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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

This tag is for questions about a body of words. It should not be used to inquire about the definition of a specific word.

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A phrase to say to show your respect to someone/something when they died/broken

I'm looking for phrases/ways of saying to show your respect when someone died or something broken, specifically when they did a great job. It could be used for inanimate object, for example a man can ...
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How do I correct the following sentence, “When I was speeding out of control I couldn't brake” (ice skating)?

I was told that I shouldn't use the verb brake when I'm talking about ice skates. However, I'm not sure what an appropriate substitute would be (I can't find a similar verb that conveys an equal ...
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Thereafter and Afterward

I would like to know the difference or if there's any difference between thereafter and afterward and how to use them properly. For example: "For the first month you’ll be working here, and thereafter ...
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I will have the opportunity or I will get the opportunity

I am confused between because according to google translate translation of both of the sentences are same. I will have the opportunity to work with best dancers. and I will get the ...
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What is the best way of learning new words (vocab)

I’m a non-native English speaker and I want to know what is the best way of learning new words Is it by translate the word into my native language. Or by view the word definition in English Or by ...
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Difference between 'bad in poetry' and 'bad at poetry'?

I am confused between I am very bad in poetry and I am very bad at poetry Can anyone explain which one should I use.
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Can I say “for a vacation” to emphasize “not a business trip” in the sentence below?

This is the original sentence: "I came to Italy last year for a business trip." can I say: "I came to Italy last year for a vacation." ? I want to emphasize "not a business trip".
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In the past and now

is "in the past and now" a commonly used collocation? For example, are titles like these correct: "London in the past and now", "Life in the past and now" etc.
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Does “propose” mean “suggest” or “intend” in the sentence below?

Matt: it hit me, she was the one for me, I decided I should either marry her or stop seeing her. Mike: Wow Matt: Really, and since I've proposed everything has been perfect, I feel like a million ...
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verb + a wounded body part?

I am looking for a verb that can take a wounded body part as its object. It roughly means "give careful attention to" or "treat (a wounded body part) carefully/gently." Two examples I can think of are ...
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were <met><welcomed> by

The context ; The soldier -Private potton- had just come back from Dunkirk.He was among the first two hundred soldiers to arrive home in England. As the soldiers left the boat that had brought them ...
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Why is “What” used in this sentence?

"The deposited material was a mixture of old reworked sediment from previous beach face deposits and what fluvial sediment that had accumulated after the last high stand." The sentence is an example ...
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What are the names for physical compounds of letters?

What's the name for a group of letters that create a unified information/message like this? (I'm looking for a general name whether they are on a sign, engraved, or written) letters If I write myself ...
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Thank you email at office [closed]

Could you give me better phrases than this? The situation is that you took 1week leave for vacation and want to say thanks to coworkers. " title: Thank you Thank you so much for your assistance ...
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polish in Reverse Polish Notation or Polish Postfix Notation

Upon reading Reverse Polish notation - Wikipedia Reverse Polish notation (RPN), also known as Polish postfix notation or simply postfix notation, is a mathematical notation in which operators ...
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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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Name of a game / activity where one communicates with gestures

In the 3rd round of the game Celebrities, one has to communicate a celebrity to his partner by acting/gesturing without words. Is there a name of that activity? Is it maybe possible to use play mime ...
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Looking for an easy word that means “the person on behalf of which something is done”

I'm writing a text where I have to reference 3 different entities. The "creator" of a document, which is the person who launched the request in a software system for the document to be created (aka, ...
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Pay attention to + noun

Is it okay to say "I PAY ATTENTION TO the house" in the sense I watch it or look after it? Because I am afraid it is a lexical misuse
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'Arts and crafts'-definition

I'm a bit confused about the definition of 'arts and crafts'. Is it the same as 'handicrafts'? Does it refer to objects made in this way or the technique itself? Could you give me an example ...
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Difference between 'could have to go' and 'could have had to go'?

I am confused between I could have to go I could have had to go I can have to go I can have had to go Can anyone explain meaning of both with better and easy understanding example.
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A word for the pout made when thinking

How would you call the pout that one makes when assessing a situation? Is there a word or phrase to designate this kind of grimace?
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Is there a pejorative word to say “things relating to latin”?

In French, the word "latineries" relates to the latin language in a pejorative way. Is there an English equivalent to this word?
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Difference between 'may have had to stay' and 'may have to stay'?

I am confused between He may have had to stay late tonight. and He may have to stay late tonight.
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recreation time as a synonym for leisure time

Is it natural to use "recreation time" as a synonym for leisure time. Do you have a lot of leisure\recreation time?
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“too high” vs “so high”

My brother in the middle school had a question in his vocab exam. It says: The roof was ..... high that no one can touch it. to so such too He thinks so high is correct, however, I am more into ...
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What is an antonym of 'editorial'?

An editorial means: A newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue. I'd like to know a term that means: A newspaper article written by a news ...
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word for a light “so bright it's painful”

Is there an adjective expressing the feeling of light that is so bright it hurts in the eyes? I'm looking for a synonym word that could be used metaphorically as something like "awfully clear".
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Which word is more natural and used “laptop” or “notebook” computer?

When it comes to tallking about computer, Which word is more natural to use: laptop or notebook? Thank you.
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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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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 ...