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This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the several possibilities available for a particular meaning, and which one of them would be the most appropriate.

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For teaching videos or courses, I usually hear them called "introductory" level courses. Overview of (topic), introduction to (topic), (topic) basics, or (topic) fundamentals are course titles that ar …
answered Jan 31 '16 by ColleenV
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The difference between "watch" and "see" in general is the attentiveness of the observer, not the duration of the observation or the activity of what's being observed. "I watched you sleep, and saw …
answered Oct 29 '14 by ColleenV
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Indispensable is a good choice. His knowledge of human nature, inexhaustible energy, dauntless self-confidence and diplomatic finesse made him indispensable to Gustavus III. Source Also, ess …
answered Feb 20 '16 by ColleenV
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We would normally say “His viewpoint is close to mine.” Or “His viewpoint is close to my viewpoint.” Close is a good word to imply that it is similar but not exactly the same. You could also use “si …
answered Jun 26 by ColleenV
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"Hauling earth from an excavation site" is correct, but has the sense that that the earth is being moved to be used somewhere else. "Hauling earth away from a site" has the sense that the earth is bei …
answered Sep 12 '14 by ColleenV
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I agree that "journal" probably describes best what you're looking for. I think "The World & I Journal" might be a good fit because it has sophisticated writing on broad topics. From the link above: …
answered Oct 5 '14 by ColleenV
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We just had our Diwali celebration at work, and the lady who brought the Masala tea referred to it as "boiled" tea. Steep implies you took the mixture off the heat and let it sit to develop the flavor …
answered Oct 28 '14 by ColleenV
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"Imitate" can be either positive or negative (or neutral I suppose). You could imitate someone to follow their example - younger siblings often imitate older siblings. You could imitate someone in the …
answered Jan 24 '15 by ColleenV
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Any of those sentences could be used and seem completely natural in different contexts. You choose each among those expressions based on what you want to communicate. Are you talking about one chair …
answered May 9 '16 by ColleenV
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1.The lady I talked to on reception desk said that.. (for me it sounds fancy) In my AmE dialect, this is what we typically use. "Lady" here is just polite and not intended to imply she is part of …
answered Jan 8 '15 by ColleenV
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For a system of caves, we would typically use passage - "A narrow way, typically having walls on either side, allowing access between buildings or to different rooms within a building". The chambers o …
answered Feb 22 '16 by ColleenV
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Leave me a message as you get free. I would write that as: Leave me a message when you are free. Using "as" here implies that you are asking someone to do two things at the same time. …
answered Sep 20 '15 by ColleenV
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The prepositions "under" and "at" mean two different things. Consider: We shot arrows under the full moon. We shot arrows at the full moon. If I use "under" it means we were doing archery wh …
answered Jul 4 '17 by ColleenV
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There isn't a specific set of words for a cave passage, so you will just want to use comparative descriptions of length. I might group them as "short", "typical", and "long". You could also use "med …
answered Feb 22 '16 by ColleenV
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If you're frightened of dogs, I would recommend you say that and not say "I'm not a dog person." Saying that you're not a dog person implies that you just dislike dogs for some reason. A dog owner mig …
answered Apr 2 '15 by ColleenV

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