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Is there a word for large group of horses? [closed]

Is there a word for large group of horses? I know there's "flock" for birds, but I am wondering if there's a similar word for horses and land mammals.
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What does 'opening storyline' mean in this sentence?

Today I was studying my physics textbook and this sentence shows up "....filling the tank of your car in the opening storyline with gasoline." I can't seem to understand what it means. Google says ...
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“at the latest” vs latest

He is not in bed but for his goodness he needs to go to bed latest at 10 o'clock. Q: I think in this sentence, it is correct to use "at the latest" instead of "latest". What is your opinion?
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meaning: Mr. Just About

Does "Mr. Just About" make sense as a nickname for someone who does not care about precision? I'd appreciate your help.
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“Unbelief” or “disbelief”

If someone believes in God but rejects His words or orders or speaks some blasphemous words, is it called "unbelief" or "disbelief"?
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Is “public image” a common phrase to refer to something like public “ego”?

As per Cambridge Dictionary, "ego" means your idea or opinion of yourself, especially your feeling of your own importance and ability That's how someone think themselves are. For example, Tom ...
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Is it correct to say 'math specialized school' or maybe 'math magnet school about a school with many math lessons?

There are such schools here in post-Soviet Union countries where they teach math intensively, say, at least 1 lesson per day. Here we call them specialized schools. They can have a different profile, ...
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a term to refer to “take away part of their salary”

In my company, employees should work from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 5 days a week. My company buys employees insurance, provides stock options to employees and pay wage monthly and had never been delayed. ...
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Is there any difference between the terms 'define' and 'qualify'?

I have looked up their etymologies but cannot come to a nuanced demarcation between the terms. I know both generally imply limiting of a concept; in the case of 'qualify', extending to general ...
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What is the difference between “pronounced” and “noticeable”

I have encountered "pronounced" a couple of times, but still wondering what it means exactly. I checked these dictionaries for this word: Longman, Cambridge, and Oxford, but in none of them, they ...
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Is it common to use “work environment” and “work circumstance” to refer to relationship?

When I say something "My colleagues and I have a harmonious relationship. We are willing to help each other all the time", I am describing my "work environment", "work circumstance" or something else?
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What's the difference between 'restriction on' and 'restriction of'?

I have seen both forms in usage and couldn't work out the rule behind which preposition should be used in which context.
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Pay attention to + noun

Is it okay to say "I PAY ATTENTION TO the house" in the sense I watch it or look after it? Because I am afraid it is a lexical misuse
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meaning of “listing page”

As per a post a "listing page" is a page on a website that presents a list of products based on a category or search query. so, this is a listing page, right?
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Protagonist becomes antagonist

Do we have any term or phrase for the situation wherein a protagonist becomes an antagonist for rest of the characters in a drama but still remains a hero for the audiences? For example in The Count ...
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Is “oftimes” a real word?

I have to do an translation of the text. There is a sentence: "In doing so they draw on any, and oftimes all, available sourses". It seems like "oftimes" is an abbreviation for "oftentimes" but I'‎m ...
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Adverb or preposition

Is behind used as a preposition, or as an adverb? I tried using it as a preposition, but I felt there was something wrong and the sentence didnt feel right.
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should we use a dash “-” between words of an adjective when omit a noun?

I know the question may seem too vague and weird, so let's go right to the example for more clarification: Scholars ask the-upper-class countries to help the-lower-class in the breakout of the ...
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Is it idiomatic to say “There are some chips on the wall”?

chip (n) 4 MARK a small hole or mark on a plate, cup etc where a piece has broken off chip in There’s a chip in this bowl. The edge of a wall is very prone to get broken since hard objects ...
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Expression “Mind (you)”

Mind you means in a dictionary: "Used to make a sentese less strong or general" For example - I'm lazy - I go to gym on Saturdays, mind you. But, does "mind you" mean the same thing in these phrases?...
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Difference between correspondence and relationship or association

As per longman Dictionary "correspondence" devotes: a relationship or connection between two or more ideas or facts So now I wonder whether we can use it interchangeably instead of association and ...
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Difference between Participant and Member [closed]

I`m interested if "member" and "participant" can be used interchangeably or not. Is there any subtle difference between them?
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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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What do you call the guy who parks cars?

What is the official name of the guy in the restaurant who takes the car from the customers and then returns the cars back to them when they finish visiting the restaurant? "parking guy"?
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What are the separate parts of “English Language teaching”? [closed]

As far as I understand teaching English means: Teaching how to listen in English Teaching how to speak in English Teaching how to read in English Teaching how to write in English But, what are their ...
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Can we use the word “image” for all digital pictures?

I was reading this question : Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them? As a technical person, we use the word image for all digital pictures. I wanted to know is that ...
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Is it proper to say “don't let the error messages clobber up the results”?

I think I heard expressions such as "so many error messages... clobbering up the results", meaning we might expect to see some results on a computer terminal (such as in a command prompt), but the ...
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Have someone + ing or Normal verb?

Would mind saying whether one of these sentences are incorrect? It's nice we have someone taking care of him. It's nice we have someone take care of him. If both are correct, what are their ...
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outward or inward sin

An action that is seen is called apparent or visible, right? I was comparing two things and had a halt on what word fits best here. Robbing is an offence that is seen. Keeping malice is also an ...
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What is the general everyday term to express the interface between the door and the door frame?

Look at the picture Children often accidentally put their hands or fingers in the interface between the door and the door frame, which is dangerous because they might get crushed by chance. What is ...
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What is difference between mild ,modest and moderate? [closed]

As often seen in different stats especially in context of covid-19,some times we see term "mild" and sometime "moderate" One more apparently same term althought not in context of covid specifically, ...
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Can i use the word guys in virtual learning session? Example: Thank you Guys!

Can i use the word "guys" in virtual learning session? Example: Thank you Guys! Because, this is the first time i am speaking with him and it is dificult to call his name and other person also there. ...
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ANTONYMS to “fixed”

A dict gives lots of words as antonyms to "fixed" agitated, flexible, indefinite, insecure, loose, movable, moving, soft, undecided, unfixed, unstable, broken, changeable, impermanent, in disrepair,...
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Good strategies to improve vocabulary when at C2 level?

My level of English is at the C2-level (I have passed the Cambridge Proficiency in English exam, CPE and according to https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/cefr/ that equals C2). Even ...
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What does details mean in the definition of detailed

Detailed (adjective) means having too many details example: a detailed answer What does this details mean in the definition of the adjective Detailed? Since the noun detail has two meanings: 1.an ...
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As If/As though - Which sentence should I use?

I comprehend As Though/if can take the present and past tense. The problem is that sometimes I don't know what are the nuances among those 3. For instance: He looks as if *he knows it" He ...
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inside part of fingers

What do we call the inside part of a finger? Like we see in the picture below. Supposing the hand is facing a door. Can we say? The inside part of the fingers and palm are facing the door. Please ...
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Rough book or draft notebook?

I've looked up translations for the French word “cahier de brouillon,” and I've gotten two translations: “rough book” and “draft notebook.” I'm talking about a small (note?)book wherein you write ...
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What's the difference between verbs pee and piss?

I wonder what's the difference between these two verbs given that the dictionaries translate it the same way?
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“cognitive” meaning in simple words? [closed]

What is the meaning of "cognitive" ?in simple words? Does it means,ability to memorize or ability to learn or any other meaning?
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express the meaning of “emotional high” in a more formal way

A nice answer to the meaning of sensory experience says the happiness resulting from the successful solving of a math problem is not termed a "sensory experience." Rather, it is sometimes called an ...
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Lure + infinitive verb?

Could I use infinitive after lure? For instance: He lures his dog with a treat to keep him away from the backdoor at night. I've heard about "Lure + into + ing" but I'm bot quite sure if this ...
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What is the meaning of 'be set to' in this sentence?

In the following sentence, what is the meaning of 'be set to'? I think it has the meaning of 'to be ready/prepared to'. If not so, I'd like to know the other meaning of it. Many electric clocks are ...
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Intuition vs insight vs instinct vs gut feeling vs sixth sense?

Do all of these mean almost a same feeling? If yes, can we also add"suspicion" to this list,as also having same meaning as those in title If not, please kindly explain in simple words with examples, ...
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What is difference between “Hate” and “Detest”?

What is difference between hate and detest? and which word is stronger. For example: I hate you. I detest you.
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Razzing vs teasing

What's the difference between "razzing" and "teasing" stylistically and in terms of the meaning? Urban Dictionary says "razzing" is a simple term for "flirting" but I can't find this definition ...
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Why does Harry Potter put everything on his plate except peppermints in this passage?

Harry's mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, ...
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Supposed to or Have to for obligations

I can't settle an argument with myself about the difference between "Supposed to" and "Have to". For instance Kids' show are supposed to have simple language Or Kids'show have to have simple ...
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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What does “original already” mean?

An artist called 5haus sent a song to an artist called deadmau5 on his twitch channel. When deadmau5 read the sender name (5haus) he said: "original already", does it have a positive or negative ...

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