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What is the general term for terms that end in -ian, -ist etc.?

All the terms with a definition starting with 'One who... ', what is the term to describe these terms? Like, Occupation is the general term for terms for workers who work in a particular line of work; ...
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What's the correct reply to “nice to meet you”?

I’ve learnt all my life replying to “nice to meet you” as “me too” or likewise and so on. But maybe I am learning wrong or whatever, I have seen people replying in American soaps and movies as “you ...
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Is there a word in English specifically for any dream during sleep?

Is there a word for dream specifically during sleep, which usually does not ambiguously include conscious aspiration? A conscious dream during sleep happens too, but that's too rare to focus here. ...
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'If I were mayor, I'd make the public transport free.' What is the reported speech of this sentence beginning with 'she said'?

I am confused about the answer to this question in the Cambridge English Objective Proficiency Student Book Second Edition. The answer given is She said that if she had been mayor, she would have ...
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In Early Modern English, is it common to use “if thou do something”, or “if he do something”? [closed]

In the sentence patterns mentioned above, the predicates are uninflected. But in current English, such subjunctive usage only appears in the copula be. Eg., "whether it be" is a counterpart ...
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meaning of to drive out between trains

I am reading Edith Wharton's famous 'Afterward' (1910). Which is a struggle for me since many of her sentences and words are beyond my understanding. (English is not my native language) Anyway, today'...
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Slang words describing the persons in the "Distracted Boyfriend" meme? [closed]

¿Are there slang words describing each of the three persons in the "Distracted Boyfriend" meme:
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What does "taking" means here?

Seems stagnant? How so? TAKING new parks, 'Gathering Place' is new and one of the best parks, if not the best park, I’ve ever been to. Tulsa has lots of stuff opening downtown and has a pretty good ...
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Frequent vs often, before vs after [migrated]

Suppose the trash gets collected in your neighborhood on Wednesday, and it did, but now it is Friday and you see the trash getting collected again. As a native speaker of English (California) I would ...
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"smaller to larger" vs "smallest to largest"

Would it be ok to say "from smaller to larger" or do I have to say "from smallest to largest" E.g., I'm using the batteries from smallest/smaller to largest/larger capacity.
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Is "farfel" an idiolectical quirk/part of a familect?

My whole life, my family has used "farfel" to refer to anything small, unwanted, usually fabric-based, and out of place (i.e., on the floor; not in the trash). Lint, a few millimeters of ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct? [migrated]

My vocabulary is lower than Americans'. My vocabulary is lower than an American's
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Is an adjective justified in the place of the subject in a sentence? [migrated]

I am an ESL Chinese student in China. And I wonder whether it is standard to put an adjective in the place of the subject. Subject is always noun phrases including infinitives, gerunds and noun ...
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Synonym for "of my production"

Let's say I produce something and sell it, e.g. honey. What would I write on the sign outside my shop? My initial ideas don't sound right: Honey of my production? In-house honey? I'm looking for a ...
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What does "over" mean in this context? [closed]

growing faster than any other racial group in the state, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. Their numbers increased by 5.5%, or 91,921, OVER the previous year's count.
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Do I use "or" or "and" when specifying a list of three things, from which someone must choose two?

I'm writing some documentation for a software manual. A user must specify two (no more, no less) out of three options for a particular feature. Which is correct: "You must specify two of A, B, or ...
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Using "though" instead of "but" in "Not only ... but also ..." [closed]

Is it possible to use "though" instead of "but" in the "Not only ... but also ..." construction? For example, instead of Not only is it interesting, but it can also be ...
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Why the sentence 'An extensive literature is devoted to X, the reader is invited to read.' is correct? [closed]

The sentence An extensive literature is devoted to X, the reader is invited to read. seems to be missing a conjunction. But it is correct. Are there same examples, and why it is correct?
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Historical use of "reading" for Transportation

Seen in a print advertisement for D. & C. Line, dated 1914: YOUR RAILROAD TICKETS, reading between Detroit and Buffalo or Detroit and Cleveland, are available for transportation on D. & C. ...
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Need an accessible explanation on nitty-gritty details of how semantical distinction between count vs uncount nouns works in English [duplicate]

Sorry if this question has been answered before, I have been unable to find anything remotely adequate on this website. What I want: to learn patterns that allow to be better at guessing (and/or ...
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What's the best ESL tutor matching platform? [closed]

Hi everyone I am a foreign student who is new to London, and I realize my English is too poor to catch up the classes progress... I wonder if anyone here have used a English Tutoring platform? Which ...
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Whats is a word to describe a (non-food) product that has an expiry date in a technical/system documentation context?

I'm currently writing up documentation for an internal computing system that manages medical products. These products have a shelf-life or expiry date that is set by the manufacturer but they tend not ...
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Which sentence is the correct one? [migrated]

I don't like guys with long hair and earrings, turns me off. I don't like guys with long hair and earrings, they turn me off.
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Omitting the subject of a catenative complement: when/how does it change the meaning of the matrix verb?

I am looking at CamGEL's classification of catenative verbs. They classify said verbs into three classes based on whether or not the inner (complement) clause has a subject. By subject, I mean an ...
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Are product names treated as singular or plural?

Are product names treated as singular or plural? Some names like, Nike All Court Basketball would be treated as singular. The Nike All Court Basketball lets you... But what about names that end with ...
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Parenthesized Adjective Indication

Does a parenthesized adjective indicate (i) optionality or (ii) unimportant additional information? For example: "That intuition helps to aggregate (complex) data". -> means that: (i) ...
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Choosing between That and Who [migrated]

Which one of the following sentences is more appropriate (from both grammatical and daily conversational points of view)? I love things and people "who are beautiful. I love things and people &...
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Usage of singular noun as a concept for generalization

I have recently come across two sentences that feature the usage of singular nouns to generalise the statement as they follow. "The presence of the gene predisposes a person to heart disease&...
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O great Oracle, what are the winning numbers for next week's lottery? [closed]

O great Oracle, what are the winning numbers for next week's lottery? That is the question I would like to ask in the most complicated way possible. Any examples would be most appreciated. Thank you....
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How to respond to "sorry for taking so long"? (After someone finishes a task, not in email) [closed]

After a plumber finished his task, he said to me "sorry for taking so long". I wanted to say that it's not long, and I think he finished everything quickly and I appreciate that. What should ...
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Definite article with uncountable nouns [closed]

I can't understand the use of the definite article with the word "hardware". For example, a lecture in my computer science course reads: Software is the general category of code which runs ...
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Repeating a clause in a question [duplicate]

I’m groping for the name of the construction where one directly repeats all or part of a clause in a question as a way of expressing whimsy or making it wistful. Aren’t we all just people, Jim, aren’...
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What's the meaning of "burrish"? [closed]

As the title said, I wonder what's the meaning of burrish ?
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What does ´added twist´ mean? [duplicate]

in the sentence : He performed his experiments with patients , this time with an added twist . it differs from ´with a twist´
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Best English language classics to use as an example of clear writing [closed]

I would like to suggest a bunch of non native speakers some titles that are in English (not translations, no matter how good), that are good examples of a language that is clear, and simple. I am ...
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What is the correct preposition for imagine? [migrated]

I would like to know if the following sentence is correct. It might be different from what you imagine from shaved ice. Context: I work at a restaurant that serves unusual shaved ice and I would like ...
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Can I use the noun "luge steering" to refer to the act of steering a luge? [migrated]

For a research paper about the luge sport, I initially wrote: "According to our model of luge steering [...]". A colleague remarked that this sounds strange. According to him, nobody would ...
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I’m looking for a word that describes a decision being imposed on you unwillingly [closed]

A word that implies a decision has been imposed on you against your will and perhaps accepted against your better judgment.
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What is this conditional? [duplicate]

The next morning Dodo was driving me to Silent Hill, and if I was to run away before it was too late, now was the time. So, why not_ now would be the time_, so it would be second conditional? Or it ...
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

So, for a few years now, the country that was formerly known as Turkey wants the be known as Türkiye. International organisations like the United Nations, the OECD, and the World Bank Group seem to ...
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Miscellany vs. Miscellanea [closed]

What is the difference between "miscellany" and "miscellanea"? From what I read about, it seems that a book that consists of short stories can be called "miscellany" but ...
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Use of the word "any" with imperative verbs. Singular or Plural

I have a grammar question that I'm having a hard time finding a good answer to. The word "any" is quite a versatile and ambiguous word that could mean one item, multiple items, all the way ...
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What is a Word for the Repetition of a Theme Song throughout a Show [duplicate]

What is a word to describe the theme song of a show, such as a movie or cartoon, in which it recurs often, but in a toned-down mode such as played softly by a single horn or string instrument. The ...
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Is it patronising and infantilising to always include the term "we" when working in hospitality? [duplicate]

I have to say I feel really uncomfortable at the approach of one of the bar staff in a village pub I visit. He will refer to customers, new or regular, male or female as "my love", "...
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What Is the Function of the Participle Clause in 'Time + -ing'?

[1] My time working in the US was eventful, to say the least.' In Example 1, I have used a participial-gerund clause (or present participle clause, if you prefer) alongside the noun 'time,' and I'm ...
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What does it mean to "drop one's line of sight" [migrated]

In the wake of the Donald Trump assassination attempt several bloggers are referring to this tweet by a former secret service agent. He is explaining why the snipers did not take out the attacker ...
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Phrase “In the highest” [closed]

Beyond the phrase “Hosanna In the Highest” and the song title from Becky Lucas, do you know of other uses of this phrase in everyday or literary English?
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Is it correct to use a full infinitive (to do) instead of a bare [migrated]

Is it correct to use a full infinitive (to do) instead of a bare infinitive (do)? I am an esl Chinese resident. And I read a comment, of which the commentator thinks I am benighted. (But I admit it's ...
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Is there a better word for 'anonymity' here? [closed]

This is the sentence: The Festival was the reason he had chosen this place to enter the country, the safety and 'anonymity' it provided would make his further travels much smoother. Some context: ...
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Is the ‘t’ in ‘witch’ considered a silent t?

I was under the impression that because ‘witch’ ends with a /tʃ/ sound, the ‘t’ is not silent but directly represents an essential element of the pronunciation. However, a word game (the New York ...
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