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AS meaning in this sentences

"As a beginner, I am happy that I learned a new thing." You will recognize this as your DoReMi-s.(https://youtu.be/n2z02J4fJwg at 4:52) What is the meaning of the "AS" there and when do we use that? ...
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In a very long sentence, is the latter always referring to the nearest one right before it?

chapter 6 of Bertsekas et. al's book "Introduction to Probability, 2nd Edition" says Generalizing from the case of a finite number of random variables, the independence of an infinite sequence of ...
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“However” Vs “Nevertheless” Vs “Nonetheless”

I wonder from the choices: a. however b. nevertheless c. nonetheless works in each sentence below: He has lived in NY city since he was a child; .................... he speaks English with ...
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“me and the other” or “I and the other”? [duplicate]

this post says I'm asking the same question as the linked one, I simply don't have enough reputation to comment yet, but hopefully, this one will more clearly explain what me and the other asker ...
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Are there 2 times in there?

cambridge gives this explanation of time When we talk about specific clock times or calendar time, time is countable. We do not say hour based on this, is it reasonable to as follow? there are 2 ...
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Difference between Lore and Story

One day I was having a conversation with an acquaintance about gaming and he stated that The game has a really good lore, but not much attention has been given to the story So what exactly is the ...
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Could “allow for” be replaced by “allow” in this particular case?

This book says ... In the next section we introduce a stochastic process called a Markov chain which does allow for correlations and also has enough structure and simplicity to allow for ...
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“Do (a house / an apartment) up” VS “Renovate (a house / an apartment)”

Doctionaries say: Do something up: To repair or decorate a building so that it looks attractive: Example: I'd like to buy a run-down house and do it up. Renovate: To repair ...
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Someone who buys and sells apartments, houses and foreign exchange

I was wondering what would you call a person who buys and sales houses and apartments" and "foreign exchange and currencies"? Actually, I know several terms, but I have no idea how they differ in ...
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Which is right to say: "i went home early last Friday'' or ''i came home early last Friday''?

Which is right to say when you are already home and on phone with someone? "I went home early last Friday'' or ''I came home early last Friday''
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A word for “an acronym made to remember sequences”?

Example: In elementary math, students learn to remember the prioritization sequence: Paranthesis, exponents, multiplication, divison, addition, subtraction. To remember this, all first letters ...
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Is it okay to use the word “launch” when talking about public transportation?

I always hear "to launch an app" or "to launch a campaign." Can "launch" be used in a situation like this? In 2010, Tokyo Metro launched the women-only passenger cars. I have doubts because I ...
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COUNTER-INTUITIVELY

I am trying to figure out what "counter intuitively" actually means but I just can't understand and perceive it. I searched up the dictionary and it says "counter intuitive" is "something that is ...
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Gone to the competition or for the competition

A girl had taken part in a competition. She had to go to another school. Someone asked me "Where is A?". I replied: She has gone to the competition (or "contest) to school X. She has gone for ...
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Someone who lacks personality

To me, the words "personality" and "character" more or less mean the same thing, but I wonder if for a person who is not personable, we can say: He lacks personality. But would it be ...
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Plural pronoun for singular (collective) noun and instead of him/her?

For example: The government is being flayed for their abysmal performance. Is this sentence correct? Can we use singular verb "is" and plural "their" simultaneously? Also, can we use they/them ...
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When someone changes their mind in doing something

I wonder what word do you usually use in the following contexts: Scenario 1: I was a student of art at the university of X. Two years ago, when I was a junior student, I changed my mind and ........
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Use of the word “through”: she kept staring at me through all the classes

Consider the scenario where my friend had a fight with a girl. That girl then kept staring at me as if I had caused that fight. We (that girl and I) had all of our classes together. She kept ...
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Concrete examples to supplement(s) when talk about some operation or explanation

I am confused with the usage of the word supplement. A similar usage might be a 16-page advertising supplement where it means an additional part of a book, newspaper, report etc Following is ...
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“Proper” vs “Appropriate” vs “Suitable”

As Cambridge Dictionary says, "proper" means: "real, satisfactory, suitable, or correct". Also, it is said that, "suitable" means: "acceptable or right for someone or something". An finally, "...
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“Ratio” vs “Proportion”

As you know, "ratio" is a relationship between two groups or amounts that expresses how much bigger one is than the other. While "proportion" is the number or amount of a group or part of something ...
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When I compare 2 similar sentences, are they 2 “expression” or “expressions”?

I asked a question just now. Expression_1: all the balls in the box Expression_2: all of the balls in the box I'm comparing 2 similar sentences, are they two "expression" or "expressions"? I ...
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Would you please rephrase the sentence below because it is a little too vague to understand?

We play a very, very emotional game,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “I think sometimes you have to allow people to have their emotions. I don’t think nothing of it. I think he has a long road ...
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“all of the balls” or “all the balls” in the box?

I answered a question just now Given a set S = {x, y, z}, then all the possible subsets of S are {}, {x}, {y}, {z}, {x, y}, {x, z}, {y, z}, {x, y, z} where, {} denotes the empty set. I ...
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Usage of that/and

The feeling you get when you re-discover a song from your teenage years you had completely forgotten existed and actually liked. Should there be either an and or that just before you? Or are they ...
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Take a few minutes of your math class

Our class had been practicing for an upcoming play.(They aren't practicing at the moment because they're studying Math). Our Math teacher was teaching us, when the teacher who was in charge of the ...
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Take up doubts, a topic

When a teacher discusses something in the class, is it be okay to use "take up"? We'll take up this topic tomorrow. We'll take up X tomorrow. And about "doubts" and "queries": We'll take ...
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Can cause/lead be followed by a that clause?

What I want to know is if lead or cause can be followed by a that clause? The shortage of this item will cause/lead that the production cannot be on schedule.
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Fraction line vs stroke

In mathematical fractions, what is the correct and proper term (in British English in case of more variants) for the horizontal division line between the numerator and the denominator? What I find in ...
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Is “does” ever required in the following sentence?

I have the following sentence. Why auto sync consumes a lot of Internet data? Will it be better/ accurate, if I write it as Why does auto sync consume a lot of Internet data?
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Hook/Clasp/Latch? (For a necklace)

When someone fastens a "clasp bracelet/necklace", will it be natural to use: She clasped her necklace/bracelet. (I feel this sounds okay) She latched her necklace/bracelet. (Maybe this sounds ...
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A space which is good to be in -> A space to be in (?)

It seems that "a space which is good to be in" is grammatically acceptable (with "in" at the end of the sentence). "Space" in this example refers to an intentionally designed living/working/public ...
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Excuse me and I'm sorry

can you guys show me the most considerable differences between the meaning/usage of excuse me and I'm sorry?
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Is the use of the word inspite right in this context?

This is a notice drafted by one of my lawyer, which I think has an opposite meaning compared to how it should be. Just a bit of context- someone (a fraud couple) didn't pay me money for a property ...
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Do I use “also” in a correct way?

I was typing an email and reviewing it. I cannot decide if I used also correctly. Can anyone help me? "I am pleased to attach herewith my application form, for your kind consideration. Also, the ...
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He had taken 5 fewer apples

Please wait 5 more minutes.* Could I use fewer instead of more? He had taken 5 fewer apples.
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“Prepare” Vs “Get / Make ready”

As you know the two verbs "prepare" and "make/get ready" are two completely similar verbs and have lots of semantic overlaps in usage. Aside from some broader usages of the verb "prepare", the only ...
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Refuge… a God's protection

When one seeks divine protection and says I seek God's refuge. This sentence doesn't give a write impression. I think it should be: I seek refuge in God. However, what would be the best ...
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efficacy or effect

In reading I've come across a word 'efficacy' for the result that an edible brings to your body. Such as, we say: Peanut has hot efficacy. Is it a right use? I feel the word 'effect' is generally ...
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“there will be 2 discussions tomorrow”, is this express grammatical and idiomatic?

per Longman, discussion is countable in this case This led to a discussion of our favorite books. which means an occasion when you discuss something, or the process of discussing it in this ...
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“should I” or “do I need to”? which one is more appropriate?

I asked a question on this post should I put ... at the end? in case someone is not familiar to sequence-of-sets, this could be viewed as a punctuation at the end of a sentence (bad analogy). ...
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How can I point a precise location in a book? it seems there is not much people use the expression like “the third last paragraph”

assume there are some people discussing a book. one would say page number n, paragraph m. another one would say page number n, the third last paragraph. is it a idiomatic expression? or there is a ...
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When we talk about “`the` Natural numbers”, are there some special cases where we should not use `the` in the context of math?

per wiki begin the natural numbers with 0, corresponding to the non-negative integers 0, 1, 2, 3, … , whereas others start with 1, corresponding to the positive integers 1, 2, 3, … . when I ...
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Improving “numpy could transfer each element to string type”

This is a list of integers (list_1). [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] This is a list of string (list_2). ['0', '1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10'] numpy is a tool, could turn ...
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“in the non-rigorous way” vs. “in a non-rigorous way”

I answered a question just now, where I said Actually, you are calculating the false positive rate (FPR) instead of the false positive, it seems that wiki example uses this term in the non-...
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“It was me who brought it (my puppy) up” or “It was me who brought up it”

I've heard people use "It was me who brought it (my puppy) up" all the time and never heard of anybody use "It was me who brought up it" because when using "object pronouns" with phrasal verbs, we ...
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What does 'manage that much' mean here?

What does 'manage that much' mean here? And, please, explain why 'much' is used in this case and its meaning. Then the door to the cafeteria/gym opened, and a Mr. Jenkins came out. Which Mr. ...
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Is it correct to use 'looks'? [duplicate]

In the followong sentence, I'm confused with the use of 'looks'. Is it grammatically correct? She looks an interesting girl.
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What does “in official capacity” mean?

What does "in official capacity" mean? I was thinking it meant "officially" or "publicly", but it seems to mean "representing the government officially". So it might be wrong to say the following: ...
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to clarify — who is the one who needs to clarify?

From Dictionary clarify: to make something clearer or easier to understand Who is the one who needs to clarify? In a situation when someone explained a concept to you but you have some doubts ...