Darius Miliauskas
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Whatever it takes / took?
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In the most cases you use "whatever it took" because it is about the past, however, it can be "whatever it takes" in the special/particular context when the present tense is used to describe the law, ...

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What's the difference between "insulated" and "isolated"?
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Insulated has the meaning of protected, while isolated has the meaning of separated. "If I "isolate" someone I might put them in a room, shut the door, not allow people to see them, prevent them ...

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Rhymes for purple, orange, and silver
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You could check for the rhymes in many sources, for example, http://www.rhymezone.com. silver - Wilver (a nickname), chilver (a ewe lamb), pilver (urban: "The feeling one has after staying awake ...

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Does the phrase “so long as” have a negative sense?
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As long as can have a negative sense in a given context as well as a positive one in another context. So, the sense is based on the context. The plain as long as does not have neither positive nor ...

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Single Word for "removing unused stuff"
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I would suggest one very universal word eliminate. Anyway, there could be many possibilities since stuff can stand for several meanings. For example, if the stuff is information, then erase/delete.

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Should I use Lore or Mythos
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You can also use tradition: Robin Hood tradition. Mythos - "a myth or mythology". (Oxford Dictionaries Online) ...thrived in an ether of celebrity mythos for nearly half a century. (the BNC) ...

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Is it correct to say "a new" or "the new"?
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The use of the definite or indefinite article depends on the meaning you would like to express. Both cases are possible in different situations. a new version is the case of the noun modified with ...

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Is it ok to combine two independent clauses into just one sentence?
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Yes, it is acceptable, it sounds very conversational (spoken style). The use of such several phrase in the row, just gives the stylistic aspect. It is about the style, not grammar, and it depends on ...

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"I'd done..." vs "I had done..."
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I'd done is the contracted form of I had done, and it is used in spoken English more often, since the shorter forms are usually the feature of the spoken language (the economy principle in language). ...

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What do you call someone who is always complaining after getting what they want?
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I cannot find the precise word but there are many options which are close: demanding - "making others work hard or meet high standards; not easily satisfied" (Oxford Dictionary) misery - "a person ...

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The most amazing thing (was/were) the people who
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Your point is right. The correct way is The most amazing thing was the people who... I tried to think about the other specific possibilities. Sometimes we use "were" in the case of the ...

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"Among his team" or "among his team members"
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Yes, you are right: among is mostly followed by plural nouns. So, you can say to discuss among his teams or to discuss among his team members, but it would have different meanings, I think you prefer ...

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How to distinguish between "document" and "documentation"?
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Document: a piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record. (Oxford Dictionaries Online) Documentation: ...

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Which one to use "by" or "with"?
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Who said that you should use the preposition by? According to Cambridge Dictionary Online, the meanings of the prepositions are the following: with - "using something (method, instrument)", e. g. ...

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Which phrase is more common or do the two phrases have different intentions?
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I think it depends on the context. Everyone is defined as "every person" (Cambridge Dictionaries Online), people as "human beings in general or considered collectively" or "used to refer to everyone, ...

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Plural Possessive of Surnames
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I checked the BNC (British National Corpus), and found the example: ...but he had been a frequent visitor at the Stevenses' home... I think you can use both variants. In one way, you can leave ...

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What is the pronunciation of "the" before the vowel "e"?
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the is pronounced with as a long "thee" [ði] before the vowels.

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arrange VS arrange for
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According to the BNC (British National Corpus), the construction arrange for can be used here as well, and "to-infinitive" clause is not obligatory but quite common. Try to arrange for a written ...

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Use of "as well" in the middle of the sentence
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I checked the BNC (British National Corpus), and I have found a number of such occurrences: Perverse unreasonable Pamela, begone from my sight and know as well how to behave in a hopeful prospect....

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Synonyms for multiplexing and demultiplexing
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What's about composition and decomposition? Composition is the successive application of functions to a variable, the value of the first function being the argument of the second, and so on. (...

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using both Past Simple and Past Perfect in the same paragraph
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You can use a lot of tenses in a paragraph till it sounds logical and consistent. The paragraph is not a grammatical category, and the grammatical rules are not applied. The sentence is a grammatical ...

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Isn’t this sentence a case of double negative?
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In the sentence provided as the example in the question there is no double negative. Double negative is called the situation when one negative negates another one. For instance, The answer isn't not ...

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Is the name of Google's design language "material design" a proper noun?
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It depends on the context when this compound noun is used. Basically, you wrote that in the context related to the Google's design language it is a proper name (Material Design) but in another context ...

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to eliminate documents
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to remove sounds fine as well. It is very often used in computer sciences. The person remover documents or an electronic database because they were of no use anymore or outdated.

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When to use "nude" and when "naked"
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naked implies that a person is unprotected or vulnerable, unadorned while nude means just unclothed. Linda captures naked Paul's gentle joy... (the BNC) Half nude, she held onto a big, round ...

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An idiom for when you do a work but the work is insufficient
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Half-baked (poorly developed or carried out; lacking adequate planning or forethought): half-baked work, half-baked task half-assed (not fully planned or developed) p. s. I think the wide spread ...

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Changing present tense to past tense
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If you follow the rules related to the transformation of the sentence from the present to the past then: Yesterday I wanted to find something nice for them when I met them later in the day. The ...

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What's more than a girlfriend but less than a wife?
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The Swedish language has a lot of choices for different types of relationships, but English does not. Of course the language is dynamic, and it is changing following the needs and trends in the ...

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A word for non-language sound
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Babbling. Children usually use the sounds without the meaning. They just babble. Babble - to make speech sounds that do not make sense to the hearer They also grunt, chuckle, whimper, gurgle, and ...

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Why can't I use the word 'to' after the verb 'helped'?
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help takes the direct object without any preposition. help is used with the preposition to then it is followed with the verb. Here is the sentence with the direct object and the verb: He helped ...

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