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What is the difference between “say” and “tell”?

I really get confused when to use say and when to use tell. Which is appropriate in the following: What did he tell? / What did he say? What are you saying? / What are you telling?
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Can you add "that" in front of adjectives? What difference does it make?

"It's not that easy" / "I don't play Facebook that much" vs "It's not easy" / "I don't play Facebook much" What's the difference??
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The use of "over" in the following sentence

He was despondent over the breakup of his marriage. You could say A. He was despondent regarding/concerning the breakup of his marriage B. He was despondent because of/due to/as a result of the ...
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What phrase should I use to say that a girl rejected a guy who was rude to her?

How can I say that a girl rejected a guy who was trying to pick her up (and he was possibly rude to her)? For example: Mike was trying to pick her up at the party yesterday but she just ______ him. ...
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May I use "data treatment" to mean "data processing"?

The word treatment, as in handling, is used in several Latin languages (e.g. traitement in French, tratamiento in Spanish, trattamento in Italian, tratamento in Portuguese, etc.) in the context of ...
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Which usage of the below sentence is right?

Was writing a text for a post. But was not sure what was the right way to put it. Bajaj​ serving Backbone support to run the first ever online competition by Microsoft​. Bajaj​ serves ...
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Can I use "metamorphose" this way?

My own example: "I will get me metamorphosed in this tough life and eventually make me a man of quick parts" "a lot of entomologist think metamorphosing these moth would take so long time"
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Why does one say, "broke up"

Why do people who stop being a couple, "break up"? It seems like it would make more sense to say "break down". Does anyone know why this is?
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The meaning of "identify" and "distinguish"

I wrote To create a wrapper, the user first identifies text features such as textual delimiters, keywords, constants or text patterns, which we call anchors, to distinguish and delimit data regions ...
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Why is it "an Asia" but not "a Asia"? [duplicate]

There was an Asia Minor and an Asia Major located in modern-day Iraq. Classical antiquity We use "an" when the word is starting with a, e, i, o, u. (e.g. an elephant) Second rule is if the word ...
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When to use "alright" and when to use "okay"?

While speaking when should I use "alright" and when should I use "okay" ? Their meaning what I think is somewhat similar yet their sense seems to be different. Please provide some helpful examples ...
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the usage of the phrase "their shoulders"

The big breakers came in slowly; their shoulders growing tall and green. I'd like to know whether "their shoulders" in this sentence is used correctly. Does the word "green" mean "full of energy"?
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"Specific" vs. "Certain"

I wrote: If the user intends to extract specific/certain data, she must first create an appropriate pattern for this purpose and mark it for data extraction ("Extract Data" checkbox in the form ...
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on the way / on one's way - what's the difference in meaning?

I'm on the way to where you are. I'm on my way to where you are. What's the difference in meaning?
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The usage of "on the basis"

I wrote In our proposed system, a wrapper is constructed mainly on the basis of the anchors identified by the user on a representative page. What means "on the basis of"? Did I use the phrase ...
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Usage of "specifically" for "We specifically define..."

I wrote: We specifically define an anchor as a textual element that marks the start or end of a data region, or as a keyword or pattern within a data record that distinguishes it from the rest of ...
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"Apparel" is countable or uncountable noun?

In OxfordDictionary, Apparel: Clothing (Source) Can I say "I want to buy many apparels" or "I want to buy much apparel"?
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Should I call my favorite activity my "first rate" or my "first rank" hobby?

Is it correct to say "first rate hobby"? Is it "first rank hobby" or anything? "Diving became my first rate hobby, and it seemed like my 24 hours of days passed in the ocean."
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the difference between "to revamp" ,"enhance" and "overhaul"

When I look up on dictionaries, the common definition is that "to make change and improve something" for these words but what is the difference between the usage of these terms? Only difference I ...
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Is the word "layman" offensive?

When I checked out answers for this question, one of the answers starts by saying : While those might mean the same for the laymen, from a medical point of view, there is a difference between ...
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Usage of "that" in this sentence

I wrote: 1) If this pattern has a parent and its parent is not active ("Open" state) the algorithm returns and continues with the next/other/following nodes. 2) If this pattern has a parent ...
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The use of the word "about" to qualify a date

Minutes and second hands were put on some clocks in (about) 1697. Can I use "about" before 1697 in the given sentence?
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Is it ok to say "a distracting person / thing" & "a distracted person"?

ok, to distract: to prevent (someone) from giving full attention to something.Source So, can I say "I was distracted by a distracting sexy girl", "I was distracted by a distracting car", & "...
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The use of "Not only"

Which of these sentence are correct and sound better? I not only don't care whether he wins, I don't want to know about it either. I not only don't care whether he wins, but I don't want to ...
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What word can "she" be replaced with to refer to family members

What word can you replace she with. Like if you are talking about mom or grandma or sister.
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what does he think about the French Revolution

When, in 1953, Chou En Lai, the Chinese Prime Minister, was in Geneva for the peace negotiations to end the Korean war, a French journalist asked him what does he think about the French Revolution; ...
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Which is better? In 1960 was founded the library of ... or In 1960 there was founded the library of...?

Please, let me know if there is necessary any "there" in the next paragraph: In 1960 was founded the library of... In 1960 there was founded the library of... I would rather use sentences like The ...
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I'd like to know how to use the verb 'change [closed]

I'm comfortable saying like this: The way people listen to music has changed a lot over the years. but how about this? Many things have changed in the way people listen to music. ...
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Can "tetrahedral" be used for a phenomenon with four aspects?

Many dictionaries define tetrahedron and tetrahedral in connection with the geometrical shape. Can I use tetrahedral as an adjective for a phenomenon that has four aspects? e.g. The tetrahedral ...
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What is a 'bistro car' (or what should it be called instead)?

According to Wikipedia page on dining car, dining car is the same to restaurant carriage and diner. While in the last paragraph it says The U76/U70 tram line between the German cities of ...
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How to use "yet"?

Yet another question about yet, It's really confusing! Please help me parse this phrase: Be honest yet witty At school, we used to use yet in the past perfect[if I remember] Like when we say : he ...
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The usage of the word "loose" in "the bun of hair loose on her neck"

She looked down at me, the bun of hair loose on her neck. The above sentence is taken from Dreams Do Come True by Jim Bishop. Is the word loose used correctly?
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Make money for doing

I've seen some examples on the Internet where people say, "make money for doing". I know that the proper way of saying this is "make money doing" or, "make money by doing". But since I've seen the "...
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What does time and attention mean?

What does time and attention mean? I heard time and attention from a fitness class, the instructor often used time and attention while he was explaining how to barbell row, such as: “If you guys ...
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Does using "yet" affects the context of the sentence?

e.g. I have not eaten my lunch. I have not eaten my lunch yet. How do the above 2 sentences differ?
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the meaning of the phrase

Some people get relief from bad dreams by writing them down and then changing the negative stories or thoughts into positive ones on the written paper. Then they study the paper before they go to ...
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How is the word "elated" used? [closed]

I found 'elated' means 'excited'. I had known and used a lot about 'excited', but I am not familiar with 'elated'. Can it be used in the same way as 'I was elated by that news'? Is there any ...
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Usage of "be specified for"

I wrote: Each pattern can be either specified for data extraction or to restrict the occurrence of nested patterns. If the pattern is (was or has been ?) specified for data extraction, we extract ...
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What does "set the grab on something" mean?

There's a function in the Python programming language, in particular in its tkinter module, that is called grab_set, which basically allows a Toplevel window to take complete control over the keyword ...
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The usage of words rancid, stale, putrid, decayed, rotten, spoiled, decomposed [closed]

Could you please compare these words in terms of meaning and daily usage in reference to only foods? Could you give specific examples from daily life.For example which words can be used for bread, ...
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to delve into vs to scrutinize vs to immerse

Even though dictionaries dont bring up as a synonym delve into with scrutinize I can see a overlap. As far as I know for example we can scrutinize an art paint in order to find out if it is geniue or ...
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to ebb vs to dwindle vs to dissipate

What is the the difference between the verbs dwindle, dissipate and ebb in terms meaning? to dwindle means: Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength Though she was many miles away, he ...
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The difference between to fry and to braise

What is the difference between to fry and to braise. According to the internet, both means cooking something in oil without soaking in it. I watched different videos on youtube using these words but ...
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Using of "facilitate" with a gerund

Can I say "To facilitate doing something"? Should I use "task, process" or something? To facilitate specifying anchors, the page elements are highlighted as the user hover the mouse over them.
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"We, as human" or "we, as humans"

I wrote this sentence In our approach, we simulate the way a human user looks for data on a web page. We, as human, rely on the visual appearance of the page (fonts, colors, text or link density) ...
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Word order of this sentence

In the web of today, it is very common to use only DIV tags and describe the “semantics” of a particular division using style-sheet classes (CSS files). In this respect, maybe the only semantic ...
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Usage of addressing, locating, identifying and specifying

It seems I have a problem in using some verbs like addressing, locating, identifying and specifying. In this sentence: However, the main drawback of the approaches that rely on the HTML structure ...
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to saddle with vs struggle

Do you think the verbs to saddle with and to stuggle overlap in terms of usage even though their definitions are slightly different.Can I replace with each other in the following examples? to saddle ...
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Convoluted vs Intricate vs Elaborate vs Perplexing

Convoluted means: Especially of an argument, story, or sentence) extremely complex and difficult to follow Intricate Very complicated or detailed Elaborate means: Involving many carefully ...
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