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One word synonym for “this element is going to be deleted”

I have a form. This form has an element. So element can have states: normal, ready to be deleted (prepared for deletion), deleted. I'm trying to find good one-word synonym for this intermediate ...
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Will it return 1 if I delete one row? — “[Returns] the number of rows affected … To remove all rows and get a count pass ”1“ …”

From the SQLiteDatabase documentation: public int delete(String table, String whereClause, String[] whereArgs) @return the number of rows affected if a whereClause is passed in, 0 ...
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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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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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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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How to pronounce fractional units of measurement?

From what I know, a preposition "per" is commonly used for the units of measurement containing fractions. For example, kilogram/liter [kg/L] can be safely pronounced as "kilogram per liter"; but can ...
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Quantum vs number

Let us suppose one has a sentence : I want to find number of digits in the number. Do one allowed to change first occurrence of the word number to the word quantum? So that the new sentence would be : ...
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Meaning of “canonically restricted” in “Conjugation is canonically restricted to bacterial cells as the donor and recipient”

From "Horizontal gene transfer: building the web of life" by Soucy et al., 2015: The three most recognized mechanisms of HGT in prokaryotes are conjugation, transformation and 1 transduction (FIG. ...
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Syndrome or disease?

Of late, I was reading about AIDS which is the abbreviation of "acquired immune deficiency syndrome". This got me into thinking that AIDS isn't a disease (a disease in itself). It is a set of specific ...
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Is there a word “Pisser” in English gambling?

I have happened to see a Japanese anime, which is about a natural born gambler, (with English subtitles) And they (The honcho group and other "workers") are gambling dices. From 22:51 ~ The honcho ...
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Term's name that has an opposite meaning if translated literally

In my language, there's a term "dikuliti". The meaning is "to peel the skin off". But that term is actually a passive verb of "kulit" (means skin). So the literal meaning of "dikuliti" is actually "...
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How to pronounce A'B'C'?

Triangles ABC and A'B'C' are similar. Given: m' > m. How to pronounce ' (штрих in Russian)?
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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 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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Meaning and origin of “country” in Oil Country Tubular Goods

Oil Country Tubular Goods: Pipe and tube products used in petroleum industry, such as drill pipe, pipe casings, oil pipes. Why "Country"? What does it mean here? How did it originate? I would ...
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What is the meaning of 'collapsing the piece with the punch/drift' (and the rest of the sentences)?

I want to know the translation of this sentence I have seen this article on the web. But I can translate this sentence into our language. (Korean) What is the exact meaning of the sentence below. ...
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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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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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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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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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Use of the word 'desire' [closed]

I want to know about the word desire used in religious texts. Does the word 'desire' alone represents 'sexual desire'? Supposing, if we say: Those who refrain from desire, God is pleased with them. ...
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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 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 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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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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Best acronym/abbreviation for the word “template”

What would be the proper way to shorten the word "template" down to maximum of 3 symbols for use in busy diagrams and schemes in (bio)chemical context? From here and there I only found TPL and TML ...
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“overapproximate to”?

Recently I learned that in English you say things like The latter was calculated by approximating the surface area to that of a spheroid. The only thing approximating to a real dessert was baklava, a ...
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Concrete nouns cannot be modified by abstract ones [closed]

Concrete nouns cannot be modified by abstract ones. I cannot understand this sentence. It does not mean that I cannot understand the meaning of this sentence, rather I cannot understand what it ...
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What is the term for “a” or “An” in sentence structure

In the English language, there seems to be a term for any word that shows up in a sentence; be it a noun, verb, adjective, etc. What's the correct term for "a" or "an" in a sentence? This is actually ...
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What is called the thing that other things are dependent on?

I wrote: Moreover, we don't use the children tag for the dependents. Instead, we directly add them to the node they are dependent on as child nodes. I know dependent means something like X that ...
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What do we call letters/images in printouts with less ink?

I'm looking for a term to describe the letters (or for that matter anything) that are not dark though readable. Somewhat faded. As I just typed, I know 'faded letters' could be an option but is there ...
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“a null pointer” VS “the null pointer”

In programming the null pointer is a pointer that is equal to 0. I.e. it is a pointer with a concrete value equal to zero. It is the only one of course. So I suppose we should always say: the null ...
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Is there a term for “Visual Nutrition” in English?

In Arabic, we have a terminology "التغذية البصرية" which literally means "Visual Nutrition". It means basically to develop an artistic eyes by looking into other people's photographs (or art in ...
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what is the difference between frank and overt?

What is the difference between frank cancer and overt cancer? Is there any difference when I want to describe a cancer is obvious and can be diagnosed by a doctor? Original sentences in the article ...
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Omission of the preposition “of” in chemical procedure desciptions: “transfer 1.5 g bovine milk powder”.. etc

From a procedures section in a document: Transfer 1.5 g bovine milk powder into a 200 ml volumetric beaker. Is it common practice to omit of in construction of the kind 1.5 g (of) bovine milk ...
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How to translate the mathematical term “dictionnaire des suivants et des précédents” in English?

There is a lack of references for graph theory translation from French to English, yet if you have some, let me know, I would appreciate it. I always have some difficulties to translate these ...
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What does the term “Job-Embedded” mean?

I have seen the term "Job-Embedded" in proffessional development papers, but I didnt find any well description of its meaning, what does it mean?
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Computers: what is the difference between load and loading?

Please, tell me if a noun load and a noun loading are interchangeable? Can I say "fast document load" or "slow image loading"? Are these two words synonyms?
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retail flotation

When it comes to using the environment to sell, the Body Shop is a pioneer. The Body Shop shot to fame in the 1980s. It stood for environmental awareness and an ethical approach to business. But its ...
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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 used for Royal title change

Presumably Queen Elizabeth 1st has only been called that title since our present Queen came to the throne, taking the title Queen Elizabeth 2nd (presumably in her lifetime Queen Elizabeth 1st would ...
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What do we formally call “Dear XXX” and “Best regards,” parts of an email?

I wonder if there are terminologies for different parts of an email. Say an email goes like this: title: Help needed Dear Mr. XXX, I have trouble. Could you help me? Thank you! Best ...
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What does “on non-bad debt and open balance accounts” mean here?

This sentence is from a policy of an organization I found on a leaflet. Can anybody please explain or paraphrase it for me? "on...debt" and "open balance accounts" are confusing me. "If the patient ...
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“High-pitched”: one word or two words?

I have always considered such words as "high-pitched", "four-legged", "oft-stated", "first-time", "self-esteem" (struggling to come up with more common examples) single words. For example, I would ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of “The Present tense would be syntactically best described as non-past”?

I'm reading "Meaning and the English Verb" by Geoffrey Leech and in the paragraph §113 on page 71 he states the following: §113: First, the ways of referring to the future dealt with in this ...
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Technical English for HTTP

This is a simple question but regarding a little bit more "Technical" english. It has been years since I have worked with HTTP (web) so I have forgotten. In a client-server system you can "Post" and ...
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Progressive tense, progressive aspect, continuing aspect or continuous tense?

I have heard four different names: Progressive tense Progressive aspect Continuing aspect Continuous tense Which is the grammatically correct name approved by most grammar books and dictionaries?...

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