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How can I say that an idea goes into another, more global concept?

After listing some points in my essay I need to say that all they go into a definite concept. What words can I use here? Here is my complete sentence: Goals, challenges, self-discovery, ...
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different between “be”, “there is”, “there exist”, “exist”

Meaning of "be", "there is", "there exist", "exist" These words are very similar. I don't know how to use them.
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Can I use a sentence with indirect speech in an essay? Example below↓

Would it be proper for written AmE? After making some points in my essay I need to state that what I've just said probably engenders a question. This (probably) brings up/arises/elicits a question, ...
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How can I say that something happens not for the first time?

Would these examples be proper for written American English? It happened not for the fist time that he decided not to attend classes. or It was not a single occasion/time when she decided not ...
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Are those alternatives exactly equal to what they replace: “very + adjective”?

Thanks to this cool webpage, I got the following rich adjective vocabulary list: Furious —> Very angry Gorgeous —> Very beautiful Massive —> Very big Dull —> Very boring ...
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What does “would be caught dead” mean?

I faced this sentence actually: One would be caught dead without one of these. What does "would be caught dead" mean?
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To: infinitive marker or a preposition?

I am not sure when to is a preposition, in these two sentences below to works on the same way for me, however, avoid is not in gerund. Use good judgment to avoid.. It was critical to achieving ...
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Will this change the meaning of the sentence?

In this sentence: You can send e-mails to targeted photo buyers and include a link to your website. If I change the word 'targeted' to 'target', will this make any changes to the meaning of the ...
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Travelling from / Travelling in from?

Can you please advise me which question would a native speaker immigration officer would ask in an airport Where are you traveling from? or Where are you traveling in from? Where are you ...
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Can you say “I savaged myself” or “She savaged herself” for something or someone?

Can you say “I savaged myself” or “He/She savaged himself/herself” for something or someone? For instance, someone was trying to prepare themselves for a contest or a competition, fiercely changing ...
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Bluer or more blue in “its more blue offerings can get steamier”?

As I know, a monosyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with -er, while polysyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with word more. The problem is that I found an article that uses word ...
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4 Confusing Expressions from “The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane” [closed]

I am reading a novel named 'The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane', but I can not understand some english. Can you help? The rabbit stayed lost with Lucy and Bull for a long time. "Got ...
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“Leave on” vs “leave”

Can there be a missing on when I say somebody leaves on some date? For example, is it okay if I say: We'll have to leave September 1st, because we have to be back in school on the 2nd. instead of:...
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The meaning of 'rutting' in Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Chapter XI begins as follows: STANLEY: Drew to an inside straight and made it, by God. PABLO: Maldita sea tu suerte! STANLEY: Put it in English, greaseball. PABLO: I am cursing your rutting luck....
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What's the difference of act, perform, conduct and operate?

I'm not a native speaker, I just an Asian who feels interested in English. I puzzled about them how to use them right. Act, perform, conduct, operate have meanings approximate about to behave in the ...
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What does the word “as” mean as in the following sentence? “ shall be made as will… ”

What does the word as mean in the following sentence? Such preparations shall be made as will completely obscure all Federal buildings and non-Federal buildings occupied by the Federal government ...
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Searching for adv modify

Could you please help me find (or give me) the site that explains amount of adv modify please? I found just some of them doesn’t enough hard /difficult (for ex; early,pretty,gradually and really etc.) ...
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Does “turn in” in this context mean “return” or “give back”?

Deliberately procrastinating is another characteristic passive-aggressive behavior. When confronted with tasks that they do not want to do or appointments they do not wish to keep, the passive-...
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evocative vs evocable

According to dictionary: evocable - capable of being evoked ­ evocative - tending or serving to evoke ­ To me, their meaning is so similar that I can't see a real difference. For ...
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Is “all” used as an adverb to modify the following adjective?

...But, as all cat lovers know, sometimes our otherwise friendly felines will bite us when we're trying to pet them, which makes no sense at all. Why get all bitey with the human who loves them, ...
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What is the difference between

What is the difference between - respected - respectable - respectful my school book tells the difference but i can't understand it from the book because it is embarrassing.
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Which expressions, verbs, vocabulary… Should I use in the writing for the B2?

I'm going to take an exam of the B2, and I wanted to know, what is the vocabulary, the expressions... Etc... That they want? Because all I can find in every website is "complex expressions... ...
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Why “coming up”? Why not simply “coming”?

I'd like to know the difference between the usage of coming up and coming. For example, the Pink's song says: "I'm coming up so you better get this party started". If someone removes the "up", would ...
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A phrase to say to show your respect to someone/something when they died/broken

I'm looking for phrases/ways of saying to show your respect when someone died or something broken, specifically when they did a great job. It could be used for inanimate object, for example a man can ...
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How do I correct the following sentence, “When I was speeding out of control I couldn't brake” (ice skating)?

I was told that I shouldn't use the verb brake when I'm talking about ice skates. However, I'm not sure what an appropriate substitute would be (I can't find a similar verb that conveys an equal ...
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Thereafter and Afterward

I would like to know the difference or if there's any difference between thereafter and afterward and how to use them properly. For example: "For the first month you’ll be working here, and thereafter ...
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I will have the opportunity or I will get the opportunity

I am confused between because according to google translate translation of both of the sentences are same. I will have the opportunity to work with best dancers. and I will get the ...
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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Difference between 'bad in poetry' and 'bad at poetry'?

I am confused between I am very bad in poetry and I am very bad at poetry Can anyone explain which one should I use.
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Can I say “for a vacation” to emphasize “not a business trip” in the sentence below?

This is the original sentence: "I came to Italy last year for a business trip." can I say: "I came to Italy last year for a vacation." ? I want to emphasize "not a business trip".
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In the past and now

is "in the past and now" a commonly used collocation? For example, are titles like these correct: "London in the past and now", "Life in the past and now" etc.
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Does “propose” mean “suggest” or “intend” in the sentence below?

Matt: it hit me, she was the one for me, I decided I should either marry her or stop seeing her. Mike: Wow Matt: Really, and since I've proposed everything has been perfect, I feel like a million ...
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verb + a wounded body part?

I am looking for a verb that can take a wounded body part as its object. It roughly means "give careful attention to" or "treat (a wounded body part) carefully/gently." Two examples I can think of are ...
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were <met><welcomed> by

The context ; The soldier -Private potton- had just come back from Dunkirk.He was among the first two hundred soldiers to arrive home in England. As the soldiers left the boat that had brought them ...
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Why is “What” used in this sentence?

"The deposited material was a mixture of old reworked sediment from previous beach face deposits and what fluvial sediment that had accumulated after the last high stand." The sentence is an example ...
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What are the names for physical compounds of letters?

What's the name for a group of letters that create a unified information/message like this? (I'm looking for a general name whether they are on a sign, engraved, or written) letters If I write myself ...
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Thank you email at office [closed]

Could you give me better phrases than this? The situation is that you took 1week leave for vacation and want to say thanks to coworkers. " title: Thank you Thank you so much for your assistance ...
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polish in Reverse Polish Notation or Polish Postfix Notation

Upon reading Reverse Polish notation - Wikipedia Reverse Polish notation (RPN), also known as Polish postfix notation or simply postfix notation, is a mathematical notation in which operators ...
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a stretch/an expanse of sea

Expanse: a large, open area of land, water, or sky (Cambridge) Stretch: a continuous area of land or water (Cambridge) Expanse: a very large area of water, sky, land etc (Longman) ...
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Name of a game / activity where one communicates with gestures

In the 3rd round of the game Celebrities, one has to communicate a celebrity to his partner by acting/gesturing without words. Is there a name of that activity? Is it maybe possible to use play mime ...
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Looking for an easy word that means “the person on behalf of which something is done”

I'm writing a text where I have to reference 3 different entities. The "creator" of a document, which is the person who launched the request in a software system for the document to be created (aka, ...
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Pay attention to + noun

Is it okay to say "I PAY ATTENTION TO the house" in the sense I watch it or look after it? Because I am afraid it is a lexical misuse
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'Arts and crafts'-definition

I'm a bit confused about the definition of 'arts and crafts'. Is it the same as 'handicrafts'? Does it refer to objects made in this way or the technique itself? Could you give me an example ...
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Difference between 'could have to go' and 'could have had to go'?

I am confused between I could have to go I could have had to go I can have to go I can have had to go Can anyone explain meaning of both with better and easy understanding example.
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A word for the pout made when thinking

How would you call the pout that one makes when assessing a situation? Is there a word or phrase to designate this kind of grimace?
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Is there a pejorative word to say “things relating to latin”?

In French, the word "latineries" relates to the latin language in a pejorative way. Is there an English equivalent to this word?
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Difference between 'may have had to stay' and 'may have to stay'?

I am confused between He may have had to stay late tonight. and He may have to stay late tonight.
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recreation time as a synonym for leisure time

Is it natural to use "recreation time" as a synonym for leisure time. Do you have a lot of leisure\recreation time?
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“too high” vs “so high”

My brother in the middle school had a question in his vocab exam. It says: The roof was ..... high that no one can touch it. to so such too He thinks so high is correct, however, I am more into ...
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What is an antonym of 'editorial'?

An editorial means: A newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue. I'd like to know a term that means: A newspaper article written by a news ...