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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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Ticking off your down-the-middle explanation

Ticking off your down-the-middle explanation of world news.I`m Carl Azuz. Thank you for taking 10 for CNN 10. http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1805/02/sn.01.html What does the whole sentence ...
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in that passage what longed means?

At first I wished to hurry on,for I longed to console and sympathize with my loved and sorrowing friends; but when I drew near my native town, I slackened my progress. here it says longed .I could ...
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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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0's: For years between 0 to 9 AD?

For years between 30 to 39 AD you say: 30's For years between 20 to 29 AD you say: 20's For years between 10 to 19 AD you say: 10's But what about the years between 0 to 9 AD? Is it 0's? Note: ...
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I am looking for some words other than “Unemployed” to make my sentences more understandable

Peter (nickname) is in his late forties. We have been friends for years. He used to be a stay-at-home dad, because he had 3 young daughters. (now they have grown up) He had been doing a few part-time ...
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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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To become winter or to change it into winter

A foreigner out of the blue asked you this: Question: Are you happy with the climate condition in your country? You: No, because it's sweltering. But when the north monsoon comes in, the ...
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Conceptual question about dress [closed]

What image does one get if they read the phrase 'unveiled person'? A human without dress? Or a human without necessary parts of dress?
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Go out of fashion or go out of trend?

I am practicing for my FCE exam and I have found this expression in the "use of english" part. According to the book, the right answer is go out of fashion but I can´t understand the difference ...
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Take a bath or have a bath

Yesterday my teacher corrected me, because I said "take a bath" (I was talking about taking a bath in the beach). He told me that the right way to say it was "take a dip". I want to know if he was ...
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“Can I meet you at 6?” is wrong? [closed]

When I make an appointment with my hair stylist, can I say "Can I meet you at 6?" ?
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What is the word for referring to the act of “putting” gas inside a container?

You put a solid object into "something". You pour a liquid into "something". You ___ a gas into "something". With that "something" being a three-dimensional container large enough to hold ...
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What's the meaning of ballin'?

Recently I have heard a song which is nice that is very nice of Michael Jackson that is called ‘We Be Ballin' You' so I wanted to know the meaning just to understand the song or maybe is just an ...
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Word usage, making something “compatible”

I was lost doing this. This is the sense I want to convey: Studying and working at the same time can be difficult because you need to accomodate both those activities into your daily life, take ...
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Is the use of spiel correct here?

Cambridge dictionary defines spiel as "A speech, especially one that is long and spoken quickly and is intended to persuade the person listening about something". Based on this, is the following ...
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meaning of “as soon a revolution as to”

I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Annie Gray. The author quotes a court lady’s diary entry about the unfailing daily routine at Queen Victoria’s court, such as breakfast at a quarter to ten, tea at five ...
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What does “evidenced” mean in this sentence?

O Henry did catch the color and movement of the city and evidenced a genuine sympathy for ordinary people. Can you rephrase this sentence?
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difference between corner, end, edge and border

I want guidance in relation to geometrical aspects about the image I've added. The part where the man's got his right hand is called 'edge' or 'end' 'horizontal border' or 'border'? Similarly, the ...
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Are body parts like thighs, hips etc. considered private parts too?

When we use the phrase 'private parts' do we refer to 'thighs' also or this phrase only refers to parts like urinary organ, hips, etc?
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Difference between archive and collection

I was trying this question of a Proficiency English Language Test (fill the blank), and for me both options are possible. But only one is marked as right. I cannot understand why one option would be ...
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Less problems vs. fewer problems

This attitude will help ensure your students have less problems online. The sentence above is taken from an online test provided by the University of New South Wales. I am sure that less is not the ...
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use of a word in a sentence which is verb as well as a noun

Can we make a sentence using a word that is a noun as well as a verb? For example: In that era guards used to guard. Does this sentence sound okay with the word guard repeated like that?
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Prior to a month [closed]

I would like to ask if the following sentence is correct: "This certificate should be renewed prior to a month from its expiration date"
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Is coffee maker the same as coffee server?

These are the images when I did google searches: coffee server coffee maker Does it mean the server is part of the maker?
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Should I walk or step on your bed to get to other side?

What English term do you use in this context? "When you are getting to the other side of your room, but you got no choice to walk / step on your bed."?
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What does “shredding” mean here?

In the text, planners like to put these items (poles) very close to the edge of roadways..., where I (biker) might be nudged by a wayward vehicle into a shredding horror. I tried to look up the word, ...
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Does a word 'foreigner' have negative implications? and if so, why? [closed]

I'm a Korean and I have seen a TV show where foreigners currently staying in Korea showed up and began speaking about how it is not correct to refer to them as foreigners(외국인/wee-guk-in) - Korean word ...
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What is the verb when someone suddenly run across the road

How does a native describe the action of the person when you see someone suddenly appears on the road whilst you’re driving. “Someone ..... to the road while I was driving and I turned the wheel so ...
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wall unit, wall outlet, or wall jack?

Which of the following options is correct? The phone is plugged into a wall unit / wall jack / wall outlet. I'd appreciate your help.
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Can we use either “Reduced vocabulary” or “Low Vocabulary” to describe “limited vocabulary”?

A friend of mine told me that he believes that young people in his country have a reduced vocabulary, that is, their knowledge of their language is limited. Do "reduced vocabulary" or "low vocabulary" ...
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What are guest soaps?

I’ve encountered this term in this video. I tried looking up guest soap on the internet, but I only got information about buying them. Are they soaps for guests in the USA?
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Alternative ways for expressing a narrow victory

I am a Czech interpreter working with English. Just recently during a conference a "funny" guy tried to use elaborative Czech idiom with a twist. We often say to win by breast instead of win by a nose....
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What is the difference between “swirl” , “rotation , “spin” and “ turn””? [closed]

While i was reading some article from The Times about John Surman's new album, i've seen the "Swirl" world and translate it. i was found the synonims. but i don't know where we should use w
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How to ask for an item that is behind the shop window?

You are just passing by a shop and an item catches your eye. You want to ask the shopkeeper about that item. What do you say? is "in the window" an appropriate phrase for that? Could you show me ...
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Which one is correct? help me [closed]

Many of useless time-waster are irresolute and often hesitant. or Many of whom waste their time for nothing are irresolute and often hesitant
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Verb for putting laundry to the drying rack

What verb can I use to describe the process of takind the laundry out of the washing maching and putting it on the drying rack? Is "I have to take out the laundry" correct? Can I use another verb ...
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What is the difference between general and common?

Can I completely use them as synonym of each other? For the example: People generally sleep in the night. and People commonly sleep in the night.
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What is a word or idiom of describing “You had pick and bring some job/assignment of trouble to me?”

What is a word or idiom of describing "You had pick some job/assignment full of trouble to me?" For example, situation can be your boss told you to bring a letter all the way from NY to california.
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What is the opposite of hungry?

Is there any adjective that means satiety? When you feel hunger you say I'm hungry, what you say when you feel satiety? I know some people say "I'm full". But I wonder if there is a more formal ...
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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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What's the meaning of “in decimals” and “in fractions” in this text?

​Here's an excerpt from Michael Lewis's Flash Boys book: Part of that narrowing would have happened anyway, with the automation of the stock market, which made it easier to trade stocks priced in ...
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How to enrich my “everyday” vocabulary as an ESL parent in the U.S.?

What resources exist to quickly acquire the "everyday" English vocabulary needed to communicate with my preschooler child? I am an immigrant IT professional who speaks fluent English, but who learned ...
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Do Native Speakers Learn Vocabulary by Active Memorization in Order to Understand More Challenging Texts?

I am an English Teacher in China, and recently I've heard more and more parents and students in China complaining about word memorization when learning English. They feel that kids would be more ...
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Difference between fornication and adultery [closed]

Is there any difference between the terms 'fornication' and adultery' if we see the two terms? Is there marital status involved differentiating the two terms? From Wiktionary Fornication Sexual ...
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What word can be used for a person who expects quick results?

As the title says I want to know a single word that can be used for a person who expects immediate results?
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“my hours are set”, “coverage”, “time window”

I am working on composing a letter to my boss requesting that she give me more assignments, but such that I be eligible to meet company's mileage-reimbursement policy. Meaning that if she just gives ...
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use of dominate

Mr. A has two qualities.He is kind. He is aggressive. He is more kind than being aggressive. If we say: 'His kindness dominates his aggressiveness.' 'His kindness overshadows his aggressiveness.' '...
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What is the English word for “accepted/acceptance by the society”?

What is the exact English word for "accepted/acceptance by the society"? I think the word I have heard before starts with "C".
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What is the difference between the verbs “put on” and “wear”?

I ... my new shoes at the party. Which option is appropriate to complete that sentence: wore put on was wearing was putting on
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“Mail something”, “Send something in the/by mail”

Are the following phrases correct? To mail a package To send something, other than an envelope, in the mail To put something, other than an envelope, in the mail for someone To send something, ...