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alternative required for phrase

What are the best alternatives for the phrase, “With reference to your appended email“?

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Word for when you do something just because someone told you not to

Example, imagine someone tells a bald person; “You would be a terrible hairstillist, you have no hair!” and even thought this person (the bald one) isn’t interested in hairstilling, they decide to become a hairstillist JUST because they’ve been told they can’t. So, what is the name of that feeling? (ps: english isn’t my first […]

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Efficiently wording the sentence “compare X’s Y to Z’s Y”

How would one go about efficiently wording the sentence “compare X’s Y to Z’s Y.” I’ve seen it done in a few ways: “compare X’s Y to Z’s Y” (e.g. “compare Mary’s lamb to Phillip’s lamb”) “compare X’s Y to Z’s” (e.g. “compare Mary’s lamb to Phillip’s”) “compare X’s and Y’s Zs” (e.g. “compare Mary’s […]

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One word for I told you so

I am currently writing on the scene in the high priest’s court when the rooster crowed and Jesus turned to Peter, and I am seeking one word to describe that look of Jesus.

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Is a simple “context” a good start to ask questions?

I’ve seen lots of people begin their questions with a simple “context”, such as (What is the meaning of the sentence given below?), (What are the differences among the sentences when "make", "cause" and "tend" are used?) and so on. I asked some questions in the similar way. For instance, in post Why does she […]

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Direct indirect speech

He said “I am going to India tomorrow”. So which one is the correct indirect speech: 1) he said that he was going to India the next day. 2) he said that he would be going to India the next day.

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“Split bamboo” for different purposes

We split bamboo poles into two and sometimes more to make a variety of things. Does English like my native language have specific words and phrases for split bamboo poles? Thanks in advance.

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Can you use Present Continuous for non-habitual actions with exact time?

I’m already aware of the difference between these two sentences: I work for this company. I’m working for this company. However, I’m not very sure if this is the same for actions with specific time. Let’s say I’m on a week-long vacation and I’m going to the same restaurant every evening. Which of the following […]

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Can a noun functioning as modifier of an NP fuse with the head?

In a section titled “Fused modifier-heads“, A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar says: The modifiers which most readily fuse with the head include these: •   determinatives used in modifier function following a determiner (e.g. these two) •   superlatives and comparatives (the best, the most important of them, the taller of them) • ordinal numeral words (the second, […]

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Why is “down” grammatically more flexible than “up” in statements about individual availability/interest?

Is there a historical, grammatical reason why “up” is not as flexible as “down” in colloquial English, specifically regarding statements about an individual’s availability? (1) I’m down for that (2) I’m up for that Both parse as someone stating their own interest/availability for what “that” refers to. As in, for example, Person A asking “Want […]