Questions tagged [word-usage]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning or correctness of a word in a sentence. Give as much context as possible.

1,014 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
2answers
41 views

Making a sentence more concise and formal?

I want to express this following meaning: I tutored several students for xxx course and the students I tutored got better scores than average, specifically 17% better than the class average. I ...
0
votes
1answer
7k views

The difference vs what is different?

This is what is different between A and B This is the difference between A and B Two sentences above are all correct and have same meaning?
0
votes
1answer
777 views

“There are a number of reasons {why/that}…”

Should it be: There are a number of resons why i dont like him. Or There are a numbers of reasons that i dont like him. ? Both sentences sound well but I am confused, are both correct? When ...
0
votes
1answer
508 views

‘Not so beautiful’ vs 'less beautiful'

What I want to say is that the not so beautiful girls are less bothered by boys, and hence are more likely to succeed in studying. Girls not so beautiful are more likely to succeed in studying. ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

“what number are you?"

Today I went to the the Japanese consulate general in my city and applied for a visitor visa. The application process was like, we would get a number and wait for our numbers to be called and then we ...
0
votes
2answers
56 views

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?
0
votes
2answers
28 views

Using article in one sentence

how do i say "Have a great Sunday and a productive week ahead!"? or without article before "productive week", like "Have a great Sunday and productive week ahead!" Thanks!
0
votes
2answers
55 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
67 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
247 views

go back / return to / again

Which is correct? I am going to write an example If we want our country to be developed we have to go back to produce.... If we want our country to be developed we have to produce....again... If we ...
0
votes
1answer
981 views

Should it be was “completed” or “completed”? which one is correct?

The antidepressants that I was prescribed were giving me vertigo attacks. So I decided to stay at home until my course was completed
0
votes
1answer
305 views

Using the word “sad” after a noun

On Collins dictionary, one of the meanings of "sad" is: "If you describe someone as sad, you do not have any respect for them and think their behavior or ideas are ridiculous.", and it says that it is ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

“lead to” and “lead something/somebody to”

I am curious that the difference between lead to and lead something/somebody to. I know the verb lead can be used both intransitive and transitive way. What I want to know is that lead to, which ...
0
votes
3answers
72 views

Choose any size if desired is sold out

Is it right to say "Choose any size if desired is sold out"? If not, how can I write it in a different way
0
votes
3answers
228 views

“Rather”' 's usage before or after a verb

I would like to inquire about the accurate usage of the word "rather". I Googled "i suggest rather" and "i rather suggest". They both were used before or after a verb. I am not sure if the usage after ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

“On the whole” usage

I want to say something like this, "Blaming people on the whole (all the people) is what he always does" I mean the person is always judging/blaming all the people (or some specific group of ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

Sprinkle- word usage

I was watching this interview on TV, I've heard listening helps a lot when you're learning a new language, and this guy said "A sprinkle of sass early in the morning never hurt anyone.", and it was ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Can I use “small”/“big” to a noun “sound”?

Suppose that I could not hear a voice from a speaker. In this case, what is the proper adjective to a noun "sound"? Can I just use "small" (and "big" in the opposite case as well)? Also, if it is ...
0
votes
1answer
5k views

Can we say “rather than to + Verb”, Eg: rather than to live abroad?

Here they say We use rather than to give more importance to one thing when two alternatives or preferences are being compared: He wanted to be an actor rather than a comedian. Can we ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

I don't understand the structure in this Steve Jobs sentence “Our hardware team got to cranking out a new Mac”?

Steve Jobs said "Our hardware team got to cranking out a new Mac with Intel processors every month". See his video I think he wanted to say "....had to crank out..." have to (modal verb) (also ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Is the Usage of Pursuit in this Context Right?

Is the Usage of Pursuit in this Context Right: I've done everything I could in pursuit of her. What I mean is I've tried everything I could to find her on the internet.
0
votes
1answer
4k views

like a visit or like visiting

I like a visit to this farm. I like visiting this farm. As the word "like" is transitive verb, can I use both usage, like a visit and like visiting?
0
votes
1answer
2k views

If someone says , “I had a night out”

If someone says 'I had a night out'. Whether it means that he stayed up until the next day morning or just that day evening?
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Using “nevertheless” after “while”

Is the following use of "nevertheless" correct: While this book is outside my subject area, nevertheless, it was useful to me.
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Bring or go down 26,000 feet or by 26,000 feet

If someone asks someone to decrease the height (plane) what is a natural way to describe that? Bring the plane down by 26,000 feet. Go down by 26,000 feet. And can "by" be dropped? Go ...
-1
votes
0answers
36 views

Can we use gerund after adverbs of places, e.g. “I am on bed reading a book” and “I am at home taking care of the dog”?

I had some feeling that native speakers often use gerund after some adverbs of places. For example, "I am on bed reading a book", "I am at home taking care of the dog", and "I ...
-1
votes
1answer
34 views

“face one's men about” means 180 degrees rotation or 90 degrees?

"face one's men about" means 180 degrees rotation or 90 degrees whether it be to the right or left? I saw a movie and they say "about face" to mean "turn around".
-1
votes
0answers
11 views

Does “Can you wait some/any time” make sense? and can I use “Can you wait some minutes” instead of saying “can you wait /a couple of /a few minutes”

Do the following two sentences make sense? 1 "Can you wait some(more) time" 2 "Can you wait any(more) time" as in a couple of minutes. and can I use "Can you wait some ...
-1
votes
1answer
32 views

Swinging, waving, wielding

When I looked into my son's room again an hour later, he was still swinging/waving/wielding his plastic pirate sword (around) pretending he was fighting with someone. Which one of "swinging"...
-1
votes
0answers
16 views

Is there a difference between 'consequence analysis' and 'impact analysis'?

As the heading says – is there a difference between these two expressions: Consequence analysis Impact analysis If so, which would be the better to use in a context where one is to analyse the ...
-1
votes
0answers
17 views

Difference between “generate” and “raise”

What is the difference between these two sentences and why: The plans for the new development have raised angry protests from local residents The plans for the new development have generated angry ...
-1
votes
1answer
42 views

How do I use 'amicable' in a sentence?

I've made some sentences with the word 'amicable': An amicable family. Our relationships are amicable. We get on amicably. Does it sound normal for a native English speaker? If my sentences are ...
-1
votes
0answers
26 views

It's possible to put a direct or indirect object after “what someone call” depending on context, right?

Which sentence is incorrect? This is what they call a torch. Torch is what they call it. Is that what you call it? Is that what you call a torch? It's possible to put a direct or indirect object ...
-1
votes
1answer
41 views

“Hi Joe” vs. “Hi Mr Parker” when writing an email

Joseph Parker is an English tutor and he likes his students call him Joe. By tutor, I mean he doesn't teach at college or school. He teaches English with an online classroom. Which probably means it's ...
-1
votes
1answer
27 views

Are they interchangeable, “it's not the time to watch the match” and “the match hasn't started yet”?

The match starts at 5 pm and you turned your TV on at 4:45 pm. And you said "it's not the time to watch the match" (the same way you say "it's not time to have dinner") or "...
-1
votes
1answer
34 views

How to use “before” in the beginning of a sentence?

My sentence: Before the latter half of the 20th century, connecting electronic components together through wires was very complicated and accompanied with a big chance of failure, that is, until ...
-1
votes
1answer
62 views

“The dinner was eaten by John”, does it sound right?

Consider this one Alice was eaten by that lion. I am pretty sure it is both grammatical and idiomatic. Consider this sentence John ate his dinner. I am 100% certain it is grammatical and ...
-1
votes
2answers
39 views

How do you call someone who would emberrass hisself for items?

Is there a word to describe a person, that would embarrass hisself to obtain items? Let`s say person A would give person B something very expensive, if person B would emberrass hisself in public. How ...
-1
votes
1answer
26 views

How to use “BEFORE” , when things happen in an unexpected way

Here's the context. Something that I see often happening to a lot of people including myself is we get a taste of so many different things but never go in-depth with anything. Here's something we ...
-1
votes
1answer
42 views

Do you really use the word “google” as a verb?

Do you really use the word "google" as a verb? If so, how often? always? or you use other verb such as "search" more than "google"?
-1
votes
2answers
32 views

is this expression “a polygon (concave) edge on a group of points” clear and idiomatic?

this post is discussing a programming problem. the task is to draw some lines on the edge of 3 groups of data points. rather than covering whole area. is this expression "a polygon (concave) edge ...
-1
votes
1answer
34 views

Get diesel or gasoline/petrol filled

When the amount of diesel or petrol/gasoline is low., what will be a natural way to describe "filling the tank up"? I have to get diesel/gasoline filled. Or should it be: I have to get the ...
-1
votes
1answer
39 views

when I get a trick and apply that on my work, should I say “put it in” or “put it on”?

when I get a trick (a new way, thanks to @wavery), say, an operation that can make my PPT(PowerPoint) more impressive, I would apply that on my work. should I say "put it in" or "put it on" ?
-1
votes
1answer
25 views

Commercials are on TV,or on the channel

Can I use: Commercials are on the TV right now Commercials are on Channel XYZ. Does "on" sound natural?
-1
votes
1answer
225 views

How can I use the word sorry

What is correct He was sorry to come late last night. Or He was sorry about coming late last night.
-1
votes
2answers
55 views

Сould you say what is the core, 1-3 main meaning for ‘to get’

Once one Englishman said me that ‘to engage’ means – ‘get into contact’ in any its meanings and after that I began using it easier. I want to say that any dictionary gives many (dozen and more like ...
-1
votes
1answer
98 views

What does the phrase 'across the head' mean?

In the following sentence, I don't understand the phrase 'across the head'. Please explain it to me. The man hit the woman twice across the head.
-1
votes
2answers
45 views

In advancing , Did I used it appropiately?

Would you please let me know I have used in advancing appropriately in my sentence: Here in [my company name], I work closely with two principals which helps me a lot in advancing in my career. ...
-1
votes
4answers
638 views

Advice vs Suggestion

Can't we use 'advice' between colleagues? I and my colleague work in an international company and we are not both English-native speaker but use English for e-mail to each other. I sent to her 'if you ...