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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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Does “turn in” in this context mean “return” or “give back”?

Deliberately procrastinating is another characteristic passive-aggressive behavior. When confronted with tasks that they do not want to do or appointments they do not wish to keep, the passive-...
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Is it correct to use “To the east”?

I was wondering if it's correct to say "to the East", as in "regions to the East", meaning East Asia? The complete sentence is: The Catholic Monarchs of Spain decided to finance the adventure of ...
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Interpret demystify literally

I am getting under way to learn vocabulary in etymology. The word demystify in Online Etymology Dictionary de - "not, do the opposite of, undo" mystify - 1814, from French mystifier (1772), a ...
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evocative vs evocable

According to dictionary: evocable - capable of being evoked ­ evocative - tending or serving to evoke ­ To me, their meaning is so similar that I can't see a real difference. For ...
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Is “all” used as an adverb to modify the following adjective?

...But, as all cat lovers know, sometimes our otherwise friendly felines will bite us when we're trying to pet them, which makes no sense at all. Why get all bitey with the human who loves them, ...
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What is the difference between

What is the difference between - respected - respectable - respectful my school book tells the difference but i can't understand it from the book because it is embarrassing.
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What does besides mean?

besides has two definitions in the dictionary one is apart from (except) and second is in addition to I was wondering aren't these two antonyms??
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Which expressions, verbs, vocabulary… Should I use in the writing for the B2?

I'm going to take an exam of the B2, and I wanted to know, what is the vocabulary, the expressions... Etc... That they want? Because all I can find in every website is "complex expressions... ...
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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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Course provider

You are due to move into a rented apartment next month but you will not be able to because you have some problems. Write a letter to the course provider. What does a course provider means in this ...
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Why “coming up”? Why not simply “coming”?

I'd like to know the difference between the usage of coming up and coming. For example, the Pink's song says: "I'm coming up so you better get this party started". If someone removes the "up", would ...
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“at the latest” vs latest

He is not in bed but for his goodness he needs to go to bed latest at 10 o'clock. Q: I think in this sentence, it is correct to use "at the latest" instead of "latest". What is your opinion?
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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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How acceptable is it to use “it's like” (or just “like”) as a filler word?

I am not a native English speaker myself but I am very annoyed by the fact that a lot of people these days, native and also non-native English speakers, are continuously using the expression "it's ...
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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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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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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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Protagonist becomes antagonist

Do we have any term or phrase for the situation wherein a protagonist becomes an antagonist for rest of the characters in a drama but still remains a hero for the audiences? For example in The Count ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can we use the word “image” for all digital pictures?

I was reading this question : Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them? As a technical person, we use the word image for all digital pictures. I wanted to know is that ...
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Rough book or draft notebook?

I've looked up translations for the French word “cahier de brouillon,” and I've gotten two translations: “rough book” and “draft notebook.” I'm talking about a small (note?)book wherein you write ...
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What is a word for changing yourself to reflect the changing world?

What is a word for changing yourself to reflect the changing world? I'm looking for something else other than update and its synonyms, since they don't quite fully seem to explain what I want to say.
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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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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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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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What is the meaning of 'be set to' in this sentence?

In the following sentence, what is the meaning of 'be set to'? I think it has the meaning of 'to be ready/prepared to'. If not so, I'd like to know the other meaning of it. Many electric clocks are ...
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What does “original already” mean?

An artist called 5haus sent a song to an artist called deadmau5 on his twitch channel. When deadmau5 read the sender name (5haus) he said: "original already", does it have a positive or negative ...
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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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The reason “lays” or “lies” in the facts

I have trouble with this sentence. "Reason" is singular and I want to use the present tense, not the past. Which one is the correct one? The reason lays in the facts The reason lies in the ...
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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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How to refuse an offer of partially eaten food?

If someone has already started eating his food and offers me some, I don't eat the food he has already started eating. How do I frame a sentence for that? Thanks for the offer, but, I don't eat ...
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Adjective for having enough and satisfactory food

I have eaten enough food. The food was delicious and may be I have eaten a lot more than required. I enjoyed it. Now I am very happy about it. How to describe this? Should we say "I have had enough ...
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Difference between “food” and rice

According to my friend, there is a difference between “food” and “rice”. Well, for her every other thing we eat with rice is “food”, and rice is just rice for her. For example, If we eat chicken and ...
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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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How do we call this kind of bread

I've checked different bread names: breadsticks, flatbread, oats, pita.. but none of them seems to fit. These are usually very healthy - fat-free / lowfat, related to different diet recommendations.
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What do you call this object?

What do you call this kitchen appliance? It is to make banana with milk. I would appreciate if you give me a link of how to use it too :)
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Specific vocabulary problem: permit + reflexive pronoun

She never has more than one chocolate at once. (permits) In the dictionary, there is no entry permit oneself, but my book gives the answer: She never permits herself more than one chocolate at once. ...
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“No” verses “not a”

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary. No I didn't read your e-mail. I'm no snoop. Can I say: No I didn't read your e-mail. I'm not a snoop. If I can, what's the differences between them?...
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Should I use the phrase “sufficient understanding” or “cultural capacity”?

Many of us lack the sufficient understanding to support someone who takes the lead or innovates something... Would you please suggest other words we could substitute for the bold part? And, what is ...