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Should one use the definite article before “peptide LC 10-28”?

The examination of the mass-spectra showed an absence of the oxidized form of peptide LC 10-28, thus we determined only the contents of oxidized peptides HC 150-156 and HC 118-140. I'm not sure about ...
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Is there a specific poetry technique to refer to font types?

Source What I mean is a part of the poetry that is in block letters or in italics or in bold to emphasise something. Is there a particular terminology that I can refer this as? An example: ...
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The names of magic items/devices in the folklore/fairy tales of the English-speaking countries

In folk stories and fairy tales of every nation, there appear certain magic items or devices that, being obedient to a hero's will, always help him and the goodness triumph. In the Russian folklore, ...
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Term used to describe someone who explicitly follows directions when they know that doing so will result in a negative effect

I know I've seen this word somewhere before. It's when a subordinate follows instructions exactly as given when the subordinate knows that the instructions will result in a negative effect (damage to ...
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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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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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Does this noun phrase (a variable name) take a singular or plural verb?

I'm writing a codebook that defines variables in a data set. Should the verb of the following sentence be singular or plural (refer/refers)? (Note that the italics appear in original; they are, ...
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Meaning of “root project”

When I read this Stack Overflow answer, the following phrase was quoted from the documentation: in the root project 's build.gradle: I do not know meaning of that, and I could not find the meaning....
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Phrase describing a person's visit to receive food from a food distribution service

In an institute that has food distribution service and medical service: When a person goes to a clinic, we save his details in what we call a "Person's Visit". But the person also comes once a ...
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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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Difference between “noise cancellation” and “noise reduction”

Am I right to think that the expression "noise cancellation" is used for sound noise and "noise reduction" for image noise?
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What's the white thing which corrects text called in English?

What's the thing which correct text by white fluid applying called in English? The dictionary in my native language says it's called: correcting fluid, or white-out, but in fact my classmates call it ...
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Term to say “how much space a specific market has for new sellers”

For example, let's say there is a lot of people demanding furniture but very few sellers, how is the term to say "there's space" / good oportunities due to high demand + little demand satisfaction.
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Which is the subject (and what's the other thing called)

If I say: My sister can drive the car today Which is the subject: sister or car? Also, what do you call the one which is not the subject?
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Touchdowns On The Season

I have a question about the usage of the preposition "on" here: His six touchdowns on the season lead the team and Smith's 446 yards receiving are second most on the Ravens. I cannot find a ...
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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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Name for the state of being 5, 10, 57 etc years old

I wanted to know if there is a noun stating the following: "state of being 10, 27, etc years old." For example, consider the sentences "He is 10 years old and because of that, he is happy." I want to ...
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Is the term 'Logically Erroneous' correct?

If I say 'This computer program (suppose C/C++ program) is logically erroneous', would it be correct?
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sanctify or speak of sanctity… of God

While reading a text the following question occurred to me: Do we sanctify God? Or do we speak of sanctity of God? Actually I was reading a text in which I found the following: ...while praising ...
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What is an ECT team?

It's a quote from the drama Manifest -They've got an ECT team on site. They're canvassing the neighborhood. -They'll focus on the family first. Monitor the situation and report back. There ...
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What does “Social currency” mean here?

https://youtu.be/ZwJPES-akPw?t=77 "I want to have big muscles. I understand that having big muscles will be good social currency for me, and women might find it attractive." This is what some ...
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When should you change 'Facility Manager' to 'Facilities Manager' or should it stay 'Facility Manager'?

In a document I am correcting the manager of the building is referred to as the Facilities Manager. Should it be Facility Manager if they are only the manager of one building? And when would, if ever, ...
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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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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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Need the right term about a roll of toilet paper

Help is needed for obtaining the right term in the following description (in quote):- A roll of toilet paper is in the form of continued sheets. These sheets are connected (or separated) by “pre-cut/...
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Wording for three different behaviors for a count-down timer hitting the maximum range

Imagine you have a timer that is set to a certain number of hours and minutes to elapse before going off. Now, if there's a button above the hour window and minute window and you click it, the value ...
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What is the difference between faith and superstition?

What is the difference between faith and superstition? When should I consider faith as superstition? From google define Faith - complete trust or confidence in someone or something. ...
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what do they mean when they say so?

DevOps aligns with iterative and agile project development models. I am trying to understand what are they really saying. iterative is repeating but still I am not able to catch the real meaning in ...
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What are these lines depicting movement in a cartoon called?

Is there a name for these curved lines that represent head motion?
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Is “preferred” used correctly in this sentence?

If yes, does it mean "very much liked by people"? "I'd like to sell 3,000 GDRs of Samsung Electronics preferred."
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What is this type of sentence called?

How are you feeling today? Bad The second sentence, does it have a name, is it a one-word response?
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What words would you use when referring to unfair hiring practices?

Something that happens mostly in government jobs. For example, I’m Mr. X, an important director of an organization or a minister, and I tell human resources to hire Mrs. Y—regardless of her actual ...
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General term for all types of means to aid the disabled independent of the kind of disability

I'm looking for a general term describing all kinds of equipment and other means of improving the life quality of a physically and/or mentally challenged individual. Let's say that a crude'ish ...
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“on the Dean's list” or “on Dean's list”?

When I want to say on my resume that I was mentioned on that list, should I say Was mentioned on the Dean's list several times. or Was mentioned on Dean's list several times. ? I think that ...
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Hiking vs climb a mountain

I was suggested using the term "hiking" instead of "go climb a mountain" when trying to describe a tour in which we go to a mountain and climb up for exercises. As I understand, hiking is the ...
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Is this regarded as an elliptical sentence? It strikes me as weird

My English teacher said this is not a complete sentence: I like white and yellow colours, so are my clothes. She completed my sentence with a few more words in red colour: I like white and ...
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I would like to understand the term 'understood' as it is used in grammar

When I was an elementary school student in Montréal, we were taught that some words or phrases did not need to be spoken or written because they were 'understood'. Another OP on site asked a question ...
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Is this a proper usage of passive voice in citing an academic paper?

I have come across the following sentence in a paper that I'm reading: More information on those functions can be found by Li et al. (2013). I'm fairly new to the world of academic papers, but ...
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Can I use “philosophy” as an adjective to indicate it's not “philosiphical”?

Dictionaries I've gone through don't seem to allow to use the names of sciences as adjectives. Even though, is it standard to use for ex. "philosophy terminology" instead of "philosophical terminology"...
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What do we call for the people who made a difference

I am looking for the exact term for the man who made a difference. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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What is the name for different variation of a word?

What it would be called if we have words like "history", "histories", "historic", etc? I mean, for example we have words that are synonyms, homonyms, etc, but how about words that can be stemmed to a ...
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Different art types

Performing arts are forms of art that consist mainly of actions, such as choreographed movements, vocal expressions etc. So, basically, dancing, singing and theater. There are other types of art &...
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What does “via time stamping between sensors” mean?

I want to know how to understand the part "via time stamping between sensors" in the following sentence: The ZR300 supports Google Project Tango spec for feature tracking and synchronization via ...
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I need some more specific word to mention 'community'

Community [countable + singular or plural verb] a group of people who share the same religion, race, job, etc. - Oxford a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. - MW ...
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Term for the request for reimbursement from an employer

We have this system where we buy what we see fit and later fill out a form requesting that our employer pay back the expenses. I'm pretty sure there's a special term for it in English. I'd also like ...
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Taught Modules meaning

I have a question about the term taught modules.What does it mean?I have found it in an academic site of university and especially school of physics and astronomy. Can we say module tutor assistant ...
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What is the term for a text box where users can type anything they want

What is the term for a text box on a webpage/form/etc. like a comment box where a user can type anything they want? The term I'm thinking of doesn't sound right. I want to call this a free form text ...
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Word for ring pressed/sewn in cloth to strengthen hole?

Cloth and leather (clothing, sails, trampolines, shoes, boots) often have holes through which to thread lacing or rope. In many cases these holes are reinforced with a metal or plastic ring to prevent ...
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Term for “county and municipality”, administrative units dividing a country

Instead of brother or sister, we can say sibling. Instead of password and username, we can say credentials. A compressed form with a stricter style provides a formal sensation. I'd like to achieve ...
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Definitions of “direction”

While I was in school we were explained (I think it was a physics class) that: "direction" is just a line (infinite) between two points, going either way; "sense" is the definite way of traveling, ...

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