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The article itself answers the question: Despite common belief, the window sill is found on the outside of the home. Inside the home, the part of the window often called the "sill" is actually the stool. However, the stool is often described as the sill, even by window experts. The article makes it clear that what the majority of people (even '...


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Your question was: Is there a better way instead of “Accommodate a method to include an extra thing”? Consider the following two phrases: "better way instead of" "better way of" Those phrases must ALWAYS be followed by: zero or one adjectives used as an adverb exactly one word ending in "ing" (a gerund): For example, we ...


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This is an excellent question. From what I have found in doing research, the consensus from dictionaries seems to be that a beast is usually a mammal that is large; and has four feet. "Beasts" are usually considered to be dangerous and/or vicious creatures, but this is not always the case. According to this definition, a horse could be a beast: ...


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a cathy here: A former student at a Catholic high school. It could be a nickname for people who went to a Catholic high school. That is typical in Am. English. High schools or the type of high school are given nicknames. For example: A preppy. Someone who went to a prep school (college preparatory). It means he is a former student at a [name] Catholic high ...


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For the specific example you chose, "Cathy" means the same thing as "catholic" Penn Brooks is a former catholic with 12 years of parochial experience under his belt. Some Americans believe that people who all have the same first name also have the same personality. Phrases like, "she such a Kathy," are used as an insult. The ...


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It means something like the following: Che told a story. In his story, Che says that he became something in only one night That something, was one of the future Granma expeditionaries The word "account" means "story" (or maybe "book") In this context, "to recall" means "to describe." If you... "...


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as he recalls in his account means as he tells us in his report recall verb (REMEMBER): to bring the memory of a past event into your mind, and often to give a description of what you remember: Ref C.E.D. account noun (REPORT): a written or spoken description of an event: Ref C.E.D.


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"Obey" is not only stronger, it carries a greater connotation of being subordinate. If there is a rule that was agreed upon by a group of equals, it would be more natural to talk about observing the rule. If a king has issued a decree, then you would obey it. Note that this distinction is not hard and fast; neither word would be wrong in either ...


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The two words have the same meaning in this context. "Observe" is slightly more formal in register. It's also a little more general, in that we can observe rules, conventions or advice, but "obey" really only applies to definite commands (including rules). (This is a UK perspective; usage may differ elsewhere in the world.)


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To reword Jack's answer, "observe" and "obey" have different connotations: a feeling or idea that is suggested by a particular word although it need not be a part of the word's meaning, or something suggested by an object or situation For example: Get home by 6PM for dinner. Obey me. I suggest that you observe the 6PM dinner time.


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I agree with the teacher. "Obey" is stronger, and may imply legal sanctions backing up the requirement. "Observe" is less official. So, while "obey" means "observe", they aren't exact synonyms, and the latter is more likely to be used in the context you are discussing.


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One possible reason for the difference between dictionaries is that 'diploma' is used a lot more in American English than in British English. However, given that both Websters dictionary, which is chiefly US English and Cambridge dictionary, which is chiefly British, define diploma first as a "document", I would have to say yes - 'certificate' is a ...


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Perhaps just I need to be more efficient in order to progress faster. "Improve my efficiency" and "speed up my progress" both sound awkward and too wordy to me.


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She made a sharp cry of pain in reaction to the fall. The phrasing "a cry was wrung out of her" is poetic and emphasises it wasn't deliberate on her part but an involuntary reflex.


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