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People do, informally, use crazy glue as a verb. He crazy glued a hat onto his head. This is easy, as glue is a verb as well as a noun anyway. It's just putting the full product name instead of …
answered Mar 25 by SamBC
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It sounds formal enough to me that it doesn't seem entirely natural. Speaking from the point of view of British English. You should have unsent it, rather than tell me you could've unsent it. Th …
answered Feb 16 by SamBC
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I don't think there's any universally-agreed-upon way to say that aloud. It would depend on the audience and the circumstance - does the audience know what purchasing power parity is? Do they recognis …
answered Mar 6 by SamBC
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The example is a little silly, because people are unlikely to vote in that situation. Elect, in that sort of context, suggests that they were chosen through a vote. However, the general point of elec …
answered Apr 4 by SamBC
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There are several options. As long as we're talking about opinions, you could use: What does everyone else think? If you don't want everyone to answer, just to see if anyone else has a different …
answered Mar 25 by SamBC
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Halfway through (your life) That's probably the most general sort of phrase for it that I would use, though there are many different options available.
answered Apr 12 by SamBC
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Plenty of good, natural English isn't idiomatic. The problem here is actually that "was created" implies deliberate creation, though. Also, "the location" is redundant, it is implied by 'where'. You c …
answered Feb 6 by SamBC
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In this case, in the dialects I'm familiar with, in is more natural and idiomatic than inside. Now, the why is a gut feeling rather than anything I know about from theory. There's a natural tendency …
answered Feb 23 by SamBC
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I would say, in my experience as a native British English speaker, that "if needed" would be the most usual, and "if necessary" slightly stronger or more formal. "If it's needed" would actually be qui …
answered Feb 13 by SamBC
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These three use way in different senses, including idiom or set phrase constructions. In all cases, it descends from the basis of way meaning path or route, and you will find 'way' used as part of str …
answered Feb 17 by SamBC
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I don't consider that grammatical, but replacing you with to is only one option. It could also be replaced with you will. In other contexts, too, "possible you" can be fine. "It is possible you t …
answered Feb 28 by SamBC
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I don't know about ungrammatical, but it certainly seems unnatural. It would be more usual to have: The pharmaceutical company Avalon was sued for causing Michael's autism. When it's a group or …
answered Mar 29 by SamBC
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Yes. That is completely normal, and you will see it in technical documents a fair amount. It's maddeningly non-specific, but entirely expected. If you are going to interviews, be prepared for them to …
answered Feb 21 by SamBC
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This is a point of difference between English dialects. I think most dialects used for formal registers would not use the there, at least not in the formal register. However, if we are talking about a …
answered Feb 23 by SamBC
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The existing answers are right that "accuse people to be racist" doesn't mean the same as "accuse people of being racist". It is not entirely incorrect or ungrammatical, however. It just means someth …
answered Feb 24 by SamBC

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