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Opposite of 'taking baby steps' [on hold]

I already have giant steps / huge strides in the context of 'Having previously taken tentative, half-hearted baby-steps Sophia began taking -------- towards attaining her life's ambitions'.
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Is it correct to say Win-win lottery?

Is it correct to say Win-win lottery? It is meant the kind of lottery where you will get a prize anyway.
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how to use“and” in a list [duplicate]

Glucose lowering agents consist of multiple subcategories of drugs, including metformin, DPP-4 inhibitors, and insulin and analogues. My question is how should I write a list with an "and" in one of ...
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Meaning and etymology of “twirling waxed mustaches”

Today, the New York Times online edition reviews a documentary film. The review contains the following sentence: The filmmakers don’t villainize anyone, though a few participants come awfully close ...
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how to say each one in subset used with each one of the other subset

As English is my 2nd language I am not sure how to say this sentence the right way What I am trying to say is that i have multiple subsets that each item on the first one will be used along with ...
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Can I use 'global people' to say people from around the world?

I need to write a short sentence where I refer to people from all around the world. Can I use 'global people'? Or is it a totally different concept? Thanks!
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What do you call overtaking after overtakers? Not necessarily a single word, a phrase will do

What do we call the act of overtaking a vehicle which is already being overtaken by one or more cars? You see that some other car begins overtaking, and you join this overtaker, and others may join ...
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Is this sentence correct: ''my father is my favorite personality.''

In the Indian subcontinent, we're accustomed to saying sentences like: Who is your favorite personality? My father is my favorite personality. You are a dynamic personality. You are a great ...
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Which word you think is stressed in the sentence “And I don't like to know” (link of the video attached below)

I hear she stresses both "don't" and "know", "don't" was said in higher pitch than "know" but "know" was more drawled than "don't". So which word do you think she want to emphasize the most, or both ...
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“The stick is attenuated at one end to allow the villagers to forage for ants” - meaning in simple words

It's a GRE sentence, even though I know the meaning of each individual word, the complete sentence doesn't make sense to me. Some of the translations that I have come up with : A stick is shortened ...
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When the word “want” is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/?

When the word "want" is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/? https://vocaroo.com/i/s1nUhAfWsc9k
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Why do this book telling a story in the past but they use present tense? [duplicate]

I was reading a book "Call me by your name" and I was so confused by the tense they use in the book. It is obviously the story they tell happens in the past but they use present tense. I am trying to ...
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“Factor two” vs “factor of two” [on hold]

Which one is correct? "Algorithm A outperforms Algorithm B by a factor of two." "Algorithm A outperforms Algorithm B by a factor two."
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How do different stresses change the meaning of the sentence “I don't know”

If one says "I don't know" in 3 different ways, like, when they stress "I", "don't" and "know" respectively. How does the meaning of this sentence change?
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What's the meaning of “reflected back upon” in the following context?

The passage is an excerpt from an 1823 essay on Macbeth by Thomas De Quincey: From my boyish days I had always felt a great perplexity on one point in Macbeth. It was this: the knocking at the ...
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Why do you say ‘natural resources' in plural? [on hold]

Why do you say ‘natural resources' in plural? We can't count coal oil nor coal in earth.
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What would an appropriate suffix be to mean “branch of magic”

I know "-mancy" already exists (like necromancy and pyromancy), but if you look into the root of the word, it acutally refers to divination, and not general magic powers It could be easily argued ...
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How to reffer to Planet Earth using just “Planet”?

Could you please advice should i add 'the' before planet when referring to our planet Earth? And should the words "the" and "planet" be capitalized? So is the sentence written in the following way: "...
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Which of the following sentences are correct (possessive Adjective)?

I have some doubts regarding Possessive Case of Adjective. Q1. The price of your book is more than (mine/that of mine). Q2. The ideas of your friend are as beneficial as (hers/those of hers). Q3. The ...
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Can “ten minutes more” be considered as OBJECT?

(It) (will take) (me) ten more minutes (to finish my work). S V O C Can "ten minutes more" be considered as OBJECT? IF not, what could be it be considered as?
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“The monster within me” vs “The monster in me”

Can you teach me some example about using prepositions "The monster within me" vs "The monster in me" vs "The monster with me" "The monster on me" vs "The monster onto me" vs "The monster into me"
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“Let me know, How can I do it?” vs “Let me know, how I can do it?”

Which one is correct? "Let me know, How can I do it?" vs "Let me know, how I can do it?"
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What meaning does phrase “separate classes for boys and girls” carry

I was passing past a school where it said "separate classes for boys and girls", meaning separate classes for boys and separate classes for girls. Does this phrase "separate classes for boys and girls"...
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Reminiscence photo or commemorative photo?

The President took a commemorative photo with the scientists, or The President took a reminiscence photo with the scientists?
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Prepositions to express measurement

When one wants to say that the depth of the room is less than 14 feet, which of the following preposition is more appropriate - The depth of room is just below 14 feet. The depth of room is just in ...
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“one up the other” vs “one up each other” in this specific sentence

Just wondering which of the two sentences below is correct: a) Making fools of yourselves trying to one up the other (of two people) b) Making fools of yourselves trying to one up each other (of two ...
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Students of same cohort: by the course, not year

For instance, a school, say S, was established in 2000, with the first class in the same year. I entered the school, with other students, in 2002, i.e. the third time of a student cohort. Should I ...
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Subject verb agreement, which is correct?

TATA Group SETS SIGHTS on the new project TATA Group SETS SIGHT on the new project I read it in a newspaper and the sentence 1 was the headline but why sight is used as sights
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Stay tuned on or to? Which one is correct?

I have seen both usages. Stay tuned on our Facebook page to know more Stay tuned to our Facebook page to know more But don’t know which one is more appropriate. Please help me figure it out. ...
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“Where do you stay?” vs “Where do you live?”

I am not a native speaker of English and I was having a casual conversation with my friends in the US. I asked them, "Where do you stay?" (which is pretty common in India, as far as I know) for which ...
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Inquire the usage of article in this context

I am writing an academic paper and confused about the following usage of "a/an": with an MAP score below 0.4 Or with a MAP score below 0.4 While the second one seems more "grammarly" correct, ...
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Omit adjective in the second sentence?

I am wondering if the following two sentence are correct. We can divide children on the ground into two groups: those playing soccer, and those not. We can divide children on the ground into two ...
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Choosing between “have” and “have had”

So other day I stumbled upon this one particular grammar question, which seems to have many right answers according to my friends. Question: I (have) my hair cut whenever it gets too long. My first ...
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When can commas be used to add additional information to a sentence?

The following sentence is grammatically correct, although it really doesn't sound like it is: I love oil spills, that is to say, great globs of cancer-inducing poison, not brown, that is mixed all ...
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Why is it a *canary* in a coalmine? [on hold]

I understand what the idiom means: as per this question, it means a person or creature unwittingly used as a test for danger, often destructively. I understand why coalmines: as depositories of ...
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which is the proper use capital letters after a comma [on hold]

Which of these two sentences is the proper way to write. Hi betty, thank you or Hi Betty, Thank you
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Concise way of describing two mathematical variables being increased through differing ranges of values

I increase the value of two parameters in an equation through two (differing) ranges - with the second iterating through the entire range for each value of the first. i.e. If increase the values of ...
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question on adverbs (away, apart)

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs away and apart. The villages are miles apart. The exam is only two weeks away. It is three days apart. It is five kilometers away/apart. Away and apart ...
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How to analyze “dearly beloved”?

I'm curious about the phrase “dearly beloved”. – It looks to me to be a phrase consisting of an adverb (dearly) modifying a noun (beloved). But I thought adverbs could only modify verbs or adjectives? ...
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“Miles ran” or “miles run” for axis label in graph

I'm making a bar graph, where the height of the bar is the distance I ran on a particular day, and there are multiple bars, one for each day in the (historical) date range I'm plotting. My question ...
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A word for a dumb person who pretends to be smart? [on hold]

Any word to describe someone who pretends to be sophisticated, smart and know-all but in reality is just so stupid to realize his/her stupidity because he/she always surrounded by likewise stupid ...
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Use of the ''it'' pronoun in a sentence

Which one of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Each state stands for a possible configuration of the system, and it is represented in the state space by a point. Each state stands for ...
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What nickname i s [on hold]

I was thinking about my English version of my nickname. It should be related to toast. It can't be just toast so I decided to add some prefix, here's my propositions: don; captain; lord; the king; sir....
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Meaning of the phrase “embedding theoretical knowledge into practice”?

So, I have been writing my application for a job, and I want to mention that I consider the job as an opportunity where I convert the theory I have learned in my study into practice (real work). In ...
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A word for someone who is out of touch

During a recent conversation with one of my friends, whom I had not been regularly speaking to, I asked her whether her sister had applied for a job as I knew she’d graduated some months ago. She told ...
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Term describing emotional agreement with an argument regardless of the validity of the argument itself? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a word that describes when someone emotionally agrees with someones argument regardless of whether the argument actually is a valid argument or not. For example a fan of ...
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Can “without abandonment” mean “with abandon”?

An author I'm currently reading often uses language in a slightly irregular fashion. I've been trying to decide if it's playful and intentional, which would be intriguing. If it's not intentional, ...
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Meaning of earlier in “1 year ago, maybe earlier”

Someone told me this a while ago, but I always remember it cause I couldn't quite understand. Does the "earlier" in the sentence "1 year ago, maybe earlier." means that it was prior to 1 year ago (...
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What does Affair means in “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” [on hold]

My question is about meaning of word "affair". Does it has a meaning of "case,deal" or "relations, love affair"
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When to capitalize the word counties?

This is found in Kent, Ionia, and Allegan Counties. This is found in Kent, Ionia, and Allegan counties.

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