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Can we call someone who teaches at a university a “teacher”? [duplicate]

For example, like someone who is teaching people at a university. Is he still called a "teacher" or not?
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How can I ask a question about the timing of a meeting so that the audience understands that they do not have to accept it?

How can I ask a question about the timing of a meeting so that assumes there is a possibility to not accept it? For example, I'm scheduled an appointment for Monday. Something has happened and it ...
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“My…” Vs. “of mine”

Recently I noticed that there are people that instead of saying "My client" or "My friend" they say "a client of mine" or "a friend of mine". Initially, a couple of months ago I heard it from a German ...
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Differences between Going to and Will in Informal and Formal English

In formal English (or written English), I'm super sure that the Be going to and Will rules are "respected". (Correct me if I'm wrong) For example, probably in formal English, they probably use "Going ...
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Difference between not and don't in the next sentence [closed]

“In the period we not enter, Romanticism, the Account became the preeminent formula for literary production.” In the sentence above, does the ‘not’ make sense? Should I use ‘don’t’ instead?
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Translation of 衣冠禽兽 to English

How to say a man who in human clothe but acts just like a total beast, means this man is an animal, hated people. In Chinese words: 衣冠禽兽, which Google tranlates to crowned beast, but I don't know ...
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Why should I use the word “we” instead of “I” in scientific papers written alone?

In many scientific articles there are sentences of the form "In this paper we will show ..." For me that sounds natural if there are many authors. But if a researchers writes an article such that she ...
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Coinciding actions in the past

I have a question: It is correct to say " I was doing x when y happened" Also it is correct to say " While I was doing x, y happened" BUT is it right to say " When I was doing x, y happened " In ...
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“Please, tell me” vs. “Could you tell me”

I am not a native English speaker. Last week, I sent Email to my manager saying "Please, tell me the meeting date". My manager replied: You meant "Can you tell me the meeting date" So, I am not sure ...
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“that is” in speech

When "that is" means "in other words," can it be used in colloquial speech? Or is it more suited to a formal register? Does the following sound natural in daily speech? We, that is, my brother and ...
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Are contractions discouraged in formal writing? [closed]

I remember reading something long ago that says people should avoid contractions in formal writing. I wonder whether that is true. And by formal writing, I mean specifically the four types: (1) ...
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The word “oblige” in this context

In formal applications it is quite obvious: Kindly grant me three days of leave and oblige. Can I write it simply as: Kindly oblige me with three days of leave. (As we have the construction-- ...
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The usage of 'ACCORD' in IELTS Writing Task 2 Essays

Is this correct usage of 'ACCORD' in below sentences as noun and verb? "I am in accord with this idea" "I could not accord with these group of people" "I shall accord with this opinion"
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take so long vs taking so long

I've worked in a market. Suddenly they stopped my work for verification purpose. They requested me to provide a student ID card. I've sent a scanned copy of my Student ID card for verification. One ...
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How to describe the following situation?

There are four assumptions: User 1's location is initially x1, and is changed at speed of 5 m/s in a counterclockwise direction along a circular path with a radius 100 centered at O1. User 2's ...
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Which is formal; “In this paper I argue” or “This paper argues”?

In this paper I argue that small incentives can lead to greater participation in surveys. OR This paper argues that small incentives can lead to greater participation in surveys. According to ...
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The formal way of saying “keep away from”

What's the legal term for "keep away from" / "keep a distance from"? I'm looking for a verb that means/expresses such a concept. What I really want is not the legal term but what those people says ...
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Using “one” with “their” in formal and written ENGLISH

Is it correct to, for instance, write in a lecture: "One must answer the court's questions with due respect in their case/if they are called upon" I know such structure is admissible in colloquial ...
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Formal way to say “by now”

What would be a more formal way to say something like The data has all been processed by now, so there's no need for further action in an email? I'm worried that "by now" might sound a little ...
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What does “how do you find" mean?

The context as blow: How do you find your new apartment? The author says it means "what do you think of something" What do you think of your new apartment? I have a feeling that this phrase means the ...
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“Are you hearing me” Vs. “Do you hear me”?

When I learnt English grammar I was told that some of the senses don't get "ing" of present continuous, therefore we should say "I see it now" rather than "I'm seeing it now". On the same logic, "I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part V

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part IV

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part III

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. As ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part II

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part I

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Workaholic Formal/Informal

Can I use the word "Workaholic" in formal writing? for example: Workaholics may neglect their families and friends.
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Some clarifications are needed about the grammar of Elliptical Structure

As far as I know, one application of elliptical structure is the omission from a clause one or more elements which has been repeated in previous clauses. However, I do not know whether there exists ...
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“out and out, all in all” are they formal or informal?

Can someone confirm if the below adjectives are formal or informal? out and out, all in all
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What verb can I use to mean “cause financial costs”?

I'm trying to describe (very succinctly) the financial impact of a given scenario. If it happens, it will cost money. What is the right verb to describe this? My first thought is to cause financial ...
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Is a “senior faculty member” of a university the same as a “senior professor”?

But, as one senior faculty member of the City University, who spoke on condition of anonymity, puts it... He is obviously not fit for such a senior academic position. We don’t want ethics dumping here....
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What to write in mail if someone asking to reply to confirm [closed]

what to send in reply if someone asking to reply the mail to confirm As discussed, Please find the details below and kindly confirm your presence by replying to this email. I am thinking that it ...
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Usage of “it is” in formal, mathematical language

I have come across a scientific paper written by non-native speakers where some mathematical formulas are introduced by "it is". For example: Proof of Theorem X. Assume xyz. [Long mathematical ...
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How to say “does this make a difference?” more formally?

[Some fact about our component.] Does this make a difference for inclusion in the OtherCompany App Store? Sounds not as formal as I would like a business email to be. It's passable, I think, but I ...
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How can I formally say “I'm getting into work, we talk later”?

I thought about "I'm going to enter my work now", but I'm both not sure if it formal or even correct. Context: in a conversation in WhatsApp, where I will stop the conversation because I'm entering ...
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Is it OK to refer to the name of an applicant in a recommendation letter by his/her family name alone?

I am writing a recommendation letter to support an employee's application for graduate schools in Canada. For example, if his name is Kai Kang,where Kai is the given name and Kang is the family name....
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Is it informal to use “so on ” in the article?

I have written this phrase The input of the DNN is the features extracted automatically by feature_extractor model, which are given to the first hidden layer, and the outputs of this layer are ...
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How do I make something more formal? [closed]

How do I make this more formal? The part of the sentence: a lot of the times.
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“Huge” or “Enormous” preferable to use in academic writing? [closed]

I would like to know which one, huge or enormous, would be preferable to use in academic writing, such as in the following example: Overcoming the current cancer levels in the population is a ...
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Formal connectors of results (“in this way”, “hence”, “thusly” and “as follows”) [closed]

In the following examples, are the terms ("in this way", "hence", "thusly" and "as follows") synonyms sufficiently formal to be used in academic work with a sense of result? In this way, as this ...
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How to give multiple, possible options for an appointment? [closed]

Simple suggestions for an appointment... We could meet on Friday at 2 p.m. Are you available on Monday at 10 a.m.? ...can become quite cumbersome when many possible dates have to be given ...
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What is your idea about using “practicalize”?

I'm writing a SOP, in the following sentence I have used the word "practicalize" (utilize). in my view, it's an appropriate and beautiful word to use in academic essays, but when I googled it, I found ...
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Using 'a' multiple times after commas and 'and'

For example in sentence with structure: X is a well known and widely used technology... X is a well known and a widely used technology ... Y consists of three layers: a lower layer, middle layer and ...
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Is “he will be come around 1pm” or “he will come around 1pm” more formal?

I would like to know which sentence is more formal in "he will be come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon" and "he will come around 1pm on tomorrow afternoon"
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Meaning of “a Richard Snary” / “a Given Name” [closed]

An old joke I found in Mark Forsyth's "The Etymologicon", originally mentioned in the OED A country lad, having been reproved for calling persons by their Christian names, being sent by his master ...
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Can I use “so on” in formal writing?

Can I use "so on" to mean that there are still more on the list in formal writing, particularly in an essay? Internet has improved people's living standard and made our lives easier and more ...
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Meaning of “By way of information” [closed]

"By way of information" What does it mean? Is it correct for a formal letter?
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Is the phrase “in a way that” appropriate for a Formal sentence

"At first, internet allows the people to connect with others, who live in far-away, in a way that just wasn't possible decades ago." Is "in a way that" is formal or informal?
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How formal or euphemistic is “debris”?

Is the word "debris" considered to be an euphemism of other words? And does the word have some kind of the degree of formality? If yes, is it informal or formal one? So the word 'debris' here is in ...
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Formal paper and Capitalization (inside parenthesis or about special elements -Tables, figures etc-)

In a thesis, or a formal paper written in English. What is the correct way to write inside a parenthesis and what is the correct way to refer to a table, or figure or section etc.? Also, do we have ...