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How do I justify that my research topics are covered by the English language field?

I have asked this in the Stack Exchange for English language and for Academia and one commented to try here. Please read and tell me if there are other tags I can add for my question. I need your ...
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What does “sticky” mean in this context?

Could you please tell what is meant in this context by "sticky"? Does it mean that little girl was irksome as all the little kids use to be? Thanks a lot for help. "He knew it was dangerous; the ...
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Adjectives that describes a person who likes to collect mementos and keepsakes

Are there any adjective that describes a person who likes to collect keepsakes? I’m having a hard time looking for words on the internet.
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Before and Until can have the same meaning here?

In this sentence Bellow, I can't see the difference whether I put Before and Until. I didn't like gambling before / until 2020. What's the difference? Sometimes, I just don't buy it: in some ...
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Use A instead of/ rather than B

I wish to know if I should use Instead of or Rather Than in this sentence: Sometimes, people use pencils instead of/ rather than pens. I'd rather use "Rather than" (since it is used for preference)...
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How to say the following thing?

If I have a phone number in usage & after some time I no longer does, how do I then say it with just one verb in active form & without using negation? So apart from the following way:- I no ...
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Right vs privilege? [closed]

Apparently both are similar. How we can differentiate between right and privilege? Please kindly explain with examples
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Gorge on Vs binge on Vs devour

I've looked up the definition of "gorge on" in Lexico dictionary and it says "eat a large amount greedily". But I don't quite get it. How is it different from "binge on" and "devour". Could you please ...
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Ways to say “to take something by hand” in English

I would like to know how to say "to take something by hand" in these contexts. For example, we have: Pick, grab, take, etc. And I wish to know which word would fit the best in these sentences I ...
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the town of Castleford

From Cambridge dictionary: He was born in the small town of Castleford, in Yorkshire. I'm not sure whether I understand this correctly. Is it a town called "Castleford"? Or there is a bigger ...
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meaning of “funky girl”?

Although i tried searching google but couldn't came across any digestible stuff my question is that if a young girl in her early twenties make an email id as "funkygirl", what is the meaning of "...
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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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How do we say add through CGI video edit?

How do we say add through CGI video edit? I am sure there's a proper way to say this, but I have no idea how to say it in an idiomatic way. Someone need to make a video and add in a CGI hat of ...
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“Been so long *since*” + Present Perfect Tense

I'd like to ask: What's the meaning of present perfect using it after _been so long since_? For example: Someone phones me and says: It's been so long since I've talked to you. Or for ...
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Can square mean a reounded number?

Can square mean a rounded number as in "Can you knock 50 dollars off the price and make it a thousand dollars square"? The seller is asking 1050 dollar for the merchandize and the buyer is trying to ...
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an office for dealing with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail

Is there a word for an office that deals with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail in a company or other organization? I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the meaning of “indicate otherwise?”

"First, the Handlins cannot adequately demonstrate that the White servant's position was improving during and after the 1660's; several acts of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures indicate ...
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On demand or On request

Which one is more comfortable as a native speaker: You can get support ______________ from a professional (on demand / on request) What if I used the word suggestion instead of support? Would the ...
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Identifying parts of a sentence

I just answered a question on stack overflow : https://stackoverflow.com/questions/57920126/how-to-make-sense-of-this-scala-stacktrace/57920452#57920452 In my answer, I used the terms "subject verb ...
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What does it mean by “hold one's heart.”

It's in Sara Bareilles' song, 'hold my heart'. The song's about a break-up with a man that Sara loves but who didn't love every aspects of her including her pains and darknesses. And there it goes, "...
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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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Definite vs definitive

In the following sentence why is definitive used and not definite? Even though she's hung up without giving him a definitive schedule to pick up the containers, this call marked the first outward ...
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Bluer or more blue in “its more blue offerings can get steamier”?

As I know, a monosyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with -er, while polysyllabic adjective is usually made comparative with word more. The problem is that I found an article that uses word ...
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“Leave on” vs “leave”

Can there be a missing on when I say somebody leaves on some date? For example, is it okay if I say: We'll have to leave September 1st, because we have to be back in school on the 2nd. instead of:...
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What's the difference of act, perform, conduct and operate?

I'm not a native speaker, I just an Asian who feels interested in English. I puzzled about them how to use them right. Act, perform, conduct, operate have meanings approximate about to behave in the ...
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Searching for adv modify

Could you please help me find (or give me) the site that explains amount of adv modify please? I found just some of them doesn’t enough hard /difficult (for ex; early,pretty,gradually and really etc.) ...
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Which expressions, verbs, vocabulary… Should I use in the writing for the B2?

I'm going to take an exam of the B2, and I wanted to know, what is the vocabulary, the expressions... Etc... That they want? Because all I can find in every website is "complex expressions... ...
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I will have the opportunity or I will get the opportunity

I am confused between because according to google translate translation of both of the sentences are same. I will have the opportunity to work with best dancers. and I will get the ...
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Can I say “for a vacation” to emphasize “not a business trip” in the sentence below?

This is the original sentence: "I came to Italy last year for a business trip." can I say: "I came to Italy last year for a vacation." ? I want to emphasize "not a business trip".
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verb + a wounded body part?

I am looking for a verb that can take a wounded body part as its object. It roughly means "give careful attention to" or "treat (a wounded body part) carefully/gently." Two examples I can think of are ...
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were <met><welcomed> by

The context ; The soldier -Private potton- had just come back from Dunkirk.He was among the first two hundred soldiers to arrive home in England. As the soldiers left the boat that had brought them ...
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Immediate/prospective husband,mate,significant other,wife

I wanted to know what is the correct collecation for (for example) significant other who has not come to someone's life yet( an unknown person or a probable person who gonna come in the future ). Is ...
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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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praising poetry about a saint

I was searching for a suitable word for a piece of writing composed for speaking high of a pious man, such as a saint. I found one: encomium. Can we use the word 'encomium' for a piece of poetic ...
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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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redux in “vector class redux”

I encounter the word "redux" in "Vector Class Redux" when reading the book "fluent python", In redux | Definition of redux in English by Oxford Dictionaries redux adjective [ after noun ] UK ​ ...
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What is the “mood” you are in when you shake your head called?

You see that somebody just cannot figure out how to open a new tab (something you find easy) and you shake your head. What is this mood or feeling called?
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What is the proper way of saying “internship period”?

I don't even know how to put this... I got accepted to a programming job in a small firm but technically I haven't been accepted yet. They are evaluating my skills and abilities to see if I am capable ...
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What is the meaning of “As a whole” in this sentence

People responding to a survey are different from the target population as a whole. If the phrase as a whole is taken out of the sentence, the meaning would still be the same correct? If so, what ...
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Is the use of spiel correct here?

Cambridge dictionary defines spiel as "A speech, especially one that is long and spoken quickly and is intended to persuade the person listening about something". Based on this, is the following ...
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“my hours are set”, “coverage”, “time window”

I am working on composing a letter to my boss requesting that she give me more assignments, but such that I be eligible to meet company's mileage-reimbursement policy. Meaning that if she just gives ...
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Clean up time: Put away your toys

I am looking for very clear written instructions for a 7-year-old person or anyone who can read. The instructions are about putting away legos and throwing away trash bits left on the floor. I am ...
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What is a word for 'being discrepant from something'?

I'm writing a report and I want to describe some data points A becomes discrepant from data points B when a control parameter increases. I think I have learned a one-word expression for being ...
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What is the best replacement of normal?

The Armstrong limit, often called Armstrong's line, is a level of altitude in which water boils at 37C, normal body temperature. Here is the question: Which one of the following best replaces "...
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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 does shrug off mean here?

What is the meaning of the phrase in bold in the following sentence. I just shrugged off when he fired me. Does it mean to stop talking about it? I found: Phrasal Verb: shrug off. 1. To ...
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Can I use “exchange” instead of “discourse”? What exactly is “media discourse”?

Please explain me like I'm 5 what is discourse in context of media. I understand it as the message sides of a debate exchange through there attitude towards the problem but then I don't understand ...
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“No” verses “not a”

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary. No I didn't read your e-mail. I'm no snoop. Can I say: No I didn't read your e-mail. I'm not a snoop. If I can, what's the differences between them?...
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Grokking the word `scheme` in URI

A generic form of URI is: scheme:[//[user[:password]@]host[:port]][/path][?query][#fragment] scheme here means protocol which whereas has no relation to its original definition. I cannot really ...
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What is the appropriate word for these? -> one day, one month, one year and so on

I want to know the most appropriate word for these. one day two days three days one month two months three months one year two years three years The context where these appears is that they are ...