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How to pronounce negative exponents related to physics

How would you read (pronounce) the ending part of the following sentence: After purging the measuring chamber with nitrogen gas at a rate of 0.15 L/h the count rate was reduced to 0.021 s–1 x kg–1. ...
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post office vs postal services

How come we say "post office" instead of "postal office"? I asked the question because we say "postal services" instead of "post services". Please help and ...
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what “abduce” means?

But who else, besides myself, has experiences? Because you are so similar to me, I abduce that you do. How far consciousness extends its dominion within the tree of life becomes more difficult to ...
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What is the difference between academic and general English? [closed]

What is the difference between academic and general English? why is there academic English in the first place and not just general English?
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Term for words that seem like they should rhyme because of the way they are spelled, but don't

Some words do rhyme like 'mate' and 'hate' or 'boot' and 'shoot'. But there are other words whose spelling suggests that they should rhyme, but they don't. Examples include: 'hull' and 'pull', 'blood' ...
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Which is the better choice – “electoral roll”, “electoral register” or “voting list”?

I'm writing about the election of board members, and need to refer to the list of people who may cast a vote. In this context, which would be the better choice – "electoral roll", "...
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Which is the better choice – “election counting” or “vote counting”?

I need the technical term for the counting of votes after an election. I've found "election counting" and "vote counting", which both seem to be used to quite some extent – but ...
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“in all material respects”?

The Business has been carried on in the ordinary course and all financial statements and other information provided for to Purchaser are true, accurate, and correct in all material respects. What is ...
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Is “right of presence” the correct phrase in this context?

I'm looking for the correct term in English for the right that for instance an alternate board member may have to attend a board meeting even if they haven't been summoned to that particular meeting. ...
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Can a company have a “sector”? “The company's meat sector produces over 400 tonnes/day”

I have a Russian sentence: Общая производительность мясной отрасли компании превышает 400 тонн в сутки. Which, put literally, translates into In total, the company's meat sector produces more than ...
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Can both terms be used? Dated and Scheduled

Is it okay to use both dated and scheduled when informing an event is to be held on a specific date? ex) The match is dated on 1st of February The match is scheduled on 1st of February
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Whether to choose “and” or “or”?

The maximum length of a file name is 12 characters. Incremental and date-and-time suffixes that are separated by # [which word to use here: and or or?] @ are not subject to this restriction and can ...
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What kind of “effect” is it when something has ended but temporarily affects still?

Consider a situation where a circumstance causes an effect. Once the circumstance changes or vanishes, the effect is expected to cease. In certain cases, the observable effect continues to transpire, ...
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A term for only a pre-noun and a post-noun adjective

The red ball is expensive. The ball is red. The answer is absolutistic in its nature. The absolutistic answer that he provided didn't quite fit the given problem. In the four examples above I can ...
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Does business“ here mean ”a company"?

Does "business" here mean "a company", legally speaking? A breach of fiduciary duty: Partners have a duty to act in the best interests of the business. They should not ...
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What is the difference between an idiom and a turn of phrase?

For example, I've found the phrase "to jump out of your skin" described as a turn of phrase. But why it is not an idiom? How do we tell the difference?
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What does “jumper” mean in this sentence?

I was actually looking into the meaning of the word run-up after seeing this question. Well after seeing Michael's comment actually, but yeah. When I Googled the word, I got the following result: the ...
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Usage of “Salutation” vs “Form-of-Address”

I seek clarification on the correct meaning of the terms "Salutation" vs "Form-of-Address". My understanding is that salutation denotes the entry line of a letter: Dear Mr Hercule ...
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What is the best term to indicate people's opinions seeing something as “not important” and “less important”? Please help

I got trouble in determining any terms/noun phrases to describe the percentage of participants that answers "not important" and "less important" over several items which are ...
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Usage of terms like ''tools'' and ''equipment'' for a piece of software?

Is it okay to use terms like ''tools'' and ''equipment'' for a piece of computer software in technical(for example electrical engineering ) documentation ? For example, is it okay to use terms like ''...
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What do you call the bolded part of the movie's title?

What do you call the bolded part of the movie's title? For example: Predator: The Last Stand What do you call the bolded part.
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Independent clauses and sentences are one and same?

I am learning phrases and clauses and one definition says that independent clauses and sentences are same. Is it true? E.g. He ate dinner. Is it both a sentence and an independent clause? If so, ...
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Third gender or intersex

What is the term used for a baby born with biological conditions that do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies? What is used in the UK and USA? Is the term 'intersex' acceptable? ...
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“As close as possible to [the point] where” - the noun is omitted, how would you call such an omission?

I have noticed that "as close as possible" is sometimes followed by "to where" instead of a noun. The bold text in square brackets is added by me. To speed up the flow of data, ...
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How to translate Brazil's academic degrees in the USA classification?

I'm a master's student and I already have a postgraduate degree called in Brazil "postgraduate Lato sensu". I can't classify this in my CV and ask for some help. Specifically, this course ...
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Difficulty understanding word “nominally” in a specific sentence

The sentence is: The device will transmit a message at a rate nominally set at 1hz. According to google the definition of nominally is: "in name only; officially though perhaps not in reality.&...
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Do wheels equal Chinese engineer always say `别自己造轮子` 's 轮子?

I read a page said: The extensions are Python wheels that you can run as CLI commands. Is the wheels meaning framworks or tools ? and is it Chinese engineer always say 别自己造轮子 's 轮子 from?
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Is there a proper translation for the following Chinese term?

The term is 「鑄造建材」. It appears in the following Chinese Text ...因此在當地發展勞動密集型、低技術或高污染的產業,如製衣、鑄造建材等,生產成本往往較高,導致產品價格高企,無法與廉價的進口貨競爭。... The English translation is Therefore, the development of labour-...
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Is it insect repellent “mats”, “tablets” or "mat tablets?

Is it insect repellent "mats", "tablets" or "mat tablets? I have found all of the above three versions during my search.
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The meaning of running an instance during an online search

What does "Searx ... lets anyone run their own instance" mean? Based on my search "an instance is a single copy of the software running on a single physical or virtual server. If you ...
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What's the official grammar term for such clauses?

What's the official term for these clauses of sentences? "Descriptive clauses"? The male of this airborne species of fireflies has a special biochemical light at the end of its body, that ...
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I got confused by learning the wrong Grammar terms. What are the real ones and where to learn them?

When I started to learn English, I did it with half a century old Soviet book called The Practical English Grammar by Izrailevich and Kachalova (Практическая грамматика английского языка. Израилевич и ...
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Are these rules, principles or something else?

There are some consideration different to typical grammar rules, such as Positive statements are often preferred, putting negative as early as possible, less is more (concise), etc. Is there a term to ...
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grammar term to refer to a “turns” in meaning?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, "hairpin turn" means "a bend in the road that is so sharp that it almost turns back in the opposite direction" and "turning point" ...
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Main parts of a post

I'm learning a Merriam-Webster tutorial. When talking about writing, I guess there are some terms to refer to main parts of a post. Here are some words I can imagine. is the title of the post is the ...
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What is A rule when talking about grammar?

According to Cambridge Dictionary, a rule is an accepted principle or instruction that states the way things are or should be done, and tells you what you are allowed or are not allowed to do from ...
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How do you call the subject of infinitive clause?

I learned English grammar with my mother tongue, and am not sure how to call it in English. There are clauses in the form, 'for subject to do' or 'of subject to do'. For example, It is necessary for ...
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word/phrase/term to refer to a teaching approach

Some teachers intentionally slow down their speech to let students hear them clearly, in the meanwhile, they keep the contraction to let students learn the pronunciation point. For example, when ...
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Longsleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, or long-sleeved shirt?

Hello: Is it longsleeve shirt? long sleeve shirt? Or long-sleeved shirt? It's so confusing.
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familiar when hearing but don't remember to use when talking

A kind of situation happens a lot to me where I've seen and heard a word lots of times, such as "identify", but I don't remember to use it when I talk; instead, the word comes to my mind is &...
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Do slippers and slides (sliders) mean the same thing?

I wanted to know if slippers and slides mean the same thing, so I did a search and the following is what I found. It doesn't really say if they are one and the same. Are slides and slippers the same ...
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Slides versus sliders

Wikipedia explains that "a slider (maybe it will be better to make it plural?) is a form of footwear. They are backless and open-toed, essentially an open-toed mule. Slides can be high-heeled, ...
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Is it foot towel or feet towel?

Some online links use "foot towel" to describe "a small, rectangular towel typically used to dry the feet upon emerging from the shower or bath", while other links use "feet ...
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Is this called “a checkpoint” in English? Picture included!

Could someone tell me what this is exactly called in English? I tried going with a "checkpoint" but I couldn't find further information and I need it for work urgently.
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Can a phrasal verb be considered an expression?

I know that 'to bang on about something' is a phrasal verb but can it also be considered an expression?
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Meaning of “tap dry” in “wash the 96-well ELISA plate using a plate washer and tap dry”

From a qPCR instruction: Wash the plate once with 300 μL of IX PBST using a plate washer and tap dry. What is the meaning of tap dry? This is an ELISA plate (biotechnology). The phrase comes up ...
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Looking to name a specific semantic relation

When one makes a choice, he is faced with some alternatives: "go by car" or "go by bus"; "prefer sightseeing" or "go shopping", "buy a house" or "...
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name of IPA /ɚ/

The IPA symbol /ə/ is named "schwa". For example, the "i" in "philosophy" /fəˈlɑːsəfi/. A similar symbol is /ɚ/ or /ər/, the sound of "er" in "water". ...
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the tag of “LANGUAGE” in the Cambridge Dictionary

There are two different meanings of "complement" on the Cambridge Dictionary. to make something else seem better or more attractive when combining with it and a part of a clause that ...
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“disapproving” tag in the Cambridge Dictionary

From the Cambridge Dictionary disapproving: showing that you feel something or someone is bad or wrong I understand the meaning of it though I don’t understand the tag in the Cambridge Dictionary. ...

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