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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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to have a lot of guts

Are there any other expressions to say "I have a lot of guts"? The situation is you want to express that you have enough courage and conviction in a job interview.
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'Teleworking' or 'remote work'?

I am reading a book for learning business English, reading the text from the book I came across the term "teleworking", which is in essence a remote work. I've seen the term "remote work" various ...
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refer to “x” by “y” or refer to “x” as “y”

How to correctly use refer to: We refer to products prior to "x" by "y" Or, We refer to products prior to "x" as "y"
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What's the difference between 'I have worked in this company before' and 'I had worked in this company before'

If I used to work in a company, which one of the sentences given below is correct when I am telling someone about this experience: (1) I have worked in this company before; or (2) I had worked in ...
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“Next comments” or “following comments”?

Which would be more correct: “next comments” or “following comments” in the sentence: “Save my name and email for my next comments”? This sentence is used in the context of saving user's data for ...
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“The devil is in the detail” or “The devil is in details”

Which statement is correct? The devil is in the detail Or, The devil is in details
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Do we say “in the nightmarescape” or “on the nightmarescape”?

I am really not sure. I often have trouble determining if we should use "in" or "on", but in this case it seems both are valid. Is there a general rule, because I feel like I have asked similar ...
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Ranking vs Rank which one is correct in the sentence

Please help which one is grammatically correct... There is no context just wondering... 1) I want to compare your course rank versus others rank. 2) I want to compare your course rank versus others ...
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How do I write people doing something at the same time?

While Lorrainne got in the driver's seat mom got into the passenger seat.(they are switching places)
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crosscheck x with z?

I am not sure about my use of the word crosscheck. I have a sentence similar to: To ensure the program correctness, we manually crosscheck the program's xyz function, and the product expiration ...
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“prior” vs. “previous” work

Are prior and previous interchangeable in this context? ... including datasets from previous work. And, ... including datasets from prior work. Can you clarify please what is the difference ...
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“Lack of” vs “shortage of”

The plants have shut down for lack of funds. Why can we not say: The plants have shut down for shortage of funds. I can not tell the difference.
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What's a term that can encompass “check in” and “check out”?

The "check in" and "check out" here is not of a hotel, but like of an hourly work freelance "check in" and "check out" type. So when the user "check in", they are considered show up to work. And when ...
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Can vs May (Which one is correct?)

Which modal verb do I use in the first blank? I know that “may” is for asking permission, but “can” is for showing capability. So throwing a peel is somewhat a capability. Some people can/may ...
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Blocked Vs obstructed

Which word is an appropriate choice below? They are trying to clear roads blocked/obstructed by fallen trees. The confusion is because, in the context, both word choices seem correct. Both means ...
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Draw \ pull water from well

He is drawing water from well. He is pulling water from well. Which is more suitable in this context? Is there any suitable phrasal verb for this? Thank you.
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Is the word “grown” required?

In Aquaman (2018) movie, Orb says to King Ricou, who is living under water: You're a kingdom of bloated philosophers and flaccid poets whose waters have grown stagnant, and it sickens me. Is the ...
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“Wrap up in” alternatives in this context

When I was a child my mother used to wrap me up in heavy clothes. When I started going school she used to [gap] my uniform. I know the phrasal verb put on, can I use put me on in the gap. ...
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Can you describe someone as luxurious?

Can you describe someone as luxurious? As in someone who likes luxurious things? We're pretty sure you can't, but we don't know what word you'd use. It's not hedonistic, that's different. We're just ...
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How to talk with your one-year-old baby? [on hold]

This question is about English language daily conversations. What are the phrases and sentences you would say to your one-year-old children, or any toddler? How would you tell him to come where you ...
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What can be used instead of the word 'depressed'?

I heard that 'depressed' is used for serious conditions such as melancholiacs. Then what word could be used for daily lives?
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“Storey” or “storeyed” in this context

Cambridge dictionary says: It's a normal two storeyed house. There is a single-storeyed extension on the back of the house. A three-storey house. There is no hyphen in the first, and the ...
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Should I use “was” or “were” in “as though he was frightened”?

I have seen a sentence and there was: He acted strangely, as though he was frightened. Is "was" right for this sentence? Or must there be "WERE".
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Is it correct to say “which country do you like the most?”

Is it correct to say "which country do you like the most?" or is there any other way to ask this question? Is it ok to skip 'the' in this question? I heard that one should use 'the' when speaking ...
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How to say in one word “the one who you talk with”?

Google translate says it's "interlocutor". But I've never heard of it before. I suspect it is a very formal word (used in the legal etc.). FWIW, in Russian there is a pretty common word "собеседник" (...
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Word choice - Opening of a gap

Looking for a word to describe the opening or widening of a gap. Like, if you are experiencing an earthquake and the earth opened in front of you, how you you describe that with "Oh look, the ground ...
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Finesse=amazing (word choice)

Let's say you are describing a newly built building in your hometown. You say it is amazing: The new building has a finesse architectural design. An American say it is wrongly used. But an online ...
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“I came to Paris.” or “I got to Paris.”

I came to Paris. I got to Paris. Have any difference of the above sentence?
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Sorry, I was in the Gym

In the sentence Sorry, I was in the Gym, should I use in, on or at? Is there a rule of thumb that I can follow to always know which one to use it?
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The gains vs amount of time required is not worth it

Why should I say The gains vs amount of time required are not worth it and not The gains vs amount of time required is not worth it ?
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“considered as” vs “considered to be”

I'm trying to understand the difference between considered to be and considered as according to this link on ELU, but I still can't figure out which one to choose in my sentence: In addition to ...
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He is coming straight [ to \ for \ at ] me

We generally use to for showing movement. He is coming straight to me. But Cambridge dictionary says: The dog seemed to be coming at \ for me. Can I use to instead?
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It felt like “I'm going on an adventure”

I have been working on a software that it looks like an adventure (it's hard). In the last three weeks, I have worked on new software, and I finished it just now. I want to say to my co-workers "...
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Finish VS Complete in this context

I heard people say: A: Hurry up! B: Hang on! Let me complete my work. But many people in this context use: Hang on! Let me finish my work. Are they interchangeable? Thank you.
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Could you spell it out for | to me

Is there any difference between: Could you spell it out for me vs Could you spell it out to me
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A word meaning “to take something with you since it is not difficult for you anyway”

I am looking for a word that I could use when I am asking someone to help me by taking something with them, and I’d like to stress that I am asking for this favour because I know it is not a big deal. ...
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What should I attack | tackle next

When talking about a new assignment at work, the scrum master always says You should tackle ticket [ticketNumber] next. Is tackle the right choice? Can I use attack instead? Thank you.
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In regard to the list of suggestions

Is it right to say In regard to the list of suggestions...? I've used Grammarly and the Algorithm suggested to chance to Regarding to the list. Is it different? How?
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What to write in mail if someone asking to reply to confirm [closed]

what to send in reply if someone asking to reply the mail to confirm As discussed, Please find the details below and kindly confirm your presence by replying to this email. I am thinking that it ...
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“make things look better” and more detail

A basic sentence: They make things look better than they are. So far, it seems ok. But now I would like to be more specific: They make things look better on TV or on posters than they are. And ...
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What is the right preposition when you write about limiting choices

Is this the right way to write about choices limitation. Students' choices should be restricted\limited to\in vocational courses. Or Your choices are limited to\in the following options (a or ...
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Alternative word for TODO

As a programmer myself, I usually use the word 'todo' when I comment something on my code. The word is descriptive enough on that purpose, but I can hardly come up with any alternative words for it ...
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alive once alive forever?

doubt Is it correct to say alive once alive forever meaning one who feels alive once lives forever?
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is there any difference between “fisherman/woman” and “fisher”?

I've frequently come across the term "fisherman" (more rarely in the feminine) meaning a person who catches fish, whereas "fisher" was limited to religious texts. Now in a Cambridge FCE test a number ...
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make or makes in this context?

Their love of (something) and (something) make/makes (I forget what was here). (sorry i forgot the blanks it was on an sat test)
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which word sounds natural? (common/usual/regular) [closed]

I google a lot about the meaning of these words, but I could not find out what is the best choice for my sentence? kings decided in the dictator manner without listening to others' advice. Therefore, ...
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Confusing choice- born or borne

having a good day. Mary has BORNE a son(give birth to...) Does this book lie to me?
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“Performance in the office” vs “performance at the office.”

What's the correct option? Maybe both are okay? Example sentence: Research has shown that naps improve mood, focus, memory, which translates into better performance in/at the office. (Performance ...
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Generic person: “how can you do that?” or “how can one do that?”

I'm making a generic question, addressed to no one specific: can I write: "How can you do that?" or should I use: "How can one do that?" I like the first one better but I've heard that the second ...
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“This is considered…” vs. “This is considered as…” [duplicate]

Does this "as" change the meaning or correctness of this sentence? This is considered as socially desired. This is considered socially desired. Are both of them grammatically correct? Why or why ...