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Is it strange to call food the means to achieve a purpose?

I guess the following is grammatically correct. Patricia is a chef. She is preparing the food for tomorrow's party. The preposition "for" indicates the reason of her preparing, which is the party. ...
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To achieve the goal, he is willing to use anything, even friendship

Suppose a city is building 5G infrastructure, something like base station. There are three manufacturers selling those devices. The mayor of the city has not decided to choose which manufacturer. ...
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I have these sentences but im not sure what its right or wrong in it, so guys can you help me and explain me what is the mistake? thank you [closed]

we got to decide which ones really stand out as special We are both people whose want to try every new eatery I really enjoy my trip. It's became more interesting every year We're exciting about ...
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What is the exact meaning of the word additional?

I would like to ask one question regarding the meaning of the word additional. Does the word additional carry on the connotation of optional? Like for example if I write "additional settings" in a ...
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the opposite of “stressed” when talking about INTONATION

An American tutorial says English is a perfect balance between the long versus short, the high versus low, the stressed versus the effortless ... which uses "effortless" as the opposite of "...
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What difference between scrutiny, research and exploration [closed]

What is the difference between words? Thanks
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Emotion vs Feeling

According to Oxford dictionary, feeling is something you feel through the mind or through the human senses. While emotion is ​a strong feeling such as love, fear or anger; the part of a person’s ...
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Whichever or which?

There is something that has been bothering me: the nuance between "Whichever and Which" For instance: Choose which/ever time that suits you best to talk to me Take which/ever of these ...
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Is there a word for large group of horses? [closed]

Is there a word for large group of horses? I know there's "flock" for birds, but I am wondering if there's a similar word for horses and land mammals.
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What does 'opening storyline' mean in this sentence?

Today I was studying my physics textbook and this sentence shows up "....filling the tank of your car in the opening storyline with gasoline." I can't seem to understand what it means. Google says ...
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meaning: Mr. Just About

Does "Mr. Just About" make sense as a nickname for someone who does not care about precision? I'd appreciate your help.
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Is “public image” a common phrase to refer to something like public “ego”?

As per Cambridge Dictionary, "ego" means your idea or opinion of yourself, especially your feeling of your own importance and ability That's how someone think themselves are. For example, Tom ...
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a term to refer to “take away part of their salary”

In my company, employees should work from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 5 days a week. My company buys employees insurance, provides stock options to employees and pay wage monthly and had never been delayed. ...
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“Unbelief” or “disbelief”

If someone believes in God but rejects His words or orders or speaks some blasphemous words, is it called "unbelief" or "disbelief"?
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Is it common to use “work environment” and “work circumstance” to refer to relationship?

When I say something "My colleagues and I have a harmonious relationship. We are willing to help each other all the time", I am describing my "work environment", "work circumstance" or something else?
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What's the difference between 'restriction on' and 'restriction of'?

I have seen both forms in usage and couldn't work out the rule behind which preposition should be used in which context.
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meaning of “listing page”

As per a post a "listing page" is a page on a website that presents a list of products based on a category or search query. so, this is a listing page, right?
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Is there any difference between the terms 'define' and 'qualify'?

I have looked up their etymologies but cannot come to a nuanced demarcation between the terms. I know both generally imply limiting of a concept; in the case of 'qualify', extending to general ...
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Is “oftimes” a real word?

I have to do an translation of the text. There is a sentence: "In doing so they draw on any, and oftimes all, available sourses". It seems like "oftimes" is an abbreviation for "oftentimes" but I'‎m ...
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Adverb or preposition

Is behind used as a preposition, or as an adverb? I tried using it as a preposition, but I felt there was something wrong and the sentence didnt feel right.
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should we use a dash “-” between words of an adjective when omit a noun?

I know the question may seem too vague and weird, so let's go right to the example for more clarification: Scholars ask the-upper-class countries to help the-lower-class in the breakout of the ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “There are some chips on the wall”?

chip (n) 4 MARK a small hole or mark on a plate, cup etc where a piece has broken off chip in There’s a chip in this bowl. The edge of a wall is very prone to get broken since hard objects ...
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Difference between correspondence and relationship or association

As per longman Dictionary "correspondence" devotes: a relationship or connection between two or more ideas or facts So now I wonder whether we can use it interchangeably instead of association and ...
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What is the difference between “pronounced” and “noticeable”

I have encountered "pronounced" a couple of times, but still wondering what it means exactly. I checked these dictionaries for this word: Longman, Cambridge, and Oxford, but in none of them, they ...
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Is it proper to say “don't let the error messages clobber up the results”?

I think I heard expressions such as "so many error messages... clobbering up the results", meaning we might expect to see some results on a computer terminal (such as in a command prompt), but the ...
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Have someone + ing or Normal verb?

Would mind saying whether one of these sentences are incorrect? It's nice we have someone taking care of him. It's nice we have someone take care of him. If both are correct, what are their ...
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What is the general everyday term to express the interface between the door and the door frame?

Look at the picture Children often accidentally put their hands or fingers in the interface between the door and the door frame, which is dangerous because they might get crushed by chance. What is ...
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What is difference between mild ,modest and moderate? [closed]

As often seen in different stats especially in context of covid-19,some times we see term "mild" and sometime "moderate" One more apparently same term althought not in context of covid specifically, ...
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Can i use the word guys in virtual learning session? Example: Thank you Guys!

Can i use the word "guys" in virtual learning session? Example: Thank you Guys! Because, this is the first time i am speaking with him and it is dificult to call his name and other person also there. ...
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outward or inward sin

An action that is seen is called apparent or visible, right? I was comparing two things and had a halt on what word fits best here. Robbing is an offence that is seen. Keeping malice is also an ...
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ANTONYMS to “fixed”

A dict gives lots of words as antonyms to "fixed" agitated, flexible, indefinite, insecure, loose, movable, moving, soft, undecided, unfixed, unstable, broken, changeable, impermanent, in disrepair,...
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Good strategies to improve vocabulary when at C2 level?

My level of English is at the C2-level (I have passed the Cambridge Proficiency in English exam, CPE and according to https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/cefr/ that equals C2). Even ...
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inside part of fingers

What do we call the inside part of a finger? Like we see in the picture below. Supposing the hand is facing a door. Can we say? The inside part of the fingers and palm are facing the door. Please ...
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“cognitive” meaning in simple words? [closed]

What is the meaning of "cognitive" ?in simple words? Does it means,ability to memorize or ability to learn or any other meaning?
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express the meaning of “emotional high” in a more formal way

A nice answer to the meaning of sensory experience says the happiness resulting from the successful solving of a math problem is not termed a "sensory experience." Rather, it is sometimes called an ...
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Lure + infinitive verb?

Could I use infinitive after lure? For instance: He lures his dog with a treat to keep him away from the backdoor at night. I've heard about "Lure + into + ing" but I'm bot quite sure if this ...
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Intuition vs insight vs instinct vs gut feeling vs sixth sense?

Do all of these mean almost a same feeling? If yes, can we also add"suspicion" to this list,as also having same meaning as those in title If not, please kindly explain in simple words with examples, ...
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Razzing vs teasing

What's the difference between "razzing" and "teasing" stylistically and in terms of the meaning? Urban Dictionary says "razzing" is a simple term for "flirting" but I can't find this definition ...
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Supposed to or Have to for obligations

I can't settle an argument with myself about the difference between "Supposed to" and "Have to". For instance Kids' show are supposed to have simple language Or Kids'show have to have simple ...
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What if + Would

I've heard this statement by ear (I don't have a script to check to, that's why I'm asking) and I would like to know: -What is the meaning of the sentence -Is it correct? What if I would offer ...
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How can I express “Get ready people, now I'll give a little bit of information about the person/thing” succinctly in English?

In my native language, when an additional information needed in support of the subject we talk about, we do it in the following way In the absence of Marty, Alberto will stand in for him. I should ...
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How to speak and write advance level English in 6 months?

I have been learning English language for a long time. But, neither my writing nor speaking isn't on the level I desire it to be. Furthermore, I'm not fully comfortable with English. I want to learn ...
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As If/As though - Which sentence should I use?

I comprehend As Though/if can take the present and past tense. The problem is that sometimes I don't know what are the nuances among those 3. For instance: He looks as if *he knows it" He ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “person-times”?

A post uses "person-times" in this way Assume there are a group of people (let's say 2030 people) need to be checked if they are suffering some kind of disease. A hospital run a test for each of ...
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Is there a phrasal verb that describes going around, engaging in pointless chores just to kill some time because you don't know what to do?

Not "to procrastinate", maybe a verb that emphasizes more on the movement characteristic of the action
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Why is it correct to say “me busy.”?

I was playing Warcraft. I clicked on my peon. He told me: "me busy. leave me alone." Why is it OK to say it that way instead of just "I'm busy."?
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“She picked up the male [puppet], examined the thick wooden handle with the finger grooves.” p.388 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have a short question, finger grooves? Can somebody explain or try to explain what the author meant? Thanks.
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What is the difference between “comprehension”, “perception” and “sensation”?

I searched these words but there is no information comparing these three words at once. I probably should post the question in a psychology forum.
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By how, With how or Through how?

I was thinking about this type of construction that is in blank: Oh my! I am amazed ____ you did this! There is only three options to my head: By how With how Through how What is the difference ...
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other meaning of buying

I know the meaning of buying. Today I was reading the newspaper and I read this sentence But his fund is still buying gingerly because while the market may be cheaper, he said, it still isn’t cheap. ...

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