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What is the difference between 'clever' and 'cunning'?

It is common that these two words mean similar to each other, what is the difference?
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Can 'do' be used in Shall I? conversations?

Suppose we have a conversation. Shall I open the window? No, it's OK. I'll ____ it. Which verb is better here? do or open?
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Difference between elegancy and elegance

I recently saw someone use the word "elegancy" for the first time in forever, and it set me wondering about (and wandering about) why the synonym "elegance" appears to be the preferred noun. I ...
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Can you use “get” in a past tense sentence

I had a voice over where I was asked to record the following line in a script: "Our small initiative turned into a sizeable movement with the support of influencers, who helped spread the word and ...
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What is the difference between “police officer” and “policeman”? [on hold]

Is there a difference in these words? if yes, in what occasion I should to use these words?
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What's the difference between “tale” and “fiction”? [on hold]

I'm learning English and reading a 504 book. I arrive to fiction word, and I observed no difference between fiction and tale. Are they synonyms? The Longman Dictionary says for tale: a story ...
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Assume vs make assumptions [on hold]

Is there any difference in the level of formality, frequency of usage, etc? Example sentences: Never assume anything. Never make any assumptions.
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concentrate and accumulate [closed]

At http://loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=03-P13-00018 I saw For example, samples of seawater will be filtered and concentrated. I wonder the difference between "concentrate" and ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence “We got on the bus downtown”

Which one is correct? We were going downtown by the bus. We got on the bus when we were there (downtown).
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Good decision I “made” / “have made” today

As a non-native English speaker, I'm a little bit confused. Should I say: The only good decision I made today was to ... or The only good decision I have made today was to ... What is the ...
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What is the difference between “regardless” and “irrelevant”? [closed]

They are both adjective that mean not relating to something. Are the terms interchangeable?
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“impairment” vs. “impediment” (and derivatives)

Today I wrote the phrase "free from any procedural impediments" and am wondering how the meaning would change if I instead wrote "free from any procedural impairments." What is the difference ...
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Foul language vs. vulgar language [closed]

I have been able to find the differences between many pairs of words/phrases of similar meaning on Stack Exchange except for one — vulgar language and foul language. Could anyone shed some light on ...
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How about Sunday vs How about on Sunday?

"How about" are followed by nouns, clauses or Verb+ing. But is it grammatically correct to say "How about on Sunday?" I got more results Googling "How about on Sunday?" than "How about Sunday?" Which ...
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Is “plurality” a valid word, and if so, what's the difference between it and “pluralisation”?

When I saw the word "plurality" being used in a grammar context, I thought they were getting mixed up with election related terminology - winning more votes than anyone else, but not getting a ...
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What's the difference between strive and struggle

According to the Macmillan dictionary, strive is to make a lot of effort to achieve sth; and struggle to try hard to do sth that is very difficult. I would like to know the grammatic and semantic ...
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“got engaged” vs. “became engaged”

On the one hand, During the course of the summer, Esther got engaged. sounds weak and informal. On the other hand, During the course of the summer, Esther became engaged. sounds weird, ...
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has to do with vs has something to do with

What's the difference between the meanings of these two sentences? My homework has to do with last week's activity. My homework has something to do with last week's activity.
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any other vs other [closed]

What's the difference between the two sentences? I need any other books that I can replace with this. I need other books that I can replace with this.
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the difference between taunt and ridicule [migrated]

which one of these words is used as everyday English as well as means to despise someone and make fun of him for example because of his shape or Social status and so on
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Word for different office/work “cultures”

I am looking for a word to describe differences between two groups of professional fields. Our small company is having a competition for best outside-of-work pictures. There are about 10 people in ...
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Be successful vs good luck [closed]

Does it sound right to say "be successful" instead of "good luck" as a quick reply? For instance: A : I have a tough exam tomorrow. B : I hope you'll be successful in your exam. I suppose ...
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What is the difference between words “psyched” and “thrilled”?

For people like me, non-native English speakers, it's really hard to figure out the differences in their meaning between words "psyched" and "thrilled". Are they interchangeable? Is the meaning ...
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What are the differences between the following sentences? [closed]

What are the differences between the following sentences? The products are delivered. The products have been delivered
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Propriety vs. appropriateness [closed]

What it the difference (if any exists) between propriety and appropriateness? For example, is there any difference between "norms of propriety" and "norms of appropriateness"?
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“going to die” vs “to die” [migrated]

My SO from Japan contemplates two phrases: "We are going to die eventually." "We are to die eventually." Why does sentence 1. sound more correct? Is sentence 2. correct at all?
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What's the difference in meaning between at and in? [closed]

I would like to know what's the difference in meaning in the sentences below: At no time were we friends. We were friends in no time.
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Using the present tense in recounting past events

There's a particular colloquial usage of the present tense in recounting past events that has a shade of meaning that I've been unable to put my finger on. As an example, instead of: And then Bob ...
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Can LGTM and SGTM be used interchangeablay?

LGTM = Looks Good to Me SGTM = Sounds Good to Me I see these two abbreviations used frequently to express "I agree with your idea, go ahead". Can they be used interchangeably? Is there any subtle ...
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“Read the sentence aloud” vs “Speak the sentence aloud”

A. Read the sentence aloud. B. Speak the sentence aloud. Which is more natural among native English speakers? Is there any subtle difference between the two? Thanks in advance.
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Which is more certain - “sure” or “confident”?

My friend and I have an ongoing debate over which word communicates a stronger sense of conviction. For example, when I'm 98% positive of something I often say "I am confident that's how it happened, ...
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Position of “still”

I wonder which once is correct: He might still be waiting for you. or He might be still waiting for you. Do they mean the same?
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-er vs -ing when characterizing someone

For example someone wants to use both their nationality and occupation in their nickname (e.g. serb and coder), what is a better choice: coding serb coder serb I understand basic semantic ...
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Is “mail” still used for “international correspondence” in British English?

While pondering this question asked earlier today, I started to wonder why post (in the sense of correspondence) is used in British English but not American English. So I looked up the etymology of ...
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Please help me with these if conditionals [closed]

If I studied, I wouldn't fail the exam If I had studied, I wouldn't have failed the exam What is the difference between the two? Please explain.
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relation vs. relations

I've noticed that relation is used alternatively in the singular and in the plural; thus, there is a similar number of scholarly papers on "ways to conceptualize the relation" between two phenomena, ...
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Do “I saw a dream” and “I had a dream” meant the same thing? [closed]

Which of these two is more appropriate: I saw a dream. I had a dream. Is there any difference between them?
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“See these guys [infinitive]” vs. “see these guys [present participle]” [duplicate]

Which is correct: I am excited to see these guys growing up. or I am excited to see these guys grow up. Having hard time figuring out how to use gerunds in a sentence.
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What is the difference between 'tube' and 'tubing' in technical writing? [duplicate]

I write technical documentation. Our products include fluid conduits. People call them tubes, tubing, hoses, lines. When would the word tube be insufficient and tubing be required?
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Usage of “won't” instead of “didn't” in particular way of communication

I'm a bit confused about the usage of the word "won't" in a specific situation. For example, I am communicating with a person and I want to tell the person that How much ever I tried, the image ...
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“Have you washed it” vs “Did you wash it”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between these two questions? Speaker A: Your car looks very clean. Have you washed it? Did you wash it?
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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct? [duplicate]

I have two sentences and I would like to know whether both are correct or one of them should be preferred over the other: The availability of sensors in many applications necessitates that the ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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What is the difference between “I don't know” and “I wouldn't know”? [closed]

I have seen both these sentences used but don't see any obvious difference. Could you please explain in what situations one is preferable to the other.
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Names of properties [closed]

I have the entity (abstraction) Coupon. The coupon can be selected several times and used. I need to record how many times the Coupon has been selected and used. Please help to choose the names ...
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Old or older people

Which is grammatically correct? Old people are often lonely. Or Older people are often lonely. I understand context matters. I just want to know when it is right to use one or the other.
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“match” vs "fill' dimensions of a 2D object

Question I apparently misunderstand the use of "fill" and "match" as used in the situations described in the context below. I take "fill" to mean "taking up the empty internal volume of something, ...
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Is there a connection between the words “illicit” and “elicit”?

The words "illicit" and "elicit" seem to be spelled and pronounced similarly, although their meanings appear different. Is this a coincidence or is there a connection between the two words?
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What is the difference between “To finish something” and “To end something”

What is the difference between "To finish something" and "To end something" When do people say end and when do people say finish ?
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Difference in Syllabus and Curriculum

In a book in Bengali, below the title of the book they had written "Prak-Prathamik Pathyakram-pathyesuchi". The "word-to-word" meaning of it is following (found in a dictionary): ...