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Saying something in heart

If someone says something to us, we don't reply in words rather we nod our head and in heart we say the words we could utter, such as Mr. X says to me "Good morning' but I don't reply saying "Good ...
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start(n) vs starting(n)

Here is a song lyric: At the starting of the week At summit talks you'll hear them speak (DJ SHADOW_SİX DAYS) I am wondering if the following sentences have the same meaning: At the starting ...
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Silence is gold!

If we want to say that : Keeping silence is much better than speaking i.e. by speaking one may happen to make a mistake but by keeping silence he will not make any mistake or he will be safe from ...
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use of 'leftover'

Some say that the leftover is the amount of food or drink left in the container from which it was served; but some say that leftover is the amount left in the container from which it was used; e.g. ...
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whom was the radio invented by?

Is the following question correct? I want this style of questioning not alternatives. who or whom was the radio invented by? by who was the radio invented?
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What is a word for changing yourself to reflect the changing world?

What is a word for changing yourself to reflect the changing world? I'm looking for something else other than update and its synonyms, since they don't quite fully seem to explain what I want to say.
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What is the difference between “reporter” and “anchorperson”?

I'd like to know the difference between reporter and anchorperson. They are listed as synonyms in some dictionaries. (For example, the Online Oxford Dictionary lists "reporter" as a synonym of "anchor"...
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what's difference between ward off and prevent?

Most of time I prefer to use 'prevent' rather then ' ward off" because I don't get those difference. Soryy I ask such a small thing. But my dictionary doesn't much explain it as I can understand.
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what does “being” mean?

What does being mean in this sentence? and also after looks strange to me! since isn't better? I have had a privileged life after being brought up in Govan?
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What does “certainty” mean in this context?

If you are a male, with 95% certainty, Your Maximum Natural Height in cm (inches) = (F + M + FF + FM + MF + MM) / 6 * 1.08 + 8.8 cm (3.5 inches) If you are a male, with 99% certainty, ...
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the office cubicles need to be replaced? [closed]

Does it make sense to say "the office cubicles need to be replaced" in the sense that the partitions need to be replaced? I'd appreciate your help.
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Are “deal” and “deal in” interchangeable?

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary: She got caught dealing drugs in school. He deals in rare books. I want to express "buying and selling a particular product." It seems that "...
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What does “dairy milk” mean?

Why is milk called dairy milk on this milk carton?
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Befuddled (adj) VS Fuddled(adj)

What is the difference between these two adjectives- befuddled and fuddled? Can they be used interchangeably?
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One word to say make something lose its function

I am searching for a verb to express: make something lose its function or make something inefficient. for instance: the symbol loses its special meaning in that context. I wanna say: the ...
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hankers back to?

Could anyone tell me what "hankers back to" means in the following? Following a writing career spent mostly recounting Michigan’s collegiate sports world, New York Times bestseller John U. Bacon ...
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Is there any difference between “in matters of,” “regarding,” “when it comes to” and others?

When I read press articles, these phrases come up again and again and I am under the impression they all mean the same thing (= about) but is there any difference between these phrases? Here is the ...
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What is the name for words such as “thus”, “hence”, “however”, etc.?

I need to write my Master's thesis in English but I often find myself repeating words such as "hence", "thus" and "however". I suspect resouces like word banks exist to help novice writers like me but ...
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What is the difference between admit and accept in this sentence? [closed]

My heart does not admit what my mind already knows My heart does not accept what my mind already knows
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hire as a noun in Present-day British English

An Australian coworker of mine wrote, "The deposit is equal to a month's hire." I'm wondering whether "hire" in British English can mean "money you pay to hire (i.e. rent) something," as it is used ...
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A synonym for “take a small amount of something”

I'm writing about the structure of a reaction vessel used in scientific labs. The vessel has a large container equipped with another component. This another component is used for taking a small ...
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Can I say 'they have no favour of that thing'?

If group of people born to be really tall, and someone begins compliment them. How can I say that thier height is not something they worked for it and did thier best about it? Can I say: they have no ...
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How can we call the “Environments” at a nightclub?

Can I use "environment" to describe the sections in which some night clubs are divided? It sounds so strange to me. For example, "Moon nightclub offers three environments, each featuring a kind of ...
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Teenager or Adolescent?

I've heard a lot of people said that teenager and adolescent are the same, but I'm not 100% sure about that. As far as I know, teenagers are from 13 to 19 (because of the "-teen"), and adolescents are ...
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Flashcards: only forward or forward and reverse? [closed]

I've been trying do acquire more vocabulary. To do so, I've been reading everyday on my cellphone, highlighting new words and sharing them into a flashcard app. The app allows me to create one-way or ...
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Is this expression correct? [closed]

Is it possible to say: Nobody seems to know the man closer. I am not sure about the expression "to know someone closer".
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What is the one word for “_exact opposite of horrible_”? [closed]

"The older team is being treated horribly by the management" To this I want to say 'So is the new team' in this way - "The new team is not being treated 'the exact opposite of horrible 'ly either.". ...
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What the meaning of good days [closed]

On a lot of my inbox emails, I get on the top of email "good days", I suppose it should be good day not good days .. why they add s to day ?
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Is it acceptable to use the adverb 'now' in this sentence?

Nowadays a variety of kitchen gadgets are now available in the market. In the sentence, is it acceptable to use the adverb 'now' that means 'immediately or at once'?
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“action” and “activity” not the same?

Since both 'action' and 'activity' are nouns derived from the verb act, I used to think they were interchangeable. But turns out they are not from this sentence ".......the activities and actions ...
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MSc student in, of, and at

I am a civil engineer and I'm a MSc student. I want to introduce myself. Which one will describe my position correctly? MSc student in civil engineering at ... University MSc student of civil ...
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Bank Vocabulary regarding Cheque

Some banks in USA, send a cheque to the payee and then deduct the amount when the payee presents the cheque to their bank . As the transaction is processed the money is deducted from the payer's ...
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What does 'go down with' mean?

What does 'go down with' mean here? http://www.rd.com/true-stories/love/widow-rafting-husbands-ashes/ What was I doing down there? My sister Kathryn, who had seen me through his death, loves the ...
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What is the most used phrase or word that refers to 40's woman? [closed]

As title, I like to know it both in a gentle way or common use.
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Stop making drops/droppings [closed]

When a baby eats food, he might drop lots of food. Can these drops be called droppings? If not, what is the appropriate term: Stop making drops/droppings?
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A baby working on a toilet

You have a baby on a toilet and he is giving his strength to do his work. What words are appropriated to tell him and to describe him? Asking: Push hard Flex Give a strength Describing: you are ...
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hint vs point in the exam's sentence

Many of the pictures of herbs and plants hint/point that it may have been some kind of textbook for an alchemist. Is it possible to prove to the national exam commission that point is correct answer? ...
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Which preposition should we use in this sentence?

We arrived (at/in) our village (on/in/at) a lovely night in October.
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Not a bit of free time!

My intention is to say that "I have no free time in the present project". But I always say "I am totally packed in the present project". Not sure packed is correct word. Could you guys please tell ...
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English vocabulary/ prepositions

I need your help. Could you please tell me which one of these is correct? A. I'm going out to the garden to pick some beans for it's not raining. B. I'm going out to the garden to pick some ...
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Different ways of saying the same thing?

Can the following be used interchangeably, and with like words such as treat/mistreat, use/misuse? A. You have incorrectly applied the concept. B. You have misapplied the concept. C. ...
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Phrasal verb, slang or a word for gather around or to look at something or someone with joy [closed]

I'm looking for a slang, phrasal verb or a word that explains people looking at something or someone. E.g. when people gather around a new-born baby and look at it with joy. Or when someone is looking ...
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Can you say something like this in English? [closed]

I am trying to translate from Russian a phrase that uses obscene vocabulary. I want it to be translated literally, only replacing unacceptable obscene words with more acceptable ones. The problem with ...
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Is “the usual thing” acceptable?

Is the collocation "the usual thing" correct? "I saw his wide scared eyes darkening as he saw me. “The usual thing” I thought. People did not expect a young woman be able to rescue someone in war."
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Can intransitive “joked” be used without a preposition before “that” clauses?

Is the usage of the verb "joked" correct here? Does it need a preposition? Reporters joked that the animal had personal problems with humans, as the number of his attacks was astonishing.
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What does“is back” mean?

A. Schulzke's main claim is that actions in a virtual world are very different from actions in the real world, though a player may “kill” another player in a virtual world, that player is instantly ...
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Do you feel any difference in meaning between these?

I am wondering if there could be any difference in meaning between these? A. I can get it from the tap and save you pumping. B. I can get it from the tap and save you from pumping. C. I can get it ...
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Difference between “get” or “have ”?

I am wondering what is the subtle or delicate difference in meaning between the following? A. I had my hair blonde B. I got my hair blonde
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what does “virtual” mean here and why? or what is its concept here?

I am wondering what is the concept of the bold part here? although I know what it means. Meanwhile, would you please show me what is the difference in meaning between the italic part and A-- my ...
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How to use “settle down”?

I am wondering if we must use both of the bold parts together? Isn't one of them ellipsis? Must we always use both pairs - bold parts together? I want to settle down, and start a family. I want to ...

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