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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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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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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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What is a “grammar point”?

I found lots of posts use a phrase "grammar point". For example, If you study the grammar point comparison forms of adjectives you will find that ... where comparison forms of adjectives appears ...
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Intuition vs insight vs instinct vs gut feeling vs sixth sense?

Do all of these mean almost a same feeling? If yes, can we also add"suspicion" to this list,as also having same meaning as those in title If not, please kindly explain in simple words with examples, ...
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Is it clear and idiomatic to refer to one of different meanings of a word as “one piece of meaning”?

Oxford Dictionary (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/just) gives a bunch of definitions about “just” there are 3 sub-items in 4th item, one of them is pointed out by blue rectangle in the ...
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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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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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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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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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what does “deposit facility” mean?

I'm translating an article about finance. Can you help me explain what "deposit facility" means in this context? In December, the euro zone central bank decreased the rate on its deposit facility ...
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Is there a word that means “join bodies”?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but it would make a lot of sense if there was, sometimes in the "acrobatic arts" people do this, so there might be a specific terminology for it, I suspect ...
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Suitable term for “has the highest-rating”/“most-popular” (media outlet)?

If you want to say: He works for a radio station that is the most popular in his country Popular here does not necessarily mean "well-liked", but rather that it has the highest listenership ...
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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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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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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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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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Soccer terminology regarding woodwork

Which of these are more common / correct in soccer terminology? Or is it something else? Shot to the post. Shot on the post. Shot on the woodwork. Shot to the woodwork.
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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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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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What is the grammatical name and function of this part of the sentence?

In the sentence Conciously postponing a decision is not the same as indecision. what is the grammatical name and function of the part in italics?
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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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“time adverbs” vs. “adverbs of time”

I suppose these 2 sentences are both grammatical and idiomatic. The word already is a kind of time adverbs. The word already is a kind of adverbs of time. My concern is that which one appears ...
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What does “Pareto-inferior to x” mean?

I want to translate one chapter of a book from English. Who can explain to me what is "Pareto-inferior to x" at the end of third page? I think it is a mathematical term. I got some ideas about what it ...
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I guess the part pointed out by red circle is called ceiling joist, how about the blue one and green one?

This tutorial is teaching soundproof. Consider the following image (img_1), screenshot from that tutorial at timepoint. I guess the part pointed out by red circle is called ceiling joist, how about ...
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Does a window post refer the part pointed out by red circle or the blue one?

A post is a main vertical or leaning support in a structure similar to a column or pillar but the term post generally refers to a timber but may be metal or stone. Consider the following image (img_1)...
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What exactly A hook is in the context of a cardboard box?

This illustration is being use the term "hook" to describe some parts of a cardboard box. which I am not sure I get the point correctly. is it the part pointed out by the red arrow?
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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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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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What does “is gross of fees” mean?

I'm reading a fund portfolio and it says "Performance is gross of fees." So if performance = 10% and fees = 0.1% does that mean that the real performance is 10% or 9.9%?
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What is the difference between Comprehensible Input and Roughly tuned Input?

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/comprehensible-input : Comprehensible input is language input that can be understood by listeners despite them not understanding all the words and ...
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Straight or linear helix

If a helix is discontinued for a short while and then continues in a different direction, I prefer to call in "kinked". If the helix is simply uniformly following one direction, I prefer to call it "...
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“resource exhaustive” vs. “exhaustive resource”

Method A exhaust a lot of resources. How can I say this in comparison sentence: method A has been viewed as a resource exhaustive compared to method B Or, method A has been viewed as an ...
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on using “to denote” to define a term

I want to define few terms but not sure how to use denote. For example: We use the term XYZ to denote websites consisting of ... Is the above correct statement?
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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what's the meaning of the word stereographic?

does anyone know what is the meaning of the word stereographic? like stereographic projection? I want to translate it into another language and I want it to be accurate. it's like drawing something ...
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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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How to name these two cases of passive voice?

How to name these two cases of passive voice: This document started being written by me on 2017.07.22. and This document was started (being) written by me on 2017.07.22. ? Both are the ...
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The meaning of “yell” in gambling

From movie Kingpin: (At a casino table, a customer to the dealer) You are going to give me $100,000 on the line and a $50,000 yell, okay? Does on the line mean the money wagered? Then what does ...
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Question about “Royal Court”

Someone asked me whether the term "royal court" could also mean the king's dukes, viscounts, barons, counts, earls, etc. I know it contains his retinue, i.e. his advisors, servants, ministers, but ...
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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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PhD, Ph.D. and Ph.D

According to the Collins dictionary: PhD in British abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy Well in American PhD in American or Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy But sometimes I also ...
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What is the appropriate word for these? -> one day, one month, one year and so on

I want to know the most appropriate word for these. one day two days three days one month two months three months one year two years three years The context where these appears is that they are ...
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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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Meaning of “cross” in “While the cross has corrected slightly this week, we expect the uptrend to continue and recommend a buy-on-dips strategy”

From an article titled "Euro to US Dollar Exchange Rate Will Go Higher, Analysts Say, Buy On Dips": “While the cross has corrected slightly this week, we expect the uptrend to continue and ...
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What do you call shortcuts in written English?

Writers make shortcuts in their writing and typography such as this sentence: He watched my daughter being killed. Some writers or most of them extract the word being out of sentence as a style ...
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The meaning of “inframarginal” in the context

I would be grateful if anyone could help me with the meaning the word "inframarginal" in the following sentence: A WDR could launch and help focus the debate. It could also initiate a parallel ...
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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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meaning of the phrase “draft and drift”

I came across this in the news, and the meaning is unclear to me: "Back in 1909, a layer of bricks was laid on top of the rock and tar surface of the Indianapolis Motor Speed Way. It has been ...
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What does “child components can mutate the parent” mean?

From View.js: In some cases, we may need “two-way binding” for a prop. Unfortunately, true two-way binding can create maintenance issues, because child components can mutate the parent without the ...