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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Be verb after “nor”

Given only the below 2 sentences, should the verb following "nor" be am or are? Neither you nor I am happy Neither you nor I are happy My bet goes to "am". Well, thank you for kind support.
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Walking to someone

Id like to know if these various sentences about walking to someone mean the same thing I’m walking up to her. I’m walking towards her. Im walking to her. I’d appreciate knowing other ways to say ...
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Use “are” or “is” after percentage

Should I use is or are in such a statement? We report that the integrity of 21% of the websites [is/are] compromisable.
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“Flying first class,” “flying in first class,” or “flying on first class”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences sounds the most natural and correct? I am flying to Canada first class. I am flying to Canada in first class. I am flying to Canada on ...
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“To throw the ball though the fence” & “.. over the fence”. Are they the same or different?

over (prep): from one side of something to the other; across something a bridge over the river They ran over the grass. They had a wonderful view over the park. through: from one ...
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Using definitive article with an algorithm name

Assume there is a well know algorithm known as XX. When I refer to it as in the following example, should I use the article or not? In this example, we assume a hybrid-mode using XX algorithm Or, ...
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On using “in it” in a sentence

The phrase in it does not sound familiar to me, but I might be wrong. The XXX is the most critical part of our work. In it, [description] Does in it sound correct?
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What verb do you use for when a professor or teacher is asking a student very difficult questions so that the student fail the exam?

What verb do you use for descrihing the situation in which a professor or teacher is deliberately asking a student difficult questions so that the student can't pass it. The word for describing the ...
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Is a debt necessarily owed to a lender?

If a company hasn't paid its workers their salaries, can it (the sum) be called a debt? I know the word 'arrears' can be applicable but what about 'debt'? A company has a debt of $5 million to its ...
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Another case of [singular/plural]?

Let us say there is a family of computer attacks known as DoS attacks. If I want to describe a case of these attacks shall I use singular or plural? Another case of DoS [attack/attacks] is ... ...
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What is the adjective for describing someone who has the same hobbies, interests, values as we do and someone who you can easily understand?

What adjective would it be natural to use for describing someone who has similar interests, hobbies and values as we do? Can the word close be used in the sense? For example: Kate is very close to ...
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“I wonder what his favorite word is” vs “I wonder what's his favorite word”

These both sound off to me. Ending a sentence with "is" just doesn't read well in my opinion, though neither does shoving it somewhere earlier in the sentence like in the second example. This is just ...
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Difference between “it's” and “its”?

I wrote an essay and it contained a lot of it's. Upon doing a grammar check on it, all the it's were suggested to be replaced by its. I am currently not much familiar with the difference between the ...
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“In” or “at” a booth?

She entered the diner and joined Toby in/at a booth. Which one is correct if Toby is sitting in the booth and she sits down across from him?
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Can I use the word “where” as a Subordinating Conjunction which is not referring to a place or location?

I'm about to finish writing a thesis on technical topics. I'm contemplating, whether or not I'm using the word "where" correctly as a subordinating conjunction. English is my second language. Here ...
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Approach vs style vs fashion vs method

Which one is more suitable to use based on the following context: Accessing the array in row-by-row fashion is much slower than accessing it in a column-by-column fashion .... Or Accessing the ...
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Is a plastic bag torn or ripped?

If we refer to a plastic bag (or fabric bag) that its content went outside due to a an heavy weight which the bag can't carry. Which one is more natural? The fruits fell down on the street's ...
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can we use “continuous tenses” with the verb “get” when expressing illness?

In the dictionary, get [transitive, no passive] get something to become infected with an illness; to suffer from a pain, etc. I got this cold off (= from) you! She gets (= often suffers ...
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what are the differences between “Her eyes twinkled” and “Her eyes lit up”?

In the dictionary twinkle (intransitive): if someone’s eyes twinkle, they have a happy expression twinkle with Her eyes twinkled with amusement. light up: if someone’s face or eyes ...
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Sentence containing my vs the

I have two sentences to comprehend correctly. Do you say Today is an opportunity to finish off my goal. Today is my opportunity to finish off my goal.
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In time/times of war

Do I have to use time of times in the following sentence? 'This mood is created by the fragments of which the setting is a place in times/time of war'
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What are the difference between “shred” and “crumb”?

crumb(n) a very small piece of food, especially of bread or cake, that has fallen off a larger piece She stood up and brushed the crumbs from her sweater. shred [usually plural] a small thin ...
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Going to or I will

I’m puzzled with going to vs I will in these sentences. I’m going to always love you. I will always love you. What sounds better? But I do believe that “going to” implies I haven’t yet loved you but ...
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Cartoon/cartoon images/cartoony images/cartoonish images

Could someone please tell me which of the following phrases is the best? They used real images instead of cartoon. They used real images instead of cartoon images. They used real images ...
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Can “glimpse” be used in formal writing

Is using the word glimpse appropriate in formal academic writing setting? These are the questions along with a glimpse of their solutions. I know there are some words that are informal and are ...
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What are the differences between “careful of / with / about the child”?

In the dictionary careful [not before noun] giving attention or thought to what you are doing so that you avoid hurting yourself, damaging something or doing something wrong Be careful! ...
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Plural or singular after a number?

Which one of those is correct grammatically? I We evaluate 1000 student result Or We evaluate 1000 student results Or We evaluate 1000 students' results
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On using “whether it be” with plurals

I use data to describe plurals (Xs or Ys). Is it correct to use whether it be in the following description? The data, whether it be Xs or Ys, are collected from users. Or shall I use whether they ...
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“refer to as .. ” or “refer to them as …”

Which one is correct (the difference is using them): There are many types of books, including those for children, which we refer to as children books Or, There are many types of books, ...
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Is the plural form of the word “Sushi” really “Sushis”?

I guess people know where I am from. Why this question came to mind is this story made a top breaking news debut at Yahoo America (when I saw it). Then a question came to my mind, what is the plural ...
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Word for a person who sews at an industrial level

Some other questions. Is it ok to say that someone is a "sewer"? Is that the noun for that verb? So, I'm basically looking for the word "sewer" but at an industrial level. Mainly because in my ...
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Who/such/which why one rather than another

Most people would say it’s impossible and I include the most greatly successful among us ________ probably these people A) such as B) which are C) who are Which ones are correct and which ones ...
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The aisle seat is fine by me?

I found this phrase on a Mobil app,And I did not understand why it wrote "by me" and not "for me" She: I will check if there is one available. Me: if not,the aile seat is fine by me.
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I look forward to a resubmission or I look forward for your resubmission

Which is one correct of the above sentence? OR Can I say' I'm looking forward for your resubmission or I'm looking forward to your resubmission
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Can the word “Intense” be used in this context? [duplicate]

"He's here all by himself it seems. He's on the fifth drink or something since we got here. It looks pretty intense. Maybe we should go talk to him." Can I use the word intense here, what do you ...
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Go outside vs Get outside

Word choice. What should I write here and why? is there a difference between "get out of a place" and "go out of a place"? When I used to work at a gas station, the winters were always very rough. ...
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When should I say I apologize and when should I say I am sorry?

Is it related with the size of the wrong I did it or with the respect of the person or something else? I made some researches and I found that : An apology is a formal admission of a wrongdoing....
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How does it write correctly?

How does it write correctly and why? How can I write this in the past tense? and also in question form how to say this? I mean the second action that did not happen and then you don't know how to ...
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What is the difference between what's up and how are you?

When should I say what's up and when should I say how are you? Is it about the person's age or the extent of my knowledge of the person?
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Gaze at it/out at it/out over it?

If you're standing next to a field gazing at it, do you gaze at it/out at it/out over it? What's most natural?
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Difference between “human” and “people”

What is the difference between them in this phrase? And Which one is not correct or are they both correct? These things happen. We are all human. These things happen. We are all people.
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“Not like that” and “such”

Is it possible to say so, meaning "like this"? I know I used to be selfish, but I'm not like that anymore. I know I used to be selfish, but I'm not such anymore.
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if your child did bad things, which verbs would you use: “scold”, “rebuke”, “tell off” or “blame”?

In the dictionary scold /skəʊld $ skoʊld/ verb [transitive] to angrily criticize someone, especially a child, about something they have done SYN tell off Do not scold the puppy, but ...
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When you ask about some photos : “Did you take these?”/“Did you take them?”

If I ask about some photos that my friend has, I could ask "Did you take these photos?". But I wonder if these two forms could be used too or only one of them is correct to use. "Did you take these?"...
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Using “nevertheless” after “while”

Is the following use of "nevertheless" correct: While this book is outside my subject area, nevertheless, it was useful to me.
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Which word best describes the state just before a person is about to sleep?

I am looking for a word that describes the state just before a person slips into sleep. I am not talking about the state when the person is inactive or sedentary, but specifically in reference to ...
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What are the opposites of “put the finger in your mouth” & “stick your tongue out”?

When I play with my toddler, I often see him put his finger in his mouth & stick his tongue out. So, I say "don't put your finger in your mouth" & "don't stick your tongue out of your mouth". ...
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Can “tied to” be replaced with “bound to”?

Atonement is not tied to suffering alone. It's much more complicated than that. Atonement is not bound to suffering alone. It's much more complicated than that. I want to convey that to atone is ...
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Questions in distant past tense

I'm a little confused about the use of did and had in past tense -- recent past and distant past. For example, If I want to ask a friend whether he applied for a job (today), I would simply ask "Did ...
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Grab it/Pick it up

I'm driving. I have a coffee in the cup holder. I grab/pick up my coffee and take a sip. Are "grab my coffee" and "pick up my coffee" equally natural?