Questions tagged [word-usage]

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Is “against” used correctly in this context?

She has the right to know why her husband died; the company should give her that information. Does she have such right against the the company? Does such right hold against the company? ...
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Using “thought” to imply a single instance of thinking (not recalling)

Can the past form of the verb "think" imply a single instance of thinking rather than a habitual way of thinking about something or someone? I mean this, many times I heard such phrases like "In ...
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Get a change of $50

Suppose I only have a $100 bill and I bought something that costs around $50. So I get $50 back. What will be a natural way to express that? I got a change of $50 back. (I mean: I got $50 ...
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Why use “has knocked here”

Everybody believes that Reggie is the one who "has knocked" Chris down after the Big Game. Can we say "knocked". If not can anyone tell me why use "has knocked" here. Thank you.
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Why is it “excite” instead of “excited” in this sentence?

Please look at this sentence from "The God of small things" written by Arundhati Roy. The news didn't perturb him as much as excite his curiosity. Shouldn't it be excited his curiosity? I'm ...
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What’s the meaning of “the final balance now due”?

What’s the meaning “the final balance now due” And what’s the meaning of “due” in this sentence ? Please describe simple. Thanks
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How to say that you smoke sometimes and only for fun?

I wonder what do you normally say when you as a smoker would like to indicate that you do not smoke too much and you just do it sometimes and for fun? I'm not a heavy smoker. I......................
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How to refer to some one comment or recommendation

My supervisor gives me a comment. I have to respond to her comment. In my report, I should refer to her comment. For example, Comment ...... My response: This has been inserted as commented by the ...
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“Collapse” or “crumble”

I won't ever forget that moment. The moment I wish never was. I just stepped out of my work that got a call from my mother and came to know the most horrible news that my grandma who raised me and I ...
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Shall I use “an” before “impact”?

Some uncountable words like the word value should not be preceded with article. I am not sure about impact. It has impact on the existing approaches. or It has an impact on the existing ...
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“Going red” or “Blush”

Please have a look on the scenario below: We both loved each other. When we met each other for the second time, we both conveyed some messages through our looks and the way we stared at each other, ...
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Look at one's eyes/face out of embarrassment

I had a very close friend. We were too young; once he was supposed to come to me so that we could both go to a soccer field along with so many other friends. He was standing by our building door that ...
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what is “collections of data”?

I am learning this post the article says Google News uses a technique called clustering to group news articles into different categories, based on title and content. Clustering algorithms ...
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“He is sat on a bus”

I have occasionally heard or seen the verb "sit" used in the passive. My initial impression was that it was a typo/error. But I have seen it occur enough to start to doubt that. For instance: Shaun ...
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“mistress” and “headmistress”

I'm looking for a word to positively describe (flatter) a female leader (VP/CEO/...). The word should reflect her great ability, high status and incredible power, in a good manner. One of the ...
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Is it “mobilized to X” or “mobilized into X”?

Is it "mobilized to X" or "mobilized into X"? I am not sure what's the correct idiomatic use of the verb mobilized. I think it's the former, but I am thinking it might actually be wrong, so I am ...
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Are these two “Code Snippets”?

people use "Code Snippet" or "Code Snippets" everywhere. "Code Snippet" is a term used to describe a small portion of re-usable source code, machine code, or text. following lines of code comes from ...
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Difference between put up/ put on

I was looking for the meaning of "put up" and came across this explanation in a dictionary : " [put up something] to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something : For example :...
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(Behind), (behind them), (behind their back)

I wonder which choice works naturally and idiomatically in my scenario? When those genocidal and bloodthirsty warlords attacked, they burned everywhere, killed many innocent people and ruined many ...
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The remaining parts of an ancient city

What do you call the remaining parts of an ancient city like what you see within the picture that sometimes archeologists discover and unearth? 1- Remnants of a city 2- Remainings of a city ...
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comma position in a list of subjects

In the following sentence, I mean policy makers and decision makers. It is not clear to me how to express this and where to place the comma: If I use this: This study benefit vendors, policy and ...
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Just walk across/on this

I am trying to translate something from a show in my native language. In this sentence, what sounds the best: You just have to walk on this. You just have to walk across this. A person was ...
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What does the meaning of words “jigsaw” and “decay” in this paragraph?

Please tell me meaning of the words "jigsaw" and "decay" in this paragraph.The combination "the crazy, jigsaw geometry of decay" seems strange and vague to me. Whenever I visit Khartoum I find I am ...
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why do people say “get to a model” instead of “get a model”?

I am learning this post. The author says By using a model with three variables instead of one, we get to a model with a mean squared error of 19.12 and an R² score of 0.72. That’s definitely a ...
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“execute”: to run or to kill

The verb execute has 2 different but somewhat opposite meanings: to run and to kill. Plus, there are at least 3 words derived from this verb: executive: a person who runs an organization; executor: ...
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“How do I do” or “what do I do”?

I asked a programming question on this StackOverflow post. I did some work, and need a step forward, which one is more clear and idiomatic? 1: How do I do next? 2: What do I do next?
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Fill in the blank

I’m talking to a women online, she is very detailed with her responses. I think it’s amazing so I’m looking on how to tell her the best way I can without sounding foolish, because she always has ...
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In science-fiction, do we use the word navy to refer to the space fleet?

In science-fiction, do we use the word navy to refer to the space fleet? I am wondering if people would refer to it as "navy" or rather "space navy", which sounds a little bit weird if you ask me? ...
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'Where I should be' vs 'Where I am meant to be'

Is there a difference between these Where I should be. and Where I am meant to be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it'...
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Check -----> Search/ go through

Does "check" sound natural and is its use natural instead of "go through/search": He has checked my phone. He has checked my wallet. Someone has checked my bag. Someone has ...
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An natural verb / idiom for “getting by with someone”

When you (with difficulty) try to manage or continue to exist in a state or situation where something is lacking (especially money) you use the phrasal verb "get by"; for example: Example: When ...
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He's shown up in my dreams vs he's been showing up in my dreams

Supposing the speaker wanted to say ‘He’ keeps appearing in his/her dreams, not every day but lately tho and there is a possibility that the speaker will see him again in his/her dreams. I wonder ...
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I don't know how her notebook is in my bag

A girl was looking for her notebook. Someone had stolen it. So the teacher was searching everyone's bags. So the notebook was found in a girl's notebook. She replied: I don't know how her ...
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Using tie/knot as a verb in a sentence

Tie (verb): to fasten together two ends of a piece of string or other long, thin material, or to (cause to) hold together with a long, thin piece of string, material, etc. Example: - Could you tie ...
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I found it on the way/I found it on a road

Someone had lost something on his way home. So his friend found it and brought it back, what will be a natural way to express that: I found it on the way. I found it on a road. And does the ...
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“Working on” vs “working at”

What is the difference between working on and working at? For example, I am working on a farm or (as in American folk song that goes: I was working on a railroad Do these sounds more natural ...
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Why does programming take so many words that are normally used in different meanings?

Words like head, tail, stack, tree, and map are all used in programming and learning both programming and english at once has been hard for me. Why is this?
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Can I say “I Java”, or does it have to be “I do Java”?

Like google is a verb, is java a word? Can I say "I java"? I am wondering if it works that way, or if I have to say, "I do java."
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“they are the 3 centers of 3 clusters” or “they are 3 cluster centers”?

k-means clustering use cluster centers to model the data;. here is a figure to illustrate the cluster centers. there are 3 black dot in the figure represents 3 centers. which expression is more ...
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“busting in their crib” what does it mean?

"Draftpicks busting in their cribs" that said one of the man from basketball video "Game of zones" and I'm not sure what does it mean...Does it mean screaming or dying? is that means that nobody take ...
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Is the word “identify” correctly used here?

The word "to" identifies the destination of an action, e.g. He went to school. Is the word "identify" correctly used here? I am wondering if "identifies" is the correct verb to use. I am wondering ...
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Different meanings of the word “typical”

As an adjective, perhaps because of encompassing several meanings, the word typical is one of those complicated words to me. I have always confronted with various applications of the word in many ...
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Getting screen protection installed

If I want to get a "screen protector" on my phone, I know it is natural to used: I am going to get a screen protector installed on my phone. But if I already have it on my phone but it has cracked ...
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Series of Singular/Plural noun

Which is correct - Responding to a Series of questions , official said.... Responding to a Series of question, official said...
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<Ordinary> or <Common>

Please consider the meanings of the two words "common" and "ordinary": Common: 1.belonging equally to, or shared alike by, two or more or all in question: common property; common interests. 2....
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Comparing <common>, <widespread> and <prevalent> [on hold]

Please have a look on my provided examples and let me and other interested learners know, how using each choice "widespread", "prevalent" and "common" can distinguish the meaning of each sentence. (...
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You have a bad choice/You have a good choice

If we are talking about someone's "choice" as general, like what kind of clothes that person likes: You have a bad choice. (I don't like your choice) You have a good choice.(I like your ...
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A use of <usual> and <always>

Please consider these examples: The flower seller was in his usual place. I’ll put the keys in the usual place. In my sentences, we say usual place, meaning that something or someone is ...
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Greeting with “Ho”

The other day, in a chat room, I was greeted with: Hi! I'm a nice person so I greeted back with: Ho! But then I got a reply: No! I'm not a Ho! I thought Ho is an interjection similar to ...
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Asking for changing the air flow (straighten or tilt)

In a car, we can change the direction of the air flow. If the flow of the air is in the direction of the person and the person starts feeling cold, and wants the direction of the air flow to be ...