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An adjective for this feature?

A matters for B and B matters for A. Or, A and B both equally matters for C. Example: To make the right decision you need to know both the cost (A) and the outcome (B). I am looking for an ...
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Difference between “had” and “have had”

I'd like to describe a situation in the past. Not sure which one below makes more sense. Everything looks okay to me. I don't think we had this issue in the past. Everything looks okay to me. ...
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What is the exact meaning of word “punt”?

In one of my business conversation. My boss used the following sentence. But I could not get the meaning exactly. We need it as an input, but can punt as an report, yes. Can anyone explain the ...
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What does the phrase “add stakes” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a platform game app: Without any doubt, it’s a nice way to add stakes to the platforming. The game has a revised gameplay in which a player can start from the most recent ...
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What's the connection between “kicking a pigeon” and “how a bill becomes a law”?

American television sitcom - Friends A: That man across the street just kicked that pigeon. B: And basically, that's how a bill becomes a law. (Along with audience laughing) I looked up "...
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Is this Name? vs Are you Name?

My friend requested me to meet him on Skype. And I searched him on Skype with his ID. The ID is matched but the account name isn't in English. So, I just want to make sure that he is Peter or not. I ...
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when there are more than one items in the list, should i say “a list of item” or “a list of items”

a list in python looks like list_of_int = [1, 2, 3] there are 3 items in this list. the question is, when there are more than one items in the list, should i say "a list of item" or "a list of ...
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Is it correct to use 'for' after 'walk'?

I would like to know whether it is correct to use 'for' after 'walk' in this sentence. Everyday, we walk for 10 miles to the villages around our town.
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What should be the tense in this reported speech?

How to make this sentence better: I said to him that if he wanted to say something,now would be the good time
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It vs on it. Which one would be correct to use?

His motto about our country's development is that we have to educate our children so that they grow up to lead our country in a very smart way. Until he passed away, he strongly insisted (it/on it) I ...
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Overlap between present perfect and past perfect

I found this paragraph in a grammar book: I saw an elderly lady yesterday. You don’t see her kind much anymore. She was wearing a black dress and she was carrying an umbrella. Most elderly ladies I ...
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“I called you”, or “I was calling you”

I was calling you yesterday; you didn’t answer. or I called you yesterday but you didn’t answer.
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What does it mean when you think without speaking?

Everyone can think inside his head (Without producing any sound from his mouth). What is this called in English? He says: "This is good." but he internally says: "This is bad". He says: "This is good....
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describing an action of repetitive mentioning of some urgent need

What's the right word in English to describe an action of repetitive mentioning of some urgent need? For example, This politician began to show up on TV every so often _______________-ing the ...
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What's the word that refers to markets where cheap, often used, goods are sold?

What's the word that refers to markets where cheap, often used, goods are sold? I forgot the word that refers to such market. Also, if you know the word, is there an alternate way to refer to it, I ...
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What's the meaning of “so constructed”?

This is a quote from Paul Dirac: It seems to be one of the fundamental features of nature that fundamental physical laws are described in terms of mathematical theory of great beauty and power, ...
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British slang of using “that is” at the end of a sentence

I've been trying to find examples or proofs that this expression actually exists but I just can't find any. I've heard it somewhere some time ago and it stuck in my head, and now I'm worried if it's ...
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Use of “to have V3”

I know there are some adjective reductions such as "Ving,V3,being V3,having V3,having been V3 ,to V0". l discussed with my friend if there is an adjective clause reduction like"to have V3" or not .so ...
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How can I improve my score by changing my paragraph?

I have a question for which I have to write in 40 words the following : Write your profile for the website of a club you belong to. Write three sentences. Write about: Your name and age ...
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Difference between “Late in the afternoon, my father came on.” vs “Late in the afternoon, my father came.”

Do these two construction differ in any way?: Late in the afternoon, my father came. Late in the afternoon, my father came on. Meaning is the adverb on optional in the second sentence?
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Correct way to refer to solve an equation

I am a mathematician and I have a question about how to say correctly in English the next preceding: Let x=(...)(,,,) If we clear away the first parenthesis we get: (...)=x/(,,,,) The “clear ...
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On different days OR on separate days

What is the correct / better sentence of the following two: There will be three interviews on different days. There will be three interviews on separate days. P.S. I am not a native English speaker. ...
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Is “square up” a natural expression in conversational English?

"Square up" To pay the balance of what is owed to someone. You get our jackets while I go square up with the bartender. Brian and I need to square up for those plane tickets soon—I hate ...
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“Naive” Vs “Simple”

According to the dictionaries, simple means: foolish; easily deceived: He’s a very simple young man. And naive means: a very simple person! Cambrige Dictionary defines naive in the ...
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Tense in news reporting

Can I use present perfect tense in the following news reporting in my first paragraph and then use simple past? I want to do so because I want to present it as hot news though it occured yesterday. I ...
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Why don't we use did in this case?

Can someone explain the use of "did" when used with a question. Why do we say 'Who invented the bicyle' and not 'who did invent the bicycle?' I know it is incorrect with "did" - but why?
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About decomposing this definition “forward or at a more advanced point in space or time.”

The conjunction or is used to link grammatical entities of equal "weight", with that in mind, how should one decompose this definition of the adverb on: forward or at a more advanced point in space ...
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The role of “at” in “They felt uncomfortable at the thought of being ridiculed in this manner.”

Which one of these definitions: Expressing the time when an event takes place. Expressing a particular state or condition. Expressing the object of a look, thought, action, or plan. ...
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Difference between “lastly” and “finally”

What's the difference between "lastly" and "finally". While Webster explains several senses of "finally", it doesn't explain any meaning of "lastly" and simply enters it in the entry for "last" as one ...
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what does “street pattern” mean?

i am learning about this post, which says A city block is the smallest area that is surrounded by streets. City blocks are the space for buildings within the street pattern of a city, and form ...
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Verbification of noun

A lot of times, native speakers use proper nouns like movie names, fictional characters as the verb while speaking. I have heard these statements in a lot of movies and youtube videos. I will give an ...
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What do you call the apparatus you use to raise a flag?

What do you call the apparatus you use to raise a flag? Here we see a dummy person raising the flag with an apparatus, what is the apparatus called? Is there a word for it?
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Using the phrasal verb “hold up” for an individual appearance

When something holds up it means that it has remained strong or in a fairly good condition. For example: There were fears that her ankle might not hold up for the competition. Prices had held ...
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What does flower removal plots mean?

I was reading "The impact of an alien plant on a native plant-pollinator network: an experimental approach" and it talks about flower removal plots what does that mean? Visitation and pollen ...
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What is the difference between “suspicious” and “suspected”?

For example, suspected malfunction Is it ok to interpret "suspected" as "suspicious"?
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Is there an idiom for saying that X is worrying you?

Is there an idiom for saying that X is worrying you? I am looking for an idiom that means that an idea is worrying you, but if there's no such idiom I would like to have a phrase with a phrasal verb.
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A modern substitue for “kith and kin”

In old-fashioned English, the term "kith and kin" encompass all the people you've been connected with, including the nuclear and extended family members. What is its modern substitute if exists? ...
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Usage/understanding of “holding it all”?

In the Off Camera Show (timestamp), Brit Marling says today many people take many photos a day as a way to say I'm here, I'm alive and I'm holding it all. Is this a way to express someone has ...
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Could I write “best answered questions”?

Good time of the day! I am checking math HWs and I want to grade each HW in following way: assume that there are 10 questions and a student got 8 points for the first question, 9 for the second, 10 ...
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Maternal and paternal (aunt/uncle)

How should I define the type of my aunt and uncle in order to specify among my parents, whose brother or sister they are? Is it the natural way of it to precede these nouns with the adjectives "...
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“have pain in something” or “have a pain in something”?

Tell me please which one of the folowing sentences is correct. Because I have pain in my arm, I cannot pull it. Because I have a pain in my arm, I cannot pull it.
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interpreting the meaning of the paragraph

Mr. Wasserman also saw an opportunity to gain advantage from the refusal of the major film studios to license their movies for television. In 1957, he paid $50 million for Paramount Pictures' pre-1948 ...
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in British English, he failed in exam or he failed exam

Which one sounds wrong in written British English? He failed mathematics exam. He failed in his mathematics exam. He failed in the mathematics exam.
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What is meant by “resource base” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter in my book which was: The emphasis on developing a resource base also meant that export-oriented growth was limited. I googled the for the term "resource view". But ...
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Shouldn't we need to put “not” before “because” to make the structure take “..not…but rather” form?

I am confusing. I guess the author want to express a contrast by using ...not...but rather structure. To negate the forepart proposition, should not we have to insert a "not" to make the part ...
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Usuing the term “half/full blood” in current English

Edited: I need to know in a casual or formal occasion, would it be possible to introduce the type of a relation between your half-sister or half-brother an you as below: 1- We are half-blooded. ...
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Can we use the format “must be happened”?

Can we use these sentences like 1. Solar eclipse 'must be happened' today. 2. If that happens then it 'must be occurred' at east. Are they correct ones 'must be happened' and 'must be occurred'? Or ...
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Can “a gerund noun phrase” be used as a secondary verb of the verb “save”?

Jesus saves sinners going to hell I think here "save" seems used as a ditransitive verb taking two objects "sinners" and "going to hell", so this sentence can be transformed into "Jesus saves going ...
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Is grace in the following sentence from Cosmos a noun or a verb?

dThere seemed to be no way in which atoms and molecules could somehow spontaneously fall together to create organisms of such awesome complexity and subtle functioning as grace every region of the ...
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A place composed of many nations and races

What do you call humorously or in casual English a country / city which is comprised of many races from various provinces of the same country or other countries? Is there any specific term, expression ...

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