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What does "new technology–based solutions" mean?

New technology–based solutions Does it mean Solutions that are based on new technology or New solutions that are based on technology? I think it can read as both.
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compound adjectives with "-made"

Can compound adjectives ending in -made denote something that is made of or from a material? For example, is "seaweed-made packaging" okay?
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Are there compound words whose meanings would be changed once there is a change in stress?

I have one true-or-false question. The different stress used in a compound do not usually affect the meaning of the compound. The example used in my book to illustrate why this statement is false is ...
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"-style" and "-like" in compound adjectives

To describe something that looks similar to something else, English provides us style and like words to create compound adjectives. For example: Elvis–Presley-style dance Elvis–Presley-like dance Or:...
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Am i using is/are correctly in these sentence?

His house and my house is close to school canteen (I used "is" instead of 'are" because we are co-owner/sharing one house) His house and my house is close to school canteen (we both ...
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Can I say "The country's ongoing widely discussed problems are hopeless"

Can I use the combination of "adjective + adverb + adjective + noun" like The country's ongoing widely discussed problems are hopeless. (Or instead do I need to say ongoing widely-discussed ...
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Hyphen usage with with multiple compound adjectives separated by or/and

I have the following question. I have a structure like this: dark-looking or sinister-looking Can I write it like this: dark- or sinister-looking
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Batman: a compound noun or a proper noun?

Is Batman a compound noun since it is made up of two nouns? Or being a name it remains only a proper noun?
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serrated three stripes mark

Should the boldfaced phrase in the following have been "three-stripe mark" or "three-striped mark"? The toy company's designers have been faithful to the original sneaker, with ...
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Is this grammatically correct "was and continues to be doing something"?

I'm confused by the construction "the team was and continues to be doing something". I'd simply say "the team has been doing something". But the sentence is meant to point out the persistence of ...
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Street smart: modify adjectives with nouns?

I was confused by the roles of nouns in English. It seems that nouns can modify verbs as stated in this qeustion and adjectives in these examples: Do You Know How to Be Street Smart? ... the prior ...
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What verb to use with Only

Which sentence is correct? Which verb should I use when only is present at the beginning of the sentence? Only me and Alia was there Only me and Alia were there
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How do compound adjectives semantically work?

For example, there are words, “omnipotent” and “godlike.” If two words are combined, does “omnipotent godlike” mean “like an omnipotent god”? …be described using five terms: “green-unripe”, “green-...
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Ant-keeping? Or Antkeeping?

Up until now I was under the impression that hyphens are very rare in the English language. At least when it comes down to compounds. (This is different from my native language, where it is rather ...
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Multi-word Compound Adjectives with Past Participle [duplicate]

In the sentence: The cost overrun was due to a higher-than-budgeted consumption of electricity, should higher-than-budgeted be hyphenated? It seems to me that it should definitely be hyphenated, ...
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How to understand "As luck would have it"?

When you create macros, you may want to have a clear and easy way to run each macro. A basic button can provide a simple but effective user interface. As luck would have it, Excel offers a set of form ...
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How to read this line after "and"

I was reading a book and read a sentence which is Vyasa draws attention to the dangers of lust and blind obedience to the father when Shantanu agrees to the conditions laid down by Ganga. Does and ...
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Why it is "A question bank" and not "A questions bank"?

Why we call it "A question bank" or "Question bank" in a singular form of "question"? Why it is not "questions" in a plural form, 'cause it implies for many ...
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"A well Oxford-educated politician" OR "A well-Oxford-educated politician"?

I saw many examples like "He is an Oxford-educated politician" and I'm curious about the usage of hyphens here by adding "well" in the front. Is it "He is a well-Oxford-...
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Word + "-associated" (Simplified and clarified)

Would you agree that the expression "a ragtime-associated song" implies that those who expressed their views on this song associate it with ragtime ? While "a ragtime-related song" ...
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attributive noun VS compound nouns

I have an issue with how can I distinguish between attributive nouns and compound nouns especially with separated words of compound? What are the similarities and differences between them? As you know ...
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Adverb: Please Facebook message me?

I encountered a phrase like this: we can Monte Carlo approximate it, and it is not uncomprehensible but I wonder if we can always use a noun as an adverb? Also refer to this sentence: The reason for ...
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Are words like "well-known" spelled with a hyphen in dictionaries?

There are compound words in English like well-known, ill-mannered and so on. The rules tell us that they are spelled with a hyphen (well-known) if they are attributes (attributive adjectives), but ...
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What are the differences between the nouns, "shoot" and "shot"?

I am confused about the difference between photo shoot and photo shot. Here are a few examples of what I mean: In a publishing house, the director talking to an assistant: We have a photo shoot. ...
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Is it '55-minutes meeting' or '55-minute meeting'?

Which of the following two constructions is correct? a 55-minute meeting a 55-minutes meeting That is, should 'minute' be followed by 's'?
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colors with compound adjectives

I've read that if two colors hyphenated for singular type that means it is combination colors. If not, then it has part colors like: A1. A blue-green shirt is turquoise. A2. A blue and green ...
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"Backyard" vs "Front yard" - same but different

Not really a serious English question, more like a curiosity. I am wondering, why "backyard" is written as one word but "front yard" is written as two separate words. Equivalently, ...
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Improving the sentence [closed]

"You must work hard or you will not succeed in life" How can I convert the above into simple sentence?
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Does it sound ok to use "Feedback" as a verb?

I like to know what you guys think about using feedback as a verb. I've seen it a whole lot in writing and email communications. What would be other alternatives? Your input is appreciated. Thank ...
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Can I make a phrasal verb into these forms?

Clean something up with the machine cleaned-up car car-cleaning-up machine cleaning-car-up machine cleaned-with-the-machine car Four are all possible?
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Is comma discouraged in compound predicates even within long sentences?

I'm checking my new formal document with Grammarly, and feel uncomfortable seeing it suggesting I remove the comma in many compound predicates, even in longer ones. For example, the following sentence ...
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Translations of older or historical professions from German

Should the German term "Bauernvogt", literally meaning "peasants' bailiff" be kept as "Bauernvogt", translated to "peasants' vogt", "vogt of peasantry"...
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For the 20 minutes cooking time

Leave the vegetables to steam over the rice for the 20 minutes cooking time https://www.collinsdictionary.com/es/diccionario/ingles-espanol/cooking-time Shouldn't the phrase be "for the 20 ...
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three-word compound adjective hyphenation

Which is correct Robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy; or Robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy. Similarly also for, Robotic assisted medial and lateral meniscus repair; or Robotic-...
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Your selves, yourselves or neither?

When trying to substitute “subconscious, conscious” with the word “selves” in the following definition: Meditation- the art of becoming one with your subconscious & conscious. ...become one ...
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Are sentences containing "not only... but also" complex or compound?

Is this sentence complex or compound: I have not only a book but also a computer. Here, I think two independent clauses have been connected by the conjunction but. So, as per my idea, it's a ...
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correct use of hyphens to connect two words

Should I use a hyphen to connect the following words? What is the general rule about that? environment friendly --> environment-friendly frontend --> front-end backend --> back-end ...
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What is the correct term "back-end", "back end" or "backend"?

I have a question. What's the correct term? Back-end, Back end or Backend I'm a software back-end developer I'm a software back end developer I'm a software backend developer
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Using adjectives with the hyphen (-) [duplicate]

I know that some adjectives are written after the hyphen "-" like sentence one below. Actually I don't know the grammatical rule behind that, but could I replace sentence one with sentence two? ...
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Worshipping or worshipper?

What’s the difference between the sentences given below? He is a God-worshipping. He is a God worshipper. To my knowledge the first one (God-worshipping) is a compound adjective, but I can’t ...
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Is it "mid-air", "midair" or "mid air"

The bird feels the breeze all around it when it's in mid-air. Is it "mid-air", "mid air" or "midair"? I have seen all three of them in various context, so I am not sure if all of them are valid.
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User properties vs users properties

If I had a file with the properties (names, ages and the like) of the users of some app, which one sentence would be correct to say "I have a file with the user properties" or "I have a file with the ...
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Is it natural to say something is full-white?

This is certainly not sponsored by a washing powder brand. Would it sound natural (day-to-day basis) to say that something is "full-white", meaning white in its entirety? e.g. This surface is full-...
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What does "scaredy" mean in 'Don't be a scaredy cat'?

Don't be a scaredy cat. What does scaredy mean in the given sentence? Can I use it singly or is it always paired with cat? Does it refer to someone who is a coward or is shy? That is, would it be ...
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Should vertically carved have a hyphen?

I described this as "vertically carved characters": I was told that you usually put an hyphen when you have a verb. I did a Google search, and I found both the hyphen and hyphenless versions: [......
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Which is correct: I've (just) cancelled the trained/train armies?

Which of these phrases is correct: I've just cancelled the trained armies? Or I've cancelled the train armies? I've just played Clash of Clans and one of my friends says he has cancelled the ...
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Any vs some; if S + any vs if S + some

Well, these two words drive me crazy every time I try to chew the cud in order to draw a clear line between them. ANY and SOME. Please consider the following: If you have any/some money, please let ...
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How to hyphenate an adjective+noun+gerund adjective compound?

We're used to adjective compounds, such as: a decision-making process or a cancer-causing lotion. But what if I want to add an adjective to the noun? For example: a corporate decision-...
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Compound words with "dog" in front [closed]

I need to make two compound words with the word "dog" to be the first part of the compound word. Those words should mean; 1. person given all the hard, boring job; 2. exhausted, worn out. I would ...
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"facility wide", "facility-wide", or "facilitywide"

From what I've been able to find, "facilitywide" is the proper term. However after a quick search I've been unable to find this term actually used. "Facility wide" and "facility-wide" are used about ...