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“an example of use” OR “an example of usage”

I was answering a question on StackOverflow, I wrote a code snippet and provided an example of how that piece of code should be used. I was going to write Here's an example of usage Then I was ...
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“Require” or “Need”

I thought that the two verbs "require" and "need" mean the same thing, while I saw these links: link 1 and link 2. Now, I don't think these two verbs are always the same. (Though I have my doubts ...
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What will be a natural way to describe something someone has already sipped or eaten

If some takes a sip of a juice or any other liquid and another person drinks that from the same glass, what will be a natural word in English for that? And of someone eats something that a person has ...
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What is a single word such that it is not too deserted and it conveys the meaning of “desiredly”?

I am after a word that is not too unknown and that can convey the meaning of "desiredly? Here "desiredly" is only used to make a point; I did some search and am under the impression that there is no ...
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Can we use the word “image” for all digital pictures?

I was reading this question : Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them? As a technical person, we use the word image for all digital pictures. I wanted to know is that ...
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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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using “a/an” with “enjoyment”

Can enjoyment be used with an article "a/an" or should it always be a non-countable noun? For example, Listening to her was always an enjoyment. Among numerous examples of using "enjoyment" in ...
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What is the difference between “I am sorry to miss your concert” & “I am sorry for missing your concert”?

Here is from the dictionary Sorry (adj): [not before noun] feeling sad and sympathetic sorry (that)… I'm sorry that your husband lost his job. sorry (to see, hear, etc.) We're sorry to ...
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Is it right to use the structure “do as well as doing”?

These properties are particularly useful in travel items which can face varying climates and weather conditions, as well as withstanding the rigors of various transport methods and rough handling. In ...
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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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When a child/an adult sit with their shoulders towards each other

Please imagine someone draws their shoulders towards each other and lowers their chin towards their chest. What they are doing? For more clarification please have a look on my added pics and let me ...
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To include something in your daily routine/plans/schedule/timetable

Let's imagine someone is giving some pieces of advice to a person who is looking for some hobbies for their leisure time. He says: Have you ever read about the benefits of reading books?! Did ...
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“Besides” Vs “Plus” Vs “On top of that”

As you know, both of the adverbs "plus" and "besides" and also the idiom "on top of that" are all informal and a as far as I'm concerned, mean the same thing. (I know they have other meaning! I'm ...
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Which group are you in/on? (AmE usage)

I know that it's usually "on team" in AmE. So is it the same with "group". Like if I have to ask someone about his/her group: I: Which group are you in/on? Person: I'm not in/on any group. So ...
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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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“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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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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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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“Variability of” vs “variability in”

How to choose between "variability of something" and "variability in something"? Both forms appear to be widely used, e. g. Google: "variability of this" (21m results) and "variability in this" (27m ...
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“In the end” or “At the end”

Which of these phrases is correct: "We are in the end." "We are at the end." I know that most of the time when using "at the end" there should be a noun. Like, "...at the end of something". But ...
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“Is he serious?!” VS “Is he being serious?!”

"Is he serious?!" VS "Is he being serious?!" Which phrase is correct? The context is: Jack makes a silly mistake and John replies, out of frustration, to everyone else in the room: A: "Is he ...
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“Clumsy” or “Awkward”

Let's assume an inexperienced guy who doesn't know where to say what to a girl at the first meeting and says some irrelevant and out-of-place words which may even offend the girl. Or Let's ...
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Preposition with 'unbecoming.'

What is the difference between various prepositions used with unbecoming? E.g, unbecoming to vs unbecoming for vs unbecoming of. And sometimes when there is no preposition at all, like conduct ...
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when someone say “yesterday was raining, so I didn't go outside of house” is it “raining” or “rainy”?

I heard someone said "yesterday was raining, so I didn't go outside of house", which seems to be a misuse. per this post To describe what is actually happening right now, you use the verb form: ...
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“a right way” or “in a right way”?

I heard a lot people omit the "in" while saying "in a right way". for example if a kid play with a knife, someone would told him/her "you are not using the knife a right way" is it grammatical and ...
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“of” vs. “from” in introductions with company affiliations

A person who owns a business called BBB Cupcakes is making a tutorial video for a for-fee e-learning platform. The hour-long video is purely a cupcake making lesson; it's not directly an advertisement ...
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I don't have it /have it with (I have it/with me)

If someone asks someone that if someone has something, what will be natural: I don't have it. I don't have it with me. And: I have it. I have it with it. Socegat do you think?
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“in turn” or “in return” - which is correct in this sentence?

Your gift is the most immediate way that you can help our school which {in return / in turn} provides tuition assistance to families in need, bolsters academic programs, and enhances our students' ...
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My birthday is coming/coming up

If I am telling someone who doesn't know when's my birthday, while not being precise, will it be natural to use 'coming'? I guess it doesn't sound idiomatic though it's grammatical. Will it be ...
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Have a thing for, about something

I read "have a thing about" is actually having strong feelings about something either negative or positive. My question is whether "have a thing about" is used for negative feelings as well? And ...
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what is “collections of data”?

I am learning this post the article says Google News uses a technique called clustering to group news articles into different categories, based on title and content. Clustering algorithms ...
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How to describe this figure clearly? 2 dimensional feature vector?

This post is discussing the perceptron model. x_1 and x_2 are x axis and y axis respectively. should I call this figure 2-variable function or 2 dimensional feature vector, or something else?
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‘have not been able’ or ‘have been unable’?

The archaeologists have been unable to discover her identity. The archaeologists have not been able to discover her identity. What is the difference between them?
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You can see where he'd have trouble!

In the link below, at 2:51, what does the following mean and why did Ross say "Would"? Ross: You can see where he'd have trouble! This is my conclusion: I think WOULD is used in a hypothetical ...
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The usage of “excess”

Suppose A and B usually come together. For example 10 units of A and 10 units of B. However, sometimes you may have 15 units of A and 10 units of B. I want to say that A is in excess .... B. Or ...
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Can you “change/exchange” it to an orange juice?

I know we don't ask the waiter to get us a different order once it has been put on our table, but anyways if you changed your mind and the waiter brought your order and you want to say "can I get an ...
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Persistent much? (What does it mean)

Someone had written “Persistent much, huh? Well, then let’s start with my family background.” What does “Persistent much” mean? I looked it up, but I couldn’t find it’s meaning.........
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How to attribute the adjectives “open/closed” and “undone/done” to a “zipper”, “zip”, “fly” or a “button” correctly?

It strikes me that almost always using all four adjectives "open/closed" and "undone/done" for all the words "button", "zipper", "fly" and "zip" can be used interchangeably and freely; but I need to ...
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Can I add ‘if’ before ‘they’ in the sentence?

Did you know they were coming by air? Can I add ‘if’ before ‘they’ in the sentence above and is it usual to delete ‘if’ before ‘they’ ?
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The difference between ‘He had only been there for a few minutes’ and ‘He had been there only for a few minutes.’?

The difference between ‘He had only been there for a few minutes’ and ‘He had been there only for a few minutes.’ ? The ‘only’ was put in different position.
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Can I replace if with whether?

Judy wanted to know if the flight ticket to Shanghai was valid? Can I replace if with whether in the sentence above?
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Describing a Concept as “Delusional” or “Illusional” Here?

So I wonder if there is any chance for such a use of the term "delusional" to make sense (even for exaggeration): We will show that such-and-so concept can be delusional. If not, would "illusional" be ...
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Have your birthday in December,Birthday in December

Someone was conducting a survey on people who have December Birthdays. So he said: 1.What does it feel like to have you birthday in December? 2.What does it feel like to have a December birthday? 3....
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Initial talking or initial talk?

I just saw "initial talking" as the title to the introduction on an academic text. I had only seen "talk" not "talking". Is initial talking also used as an introduction of sorts?
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free to charge to meaning in this context

The MATERIALS shall be delivered to Receiving Parties (i) (omitted) and (ii) free to charge to Receiving Parties. My question is, what does the phrase in bold mean in this context? Is it saying that ...
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Which sentence is correct grammar

A little background info, one of my favorite bands is doing a world tour next year. I live on the East Coast and all their concerts on the East Coast are in July, August and September. I am going to ...
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Biginnig of waiting or the onset of waiting?

there is one thing that i don't know. Can you guys help me plz? Situation : There is a girl who can't be together With her boyfriend because he is in army. And thinking of the moment that she has ...
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Conjunction usage in this example?

1) She was in a good position now, with time on her side. 2) The painting was reframed and hung on the wall, more stunning than ever. 3) The painting was reframed and hung on the wall, a stunning ...
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What does the word “should” mean in the sentence

For Mrs. Bennet, a woman's worth is determined not by what she is but by what her husband has, and it would be a great shame If any of her daughters should remain single. Why the word "should" put in ...
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How do you use the word “aged”?

which one is correct please: "children aged eleven to fifteen" or "children aged eleven to fifteen years" or "children aged eleven to fifteen years old"? Thank you.