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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

It seems to be BrE-specific, but the first word that came to mind for me was "tyke". From Cambridge dictionary: a child who behaves badly in a way that is funny rather than serious
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

I find that English, unfortunately, does not have a great number of words to suit this particular purpose. Most of them can have very negative connotations, especially if heard by others who do not ...
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

A pretty non offensive, endearing way to refer to a misbehaving child is to replace their name with 'Trouble'. You can also use it when they are not misbehaving at the moment but often tend to. I once ...
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Is there any nuance between "wildflower" and "wild flower"?

There is no notable difference between wildflower and wild flower. It's a fairly common occurrence for English speakers to combine (or sometimes separate) words that appear together. Because there ...
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Is there any nuance between "wildflower" and "wild flower"?

"Wild" as an adjective has a range of senses, many of which don't apply to flowers. It can mean "not domesticated". And in this sense it has exactly the same meaning as wild ...
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

I used to read and hear imp, it sounds almost cute but perhaps it's not so common nowadays. She's [a bit of] an imp This tells the listener that the small child sometimes misbehaves. I believe ...
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

Out of those rascal is common enough to be understood (if still a little old-fashioned) and the most likely to be affectionate out of context. Most of those words are usually used to refer to adults ...
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

This is enormously family dependent, and rapidly changing. Words like "scamp" or "rapscallion" or "scalliwag" now seem rather dated. "Cheeky monkey" seemed ...
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What words of endearment may I use for describing a misbehaving child?

Some possibilities would be "scamp" or "terror". Note, phrases like this would usually be used as an exclamation, rather than as full sentences: You little scamp! You terror!
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Is there any difference between a heavy meal and a large meal, between a light meal and a small meal?

"Heavy" with regards to food doesn't mean the same as "large". A large salad, for example, might be considered a light meal - light on calories, light on the digestive system. We ...
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What is the difference between a final draft and a final version?

They would pretty much mean the same thing. When working on an essay (for example) you create a first draft. You improve, edit or rewrite, that is your second draft. You improve the second draft, ...
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Usage of In ,for and within

None of these are valid. 1, and 3 are strange and no-idiomatic (I can't work out what these mean) 2. means that he became tall two years ago and is still tall now. The main mistake is to use "...
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He had problems reading without glasses. In the above sentence is 'reading' a present participle or a gerund in this sentence

If you can put the word when in front of the -ing form (and it makes sense), you can understand it as a verbal form. Otherwise it is a nominal. He had difficulty (when) reading without glasses. ...
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"The sight of her rendered him speechless." — Why place "her" after nouns? Why not say just "Her sight rendered him speechless."?

A proper alternative would be "Seeing her rendered him speechless", again it is what the sensing person is seeing.
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"The sight of her rendered him speechless." — Why place "her" after nouns? Why not say just "Her sight rendered him speechless."?

Compare I tried some of that fermented food. The taste of it made me retch. The fire was burning furiously. The heat of it singed my eyebrows. The preposition of can express the idea that the ...
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"The sight of her rendered him speechless." — Why place "her" after nouns? Why not say just "Her sight rendered him speechless."?

"her sight" could mean the ability of sight that she possesses. When we talk about our senses we might say "my sight, my hearing" etc. That isn't the case with all senses - for ...
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He had problems reading without glasses. In the above sentence is 'reading' a present participle or a gerund in this sentence

The tense of the word "reading" is the present participle form, but within the context of the sentence it is the past perfect tense. The past perfect tense is formed with the auxiliary verb &...
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He had problems reading without glasses. In the above sentence is 'reading' a present participle or a gerund in this sentence

In "He had problems reading without glasses." reading is a gerund-participle. In traditional grammar, it was a gerund.
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Does the verb "to wear someone down/out" mean far more tiredness than the adjective "wearisome"?

No Tiredness is not implicit in either phrase but for some complex reasons. First, weary and tired are not exact synonyms. While weary can mean very tired, it can also mean bored through overexposure ...
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"beg, plead, entreat, implore, beseech, appeal" What is the different and when to use

This kind of question could attract different opinions. But, as all these words carry pretty much the same meaning, I think you should consider how and when to use them based on their formality and ...
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Does the verb "to wear someone down/out" mean far more tiredness than the adjective "wearisome"?

Yes The extra "out" describes a greater degree of tiredness compared to "standard" tired. This is similar to the differences of "worried" and "worried sick"
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Difference between "seeks to promote" and "promote"

You are correct. In this context, it probably makes little difference. "Promoting" something means that you are urging people to do it or accept it. So whether "promoting" or "...
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difference between [worked at A warehouse and A manufacturing plant] vs [worked at A warehouse and A manufacturing plant]

I would interpret the first sentence to refer to two different companies and jobs, one a warehouse, the other a manufacturing plant, and the second to refer to a single company and job, a company that ...
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difference between [worked at A warehouse and A manufacturing plant] vs [worked at A warehouse and A manufacturing plant]

There's not much difference in any practical situation. Structurally, the first has two coordinated noun phrases and suggests two different locations. The second could mean a single place that ...
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This is our first /the first test this term

If you want to indicate possession, "the" is replaced by "our" in this sentence. This is the first test this term. This is our first test this term. This is my first test this ...
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This is our first /the first test this term

*This is our the first test this term. From Collins Dictionary, Most noun phrases contain only one determiner or none at all, but if there are more, they follow a definite order. There are two ...
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What's the difference between the usage of different and other in these contexts?

You're mistaking "other" with "different" The different is usually an other, but "other" does not mean "different" "Other" just means "not this ...
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Are "unloaded" and "not loaded" interchangeable?

Both phrases can be used to mean "never was" or "was but it has been undone". For example, if I say "The order is not boxed", I probably mean that it never was in a box. ...
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Are "unloaded" and "not loaded" interchangeable?

Un- as a prefix on a verb (eg unload) refers to reversing the activity. Un- as a prefix on an adjective merely says that the adjective does not apply, or that the reverse of the adjective applies, ...
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Are "unloaded" and "not loaded" interchangeable?

You're right. They can be confusing, but it's more about emphasis and context than a strict grammatical rule. Not loaded: This is a neutral statement about the current state. It simply means there's ...
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Is it always necessary to use "the" before "youth" when it means "young people (considered as a group)"?

Britannia's definition 4 leaves out something very important. It is no accident that all their examples have youth qualified: "the youth of today", "the youth of America", "...
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Is it always necessary to use "the" before "youth" when it means "young people (considered as a group)"?

"Youth" can be a singular noun (one child) or collective (all children). Similar to "sheep" or "fish". Which meaning is intended will usually be determined by the ...
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"They ventured nervously into the water." & "He nervously ventured out onto the ice."— Difference between "ventured nervously" & "nervously ventured"?

They ventured nervously into the water. They nervously ventured into the water. For both pairs, each example means the same as its counterpart, but ventured nervously is more common than nervously ...
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Cut off and cutoff/cut-off

You're right that "cutoff" is a closed compound noun. "Cut off" can be used as a verb phrase; however, Cambridge Dictionary notes that 'cut-off' (hyphenated) is an acceptable form ...
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Why do they use 'persons' rather than 'people' here?

The use of persons is possible in very formal context: Persons (plural) is a very formal word. We only use it in rather legalistic contexts: [notice in a lift] Any person or persons found in ...
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Perfect or perfect continuous?

Think the situation 1.If something is started in the past and still true right now choose present perfect. Example,I have lived in Yang since I was born. I lived in Yangon since I was born till now....
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