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Is it correct to refer to Canadian geese?

Some people (including journalists at the BBC) may refer to a Canada goose as a "Canadian goose" for the same reason that they might refer to a spectacled eider as a "speckled eider&...
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What preposition is the proper one to follow the noun “hatred”?

What is the proper preposition to follow the noun hatred? There is no "proper" preposition. The preposition should be semantically and contextually appropriate. The number of occurrences of ...
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Is Swirling a noun?

If you can use the definite or indefinite articles with it, it's a noun. It refers to the flattening of all pretty people features into a single, cyborgian look -- a swirling of Hollywood archetypes, ...
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What is the difference between "palazzo" and "palace"?

A palazzo can be a literal palace, also the term "palazzo" is also applied to some traditional apartment buildings in Italy, as well as opulent public entertainment buildings. It's like how ...
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"Floors" for a house

In general, the individual "layers" in a building are called "floors", " floor levels " or "storeys\storys" no matter what type of building it is. Though what's ...
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What exactly is a "building" in Britain?

The technical term for the building in the photo above is a "tenement", which is simply a type of apartment block where the individual units on each floor share the common stairwell that ...
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Sink vs Basin distinction

To add to the points already made, in my experince, a kitchen sink may have one or two bowls, but a bowl is a singular item. The other point would be, that in rare cases a bowl might not have a ...
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Sink vs Basin distinction

Basin probably arises from baccīnus, ‑um, and to be a derivative of bacca ‘vas aquārium’ - a water vessel. The word dates back to the 13th century. (from OED) The OED gives Basin I.1.a. A circular ...
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Sink vs Basin distinction

With regards to common, as opposed to regulatory, usage, I think most Americans just call then all sinks. Certainly, the item labeled a "hand basin" above is something I would call a ...
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Sink vs Basin distinction

2.5-2.3.2.1 Basin Design Sinks used for hand-washing shall be designed with basins that reduce splashing. The nominal open area of the basin shall not be smaller than 144 square inches (929.03 square ...
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Using "content" vs. "contents" when referring to multiple written works

The first sense of content in Wiktionary is: (uncountable) That which is contained. Coordinate term: contents So contents isn't really the plural of content in this sense. After all, if you speak ...
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Using "content" vs. "contents" when referring to multiple written works

In a comment Yosef Baskin wrote: The rule is rewrite anything you created that's confusing. "The content in Chapter 1 is difficult, but easy in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3." You are not ...

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