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Is it still a petition if just one person signs it?

The definition of 'petition' is; A formal written request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority in respect of a particular cause. Lexico But what if just one person writes an ...
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can any grammatical rule show what is the right assertion being said here?

in the headline: Giuliani’s Loyalty to Trump Was Born in His Darkest Moment whose darkest moment is the author refering to, Trump's or Giuliani’s? can that be answered just by reading this headline?
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What is the definition of write across?

The headline is: "Who Can Write About What? Roxane Gay and Jay Caspian Kang debate writing across identity lines — and how to respond when an author gets it wrong." 'writing across identity ...
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What does the word "veritable" mean?

Vocabulary.com defines the above word as follows: "When something is veritable it is true, or at least feels that way. "The trees and lights turned the campus into a veritable wonderland&...
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Is there a difference between "supplicant" and "sycophant"?

Cambridge Dictionary defines "supplicant" as: a person who asks a god or someone who is in a position of power for something in a humble way whereas the same dictionary defines "...
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Are there any distinctions between "du jour" and "currency"? [closed]

Source: Dictionary.com du jour 1)as prepared on the particular day; of the kind being served today: The soup du jour is split pea. 2)fashionable; current: environmentalism and other issues du jour. ...
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Please is it "the language barrier" or "language barriers"? I feel both sentences mean the same thing. Am I right?

I feel that learning English is important for everyone since it reduces language barriers/ the language barrier. It is important for everyone to learn English since it reduces language barriers/ the ...
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What does it means to be "X whisper"? [closed]

I came across this headline: "Should Biden Run in 2024? Democratic Whispers of ‘No’ Start to Rise." in the Whispers of ‘No’ OR I belive is the same: the ‘No’ Whispers what is the meaning of ...
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IS "rose by" correct instead of "rose to"?

In this HeadLine: "The government is expected to report that consumer prices rose by 8.2 percent in the year through May, as inflation hovers near the fastest rate in decades." I don't get ...
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What are the differences between "dubious" and "incredulous", if any?

Cambridge Dictionary defines the words in the question as follows: Dubious: Definition: feeling doubt or not feeling certain Examples: These claims are dubious and not scientifically proven. He has ...
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What are the differences between "blithe" and "beatific", if any?

The Free Dictionary defines the words in question as follows: blithe (blaɪð, blaɪθ) Definition: lighthearted in disposition; cheerful. heedless: a blithe disregard for someone's feelings. beatific (...
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Is it a redundant phrase?

I came across this: "The door between Russia and America is slam shut." How to better understand "slam shut"? Is it like a door that was closed very noisily by applying too much ...
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Is my analysis of the word "blithe" right or wrong?

Source: Dictionary.com Definitions: without thought or regard; carefree; heedless Example: a blithe indifference to anyone's feelings. joyous, merry, or happy in disposition; glad; cheerful: ...
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Can I flip these words and keep the gist?

In the text: "Clinical trials found the vaccine to work well, but the company has long struggled with manufacturing. Here’s the latest on the pandemic." (From New York Times) Can I rewrite ...
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Trying to make sense of the word "tacit". Please correct my analysis

Definition of tacit​ Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary Expressed or carried on without words or speech Example: the blush was a tacit answer— Bram Stoker Implied or indicated (as by an act or by ...
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Is the use of preposition "with" being correctly used in this context?

The headline is: "Eva Mireles’s husband was an officer with the school district’s Police Department. He was not allowed to enter the place where his wife was under attack." What caught my ...
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What is the difference between hitherto and heretofore? [closed]

Hitherto: Definition: Until now or until a particular time:\ Example: Mira revealed hitherto unsuspected talents on the dance floor. heretofore: Definition: Until this time, before now Examples: ...
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Alter Adjective order and keep the semantic?

In phrases/Sentences like: "They gifted the couple a beautiful porcelain Chinese vase" where the correct adjectvive order suggest that it would be: "They gifted the couple a beautiful ...
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Any difference between "languish in" and "mired in"?

Source: Lexico Dictionary Languish: Definition: to suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation; to exist in an unpleasant or unwanted situation, often for a long time: ...
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Differences between "indemnity", "remuneration", and "redress"?

Definitions: indemnity: a sum of money paid as compensation, especially a sum exacted by a victor in war as one condition of peace. remuneration: payment for work or services redress: right a wrong ...
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What is the difference between "pound of flesh" and "reprisal"?

Definitions: pound of flesh: A debt or punishment, especially a cruel or unreasonable one, that is harshly insisted upon. An allusion to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which the moneylender ...
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Is "of the" interchangeable for "to" in this context?

headline-style text: "Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to try for a bipartisan compromise on new gun laws is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself." the "test of the Senate&...
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Am I interpreting this the wrong way?

the Headline: "Rangers Push the Penguins to Game 7 in New York" the article: "https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/14/sports/hockey/rangers-penguins-nhl-playoffs.html" I thought going ...
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What is the difference between "sina qua non" "part and parcel" and "sum and substance"?

TAKE THE FREE DICTIONARY, for example: DEFINITIONS: SINE QUA NON: something that is essential before you can achieve something else PART AND PARCEL: to be a feature of something, especially a ...
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What is the difference between "subtlety", "nuance", and "nicety"?

Take CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY, for example: DEFINITIONS: SUBTLETY: a small but important detail; the quality or state of being subtle or hard to notice NUANCE: a very slight difference in appearance, ...
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What is the difference between "gravitas" and "mien"?

Take CAMBRIDGE DICTIONARY, for example: GRAVITAS: Definition: seriousness and importance of manner, causing feelings of respect and trust in others MIEN: Definition: general appearance and manner, ...
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What is the difference between "macrocosm" and "microcosm"?

I've done some sleuthing on some online dictionaries to make sense of these words, but I can't see the difference. Take Dictionary.com, for example: MACROCOSM: Definitions: The entire world; the ...
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What is this model trying to imply about "isasmuch as" and "insofar as"?

I recently found a chart listing the distinctions between the two conjunctions. But I am not really able to make much sense of this chart. I would gladly appreciate if anyone could make the ...
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Is my understanding of the word "Malaise" correct?

The word "malaise" has three definitions, according to Merriam Webster. Definitions of malaise - 1: an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying ...
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how to understand to which order to read this text?

Headline is: "The streaming platform executive says he — and the company he helped build — will survive a bout of bad earnings numbers." My question is should I read it like: 1 - bout of [ ...
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'Unhide' Is Commonly Used, Why Doesn't It Appear on Any Vocabulary?

I noticed that the word 'unhide' it's widely used, though a quick research on multiple vocabularies didn't bring anything relevant up. This word is extremely common in IT when talking about files, for ...
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"Assistance Order" is an acceptable use in the context of furniture business?

I work at a company that makes software used in furniture designing, manufacturing and selling. It is used by designers, factories and stores. We are building a feature where i.e.: A store received a ...
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How to express the process of making communication more elegant?

I'm looking for a phrase that would express the act of reducing some convoluted idea into one that can be well understood to a layman or perhaps crafting a piece of media to make it express the ...
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Is "push to" correct in this context?

the headline is: "Rangers Push the Penguins to Game 7 in New York" to me it is very confusing because the Rangers beat the Penguins, so the Rangers go to game 7 right? but when it says ...
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Invasive (adjective)

A native British teacher shared this; Invasive: (especially of an action or sensation) tending to intrude on a person's thoughts or privacy "Our neighbour is so invasive, he's constantly looking ...
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not allowing someone to do something

If a woman tries to suckle/feed a baby but the baby doesn't suckle i.e. the baby avoids her (breast) due to the reason that the baby isn't feeling comfortable with this woman or somehow the baby has ...
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The position of legs while sitting on a chair

How can we describe the legs' position in the picture below? His legs are... from the chair. He is sitting on a chair with legs... What should be the adjectives to complete these sentences?
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How do I expand my vocabulary?

I have been learning English as it is mandatory in German schools since Grade 2 (7 Years old). I didn't have any interest in it and was generally bad until I started consuming English media around age ...
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What do you call a person who is getting their turn on a board game?

For example, I'm playing a snake and ladder board game, and now it's my turn. What am I called? Is there a term or a phrase in English that basically means "the person who is getting their turn ...
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How should I phrase it?

Hypothetically, I sell a variety of fresh and frozen food. The delivery fee is $50 for order below $100. A customer has ordered $70 worth of fresh food and wants it to be delivered. I'd like to tell ...
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The meaning of "Itai" in this sentence [closed]

It seems to refer to a place. But which? I thought it was Greek, maybe, or Turkish. No idea it was Itai. This is from Triangle at Rhodes Agatha Christie (1936 story, 1989 TV adaptation). The ...
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Revise and Review, aren't they just the same?

I was using the word "revise" in my group when I post telling that I should revise my previous lessons. Someone corrected me, and they said I should've used "review". According to ...
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How to describe old women who like showy clothes and make-up?

How would an older woman who likes flashy clothes, jewelry and make-up describe herself in American English? Is there some slang or set phrase? I'm thinking of women who proudly stand out for being ...
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name the thing in the picture

What is the English name of this thing? I came to know that this is a South Asian dish called PAKORA. Can we call it 'fritters'? I am not sure because fritters have fruit in them, but PAKORAS are made ...
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Advisory board/board of directors /shareholders

I have a question mainly for people who speak Spanish. My Spanish student asked me what is the best way to say in English: 'junta de activistas', 'junta de directores' and 'consejo'. My Spanish is not ...
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Why can't we say "win a world record"?

In Unit 3, lesson A of Perspectives 3 published by Nat Geo Learning, it is stated that we can't use "win" with "world record" and I can't find any explanation about that so please ...
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Does 'thresholder' really exist?

I heard this word many times when listening BBC Radio 5 then I looked up dicitonaries, but it's not included in Cambridge, Oxford Learner's, Meriam Webster Dictionary and 'lexico.com' That doesn't ...
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What does "Days of Future Past" mean?

What does X-Men: Days of Future Past mean? I interpret it to mean: days without future, where "past" on "future past" means gone. Is that so?
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Asking God something bad for someone

If X prays to God for Y like this: May God give you success! It is called 'prayer or supplication' i.e. positive wish... What about negative prayer? What is that called? If X prays to God for Y like ...
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Nuance of Bound and Bind

I wanted to know that in this example “Bound” stems from “bind” or simply it is the adjective of bound? “Boys are not bound by stereotypes, they can excel in music and art if they want.”
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