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What is the difference between Backronym and Acronym?

Are Backronym and Acronym same? I don't understand the difference between these two terms.
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“that which” vs. “what”

What's the difference between "that which" and "what"? Which of the following sentences is correct, and how (if at all) do they differ? We only want to free technology from that which makes it ...
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Agile, nimble and deft [on hold]

Again, they seem to be very similar, according to The Free Dictionary definitions. Is there any difference between then?
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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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I like “the” music or I like music? [duplicate]

I like music. I like the music. I know the difference between the previous two sentences is that 'the music' is specifically talking about a music. Is there any more difference in meaning? Can you ...
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What’s the difference between a software “developer” and a software “maker”? [on hold]

We usually call someone who makes software a software developer. Why don’t we call them a software maker instead? What’s the different between software developer and software maker?
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Difference between these two sentences?

"How do I suppose to have a garden at home?" "How am I supposed to have a garden at home?" Is there any differences?
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What's the difference between “to brag” and “to boast”

Sometimes this words are used interchanged in just two consecutive sentences, therefore I don't expect there to be a big and obvious difference. Nevertheless, since people use the English language, ...
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Difference between the prefixes, “mis” and “dis” [duplicate]

What is the difference between mistrust and distrust?
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Monochrome vs. Monochromatic

What is the usage difference for the words monochrome (as an adjective) and monochromatic? Various dictionaries seem to have nearly identical definitions for the two words.
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The difference between 'gonna have to' and 'will have to'

Can anyone explain the difference between 'will have to' and 'gonna have to', please? I'm not native speaker and these statements seem exactly the same to me.
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What is the difference between supposed to and meant to

It is because it was always meant to be so. It is because it was always supposed to be so. What is the difference between meant and supposed? There must be more but all I can deconstruct ...
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Distress vs anguish

Is there any difference between the words (nouns) distress and anguish? They seem to be quite similar.
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Is it right say Invest on? [closed]

Is it correct idiomatically to say "invest on?" For example, "Invest on Peter " [a person].
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Is there a difference between “scaffold” and “scaffolding”?

Apparently scaffolding is always a substantive while scaffold can be used both as substantive and as verb (to scaffold). I'm interested in the substantive meaning of both words. Google image ...
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Break up vs breakup vs break down

I needed to break up the tasks of an estimate. I needed to breakup the tasks of an estimate. I needed to break down the tasks of an estimate. Which one of the above is correct and Why? When to use ...
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Fill out and Filling out [duplicate]

What is the difference between the sentences/the correct phrase?: "I need help to fill out the form" and "I need help filling out the form" "He helped them fill out their form" and "He helped them ...
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“is no longer working” vs “does not work anymore”

Mr.John does not work in plaza hotel, anymore vs Mr.John is no longer working at plaza hotel Which one is correct to say? If he's not working, currently.
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“make a change” or “make a difference”

I was reading a book with tests when I encountered this question: < "If you quit your job, you'll have to make do with fewer material possessions. Those who've decided to (make a change/make a ...
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What is the difference between “unfeasible” and “infeasible”?

Both "unfeasible" and "infeasible" are words according to spell-check, and they appear have similar dictionary definitions. But what is the difference between the two words? Is one more acceptable to ...
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to account for something vs. to take something into account

What is the difference of "to account for something" and "take something into account"? Example: a) Spatial regression models must take into account spatial dependence. b) The search for regional ...
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What is the difference between “to view” and “to see”?

Could you provide some usage examples when they both can be used and some in which only one of them is appropriate? In particular, which is better between "you can come and see the house" and "you can ...
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end up doing something VS. end up with doing something VS. end up in doing something

What is the difference between: end up with doing something end up in doing something and simply end up doing something Here is the context that triggered the question for me: The net ...
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Roll Up/Wind Up/Coil Up

Are the three equivalents? can you say: Roll the cord up Wind the cord up Coil the cord up Are the three equivalents?
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Different pronunciation of the suffix '-ege-': 'allege' vs 'renege'?

1. What are some terms that relate to this phenomenon? I want to beware of similar cases. 2. What are the reasons?
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Is there any difference netween Trade and Business? [closed]

As I faced before with these two (trade and business) words I understood there is not any different between them, but when I searched in English to Persian (my language) dictionary for exact meaning ...
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GRE Question. Why was 'reinforce' the incorrect answer in “the notes mimics/reflects/reinforces the meaning”?

From Kaplan's GRE Premier book, 2014, p. 105: Word Painting is a musical technique in which the progression of the notes ______ the meaning of the lyrics; a famous example of this can be found ...
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Is it makeup or make-up or make up?

If you take a makeup test, is it correct to call it a makeup, make up, or make-up test? I know that makeup is also what some people put on their faces to look different. I think that make-up is what ...
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What is the difference between introspection and retrospection? [closed]

I want to know what is the exact difference between introspection and retrospection. I keep hearing words like self-introspection. What does that mean? Can someone clarify with examples?
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what is the difference between speak to and talk to [duplicate]

I am confused with these two words, speak to and talk to. For example, I can say "I will never speak to a man about this." Can I substitute "speak to" here with "talk to"? Is there any difference? I ...
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Is there a difference between “tongue-tied” and “speechless”?

Earlier today, a student of mine was telling me a story about how his colleague, upon seeing him wearing an over-the-top jacket, was so surprised that she couldn't say anything. Question: Which ...
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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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Is “enough” enough?

Are both of the following sentences grammatically correct? If so, do they have the same meaning? (1) "I don't know the mechanics of that process enough to opine on it." (2) "I don't know the ...
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Why areN'T 'not least' and 'notably' interchangeable?

The example is taken from page 1 of this PDF ; The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT): You may find, however, that answering one question helps you answer the next, not least for the purposes ...
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“at least” vs. “at the least”

Could somebody please elaborate on the difference(s) between "at least" and "at the least"? Could the wrong usage potentially lead to misunderstanding or would it just be improper?
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He has been banned or He is banned [duplicate]

I'm wondering what is difference between these both? She has been banned and She is banned
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Is there any difference between “immune from” and “immune against” in the following sentence?

"His position as president renders him immune ..... criticism." Any subtle difference concerning the viability and efficacy of criticism, according to the preposition used? The Ngram shows ...
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“Most important” vs “most importantly”

I was always under impression that "most important" is correct usage when going through the list of things. We need to pack socks, toothbrushes for the trip, but most important is to pack ...
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Founder or co founder? [duplicate]

I created a website one year ago and a friend joined me on the project seven months later. So i worked one year on it and he worked four months. I searched on many website to understand the ...
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Is there a difference between negligible and neglectable?

According to wiktionary.org they are synonyms. However, most words have a slight difference in the way or in which context they are used. I would like to know those differences. For example, when one ...
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Difference between 'sort of', 'kind of' and 'somewhat'?

I was told that these three phases have the same meanings, but I want to know if there are any differences between them: sort of kind of somewhat
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“Bump one's head on something” vs. “against something”

Can anyone help me understand the difference between bumping one's head on something and bumping it against it? Is there any substantial difference or are they used interchangeably?
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Volunteerism vs volunteering

What would be the difference between saying "I engage in volunteerism" and saying "I engage in volunteering" ? Volunteerism is defined as "the use or involvement of volunteer labor, especially in ...
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Are apple trees “loaded” or “laden” with fruit? [duplicate]

Laden adj. having or carrying a large amount of something Loaded adj. filled with a great quantity Are fruit-trees laden or loaded with fruit?
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different meanings of 'number'

My motherlanguage is german, in german there are several words for slightly different meanings of the term number, or do I just not know their english counterparts? Examples: German term Ziffer: ...
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Can one use “may” and “might” in the same sentence?

Is it possible to use may and might in the same sentence to describe a potential outcome? For example: While Sara may recognise the car, Paul might not.
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Which is the better word: “byproduct” or “waste”?

At the construction and demolition project we get a lot of waste. And some materials are going to be recycled to make new products. Which word is more appropriate for describing these materials, ...
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Difference between “acting for” and “standing for”

What is the difference between “acting for” and “standing for”? See this text for example (H. Pitkin, The Concept of Representation):
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aberrant vs errant

Aberrant seems a subset of the word errant. Thus, what's the effect of the Latin prefix 'ab-'? What are the similarities and differences? What's this phenomenon called, in which a prefix or suffix ...
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What is difference between “huge” and “massive”? [closed]

What are the differences in meaning between huge and massive?