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Be mindful of using vs be mindful of

I am really confused with these sentences. I don't know the technical explanation for these. I am studying English and I do not understand what's wrong with the sentences.You just...

Asked on 01/06/2022

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Multiple names and titles in a single sentence?

This study includes interviews from notable professionals such as 3 time Emmy award winner John Smith, Northern State University Professor of Quantum Mechanics Dr. Jane Cook, Founder and CEO of...

Asked on 01/06/2022

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Auxiliary verb reduction in not only - but also structure

I was wondering if it is correct to reduce the auxiliary verb of a not only - but also sentence that has multiple clauses sharing that same auxiliary verb, for...

Asked on 01/06/2022

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What is a "contingent argument" (outside of law or theology)?

I heard John McWhorter use this term and as best I could tell he was referring to an argument based on a something existing in the world rather than on...

Asked on 01/06/2022

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What is an alternative to 'pre-' vs. 'post-' or 'before' vs 'after' that sorts in the order of events?

If ordered alphabetically , pre goes after post, because the 2nd character r of pre goes after the 2nd character o of post. Same issue with before and after...

Asked on 01/06/2022

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Why does "signature" have a "g" sound but "sign" doesn't?

The following words don't have /g/ sound: sign, resign, design. But why is there a "g" sound in the following derived words? Signature, resignation, designate. I searched their etymologies because...

Asked on 01/05/2022

2 answer

Are YouTube creators using "enjoy" in a new intransitive sense?

Many YouTube creators end their videos with a statement similar toIf you enjoyed, please remember to click the thumbs-up button!Invariably, there is no explicit direct object for the verb...

Asked on 01/05/2022

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What is a noun for the level of how anthropomorphic an object is?

Consider a set of objects like the following:a cubea 3-fingered robot clawa robot hand in the general shape of a human handa human handObjects further down the list have more...

Asked on 01/05/2022

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If x....could happen

I have a question regarding "if" conditionals with could.If they see us, they could kill us.If they see us, we could start something between us.In these, "could" means "might", the...

Asked on 01/05/2022

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