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Is this toilet sign, "Please leave the toilet properly," correct?

I read this sentence as: Please exit from the toilet in the correct manner. Don't do any silly walks. Don't try to walk through the door before you've opened it. Don't scream, "She's gonna blow!" as ...
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How do you say "in all directions" in a single word?

You could use omnidirectionally, though it might sound a bit too technical. Alternatively, "everywhere" could also be used. Note 1: Just in case the link above stops working, according to Oxford ...
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Why is "elsewhen" not a proper word?

Elsewhen did exist in English; the OED has several entries, the most recent from 1570, the earliest from 1418: Or ellys whan quan hem lest to remeve þens. There are also entries for elsehow, ...
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Is the word 'Hitherto' outdated?

Merriam-Webster Unabridged does not flag hitherto as "archaic." Macmillan does mark hitherto as "very formal" but it's by no means outdated. Whoever marked you down for using an "archaic" word is ...
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What is the antonym of likewise?

I would consider Conversely. As defined on Vocabulary.com: It is often used to introduce an idea that is different from one stated before.
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'Cheddar goes "good" with burgers?' Can "go" be seen as a verb of the senses?

sense verbs or sensory verbs are generally intransitive: They are: look, seem, taste, feel, smell, and sound. They all can be followed by adjectives. You look good. He sounds terrible. That tastes ...
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Why is "dark" an adverb in "dark blue"?

The answer to the question “Why is dark an adverb in this sentence?” is that it is not one; that source is wrong. That’s because dark cannot ever be an adverb, let alone here. It’s just that color-...
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"regrettably" vs "regretfully"

Garner's Modern American Usage (p705) has an entry on the two words: Errors made are regrettable; the people who made them should be regretful. The most common error is to misuse regretful for ...
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What is the antonym of likewise?

A useful word you rarely see is contrariwise: 'I know what you're thinking about,' said Tweedledum; 'but it isn't so, nohow.' 'Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if ...
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Is the word 'Hitherto' outdated?

Anecdotally, yes, I would consider it archaic, and if I heard you use it I'd either think you were being pretentious, or that you were deliberately joking about speaking in a pretentious manner. For ...
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A situation when two or more people speak at the same time

They’re “talking over each other”. This expression is frequently heard on television talk shows--the host pleading with the guests not to talk over each other. A Google search of "please don't talk ...
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Is this toilet sign, "Please leave the toilet properly," correct?

Is your company in a place with a lot of French speakers? Looks like a mistranslation of propre (=clean).
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Why is "elsewhen" not a proper word?

There actually is, or perhaps better said was, such a word in the adverb othertimes. However, the OED says that othertimes is now obsolete. It was not uncommon in Early Modern English up through the ...
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'Cheddar goes "good" with burgers?' Can "go" be seen as a verb of the senses?

My initial response to this question was . . . "Ewwww. That's just incorrect. It should be well, not good." Then, upon further reflection, I took your premise into account. Is the word go being ...
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How to differentiate "slow" VS "slowly" both as adverbs

What you are seeing here is a phenomenon called a "flat adverb". You might think of it as an adverb without the -ly suffix (though not always.) "Slow" as a flat adverb and "...
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Finding a proper adverb to end a sentence meaning unnecessary but not otherwise a problem

Calling this function multiple times is unnecessary but harmless. The answer is simple. Your first version, shown above, is perfectly correct, logical and unambiguous. Changing your original ...
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Is the word 'Hitherto' outdated?

Though I agree with Gnawme's conclusion, I thought I'd check the Google Ngram viewer to see how "hitherto" compares with "until now" in terms of frequency of usage among their corpus of books in ...
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An adverb which means "doing without understanding"

I believe you are asking how to alter a conceptual structure of one subject (he) used with two verbs (asked and did not understand) to one subject (he) and one verb (asked) that uses an adverbial ...
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How do you say "in all directions" in a single word?

A common everyday adverb is radially From Cambridge Dictionary "in a way that spreads out from a central point" Example: Gravitational field lines spread out radially from the centre of the Earth. ...
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Who "died peacefully" first and when?

The Wycliffe Bible (1382) contains the expression : but thou schalt die in pees, Jeremiah 34:5 The Coverdale Bible (1535) has the wording : but shalt die in peace (This is a further translation of ...
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What does Donald Trump mean by "bigly"?

He's not saying 'bigly'. He's saying 'big-league'. He uses what you hear often enough that sometimes in faster speech it sounds like 'bigly'; when slower he enunciates it as 'big league' (phonetically ...
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Who "died peacefully" first and when?

I searched the MED, and UMich's Middle English and EEBO corpora. In peace I found some hits for "in peace". This one is under the MED's definition of "Peace of heart, soul, or ...
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Usage of "nowadays"

It means different things in different places: Nowadays we understand what young women look for. ... We didn't understand in the past what young women look for, but now we do. We ...
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An adverb for when you're not exaggerating

I would use literally : in a way that uses the ordinary or primary meaning of a term or expression // He took the remark literally. Here's an example from Reverso.context.net: "Don't take it ...
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An adverb for when you're not exaggerating

Saying "your situation is, undoubtedly, more severe than mine" would mean that there is absolutely no doubt that your friend's situation is more severe than yours. The meaning of this adverb is pretty ...
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Replacement for "too" in "too X to Y"

Too in the too Adj to VP construction is a negative word. If something is too big to fail, then it's so big that it can't/won't/shouldn't/must not fail. The negative is part of the meaning; the modal (...
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"regrettably" vs "regretfully"

A situation can be regrettable. A person can feel regretful.
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What is a word for someone who is speaking in a way to gain sympathy from you?

They are speaking supplicatingly = Beseechingly, imploringly; in supplication Oxford Lexico From which, also consider: Beseechingly, from beseeching : expressing or marked by earnest pleading or ...
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How do you call..? vs. What do you call...?

We are confusing and conflating these forms here: 1. How do you say ... (in X)? This is asking for a word or phrase, perhaps specifying in language X. Example: *How do you say you're welcome in ...
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