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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

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Can we use hide to mean make something disappear?

Someone asked me What if someone hides their instagram stories from you? I replied I'd hide them from my life. Is my sentence right Does hide mean to make disappear? If not What else could ...
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The verb ''feel'' about weather

Feel(V):İf you talk about how the weather feels, you describe the weather, especially the temparature or weather or not you think it is going to rain or snow. I have some confusion about this ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Are “in her stead / in her shoes” interchangeable?

Can I use "stead" in the same context as What would you do if you were in her shoes? What would you do in her stead? Or what's the best way to ask this question ? Thanks
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meaning of “sweets”- dessert, candy, or?

The following is from a travel guideboook. I'm particularly curious about the meaning of "sweets." In the context of a coffee house, it is unlikely to refer to candy or dessert. What could it mean? ...
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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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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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Verb for someone who refuses to repay money

What's the verb to say the behavior of someone who refuse to repay the money he owed? (Even if he knows it and is able to pay it back.) As far as I know, there is a commonly used noun which called ...
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What does “Women like guys who play the dance.” mean?

"Women like guys who play the dance." What does "playing the dance" mean in this context? Thank you.
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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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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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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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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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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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“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, ...
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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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meaning of “nutritional tangents”

I'm reading The Fermented Man by Derek Dillinger. The author has this one-year plan of eating only fermented food, such as yogurt and bread. As a result, his options become extremely limited. Then he ...
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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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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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What verbs collocate with policy?

What verbs collocate with policy? Make a policy? Develop a policy? The government should make a a policy to reduce the number of cars. Does this sound correct?
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praising poetry about a saint

I was searching for a suitable word for a piece of writing composed for speaking high of a pious man, such as a saint. I found one: encomium. Can we use the word 'encomium' for a piece of poetic ...
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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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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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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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Synonym of 'lexical' in spelling similarity

Word lexicial is a magic word for me to remember. In MW dictionary, of or relating to words or the vocabulary of a language as distinguished from its grammar and construction Our language has many ...
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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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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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Page with damaged corners

Are the pages with the corners seen in the image called 'Dog ear'? As far as I know a dog ear page is the one whose corner's been folded to mark a section or phrase in a book that one finds to be ...
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Literary device for sound ending similar to the preceding word beginning

What literary device is it if a word begins with the sound the previous word ends in? such as 'doubt' and 'truth' in: Doubt truth to be a liar.
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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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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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Can I use “exchange” instead of “discourse”? What exactly is “media discourse”?

Please explain me like I'm 5 what is discourse in context of media. I understand it as the message sides of a debate exchange through there attitude towards the problem but then I don't understand ...
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What is the appropriate word for these? -> one day, one month, one year and so on

I want to know the most appropriate word for these. one day two days three days one month two months three months one year two years three years The context where these appears is that they are ...
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cash award or money award?

I'm wondering whether "cash award" or "money award" is correct in the following. If both are ok, what's the difference? Suppose this is about a prize-giving event. They gave me a cash / money award. ...
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cake mix or mixture? Are they synonyms?

Would you refer to the packaged powdered ingredients as cake mix or cake mixture? I suspect the difference, which I am by no means certain of, is that "cake mixture" refers to cake mix with water ...
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Tasks/instructions? A question on teachers' vocabulary

Each exercise given in a textbook is accompanied by instructions. Is it acceptable to call them also "tasks"?
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How to systematically collect advanced vocabulary?

I am currently adding upper-intermediate and advanced vocabulary flashcards in Anki, and I'm using a lot of sources for that, like books ("English Vocabulary in Use Upper-Intermediate/Advanced", ...
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Blakies concise English dictionary

Can anybody suggest the usefulness of Blakies Concise English dictionary as a reference dictionary for an intermediate level student whose native language is not English? My effort to find an online ...