Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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What do native speakers think of word roots?

As the number of English vocabularies required by my English literature teacher is increasing, I am now confronting a great problem memorizing them in a short time. Simple words are okay to me, but it'...
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What is the difference between “within” and “inside”?

Here is the definition of the word within from Oxford Dictionary: inside (something) So does that mean the two words have no difference, and can be used exchangingly? Is there any connotation that ...
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What's the difference between verbs pee and piss?

I wonder what's the difference between these two verbs given that the dictionaries translate it the same way?
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“reflect” vs “reflection on” or “reflection of”

The bride's elegant dress reflected her good taste. The bride's elegant dress is a reflection on her good taste. The bride's elegant dress is a reflection of her good taste. Would you tell ...
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What is the difference between “getting robbed” and “getting mugged”?

I can't seem to find the difference on the internet between "getting robbed" and "getting mugged". I would appreciate it if you could explain it to me.
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Which one is correct: “my little brother” or “my smaller brother”?

If I'm 18 and my brother is 15, is he my little brother and I'm his elder brother? Or he is my smaller brother and I'm his bigger one? Any clarifications?
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Would you help me with adjectives, alive and live?

Although she forgot to water it for a week, the plant was still alive/live. Which one is right? My professor has just told me that you must use ALIVE. But I don't know why yet.
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The correct way to say easier

Is "more easy" a correct grammatical way of saying "easier"? What other ways can you express the word "easier"?
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Would you please tell me what “than that of” means here?

"Look into the motives which have induced men, once united by their common needs in a general society, to unite themselves still more intimately by means of civil societies: you will find no other ...
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discerning between the usage of raise and rise?

I am wondering if there is any difference between the bold parts? these are extracted from Longman: rise: increase: to increase in number, amount, or value [= go up; ≠ fall] raise: increase ...
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What are these flying things called in English?

I saw something flying today. What should I call it in English?
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marry; get married

[i] Susan married Ed. (RHD) [ii] My sister got married last fall. (COCA) Is there a passive implication in [ii]? That is, the families and so on arrange and perform the marriage ceremonies for two ...
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Framing a question on “results” of a malarial infection (“Enlargement of the spleen and liver and blockage of capillaries in the brain”)

What are the results of the infection of malaria? In the question sentence, is the use of "the results" correct? Can I use "the effects" instead of "the results"? If the answer to the question is :...
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Is there a word for someone who is very good at starting wars among friends?

There is no specific word for it in my mother tongue. Imagine the situation when he meets a group of people, maybe he just met them, with few words he can start a fight among them and the turn against ...
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What is the difference in meaning among these sentences?

Walking is good exercise. Walking is a good exercise. Walking is a good form of exercise. I'd like to know the difference in meaning among these sentences. Thanks a lot.
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difference between 'beneath' and 'under'

And finally (since he had started looking at the inadequacies of his life, why not make a comprehensive survey?) there was his recent weight gain; a full stone and a half, so that he not only felt fat ...
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MSc student in, of, and at

I am a civil engineer and I'm a MSc student. I want to introduce myself. Which one will describe my position correctly? MSc student in civil engineering at ... University MSc student of civil ...
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Photo Vs. Picture Vs. Image : What is the difference between them?

Sometimes I hear people say 'Photos' and some time I hear them say 'Pictures'. In addition, I sometimes encounter the word 'Image'. In my understanding I feel that all of them are the same but I'm not ...
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Informatics vs. Computer Science

In French, we use the term informatique for computer science, as the latter can be seen as the science that studies the treatment of information. Is informatics a synonym for computer science? If not, ...
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What is the difference between “it seems” and “it looks like”?

Many times while I talked to others or wrote some text messages I got confusion about which phrase I should use to express the actual meaning of the words It seems . . . and It looks like . ....
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Can I say “I was born in a place but bred in another place” instead of using “born and bred” in pair?

I am wondering If I tell people that I was born in Melbourne but bred in Sydney, will the people think that I am married and have many children in Sydney? Because when someone "breeds" then it ...
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What we can use “there” or “over there” [closed]

When we can use word "there" and when "over there"? I could not find the answer in the dictionary.Thanks
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How many vocabulary words should I learn every day? [closed]

I am trying to learn new words but pronunciation is difficult. I try to learn new words, but by the next morning I have forgotten what they were and I have to start over again. How many new words ...
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I made this bag from/of my old jeans [duplicate]

Wine is made from grapes. That bridge is made of steel. A Korean dictionary says that 1’s ‘from’ is used because of the change of the property from grapes to wine, and there is not the ...
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What is the meaning of the word “geek”? [closed]

I know some meanings of this word but I want to know what it means in detail. Can anyone tell me?
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“Mobile homes” in American and British English

I'm always getting these types of mobile homes mixed up. Could someone please explain the difference between the following? A mobile home. Is this any home that can be towed by a car? Is this ...
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the usage of word lack

I saw an example sentence of the usage of word "lack" and it triggered another question in my mind. The sentence is that The teacher was lacking in communication skill but what if I say ...
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What makes language easily understandable for learners?

What types of construction, syntactic elements and vocabulary make language easy or difficult for learners of English to understand? Are there significant differences between the difficulties ...
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What does “sure” mean?

How is sure different from yes? How is it different from other responses? When should I use it?
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meaning: cut across something

(1) Support for environmental issues cuts across traditional party lines. (Cambridge dictionary) (2) opinion on European integration still cuts clean across party lines (Collins dictionary) Are ...
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What do you call this thing? “bag”?

I always need this when I buy stuff from the market. So, I need to know the real name for it. I always call it "bag" but it seems that it is not the correct name.
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What is the difference between “job” and “job opportunity”?

Currently, I am looking for a job. Or am I looking for a job opportunity? Or is the hiring company having a job opportunity for people like me? Can I use "I am looking for a job/job opportunity" ...
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SIT or SET yourself at the table

Would you please take a glance at the links? Would anyone possibly show me what is the difference between them? sit yourself at the table set yourself at the table That is, I am wondering what is ...
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What is the most formal, polite and expressive way of saying 'Thank You'?

Is there anything else other than 'thank you' to show gratitude in a polite, formal way to my professor at college?
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Can one who lived be the subject of 'leave'?

“I’ve come to bring Harry to his aunt and uncle. They’re the only family he has left now.” -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. OALD says leave somebody is to have family ...
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who and what somebody is

"Landlord," said I, going up to him as cool as Mt. Hecla in a snow-storm—"landlord, stop whittling. You and I must understand one another, and that too without delay. I come to your house and want a ...
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Can I call this a footrest?

This question was originally two questions, and has now been split. The other part of the question can be found here It is a thing that is attached to a desk and onto which we can place our feet. Can ...
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catch fire; catch on fire

1. Seventy percent of the man's body had been burned after the truck caught fire. 2. The house just caught on fire. (All are from COCA) I’ve thought that ‘on’ gives the nuance of continuity. ...
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Basketball equivalent to soccer's “goal”

You say "goal" in soccer when the ball gets into the net. How about basketball, When the ball gets through the hoop?
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The difference between “prevent” and “avoid”

The accident could have been prevented The accident could have been avoided Would you show me semantically what the difference between the two is? Also, are there any scenarios in which both ...
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Should I say “Thank you for your kindly attention” or “Thank you for you kind attention”

Which is more correct? "Thank you for your Kindly attention." "Thank you for you Kind Attention."
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What do “lay down” and “as the eleventh commandment” mean?

The most sensible and intelligent of all nations in Europe lays down the rule, "Never Interrupt!" as the eleventh commandment. Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not ...
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“Was in labour” versus “went into labour”

Who can tell me what the difference is between the meaning of the following? She was in labour for 3 hours. She went into labour.
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Expressing that a food is naturally hot [closed]

When you want to say that a food, for instance, is naturally hot, what do you call it? Any help would be appreciated.
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Are they the same in meaning, the open door and the opened door?

What is the difference between "the open door" and "the opened door"? Are they the same in meaning? Please explain it. Thanks a lot.
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What’s the meaning of ‘five deep’?

Again at eight o’clock, when the dark lanes of the Forties were lined five deep with throbbing taxi-cabs, bound for the theratre district, I felt a sinking in my heart. (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The ...
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Is there a friendly calling for uncle?

‘Auntie’ seems to be a friendly calling for ‘aunt.’ Then is there the word for ‘uncle’?
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What do you call a person who add records to a log?

I have a log with records. How do you call a person who adds records to this log? a Logger maybe?
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What does drop a stitch mean?

“But they’re such fierce competition for university places they can’t afford to drop a stitch, can they?” (BBC Radio Drama, The Archers) (1) What does the highlighted part mean? (2) Is university ...
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What to call it when someone always looks for greener pastures?

Someone who always looks for the "better" and more ideal places (to live), jobs, things to buy that fit his taste/mood etc. He is always looking for better because he always feels it's "not enough".