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Meaning of "to live on the Northern Line"

In sense 7 of the entry line, in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, I see the following sentence: We live on the Northern Line. Where line is defined as: a railway track or other transport route;...
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Can someone explain the difference of "note" vs "take note"? Thanks

Can someone explain the difference of "note" vs "take note"? Both have the meaning of "paying special attention". Is the "special attention" the same with both ...
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Teaching English for Specific Purposes

I am teaching English to a cohort of safety officers who are at best of A2 level. After an observed class, I had a discussion with my DoS whether to give priority to language or content. I thought it ...
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A word for an academic underachiever at highschool

There is a valedictorian, straight-A student, the top of one's class, but what do you call a student who is living just comfortable with their Cs? Also, I'm curious if there are any terms for students ...
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Keep track of employee activities

Which one of following expressions is suitable for a write up which covers daily activity of an employee in an organization: Activity Log Activity Diary
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As matters stand - meaning

What does the phrase 'as matters stand' mean in the following sentences? As the matter stands, the team needs to practice for two more weeks before the tournament. "The answer is the president (...
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Preparing or cooking the food?

When you want to ask someone to see whether he/she cooked a food or not, which one should be used? Did you prepare it yourself? Did you cook it yourself?
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care of or care for

Which one of the below is correct? The involvement of fathers in the care for their newborn baby is beneficial. or The involvement of fathers in the care of their newborn baby is beneficial. Most ...
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What would you call the ground floor if you were in a country where it is the first floor?

I live in a country where we call the floor of a building at the ground level the 1st floor, the next one - the 2nd floor and so on. We have the same numeration in our lifts and these numbers are ...
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Connotation of "athlete's foot"

Apart from denoting the skin condition affecting the toes, which is naturally undesirable, do you all feel that "athlete's foot" has any (positive) connotations, e.g. to the effect of being ...
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Describing Ratio and its Change

I have a few questions when describing ratio. For concreteness, suppose I want to write about the percentage of females in a group of people. First, is ratio a right word to express in such a case? ...
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What did Stephen King mean by SLUG in the following sentence

“You buy a powerful slug o’ shells, Dud,” George Middler down at the hardware store would say in his fruity voice, pushing the boxes of Remingtons across. I looked up in dictionaries like Merriam ...
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What's the meaning of "tremendous significance" in this context

People pardoned our hazy lack of details through realisation of the shock the sad event must have caused us, and believed us when we explained that the mangling action of the wind had rendered all ...
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What are the steps to effectively learn english vocabulary through contextual learning?

The most effective way to learn new English words, idioms, phrases, and expand one's vocabulary is through a technique called contextual learning. This technique involves understanding new words and ...
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What is "`CUSTOMER SVC`" in fully spelled out English? [closed]

It is difficult to use machine translation in order to translate abbreviations from English to Spanish when the words are not spelled correctly. What is "CUSTOMER SVC" in fully spelled out ...
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Difference between remain and maintain

What's the difference between remain and maintain? Sentence 1: This research shows that Christmas remains a time of generous charitable giving. Sentence 2: Stephen Dunmore, the CEO of the Fundraising ...
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What's a word for where you were raised but not where you were born?

For example, Mary was born in America but she was raised in Canada. America would be her birthplace/place of birth/home country/native country; what's the word for Canada in this scenario? Hope this ...
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What does this question on the application form mean?

I am currently applying for an internship and this question is on the application form (I am not a native speaker): "What, if any, reasonable accommodations are necessary to perform the essential ...
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(Somebody's) way off of (any place/situation)

What part of speech is 'way off' and what's its meaning in the following sentences? Check out this list for some easy, repeatable good deeds that could be your way off of the naughty list this year. ...
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Meaning of "original" in "By 'insolent,' not 'condolent,' as Anthony Wood quotes, Puttenham meant original."?

On Vocabulary.com, I've found the following sentence for the entry "condolent": By 'insolent,' not 'condolent,' as Anthony Wood quotes, Puttenham meant original. I don't know fore sure ...
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"I've been to see the manager" -- meaning of "been to see"

What does "been to see" in this excerpt from a listening test mean? Tutor: Hello Sam, come in and sit down ... Sam: Thanks. Tutor: You’re here to discuss your company-based IT project aren’...
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a range of various ...?

a range of and various are somewhat overlapped words in meaning, right? Do you use it to emphasize many different things? Finance ministers were ordered to develop plans for "deploying a range ...
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Can I use the word "GO" as synonym to "Party"? [closed]

Is it okay to say "Work go" as a synonym to party? Or say Hen go/Stag go instead of Hen do/Stag do?
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Distinguishing Between 'Periodically' and 'Sporadically': Usage and Differences [closed]

I've encountered some confusion while trying to differentiate between the terms "periodically" and "sporadically." Both seem to relate to the frequency of events, but I'm unsure ...
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What is the difference between troops and soldiers?

I've seen conflicting information in several places and I'm really confused. Are troops a subset of the group soldiers? Or is troops simply a number of soldiers with a common goal?
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Differences in Usage: 'Cellphone' vs. 'Mobile Phone' in English

I've often come across two terms that seem to refer to the same device but are used differently: "cellphone" and "mobile phone." I'm curious about the differences in the usage of ...
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Is there a difference between an hour and a time?

I was wondering which word(s) can be used in the following context: "Next week we could meet on Monday 6 o'clock and Wednesday 4 o'clock. What do you say? Are these hours/times fine with you?&...
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Understanding the Distinction Between 'Goal' and 'Target' in English

As a non-native English speaker, I often encounter the words 'goal' and 'target'. While they appear to be used interchangeably in some contexts, I suspect there might be subtle differences in their ...
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Distinguishing Between "Greet" and "Welcome": What are the Differences?

I've encountered a question about the verbs "greet" and "welcome." While both seem to involve acknowledging someone's presence, I'm not entirely clear on how they differ in usage ...
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Meaning of "be on" and "break"?

In one episode of the "How I met your mother" series, Ted is talking about his possible future wife (Robin). Here's the script: Ted: I just met a perfect woman! She was like this:( He ...
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Extensibility of "hen"/"cock"

As we all know from Xanth, a female egret is an egress. Also (even in German), ducks and geese have their own gender names. I googled around a bit and concluded that the usage is random, to say the ...
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Ask someone in a sincere to do something [closed]

Which one of following is used in british english: 1-I beg you talk with my boss 2-I implore you talking with my boss
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a woman who bears many children

How does the West take the word 'prolific' for a woman? If a lady has given birth to many children, she is physically that strong, I mean, then would she like to be called 'a prolific woman'? ...
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Until something happens

Given a repeat inspection has to be done until new part will be procured, is it right to say: "Do the recurring inspection until new parts will be delivered"
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Can I use "stink out" and "stink up" interchangeably in the context of these sentences?

He stank out/up the whole room with his revolting fart stench. The sharp smell of his fart started to stink up/stink out the room. "Eew! His fart stank out/up here!" You must avoid eating ...
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Terminated action

Given crack found on specific area and so a recurrent inspection which has to be done at that area would no longer be required, is it right to say: " the recurrent inspection at defective area is ...
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Tailor to something

Given an engineering department staff in an air carrier prepares an engineering order to customize FAA rule to Boeing 737 airplanes which are operated by the air carrier is it right to say: "The ...
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A problem with understanding in context

everyone I read this fragment in a book. I don't know its author and title. Could you help me to understand the bolded fragments? "When my father used to get angry with me, I hated him for it. ...
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a Gutter or Sewer?

The origin I live in, a place where there is a cap like this, we call it a gutter, which I don't think is right because: “…a long curved channel made of metal or plastic that is fixed under the edge ...
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She sees her boyfriend vs She is seeing her boyfriend

I have been wondering about the meaning of "to see" in relation to visiting someone and/or having an affair. Could you confirm (or not) that I understand the difference correctly? I have ...
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Document Circulation logbook

Is "circulation log" a correct word for record of internal exchange of documents between divisions of an organization?
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Is probably going to or is going to probably

Are both of those sentences grammatically correct? I am going to probably leave my children with a babysitter until I get employment. Or I am probably going to leave my children with a babysitter ...
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What is the difference between start(noun) and starting?

I'd like to know the difference between start and starting when use as a noun. I saw the following sentence and could not understand why it shold be "to starting" instead of "to start&...
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Is "study abroad program" correct?

Is "study abroad program" correct? For me, in this phrase, "study" is a noun, "abroad" is an adverb, and "program" is a noun, so it doesn't make sense that ...
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"Shutdown Holdouts" meaning

I came across this in the New York Times: "How the Shutdown Holdouts Have Antagonized McCarthy Before." The first sentence says: "Most of the House Republicans who voted against ...
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Descriptions on tenses [duplicate]

Under what linguistic category do Simple, Perfect, Continuous, and Perfect Continuous fall ? Past Simple Past Perfect Past Continuous Past Perfect Continuous Past Subjunctive
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What to use instead of "smallest" in these contexts?

These are what I've found, so feel free to add to it. First sentence: It was the smallest/lowest/least significant/ value among all three categories in 1990. The second sentence: It reached the ...
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What Meaning of 'in which' here

What does ‘in which’ mean in the following context? Window size (window=10000 B): receiver tells about his buffer capacity in which he has to store messages from the sender. Source: https://www....
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The use of the word 'welcome'

We used the word 'welcome' as many things, i.e. adv, adj, noun... we may say: You are welcome here. [adj] We welcome you here. [verb] Welcome home! [excl] Thank you for your warm welcome. [noun] Can ...
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to flip the phrase around and keep the same gist?

is that grammatically accepted to flip: 1.0 "of just enhancing the film they used a lot of technology" as 2.0 "they used a lot of technology of just enhancing the film" I believe ...
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