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What do “M”, “G” and “B” buttons mean in an elevator?

What do "M", "G" and "B" buttons mean in an elevator, besides "1", "2", ...? Confusing. Thanks.
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Should I say something (plural) were v+ed with something (singular)?

Is this sentence correct, which I want to express that all praising expressions were spoken in a fast way. Praising expressions were spoken with a relatively fast speaking rate.
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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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how to create economies of scale for a city?

would anyone possibly explain through a vivid example how the size of a city could create such an economies of scale? In addition, I am learning English. Would you tell me your priceless explanations ...
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What is the term used when you debug by hand in software development?

During school I was shown a "technique" that would be like a debug by hand, writing down the names of the variables, and changing it's values as we moved through the pseudo-code/algorithm. Is there a ...
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What is the right term for a “transferred” force?

Imagine you pull a rope grabbing it with your hands. What happens is, that due to friction you can "transfer" a force onto the rope. This force is actually limited to a maximum force which can be "...
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What is the difference between college and university?

Some people use the term "college" instead of "university". Are they referring to a different type of university?
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Conjunction vs Subordinator vs Subordinating conjunction

The answer to https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/5236/8712 includes only 'subordinator'. Yet What are the similarities and differences between these three? Is there a hierachy? https://web.cn.edu/...
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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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What is an “alpha answer”?

It may seem a bit odd to return a number for the day of the week, so there’s a function to return the day as its name. The DAYNAME function works like DAYOFWEEK or WEEKDAY but returns a string ...
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Echoing of all variables is nearly foolproof - I can't quite get the meaning of “echoing of all variables”

Parameters send information to a function, and then the function executes the code. Functions can use anywhere from zero parameters to a whole list of them. In Example 5-1, you’ll use the echo ...
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determiner phrase

He is a child He is more than a child He is just a child He is such a child. Sometime I see one or more words precede the determiner. they can be adverbs or other determiners. Can ...
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Is there a term for nouns used as adjectives?

I know that a verb used as a noun is called a gerund. An example (from American baseball) is a "run," or a "home run," where a "run" across the plate scores a point. "Run" is the gerund. In the term ...
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How to call people with two racial backgrounds in English?

My mother is an American and my father is a Chinese, is there a term for people with two racial backgrounds in English? Update: Is "halfer" a good word for it? Is it kinda derogatory?
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Is a “seam” only for sewn fabric?

Similarly, if you drop your phone in the hotel loo and tell the reception staff "It's rooted," they might start looking for vegetation sprouting from the seams. (The Age) Vegetation sprouts from the ...
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dislocated screen

From Situated Software by Clay Shirky (The author talks about two student projects): Both Scout and CoDeck had the classic problem of notification -- getting a user to tune in requires interrupting ...
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How to call a customer who presents a good chance to acquire another customer after a succesful project?

I'm looking for a term/phrase used in business / business consulting that describes the following situation: If a successful project has been implemented with customer A, our company is likely to ...
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If 'get ready' is not proper here, what should it be?

In Indian dialect, the commonest phrase you find among us is get ready when we have plan to go out. It does not matter whether we are going to party, movie, outside eating or whatever... if we are ...
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Should I use “cool” to talk about up-to-date data?

I’m working on a REST project, so the “fraicheur” of data is quite important. I know that the translation of “frais” is “cool”. Should I use this word in an IT technical environment (not only for ...
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a word for algebraic symmetry

There is the algebraic expression a+b+c. If we replace under the rule {a->b, b->c, c->a}, the expression is left unchanged. But for expressions like 2a+b+c, the replacement will change the expression. ...
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Topmost-left or top-leftmost?

I am confused which term is correct. I was going to say to my friend See the topmost-left opened tab (as in browser). Then I realized why not say top-leftmost. Can I also say leftmost-top or left-...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

I want to ask; What are the first 3 question marks on your head while you enter into a store for the first time? Is this sentence correct grammatically? Isn't it clumsy or wordy? Is there a better ...
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What do we call the question underpinning a thesis or research?

Research can start with a specific question. What is the name of that specific question? Is it "the fundamental question", or is there another name for it that's used as standard?
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Is there any term used to denote singular and plural form

In our Nepali language a term वचन(read as: bachan) is used to denote singular and plural form. Is there any term used for this in English? What do I mean is : Singular -> one Plural -> more ...
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word choices related to Personal Protective Equipment

Could you help me with this sentence? I don't know if I am writing it right, specially the the bold words : Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn by ...
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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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A term used to describe “likewise” treatment in politics

This kind of treatment where, for example, a country X requires visas for citizens of country Y, then country Y will require a visa for citizens of country X, or the opposite, just to treat them in an ...
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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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Smallest minimum value from set of minimum values

Background: I am finding minimum distances from a certain process, and then I do the same for another data set. Then from all those selected minimum values, I want to get the minimum value. ...
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What does “with their own command” mean in the context of playing a sport?

What does this "play with their own command" mean? Captain’s Cup Navy Sports Week Monday-Friday, September 30 – October 4 • 0900 Various Locations Participants must play with their own command. ...
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Is “home run” the equivalent of four bases?

We were all more naive a decade ago. We hoped that a single application of drugs would result in a dramatic benefit. We now understand it's much more complicated than that. People are optimistic but ...
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Can I take note or highlight on paper during a TOEIC test in the reading section? [closed]

I heard that I cannot take notes during the listening section of the test (correct me if I am wrong) but I am wondering if similar rules apply to the reading section. Can I take note or highlight ...
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I asked “him” if he could swim - what is this sentence element called?

I asked him if he could swim. Downing, in her book 'English Grammar,' describes this kind of construction as: subject + verb + NG(a Recipient) + Wh-complement clause. (In Downing's terminology NG ...
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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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Any rule of thumb in technical writing - conceptual cases

In technical writing, if someone writes as his first sentence in a "conceptual introduction"... One can reconstruct a 3D wireframe model by fixing vertices where relevant edges meet. It can be ...
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How can I make this sentence better?

The following sentence will go into a technical article and I wanted to know how to write the following sentence in a better form: Results are shown when the region localization constraint is ...