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This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the several possibilities available for a particular meaning, and which one of them would be the most appropriate.

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whats the best verb to describe this situation?

You have two bills for $100 each. You paid $150. So $100 paid/bought/was for the first bill and the other $50 paid part of your second bill. you still need to pay the other part of the second bill. I ...
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What do we call “three people who united on a person to destroy something he\she has”?

Let's say that X is a girl who has a deal with Y, she would absolutely get many benefits of that deal after it comes to its deadline. However, there's A, B, and C who are three people that hate X and ...
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Which are the correct sentence [on hold]

I decided to change my T-shirt, pants, and sneakers for formal clothes. I decided to switch my T-shirt, pants, and sneakers to formal clothes.
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What do we call a wife who “cheats” on her husband (without having sex with the other person)?

Is "cheater" the suitable word for calling a wife who cheats on her husband in a secret romantic relationship with another man (no sex included)? I found that "cheater" is a slang word, and I don't ...
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Best way to say after calling someone and no answer!

What is the best formal way to document when you called someone and did not succeed to get hold of him/her? I am usually documented the case as calling Mr X but no answer, but have the feeling could ...
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during which time vs. when

In the sentence below can I use "when" instead of "during which time"? The rise of the using of cell-phones was particularly noticeable between 1999 and 2002, during which time the use of mobile ...
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In or on connected with contract meal booking

I am in a plight of choosing preposition between in and on. I have several instances as follows: Will free texts be included in/on the phone contract (plan)? What am I going to get in/on this meal? ...
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Representative for or of

Claude Miller, a sales representative for our farm equipment products, is truly an asset to the company, having increased its annual profits by as much as 25 percent. What is the difference between ...
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What is the meaning of “below” in here?

As far as I know, below something is like saying that one thing is physically under something else because it’s beneath it. But I’ve come across what looks like a different usage of the preposition ...
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“I found an Interesting comparison, and it is ( or was? ) …” Are there another ways to say this sentence? Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

"... I found an Interesting comparison (here), and it's about the cardiac muscle's immense power: You should have learned that skeletal muscles can contract rapidly, but get tired easily. On the other ...
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Sensitive, cranky, irritable, touchy

I get angry very easily by other people. I'm a very sensitive person. How do I describe this kind of personality ? Sensitive, cranky, irritable, touchy, mean. I got these words from the dictionary,...
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with something vs by something

The transaction was successfully authorised with the bank can I substitute with in the sentence with by? If so, does by the bank have any different meaning than with the bank?
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Does this paragraph sound native? [on hold]

The bill of July was issued on August 2nd and the amount of your bill is $113 and you have a grace period till August 23rd so please make sure to pay it before that date to prevent any barring on your ...
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Is (visit or go to guarantee) correct?

What I would like to say is that you should go to the nearest store or the department where they can fix your mobile for free because you have a warranty. what is the place that people visit when ...
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How to use “by the pound” and “in pound”?

I see they use “sold by the pound”, but can I say “sold in pound” instead? Also, they use “measured in pound”; can I say “measured by the pound”?
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“With knowing” grammar checking AND/OR synonyms

I have this sentence that forms a disaster for me. I know what is wrong with it but I can't find some suitable fixes. The sentence is: I'm actually wondering why did the chef keep silent all that ...
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Need help understanding the meaning of a word and looking for other ways to express the idea

Author: The report noted that “Personal causes of unemployment have received, heretofore, a disproportionate amount of attention” (citation) and called for policy measures reflecting an ...
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Why is “on the season” used in this sentence?

The 5-foot-8 midfielder scored a goal and notched an assist for three total points on the season. (The San Diego Union Tribune) I thought the preposition in usually collocates with season. Why is it ...
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'Work on the remote' or 'work remotely'?

What is the best way to name a kind of work when you do your job from home? (For example, I want to write an essay about it.)
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Which of these two sentences is correct? [on hold]

Which of the following sentences is correct? I have a tremendous amount of respect in you. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you.
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how/what to feel about sth

Someone breaks some bad news to you. You are taken aback, and you say "I don't know how to feel about this". My question is, should it be "I don't know how to feel about this (one)",or should it be "...
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Sharpened or sharpening [closed]

having been drunk the driver was aggressive influenced by the speech of random passenger which lead him feel ________ in his job Sharpened or sharpening?
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How to correctly express this sentence?

Yesterday, I met one of my friends. Then, I met another one. This (another friend) looked happy and told me good news. Is it correct to use "This another friend"? If no, how to refer to the other ...
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In terms of ranking, competition, is it idiomatic to say “won THE first place“?

In terms of ranking, competition, is it idiomatic to say “won/took THE first place“? I have always used and heard it without the definite article.
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prep.+ a period of time

The number of attacks on the capital had gone down over the past week... Plants need to be looked after and protected during bad weather. Wages have fallen by more than twenty percent during ...
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Proving for someone that “Clothes don't present me”?

I want to defend my dress by saying that clothes (in general) don't present me, but after that, I want to support that sentence by adding one of these two: I'm a lot bigger than a piece of cloth to ...
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Need help with “federal and provincial governments refused state support”. What does this actually mean?

That individual distress as such would not elicit any substantial government succour became clearer than ever during the hard-hitting depression of 1913-14. Public debate and investigation was ...
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In American English, “was passed” or “was overtaken”?

As far as I know, it is common in American English to say "to pass him" instead of "to overtake him". However, is it common for a sports commentator in the USA to say "Тhe runner was overtaken ...
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Can we say “Yes, you could” when someone asks “Could I wear jeans at work?”?

Ok, according to my study We can only use "can" & "may" to give permission in present Eg: I can / may wear jeans at work.= I have the permission to wear jeans at work. I am not sure if I can ...
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Pass by the front of the house(phrasal verb)

Let's say there is a 'haunted house' in a town and its neighbors are terrified by it every time they pass by, and you say it like this: The haunted house's neighbors are terrified every time these ...
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Would they call it a “rent” in English?

What if I own a house or an apartment, but I still need to pay to the state every month for providing water and electricity to my house. Would they still refer to it as "rent" (Like "You need to pay ...
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Is there a viable and satisfactory alternative word for the verb “feature”?

Is there a viable and practical alternative word for the verb "feature"? Feature [intransitive, transitive] 1 to include or show something as a special or important part of something, or ...
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(“In … terms” structure) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else?

(In _____ terms, ...) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else? If we can use both of them, what is the difference, if any? He's really tight-fisted, I ...
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“To be” or “for being”

Hello everybody, glad you invited me. I'm so happy to be/for being here. What is a better option to use? Is there any rule in deciding which to choose and when? I mean, not only in this example. ...
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“matters to” or “matters for”

I am a bit confused when to use matters to and when to use matters for in a sentence. When referring to a person I always used matters to as in It may not matter to you. But sometimes I also use ...
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Usage of the phrasal verb “look at” when there's actually nothing to see in this particular example

I wonder whether the usage of the phrasal verb "look at" is possible and OK when there's actually nothing to see(by eyes) in this case. Now let's move on and look at the structure of skeletal ...
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The use of the verb “do” in context

Tell me please If I used the right word in the following sentence I have been doing powerlifting for 3 years. Does the sentence sound natural? if it dosn't, would it be better If use the word ...
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Should I use 'true' or 'real' in “This is a {true/real} story…”?

This is a true/real story about a dog that has been adopted as a puppy. What is preferred to use in this sentence? I think I could use both, but I'm not so sure :(
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How can I raise the possibilty here?

● How can I raise the possibilty here(after "I mean")? I decided to choose an interesting subject, I mean a topic that you are really interesed in. ● What’s the correct procedure in cases like ...
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which word is better in the sentence? [closed]

I'm confusing between "product" and "item" Which word do you guys think it's better in the below sentence? A tool for searching free shipping items on Amazon or A tool for searching free shipping ...
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A verb for “going back in history”?

Let's go back in time about one century to see how people were thinking about this problem then. Let's go about one century back in time to see how people were thinking about this problem then. ...
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Infinitive vs Present Participle in this sentence

I had an English test today, which had a question like this - The king had many occasions ________________ (experience) the power of the writing on the paper during his reign. Just for context, ...
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Difference between “Are you sure to continue?” and “Are you sure you want to continue?”

A: "Are you sure to continue?" B: "Are you sure you want to continue?" Is the first sentence grammatically correct? And what is the difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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The possessive pronoun in this sentence?

One sees something like that and the picture forms in one's / their / his / her mind? Which of the above possessive pronouns are preferable/correct?
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usage of 'and other similar'

I'm correcting someone's article and this one expression really annoys me. Can 'and other similar' be used with people? as in Web developers, marketers and other similar specialists. I don't ...
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The corect use of the verb “leave” in context

Tell me please if I used the verb leave correctly in this context. Person 1: How many sets of squats do you have left to do? Person 2: I have 2 sets left. If the sentences don't sound natural,...
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How to write an essay without using 'used to' in following sentences?

I am writing an essay for an exam where I am getting all the sentences with the word 'used to'. Is there a way I can write it without using it. For example: I used to be reluctant to eat food. My ...
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Can possession of “gift” or “present” has two meanings?

For example, A gives a gift to B. A: here’s my gift for you. B: I’ve been waiting for your gift. Should B call the gift ”my gift” or ”A’s gift”?
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Can “aroma” be associated with perfume?

Can aroma be associated with perfume? I think that it is usually associated with food. I’m writing a technical document and would like to be precise. What is the difference if I choose the words ...
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There are many ways to say “from now on,…” or "After this…' or etc, but actually which expressions are more commonly used in everyday English?

As far as l can gather, there are there are many ways to say "from here on,..." or "After this..." or etc, but actually what expressions are more commonly used in everyday English? Hereinafter/...