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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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“Comical” v. “Comedic”

Is there any semantic distinction between the words comedic and comical? I usually use the former to describe people and the latter to describe things, situations, etc.
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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?
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“Material world”, “Physical world”, “Corporeal world” - what's the difference?

What's the difference or different hues of meaning between these three phrases?
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Academic experience VS Research experience

What is the difference between academic experience and research experience? In my opinion, academic experience is a super set of research experience. Is that right? But, what other aspects should ...
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“Heat up” or “heat”

It seems they have same meaning but why are we using the phrasal verb? Or they have same meaning?
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“Interested in knowing” versus “interested to know”

I am interested to know if, for some, there is a subtle difference between the two phrases in the title. I am equally interested in knowing if there is a subtle difference.
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Difference between unsuited and unsuitable

Can you use both words as synonyms? Or only in some cases? Or do they have completely different meanings?
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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What’s the difference between “cite” and “cite to”? [closed]

From page 69 of Frederick Shauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New York state court may cite to a case decided in Vermont . . . The courts are not even required to cite to these “authorities,” let ...
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“It would the best thing I have ever seen” vs “…I had ever seen” [closed]

Just heard a song "Majestic" and as I am continuously trying to improve my English, I noticed something a bit unclear to me. A sight for sore eyes To the blind would be awful majestic It would ...
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how to handle EN US/UK differences [closed]

If you are from Great Britain, or other English speaking country (except US), or even most of European countries where you learn british-english and are working for an American company would you ...
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What is the difference of “Standing rules” of an organization and “Rules” of an organization? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the differences among ‘Rules’, ‘Standing Rules’, and ‘Bylaw’? I recently received the articles of an organization (community club) which is captioned as ...
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“Plan to do” vs. “plan on doing”

What are the differences between the following? He is planning to do something. He is planning on doing something. When to use each?
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“Except for” vs “Except In”

What is the difference between the following two? We didn't have a chance to meet, except for the campaign. We didn't have a chance to meet, except in the campaign [or "except for in the ...
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What is the difference between “take notes” and “make notes”? [closed]

Most dictionaries simply say that to take/make notes means to write notes. Is there anything more to this simple definition?
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What is the difference between “pliable” and “pliant”?

I am confused between pliable and pliant. What's the difference? The explanation in the Oxford Dictionary seems vague: pliable 1. easily bent; flexible [quality leather is ...
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Differences between “Can you play the guitar?” and “Can you play guitar?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Omission of definite article with musical instruments Is there any difference between the following sentences? Can you play the guitar? Can you play guitar?
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Which is correct: “I am drinking ice cream” or “I am eating ice cream”?

Assuming there is no material in ice cream to be chewed, which is the correct sentence? I am drinking ice cream. I am eating ice cream.
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What is the difference between “I earn $500 each month” and “I earn $500 per month”?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I earn $500 each month I earn $500 per month
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What is the difference between 'curricula' and 'curriculum'?

What is the difference between 'curricula' and 'curriculum'? Both appear to have the same definition. Are they used in the same context?
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What is more appropriate, “data” or “information” when referring to facts about something. What's the difference really?

The Computer Studies teacher quipped, "There is a lot of data out there regarding HTML programming". What does this really mean? Will it make any difference if the teacher had used "information" in ...
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How to use “know” and “realize” correctly

Are they just actually the same? Especially as in the following examples: I realize then whom I love. I know then whom I love.
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What is the difference between “legacy” and “inheritance”?

Can someone explain the difference between legacy and inheritance?
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The rules of the game vs. the laws of the game

Do rule and law have the same meaning when you talk about an activity like a game? I came across this sentence in the Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's Dictionay: "Match officials should not ...
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“Do you have” vs “Have you got”

I am studying English and I want to know the main difference between “Have you got?” and “Do you have?” questions. Are they the same? Is one more formal than the other?
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“Release”, “free”, or “delete allocated memory”?

release the allocated memory. free the allocated memory. delete the allocated memory. What are the differences between them?
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“don't” vs “didn't”

Someone sent M a package. So, M didn't receive the package. When I asked M, "Have you received the package?" What should her reply be? "I don't receive the package", or "I didn't receive the ...
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Dignitary vs VIP(Very Important Person)

Incidentally I have heard the CBS news about the Bulgarian president visit in US. The exact sentence was something like: We can't be too specific about the president's schedule due to security ...
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Is there a difference between “bitter” and “better” in pronunciation?

I was wondering if there was any difference between "bitter" and "better" in pronunciation? My assumption is that one is pronounced with a soft "d" as in "better" and the other one with a hard "t" as ...
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Differences between “stupid to the last drop” and “stupid”

My colleague was screaming You are stupid to the last drop at another colleague who accidentally formatted her hard disk. Is there such an expression as stupid to the last drop? Are there ...
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What's the difference between 'fallacy' and 'misnomer'? [closed]

In which contexts the usage vary?
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What's the difference between “universality” and “pervasiveness”?

The meanings of these two words seem the same, but their spellings are very different.
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What is the difference between “splitting something” and “dividing something”?

What is the difference between "splitting something" and "dividing something"? When do people say split and when do they say divide?
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What is the difference between “phonetic” and “phonemic”? [closed]

I've read several descriptions but I still don't understand. From what I can gather, the main (or only) difference is phonemics is not concerned with "nondistinctive elements" but I don't know what ...
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“Concatenate” vs. “merge” vs. “join” in scientific text

I wonder what the difference is between concatenate, merge and join from the lexical point of view. These words are often used in scientific or programming text. It seems to me that different authors ...
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Distinctive vs Distinguishing

Is there a difference between the two words when used for saying “that which distinguishes (something) from others”? For example … the distinctive patterns on the skin … or … the distinguishing ...
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Are the words “soul” and “spirit” synonymous? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “spirit” and “soul” Is there any difference between the two? Or do both refer to the part of body that is believed to exist ...
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What is the difference between an anthology and a florilegium?

Both words have origins meaning a gathering of flowers — one from Greek and one from Latin. Both appear to have the same definition. When should I use one rather than the other?
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Do the words “peasant” and “pissant” mean the same thing?

I recently completed reading the novel "Cat's cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut. In this novel he describes peasant as: "A pissant is somebody who thinks he's so damn smart, he can never keep his mouth ...
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Is there any rule for differentiating between the endings “th” and “ht”?

Some words end in th (length, width), and others end in ht (height, fight, tonight, caught). I sometimes have difficulties in spelling such words because I don't know which ending to choose. Is ...