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What is the name for these keys on a computer keyboard?

Here is a (US English layout) computer keyboard. There are six keys which are dotted red in the upper right corner. I want to know what to call them in English. I want to know the names for each ...
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What do we call the entire project which is based on arranged kinetic actions?

I love that concept whenever any company comes up with it as a part of their marketing campaign but not sure what do we call such action. The action starts with one tiny thing (say striking a small ...
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What is 'relevance time'?

What is ‘relevance time’ in the chart below? And would you compare it with ‘narrative time’? (Angela Downing, English Grammar: A University Course) (StoneyB's answer in ELL)
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Is the term “preposition phrase” replacing “prepositional phrase”?

I've noticed of late that the term preposition phrase is being preferred to prepositional phrase. Is this a movement or an idiosyncrasy?
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Differences between adverb phrase, adverbial and adjunct

I'm trying to learn more about grammar and often come across these terms. Not sure the differences.
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Grammatical terminology for the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'

Is there any grammatical terminology to describe the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'? E.g. Hear is a ____ verb and listen is its ____ counterpart. Or, Hear-listen is a pair of ____ words.
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What is a modal verb, really?

Is "have to" a modal verb? tells us, in two conflicting answers, that it's either a modal verb or it's not a modal verb. Then I just realized that there are never any definitions provided for what a ...
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What is the difference between curly braces and curly brackets?

I'm really confused about it, sometimes I read something and it refers to {} as curly braces and sometimes to curly brackets, what is the difference between those two terms? Are they referring to the ...
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How do I describe the two types of adjectives, terminologically?

In adjectives there are two main groups: First Group: adjectives that their 3 grades (base, comparative and superlative) are changed whether regularly (nice > nicer > nicest) or irregularly (good > ...
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The precise meaning of comma splice

I was told by one supporter that there is a case of comma splice in the following sentence: When he was able to crack the Trident code, that was deemed by many as his major achievement in his ...
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Why how 'old' are you, not how 'young' are you?

English (the language) always gives an impression of being positive. For example, when little kids are making mistake, it will refer to as 'being creative' instead of 'being incorrect'. So as my ...
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Concrete vs Abstract nouns

What is the difference between a material and a concrete noun?? Are 'Promise, truth, lie and comment' countable Abstract nouns?? What others examples can be given for the same.
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Meaning of “proposition” in “value proposition”

The concept of "value proposition" sounds a bit abstract to me. Does the "proposition" in "value proposition" mean the same as in "business proposition"? How is it different from "value creation"?
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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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What is it called when two or more nouns comes in a row?

an office worker a jewelry maker a potato peeler a shopping list a swimming lesson a walking holiday What is it called in English when two nouns comes in a row as in the above ...
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Counterpart to “given” in a mathematical problem statement

Often mathematical problem statements start by describing some given objects and continue by requesting some objective, something to be computed from these given objects. What's the established title ...
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When should you change 'Facility Manager' to 'Facilities Manager' or should it stay 'Facility Manager'?

In a document I am correcting the manager of the building is referred to as the Facilities Manager. Should it be Facility Manager if they are only the manager of one building? And when would, if ever, ...
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“written assignment” vs “writing assignment”

What's the difference between "written assignment" and "writing assignment"? I was told just now this: "...written assignment (is) versus oral assignment, and writing assignment (is) versus ...
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“Hope (this or it) helps?

Just wondering what's more appropriate, after reading this conversation It's "Hope it helps" correct? or better "Hope this helps"? Practically, is better to use it or this? Or it may depend if we ...
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Hiking vs climb a mountain

I was suggested using the term "hiking" instead of "go climb a mountain" when trying to describe a tour in which we go to a mountain and climb up for exercises. As I understand, hiking is the ...
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Name for words originating from the same source but concurrently denoting unrelated concepts

I was contemplating how the word confuse and refuse sound similar and realized that there's also defuse. I couldn't figure out what the abstract epi-meaning of fuse was so I tried to google for its... ...
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What is the common term for the word “menstruation”?

What is the common term for the word "menstruation"? Can I use cyclus? In my native language, we normally say it by "monthly guest".