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The sentence above is not ironic. The concept of situational irony is subtle, almost by definition. The way it's usually used, a statement is only ironic if, upon reflection, it is amusing or interest …
answered Dec 20 '18 by farnsy
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The key thing to keep in mind is that lips touch makes "lips" the subject and "touch" the verb. On the other hand, lips that touch is a noun phrase. that touch acts as an adjective in this case. L …
answered Aug 18 '19 by farnsy
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The word "to get" by itself is simple: it means to obtain. However, "get" is often used as a phrasal verb, as is the case here. There are many such phrasal verbs: get into, get lost, get rid of, get …
answered Sep 29 '18 by farnsy
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The word "efficacy" describes how well something something performs a particular task. You would not use it in place of "effect" here. An example use of efficacy would be The efficacy of standard …
answered Aug 2 '19 by farnsy
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Appropriate is a very good and safe word in a professional setting. If you use it, you are saying it's a model that will do a good job in this application. I would suggest some other synonyms, but I …
answered Dec 30 '17 by farnsy
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These are specialized, field-specific terms from finance, accounting, and economics, and may have very specific definitions in some contexts (particularly accounting). I'll give you the general flavo …
answered Dec 24 '18 by farnsy
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Those are not particularly natural phrases, though I don't think anyone would misunderstand or think twice about it if they heard you say that. Karaoke is not a place (unless there is a particular ba …
answered Oct 6 '18 by farnsy
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It sounds like your intent is to evoke sympathy for animals. In that case, you would use words chosen to remind people of animals' intelligence. The most traditional word to refer to animals' inabi …
answered Feb 13 '18 by farnsy
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It could work with and without "the," but "effort" should not be plural. The most natural and expected way to see this Reducing Human Effort in Data Analysis or the alternative, slightly more a …
answered Dec 20 '17 by farnsy
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Prepare provides the sense that you are doing things now--making changes, getting ready--in order to be ready for something that is coming. Preparing may mean taking actions now that might prepare yo …
answered Dec 9 '17 by farnsy
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Usage of the word "performance" or "performances" depends on whether you are referring to the sites as a group, in which it is assumed that their performance is similar to each other, or individually, …
answered Dec 4 '17 by farnsy
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The short answer is that the listed options are very interchangeable indeed. The choice of one over the other primarily has to do with the personality of the person talking. I will try and help you u …
answered Sep 15 '18 by farnsy
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"Big" primarily refers to something's size. It's a generic and neutral word. There could be a big change in something and yet no one cares. "Dramatic" also says something about the effect on someone …
answered Oct 8 '18 by farnsy
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Yes, "code snippet" is a countable noun, so it is perfectly correct to use it as you have. For example: The following two code snippets illustrate the limitations of the direct approach. I don't …
answered Jun 20 '19 by farnsy
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What you wrote is fine. He's saving the experience of telling her for a different time. I wouldn't say it's frequently used this way, but only because this is not a very common circumstance. Nothi …
answered Dec 10 '17 by farnsy

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