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How to reply to “congratulations” other than simply saying “thank you”?

Imagine someone important congratulated you at work (getting a big client, swiftly solving a burning issue). How can one reply to that in the most formal way possible? Thank you for your kind words....
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“compare with” vs “compare to”

According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English, The traditional rule about which preposition to use after ''compare'' states that compare should be followed by ''to'' ...
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“percentage”: verb agreement in singular after an inversion with the pronoun “there”

According to Garner's fourth edition, when the verb precedes the noun, a singular verb is required with percentage: a higher percentage of them are, but there is a higher percentage of them ...
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plural possessives: “cows' milk”

Garner's fourth edition, page 712, offers the following corrections Writers sometimes confound the singular and plural possessives, most commonly by misusing the singular for the plural: • ...
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What does teleology/teleological mean (ie a teleological explanation)?

A doctor (while giving me a physical) recently said to me that we needn't have to look for teleological explanations for my condition. I looked at many web sites, but not one could provide a simple ...
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Is there a term or idiom for a relationship that took a very long time to consumate?

I am looking for a term or expression to describe people who clearly have very strong feelings for each other but, for reasons beyond their control, were unable to be together for a long time. I feel ...
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Daniel Craig's accent in Knives Out trailer (Southern, RP, different?)

What is his accent in this trailer? https://youtu.be/sL-9Khv7wa4?t=71 https://youtu.be/sL-9Khv7wa4?t=86 Would you call it Southern? I'd say it's a mix of RP and Southern at best. He seems to have ...
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does “heavy cloud” and “thunderstorm” are used in their real meaning or not?

does "heavy cloud" and "thunderstorm" are used in their real meaning or not? also i can not understand the true meaning of "judgment"?? is there anybody who can explain about this? Swedenborg claimed ...
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Before the 19th century the same meaning as before the close of the eighteenth century?

Europe hardly had any museums before the 19th century. Europe hardly had any museums before the close the eighteenth century. I understand two sentences that the first means before any time of 19th ...
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Confused in prepositions in these two sentences

Recently, I've started learning prepositions for English competitive exams. So while I was solving exercises in a book, I found that two exactly same sentences are solved with two different ...
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Non-context dependent word choice for “next night” and “previous night”

dear specialists and English-lovers. I have a context-less situation (user in-app interface), with two elements - my task is to give them labels and I'm literally stuck here since I can't google any ...
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Can an MLA paragraph begin at the last line of the page?

This is for the most recent edition of MLA. I submitted an essay I typed on Microsoft Word and was marked off because one of my pages had a paragraph that was more than a 1 inch off the bottom of the ...
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Word to describe this behavior: applying your work habit even when you're not working?

For example: I'm an engineer on a vacation. When someone mentioned a machine that's broken, I can't help but join in an try to debug the issue.
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Is “Order” an appropriate name for attribute of photo to determine its position within an album, or is there more adequate noun to name the attribute?

Background: I'm designing a (data) model for a photo album. And, I've got stuck on naming attribute determining an ordering of a photo within an album. Photo has following (technical) attributes: ...
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Origin of “uphill battle”

Is there a well-sourced origin for the phrase "uphill battle"? Someone recently suggested to me that it originated in relation to the Battle of Hastings (1066), which was literally an uphill battle (...
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The usage of sigh

Is it possible to use "let out a sigh of contentment" in my writing assignment? My teacher told me to change it into drawing a deep breath because she consider "sigh" as a negative expression. I am ...
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Is body-shame an internet phenomenon?

Body shame or body shaming in the following sense: To criticize, ridicule, or otherwise make someone feel ashamed about (some aspect of) their physical appearance, especially their weight. ...
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Noun clauses after from, about etc

Hello everybody I am an enthusiastic English learner and I would like to ask a question about noun clauses. Knowing the fact that noun clauses are group of words that take place as a noun in sentences ...
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How can one use WOULD and COULD, both, consecutively?

I encountered a sentence in an article. The writer (Australian) has used both COULD and WOULD consecutively in a sentence. The sentence is "But I was determined to make a statement: would could do ...
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“As long as” in a sentence with two negatives

A Japanese friend of mine told me that, according to some articles that she read online (written in Japanese), the following sentence is incorrect: "She won't forgive you as long as you don't ...
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Is there a word that can describe the the condition of growing up a plant from soil after struggling with the environment

I want to describe the conditions where a new born plant comes out penetrating the hard soil after its struggle to develop itself.
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Is this phrase additional information that needs to be separated by commas?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Are commas correct in this scenario? These religions and their underlying philosophies made China’s social structure less balanced. or These ...
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Word Search: a bad comparison

I have been looking high and low for a word that has boggled my mind for the last few days. The gist of the definition is "a comparison of something else that is lesser in value or not as valued." ...
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How would you write this sentence?

Concerns of critics become evident in large apps where it is common to see CSS files with thousands of lines of code. OR Critics' concern become evident in large apps where it is common to see CSS ...
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Preposition followed by participial phrase

For example, After brushing my teeth, I go to bed Is this a participial phrase, or a prepositional phrase, or both? Brushing my teeth... Is participial, but the after is making me think that ...
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Is the expression “I have left a positive footprint” adequate? [closed]

In the context of an environmental argument, I have made plenty of things to neutralize and rollback my "carbon footprint" which led me to state that "I have left a positive footprint". But I don't ...
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Tend to vs Attend to

Tend means (as per google dictionary): "care for or look after; give one's attention to." Attend means: "give practical help and care to; look after." Are there any clear differences between the two?...
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Verb for applying a template

Is there a single word for applying a template. "Template" as a verb seems to mean to create a template. What about applying a template or using a template? Similar to cast a mold or stamp a stamp? ...
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“the highest good” vs “the greatest good”

In a strictly philosophical context, which is better: the highest good or the greatest good? Is any of them a better collocation? Should I follow Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summum_bonum) ...
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Is there a close equivalent to Russian saying “Chem dalshe v les tem bolshe drov”

So far I found only one reference which is not helpful https://www.quora.com/What-does-the-Russian-saying-the-deeper-into-the-forest-the-fatter-the-partisans-mean
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Comma before conjunction

"As I saw it, the relationship between a typical African and his dog is one of tangible mutualism. I say tangible because the African sees himself as the dominant creature not to be bothered by the ...
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“How many likes is my life worth?” [closed]

Is it correct to say "How many likes is my life worth"? Or should I be saying "How many likes does my life worth"? (It's from the Chainsmokers song: Sick Boy)
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Usage of “rather” to express contrast

In the following fragment, the word rather, in my opinion, expresses an idea of opposition or contrast. The victory is not attributed not to individual rebels or to The Brotherhood, an anonymous ...
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Past Simple and Present Perfect

In the book Grammar Lab, there were examples of words that would give away the tense, for example, the words "yesterday, last week, the last time, when, etc" and "since, for, yet, still, so far, etc" ...
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Thirty days hath September, April, June and November?

According to everything I can find1,2, and all usages I can remember ever coming across, hath is the 3rd person singular present tense of have, and not the plural. So why does the rhyme go as follows?...
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Is the “king” in “King Arthur” a proper adjective?

Is the King in King Arthur a proper adjective? I know it would be a title, but are titles proper adjectives?
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How to refer to historical data from latest to oldest?

Consider I have a a list of 5 exercises I did, sorted from most recent to oldest. Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 So the last exercise I did is Exercise 1. My question is how ...
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What is the meaning of prefix -y in the following examples? [duplicate]

These are some exmaples from Choser: 1)He was war of me, how у stood Before hym and did of myn hood, And had ygret hym as I best koude. 2)A certein tresor that she thider ladde, And, sooth to ...
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meaning of 'time on a goat'

Detective A: (The Victim said) speeding through Times Square after six? (And She's lying.) Detective B: You'd make better time on a goat. I know 'goat time' means 'good time', but I don't know ...
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Repeated verb in one sentence. What to leave out and what not

I am trying to formulate a simple sentence which specifies publication agreement as follows: A is published in arrangement with and licensed by B through C. A is published in arrangement with and is ...
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What is the difference between “ renewal ” and “ resumption ”?

Cambridge English Dictionary explains these as renewal : a situation in which something begins again after having stopped for a period of time e.g. Pharmaceutical shares also benefited from the ...
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'All grown up and doing the town'?

Can any native English speaker and movie fan inform me about this expression: "all grown up and doing the town"? I found this expression in "Goodfellas" movie but I didn't understand its real meaning....
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How to avoid repeat a noun that is mentioned previously

In this sentence: The birth rate in the USA was higher than the birth rate in China. If I wanna replace "the birth rate" before "in China", I would use "that" or "one"? Actually, I have already ...
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meaning of “out of the season” in this sentence

It's something said by a production manager: "I'm responsible for the refining process, and I organise the shift system...Out of the season, I supervise the overhaul of the plant." Does "out of the ...
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I translated a piece of an article about “Social Science Methodology”, does this sound natural?

Someone asked me to translate a piece of an article. I know English, but I wanted the translation to be perfect, so I'd like you to read it and tell me if something sounds weird or unnatural. It is ...
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A word referring to the state of being a loser

There are terms like: survivor > survivorship victim > victimhood is there one for "loser"? and what is it? I stumbled upon the word "defeatism" but I'm not sure if it is the same as "the state of ...
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“We liaise very close” or “We liaise very closely”?

I've seen "we liaise very close" in a textbook. How come an adjective is used?
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What are the differences between “Our democracy is what is at stake.” and “Our democracy is at stake.” [migrated]

"Our democracy is what is at stake." and "Our democracy is at stake." Both have same meaning, but what are the differences. thank you
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Subject Verb Agreement

In the email I received from IELTS notifying my results, I think the subject 'results' is not agreeing with the verb 'is' here. Can you please tell me if my understanding is correct. The text I ...
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Graduation from of - archaism or mistake on diploma?

My diploma certificate contains following sentence: Graduation from of full-time first-cycle degree programme It obviously is a mistake, however I can't believe an official institution could make ...

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