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What word should I use to mean “we will send a man to make you pay”?

What term should to say this. Imagine Chicago 1930. Gangsters charging businesses for protection. A guy misses a payment. The enforcer sends a man to get the money. I have heard a phrase once that was something like “if you don’t pay we will …” meaning that they will send a man, but was less […]

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The word “which” referring to a “whom”

I’ve lighted on a use of the word “which” that has interested me. “‘Doctor’ means a learned man, which I suppose this man is.” Of course, when we talk or write about people, we use “who” or “whom,” so does this “which” refer not to the learned man himself, but to the condition of being […]

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What is the proper way to spell and pronounce the name Yoanna or some certain names?

My name is “Yoanna” but I am not sure of how to pronounce or spell it properly in English. It is derived from “Joanna”. Should I write it “Joanna” and pronounce it “Yoanna” or do I stick with “Yoanna” in either cases? Also, using the example above, is it okay if I write English names […]

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What does “right of parlay” mean in this context?

I am reading Brandon Sanderson’s 2nd novel from the Mistborn trilogy, that is, The Well of Ascension. I cam across the phrase ‘right of parlay’ in one of the passages as follows: The motion, if passed, would buy him more time. As king, he already had prime right of parlay with a foreign dictator. The […]

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Is there a word for words that are closely related but not synyms

I’m looking for a word which means the situation where there are two ideas that seem the same at first glance, but when they are closely looked at, they are seen to mean different things. Examples I’m thinking of are ideas like “Intelligent & Wise” or “Weather & Climate”.

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Is it grammatical to use the word “minimize” as a noun?

It sounds like the video is speaking (00:00:40) Global minimize has been reached. I understand its meaning. I cannot understand the grammar. Is it grammatical to use the word “minimize” as a noun?

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apostrophe+S vs OF vs nothing

I read many texts about when to use ‘s or of, but still can’t understand it completely. I was trying to say that someone went to the gate which gives entrance to a mall. There are four ways I can think this can be written: She went to the gate to the mall. She went […]

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How can I construct this form “I’d like to know which book to read its summary”?

The construction I want to form is …which X to Verb “its” Noun. Specifically this question: “How can I decide which book to read fully and which one to read only its summary?” Is this question construction correct? Thank you

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How is Lenny Kravitz pronuncing this sentence?

Maybe, this is a strange question. Maybe not the place… In the song titled “Are you gonna go my way”, you can find the same sentence being pronounced too fast for me. I think I know how to pronounce that sentence, but I can not match it to the song. I mean, he speaks something […]

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Should I use “Written quote […]” or “Written quote […]”. with a period?

The full sentence is: According to Zhao et al. (2019), “[there] is no convenient experimental access to the internal variable D[…]”. I’m uncertain if I need that last period.