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Recall Vs. remember

In this context recall and remember would be the same? "I recall myself when I was 5 years old in my family house, it was an amazing time for me". "I remember myself when I was 5 years old ...
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Thank you for your interest / question / inquiry

My friend that I didn't saw for some time sent me a message and asked me "Hello friend, How are you?". What's the most appropriate / acceptable or natural way to answer him if I want to thank him ...
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What is the meaning of “co-opted” in this sentence? [closed]

I am reading Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, and on page 173 I get stuck in understanding this sentence: In some cases national and political connotations were an ...
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“Back here again in two years” or “Back here again after two years”

Which one's correct? "Back here again in ( ) years" or "Back here again after ( ) years"?
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What do you see if you enter 'clip' in the Windows 10 Search Box or Cortana?

I thought I made a mistake and inputed the word 'clip' in the search box and I saw that I hit the snipping tool which was really what I wanted. But the question arises: Are clip and snip in this ...
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How to write on an academical essay that a certain professor helped to do it?

What's the common way to write on a academical work / essay / research / thesis / PhD that a certain professor helped me to write it? Would the word "directed" is normal in such context? Directed ...
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What’s the difference? [closed]

Is there a difference between “no place to go” and “no place left to go”? e.g. There is no place to hide. There is no place left to hide.
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Should I use “key” or “a/the key”?

The word key is both an adjective and a noun meaning something is important. But which is the preferred one to use in terms of different territories? For example, should I say The hint is key. or ...
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Is it acceptable to use “For example” and “e.g.” interchangeably

As a general rule I know that I should maintain consistency if I choose some style, etc. But I am not sure about this: Is it acceptable to use the phrase "For example" and "e.g." interchangeably in ...
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How to use in points or score in context of exam result?

If I had exam and I was asked about my result and I want to refer to it, then what is the correct way for that purpose? I've got 95 score out of 100. I've got 95 points out of 100. Is it ...
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What word do we use for necessary but unspecified stuff?

Here's the question where did you go on the holiday? Nowhere. I stayed home and did some overdue job/task/work/.... Overdue is not necessary here, other words may fit. I want to talk about ...
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“story” without article meaning “past”

Some dictionaries say that the word "story" as a general noun means "past, past event, part of what was before". Does it mean we can use it abstractly to mean "history, what is past" without an ...
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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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Understanding this entry for “pushover”

The Online Etymology Dictionary has this for pushover: also push-over, 1900 of jobs or tasks; 1922 of persons (bad boxers and easy women), from push (v.) + over (adv.). I'm not sure I understand ...
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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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pacing the room

What's the meaning of "pace the room"? On Cambridge Dictionary pace means "the speed at which someone or something moves, or with which something happens or changes", but what relation this can get ...
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The use of “since” in “The Empire had long since fallen to the Barbarians”

Although Justinian’s reign started inauspiciously, he still enjoyed astonishing success. Rome and Western Empire had long since fallen to the Barbarians. But he and Theodora set out to recover the ...
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Wide variety or wide choice (in context)

Fill in the Blanks We offer a wide ....... of classes in this school. case variety part choice For me a wide variety of classes imply that we have various classes (in different ...
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To put/take/place your finger in/into/inside your nose

Which word do you think is appropriate for the following context? "Jim is very rude. He always puts/takes his finger in/into/inside his nose." Or, should I say, "He always places his finger inside his ...
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“White-side” meaning “from all flanks”?

ContextReverso website, when I input "со всех флангов" returns an English translation "white-side" (possibly as adverb), which they state means "from all flanks". Is it a special military term or is ...
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Energy vs Power

When do we use "power" and when "energy"? I often ask myself: What is energy and what is power? One game developer company asked me to translate their browser game into English and edit some of the ...
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Relevance & Purpose Question

I am really confused with question number 12. Options A and D both make sense. Option A because the gardener has a direct reference and is receiving gift, which is also a food. The information thus ...
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“Help toward reaching a goal”: Why use “toward”?

I've read this from Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary. avail: help toward reaching a goal The word "toward" confuses me. Why doesn't the author use "for" or "in"? avail: help for ...
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The word “little” inferring the meaning of something important, big or critical

I may have made it up but it seems to me that the word little on some occasions infers the opposite of its intended meaning in certain contexts: Those guys are going to pay for what they've done. We'...
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Involved to or Involved in

Read this context: Reading all of your speech from a note may give you confidence and ensure that nothing is forgotten or omitted, however it is the least interesting option for delivering your ...
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a book “said”…? Which expression do you use when you refer from books?

A few weeks ago, one of my friend and I talked about tomorrow's traveling course. I said, "my guidebook said a city walking course." But books can't say anything. So I thought "said" was a wrong ...
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Feel the difference between words

I am trying to feel the difference between these words: vacant, unoccupied, spare and free. If we are talking about locations that aren't controlled by military forces then which of the above words ...
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Case of “more” and “else”

I know that both "more" and "else" can be used in the meaning of "besides". Well, at least I think so. Here are examples: I have told you all I know. What else do you want with me? I have told you ...
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“Bake” with textures and visualisation

I often hear the word "bake" used when speaking about textures and visualisation in films, video games and 3D modeling. I don't want to sound silly but I can't quite understand this particular word in ...
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What does now refer to in this sentence?

I got a message from my bank after doing an online transaction of €110 You have now paid €110 to xxx. Is this sentence correct? What does now mean here? Does it mean recently? I am confused ...
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Honey, you are priceless!

Here's an introduction: I love the word precious. It's a wonderful word when you say it to your wife but I wanted to say that she is not simply precious but there just doesn't exist a price to pay ...
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Application begin-work action

In IT do all these words: launch, start, execute, and run have the same meaning? Have they at least a slight difference between them? Execute/launch/start/run Adobe Photoshop. As far as I know they ...
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“Cripple” vs “Break” [closed]

When speaking about bones and body parts what is the difference between a crippled body part/bone and a broken body part/bone? A crippled leg A broken arm
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Definition of “some” in this case

I would like to know what definition does "some" have in these sentences: Some friends you have! (bad friends that didn't come to the rescue) Some soup you've made! (delicious soup) Some winter we ...
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Explorerer and Discoverer [closed]

I'm trying to figure out whether exploration can imply discovery and discovery imply exploration. I think these two terms are linked. An explorer can discover when he explores. A discoverer may need ...
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What does “wings” mean here?

In the space sim Freelancer in one mission there's a line, "There's just too many of them. To all wings, protect the station at all costs." The tricky part is that you are in a wing formation of 5 ...
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What word is better to use here (word/talk/speech)?

It's a conversation between 3 people and I have doubts what to use for the bold part in text. A was telling what he was interested in and giving us some information B was trying to stop him ...
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How to tell the difference between these verbs?

In different sci-fi stories different words are used in different context to speak about changing location in the universe: Leap - to make a large jump or sudden movement, usually from one place to ...
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“But since” before “Now”

Is the word "since" needed there before "now"? Does it change the meaning? I was worried about you but since now that I know that you are okay I'm okay too. I made up this sentence but I am not sure ...
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In the song 'Come together', I want to know the meaning of 'over'

I like the song "Come Together" by the Beatles. However, I don't know the exact meaning of the word "over" in the lyrics: [Chorus] Come together, right now Over me
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Snap in “snap your fingers” [closed]

What definition of the word snap is used in the phrase "snap your fingers"?
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A neutral word for someone who behaves differently from everyone else

What do you call a person, that, given a particular social context, behaves or is led to behave differently from all others, perhaps ending up being regarded as a strange person and/or punished or ...
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Recognition - acknowledgement - best word

In some cities around the world people like to have other people recognize that they have done good deeds and are therefore worthy of other people's approval and esteem. I would like to know if there ...
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Word/phrase to fill the blank: “I could see my vague reflection on the misty window ___ my surroundings.” [closed]

I'm writing a short story, and here's where I'm stuck over word-choice: I peered through the window with the slick navy blue curtains, swinging to and fro to the movement of the minibus, blocking ...
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Does “hereby” sound too serious at the end of a letter to the visa office?

Well, I had to write a letter to the visa office explaining the reasons why I apply for the visa and what my background is in a brief fashion. And at the end of the letter, I used this sentence: I ...
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Help me understand the word “Doggo” in this image

I study English, I like it very much. Help to figure out. "Doggo" it is not clear in the context. Please explain how a native English speaker understand this phrase. Maybe we can replace the word "...
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'Have' or 'Has' with groups

Edit: This might be a duplicate, but I could not find a similar sentence (like mine) in any of the other questions. I have seen many questions on this topic on SE and forums. But I came across this ...
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Why Red Riding Hood?

As far as I can see a cape and a hood are mostly identical type of clothing. Does that mean that they are synonyms? What's the difference between them? I was watching the cartoon and the movie and ...
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Puddle vs Pool in different cases

I wish to know two things here: Is the word puddle still in use? In which case do we call water on the ground a puddle and in which a pool? Except for the big swimming pools those don't count. How ...
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Usage of 'increase in' and 'increase of'

People with A exhibited a significant increase in proteins A, B and C. XYZ is an event resulting in the decrease in protein C. A is increased in people with PQR. This increase of (in) A is ...