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Choose most suitable words between smear, smudge, smut, and smirch

This is a vocabulary test of my doctoral examination. To find only one suitable answer from A, B, C, D. I looked strange, not to say dangerous, hatless, dew-soaked, ________ with yellow mud, and ...
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Meaning of sophisticated [on hold]

I am little confuse about meaning of word sophisticated. If I am saying She is sophisticated woman. He is sophisticated man. than is she beautiful or intelligent or something else & same ...
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How to understand the usage of 'face' in “the face of an immigration debate”

But Tibbetts' father said his daughter wouldn't want to be the face of an immigration debate and he begged for the family to be allowed to grieve privately. This usage of 'face' is unusual to me. ...
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Quite or pretty?

I took this sentence from the students book. What is the best choice: Being a doctor is a quite/ pretty stressful job? In the book “pretty” is given as a correct variant, but with no explanation....
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“By myself” vs. “for myself”

I want to know the difference between these expressions "for myself" and "by myself", because I don't know how I should use them, for example: I had studied English for myself until I attended a ...
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My last novel had changed/had been changed three times before I was happy with it

My last novel had {changed/been changed} three times before I was happy with it. Should I use "had changed" or "had been changed" in this sentence? I sometimes see cases that it is possible to use ...
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Why use singular they? Why not make a new word to distinguish its meaning? [on hold]

Why English uses singular they instead of making a new word for it? In my native language there's a word dia which has the same meaning as he/she, but it doesn't give information about the gender ...
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Are the words 'other' and 'further' interchangeable?

I'm writing an article in English (not mother tongue), and I named a chapter: Other classes of ciphers. Is it ok if in this case I use the expression Further classes of ciphers?
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What is the meaning of 'out of'?

I don't understand the meaning of 'out of' in the sentence below: "We had to make sins out of what they thought were natural actions" I think that 'out of' means 'what they thought not', but my ...
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Usage of the word 'trot'

I have seen a plethora of examples of sentences which use the word 'trot' in the context of horse gait, meaning a moderately paced running of the horse which is faster than horse's walking but slower ...
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Help to understand the usage of “after” in “Nothing you need to get a chain saw after yet”

Wareheim said so far the wind has only knocked down branches and limbs small enough to be carried. "Nothing you need to get a chain saw after yet," he said by phone. As I understand, the sentence is ...
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What does this figurative usage of “swampy” mean?

Not to pooh-pooh the Doobs and their smooth, aged take on swampy, countrified soul, but this show belongs to Steely Dan. (source) I have checked several dictionaries but haven't found one listing a ...
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Should I use “is” or “has” here?

I am confused about how to use "is" or "has" in one way or the other. Is it correct to say " he is gone to the back gate " or it should be "he has gone to the back gate" because I think "gone is a ...
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usage of 'nor' in the beginning of the sentence

Consider a situation where Jonh and Amanda (They are friends ) go to a restaurant. John has never been here with a girl before and Amanda has never been here with any male friends. Now John says" I ...
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Is “left” correct in “I didn't get to see that movie before it LEFT the theaters.”?

Today, I saw the following sentence on my English-learning magazine I didn't get to see that movie before it left the theaters. But, I think the verb "leave" in this sentence is kind of weird… So, ...
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How to correctly place “plaza” in a store name?

The word "plaza" is actually a Spanish word and had been adopted by major English dictionaries. My issue is that I don't know to correctly place it in a store name. For example, if I want to use the ...
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Intransitive usage of “solve” in NY Times Crosswords and Games section

Friday is the day of the week when, most of the time, we let go of the need to cling to a theme to help us solve. (source) Is "solve" used intransitively here? According to MacMillan and Cambridge ...
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Can we use “much” before “like” in positive sentences? [closed]

I know that we can use "much" before "like" in negative sentences. What about positive sentences? Can we use it in them too? For example, can we say, "He is much like me." to mean "He is a lot like ...
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Misused word in “What topics can I ask about here?” section

Not sure if should be here or meta, but as a word doubt I post it here. In the section What topics can I ask about here? , there is a line about reposting questions on Stack Exchange sites. ...(...
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Is this the same? 'run me out' and 'run out on me'

Could you explain word-usage of 'run me out'. I think it means the same as 'You can't just run out on her.' What verbs work in the same ways? I mean - Are there some general rules in gramma about ...
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in vs within usage

If I say I want this job to be done in 5 days, does this sentence have connotation of completing it in the next 5 days. However, what I'd like to express is a expected processing time for this job, I ...
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Which is/are correct among these sentences [closed]

Bye Kunwar, see you later. Bye Kunwar, see you soon. Bye kunwar, see you again.
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Vocabulary . Preciseness

In the question below, the answer is clearly A; however, it is indicated C, somehow. Question: But in many respects, the vaunted role of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the ...
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The usage of synonyms of “many things”

Throughout the years when I read texts written in English, I came across word groups that basically mean many, additionally to one words having similar meaning such as several or numerous. However, ...
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Appropriate use of EVEN THOUGH

I have written a sentence below. Even though he is 55 years old, he still looks quite handsome. Is the use of even though in this sentence appropriate or should I use although instead?
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Can I use just one example after “such as”?

Now I want to write a sentence as follows for my scientific paper: Microwave energy is an efficient heating tool for the materials possessing dielectric molecules such as water. Here, is it OK if I ...
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Usage of the verb “to bridge” in the IT context

I faced with the using the verb "to bridge" in IT context (as an example below), and I am not sure whether it is right to use it in a sense of connecting smth to smth. For example, For using the ...
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Combine singular and plural form of 'party'

Recently I came across following sentence on a form at a client's intranet: Enter the domain name(s) of the external party(s) you want to share with. Except for the fact that the sentence doesn't ...
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“I am sure what is going to happen next” is this grammatically correct?

"I am sure what is going to happen next" I have 2 questions for this sentence. Was I supposed to say I am sure about what... with about or without it? If we omit the "I am sure" part, the sentence ...
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Does the “ass” in “smart-ass”, “lard ass” etc. mean “smart donkey” or “smart butt”?

What's the literal meaning of ‘ass’ in expressions like ‘lard-ass’, ‘hard-ass’, ‘smart-ass’,… etc.? Does ass here in such expressions mean donkey or butt?
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Is it correct to say “They crossed 10km”?

I came across the following task in my book: They carried/crossed 8,120km in the longest windsurfing journey. Obviously "crossed" is intended to be the correct choice here, but I have never ...
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How to say more cheerful in one word?

Can I say cheerfuler ? Or is it better to say cheerfully. Like 'more good' -'better' ?
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Commissioned Service Always Paid or Not

The word "commissioned": I know that commission also means a fee for a service rendered. But, if you are commissioned to do something, does it automatically mean that it is a paid endeavour or it ...
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Can the word Alibi used in positive context or for a masquerading adjective

Mostly I see the usage of word Alibi in a negative context especially in the legal parlance. Following is the definition from Oxford Dictionaries: NOUN 1 a claim or piece of evidence that ...
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Different usage with “dinner”

Is there a difference if we use the noun "dinner", the phrase "to have dinner" or the verb "to dinner"?: Are you going for dinner with us? Are you going to have dinner with us? Are you going to ...
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Does the phrase “for your exigencies” sounds natural?

I faced the problem to find the proper word that could mean "for what you need to do" in this sentence: Skint is BYOD system, that means you are supposed to bring your own laptop in order to use ...
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What the difference between 'make me' 'get me' 'has me' in meaning 'to force' [duplicate]

In many cases 'make me' 'get me' 'has me' doing something mean 'to force'. What is the difference between them in this meaning? Is there any sense to use one or the other?
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Which is a better alternative for “limitations” in this context: “lacked resources” or “lacked the capability”?

This is from a book review by Michell (1920): "[...] provinces tried to meet the need [of tackling unemployment] by [...], but the limitations of purely provincial and unrelated bureaus became ...
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What is the difference between breath and breathe? When to use breath and breathe? [closed]

These two words really confuse me all the time even though I want to use them properly but I can't choose one cause I don't know when to use breath and breathe.
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What's the difference between “veggie” and “vegetable”?

What's the difference between "veggie" and "vegetable"? Can I use them interchangeably? or is there any difference in terms of meaning and usage?
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Should we use “the” before “current”?

I was wondering wether it's necessary to use definite article before "current" when it is used as adjective. For example: According to (the) current forecast it should be raining. Should I ...
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With this occasion [closed]

I'm attempting a direct translation from my native language to English, because I can't think of the English form at the moment. I'm trying to say "because of this day, I would like to do something..."...
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What's the difference between “turn out” and “end up”?

I would like to know when I should use "turn out" and "end up". I notice that "end up" is more universal than "turn out". See an example: I’m sure it will all turn out well in the end. or I’m ...
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What <realize> means here [duplicate]

I found out her name was Sera. I might have heard from others / I might have googled her. So I became aware of it. I figured out her name was Sera. I might have been keep trying to ...
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Just = only a short time after that [duplicate]

I had just arrived home last night when I remembered that I had left my keys in the office I had arrived home last night, and only a short time after that, I remembered that I had left my keys in ...
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word choice - realize notice find out figure out [closed]

The other day, I was at the bookstore and I noticed there was a woman surrounded by a large crowd. It was hard to tell what was going on. So, at first, I figured it was an employee handing out free ...
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What does “jumping anyone on a depth chart” mean in this context?

Except that now Lynch is done. At least in Denver. There may be other teams out there who want to give him a shot, but it’s hard to see him jumping anyone on a depth chart — assuming he’s claimed. I ...
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Help to understand the usage of 'hit' in “which could hit in early September”?

President Trump’s proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported goods from China, which could hit in early September, has unnerved many American businesses and customers who think that Trump is ...
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Why is New York often said with the word “City” in English?

Usually, while watching some videos/movies or reading books in English, I tend to see that people always adding the word "City" to New York(New York City). What's behind this stuff in English? I can ...
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Would it be strange to replace “crowded” with “massed”?

I couldn't find this usage on Google (search results), so I'm not very sure if it's a right way to use the word "mass". Example sentence: The train was more massed than usual.