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Questions tagged [word-usage]

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What is the meaning of contemporary history in this sentence?

I read a sentence in The Hindu which was: The forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, widely seen as a watershed event in our contemporary history, are expected to redraw the Nation's political landscape ...
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Is “to and fro” a more general way of saying “from side to side”?

I feel like saying: "The old ship swung to and fro, because of the billowing waves." is almost synonymous to: "The old ship swung from side to side, because of the billowing waves." Of ...
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Put on/keep on/use on

So if we want warmth,we use a.hot water bottle (sometimes) So what should it be : Put hot water bottle on your feet. Use hot water bottle on your feet. Keep hot water bottle on your feet. What ...
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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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“Wither” meaning in this context: “Wings sprouted from each wither - vast, black leathery wings”

Wings sprouted from each wither - vast, black leathery wings that looked as though they ought to belong to giant bats. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I think wither is used as a noun ...
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The show must have come back/come back on

So here, my mom turns to another channel,because the show I was watching went on a break. So I wanted her to turn back to my show again. So what should be used: The show must have come back. Or ...
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Does “decades” have a chance to mean just 10 years or always 20 years or more?

I wonder what the word decades (plural) mean. For example: The friendship has lasted for decades. In this sentence, does it have any chance that decades mean just 10 years? Or should it always be ...
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Censor or censorship?

Hi. I'm doing a test and I have to fill in the gap with the correct form of the word. What is the correct form in this case? Just censor or censorship I've been surfing the internet hoping to find the ...
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Can “with” be used with “invoice”?

After buying something, I request seller to make sales invoice. But he said that he couldn't give invoice. Upon this can say the sentence below by using "with" in this way? I always buy with ...
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Welcoming and Farewell Dinner for or Welcoming and Farewell Dinner of

Which phrase is correct: Welcoming and Farewell Dinner for Residen or Welcoming and Farewell Dinner of Residen ?
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Meaning of “Mensa” [closed]

Q: Did you go ahead with Mensa? A: I did, and then I quit. Too many bus drivers feeding their egos on the professors, and the professors marveling at how intelligent they're making bus drivers ...
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Put on a channel/news

If I want to watch a particular channel/show, waht should I use: Could you please put on/play channel 4/News? What should be used "put on/play"? Thank you
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“I'm not being confusing?” -> why Being?

A: A wild dog? B: I'm not being confusing on purpose. Their bites are nasty. Why did B use 'being confusing'? What if B said like... "I'm not confusing" "I don't confuse" then how would it be ...
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“apply something to someone” or “use something with someone”?

Tell me please which phrasing sounds natural in the following context. The method of training I used with my client/I applied to my client was pretty challenging. Would it be more grammatical and ...
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Is there a word for countable seconds, hours, days , months ,years? [closed]

I am a coder . I want to write a function like def process(dataframe, preiods=7, freq='hour') : .... It can process dataframe by every preiods of freq . But I think preiods is not a good word ...
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When should I use “the” or “a” before a noun?

Should I use a or the before every noun that I use? For example, what's the difference between Late in the winter of my seventeenth year. and Late in winter of my seventeenth year. The ...
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Can “to” mean “that will”?

I recently wrote something like this: "You have reached [name of company], the hand that will catch you before jumping off [some marketing metaphor]." A native English speaker suggested the ...
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…crisis where you'll freak out… -> why Where?

You'll certainly have some kind of crisis where you'll freak out about how important something is to you. Can I replace Where with That or Which? If not, why I couldn't?
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Too much knowledge are/is sitting in too few minds. Do I use “are” or “is”?

What I want to say is that we have produced a large amount of knowledge collectively. However, we only know a small portion of what is known individually. Since knowledge is an uncountable noun, the ...
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Term for someone who moved to the US that started going to college?

Is there a term for someone who moved to the US and started going to college there? I was born and raised elsewhere and moved to the US in my teens. My parents went to college, but not in the US. Is ...
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Using infamous in a good way

I didn't know that the word infamous could be used in a positive way. Do you have any comments on this? Examples: Mike Pence used Infamous "I Have a Dream Speech" to help ... It was 2½ years ago, ...
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How different « explanatory,explanative » and « increase,increasing »

Explanative and explanatory, they both are adj also the increase and the increasing ..they both are nouns -the meanings are the same(or aren’t they?) If they aren’t/ be irreplaceable,could you please ...
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Politely saying “we will perform the safety test after finishing the modernisation work”

I am writing an email to reply the client and I want to tell him that when we finish the modernisation work, we will perform the safety test. How can I say it politely? We will perform the safety ...
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It's already 20 minutes into the show

This question's about the use of "into" here. Actually it's 8:20 pm and my favourite program would have started at 8:00pm. I know it's not natural to say: Two minutes of my show's over.( Well, ...
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What part of speech is “daily” in the phrase “on the daily”?

I read a sentence which was: They do it on the daily. Consider the part "on the daily". Daily is a noun as it is preceded by a preposition. But most of the dictionaries define "daily" as a noun ...
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Word choice - “I consider X and Y as one of the most…”

I'm writing a Statement of Purpose of the graduate application and want to express my interest in the particular fields: I consider drug discovery and personalised healthcare as one of the most ...
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What's the difference between “walk sth” and “walk + prep + sth”?

I've just seen the phrase walk the moon and I thought it should be walk on the moon. I double checked this in the Oxford Dictionary, and I found another phrase walk the moors. So I guess ...
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“can simply select” vs “can select simply”

I would like to understand the correct way to use the words simply or easily in my sentence. For example, After the verb, directly: Method A can simply estimate the correct parameters. ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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To have allergy

I would like others to tell me which is the best way to say that you are allergic to something. I am allergic to fish I have allergy to fish I have an allergy to fish
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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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Participle II usage

Can i use Participle II form of to be as definition? The been traditions are all gone and forgotten [now]. The been misdeeds are all forgiven and forgotten [now]. Can i say the been man in the ...
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If “discuss about” is redundant, what about “discuss with you about”?

My research showed that "discuss about" is incorrect because "discuss" is a transitive verb which means an object have to be attached. So "discuss about" would be redundant as in "talk about about". ...
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What does 'admit bearer' mean?

I imagine what means whole phrase, but 'admit bearer' requires more explanation for me. Please admit bearer any show free of charge.
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What's the drink in “buy me a drink”?

What's the drink in Buy me a drink ? Does it mean alcoholic-drink (beer, wine or cocktail) or it could be any drink including alcoholic drinks and soft drinks like orange juice? Is this culture/...
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“Does the university have” or “Does the university has”? [duplicate]

I do self-study for some English exam and this is a sentence from some online resource, which I suppose to listen and write down. "Does the university have an ice-hockey team?" In my opinion, since ...
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I was once a fan of..? or I was a fan of…?

I would like to know if it would be okay to use ”I was once a fan” or “I was a fan” .
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Can we use “retrospectively” for an event in the future?

For the following scenarios, can we use "retrospectively" or do we have to use "afterwards" and its synonyms. Example Let's agree to the plan for now and figure out the details ...
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type of usage with phrase

1.The sun shining bright and the pale blue sky forming a backdrop of the Sacre Coeur, Carl stepped into his future as a traveler and observer. 2.He won his favorite competition, the long jump, and ...
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what does the adverb “newly” modify in this sentence?

What does the adverb "newly" modify in this sentence? Certain Italians who were newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments initiated a classical cultural rebirth after a long ...
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How can I repeat things (fall in the same category) using a comma

Suppose I have many things that are fall in the same category. Suppose further that I need to use a bracket ( ) to add further information. Then, how can I repeat these things correctly? The ...
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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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Can we use “dare” in this way?

How dared you speak to me like that? Is this a correct way to use "dare"? Shouldn't we say? How dare you speak to me like that?
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Do we say space of 5 years or timing of 5 years

Edit: I think space is the right answer but some of my collegues told me the the answer should be timing I googled space and timing of time but i only found space-time and 4d and unrelated things like ...
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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 ...