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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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Scramble/Jumble Together

"Devastated Indian bands then faced the daunting task of literally reinventing themselves without benefit of accumulated wisdom or kin networks. The decimation and forced migration of native ...
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What is the difference between function and feature

Is there a confusion between function and feature in the context of English usage?
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Infinitive as adverbial modifier of purpose

I read this sentence in the Barron's practice exercises book (you should choose the incorrect usage): The understanding (a) electricity (b) depends (c) on a knowledge of atoms and the subatomic ...
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Indirect Question: “How different they are” vs. “How they are different”

Which sentence is correct? How different they are or How they are different I think both are right because one is intended as the meaning of "degree" and the other as the meaning of "way". ...
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What do you think of Chatterton

What is the difference between the following two sentences I think of Chatterton, the marvelous boy. I think of Chatterton as the marvelous boy. I think the second one is correct but not sure ...
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The teacher set them an example

I was doing an exercise in grammar where I had to fill in the correct form of the verb set in a sentence The teacher _________ them an example. Correct form is set. But what does this convey- ...
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“Best return on your money” vs “Best return for your money”

I am confused which preposition is correct in the statement: Best return on your money. or Best return for your money. ? Which do you think is correct? Please explain.
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Difference between mean and tight

I'm trying to guess if an English speaker says mean or tight when you are talking about a person who don't like to spend their own money. Do you use different words depending on the friendship with ...
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“during which time” Vs “during which”

Jackson said the blackout lasted several minutes, during which time he felt no pain, even though he had fallen and hurt himself very badly. Jackson said the blackout lasted several minutes, ...
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“Either way” in a sentence

It's fine either way. Either way is fine. I am fine (with) either way. Are all these constructions usable?
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Which is correct: “of my own will” or “of my own free will”?

Situation: I purchased a book. However, no one demanded that I purchase the book. Which of the following should I say? I purchased the book of my own free will. I purchased the book on my own....
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The difference between “will” and “going to” [duplicate]

Don't touch that dog it will bite. (it is a threat so "will" seems to be better), but will "going to" be also valid? And what is the difference between both forms? Is the threat surer than going to ...
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“WHAT do you want to be?” vs “WHO do you want to be?”

I came across this What do you want to be when you grow up? [...] Are you right now who you want to be? and the first sentence sounds weird to my English learner's ear. Specifically, I am ...
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What is the issue about “You are welcome” and “You're welcome”?

Recently, I came across a comment where a native English speaker stated that it is not "you are welcome" but "you're welcome". It was a side-comment as the original post wasn't about their difference; ...
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Difference among the sentences

What is the difference among the following sentence or are they same? What I most detest is smoking. What I the most detest is smoking. What I detest the most is smoking. What I ...
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Difference between this and that as a demonstrated adjective

Two people talking about a man which is not present at that moment. One of them said how will you find this man? Why did the people use this instead of that?
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What is the difference between 'only by' and 'by only'?

In the following examples: A: Would you know if a shop was a woman's or man's only by looking at the clothes? B. Would you know if a shop was a woman's or man's by only looking at the clothes? Is ...
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“be happier than someone” or “be happier as somone”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. He loves his job, so he is happier than you are. He loves his job, so he is happier as you are.
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“Wow! It's already the end of April” “Yeah, you're right. Time …”: Time flies and whatelse?

I was wondering about the difference between these sentences. They all translate the German "Der Zeit vergeht so schnell" or the Italian "il tempo vola". I would like to know if: all of them are ...
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What difference is made depending on existence of 'rather'?

Would you stay here or go home? Would you rather stay here or go home? Do those sentence make a difference?
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Clarifications about the Past Simple and Present (whole) Perfect

I have some problems when I'm translating my language to english or english in to my language. I sometimes watch videos with english subtitles, and I often see that they are using Present Perfect ...
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It was vs it would have been in the context

It was vs it would have been in the context Hello teachers! which one is correct here using "was" or " would have been", and how do they differ in the meaning if both are correct? For example: It ...
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Difference between “which” and “what” as a question word

Some native speakers use what and some which in the following examples: Which/what color is this? Which/what is your favourite book?(without giving any options) In which/what school do you study? In ...
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“took a bath” or “have taken a bath”

Which sentence is correct (if not both) and what is the difference between them? I just took a bath. [moments ago] I've just taken a bath.
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Conceptual difference between “Trash Can” and “Recycle Bin”

Is there a conceptual difference between a trash can and a recycle bin in English (such as the recycle bin being for things that shall or can be recycled while a trash can is only for pure garbage)?
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Compare and emphasise on the incident happened `Before`

Suppose person-1 has achieved a milestone today and person-2 achieved two years ago. Now how can I emphasise on this time difference? Since Before is not an Adjective it doesn't have Comparative or ...
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What is the difference between ‘wake up’ and ‘wake’?

My wife was asleep, and I woke up her. My wife was asleep, and I woke her. What is the difference?
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What's the difference between “, from which ~” and “, from it ~”?

You can then open the chest, and from it take as much money as you please. You can then open the chest, and from which take as much money as you please. If no.2 is possible in grammar, what's ...
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Difference is meaning due to the position of adverb

What is the difference between the following two sentences ----- It can be easily changed into a subordinate clause. It can easily be changed into a subordinate clause. Do they both mean ...
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“would you like” or “how would you like”?

Tell me please the difference between the following sentences! Hello there, how would you like a ticket to one of the most influential form of mass communication the world has ever known? ...
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Wake up and wake [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following two sentences? Hearing the noise, the boy woke. Hearing the noise, the boy woke up.
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Not to speculate any more [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following pair of sentences? He formed a resolution not to speculate any more. He formed a resolution to not speculate any more
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I have seen the movie

What is the difference between the following two sentences. I have seen the movie and she has too. I have seen the movie and she also has. I think the first one sounds idiomatic but is the ...
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“You (are/have been) nothing but…” in complimenting

I'm not very sure of how suitably is using that construction in complementing others since its start has a very negative indication and may make the other person feels bad and/or uncomfortable. I ...
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Confused about the explanation of the difference between “expence” and “expense”

I've checked WikiDiff for the difference between expence and expense wanting to verify that it's corresponding to licence (the object or permission to do something) and license (the act of issuing ...
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Not a moment to be lost

What is the difference between the following two sentences. There was not a moment to be lost. There was not a moment to lose.
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mount a protest / stage a protest

This question is in regard to the difference between the verb mount and stage in a particular sense of them. I would like to ask whether there is any difference in between these two following phrases. ...
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What's the difference between “standing” and “who/which stood”?

I saw him standing in the doorway. I saw him who stood in the doorway. Is there any difference between the two in meaning?
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Difference between which and what

Usually people say, "Which is your favourite show?" and "Which color is this?" But some people also say, "What is your favourite show?" and, "What color is this?" Can you tell me what is the usage ...
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a stretch/an expanse of sea

Expanse: a large, open area of land, water, or sky (Cambridge) Stretch: a continuous area of land or water (Cambridge) Expanse: a very large area of water, sky, land etc (Longman) ...
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Difference between of and for

Which one is correct of or for. May Allah make you an obedient child for/of your parents. Any answer will be appreciated
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What's the difference between “sport facilities” and “modern equipment”? [closed]

I'm reading the text about school now, please, help me to understand one of the sentences... "There are a lot of sport facilities and modern equipment in the gym". What's the difference between "...
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shine out of/from/in

Corinthians 4:6: " For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ." ...
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“be quiet so that we could start the lesson” – why “could” and not “can”?

The teacher said Stop talking and be quiet so that we could start the lesson. Could you tell me why did the teacher use could. Any answer will be appreciated.
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“This extreme…” or “This extremely…”?

I know that this question can be applied to other words in their adjective and adverb forms. But as I came across "extreme", I'm specifying my question about it. I have found them both possible ...
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picture/imagine as

Picture (one) as (something): To imagine that one is or might be a certain type of person or thing (According to The Free Dictionary) I always pictured you as a lawyer when you got older. I lived ...
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“the same as” in a sentence

These items don't look the same as the ones in the phots. These items don't look the same as in the photos. These items don't look as the ones in the photos. Are there any differences in ...
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back from/away from

"I was saved from a deadly descent into the jaws of death by two overhead cables, which yanked the car back from the chasm." From an essay written by a native speaker. The writer is talking about ...
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Derive, infer, deduct and deduce [closed]

"Derive", "infer", "deduct" and "deduce" do have similar meanings. However, to infer is to make an educated guess, while to deduce is to conclude after a more prolonged analysis of relevant factors. ...
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“Were you” vs. “Weren't you” when you turn a statement into a question

The usage of something like Were you vs. Weren't you for an example: You were going to talk to Michael, (were you/weren't you)? In the sentence above, which makes sense grammatically? And if ...