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What is the difference between Vert/Verts and Vertex/Vertices?

For a point in a graph (or model), the singular form is "vertex" and the plural is "vertices". The plural "vertexes" is also sometimes used. a point (as of an angle, ...
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"Lecture notes in" or "Lecture notes on"

american-english "On" to me is a shorthand for "on the topic of," e.g. "Lecture Notes on (the topic of) Data Engineering and Communications Technologies," while "in&...
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"Lecture notes in" or "Lecture notes on"

Ngrams shows both in use with comparable frequency
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What is the difference between "impossible" and "infeasible"?

Cambridge Dictionary - "impossible": An impossible situation is extremely difficult to deal with or solve This suggests something is extremely difficult and will take a long time to solve. ...
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Issue with word 'incentives'

No, it is wrong; incentives is a noun. What you should put, is the verb "incentivizes". And yes, both your alternatives are perfectly fine and better.
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Difference between "across the year" and "throughout the year"?

The "across" version is quite unusual, and the "throughout" version sounds a bit stilted. The most common way of expressing this (I'm imagining an annual performance review): I'...
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Difference between "across the year" and "throughout the year"?

For USA standard English speech and writing, "across the year" is unusual and uncommon, although it is understandable as a phrase referring to a one-year time period (a calendar year or the ...
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"endure" vs "perdure" vs "persist"

As my father, an erudite professor, was dying, he gave a brief insight into one possible difference in the usage of endure and perdure. He was enduring his illness, he said, but the true test would be ...
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Picked, perked or pricked up?

Interestingly, if you compare a different construction of perked up and pricked up, the results show that perked up is more common, particularly, more recently. It may have been a corruption of the ...
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Negative form or "No"?

"Not" negates the meaning of the modified verb when used as an adverb. "No" means "not any" when used as a determiner. A good way to remember the difference is that "...
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What's the difference between cunning, crafty and wily?

Cunningness based on acquiring circumstantial favour by means of deceit even creating harms to others. Intelligence is based on genuine methods applicable to attain the goal. Clever is he who creat a ...
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Why are there different words that have the same meaning?

I often google the meaning of a word; and in the Google definition of, say, a word x it says:- y,z. I google the definition of y, it says in the meaning:- x,z; and when I look for the meaning of the ...
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Why are there different words that have the same meaning?

Your question is founded on a false premise: "perplexed" and "baffled" have very similar meanings, but they are not identical. The various dictionaries available don't agree ...
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Why are there different words that have the same meaning?

Every definition must use words that are themselves defined. Because the lexicon is finite, the process ultimately must be circular. (The term "bootstrapping" is sometimes used for this ...
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Can a single word be an idiom or an expression?

Can a single word be considered an idiom or an expression? From Lexico: Expression /count noun/ A word or phrase, especially an idiomatic one, used to convey an idea. ‘we have an expression, ‘You ...
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Why are there different words that have the same meaning?

English is a rich language which has acquired a huge vocabulary over the centuries. According to Oxford Languages, perplex comes from the Latin with the sense of 'tangle', baffle comes from the French ...
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Name of a circuit element. Switch or toggle?

A switch is a circuit element which is intended to connect or disconnect an electric current, so what you show is a switch. In UK usage the word 'switch' is often combined with another word to show ...
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Name of a circuit element. Switch or toggle?

The name of the symbol is "switch". See BBC Bitesize Electrical Circuit Symbols.
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The origin of and the difference between primogenitor, primogeniture and progenitor

Looking at the Cambridge English Dictionary online, it does not recognise the word primogenitor. There is a word Primogeniture. Primogeniture is the monarchical system of replacing one deceased ...
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What's the difference between "Collaborate" and "Cooperate"?

All collaboration is cooperation but not all cooperation is collaboration. The sense of collaboration comes from the Latin "labōrāre to work" and this was physical work and co -> together*...
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Why "smashed avocado" rather than "mashed avocado"?

I think it's originally a mistake coming from someone who speaks English as a second language, as myself. It took me sometime to know the difference. I'm talking about half a century ago
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Can "lessen" be used interchangeably with "reduce"?

Very short answer: No. Short answer: For many purposes — those where they mean decrease — Yes. Pedantic Answer: As @JohnLawler wisely wrote, “No word can be used interchangeably for any other word”. ...
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