Questions tagged [word-choice]

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Better stylistic choice for “triggered”?

In a conversation on Quora I used the following expression. I don’t feel that you’re getting my point and I start to worry you got triggered, possibly recognizing own conduct, hence getting ...
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“I am embarrassed about playing Pokemon at my age” VS “I am embarrassed by playing Pokemon at my age”

Are these two sentences interchangeable? "I am embarrassed about playing Pokemon at my age" "I am embarrassed by playing Pokemon at my age" I know that either "by" or "about" can be used after "...
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Is “gradually” used correctly?

The shooting goes on for a while, then gradually stops. Howie peeks his head up/out from behind the couch and sees bodies all over the place. Questions. Is "gradually" used correctly? Is "up" and "...
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is it okay to say “push somebody/something over” when your action is “pulling”?

push somebody/something over ​to make somebody/something fall to the ground by pushing them Sam pushed me over in the playground. pull somebody/something over ​(of the police) to ...
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Use of 'shown' or 'showing'

Whish of these sentences is correct if I am talking about something that is currently showing: Some files are showing, which can be optimized. Some files are being shown which can be optimized....
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Occupied or preoccupied?

Lenny is strolling around the park, bored, when he notices a squirrel jumping around in a tree. He sits down on a bench to watch it. Then something else happens somewhere else. Back in the park, ...
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is it okay to say “don't step your slippers on the mat”?

step 2 ●●● S3 W3 verb (stepped, stepping) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] 1 to raise one foot and put it down in front of or behind the other one in order to walk or move ...
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In a casual conversation to a child, is it okay to say “a skirt” when you are actually referring to “a shift or pinafore or jumper”?

According to Oxford Dictionary This is a shift The black one in this picture is a jumper or pinafore And a skirt normally doesn't have the top as the blue one in this picture And say you are a ...
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Can the word 'destiny' be used in English in reference to the past?

Can the word 'destiny' be used in English in reference to the past? A teacher (not a native English speaker) gave my son the following written task: Think about Taiwan's destiny from Dutch period ...
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Is the use of “present during” in “…capturing feelings present during a reading…” correct?

Art style and music create a very mysterious and terrifying atmosphere accurately capturing feelings present during a reading of this short story. I want to say that a movie's atmosphere captures or ...
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What word or phrasal verb is used for describing the process of removing chalk from ones clothes with one's hands?

Let's say I someone accidentally leaned against a blackboard and got chalk stains on their clothes. What word or phrasal verb would you use to describe the process of removing the stains with one's ...
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Is “flies off” natural when talking about a cut off arm

She strikes him with the lightsaber and his arm flies off. Is "flies off" natural here?
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Is “Let her go. Right now!” a request?

"Let her go. Right now!" The man just laughed at his request. Is request the most appropriate word to use here?
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Full-screen, Full screen or Fullscreen

What difference is there between: Full-screen Full screen Fullscreen Which of these terms means "click to switch to full-screen mode"? I was guessing that full-screen is an adjective, and ...
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Is “pulled down” ok instead of “took down”?

There was hanging a collection of ancient weapons on the wall. I pulled down a spear and looked at it. Is "pulled down" ok instead of "took down"? Is it optional whether to put "down" before or ...
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Is it ok to say “to tie your finger with a rubber band”, “to wrap a rubber band around your finger”?

tie [transitive] to attach or hold two or more things together using string, rope, etc.; to fasten somebody/something with string, rope, etc. tie something + adv./prep. She tied the ...
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Is “might” good here?

Is "might" good here? Could the sentence be phrased better? I might be in a wheelchair, but I'm not going to let it stop me from chasing my dream.
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What the most natural way to refer to a dead human body?

(Sorry for the macabre subject) I was wondering which of the following is the most natural way to refer to a dead human body in this sentence: The detective kneeled down to inspect .... ...
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Economy of smallness?

He also missed the fact that there might be great economies of smallness in some industries, as Apple’s transformation of the computer industry in the 1980s and the dot.com transformation of retail ...
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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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Do we care about the rules of “Speculation Modals” when we change speculation modals from “direct into indirect speech”?

According to the rules of "Speculation Modals", we use "may / could / might + inf" to guess things in the present Eg: I may / might / could be late today "Speculation Modals" say that we use "may / ...
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“It was not” or “it wasn't”

I've been reading a novel which original language is chinese and in the translation a there's a part that I don't know if its the correct: [...] "This butterfly was extremely intelligent. Not only ...
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How to narrate a story or a situation?

When I want to narrate or tell someone about a conversation that I or some people were involved in, it seems wrong to me to represent the participants with, for instance, Sam said...blah blah blah ...
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Does this Homer-style sentence have a correct meaning?

My friend is writing a poem and I am reviewing it. It is based on Greek Mythology and this is one stanza of the poem: Upon Zeus the burden of the decision fell, And he felt his lightning bolt ...
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Do you say “don't slap in the pee to make it be smeared all over the floor and splash it into my face”?

slap 4 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to hit a surface with a lot of force, making a loud sharp sound slap against Small waves slapped against the side of the boat. Today, my ...
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Is “Harshly” the opposite of “Gently”? Is it okay to say “Please don't type harshly on the keyboard” instead of “Please type gently on the Keyboard”?

gent‧ly /ˈdʒentli/ ●●○ W3 adverb 1 in a gentle way ‘You go back to bed now, ’ he said gently. She kissed me gently on the cheek. Gently cook the peppers for 10–15 minutes. Rain ...
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“Little”/“Less' instead of ”not a lot"

We are getting very little orders these days. We are getting very less orders these days. What sounds likely a replacement for "we're not getting a lot of orders these days."
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Are “condition” and “situation” interchangeable in the context?

1) He has been in a coma for three months. His condition/situation is still very complicated, but we're not ready to give up on him yet. 2) He has been in a coma for three months. His condition/...
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You wouldn't do this, would you?

From "Rick and Morty" S01E02: Jerry: You wouldn't by any chance have some sort of crazy science thing you would whip up that might help make this dog a little smarter, would you? While the ...
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Which one is right outta the following?

Stack exchange is a question asking site Stack exchange is a question answering site I guess both are wrong . Anyways i just wanted a word of that sort... Btw stackexchange has always been best ...
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Should I say “It's difficult 'to me' / 'for me' to express my self”?

What is more common or more correct (or both of them equals)? 1) It's so much difficult to me to express myself or 2) It's so much difficult for me to express myself
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Is “then” completely natural here to connect the sentences?

I didn't hear anything for a few months, so I assumed she wasn't interested. Then last week she called me to my surprise and asked if I would go out on another date with her. Is then completely ...
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Wish + Simple Past or Would?

I've been struggling to know the difference, even though I've done research about it. Could you tell the difference between those 2? Examples: Why do we say: I wish it'd stop raining And not: ...
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What's the difference between “and” and “so that” when they mean “as a result”?

Look at the conversation below please: A)I want to travel to the Black Bear Island next weekend. B) Good idea! Make a plan first, ______ you will enjoy more beautiful scenery. which of the ...
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What is the difference in meaning of “dim-witted” and “stupid” in this context

Instead of saying "You are more dim-witted than usual" could I say "You are more stupid than usual"?
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Is “deterred” appropriate here?

Can I use "deterred" in this context? Tori ran over to her grandfather, not deterred by the big beard he'd grown since she last saw him.
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“What” root or“ Which” root?

I read a sentence in "Word Power Made Easy" which was: In the etymology section, you will learn what Greek or Latin root give the word its unique meaning and what other words contain the same or ...
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What word would you use for “Artificial Intelligence and Humans”?

My first guess was "Creatures" (I'm not a native speaker), but I have a strange feeling about this word. I also checked "Entities" but for me, it has a mystical meaning that is hidden in the word. ...
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Do we say “His pants are holed in several places” & “his pants are split open at the back”?

split [intransitive, transitive] to tear, or to make something tear, along a straight line Her dress had split along the seam. split something Don't tell me you've split another pair of ...
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How to address people who are interested in my course?

I have prepared a document with information for those who are interested in the course that I teach (science) for diploma. My question is how should I address them when I open this document? Does "...
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I'm ready for something Vs. I'm prepared for something

The NBC News headlines says... Most Say U.S. Is Prepared for Possible Ebola Outbreak, Poll Shows Now, this raises a question in my mind whether "I'm ready for something" is equal to "I'm prepared ...
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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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in a casual conversation, can “crayons & colored pencils” be the same?

crayon: a coloured pencil or stick of soft coloured chalk or wax, used for drawing In the dictionary, a crayon can be a coloured pencil or a stick of soft coloured chalk. But, when searching on the ...
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higher {than on vs. than that on vs. than that of}

Which sentence seems more natural: Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than on international companies. Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than that on ...
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what's the difference between mind and brain?

—Is Mr. Black a successful businessman? —Yes, he is a _mind__ and he set up his own company by himself. A. brain B. helpful man C. smart person I think both A and C can replace "mind". they can ...
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Introduction “on” or Introduction “to”, which one is more appropriate and idiomatic?

the title of section 2.1 of book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" is Introduction on Deep Learning Methods in Mammography I see Introduction "to" more ...
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“The motel was located on, by, or along the road”?

The motel was located on/by/along a deserted road. Which one is correct? "By"?
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Do we say “he is swimming in / on the river / sea”?

riv‧er /ˈrɪvə $ -ər/ ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] 1 a natural and continuous flow of water in a long line across a country into the sea → stream the Mississippi River the River Thames ...
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What could be the names of the sound of the water falling in a shower?

one of my friends said: "The swoosh of the shower" I don't really think it fits the calm sound that could be heard when water is falling in a common shower, listening in the bedroom next door. What ...
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Why is damn a swear word while dang and darn aren't?

I want to know that why is damn considered a swear word while dang and darn are never considered swear words.