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“considered” or “mentioned”

One article mentioned one valuable extension for their work (as a future work). I would like to say this in a sentence. However, I do not know what is the correct word to use. This extension was ...
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Does “a media work” make sense?

There is a genre of art called new media art or media art. What do you think about the expression "I created a media work"? Edit: If "I created a media work" is incorrect, what is a correct way?
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Fill in the blanks - Word: statistic

Fill in the blanks: In prediction markets, no individual opinions are excluded. Everyone can give an opinion. Also, since the group's decision is arrived at ________ , no one is forced to ...
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I find it hard to describe things about sea(or seas)

I am always have trouble expressing ideas about sea(or seas?) Like, if I was talking with our friends about whether or not we could see sea in our hometowns. I was struggling to express the idea ...
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there aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English

I am wondering which is the correct form for this sentence There aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English. plus, if I want to express I don't have lots time or chances ...
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“Stand to” or “stand”? As a meaning of tolerating

First of all, I'm really sorry for my bad English. I was watching the use of 'stand' as a meaning of tolerating, bearing So I made a sentence like this • It is really hard to stand to not meet him. ...
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Use of “which” in the middle of the sentence [closed]

Consider this sentence: There are many questions in this question I don't know to answer which one I don't know which one to answer I don't know which to answer I don't know which ...
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Is “get hairs cut” proper English?

A friend always writes in her emails that she and her husband are going to get their “hairs cut at a salon”, not hair cuts or haircuts. She grew up in the 1930s in L.A. so perhaps this was normal for ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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“a pair of variables” and “mixture of Gaussian models”, why in the first sentence `a` is correct while is not required in the second sentence?

As I mentioned in my previous question, a is a determiner used with a noun. However, I am confused about the usage of a in the following sentences. Let (x_1, x_2) be a pair of variables. The ...
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How do I email a clinic to book a consultation?

I want to email a clinic to book a consultation about some cosmetic problem I've been dealing with. Can I say I'd like to consult about ...(some cosmetic problem) Is this the right way to use "...
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Left vs. left from

I was under the impression that “left” and “left from” have very different meanings – for example, we can say: “The car left the garage an hour ago” Or “A pile of rubble is all that’s left from ...
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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Why are “they and don't” used here? [closed]

The song "Sing for the moment" by Eminem. Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs The song "Scars to your beautiful" by Alessia Cara. She don't see her perfect, she don't ...
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What does “tea ring”mean in this sentence and why “ring”?

I could not understand what is "tea ring" in this sentence, all I searched resulted in a "Swedish tea ring", as bread or cake, and I am pretty sure it is not. My guess is : it refers to some kind of ...
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Why isn't “a single + noun” a tautological repeat?

By definition, single means (1) : consisting of or having only one part, feature, or portion (2) : consisting of one as opposed to or in contrast with many (3) : consisting of only ...
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Information closing?

I came across the following sentence on the Internet, and I believe that "closing" doesn't collocate with "information" and that the whole sentence should be re-written. With the amount of ...
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2 Relative Clauses at once in a sentence

I want to ask about using Double Relative Clause in one sentence. To go straight to the question, I will show the sentence right away: 'Patients have to treated by people who have qualified ...
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Can I use a plural noun before “on of the”?

Is it correct to use a plural noun before "one of the" and in the following sentence should I use "are" or "would be"? if the sentence is incorrect please let me know the correct version. ...
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Usage of emancipation for purposes other than political or relating to a person

The dictionary says noun the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation. "the emancipation of feminist ideas" the freeing of someone from ...
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Can I omit “so” in “so as to do”?

Can I omit "so" in "so as to do"? like this: Post-market clinical studies are not intended to replace the pre-market data necessary to make the decision as to approve the device. here, "as to ...
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Can exams in university be called “session”? (Similarly to Russian “сессия”)

In Russian, the period of time when students need to pass the exams after a semester are called "sessiya"(сессия), "session". Can the same word "session" be used in English or is it just wrong?
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“First page” or “Page one” for SEO ranking?

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. I want to ask a simple question from this domain. My website is "First Page" on Google. Or My website is "Page One" on Google. Which one of these is right?
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Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here?

Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here? It especially centers on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 from health problems connected to AIDS.
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What does 'left off at' mean here?

What does 'left off at' mean here in 2 different sentences? Is it to mean just 'finish'? At the Academy Awards show, also known as the Oscars, talk of the #MeToo movement continued where it left ...
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Is there any difference between “cold wave”, “cold spell” and “cold snap”

I found that those three are all frequently used as I've searched each of them in NYT site. I wonder what's the difference among them in usage. The examples are as below. Cold spell: Although this ...
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Can you call your aunt without her name?

In Turkish we can call our aunts or uncles without using their names like: "Aunt! Where are you?" "Hey, uncle, how is it going?" Is this appropriate in English? UPDATE: Calling without name is ...
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Can 'Understood' be used here?

If someone tells you an instruction/order, can you answer with 'Understood', rather than 'I understand'? I felt like I heard that being used, but I'm not so sure.
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Class of economics

Is it okay to say "class of economics"? I am in high school and have a extended curriculum in a subject called economics or business basics. How can I say this?
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Is there a requirement about

Does this phrase sound natural? Is there a requirement about [something]?
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Does “political parties” mean the members of political parties?

And then had come the unlooked-for tidings of the imminent proceedings for divorce. And such a divorce! There were cross-suits and allegations and counter-allegations, charges of cruelty and ...
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Undefined symbols of library1 and library2 are the same

Is it correct to use the same like this: Undefined symbols of library1 and library2 are the same. I mean that both libraries have the same undefined symbols.
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How to understand “taking in the abrupt return to normality”

Harry stood quite still, all his senses vibrating, taking in the abrupt return to normality. After a moment, he became aware that his T-shirt was sticking to him; he was drenched in sweat. I don't ...
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Why the past form of 'read' has to be 'read' with just different pronunciation? [closed]

I am just curious about why this kind of words has to be defined this way. What is the advantages of using the same exact word as its present form with the only different is how you pronounce it. I ...
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Please explain 'if and how' and how paraphrase it

Please explain 'if' and how paraphrase it. Now, researchers aim to learn if and how animals can really enjoy their lives.
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Is this sentence correct - I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine

I have got this sentence I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine. In this sentence using word I hope here I am confused, why because I hope is kind of positive word but the sentence ...
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Using “defer” in this way?

I wonder if "defer" can be used in such a way: "We defer this discussion to the last section (of this paper)", for example. My hesitation came from that search results did not give similar usage.
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Phrasing of an instragram post [closed]

I have an account on Instagram. It’s everything about hair, like new haircuts or new hairstyles and I want to say something like this to make followers send their photos to me so I can post it on my ...
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“a rebound in the economy” VS “a bounce in the economy”

Despite a rebound in the economy, the fundamentals of many firms have not take a turn for the better. Despite a bounce in the economy, the fundamentals of many firms have not take a turn for the ...
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What does “a dead end” mean? Does it mean “dead”?

Taiwan independence is ‘a dead end’ Xi Jinping calls on Taiwan to reject independence and embrace ‘peaceful reunification’ with China. What does it mean...? I'm wondering, was he dying? Or is his ...
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How to express an increase in sth during some years?

I want to express an increase in annual sales of my company from 2013 to 2018. I have written the following sentence. I don't know why, but I feel that it's somehow strange, isn't it? If so, any ...
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“Have no inclination where they are”

I heard in a YouTube clip a line repeated several times: I have no inclination where they are right now. I have no inclination of where she is. I don't have no inclination of where she is....
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What do “conferences” refer to?

In this case the threat of the Zoological Gardens authorities that if the men "came out" the animals should come out also had intensified and precipitated the crisis. The imminent prospect of the ...
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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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“in that luxury” or “in the luxury”

The season of strikes seemed to have run itself to a standstill. Almost every trade and industry and calling in which a dislocation could possibly be engineered had indulged in that luxury. The ...
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“No, you must” vs “No, you must be” as a response to “You must be an idiot”

Let's say someone said, "You must be an idiot" to me to mean that I'm most likely an idiot. As a response to that, can I say these sentences below interchangeably to mean that that person is actually ...
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Does “calling” include “trade and industry”?

The season of strikes seemed to have run itself to a standstill. Almost every trade and industry and calling in which a dislocation could possibly be engineered had indulged in that luxury. The last ...
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in which a dislocation could possibly be engineered

The season of strikes seemed to have run itself to a standstill. Almost every trade and industry and calling in which a dislocation could possibly be engineered had indulged in that luxury. The ...
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one of those human hors d'oeuvres

The Duke of Falvertoon was one of those human hors d'oeuvres that stimulate the public appetite for sensation without giving it much to feed on. As a mere child he had been precociously brilliant; ...
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“Could use = want” always?

I know "could use" means "to want" or "to need" but, if I wanted to write the past version of I'm sure I can use this tool then, do I have to avoid using I was sure I could use this tool and ...