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Questions tagged [connotations]

This tag is for questions regarding the associated or underlying meaning of a word, in addition to its primary definition.

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What does 'SEE' mean this sentence?

'It is sad to see a man so corrupted by the desire for money and power.' 'see' is mean that by using speaker's eyes? o_O
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can “what have you done” be asked in a neutral way?

I'd like to know if "what have you done?" can be used as a neutral question, since it is often used to express anger, shock or sadness. For example: I want to close a window that has been opened by ...
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Difference between adjective+noun and noun+adjective

It was a speech calculated to appeal to the unions. I encountered this sentense on the internet and got a question that how the sentence will change its meaning or nuance if the noun and adjective ...
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Begin vs beginning

What different nuance is it between 'it begins to verb' and 'it is beginning to verb'? the same problem is in case of 'start'.
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What are the connotations of the word “pedantry”?

This is a request of help for the connotations of a word If native speakers hear the word, pedantry, does it assume an air of showy, academically pompous, impudent impression to them? Would this ...
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persist in V-ing

Does "persist in V-ing" convey negative connotation? Does the following sound odd? The detective persisted in searching for the truth. I'd appreciate your help.
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Please let me know the nuance and teach me which is correct [closed]

This new sports complex is _________, so people can enjoy the games whatever the season is. (A) encased (B) enclosed (C) encircled (D) enveloped
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Connotations of “in any capacity”

What would you hear in this sentence? Thank you for your contribution, in any capacity. a) Thank you for your contribution, no matter the size ("for both big and small donations"). b) Thank you ...
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Other word for “financial help”. Can charity be a financial “contribution”?

Thank you for your donations. How to change donations in this sentence? Financial help? Contribution? What if I wanted to generalize my thanks for all kinds of helping? Could I say gifts?
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(all) that, too, so

Is there a difference between (all) that, too, and so when used in a negative sentence? For instance: It's not all that/ too/ so difficult once you get the hang of it. He's not that/ too/ so crazy ...
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have p.p vs past tense

I know similar questions were asked by many others before but I am still not sure. They are already getting what they wanted They are already getting what they have wanted If I understood ...
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Relationship between “detrimental” and “effective”

A sample IELTS question in the reading section concerns a passage about how dentistry has improved over the last few centuries. The passage includes: "...for most of the 18th and the beginning of ...
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a CERTAIN answer?

Can "certain" be used as a synonym of "definite" in front of "answer"? When I hear "a certain answer", I think about "a specific answer" not a "definite" nor "ultimate" answer. Can a "certain answer"...
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What are the right words for this sentence?

My job was to shelve books correctly and to keep the library clean that was hectic and bustling with large volume of visitors. Now the sentence above is what I just wrote to ask this question ...
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Work on (doing) something and work at (doing) something

What's the difference between work on and work at, and what's the right way to use them? We're working on/ at our relationship. I need to work on/at my German- it's getting rusty. We're working on/...
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downplay, play down; downscale, scale down

There are quite a few words that are formed with down/ up either preceding the actual rootword, or as a particle making for a phrasal verb. But does it change the meaning in any way or carry different ...
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Concede vs admit

I wonder if there any nuance between the two sentences. I admit that you are right. I concede that you are right. I believe there is a slight difference between them. Do both sentences suggest that ...
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Does “unfounded” have the connotation of “not fair”? [closed]

Does "unfounded" refer rather to the lack of arguments for a statement or their irrelevantness?
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What are some words with the connotation of unreality/numbness/dream? [closed]

Our world is only a reflection. I'm looking for a word that could replace reflection here so that it would be still clear it's supposed to indicate numbness/unreality/fiction - that it's meant to ...
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“That be me” in the movie The Hateful Eight

I watched Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and heard the following dialogue between Major Marquis Warren and John Ruth: I know you too. We shared a steak dinner once upon a time in Chattanooga. ...
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What would be the connotative meaning of “deeply grounded in tradition”?

What would be the connotative meaning of "deeply grounded in tradition”? I have looked on various searches and sites and haven't been able to find anything. I have to find an example of denotative ...
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Connotation behind “forking possibilites”

"Every time you make a choice, a decision, the reality forks off into a new possibility. " - The OA What would you imagine under those words? Does "forking" connote rather with the process of [a ...
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Is “any of … + not” wrong?

I think it's "any of them + ... not" to say what everyone did, which happened to be not doing something: I wonder why any of them have not addressed the issue. And the nuance differs if it's ...
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Is calling someone “creepy” rude?

I learnt "creepy" is feeling unease or scared, but it's not considered rude to say creepy at someone? In my language, when people felt scared about something in horror, we use a word close to "eerie" ...
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I don’t get the exact nuance of this sentence

I’m an English learner and I saw yesterday tv soap opera ‘Smallville’ season 7 episode 5. From there, I heard an sentence but I don’t get the nuance of that. “After all these years of reading ...
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Have no problem doing something and have no trouble doing something

What's the difference between the two phrases? I'm interested in nuances. For instance. We had no problem/ trouble finding the stolen item/ finding her a house etc You had no problem/trouble ...
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Connotations—are they to some extent instinctive?

I've noticed that many synonyms are often not very alike. Yes, their core meaning is the same. But there are many differences in mood or tone. Often I understand the kind of meaning it will have by ...
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What is the connotation of “up” in phrases like “eat up” and “wait up”?

What do you feel "up" in "eat up" and "wait up" indicates? Does it sound like "be quick" (eat up) or "I'll be quick" (wait up)?
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Does ‘Dear [surname]’s family’ sound friendly?

I’m writing a letter to my host family in Australia. They are a family of five and I’d like to write it in a friendly way. So, does the expression ‘Dear [surname]’s family’ sound friendly? I’d like ...
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I would like to know nuance of creepy

I hear word "creepy" a lot in many situations but is it always including a scared feeling? For example when people are watching horror movies, or dolls which seems scary, people say creepy! I think ...
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Care to elaborate?

I have faced a lot of times at a chat or some Q&A site a reply: Care to elaborate? As far as I understand, the poster is asking for more details or explanations. However in this case I'd ...
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Does word “segregate” sound natural?

Does the word "segregate" have any undesired side context to US speakers? These are examples: Segregate configuration from the code. A task is about test segregation.
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The nuance of “ample”

In a letter to a university professor, I wrote "as a prominent Japan scholar with an ample knowledge of...." But in retrospect, I wonder if I should have said "vast" or "extensive" instead of "ample." ...
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Why is interior decorating insulting in this context?

This dialog is from the movie The Mexican. This clip on YouTube may help with the context. Samantha: I... know the kind of people in your business, OK? Winston: Yeah? Samantha: And to me,...
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The first day of spring/the first spring day

I guess, there is a subtle difference between these expressions: the first day of spring the first spring day Could you help me grasp it?
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if for no other reason than to do

My understanding of how to use 'if for no other reason to do' is as follows: You'll also want to make your house look presentable, if for no other reason than to jack up your asking price. ([unspoken]...
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can I use “make time” for present time [closed]

Assume that a request is about the present time, for example someone asks me to give her a hand on some work, but I'm too busy and I can't. I feel that saying "Sorry, I don't have time for it" is a ...
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Does the phrase “bizarrely specific” carry a negative connotation?

Does the phrase "bizarrely specific" carry a negative connotation, opposed to really just about any other way of putting it? Also as a side note, would you consider it associated with advertising and ...
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When is disinformation the better term to use than misinformation?

According to this Wikipedia article, disinformation is misinformation that is purposefully and intentionally disseminated. Does this term qualify for state media controlled by dictators like Hugo ...
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What's the difference between ''be going to'' and ''will'' in conditional sentences?

Please tell me the differences. Do they connote different points? You will get into trouble if you don't wear your uniform You are going to get into trouble if you don't wear your uniform ...
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Difference between “pardoned” and “forgiven”

What is the difference between words "pardoned" and "forgiven"? For instance: After ten years in prison, Stephen was {pardoned/forgiven} and set free. I found the definitions of both: Pardoned -...
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Difference between “allow” and “let”

It is interesting for me to know how one can distinguish the case in which one should use "allow" from the case in which one should use "let". For example: Jim's parents wouldn't {allow/let} him ...
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I want to know the difference of feeling between where and . There

The following two sentences used different expressions. 'where' and '. There'. I want to know the difference of feeling between them. He emigrated to New York City where he started a small trucking ...
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whether it be vs whether it is

I brought the sentences from the speech about conversation tips. They don’t just want to know about news and the weather. They want to know about you. So what are three things that you have ...
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Use of abbreviations in travel descriptions

How would you construct the following sentence? I wanted to express that these cards are rarely accepted and typically at shops and services for tourists. Is it clear? If it is not how would you ...
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When do people say 'Be well'?

It sounds a lot more nuanced than a simple 'goodbye'. What subtle feelings or emotions does it encapsulate?
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what can I say ''when someone shares a good experience/feeling''?

Here's the situation: my friend got accepted in a job interview and described his feelings and how happy he was. I wanted to say that I've had the same experience/feeling as he does when I got my ...
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Indulge/gratify my curiosity?

I understand that indulge and gratify have similar meanings but what are the differnces in connotations of these words in this sentences? Indulge my curiosity Or gratify my curiosity
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Usage of verb drag

Is this sentence valid usage of verb drag? "my persistence dragged me to solve it" I want to say that I solved challenges due to my persistence which "encouraged" me.
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What's the difference between meaning of 'A happy new year' and 'Happy new year'?

Their appearance different is the sentence has 'A' whether or not, but I have heard both... What's their difference? or no difference?