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Usage of “coerce” and correct preposition (in programming context)

I have a function that takes a numerical value V and a tolerance value T and does the following: if (-T < V < T) set V to 0, else do nothing. So it turns values near zero into zero. ...
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Is it correct to use an expression “we denote something by x”?

Consider the following two sentences. (1) We denote the set of natural numbers by N. (2) N denotes the set of natural numbers. Both expressions are very common in math papers. According to ...
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When to omit the preposition in “depend on”

I thought you always had to use "on" after "depend" to mention the complement, as in: Choosing the right bike depends on what you want to use it for. (example taken from a dictionary) However, I'...
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Is “be” verb unnecessary?

Is the below sentence correct? I feel be (is) verb is missing. Why this moralising conclusion?
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Can I use “chance” as a future-tense verb?

I will never chance to meet him in my life Is this sentence correct English, if it's intended to mean: I will never get a chance to meet this person in my life. Update: Since ambiguities arose, ...
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Could the Past Perfect Tense and the Present Perfect Tense be used together?

As far as I know, Past Perfect comes along with Past Simple, but can it be used together with Present Perfect? I've read the following sentence in a book, so I assume it's an example of a narrative ...
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Usage of “had had to” + infinitive

People had had to try for thousands of years before they knew how to put together days, weeks, months and years. I'd like to know if the usage of "had had to try" in the sentence is correct. I think ...
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To be helped or what

I've just wanted to make a sentence then my sentence is like that I am an athletic person, which means probably I won't need crutches TO BE HELPED for walking in the future. I feel like this ...
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the use of “ link with ”and “ link to ”

Thailand is linked with/to Peninsular Malaysia on the main land of Asia. What is the correct usage of "link" in the sentence, linked with or linked to?
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The use of the verb “comprise”

Singapore comprises one main island and several offshore islands. Singapore is comprised of one main island and several offshore islands. Are these two sentences grammatically correct and which ...
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The use of the verb “transmit”

Insects that feed on blood have the potential to transmit diseases between humans and between animals and humans. I'd like to know whether the verb "transmit" is correctly used in the sentence.
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“So I [had/have/would have] something to give”

If i bought that book, it would be so i had something to give to you on your birthday. If i bought that book, it would be so i have something to give to you on your birthday If i bought ...
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The usage of “have been” before gerund

There is the following sentence I thought we could sit under a tree and rest but I found that we ........ by many people around. are watched have been watching were watching were being watching ...
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Is the following usage of “I got” correct?

I'd expected to see some live or embalmed animals. Instead, I got plastic chairs, square tables, and a whiteboard. "I got" in this case means "I saw" or "this classroom had". Is this usage of "I ...
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What's the difference between “I have to get to” and “I have to go to”?

I know when to use them however I can't really explain why. Will you help me?
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Which preposition? — “I'm going to hand in my work [ at / to / with ] my tutor.”

I recently bumped into the verb handing in. When I wanted to use it in a sentence I couldn't tell whether I had to use it with at/to/with or anything else. I'm going to hand my work in [ at / to / ...
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Is the use of “flashing about” correct in this sentence?

Is the use of “flashing about” correct in this sentence? He hanged the animal’s heads on the walls, flashing about the heads to his hunter friends in the luxurious parties he held.
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Can scars be “shown” or “taken”?

Do we normally use "show" and "take" for scars? He pressed his lips with irritation, which showed the dark scar on the corner of his mouth he had taken while shaving, more strongly.
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Can “'ve” be used as a contraction of “have” when “have” is acting as a verb and not as an auxiliary?

Examples: I have a pen. I've a pen. He has something. He's something.
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Usage of 'Recommend'

There is the following entry in the Oxford Learners Dictionaries recommend somebody to do something We'd recommend you to book your flight early Is it correct usage of recommend with ...
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What to say when a child successfully throws a ball into a basket

Imagine the situation that I am playing with my child and he is trying to throw a ball into a basket. When he misses I can just say "You missed :(" What can I say when he succeeds? (to let him ...
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“This (should present/show/other) the (best/other) contrast of all”

While posting an answer on UX.stack (then moved to Graphic Design) I found out I wasn't sure about how to express this: The Go button size should be bigger and present the best contrast of all ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'I've got Maths twice a week'?

According to Michael Swan and Catherine Walter in their Oxford English Grammar Course (2011) 'Got-forms are not generally used to talk about habits and repeated actions'. But I can't get rid of the ...
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Using the verb 'Supply' in a sentence

Do the following sentences in each pair mean the same? These foods supply the body with necessary vitamins and minerals. These foods supply necessary vitamins and minerals to the body. ...
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Which sentence is used to convey this concept in AmE?

Son: Hey daddy, I need 10,000 dollar by tomorrow! Father: (He begins to think about the fact that this is a big money and I don't have such amount of money 'at least for now'! He says:) But from ...
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A comparison between some structures of the verbs 'Supply' and the verb 'provide'

For me both the verbs "Supply" and "provide" work in all of the sentences bellow properly, but I doubt if AE native speakers use all of them to convey the same meaning in daily conversations. Though, ...
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Condemn or sentence someone

I don't know the difference between the words 'condemn somebody' and 'sentence someone' in court terminology ane making this question I am going to discover their right place of usage. Which word ...
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“Catalyze <something>” versus “expedite <something>”

As far as I'm concerned, when you cause something to be done more quickly, you are expediting it; but I remember at the time of the high school's chemistry course I got familiar with another word, "...
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make wastage or do wastage

Which one of the following is correct? He is making wastage of time. He is making a wastage of time. He is doing a wastage of time. He is doing wastage of time. I just wanted to know whether "do" is ...
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Please help me with the verbs 'dodging', 'evading' and 'ducking'?

In the following images I have tried to show you which verb I am trying to find; I need to know what are the persons marked with "B" doing in the images bellow: A) They are evading. B) They ...
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“Clap” and “applaud” for someone

Which sentence is usable in English when you are going to clap your hands in order to show your approval for instance when you enjoy the performance of a football player: The coach clapped for ...
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Nuance between 'swarming somewhere' and 'rushing into somewhere'

A large group of the protesters ...... the national parliament's building. a) swarmed b) rushed into c) flocked to I think 'c' has somehow implies an interest and a movement out of ...
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“Doing” or “finishing” one's military service

Which one of the following verbs sound normal to you: Have you done your military service? Have you finished your military service? For me both sound idiomatic and natural.
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Difference between 'find out', 'discover', 'realize' and etc

For me all the verbs bellow mean the same thing. My dictionaries, confirm this fact. But I guess something is wrong with this belief of mine and their usages are different. I would be thankful if you ...
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I am being hungry

We are being robbed. Being means right now happening. Can I say "I am being hungry"?
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'Putting on / Wearing' and 'Taking off' a hat / cap… - Tie &… - Glasses - Jewels and so on

To me, one can ("put on" or "wear") and "take off"all the mentioned items in the subject of this thread; I have made some examples. Please consider them and let me know if my sentences sound incorrect ...
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The equivalent verbs which are used when clothes are on your body [closed]

Do the sentences in each group bellow mean the same and can one swap them with each other? 1) What are you wearing now? What are you dressed in now? What do you have on now? 2) ...
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Common formal / informal verbs used for changing clothes

Regarding the following sentences, I think both mean exactly the same and the only point that hey differ is their formality level, where the sentences #1 sounds more casual and usable only in informal ...
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Undressing someone and other equivalent verbs for that

For me, both the sentences bellow sound quite correct and natural: Undress the baby. Take the baby's clothes off. But from among the following pair, first one doesn't sounds incorrect and ...
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Verbs that are used when you want to dress somebody else

In both of the groups below: Group 1) Could you dress the children? Could you put on the children? Group 2) I bathed her and dressed her in her new clothes. I bathed ...
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Figurative meaning of 'to resonate'

Are these sentences correct? This book really resonates with me. I really resonate with this book. Also, are there any differences in meaning?