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Questions tagged [word-usage]

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Shot somebody dead

To shoot somebody dead means to kill somebody with bullets. But in the sentence Just days after a terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, gunning dead 50 worshipers and injuring dozens in a ...
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Which is right? believe or believe in

You should believe me You should believe in me Both of two are natural ? When i intend to say that you should trust me
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Meanings of “back up” in American English

The Macmillan Dictionary entry for back up reads [intransitive/transitive] if traffic backs up, or if it is backed up, the vehicles are in a long line and waiting to continue moving ...
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The madurai office of Dinakaran

I was reading an article and there was a sentence; It is therefore gratifying that the Madras High Court has broken the mould to set aside the perverse acquittal of all those involved in the attack ...
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Use of “considered” in “May I be considered”

Someone was giving something away for free and I asked the below... Hello Kristian, may I be considered please, I can collect tonight after work I am asking for clarification as I was told I used ...
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Do/make a hairstyle

Is it natural to say: She made a hairstyle. She did a hairstyle. What sounds natural: make/do?
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Can “stark” be used as a synonym to “strong”?

Can "stark" be used as a synonym to "strong" or "of a strong will" in a sentence like "She was a strong person" or "You need to be strong to stay sane in captivity"?
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Word for continuous crying

Is there an exact word to describe "Sudden, loud crying / sobbing, with hiccups and gasping for air"? (To describe someone who woke up crying from a bad dream)
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What is the meaning of “a branded soul”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: There is too much adventure and wonder meant in this world to sit by the sidelines, no matter how branded soul you may possess. "Branded" generally means "...
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Anything/Something usage [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused on whether to use something or anything in the below sentences. I haven't seen something like this on our tv channels before. I haven't seen anything like this on our tv ...
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“Phone leasing” vs “Phone lease”

What should I say when talking about a payment plan I have with my mobile carrier? Should I call it Phone lease? or Phone leasing? what is the difference between these two words if there's any?
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Which part of speech is “row” in this sentence?

I read a headline in "The Hindu" which was: India, Pakistan row over Hindu sisters' abduction Has "row" been used as a verb here? I think so because if it had been a noun here then there had been ...
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Put a video on fast-forward, put it back to normal (speed)

If someone fast-forwards a video, is it natural to use: He put his video on fast-forward. And if I want it to play normally,can I say(telling the other person who fast-forwarded it) Hey! ...
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Using 'onset' as a verb? [closed]

I'm aware that 'onset' is only listed as a noun in the classical English dictionairies OED, OALD, CALD, LALD, etc. However, since the English language seems to be 'grammatically abused' more and ...
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Put the batteries,take out,out it back in

If a remote control has no batteries in it,is it natural to say: I have to put the batteries in the remote control. (Or should it be : I have to insert the batteries in) And if we remove the ...
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From/by (what sounds better?)

A boy asks a person a philanthropist why he helped a lot of people. So he replied: I get happiness and satisfaction by / from helping people. So what will be used: from/by? (I read this somewhere)...
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anything or something to eat

I'd really like ______ to eat right now. I'm really hungry! I think "anything" fits here best. I think in this way she is really hungry and can eat anything right now. In other words, she ...
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'Teleworking' or 'remote work'?

I am reading a book for learning business English, reading the text from the book I came across the term "teleworking", which is in essence a remote work. I've seen the term "remote work" various ...
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We left him behind

Four friends are running.(for fun.) So one of them asks: Where's C? So others reply: We left him behind. But he'll soon catch up with us. Is the use of 'leave behind" natural? B couldn't keep up ...
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refer to “x” by “y” or refer to “x” as “y”

How to correctly use refer to: We refer to products prior to "x" by "y" Or, We refer to products prior to "x" as "y"
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Is *flood* used as *a flood*?

I wonder if the word flood can be used as a flood. I think the word like water cannot be used as a water because it is a collective noun. In my dictionary, it writes both countable and uncountable. ...
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Natural phrase for “a dish that doesn't have a lot of salt” and “a dish that doesn't have a lot of sugar”

My friend made a dish and asked me to taste it. I said: It's okay but it has less salt.(like a bit tasteless , it's salty but not as salty as it should be ) And for cake if it doesn't have sugar: ...
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“Give me more lessons” vs “Teach me more lessons”

Can I say that someone is giving me lessons instead of teaching me lessons? Would it sound weird? For example: Give me more lessons Mister! I'm giving piano lessons. He gave me a ...
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“Spoil” vs “Ruin”

My question is, Can you spoil a moment? for example, let's say I bring home a gift for my girlfriend and she's very excited to know what's in the box, after I open up the box and show her what it is, ...
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“Next comments” or “following comments”? [closed]

Which would be more correct: “next comments” or “following comments” in the sentence: “Save my name and email for my next comments”? This sentence is used in the context of saving user's data for ...
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“The devil is in the detail” or “The devil is in details”

Which statement is correct? The devil is in the detail Or, The devil is in details
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Verbs collocating with the term “jet lag” used both as the subject and the object

Someone who has made a long journey from east to west by plane feels as if the time were several hours later than the local time. Looking for the term which may be applied to that phenomenon (or a ...
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What does “you should mention that” on this context?

I am watching and learning the Thor’s Ragnarok movie and in the beginning of the movie Thor: I thought my father killed you, half a million years ago? Surtur: I cannot die, not until I fulfil ...
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“he said no to anything containing sugar” or “he said no to everything containing sugar”?

In short Sugar is the root of every disease So we should avoid it A man had cancer at the age of 45 and he just said no to any thing containing sugar and carbonated drinks and now is aging ...
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Is it possible to say “I'm in the final stage of doing something?”

I've been playing this game where upgrading each building consists of a certain number of stages. Is it possible to say "I'm in the final stage of upgrading... say Stables?"
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Is it common to use: come first in the exams

Is it natural to use : " I came first in my exams " to mean: "I achieved first rank in my class", or does this sound dated? https://www.wikihow.com/Come-First-in-Exams I read it here, so I just ...
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You still “up” or “on” for lunch?

I text my friend: Hey,you still on for lunch? Instead of this, can I use: Hey,you still up for lunch? Are "on" and "up" interchangeable in this context?
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“The page address” or “the address of the page”?

Which would be more correct: “The page address” or “the address of the page” in the sentence: “Check the page address, or use the form below to search the site:” in the meaning of the URL?
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Is 'I was not-so-joking' correctly said?

I am writing a text in which the first sentence is a joke about my aspirations. Since my mom didn’t let me be a rockstar[...] But further on I say that I play guitar on my free time, so that the ...
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crosscheck x with z?

I am not sure about my use of the word crosscheck. I have a sentence similar to: To ensure the program correctness, we manually crosscheck the program's xyz function, and the product expiration ...
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What does “rosy” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: This is a sad sight for Mediators’ friends, who will come to depend on their rosy outlook. The complete paragraph is: Unlike their Extraverted ...
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“prior” vs. “previous” work

Are prior and previous interchangeable in this context? ... including datasets from previous work. And, ... including datasets from prior work. Can you clarify please what is the difference ...
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Why “had” in “[something] we would have made had we used [something]”?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 SHFs simulate the errors we would have made had we used this forecasting method at those points in the past. The meaning I could understand is ...
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How to use the phrase “cash advance”?

Suppose I want to withdraw money from a card through a cashier in a bank via cash advance and to deposit the money to another card. What's the most natural way to ask for this? I think "can I withdraw ...
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Can you say “I used everything up”

Given the fact that "use up" already means to use everything, can you formulate sentences like this and not sound weird at all? What happened to your toothpaste? I used everything up. is it like ...
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I sent it from my dad's number

My friend asked me to send her a picture. Later on she texted me that I didn't send it. So I replied: I sent it from my dad's number. So is the use of "number" natural" here or should be something ...
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As’ meaning in this sentence

Baby, baby, feels like maybe, things will be all right Baby, baby, your love's made me Free as a song, singin' forever This is a part of my favorite song, “only yesterday” by carpenters. And I am ...
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Be through something

A's mother asks him to get small potatoes from the attic, so his brother B asks him if A had looked through the containers carefully. A says: I have been through them all. Is the use of "through" ...
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Can I say “fingers” when referring to toes?

In my native language, there is no word for toes. You just use the same word for both toes and fingers. In this context, I would say a human has 20 fingers. Recently I've heard someone saying a ...
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Is the word “grown” required?

In Aquaman (2018) movie, Orb says to King Ricou, who is living under water: You're a kingdom of bloated philosophers and flaccid poets whose waters have grown stagnant, and it sickens me. Is the ...
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Can “take off” be used instead of “remove” in this context

A told B: Take off(to mean "remove") the grill,I have to clean it. I looked it up online. Is the use of "take off" instead of "remove" natural?
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What does the verb “curdle” mean in this context?

I read a sentence in "the Hindu" which was: At that time, a strange melange of emotions - feelings of grief, despair, shame, nostalgia curdled up. I couldn't find any satisfying meaning of curdle in ...
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Can you describe someone as luxurious?

Can you describe someone as luxurious? As in someone who likes luxurious things? We're pretty sure you can't, but we don't know what word you'd use. It's not hedonistic, that's different. We're just ...
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What is the difference between “all day” and “all the day”

Do noble deeds, not dream them all the day. Do noble deeds, not dream them all day. Can these two sentences be used interchangeably? If not, which one is correct?
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What can be used instead of the word 'depressed'?

I heard that 'depressed' is used for serious conditions such as melancholiacs. Then what word could be used for daily lives?