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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Word to express something above awesome

Consider the scenario - Where someone tell me I earn this much money per month. And the amount is really huge. So express my surprise That's insane amount of money. Is it correct to use insane ? ...
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“Highly” vs “Richly”

Sentence:- "I highly/richly deserve this honour." "He highly/richly deserves this punishment." According to my textbook 1. Ans: "highly" 2. Ans: "richly" As ...
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Word to communicate - Express in writing

Suppose I want communicate - Express in writing Like if someone has solved a question but he hasn't given explanation So I could ask him to express more in writing Is there a good word for this ? ...
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Word for fell asleep unconsciously

Is there a single word to express - I feel asleep unconsciously or like when it happens you just want to relax on bed but fell asleep. How do you communicate that efficiently with a single word or ...
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Nuance of “Why” which has comma after it

On Twitter, a phrase in an advertising was mentioned as a mistake by a native English speaker. Why, Subaru? I think the advertising tries to say “Why don’t you choose Subaru?” However, this sentence ...
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Should the following be “who” or “whom”?

You must be wondering who I am. I think "who" in the object and therefore it should be "whom"? But for some reason, "who" sounds more natural to me. What's the correct ...
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Can “some” be used in “if” clause?

We can say "If you have any questions, please let me know." Then can we say "If you have some questions, please let me know."? Or what's the difference between them? Thanks.
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Is it correct to say “he lay on the bed rolling himself up because of cold”?

Look at the above picture, is it correct to say "he lay on the bed rolling himself up because of cold"? Or Do we have a common word to express that lying position?
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Can a noun be used as a verb?

I wonder if it is possible to use a noun as a verb in a casual conversation. This is very common in my native language and when I was doing my research I found a text about it. I sounded like a ...
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Word for not close friendship [duplicate]

According to the Oxford dictionary: Friend - a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family. What noun you can use for a person whos you know not ...
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The body in/on his windshield

He got out of the car. Looked up at the building, then at the body in/on his windshield. If the body is lying outside his windshield, should it be in or on?
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Broken/Shattered/* window

Imagine a floor to ceiling window with a big hole in it because someone has jump through it. If you saw that window would you describe it as broken or shattered or something else? Two police officers ...
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What is so detailed in kitchen-sink?

Why do we use "kitchen-sink" to tell that something is made of a great detail, at the best quality etc.? Here is a part from Wikipedia article on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 (emphasis ...
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use of “rather” in the beginning of a sentence

what does "rather" mean here? It is part of their job to identify new security phenomena and define strategies to cope with them. Therefore they are often trained and, thus, predisposed to ...
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What have you done to/with him?

all. What is more natural to use here - 'to' or 'with' ? A: Where is Pete? What have you done to/with him? B: He wasn't much of a help. A: So what? You killed him? B: That's right.
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Word Choice/Phrase: Alternate Term for “Little Opportunity”

I'm looking to use another word in place of "little opportunity," but can't seem to think of one. Any suggestions? They left the country to escape the little opportunity.
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Word choices - stretched/extended - snapped/burst/broke

She started running across the room when suddenly her sock caught on a nail in the floor. The sock stretched/extended... and snapped/burst/broke, sending her hard to the floor. Which of the verbs ...
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Why is it “wrinkled his nose in disgust AT the smell” instead of “in disgust OF the smell”?

I came across this sentence: He wrinkled his nose in disgust at the smell. I wonder why not: He wrinkled his nose in disgust of the smell. Does it make any difference why we don't use of?
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Calling someone, “harsh”

I know that we can say someone is "harsh on someone," but I wonder if we can call someone harsh without specifying on whom.In dictionaries, I couldn't find definitions or examples of "...
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Is “wipe off” correct here?

She started trying to wipe the ketchup off her shirt with a tissue, but only ended up smearing it more. Is "wipe the ketchup off her shirt" the most natural and logical word to use in this ...
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Using “”formalized" for a solution

This is a formalized version of the solution. Is this sentence correct ? What are alternative words one could use apart from formalized. The context is : I solve a question but in a rough way. After ...
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looking for an adverb for “without concealing a truth”

he told me about it without concealing the truth is there any adverb I can replace the prepositional phrase with? I think frankly and honestly would work in the context but favoring the intention, I'...
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A better parody of “traitors, Rattlesnakes and alligators” [closed]

The song "Union Dixie" (the very opposite of "Dixie") sings: "Away down South in the land of traitors, rattlesnakes and alligators. Right away! Come away! Right away! Come ...
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I didn't think something else vs. anything else

I asked my friend what he's doing, and he answered that he's resting. I responded "I didn't think something else", meaning I predicted it, and he responded that he thinks it should be "...
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Which is the better choice – “electoral roll”, “electoral register” or “voting list”?

I'm writing about the election of board members, and need to refer to the list of people who may cast a vote. In this context, which would be the better choice – "electoral roll", "...
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Which is the better choice – “election counting” or “vote counting”?

I need the technical term for the counting of votes after an election. I've found "election counting" and "vote counting", which both seem to be used to quite some extent – but ...
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“By the river” vs “at the river.” [duplicate]

Which one is more common? Example sentence: The firework festival was held at/by the river. Or are they equally correct?
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Which is better – “election panel” or “nominating committee”?

Which is the better choice when I want to talk about a group of people whose task it is to nominate members for a board or the like – nominating committee or election panel? I've found both, but I ...
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Is “right of presence” the correct phrase in this context?

I'm looking for the correct term in English for the right that for instance an alternate board member may have to attend a board meeting even if they haven't been summoned to that particular meeting. ...
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What does “overheard” mean in this context?

Tocqueville’s, Madison’s or J.S. Mill’s criticism of democracy as a ‘tyranny of the majority’ is therefore well founded. This has led to corrective institutions, such as rule of law, basic rights for ...
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that's fine, that's OK or tomorrow is fine

If someone asks you if sending you the document you requested by (date) is Okay. Which answer is more idiomatic? (date) is fine. (Is this OK in this context or only to confirm a meeting date?) That's ...
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“Which is to” or “What to” - which one is more accurate? [duplicate]

Between the two sentences, which one is more accurate and why? Grammarly vs Prowritingaid – Which is to Choose? Grammarly vs Prowritingaid – What to Choose?
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The keyboard shortcuts are completely different from that of Windows

I came across this sentence in an "actual speaking", and had seen similar examples in English context too many times. Nevertheless, my question is about whether the author had to use "...
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situation which/when/where/that

"But when you run away from a situation which/when/where/that you should've faced instead, the consequences might be, regret, disappointment, sadness, anger and disapproval from your loved ones.&...
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flowers fade or fade away or fade off?

What is the right word to use when we talk about withering flowers? Is it faded or fade-off or fade away? eg: The flowers faded-off/faded away/faded
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Is hi-fi a proper English word? [closed]

This hotel or pub is hi-fi ? Is that a correct sentence ? What are other good words one can use for a good quality pubs/clubs ?
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Online discussion section or online discussion session?

In an online course, there are sessions every, e.g., two weeks in which the teacher and the students hold an online Q&A meeting. It seems that both "online discussion section" and "...
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In which way vs in what way

Can these two expressions be used interchangeably? I'm not sure but if I'm not mistaken "in which way?" is not correct, or maybe I just can't come up with an appropriate sentence.Also I've ...
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Using “bark” about people to mean “yell angrily”

Suddenly the inmates break into singing. A prison guard tries to bark them to silence - Prison guard: SILENCE! I have seen "bark" used with people to describe that someone yells angrily, but ...
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Can the structure “let + Noun + adverb / preposition” be used with any preposition or adverb?

Say, the structure "go + adv./prep" can be used with almost any preposition or adverb. For example, I went into the house / up the hill / on the bank of a river / through a tunnel / over the ...
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What is the difference between “have an issue” ,“facing an issue”, “have got an issue”?

If I'm contacting customer support of a software company to report an issue with the software prodct that I purchased from them what is the correct usage? I have an issue I'm facing an issue I've got ...
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Is 'duration' a natural/standard term for end time - starting time?

I know duration is ok here, but is that always the word a native would choose? Is there any more natural alternative? For example: Start Time: 3ᴘᴍ End Time: 6ᴘᴍ Duration: 3 Hours I came across some ...
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Can I use “trimming” in the meaning of “add or remove extra materials and obtain the final format”?

We are writing a journal article with some friends. I want to tell them that we have to finish the main part of the work by mid-May, then we have time to "add or remove extra materials and obtain ...
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Which sentence correctly uses the verb “stand”?

I am not sure which sentence is normal or how they differ. The lighthouse was standing on a cliff. The lighthouse stood on a cliff. Which one can I use? Also, is the stood in sentence number two a “...
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Can I say “I was surfing Facebook and I found a video of a citizen shouting at a police officer”?

Is the expression "surfing Facebook" something native English speakers use in their talk?
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infinitive-to : what is the difference between two type of infinitives

I wonder about the usage of word “to” in the following sentences: In the first example, the first phrase before ‘to say’ is a full sentence and in the second example it follows an adjective. I can ...
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Referring to female college age students while writing a novel

I am trying to write a novel. I want to write in a manner that will be respectful toward gender. I have not yet figured out how to refer to female college-age characters quickly and smoothly without ...
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What is the difference between “become sensitized” and “become sensitive” in the enclosed text?

I wonder what the difference between "become sensitized" and "become sensitive" in this context? With time to appraise the ostracism episode, individuals become differentially ...
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Is there a single word to describe what one does on a treadmill?

I'm a native speaker but I often have trouble communicating my ideas efficiently. On a treadmill, I may walk, run, or use the 'intervals' program, which switches back and forth between walking and ...
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Sea devil description

Do "lamp" and "torch" work in #1 or only "lamp-like" "torch-like" appendage? And do native speakers use "face" when they talk about "fish" ...

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