Questions regarding words/phrases which are commonly confused with one another

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Verb confusion whether to use active or passive [closed]

Which of the following is correct? computer games designed to involve many players or computer games were designed to involve many players I assume the latter one is correct. Can anyone explain ...
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“Bona fide” vs “Bonafide” [closed]

Simply put - is it correct to use "Bonafide" instead of "bona fide" (with the space)? I'm planning to name a product, and wondering if I could use the single word and still be correct.
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“Conflict” Resolution: How to decide if two words are generally “unmistakable”?

Conflict Resolution in Stenographic Transcription The purpose of this question is for stenography. Stenographers often have “conflicts” in their writing, or in their typing using machine shorthand. ...
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Confusion regarding school terms

What exactly is a class? Is it the period of time of one subject? Is a subject a class? Is class a group of people or is that a grade? Is a grade a level or is it an ABCDEF in the score? I have a ...
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Low values vs small values [duplicate]

I would like to describe the indication of some numerical index, let us say x. I would like to say that if x << n then this indicate positive impact however x >> n this indicate negative ...
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What is the difference between 'comment' and 'remark'?

She made a helpful ___________ on my work. I'm of an impression that remark is casual though comment is more formal. Is it correct? What should the above sentence be considered then? - formal ...
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The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
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“array with objects” or “array of objects”

I’m confused regarding the use of “with” and “of”. Should I use “array with objects” or “array of objects”? Why?
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despite / in spite of? [closed]

I could not sleep ____ very tired . Here, I tried: I could not sleep despite I was very tired . I could not sleep in spite of very tired Which one is correct?
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To raise/lower the blinds or to draw the blinds?

I'm an English learner and I'd like to know which verb should I use when using the word venetian blinds. Do you say 'to raise/lower the blinds' or 'to pull the blinds up/down?' or 'to draw the ...
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Is there a difference between “to be backed” and “to be back”? [closed]

This question arises from a sentence in the editorial which I was reading this morning. It is understood that Modi will be back in New York on September 28 from San Francisco for a key bilateral ...
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What is the difference between a “mobile” and a “phone”? [closed]

I know many speakers who confuse these two words: mobile and phone, in conversation. Could you please explain the difference between these two terms?
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Is “Mandation” a valid word?

Is mandation a valid word? If it is, then what are its proper uses? I have heard people using this as a synonym to mandate; however, I am not exactly sure that it is a valid word.
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Restauranting (?) [closed]

I think a new word could be developed relating to the action of running a restaurant or restaurants. In Portuguese, French and in English as well, I believe, the word restauracao, restauration is too ...
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Confusing sentence, which is which?

Very difficult sentence structure. The bold part is very confusing. Although these molecules allow radiation wavelength, where most of the energy of sunlight is concentrated, to pass through, ...
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How does an animal sit on their haunches?

This should be a relatively simple question—one that I cannot seem to find anywhere. Does, for example, a dog sit down on its haunches, or sit up on its haunches? "Charlie sat up on his haunches ...
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Is there a word that means deliberately ignorant, choosing to ignore?

I know what this word really means but I cannot help to think that ignorant also means he ignores his surrounding or the consequences of his actions. "He was ignorant, unwilling to warn the police ...
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Why does 'continual' involve interruption, and 'continuous' none ?

Source: Continuous indicates duration without interruption. ... Continual indicates duration that continues over a long period of time, but with intervals of interruption. ... The ...
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How to use the phrase “come doing” properly?

How do you use the phrase 'come doing' properly? On the one hand, 'come doing' means that someone comes for doing something. For example, "Why not come dancing tonight?". This sentence never means ...
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“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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Difference between the prefixes, “mis” and “dis” [duplicate]

What is the difference between mistrust and distrust?
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Does 'invidious' imply hatred/malice for 'envy'? [closed]

invidious (adj) = (Of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others Etymology: c.1600, from Latin invidiosus "full of envy, envious," from invidia "envy, ...
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why do we say for example “ a little too late” instead of saying “ too late”

I hear some people use the word little like the example above but they don't mean it is little,are they trying no too upset the other person or ......? There are some examples if you look for it on ...
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Difference between Purchase and Procurement [closed]

I found many people use "Purchase" and "Procurement" interchangeably. Are they same? If "No" then what are the differences between them and can you please provide two different examples to show ...
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Should I say “declutter” or “unclutter”?

Which verb is more appropriate (and older) for clearing out my desk: declutter or unclutter and why? I should declutter my desk I should unclutter my desk Dictionary.com defines ...
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How to specify the letter O, not a zero

Imagine a technical specification that reads: In the text box, enter "O1" (O the letter, not the number zero) Is there a convention which achieves this explanation more succinctly, or is more ...
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What is the actual word for Leaving Out an Examination?

I am from Nepal, our primary language is not English, so many times there are confusion on words which sound similar and have similar meanings sometimes. Recently, I got into a situation, where I ...
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Correct use of lie or lay in the following context

I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lie. OR I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lay.
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a 'geek', a 'computer addict'?

As I see some people, especially internauts, just by thinking that they had posted a video in youtube, or they have a facebook account, or they've created a blogger website etc..., they simply call ...
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Are there any differences between later, latter and last? [closed]

Can I say a later bus? Or should I say a latter bus? For example I was in a hurry to catch a ... bus to the city centre.
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What is difference between “faulty” and “broken”?

I was working as an intern in Malaysia. Once day, my advisor asked me to check some electronic device. He said: "Can you check them for me if which one is faulty please separate it to another ...
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girlfriend / boyfriend confusion [duplicate]

During a discussion, I was trying to make a point; I told the woman I was speaking to, You're wrong! I have a girlfriend who plays videogames! This backfired; she assumed I had a girlfriend. How ...
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confusion of dont vs doesnt [duplicate]

i have heard that it should does/does not for he/she/it and do/don't for i/you/we/they But I am confused when i always get to hear people talking do and don't for he/she Even in a lecture i listened ...
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all but.. none but.. usage

I'm a bit confused with the usage of all but and none but: "We are all but defenseless" – should mean we are definitely defenseless? "None but misfortunes follow" – only ...
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Looking for a list of “english words” that exist in other languages, but with different meanings

I had a terrible misunderstanding with a semi-conservative Turkish woman who was offended when I said "Let's have brunch, and I'll bring some platonic female friends" I'm told that in Turkey, ...
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Difference between 'lie' and 'lie down'

What is difference between lie and lie down? Please explain with some examples.
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Raise and Rise revisited - But what if it's a noun?

I come to you again from the cooking site. I see this: What is the difference between "raise" and "rise"? and it comes close to answering my question, but not quite. In my world of ...
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When to use 'will' and when to use 'shall'? [duplicate]

I always get confused in using will and shall. Same way when to use must and should.
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“Extended” vs. “extensive” [closed]

What's the difference between these two? I found the following after some research, “Extended” has to do with time, “extensive” with space. An extended tour lasts a long time; an extensive tour ...
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Time: Move “backwards” or “forwards”

Let us pay attention to the terms back and forward in the quote below. On the 4th of June they had the drill for independence day. But if you go back further you'd find that around mid-May, they ...
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What is the difference between “brush aside” and “brush off”?

He brushed her ideas / accusations aside He brushed her ideas / accusations off She brushed him off / aside after breaking up What's the difference between brush off and brush aside? I looked the ...
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How to remember the difference between: “Can you try to open” and “Can you try opening”?

I am well aware that a similar question has been asked in the past, namely “Try to save” or “try saving”. However, I am not totally satisfied by the posted answers. My problem is that, every time I ...
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What's the difference between “get it” and “got it”? [closed]

They are not "I get it." or "I got it.". They are only "Get it." and "Got it.". I'm wondering what's the difference between them.
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Are “Czech Republic” and “Chechnya” cognates?

Let me preface this question by saying that the Czech Republic and Chechnya are two different countries. Are the two countries' names etymologically related, like Austria and Australia are? ...
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She was carrying twins and a bulky bag in her hands [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using verbs with multiple meanings I am not sure if this is Indian English but the verb carry is often used in India to speak of a pregnant woman and often without an ...
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Difference between “improvisation” and “extempore” [closed]

What is the difference between improvisation¹ and extempore² and where should one use each of these terms?
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Is Saturday night before or after Saturday? [closed]

People sometimes write something like "let's finish this work by Saturday night" or "let's meet on Saturday night". Which day and time do they mean? Is it short for tonight, and then it's on Saturday ...
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What is the error called when numbers are confused with letters?

In serial numbers etc., there are many cases where you can't tell if the intended character is a number or a letter. For example, the number 0 and the letter O, the number 1 and the letters l or I, ...
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“There’s” or “There are”?

I wanted to get the usage of There’s clarified. I have read sentences like: There’s a lot of projects on that topic. It appears to me that There’s applies to a lot of projects, rather than to ...
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You didn't miss me, right? (possible answer with correct use of English)

A) No, I didn't miss you. B) Yes, I didn't miss you. C) No, I did miss you. D) Yes, I did miss you. According to my common sense perfect answers can be C) and B) only, and reason behind it is- ...