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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What is the opposite of “in the dark”?

the dark [singular] the lack of light in a place, especially because it is night Are the children afraid of the dark? in the dark All the lights went out and we were left in the dark. ...
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“Carefully” vs “Cautiously”

Teacher) She ignores what I ask her through the class and often talks to other students when I'm teaching and distracts me. I have warned her several times so far, but she always overlooks my ...
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Should the following sentence use “not surprising” or “not surprisingly”?

He hadn't arrived yet. Not surprising/surprisingly. It was too early. I think it can go both ways? Maybe the sentence could mean: Not surprisingly, he hadn't arrived yet. Or: He hadn't ...
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Do we say “you need good manual dexterity” or “you need to be skillful”?

​dexterity (uncount): skill in using your hands or your mind You need good manual dexterity to be a dentist. mental/verbal dexterity skillful (adj): ​(of a person) good at doing something,...
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Courses that fit in my … study plan/ curriculum?

There is a sentence from my motivational letter: As a student of geomatics which is a highly specialized field I have been struggling to find a university that would offer courses I’d like to take. ...
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“Watch a snippet on TV” or “see a snippet on TV” which is more appropriate?

I would like to express that I happened to see a piece of news on TV when walking past the living room. Can I say, "I saw a snippet on TV." And which is more appropriate? "I watched a snippet on TV"...
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“Comprehend” or “Understand”

Please have a look on the definition below: That is, both words mean "grasp the meaning of," but in some cases understand stresses the final result, while comprehend stresses the process of getting ...
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What is it called? a socket? an extension cord? or both?

socket: 1 a place in a wall where you can connect electrical equipment to the supply of electricity SYN power point British English, outlet American English exˈtension ˌlead British English, ...
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Making a sentence more concise and formal?

I want to express this following meaning: I tutored several students for xxx course and the students I tutored got better scores than average, specifically 17% better than the class average. I ...
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is it idiomatic to say “She is going to the deathday party”?

deathday (noun): the day of a person's death or its anniversary In some Asian countries, every year a family often holds a party for its members and guests to celebrate / memorize the deathday of one ...
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What's the difference between shrewd, cunning and sly?

If, for example, one girl exploits her appearance to cheat around some males and I want to say that she is "smart" in a "bad" way can I say she is shrewd? Which one of this words fits more this kind ...
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What are common adjectives to express a person who is difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, do not cooperate? harsh or sharp-tongued or shrewish?

Some people are very difficult, unfriendly, likes to argue, disagree, do not cooperate, often talk with loud voice. What are common adjectives to express these kinds of people? harsh or sharp-...
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which is vs being

When I was searching for information about ''which is vs being'', I found information about this topic. It said that using ''which is'' '' is not idiomatic to use in the following sentence; sentence ...
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Are “I am relaxing” and “I am relaxed” the same?

"Relax" is a complicated verb because of its meanings. re‧lax /rɪˈlæks/ ●●● S3 W3 AWL verb 1 REST [intransitive, transitive] to rest or do something that is enjoyable, especially after you ...
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Do you say “don't leave your sleeve pendulous, roll it up”?

pendulous (adj): hanging down loosely and moving from side to side The sleeve seems to be a bit too long, which makes you uncomfortable. Do you say "don't leave your sleeve pendulous, roll it up"? ...
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Do we say “to strap the hat behind the neck” or “to put the strap of the hat around the neck and fasten it”?

strap somebody/something + adv./prep. to fasten somebody/something in place using a strap or straps He strapped the knife to his leg. Everything had to be strapped down to stop it from ...
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'This' v. 'that' when referencing smth just mentioned

I don't know, suppose it's something like this (I made up the sentences myself): Dolphins have a smooth, streamlined body. This/that helps them accelerate up to 34.5 mph. Sometimes, even in ...
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is it idiomatic to say “the plastic tube is broken”?

broken (adj) that has been damaged or injured; no longer whole or working correctly a broken window/plate a broken leg/arm/bone pieces of broken glass How did this dish get broken? ...
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Is it “you, who refuses” or “you, who refuse” or other?

I'm writing a piece in the second person and I've stumbled on a weird complexity of grammar that I can't wrap my head around. My original sentence in the first draft: "You, who refuse to even think ...
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what are the differences between the verb: “flick” and “flip”?

flick 1-[transitive] flick something + adv./prep. to hit something lightly with a sudden quick movement, especially using your finger and thumb together, or your hand She flicked the dust ...
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Disputations over claims

In clauses like "This claim is disputed." and "disputed claims", it seems that the verb "to dispute" can be used to mean that the thing we are talking about is controversial and some people disagree ...
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Is electro-resuscitate a word? Can it be used?

I thought I would find the word in the dictionary. However, after doing a Google search I found out I was wrong. The term electro-resuscitation has been used though: ... Giovanni Aldini, Professor ...
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Should I use a verb or a noun in this situation (“work” or “working”)?

I just read a conversation between 2 guys, one person said: I guess we're back to working together huh? Can I use this sentence by another way? Like: I guess we are back to work together" Why ...
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“arrive” Vs. “reach” what are the differences if any?

In the past I've been told that there is a difference between the usage of these two verbs: "arrive" and "reach", But I've never understood it. Today Iv'e checked it in the Cambridge dictionary and I ...
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could we use the verb “poke” without an agent who caused it?

poke [intransitive, transitive] to quickly push your finger or some other pointed object into something or someone poke somebody/something with something Andy poked the fish with his finger ...
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How to use “right side up”, “upside down”, “sideways” correctly?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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Would you say “to face the screen of the smartphone downwards” or “ to turn the smartphone upside down”?

right side up ​(North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. upside down: ​in or into a ...
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Should the plural form of a word or phrase have an apostrophe?

I thought they should have an apostrophe. Since you add one with letters (e.g. There are two x's in this equation). So I thought you were supposed to write: They are many why's that don't have an ...
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Are poem recital and poetry recitation correct and interchangeable?

I searched on the Internet about poem recitation, and what came up was poetry recitation or poem recital. Which is more grammatically correct?
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Reach manhood or reach to manhood?

1) When he reaches to manhood, he will visit England. OR 2) When he reaches manhood, he will visit England. Which of the two is correct?
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What noun do you use for an occasion of below zero temperatures?

What noun do you use for a period of very cold weather in which temperature drops below zero? Can I use the word frost For example: There was a strong frost last night.
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Awareness on X vs. awareness of X

Example, should one say "awareness on depression" or awareness of depression"? I'm confused because I found both usages. Example: We'll also be hosting an event raising awareness on depression ...
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Choose any size if desired is sold out

Is it right to say "Choose any size if desired is sold out"? If not, how can I write it in a different way
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Using “for good.”

After the final blow, he was knocked out for good. Is for good used correctly in this sentence?
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verb + to a whole new level

I'm wondering, which verb is the most common one and the best one with the phrase "to a whole new level"? lead bring take raise Example: This discovery will (lead,bring,take,raise) evolution to a ...
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Should I say “My child coughed sputum / phlegm / mucus up” in general everyday English?

​sputum (uncount): liquid from the throat or lungs, especially when it is coughed up (= forced up from the lungs, etc) because of disease blood in the sputum ​phlegm (uncount): the thick ...
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How to attribute the adjectives “open/closed” and “undone/done” to a “zipper”, “zip”, “fly” or a “button” correctly?

It strikes me that almost always using all four adjectives "open/closed" and "undone/done" for all the words "button", "zipper", "fly" and "zip" can be used interchangeably and freely; but I need to ...
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Usage of a continuous time expression in a past simple sentence

Consider the following sentence: "The student did not come to the class for a long, long time." Can a continuous time expression "for a long time" be used in this case, where past simple ("… did ...
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Difference between social networks and social media?

What is the difference between "social networks" and "social media"? I often see these two terms used, and I can't figure out when to use one or the other. I also wanted to know if the natives could ...
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What is the difference between 'a few', 'some', 'several', and 'multiple'?

'A few', 'some', 'several', 'multiple' seem to have, more or less, the same meaning. But, as I see it, 'a few' appears to be less than 'some' and 'several' while 'some' and 'several', in turn, appear ...
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As if that wasn't bad enough vs. as if that weren't bad enough

I'm aware that should use was when talking about an event in the past. And you should use were if it's an hypothetical situation that hasn't happened. I'm not sure to which category "as if that wasn'...
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I am messing up when I go to use get and being or getting or being

I would like to learn the appropriate use of 'get, getting and being'. Such as, what is correct? Getting messed up. Or Being messed up. Though I have read that "getting" will always be ...
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What adjective do you use to describe someone who doesn't let others use their things when they themselves don't need them the moment?

Let's say there is a person who has three phones, which they don't all need at the moment. And one of the person's coworkers asks them if they can use one of the person's phones because their phone ...
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How to make a question about a range?

There is a snippet of a text below where the number of speakers of different languages is not mentioned distinctly. It's just stated as "from very large" to "very small". I'd like to make a question ...
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“Our office was left early” – how do I say this naturally?

Plesase help me with below sentence construction. Yesterday our office was left early because of heavy rain Suggest me synonyms for left or any alternative sentence. I feel use of Past tense ...
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How do you describe the sound a chair makes when someone is heavily rocking it on the floor?

How do you describe the sound a normal chair makes when someone is heavily rocking it on the floor? Can I use the verb thump. For example: Stop making that chair thump! For that matter, is it ...
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Is it natural to describe a common cold as long?

Is it natural to describe a common cold as long? For example: I had a long cold for a week, but thankfully it went away. Would it be more natural to use the adjective lengthy or prolonged for ...
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The usage of will and would

I came across several usage of would and will in a news article, but it is of pretty much confusing use. I picked a few sentences in the article with would or will in. According to No 10, the new ...
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Difference between “pardoned” and “forgiven”

What is the difference between words "pardoned" and "forgiven"? For instance: After ten years in prison, Stephen was {pardoned/forgiven} and set free. I found the definitions of both: Pardoned -...
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difference between won't and wouldn't

I hoped you won't mind when I told you the truth. I hoped you wouldn't mind when I told you the truth. First of all, I would like to know what differences do the use of won't and wouldn't ...

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