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Usage of the word 'easen'

I'm not a native speaker, but I remembered the word "easen" from some previous experience, and wanted to use that. I found an entry in Wiktionary on that word with many examples (though ...
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compound adjectives with "-made"

Can compound adjectives ending in -made denote something that is made of or from a material? For example, is "seaweed-made packaging" okay?
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Does the word "embarrassedly" exist?

My sister is an English learner. In her English exam I noticed this sentence: She just smiled ...... when her friends reminded of the day she slept in class. (EMBARRASS) The answer given is ...
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A mathematics nazi is part of the mathematical inquisition?

I learned that a grammar nazi is someone who seems extremely authoritarian in compulsively correcting people's grammar mistakes and other errors while practicing languages. And today I learned another ...
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proper word form required

pls kindly check the proper form of the below words outlined in the text below. I cannot check the answers, but the person who passed had "disgusted" and "lacking" marked as wrong. ...
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What do you say at the end of an E-Meetings? [closed]

Let's say, in our office, we used to take calls/meetings through Zoom & Webex. Usually, people say "Thank you. Thanks", at the end of the meeting. What else can we say in a polite and formal way? ...
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Adding "goer" at the end of a word?

Is it possible to add "goers" at the end of any word (words indicating a place)? I know there exists the words like: restaurant-goers, church-goers, etc. but I'm not sure about the other words such as ...
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Is X et al. one word or multiple words?

as you know in in-text citation, we use this format to cite a reference of more than two authors. For example, if the first author's name is X, we write: As stated in X et al. [1], ... Because ...
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adding "ness" always make an adjective to a noun

Is it always possible to add ness at the end of adjective to make them noun?
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Why is the word 'skilful' not spelled 'skillfull'

Skilfull seems the sensible spelling to me as this compound word refers to sb or sth that is full of skill. So why isn't it spelled as the word it comes from?
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How do you make superlatives from compound adjectives like 'long-running'?

Is it 'the longest-running' or 'the most long-running'? There are words with, I'm not sure what is the scientific term, an "inner" flexion in English (for example, 'passers-by'). Is the superlative of ...
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Can I use some adjective instead of prepositional phrases like 'of both sexes'?

Would 'both-sex' or 'both-sexes' be okay (like 'both-sex contestants/team etc.')? Some other compound adjectives? You can, for example, say 'two-faced' instead of 'with two faces'. I need something ...
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Can I use 'monarch-appointed' as a compound adjective (for example, 'a monarch-appointed prime-minister')?

I want to refrain from using an adjectival phrase because I would prefer to avoid any confusion ('Governorate-generals were headed by governors-general appointed by monarchs whose job was to keep an ...
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How do I make adjectives from names of regions? California → Californian. Easy. Zabaykalsky Krai →?

Is there some universal rule? Do I even need to add any suffixes? Maybe, I can use those proper nouns on their own, as modifiers, can't I? I see three options: 'Zabaikalian voters' (or 'Zabaykalskian'?...
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Why the D is silent in Fidgety?

There are a lot of word’s letters that can’t be pronounced, like The D in Fidgety, the K in know, and the H in hour. Is there a rule or something that I most follow to know it.
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Why people say ‘a racehorse’ and ‘a racing car’?

A horse bred and trained for taking part in racing is termed a racehorse, while a car made for taking part in racing is called a racing car. Could anyone figure out any reason for this apparent ...
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A three room house but a three headED dog

Why doesn't A three room house have the "ed" ending while A three-headED dog has?
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Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final -ed, but also say "a one-person job" without?

Why do we say "a one-legged man", with a final "-ed", but also say "a one-person job" without the "-ed"? We also say: A two-minute walk. A six-hour flight. But then we say: A green-eyed ...
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Is "or" in the word "doctor" a suffix?

Is "or" in the word "doctor" a suffix like "or"s in "inventor" or "actor", or not? I've seen some people taking an example of "doctor" to explain the suffix "-or". If it should be a suffix, "doct" ...
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Is using word "discriminatable" wrong? [closed]

Is it totally incorrect to use word "discriminatable"?
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Word formation of fold?

I saw this sentence this morning and I don't know which word I should put ... world's worst ________ environmental disaster. (fold) I know one form of fold is folding but it seems not suitable in ...
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Is there any pattern or logic in word formation?

Is there any pattern or logic in word formation? For instance: Suppose we have the verb "associate" its meaning is: "to relate two things, people, etc" now the noun of that verb is "association" but ...
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Compounding of — teakettle

I came across the word — teakettle — and couldn’t figure out what it meant, until I came to a realization that it was two words in one that is. So why is that? Why are the two combined to name one ...
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"Restlessnessfullness" or "Restlessfullness" or combining words

I was pondering over this for some time: We have a word "restlessness" which means "impatience" in most cases or sometimes "fidgetiness". We have a word "fullness" (fulness) which mostly means "...
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Gimme, gotcha, and goeth

I wouldn't want to separate this question so I ask. Where do such words come from? Is there a story of how they appear in speech. I know that "gimme" means "give me", "gotcha" means "got you", and "...
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Why is it that a noun can be added with -ed?

The question is raised from the viewpoint of a foreign language learner. -ed is known to be added to a verb to mean past tense or past participle, but some phrases like four-legged animals, winged ...
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Person with a long forelock

How can I call a person who has a long forelock? I've tried to add suffix but I'm not sure about it. "Forelock" in Russian is "chelka" and a person with long forelock we can call "chelkastyy". Is ...
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How would I properly say that I already went last year?

This is is a formal internship application letter. What I'm trying to say is that the same shebang happened last year, and I got to go and it was great. Is this sentence correct? "I had already ...
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Why is it “Deadpool”, not “Dead Pool”?

I have watched the movie Deadpool. I found the name quite interesting and read the following article about its origin. As explained in the movie, Deadpool takes his name from the “dead pool” at ...
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