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Is there a specific word for financial records?

I'm writing a banking software that, using some accounts from a bank, show the records about it. They could be debt records (money leaving account) or credit records (money arriving). Is there a ...
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Is it right to use the word 'execute' in place of 'run'?

I have recently studied two sentences in which these words are used which i mentioned: your program is not executing. your program is not running. these two words often used in sentences so my ...
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What is the name of office kind where many people sit in a common, open but kind of secluded area?

In Swedish, the concept is called öppet landskap (direct translation: open/wide scenery/landscape). While I can explain the concept to our applicants over the, I fear that it's rather due to their pre-...
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a legal term to refer to “public right prosecution”

is there a legal term to refer to "public right prosecution" which is a fine charged by the public prosecution in the case a complain was filed against a drawer of a bounced cheque.. the drawer is ...
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Should I walk or step on your bed to get to other side?

What English term do you use in this context? "When you are getting to the other side of your room, but you got no choice to walk / step on your bed."?
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Grammatical terms for different verbs in a multi-verb structure

e.g. We want to leave. I like to sleep. She tries to help. They go running. In these sentences what grammatical term would you use for want/like/try/go, and what would you call to leave/sleep/help/...
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What is an equation that consists of a proportionality symbol called? [closed]

When I want to refer to an equation similar to this image, what term should I use? Is it correct to say "Equation 3", although the equation contains a proportionality symbol?
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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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Difference between -decker, -tier, shelf and level (see picture)

How would you describe the number of shelves of the growing trays in the image below? Four-leveled, four-tier, four-shelf or four-decker? Are all these ways correct and interchangeable?
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Are positive, comparative and superlative adjectives considered as modes?

Are positive, comparative and superlative adjectives considered as modes? Can I call each of them as mode? For example: positive mode, comparative mode, and superlative mode?
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Is using interrogative words such as “why” and “how” unsophisticated or inappropriate for technical writings?

Whenever I write sentences of the form I don't understand why X did Y. or I wonder why she did that. or I would like to know how you did it. These sentences are actually not good examples ...
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Is the following expression is clear: “determines whether A is greater than or equal to B”?

The processor determines whether value X ≧ 100. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence without using the mathematical symbol. My example is as follows: The processor determines whether value X ...
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Must, should or cannot be empty? [closed]

In the context of data that needs to be filled in in a computer program: When a data field must be filled in, what is the best way to phrase this (specifically, in the pop-up window warning the users ...
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What does ''be' in this task mean'?

Rewrite the sentence below. Paulo studies International Law at University of Oxford. (be) I've been asked for rewriting this sentence with ''be'', which I don't know what it actually means. On ...
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What do you call a group set up to undermine a political argument?

I have come across the following political phenomenon recently and I can’t find the right word for it. Imagine a group of people (say an ethnic minority or gender) who campaign against their ...
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What does 'let-off' mean in football (soccer)?

What does 'let-off' mean in football (soccer 5' Another let-off for a QPR player - Wszolek hacks down Gunter as he skips down the right... foul, but no card for a hefty challenge.
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Galois Theory — an implied genitive or not genitive at all?

In the field of mathematics there are many concepts named after certain individuals: the Pythagoras's theorem, Galois theory, Hilbert space and so forth. In my native tongue of Finnish the person's ...
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What is the name of a room in which hotel staff use to store their equipment and provide room service?

Is there any special word for the room that hotel's stuff regularly use to provide room service for guest rooms? is it something like staff room? or service room?
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what's it called when you're being carried by many people by your hands and feet?

What I'm referring to is the situation in which you are being taken somewhere by force (either as a joke or a punishment), by some people who are holding your feet and others your arms; normally you ...
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What is the meaning and difference of XXX-facing and XXX-oriented?

What is the meaning and difference of XXX-facing and XXX-oriented? examples: customer-facing document-oriented
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Can the difference in velocities be called as “velocities difference”?

Tortoises walk with the speed of 0.133 m/s. Rabbits run with the speed of 20 m/s. The difference in their speed is Δv = 20 - 0.133 ≈ 20 m/s. Can I say the speeds difference/velocities difference of ...
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Does “A is coupled to B (so as) not to rotate relative to B” make sense?

A is coupled to B so that they can rotate together. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence I created such that the rewritten one has the same meaning but is expressed in opposite way. My examples ...
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The drop-down list XXX vs. the XXX drop-down list. Are there any rules for determining which to use?

Are there defined rules anywhere concerning whether a UI element type (e.g. drop-down list) comes before or after its name (e.g. Install)? A few examples: the drop-down list Install vs. the ...
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Which answer to a negative question is called positive?

In the following (toy) dialogs which answers are positive/negative (I really need to know)? Q: Won't you marry me? A: Yes, I will. Q: Won't you marry me? A: Yes, I will not Q: Won't you marry me? A:...
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Is it “sloped ceiling/roof”, “sloping ceiling/roof” or “slanted ceiling/roof”?

Googling these terms shows all of these terms appear to be in use. Which ones are correct/commonly accepted?
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What is the name of these parts of a stove?

Home electrical stoves normally have four or five places for cooking. What is the name of each one of these places where a cooking pot is placed?
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What are the combinations of “there-is” or “there-are” called in English grammar terms?

What are the combinations of "there-is" or "there-are" called in English grammar terms? For example: There is an apple on the table. I am looking for a specific term for these expressions (as ...
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What is the name of such a “lamp”?

What is this kind of lamp called? To call it simply a "lamp" doesn't makes sense to me, nor to call it a "chandelier", since I've noticed that "chandelier" refers to an impressive group of lamps ...
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loss versus lost in computing

I know that loss is a noun and lost is a verb/adjective but if we lost the connection with a server, which of these two messages will be the most accurate: Connectivity loss with server or ...
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How to name this selling format in English?

In China they sometimes sell coffee in such a way that you can buy two cups of coffee, but you can collect only the first one today, and the other one at any other day starting from tomorrow. You ...
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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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What is it called when on purpose you act more “mexican/black” than you really are?

In ethnic and cultural studies: What is the term or phrase that refers to the act of someone being more of their race or act on the stereotypes associeted to them (being more "black" or more "mexican",...
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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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A kids-friendly, nontechnical alternative to the term “arithmetic operations”?

The term "arithmetic operations" from basic grammar school mathematics is highly formal and technical in my ears. In my native Danish language it translates into: The arithmetic operations = De ...
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What exactly are 'discourse linkers'?

I read an English chapter in my school book and then as I was reading the stuff given after the chapter, I read this topic called 'Noticing discourse linkers and signallers' (I have attached the ...
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Breach and Violates

I investigated the words "breach" and "violate". The definitions which I faced seem to be very close. 1) Is there a difference between these two verbs? Actually, both are used for specifying the ...
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A correct understanding of the proposal

I have this sentence: "Whether the toString function can be applied successfully to a host object is implementation-dependent" What is the meaning of "implementation-dependent"? P.S If you ...
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Go Down The Ladder

While I was going to train, I faced a man who asked me how he can go to the train. While I was explaining, I used this expression "go down the ladders". When he heard it, he at first could not ...
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Difference between “product” and “article”

Can someone explain to me is there a difference between "product" and "article" terms? EDIT: For example: When the T-Shirt is "product" and when "article" ?
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Does “improved visual skills” equate with “better eyesight”?

Our teacher gave us this IGCSE English Section B task, which usually requires you to write a speech, newspaper article, letter, etc. about a topic related with the passages given using information ...
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What does “a proxy” mean in the context of this statistical joke?

“Let us remember the unfortunate econometrician who, in one of the major functions of his system, had to use a proxy for risk and a dummy for sex.” I understand why the second part is funny (a dummy ...
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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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Correct way to ask a question

Ok so, I made a statement she didn't hear me so her response was, "What you said". I told her she was wrong. Please help us solve this debate. If a person ask the question, " What you said"? Is that ...
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Who you are. Vs Who are you

What is the grammar term for the statements / questions with question words in them? Like: I don't know who you are. Do I know where are you? Or: Do I know where you are? I don'...
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word to abstract top and bottom just like “side” abstracts left and right

Think about a ball, it has its sides and its ... The sides obviously refers to left and right positions, but what about top and bottom positions, is there a word to abstract them? If there exists ...
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The “tech backlash”: type of modifier, comparison with phrase with preposition, meaning?

I've seen the expression tech backlash in the press (for instance NYT, G&M, WEF, VF) and from context I can guess it's about concerns with, or a negative reaction to, shortcomings or impacts from (...
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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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The meaning of 'formal'

In a very formal style, think is sometimes followed by an object and an adjective or noun complement. They thought her fascinating. We thought him a fool. (M. Swan, Practical ...
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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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How to say “a bit of code”

I am describing how this part of my code works: def store_output(self, file_name, identifier): dsc_in = ogr.Open(file_name) if dsc_in is None: raise Exception("Reading data failed.") ...