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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“Drench” vs “Soak”

I wonder which one of the two verbs below fits better in each sense and which one doesn't work in which sentence and why: Soak: to make something completely wet. Drench: To drench something or ...
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To express different cameras output different images, are “varied” and “various” exchangeable?

This is description from a competition. In these institutions, fundus images are captured by various cameras in the market, such as Canon, Zeiss and Kowa, resulting into varied image ...
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At the beginning of a chapter or an article , is “we provide” or “we'll provide” better, or no difference?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" Abstract Computerized algorithms and solutions in processing and diagnosis mammography X-ray, ...
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Given that at least one of options is not, which one is appropriate? “both” or “neither”

this post is discussing "easier to read" topic. Is "have greater readability than" or "easier to read than" not idiomatic? Appending to this sentence, Which following one is more appropriate? ...
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Using apple and orange in a construction that implies apples?

Using apple and orange in a construction that implies apples? I am having difficulty with certain phrases that assumes that X and Y in phrase Z are the of the same element or are comparable. Some ...
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Which expression is more idiomatic? `easier to read`, `has more readability` or some expression else?

I asked a question in this post. Is “to have xx systems achieve xx-level” easier to read than “to achieve xx-level of xx systems”? When I got an answer for that question, I felt readability may ...
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Is “back then” or some other saying better than “About this time” to express when did an event happen?

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" About this time, Dr. Le Lu joined my group. An expert in computer vision, Le brought the passion and ...
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This is the most candid photo among all those directed photos

So I was kind of going to make fun of my friend's friend because it looked candid but was actually fully directed. In this case should I say this is the most candid photo among all these directed ...
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Words for those who don't work and want everything ready-made [on hold]

I am looking for words or phrases to represent those who copy or take everything that is already made by others, want everything ready or ready-made, and are averse to the ideas of hard work, ...
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Synonyms for “marked by.”

I am looking for more words or phrases for "marked by". For example: The post industrial revolution history is marked by rapid urbanisation and an exponential growth in population. Please suggest ...
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Can I use a sentence with indirect speech in an essay? Example below↓

Would it be proper for written AmE? After making some points in my essay I need to state that what I've just said probably engenders a question. This (probably) brings up/arises/elicits a question, ...
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How can I say that something happens not for the first time?

Would these examples be proper for written American English? It happened not for the fist time that he decided not to attend classes. or It was not a single occasion/time when she decided not ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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What is the word for “event executor”?

If a company runs a service as "one who arranges, holds, and executes planned events", what's the term of it? "Events executor" seems a rather grim name, "Events arranger" seems lack of fume because ...
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Please find attached the document consisting of code [on hold]

Which one of the following is correct - Please find attached the document consisting of code. Please find the attached document consisting of code. Please find attached the file consisting of code.
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When you go Or When you would go

I have read this: I am moving tomorrow and the old black lady that lives next to me just said “ I am going to miss you. I used to stay up every night when you would go out with your friends and ...
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“Impudent”, “Insolent” or “Impertient”

Please have a look on the following example and let me know which choice sounds correct: — Yet it was still an encouraging victory for Mourinho’s team and a difficult afternoon for Tottenham Hot ...
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How to ask someone for cycling?

I moved into a new apartment and don't have any friend in this apartment. I want to make new friends but don't know how to initiate the conversation. I thought asking someone for cycling would be good ...
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When someone's body or voice shakes/shivers/trembles

According to the Cambridge dictionary definitions: Shake: (transitive) As the most generic word among the three choices, it means "to move backwards and forwards or up and down in quick, short ...
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Which is better? “Of or ”from" this background?

I want to know which preposition is better for the two sentences provided. I've perused definitions available online for both prepositions. As far as I can tell, both indicate relationship, which ...
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“Close” vs. “closed”

Doors in and out of an apartment complex have a sign attached that says "Please keep door close at all times". I say it should say "Please keep door closed at all times". Am I correct?
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How should I email to my interviewer to say I'd like to reschedule my interview

Do the following sentences work? I'd like to reschedule my interview for ...(the new date) I'd like put off my interview until ...(the new date) I'd like to push back my interview until ...(the new ...
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Does the word “engineerical” exist?

In a series of adjectives about fields of study such as physical, mathematical, historical, philosophical etc. how would the field of engineering fit in? I looked it up in one of my Danish-English ...
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“Dread”, “Terror” and “Horror”

I wonder if you agree that "dread" and "terror" mean quite similar that we can almost always use them interchangeably! Actually, based on dictionary definitions, they both mean, **a stronger version" ...
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Can “who” be omitted in “Managers (who) formerly supervised”?

Managers formerly ( ) the software engineering groups for the development project will now be in charge of much larger teams. A. supervised B. supervising The answer is B, and I get it, ...
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The use of the verb “put” in context

Is the following use of the verb put natural. The music is aweful. Can I put mine? Would the phrasal verb turn on sound better?
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Sentence for saying that something is further ahead

I am looking for a sentence that tells someone that something is further ahead. For example: if I want to tell a reader (currently reading page 20) about a topic that is further ahead (say on page ...
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Will this change the meaning of the sentence?

In this sentence: You can send e-mails to targeted photo buyers and include a link to your website. If I change the word 'targeted' to 'target', will this make any changes to the meaning of the ...
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The use of the word “reinforce” in context

Let's say I tought students some new grammar on the last class, and now I am going to give them a task to do for helping memorize the grammar. Could reinforce be approoriate in the following sentence? ...
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“Required”, “Needed” and “Requisite”

I wonder what's the difference between the synonymous words: required, needed and requisite To me they all mean so similar that I have always used then interchangeably, but I needed to know how you ...
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Why “‘Someone’s ‘ here”? instead of “I”?

Before, I asked what the phrases were used when you were in a bathroom and heard the door knocked (https://english.stackexchange.com/q/471452/321003), and I received a lot of example answers. Among ...
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Air-conditioner or air-conditioned [closed]

Which is written correctly: I caught a cold because of an air-conditioner or I caught a cold because I was flying in an air-conditioned plane
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“count of” and “the number of”

"I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve hit my thumb with a hammer." In this sentence, do "the number of" and "count of" not have the same meaning? why do we use it twice? Can we use it with ...
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Platform or system

We are writing a product sheet. Our product enables to play a 360 video. We deliver the application and the content too. Currently we are arguing which word describing our solution suits the best: a ...
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What's the proper way to say “1 unit of caviar”?

What's the proper way to say "1 unit of caviar"? Caviar is an uncountable noun even though technically it's countable unlike water, so because of that I am not sure if you can refer to "1 unit of ...
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“make sure” passive in the future

There was a question in my exam yesterday which had unnecessarily odd wording, it goes like this: Unless you make sure that the flowers ________ soon, they will go dead. Passive-voice is used ...
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Which prepositions needed for “long or short term” when used as a noun?

I need help with this particular example: -I will study the effects of the drug at / at the / in / in the short and long term/terms. Can someone tell me which is the right option and why?
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Is there a formal/better word than “skyrocket” for the given context?

The labour market condition in a region where the unemployment rate skyrocketed from 6 to 10 percent is no better than in the region where the rate fell from 13 to 12 percent. I can't find a word ...
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Say 'you are pretty' to a person

Context Say A meets B some days ago and wants to say him/her that she is pretty, not as a declaration of love but as a way to start a conversation. What is the proper way to say it? Example A: ...
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Could you explain the difference between 'to draw' and 'to pull'?

Could you explain the difference between to draw and to pull to remember forever? I read about their difference, but I can not remember firmly. They appear in the text of the book often and ...
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Formal way of saying “cutting”

Say there is a very long article, I took it, then cut/shrink/excerpt it to a much shorter version. What the proper way to express the meaning/action of cut/shrink/excerpt, but in a respectful way?
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Can I say one point five hours?

I don't mean "one and a half hours", but I mean "one point five hours" when I talk about duration like when I say I've been here for one point five hours. My kids spend like one point five ...
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“Be + to infinitive” VS “Be + root verb”

Your task [ is to / is ] remove all the dirt. All I want to do [ is to / is ] thank you. Between "is to" and just "is", what is more common, and what's the difference in their meaning or usage.
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Is it possible to say “hold the silence”?

I have to write a formal essay about environmental issues. I want to write a sentence: "I can no longer hold the silence about this problem". Is it possible to say this? Or its better to say something ...
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“Require” or “Need”

I thought that the two verbs "require" and "need" mean the same thing, while I saw these links: link 1 and link 2. Now, I don't think these two verbs are always the same. (Though I have my doubts ...
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“Interdependant” vs “Correlative”

I wonder what do you call two things that are related to one another in such a close way that each one "needs" the others in order to exist and none of them can last without the other one? I know just ...
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Is “standard basis” countable or not? I guess not and need a double check

This question comes from this post. This figure is trying to illustrate 4 spaces defined by 4 different set of standard basis. In mathematics, the standard basis (also called natural basis) for ...
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Is “set” countable or not?

This question comes from this post. This figure is trying to illustrate 4 spaces defined by 4 different set of standard basis. In mathematics, the standard basis (also called natural basis) for ...
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how should I express the fact that someone is here with me on vacation

I don't know the natural way of saying "someone is visiting me and he/she is on vacation right now". There's some ambiguity in "this person is visiting me" because it can be interpreted as the person ...
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Is it wrong to say: He occupies the bathroom

Is it wrong to say: "He occupies the bathroom, so I cannot come in" I heard the phrase: "The bathroom is occupied, so I cannot come in." So I wondered if I also can say it the other way. ...