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What is the linguistic term for “to” in front of an infinitive?

I know that "to" can be a preposition and an adverb but what is the term for it in front of an infinitive?
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What is a “target language”?

The American Heritage Dictionary gives three definitions of target language:, 1) The language into which a text written in another language is to be translated. 2) A language that a nonnative ...
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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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How is JSON pronounced?

I watched a video on https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-pronounce-JSON and read some sites, but don't understand, what letter is emphasized (accentuated, stressed): jAy sawn or jay sAwn?
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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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Can I use verb 'port' when I rewrite software code

I have source code of some software library. It's implemented using "Programming language A". I must implement the same code using "Language B". After I've read "What does it mean 'to port over'", I ...
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reference, speech and event time

(1) I tried snails three years ago. (2) I've tried snails. These two sentences are used in one text to make the difference between reference time, speech time and event time clear. In the text is ...
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What is the term used for adding an 's onto a name?

I realise the title doesn't make much sense, it's a hard one to ask, so I will describe the situation... The other day my ex's mother was sending me texts and said "it's always Dannies world". Of ...
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A word for 'independent episode'?

When we have a series of episodes where every one episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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Help to understand this paragraph

Everything has broken right for England at this World Cup. It sauntered through a top-heavy group with Belgium, conveniently dropping its final game against the Red Devils in a barely-contested 1-0 ...
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What is mean digest in computer terminology? [closed]

I have some sentence on this webpage, it sounds like: Its fields contain digested information about the names that are imported by the module and its concrete methods use this digest to link, ...
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Two repeated uses of 'under' in one sentence? Would it bother you?

Is the following sentence perfectly normal/OK? A system was developed to integrate the internet and cell phones under the SuperSpeed framework by generalizing XCP-IP under the X-Transmission ...
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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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Is “precipitating cause” a pleonasm?

While writing a medical article, in sources I used I encountered the phrase precipitating cause several times. One of the definitions of to precipitate is: to make something serious happen ...
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Possessive pronouns as a general term

Can the term 'possessive pronouns' be used as a general term for both possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives? At the university I was taught that there are two kinds of possessive pronouns: ...
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What's the meaning of “default-proof” in a financial context?

For decades, general obligation bonds have been marketed as virtually default-proof, and a major restructuring of them now by Puerto Rico would raise unwelcome questions about the credibility of the ...
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Difference between “outlier” and “offset”

When talking about deviated points (values) from a line formed by points (values) changing in a consistent way in a graph, which word better describe them: outliers or offsets? What is the difference ...
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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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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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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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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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Is this called “a checkpoint” in English? Picture included!

Could someone tell me what this is exactly called in English? I tried going with a "checkpoint" but I couldn't find further information and I need it for work urgently.
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What do “Glad our discussions are resonating with you” mean?

I was texting with a friend after talking with her about some topics and then she answered with: Glad our discussions are resonating with you. What does it mean? First I thought it means that I ...
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What is the name of the person whose role is to be the first contact for complaints?

What is the general name of first contact person who is initially approached/contacted for any complain? If for example, I am part of an industry and I work in chemical engineering department and I ...
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Verbs to use when a place offers a view of another place

Except for the plain "to offer a view", I came across other terms to express the same meaning, but I'd like to know if there is any difference between them. For example, I found the verbs to overlook,...
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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 the meaning of “in literal terms”

https://www.guru99.com/java-strings.html A string in literal terms is a series of characters. What is the meaning of "in literal terms"? What can be used instead of that phrase. Please answer with ...
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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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Sign language action name verb

What is the proper way to speak about the action of carrying out sign language without being repetitive? to speak sign language (seems to imply using voice and mouth) to sign sign language (is ...
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“units of measure” vs “units of measurement”

I sense that there is a subtle difference between units of measure and units of measurement. I'm writing an English application manual and now arrived at a chapter about units by which users can ...
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What does 'legislate a priori' mean?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" 26:33: It's a kind of practical reason that we share as human beings. It's not idiosyncratic. The reason we need to ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of “partial” in “Partial Data Report” as required by ASME

I've been translating a document and came across the phrase "partial data report". It is almost certainly used there in the sense implied by ASME. I asked on a translators' forum and one guy came up ...
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Dissertation court or seminar?

In my native language we say "dissertation court". Can we say dissertation court in English? or we can just say dissertation seminar?
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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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Is there a name for filled square?

When talking about circles, a "circle" refers merely to a line in the shape of a circle, whereas "disk" (or "disc") refers to a "filled circle". Is there a similar distinction for squares or ...
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What's the difference between “to plug in”, “to connect” and “to link”? [closed]

What's the difference between "to plug in", "to connect" and "to link"? For example, what should I use when speaking about connection between program modules? And about network? etc.
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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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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.") ...
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Meaning of “blue blood”

In a series I heard the statement below. It praises a person as an attractive spouse to be picked by an upcoming politician. However, the speaker compares said person as contrasted by a blue collar ...
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“Channel” Effect?

I have a question about the usage of the noun "channel" in this scholarly article: A European economic crisis could affect the U.S. economy through several channels.... The financial sector is ...
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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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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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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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What do you call someone who fuses multiple objects together?

What do you call someone who fuses multiple objects together? Is "fusioner" the right adjective of the noun "fusion"? I cannot find it in the dictionaries. EDIT: I am developing a machine learning ...
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the meaning of 'pan away'

In the movie titled 'Inside Out', one character (the manager of dream film) says, 'pan away' to change the direction of the camera. I googled the phrase 'pan away' but didn't get any useful result. ...
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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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Is 'vertex' the correct term for peak (and valley) point on a curve?

This is about mathematical terminology in English. A simple curving line can have a top peak and a bottom valley. What is the correct term to use for the top/bottom point? In my native tongue, we ...

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