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What does "the folds" mean in this context?

The folds of a robe are like the folds of a curtain. Imagine a fabric curtain hanging down. If it's made right, it's not straight. It has a pattern of rounded shapes that form hollow areas. In fantasy-...
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Using the word "Shy" to mean "Attempt"?

This usage seems to be Sri Lankan dialect. It is used particularly in reference to attempts at examinations (and more specifically A-level examinations): I have a experience of second shy. (Although ...
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Using the word "Shy" to mean "Attempt"?

Chambers Dictionary has shy² noun 1 a fling or throw. . . . 3 colloq an attempt or shot. . . . Chambers gives the etymology for the 'timid' meaning, but not for this. The Online Etymology ...
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a kind of / kind of

You definitely can't say: "Bananas are kind of fruit." You need to say "a kind" in this case, where "kind" is a noun. As you note, "kind of" can also mean "...
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Doubt about nouns used as adjectives

Microservice(s) is not an adjective. It is a noun being used as a modifier. We can do this in English, and they don't become adjcetives. Words used as modifiers tend to lose their grammatical ...
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How can a noun be countable and uncountable at the same time?

People talk a lot about countable and uncountable nouns, but this is really a misnomer. Countability is not a property of a noun that might be similar to gender in other languages. Rather, it is a ...
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