Michael Dorgan
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The opposite of "Template-based"
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A web data extractor can rely on the template of a website in a template-based approach. The opposite could be non-template based approach. Given this is for the web from a programming sense, I would ...

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The "movie jail": is that idiomatic and how to express this differently?
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Movie Jail is not an every day term. From the above context, I understand this term, in a very sarcastic sense, as a way to make fun of people who have made poor or damaging contributions to the movie ...

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An equivalent for between
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B and C are in between A and D. They are also in the middle of the set as a whole, but it feel a bit awkward to say in the middle of A and D. To your other examples: Please select the items that ...

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to start out vs to start off
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That is a good question. In pretty much all your cases, they could be interchanged, but would feel very slightly different. One typically "starts off" on a journey - conveying a feeling of ...

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Police ride horses and bikes
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Your #2 sounds best of your examples. When you include a preposition for the first, but not with the rest, the preposition applies to everything else. That is not bad, but you would need to adjust for ...

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What type and color of car
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It reads a little strange having a describing word, but not immediately knowing what is being described. "What is the car type and color?" makes it clear earlier in the sentence what is being ...

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Is it grammatically correct to say or to write "some brain"?
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Zombies would say something like this, though, because they are typically not very smart. They would just say "Brains!" I would say, "Let's eat some brains" to keep the tense/plural usage correct ...

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What does "live down" mean in this sentence?
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In this case, 'lives down' means a neighbor (in this case the virgin), probably within an appartment complex, whose door shares an internal hallway with your own. You would say that said neighbor '...

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Take a bus or take the bus?
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Both these mean the same thing: I take a bus from work to home and I take the bus from work to home. The first very slightly emphasises the trip from work to home while the second points to the mode ...

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Sprout vs shoot vs seedling vs sapling
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A sprout would be a very young plant just coming out of the ground. To sprout is a verb that has the same feel of just being born from the earth. A shoot I've only heard in regards to a young bamboo ...

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to prune vs to shear vs to cut back difference
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To me, with regards to plants, to prune has a feeling of purposely and carefully cutting off the branches to make the plant grow better. To shear doesn't directly apply to plants, it applies to ...

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Uses of "have you had" and "did you have"
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I'll add another answer because your second set of phrases is slightly different when I read them: For the first set: Have you had your lunch? My mind reads it as: Have you already eaten/consumed ...

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