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What are rollers that are sat one after one called?

How can I describe those rollers that are sat one after one? Does "a row of rollers" work? The dough passes through a row of rollers.
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"I sat in the kitchen sipping my coffee" AND "… and I was sipping my coffee"

"I sat in the kitchen sipping my coffee" "I sat in the kitchen and I was sipping my coffee" These two sentences are the same meaning, but what type of grammar are between these ...
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What do you call the "collars" of a bathrobe?

In other words, what do you call these? (Each individual side?)
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Why are illegally imported vehicles into Mexico with U.S. license plates driven by residents south of the US-Mexico border called chocolate cars?

I read: “Chocolate cars” is a term used to describe illegally imported vehicles with U.S. license plates driven by residents south of the border. Why are they called chocolate cars?
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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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Comparing two things in one sentence

We have three shapes in my study. We called them trees. The class of Tree 1 is larger than the class of tree 2 and tree 3. Also, the shape of tree 1 contains the shapes of both tree 2 and tree 3. I ...
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Typing vs writing on a computer keyboard

I see the terms “type” and “write” used to describe putting text into a computer using a keyboard. What is the difference between them? Examples: “typing a document” “typing on a typewriter” “writing ...
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What is the word for "separate into 2 parts"?

I'm looking for a word which basically means "separate an object into two parts", for example, boy and girl (gender), vegan and non-vegan, extrovert and introvert. I remembered that I have read that ...
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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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word/phrase/term to refer to a teaching approach

Some teachers intentionally slow down their speech to let students hear them clearly. Meanwhile, they keep the contraction to let students learn the pronunciation point. For example, when speaking ...
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A term for a statistics in games

In some games there are statistic about how many times user have done something. Examples: Cookie Clicker: Cookies baked Cookies forfeited by ascending Legacy started Building owned ...
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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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How to dissect or parse 'ends to which the actions they command are means'?

Source: Hypothetical Imperatives, by Associate Prof Richard McCarty (... MA, PhD, University of Missouri) [I found the author's name at the bottom of 'Source'] Kant introduced a technical term for ...
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What is the name of this phenomenon in grammar?

1 I gave him a wrench. 1a A wrench was given to him. - CORRECT Give can be used in either the active or passive voices. 2 We come across different people. - OK 2a Different people can be come across ...
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How do you call the grandchildren of a step-grandparent?

My grandfather recently got remarried to a woman who herself has children and grandchildren. My question is: what is the correct term to describe my relatedness to these people? "Step-aunt" or "step-...
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So, captain Nares shipping company and Dodds/Pinkerton have signed a shipping charter agreeing to delayed payment post salvage profits

Related: Link to StackE Literature The ill-omened Flying Scud was abandoned and wrecked at Midway Atoll by its unscrupulous owners who conspired to commit an insurance fraud (In the process they ...
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What do you call a subject open for doctoral studies?

Universities generally have a set of subjects open for doctoral studies. In my own language we call them "forskarutbildningsämnen", which translates as "doctoral education subjects"...
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What do you call a chain of still images

According to this Wikipedia entry, a video is the display of moving visual media. If so, then what do you call a chain of still images that when you press the 'play' button, it plays automatically (...
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Question about poetic meter(DUM-da DUM-da DUM-da DUM)in a children's book

Recently I've learned something about poetic meter such as iamb and trochee. And I‘ve known that iamb is consisted of one unstressed syllable and one stressed syllable. The rhythm of it sounds like da-...
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Member Countries & Member States

Today I want to ask if the two terms "member country" and "member state", in an international organisation, are the same and thus can be swapped for each other when we want to avoid repetition while ...
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False equivalence or false equivalency?

If you compared two objects that have a few commonalities but are essentially incomparable, would you call the comparison a false equivalence or a false equivalency? Like would you say comparing ...
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Probationary period vs trial period in employment contract

Some employment contracts have a period of, e.g., 2 months where either party is free to terminate the contract without needing to motivate their choice. This is meant as a trial period for the ...
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Pro-predicate and Pro-predication

When I read CGEL, Quirk et al, I found some terminology very obscure. Now I need help. What do "pro-predicate" and "pro-predication" exactly mean and how can I distinguish between ...
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How is the word "power" used in mathematics?

When I was researching on the Web, I came across the following expression in a sentence. (Because the entire sentence was technical, I didn't mention the entire sentence) "a base expression taken ...
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A proper name for that part of preparing to spit when I "suck" saliva/water/mouthwash from the gaps between my teeth

I am looking for a proper name for one of the stages of preparing to spit. I mean the action of "sucking" saliva/water/mouthwash from the gaps between my teeth. I guess I mean it as opposed ...
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What do you call an undergrad student who completed his degree?

I'm trying to write the following sentence correctly: X is a graduated undergraduate student from my same undergraduate university. I hope you get the gist. X is a student who completed his ...
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"I am appeared to redly" - This sentence is making me very puzzled and confused

At the moment, I can't tell whether it's because I am tired and fail to notice the obvious or the sentence is really unusual. I've been stuck on this one for a good ten minutes including some googling ...
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Should I write "add to the beginning" or I must use "prepend"?

I made a comment on this SO question some days ago: Are you trying to just overwrite the data at the beginning of the file or insert new data without losing the data that is already there? Some of ...
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What does the phrase “to divide a bill” mean (in politics)? [closed]

Please explain what does the phrase “to divide a bill” mean in politics?
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What is the "s" of third person verbs called in English grammar terminology?

What is the "s" of third person singular verbs called in English grammar terminology? For example: does, loves, works, etc.
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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 are the normalized entries called on the table of contents of thefreedictionary?

For example, these multi-word expressions or lexical units can be listed in their very base forms on thefreedictionary.com: leave one's mark leave mark on develop from develop from someone develop ...
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Why some write "an" in "an bosonic"?

Recently I got corrected by other person from "a bosonic bath" to "an bosonic bath" (neither of us is a native speaker). That sounds weird to me, and does not look according to the ...
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Want to know about grammatical term for substitutable part

I should think you call those nouns antecedent which are referred to by relative pronoun. those nouns -> antecedent which -> relative pronoun Then, what do you call those nouns if they can be ...
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Word preceding "of"?

What do you call the word preceding "of"? A of B the paintings of Monet I mean the words "A" and "the paintings" in these examples. I forgot how you call it. Sorry, we ...
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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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Print-friendly or printer friendly?

Which one is correct? Print-friendly or printer friendly? Moreover, should we use a dash with the first version? Context: A PDF format is a great way to print documents.
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Which short form of "Stack Exchange Data Explorer" is more commonly used? "SEDE" or "the SEDE"?

"SEDE" is an acronym for "Stack Exchange Data Explorer", so when using it as an acronym, very strictly speaking, it should be "the SEDE". Is it okay to use as a proper ...
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What uniting term are subjects, objects, verbs, etc called?

A noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection or article is a part of speech or a word class. A subject, object, verb, complement, adverbial, modifier or supplement ...
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Confused by how to describe amounts and numbers

I've seen 'quantity' used synonymously with amount, but I'm confused with how we 'describe' it. For example: 'John is one man' 'Two men is a larger amount than one man' Or 'My collection is four coins'...
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A low price given to a new costumer is called "the get-acquainted price"?

It is very often to see, especially in Wholesaling (but not only), a low price that is given to a new customer, in order that he will get acquainted with their product. What is the term used to ...
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What is the term for those yellow/orange boxes in public where you defecate?

Cubicles?? I can't seem to get the word on Google nor the picture. But I have seen them in the EU and US on movies.
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What is the proper format to describe "X-ing" a number in dialogue?

If I have a character saying, "He's thinking of 2xing our budget." What would be the proper format? "Two-xing" "Two exing" "2 exing" "2-xing" "...
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Terms for two different kinds of payments in a private school

In a private school they separate the payment that parents have to make into: 1) paying for utilities - that is, paying for electricity, textbooks, lunch, teaching tools, uniform, etc; and 2) ...
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what is simple meaning of the philosophical term ''Categorical Imperative''? [closed]

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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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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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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Literary device for sound ending similar to the next word's beginning

What literary device is it if a word begins with the sound the previous word ends in? such as 'doubt' and 'truth' in: Doubt truth to be a liar.
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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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