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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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Is the use of “present during” in “…capturing feelings present during a reading…” correct?

Art style and music create a very mysterious and terrifying atmosphere accurately capturing feelings present during a reading of this short story. I want to say that a movie's atmosphere captures or ...
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Is this correct: “A strong voice for your interests”

We choose "For a strong voice for your interests" as a slogan for a trade union election. Is this correct English? It sounds strange to me, especially "interests" in this context. Would "Concerns" be ...
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Is this a case of implicit “but”, or a comma-splice sentence?

In a computer book (Programming in Haskell, second edition — Graham Hutton), I found the following sentence. This new edition not only adds many more concrete examples of concepts introduced ...
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“Suicide” vs “Suicide Response”

I have some trouble figuring out the correct usage of "public safety and suicide" in the following phrases. Based on my google search, I found the usage for "public safety and suicide officers", "...
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Don’t use that supplement or your stomach will (hurt / be hurt / be harmed / be damaged)

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me which one of the following self-made sentences does not sound natural. (To me, the only natural one is the #3 and other sentences do not sound idiomatic ...
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Is it appropriate to say that my birthday comes (or arrives) in May?

Is it appropriate to say that my birthday comes (or arrives) in May, Or Christmas comes in December? Which other alternative can I use instead of comes or arrives?
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Question about “for” and “whenever”

"I watch sitcoms whenever I feel sad." Can this sentence can be paraphrased as: "I watch sitcoms for feeling sad"?
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Is the structure “should do something” JUST advice form of “simple present tense”?

We all know that simple present tense is used to show habitual action. I play tennis. (current habitual action) She does not play tennis. (current habitual action) She always forgets her ...
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Do we use “would do” or “would have done” after “if it wasn’t/weren’t for…”?

In dictionary, if it wasn’t/weren’t for…: used to say that somebody/something stopped somebody/something from happening If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be alive today. (seem like ...
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what is the meaning of 'not if'?

I wouldn't let them do it, not if they don't pay you are the meaning the same in above sentence with or without 'not'? My first understand to this sentence is that the whole sentence should be***'I ...
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Have I used “Such a” in an appropriate way?

Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way? Congratulations for having such a little bundle of joy.
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What word describes knowledge interesting for more than one field?

What word describes the below definition best? A knowledge which is interesting from more than one field point of view. Would polyvalent suit this definition?
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what's the difference between preaching and proclamation

I checked the meaning of preaching the delivery of a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church. and the meaning of proclamation a public or official ...
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“I'm not being confusing?” -> why Being?

A: A wild dog? B: I'm not being confusing on purpose. Their bites are nasty. Why did B use 'being confusing'? What if B said like... "I'm not confusing" "I don't confuse" then how would it be ...
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Too much knowledge are/is sitting in too few minds. Do I use “are” or “is”?

What I want to say is that we have produced a large amount of knowledge collectively. However, we only know a small portion of what is known individually. Since knowledge is an uncountable noun, the ...
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How different « explanatory,explanative » and « increase,increasing »

Explanative and explanatory, they both are adj also the increase and the increasing ..they both are nouns -the meanings are the same(or aren’t they?) If they aren’t/ be irreplaceable,could you please ...
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What's the difference between “walk sth” and “walk + prep + sth”?

I've just seen the phrase walk the moon and I thought it should be walk on the moon. I double checked this in the Oxford Dictionary, and I found another phrase walk the moors. So I guess ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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what does the adverb “newly” modify in this sentence?

What does the adverb "newly" modify in this sentence? Certain Italians who were newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments initiated a classical cultural rebirth after a long ...
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Is there a requirement about

Does this phrase sound natural? Is there a requirement about [something]?
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“that's the case”, “that's the fact” and 'that's the truth".

A: I am sure we didn't make a mistake at all ,dealing with the complaining customer. B: Well, if that's the case and why are we being warned about this? Q: In the above sentence, What' the ...
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How to use Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being

I had some doubt about the usage of Human beings, Mankind, people, Humans, Humankind & Human being. I noticed that there are some questions about those words in 'ELL' community, but none of them ...
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Is “class room” instead of “classroom” considered a mistake?

When talking about a classroom in school, college or university, is writing "class room" instead of "classroom" as a compound word considered a mistake? I am asking it because one of my classmates ...
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Why 'anything' used instead of 'something' in this sentence?

In no time at all, Defense Against the Dark Arts had become most people's favorite class. Only Draco Malfoy and his gang of Slytherins had anything bad to say about Professor Lupin. "Look at the ...
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“such that”, “so that” or “in a way that” in this sentence

I wrote: The problem is that "can we cover the bigger rectangle with small rectangles such that no two rectangles overlap and no gap opens up" Is it a correct usage of such that? Could I use "so ...
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Is “As expected of” uncommon IRL conversation?

I watch some anime shows and there are lots of expression about expectation. I searched them in Youglish for just making sure. Then I got a few results referring "expect nothing less from", but not a ...
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“a slowdown in the economy” And “weakness in the ecnomy”

There has been a slowdown in the world economy. There has been weakness in the workd economy. Here, I am confused whether "a slowdown in the world economy" means the economy grow positively at a ...
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Should I use “to a significant extent” or “by significant extent” in this sentence?

I find the meaning of to some extent as follow: to some extent Somewhat; partly; in a limited way or to a limited degree. Your essay would be improved to some extent by tidying up your ...
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Can I use “everything” after a list?

I want to describe something by saying it can do or has this and this and that, then putting the focus that it can do or has literally everything. Here’s an example: He has it all—money, a good ...
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What verb can I add before information retrieval?

I thought "do information retrieval" and "perform information retrieval" may be OK but seems informal. Could anyone recommend a verb which can lead information retrieval in a formal way, for instance ...
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The use of the word “yet” in context

Tell me please if I used yet correctly in the following sentence. For this exercise we could use a rubber band, but unfortunatly we don't have one yet. I have noticed that natives predominantly ...
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Type of sentence/correct usage

It makes you consider the difference between riding down that road in a car, versus driving down that road on a bicycle. What do we call these type of clauses, where they have a comparative ...
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How to consider the example of a word's usage 'repeating' its own meaning?

I was to put this question months back but was not getting a proper example. Now, I have one in my hand! I had observed it many times that dictionaries give examples of words' usages. But at times, ...
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What is the difference between “glamorous” and “mesmerizing”?

I looked up both "glamorous" and "mesmerizing", but I am still not sure which one is the better adjective to explain some beautiful eyes which are attractive and capture attention: ... glamorous eyes ...
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“the threshold of” vs. “the threshold for”

A few minutes ago, I told my friend to try not to get drunk again, and although I could've simply said, “Try not to get drunk next time,” I said, “Try not to pass the threshold for drunkenness next ...
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What are the differences between “all year / day / month..” & “all the year / day / month…”?

We often hear: I have been working hard all year / day / month When should we say this sentence? Say at the end of 2017, I say: I have been working hard all year Does it mean: I have been working ...
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How to use although

Is "although" correctly used in the following sentence? Or is there any other way to convey the clause after the comma? Gaveston is the dissolute and insolent friend of Edward 2 who was banished by ...
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The position of the word “best”.Very naive question

A textbook gives me a simple sentence. I don't know who can best perform this task. Should I change the position of the word best as followings, could the implication change in someway? I don't ...
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“Wood board” vs “wooden board”

Intuitively, wooden board makes more sense, for wooden is an adjective meaning "made of wood," whereas wood is both a noun and an adjecitve. Google Ngram viewer also seems to suggest wooden board is ...
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Attributive adjective usages

today i bumped into this: "The woman responsible for this incident is not here at the moment."(1) The sentence sounds perfectly natural and easy for the ears. However, when i replace "the woman" ...
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When is it appropriate to say “listen”?

I've noticed native English speakers sometimes saying "listen", along the lines of (imagine talking on the phone, for instance): Listen, I would need ... It feels natural to me, but I wonder when ...
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Is “improve/enhance formats” proper English?

As we know, when we edit posts in stack exchange, we need to fill Edit Summary area: I didn't realize improve formats may not be proper English until searching google improve formats and enhance ...
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TO more accurately detect and TO more efficiently solve a person's problem

I'm wondering if we have two adverbs in English in the basic case below: Knowing a patient's medical history enables a health provider to detect a patient's medical problems more accurately to solve ...
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Take something from upstair or from downstair

what is the correct daily english when we want to get someone to "take something from upstair or from downstair or from high position". Can we say " Hi Dear, can you please help to take "something"...
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Usage of a verb, Prevent

I would like to know when I can use prevent. When I searched for the verb in dictionaries, it says to stop something from happening, or stop someone from doing something Longman So I thought I ...
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I want to express that I write about something. Which sentence should I use?

I want to express that I write about something. It could be history, politics etc. Which sentence should I use? I write articles & blog posts focused on ___ I write articles & blog ...
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What is the main clause here?

"This third objection also applies to other explanations of the forcé of morality which appeal to the interests of the person who must act. For example, it may be said that you should treat others ...
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Defining introductory clauses with contrast to subordinate clauses

In the coldest weather, they made a snowman Although, they got cold, they made a snowman What are some alternative words or sentence/clause examples that function in a similar capacity to a ...
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Should I use “Speed up” or “Speed-up”?

Phrase: ___ and repair of a slow computers. Should I use speed up or speed-up instead of ___? Some dictionaries say that "Speed up" should be used only as a verb and "Speed-up" as a noun (noun ...