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Usage of weasel words in semi technical articles

I have written an article that aims to educate people in certain technical field. It is not a technical paper but a guide to help people understand complicated concepts in easy words using simple ...
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How to say “something can replace something else” in a more precise way

I want to say that, for example, by eating apples, you could also eat bananas, but you do not have to eat bananas. Probably I can say: "eating apples can replace eating bananas", but I think there ...
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What is the difference between scissors and shears?

I never saw this word "shears", but I found it on the internet and I went to search the meaning of that. Well, if scissors and shears have the same meaning. Let me know how to use each one.
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except and only

I found the following example in the Longman Dictionary: except 2 used to give the reason why something was not done or did not happen except (that) Liz would have run, except that she didn’t ...
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How do we say add through CGI video edit?

How do we say add through CGI video edit? I am sure there's a proper way to say this, but I have no idea how to say it in an idiomatic way. Someone need to make a video and add in a CGI hat of ...
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Which is correct, number or amount, in the following two sentences?

I have encountered the following two sentences. In the first sentence, the writer use the word ‘number’ and the word ‘amount’ in the second one. Can I ask if both are correct? or which expression is ...
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Two “distanted” cities?

The two distanted cities are included in our comparison. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? I want an adjective to fill the blank to imply that ...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions?

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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Can square mean a reounded number?

Can square mean a rounded number as in "Can you knock 50 dollars off the price and make it a thousand dollars square"? The seller is asking 1050 dollar for the merchandize and the buyer is trying to ...
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an office for dealing with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail

Is there a word for an office that deals with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail in a company or other organization? I'd appreciate your help.
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to prompt/introduce a bill

What is the difference between "prompt" and "introduce" when the object is "bill," i.e., a piece of legislation? John prompted/introduced the bill in 2018. I'd appreciate your help.
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Can the word recipient be used to refer to objects?

The reason why I'm asking this question is because all the main online dictionaries provide the same meaning for this word, that is: a person who receives something. They don't mention objects used to ...
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How to use “Spend”?

In this morning, I have a task about rewrite sentences into ones having the same meaning. There is a sentence which makes me and my classmates really confused. This is the sentence: It takes my ...
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What is the meaning of “indicate otherwise?”

"First, the Handlins cannot adequately demonstrate that the White servant's position was improving during and after the 1660's; several acts of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures indicate ...
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How natural for Native English Speakers these phrases and how to recognize it in advance?

I'm using Mark Skipper Advanced book and there are some phrases which in my opinion are strange. Do you use the following phrases in your speech (books, films, etc.) today? Are they common/relevant? ...
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How formal is “Recipe for a disaster”

I heard the following phrase in a podcast: Credit cards are a bit of recipe for a disaster. I want to know if this phrase "recipe for a disaster" is formal enough to use it in a formal writing? Or ...
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business English [closed]

I wasted around three years studying general English courses without any progress in my writing in my formal mail. I have to send 10 emails per day so I spend a long time searching for similar mail ...
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What is the name of the person whose role is to be the first contact for complaints?

What is the general name of first contact person who is initially approached/contacted for any complain? If for example, I am part of an industry and I work in chemical engineering department and I ...
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How can I effectively express the idea of “spraying water around a certain area”?

Everything I tried didn't return enough results on Google that allows me to say it's widely used in English. I tried: Spray the (area, space, place) with water. Sprinkle the (area, space, ...
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70 million rials in usurious money

In my country, usury is practiced by some people. For example, you borrow 70 million rials in usurious money from someone but you have to give him back 71 million rials after a week. Does the ...
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Me too vs You too

I've read the relevant forum topics and I know that we can't say "me too" as an answer to "Nice to meet you!" but can we say "me too" as an answer to "Glad to meet you!"? This is especially confusing ...
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Word meaning - “across”

Sometimes I get across the word "across". And I know it means "from one side to the other". But, could you guys explain me the meaning of it, in these examples? Because they don't seem to follow this ...
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Word-usage - May, might and Could (For if clauses and Non-if clauses)

I've been searching about this for a long time, but the answer is not clear. Is there a difference between May, might and could? And, even further - Is there a difference when they are in a ...
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Narrow streets behind houses

Many American residential streets have parallel narrow roads where people place their garbage cans and sometimes garages. What are these called?
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Comparative of Equality meaning the same as Comparative of Majority

In my mother language (Portuguese) , these sentences: The house looks twice as big as it did in the street. I'll go as quickly as I can They mean, when they are translated, this: The ...
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I have some reservations about reservations

The Indian constitution provided reservations to some weaker sections in the society. Once I used the sentence on Linked In and an English scholar said that the use of reservations in the ...
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Differences between Going to and Will in Informal and Formal English

In formal English (or written English), I'm super sure that the Be going to and Will rules are "respected". (Correct me if I'm wrong) For example, probably in formal English, they probably use "Going ...
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Each or plural noun?

Well, I am confused about the directions I should give to the test section with the following characteristics: There are ten situations that can be represented by proverbs on the question-sheet. The ...
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On demand or On request

Which one is more comfortable as a native speaker: You can get support ______________ from a professional (on demand / on request) What if I used the word suggestion instead of support? Would the ...
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What is possible is also feasible?

I know how to use possible but I am doubtful how to use feasible in a sentence. It is not possible to speak like a native speaker. I have referred to Longman’s Active Study Dictionary and The Word ...
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Opposite meaning

Choose the closest opposite meaning : She is indeed human. a) universal b) devilish c) divine d) terrestrial I'm confused between "devilish" and "divine". Can anyone tell me what is right one?
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Identifying parts of a sentence

I just answered a question on stack overflow : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/57920126/how-to-make-sense-of-this-scala-stacktrace/57920452#57920452 In my answer, I used the terms "subject verb ...
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One word substitution for 'A woman who shows tantrums to attract men's attention"

What is the one word substitution for 'A woman who shows tantrums to attract men's attention"? Is it 'Coquette', or is there some better word?
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Usual term for “back part of the tongue”

As English (oddly) uses "back of the tongue" to refer to its top surface, how can I refer to the back part of the tongue, opposite to the front part of the tongue where its tip is? "back part of the ...
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Word-usage:;Using “more” without comparing?

Can I use "more" without comparing? Like: Am I comparing when I say these phrases? I need more coffee; People need more love; You need to be more silent;
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How to use “bring [somebody/something] back”?

Can I use "bring [somebody/something] back" in either way as follows: His music always brings me back to last winter. His music always brings memories in last winter back. Can I use a ...
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What is meant by profiling by some one? [closed]

If some one is treating any other person with discrimination based on their apparent similarity with any religious or ethnic or gender group, can we call this action an act of profiling?
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Can I substitute “stress” with “emphasize” or “accentuate” in the following sentence?

The sentence is: "I cannot stress enough how much music matters in my life." Can I replace stress with emphasize or accentuate? Are there any differences among these three synonyms; stress, ...
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Right off the bat I want to _____ that I do not have all the answers

I want to tell a group of people who I am helping understand something that I do not have all the answers. I may not be able to answer some of their question as I don't know everything there is to ...
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Does 'feelings of solitude' sound good or correct?

I always see/read sentences like : '..and this can cause you to have feelings of loneliness.' or 'but it’s hard to cope when feelings of worthlessness and loneliness persist.' So I wonder if it ...
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What is meaning in simple word of this phrase? [closed]

“Bugger off smart arse!” It appears in a technical article on link https://www.csimn.com/CSI_pages/PIDforDummies.html
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What does “informed” mean in this sentence?

This is an excerpt from musician Sara Bareilles' interview. "I want to be someone who speaks to messages that are uplifting, and to tell people how loved they are. So it’s really informed how ...
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What does it mean by “hold one's heart.”

It's in Sara Bareilles' song, 'hold my heart'. The song's about a break-up with a man that Sara loves but who didn't love every aspects of her including her pains and darknesses. And there it goes, "...
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In the sentence “I'm happy that you're happy.”

I came across this line; "I'm happy that you're happy" in movie. What does 'that' mean here? Does 'that' in here have the same meaning as 'when'? I in no way thought that 'that' would address this ...
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What would be synonyms for “be into something”?

I find myself repeatedly using these two expressions; "I'm into Psychology" or "I'm interested in Psychology" but cannot think of other ways to deliver the same meaning. What other expressions ...
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What does “radicalize” mean here?

My hope is that enabling more scholars from the periphery to publish in scholarly journals will improve (and radicalize) scholarship for the better. [source] Radicalize typically has negative ...
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grocery store in American English [closed]

Many dictionaries say "grocery store" means "supermarket" in American English. I'd like to verify if that's the case. Could this term refer to a shop that is not so big as a supermarket, somewhat like ...
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How to spell a “subsubsection”?

I hesitated asking my question in Tex Exchange, but I finally opt for English Language Learners: In LaTeX, there are commands that allow you to create sections and subsections in your document file. ...
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How to describe a person 'who's got firm opinion in life which is independent of others' and confident!"

Is "She is her own woman" typically used to deliver what I wrote in the title means? Or is there any better expressions?