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“Regret” vs. “remorse”

I would like to better understand when I have to use regret and when remorse. In Italian we have two words: Rimpianto: used when I'm sad because I didn't do something in the past (e.g. I didn't buy ...
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“Take a decision” vs. “decide”

I realise there is a small element of subjectivity, but for the purposes of efficient use of the English language, I wonder if one should say "take a decision" or simply "decide". I feel like many, if ...
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“Adaptable” vs. “flexible”

Are the words adaptable and flexible generally interchangeable? For example, do the following sentences have the same meaning? Older workers are less adaptable [...]. Older workers are less ...
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What's the difference between “stall” and “stall out”?

Can a car engine stall out? It seems to me that a plane can stall out, but a car can only stall.
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“I think …” or “In my opinion…” or “From my point of view…”

If I want to express my opinion about something, what's the most correct form? What are the differences? What is more formal and what more colloquial? For example, in Italian, nobody says In my ...
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“when would” vs “when will”

I'm trying to ask a question about the future. So which form of the verb "will" should I use? So, when will it be there? So, when would it be there?
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“Unarm” vs. “disarm”

Is there a semantic difference? I thought unarm was more popular, but Google Ngram shows otherwise.
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“Anything” vs. “any thing”

This is not a duplicate of "anymore" vs. "any more". I made sure. In that case, the two terms being compared were noun phrase (any more) vs. adverb (anymore). In this case, the two are both noun ...
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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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“To wait to do” or “to wait before doing”

I recently saw the sentence You won't have a long time to wait to do something. I would have used You won't have a long time to wait before doing something. By the way, is there a ...
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Difference between “creed” and “credo”

What is the difference between creed and credo? They seem to have the same definition in online dictionaries. Do they have different connotations?
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Semantical difference between “must not” and “not allowed to”

Both forms express an obligation not to do something (although one phrases it by declaring that permission is missing). I figure that must not sounds a little more urging but what I am interested in ...
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“Can not” vs. “cannot” [duplicate]

Is there a difference in meaning and/or connotation between "can not" and "cannot"? I have read and seen both used interchangeably, but I know people who argue for a slight difference in meaning. ...
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Difference in meaning: “would have had to be” vs “would have had to have been”

Being a non native speaker, I cannot spot the difference here: He would have had to have been there. He would have had to be there. The only thing that comes to my mind is that in the first case, ...
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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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Replacing “begin” by “commence”

Are there some specific situations where one cannot replace the verb begin by commence? All English knowledge I have at the moment I've acquired on my own, and there are still a lot of questions to ...
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How do hyphens modify the meaning of “n-month-old”?

I see three different ways of hyphenating the phrase "six month old". Six-month old: A six-month old poses with a machine gun owned by supporters of the Free Syrian Army. Six-month-old: ...
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“Innocent” vs. “immature”

I'm trying to decide how to describe someone. He is not very wise, but that is also due to his ignorance. Should I use "innocence" or "immature" and can someone please explain the difference between ...
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What's the difference between “bliss” and “happiness”? [closed]

What's the difference between bliss and happiness?
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Which of these sentences is better? [closed]

The user is redirected to your web page after the click. After the click, the user is redirected to your web page. Which kind of sentence should be used, the first, the second, or neither?
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What is the difference between “chasing” or “catching”?

What is the difference between "The police are catching the thief" and "The police are chasing the thief"?
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What is the difference between ‘discover’ and ‘uncover’?

What is the difference between ‘discover’ and ‘uncover’?
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What's the difference between using “in the way” and “on the way”?

I'm a Spanish native speaker. I'm learning English and I want to know the difference between using "in the way" and "on the way". I want to know the real meaning of both phrases. PS: Sorry for my ...
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“Ashes” vs. “cinder”

I am a bit confused on where to use "ashes" and where "cinder". Do both of them have the same meaning?
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“Brusque” vs. “curt”

What is the diffence between brusque and curt?
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Trump and Trumpery

Reading "Trumpery - A Twitter meme caused lookups to spike" on M-W got me wondering about Trump and Trumpery. I meant about the words itself and not about candidate Donald Trump's qualities. Trump ...
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Is it possible to use “ every second Saturday” instead of “every other Saturday”?

Is it possible to use " every second Saturday" instead of "every other Saturday"? What about "every two Saturdays"? Is it same as "every other Saturday"?
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the usage of “former”

You can say he's a former teacher, to refer to someone who used to be a teacher but not now. But can we say "your former teacher" to refer to "your last teacher"? Are the both the same or is there a ...
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Difference between use of “ephemeral” and “transient”?

What are some differences between the ways/contexts in which one would use "ephemeral" versus "transient", and vice versa?
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With or without apostrophe?

Why is it "King's Road or Queen's Road" but "Princes Road"? Also Wikipedia says that "Kings Road" is okay but would it be alright to say "Prince's Road"?
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Difference between 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines'

I came across the phrases 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines' several times. Please enlighten me about the origin of these two phrases and the difference between them.
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Wages and Salaries [closed]

What is the difference between Wages and Salaries? Is it a question of manual vs intellectual jobs or more a question of how frequently payments are made, weekly or monthly?
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Difference between “whereby” and “in which”?

Are there any differences between them? For example, Conversion is the process whereby a value of one type is transformed into a value of another type.
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Definite article usage: “I'm going to mosque” Or “I'm going to the mosque”?

AS Hornby says in one of his books that we should always use the before mosque, and temple unlike church. When we go to a church for prayer, we say I am going to church while we say I am ...
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sensible, sensitive, and sentient

Despite the apparently same meanings of the three words (which I looked up in Wiktionary), I would like to know if my interpretation is correct regarding their differences. "sensible" is used to ...
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When did speakers/writers of AE begin to replace the noun “quotations” with the verb “quotes”?

Not being particularly adept at using Google's Ngram viewer, I put the two words (quotes and quotations) into the viewer and it displayed a result, with the two lines staying pretty close together ...
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What are the differences between “amalgam” and “hodgepodge”/“hedgepodge”? [closed]

What are the differences between amalgam and hodgepodge/hedgepodge? I see people using them in their sentences, which seems to mean mixture of many things. Are they subtly different?
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Difference between ‘“folder” and “directory”

What is the difference between folder and directory in the context of computer science?
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Difference between “meaning of life” and “purpose of life”

I have seen and heard both, but I cannot tell the difference between "meaning of life" and "purpose of life". Could anybody explain it to me? When to use which?
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Morrow vs. Tomorrow [closed]

What's the difference between morrow and tomorrow? Why are there two similar words for the same meaning? I noticed it in the title of a song of Michael Nyman, "Second Morrow", on Gattaca OST. ...
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Difference in the implied meaning when different words for “cheating” used?

Please consider the sentences below: He chiseled me out of my dues. He swindled me out of dues. He cheated me out of my dues. Below are the definitions given by Dictionary Chisel = ...
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What is the difference between “left/right side” and “left/right-hand side”?

This question arose in the context of referring to locations in a figure, e.g.: A dot is added to the left(-hand) side of the diagram. What is the difference in meaning (if there is one)? What ...
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Difference between “synopsis” and “plot”

After commenting on this question, I started wondering what the difference between a plot and a synopsis is, or if they are exactly the same. I'm mainly looking for common usage, but anything else (...
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What is the difference between “no” and “not”? [closed]

What is the difference between "no" and "not"? We know that "no" and "not" have the same meaning. I'm studying English. I hope to get help. Sorry for my language.
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What's the difference between “distributors” and “resellers”?

I saw this in VMware's annual report: We sell and market our products largely through a network of channel partners, which includes distributors, resellers, system vendors, and systems integrators....
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Difference between “substantive” and “substantial”

My professor has asked us to give a substantive presentation in order to complete a course. I needed to look up the dictionary as this was a new word for me. Dictionaries do not point to a clear ...
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Difference between “at someone's face” vs “in someone's face” vs “to someone's face”

What is the difference between 'to my face', 'at my face' and 'in my face'? I searched it on google books and got results for all of them with various hits. Does one seem more accurate over the other? ...
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“Appear” and “seem”

Which of these verbs should I use to better support my opinion about a status of someone when I am convinced about what I am saying? The president of Czech Republic seems/appears arrogant to me.
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“On Mac OS X” vs. “in Mac OS X”

The NY Times uses both "on Mac OS X" and "in Mac OS X". Can someone explain which one seems more appropriate if there is no difference?
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“Myself” vs. “by myself”

I get confused with the following. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated. I can't do it myself. I can't do it by myself.