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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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Best way to detect these nouns?

"Discovery" is a noun. Yet "discover" is a verb. "Making" is a noun. Yet "make" is a verb. Both "discovery" and "making" sound like verbs, but they aren't. What is the best way to spot these noun(s)...
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In the simplest way possible - could someone explain the rule you followed in spotting the error?

Basically the sentence flowed well enough for me not to notice the error. This is the Sentence -"More importantly was the renaissance discovery of the literature of classical Greece" I now know ...
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Which or what in a sentence

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Should I use which or what here and why? What should be the tense of the verb postpone? Don’t miss the opportunity to live life to the full which/what you ...
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Can someone update about information regarding parts of human body? [on hold]

Which parts of the human body are called, TEMPLE, SHINE, and LIFE LINE?
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“My shares were valued 1M USD at that moment” or “My share was valued 1M USD at that moment”?

Just wondering which one is correct. Should I say share or shares? Updated on Jan 19: Yes, I mean the ownership of a company.
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hurt, ache, sore, pain: what's the right expression?

There are different expressions for pain in the body: "My head hurts", "I've got a splitting headache", "My head aches", "I've got a sore throat"... In the dictionaries I could not find any rule ...
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“considered” or “mentioned”

One article mentioned one valuable extension for their work (as a future work). I would like to say this in a sentence. However, I do not know what is the correct word to use. This extension was ...
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Is the sentence “I'm strange to this neighbourhood” correct?

I don't know which to choose, "new" or "strange" to complete the following sentence. I'm _____ to this neighbourhood. A correct answer seems to be "new", but why is "strange" wrong?
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Fill in the blanks - Word: statistic

Fill in the blanks: In prediction markets, no individual opinions are excluded. Everyone can give an opinion. Also, since the group's decision is arrived at ________ , no one is forced to ...
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Does this express “credibility of a place depends on the people who work there” [on hold]

I'm asked to write a paragraph about a university. Within the paragraph I want to state that a great portion of the university's credibility is because brilliant professors teach there. "The ...
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“Whether” or “Whenever”

I want to say, Whether it has the high-level privilege or doesn't, this application can work properly. or maybe it should be Whenever it has the high-level privilege or doesn't, this ...
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Does “take” make sense here? [on hold]

I am hungry. I want _____ something. A. to drink B. to eat C. to take
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Ask about the time between two events [on hold]

I recently got an offer from a company and was discussing the start date with the HR. I am still in college with one semester left and he said normally people will take a month or two off after ...
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How do I email a clinic to book a consultation?

I want to email a clinic to book a consultation about some cosmetic problem I've been dealing with. Can I say I'd like to consult about ...(some cosmetic problem) Is this the right way to use "...
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Is “I grant you” more condescending than “I give you”?

I wonder if, for American native English speakers, it is more condescending to use "I grant you" than "I give you"? (I raised my question this way just to make it specific; I do not have a ...
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Organisation or organisational skills

Is it more correct or appropriate to say: "I have strong organisation skills" OR "I have strong organisational skills"?
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Economy or Economics, this is the question!

In the following sentence, which word should I use? My favorite topics to talk about include politics and economy(or economics).
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Form a circle line? (Verb)

Let's say a primary school teacher is going to tell a story. But before she starts, she is asking her students to: form a circle line surrounding her (like this one in the picture) What is a ...
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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What does “tea ring”mean in this sentence and why “ring”?

I could not understand what is "tea ring" in this sentence, all I searched resulted in a "Swedish tea ring", as bread or cake, and I am pretty sure it is not. My guess is : it refers to some kind of ...
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nature protection vs nature conservation [closed]

I have a certificate which is translated into English. It says that I am specialised in Nature Protection. I am wondering.. isn't Nature Conservation a better choice to use in a Certificate? > ...
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The difference between “by themselves” and “in themselves”

Which of the two sentences below is grammatically better (or correct)? Of course, the stories of this large family are interesting and well-developed in themselves. or: Of course, the stories ...
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“Sitting at” vs “sitting by”

Do they mean the same? Or different things? For example, are the people at the back of this picture sitting at the glass wall? Or by the glass wall? Example sentence: While eating at the ...
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What is best word to substitute “lonely wisdom” in this passage?

Hesse’s grandfather Hermann Gundert (1814-1893) had been a Protestant missionary in India, where he also became an accomplished linguist in Dravidian languages. With a sceptical, questing attitude to ...
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“First page” or “Page one” for SEO ranking?

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. I want to ask a simple question from this domain. My website is "First Page" on Google. Or My website is "Page One" on Google. Which one of these is right?
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Sexual act at illegal age/not of legal age

What is the correct word/phrase when teenagers engage in a sexual activity but they are younger than 18 years old (the legal age, most of the time worldwide). Teenagers who engage in a sexual ...
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Word Choice and Sentence Structure

What kind/kinds of food and drinks can I have in China? My favorite food is egg/the egg? For the 2 sentences above, which words would you choose?
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What is the correct preposition after “apply”? [closed]

In the following sentence, I don't know which words (bold words and their substitutions in parentheses) would be correct to use in this content, and if you notice other problems both grammatically and ...
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What is synonym of education in this sentence?

What is synonym of education in this sentence? Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. (The sentence is part of an IEST where I have to argue about the ...
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“leave a mark in” VS “leave an imprint in”

Our efforts to tackle the crisis will leave an imprint in the annals of history. Our efforts to tackle the crisis will leave a mark in the annals of history. I thought of two ways to express the ...
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'I ate honey at breakfast' vs. 'I had honey at breakfast' [closed]

'I ate honey at breakfast' or 'I had honey at breakfast' Which is correct grammatically?
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird?

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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“nobody could beat me” vs “anybody could beat me” [closed]

This is a part of translation work that I am doing. Let everyone declare that I am defeated, until I concede defeat, nowhere, ever, anyone/anybody could beat me. Is the bold part correct in ...
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How to separate two pairs without using and?

I have written the following sentence, but I think that I should use an "AND" between "down" and "Success", on the other side, by doing so, the phrase would become rather ugly and awkward (3 "and" ...
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Should I use “withdrawal” or “exchange,” when spending credit card points?

I wonder that which word is used when spending credit card points, withdrawal or exchange?
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“a rebound in the economy” VS “a bounce in the economy”

Despite a rebound in the economy, the fundamentals of many firms have not take a turn for the better. Despite a bounce in the economy, the fundamentals of many firms have not take a turn for the ...
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“let” or “may” in a specific context?

Tell me please which word I should use in the following context. The man is trying hard to change the country for the better. May/let he succeed! What I want to convey by the word are a wish or ...
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“Throw out of…” or “throw out from…”?

I wonder which version is correct? Correct me if I am wrong. I was thrown out from the place or I was thrown out of the place For example, I am at my friend's house and my friend has a ...
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Can I say “years passed” in specific usage

I am sure I’ve seen this usage somewhere, i want to use this and it goes like this: “As I reflect on the years passed, ...” I don’t feel comfortable with it. But I’ve seen similar usage in “ a ...
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How to show reluctancy in doing sth?

I want to say that, I liked my job, but because of some personal problems I left it. To do so, is using my inner soul in the the following sentence correct? if not, any suggestion (in formal English)? ...
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Connotation for “unsolicited”?

The main question is if using "unsolicited" implies a negative connotation? My original intention is simply to express "spontaneous" in the situation. Why not "spontaneous"? Perhaps it gives a feeling ...
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Family-relative teacher? (Correct wording)

Let's say you are a teacher who is a family member at the same to one of your students (such as uncle-niece) Your opinion is that sometimes, it's a bit awkward. You say: Being a family-relative ...
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Use of subjective or objective case [duplicate]

It is not good for you and (I/me) to be seen together. What is proper grammar: I or me?
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been to & gone to: a general rule for specific cases

I understand been to is used for a complete visit and gone to refers to a trip taking place now or the person being there. My question is about the times where it's gets a bit shady. Based on what I ...
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What word would you suggest as a substitution to “directed” in this passage?

In 1923, Hesse settled in Switzerland, where he had been living for the past ten years and remained until his death in 1962. There he adopted a stance of detachment from political struggles, which he ...
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word choice “apply for” or “apply to”

Reading this article explaining about the difference between "apply for " and "apply to", https://www.dailywritingtips.com/apply-to-apply-for-and-apply-with/ I am still puzzled about why the correct ...
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Word for emphasizing very less price

Though I bought this sofa for $2000, I had to sell it for just $150. Can we replace the word just with the alternatives like mere or sheer? New sentences will be like under. Though I bought this ...
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What adjectives should be used in this sentence? [closed]

The population of Cairo had become too ____. Which answer is correct? Large, small, big, wide. I say too large but not sure.
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What do 'timing' and 'a timing meltdown' mean in this sentence?

I have some trouble in getting the exact meaning of 'a timing meltdown' in this sentence. Here it is: The doorbell rang, and Mum flapped her hands. ‘There he is. Lou, why don’t you start ...
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minus 1500, there are only 12pcs on hand

Is it correct that I use "minus" in this way to mean taking an amout from a total. Minus 1500, there are only 12 pcs on hand.