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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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Although it's somewhat hyperbolic, the expression 'you've ruined it' comes to me in this situation. Whilst the card will hardly be in ruin, someone annoyed about its being damaged may still simply com …
answered May 30 by ben
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This is unnatural, as one can’t have a ‘part of the power’; on the other hand, one could say ‘there’s a partial power outage’.I’d describe this by saying ‘the power’s partially out’.
answered May 30 by ben
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In this context, 'pencil', like 'ink', is a material. You can use in with materials, but it wouldn't make sense for something to be in a pencil. 'A pencil' refers to the tool, and so one uses 'with' i …
answered May 30 by ben