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Is there a single verb that means “to label items in a list with letters”?

What SINGLE verb means to list with LETTERS, such as the following? I seek only 1 SINGLE verb; please exclude verb phrases, verbs containing > 1 word, and 'to enumerate' itself (it's not precise ...
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Right or wrong: “Am I correct?”

Is it correct to ask: "Am I correct?" The context is checking mathematical reasoning. I typed it down and is haunted by an odd feeling that there is some mistake with it! Should I prefer "Am I ...
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Does reading by itself lead to speaking well?

I'm curious about how non-native speakers learn to speak well in their countries. Aside from today's technology, they don't have the access to the spoken language. But people living hundreds of years ...
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Sentence structure with “if” : How to avoid the repetition of subject in the clauses

What is the grammatical and correct structure for "if"? For example which of the following structures are valid? If they are black, then they should be selected. vs. If they are black, they should ...
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The use of an article before a possessive proper noun - The late Michael Jackson's old home

I was pretty confirmed of not using any article before a proper noun that shows possessiveness. The Maulik's car -incorrect Maulik's car -correct But then, I came across this piece of news on ...
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Be not to vs do/does not

“Does she want to see Gatsby?” “She’s not to know about it. Gatsby doesn’t want her to know. You’re just supposed to invite her to tea.” As far as I know, the usual way to build a negative ...
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How to understand “as told” here?

For believers, the Koran is a transcript of the word of God as told to the Prophet Mohammed. orginated from:the article How to understand "as told" here? What's the meaning of the whole sentence?
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a more specific term than 'event'?

I have a question about hypernym/hyponym concerning the word (or meaning) of 'event'. Suppose Glastonbury 2014 is an event. During that Glastonbury 2014 there can be sub-events happening across ...
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Question about meaning of “What did you come up with?” [closed]

Which of the following meaning is true for this sentence: 1. What happend to you uexpectedly? 2. What did you do unexpectedly?
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To be followed by adjective/verb

Mostly, I have seen that to be is followed by adjective/verb , whereas In Today's new paper, it (to be) is followed by article as well as noun, so how is this possible? Andhra Pradesh without the ...
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What are the differences between 'bear the blame' and 'take responsibility'?

The driver must bear a large portion of the blame for the accident. The driver must take a large portion of responsibility for the accident. Which sentence is correct and what are the ...
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Why is a euphemism regarded as poor writing by some source? [closed]

Reading this article about careless writing I couldn't understand the item #7: Using euphemisms: “He passed away last year” instead of “He died last year.” What is the reason behind this ...
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What's the meaning of “to dog his heels”

I've come across Elia's Peattie, The Shape of Fear but I can't figure out the meaning of the following sentence. Is it an idiom or phrase? "Purity seemed to dog his heels, no matter how violently ...
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Why is “would” used in this passage?

He retired to his country estate, where he recorded his reflections on politics. Two of his books would become classics in political theory: Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy, a set of essays ...
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emotional sounding boards — what does this mean?

Example with a context: James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise, appearing in numerous television episodes, films, books, comics, and video games. As the ...
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What does a the prefix “a-” mean in “a-changing”

For example in The Times They are a-Changin' (Bob Dylan). I suppose it's old language. Where does this prefix come from and what does it mean?
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Let's do some wrestling

You say "do jumping jacks", but why can't you say "do some wrestling"? Is it because of ing form or something else? For that matter do you say "do some dancing"?
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What is “fliveck”?

I've heard the following in an episode of a series and, while I understand the implied meaning of the word, I'd like to know more details about it (such as origin, usage, frequency etc.). I haven't ...
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Usage of “run counter to”

Is the usage of "run counter to" correct? They are large company. if you run counter to them directly, it will go ill with you.
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Discerning between “a public servant” and “diplomat” [closed]

Machiavelli was a product of Renaissance Florence, a city-state that was struggling for expansion and survival among a competing group of similar states. As a public servant and diplomat, Machiavelli ...
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what does“power politics” mean?

Machiavelli was a product of Renaissance Florence, a city-state that was struggling for expansion and survival among a competing group of similar states. As a public servant and diplomat, Machiavelli ...
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Yet in affirmative statement

I've been thinking of how 'yet' in the affirmative statement works. I think [1] through [3] work but I'm not sure about [4]. [1] A: We've got to hurry! B: Calm down. It's early yet. [2] A: Is he ...
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Word(s) in a predicate, (object[?])? May you call it some phrase?

In this sentence: The dogs who run in the street are especially irritable in the late afternoon. is the verb are transitive? The dogs is a noun phrase, the subject, argument of are; who run in the ...
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How does using “not” differ from using a negative word?

How does using "not" differ from using a word with a negative prefix? For example: It's unwise to vote down this question. It's not wise to vote down this question I know semantically (or ...
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A better way to rephrase a relatively long sentence

Manuscripts submitted should not exceed the limit of 7500 words or 12 pages. Also, authors are encouraged to arrange their manuscript in a manner that the number of the pages is even. Is it possible ...
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The sun rises “east.”

The sun rises “east.” “East” can have this meaning: “in the east.” Then can the sentence above be used?
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Analysis and analyse [closed]

What is the difference between analysis and analyse? How can I know where to use analysis and analyse? Comment with suitable examples. thank you
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Why do we use “was” for the pronoun “I” in some cases?

Why do we use was for the pronoun I? Can we use were or not? What is the difference between I was and I were??
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What is the meaning of “chill” & “low maintenance” in this text? Is it something negative?

This quotation is from a 2014 Cosmopolitan blog post. The author of the answer is a young man; presumably the author of the question and most of the readers are women: Q: I usually wear heels ...
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“their having a mind”

What, according to the functionalist, is the difference between things which merely have functional roles and things whose functional roles amount to their having a mind? Different people may ...
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Could you explain meaning of “getting hit on something” & “laid back” in this passage,please? [closed]

In this week's Fashion Q&A, Cosmopolitan.com's style editor, Charles Manning, answers your questions about high heels versus flats, the best underwear for avoiding panty lines, and how to make ...
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Question about meaning of highlighted part

Q: I usually wear heels because I think they're sexier, but lately I've been going for casual drinks in flats and getting hit on. Is there something to a flat shoe that's enticing, and which ones ...
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Confused about two examples

I was reading about Subject-Verb agreement from a grammar book I have, and I came about some of these examples: 1.The behavior of the children were excellent. [Here were must be was in order to ...
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The meaning of Idiom like “Killed something”

Here's my question. When we say "He really killed the fried chicken", Does it mean... 1) He really loves fried chicken and scarf down, while having it. or 2) He's really good at making the ...
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Question about use and meaning of “…kind of effect”

Today we’re going to try to give you some useful tips on how to start and stop smoothly. From a starting standpoint, to an acceleration standpoint, you have to remember that it doesn’t take a whole ...
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it crashed my browser or it has crashed my browser [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Please let me know. It crashed my browser or it has crashed my browser. Comments are appreciated.
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“Are you the one who called?” or “Are you the one that called?”

How does one decide whether to use who or that? In the title example: The correct pronoun is who. The correct pronoun is that. Either is correct. They're interchangeable. It depends on the context.
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How has she gone to Prague?

It feels awkward to me to say: Q : How has she gone to Prague? A : She has gone to Prague by plane. Wouldn't this sound more natural? Q : How did she go to Prague A : She took a flight.
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No one likes change/changes/changing

No one likes change (but babies in diapers). No one likes (diaper) changes. No one likes (diaper) changing. A. Why does #1 use the word change without articles? B. How does each differ from each ...
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When do I use “are” instead of “is” with a measurement?

When writing measurements or time, do you use the plural form "are" or the singular form "is"? For example: There [is/are] 12 inches in a foot. There [is/are] 12 months in a year.
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Putin's vice like grip — what does “vice” mean here?

Example with a context (Putin's Holy War And The Disintegration Of The 'Russian World'): The issue is not so much church governance, but a desire for greater political autonomy from the Kremlin in ...
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The difference between “wait up here” & “wait here”

The cars that are going straight have the right of way. Which means we have to wait for them before we make our left turn. Where do you wait? The rule of thumb, if the light is green we want to wait ...
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What does “dead-on” mean here?

"Dead on" means accurate or exact. I don't find that the meaning fits its usage here well: Avoid frontal shots with straight lines Many camera phone lenses suffer from barrel distortion (straight ...
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Verb for when you want to make tea

If I wanted some tea, which verb would Americans use to ask someone for tea: to make some tea? or to brew some tea? Which of these two verbs are commonly used? Is there a better word?
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What does “highly” modify?

I think highly of him. I know the meaning is "I praise him." But I wonder what "highly" modifies. Can I say "I think that he is high."? The sentences with the similar ...
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Question about difference between “rent” & “hire” & “take” [duplicate]

I want to rent a car. I want to hire a car. I want to take a car. ( Taxi ) What is the difference between these sentences in meaning? I need to say here I am not sure to have chosen the right word in ...
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the outside of the page — what is it exactly?

Example with a context (YouTube link): I went back into the cafe and asked if I could look at the telephone book. I turned to L and ran my finger down the outside of the page. Soon I found the name ...
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To what mourn refers in this sentence?

"Her words like the mountain, stood lonely and lofty With her face like a daydream and her hair like the shawl Worn by a mourner, who steals away softly From those that would have him mourn nothing at ...
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Difference between rich, expensive and luxury

I'd like to say 'some clothes' which makes the person wearing them look very rich. Then which one is the most suitable? rich clothes / expensive clothes / luxury clothes I'd like to know the ...
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How we should pronounce /ɔː/ phonetician in American English?

I have no problem with its pronunciation in British English, but in American English, yes. Do it have a sound like /əʊ/ as in 'go' or /ɒ/ as in 'got'? And I know that /ɔː/ and /əʊ/ aren't pronounced ...

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