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What is the name of the packaging of sterile bandages?

Some adhesive bandages come in small sterile wrappers like the one shown on the top of the image below. What word is used to name this type of packaging, either technically or colloquially? (Of course,...
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I would like to develop an English gentleman vocabulary [closed]

Can someone please provide me a list of words that could be associated with the stereotype of an Englishman who lived in the past, like "grimalkin", "forfend", "purveyor",...
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I Need help to interpret the word 'take' in this context [closed]

I was reading about 'React', an IT developer tool. source of the reading: I came across this on a website: Latest Users Posts: "What is your take on this pandemic" username: John Doe So ...
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Is "benefict" a correct version of "benefit"?

I heard a friend saying "benefict". I am not a native English speaker, but I know the correct word is "benefit". Am I wrong? He could have used "gain". I have searched in ...
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I'm not sure how should interpret this sentence

The sentence is a headline in NYtimes: "In the U.S. cities that had some of the earliest Omicron surges, I.C.U. stays and deaths are following case curves upward." My brain is having ...
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What is the semantic behind "all thing something" like in "all thing pet"?

I came across "all thing pet" myself in my country although it is not a native english speaking Nation and also there is a Church Song: "All things bright and beautiful" What I ...
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Can you tell if the word "Struggle" is a noun or a verb in this sentence?

I came across this headline: "Class Struggle in My Family’s Hometown" Can you tell if "Struggle" is a noun or verb without any further context?
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What is the word "over doing in this sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence i came across today is: "What is Ryan doing over at the bar hitting on that holstein?" I don't get the sense o "over in it. Also it seems useless in there. right? "...
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seems I can reorder a phrase like that and keep the gist, right?

In the text(wirh is a headline): "A snowstorm left hundreds stuck overnight on the interstate south of Washington. A United States senator was among those trapped." Can i rewrite the part: &...
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Is " overall standing" an expression?

I was looking up the definition of "status check" and hit the urban dictionary and read this: "Similar to a cup check, but for ones overall standing at the moment." I was not able ...
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how to interpret this adjective alone, not linked to any noun?

I came across this headline: "Coming soon to this coal county: solar, in a big way" is "solar" in this context a generalization? like referring to solar panels and everything ...
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do theses phrases really differ?

unfortunately I have no context to provide, But as a learner I've been thinking a lot about adjective positions and trying to understand its usage. One case sticks to mind: "a divided house"...
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can someone pinpoint the difference between "proper" and "properly" in these sentences?

I came across the thought of different meaning that can be attributed to sentences if you place adjectives in different positions in it. So my question is do these sentences really differ somehow? &...
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Why is "trigger warning" said like that

I know what is a "trigger warning" I wanted to know what trigger refers to in it Or if someone knows how the phrase developed to be used with the word trigger
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What is the difference in this similar sentences? [closed]

I came across this thinking: 1 - "the mayor of the city wants available house to homeless people" 2 - "the mayor of the city wants house available to homeless people" do they have ...
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Is there a special role in the word "out" in this sentence/phrase?

In the phrase/setence: "I can buy out of the back of a truck" I see the word "out" as an opitional in this sentence. I think the sentence would be clearer as: 1- "I can buy ...
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Can "sized up" be used when a person is looking at the area in front of him and thinking about it and analysing it in his mind?

If I am looking at a clearing in a forest where I want to set up my tent for the night, can I "size up" the clearing? Consider the sentence - "I sized up the clearing in the forest...&...
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Very confusing sentence: "out back stacking wood"

I came across this: "Thought my old man was out back stacking wood" I actually don't know if a broader context is needed but to my it is a straight sentence and the reason this is confusing ...
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What is the role of "a-" (a-Hyphen) before a word? [duplicate]

I have been a fan of pos-beatles individual members songs And in Paul Maccartney No More Loney Night's lyris I found this: 1 -"I can wait another day until I call you You've only got my heart on ...
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What is the difference between "plunge" and "plunge down"?

In the headline: Keanu Reeves plunges down the rabbit hole again in The Matrix Resurrections what is the difference if I remove the "down" from "plunges down"? P.S.: this ...
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What is the meaning of "I'm afraid that...."

If said, "I am afraid that Shadow was the thief." Am I saying, (1) I am sorry to say that or I say with regret that Shadow was the thief. So that, I am definitively saying that Shadow was ...
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What is the difference between inner, internal, and interior conflict? [closed]

What is the difference between inner, internal, and interior conflict? Can we use the term "interior"? If no, why?
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meaning difference between detail and specific

I'm confused about the words to detail and specific. Can you tell me in detail? Can you tell me specifically? Can you be more detailed? Can you be more specific? What's the difference between them? ...
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sitting gesture

The lady is sitting with her right leg folded and her left leg upright. Can we use 'upright' and 'folded' for the positions seen in the picture
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Does native English speaker find homograph hard to learn? [closed]

Through my own experience and my observation I find one big obstacle for learning new words in English is homograph. For example, "turn right" and "you are right", "turn left&...
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Imitating the other gender

What adjective would describe best a person who is neither Trans nor intersex, but that person only imitates the other gender? That person wears women's clothes such as, if that is a man, or wears men'...
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What lexical item means to "Transfer, ( a legal case or action) to a higher court? [closed]

The initial, medial and terminal letters are e-v-e. I have to chose from the following words: Omniscient Equivocate Loquacious Garrulous Verbose Linguistics Paucity Equity Soliloquy Prescient Eloquent ...
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I can' contrive a scenario where what is stated in this text is logical

The text (from a NY Times article) is: These passages will allow you to convince yourself, and perhaps even your spouse, that your interest in getting wasted is an academic pursuit. Although I have ...
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What word should be used in this sentence?

That was the end of the conversation, and neither of them brought the ___ up again. topic subject idea
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A word to mention a person who completed his studies but did not do his thesis defense

In Spanish (at least in my country) exists a difference between these words: Egresado and Titulado. "Titulado" means someone who has an academic degree while "Egresado" is used to ...
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Is there a difference between "spectacles" and "glasses"? Is there a US-UK English difference or is it just preference for one word over other?

I recall that "spectacles" would be the preferred word when I was growing up. It was often shortened to "specs". "Glasses" were the ones you wore either in the sun (...
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is "about English second language teaching and learning" grammatical?

I came across the following sentence fragment: [1] about English second language teaching and learning I found this sentence fragment hard to understand, so I'd like to rephrase it to be clearer. ...
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Are those two phrase/sentence holding same meaning? [closed]

is: "what chances are I have been cheated" similar to "what chances are I got cheated"??
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an adjective "special" and articles with uncountable nouns

I've heard that an uncountable noun turns to be countable if it's used with a word "special". Is that true? "I will make you a special dinner." My dictionary says "dinner&...
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improved our comfort ride toilet

the text I came across: "We have improved our comfort ride toilet by adding a heated seat." "our comfort ride toilet" puzzles me because in my learning mind what make sense is: 1 - ...
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Is the word "upon" dismissable in this text? [duplicate]

the text is: "The short answer is yes. Bootstrap doesn’t call themselves “the world’s most popular framework for building responsive, mobile-first sites” for nothing. On GitHub, Bootstrap ...
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What does the term "Verifleation" refer to?

I found the term "Verifleation" looking at this link and had no clue what it meant so I looked it up and found no definition. Finally, after putting the term in quotes in Google I found a ...
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What is the definition of the following phrase?

the headline is: "Players and owners could keep negotiating, but with the sides still far apart, baseball has its first work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike." What is meant by "with ...
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Usage of "loggerheads" in a contest question [closed]

I'm wondering what does "loggerheads" mean in this sentence and why has it been used this way. This is one of the sentences in which one needed to fill the gap with the best matching word in ...
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Why does this definiton of 'depose' uses "to ask questions *of*"? [duplicate]

In the definition of "depose" in a juridic context I have found: To make a deposition; to give evidence in the shape of a deposition; to make statements that are written down and sworn to; ...
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Do sportspersons wear a "dress" or a "uniform"? What do you call the set of clothes that sports teams wear?

We usually talk about the jersey of a player but I am curious what's the overall attire of a player called - a dress or a uniform. I am curious because dress usually refers to the female clothing and ...
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"When my children are still kids" or "When my children are still young"?

What are the proper/good words would I say to refer to when my children are still kids? Context: my children are now adults, how do I say when I recall back when they are younger, when they are still ...
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divorce separation

Is "divorce separation" a phrase in English? I read a lot but could find nowhere. I found the two words being used differently. Do the two make some specific meaning while being used ...
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Should there be a preposition "of" between these words?

The text is: "It’s an expected move that comes as states have broadened access on their own and expands the number eligible by tens of millions." in the part: "the number eligible" ...
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Is there any difference between theses two phrases?

Say I'm driving a car and a colleague of mine sit in passenger seat says: 1 - slow your speed or 2 - slow your speed down is there any difference between these two? isn't the "down" ...
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Can't understand this part of the text

The text is: "The platonic ideal of Mac and Cheese Eric Kim’s new recipe, inspired by stouffer’s, delivers the same molten creaminess." the part that puzzles me is: "Mac and Cheese Eric ...
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How to use "make" and "form" with "impression"?

What's the difference between these sentences? Make a good first impression on X. Form a good first impression on X. How does the meaning change if we use of instead of on?
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Do following collocations mean nearly the same?

Are all of these collocations correct? Do they mean almost the same? To run business; To manage business; To support business; To maintain business; To keep business up; To keep business going. Now ...
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Worse or Worst, which one is correct? [closed]

Could you please tell me which sentences with “worse” and “worst” below are correct? He realizes that he missed the train. And worst, there is no train until next weekend. He realizes that he missed ...
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Having rather in a sentence

How and when do we use having rather in a sentence? For example, The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little ...

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