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This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning or correctness of a word in a sentence. Give as much context as possible.

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They mean the same thing. Liberty has a Latin root (via Old French), whereas freedom has a Germanic root (via Old English). Since your sentence contains a lot of words with Latin roots, perhaps you sh …
answered Dec 17 '16 by Mick
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I can't see anything wrong with "I am depending on you." However, a pedant might insist on "I depend on you," but this is rather old-fashioned. If the author had written "We do not normally use these …
answered Nov 26 '17 by Mick
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If you are in the UK, it is sufficient to say "Excuse me." Most people will know what you want and step aside for you. If you get a blank stare, then you should say "May I pass?", not "Can I pass?" I …
answered Sep 23 '16 by Mick
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Keep it simple, even for creative writing: She fastened her necklace. or: She fastened her necklace, even though the clasp was broken. Note that clasp can also mean hold, so she clasped he …
answered Aug 4 by Mick
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No. It means to. The preposition makes more sense if we change born to given: A baby girl was given to Captain Keller and Kate Keller. The usage is old-fashioned but it is grammatically correct. …
answered Oct 4 '16 by Mick
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The first has to do with familiarity and the second has to do with frequency (or personal preference). "I am used to playing football" means that you know how to play football, you have played it bef …
answered Sep 27 '16 by Mick
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A rectangle measuring 5 metres by 10 metres has an area of 50 square metres. A square with sides of 50 metres is said to be 50 metres squared (or 50 metres square) and has an area of 2,500 square met …
answered Sep 27 '16 by Mick
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You most certainly can say that a snake crawls: crawl verb 1b: to move with the body close to or on the ground. The soldiers crawled forward on their bellies. The snake crawle …
answered Dec 3 '17 by Mick
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The term hookah is much more commonly used in English, and there is a good chance that most people would know what it means, whereas most people would have to look up nargile (or narghile, nargileh) i …
answered Oct 9 '16 by Mick
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The first two words in the sentence are incorrect. I can't think of any construction to replace just the first word. One could perhaps write: The main economic force that spurred the great explora …
answered Sep 23 '16 by Mick
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Given the source code, all software can be modified. You need to think about how your software can be modified. Is your software modular? Can you extend the functionality by adding new modules or exte …
answered Sep 27 '16 by Mick
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Understaffed may be the word that you are looking for: Understaffed (adjective) If a shop, business, or organization is understaffed, it does not have enough employees: The hospital wa …
answered Dec 11 '16 by Mick
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They are not really interchangeable terms. Tangerines are a type of mandarin orange, of which the clementine is a well-known and widely available cultivar. Tangerine trees (Citrus tangerina) are a …
answered Dec 16 '16 by Mick
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How many words you know is pretty much irrelevant (once you get beyond a certain number). You need to understand how to put them together and how to pronounce them in order to "speak like a native spe …
answered Dec 13 '17 by Mick
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In the home, furniture means items like tables, chairs, beds, wardrobes, etc. A more generic term is furnishings. Curtains and cushions, etc, are called soft furnishings. Sewing accessories are someti …
answered Dec 19 '16 by Mick

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