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Why 'Principal' is an 'authenticated user'

Many computer systems, related to authorization and permissions uses word 'principal' as term to describe 'user' or 'member'. I can't get connotation here. Principal is a 'school boss', or 'body of ...
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Her face, a revolving door, swings open and shut, open and shut [closed]

First her ears hear; they open. Then her eyes can see; they open. Her face, a revolving door, swings open and shut, open and shut. She no longer sleeps at night; it’s too hard to breathe after four ...
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What's the difference between "I shouldn't have done that" and "I really shouldn't have done that?" [migrated]

I would like to know to what emphasis the word "really" puts in the below sentence? I really shouldn't have done that.
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Mass vs weight, referring to property of a human body [closed]

If you want to ask a person what is their body mass or weight in kg or pounds, what is the proper thing to ask? Options: What is your mass? What is your weight? How much do you weigh? What is the ...
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Condition is indicative of age, or age is indicative of condition [closed]

As part of a volunteering job I have been listing antiques on eBay. If the condition of an item is what one would expect of a used item of a particular age my manager thinks I should write condition ...
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Top 2 university or Top 2 universities? [closed]

I'm confused about when to use "top 2 university" or "top 2 universities". Both seems fine depending on the context but is there a professional explanation as to when I should use ...
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Hyphenation of compound modifiers that have written-out numeric ranges in them

Is either of these approaches to hyphenation currently more popular than the other one is when it comes to printed publications? The drug is most promising for three-to-fifteen-year-old children. The ...
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Can you share some expressions/technics that are always used in you interview plz? [closed]

I am in great need of English expressions&technics in my college interviews. PLZ help me!!!!!!!
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Word for explaining something cruelly

I'm looking for something to describe speech that is something along the lines of cruel, menacing, tormenting, and dripping with malicious meaning. But not quite outright threatening, i.e. not "I'...
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What is the meaning of 'bear' in this context? [closed]

"The year which has passed… has not, indeed, been marked by any of those striking discoveries which at once revolutionise, so to speak, the department of science on which they bear"
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Is there a better phrase for something that is new/inspiring?

I am new to English StackExchange so please let me know if there's anything to be aware of. I'm looking for a better word or phrase that can describe something that is new/inspiring/ - specifically, ...
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How could I compare two figures in English [closed]

Say there's a leading board for revenues. Company A: $10m Company B: $5m Company C: $2m I want to emphasize that the "top" is twice as high as the "second": The revenue for ...
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Why no double "v" in "river" or "quiver"?

After googling around for a while, I was unable to see anything that explained either causality or history/etymology for the single "v" in either "river" (why not "rivver"...
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Is there a major difference between the words: within vs in vs during? [closed]

I am trying to understand the difference between these words: within vs in vs during. I wrote some example sentences, hopefully, I used the words correctly. The new hire increased sales within the ...
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Using preposition for instead from [migrated]

I want to know more about using preposition for in this sentence: Say hello to your sister for me. Why not from me instead of for? I looked through some dictionary articles for preposition for and ...
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What is the difference between Crash course and hands on course [closed]

For me, it seems like a crash course - is a very intense shorten full course, with only key theory and principles. And hands on course - the one that directed on doing explaining, less than learning. ...
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What is the difference between a private reason and a personal reason? [closed]

I want to know what the difference is between a private reason and a personal reason. An interview asked me questions about the difference between a private reason and a personal reason.
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On the use of semi-colons in long lists

I've always had a hard time with semi-colons and, this time, not even my English teacher was sure of what is its correct use in the following situation: It's about creativity, proving properties of ...
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Use of 'antinomic'

ANTINOMY – a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are, in themselves, reasonable. I HAVE TO to use the word 'antinomy' (or 'antinomic') in a sentence to convey the following meaning: ...
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What's the difference between "I don't like him" vs "I don't even like him"? [closed]

I would like to know the significance of the word even here.
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Need help with matching headings question [closed]

When I was practicing for IELTS test, I encountered this question that there is a list of headings which we should match with paragraphs. One proposed method is that we should try to write a heading ...
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Comma or semi colon , et al. vs etc [closed]

Should I use a semi colon or colon, and et al. or etc in the following sentence? '...there was an almost unanimous chorus of execration from Western countries: politicians, media, celebs, etc. '......
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Difference between "with a view to giving..." and "with a view to give..." [closed]

Which one of the following is correct? And why? He teaches his students with a view to giving the light of education He teaches his students with a view to give the light of education Edit: Added ...
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Synonym to Confirmation that is like a statement and not a request

While working with user interfaces, I find myself dealing with two usual interfaces: one that asks the user to confirm that they are aware of the action that's going to be performed, and the second ...
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Punctuation in dialogue that addressed more than one person

So I got a question regarding comma in speech. Here is an example of the sentence: “Wait a minute.” I hurriedly shouted to stop him and said to her, “Who invited that blockhead to this party?" In ...
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Adjective-noun-adjective or adjective noun-adjective? [duplicate]

The word is of the structure: [adjective] + [noun] + [adjective (technically past-tense verb)]. I'm wondering if which words should be hyphenated (if any). Here is the specific example that got me ...
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What is a single word for “full stomach”? [duplicate]

I have a single word request for a word that describes a full stomach. I believe the word is a noun, two syllables. The word was part of a list of “Thanksgiving Words”.
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"the ride never ends"

Having a hard time understanding an idiom a person used on an anonymous bbs. Remember, the ride never ends. What could he have meant by this? I'm aware that it's a reference to an old video game ...
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Should I say "To secure" or "To securing?" [migrated]

This use of continuous always gets me confused, and I stumbled on it all the time. Consumers are increasingly turning to Brokers as the ‘easiest route’ to securing a mortgage. (Written by a native ...
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What's the meaning of "check in its course"? [closed]

I met this phrase in a brief (unauthorized) dictionary, check in its course. It's described as something relating to 'stop' and 'stanch', but I find neither that meaning in 'check in' nor in 'its ...
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Confusion with pronouns proceeding gerunds

In The Stranger, we have the following passage. So we took our time getting back, him telling me how glad he was that he'd been able to give the woman what she deserved. I understand the meaning, ...
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What is the origin of the meaning of 'counter' to express the surface on which goods or money is counted? [closed]

The OED does not appear to list the meaning of the noun 'counter' which conveys the concept of a flat surface over which goods or money is counted, except that it lists the verb 'to counter' as having ...
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"Neither my mother nor I was" vs "Neither my mother nor I were" [duplicate]

Can anyone clarify which of the following is correct? "Neither my mother nor I was conscious of rudeness" "Neither my mother nor I were conscious of rudeness" I thought it was ...
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What is the tag question of "None but X can help us."? [closed]

What is the question tag of "None but Allah can help us."? Is it "can any?" or is it "can they?" or something else? More compact : What is the question tag of "No ...
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How to refer to an equation? "on equation" or "in equation" [closed]

I want to refer to equation 1 in the paper. We impose conditions on/in eq. 1. Shall I use in or on?
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What is the meaning of ‘meaning’? [closed]

Doesn’t ‘meaning’ mean the thing a word indicates? Then, if a flower is pink and the meaning of ‘flower’ is the flower, can I say the meaning is pink? But why does ‘pink meaning’ which means a pink ...
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Can we use "however" and "on the other hand" together?

Some say no, explaining that any one word is redundant. Some say yes, like me, because I think they have different meanings. For example: On her left hand she wore no jewellery. On the other hand, ...
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Word for someone who likes to define things simply

A word for someone who likes to define things, often to a detrimental effect by over simplifying them - due to either lack of intellect/laziness etc. I’m thinking of Trump like figures who rather than ...
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‘One egg was given to three people’ [closed]

Can ‘one egg was given to three people’ mean ‘one egg each was given to three people’? Or does it only mean the one egg was shared by three people?
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Word order in titles (in general, and in IT specifically) [closed]

I want to know once and for all what is the correct word order in titles, used in different environments. I will break my examples into two parts. 1. Word order in titles of books, movies, paintings, ...
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Where does the phrase "That's a wrap" come from?

Where does the phrase "That's a wrap", meaning "we are finished" come from? I suspect it is from the movie making process, but I couldn't find much information on its origins.
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"brothers in her bag"

in the film The Maltese Falcon (1941) the private detective Miles said "They have brothers in her bag." context: the client, beautiful women Wonderly gave him two Dollar bill and after she ...
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plural or singular noun [migrated]

My sentence is: The article presents a comprehensive study of Polish literature of the Positivist and Young Poland period. Is this sentence correct? When listing two periods together, should I use '...
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How do I write an email to request a MacBook for work? [closed]

It is right? Dear (Name) May I ask if it was possible to get a MacBook to use for work. I definitely feel that having a MacBook can help me with my work, my productivity and also improve my service to ...
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Are "as of writing" and "at the time of writing" both correct? [migrated]

I see that 'at the time of writing' is grammatically correct (Is 'at the time of writing' correct?). Is this replaceable with 'as of writing'?
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Verb for attending a lecture without registering

In other words, going to a lecture at university that you didn't pay for. I clearly remember there was a specific verb for that.
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Should you capitalize run-in sentence? [duplicate]

So I come up with a question in narration, and here's a few example: I know from her smile that she was saying "you look like an idiot" to me. She was more likely than not dishing me out ...
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Usage of nourish vs nurture [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? Do they both read well? These conversations will nourish your relationship. These conversations will nurture your relationship.
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Any difference between "testing out" and "testing"? [closed]

Is there a difference (in the meaning) between I've been testing out cameras... and "I've been testing cameras..." How (if at all) does the word "out" change the meaning of the ...
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When and why did English stop pronouncing ‘hour’ with an [h] like its spelling still shows?

As a non-native speaker, I had been pronouncing hour in the literal, letter-by-letter way as [ˈhaʊə(ɹ)]. Then I learned that its written h is silent in speech, and that you therefore needed to say an ...

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