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Difference between “farrago” and “gallimaufry”?

What's the difference in spirit between "gallimaufry" and "farrago"? Are there any sentences where using one or the other would lead to a subtly different meaning? Both are defined in dictionaries as ...
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“The Stars and Stripes” vs. “Old Glory” vs. “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Is there a difference in using any which of those terms to call the national flag of the U.S.? Which one is most commonly used? The Stars and Stripes The national flag of the U.S., ...
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Difference between “click” and “press” [closed]

I want to know the difference between click and press. As we click the mouse and press a button. Where do we use press and where do we use click?
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“contractor” vs. “construction company”

I'm not a native English speaker. What is the difference between these terms, and which is more common? "contractors" vs. "construction companies" If I want to say: "It's a software vendor for ....
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Chatroom or chat room? [closed]

According to Wikipedia: The term chat room, or chatroom, is primarily used to describe any form of synchronous conferencing, occasionally even asynchronous conferencing. Merriam-Webster lists ...
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Difference between “signalize” and “signify”

Datasheets of controller chips frequently use the word "signify" to indicate the presence of something. However, I am more used to the word "signalize" and cannot tell the difference between both. ...
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To refrain or to restrain for internal emotions

I'd like to ask if there would any differences between if I changed the word restrain with the word refrain or vice versa in the following sentences? The definition is for restrain in Oxford Learner'...
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“Lowest” vs. “lowermost”

Is there any difference between the words lowest and lowermost? When should I use either of them? Possibly lowermost should never be used?
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“I am not sure if/that it will last” [closed]

I am not sure if it will last I am not sure that it will last I am not sure it will last What is the difference between these sentences?
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What's the difference between bole, stem and trunk?

Are bole, stem and trunk exactly equal? Or is there any difference in their usage? Like if one just refer to the main part and other includes the branches, stalk, etc. Looking on dictionary.com, ...
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How should I use “sell out” & “be sold out”?

I am quite confused. It seems that sometimes people use the active voice "sell out" & sometimes they use the passive voice "be sold out" to express the idea of "(of tickets for a concert, sports ...
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Difference between 'holdings' and 'estates'

I am reading a table related to production of rubber; the title of the table is Productions By Holdings And Estates. In this context, what is the difference between holdings and estates?
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What's the difference between 'if you wish' and 'If you don't mind'?

A friend sent me a message saying: You can come and keep me company if you wish. I thought: You can come and keep me company if you don't mind would have been more friendly. I'm I wrong?
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Can the verb “let” take an adjective as an object complement like to “leave”?

I was watching "Good Wife Season 7, Episode 16". Alicia was having a private time with her new boyfriend and her mother visited her daughter's house without prior notice. Alicia tried to hide him in ...
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What is the difference between “too” and “as well”?

What is the difference between "I like apples and I like oranges, too" and "I like apples and I like oranges as well" ?
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Difference in usage of “not” and “don't” [closed]

What is the difference in usage of "not" and "don't" in the poem If by Rudyard Kipling in the following expressions? don’t give way to hating don’t deal in lies don’t look too good ...
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What's the difference between “non alcohol” and “alcohol free”?

I saw a few groups on the web. A group's name is "Non alcohol ~" and another one is "Alcohol free ~". But I don't know the difference between "non alcohol" and "alcohol free". I think that "non ...
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What are the differences between listen to & start listening/I hope & I'm hoping? [closed]

I have two questions. The first question: What are the differences in meaning and grammar between "until you listen to me" and "until you start listening to me"? I'm hoping that someone can help me ...
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Are these two lines explaining the same time? [duplicate]

Are the sentences: "12 am (Midnight) Monday, March 14" and "It is due Monday at Midnight." referring to the same day, because the way they are worded makes it seem as though the first one ...
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“Not bad at all” vs. “Not at all bad”

What is the difference between the two? The weather is not bad at all. The weather is not at all bad.
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What is the difference between “cacao” and “cocoa”? [closed]

This has always made me confused. When I google it, the results seem confusing. For example, some of them says: Cocoa and cacao are kind of the same thing. They're also very different. What is ...
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Asymmetricity vs asymmetry, is there any difference in meaning or usage? [closed]

Is there any difference in meaning or usage between asymmetricity and asymmetry?
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Can I use “disactivate” instead of “deactivate”? [closed]

I was working with somebody else's source code and find them using the word “disactivate” in the code documentation as follows: disactivate the minor mode. The persistent action is to show help ...
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“Deposit” vs “down payment” vs “advance (payment)” [closed]

What is the difference? What context would I use them in? My native language only uses a single translation for all of these, afaik.
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“ Be alone ” vs “be lonely ” [closed]

I am alone. I am lonely. Do they have the same meaning? What is the difference between alone and lonely?
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“Speak loudly” vs “speak aloud” [closed]

People, speak loudly. People, speak aloud. These two sentences have the same meaning, don't they? What is the difference between loudly and aloud?
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Quieted versus quiesced

I've just seen a line of text warning of a systems upgrade that says: "...applications that utilize [the system] will be quieted on..." Leaving aside the -ize suffix on "utilize", I would have said "...
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Is there any difference between 'to affiliate with' and 'to affiliate to'?

When I was looking up the word 'affiliate', the dictionary offered the example sentences which I've been really confused from. The actual meaning of the word 'affiliate' is to cause a group to ...
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What is the difference between “As per” and “As for”? [closed]

What is the difference between "As per" and "As for"? As for our professional services or as per our professional services?
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“Need” and “do need” [duplicate]

Is “need” different from “do need” in this sentence? However, you do need to create an action and associate it with the button, so that your app knows what to do when the button is pushed!
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What is the difference.? [duplicate]

What is the main difference between these 2 sentences ? I'm just about to have lunch. I'm doing lunch Thanks in advance. ..
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What is the difference between travel and travelling?

I would like to ask whether someone can explain the exact difference between 'travel' and 'travelling' to me. Some dictionaries say that travelling is an adjective but other dictionaries say that ...
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What's the difference between “die from”, “die by” and “die of” [duplicate]

What's the difference between "died from", "died by" and "died of" in the following examples? died of an old age died by poison died from hypertension
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Are bilingual and fluent synonymous? [closed]

Do you think there is a difference between: I'm bilingual in English. I speak English fluently.
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Participating x participative [closed]

Is it possible to say that a person is 'participating'? E.g.: John is a participating student. Instead of: John is a participative student.
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Tired by waiting

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting Why Rudyard Kipling used the preposition "by"instead of "of"? What the difference?
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Less unhealthy vs. healthier

I was having a conversation with a friend regarding smoking cessation. After mentioning that I began using an e-cigarette, he referred to it as a "healthier" alternative. I refuted by stating that it ...
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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 there always a difference between 'is the' and 'is a'?

For instance, 'every dog owner is the friend of a dog owner' vs 'every dog owner is a friend of a dog owner'. For me, the former seems to imply that every dog owner is the friend of a particular dog ...
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Difference between an adjective clause and a noun clause in apposition to a noun or a pronoun?

What is the difference between an adjective clause and a noun clause in apposition to a noun or a pronoun? I am confused because the examples I found are quite similar. Noun clause in apposition to a ...
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“Have ever eaten” or “Ever ate”

I'd like to express that the steak I had (last Sunday) was the best one I have ever eaten. Is "Have ever eaten" correct or do I have to use the past simple "I ever ate", since the process (of eating) ...
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Is this sentence ambiguous? “For all subsets c, d belong to a, …”

I wrote a math practice question as For all subsets C, D belong to A, is it true..... What I meant was both C and D are the subsets of A. However, a student said what he understood is the "...
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Are “worth” and “value” interchangeable? [closed]

Say I was to describe someone (or something) as: "Having a lot of value". Could I also say: "Having a lot of worth" and mean the same thing? Edit, another example: "This document ...
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Why does the word “be” change so much?

In the phrase make <someone> {adjective}, it implies changing that person's emotion, but make <someone> be {adjective} implies forcing that person to comply. Why does the word "be", which ...
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what are the differences among the storage things? [duplicate]

What are differences among wardrobe, cupboard, closet, drawer, cabinet and other terms used for objects in which things are stored? (I can't think of other terms right now.) For me wardrobe is only ...
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What's the difference between mar and spoil? [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference between mar and spoil. It does not seem to have any difference, but I would like to know which one is more used, which is more formal and informal, and ...
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state and country [duplicate]

What's the difference between "state" and "country" Why is it the Arab states but some Asian countries? Are the two words interchageble?
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“Cost” vs “expense” — a usage question

While editing some ad copy, and I was given the sentence, "Defending a lawsuit can be a big cost for your business." (My italics.) I keep thinking the proper word to use is "expense" rather than "...
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Difference between “prima facie” and “preliminary” evidence

I came across many sentences in empirical economics papers using the term: prima facie evidence Is there any difference between "prima facie" evidence and "preliminary evidence"?
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The difference between “would” and “used to”

Is it correct to say: I worked at a software company and I would sell different programs. To me, would does not sound appropriate here for past habits. Is selling considered a state like work ...