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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Sentence containing my vs the

I have two sentences to comprehend correctly. Do you say Today is an opportunity to finish off my goal. Today is my opportunity to finish off my goal.
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In time/times of war

Do I have to use time of times in the following sentence? 'This mood is created by the fragments of which the setting is a place in times/time of war'
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What are the difference between “shred” and “crumb”?

crumb(n) a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger piece She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. shred [usually plural] a small thin ...
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Going to or I will

I’m puzzled with going to vs I will in these sentences. I’m going to always love you. I will always love you. What sounds better? But I do believe that “going to” implies I haven’t yet loved you but ...
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Cartoon/cartoon images/cartoony images/cartoonish images

Could someone please tell me which of the following phrases is the best? They used real images instead of cartoon. They used real images instead of cartoon images. They used real images ...
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Can “glimpse” be used in formal writing

Is using the word glimpse appropriate in formal academic writing setting? These are the questions along with a glimpse of their solutions. I know there are some words that are informal and are ...
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What are the differences between “careful of / with / about the child”?

In the dictionary careful [not before noun] giving attention or thought to what you are doing so that you avoid hurting yourself, damaging something or doing something wrong Be careful! ...
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Plural or singular after a number?

Which one of those is correct grammatically? I We evaluate 1000 student result Or We evaluate 1000 student results Or We evaluate 1000 students' results
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On using “whether it be” with plurals

I use data to describe plurals (Xs or Ys). Is it correct to use whether it be in the following description? The data, whether it be Xs or Ys, are collected from users. Or shall I use whether they ...
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Multiple choice questions about word choice

(1) The loan officer of the bank called today and told me we got a _____on our home improvement loan. head first thumbs up hands down fingers crossed My answer is 3 Is this right? ...
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“refer to as .. ” or “refer to them as …”

Which one is correct (the difference is using them): There are many types of books, including those for children, which we refer to as children books Or, There are many types of books, ...
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Is the plural form of the word “Sushi” really “Sushis”?

I guess people know where I am from. Why this question came to mind is this story made a top breaking news debut at Yahoo America (when I saw it). Then a question came to my mind, what is the plural ...
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Word for a person who sews at an industrial level

Some other questions. Is it ok to say that someone is a "sewer"? Is that the noun for that verb? So, I'm basically looking for the word "sewer" but at an industrial level. Mainly because in my ...
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Which makes more sense? [closed]

I'm writing a song, but I'm torn between what truly makes sense for this verse. The verse is, "Too early, to be swept away from, mothers." Should it be, "Took away", "Picked away", "Torn away", or ...
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The aisle seat is fine by me?

I found this phrase on a Mobil app,And I did not understand why it wrote "by me" and not "for me" She: I will check if there is one available. Me: if not,the aile seat is fine by me.
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I look forward to a resubmission or I look forward for your resubmission

Which is one correct of the above sentence? OR Can I say' I'm looking forward for your resubmission or I'm looking forward to your resubmission
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Can the word “Intense” be used in this context? [duplicate]

"He's here all by himself it seems. He's on the fifth drink or something since we got here. It looks pretty intense. Maybe we should go talk to him." Can I use the word intense here, what do you ...
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Go outside vs Get outside

Word choice. What should I write here and why? is there a difference between "get out of a place" and "go out of a place"? When I used to work at a gas station, the winters were always very rough. ...
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Looking/staring/gazing

A man sits by the window, looking/staring/gazing blankly out at the night lit city. Context: It's on a floor high up. He's been there looking/staring/gazing out at the city for some time. It's ...
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When should I say I apologize and when should I say I am sorry?

Is it related with the size of the wrong I did it or with the respect of the person or something else? I made some researches and I found that : An apology is a formal admission of a wrongdoing....
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How does it write correctly?

How does it write correctly and why? How can I write this in the past tense? and also in question form how to say this? I mean the second action that did not happen and then you don't know how to ...
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What is the difference between what's up and how are you?

When should I say what's up and when should I say how are you? Is it about the person's age or the extent of my knowledge of the person?
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Gaze at it/out at it/out over it?

If you're standing next to a field gazing at it, do you gaze at it/out at it/out over it? What's most natural?
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Difference between “human” and “people”

What is the difference between them in this phrase? And Which one is not correct or are they both correct? These things happen. We are all human. These things happen. We are all people.
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“Not like that” and “such”

Is it possible to say so, meaning "like this"? I know I used to be selfish, but I'm not like that anymore. I know I used to be selfish, but I'm not such anymore.
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if your child did bad things, which verbs would you use: “scold”, “rebuke”, “tell off” or “blame”?

In the dictionary scold /skəʊld $ skoʊld/ verb [transitive] to angrily criticize someone, especially a child, about something they have done SYN tell off Do not scold the puppy, but ...
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When you ask about some photos : “Did you take these?”/“Did you take them?”

If I ask about some photos that my friend has, I could ask "Did you take these photos?". But I wonder if these two forms could be used too or only one of them is correct to use. "Did you take these?"...
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Using “nevertheless” after “while”

Is the following use of "nevertheless" correct: While this book is outside my subject area, nevertheless, it was useful to me.
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Which word best describes the state just before a person is about to sleep?

I am looking for a word that describes the state just before a person slips into sleep. I am not talking about the state when the person is inactive or sedentary, but specifically in reference to ...
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What are the opposites of “put the finger in your mouth” & “stick your tongue out”?

When I play with my toddler, I often see him put his finger in his mouth & stick his tongue out. So, I say "don't put your finger in your mouth" & "don't stick your tongue out of your mouth". ...
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Can “tied to” be replaced with “bound to”?

Atonement is not tied to suffering alone. It's much more complicated than that. Atonement is not bound to suffering alone. It's much more complicated than that. I want to convey that to atone is ...
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Questions in distant past tense

I'm a little confused about the use of did and had in past tense -- recent past and distant past. For example, If I want to ask a friend whether he applied for a job (today), I would simply ask "Did ...
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Grab it/Pick it up

I'm driving. I have a coffee in the cup holder. I grab/pick up my coffee and take a sip. Are "grab my coffee" and "pick up my coffee" equally natural?
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Is frantically synonymous with desperately?

I'm not sure about the word 'frantically'. Could I use it almost interchangeably with 'desperately' in the sentence below: (Context: A girl is held hostage in a shed by a man. A woman has stopped by ...
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Is “worse” correct in “His Chinese is no worse than mine”?

Given the following sentence, am I correct to input the word "worse" to fill in the blank and make the sentence understandable? I cannot speak Chinese very well, and he cannot either. His ...
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“to poop / pee one's pants” or “to poop / pee on one's pants” which one is more common?

IN the dictionary pee (one's) pants Literally, to urinate while still wearing one's clothing. I need you to pull over the car right now, or else I'm going to pee my pants! poop ...
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is it common to say “to brush something off” or “to dust something off” or “get something off” when you want to remove dirt?

Ok, in the dictionary [transitive] brush something + adv./prep. to remove something from a surface with a brush or with your hand He brushed the dirt off his jacket. She brushed the fly ...
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Should I use “when” or “where” in this riddle?

Here is the riddle: When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? The answer is: "in the dictionary". When I told that riddle, a coworker said it should be "where" instead of "when". Is “when”...
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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Instinctively or intuitively?

Jacob is sleeping in bed. His phone, which is on silent mode, is ringing silently on the nightstand. He instinctively wakes up, sees it's ringing, and picks up. Hi, everyone. Is "instinctively" the ...
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What should I use: his or their

Should I use HIS or THEIR in the sentence: Which of the students of your group does __________ homework together?
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Not sure if I should use “as” or “like” in this sentence

You see me just like an object You see me just as an object Which one would be correct ? Also I'm afraid the sentence construction isn't ok. I have to say that some person sees (or perceives, or ...
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class vs. form vs. grade

I've been meeting all the three words (class, form, grade) related to schooling, but I can't get my head around the differences. Please could you explain the differences? I need to know which one of ...
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Move over / Move aside

Is there any difference? I read somewhere said that "move aside" implies a little bit of ordering rather than asking. Is it true? Mom was cooking dinner and her little daughter was blocking her ...
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Two “distanted” cities?

The two distanted cities are included in our comparison. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? I want an adjective to fill the blank to imply that ...
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The differences between the word “Manufacturing” and “Manufacture”

I'm translating a document and I came across to the word "manufacture and manufacturing" and i was wondering when i should use this word in a sentence. For example: The lamination processes are ...
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Should I use food list or foods list?

I am not sure which one I should use. For example, I want to talk about a keto food list or a dairy-free food list. Or is it a dairy-free foods list? I see both spellings, even on reputable websites.
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I teach mathematics vs. I teach Mathematics

"Currently I am coaching younger pupils in the subjects Mathematics, English and Latin." First question: Are the listed subjects meant to be in capital letters or not? Second question: Is there a ...
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Do you want to go see or watch some birds?

8 WATCH [transitive] to watch a television programme, play, film etc Did you see that programme on monkeys last night? We’re going to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tonight. 1 LOOK [...
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Before/In front of

I'd like to know if "before" and "in front of" is equally common in a sentence like this in American English? Is one more formal than the other? Elina stands before/in front of a vending machine, ...