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Is there a difference between "spectacles" and "glasses"? Is there a US-UK English difference or is it just preference for one word over other?

To my ears, "spectacles" sounds rather dated. "Glasses" would be my preferred term for both corrective and protective eye wear. Cambridge dictionary marks "spectacles" as ...
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Why can't we say "win a world record"?

I agree with Nat Geo Learning that you can't say "win a world record" but you can say "win with a world record" The Cambridge dictionary defines the verb to win as coming first ...
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How should I describe good orientation in a computer language, in a CV?

There are lots of way you could express it. You likely don't want to exaggerate your skill level in a CV, so choose according to your ability. If you have a very basic, introductory knowledge you ...
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Word or phrase for water coming out of clothes

In your example (wet clothes hanging on a line) the verb is drip: Water is dripping from the clothes. The clothes are dripping water. If the clothes have just been picked up out of the washing tub ...
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Why can't we say "win a world record"?

The short answer is the words "win" and "world record" do not correlate, and that's just the way it is. We just don't think of a world record as something you can "win". ...
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IS "rose by" correct instead of "rose to"?

It's a difference in meaning: Rise by x: new price = old price + x Rise to x: new price = x "rising to" denotes the target and "rising by" the way to get there. The origin ...
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An expression for someone who teaches in people's home

In the UK, the most common term would be "private tutor". They might also be called a "home tutor" or possibly "personal tutor", but the teaching could be in any setting, ...
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improved our comfort ride toilet

It's being used as a compound, most plausibly as a model of toilet: We have improved our Comfort RideTM toilet by adding a heated seat. This is a common formula for branding an otherwise generic-...
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A word to mention a person who completed his studies but did not do his thesis defense

I think not, because of differences in how the university systems work. In the British system you don't "graduate" until after you have completed all exams, thesis, and vivas. And when you ...
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How should I describe good orientation in a computer language, in a CV?

You might say that you have a "basic understanding" or "working knowledge" of JavaScript.
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Does revenue include profit?

"Revenue" is the same as gross income the total amount of money the business receives in a given period, often a year, month, or quarter. "Turnover" can be used in several senses, ...
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Is flexibilise a word?

According to Merriam Webster, it is a word, but not one I have ever heard used. Spell checkers also mark it incorrect. In general, there is probably a better word or phrase to use for almost any ...
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How to use "make" and "form" with "impression"?

The two expressions are used in different contexts and each takes a different preposition. Thus, we say to make an impression on sb which means to cause someone to notice and admire you: He made ...
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Does native English speaker find homograph hard to learn?

There are two things, one is true homographs, like "bank" and "bank". These are two completely different words that just happen to have the same spelling. Then there are ...
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What is the name of the packaging of sterile bandages?

I think most people (in the UK, at least) would say "[She was] holding a [sticking] plaster in her hand", leaving the listener to assume that it was still in its package unless specified ...
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What is the meaning of "holding Up" in this context?

This is a headline in the New York Times about a shortage of garage doors, which is one of the unusual woes (or problems) affecting home builders in the USA at this time, and holding up (delaying) the ...
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Why say "podcasting" instead of "podcast"?

A podcast is a multimedia file; podcasting is the activity or the method of managing, distributing, publishing those files.
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Invasive (adjective)

The definition you quote seems to be from the English Language Dictionary made available by Google, and provided by Oxford Languages, and obtained when doing a Google search on "Invasive ...
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Is "acting distributor" English?

No. (I can only answer definitely for British English, but I think this applies in AmE too). Acting as an attributive adjective means "somebody who does not formally hold a position, but is ...
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IS the phrase "Gentle Into That Good Night" making a reference to something else in this context?

It is a reference to a well-known poem by Dylan Thomas Do not go gentle into that good night in which he exhorts his elderly father not to accept death willingly. The text is here.
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Is the noun 'Flora' used correctly in this sentence

'Flora' in your quotation has a capital 'F' because it is being used as a proper noun - the name of a particular animal that "mystified her zookeepers", apparently. When used to describe ...
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The technical name of the opening theme that played at the start of a film

Main title The main title is the music, often later recorded on soundtrack albums, that is heard in a film while the opening credits are rolling. It does not refer to music playing from on-screen ...
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Can adjective be used with passive voice like this?

No, that would not carry the meaning you want. Your intention would not be understandable. A "forgiving person" is a person who forgives, not one who is themselves forgiven. You could say: ...
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Can anyone make sense of this sentense?

This is a reference to a song, called "The Candyman" From Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) (and not related to the horror film) Who can take a sunrise, Sprinkle it in dew, ...
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The use of the verb 'avail'

You are half correct, I would write it as "To avail yourself of this service, ..." I don't think many people would consider "avail" on itself to be normal usage.
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Is the verb create being used in passive voice?

Yes, it is a typo. The correct sentence is "Thus they are created dynamically" which is in the passive voice. The language on that page is not of the highest quality. For the most part it is ...
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Does revenue include profit?

I'd say "includes the profit" is misleading - the goods may be sold at a loss. Revenue and Turnover are used interchangeably, because they mean the same thing - "the total amount of ...
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Having rather in a sentence

The phrase is get/have one's own way. The author modifies it by adding rather too much. Rather qualifies too much and means to a certain or significant extent or degree. It might have been used to ...
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divorce separation

A divorce is an official dissolution of marriage - once you get it, in the eyes of the law you are no longer married to your ex-spouse. A separation is a broader concept of living apart from your ...
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