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use of prepositions from/out of/of/with to express quantity

When talking about composition of a product, what is the best word to use? this garment is made from? / out of? / of? / with? 95% recycled material
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Vocabulary the word “escort” [closed]

She continued with his shorter version to the end and when she finished, allowed two presenters to escort her backstage, where she shared Mr Tom's original speech with press. In here i didn't really ...
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Is There A Word For Converger?

It seems that "Converger" is not even a word. However, I cannot express my question in any other way. I looked on the Internet with no luck. I need a word or an official idiom to express an ...
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Resources for advanced spoken English [migrated]

I am looking for resources for advanced spoken English, where less common vocabulary and grammar are used. To illustrate, Jordan Peterson uses such words as proclivity or finitude in his talks, which ...
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What does it mean to be a rebel in art? [closed]

I noticed this in an English book. There was a question about "your favorite artist". One of the questions was asking whether my favorite artist is a rebel. What kind of artist is called a &...
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What is a proper synonym for 'keep somebody/something away'?

What other verbs can be used in the following context instead of "keep ... away"? If I study alone, I can keep myself away from potential distractions or interruptions from other students ...
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“I'll call round and see you on my way home.” Can we replace 'round' with 'around'?

"I'll call round and see you on my way home." Can we replace 'round' with 'around'? The question is: If I change to 'call around', does it still mean 'visit for a moment'? In English, '...
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What does the word “snadgy” mean?

I'm reading a novel by John Galsworthy written at the beginning of the twentieth century and I've come across this sentence: The Board meeting had been long and "snadgy"--a final settling ...
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What does the expression “go the pace” mean?

I'm reading a novel written at the beginning of the XX century and I've come across this sentence: Half paralysed, over head and ears in debt, having gone the pace all his life--or so they said!--till ...
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In this sentence, is the use of the word “enter” correct?

"Vitamins don't enter in the structure of tissues" I've never come across a native that uses the word enter in this context, so I want to make sure it's correct.
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Expanding/Expansion of/on my point

I want to say: "I know it is important to expand on my point." (i.e. It is not enough to share my suggestion, I need to justify it, explain how this can be applied, etc.) This is a perfectly ...
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Piece of cloth: bandana?

What is English word for a piece of cloth worn on the head under a turban? That cloth is something like this, that we see this man wearing. But it is worn under a turban. Is that piece of cloth ...
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Does that sentence sound natural “I'm working my way into becoming an English instructor”?

If I'm studying to be an English instructor, can I say "I'm working my way into becoming an English instructor"? I have searched for the presence of that expression in the language but I ...
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What is the meaning of “self-seocissive”? [closed]

I'm not certain this is the right place to ask this, so if not please let me know. I'm grading research papers for an international competition, many of which are written by students for whom English ...
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Can someone please explain the usage of “amenable” in “…a technical problem amenable to intervention”?

The statement - Poverty is increasingly seen as a technical problem amenable to intervention. — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (book name) I found this on vocabulary.com as an example on how ...
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Difference between “to ignore sth.” and “to live up to sth.”

I've got a question referring to the following sentences: If you do not do as you are told, you do not live up to your teachers' or parents' orders. and If you do not do as you are told, you ignore ...
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Is there an English term for clerks that frequently work outside the office?

Is there an English term for clerks that frequently work outside the office? Google Translate suggests it's “field clerk” but I'm not sure if it's correct. Thank you.
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How to explain “treatments” in this sentence?

"The organization said it shipped 600,000 treatments of the Oxford―AstraZeneca vaccine to the African country."
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What’s the difference between “cartoon” “animation” “animated cartoon”?

I see that anime is short for animation which refers specifically to Japanese style of cartoon. But I also learn that cartoon are usually aimed at children. Then how do you call cartoon works like ...
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How to tell someone to “experience it to the maximum”?

What is the most natural way to say something like "put your senses on the maximum level"? Could I say: a) Breath it in with all of your senses? b) Pull it in with all of your senses?
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“bitter cold” current usage

'tis bitter cold. And I am sick at heart. Hamlet, William Shakespeare How common is the term "bitter cold"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-_90BjgaDc&ab_channel=BAREILIVE I heard the ...
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What is the difference between “stock up” and “store up”?

Could you please help me out by explaining the subtle sense of these phrasal verbs? In one experiment over several weeks, volunteers were asked either to stock up on snacks (chocolate, fruit and ...
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Is there a word referring to something that motivates you?

One of my pupils wanted to express that there is a song that gives him motivation to create things. He referred to the song as a "kicker". I looked the word kicker up and the OED says it ...
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Is “drawable” a correct word?

In French, we have the word "dessinable" which is an adjective for something that can be "dessiné" or in English that can be drawn. However, when I search the term "drawable&...
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What does “I am all stomach” mean?

What does I am all stomach mean? A: ‘’It’s my turn for a gift. I would like to take you to lunch. To my favorite spot.’’ B: ‘’I am all stomach, professor!’’ Lonely Man Full of Love
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How to append my “advanced-level of economics” to my CV?

I'm hungarian, and I'm writing my CV in english. I'd like to append my "advanced-level" graduation of economics to it, and I don't know how to formulate it. I'm worried that if I'm not ...
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Singular vs. plural in the term “works” for an industrial facility

The term works is used for industrial facilities, like ironworks and steelworks. Despite the -s suffix, I've seen it used as a singular form. I don't think there is distinct word for the plural form. ...
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What does “Therapist and client relationship” mean?

What does "therapist and client relationship" mean? And is there a short description for it or synonym? B:‘’My mother mentioned you, often.’’ A: ‘’Strange, she never mentioned you to ...
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What's the English for different kinds of notebooks?

What are the common terms for these kinds of notebooks? For the one that has lines: And for the one that has squares:
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What's the meaning of “my hand has been played”?

What is the meaning of "My hand has been played"? And is it similar to "I've been played?" This is the context: "How did you get my phone number?" "...She told me ...
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Is there a single word to describe what one does on a treadmill?

I'm a native speaker but I often have trouble communicating my ideas efficiently. On a treadmill, I may walk, run, or use the 'intervals' program, which switches back and forth between walking and ...
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Idioms about the word pride

I’m trying to find the right idiom, the correct way of forming the sentence for the following case. Let me give an example. The boy breaks up with his girlfriend and then after some time he apologises ...
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What is the meaning of overwhelming in this context?

What is the meaning of overwhelming in below context? Source of information: https://youtu.be/TZgxhGk3N20?t=106 Isn't this overwhelming to know that there are billions of people out there who are ...
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Meaning of “Early morning itself why are you painting the road”

Source of this info is here https://youtu.be/6NDJ-SC2_2g Start the movie at 16: 16 Would it be right to say, early morning only, why are you painting the road? Instead of below Early morning itself ...
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What is the precise word to cleverly take a way something

Is there a precise word to express following behavior? The postman cleverly or secretly steals items in the mail before it reaches the receiver. So for the part "cleverly/secretly stealing ...
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What is the meaning of “service-sector orientation” in the below sentence?

What is the meaning of "service-sector orientation" in the below sentence? It was taken from the IELTS reading test: https://www.ielts-exam.net/docs/Reading/IELTS_Reading_Passage_2.htm The ...
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Phrasal verb: “radio went off / down / out ”?

What phrasal verb do we use when talking about a radio, TV or another device that suddenly stops working? went off / down / out? This the context: When Radio 4 unexpectedly went ___ during an evening ...
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The structure we used Help/ Help to

ThTake this statement " Good friends help build your confident " what we are said about help build ? its idioms can i use help to build
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What's the difference between “wrap” and “wind”?

I've looked them up in several dictionaries, but I find them very similar in meaning because both mean to turn something around something else, for example: She wound a scarf around her neck. She ...
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meaning of typical man in this context

Person 2 - It's late. Our meeting is at 12:20. Person 1 - We can take a taxi. Person 2 - ok Person 2 - Did you like my shirt? Person 1 - Yeah, it's exactly the same as other one. Person 2 - Same! It'...
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Meaning of “outrage” [closed]

The pay cuts proposed by the management caused an (outrage) among the workers. Choose the word that means the same as the word in parentheses a) anger B) shame C) disappointment I can say the answer ...
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What is a word that is a little bit slower than “instantly” but faster than “over time” and “sooner or later”

I am trying to find a word that can be used in this context and that is a little bit slower than “instantly” but faster than “over time” and “sooner or later”: [insert time that is slower than ...
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A problem with height and width

I'm looking for a word of the English vocabulary (and speaking English since 50 years, I fear no good one exists). So, my height is 1.90 m, my width is around 40 cm, give or take. I might climb the ...
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I find something interesting about grammar and lexicology

First, lexicology: pregnant adjective (of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus. Even though the dictionary says 'a child,' we can say someone is pregnant with 3 ...
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What is the difference between 'shop' and 'store'?

Why can't 'convenience store' be 'convenience shop'? And why can't 'coffee shop' be 'coffee store'? Can you tell me the exact difference between the two words?
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Alleviate/reduce/relieve/diminish/lessen

Which verb is more appropriate in this context? She found solace in books to ___ her grief/resentment (alleviate/reduce/relieve/diminish/lessen or whatever is more suitable)
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Regard or consider?

Question 27 from the SAT Practice Test 3 – Writing and Language Test – from McGraw-Hill Education Eight SAT Practice Tests by Christopher Black and Mark Anestis, 2020 Edition. *We don’t regard our ...
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defectify or blame or slander?

What is the verb for saying that this person has a defect? Defectify? Is that standard English? We blame someone of having a defect. Please note that here defect refers to some immoral vice or ...
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Is it once-great or once great in the context of something of declining or former glory or status?

I am writing a story. A peer gave me the suggestion to change the "once great" to "once-great". Here is the sentence: He was tall and his body frame showed the signs of stoutness ...
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Dress: hem or bottom

What do we call the lowest edge of pants? Bottoms or hems? The bottoms of her pants are above her ankles. The hems of her pants are above her ankles. Which of the two fits best for the ...

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