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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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How to tell someone that I had to travel urgently

I need to tell my boss that I had to travel urgently for a personal reason and couldn't inform him because it was unplanned and happened quickly. I also want to let him know that I am sorry for not ...
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A lot about or A lot of

I am hearing a lot about the problem of ragging these days.  I am hearing a lot of the problem of ragging these days.  What ia the difference? Which is correct?
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Attended to vs attended upon

Which is/are correct. Are they mean the same? The senior doctor attended to the patient very quietly. The senior doctor attended upon the patient very quietly.
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“From (all/any/the financial) aspect” vs “From (all/any/the financial) facet”

Edited: The word "aspect" means: One part of a situation, problem, subject, etc. On the other had, "facet" means: One part of a subject, situation, etc. that has many parts So it seems ...
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Word choice for “Educationally Enriched”

Is there any word which replace the phrase "Educationally enriched"? I was trying to write an essay where I defined a state where every people are educated. To define that I was taking help of phrase ...
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“haven't gone to a restaurant”—is “gone” used correctly?

I am wondering if the following is grammatical and idiomatic. I really love the restaurant but haven't gone in a while. Is the word 'gone' used correctly here?
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“Practicable” versus “Feasible”

For me, and based on dictionaries, both of the words "practicable" and "feasible" mean the same thing. I wonder if I'm mistaken, provide me with some examples where one of them is preferred over the ...
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“What” root or“ Which” root?

I read a sentence in "Word Power Made Easy" which was: In the etymology section, you will learn what Greek or Latin root give the word its unique meaning and what other words contain the same or ...
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Someone who lends usurious money and their action

What do you call a person who achieves lots of money without working, just sitting at home lending people money with the agreement that they will pay him/her back a very much larger amount of money in ...
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When something is good / not good for someone to be done

Please imagine someone's parents are giving some advice to their son. The father wants to say something that feels it would be very beneficial for his son. (For instance: continue his education.) ...
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When somebody makes you sustain a financial loss

What verb do you use about the action of someone who causes you to suffer from a financial loss. I.e. 1) imagine you know nothing of cars and someone who pretends to be knowledgeable about ...
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A better way to say “masters of translation”

What is the best and native way to use words master and translators to denote a "group of highly skilled translators"? I am stuck with initial "M" letter, as it is used in the brand name and logo, so ...
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“Economic recession” Vs “Economic downturn”

How do these terms differ: Recession is a period when the economy of a country is not successful and conditions for business are bad: - The country is sliding into the depths of (a) recession ...
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What is a decent way to say an approximate time?

I will arrive at 5 pm. I don't know the exactly time I will arrive. So, I could say I will arrive roughtly at 5 pm. I will arrive almost at 5 pm. That is my assumption. What is a good saying?...
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“Official wife” or “Formal wife”?

I want to use a term to mean that the speaker has been recorded as the wife of X in a civil registry officially and legally. I don't know what is the usual word to use in this case, I have searched "...
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“Advantage” VS “Virtue”

According to the dictionary claims, Advantage means: A good feature that makes something better than similar things. And also, virtue means: a. The virtue of something is an advantage or ...
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Prevail on/upon or prevail of

Dictionary says prevail on/upon prevail on/upon (someone) : to ask or persuade (someone) to do something I have come across following sentence. But nowhere find defination prevailed of I ...
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“Except” and “Besides” when they are interchangeable

When I got in, there were four people in the room, besides me. When I got in, there were four people in the room, except me. Are both examples above saying that there are five people?
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Is there a synonym for “increasingly”?

Air transport is increasingly used to export fruit and vegetables to countries where they cannot be grown or are out of season. Is there a synonym for "increasingly"? And, can I use "growingly"? (...
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Diagnose VS Recognize

In the following context, I wonder if you could let me know which choice doesn't work and why: When my doctor couldn't ........... my disease after a week of treatment he said to go to better ...
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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Use of Let vs allow

I am sorry if this is off-topic but I have searched for it on google and on Learners Dictionary, but couldn't find a satisfactory answer. So, I'm posting it here. This is a question (see image) on my ...
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“Bundle up” or “wear warm clothing”

Dictionaries say that "bundle up" means "put on warm clothing" or "dress warmly". I need to know how do the sentences below differ in meaning: It's very cold outside. Bundle up. It's very cold ...
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Private “tutoring” or “tuition”

I need to know whether someone can offer private tutoring "[gerund form] or it is more natural to say they offer privet tuition? Ngram shows that the gerund form exists, but I don't find anything ...
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The usage of the imperative phrase “put aside”

When you are going to give some advice to someone who is suffering from some personal qualities, like "pride" or "being shy/shyness"! I know that saying something like: Put aside your pride. (Ngram ...
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“Had thought” vs “had assumed.”

had assumed Just like some movie scenario, one had thought another dead. When they met, one said, I had thought your were dead. Or I had assumed you were dead. Which is correct?
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“Determine” Vs “Specify”

In the following self-made examples can use both "specify" and "determine and as far as I know and dictionaries give some instances, I guess they are interchangeable in this sense. I just need your ...
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“Explain” VS “Describe”

I wonder how the following verbs differ the meaning of my self-made sentence: Let me explain to you how it happened. Let me describe to you how it happened. To me, both of the sentences ...
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which one is professional In-depth understanding or complete understanding?

to describe someone is good at a specific scientific or technical domain, we could say he(or she) has In-depth understanding or complete understanding. the question is, which one is to imply that he(...
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Making a sentence more concise and formal?

I want to express this following meaning: I tutored several students for xxx course and the students I tutored got better scores than average, specifically 17% better than the class average. I ...
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“Get the idea of” and “come to the idea of”

Imagine you are going to ask someone about the source of an idea to do something. Which one of the following sentences does not have a correct structure or construction? Where did you get the ...
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“Put together” vs “Assemble”

As you know, the verb "assemble" means: "to make something by joining separate parts together"; also the phrasal verb "put together" means: "to put the parts of something in the correct places and ...
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“Gather”, “Gather together”, “Get together” and “Assemble”

Edited: I need to ask about the following sentence where I doubt whether both verbs make sense and can be used interchangeably or not: 1) Every year all people ............ in this square at ...
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Movies or movie

So which one is correct? I don't like to watch movie or I don't like to watch movies? I don't like the look(s) of him
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Using the words “collision” ,“clash” and “strike”

Which one of the following verbs can make a better sense in my self-made sentence and sounds more natural: It is believed that the ................ of an asteroid or a meteor to The Earth has ...
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Using the single verb “extinguish” in modern English

I wonder if in the following context I can substitue the bold sentence with the further sentence of mine: In the 1980s, father-and-son scientists Luis and Walter Alvarez discovered in the ...
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When to use the prepositions 'in' and 'inside'

Could you please tell me which one of the following sentences is correct? I'm interested in understanding when it's best to use either 'in' or 'inside'. The cinema is very cold. In the cinema is ...
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Can I say “class notes” instead of “lecture notes”?

Can I say class notes instead of lecture notes? Do these phrases have the same meaning?
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Say “See you tomorrow” in email for an phone interview

I was writting an email to decide the time for a quick phone interview with a recruiter, and say, it is decided to be 3pm this Friday. I hesitate about whether I can write "See you this Friday" at the ...
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Someone who enjoys competing with others

I wonder what do you call a person who is interested in completeling with others in every aspect of their life; (uch an individual might love doing that). They can be either deceitful and act ...
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How to make a sentence easier to read? [closed]

Further, receiving a master's degree, in parallel I found work as an engineer in the specialty (where I worked for almost 2 years before graduating from university), which required the application of ...
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Wait for the classroom to be “full”

I'm wondering about how to, in one phrase, say, 'Waiting for the classroom to be full'. I was talking with someone who was an international student just like me. So the full conversation was: ​ Me: ...
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“either” or “neither” after “I don't like…” [duplicate]

Consider this fill-in-the-blank question: I don't like _______ of the films. Both of them are boring. Will the correct choice will be either OR neither? Why? I think the correct answer will be "...
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Any difference between “travel through” and “travel around”? [closed]

I traveled trough the UK last year. I traveled around the UK last year. What's the difference between them?
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We … some friends in for dinner

I came across a question and confused which is right one. We ...... some friends in for dinner tomorrow night. (A) have (B) are having  (C) do have (D) will have In my opinion 4th one is ...
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Can “Am I the bad guy here?” be said by a girl?

In an interactive story (that's why it is impossible to quote the text), the main character said to herself: Am I the bad guy here? when she was questioning a bad action, which has been done by a ...
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“this is really helpful” or “that is really helpful” or “it is really helpful” [on hold]

Are they all correct? And what's the difference between them: This is really helpful That is really helpful It is really helpful
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A comparison between the verbs “escape”, “flee”, “run away” and get away" [on hold]

I need to discover which choises work in these sentences and which options do not work naturally in thses sentences? To me, they all work and have quite similar meanings in the manner that I can use ...
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“Transitory” Vs “Elusive”

We know that: Elusive means: "difficult to describe, find, achieve, or remember." And also: Transitory means: "lasting for only a short time." Now please let me know which choice works better ...