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Questions tagged [word-usage]

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How to describe to stay updated about current trends

I want to describe a futuristic goal about learning and stay updated on current trends in the field of drug regulations. Stay updated about the current trends related to Drugs regulatory ...
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How to attribute the adjectives “open/closed” and “undone/done” to a “zipper”, “zip”, “fly” or a “button” correctly?

It strikes me that almost always using all four adjectives "open/closed" and "undone/done" for all the words "button", "zipper", "fly" and "zip" can be used interchangeably and freely; but I need to ...
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vegetarian vs. meaterarian [duplicate]

I am a vegetarian. I am a meaterarian. Is 'meaterarian' the opposite of 'vegetarian'? Do you have proper expressions for people who like eating meat a lot or who eat meat alone?
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“Margin”, “back”, “fail” In exam result

when students fail to get into the next grade, as a learner I say: They failed the exam. But I get confused when people use margin, back and cross to express one's failure. What are the uses of ...
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Smarten up vs Wise up

What's the difference between Smarten up and Wise up? is telling someone to wise up the same as telling them to smarten up? For example: You need to smarten up and do your job better. You ...
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Regarding a word “Eyeballs” in a news

I found an article in my country about Youtube's inappropriate method to make money, and the narrator "seems to be" saying ( Excuse me if I heard incorrectly and in case if you can not listen to ( due ...
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Is saying “ I never did say that” correct, grammatically?

My question here is that can we use never plus did plus the first form of verb?
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Using the word congenital not for “illness” [on hold]

I was wondering if you could let me know whether it is possible if instead of saying: This is a birthmark. [A mark that has been on person's body skin since they were born] one says: ...
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ways to express things happen in the near future

I want to learn some phrases/ words that used to express the things that will happen in the near future. For example, I am going to visit Japan soon I know the word recently, but it can only be ...
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is there a bus that can take me back to … station? and when is it?

I am travelling in a foreign country. If I go to some tourist attractions and want to ask the staff if there are buses that can take back to some train station that I came from and what's the schedule ...
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“analysis of” vs. “analysis on” [on hold]

Which one is correct? We conduct an analysis on more than X devices Or, We conduct an analysis of more than X devices
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What is the meaning of verb “court” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "Indigo" which was: Then he took a piece of paper and divided the group into pairs and put down the order in which each pair was to court arrest. I can't ...
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Why don't you just come like that; go out like that

My mom was in a hurry, she had to go somewhere with dad. But dad didn't get changed. But he didn't have to get out of the car, it was my mom who had to get out of the car, to get that work done. So ...
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When should I use *for* before an object on the verb *pay*?

I thought pay is used in the form of pay X (person) for A (object). But I have also found the two sentences: He is paying his invoice. He has three loans to pay for his house. So how can I know if I ...
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Difference between character and char

I have learned English most on programmers forums, so please excuse me for a potentially stupid question. char - primitive data-type that store letter or other UTF-symbol Character - object data-type ...
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what is difference between “play”, “act” and “playact”, and how they are used [on hold]

so first of all, playact has a definition of "Act in a play", according to oxford dictionary, and play is "Behave as though one were (a specified type of person)", and as for act, it is "Behave so ...
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What context has the verb “help” been used in here?

I read a sentence in a chapter named "The Rattrap" which was: The men with the rattraps said not a word; he only sat down and helped himself to the food I think "helped himself to the food" just ...
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Please don't stop again (or freeze or hang) for a video

If a video loads slowly we say that it is "buffering". But if a video stops and doesn't play for a long time can "buffer" be used? Or is it used for the whole video? Please don't stop again. ...
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I won't be able to go in front of her again

A child ran away from his house, because he felt that his parents were being a bit hard on him.( He was immature). Actually his parents were trying to protect him. So, when that boy realized that he ...
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What is the difference between rather than and instead of?

I have a sentence: Please show me the right way so that I can do that rather than take blind action. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can I use instead of to replace rather than? If ...
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Can you teach me what the difference between ‘round’ and ‘around’?

I see ‘round’ and ‘around’ are uses in the book. Most ones can be placed by the other ones, I think. Can you teach me what the difference between them?
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Why would the it be/being the same?

You may ask why would the color on the same side of each stick being the same? Is it right to use being in this sentence? Or should I use the be instead of being?
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What is a difference between 'kids' and 'children'?

Is there any difference in usage or meaning? or are those exactly same?
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Climbed on/climbed over the sidewalk

A person who was just learning to drive, by mistake climbed on the sidewalk a bit. (The car gets inclined as the two tyres on one side climb the sidewalk.) So what would be used: I climbed over ...
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English: I needed to check in at a hotel I booked online [on hold]

I'd like to know the sentences for checking in at a hotel I booked online. I know normally I can say "I'd like to check in under the name of ..." But if I want to specifically express that I ...
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Shall I use an article before the word “value”

I am not sure if the word value is countable or non-countable. So I am not sure if i should add an article before it in a context like: Our method adds a value over their method.
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Using discriminates with/without against

I am not sure if discriminate should always followed by against? Example: .. and discriminates against its users in terms of .. Or, .. and discriminates its users in terms of ..
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On using “gone down”

Is this a correct use for gone down? Many websites could have gone down during the years. What I want to say, is the websites do not exist any more. I want to use gone down, but not sure if it is ...
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‘a slip of tongue’ or ‘a slip of the tongue’

I see both in one book, and I feel it is weird why there were two phrases. You made some slips of the tongue. Are you sure that it was just a slip of tongue? I guess the former is right.
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Intimacy or a substitute for it

You see that these days people communicate face to face far less than they did in the past. When we are constantly tied to our phones checking work emails, news alerts, or simply scrolling through ...
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Plastic and plastics

What is the difference between plastic and plastics when referring to the things made of plastic? The plastics used in food packaging are a breeze to recycle: you just melt them down and reform ...
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Why not use ‘The only funny thing’ instead of ‘The only funny things’?

The only funny things we heard that evening came from the advertiser at the beginning of the programmer. Why not use ‘The only funny thing’ instead of ‘The only funny things’?
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did the machine break/ was the machine broken

I was buying coffee today and the staff tole me that they couldn't make coffee at the time. If I wanted to know the reason and I suspected it was because of the coffee machine. Are these three ...
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Ask when the hotel would serve dinner and breakfast [on hold]

I am staying at a hotel and they offered breakfast and dinner. The hotel specifies the time periods for breakfast and dinner time, like maybe 8 - 10 am for breakfast and 6 - 7pm for dinner. Like you ...
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Cut down or take down (instead of reduce)

A guy is hired for a day,and his performance was not very satisfactory(even for one day). There are two employers. So one of them sats(jokingly) says: Let's cut down (or take down) his pay a bit.(...
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Put someone in a class/make someone join a class

X's mother got her child enrolled in a personality development class because she was very shy,so what should be used: She put X in a personality development class. She made X join a ...
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Rescue workers are drilling a hole through hard rock. Why not a hard rock?

Rescue workers are drilling a hole through hard rock. Why not a hard rock or hard rocks?
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“Undercut someone's path”

In this video, the narrator is saying, from 1:29~ "President and Nielson will be meeting there tonight and though the president undercut her path, it seems by this point he is fed up." From Merriam ...
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To reign is worth ambition

be worth something can be used as-- The Taj Mahal is worth a visit. The idea is worth our attention. In this kind of sentences either an article or a determiner is used after worth . But in ...
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French Fries Vs Fries

I went into an argument with a good speaker in my country if native speakers call french fries but just simply as fries (when they order). Which is correct? Do native speakers say only "fries" when ...
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“Grow out of clothes”

Is "grow out of clothes" used only for "kids who grow bigger and can't fit in their earlier clothes"? Or can it be used for anyone who has put on some weight(like adults). Like a lady says: I can'...
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Menacing or teasing people or… - What is such a person called in English?

Please have a look on the following video and let me know what do you call such a person in everyday speech and which verb can be used to describe his actions: https://youtu.be/AsTo14yf8BQ Based on ...
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She’s always on me

In a novel "Dead Beautiful " by Yvonne Woon a guy tells Renée about the lady who punished her: “Lynch loves watching people squirm. She’s always on me for having too much facial hair.” I couldn't ...
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How to describe the achievement of your subordinate

what is the apt word that is to be used to describe the enthusiasm to learn and involve in work. Completed the assigned work well within the time and also proactive in learning the subject. Does ...
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Word or phrase for “the call just ended”

If we don't pick up a call,it just ends. So can "hang up" be used in this sense? I mean it's used with people. Like: Mom: Hey! I thought my phone was ringing. I: It was but it just hung up.(...
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Use of “In the Middle” to describe an ongoing description

If I write this: In the middle of my return to our dormitories, Do you see anything wrong with it? A friend was pointing out the use of the word "middle" , but I think it can be used to describe ...
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Suck-ups,suck up to

Are the phrases used? I mean it's slang....... "Suck up"https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/suck+up (verb) To habitually offer flattery in the hope of gaining favor; to behave sycophantically. ...
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What is the difference between ‘a hard layer of rock’ and ‘a hard layer of rocks’?

What is the difference between ‘a hard layer of rock’ and ‘a hard layer of rocks’ ? Because rocks are something that can be counted, I think there should be rocks, but I see ‘a hard layer of rock’ in ...
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“Going up” instead of “put up” [on hold]

The posters are going up all over the town. Is "going up" used more commonly in this context? Or is this one more likely to be said: The poster are being put up all over the town. So which one ...
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“of that” vs “that”

I can assure you of that. I can assure you that. Are these two interchangeable? Do they have different meanings?