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"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so." (Sherlock Holmes)

I sometimes enjoy embedding puns and subtle self-references into many of my answers and comments.

Remember, context is everything.


Never make the mistake of thinking that a tiny preposition has only one meaning.

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comment Can we say "Finish your dish"
People can say finish your plate as a shortened form of finish [what's on] your plate – although nowadays, with exercise down and obesity up, many nutritionists are talking about the value of not finishing your plate.
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comment Is 'for your health' a correct response in the context of showering?
The phrase for your health sounds like an awkward toast or something. I can't imagining using it as a response to someone who has just taken a shower, brushed their teeth, or taken a vitamin.
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comment Differentiating " one after the other" from "after the other"
As Sander requested, please add a few sample sentences that illustrate how you intend for these phrases to be used. The phrase after the other is too general a snippet to answer this question.
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revised 'in' or 'at': I'm expecting life in/at university
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comment 'in' or 'at': I'm expecting life in/at university
@Dronehinge - I don't think that's even close to a duplicate; it's "related" at best. As a matter of fact, the word university is not even mentioned at that other question. To the O.P.: the issue here isn't really which is more common, but which is more applicable to your context. Sometimes, the less common wording is the one you should use.
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answered Can we say "Finish your dish"
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comment How to use "such" and" so much"?
@Ahmad - Just some friendly advice: don't say "As a friendly advice."
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comment "it doesn't matter ~" vs "no matter ~"
@Ahmad - Something like that, yes. The difference is very subtle, though.
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comment Specific Word someone who has interest in particular area
I disagree that the most common word would be specialist. I may be interested in reading, playing guitar, and the New York Rangers, but unless I'm a book critic, have a music degree, or work as an ice hockey talent scout, I'm an enthusiast at best. The word specialist conjures images of podiatrists, pediatricians, oncologists, and heart surgeons, not someone who "shows interest" in a particular area. I do like votary, though. That's a cool word that begins with v, and, FWIW, it has no synonyms listed in my thesaurus app.
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comment Specific Word someone who has interest in particular area
The character count is designed to encourage you to bolster your answer with meaningful content, not express annoyance. You could summarize the meaning of pundit, write an example sentence, or quote a usage of the word from a cited news article. If you did all three, the answer would be much more likely to attract upvotes instead of downvotes. As it is now, many in this community would consider this an acceptable comment, but not a very good answer for this site.
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answered "it doesn't matter ~" vs "no matter ~"
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comment What is the meaning of the “What you seek is seeking you.” quote?
@Catija - I'd probably categorize it as philosophy, not poetry.
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comment What is the meaning of the “What you seek is seeking you.” quote?
NoName: When people ask for clarification, it's best to edit the question. That way, the other people who come along don't have to read through a discussion down here to get all the information needed. It's also best to do a little research on your own, like @Catija did.
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revised What is the meaning of the “What you seek is seeking you.” quote?
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answered Answering: correctness vs. practicality
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comment Answering: correctness vs. practicality
Sometimes "unofficial" sources like the Urban Dictionary can be used, too.
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comment What is the difference between 'Inaugurated' and 'launched'?
Why are all the interesting questions in the comments? This question could have been one of the better ones on ELL had you simply included those thought-provoking follow-ons as part of your original question – which can still be done with an edit. As for why there was a downvote, try hovering over the downvote button, and ask yourself, does this question show any research?
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comment What is the difference between 'Inaugurated' and 'launched'?
Presidents get inaugurated; operating systems get launched. Two words are rarely interchangeable across all contexts, even when their definitions are very similar.
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comment Identify vs define vs determine
Follow Nathan's advice, and this question can be reopened and answered (if you are still confused after doing the research).
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comment Are both of these sentence correct? Why or why not?
This may have been closed officially as "opinion-based", but I think it might have also been closed as a "proofreading request." ELL does not accept proofreading questions unless a source of concern is clearly specified. In other word, if you are concerned about the usage of "too softly" and "not hard enough," then say so, and the question can be reopened.
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