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Questions tagged [word-difference]

For questions about differences in meaning or use between related words or words with similar meanings

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Blocked Vs obstructed

Which word is an appropriate choice below? They are trying to clear roads blocked/obstructed by fallen trees. The confusion is because, in the context, both word choices seem correct. Both means ...
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difference between rap and knock (at a door)

To save you time: I know the word rap and knock have very many meanings, but I only refer to the sound made at the door to ask permission to enter. I'd like to know the difference between the two ...
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delegate(verb) vs depute (difference in meaning)

The two verbs, delegate and depute seem to be very similar. I am not a native English speaker, though, when I looked carefully at the definitions and example sentences in the dictionary for the two ...
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Which word do native speakers use when speaking of pop group member?

I often called it 'member'. For examples She is the youngest member/There are 7 members in that group. But I saw an american member from k-pop group using the term 'band-mate' when describing his ...
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What is the difference between 'Gender' and 'Sex'?

What is the difference in asking a person (1) What is your 'Gender'? and (2) What is your 'Sex'? Can there be any scenario where both these questions can be asked to a person at the same time? I am ...
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Infinitive vs Gerund

The business hoped to devote most of its fund to ______ for new television ads since it wanted more coverage. Should the answer be "pay" or "paying"? Why and, what difference would it make (if any)?
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Can “scary” also mean “scared”?

The Merriam Webster online dictionary says that "scary" means either "causing fright" or "feeling fright”. scary 1 : causing fright : ALARMING a scary story 2 : easily scared : TIMID 3 : ...
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What is the difference between ashamed and shamed?

A sentence: Any journalist who takes money should be ashamed and shamed. What is the difference between ashamed and shamed? Does the sentence Any journalist who takes money should be ashamed ...
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Difference between reveal and unfold [closed]

Reality is revealed/unfolded to us by nature. "reveal" seems idiomatic here, but could we have a better explanation of why it is better between the two?
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Difference between Bear and tolerate

Some people bear/tolerate the free riders who refuse to contribute. What is better word choice and why?
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“That they declared to be~” Vs. “That they said to be~”

I see they can use either ways as follows: They declared that to be~ They said that to be~ But, somehow, when you change the sentences' structure like those of title, "That they said to be~" ...
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“at risk” VS “at stake”

He puts his administration at risk if he doesn't come through on these promises for reform. He puts his administration at stake if he doesn't come through on these promises for reform. I am ...
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What's the meaning difference between “the meat of a deer” and “the meat from a deer”?

Macmillan dictionary https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/venison the meat from a deer Longman dictionary https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/venison the meat of a deer I'...
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What is the difference between 'duality' and 'dichotomy'?

What is the difference between duality and dichotomy? Although they sound very much alike to me. But there is a subtle difference between both. I don't know what 😅
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If both gold and golden refer to “made of gold”, how do I choose?

I always thought that if something is made of gold, it is a gold thing, if it looks like gold but might not be, it is golden. But looking in the dictionary, I can see I was wrong. In the Cambridge ...
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What's the difference between “onto” and “on”

Are they near synonyms? I always thought that they pretty much meant the same thing, meaning you could always replace "onto" with "on" without meaningfully changing the meaning of a sentence. ...
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Motivation vs. Purpose

I felt there's a similarity in meaning and words could be used interchangeably when I tried to use the words in sentence, for example: My motivation to attend the course / meeting / study .. My ...
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What is the difference between “in-line” and “inline”

When I type inline on Google, I get the definition of in-line, but no indication of misspelling.
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The difference between 'lots of' and 'a lot of'

I have a lot of pens I have lots of pens What is the difference? I do not see any difference but as per my teacher there is a difference which till date I am unable to understand
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“be reflective of” VS “reflect”

The approach is reflective of the new services mindset: moving from just selling a product to selling a solution. The approach reflects the new services mindset: moving from just selling a product ...
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By, with, using or via here?

So, what do you think of the application I finished yesterday? Would you correct anything? I support your idea, but the client would appreciate it more if it was completed by/with/using/via other ...
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**breeding ground** VS **hotbed** [closed]

Without regulation, the Internet would become a breeding ground for/of crime. Without regulation, the Internet would become a hotbed for/of crime. My first question is whether the two above ...
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difference between “stand testimony to” and “stand a testament to”

All these stand testimony to China’s firm commitment in promoting China-ASEAN relations, which has also invigorated ASEAN’s other partnerships and played an exemplary role in advancing East Asia ...
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What is the difference between words “gadget” and “device”? [closed]

Words "gadget" and "device" are translated the same in my language. What is the difference between these words in English?
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“if he resigned” VS “if he resign”

I came across this sentence: If he resigned it would be tantamount to admitting that he was guilty. I am wondering whether he resigned or not. Would it be possbile to phrase like this ...
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What is the difference between you don't know what to do or you don't know what you supposed to do?

My senior person asked me to do some work that I am not aware of. I would like to know the difference between these two set of words. I think both the question gives the same meaning, but why he ...
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What's the difference between two sentences in meaning?

What's the difference between these two sentences in meaning? I can't believe I'm meeting you at last. vs. I can't believe I meet you at last. Thank you for your answers
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“criteria for” VS “standards for”

The Guideline sets out criteria for evaluating the performance of officials. The Guideline sets out standards for evaluating the performance of officials. In daily use, does criteria overlap ...
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What is the difference between two sentences below?

1.He is an uncle with a beer gut. 2.He is an uncle who has a beer gut. Thank you for your answers. And I really wonder if they are correct and natural.Because I'm not good at English and I'm ...
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“continuity and consistency of policies” VS “continuity and consistency in policies”

It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency of our monetary policyes. It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency in our monetary policyes. Could you ...
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Is “a manifestation of ” equals “embody”?

With its distinctive design, the music hall is a manifestation of the wisdom of specialist architectural design institutions. With its distinctive design, the music hall embodies the wisdom of ...
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Tasty, lovely, delicious, yummy, …?

I know different English words for good tasting foods or drinks: tasty, lovely, delicious, yummy... But unfortunately the dictionary entries do not enable me to decide which one to use in which ...
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To help you or yourself?

I often find sentences similar to the following: You should use this book to help you with the grammar that you find difficult. To me, the above is more or less equivalent to this one: You ...
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hurt, ache, sore, pain: what's the right expression?

There are different expressions for pain in the body: "My head hurts", "I've got a splitting headache", "My head aches", "I've got a sore throat"... In the dictionaries I could not find any rule ...
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What are the differences between 'variation' and 'variant'

I have looked up the dictionary,but I still do not know the differences between 'variation' and 'variant'. I paste here some instances got from the dictionary. I see it as another human ...
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What's the difference between “to find an answer to it” and “to find an answer of it”?

To solve something is to find an answer to it. This is the definition of "solve" in my dictionary. Honestly I can't quite catch the meaning of the part "to it". To solve something is to find an ...
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“expand operations” VS “expand business”

The company is preparing to expand operations. The company is preparing to expand business. In my translated dictionary, operation and buiness overlap in certain meanings. I want to know ...
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What's the difference between “understand” and “comprehend”?

Henry could not comprehend the message. Henry could not understand the message. Are those sentences the same in meaning perfectly?
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The difference between “jest”and “joke”

Can the words "joke" and "jest" be interchangeable in the following context? For example, sometimes when people say a joke (=jest), they later denote that "it's just a joke" so they can say "It's ...
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the difference between clank and clatter

This can be a very basic, even boring question for native English speakers. But for me who is a non-native English speaker, the words, clank and clatter are a little hard to understand each precisely. ...
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“leave a mark in” VS “leave an imprint in”

Our efforts to tackle the crisis will leave an imprint in the annals of history. Our efforts to tackle the crisis will leave a mark in the annals of history. I thought of two ways to express the ...
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“express one's stance for” VS “express one's stand for”

They expressed its stance for the Copenhagen Accord. They expressed its stand for the Copenhagen Accord. My question is whether stance and stand are exchangable in this context.
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“a rebound in the economy” VS “a bounce in the economy”

Despite a rebound in the economy, the fundamentals of many firms have not take a turn for the better. Despite a bounce in the economy, the fundamentals of many firms have not take a turn for the ...
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“that's the case”, “that's the fact” and 'that's the truth".

A: I am sure we didn't make a mistake at all ,dealing with the complaining customer. B: Well, if that's the case and why are we being warned about this? Q: In the above sentence, What' the ...
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Difference between arabic , arab and arabian

Which one is correct to describe a photographer who lives in an arabic country ? (arabic photographer) Or (arab photographer ) Or (Arabian photographer) And what are the differences
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Sports vocabulary [closed]

I'm a little bit confused. I'm trying to learn sport vocabulary but I can't understand the difference between course and court, also there are some words which meanings aren't very clear for me.For ...
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Any difference between “looked sickly” and “looked sick” in this sentence?

The boy looked pretty sickly when he arrived. (at the prison of Azkaban) I came across the sentence in the Potter book. I'm wondering, since both sickly and sick can be adjectives, what would be the ...
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What's the difference between these sentences in meaning?

I've learned from the educational broadcast that 'to verb' and '~ing' are exactly the same and that the expressions used only differ according to people's tastes. But another says that '~ing' has a ...
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what are the different between zealout and fanatic in english american?

I saw in a dictionary this word : zealout and its meaning is fanatic my question what way is more common say between people from USA? this way: I am fanatic of soccer I love soccer or I am zealout ...
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“outlook” VS “prospects”

Some people are concerned about the outlook of China-US relations. Some people are concerned about the prospects of China-US relations. In my dictionary avaliable in Chinese, outlook and ...