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Are primary forms the same things as primitive forms?

As adjectives the difference between primitive and primary is that primitive is of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial; primeval; first while primary is ...
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Verifier or Verificator

I work in the software industry. Verificator is not a word I've ever come across. While I can understand why it might be a candidate on your list (because it's close to the noun "verification&...
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Why is "but" used in this context by Tolkien?

By Oxford, emphasis mine Used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned. Contrast isn't a contradiction, but it can be while its possible use is wider, ...
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Using upon/despite in a sentence

Neither upon nor despite is great here, but upon is less bad. After would be better because it agrees with the resultative aspect of were on her side. Upon is usually used for eventative focus, and ...
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Does "fair complexion" mean light or white skin color?

The word fair dates back to before 900 A.D. and is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It came into use when the vast majority of English speakers were Caucasian and (this is the main point) lighter skin hues, ...
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