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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Why not 'to effect'? [closed]

To give effect to something or to carry/bring/put something into effect is to make it begin doing what it was intended to do. Are these verb phrases ('to give effect...', to + verb + into + ...
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'pray to someone' vs 'pray someone'

What are the similarities and differences? I had always believed in the first, that 'pray' admits only an indirect object. Yet Google Ngram refutes this. For example, does the following admit of ...
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What is the difference between “router” and “route”? [closed]

I need to understand the difference and the application of both words (route/routes and router/routers). I plan to apply one of words to define the route of a URL for a website. For instance: URL ...
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Present Perfect vs Present + Adjective

What are the similarities and differences, for example, between "they are agreed" vs "they've agreed." Also, is there a formal grammatical term for the construct "they are agreed" ? ...
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intermix vs mix

What are the differences? Are they everywhere interchangeable? Isn't intermix redundant, because if you mix A and B, then you must be mixing them together? For example, can mix be used in: Law and ...
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Will marry vs will get married [duplicate]

I have seen both sentences below: I will get married. I will marry. So what is the difference? Which one is recommended? Is there any difference in meaning or just grammar?
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ethic vs ethics

Would someone please compare these two? Or is this correct, even though it adduces nothing? As a noun (and not adj), ethic = A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a ...
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Bleed *at* the arm or *from* the arm?

I have, to the best of my recollection, only ever used or heard: He was bleeding from the arm. ... but my student informs me that she learnt it as: He was bleeding at the arm. The latter ...
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What is the difference between 'Frequentative' and 'Aorist'?

I've looked on Wikipedia, done some searching, and still I am unable to figure out what the difference is between the two.
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What is the difference between “not that X is going to Y” and “X is not going to Y”? [closed]

Not that running away is going to solve everything. Running away is not going to solve everything. I am not a native speaker. Is there a difference between the two?
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Is there any difference between deputies & lawmakers? [closed]

As a non-native speaker quite often I get in trouble with slight differences between concepts. So, regarding to this doubt I think both of them are used to express the same thing but I'm not sure ...
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what is the difference in the usage of the following? [duplicate]

What is the difference in the usage of "whom" and "who"? please also tell me the rules behind their usage and some examples to clarify their difference.
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“The key doesn't work” vs. “The key is not working” [closed]

Here's a situation. You go to your hotel room and the key that you have is not working. When you go back to the reception, should you say: The key is not working, can you fix it. Or The key ...
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Suasion vs Persuasion

I referenced http://english.stackexchange.com/a/22445/50720 but it doesn't apply for these nouns? suasion = [mass noun] formal Persuasion as opposed to force or compulsion: I also tried ...
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“supervisor” vs. “mentor”

In master's theses it is common to state two people who oversaw or should have overseen the project. It is common that only one of these engaged himself with the student's work. At my university ...
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What's the difference between after and afterwards? [closed]

What are you going to do afterwards? What are you going to do after? Which one is the correct one and why?
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Difference between two question formats?

I have seen people using following two formats to form a question: 1) Why do people lie? 2) Why people lie? The difference is, in the first one, there is an explicit use of do whereas the ...
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What is the difference between a Cathedral and a Minster? [closed]

In the UK we have a lot of Cathedrals. We also have York Minster but I'm unsure what is special about York that makes it a Minster rather than another Cathedral. The only other case I can think of is ...
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What's the difference between a murder and an assassination? [closed]

I am unsure what the technical difference is between a murder and an assassination. Instinctively I feel it's to do with the victim - perhaps their fame? Royalty? What is the distinction between the ...
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“An exclamation” or “An ejaculation” ? Are these words synonymous? [closed]

Exclamations and ejaculations are usually expressions of surprise or anxiety, something said quickly and suddenly. Grammatically they are always interjections and may seem to be the same kind of ...
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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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What is the difference between “as though” and “as if”? [duplicate]

I'm genuinely in confusion when it comes to using those two: can I draw a distintive line in using them? Thank you.
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“They were seduced” vs. “They were swayed”

I ran across the verb "sway" a little while ago and I was wondering about its usage. See: They were seduced by the low cost of the house. And They were swayed by the low cost of the house. ...
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“Could have” vs “might have” (in lucky escape situation)

That was a lucky escape! You might have been killed. That was a lucky escape! You could have been killed. Which one is more suitable in this situation? Is there any difference between ...
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Difference between “ad hoc” and “impromptu” [closed]

Is there any difference between "ad hoc" and "impromptu"? Can you find sentences where only one of the words is acceptable and the other is not? And where they are interchangeable? What about the ...
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what is the difference betweeen “accumulation” and “aggregation”

I looked up meriam webster and the two definitions seem to semantically largely overlap. the only thing hinting towards the existense of distinctness between the two terms, seemed to be: that the ...
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Fluctuate vs. oscillate [closed]

I understand that you say hesitate in the moral context. But what is the difference between oscillation and fluctuation? Might be you could contrast these with swinging. Is there any difference when ...
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Contemplate vs consider

After reading an article recently, I wondered when one should use contemplate over consider. I searched for the issue on Google and found that: In that context, they're essentially the same. ...
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What is the difference between saying “I wasn't knowing” and “I didn't know”? [closed]

I was wondering what is the difference between I wasn't knowing and I didn't know? If I say, I wasn't knowing, I am talking about something unknown in past, the act of not knowing is finished, it ...
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“accuracy” or “accurateness”? [closed]

Do "accuracy" and "accurateness" have the exact same meaning? When is one of them preferred over the other one? "accurateness" does not exist as an entry in Oxford Dictionary of English and Longman ...
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What is the difference?

Hello I was wondering what the difference was between these: I was having the man leave. I was having the man leaving. I had the man leaving. I had the man leave. are some of these ...
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“solve with” vs “solve for”

I would like to get a clarification whether I do understand and use those two phrases correctly or not. The context is solving a mathematical problem. solved with sth - means a problem is tackled ...
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Is “give me a five” the same as “give me five” or incorrect?

I mean the physical gesture of slapping hands together. Any difference between them? Thanks.
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“Sleep through a single night” vs. “sleep a single night”

For the next two weeks he did not sleep through a single night. Can we recast the sentence as follows? For the next two weeks he did not sleep a single night. That is, is the use of through ...
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Upside down vs downside up

Typically when something is reversed or inverted we say it is "upside down", could we also say that it is also "downside up"? For example... "The picture is upside down" could we also say it ...
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“Influences” vs. “influencers”

I want to say :"Identifying influences in different categories is interesting for companies". By "influences" I mean people, who have influence in some categories. Should I use "influences" or ...
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Difference between “repress” and “quell” [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between repress and quell? Are they interchangeable?
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“Despising look” vs “despised look”

Peter gave me a despising look. Peter gave me a despised look. Are the two statements above the same? My understanding is that in statement 1, I may have done something that Peter thinks ...
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Interdependence vs. interdependency: grammatical number

Are the two words interchangeable? If so, why is one more common in singular (interdependence) and the other in plural (interdependencies)? Look at the Google search hit numbers below: ...
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The precursor and the predecessor. What's the difference? [closed]

Wherefor does this section called 'body' must have been filled out by the 30 words? it should help people to perceive the simple questions like this a bit better? -there's close to 30 words. at any ...
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What's the difference between “title” and “name”?

I'm not sure when it's appropriate to use word "name", and when to use word "title". For example, "file name" feels right, "file title" doesn't; "document name" and "document title" seem ...
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Difference between speculation and guessing [closed]

The background to this question is in the comments below this answer on Sci-Fi. Is there a difference between "speculating" and "guessing"? My understanding is that they are pretty interchangeable ...
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Difference between “magnitude” and “extent”

Is there a difference between the two when used as in the following sentences? The extent of the disaster was initially underestimated. vs. The magnitude of the disaster was initially ...
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Mixed conditional clause type 1-3

I came across the following conditional clause while studying a grammar book published by Oxford: "If you know London so well, you shouldn't have got so hopelessly lost." The writer of the book has ...
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What’s the difference between “in” and “at” when used before a Location/Site/Country/County etc

We always were told that you could use the word in before a place which is a large space e.g. country/city etc. Whereas, before a smaller site or place you should use at. But actually I don’t know ...
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Difference in meaning between “booking is amended” and “booking has been amended” [duplicate]

What is the difference in meaning between "booking is amended" and "booking has been amended"?
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Difference between “wedding” and “marriage”

What is the correct usage between the following? A wedding anniversary A marriage anniversary? What differences are there, if any.
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“former” vs “last” as in “my former, only and last husband”

I was reading a book and found this expression: [...] my former, only and last husband. Could anyone tell me what are the differences between former and last in this case? Also, would former and ...
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'Marked by' vs 'having' in dictionary definitions

I've read definitions that differ from each other only by the words marked by and having. E.g. 'Marked by a calm demeanor' and 'having a calm demeanor'. I see this often enough that I suspect ...