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Dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence which modifies the predicate

I’m looking for a term that describes the dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence that modifies the predicate (not sure if I’m describing this accurately). For example, in the sentence “With a ...
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Meaning and concept of word "intuitive " in applied sciences and engineering?

Google returns meaning of intuitive as using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning. But in context of applied sciences and engineering, this meaning doesn't makes ...
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What does the phrase ''blind chance'' mean?

in the following sentence, how should I take the meaning of the phrase ''blind chance''? Should I take as ''uncontrolled coincidence''? or what? especially the word ''blind'' makes difficult to know ...
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what is simple meaning of the philosophical term ''Categorical Imperative''?

About following definition given by Marriam Webster dictionary, May I know a clear and simple meaning? or simple meaning of the term ''Categorical Imperative''? Because I'm not clear enough as its ...
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What are these equations called in English?

I just wonder what these simple equations are called in English? Do they have professional names/terminologies in math? equation 1: x = a + b - c equation 2: x = a * b / c The key is the sign, ...
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Is it correct to say using "references" to link sentences

Someone thinks that linking words are the only way to link sentences. She uses linking words in front of every one of her sentences. I want to tell her that we can also use references like "this ...
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Type/Name of comma

Last month the science museum was opened, giving an insight into traditionally secret world of scientist. What is the type/name of the comma above? (The one before 'giving')
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What word would refer to "fluent in reading"?

What word would you use to refer to "fluency" in reading? The manner which is characterized by your highly infrequent use of dictionaries when reading texts and a good speed. You could say ...
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Word for a person who demands in "supply & demand" context

In economics and similar subjects, we have the term "supply & demand". The word for the person (or company) who supplies is "supplier". What's the word for the person who ...
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Can an entity act as a person?

Can an organization or a place act as a person? My example: My office and I wrote down some possible topics to discuss for the meeting tomorrow I was told that this is incorrect because an "...
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Which meaning of "naturally" fits in this context?

I came across this adverb (naturally) while reading a math book. In this book, a concept (extended complex plane) has been defined before and now the book says it can be motivated even more naturally ...
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English word for the Afrikaans word "bies"

I tried google translate with no luck. This may be a translation of a word only a person who has spent time on a farm would know. When a cow gives birth to a calf there is a type milk that the calf ...
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How do you ask something which is not exactly "half a glass"?

I know to ask, Please, fill half a glass of water/tea. Well, the context for the above sentence is understandable. But, what if I need to ask the same, where Cases: The tea/water is more than half ...
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Do inorganic nonmetallic materials imply that inorganic metallic materials exist?

I am not a chemistry major and encountered a chemistry term today which seems strange to me: inorganic nonmetallic materials[1, 2]. Does the name imply that there exist inorganic metallic materials? I ...
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cast iron: what kind is it?

I need to use a word for a kind of iron which is not malleable (I mean which fractures if bent) and cannot be moulded. I have tried my best to find it but I couldn't. Someone told me 'cast iron'. Is ...
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What is the specification of a degree called?

University degrees are usually specified in some way, so you get, for instance, a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science. Now I'm wondering what you call this specification – is there a special ...
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Shortenend form for "The diameters given are the inside diameters"

This is the sentence to be written in a report - "The diameters given are the inner side diameters". But that seems wordy, especially because of the repetition of "diameters". I ...
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What are the grammatical terms to describe the way of using the adjective "beautiful" in these two sentences?

What are the grammatical terms to describe the two different ways of using the adjective "beautiful" in these two sentences? The beautiful girl The girl is beautiful If I explain the ...
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What does the word "typed" refer to in the following sentence? [closed]

C# 1.0 was released in 2002 and included all the important features of a statically typed object oriented modern language, as you will see throughout chapters 2 to 6. This sentence has given from a ...
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Formula 1 and Betting vocabulary question

I don't get those bets on a website betting on Formula 1. It is written that the qualifying winner of the next Russian GP in Formula 1 (26th september 2021) will have: under 0.1s winning margin with ...
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What's the grammatical function of the following phrase in bold?

I'm not sure if the phrase in bold in the following context is an example of an adjunct in grammar. To my knowledge, adjuncts are usually adverb groups or prepositional phrases. In everyday practice, ...
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The technical name of the opening theme that played at the start of a film

What is the technical term of the opening theme that played before the part in a film in which the name of actors and actresses are displaying?
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What's “hamburger button” means?

I read a sentence Instead of a menu bar and a toolbar, we will use a drawer from which the user can pick the actions. The drawer can swiped in from the side, but we also offer a hamburger button in ...
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What do you call a certificate that a doctor gives you so that you could submit it to your employer as proof that were sick?

What do you call a certificate that a doctor gives you so that you could submit it to your employer as proof that were sick? Please, name your part of the world (country, county, etc.)
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The name of the term for forming noun

What do you say if you change the shape of noun from singlar form to plural form or vice versa ? The property of the noun such as singular form and plural form are called ( plurality ? ), and the ...
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"things are bad" - "issues are bad" - "stuff is bad"?

I'm a designer and I want to design one tattoo when I want to express something like two parts: Things are just bad (or doomed) // but // they will get worse. And I want to represent it with Medusa (...
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American football term

As I'm unfamiliar with football terms but have to go through the topic-related text, Google is my best friend. However, one phrase bewilders me, and there is no information I could find online. Can it ...
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What is the correct term/expression for libraries' acquisition of books etc, as determined by the users?

When libraries' decide what books etc they are to add to their collections, they look at, among other things, what people want to borrow, right? Now I'm wondering what the correct nominalisation for ...
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How do you pronounce two variable values listed one on top of the other? [closed]

Long story short I need to figure out how to verbalize this equation:
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To "promote and/or demote" as a single, common verb or term

It's a bit similar to this question but not in the school related sense they've asked. I haven't found any sources on that and there's a chance that no such term exists. In such case, I'll be happy ...
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Word for institutions that lost their purpose but continue to exist anyways

I’m looking for a specific word for institutions that lost their original purpose but for some reason or another (lack of accounability, bad management) continue to exist anyways and do what they have ...
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What do you call this kind of hairstyle? Is there a specific term for it? (Like marcel waves and such?)

One of my characters has a similar hairstyle to Mary Poppins. I can't find the specific term though. Can anyone help me identify it?
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I don't know who's responsible

I don't know [who's responsible]. I don't know [who's the best person for this job]. I don't know [what's best]. I'm assuming sentences 1–3 are grammatical. How are the parts in brackets analyzed? I ...
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What is this writing technique called in English?

How is this writer's technique called in English when the author seems to address someone in his epistle or a letter, but, in fact, is only indirectly addressing him (because, for example, that person ...
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Meaning of "The other right" and "back looping"

I was watching the sci-fi series "The Flash". Character1 is instructing Character2 about direction: Character1: "Turn right" Charater2 moves in the wrong direction. Charater1: &...
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Have no idea what this sentence means [closed]

It's from a tweet. I mean, I get what the story is about, but I have no idea what the sentence in bold type means. It's cryptic to me. Source: Twitter The info flow/expectation setting w medium info ...
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Distinction between "the former/the latter" and "one/the other"

I wanted to know if two points are always accessed simultaneously, meaning that we will go for both at once or none of them at all. I wanted to confirm that the case of heading for only one of the ...
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larger than life-sized

Can I call a chair that is about 13 feet tall (a statue) 'life sized'? As in 'she is standing next to a life-sized chair'? Seemed appropriate to me at first, but then I realized (after checking its ...
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Should we use "kelvins" or "kelvin" when referring to temperatures higher than one?

Should one say 200 kelvins or 200 kelvin? Please provide a source to the answer, as that would be much appreciated.
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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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When writing documentation for web-technologies that use American spelling, should the text also use American spelling?

As we know, English exists in many dialects. In another life, over 20 years ago, I spent a year and a half in Japan, teaching English. I was under no obligation to teach standard American English but ...
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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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