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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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Have no idea what this sentence means

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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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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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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Why “grand theft auto”, not “grand auto theft”?

There is a video game series called "Grand Theft Auto". According to its Wikipedia page: The name of the series references the term used in the US for motor vehicle theft. [...] Motor ...
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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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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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Word to describe dependency relations

I want to expresss below 2 concepts in simple terms, especially the bold parts: A and all the things A depends on. A and all the things that depend on A. Is there any special term or single word can ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of “plug fill” or “fill plug” in pharmaceutical industry

From an FDA guideline: Bracketing can be applied to studies with multiple strengths of identical or closely related formulations. Examples include but are not limited to (1) capsules of different ...
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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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What is the gap/crack/flaw in the top of a cardboard box called?

per this answer The bits at the top and the bottom that tuck in to seal the box are called the flaps. what is the gap/crack/flaw pointed out by red arrow shown below (img_1) called? is the part ...
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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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What are these types of images called? illustration with notation?

Is this type of images (img_1) called sketch map with notation? while this type of images (img_2) called physical map without notation? while this type of images (img_3) called physical map with ...
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Does this noun phrase (a variable name) take a singular or plural verb?

I'm writing a codebook that defines variables in a data set. Should the verb of the following sentence be singular or plural (refer/refers)? (Note that the italics appear in original; they are, ...
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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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grammatical term to refer to words like “Apple's”, “Book's”, “Boss's”?

As per a post, a specific type of phrases like "Apple's taste", "Book's cover", "Boss's car" are called Possessive Nouns. I understand this though I am not sure if it is a grammatical term. How do I ...
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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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What is this “opened” cube called?

I can't find the right definition for the thing that you see on the right. If we put all parts of it together we will get a box that we can rotate (this picture is taken from a quiz for kids - they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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SHALL vs. MUST in technical documents

In my company, we often need to write requirements for our customers. They are pretty much recommendations (i.e., we do not impose anything), but given a certain baseline, some are stricter than ...
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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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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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What does “sticking (sticky) cover” mean in the context of a video game?

About the Black Mesa mod: "Not For Those Who Want: An all-new experience. It looks new, but it's the same old Half-Life. There's no sticking cover or regenerating health here, kids." (Kotaku: The ...
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From inward to outward vs from outward to inward (a word)

Something may be "from inward to outward" or "from outward to inward". I want examples of English words (for general mathematical or philosophical terms, not for special things like cooking eggs) ...
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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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Which is correct, Facilities Management Agency, Facilities Management Company or Facility Mangement Company?

I would like to know which one is suitable and correct from both language and business perspective. Facility management (or facilities management or FM) I found it on Wikipedia. What is the ...
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In how many ways can something not be right?

There's this large source of confusion among learners and sometimes even native speakers. They tend to think if something doesn't sound right to their ears, it must be ungrammatical, while that's at ...
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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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Word for describing that something can be mandatory, recommended or optional

(Note: This question is marginally related with this one.) I am looking for a word to describe how obligatory something is. It may be mandatory, recommended or optional (given the context, more ...
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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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Is there a name “-phobia” for fear of tape? For example duct tape, tesa film and stickers

I heard there are people who are afraid of tape, such as duct tape, tesa film and stickers. I tried to find the name of the symptom, but I couldn't find it. Is there a medical term for it, like "-...
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Looking for a common term for “non-circular pipe”

In Russia, there's a special term for a pipe that is not circular in its section: "a profiled pipe" (профильная труба). There's even a Wikipedia page for it: профильная труба. Such pipes come in a ...
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What is the soft part of the palm called in English?

What is the soft part of the palm called in English? I don't know the name even in my native language, so I cannot look it up in the dictionary.
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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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What is the exact terminology for the four basic mathematical operations?

In my native language we have clearly defined and official terms for the operands involved in mathematical calculations. I am talking about the basic four arithmetic operations addition, subtraction, ...
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What is mean “cover grammar”

I met this phrase when I read the specification of a computer language. And I would like to know what this phrase means. For example: The input stream is syntactically in error if the tokens in ...
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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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