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What is the difference between “dissoluble” and “soluble”?

I noticed that there are words "dissoluble", "dissolute", and "soluble", "solute". In one word, the terms with "dis-" and without "dis-". What is the difference between them?
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“Interfere in” vs. “interfere with”

I was taught that when interfere is followed by in, it means to get involved in something that doesn't concern you; when followed by with, it means to prevent something from being done. And this is ...
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Difference between “tournament”, “competition” and “match”

I was just reading the article about TopCoder. Before this article I thought a tournament and a competition is the same. What is the difference between tournament, competition and match?
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Difference between “artifact” and “artefact”

Is there any usage preference between artifact and artefact? My understanding was that an artifact was properly applied to physical, historical objects, while an artefact was more correct for more ...
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“Decision” vs. “resolution”

I read the following sentence: We can defer a resolution, but not a decision. ...and I would like to know what the differences are between "decision" and "resolution" in that context.
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“Purge” vs. “expunge”

Whats the difference between purge and expunge, if any? For example: All the duplicate pages were expunged from the book. All the duplicate pages were purged from the book. Do these ...
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Difference between “function” and “operation”

Which one of the following is correct? Instructions given by the Vice Principal on behalf of the Principal for smooth function of the school must be followed by all staff members. or ...
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Difference between “warrior” and “soldier”

Is there any difference in meaning between warrior and soldier? Are they totally synonymous?
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Distinctly vs Distinctively

I use the latter most of the time, but I am unsure where the former is more appropriate. What are the different uses of "distinctly" vs "distinctively"?
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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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“shameful” vs “shameless” [closed]

I have seen shameful and shameless being used interchangeably, but it is surprising that they would mean the same. Is there a difference?
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“Had entries” or “had an entry”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: "Only those who qualify will be awarded a certificate" or "Only those who qualify will be awarded certificates"? In this question, there is a part ...
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“shaving cream” vs. “shave cream”

I read this term shave cream in NY Times today. According to the results in COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English), shaving cream (I also found this word in the dictionary) is far more common ...
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Difference between “movie”, “film” and “motion picture”

What is the difference between movie, film and motion picture? In school I learned that a movie is played in a cinema, but film is also used to describe this.
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If I change the part containing “conceivably”, does this sentence still have the same meaning?

I found a sentence in my programming book: Note that the delimiter does not have to be a bracket and could be conceivably any character. If I extracted the part: could be conceivably any ...
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“Scholar” vs. “scientist”

I mainly associate scholar with scholarship. But what's its etymological origin? On scientific websites both scholar and scientist seem to be used with the same meaning; A graduate working actively on ...
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Difference between “memoir” and “biography”

I am an avid reader, and noticed that books I checked out from the library lately seem to use "memoir" and "biography" interchangeably, although they are all shelved as "biographies". Is there an ...
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“cold cash” vs. “hard cash”

Context (New York Times): Besides piling into Treasuries, institutional investors are also seeking out the safety of cold, hard cash, pouring billions into commercial bank accounts backed up ...
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What's the difference between the various dialects of English?

I've read and heard "British English", "American English", "Australian English", etc. I know there are differences in accents and word choices but is there a larger difference that makes ...
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What does “life plays tricks on him” mean?

What does this statement mean? Life plays tricks on him. Is it similar to He has a twisted fate.
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“Intent” vs. “intention”

How are intent and intention distinguished in terms of usage? My guess after checking my pocket dictionary is Intent is used to mean a bad purpose. Their intent to kill the boy is crystal ...
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What's the difference between “I want” and “I am wanting”?

What is the difference between the two? Why and where is the latter very strange sounding variant used?
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“I'm starving” vs. “I'm starved”

I've heard on some American TV shows "I'm starving" instead of "I'm starved". What is the correct usage of both sentences?.
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What is the difference between “vouch” and “guarantee”?

To me, there is a difference between "vouch" and "guarantee". To vouch for someone, you are stating that because of your relationship, you have knowledge that their character is good. However, I ...
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Difference between ritual, festival, and ceremony

I am trying draw a line of distinction between these three events. As I understand it: Ritual is somewhat related to a religion. Festival is associated with a group of people and that brings ...
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What is the difference between “urgent” and “critical”?

When it comes to "the level of importance", what is the difference between "urgent" and "critical"? I have my own idea, but I recently came upon a scenario where the relative level of importance was ...
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Differences between “different”, “divergent”, “disparate” and “distinct”

What are the differences between different, divergent, disparate and distinct?
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“Recommend you to” vs. “recommend that you”

I recommend you to define those parameters beforehand. I recommend that you define those parameters beforehand. Are both sentences grammatically correct? If yes, do they mean the same thing? If ...
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“Ineffectual” vs “ineffective”

Skeptics argue that these kinds of initiatives are doomed to remain perennially peripheral and ineffectual. Intuitively, changing ineffectual to ineffective in the sentence above seems to ...
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“Adaption” vs “adaptation” [closed]

I'm writing a formal paper and have a section about the process of adapting a model to a new situation. Should I title the section model adaption or model adaptation? I'm rather confused by the ...
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“Normalization” vs. “canonicalization”

It seems both normalization and canonicalization are used to describe the effort to transform from an arbitrary form to a unique form. Is there any difference between the two words? Why is there XML ...
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Is there a difference between “elfish” and “elvish”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When to use “Elven”, “Elvish” and “Elfic”? The dictionary seems to think that they are the same. Here are their definitions: ...
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What's the difference between “jelly” and “jam”?

I've seen both words being used (peanut butter and jelly; peanut butter and jam), but I was wondering whether they were both words for the same thing, or if there's actually a distinct difference ...
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“Warranty” vs. “guarantee”

Is there any relation or difference between warranty and guarantee? What do they mean? In what situations do we use them? For example, I suppose we say When we buy something it has a warranty.
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“Consequently” versus “consequentially”

What is the difference between consequently and consequentially? My usage being what it is, and also according to the dictionary sample sentences I've found so far (thank you for the helpful comment ...
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Usage of “contributive” vs. “contributory”

Which of the two is more correct? contributory capacity or contributive capacity (referred to the capacity of a province in ancient Mesopotamia to contribute to state demand for foodstuffs)
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Differences between “world-view” and “ideology”

These terms have slightly different nuances in meaning and connotation. Would you use world-view in an academic discussion? What is the correct context? For example, would you say creationism is an ...
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Difference between “partly” and “partially”

What is the difference between partly and partially? An example of usage for each word would be great.
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“Seek” vs.“search”

I've been wondering, what is the difference between seek and search? When should one be preferred over the other?
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“Approach to” or “approach for”

When do you use approach for, and when do you use approach to? (How can I answer questions like this? In which dictionaries should I look? How do I google it?) The reason to ask this question is ...
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Difference between “yup” and “yes” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Yes”, “Yeah”, “Yep” What is the difference between yup and yes? Most of the time I use yup instead of yes.
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What's the difference between “swollen” and “inflamed”?

As the title says, what is the difference between swollen and inflamed?
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What's the difference between programmer and developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good, short, word to describe a software engineer? I'm French, and I'm a ... developer. In my language, I prefer that term over programmer. Developing ...
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“Principal” or “principle”

What is the difference between principal and principle? I frequently come across these words and get confused.
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“Known unknown” vs. “unknown known”

I was recently reading a review of Donald Rumsfeld's autobiography. The reviewer cited one of his famous phrases; he quoted it as "unknown known." Now my memory was that the phrase Rumsfeld used was ...
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Difference between phrase, idiom and expression [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between an expression and a phrase? Difference between “phrase” and “idiom” What is the difference between a phrase, an ...
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“State-of-the-art” and “technology”

I recently saw the etymology of the word technology and it comes from Greek thchni meaning art and logos which means word, reasoning, and stuff like that. So I reckon technology means doing something ...
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What is the difference between “risk” and “uncertainty”?

What is the difference between "risk" and "uncertainty"? In what situation should I use each word?
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Commas after Conjunctions

So we've already discussed at length whether it's okay to start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, and it's pretty clear that it is (and I've already done it in this sentence). But (there we ...
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“With an (instrument)” and “by (instrument)”

"We forced the door with a jimmy" is idiomatic whereas "The door was forced by jimmy" (Note there is no article after 'by' in this sentence) is also idiomatic. However, "We forced the door by jimmy" ...