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end up doing something VS. end up with doing something VS. end up in doing something

What is the difference between: end up with doing something end up in doing something and simply end up doing something Here is the context that triggered the question for me: The net ...
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Roll Up/Wind Up/Coil Up

Are the three equivalents? can you say: Roll the cord up Wind the cord up Coil the cord up Are the three equivalents?
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Different pronunciation of the suffix '-ege-': 'allege' vs 'renege'?

1. What are some terms that relate to this phenomenon? I want to beware of similar cases. 2. What are the reasons?
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Is there any difference netween Trade and Business? [closed]

As I faced before with these two (trade and business) words I understood there is not any different between them, but when I searched in English to Persian (my language) dictionary for exact meaning ...
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GRE Question. Why was 'reinforce' the incorrect answer in “the notes mimics/reflects/reinforces the meaning”?

From Kaplan's GRE Premier book, 2014, p. 105: Word Painting is a musical technique in which the progression of the notes ______ the meaning of the lyrics; a famous example of this can be found ...
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Is it makeup or make-up or make up?

If you take a makeup test, is it correct to call it a makeup, make up, or make-up test? I know that makeup is also what some people put on their faces to look different. I think that make-up is what ...
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What is the difference between introspection and retrospection? [closed]

I want to know what is the exact difference between introspection and retrospection. I keep hearing words like self-introspection. What does that mean? Can someone clarify with examples?
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what is the difference between speak to and talk to [duplicate]

I am confused with these two words, speak to and talk to. For example, I can say "I will never speak to a man about this." Can I substitute "speak to" here with "talk to"? Is there any difference? I ...
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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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Is there a difference between: “The coming year” and “next year”?

If it were now January, would "the coming year" be taken to mean this year? If it were November would "the coming year" refer to the next calendar year or a period running from November to November?
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Is “enough” enough?

Are both of the following sentences grammatically correct? If so, do they have the same meaning? (1) "I don't know the mechanics of that process enough to opine on it." (2) "I don't know the ...
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Why areN'T 'not least' and 'notably' interchangeable?

The example is taken from page 1 of this PDF ; The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT): You may find, however, that answering one question helps you answer the next, not least for the purposes ...
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“at least” vs. “at the least”

Could somebody please elaborate on the difference(s) between "at least" and "at the least"? Could the wrong usage potentially lead to misunderstanding or would it just be improper?
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He has been banned or He is banned [duplicate]

I'm wondering what is difference between these both? She has been banned and She is banned
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Is there any difference between “immune from” and “immune against” in the following sentence?

"His position as president renders him immune ..... criticism." Any subtle difference concerning the viability and efficacy of criticism, according to the preposition used? The Ngram shows ...
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“Most important” vs “most importantly”

I was always under impression that "most important" is correct usage when going through the list of things. We need to pack socks, toothbrushes for the trip, but most important is to pack ...
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Founder or co founder? [duplicate]

I created a website one year ago and a friend joined me on the project seven months later. So i worked one year on it and he worked four months. I searched on many website to understand the ...
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Is there a difference between negligible and neglectable?

According to wiktionary.org they are synonyms. However, most words have a slight difference in the way or in which context they are used. I would like to know those differences. For example, when one ...
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Difference between 'sort of', 'kind of' and 'somewhat'?

I was told that these three phases have the same meanings, but I want to know if there are any differences between them: sort of kind of somewhat
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“Bump one's head on something” vs. “against something”

Can anyone help me understand the difference between bumping one's head on something and bumping it against it? Is there any substantial difference or are they used interchangeably?
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Volunteerism vs volunteering

What would be the difference between saying "I engage in volunteerism" and saying "I engage in volunteering" ? Volunteerism is defined as "the use or involvement of volunteer labor, especially in ...
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Are apple trees “loaded” or “laden” with fruit? [duplicate]

Laden adj. having or carrying a large amount of something Loaded adj. filled with a great quantity Are fruit-trees laden or loaded with fruit?
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different meanings of 'number'

My motherlanguage is german, in german there are several words for slightly different meanings of the term number, or do I just not know their english counterparts? Examples: German term Ziffer: ...
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Can one use “may” and “might” in the same sentence?

Is it possible to use may and might in the same sentence to describe a potential outcome? For example: While Sara may recognise the car, Paul might not.
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Which is the better word: “byproduct” or “waste”?

At the construction and demolition project we get a lot of waste. And some materials are going to be recycled to make new products. Which word is more appropriate for describing these materials, ...
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Difference between “acting for” and “standing for”

What is the difference between “acting for” and “standing for”? See this text for example (H. Pitkin, The Concept of Representation):
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aberrant vs errant

Aberrant seems a subset of the word errant. Thus, what's the effect of the Latin prefix 'ab-'? What are the similarities and differences? What's this phenomenon called, in which a prefix or suffix ...
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What is the difference between “rate” and “grade”?

What is the difference between "rate" and "grade"? When I am awarding points 0-20 for a homework assignment, do I rate the homework or do I grade it? Or perhaps both are appropriate?
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Does the term 'noon' have exact meaning? [closed]

Say I have a meeting at 10:00 and want to postpone it to around 13:00, can I ask the other to "postpone it to noon, around 13:00"? Or the term 'noon' means exactly 12:00?
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What's the difference between “Mediary” and “Intermediary”?

I can't find a definition for Mediary, I thought they kind of mean the same thing. But how they each precisely defined? And can someone use a good example of both? Thanks
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And/Or and Except/Only

I have the following sentence: Who am I? Picture James Bond, except without the British Accent. Or the six-pack. My question is about two words: except versus only; also, or versus and. Seems ...
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Which is or are grammatically correct: “Cats are carnivores / carnivorous or carnivorous animals”? [closed]

Cats are carnivores Cats are carnivorous Cats are carnivorous animals I often hear people say those sentences and I wonder which among them is/are correct. And are there any differences in ...
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Difference between “everybody” and “everyone” [duplicate]

I would like to know the difference between these two words. Do they have a specific use?
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Usage clarification of nouns format and formatting

How do the following two sentences differ in meaning? Ensure the formatting of the text Ensure the format of the text
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Is he “making a play” for her or is he “making a pass” at her?

to make a play for someone - to attempt to attract the romantic interest of someone. to make a pass at someone - to make a romantic advance at someone. To a non-native speaker, the ...
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Difference between tune and adjust (in case of 'parameter')

I was wondering if there is a difference between tuning a parameter and adjusting a parameter. Could there be a slight difference among them?
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Would anybody please tell me what is the difference between object and goal? [closed]

Would anybody please tell me what is the difference between object and goal? I have long been facing with these words, most often being used together, especially in introductions. I am wondering ...
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What is the difference between interaction, communication, conversation, and discussion? [closed]

I think all of these are kinds of communication. But can't think the difference between the other terms
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Are “bear someone out” and “back someone up” sometimes interchangeable?

Back up - v.tr - to support Bear out - v.tr - to prove right or justified, confirm, corroborate. In the following sentences, are "bear someone out" and "back someone up" perfectly ...
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“Poorer” vs. “more poor”

As a non-native speaker I am curious about the everyday usage of more poor in contrast to poorer. The dictionary dictates poorer as the correct form, with some allowing both forms. According to ...
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Differences: “in some recent years” vs “in recent years” [closed]

I can't distinguish the differences. When(how) to use them, and context?
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When if means iff and if, respectively? [duplicate]

It seems sometimes 'if' really means 'if and only if' (abbreviated as iff), and sometimes 'if but not necessarily only if'. Is there a better usage with 'if' than the regular/default way? Should I ...
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Are these 2 sentences same. minor different, moderately different substantially different or completely different

1 (.plant if Syria obtained a nuclear power reactor and needed fresh fuel...) or2.(plant if Syria obtained a nuclear capacity reactor and needed fresh fuel..).
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Apart from the intensity of the feeling, is there any other difference between “surprised” and “astonished”?

EDITED Surprise (verb) Cause (someone) to feel mild astonishment or shock. Capture, attack, or discover suddenly and unexpectedly. ...
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Difference between promptness and promptitude

Seeing this EL&U question: 'saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you', the first word that came to my mind was promptitude which, as the definition states, can ...
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Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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Difference between audience and audiences? [closed]

I've heard some people say the word audiences in conversation. How does audiences differ from audience and when do you use it?
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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Availability to meet vs availability to meeting?

I'm writing a thank you email to thank a person for finding the time to meet with me. Which of the following two forms is correct, and why? I wanted to thank you again for your availability to meet ...
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what´s the difference between I don´t mind and I don´t care [duplicate]

I am looking for the difference meaning between 'I don´t care' and 'I don´t mind' Thank you