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Difference between “kinds of books”, “kinds of book”, “kind of books”

I want to know the difference between the usage of "kinds of books", "kinds of book", and "kind of books".
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Difference between “cross with you” and “angry with you”

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between 'I'm cross with you' and 'I'm angry with you'? I have the feeling that being cross with someone (by the way, can you be cross 'at'? or is one always ...
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Difference between “stir up” and “provoke”

Just I want to know the difference between the "stir up" and "provoke", where it should be placed exactly.
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“Ashes” vs. “cinder”

I am a bit confused on where to use "ashes" and where "cinder". Do both of them have the same meaning?
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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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Confusion about “would it not be better if” vs “it would be better if”

non-native speaker here and I have problems with the following sentence. 'My friend asks if it would not be better for you to come here.' Does the sentence mean a) 'My friend thinks it would be ...
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What is the difference between make and do verbs?

In my native language, portuguese, "make" and "do" can be translated into one verb "fazer". When I write an English sentence I never know which one to use. So my question is regarding about when to ...
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What's the difference between “overlook”, “ignore” and “neglect”?

It seems these words all mean you didn't pay enough attention to something.
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Difference between 'obliterate' and 'eliminate'

Do obliterate and eliminate have the same meaning? They are spelled very differently.
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Is there any difference between “unproductive” and “nonproductive”?

If you can find any difference between "unproductive" and "nonproductive," could you explain that with some illustrative sentences?
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What is the difference between “filtrated” and “filtered”?

The word "filtered" seems to be much more common than "filtrated". I know that these words derive from "to filter" and "to filtrate". What is the difference in meaning between these two verbs? The ...
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“much of the time” vs “most of the time”

Are these two phrases different in meaning? When do you use "much" or "most"? I was reading a book named "The world of words" where I saw this sentence Substitution in context will help you much ...
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What's the difference between “e.g.” and “ex.”?

I know they both roughly mean "example", but which one should I use, and when?
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What's the difference between 'ignorant' and 'silly'?

while an ignorant person will flounder and encounter difficulty
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What is the difference among “human,” “human being” and “humankind”?

Those words all mean ..... WE!
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Is lolspeak bad English, or just a different English?

Is lolspeak / internet speak (such as "plz send teh codez") bad English, or a different English? I can't really describe what'd be "bad", but a lack of consistency would be an indicator it's bad.
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Difference between “ease” and “easy”

I want to know the difference between ease and easy. Please give me some examples of places to use these words.
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“Like” versus “as”

Is there any difference between the following couples of sentences? Dress as you would if you were having guests. Dress like if you were having guests. She kissed him goodbye, as usual. ...
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“We've” vs “We have” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is it appropriate to use short form of “have” ('ve) when it means possession? Can you contract the main verb in a sentence? Is we've equivalent to we ...
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What is the difference between “abduct” and “kidnap”?

What is the difference between abduct and kidnap?
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“Defense” or “defence”

Is the only difference that in USA they write it with s and in UK they write it with c, or is there anything more?
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American English: which vs that [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to use 'that' as opposed to 'which'? We've had an American Americanise some phrases for us (with the point of teaching children ...
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What is the difference between “gender” and “sex”?

What is the difference between gender and sex? Wiktionary says that gender is The mental analog of sex but that's too high English for me. Basically, I'm developing a web-application that stores ...
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US Route 101 — “The 101”

In my part of the world, we refer to highways without any article. So we drive on "Highway 64", or "Interstate 64", or "I-64". But when I go to California, they say "The 101". Is there any explanation ...
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Arrange, settle, reconcile — could these words be used before “their differences”?

Arrange, settle, reconcile — could these words be used before "their differences"? What are the differences in meaning?
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“Sunshine” and “moonlight”

A thought just came in my mind: the Sun shines, but the moon? Which is better to use, sunshine or sunlight? Can we use "Moon shines"?
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What is the distinction between “role” and “rôle” [with a circumflex]?

One of our users, Stan Rogers, mentioned there was such a distinction, I think, when he answered a question and talked about how the orthography of foreign loan-words typically changes to conform with ...
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What is the difference between metonymy and synecdoche?

What is the difference between metonymy and synecdoche?
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“Well-being” versus “happiness”

What's the difference in meaning? When should I use each one?
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“Mysterious” vs. “Perplexing”

Is there a difference between 'mysterious' and 'perplexing' when used with regard to some unexplained phenomena?
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What's the difference between “client” and “customer”?

I already asked a similar question (customer vs. client vs. user vs. consumer of on-line service) but, I believe, there may be some differences between technical and legal jargon and general usage of ...
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What's the difference between “another” and “other”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My another account” vs. “my other account” Sometime it's vague for me when to use other vs another. For example, You need to buy other ...
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Difference between “empathetic” and “empathic”

Apparently both words empathetic and empathic mean the same thing, yet I see one person refer to the specific type of writing as empathetic writing, while another empathic writing. Who's correct and ...
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“Trust” vs. “Cartel”

The establishment of trust is quite difficult but for cartel it is comparatively easy. What is the difference between trust and cartel? Does the word "oligopoly" have a different meaning in ...
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“Version” vs. “edition”

What's the difference between version and edition?
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What is the difference between “alright” and “all right”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it “alright” or “allright”? What is the difference between alright and all right?
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What is the difference between 'adjust', 'settle' and 'arrange'? [closed]

Can adjust, settle, and arrange be used interchangeably?
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What are the differences between 'offer', 'propose', and 'suggest'?

What are the differences between offer, propose, and suggest?
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Is it absolutely necessary to use “than” over “then” in a comparison? [closed]

Do you think you are smarter then me? While this question should be using than...I have to wonder if this is a debatable topic within English or is this cut and dry? If this specific instance is ...
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Difference between “magnitude” and “multitude”

What is the difference between magnitude and multitude? Quantity is a kind of property which exists as magnitude or multitude.
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Is “administrate” a valid English verb? What's the difference between it and “administer”?

We had an interesting discussion yesterday about the use of administer and administrate. I feel that there is a case for both usages -- sometimes you might administer something, and other times you ...
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What's the difference between 'resolve' and 'solve'?

What's the difference between 'resolve' and 'solve'?
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Difference between “sorcerer” and “wizard”

What is the difference between sorcerer and wizard? I know that the nomenclature is unclear. However, the common usage seems to indicate: a wizard is born an ordinary mortal, learns magic and ...
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Mike brought cake VS mike brought cake with him

What's the difference between these two expressions: Mike brought his guitar. Mike brought his guitar with him. How does "with him" change the meaning of the sentence?
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Difference between “invoice” and “bill”?

I am talking about something you should pay. "Invoice" here doesn't mean the proof of payment. Sometimes I am told to pay my "bill", and sometimes they may refer to the similar paper (physical or ...
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What is the difference between omnidirectional and non-directional?

As I understand it, omnidirectional and non-directional both indicate that something: ...is not affected by direction in any way Is the meaning of these two words equivalent.
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What's the difference between 'collision' and 'conflict'?

What's the difference between 'collision' and 'conflict'? In SQL language, should I say 'PK collision' or 'PK conflict'?
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“How about” vs. “What about”

Is there a difference between starting a question with "How about" and "What about"? Can we use both expressions interchangeably?
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“Observe” vs. “oversee”

The operator of a machine solely needs to be in control of the machine controls. Thus, they need to be physically in a location near the control panel, and in order to make sure nobody else pushes the ...
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Are there any differences between “update” and “upgrade”?

Are there any differences between "update" and "upgrade"?