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Can “stark” be used as a synonym to “strong”?

Can "stark" be used as a synonym to "strong" or "of a strong will" in a sentence like "She was a strong person" or "You need to be strong to stay sane in captivity"?
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Word for continuous crying

Is there an exact word to describe "Sudden, loud crying / sobbing, with hiccups and gasping for air"? (To describe someone who woke up crying from a bad dream)
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What is the meaning of “a branded soul”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: There is too much adventure and wonder meant in this world to sit by the sidelines, no matter how branded soul you may possess. "Branded" generally means "...
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In the hypothetical setence, can “was” be used?

However, if you tried to copy the original rather than your imaginary drawing, you might find your drawing now was a little better. How come it is possible to use was instead of be or is? Because my ...
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Coming IN \ FROM the opposite direction

Macmillan dictionary says: The car smashed into a lorry coming in the opposite direction. If I use: .... coming from the opposite direction. Is there any difference?
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“I appreciate for your status update” vs “I appreciate the update”

"I appreciate for your status update" vs "I appreciate the update" The latter may sound more normal but when grading someone's writing, what are the technicalities that I can use to explain why ...
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Came VS have come, interchangeable here?

While some sand is formed in oceans from things like shells and rocks, most sand is made up of tiny bits of rock that came all the way from the mountains! Can i use have come instead of came in this ...
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that would be amazing

This evil demon thought experiment is Descartes’ way of pushing doubt to its limits. If there was one thing that we could be sure the evil > demon couldn’t trick us about, that would be amazing. It ...
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Is it correct: how it works

I am going to create the next situation, I am working in a web development company...: Boss: What are you doing? Me: I am working with Angular, I developed a simple project to see how it ...
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Preserved or had preserved, the difference?

Theseus was a great hero to the people of Athens. When he returned home after a war, the ship that had carried him and his men was so treasured that the townspeople preserved it for years and years, ...
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ever with past VS past perfect?

However, Sol Elman, the father of violinist Mischa Elman, thought differently. He said, “My dear friends, Kubelik played the Paganini concerto tonight as splendidly as ever he did. Can i change ever ...
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“Suspected” VS “had suspected” have same meaning here?

For a long time many scientists suspected that koalas were so lethargic because the compounds in eucalyptus leaves kept the cute little animals in a drugged­out state. But more recent research has ...
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Are you a couch potato if you spend days lying on a couch with a smartphone in your hands?

A couch potato is someone who spends most of their time watching television and does not exercise or have any interesting hobbies (Collins Dictionary). Would it be correct to use the phrase to refer ...
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What do you call a syllable that makes a snake-like sound?

I am thinking there's a word or an adjective for syllables that makes snake-like sounds, I don't know if a syllable that contain the letter s qualifies, or if it restricted to a very few syllables, ...
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What's the term for saying “go to a show as a guest”?

Go to a show as a guest is a bit wordy, but I can't find a single word that means exactly that, or even a short phrasal verb that means that. Is there anything I can use? For example: Tom Cruise ...
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What is the word for “eyeing at X and thinking lewd things”?

I was thinking of using the word eyeing, but it doesn't necessarily imply that the person eyeing a person X is also thinking about lewd things about person X. Is there a word for this? For example: ...
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What does “has made it” mean?

Saudi Arabia is a Daesh that has made it. (Source) To what "has made" refers? To what "it" refers?
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Untill now + Past Perfect / Present Perfect

While watching a tv-series, I saw this first sentence. But ısn't it wrong? I think the second example is the right one. 1-"Until now, all we have had in common was our bank". 2-"Until now, all ...
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What do you call the infoboxes with text and sometimes images on the side of a page we find in textbooks?

Is there a generic word for it. I would call them infoboxes, but it's not a word, so I am assuming there's a word for it that I am not aware of. For example: The infobox on the side of the page ...
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What does it mean to “bust out” a program on a computer?

What does it mean to "bust out" a program on a computer? for example: "bust out" the calculator.
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Meaning of a rule in the guideline

I have hard time understanding the meaning of one phrase. I understand that this might be an open-ended question, but still maybe native speakers could make it a bit more clear. This phrase is ...
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Synonym of “scrap” in the given econtext

Here is a description of a battle game from the Internet: Once you take a good amount of damage, it will cost hundreds and eventually thousands of scrap. But you can bypass this entirely with ...
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Taking one approach over [another/the other]?

Which sentence is correct? To what extent, taking one approach over the other, can... Or To what extent, taking one approach over another, can...
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“Describe something as” or “Describe something by”?

Which one is correct? She describes these classes as trivial Or She describes these classes by trivial
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Anything/Something usage

I'm a bit confused on whether to use something or anything in the below sentences. I haven't seen something like this on our tv channels before. I haven't seen anything like this on our tv ...
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“Phone leasing” vs “Phone lease”

What should I say when talking about a payment plan I have with my mobile carrier? Should I call it Phone lease? or Phone leasing? what is the difference between these two words if there's any?
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“You should not work in the field while the sun was hot.”

You should not work in the field while the sun was hot. I came across this sentence and it felt a little odd, The original sentence is not from a native speaker. I think it should be either: You ...
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Is “tree is got to go” correct?

I have watched a movie and in it there is a dialogue which confused me. So can someone tell me whether it is correct or not? The dialog is: tree is got to go. It is from the movie Grinch (...
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“How long” in a question

How long does it take for my item to arrive? How long does it take to arrive? Could the second question be used as an alternative to the first? Should I provide some context before utilizing it?...
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Future Perfect with the perfect infinitive

We have a sentence: I will have wanted to have gone to the party by the evening. The problem is I don't know which verb the "by the evening" relates to. If it goes for "will have wanted" then it'...
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Confused by the meaning and construction of a sentence

Help me comprehend the meaning and construction of this sentence: For as a person thinketh in his subconscious mind, so he is. Basically first part of the sentence is the problem to me. What "for ...
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Which part of speech is “row” in this sentence?

I read a headline in "The Hindu" which was: India, Pakistan row over Hindu sisters' abduction Has "row" been used as a verb here? I think so because if it had been a noun here then there had been ...
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relative clause including prepositional phrase

You don't want to throw out all that equity you have with your current audience. I think a relative pronoun which or that is understood to be between "equity" and "you" , but was omitted to make it ...
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Lifted its hind leg on or lifted its hind leg towards?

The dog lifted its hind leg towards the fire hydrant. I am not sure I like using the preposition "towards" in this sentence. I prefer "on", because it sounds nice, but I am not sure if it's correct ...
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noun phrase and infinitive

He is asked to investigate [what the police believe to be the root of the crime (to discover the truth.)] The first infinitive to be the root of the crime, the understood subject is what, right? Can ...
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Properly using “what about you”

Person 1: Do you think they will come all the way here to meet with us? Person 2: No, way, these people are high-flown people from the royalty. Person 1: You think so? What about you, ...
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Sequence of Tenses in a relative clause

I was reading an article and something about tenses made me confused. " Before then, I had never come across anyone who had stayed clean without using any drugs or alcohol. My only frame of reference ...
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Put a video on fast-forward, put it back to normal (speed)

If someone fast-forwards a video, is it natural to use: He put his video on fast-forward. And if I want it to play normally,can I say(telling the other person who fast-forwarded it) Hey! ...
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believe him in OR believe him

He thanked the manager for believing him to accomplish this task with efficiency. He thanked the manager for believing in him to accomplish this task with efficiency. Is is necessary that the ...
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The time will come when your dream (will?) come true

According to Swan Practical English Usage (Don't say it! 130 common mistakes, page:xxvi); Don't say / write: I will phone you when I will arrive. Say / write: I will phone you when I arrive. ...
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Using 'onset' as a verb?

I'm aware that 'onset' is only listed as a noun in the classical English dictionairies OED, OALD, CALD, LALD, etc. However, since the English language seems to be 'grammatically abused' more and ...
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Winter has Left me with Nasal Polyp [on hold]

I wrote in email reply, "this winter has left me with nasal polyp" and later I doubted if the sentence is correct. Please suggest...
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How to use “refreshing” in a sentence

Its very refreshing to hear that. That is very refreshing to hear. Are both questions grammatical?
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The difference between past tense and had pp?

Less well known at the time was the fact that Freud had found out, almost by accident, how helpful his pet dog Jofi was to his patients. He had become a dog­lover in later life when Jofi was given to ...
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when describing age

I recently came across this sentence in my English class and found it a little weird. It said, "A girl of about nine years old had recently described ..." Often I hear people say "a girl about nine ...
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Question of “may” and “might”

This discussion clarifies the difference between "may" and "might". Now my question to the more knowledgeable native English speakers: Is any of them preferred over the other in every-day speech? ...
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What “it” means precisely in context?

body tends to accumulate problems, often beginning with one small, seemingly minor imbalance. This problem causes another subtle imbalance, which triggers another, then several more. In the end, you ...
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Is the Future Perfect sentence correct?

Does the next sentence have sense and is it correct? We will have decided to have arrived by 9 pm? We can say: I will have come by Monday. It's Future Pefect - an action before some moment in ...
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What is the difference between “breathe” and “flash”?

The power indicator breathes/flashes when the machine is being charged. Does "breathe" mean flash softly/smoothly? Dictionaries doesn't define the meaning that fits in this context. What does "...
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Using definite article“the”?

1)Dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. 2)The dog's presence was a calming influence on patients. The should be used in this situation or not? And i want to know why

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