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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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How to say when an application is taking the half of your screen on a computer

When using a computer I know when the application is taking the entire screen we call it "full screen" or "your application is in full screen mode". And so how is it called when a application is ...
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Is “uncounted day” the right term for this case?

There’s a 30-day term, and I need to account for 2 days off by extending the term to 32 days. Can use the term like this?: Term: 01/01/19 – 01/02/19 (2 uncounted days on 01/05/19 and 01/13/19)
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Difference between 'tips on study' and 'tips at study'?

I am confused between Today i would like to give you tips on study and Today i would like to give you tips at study Can anyone explain which one should i use.
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Argue or argument [duplicate]

The sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Can we use 'argument' ...
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songs by Mozart and Beethoven?

Is the word "songs" properly used in the following? By the 1700s, European glass harp masters could play songs by Mozart and Beethoven on the instruments. I'd appreciate your help.
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The use and alternatives for “investigate”

I've been investigating the company but there is little information about it. To investigate: to inquire into (a situation or problem) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp. in order to discover ...
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Difference between 'he is gone out' and 'he has gone out'?

I am confused between He is gone out and He has gone out Translation of both, the sentences mean the same. Can anyone explain which one should i use.
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full-time to modify a verb such as “study” or “work”

It is thought that people under 18 should be obligated to full-time study their school subjects. I wonder whether the above sentence is grammatically correct and natural because usually I see native ...
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Grey hair or white hair

In my region is it usual that we say 'white' for hair which is not black or brown anymore as the age passes. But I've recently come to know that the word 'grey' can also be used instead of 'white'. ...
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Alternative word for TODO

As a programmer myself, I usually use the word 'todo' when I comment something on my code. The word is descriptive enough on that purpose, but I can hardly come up with any alternative words for it ...
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Immediate/prospective husband,mate,significant other,wife

I wanted to know what is the correct collecation for (for example) significant other who has not come to someone's life yet( an unknown person or a probable person who gonna come in the future ). Is ...
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I need some help with Croquet-Ground [closed]

What's the meaning of "The Queen’s Croquet-Ground?" It's a chapter title , from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
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on a daily line

I'm having trouble understanding the meaning of these words at the end of the second chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The narrator reflects on what Tom Sawyer has learned in manipulating all ...
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Verb of sycophant

Is there a verb form of sycophancy or obsequious, a word that would describe someone is conducting sycophancy. Google wasn't of much help.
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Does “legal poaching” exist?

I heard the illegal poaching being uttered so many times in a TV show, about animals, that my ear of a non-native speaker, made me questioning the validity of the term. I have made some Ngram ...
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Difference between 'can we go there' and 'can we go over there'?

English is not my first language. I am confused between Can we go there? and Can we go over there? According to a Google Translate translation of both, the sentences mean the same. So why ...
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How do I improve my vocabulary? [closed]

Hello guys I wanted some tips on how to improve my vocabulary without sounding too weird. I'd hate to sound like a robot. Do you guys have any suggestions?
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sitting position… sitting on hams

Does the following sentence best present the sitting position shown in the picture? He is sitting kneeled down.
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What do you call the state of a screen being divided into two with 2 different footages showing at the same time?

The movie transitioned into a ____ of a man piloting an aircraft in first person and of the aircraft flying in the air at the speed of sound in third person. I can't think of a word for this, and ...
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Broken patches on a road

Are the broken patches on the road called holes? If not, then what do we call them? What exactly a hole is? One that is from one surface to another?
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What's the meaning of `imaging` there?

I am studying the PXE tutorial: PXE was an important technology allowing hands-free imaging of desktops and servers. I can not understand the imaging of desktops and servers there.
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Do the phrases 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' mean the same thing?

I wanted to express my strong will and eagerness to achieve something (e.g 'I will destroy them',) So I came up with these 3 phrases : 'at all costs', 'no matter what happens' or 'in any case' to at ...
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Is there a word that describes the kind of “consciousness” that both AI and humans can have?

AI don't have consciousness, but they do possess something related to consciousness while still not being quite there, what is this thing that both humans and some AI both have presently?
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What are some idioms that means something along the lines of “switching it up every day to not do the same thing over and over”?

It doesn't have to mean exactly that by the way, but it should be concise, because I don't want to use something that would be a mouthful.
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What does it mean to “pitch a response”?

I've tried to translate with Google and to look on wordreference but I would like to have a confirmation. To pitch a response means to give an answer? Should be interpreted as a figurated "throw"? ...
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Is there a synonym to “Companion Book”?

I am looking for companion books, and to look for them I would like to know all of the synonyms. The Oxford Companion to English Literature
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What other verbs can you use in the sentence “I injected medicine inside the syrup”?

The only definition that seems to match is the first one: To force or drive (a fluid) into something: inject fuel into an engine cylinder; inject air into a liquid mixture. However, that's ...
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A term that's more precise than “technical writing” that refers to the writing found in patent description

I am wondering if there's any such term. It's hard to think there's no such word, because the technical writing found in patent document is entirely different from those found in scientific research.
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What do you call the act of giving new meanings to old existing words?

I am wondering if there's a word for it? I can't think of a word that means that, and yet it would be a useful words since a lot of people did that in the past, especially in the area of philosophy ...
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Translation of words stubborn and obstinate

I'd like to find a word, which will express better such a human quality: when you work hard to achieve a goal not paying attention to any obstacles, and when you can't leave a task before finishing it....
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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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What's the opposite of “level scaling”?

This is a hard one. Level scaling means the enemies in a video game scales with the player. What's the antonym of that term? I would prefer it if it was one word and it didn't contain the word scaling....
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Page with damaged corners

Are the pages with the corners seen in the image called 'Dog ear'? As far as I know a dog ear page is the one whose corner's been folded to mark a section or phrase in a book that one finds to be ...
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What are the relevant adjectives for the noun, “Paradise”?

In my religion it is believed that Staff of Moses came on the earth from Paradise. My question is, what is the adjective of the word Paradise? Like something that belongs to the world is called ...
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epithet vs teknonymy… which one is correct?

What is difference between 'epithet' and 'Teknonymy'? Are they same? Which one of the two relates to ancestors? The name with which one is known but that name is of one of his children, what do we ...
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praising poetry about a saint

I was searching for a suitable word for a piece of writing composed for speaking high of a pious man, such as a saint. I found one: encomium. Can we use the word 'encomium' for a piece of poetic ...
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Word choice - “I consider X and Y as one of the most…”

I'm writing a Statement of Purpose of the graduate application and want to express my interest in the particular fields: I consider drug discovery and personalised healthcare as one of the most ...
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Can the word “thoughts” be used as singular?

I was watching BBC the other day and heard the news presenter Sally Bundock ask somebody "What's your thoughts on immigration?" I am confused as to how "thoughts" which until now I took as a plural ...
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Fill in the blanks - Word: statistic

Fill in the blanks: In prediction markets, no individual opinions are excluded. Everyone can give an opinion. Also, since the group's decision is arrived at ________ , no one is forced to ...
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A suitable word of a man who helps [closed]

What is the apt word for the man who listens to the request and helps?
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What do you call the bottom protruding part of a wizard hat?

I heard it's called a trim, but none of the definition on thefreedictionary.com matches the definition. What is it called and do you have example sentences?
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And now I'm in your head

Gwenny: Hello Alexa. Alexa: Hello Gwenny. Gwenny: Long time Alexa: Not Long enough Gwenny: Sorry you didn't make the basketball team. Alexa: What? School has not even started. Gwenny: And ...
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Why using “component part” to talk about a component or a part?

I was trying to learn some new definitions when I came across this definition which disturbed me: parse: Resolve (a sentence) into its component parts and describe their syntactic roles. I actually ...
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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 meaning of UL & LL in elevator button [closed]

I knew that "G"means ground, but I don't know UL and LL means what, thanks.
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What does “sagged” mean in this sentence?

What does sagged mean when we talk about someone who committed suicide by putting rod across two doors? "The rod was flat on one side, and both doors sagged, dragging and then resting upon the ...
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what are the alternatives for “Vigorously”? [closed]

I was wondering if my sentence is correct and if it sounds ok for native speakers? Oh John, you are exercising vigorously today. Good on you! What other alternatives do I have?
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Meaning of “just” in “she just doesn't know…”

She just doesn‘t know how to bring up children. In the above sentence, what does just mean?
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How many “reps” of each exercise do you do?

What does "reps" mean in this sentence? "How many reps of each exercise do you do?"
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audit a course vs. take a course for credit

I have a problem to understand the following sentence: It usually costs as much to audit a course as to take it for credit. In general, I have understood that auditing a course has not any cost. ...