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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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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 them. I paste here some instances got from the dictionary. I see it as another human variation Another variation of ...
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What's the difference between “be angry”, “get angry” and “become angry”?

If a person is patient, they don't become angry or upset easily. This is the definition of the word "patient" in my dictionary. I suddenly got a question. What's the difference between "be angry", "...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between “to subscribe to something” and “to agree with something”?

To subscribe to something is to agree or to concur with it. This is the definition of "subscribe" in my dictionary. Then, do those sentences below also have exactly the same meaning? She ...
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“environmental work” OR “environmental protection work”

Change of treatment process reflects our environmental work. Change of treatment process reflects our environmental protection work. My question is does environment work implicitly mean the ...
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What is difference between “loath” and “loathe”? [closed]

I am learning English. I have read these two words and according to dictionary there meaning is almost same. but I don't know what is actual difference between them. Please elaborate these words using ...
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“appointed as” VS “named”

XYZ was named the new Senior Vice President Human Resources for the Group from October 1, 2015. XYZ was appointed as the new Senior Vice President Human Resources for the Group from October 1, 2015. ...
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Difference between “gesture” and “sign language”

I'm trying to explain the distinction between "gesture" and "sign language" to a person whose first language is Chinese. As I understand it, "gesture" is a general term for communication using body ...
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“be responsive to” VS “be adaptive to” VS “be receptive to”

Americans are receptive to change. Americans are adaptive to change. Americans are responsive to change. I am sorry for only providing a single line without any background. My question is is ...
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What is the difference between 'build' and build up'?

Is there any difference between 'built up' and 'built' in the following sentences? Does the preposition 'up' add special meaning to the verb 'built' in the first sentence? Thanks in advance.
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What does “pump” mean this sentence?

What does "pump" mean this sentence? can anyone help me to describe how it looks like when the jockey's legs pumping? is there a synonym of "pump" in this context? I watched him flatten out around ...
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On/At preposition

I would like others to tell me which one is correct. Are there any differences? We were ON TOP OF the mountain. We were ON THE TOP OF the mountain. We were AT THE TOP OF the mountain. Thank you!
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difference between “any influence over sb” and “any influence on sb”

I wonder if I can replace over with on in the sentence below and if the meaning remains the same. If there is any difference, I would like to ask for the explanation of it. Her parents no longer ...
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Explain v.s. Elucidate

What's the difference between explain and elucidate? I think the difference would be the emotion involved in and/or how something is explained and/or how one think about his/her listeners.
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What is the difference between a class teacher and a form teacher?

I can't get which one, class teacher or form teacher or homeroom teacher, in the UK and the US, is what we call "professeur principal" in French secondary schools, meaning one of the teachers of a ...
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The difference between “complain” and “complaint” [closed]

What is the difference between "complain" and "complaint" (and also "to complain" and "to complaint")?
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As vs what in this sentence

My textbook only considers the sentence with "what" to be correct, but I can't see why "as" doesn't work. But car ownership is not as it was. But car ownership is not what it was.
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What is difference between “Hate” and “Detest”?

What is difference between hate and detest? and which word is stronger. For example: I hate you. I detest you.
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Are “a normal birth”, “a vaginal birth” and “a natural birth” almost the same thing?

Are "a normal birth", "a vaginal birth" and "a natural birth" almost the same thing in terms of meaning, they are opposite of caesarian? Can I use these words interchangeably? I found those words ...
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what is difference between “Compliment” and “Complement”? [closed]

I am confused about these two words. For example 1) Love is the complement of law. 2)He complimented me. what is difference. Thanks.
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Wait for tomorrow / wait until tomorrow

What is the difference between: You can better wait for tomorrow. You can better wait until tomorrow. Context examples: "It is cloudy today. You wanted to go to the beach, but you can better wait ...
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What is the difference between squeeze and squash?

I am learning English. what is difference between "squash" and "squeeze". For example 1) squash the lemon. 2) squeeze the lemon. Thanks.
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Difference Elder vs Older [duplicate]

Why in this sentence "older " is the correct word? He married the older sister and now they have two sets of twins. He married the elder sister and now they have two sets of twins.
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“Regarding” vs. “For” in this sentence [closed]

Consider these two sentences I wrote: Relaxation is an issue for interfacial systems in general, especially when there is an IL on one side of the interface. Regarding the interfacial systems, ...
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“at the latest” vs latest

He is not in bed but for his goodness he needs to go to bed latest at 10 o'clock. Q: I think in this sentence, it is correct to use "at the latest" instead of "latest". What is your opinion?
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what is difference between “sorry”, “excuse me” and “pardon me”? [closed]

What is the difference between these three words and when to use them. I mean when and in which condition should I use these words. For example Sorry, does this train go to city? Excuse me, does this ...
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Difference between 'way back then' and 'way back when'

Can anyone here please tell me the difference between 'way back then' and 'way back when' ? Thanks, Vivek
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What’s the difference? [closed]

Is there a difference between “no place to go” and “no place left to go”? e.g. There is no place to hide. There is no place left to hide.
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The right word order: “five hours more” vs “five more hours”

Is there any difference, from the grammar and meaning point of view, between: five hours more and five more hours The context is that something should happen in the next 5 hours.
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“I need to cook food yet” vs. “I still need to cook food”

I need to cook food yet. vs. I still need to cook food. Is it appropriate to use yet at the end of a sentence in that form or should I reform the sentence in a different way to get the same ...
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How is 'in the middle of the night' different from 'midnight'?

Is 'in the middle of the night' different from 'midnight' in the sense that: the former refers to unspecific late time in the night, and the latter refers to definite time; midnight = 12am? Am I ...
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What is the difference between “Soccer” and “Football”? [closed]

I am very confused about these two words. I mean these two words are used interchangeably. which make new comer so much confused. i need full explanation which can differentiate these two words with ...
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I didn't know “nonsense” was a polite word

It has never occurred to me that the word "nonsense" can be a polite one, until I watch the British TV show Downton Abbey. I.e., to me, the word "nonsense" always associates with negative connotations,...
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What would you call the different subdivisions of a college?

Department, division, section and branch confuse me at times. What would you call the different subdivisions of a college? Suppose I studied at a college that goes by Faculty of Languages and ...
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What is the difference between “confirm” and “approve”?

I am stuck here, I don't know which one to choose. I am a programmer and I have to name a button which deletes some data. Before deleting it, I am asking user "Do you confirm/approve deleting the data?...