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Etymology of words used to start and ask questions

Could you please help me understand the etymology of words used to start questions? I am particularly interested by the words 'how' and 'why'. Thank you!
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A person full of complexes

I wonder what would you normally call someone who has a chin on their shoulder informally? (What I am looking for can be considered as an offensive idiom/expression/adjective by most people.) Such ...
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Use of May I be for exclamation

In the language I speak when we see someone getting a lot and we don’t get that much, to speak to God in a sweet way, we say a sentence whose literal meaning in English is: May I be sacrificed for ...
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Is 'to tomorrow' correct?

"The meeting is postponed to tomorrow" - is this grammatically correct? If not, how should it be conveyed?
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What does “whose fulfillment…regularly may rely on” mean?

Contractual core duties abstractly are such duties whose accomplishment enables proper fulfillment of the contract in the first place and whose fulfillment a contractual party regularly may rely ...
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I found it on the way/I found it on a road

Someone had lost something on his way home. So his friend found it and brought it back , what will be a natural way to express that: I found it on the way. I found it on a road. And does the ...
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Is the format be+on+trial grammatically correct?

See, for example, the following example; He is on trial for selling illicit goods in his store. Is that sentence grammatically sound or should it better be like; He is put on trial for selling ...
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What “conjunctions” to be used here

I and my mother are planning to go on a trip next week, but my father doesn't want us to go. On top of this he just got the news that the weather is going to be severe next week. As I am not a native ...
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Henceforth, Henceforward, are they normally used?

I am translating a document to english and there is a part in which I have to compare some objects, first on their "current state and then in the state that is going to be the standard from now on. ...
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CamelCase names

Some people have mixed upper and lower case letters (informally, CamelCase) in their names. This can appear in their first name (e.g. LeBron James), last name (e.g. Tracy McGrady), or both (e.g. DeMar ...
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What does the phrase “get three assists with your player” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a football game app's description: In the game you will be asked to get three assists with your player. I know the meaning of the word assist, however the meaning of the ...
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Could you please look at if this is grammatical?

I think for those of us who have jobs and have been working for some time have this habit of telling ourselves that we deserve to take the money that we earn and spend it on things that we like. What'...
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“From the past” or “From my past”?

"From the past" or "From my past"... which one would be more appropriate to use in the phrase below: My weekend's soccer games from the past have now turned into nothing but a reminder of how ...
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Is this sentence considered a double negative “Neither scenario does not involve fractions.”?

Is this sentence considered a double negative "Neither scenario does not involve fractions." ?
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Which is the appropriate preposition: “at” or “on”?

The detector is placed at the center of the brick. or The detector is placed on the center of the brick. If I mean to say the detector is placed on top of the brick but at its center, which one ...
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What is the difference between working on and working at?

For example, I am working on a farm or as in American folk song that goes "I was working on a railroad" sounds more natural than I am working at a farm or I am working at a railroad. However, I am ...
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be ease for when

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 12. The Search for the Wicked Witch "How, then, are we to find her?" inquired the girl. "That will be easy," replied the man, "for when she knows you are in the ...
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Are “it” and “this” almost always interchangeable?

Are "it" and "this" almost always interchangeable? When I talk to people, I often use "it" or "this" interchangeably, because I have no idea when exactly I can use "this". In a dialogue or ...
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Can pre- be used as a preposition?

I'm reading a WHO guidance, and I am not sure what it means: 6.3.4.1 General considerations 20 Comparative safety data should normally be collected pre-authorization. The extent of collection ...
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Confusion about Present Perfect Progressive

As the country has developed, its people have been undergoing significant changes in their lives. I am not sure whether this sentence makes sense although I wrote it. If I decided to start like "as ...
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about “most likely” in “It identifies those most likely to get ahead and to be more successful in their working careers.”

Does most likely within: It identifies those most likely to get ahead and to be more successful in their working careers. modify those or to get ahead ? In other words, does the sentence above ...
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What do you call the diagonal bars as often seen in radio towers?

Is there a specific word for these diagonal bars? I doubt engineers would call them diagonal bars since they're widely used in engineering, radio towers and bridges off my head use them.
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Why does programming take so many words that are normally used in different meanings?

Words like head, tail, stack, tree, and map are all used in programming and learning both programming and english at once has been hard for me. Why is this?
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Target Vs. Targeted?

Do you know who the target audience are? Do you know who the targeted audience are? Which one is correct? Are they interchangeable? Well, i mean: can we use the passive form of a verb to ...
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Can I say “I Java”, or does it have to be “I do Java”?

Like google is a verb, is java a word? Can I say I java? I am wondering if it works that way or if I have to say I do java
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“they are the 3 centers of 3 clusters” or “they are 3 cluster centers”?

k-means clustering use cluster centers to model the data;. here is a figure to illustrate the cluster centers. there are 3 black dot in the figure represents 3 centers. which expression is more ...
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“busting in their crib” what does it mean?

"Draftpicks busting in their cribs" that said one of the man from basketball video "Game of zones" and I'm not sure what does it mean...Does it mean screaming or dying? is that means that nobody take ...
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What exactly does “is a pre” mean?

In the context of a job advertisement, what does "is a pre" mean? Top and only useful result on Google was this, only guessing "pré-requis" (requirement), which makes it odd to include sporadically ...
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something that doesn't fit us

What is particular 'verb' for the situation when one's footwear doesn't fit his foot and his foot comes out of the footwear again and again? Do we say: The shoe is getting out again and again. Or ...
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Is the word “identify” correctly used here?

The word "to" identifies the destination of an action, e.g. He went to school. Is the word "identify" correctly used here? I am wondering if "identifies" is the correct verb to use. I am wondering ...
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In last/previous October?

I am kind of struggling with the right choice here: It happened in last October. Is that OK when I mean October last year?
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Can “it” be modified by the relative pronoun, which or that?

For example, 1.Where is it that you told me to bring home? 2.Where is it, which you told me to bring home? ("It" is not a place but an object such as bag or apple) I think both are natural ...
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What does “one” refer to in “one pushing the other”? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars?

In the sentence below, what does "one" refer to in "one pushing the other"? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars? On the way into town one day I noticed a couple of young girls working their ...
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Using pejorative adjectives as a compliment

Is it correct or usual to use pejorative adjectives when you want to say good things about something, like in the phrase: He can do some really nasty tricks with a coin and a scarf Of course I'm ...
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In a book we have lines or rows

Each one of the number level is called line or row? For instance if I want to guide a person to look at certain sentence which is located in the level of number 4 "The grammar of English consists of ...
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What is the meaning of “to have five or more”?

There was a confusing question in my reading test. This is the sentence in the passage: "All starfish have at least 5 arms, but some have more" Is the following statement true? "All starfish ...
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“Are” or “is” in this sentence?

There are devices whose safeness is/are warranted by those methods. The verb in question is attributed to "safeness". "safeness" is singular, so it requires "is". But "devices" is plural. So?
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Do we reply “approve” or “approved” in an approval request email?

If you were to approve the following email: Dear Tom, Kindly requesting for your approval on the enclosed content. Regards, Bob What would you write? Approve. Regards, Tom ...
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What does “working the bill through” means?

Extremely helpful role that he's played in working the bill through the subcommittee mark and the full committee. I saw this on C-SPAN, and I was wondering what "working the bill through the ...
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Subjunctive clause

I have seen myself being at the lowest. I have seen myself at the lowest. Which one is correct? Is first one(being at the lowest) a subjunctive clause case?
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Is there a better way to say “I don't know everything he's thinking right now”?

I *, but if I were to guess I would say "he's doing this because he's hungry." Is there a better way to say "I don't know everything he's thinking right now"? I was thinking of writing the sentence ...
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Can a single word refer to two or more things at once?

a. A body of persons sent to conduct negotiations or establish relations with a foreign country. b. The business with which such a body of persons is charged. c. A permanent diplomatic ...
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What does the phrase “flick on towards your attacking midfielder” mean here?

Here is a sentence from a description of a football match: You can lob it up to your target man, to flick on towards your attacking midfielder. I am not sure about the meaning of "flick on ...
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How to say more correct

I heard a saying which explains life's path of a person... It explains that if you chose your life's way (path), you should follow it until the end of your life... If you chose your way, go to the ...
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Different meanings of the word “typical”

As an adjective, perhaps because of encompassing several meanings, the word typical is one of those complicated words to me. I have always confronted with various applications of the word in many ...
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Does part of a sentence starting with “For why else” need question mark?

Death must be an evil — and the gods agree; for why else would they live for ever ? Source: Sappho (c. 600 B.C.). Poetarum Lesbiorum Fragmenta, ed. Edgar Lobel and Denys Page. Oxford: Clarendon ...
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Getting screen protection installed

If I want to get a "screen protector" on my phone, I know it is natural to used: I am going to get a screen protector installed on my phone. But if I already have it on my phone but it has cracked ...
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organisation and collective used together

In the following sentence But the SCO collective and the bilateral meetings in Bishkek are an important indicator early in the Modi government’s second tenure of the foreign policy arc it is ...
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Meaning of “on going.”

I focused my type-A personality on going to all the exercise classes at the gym. (Context: She is talking about how exercises has changed her life. Before that she was a pretty asocial and ...
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In what circumstances are you allowed to place the word “until” at the end of a question (asking about time)?

I once saw a sentence reading "When are you open until?" which made enough sense to me to understand it. Later, I tried to come up with sentences having a similar structure; but, no matter what ...

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