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Questions tagged [word-usage]

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Opposite to physical job

what's the opposite to "physical job" ? I mean there are some jobs such as : a cleaner, a builder (or construction worker???) , a waiter, so you work mostly physically. What do I call jobs where I ...
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What's it called when you've got little crumbs sticking to your foot

If crumbs stick to someone's feet while walking through am unswept kitchen,what will be used if they end up in the bed bothering that person? "I hate the feeling of crumbs under my feet." But what is ...
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“do you think they will … ” vs “do you think if they will …”

I am still not fully clear on whether to use "do you think they will ... " or "do you think if they will ..." E.g. "do you think they will be interested in this" or "do you think if they will be ...
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various ways of asking someone to go out for dinner

Do these following sentences sound natural to an English native speaker? let's go out for dinner sometimes soon Let’s go have dinner sometimes soon Let’s get together and have dinner ...
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Can the noun 'constitution' be used to refer to one's health

Can the word constitution be used to refer to one's general health. E.g.: 1) I'm not in the best constitution today. 2) My health constitution is good. 3) My health's constitution is good. 4) His ...
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Is the word “shun” the right one to be used in this context?

I read an article which was titled as: Fans shun AR Rahman's Marvel Anthem, deem it cringeworthy I'm still pondering over which context has the verb shun been used in here? I think it means "to ...
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Drive in the wrong lane or wrong side

What is more common in America: You're driving in the wrong lane. Or You're driving on the wrong side (of the road) Here is the car driving in the wrong lane or on the wrong side? And what ...
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Did I tie it well? (Will it be used?)

A little child ties a collar around his dog's neck and asks his mother: Did I tie it well? Does it sound natural? Will it be ever used? I'm asking this because "well" sounds a bit formal. Or ...
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Land a date to the dance.(meaning)

https://youtu.be/ixWnosDTAls What does "land a date to the dance" mean here? (Liv says this.) And later on Joey was: I wish I had a twin who could help me land a date to the dance. I'd call him ...
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What does the same-ish mean?

I encounter such a sentence in a homework assignment: It seems that the burn-in is adequate, that they are all converging to the same-ish posteriour value, and that there is good mixing. I don'...
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The battery is 34% charged(or is 34% ), the battery decreased by 4%

If the battery percentage indicator shows "34%", what will a natural way to express this idea? My phone's battery is 34%.. My phone's battery is 34% charged. Should "charge" be added in the ...
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Do 'I have had that experience' and 'I have experienced that' mean the same thing? [duplicate]

Do: 'I have had that experience' and: 'I have experienced that' mean the same thing? Can they be used interchangeably? Or are they two different things? For example: Person 1: Have ...
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Well,he's last or coming in last (while the race is still going on)

My Aunt called up to ask me where my cousin was in the race.(She couldn't come to see it). The race was still going on so I tell her his current position, so what should I use: He's first/second/...
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The signal is very weak here, but the signal is stronger here

If I get around four or five signal bars at a region,can I use the following sentences: 1.)The signal is very strong here. 2.)The signal is very good here. And if I get a very poor reception: ...
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Is it correct to use “can be commonly seen” in this sentence?

Another resistor can be commonly seen around us is marked with E96 Standard.
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What does, “off your back foot” mean?

In Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (2018) movie , Peter tells Miles how to shoot web from hands: Peter: Aim with your hips! Look where you want it to hit. Square your shoulders. Don't forget to ...
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It's not in the film

A song that was included in a trailer of a film was not a part of the film. So what should be used: Why isn't this song part of this film? Why isn't this song in the film? What sounds more ...
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'be had' - please explain the meaning and grammar, if any relevant, for this use

I found this example. "The lawyer should carry out an analysis and advise on the legal alternatives if the case does not settle, including the prospects at trial and the costs. This discussion could ...
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Can a camera “tighten on” a subject?

I have encountered cameras "tightening on" something several times in reading. Examples: The camera tightened on O'Doyle's face. (source) The camera tightened on his face. (source) The ...
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different ways of asking if something is free

I've come up with these following expressions to ask if something is free or not by using the word charge. It seems like the word is really versatile because not only can we use it as a verb as in "...
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“Eavesdropping” vs “Listen in on”

Is "Eavesdropping" and "Listening in on" different? and if they are in which context should I be using each expression? listen in (on something) — phrasal verb with listen us ​ /ˈlɪs·ən/ verb [ I ] ...
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Take something down or off the cupboard

In the two situations,do my sentences sound natural? If something is kept on the cupboard/closet, what should I use(if either of them sounds natural) Can you take it off/down the closet(cupboard)? ...
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Pin the two ends together, put a pin here(while pointing at it)

So if the two ends are pinned together using a safety pin,can colloquially the following sentence be used to tell someone who's doing it: You have to put a safety pin here.(while pointing at the ...
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Is this “being” usage is essential?

I generally see and have a difficulty in understanding of usages "as" and "being". The question is about the latter. When I was glancing at Oxford's learner dictionary for the meaning of masochistic, ...
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Are these common in America?

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/talk-down [talk someone down] BRITISH to talk loudly so that other people cannot hear what someone is saying [talk someone down] INFORMAL ...
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Should I prefer uses or using here?

my sentence is below: As we’ve explained above that round bar(including both of metal and carbon material) has a helical cut on the surface that uses to determine the beauty value. Should I utilize ...
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Hey ! I used the indicator to indicate that I was turning left

My mom was driving,when she was going to take the next left,she used her indicator to indicate that. But when she was turning,a car speeded past was while she was turning.(in the direction we were ...
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Usage of most recently

In the sentence below- Since 2001, the JeM and Azhar have claimed responsibility for several terror attacks that resulted in the deaths of dozens of innocent persons, including, most recently, the ...
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“5 weeks time span” or “5 week time span”

Q1: Which one is correct? We executed two experiments over 5 weeks time span OR, We executed two experiments over 5 week time span Q2: is it ok to write time span as two words? Q3: is it ok ...
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On using “time span”

Is this usage correct: The short time span between the first and second experiment ... I am using it as a synonym for (period or gap). Is this correct usage?
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“To reschedule a date” vs “To set up a date” vs “To line up a date” [closed]

Which is the least formal and more common way to say that you will plan a date (Romantic encounter) with someone again? Ex 1: Suzy and I didn't get a chance to go on a date this weekend because ...
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Put money on (mutual funds,health insurance etc) to mean invest

Is it natural to say: I put some money on mutual funds. I put some money on health insurance.(or any other insurance) Is the use of "put some money on" natural? Like: I invested in mutual ...
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Word usage of “Ramification”

Is the below sentence has a repetition of words: The negative ramifications that result from absent parents are obvious. The confusing raised in my mind due to the fact that "ramifications" is ...
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Meaning of as early as

As early as can be used to mean at a time that is sooner than people expect. We may announce the winners as early as tomorrow. The DRDO announced it as early as in 2011. But if I say The ...
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how much is the room rate vs what is the room rate

I get confused between using how or using what when it comes to asking about the room rate. Actually in general, I don't really understand the grammatical reasoning behind using one over the other. ...
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Is it right to use compose of here

For example,there are two kinds of human in the world, one is man, another is woman. Could I say that human is composed of men and women? Is it right to use compose of here? Or should I use include? ...
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“How hard is it to…” vs “How easy is it to…”

While I was reading this question from another Stack Exchange site, I got a little bit confused. The title of the question is: "How easy is it to start Magic from scratch?" In my opinion, I would ...
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Apply an exam or give an exam

If I'm a teacher and I'm going to give my students an exam tomorrow, Can I say: I´m going to apply an exam tomorrow?
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Alternative way of asking “how long does a certain event/activity take?”

If I want to ask how long an event/activity lasts, can I ask "what is the time period of this event/activity?" Is there any other ways of phrasing this? Also I'm confused between the time period ...
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a colloquial way of asking whether or not I can get to a place on foot

I'm looking for ways of expressing or asking if a place is reachable on foot. Can I say "Is this place within walking distance?" or "Am I within walking distance of this place?" Also is it ok to say ...
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the difference between “here” and “in here”

I have this confusion about whether to use "here" or "in here" For example, if I am in an event and speaking with somebody, and I want to express that someone else is also present in this event. ...
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Hear the chapter from her

A girl said that she had learnt a chapter and wanted to speak it out to actually find out how she's actually learnt. So the teacher tells another girl to listen to the chapter. So she says: Hear ...
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Are “thus” and “such that” really that old-fashioned?

I was browsing a famous social media website when I stumbled upon a post where someone was talking about how math teachers often speak and it mentioned some grammatical constructs which I often use in ...
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What does 'on' followed after 'call' mean in each sentence?

In each sentence a bundle of 'call' and 'on' has different meaning. What does 'on' followed after 'call' mean in each sentence? Why does 'to' or 'for' not use instead of 'on'? The Commissioner-...
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confusing term - “pulling a request”

To pull by the most common definition means (by Merriam-Webster) to exert force upon so as to cause motion toward the force so it is understandable (to me) that to pull a show/license indicates ...
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on comparisons: “Higher than that in y” vs “Higher than y”

I have doubts which statement is correct. I have two datasets, both have x and y. I measure variations between x and y from several aspects (aa, b, c, etc.) in both datasets and I want to compare the ...
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Dub somebody something

In the sentence the DRDO-developed anti-satellite system A-SAT successfully destroyed a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit. With this test, dubbed as Mission Shakti, India is only the fourth ...
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That light is bothering my eyes

If the light is turned on, and a person is trying to sleep,he asks the other person to turn off the light. Will it be natural to use: That light is bothering my eyes. Is there a more natural way ...
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What is the right word for a visitor visa to Japan? a Japanese visitor visa?

How should I properly refer to a Temporary Visitor's Visa used to enter Japan as a visitor? Is it: a Japanese visa or: a visa to Japan
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formal way to expressing check out some place

I am applying for a travel visa to Japan. I needed to fill out a form as the schedule of stay. On a specific date, I am supposed to say which tourist attractions and what sightseeing I will be doing ...