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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 between:...
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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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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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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): Pre-...
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Is there a difference between “on condition that” and “provided that”?

Do the terms "provided that" and "on condition that" mean the same? Or is there any difference in usage? The means will be available provided that the state will allocate its part of financing vs. ...
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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What is the difference between rite and ritual? [closed]

I have found the word rite or ritual used separately and have also found written together like "rite and ritual". But, what are differences between them. If they are related to religions, Give me ...
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What is difference between editor and redactor?

English is not my native language, so may be I overlooked something obvious? I seen in few places that "editor" and "redactor" in context of magazine or newspaper are not the same, but can't find a ...
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“the deep” vs “the depths”

What is the difference between deep (as a noun) and depths? Since deep is primarily an adjective, when one would use it rather than depths? From what I see the deep (always with the and in singular) ...
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What is the difference between “Every. Single. Day.” and “Every day” [closed]

I just saw my friend's comment about eating some food stuff that it happens with her Every. Single. Day. That just means every day, doesn't it? Now English isn't my native language. Is this ...
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laden vs. loaded [closed]

I was justed asked whether it's a british idiom to say something, for example a car is 'fully laden' as in American English 'loaded' would be used. Does anyone here know about this issue? Thanks &...
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What is the difference between “scold” and “criticize”?

The word "scold" as defined at http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/scold to speak in an angry or critical way to (someone who has done something wrong) - He scolded [=reprimanded] the ...
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Why “extraordinary” means special? [closed]

If I say something is extra spicy, it means it's very spicy. Right? So why does extraordinary mean special, instead of very ordinary?
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Why is it “Hungry Like THE Wolf”? [duplicate]

In the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like the Wolf", the definite article "the" is used instead of the indefinite article "a". Aside from artistic liberty, is there a reason this is done? What does "the ...
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Difference in “Adequate” and “Enough/sufficient” [closed]

I heard that "Adequate" and "Enough/sufficient" are almost similar words. But still there is a difference in the use of them. The question I would like to ask is the following: Can on give example ...
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Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed]

In the dictionary, I found this example (Source): I would appreciate it if you paid in cash. Clearly, this is the conditional sentence, type 2 which expresses something that is impossible in ...