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stooped or kicked in "He laughed and stooped them all into the river."?

In the movie "little mouse who was a princess", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv1CFTWdofk. at the time of 10 minutes 52 seconds,i saw a sentence He laughed and stooped them all into the ...
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Is it "finger clicking" or "finger snapping"?

Is it "finger clicking"? What verb should I use if not "click"? "Snap"? Are both ok? It's just that if I say "finger snapping", one may imagine something ...
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What word should I use to describe the "ending/end" of a committee, work group etc?

When a body in an organisation is no longer useful it is... Abolished? Discontinued? Terminated? Ended? Closed down..? And what's the corresponding noun? That is, what words could I use for the verb/...
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Is it weird to say "lo" and "yea" nowadays?

Is it weird nowadays to hear someone saying yea or lo nowadays?
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Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" the counterpart of "beauty queen"?

"beauty queen" is a woman who won a beauty contest. What is the general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest? Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" ...
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What do you call someone who does not drink alcoholic beverages at all?

Could anyone please let me know, what do we usually call an individual who never drinks alcohol? It can be either for health issue, or health care or even some personal barriers like religious beliefs....
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What is the meaning of "wherein" in this context?

This is a piece of text from the internet about the significance of the use of a Mickey Mouse theme in the movie "Full Metal Jacket": The singing of the Mickey Mouse theme song at the end. ...
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Correct form for frontend, backend and fullstack

I'm wondering what is the correct form for 'frontend', 'backend', and 'fullstack' developer. Grammarly provides some suggestions but I require expert advice on how to use them correctly. I've read ...
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May I add a word to in some range expression when reading it?

A sentence written as below: Expeditions range in length from two weeks to three months, with team of 12-45 people aging 18-70. Should I add a word to in the range such as 12-45 and 18-70? That is ...
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How write a word for "× "?

In the sentence: If they do not copy the object accurately,the teacher may mark × through their paper and have them try again. How write a word for "×" ?
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Burn a fire or light a fire?

Light a candle or burn a candle says "Light a candle" and "burn a candle" are both grammartically OK. In the dictionary I see "light a fire". Then is "burn a fire&...
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Does "all day" refer just 1 day or every day?

If we say He played all day yesterday or He will play all day tomorrow, it refers just 1 day. Suppose, a boy plays all the time day by day and doesn't go to school. Do we have to say:? -He plays all ...
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What exactly does "drafting" in "drafting body" mean?

I've been wondering about the term "drafting body" for bodies that prepare different matters in an organisation; I understand the use of "drafting" when there's actually a draft ...
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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail? Here, in the image, we see three pointy things protruding out of the text bubble on the four "sides" of some of the ...
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Is there a better synonym to "non-intrusive"?

If you are a photographer, you may want to take your pictures in a way that doesn't influence the surroundings and the people around you. As a result, you stay merely an observer, not an off-camera ...
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What is the semantic difference between "paid" and "payed? " [closed]

What is the semantic difference between "paid" and "payed?"
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

I want to express the idea that I'm really bad at recollecting something from my memory, but "I have a bad memory" sounds a lot like I remember (maybe fairly well) something bad that ...
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"to have been to" and "to have gone to". Which should I use?

In the situation where you want to mention your experience of going to London, you use "been" instead of "gone", don't you? As in I have been to London three times. and you don'...
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add pollution to the air VS add air pollution

I read a sentence, While most printing companies use toxic inks that add air pollution, this company uses non-toxic inks that don't. I think it should be While most printing companies use toxic ...
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What do you call the person who goes through the minutes after a meeting and checks that everything is correct?

At any formal meeting, you appoint a secretary to takes the minutes, and another person to go through the minutes after the meeting and check that everything is correct, right? Now I'm wondering what ...
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The rate for a room is £30, but breakfast is extra.(the verb "be" as "exist")

The rate for a room is £30, but breakfast is extra. The verb "is" in the sentence above means "exists", thus, extra is an adverb?
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Does "bare-assed" refer to being completely naked or just naked from the waist down?

According to my research, "bare-assed" is both adjective and adverbs. And some say it means "completely naked" others say "just naked from the waist down". In some ...
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Is it correct to say "She is standing at the cat" or do we use "at" with moving objects?

We often use "at" with nouns that are fixed in one location. For example, "We sat at the table" or "She is standing at the door" Can we use "at" with moving ...
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To 'express' values or 'espouse' values? [closed]

Humans develop their own value based on their experience. Which is correct: To express one's value To espouse one's value
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Imagine two patients presenting for emergency care with aching jaw pain

Imagine two patients presenting for emergency care with aching jaw pain. Does the verb 'present' can be used as an intransitive one and like 'presenting' as a present participle here? Does the ...
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Anchoring bias describes the cognitive error you make ~

Anchoring bias describes the cognitive error you make when you tend to give more weight to information arriving early in a situation compared to information arriving later. "Anchoring" ...
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a fourteen-day holiday vs fourteen days' holiday

I'm going on holiday on the 12th. I have to be back at work on the 26th. So I've got a) a fourteen-day holiday b) fourteen days' holiday I chose a), but the answer in the book is b). Is "a ...
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Surge vs upsurge

When to use which? Definitions by Collins: Upsurge If there is an upsurge in something, there is a sudden, large increase in it Surge A surge is a sudden large increase in something that has ...
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If a single species disappears,

If a single species disappears, every other living creature could be affected. Can I replace "a single" with "a single of" like: If a single of species disappers, ~ ?
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Oncoming, outcoming and forward meaning

What are the meaning of the following three words in a context? (I know the meaning by themselves but I can't quite picture what they mean) Oncoming lane Forward lane Outcoming lane I am not really ...
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What are the beginning and closing template of a video?

I often see a beginning and a closing attached to a video, especially videos produced by some big brands, and such beginning and closing are the same for the same brand. It's like a template: the main ...
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Example of the expression in the context

Can someone provide me with the context ( not the biblical one) for the expression ' Poor as Lazarus' because it is a little bit of a challegne for me to find one.
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Can "borrow" be used like this?

"You have a lot of books!" A says to B, kneeling in front of B's bookshelf. "Do you mind if I borrow one for a bit?" Can borrow be used here even though A is going to read the ...
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What's it to ______? (anyone/someone)

We know that the phrase: "what's it to someone?" is used to tell someone angrily that something does not concern them. Example1: What's it to them what I do on the weekends? That's my time ...
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Usage of the word dawn

Following are some of the sentences which I framed using the word dawn Not sure if it is a proper way to use it. I was trying to understand it for a long time and today it dawned I am reading the ...
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I will send cards to my friends to(or for) wish them a happy New Year

I will send cards to my friends to wish them a Happy New Year. I will send cards to my friends for wish them a Happy New Year. May I replace the preposition“ to” with“ for”? Does this make any ...
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What do you call someone who introduces an important principle?

Let's say there is a person, for example a man named Abraham who introduced a principle which led to a significant development of something. Am i able to say that: The advocate of this principle is ...
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in the/their hundreds [duplicate]

Which word is correct in the following? Tourists arrived in the/their hundreds. People flocked in the/their thousands to see her. The region attracts tourists in the/their multitudes. The second ...
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Why do we use "was" not "were" here: There was a lot of wind and heavy rain?

Why do we use "was" not "were" here: There was a lot of wind and heavy rain? Is it because wind and rain are both uncountable so they are consider as singular nouns, or is it ...
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"Far above" vs "Well above"

Are "well above" and "far above" interchangeable? I know that we can use "well" when talking about something that is above another thing. Can we use, "far" ...
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What is the difference between "He made it through the crowd to me" and "He made his way through the crowd to me" in this context?

I am inside a crowd and he is outside the crowd. What is the difference between "He made it through the crowd to me" and "He made his way through the crowd to me" in this context? ...
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Is it proper or redundant to use both the words "institute" and "college" together in naming an educational institution?

Is it right to use the words "institute" and "college" in naming an educational institution namely "Institute of Public Policy & Leadership College"?. It is an ...
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The use of "miss" as in "When did you first miss the necklace?"

miss [transitive] to notice that somebody/something is not where they/it should be. e.g. *When did you first miss the necklace? From https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/...
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Wasn't you Vs Weren't you? [closed]

I was wondering which one is grammatically correct and why? I got corrected when I said the following "wasn't you singing this song the other day" from wasn't to weren't.
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups etc? That is, what verb goes in the slot in the following examples? Bodies that are _____ through election shall... ...
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Is tip a derogatory word

I have noticed the word tip being used for waiters. Is the word tip applied to people of small income groups? Does it have any negative to it, or can one use this word for anyone and say like - I will ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "you need a subject in your sentence when talking to grown-ups"?

In some countries, it's very rude if a child talks to an adult without a subject, even when there's a word like "please" in the sentence. For example, it's very rude if a child says to a ...
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I hate nights/night/the night

If I am someone who generally hates nighttime, which of these sentences can I say to express that idea? - I hate nights. - I hate night. - I hate the night. I am nearly completely sure that we can say,...
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What's the meaning of "what prospectives to make superficies to seem body" in Bacon's essay?

In Bacon's essay "of seeming wise", there is this sentence: It is a ridiculous thing, and fit for a satire to persons of judgment, to see what shifts these formalists have, and what ...
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Their luxurious lifestyle/lifestyles

I'm interested in celebrities' luxurious lifestyle/lifestyles. Should lifestyle be plural because celebrities is plural? Or maybe it should be singular if those celebrities only have one lifestyle?
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