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Two opposite meanings of “arguable”
The verb “argue” has two significantly different (but related) meanings. First, you can argue with someone about something (or over (...)
September 27, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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‘Inhabited’ or ‘inhabitated’ in English
Long story short, the correct form is inhabited. The reason why people (especially non-native speakers) tend to think that the word is (...)
September 25, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘float’, ‘swim’, and ‘sail’ in English
Non-native speakers of English sometimes incorrectly say that a non-living thing, such as a boat or a piece of wood, “swims in the water” (...)
September 23, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Definition of ‘cousin once removed’ in English
Two people are “first cousins once removed” when their relationship is that of first cousins plus one generation. In particular, this (...)
September 16, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Percentage of population with completed tertiary education by region in Europe
As the job market for unqualified workforce shrinks, more and more people realize that completed secondary (high school) education no (...)
September 14, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
Disposable income (PPP) per capita by region in Europe
Disposable income is defined as income (from employment, business, property, or social security) minus taxes and social security (...)
September 12, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
Suicide rates by country in Europe
People from Nordic countries have a reputation for being suicidal, but the data by WHO (World Health Organization) from 2012 show that (...)
September 8, 2016 – Jakub MarianMaps
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Origin of the phrase “Roger that” in English
Roger that or usually simply Roger (nowadays also often spelled in lower case) is a phrase used in aviation and the military to confirm (...)
September 7, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
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Difference between ‘anybody’ and ‘anyone’
Short answer: “Anyone” and “anybody” mean the same, perhaps with one exception. Long answer: Some authors ascribe slightly different (...)
September 5, 2016 – Jakub MarianEnglish
Stress position and accents in Italian
Stress placement in Italian is variable, just like in English (the stressed syllable changes from word to word). However, Italian has a (...)
September 4, 2016 – Riccardo CavaItalian