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What's the difference between nauseous and nauseated?

I read an article about the difference between nauseous and nauseated: It seems the article at last indicate that both nauseous and nauseated can mean the state of wanting to vomit. Is that true? ...
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Conjunction Puzzle: Is this clause dependent or independent?

Third grade teacher here. I plan to teach students to distinguish between simple, compound and complex sentences — but only if I can demonstrate a clear and meaningful difference between the latter ...
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What is the difference between “simulate” and “emulate”?

The words clearly have a similar meaning. But I think there must be a subtle difference. e.g. You get a "flight simulator", but an "ipad emulator". Both are pieces of software for replicating the ...
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Can object complements make any difference to sentences?

I'm reading a grammar book, and I have some questions. A. We ate the fish raw. I want Sue drunk. I prefer the music soft. I like coffee black. We drank the beer cold. This type of ...
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“Can I do X” vs. “Can't I do X”

Consider this scenarios: A: Can I do X? A: Can't I do X? In both the cases, the B replies with "Yes" to indicate A can do X and with "No" to indicate he cannot. The 1st one seems to ask for ...
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deceit vs deception

There seems to be a boundary between these concepts, but I can't quite work out where it is. Camouflage and mimicry are deceptions; telling untruths is deceitful. In common usage we would say, 'The ...
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dependent vs dependant

I find so many different "rules" on the internet that it is really hard to understand when to use these words: dependent and dependant. In the below examples, what would you pick and why: a) "Your ...
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What/How is the time?

The farmyard was deserted. Dieter had gone down the lane with Rupert and Nialla to the river, and by now they had probably already made camp. If I was lucky, I might be just in time for a cup ...
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What is the difference between “synergistic” and “synergetic”?

What is the difference between "synergistic" and "synergetic"? I believe they both speak of the cooperation of multiple things to produce an output, but how do they differ?
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'Whack someone“ vs ” Whop someone“ vs ”Wallop someone"

I noticed that, in the dictionary, the words Whack, Whop and Wallop can have a meaning resembling hit some one hard. ODO says: Whack (Verb) = strike forcefully with a sharp blow. Whop (Verb) = ...
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“To latch in a recess/groove” vs. “to catch in a recess/groove”

Is there a difference in meaning when used in a technical context? For example, does a fork latch in a recess when pressed or does it catch in the recess?
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Information that the reports can work 'off' or 'of' [closed]

Should it be Last years data set contains information that the reports can work off or Last years data set contains information that the reports can work of ?
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“Advertising” vs. “Advertisement” in US political commercials

This is the first year I noticed the verbal boilerplate at the end of US political commercials states: Group X is responsible for the content of this advertising. compared to what I recall (and ...
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Difference between “explain” and “describe” [closed]

What is the difference between "explain" and "describe"? When to use one over the other?
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How to rephrase the term “physical sciences”? [closed]

A distinction is often made in the natural sciences between the life sciences and the physical sciences. Semantically, I believe this is a false distinction. Since all life depends on a physical ...
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Difference between “to posit” and “to postulate”

What exactly is the difference in meaning between the two words posit and postulate, besides the fact that the latter one is also used as a noun? Both words are formal and their definition are ...
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Difference between a 'medicine' and a 'medicinal'

What is the exact difference between the words "medicine" and "medicinal"? For medicinal, Free Dictionary states: "A preparation or product having the properties of a medicine." But the fact ...
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The difference between “look at” and “see”

What is the difference between look at and see? For example: Can I look at it? Can I see it? Let's go to look at him. Let's go to see him.
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Proper use of “context” in a phrase

Which of the following phrases is correct? Everything is in some context. or Everything has some context.
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“At the Passing” Or “On the Passing”

Steve Ballmer writes: “I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at ...
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Does “fare” apply to non-persons?

If one pays for transportation of oneself a fare has been paid. What is paid if the transportation is of a non-person object (a parcel, a letter, a vegetable, a box of rocks)?
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What's the difference between a graph, a chart, and a plot?

A graph, a chart, and a plot can all refer to the same thing. Is there any even somewhat consistent distinction in these three words? (I mean, in this particular sense of the words; it is not ...
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Difference between “invest in” and “invest into” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Difference between “in” and “into” When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa? Since solar ...
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What is the difference, if any, between 'art', 'the arts', and 'Art'?

In answer to this question, there was some discussion about whether these two sentences are equivalent: Art nurtures the soul. The arts nurture the soul. Are they equivalent? 'The arts' is ...
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“To which extent?” vs. “To what extent?”

Is there a difference in meaning between "to which extent" and "to what extent"? Are they used in different geographical areas?
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What is the difference between “Prince William and Kate Middleton Marry” and “Prince William and Kate Middleton were married”?

In today’s New York Times (April. 30th) I saw the following line under the caption of “Royal Wedding”: “Prince William and Kate Middleton Marry: Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on ...
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Difference between “stir up” and “provoke”

Just I want to know the difference between the "stir up" and "provoke", where it should be placed exactly.
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“Cuddle”, “snuggle” or “huggle”

There is a ton of words with similar, yet slightly different meaning that describe this kind of physical affection where we touch a loved one. What is the difference between cuddle, snuggle and ...
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“Aforementioned” vs. “In question”

As I know, the words "Aforementioned" and "In question" have a similar meaning and imply referring to something that has already been mentioned, but when I looked up at the internet i found out that ...
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Exhortation v. Hortation - difference

Exhortation v. Hortation Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two? It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief ...
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“Do not rely” on something, does rely focus on never using “something”?

So, I was talking with a friend of mine a little while back about what "relying" on something means. His take was that to "rely" on something was to completely depend on the "something", as in only ...
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Is the following sentence odd? “I find them comic”

But this is the Old Bailey. He's a Lord — or she's a Lady. You may find the wigs and the ceremonial ways that people refer to each other strange or intimidating. I was advised. But I don't find ...
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When to use “in” and “at”

when do I use "in" and "at" in a sentence? for example is "I will coming to learn English in India or At India"
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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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What is the difference between “super” and “superb”?

I have seen usage of both super and superb. I also searched for meaning of these two words and found they are almost identical. Example sentences - She is a super girl. His performance in the last ...
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Similarities and differences: 'in + VERBing' vs 'VERBing' alone

Source: p 145, Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer In being an empirical response to an empirical claim, this explanation engages Realism on its own terms, and so little can be said ...
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“brain-cramp” vs “blank-out” [closed]

When mind lapses instantly I call it blank-out. Recently I have come across brain-cramp and it is providing almost same meaning as blank-out. Are both same ? Cramp word is not playing big heavy dice ...
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“I am from” vs. “I am with”

I want to say that I work for Company A or represent it. I see 2 ways to express this: I am from Company A I am with Company A Which way is correct one? What are other ways to say it? ...
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What's the difference between “general” and “generic”?

What is the difference between them? Do they have different meanings? When should I use "general" or "generic"?
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“Conventional” vs. “traditional” [closed]

What is the difference between conventional and traditional? E.g.: My grandfather used to live a conventional/traditional life.
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Difference between “Pitiful” and “Pitiable”?

Would you be kind enough to explain the nuance between "pitiful" and "pitiable"? My Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary shows two similar meanings for the aforementioned words. deserving pity or ...
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Use of the word “sovereign”?

I know this is a bit odd to ask, but I'm really stumped on this SAT question (Test 4, Section 8, Q: 17). The author is deriding the critics of television. Unlike everyone else, the theorist has ...
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Difference between a “movement” and a “campaign”

A campaign means: an organized course of action to achieve a goal A movement means: a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas Are ...
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“As I said” vs. “Like I said”

I was told that saying Like I said isn't grammatically correct although it is used a lot. That we should use As I said instead. Is it true?
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exclamatory sentence: HOW vs. WHAT?

I say: A) What a good heart you have! B) How beautiful a girl she is! C) What awful weather! D) How I wish to have a long vacation these days! E) How little money we have! Do ...
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“Moderator for” vs. “moderator of”

In OAAD, there's an example for the entry moderator: moderators of online discussion groups But I've seen the preposition for used in that context by native speakers too. Are they both correct? ...
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the difference between company and a companion [closed]

In what situation would you use company or a companion in the following sentences? I have a dog and it's my company. I have a dog and it's my companion. Can I use company instead of companion ...
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What's the difference between “lonely” and “lonesome”

Both words seem to be used interchangeably. E.g., I'm feeling lonely tonight. I'm feeling lonesome tonight. I guess I always felt "lonesome" was somehow more severe and heart-wrenching, ...
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“They all are fine” vs. “they are all fine” [closed]

The situation is that someone asks me how my family are; I then want to answer that they all are fine. I want to know whether the sentences "They all are fine." and "They are all fine." have the ...
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“will you be going home” vs. “will you go home”

What's the difference between saying; Will you be going home this summer? Will you go home this summer? Are there any differences between these in written or spoken English?