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6 answers
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911: nine one one vs. nine eleven [closed]

16 votes
4 answers
3k views

Grammatical role of “the hell”?

12 votes
7 answers
6k views

Is "to boil down" formal enough to be used in scientific writing? [closed]

10 votes
3 answers
18k views

Why is "to switch gears" used for "to change topic"?

5 votes
3 answers
7k views

English expression for facial hair (beard) of a woman

5 votes
5 answers
2k views

Discussing blood alcohol levels in English

4 votes
3 answers
187 views

Meaning of "it would not be a crime to do sth." in nonlegal context

4 votes
1 answer
2k views

Why is corner preferred over curve for racing tracks?

4 votes
3 answers
5k views

Meaning and use of girl child

4 votes
3 answers
6k views

"Ladies and Gentlemen" beyond binary gender classification

3 votes
2 answers
521 views

Is "three point ish" an acceptable use of ish?

3 votes
2 answers
3k views

Can "own" stand on its own?

3 votes
7 answers
2k views

No adverb of controlled?

3 votes
3 answers
10k views

"My Mum's" instead of "My Mum's place": short form only used for places/homes?

3 votes
2 answers
8k views

Faddah vs. Father

3 votes
1 answer
1k views

"increase of" vs. "increase in" in connection with abstract quantities

3 votes
2 answers
2k views

Is it acceptable to use yes as a question tag?

3 votes
2 answers
917 views

Use of chief as equivalent of boss

3 votes
2 answers
2k views

English greeting with religious connotation

2 votes
2 answers
679 views

Can blue also have a positive connotation?

2 votes
2 answers
67 views

Is "to kill time" the proper expression to describe slowing down a game?

1 vote
2 answers
13k views

"What is more", "What's more" too informal for academic writing?

1 vote
1 answer
567 views

Use of "to catch up"

1 vote
2 answers
193 views

Can "removal" mean to move **to** a different place in contexts other than furniture, etc.?

1 vote
1 answer
36 views

Usage of the noun invest beyond meteorology

1 vote
4 answers
536 views

Can a symmetry be "broken down" (to a lower symmetry)?

1 vote
1 answer
2k views

Why is World Championship abbreviated as Worlds?

1 vote
3 answers
637 views

Can "backup" be used as a verb in the context of data management? [duplicate]

1 vote
3 answers
535 views

Late/early for numbers other than age/year

1 vote
2 answers
168 views

"Cheat legal" - grammatically correct?