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Questions tagged [difference]

This tag is for questions about the difference in meaning between certain phrases or sentences.

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Difference between complementary and supplementary

I've encountered these words numerous times in articles I read over the web. But still I haven't exactly understood how they differ.
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“leaned in toward” VS “leaned toward”

George, however, leaned in toward Hermione. I've never seen the phrase "lean in toward" before. Is it a common collocation? What will be the difference between "leaned in toward Hermione" and "...
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What's the difference between using “to” and using “that” in this sentence in meaning?

No#1 is a definition of the word "tact" in my dictionary. tact is the ability to avoid offending people when dealing with problems. tact is the ability that avoid offending people when dealing ...
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Despite of and in spite of [on hold]

In despite of them being rich they wanted more could this be a correct sentence? If not, why ? And what is the correction
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Any difference between “That would be mine” and “It would be mine”?

In a movie scene, a lady is with 3 others and are chatting. Suddenly, the lady finds a piece of hair on the ground. She picks it up and holds it in her hand and asks 3 others. - "Hmmm, whose hair is ...
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What is difference among few/a few and the few?

Question: How many apples do you have in that box ? Answer: I have few apples in this box. I have a few apple in this box. I have the few apples in this box. What is the difference ...
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Is the verb 'stand' a state verb or an action verb?

The flowerpot had stood there for two years. The flowerpot had been standing there for two years. Would you please tell me the differences between them? Actually I was wondering if the second ...
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Felt like/as if I was

I felt as if I was about to die. Vs I felt like I was about to die. What’s the difference? Which one’s better?
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What's the difference between “of ~” and “for ~” in this sentence?

Prepositions are still very difficult for me. Is there any difference between the two in meaning? Prices for gasoline have been fluctuating all month. Prices of gasoline have been fluctuating ...
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Difference between “I know where I stand” and “I know my place” and their interchangeability

I shouldn't have talked back to him. I know where I stand. I shouldn't have talked back to him. I know my place. What's difference between the two sentences and the difference between I know where I ...
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What does “while all along” mean? (comparing to “while”)

Catch Me If You Can is about someone who convinces everyone that he can really fly a plane while all along he's just a teenager. My question is: What is the difference between "while he's just a ...
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Meaning of “hit somewhere”

In some song (it was like summer party song), they say: We'll hit the beach, yeah, we'll hit the beach. What's the meaning of hit in those sentence?
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The future expression of start, get started

After he comes, this party is gonna start After he comes, this party is gonna get started After he comes, it's gonna get this party started What is the nature one? 😭 ps. My question title's ...
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A full head of hair vs a head full of hair

Someone who has a lot of hair on their head is said to have a full head of hair. The order of the words, I must admit, struck me as strange when I first saw the phrase (just as a full man of pride ...
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What is the difference between 'detail' and 'example'?

Sometimes I've encountered some questions which ask me to state my opinion and give details or examples to support my opinion. I am a little confused about using details and examples. For me, as ...
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“Watching her perform…” vs. “Watching her performing…” [duplicate]

Is there any semantic difference between these two sentences: Watching her performing was amazing! Watching her perform was amazing! Are both grammatically correct? Do they mean exactly the ...
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The difference according to the existence of “to be”

The painting was declared to be a forgery. (This sounds like a suspicious declaration or the process of declaration after investigating the painting) The painting was declared a forgery. ...
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Difference bw 'has been my favorite' & 'has easily been my favorite'

I am confused about use of Has Been specially among these two sentences. If I say It has been my favorite. and It has easily been my favorite. than the meaning both sentence is changing or ...
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when to use “take me away from here” and “get me out of here”?

I need to know the main difference between these two "take me away from here" and "get me out of here" and when to use them with suitable example. Do they carry the same meaning or i have to use ...
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Difference between “had to be, and ”had to have been"?

I have come across the grammar structure had to have been in Crash Course US history. It is at around 1 minute and 51 second. Here it is in the sentence: But for that slogan to make sense, there ...
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Difference between 'way back then' and 'way back when'

Can anyone here please tell me the difference between 'way back then' and 'way back when' ? Thanks, Vivek
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What is the difference between terracotta and earthenware?

My understanding is that terracotta is clay made into a figure then baked, such as the Terracotta Warriors of China. But earthenware and pottery both refer to baked clay, so how are these different? ...
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Future perf cont or future cont?

Which variant is correct? Will you still be living here in ten years? Or Will you still have been living here in ten years? Please help me see the difference between the two sentences.
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How is 'in the middle of the night' different from 'midnight'?

Is 'in the middle of the night' different from 'midnight' in the sense that: the former refers to unspecific late time in the night, and the latter refers to definite time; midnight = 12am? Am I ...
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Downtown vs the downtown

1. My house is 3 km away from downtown Alexandria. 2. I live in Alexandria. My house is 3 km away from (the) downtown. Dictionaries list downtown as an adjective, adverb and noun. And so the two ...
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What's the difference between “to verb” and “that S+V”? [duplicate]

Are these sentences the same in meaning? I want you to leave me alone. I want that you leave me alone. If not, what's the difference between the two?
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What would you call the different subdivisions of a college?

Department, division, section and branch confuse me at times. What would you call the different subdivisions of a college? Suppose I studied at a college that goes by Faculty of Languages and ...
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if Quick means “moving fast”, why Car is quick does not work? [closed]

I have always learned that quick relates to more to time (a quick break) and fast relates more to physical speed. However, Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries state that Quick: Moving fast or doing ...
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“If it helps you” or “that helps you”

I would like to reply to my friend that I can help him later tomorrow. I’m not sure, how big difference it is between these two sentences. I’m free from 8, if that helps or I’m free from 8, if ...
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What’s the difference ‘refer to somebody/something’ and ‘to describe’?

In Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (9th Edition), the definition of refer to somebody/ something is to describe or be connected to something So, What’s the difference between them?
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Are “Says who?” and “Who says?” interchangable?

According to free dictionary, "Says who?" is used to express disagreement with or defiance against something that someone has just said. And give this example: A: "There's no way a pipsqueak like ...
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Plural or singular in these sentences

Consider the following sentences: Prisons are the best options for serial killers Prisons are the best option for serial killers Prisons are a necessary evil Prisons are necessary evils Are all ...
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Difference between “Have you ever married?” and “Have you ever been married?”

What is difference between Have you ever married? and Have you ever been married?
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Date back vs date back to

I don’t know why they use this expression. It’s a text about “We Are the World” from an English textbook. They recorded a song called “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” to aid people who were ...
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the meaning and grammar of 'borrow' in this sentence

These are the sentences: My umbrella is borrowed by Tom. May I use yours? My umbrella has been borrowed by Tom. May I use yours? What is the difference in these two sentences? Thank you
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Can “I am here to me” mean “I am here”? [closed]

What is the meaning of I am here to me Does it mean "I am here" Why is the second sentence correct but the first one is not?
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Little/ a little: “If you love whole fruit, there’s little evidence that indulging in it is bad for your health”

I have always thought that the difference between little and a little is that the former is used to express a negative idea like for example there's little support for my proposal, and the latter is ...
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About Causative verbs

Sir please, tell me that what is difference among causative verbs Has/Have, Get and Make? like He has food cooked. He gets food cooked He makes food cook
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Why did Mick Jagger sing “I'm waiting on a friend”?

Why did Mick Jagger sing "I'm waiting on a friend" Why didn't he sing "I'm waiting for a friend" As I understand it if you are waiting on somebody you are working as a waiter or waitress.
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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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difference between phrases “at the moment” and “for the moment”?

Is there any difference between the following sentences? We do not know what dark matter is at the moment. We do not know what dark matter is for the moment. I cannot see any diffetence. Is ...
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Expert “in” or “on”?

I saw in a textbook, “He studied the slipperiness of banana peels. (...) He is an expert in medical science.” I have seen “expert on —-“ many times but this is the first time I saw “expert in —-“....
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What is the Difference between creature and person

Sometimes I find the word “creature” to describe a person like “She is a little lovable creature.” I am always confused because I feel that this word is mainly used for animals. In what situation the ...
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Should I use “at every iteration” or “in every iteration”?

Which one is correct "at every/each iteration" or "in every/each iteration"? I also have this confusion when using "step" instead of "iteration". More specifically, should I use "at each step" or "in ...
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Ask him (about) the price of the car

How can I explain to my younger brother (and more importantly, to myself) that it's OK to drop about in: Go ahead and ask the clerk (about) the price of the car. That it would be wrong to include ...
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How tall/high is the Empire State building?

According to Cambridge, tall is used to talk about people's height. It can also be used to talk about things that are high and tall in their shape, such as trees and buildings. However, google shows ...
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Distributives in English

I understood the most of it, but not ..... word ( Either - every - each - neither ) Which word should I use and why ? If I used each is that mean I didn't understand all of it ?
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Yet x So far in the meaning “up to now”

I often see sentences like: This is their best album yet. Could I say "so far" instead? Or would that require present perfect?
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“these clues four” VS “these four clues” [closed]

Choose, unless you wish to stay here forevermore To help you in your choice, we give you these clues four First, however slyly the poison tries to hide You will always find some on nettle wine'...
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When did you marry? Or get Married ? Why? [duplicate]

I saw a lesson in English, said in Past Simple the following examples: When did you get married? When did you graduate? Now, Why he said at (1) "get married" NOT "marry" like "graduate" in ...