Questions tagged [word-choice]

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What are the differences between “The spacecraft / airplane flew into the air” & “The spacecraft / airplane flew into the sky”?

the air: the space above the ground or around things into the air Flames leapt into the air. through the air He fell 2,000 metres through the air without a parachute. sky /skaɪ/...
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when I get a trick and apply that on my work, should I say “put it in” or “put it on”?

when I get a trick (a new way, thanks to @wavery), say, an operation that can make my PPT(PowerPoint) more impressive, I would apply that on my work. should I say "put it in" or "put it on" ?
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struggle against vs struggle with

In the following sentence, can I use both phrases? Many families are struggling against/with poverty and hunger. What I think is: struggling against means struggling to overcome the situation, ...
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We are close or closed? [closed]

Could you tell me, what should we use, If we want to say that we have much common between us - we are close or we are closed to each other?
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“During” when we talk about a very short period of time

Here is the passage: Don't edit or create CSV files with Calc. Calc cannot edit CSV files directly: when you open an existing CSV file, it converts it to OTS; when you save it, it converts it ...
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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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before or until

The book was so interesting that he had read it for three hours __________ he realized it. A. before B. until Which one would you choose? Our teacher said the answer was "before". I can't ...
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Should I use “different from” or “different than” in the following sentence?

He said it was different from having sex with me. A native speaker said I should use than instead. different from having sex with has 288 results on Google Books. different than having sex with has ...
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Do we say “he is in / on a boat”?

boat /bəʊt $ boʊt/ ●●● S1 W2 noun [countable] 1 a vehicle that travels across water a fishing boat The boat capsized (=turned over) in heavy seas. a boat trip around the ...
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What verb or phrase do you use to say that something wants someone to do something for them, but they don't say it directly?

What verb or phrase do you use to say that something wants someone to do something for them, but they don't say it directly and if the person did that think for her or him, they make the person ...
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Reading books does not or do not? [closed]

Reading a lot of books does not or do not? Please explain it. Thank you.
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well under way/fully under way

The party was well under way when we arrived. The party was fully under way when we arrived. What is the difference between "well under way" and "fully under way"?
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What is the proper way to use “ones” or “one's” this word in sentence?

It's said that this is not a good idea to think in my native language (Turkish) then try to translate it to English. But I couldn't find to correct word/phrase to express this sentence: I didn't ...
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Being ignored or getting ignored

I have been messaging my friend and he's keeping me on the read. I would like to ask my friend why he is ignoring me. Which of the following sentence is more idiomatic? -Why am I getting ignored? -...
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“Bang on the hammer”?

It says, "The next day, Hem and Haw returned with tools. Hem held the chisel, while Haw banged on the hammer until they made a hole in the wall." I don't really get why it says "...Haw banged on the ...
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What's the appropriate verb to use for people driving into a city?

I'm not sure what verb to use to refer to people who are crossing the limits of a city entering it. consider this example: "I want to send an automated message to all the drivers crossing my city ...
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Is “guarantee” appropriate here?

Context: A doctor at a hospital is advising a wife to a comatose husband to consider taking him off life support. The wife asks if they're sure that he won't recover, to which the doctor says: "...
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Singular or Plural in this sentence?

I'm writing a story about meeting a very old professor whose work I really like, and was wondering which of the following is correct: "Dying professors are rarely the destination of 10,000-mile ...
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When Alice has got a cold, we could say “Alice is sick”, “Alice feels ill”, or some other expressions?

cambridge gives this meaning of ill not feeling well, or suffering from a disease and this meaning of sick physically or mentally ill; not well or healthy So, when someone, say Alice, has got ...
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What phrase and adverb is it correct and natural to use instead of “so-so” when you want to say that you can do something either badly nor very well?

What phrase and adverb is it correct and natural to use instead of so-so when you want to say that you can do something either badly nor very well? Can I say any of the following? I am averege at ...
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Pay the difference; Can I pay later

I'll make up for the difference. I'll pay the difference. I'll pay the rest. I'll pay the remaining $12(money). Here in the sentences above, a person is offering to make up for the ...
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Indefinite article with 'next'

While doing the task, I came across an interesting question. She spent some time in Asprey’s considering the latest slimline watches, a gold statue of a tiger with jade eyes and a Faberge egg. ...
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Initial talking or initial talk?

I just saw "initial talking" as the title to the introduction on an academic text. I had only seen "talk" not "talking". Is initial talking also used as an introduction of sorts?
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this task is confusing:

My answers are: emergency- wave Earthquakes, storms, floods and droughts are hazards for everybody. Most cities in the world have large populations crowded with bad housing often far from effective (...
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Is it OK to use an Effect/Result transition word after hypotheses/assumptions?

The natural response to being asked about stimuli presented before might be to think about the first previous stimulus. Therefore responding to a 2-back task might require response inhibition. The ...
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What verb or phrase do you use to describe the situation where someone is sitting in a rolling chair and they push against the floor to move around?

What verb or phrase do you use to describe the situation where someone is sitting in a rolling chair and they push against the floor to move around.
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What does “the whole beast” means?

The harm principle is better thought of as part of the skeleton of a theory of legitimate government rather than anything like the whole beast. The Moral Foundation of Politics by Ian Shapiro ...
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Looking for a word similar to 'supervise' but for inanimate objects

The sentence in question is "The solar panels in this region are supervised by XXX." The word 'supervision' obviously doesn't fit, but I can't think of any suitable alternatives. 'Operate' seems ...
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…hoped that you would/could have been

X: "It's a big thing, so I was there with her." Y: "How did it go?" X: "Fine, though I think she had hoped that you would/could have been there too." Is the third piece of dialogue natural in the ...
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What verb do you use to describe the action of making your hand into a fist?

What verb do you use to describe the action of making your hand into a fist? Can I use the verb curl? For example: He curled his hand into a fist.
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‘borrow’ or 'draw'

This is a sentence in my paper: By drawing/borrowing mathematical results from Fourier analysis, we have gained some insights into quantum dynamics. Which word fits better?
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How to use the verb “ride”?

To describe cars and busses going up and down Fifth Avenue,can I say:" Cars and busses were RIDING up and down Fifth Avenue"?
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Can I use stands/sits/lies?

A bird cage stands/sits on the table. Could I use both? Which one is more natural? A laptop stands/sits/lies on the nightstand. Could I use them all? Which one is most natural? A cell phone ...
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Farm usage…present and present progressive

I have a question about present possessive for the word farm. Can you say, "Do you farm chickens?" Is that present possessive usage for farm? I have heard, do you raise chickens? I was told you ...
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Do we often say “to feel itchy on + a part of a body”, for example: “I feel itchy on my nose”?

itchy (adj): ​having or producing an itch on the skin an itchy nose/rash I feel itchy all over. Most dictionaries say "I have an itchy nose", "My nose is itchy" or "I feel itchy" But, no ...
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Everyone must do one's duty

Please let me know which is the correct answer? Everyone must do one's duty. (a) his (b) everyone's (c) their (d) No improvement I believe option a is the correct answer.
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Can you call “classmate” someone who attends the same institute as you?

Say you want to become a private investigator. You go to a detective training institute ... Can you call classmate someone who attend the same courses as you do? I'm hesitant to do this because ...
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Is it natural to use “cases” in the context?

Woman: Do you think he'll ever come out of his coma? Doctor: I don't know. Cases like this are always hard to predict, so I can't say. We can only hope for the best. Is it natural to use "cases" ...
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Can we say “He wiped the cloth on his mouth” instead of the common version “He wiped his mouth with the cloth”?

wipe 1 /waɪp/ ●●● S3 verb 1 CLEAN/RUB [transitive] a) to rub a surface with something in order to remove dirt, liquid etc wipe something with something Wipe the table with a damp ...
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'Suppress someone's voices and opinions' - Word Choices?

Today, my mom and brother argued about an opinion regarding the cultural problem in our country. When I monitored the conversation, I saw my brother using aggressive voice, tones, and his own opinions ...
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What adjective does lay between “selfish” and “unselfish”?

Selfish means someone who doesn't care about others' needs. Unselfish means the one who is willing to put others' wishes before her own. These two adjectives are radically opposite. What adjective ...
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What are natural ways to say that the kettle I started has just reached a boiling point?

Let's say I started a kettle and it has just reached a boiling point. And then my friend comes up to the kettle, not knowing it has just boiled the water, to turn it on. What the most natural way to ...
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That Vs which; which one should I chose and why?

Which is correct (and why)..or are both options ok? Look! That's the car which was reported as being stolen. Or Look! That's the car that was reported as being stolen! Thanks
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“Up to” for a minimum

I'm trying to say that a temperature can reach -X °C as a minimum, in a sentence that would look like ... with temperatures up to 40 °C. for a maximum. For what I've seen "down to" doesn't apply ...
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What is your response when your child asks “Daddy, ### (unidentified words)?”: What are you asking?; What are you asking about? etc?

ask 1 /ɑːsk $ æsk/ ●●● S1 W1 verb 1 QUESTION [intransitive, transitive] to speak or write to someone in order to get an answer, information, or a solution ‘What’s your name?’ she asked. ...
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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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Word for a person sitting next to you

I'm looking for a word to name or call a person who's sitting next to me and I mean it in general.
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To get vs in getting

Which one is correct- He did not succeed to get the job though he tried his level best. He did not succeed in getting the job though he tried his level best. Book says second one is correct.
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Can “who” and a “noun” go together or should I use “which”?

"Who among the following singers is from China?" I would like to know in the aforementioned question, should the noun "singers" be included or should it be rephrased to "Which of the following ...
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“claims/promotes/pretends”?

Which one is better to convey sense of deception? Those who are against Plato for expelling poets from his Utopia should review this poet's life to realize how a poet claims/promotes/pretends to be ...