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Is the term 'law enforcer' acceptable?

Is the term 'law enforcer' acceptable? I don't see why it shouldn't be, but I haven't come across it, in contrast to 'law enforcement officers'. Of course, you can usually use 'the police', but it ...
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Usage of “proper” after a noun i.e. “noun + proper”

Technology, War and Fascism Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, the paper Some Social Implications of Modern Technology starts as follows: In this article, technology is taken as a social process in ...
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Word + “-associated”

Does the expression "a ragtime-associated song" convey, and if so clearly, the following ideas? This song might have nothing to do with ragtime but people tend to associate it (although not ...
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The connotation difference between using “the” and the plural form of a word

Are both sentences below correct when I intend to talk about cotton swabs in general, not a particular one? If so, do they have different connotations? I am going to introduce a new use of the cotton ...
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What does “taking copper at a ratio of 10 mg to 15 mg zinc for each milligram of copper” mean?

Most practitioners who supplement their patients' diets with zinc also recommend taking copper at a ratio of 10 mg to 15 mg zinc for each milligram of copper. I think I understand "taking copper ...
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What does the em dash function here?

Considering zinc's safety, people should consider taking zinc supplements, especially as they age—being sure to include copper in the proper balance. What does the em dash function here? It does't ...
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and so on (and so forth) repeated in OALD

I was reading Idioms for the word "forth" on OALD (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary) and I faced this: As you can see in the image They put phrases. first one is "and so forth"...
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preventing threatened atrocities

Is the phrase "preventing threatened atrocities" correct in English? The quesiton arises because the definition of atrocity is "an extremely cruel, violent, or shocking act" - ...
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to + Passive voice

Could I use the passive voice in such a way: "These kinds of subjects are easier to be taught" or "Subjects like drama, art or poetry are extremely difficult to be understood by both ...
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“expose and prosecute claims of fraud”

Is the phrase "claims of fraud" used properly here? To me, "expose and prosecute the fraud" is correct while "expose and prosecute claims of fraud" is wrong because, ...
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“A loathsome feature of the crime”

For the english native's speaker's perspective, would the usage of the word loathsome suit the context of this sentence. Or it does not suit at all. A loathsome feature of the crime was its ...
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Using a narration in interrogative sentence

Suppose ABC told XYZ, "I don't need it today. Bring it tomorrow". I need to use it inside an interrogative sentence. What is the correct way to write it? See my try below: Did ABC tell XYZ &...
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decide what OS to go choose

The "go" in the phrase "decide what OS to go choose" appears to be redundant. Why not simply "to choose"? Is "to go choose" simply colloquial that is informal? ...
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Meaning of “a priori” in this context

This objection has become questionable in view of the fact that, in advanced industrial society, the technical apparatus of production and distribution functions, not as a sum total of mere ...
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'Each' can be used the same way?

If 'two eggs each roll' means 'two eggs roll,' then 'two eggs roll on two desk each' can mean 'two eggs roll on two desk'? I know it can mean 'each egg rolls on two desk' or 'two eggs roll on each ...
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if/whether in “do you have any idea”

In the following sentence which one is correct: Do you have any idea if he will come tomorrow? Do you have any idea that she came back late last night?
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What is the difference between “play up” and “act up”?

I brought one example for each phrasal verb. Can they be supplanted with each other without any change in the mean of the sentence? My shoulder is playing me up today. How long has your ankle been ...
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Using past or present tense after a verb that is in past tense

I always get confused with the use of present tense after a verb that is in past tense. Can someone please critique the following sentences? I was checking the system, and it showed that she no ...
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“Filter on column A to show”

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? Filter column A by AM series batch numbers. Filter column A to show AM series batch numbers. Filter on column A to show AM series batch numbers.
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Replacing the past perfect continuous with the past continuous

Can the past perfect continuous be swapped over for the past continuous in some situations? Reason given in dependent clause: He was tired because he was exercising so hard. He was tired because he ...
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Dilation vs dilatation

I am curious about the usage of words "dilation" and "dilatation" in mathematics. I believe they mean exactly the same thing and wonder which one to choose. Here is an article on ...
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Have I used “suspicious” correctly?

Herb: What's that smell? Herb looks into the pram, suspicious. Herb: Honey, I think Marcus needs to have his diaper changed, so I'm just going to take him. Have I used "suspicious" ...
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So I opened it to make it more inviting

No one had touched the box of chocolates that I had brought, so I opened it to make it more inviting. Does the highlighted part make sense in the context? Can I use "inviting"?
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What should I say when speak about timetable?

I read a book from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m ( I want to say that I read a book, but in a week I am going to read other book, because I will finish with first one and it is my timetable that I have been ...
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Can something break under your weight whether you stand on it or hang under it?

Can something break under your weight whether you stand on it or hang under it? Does this example make sense: The man tried to hang himself, but apparently the beam he had tied the rope around broke ...
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The expression “elements of context”

Having trouble for what should be a simple thing: I want to refer to recently found information regarding the context of specific songs: when they were created, who first sang them, where, etc Is the ...
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Removing 'is': which of these sentences is grammatically correct?

The program that performs Tagging is referred to as PoS Tagger and belongs to the group of Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications The program that performs Tagging referred to as PoS Tagger ...
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This sentence is interchangeable like this?

'I eat two apples per hour' can be interchanged into 'I eat two apples each'? per=for each, each=for each. I think it is grammatically perfect.
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Use of “what do you say”

If I'm talking to someone at a party, can I suddenly say: "So, what do you say, is it time we hit the dance floor?" Is the use of "what do you say" natural in that context? Could I ...
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A Complicated, Challenging Sentence which includes “If Clause”, a Conjunction and Noun Clause- Need to be explained

I was reading An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke and came across a really strange sentece. Here is the sentence: We shall not have much reason to complain of the narrowness of our ...
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What is the difference between " and ' down below I will tell you so take a look! [closed]

The " is most used my americans/US and the ' is most used by english/british or austrailians.
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Why is “threepenny” pronounced as THREP.NI?

First of all, "threepenny" is a British word meaning "costing or worth three pence". It's quite an uncommon word. If you haven't heard it before, I'm pretty sure you would ...
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Can a head noun be in a subordinate clause or an adverbial phrase of a relative clause?

It is kind of uncommon for me to see a head noun belong to a subordinate clause or phrase of a relative clause. I don't know if the usage is wrong or correct. So, are the examples below grammatically ...
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Verb 'Help' with what 'infinitive'?

Which of the following sentences is or are correct: Doing sports helps keeping fit. Doing sports helps keep fit. Doing sports helps to keep fit. Thank you.
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“Enhance your looks”

Does "enhance your looks" sound natural? For context: "Changes are important for us. We need them. My friend is going to have a plastic surgery to enhance her looks. She wants to be as ...
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What does “blaring YMCA — the song” mean?

What does YMCA stand for? It doesn't seem to stand for Young Men's Christian Association that I Googled. Kaitlan Collins tweeted on Nov 8: “The crowd outside the White House celebrating Joe Biden’s ...
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The meaning of the word “stretched” in the sentences in bold is ambiguous to me

They had come to fire the house, their visit expected because they hadbeen before. On that occasion they had come later, in the early morning,just after one. The sheepdogs had seen them off, but ...
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Improve themselves

Does "We need to improve ourselves" sound natural or "They want to improve themseves?" For example, When some people are selfish, rude, arrogant, etc but they realise they must ...
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“He was (to be) called All of you”

‘There is one important thing which we must not forget,’ he said as they flew on their way. ‘When people are invited to a great feast like this, they take new names for the occasion. Our hosts in the ...
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What does “finish” mean and what does “things” refer in “most people can’t just 'finish' things with this software”?

An excerpt from "When M.I.T. Artist Shouts, His 'Painting' listens," an interview with Professor John Maeda conducted by Claudia Dreifus. (NYT) Q. When you are creating your own computer art ...
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the winner of a grueling campaign

Does "a campaign" here refer to "a campaign of general election" - that it, the campaign includes Democratic, Republican and Independent campaigns. The Associated Press tweeted on ...
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for a FREE exam cram webinar series

Is the word "cram" here a noun? Does it mean "learning a lot in a very short period of time"? LearningatCisco tweeted: Join some of the top thought leaders in DevNet for a FREE ...
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Why the Second Person pronouns for the First Person?

Context: Martha, an eighth grade student and the protagonist of Marta Salinas' story 'The Scholarship Jacket', asks her grandpa for fifteen dollars to pay for the scholarship jacket. The grandpa asks ...
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How does ellipses work in these sentences?

In the book Angel and Demons, Dan Brown says under chapter 3: The camber was dark. Medieval. Stone. To me it looks like a very telegraphic kind of describing a space, which is very different than ...
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Questions with To Be v To Do

I know does it taste good is grammatically correct. But is is it good correct? Both are in reference to food. I keep hearing people using the second, especially in American TV shows.
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This case falls into usage, not grammar?

punch1 /pʌntʃ/ ●●● S3 verb [transitive] 1 HIT to hit someone or something hard with your fist If I don't hit someone on my fist but I hit someone far from my fist with the other means (for example, ...
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Form of art/work of art/ artwork/art forms

Is my understanding of the words work of art, artworks, forms of art and art forms correct? Mona Lisa is an artwork or a work of art. "Dancing, singing, music, literature, poetry are works of ...
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“Comfort is more important to her”

Should I use "to" or "for" in this sentence and does "comfort" sound natural? "She always asks you to call in advance if you want to visit her and says that her ...
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Are “small” and “little” interchangeable here

There will be little/small rains about noon. Are "little" and "small" interchangeable here?
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Word to describe something unlawful but immorally benefiting

Is there any archaic words in english (but still usable nowadays) to describe something which is unlawful and agaisnt the law, but has benefit even though it is wrong. Heroin is ____, but unworthy of ...

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