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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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“you can” vs “you cannot” How to understanding? What is difference?

When I try accept my answer, I seen a prompt: You can accept your own answer in 2 days This sentence make sense to me as miswritten for: You cannot accept your own answer in 2 days I post ...
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usage of until vs. by

Is it correct to say : They will have finished the project until next summer . or we should say: They will have finished the project by next summer. Please explain for me which one is correct. ...
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The difference between “jest”and “joke”

Can the words "joke" and "jest" be interchangeable in the following context? For example, sometimes when people say a joke (=jest), they later denote that "it's just a joke" so they can say "It's ...
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What's the difference between the two? [closed]

No.1 is the example sentence of "storm" in my dictionary. Did that storm wake you up last night? Did you wake up last night because of that storm? I feel like no.1 is an expression making ...
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Is there any difference between “cold wave”, “cold spell” and “cold snap”

I found that those three are all frequently used as I've searched each of them in NYT site. I wonder what's the difference among them in usage. The examples are as below. Cold spell: Although this ...
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go to ABC Park vs get to ABC Park

(1) How do you go to ABC Park? (2) How do you get to ABC Park? Can I use "go to" and "get to" interchangeably in these questions? If not, how do you know when to say which one?
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Class of economics

Is it okay to say "class of economics"? I am in high school and have a extended curriculum in a subject called economics or business basics. How can I say this?
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What is the difference between first hand and hands-on?

For example, which one fits in this context better? Working as a teacher, she has hands-on experience with suspected drug user students. Working as a teacher, she has first hand experience with ...
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“I don't think he will leave” vs. “I don't think he would leave”

What is the difference between will and would in the following context? John: Hey Subha, did you know Lionel Messi has got a huge offer from PSG to join them? What do you think about the ...
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Difference between “Why did she…” and “Why would she…”

Could anybody explain what the difference between these two sentences: Why did she leave her car there? Why would she leave her car there? I fairly cannot understand what's going on in the last one, ...
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Can “which one” be used for people?

Consider this example : "I saw one of the Jones brothers yesterday" "Yes?Which one/Whom did you see? I think "whom" is correct because I am referring to people, but which one also ...
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What's the difference in meaning between “talking about this” vs. “to talk about this”?

I think It makes me feel nervous talking about this. means talking about that topic is making the speaker feel nervous while It makes me feel nervous to talk about this. means if they ...
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“stand” vs. “stand for”

I heard in the movie Scarface: You can't stand for another man to be touching me. Do people say stand for someone to do something? Also I am not clear on the difference between stand and stand ...
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Are “at which”, “to which”, and “after which” all synonymous?

I thought about it and it seems they can often be substituted for one another? Is this the case? When would you use each of them? He glared back at his brother, to which his brother told him to ...
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What's the difference between “noun to verb” and “noun that verb” in meaning?

Is there a subtle difference between those sentences in meaning? A hero is a brave person who does things to help others. A hero is a brave person who does things that help others.
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inspire a feeling of sympahy in / from us

There is a question on my English test paper: What the poor man did actually inspired a feeling of sympathy __ all of us. (A)in (B)from The answer is (A). However,I don't know why and what ...
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What's the difference between “noun + pp” and “noun + that is pp”?

Is this sentence correct in grammar? 'charcoal' is a black material used as fuel for fire. If then, what's the difference with the below? 'charcoal' is a black material that is used as fuel for ...
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What's the difference between “a contract with” and “a contract from”?

What is the difference between "a contract with" and "a contract from"? For example, in the sentence SpaceX has a $1.6 billion contract from NASA. Can I replace "from" by "with" in this sentence? ...
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Are “when/whenever/where/wherever possible” synonyms?

This Macmillan dictionary suggests that the when/whenever/where/wherever possible are synonyms: when or where you have an opportunity to do something. I relax with a good book whenever possible. ...
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Difference between “what do you see” and “what are you seeing” [duplicate]

Is there any difference between the two? What do you see? What are you seeing?
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Any difference between “looked sickly” and “looked sick” in this sentence?

The boy looked pretty sickly when he arrived. (at the prison of Azkaban) I came across the sentence in the Potter book. I'm wondering, since both sickly and sick can be adjectives, what would be the ...
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as hard as you can vs as hard as you could

(1) You are not working as hard as you can to learn how to ski. I think there is nothing with (1). I will change the modal verb, can, to its past tense. (2) You are not working as hard as you could ...
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Compound nouns and phrases: Is there a difference between using “woman” or “female”?

I saw a flyer yesterday which had a bold part as Society of Women Engineers I thought to myself why it's not Female Engineers and the follow up question about the difference between Female and Woman ...
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slight difference between always and all the time

I've heard from some people that "always" and "all the time" are not always interchangeable. I have written down a few sentences below. (1a) Tom always writes novels at this table. (1b) Tom writes ...
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what are the different between zealout and fanatic in english american?

I saw in a dictionary this word : zealout and its meaning is fanatic my question what way is more common say between people from USA? this way: I am fanatic of soccer I love soccer or I am zealout ...
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“What is the work you can't not do”, is this can cause different understanding?

I mean different understanding about "What is the work you can't not do". a. what's the work you deeply wanted? or b. is there a work (maybe you're doing) you must to do? What's the difference ...
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What's the difference between “when” and “while” in this context?

What's the difference between "when" and "while" in the following context? Examples: In present progressive tense: I'm writing when I'm eating now. I'm writing while I'm eating now. In ...
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What is the difference between hit me vs hit me off in American English?

while I listened I song Cole Swindell - Hope You Get Lonely Tonight in a part it said this: You got my number baby hit me up, its said hit me up okay I understand what is hit and me but what is ...
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“back and forward” or “back and forth”

The quill whizzed across the parchment between them, back and forward as though it were skating. I've never seen "back and forward" before. I doubt if it means the same as "back and forth". Is there ...
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Difference between complementary and supplementary [closed]

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 [closed]

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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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? ...