English Language

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Asked in Example Sentences, English Language

How do you use mystifying in a sentence?

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They had to go back over the mystifying sentence. This death-defying and mystifying feat of legerdemain will be performed right before your unbelieving eyes.
Asked in English Language, Definitions, Medical Definitions and Word Differences

What is the different between a 'dispensary' and a 'pharmacy'?

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A 'pharmacy' is usually a retail store where prescription medication is dispensed and sold, along with other goods. A 'dispensary' is usually a designated area in an institution such as a school, office building, hospital, and so on, where medications are dispensed, usually without charge. A 'dispensary' could also be, or be part of, a clinic in an institution of some sort, or a separate, stand-alone medical center or clinic, where diagnosis, treatment and dispensing of medication takes place. The term 'pharmacy', though, is used to describe a dispensary in, for example, a hospital. The term 'dispensary' is rarely used to describe a retail pharmacy, though some pharmacies use signage such as 'Dispensary' to indicate a part of the store dedicated exclusively to supplying prescription medication, or medication which required labeling with the purchaser's name and other data, in areas where this - and the pharmacist's advice on usage - is required either by law or by industry self-regulation. So, while there is a clear difference between the two terms, they can be interchangeable.
Asked in English Language, The Necklace

Why did Mathilde lie about losing the necklace?

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She lied because she didn't want her friend to find out that she lost the necklace because she thought that it was real, but in the end her friend finds out and tells her that it was fake.
Asked in Social Sciences, English Language, Economics, Human Behavior

What are the five subjects of social science?

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There are more than 5 subjects that come under 'social sciences'. The 5 most common (generally) are: - Geography - Economics - History - Psychology - Sociology And then there's: - Politics/political science - Philosophy & ethics - Law - Anthropology - Criminology
Asked in English Language, Sherlock Holmes

When was the character of Sherlock Holmes alive?

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He was never actually alive. The fictional stories about him are set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the mid-1870s (The 'Gloria Scott') up to 1914 (His Last Bow), roughly contemporaneous with when they were published. Dr. Joseph Bell, on whom the character of Holmes was partly based, lived from 1837 to 1911. Holmes canonically "died" in a story set 1891 because Conan Doyle was tired of writing about him. However, fan demand eventually persuaded him to bring the character back, and in "The Adventure of the Empty House" set in 1894, Holmes appears and reveals that he had faked his death. "His Last Bow" has Holmes coming out of retirement to aid the war effort, and that story takes place in 1914 (the story specifically says it's August 2, and the German characters in it express hope that the British will not come to the aid of the French and Belgians; since that happened on 4 August 1914, it can't be any later than that). The story also puts Holmes' age at 60, so he was born in 1854 (or possibly late 1853). Taking all that into account, the most concrete dates we can come up with are c. 1854 through at least August 1914.
Asked in English Language

Is horror a verb?

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Horror is a noun, referring to an emotion. The verb horrify means "to cause horror." Examples: He felt horror at the sight of the dead rat in the restaurant kitchen. The price of her wedding dress will horrify her father. Alfred Hitchcock's movies will horrify audiences for years to come. That is a nightmare that would horrify anyone.
Asked in English Language

What does take the world by storm mean?

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To take over or do something revolutionary. Correct answer: It means to become very popular very suddenly.
Asked in English Language, Compound Words

Is Zain a word?

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Zain is a common, ordinary, every-day Arabic word that means "good" or more commonly "very good". In some cases, it can be translated as "the best". It is also the name of one of the most popular cellular providers in the middle east and northern Africa, providing standard GSM cellular (voice) service as well as 3G, 3.5G, and 4G internet access. Zain Communications is owned, in part, by Vodafone, a popular European communications company which currently has a 40% interest in Verizon. Ironically, Verizon is not currently a GSM service provider in the United States so existing Zain/Vodafone customers cannot use their hardware or SIM cards within North America. In Scrabble, it is recognized as a legal English word, an alternate spelling of "zayin", a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Asked in School Subjects, English Language, Prefixes Suffixes and Root Words

What words have ob as their prefix?

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Observe, obliterate, obvious The American Heritage Dictionary has over 3 1/2 pages of words that begin with "ob". You would get a much more comprehensive answer by looking for it, rather than asking for it.
Asked in Synonyms and Antonyms, English Language

Another word for however apart from but?

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Although Never-the-less Though Except On the other hand
Asked in English Language

Example of an anachronism?

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Queen Victoria talking to Julius Caesar on the Moon while Hitler was eating pancakes in Times' Square in New York.
Asked in English Language

List of words with the prefix im?

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immobile improper immature imperfect impatient impossible i do not like prefixes at all, just saying kbye.
Asked in History of England, English Language, Publishing, Essays

Why English language important for media and publishing?

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The publishing world the devotes considerable resources to the production of books,novels,newspaper etc.in English language.
Asked in English Language, Word and Phrase Origins, English Spelling and Pronunciation

Why do you say 'a uniform' not 'an uniform'?

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As a general rule, "a" is used when the first sound (not letter) in a word is a consonant. "An" is used when the first sound (not letter) is a vowel. "Uniform" is pronounced /ˈjuːnɪfɔːm/ or /ˈjunəfɔrm/, the first sound being /j/, (sounds like the 'y' in the words "you" or "yes"), which is a consonant. The rule has to do with the sound of the word and not the written form of the word. If the following word has the initial sound of a consonant then "a" is used. If the initial sound of the following word is a vowel then "an" is used. This rule results in a slight difference in usage in Britain and the USA.
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, English Language

What is meant by the phrase the learner is an embodied spirit?

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All the progeny of God the Father are intelligences endowed with a spirit body that serves as a means of enabling the intelligence to progress in the acquisition of knowledge, intelligence and experience while living in the direct presence of our Heavenly Father. The spirit family of man as well as the family of man in the flesh are so constructed that obedience to the Law of Eternal Progression (elaborated above) while not effortless is a natural part of our existence. This spirit body is composed of a material so refined that the spirit body is an eternal body and incorruptible. It was necessary to acquire this body so that the intelligence that possessed it could exist in the presence of The Father and His Beloved Son and make progress in that sphere. There came a point in our life there that each of us could not progress further unless we took upon us a body of flesh and blood and came to Earth to experience mortality with all its joy, love, challenges, disappointments, etc. That is, life in the mortal sphere tests us against adversity in a way that cannot be accomplished in any other way. Thus, an embodied spirit is an intelligence that possesses both a spirit body and a mortal body of flesh and blood. Because the mortal body is made of the "dust of the earth", it is corruptible, I.e., sooner or later it will be no longer able to sustain life and it will, "crumble to its Mother Earth (Physical Death) and return to the dust as it decays, while the spirit goes back to God the Father and Jesus Christ where a partial judgment is rendered and that spirit, if righteous is sent to paradise and if not to Spirit prison to continue to make choices and progress. Thus a disembodied spirit is an intelligence which possesses a spirit body with no mortal body and therefore because of a of lack of a mortal body it cannot access anything in the physical world. Because of this, lacking a physical body results in the disembodied spirit having far fewer choices available compared to the embodied spirit. It is also much easier to repent of your sins when you are in possession of the physical body. However, both types of beings are capable of learning in the respective spheres in which they exist. The followers of Satan (one-third of Heavenly Father's spirit children) were cast out of heaven down to earth without mortal bodies; therefore they are all disembodied spirits. They will never have the opportunity to possess mortal bodies and their reward for not following God's Plan of Happiness from the beginning is that they will have no claim at all on salvation to any degree and therefore will be cast into Outer Darkness in the end. At present they exist all around us to tempt us and to try us which is part of the purpose of mortality, that is, to see if we will keep God's commandments while living away from His direct presence.
Asked in English Language, Definitions

What does if you stand corrected mean?

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It means you were wrong about something and are explaining this fact to someone, such as: "When I said it was going to rain today, I stand corrected, it is actually sunny out."
Asked in English Language

What is mock solemnity?

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Feigned or deliberately artificial seriousness, often for satirical purposes
Asked in English Language, Example Sentences, Kinds of Sentences

What is a good sentence for stick?

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There are several definitions for the noun 'stick', including: !. A piece of wood, usually long and thin; a rod or baton, or long rod-like implement: 'We need a strong stick to support the sapling.' 'He'll use a walking stick for a while.' 'There are new golf sticks on the market.' 2. An object longer than it is wide; frequently cylindrical: 'Use an illustration of a stick of dynamite for the logo.' 'We'll use a stick of candy in the centre of the cake.' 'Add another stick of celery to the soup.' 3. A control device: 'The new joy stick is comfortable to use.' 'A whole range of gear stick knobs are available.' 'Don't haul back on the stick so hard; you'll damage it.' 4. (informal) furniture: 'The flood's left us without a stick of furniture.' There are also several definitions for the verb 'stick', including: 1. To puncture or pierce: 'You mustn't wave scissors about, you could stick someone.' 2. To fasten: 'Stick these documents together in their categories.' 'Can you stick this up on the wall, please?' 3. To fix, or impale, on something sharp: 'Just stick some olives and cheese on toothpicks to go with the drinks.' 4. To affix blame, to burden: 'She said they'd stick her with the bill, and they did.' 'It was their idea; the boss will stick them with the work.' 5. To stay: 'He'll stick with the job until it's finished.' 'They prefer to stick in one place rather than travel.' 'The image will stick in their minds for a long time.' 6. To protrude: 'The dog loves to stick his head out of the car window.' 'Try this new hairstyle, let the hair stick out more.'
Asked in English Language, Word and Phrase Origins

Who came up with the word ajar?

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The word 'ajar' means (of a door, window, lid, and so on) 'slightly open'. It can be traced back to the Old English* term, cier, or cierr, meaning 'a turn' or 'on the turn', which became, in Middle English**, char. By the 1700s in England, the term had become on char. The modern word ajar is first documented in English in 1718, and is thought to have come from a char, a Scottish variant of on char. *Old English: before about 1100. **Middle English: before the mid 1400s. Another, unrelated and now rarely-used meaning of 'ajar' describes something which is not in harmony (with others, or with surroundings, and so on). This word is from the 1520s English word, (to) jar, meaning to annoy, irritate, to make a harsh or unpleasant sound. That term became at jar, meaning at discord, and finally, ajar. The modern word, jar, is still commonly used in this sense, as in jarring, or jarred, suggesting something discordant, or out of harmony.
Asked in English Language, Bachelors Degrees, Statistics

How can you do double graduate?

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If you are referring to graduating with a double major, then yes you can.
Asked in English Language, Physics

What does break resistance means?

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Resistivity is the ability of any metal or conductor to resist the flow of current depending on the diameter of the conductor.Electric fuse is an alloy with low resistivity and breaks when the resistance is high.This is the point of break resistance. Literary meaning of break resistance would be an act of greater force to break any opposing force as a breakthrough the defence.
Asked in English Language, Synonyms and Antonyms, Word Games

Is 'inconfident' the correct antonym for 'confident' or is there another correct word?

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Inconfident isn't in the dictionary. Try "insecure" or "unsure." If you're talking about a person, you have plenty of wishy-washy synonyms: "meek," "indecisive," "wimpy," "irresolute," "shy," "timid," "unassuming," "modest" and so on.
Asked in English Language, Definitions

What does being subjective means?

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Being subjective means looking at a work or situation with a certain bias or opinion. Art and literature are subjective. When someone gives a subjective test, the test is based on the opinion of the person being tested. An objective test or view is based around fact rather than opinion.