming a single comma after separate is ...
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The meaning of ''as also'' in the given paragraph?

Pakistan Nationals as also "persons resident outside Pakistan" holding Pakistani securities desirous of sending or taking out the Pakistani securities not covered under the succeeding ...
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Harry Vandiver's comment on the infinitude of Wilson primes

Wilson primes are prime numbers that meet a specific criterion. Only three such numbers are known: 5, 13, and 563. In Paulo Ribenboim's book "My Numbers, My Friends: Popular Lectures on Number ...
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Who are they? and why used past tense, “were + ing”? [migrated]

An interviewer asked as below. “Hindsight is always 20/20 it is said, but looking back, what would you say that the CDC or the FDA or the White House should have done differently? Is there anything ...
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new possibilities generated by these activities coupled with selection

Development of the human body from a single cell provides many examples of the structural richness that is possible when the repeated production of random variation is combined with nonrandom ...
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Identifying Modifier nouns versus adjectives [duplicate]

There is a convention that frontend is a noun, whereas front-end is an adjective (in the context of computing and software development.) There are certainly sentences in which the word is ...
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anger with something (rather than someone)?

I know that anger comes with the preposition "with" while discussing anger directed at someone, (e.g. "your anger with your unbearable boss"); but should we use the same ...
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I’m confused by how the term “syntactic marker” is used in CGEL

I am confused about the term syntactic marker as used in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL), by Huddleston and Pullum. They say that to, for, that, but, and, nor, either, neither etc....
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Is "sinnate" a word? What does it mean?

From Typee by Herman Melville (1846): The loins of the warrior were girt about with heavy folds of a dark-coloured tappa, hanging before and behind in clusters of braided tassels, while anklets and ...
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Words for wanting and/or having children

Are there any established words for people who have kids but regret it, and for people who don't regret it? In other words, can you complete the following table? Don't have kids Have kids Don't want ...
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What do you call the difference between when a verb expresses an actual state vs a potential state? [closed]

Sometimes, the exact same verb can express two different but closely related meanings: The subject [S] is actually performing an action [V] The subject [S] is capable of performing an action [V] To ...
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When to use the possessive with 's in "Contact photo" or "contact's photo"? [duplicate]

"Click on a contact photo" or "click on a contact's photo"? "The contact photo is there" or "the contact's photo is there"? "It means the contact updated ...
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What is a word or term to describe two things that are directly related in an opposite manner? [duplicate]

I’m looking for a word or term that describes two things that are directly related to eachother in an opposite manner. They go hand-in-hand but are not necessarily opposite in a dictionary, yet can be ...
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What does "snubbed out" mean? [duplicate]

I am confused by the meaning of the term "snubbed out." I will list some examples that I came across. I applied for the position of supervisor, but was quickly snubbed out when the HR ...
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Re film title, "Kinds of Kindness" [duplicate]

Ever since I've heard the title Kinds of Kindness it's been bouncing around my head. I'm curious whether a technical term exists for linking two words with homonymic stems, as occurs here. My surface ...
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Whats the apropriate way to express this? [migrated]

My English isn't native level, I make mistakes that natives don't. My english isnt nativel level, i make mistakes that natives dont do. Which sentence above is most correct?
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Is there a word for problems that arise from solving another problem? [duplicate]

For example plastics were invented to make life easier. However, the invention of plastics created a new problem for us; plastic pollution.
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Preposition and relative clause ‘in which’ [migrated]

As non-native speaker, It is hard to distinguish the collocation of a verb and preposition. In the following sentences, please figure out the grammaticality. Can you recommend the hotel in which I ...
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Can "et ali" be proper?

There are some non-published works that I am reading that were written by a professor, so I do not feel I can discount his claims out-of-hand. However, he uses a term I have never read and can find no ...
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It seems to be in past [migrated]

What can I use for "It seems to be" in the past? E.g. It seems to be difference in these texts. (Present, unsure, difference still exists) It seems ???(there was??) difference in these texts....
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From-to construction [closed]

Please help me parse this sentence. I'm not asking for proofreading; I'm looking at grammatical construction concerning range. I say it's a run-on and false range (I am not including the misplaced ...
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What do you call the male equivalent to Cougar (woman)?

What is the male equivalent to the term "cougar"? Clarifying ... The term "cougar" describes an older woman seeking younger men. So a male equivalent would be an older man seeking ...
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I'm looking for a word for doing something because you know it is the better choice even though you don't want to

In my head, I associate the word with reluctantly and being the bigger person. An example where the word would be appropriate to use is: I let the little kid play with my phone even though I saw him ...
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what is the origin of the phrase "gimme a break"?

Looking for the origins / earliest use of the phrase 'gimme a break' as meaning "come on there's no way, you're pulling my leg," or honestly any other meaning the phrase was used in as well. ...
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I would like to submit an opinion letter arguing that my sentence should also be considered correct [migrated]

I am a high school student from a country where English is not the native language. In my recent English exam, the following two sentences were involved: The official correct sentence: "Hence, ...
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"The tired fireman found the building ablaze", is "ablaze" predicative adjective at there? [duplicate]

I have encountered a question which asks which sentence doesn't include a predicative adjective and according to the question this sentence includes a predicative adjective, The tired fireman found ...
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Meaning of the borrowing "programé" (found as a noun in English, but an adjective in French)

As most often is the case, when a word with a French form, but used as English vocabulary, is the object of a Google search in the English corpus, the result is a series of hits strictly out of the ...
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Can one use "they" instead of "he or she" [migrated]

For example, in the following sentence: If a student is caught cheating, he or she will be immediately eliminated. If a student is caught cheating, they will be immediately eliminated.
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I can't do one or I can't do it?

Which is correct? Please do a British accent! I can't do it. Please do a British accent! I can't do one.
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