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wrinkle vs. crease

What is the difference between 'wrinkle' and 'crease' talking about skin? Can we say 'wrinkles' form as you get old, and 'creases' form when you move part of your face? Like when you laugh and laugh ...
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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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Difference between elucidate and explicate

I read the definitions of these two terms rendered by various dictionaries and concluded that elucidate denotes 'to make perspicuous or intelligible (especially by explanation)'; whereas, explicate ...
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Difference between mug, jug, jar, etc [closed]

When I try to translate the German word "Krug" into English, LEO shows me without further distinction: flagon jar jug mug tankard pitcher But as far as I know, they cannot always used ...
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What is the difference between a variant and a variation?

I designed a logo for a client. He liked the idea it presented, but wanted to see alternative ways to represent its idea, so I came up with several new designs of similar concept. I now have to ...
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Is 'Mochup' the same as 'Mock-up'?

I recently came across the word 'mochup'. I am unsure if this is simply a spelling mistake of the term 'mock-up', or if it is a technical neologism with a slightly different meaning. Searching on ...
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“Skim” vs “Scan”

I've looked up the words in a bunch of dictionaries and each one says something different. As I understand they're a kind of synonyms. I scanned the article for his name. - meaning, I read it ...
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“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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“Hitler will send no warning” vs “Hitler won't send warnings”

As in this WWII poster: Are they the same thing, or are there differences in expression? Why do native speakers choose the first one?
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What is the difference between “dichotomous”, “binary”, “boolean”, etc.?

To classify species we use a method called: dichotomous biological key. It works base on true and false cycles. In computer sciences true and fulse working is called boolean and binary is a 0 and 1 ...
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Difference between the use of “resilience” and “resiliency”

I constantly hear people use the word "resiliency" (especially sports broadcasters and the like). I've always used "resilience" instead. Is there a preferred word to use in any given situation? As ...
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Meaning of various valedictions or closing expressions

Related to, but I believe distinct from, the following questions: What does the "yours" in "yours sincerely" mean? What are some expressions that can be used to end an email? ...
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“Cut into halves” vs. “cut in half”

It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves. This will cut both rectangles in half. What is the difference between halves and half? There are two answers, and it’s best to get both. "It’s ...
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How does “among” vs “between” affect the meaning of this sentence from the Times?

I realize that this has been discussed elsewhere on the site, but I was interested in the use of the preposition "among" in a sentence from a story in yesterday's New York Times: Research done by ...
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Difference between “mad” and “angry” [closed]

Are there any differences between mad and angry and when should you use one instead of the other?
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“Existence” in English and Persian

In Persian, things "have" existence, for example To vojod dari = You have existence In English existing is not something to have, it's something to be, You exist Am I wrong in saying ...
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“Firehouse” vs. “fire station”

In the United States, is firehouse used specifically to refer to the fire station in small town?
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Difference between “unto” and “to”

What are the differences between "unto" and "to"? It seems that in many contexts where the word "unto" is used, "to" could be substituted and would be perfectly correct. It reminds me of ...
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What's the difference between “swollen” and “inflamed”?

As the title says, what is the difference between swollen and inflamed?
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Difference between “chance” and “opportunity” [closed]

What would be the difference between chance and opportunity?
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What's the difference between “buy up” “buy down” “buy” and “purchase”

What's the different between: Buy up buy down purchase buy When they're all supposed to mean "to pay money"?
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“Survey” vs. “inquiry”

There are already some posts talking about inquiry, enquiry, and survey. However, a real sharp definition and distinction between survey and inquiry words is still missing and I'd like to be sure ...
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When should I use “parallel” over “parallelism”, and vice versa?

I am a bit confused about the words parallel and parallelism: When and where should one use which?
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What are the differences between 'offer', 'propose', and 'suggest'?

What are the differences between offer, propose, and suggest?
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An item is originally packed or packaged?

I'm about to list a brand new CD on eBay. The listing assumes a condition note where I want to point out, that the item is brand new and originally packed. Google Translate suggests to change the ...
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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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“replace” vs. “substitute”

When you replace somebody with somebody else, does it refer to a permanent change usually for a better one? In "The company replaced Alice with a new secretary", does it refer to a permanent change? ...
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In 2-3 days vs Within 2-3 days

I have always thought that within means "till some point" while in means "at some point". In 2 weeks - i.e. in 14 days from now. Within 2 weeks - i.e. during today or the next 14 days, not later. ...
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What is the difference between “here goes” and “here it goes”?

I’m wondering what the difference between here goes and here it goes is. When something is going down and I want to express my feeling of “I’ll make it!”, which expression is correct? For example, ...
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Other academic field distinctions like math vs maths

Growing up in the US, I was taught to say "math" and the British "maths" sounded very awkward to me until I noticed mathematics had an 's' at the end, and it occurred to me that it could be considered ...
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What is the difference between 'tweaking' and 'fine-tuning'?

When I say 'after some tweaking and fine-tuning', are they different processes, or am I just being redundant?
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Meaning of “induce of” in letters by Thomas Jefferson

March 24th 1789 In Europe I doubt whether you can; because our government gives it’s offices on it’s own knowledge of persons, and not on the recommendations of others. They give their ...
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“Have you gone” vs. “have you ever gone”

When talking about past experience, what is the difference between these two sentences? Have you gone to Hong Kong? Have you ever gone to Hong Kong?
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What is the scope of using shelved, postponed, adjourned, put off?

postponed shelved adjourned put off Exactly as in this question, I have a problem with choosing the scope of using those synonyms of postponed. What is the scope of using each of them?
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What is the difference between “anticipate” and “expect”?

My understanding is the following: I anticipate everyone will come here by 10. = "I hope it's gonna happen, but I'm not so sure about the result". I expect everyone will come here by 10. = ...
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“He feared a U.S. invasion” vs. “He feared U.S. invasion”

It it accurate to say this? He feared a U.S. invasion. Or should I say, He feared U.S. invasion. I'm trying to figure out when to place "a" in front of the U.S. when U.S. comes with a noun ...
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Difference between “hypotyposis”, “ekphrasis” and “iconotext” [closed]

What is the difference between hypotyposis, ekphrasis and iconotext?
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“Atop” versus “on top of” [closed]

I'm sure this is silly and won't be terribly difficult to answer: can one climb atop a mountain or is it proper to say climb on top of. Or does it matter? I'm thinking the latter is correct.
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“Hence the need to make X” vs. “hence the need for X”

Is either of these two sentences correct? If both are correct, is one of them more common than the other? [some arguments...] Hence the need to make an educted guess. [some arguments...] ...
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“Era”, “age”, and “epoch”

What are the differences and relations between era, age, and epoch? For example, should I say one of these? We are now in the digital era. We are now in the digital age. We are now in the digital ...
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'to' / 'rather than' / 'but' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct: “prefer X to Y” or “prefer X over Y”? I prefer walking to taking the bus I prefer walking rather than taking the bus ...
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Psychopath vs. Sociopath [closed]

Given the recent news, I've heard the words "psychopath" and "sociopath" thrown around with little to no differentiation between the two. With no regards to medical practice, what's the difference ...
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Differences in use of “mandate” and “remit”

What are the differences in use of mandate and remit? For example, Googling for the remit of gives me examples like: The remit of the BBC is to entertain, educate and inform. whereas if I google ...
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Usage of “giddy” and “dizzy”

I pinged a friend saying that I am feeling giddy and dizzy. She mistook me for being happy and thought I was expressing a positive feeling, while I was actually feeling sick and disoriented. Do we use ...
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Connotation of “significant” or “considerable”

I know that they are interchangeable and mean nearly the same. But which of them has a stronger connotation in emphasizing the extent or importance more than the other? Or are they on the same level?
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What is the difference between disseminate and distribute

The original confusion arose when I read the following sentence. --> you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication, or any of its contents, is strictly ...
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Difference between “election fraud”, “electoral fraud” and “voter fraud”

What is the difference between election fraud, electoral fraud and voter fraud? An example of usage for each word would be great.
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“vote” vs. “vote on”

Please tell me, what is the difference between vote and vote on
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To 'know' a person — online versus in person

I searched and couldn't find anything — though that surprises me. It feels like there are hard to express differences between knowing a person in real life - people I work with, people I went to ...
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What is the difference between American and British pronunciations of “world” and “girl”?

I can definitely hear a distinct difference but I am not sure if it is from the long vowel or from the "r".