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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Clean up time: Put away your toys

I am looking for very clear written instructions for a 7-year-old person or anyone who can read. The instructions are about putting away legos and throwing away trash bits left on the floor. I am ...
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Correct word for lesson where teacher was replaced by another teacher

What is the the correct term for a lesson where the teacher was replaced by a different teacher, because he was ill? Is it called a substitution (lesson)? Even further: What would a plan of these ...
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ESL: Should I memorise definitions?

As I mentioned, english is my second language. I'd say I'm intermediate at reading, writing and speaking basic english. But I have a very limited vocabulary. So I'm learning new words. From another ...
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Are 'Let's have/take something to eat/drink' grammatical and meaningful?

I have seen them in a book written by non-natives. It they are correct then what do 'take and have' mean here?
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Usage of the word “senior”

I was talking to a person from another company on the phone on the other day. He asked me something that I could not answer, so I said, "let me go talk to my senior about the issue." Although she ...
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What's the name for the different kind of “offroad” “paths”?

I'm gonna try to explain what I mean with this topic. So I'm sorry my English. I'm doing a list of keywords to classify a series of photo' Scouting Locations. So I'm doing it in Spanish (my mother ...
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Meaning of “Kingdom Come: Deliverance”

A PC game called "Kingdom Come: Deliverance" was released a few days ago. What does the title mean? "Kingdom Comes" would be understandable for me, but "Kingdom Come"...? What could "Deliverance" ...
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use of the word 'slave'

Is the word 'slave' only presents: the one who is owned by another person and is forced to work for them... or, can this word be used for 'someone who is sincerely devoted to someone, for example an ...
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Saying something in heart

If someone says something to us, we don't reply in words rather we nod our head and in heart we say the words we could utter, such as Mr. X says to me "Good morning' but I don't reply saying "Good ...
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the use of word 'guard' as a verb and a noun

A guard is supposed to guard. Guards used to guard. Are these two sentence correct? Is it necessary that we place the word 'security' before the word 'guard' when it is already mentioned in ...
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the use of word 'voiceless'

Since animals are unable to express their pain in words thus I use the word 'voiceless' for animals making the sentence: animals are voiceless thus can't complaint to anyone; but another use of dumb ...
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start(n) vs starting(n)

Here is a song lyric: At the starting of the week At summit talks you'll hear them speak (DJ SHADOW_SİX DAYS) I am wondering if the following sentences have the same meaning: At the starting ...
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Silence is gold!

If we want to say that : Keeping silence is much better than speaking i.e. by speaking one may happen to make a mistake but by keeping silence he will not make any mistake or he will be safe from ...
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“performant” or “performance”?

5 Tips for Performant, Thread-Safe Java From ConcurrentHashMap Why does this article use performant instead of performance? Are they any differences between these two?
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Do you wash windows, or clean them, or both?

my main question is what is the correct verb to precede the noun "windows" to indicate removal of dirt, etc. The reason I ask is that despite being an English teacher I'm also Dutch, and sometimes I ...
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What do you call an English lover?

Is there a single word for someone who loves the English language? Is it understandable to use Englishphile? Has the suffix -phile been used correctly?
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“The notice reads” vs. “The notice recites”

To my US English ear, "The notice recites" sounds wrong. I think one recites poetry but the notice itself can't recite anything. I checked with Merriam Webster and it seems to back up my point of ...
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use of 'leftover'

Some say that the leftover is the amount of food or drink left in the container from which it was served; but some say that leftover is the amount left in the container from which it was used; e.g. ...
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whom was the radio invented by?

Is the following question correct? I want this style of questioning not alternatives. who or whom was the radio invented by? by who was the radio invented?
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which is more common US? most people or much people

For example I have this two vocabulary but which is more common say? Most people are very bad with me – why, I don't know? Much people are very bad with me – why, I don't know?
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To cut sth in half using teeth

In the Czech language we can say "překousnout" to express literally "to cut sth in half using teeth" just with one word. This is used e.g. in the context of sewing when scissors are not at hand and we ...
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Surly mood to describe someone's personality [closed]

How do you use "surly" to describe someone's personality? Can you say "he has a surly mood"? Thanks!
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What is a word for 'being discrepant from something'?

I'm writing a report and I want to describe some data points A becomes discrepant from data points B when a control parameter increases. I think I have learned a one-word expression for being ...
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A Choice question discussion

We can control floods by creating .........next to rivers. a. lakes b. dams c. seas d. bridges I believe that the correct answer should be lakes. What do you think should be correct? PS: Please ...
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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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Why “Google Translate” instead of “Google Translation/Translator”?

Why has Google named its translation service "Google Translate"? Wouldn't "Google Translation" or "Google Translator" be more natural?
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What is the difference between “reporter” and “anchorperson”?

I'd like to know the difference between reporter and anchorperson. They are listed as synonyms in some dictionaries. (For example, the Online Oxford Dictionary lists "reporter" as a synonym of "anchor"...
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What is meant by the expression “Jazz pants”?

I just watched a show, and there were competitors arguing with each others then one of them said "Are you happy with it now?" and then the woman said "Jazz pants!" I don't really know the name of ...
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Meaning of “reel” in songs? [closed]

I feel like the word reel occurs often in Irish folk songs. Does it refer to turning around as in dancing? Is there used the same meaning as in There's a reason? So let that feeling Grap you ...
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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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what's difference between ward off and prevent?

Most of time I prefer to use 'prevent' rather then ' ward off" because I don't get those difference. Soryy I ask such a small thing. But my dictionary doesn't much explain it as I can understand.
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a voucher for a front row seat?

Does it make sense to say "a voucher for a front row seat," meaning a free ticket for a front row seat at a performance? I'd appreciate your help.
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what does “being” mean?

What does being mean in this sentence? and also after looks strange to me! since isn't better? I have had a privileged life after being brought up in Govan?
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Is there a male equivalent of “hag”?

Hag is generally used for females, but what about males? Is there a male counterpart to this term? My current understanding of the word is: an old woman who is disgruntled, a possible recluse, and ...
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Use of the word “own”

Why do you use own in sentence like this? Isn't it useless? Or it just seems right to you naturally? depend on your own sense of style depend on your sense of style your money your own ...
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What does “certainty” mean in this context?

If you are a male, with 95% certainty, Your Maximum Natural Height in cm (inches) = (F + M + FF + FM + MF + MM) / 6 * 1.08 + 8.8 cm (3.5 inches) If you are a male, with 99% certainty, ...
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What is a plural form of 'migraine' for even if 'two migraines' don't have much use?

I found out recently the noun 'migraine' can be countable. So it basically means I can count migraines like two or three migraines, but I don't know what is the point to count migraines. Isn't '...
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From 'rise again' to ' a stock or supply'

The definition of 'resource' in Oxford Dictionaries A stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively. ...
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Difference between quiet and quietness

What is the difference between quiet and quietness if we take both as nouns? For example in sentence: the quiet of a wooded trail. ... why there couldn't be quietness? The dictionary says: quiet -...
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the office cubicles need to be replaced? [closed]

Does it make sense to say "the office cubicles need to be replaced" in the sense that the partitions need to be replaced? I'd appreciate your help.
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What is the best replacement of normal?

The Armstrong limit, often called Armstrong's line, is a level of altitude in which water boils at 37C, normal body temperature. Here is the question: Which one of the following best replaces "...
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Are “deal” and “deal in” interchangeable?

From Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary: She got caught dealing drugs in school. He deals in rare books. I want to express "buying and selling a particular product." It seems that "...
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What is the meaning of swagger and swag? [duplicate]

I hear this word more often nowadays. Can someone native explain what is the meaning of swag. The dictionary says "goods or money obtained illegally." But I don't think the following sentence ...
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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 do you call Obama's face expression “not bad”?

How to desribe a person reacting with this face? Alternatively, I'd appreciate if you suggested me a word to describe this kind of compassionate frowning:
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What does shrug off mean here?

What is the meaning of the phrase in bold in the following sentence. I just shrugged off when he fired me. Does it mean to stop talking about it? I found: Phrasal Verb: shrug off. 1. To ...
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What's this called?

So, I skipped my morning breakfast and went off to write an exam. I came back home at the time of lunch, but I slept, without eating. I had my first meal of the day at around 5PM. So what would this ...
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What does “dairy milk” mean?

Why is milk called dairy milk on this milk carton?
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“Could we move the meeting to 3pm?”

"Could we move the meeting to 3pm?" Is it a correct way to ask somebody to postpone a meeting? If so, does it sound natural? If not, what could be used instead? Can one use "shift" instead of "move" ...
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Are 9000/10000 words enough to be like a real native speaker?

Recently, I've started studying 21.000 word list from the internet. I cannot learn anything from that because when I translate to my native I don't understand the meanings. So that's where my question ...