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What is the difference between a “mobile” and a “phone”? [on hold]

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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How to use “in respective of” and how does it compare to “in terms of”? [on hold]

How to use the expression "in respective of" and how does it compare to "in terms of"? What is their appropriate usage?
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the difference between lives and beings [on hold]

What is the difference between "lives" and "beings"? When we want to refer to all creatures in the cosmos, both human beings and all other life forms, when should we use lives, and when should we use ...
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difference between “what are you doing?“ and “what you are doing?” [on hold]

Please tell me, how we could tell using following two sentences: What are you doing? What you are doing?
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aberration vs aberrance vs aberrancy

All three nouns are derived from aberrant, the latter two are not used often I suppose considering that spell check considered them misspelt. What are the difference between the three? Are they ...
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What's the difference between legal (illegal) and lawful (unlawful)? [duplicate]

For example, why signage in national parks says "it's unlawful to feed wildlife" instead of illegal?
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Is there a difference between “heir” and “legatee”?

Merriam-Webster defines heir as "one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property" and legatee as "someone who receives money or property from a person who has died." Is there any difference ...
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Difference between Paper and Article for scientific writings

As I know, in most of situations (in scientific context) these two terms are used to point to same thing and even they are used interchangeably. For example, Theory of value with public goods: A ...
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How to address “Passive” correctly? [closed]

Are passive voice, passive construction, and passive sentence referring to the same thing? Because I find there are many ways of calling it
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verb “organise” vs. verb “order”

1) order: The verb order has different meanings. One of them is the following: to organize (things) in a particular list or series : to put things in a particular order or position 2) organise: Also ...
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What is the correct usage of the word thunk [closed]

When do you use thought as the past participle of think, & when do you use thunk?
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Difference between 'derives from' and 'prompted by'

Let's imagine we have a task and this task has a child task. So what's the difference in relation between parent task and child task if the child task has status: Derives from Was prompted by ...
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“reported no …” vs. “did not report …” [closed]

Is there a difference in meaning between "John reported no symptoms" and "John did not report any symptoms"? I always felt that there is a subtle difference between the two, former implying that John ...
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What is the difference between “deterrent” and “deterrence”? [closed]

Can they be used interchangeably? Today I wrote "deterrences" but my spell checker underlines it. Did I use it wrong or is the plural simply missing here?
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Difference between “Introduction” and “Background summary” in report writing

I have a task to do, a report writing. This one needs to be of 4 pages as directed by the assigner. I was told to write 1/4, 3/4, 2 and 1/4 pages of Introduction, Background Summary, Discussion and ...
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Difference between “mind on your body” and “body on my mind”

What's the difference between Got my mind on your body and Got your body on my mind This is in the new song Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato.
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Can you give me examples to differentiate “oxymoron”, “paradox” and “irony”? [closed]

I am really confused between the three? I already saw the past posts about those three but still I am confused. Can you give some easy examples to differentiate the three? paradox — something ...
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Lax or lenient?

I was wondering whether there is a significant difference between the two words 'lax' & 'lenient'. I was looking at the sentence: "He was pretty lenient in his punishment of us". I felt that ...
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“Whine” vs. “Grumble”

What is the difference between whine and grumble as verbs meaning complain? Does it only have to do with the pitch of your voice or are there more differences?
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What is the difference between “point of view” and “perspective”?

Until lately, my thought has been that point of view and perspective are the same. but doing grammar practice on the subjects, I find: point of view requires such explicit indications as "I, she, ...
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What is the difference between “travel” and “trip”? [duplicate]

I will go to travel. I will take a trip. Are the two words - "travel" and "trip" - the same?
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etymology of predation and predating?

Do predation and predating share a common etymology? Predation seems to imply that one species holds precedence over another species in the food chain, whereas predating seems to imply that one ...
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Explicit vs Specific

Recently I asked on the personal productivity Stack Exchange Is there specifically a reason why there isn't an ADHD tag? The context here, being that people with ADHD have issues with productivity, ...
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difference between blunt and brusque

I cannot tell the fine differences between the synonyms brusque and blunt. Blunt suggests lack of polish and of regard for the feelings of others. Brusque connotes sharpness and abruptness of speech ...
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What's the difference between the words: prison & jail? [duplicate]

How the f**k are you going to jail tomorrow. Prison. Not jail. This is a dialog from 1 episode of "Orange Is The New Black". And I thought, what's the difference between these words?
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What is the difference between differing and different? [closed]

When does one use "different" and when "differing"? Can someone please provide me with some example sentences?
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'Someway' vs 'somehow'?

What's the difference between 'someway' and 'somehow'? When I translate to my language (portuguese) on google translator, they translate the same. And on google I found only music lyrics.
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difference between 'inter-city' and 'intercity' [duplicate]

in academic writing, I always note that 'inter-city' and 'intercity' also appear in a same paper in different context. I was wondering whether the two style have any differences? thanks very much ...
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“keep in touch” VS “ keep the lines of communication open” [closed]

Is there any difference between "keep in touch" and " keep the lines of communication open"?
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If I were to have or If I should have [duplicate]

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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First name vs. Forename [closed]

I really don't understand why others are using "forename" instead of "first name". Can someone explain the difference to me?
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Does “A guy named Tony” mean the same as “A guy who's called Tony”? [duplicate]

I know the passive structure and I know its application. But I've always noticed that a few sentences which have a structure similar to the passive, although they are not exactly passive. For example: ...
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“Many issues” vs “Many are the issues”. What the difference? [closed]

I am reading the text and see "Many are the issues". Why not "Many issues"? Full example: It is an unquestionable fact that the limited financial resources allocated to a local council must be ...
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What is the difference between explicate and expound?

I googled it and got the following answer: As verbs the difference between explicate and expound is that explicate is to explain meticulously or in great detail; to elucidate; to analyze while ...
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What's the difference between “administrator” and “manager”?

I have a sense of saying an administrator is a person managing a website or a server, only because I hear it usually in the software field. But I am sure the word administrator was there before ...
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After verbs, how does 'from' compare with 'of'?

(TL;DR) 1. I've been plagued by the postverbal use of the preposition 'of'. After verbs, when describing attributes like origin or source, what are the differences between 'from' and 'of'? The verbs ...
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what is the difference between verbal and oral? [closed]

what is the difference between verbal and oral ? I am looking forward to the answer and I appreciate your effort
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What is the diferrence between “minute by minute” and “minute after minute”

I am not a native speaker therefore I would be grateful if someone could explain me what is the diferrence between "minute by minute" and "minute after minute". Thank you.
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“How are we?” vs. “How are you?”

What's the appropriate response to "How are we?" and what is it actually referring to?
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Would have find or found [closed]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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Difference in meanings [duplicate]

Recently there appeared a question as to the difference between: I can't stop laughing. I can't help laughing. and it appears there is a difference in them. Is it proper to say that ...
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Is “I can't stop laughing” the same as “I can't help laughing”?

I know "I can't help laughing" means I can't stop myself from laughing. What I want to know is "I can't stop laughing"* also means the same. Thank you guys for helping me out especially prem, your ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [closed]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...
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The difference between present continuous and present perfect continuous

Let's consider next case : You come to the office in Saturday, for example, and see that somebody finished some actions and now is sitting on your workplace (you didn't expect to meet anyone), but ...
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Incomprehensible vs Unintelligble

I'm having hard times fathoming the difference between 'Incomprehensible' and 'Unintelligble' After some research, I assume that Incomprehensible would be used to express the inability to understand ...
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I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London [duplicate]

I was meeting a lot of people while I was working in London. I met a lot of people while I was working in London. What is the difference between them? I'm not sure about these sentences. How to ...
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“Have you ever been to … when …” versus “Did you ever go to … when … ?”

Here are two sentences patterns: Have you ever been to the opera when you lived in Milan? and Did you ever go to the opera when you lived in Milan? What is the difference between them? ...
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It's suggested that he work hard. It's suggested that he works hard [duplicate]

It's suggested that he work hard.lt's suggested that he works hard. Which one is correct? I think, It is suggested that he works hard. This is correct one. But, how ? I am confused. Please clear ...
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Difference between appraise, assess and evaluate [closed]

I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference? Thanks!