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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without this and/or that

With negation, or is motly used. He doesn't like this or that. But with without, I see both forms. When I searched CCAE, it returned result with both or and and. Like this: I was there ...
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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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Do “showing emphasis” and “giving emphasis” mean the same thing?

The definition of emphatic on lexico is Showing or giving emphasis; expressing something forcibly and clearly. Do "showing emphasis" and "giving emphasis" mean the same thing? If not, could ...
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tone: the sick man of . .

I'd like to know whether the phrase the sick man of . . . has a tone of ridicule to it in the following: Today, Europe again looks like the sick man of the global economy.’ ‘Many is the ...
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nuances at expressing composition

I would be very grateful if somebody could say whether there are any nuances among the 3 forms below when expressing composition (as in the tail is part of the dog - not ownership as in the tail ...
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How to numerate pictures or diagrams when writing a book or paper?

This is shown in the diagram 1 / diagram no.1 / diagram number 1. ... The statistics can be seen in diagram 2 / diagram no.2 / diagram number 2. What is a common way to numerate pictures or ...
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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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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 ...