Questions tagged [word-choice]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the several possibilities available for a particular meaning, and which one of them would be the most appropriate.

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“By the river” vs “at the river.”

Which one is more common? Example sentence: The firework festival was held at/by the river. Or are they equally correct?
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Which is better – “election panel” or “nominating committee”?

Which is the better choice when I want to talk about a group of people whose task it is to nominate members for a board or the like – nominating committee or election panel? I've found both, but I ...
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Is “right of presence” the correct phrase in this context?

I'm looking for the correct term in English for the right that for instance an alternate board member may have to attend a board meeting even if they haven't been summoned to that particular meeting. ...
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What does “overheard” mean in this context?

Tocqueville’s, Madison’s or J.S. Mill’s criticism of democracy as a ‘tyranny of the majority’ is therefore well founded. This has led to corrective institutions, such as rule of law, basic rights for ...
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that's fine, that's OK or tomorrow is fine

If someone asks you if sending you the document you requested by (date) is Okay. Which answer is more idiomatic? (date) is fine. (Is this OK in this context or only to confirm a meeting date?) That's ...
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“Which is to” or “What to” - which one is more accurate?

Between the two sentences, which one is more accurate and why? Grammarly vs Prowritingaid – Which is to Choose? Grammarly vs Prowritingaid – What to Choose?
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The keyboard shortcuts are completely different from that of Windows

I came across this sentence in an "actual speaking", and had seen similar examples in English context too many times. Nevertheless, my question is about whether the author had to use "...
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situation which/when/where/that

"But when you run away from a situation which/when/where/that you should've faced instead, the consequences might be, regret, disappointment, sadness, anger and disapproval from your loved ones.&...
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flowers fade or fade away or fade off?

What is the right word to use when we talk about withering flowers? Is it faded or fade-off or fade away? eg: The flowers faded-off/faded away/faded
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Is hi-fi a proper English word? [closed]

This hotel or pub is hi-fi ? Is that a correct sentence ? What are other good words one can use for a good quality pubs/clubs ?
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Online discussion section or online discussion session?

In an online course, there are sessions every, e.g., two weeks in which the teacher and the students hold an online Q&A meeting. It seems that both "online discussion section" and "...
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Doubt about what is being said [closed]

I was reading some news to improve my english and I read something that I didn't understand ''Time is not on her side, though. You have to marvel at well she is playing considering there is such a ...
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In which way vs in what way

Can these two expressions be used interchangeably? I'm not sure but if I'm not mistaken "in which way?" is not correct, or maybe I just can't come up with an appropriate sentence.Also I've ...
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Using “bark” about people to mean “yell angrily”

Suddenly the inmates break into singing. A prison guard tries to bark them to silence - Prison guard: SILENCE! I have seen "bark" used with people to describe that someone yells angrily, but ...
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Can the structure “let + Noun + adverb / preposition” be used with any preposition or adverb?

Say, the structure "go + adv./prep" can be used with almost any preposition or adverb. For example, I went into the house / up the hill / on the bank of a river / through a tunnel / over the ...
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What is the difference between “have an issue” ,“facing an issue”, “have got an issue”?

If I'm contacting customer support of a software company to report an issue with the software prodct that I purchased from them what is the correct usage? I have an issue I'm facing an issue I've got ...
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Is 'duration' a natural/standard term for end time - starting time?

I know duration is ok here, but is that always the word a native would choose? Is there any more natural alternative? For example: Start Time: 3ᴘᴍ End Time: 6ᴘᴍ Duration: 3 Hours I came across some ...
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Can I use “trimming” in the meaning of “add or remove extra materials and obtain the final format”?

We are writing a journal article with some friends. I want to tell them that we have to finish the main part of the work by mid-May, then we have time to "add or remove extra materials and obtain ...
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Which sentence correctly uses the verb “stand”?

I am not sure which sentence is normal or how they differ. The lighthouse was standing on a cliff. The lighthouse stood on a cliff. Which one can I use? Also, is the stood in sentence number two a “...
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Can I say “I was surfing Facebook and I found a video of a citizen shouting at a police officer”?

Is the expression "surfing Facebook" something native English speakers use in their talk?
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infinitive-to : what is the difference between two type of infinitives

I wonder about the usage of word “to” in the following sentences: In the first example, the first phrase before ‘to say’ is a full sentence and in the second example it follows an adjective. I can ...
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Referring to female college age students while writing a novel

I am trying to write a novel. I want to write in a manner that will be respectful toward gender. I have not yet figured out how to refer to female college-age characters quickly and smoothly without ...
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what's the difference between “birth date” vs “date of birth” [closed]

I'm asking this because a friend of mine used "birth date" and all dictionaries say "date of birth".~ So are both correct or just one?
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What is the difference between “become sensitized” and “become sensitive” in the enclosed text?

I wonder what the difference between "become sensitized" and "become sensitive" in this context? With time to appraise the ostracism episode, individuals become differentially ...
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Is there a single word to describe what one does on a treadmill?

I'm a native speaker but I often have trouble communicating my ideas efficiently. On a treadmill, I may walk, run, or use the 'intervals' program, which switches back and forth between walking and ...
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Sea devil description

Do "lamp" and "torch" work in #1 or only "lamp-like" "torch-like" appendage? And do native speakers use "face" when they talk about "fish" ...
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Do we say “the fire monster is lit / on fire / burning” to express its current state?

I lit the candle and now the candle is lit. "Lit" implies that it is useful because it produces light. I set fire to the curtain and now the curtain is on fire. "On fire" implies ...
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Full of/Filled with

A large office space full of/filled with cubicles. Is there any difference between "full of" and "filled with" in this context? Is one more appropriate than the other?
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Is “dangling” the word I'm looking for?

The police officer heard a sound and turned to see a lamp dangling from a desk. (The lamp, a small desk lamp, has been pushed off the edge of the desk so that it is hanging in its wire just above the ...
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Easy food and difficult ingredients

Do "easy food" and "difficult ingredients" sound natural? I think "from" is wrong. "I don't like cooking easy food. I like cooking from difficult ingredients." ...
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“Listen to his parents argue” vs. “listen to his parents arguing.”

Example sentence: Now and then he'd press his ear against the door and listen to his parents argue/arguing in the hallway. Do the two options have the same meaning? Or they mean slightly different ...
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“A direction I want pursue further”

From the preface of my thesis: I am also grateful to [the institute] for allowing me to conduct my thesis there and for showing me how the latest advancements in technology can be used in humanitarian ...
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greased/smeared/smudged in/into/with mustard

He opened the door with his elbow as his hands were greased/smeared/smudged in/into/with mustard. Could you please help me with what is possible here? Also, are there better options than "greased&...
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Why is it “wonderfully” instead of “wonderful”?

Why is it "wonderfully" instead of "wonderful"? As far as I know adverbs are not usually used with such words as "look", "feel", etc. It's "you look ...
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down in/with the elevator

I've just sent a cake down in/with the elevator, so I hope they're hungry downstairs. Is "in" or "with" correct here? Is the sentence natural?
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What's an umbrella term for academic articles, theses, reports, etc.?

If I want to refer to all the different articles, theses, essays, books, etc. – published as well as unpublished/not yet published – that a scholar has produced, what word should I use? Can I use &...
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Request for a word that means a “one single element not separate from each other”

In the following sentence, what can be used instead of "as one element"? I'm looking for a more academic word. I tend to say that human life and wildlife are not separate and they should be ...
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Is “follow in” the correct phrasal verb to use in this sentence?

They stepped into the house and issues followed in. (ISSUES BEGAN) Is the use of followed in correct in this context? If not, how can I rewrite it with a better phrase?
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It was explained or it has been explained?

I don't known which of the following I should use, because it translates with the same words. It was explained to him that nothing else could be done! It has been explained to him that nothing else ...
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Is “barreling” appropriate in this context?

Before anyone could stop him, the boy in the wheelchair was barreling toward the laughing bullies. Hi. I would like to know if barreling seems a good choice in this context to mean he's riding really ...
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Which word family of 'satisfy' should be use in this question?

I am so ______ with your report. Surely, you can do better. (SATISFY) I'm just wondering which one is correct to use in this sentence above, satisfied or dissatisfied? Firstly, I answered 'satisfied'....
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Scratched at and stabbed at

What's the difference between "scratched/stabbed" and "scratched at/stabbed at"? Example sentences: He scratched (at) his ear. It stabbed (at) her heart.
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word that encompasses all non physical things?

Is there an encompassing word to describe non-physical systems or entities? Things like data, processes, religion, rules, laws, etc?
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Trying to understand metaphorical meaning of 'intrusive'

My friend has reached out to me with following message: Please submit a request to resize the laptop hard disk. Let me know if this would be intrusive where we will communicate down time to the ...
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do the modal verb + have + past participle sentences always imply imagination, regret or the opposition of reality, etc?

I want to use the form 'shouldn't have p.p' for a sentence which has a sense of obligation Google search says, 'Shouldn't have + past participle' means that something wasn't a good idea, but you did ...
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Hurled it on/to the floor

He went over to the mirror, ripped it off the wall, and hurled it on/to the floor, shattering it. Which one of "on" and "to" is correct?
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increase/decrease the upper/lower bound of something

I am writing a technical document and I wanted to describe that a certain method or approach will improve the performance when the performance is bad but will undermine the performance when the ...
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The subtle difference between “also” and “plus.”

Most people agree that "also" and "plus" mean the same thing. But I think "plus" is more adequate when we're talking about a "positive addition." And "also&...
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What is the most frequently used name for hook-and-loop fastener in daily life?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook-and-loop_fastener It has many names. Hook-and-loop fasteners, hook-and-pile fasteners, touch fasteners, and velcro. My question is simple. Which is the most ...
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Using “do so” in a sentence

I am not very happy with this sentence as I feel it contains duplicate words (use): UK children ranked the highest in using online games, where 50% of them have use them I want to change it to this, ...

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