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Questions tagged [word-usage]

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“The focus of this section is on..” vs “The focus of this section is …”

I would like to understand the using of the word focus. Do I need to use focus on or focus? Which one is correct? The focus of this section is on introducing something. or The focus of this ...
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Best way to detect these nouns?

"Discovery" is a noun. Yet "discover" is a verb. "Making" is a noun. Yet "make" is a verb. Both "discovery" and "making" sound like verbs, but they aren't. What is the best way to spot these noun(s)...
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In the simplest way possible - could someone explain the rule you followed in spotting the error?

Basically the sentence flowed well enough for me not to notice the error. This is the Sentence -"More importantly was the renaissance discovery of the literature of classical Greece" I now know ...
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Do we say space of 5 years or timing of 5 years [on hold]

The project will be carried out in a ...... of 5 years A. Part B. Place C. Space D. Timing
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What is the meaning of blissfully in in this sentence?

I read a sentence in 'the Hindu' which was: The Congress, which is meant to be a premier forum for scientists to present and discuss their research, has in recent years become the stage for a ...
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“Well said” synonym

I was wondering, if instead of "well said" I can say "I love how you put it into words" or "I love the way you said it"? I get the feeling that "put into words" is mostly used as an expression of ...
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does “Which” refer to the correct part of the sentence

I learned that I can use which to joint two sentences instead of writing two separate sentences. Sometimes, I feel that, which does not refer to the correct part of my sentence. How can I know that I ...
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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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“considered” or “mentioned”

One article mentioned one valuable extension for their work (as a future work). I would like to say this in a sentence. However, I do not know what is the correct word to use. This extension was ...
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Does “a media work” make sense?

There is a genre of art called new media art or media art. What do you think about the expression "I created a media work"? Edit: If "I created a media work" is incorrect, what is a correct way?
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Fill in the blanks - Word: statistic

Fill in the blanks: In prediction markets, no individual opinions are excluded. Everyone can give an opinion. Also, since the group's decision is arrived at ________ , no one is forced to ...
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Is the following use of the verb set grammatically correct? [on hold]

Someone brought the mail in and sets it on the table?
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I find it hard to describe things about sea(or seas)

I am always have trouble expressing ideas about sea(or seas?) Like, if I was talking with our friends about whether or not we could see sea in our hometowns. I was struggling to express the idea ...
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there aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English

I am wondering which is the correct form for this sentence There aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English. plus, if I want to express I don't have lots time or chances ...
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“Stand to” or “stand”? As a meaning of tolerating

First of all, I'm really sorry for my bad English. I was watching the use of 'stand' as a meaning of tolerating, bearing So I made a sentence like this • It is really hard to stand to not meet him. ...
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Use of “which” in the middle of the sentence

Consider this sentence: There are many questions in this question I don't know to answer which one I don't know which one to answer I don't know which to answer I don't know which ...
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Is “get hairs cut” proper English?

A friend always writes in her emails that she and her husband are going to get their “hairs cut at a salon”, not hair cuts or haircuts. She grew up in the 1930s in L.A. so perhaps this was normal for ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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“a pair of variables” and “mixture of Gaussian models”, why in the first sentence `a` is correct while is not required in the second sentence?

As I mentioned in my previous question, a is a determiner used with a noun. However, I am confused about the usage of a in the following sentences. Let (x_1, x_2) be a pair of variables. The ...
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Does “take” make sense here? [on hold]

I am hungry. I want _____ something. A. to drink B. to eat C. to take
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“Was I was wrong” -> why “was” twice? [on hold]

I see it's ungrammatical, but some natives still use that. Then what's the differences it has comparing when you just say it grammatical, such as "Was I wrong?" / "I was wrong?"
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Ask about the time between two events [on hold]

I recently got an offer from a company and was discussing the start date with the HR. I am still in college with one semester left and he said normally people will take a month or two off after ...
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How do I email a clinic to book a consultation?

I want to email a clinic to book a consultation about some cosmetic problem I've been dealing with. Can I say I'd like to consult about ...(some cosmetic problem) Is this the right way to use "...
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Left vs. left from

I was under the impression that “left” and “left from” have very different meanings – for example, we can say: “The car left the garage an hour ago” Or “A pile of rubble is all that’s left from ...
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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Why are “they and don't” used here? [closed]

The song "Sing for the moment" by Eminem. Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs The song "Scars to your beautiful" by Alessia Cara. She don't see her perfect, she don't ...
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What does “tea ring”mean in this sentence and why “ring”?

I could not understand what is "tea ring" in this sentence, all I searched resulted in a "Swedish tea ring", as bread or cake, and I am pretty sure it is not. My guess is : it refers to some kind of ...
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Why isn't “a single + noun” a tautological repeat?

By definition, single means (1) : consisting of or having only one part, feature, or portion (2) : consisting of one as opposed to or in contrast with many (3) : consisting of only ...
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Information closing?

I came across the following sentence on the Internet, and I believe that "closing" doesn't collocate with "information" and that the whole sentence should be re-written. With the amount of ...
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2 Relative Clauses at once in a sentence

I want to ask about using Double Relative Clause in one sentence. To go straight to the question, I will show the sentence right away: 'Patients have to treated by people who have qualified ...
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Can I use a plural noun before “on of the”?

Is it correct to use a plural noun before "one of the" and in the following sentence should I use "are" or "would be"? if the sentence is incorrect please let me know the correct version. ...
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Usage of emancipation for purposes other than political or relating to a person

The dictionary says noun the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation. "the emancipation of feminist ideas" the freeing of someone from ...
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Can I omit “so” in “so as to do”?

Can I omit "so" in "so as to do"? like this: Post-market clinical studies are not intended to replace the pre-market data necessary to make the decision as to approve the device. here, "as to ...
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How much light does the sunlight zone get. This sentence is correct or not [closed]

Talk about sunlit zone. There are 3 layer in the ocean. Could you please help me answer this question savetheocean wordusage
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Can exams in university be called “session”? (Similarly to Russian “сессия”)

In Russian, the period of time when students need to pass the exams after a semester are called "sessiya"(сессия), "session". Can the same word "session" be used in English or is it just wrong?
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“First page” or “Page one” for SEO ranking?

SEO is Search Engine Optimization. I want to ask a simple question from this domain. My website is "First Page" on Google. Or My website is "Page One" on Google. Which one of these is right?
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Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here?

Is it the same to say 'related to' instead 'connected to' here? It especially centers on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 from health problems connected to AIDS.
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What does 'left off at' mean here?

What does 'left off at' mean here in 2 different sentences? Is it to mean just 'finish'? At the Academy Awards show, also known as the Oscars, talk of the #MeToo movement continued where it left ...
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Is there any difference between “cold wave”, “cold spell” and “cold snap”

I found that those three are all frequently used as I've searched each of them in NYT site. I wonder what's the difference among them in usage. The examples are as below. Cold spell: Although this ...
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Can you call your aunt without her name?

In Turkish we can call our aunts or uncles without using their names like: "Aunt! Where are you?" "Hey, uncle, how is it going?" Is this appropriate in English? UPDATE: Calling without name is ...
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Can 'Understood' be used here?

If someone tells you an instruction/order, can you answer with 'Understood', rather than 'I understand'? I felt like I heard that being used, but I'm not so sure.
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Class of economics

Is it okay to say "class of economics"? I am in high school and have a extended curriculum in a subject called economics or business basics. How can I say this?
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Is there a requirement about

Does this phrase sound natural? Is there a requirement about [something]?
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Does “political parties” mean the members of political parties?

And then had come the unlooked-for tidings of the imminent proceedings for divorce. And such a divorce! There were cross-suits and allegations and counter-allegations, charges of cruelty and ...
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Undefined symbols of library1 and library2 are the same

Is it correct to use the same like this: Undefined symbols of library1 and library2 are the same. I mean that both libraries have the same undefined symbols.
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How to understand “taking in the abrupt return to normality”

Harry stood quite still, all his senses vibrating, taking in the abrupt return to normality. After a moment, he became aware that his T-shirt was sticking to him; he was drenched in sweat. I don't ...
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Why the past form of 'read' has to be 'read' with just different pronunciation? [closed]

I am just curious about why this kind of words has to be defined this way. What is the advantages of using the same exact word as its present form with the only different is how you pronounce it. I ...
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Please explain 'if and how' and how paraphrase it

Please explain 'if' and how paraphrase it. Now, researchers aim to learn if and how animals can really enjoy their lives.
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Is this sentence correct - I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine

I have got this sentence I hope I wasted as much of your time as you did mine. In this sentence using word I hope here I am confused, why because I hope is kind of positive word but the sentence ...
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Using “defer” in this way?

I wonder if "defer" can be used in such a way: "We defer this discussion to the last section (of this paper)", for example. My hesitation came from that search results did not give similar usage.