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Why we say president Obama or princess Diana but we say Canterbury Cathedral or Marian shrine or Imam Ali mosque?

It always was one of my question that why we say the position of person first and then tell their name but for places or rivers etc, we say the name of the place and then say the quality of it ( for ...
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Why did old school names have this format: Initial. Middle Name Last Name?

Why did old school names have this format: Initial. Middle Name Last Name Examples: J. Robert Oppenheimer G. Gordon Liddy F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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Articles with art collectives' names

I'm reading a book on art where the author mentions many art collectives and I can't understand why he uses articles with some but not with others, especially when there is no preceeding noun (e.g. ...
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What are the English names of letters? [duplicate]

All languages which I know other than English have names for letters which can be written as words. Does English have them, and what are they? I haven't seen them anywhere, but they are not something ...
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When in the presence of multiple people, is it preferred to use people's first name when referring to them vs a pronoun?

I saw an interview with Russel Brand on Youtube where he notes that you should not refer to someone, who is present, using their pronoun but their actual name as that is good manners: https://www....
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Reference for pronunciation of nicknames

Is there a reference for first names and surnames in English? I have lots of firstnames and surnames in my book (e.g. Juan, Sri, Elena, Robert and so on) but I don't know how to pronounce them in ...
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When do I use "of" before the name of a place?

When do I use 'of' before a name of a town, commune, river etc. ? I'm lookin for American English if that makes a difference. I don't find the rule and I am unsure about the following cases: The ...
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How should the name "Kimia" be spelled? [closed]

My name is Kimia, but I have no idea which of the following spellings is right; Kimia or Kimya. I gotta say the last syllable of my name is pronounced like Mia. Would you tell me which one is correct?
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Using article "the" before specific software package names

We have developed some software packages: "pythonmaths package", "pythonsets package" etc. We are writing an article about these developed packages. Here are our queries. The ...
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How to pronounce 'Dana' in English

I'd like to use 'Dana' for a girl's name and know how Americans pronounce 'Dana'. Do Americans pronounce 'Dana' as 'Dayna' or as 'Dahna'?
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Why do English people call baked potatoes 'jacket potatoes'? [closed]

Why do English people call baked potatoes 'jacket potatoes'? Is it because they do not peel the potato before cooking it and use 'jacket' to refer to the peel?
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Why is "Dick" a nickname for "Richard"?

It makes no sense to me. Dick sounds absolutely nothing like Richard. Other English nicknames confuse me as well. Bob for Robert, Bill for William, Jim for James, though they are still a bit closer to ...
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Looking for names for some Classes

I am writing some program for publishing and I would like to ask you for a help. I have two classes and I would like to give them preferably single word names: One is for Publication / Magazine (name ...
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I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game

Which of these sentences is correct? I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game. VS I am playing a “Lord of the Rings” game. And which of these is correct? I want to watch some “the Lord of the ...
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Why is Everest Mount wrong?

Can I say "Everest mount", instead of "Mount Everest"? I want to know the rule of such combinations. Or why do we say "Eiffel Tower", not the other way around? Thanks for ...
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Quotation marks around people names after “He is called” or "His name is"

His name is Narayana. He is called Madhava. He is called Ajit because no one can defeat him. It seems that in such cases we're talking about words as words, and some kind of use/mention distinction ...
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Is Ed pronounced differently from Edd?

Are the nicknames Ed and Edd pronounced differently? I'm curious about this because of the cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy.
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structure and meaning of name "eskimo grease monkey thomas (pieface) kalmaku"?

In comics Green Lantern there is friend of Hal Jordan. I'm not sure that I understand his name correct: eskimo - his nationality grease monkey - nikname? thomas - first name pieface - what is that ...
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are Martha Sarah and Marther Sarer the same names in "The Distracted Preacher" by Thomas Hardy?

In beginning of The Distracted Preacher a maid is introduced in Newberry estate. It seems that both names refer to the same person and different spelling deals with different pronunciation. Quote: A ...
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How to write names of different things specified by their kinds?

I'm interested in the particular case of writing the name of thing connected with the kind of thing. For example, I would write the "Enter" button, the "Hello World" script, etc. ...
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Should I use one or two commas in this sentence?

can you please advise whether there are two commas: "videos, led by our Head Coach, Henry" OR only before the name? Can you please explain why? Full-sentence: In the upcoming weeks, we are ...
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Why don't we use an article before "Olivia" in "Olivia is an English teacher"?

Olivia is an English teacher. She is not working at present. Why aren't we writing like this? The Olivia is an English Teacher
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Genitive plural opinions! Which is correct: Tomorrow the sister of a university friend of Clare and John is getting married. Or of Clare's and John's? [duplicate]

Native speaker here confused about genitive case. Genitive plural opinions! Which is correct: Tomorrow the sister of a university friend of Clare and John is getting married Tomorrow the sister of a ...
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Inquiry about first, middle and last names

I have a question regarding my name and how to write it in the United States application forms since I'm planning to undergo some exams there. I'm an Arabic National My first name is Omar My father ...
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Is the possessive of a name that ends in 's' pronounced differently if it refers to a group of people (like a band) instead of a single person? [duplicate]

How do you think names that have the plural "s" should be pronounced when they get the apostrophe? I researched this on the web and I couldn't find any very reliable results. For example, ...
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Is the word in this sentence, Russian, capitalized or lowercase? [closed]

I want to write: In Russian/russian, this is a common technique.... Which letter I should use?
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Word order in product name

I am confused about word order when using the name of the product and its colour. For example: the product’s name is “Barrel Bag”. It comes in black colour. So what is correct here: Buy our Black ...
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Are all city names ending in CESTER pronounced as STER?

I have heard all the names of English city names ending in CESTER pronounced as STER but I wonder if it is a "rule" and I should pronounce all of them as STER? Gloucester, Leicester, and ...
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What should I address while there are two women teachers?

I have to write a note to my course teachers and both of them are women. So, how should I address them? Dear Ma'ams or Dear Madames or anything else?
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How do you refer to people in a statement?

When reading articles like magazines and newspapers, we see a lot of people's names there, but how people are referred to varies. The following are some of the most common ones. First name alone ...
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What do you call a name that reflects the person's characteristics?

How to translate the Russian phrase 'говорящая фамилия'? It's literally translated as "speaking surname" and refers to last names that reflect the person's quality. For example, if a short ...
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How to express "Anonymous" when functioning as a proper noun?

Quite a few Chinese novels and movies don't name the main character (or one of the main characters) as Mike or Alice or any name alike. Instead, he/she is called "无名氏". In general, 无名氏= ...
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Why is it 'Alexei' but 'Sergey'?

Why is it 'Alexei' but 'Sergey' (at least, according to Wikipedia)? Shouldn't there be uniform rules on how to transliterate Russian names? How do I render the endings '-ей'?
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meaning: Mr. Just About

Does "Mr. Just About" make sense as a nickname for someone who does not care about precision? I'd appreciate your help.
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Idioms meaning "everybody"

I need help finding an idiom that means "everybody" in this context: Three names in English make an expression that literally means “everyone,” usually in a negative sense. For example, Jane shouted ...
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Does referring to a third person by their first name require you to be on a first name basis with that person?

Suppose you are talking to your friend about a third person called Mrs. Firstname Lastname. Suppose you are not on a first name basis with this third person; that is, if you spoke to this third person ...
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What to call different education levels?

I've been always confused about the names of different education levels and how to use them, and which one is formal and which is not. Can someone explain if it is master's or master? should I say M....
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Why is the same person called differently by different people?

When I watch the classic American TV series Breaking Bad, I found that a guy called Jesse sometimes call his teacher 'Mr White', sometimes his wife called his husband 'Walt', but I find that his full ...
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Which phonetic alphabet represents the this sound?

Which phonetic alphabets represents the sound of 'u' in words like 'truck'? My real name includes written 'sam' but it is read as 'sum'. So I want to know what could I write between s _ m to make it ...
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How to pronounce a name you see for the first time?

Could you please tell me how to pronounce a name (interpreted from other languages) for the first time you see it? In English I find it difficult to do so because of the flexible pronunciation of ...
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Should I apologize for addressing a female with Ms + her first name?

I'm not a native English speaker so I wasn't exactly aware of the Mr/Ms + last name rule. I addressed the HR Director of a potential employer with Ms + her first name. My native friend then told me ...
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What does "O's" mean in bar's (pub's, restaurant's) name?

could you please help me to understand the meaning of "O's" in such names as "Nancy O's restaurant", "George O's bar"... etc. Is there some special meaning, is it translatable? Thank you a lot!
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Definite article (the) in front of personal name

I know that "the" should not be used with people's names. But what about when refering to mutiple people with the same name in one place? Like "the Thomas" for example ? I've heard this phrase in ...
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how to change spelling to make a silent e sound

My name is June and I am Basque (North of Spain). My name is pronounced almost like in English except for that the final e is not silent. How do a write my name phonetics to show people how to ...
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Why do Russian names transliterated into English have unpronounceable 'k's before 'h's (e.g. 'Mikhail' instead of just 'Mihail')?

Why can't it be just 'Mihail'? I guess the 'k' is inserted to ensure correct pronunciation, but I don't see how 'Mikhail' and 'Mihail' are pronounced differently.
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Is Bob gender neutral?

Recently a question on Stack Overflow meta was edited by a moderator to remove the name Nancy with a gender neutral name Bob. His exact words were(emphasis mine) Jon suggested Bob would work too. I ...
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The definite article with names

Let's suppose there is a cinema house called 'Dream'. How to refer to it? In cinema 'Dream' In the cinema 'Dream' In 'Dream' cinema Or In band 'Abba' In the band 'Abba' In 'Abba' band In the '...
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Chinese names in English

In Chinese, the family name comes before the given name. By English convention, it's the other way around. In English text, however, I often see Chinese names with the family name before the given ...
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CamelCase names

Some people have mixed upper and lower case letters (informally, CamelCase) in their names. This can appear in their first name (e.g. LeBron James), last name (e.g. Tracy McGrady), or both (e.g. DeMar ...
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the Chester Beckers in The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, I read the following line: From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned ...
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