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Does the law define the usage of “Immunity” and “Impunity”?

I had to edit my question because I think it led to misunderstanding. For me, the definition of "immunity" is quite different from "impunity", and I know the differences. But what I don't know is ...
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Differences between formal and colloquial English? [closed]

What are the basic differences between formal and colloquial English? Is it right that colloquial English uses more contracted forms, slang expressions, phrasal verbs, subjunctive, and euphemisms? ...
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Differences between 'sensual' and 'sensuous'

Both are adjectives; Sensual: "Connected with your physical feelings; giving pleasure to your physical senses." (OALD) the origin is from Latin sensulis, from sensus 'faculty of feeling, thought, ...
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Are “particle” and “partical” the same? [closed]

Are particle and partical the same? When I check these two words in my dictionary at dict.cn, they look totally the same. Is there any difference or are they totally interchangable?
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Is unuseful more useful than useless?

I was wondering if the word unuseful is different from useless. I want to use the former to mean "not very useful", and be less offensive sometimes than to use the latter, which means "of no use at ...
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How is an Annexure different from an Appendix?

I am reviewing a rather large(~150 page) design document and I feel that some sections are more descriptive and overloaded with jargon. However, modifying those sections seem to dilute the point being ...
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Surveillance or monitoring [closed]

What better way to express " I'm watching you (spy)" : Surveillance or monitoring (monitor)? What's the difference?
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difference between “miss out” and “omit” [closed]

He missed out several important facts. He omitted several important facts. I think these two sentences are the same meaning. Is there a slight difference? A few days ago, an American native speaker ...
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Have had or Have been

I've been learning English in my company. We have just started Present Perfect and encountered 1 issue I don't quite understand. There were 2 different, not related to each other exercises. In one we ...
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Difference between “weird content” and “weirdly content” [closed]

What's the difference between weird content and weirdly content?
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Which one is more appropriate, “many a time” or “many a times”? [duplicate]

I used to think that phrases starting with 'many a ' were notionally plural but singular in usage. So, which one is more appropriate here?
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“We'll have rainy day today” vs “It is going to rain today” [closed]

I usually say, "it's raining today" when it is raining outside. When should I use the expression, "We'll have a rainy day today" instead of "It's going to rain today"? Could anybody tell me the ...
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tired of vs tired from

He is tired of that work vs. He is tired from that work. I think the two sentences are almost the same. If there is any difference, could anyone explain?
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shocking to me vs shocking for me [duplicate]

The news is shocking to me. vs The news is shocking for me. and For me, the cooking style is useless vs To me, the cooking style is useless. I think these two sentences are ...
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think of vs think about [duplicate]

I have been thinking about Mary. vs I have been thinking of Mary. Is there any slight difference? I think the above two sentences are almost the same. Let's say that the speaker broke up ...
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A very few studies or very few studies [closed]

Which is the correct form: A very few studies addressed these issues. or Very few studies addressed these issues. I was pretty sure that a few is the correct form but then I noticed that ...
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“Three way” vs. “Threesome” [closed]

My apology if I'm disrespecting the forum with such question, but after all we are here to learn. Are three way and threesome different from each other? Have I written "Three way" correctly?
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he said the project will be carried out vs he said the project would be carried out [duplicate]

When do I have to use "will + verb" after that clause? He said the project will be carried out. vs He said the project would be carried out. According to the tense agreement, I think the ...
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it seems that vs it appears that [duplicate]

It seems that he is rich. and It appears that he is rich. These two sentences seem to me similar. Is there any slight difference?
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What is the difference between 'certain' and 'specific'?

For example, what would be more appropriate to use and why: 'This guy has certain list of skills' or 'This guy has specific list of skills' I'd appreciate any other examples that would be helpful ...
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Force somebody to do something vs. force somebody into doing something

Is there a difference between 'to force somebody to do something' and 'force somebody into doing something'? What about other expressions like 'persuade sb to do/into doing sth', 'trick sb to do/into ...
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“I had chicken for dinner” vs “I ate chicken for dinner”

I had chicken for dinner. I ate chicken for dinner. Is there any difference? Could anyone tell me the difference? Probably state vs action? Which one is more colloquial?
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Other than - except for

Yesterday I used the sentence: "I know people except (for) you." and I have been told that the correct version is: "I know people other than you." Although I have been looking at related ...
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What's the difference between “right now” and “currently”?

Can anyone please tell me, what is the difference between right now and currently? Also, please give some examples for when we should use right now and currently. Thanks.
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you heard me vs did you hear me? [closed]

What's the difference? A: What is your plan for tonight? B: I am dating Jane. A: What did you say? B: You heard me? or B: Did you hear me? Both are ok, in this case?
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Which word will suit best? psalm vs. prayer

In this sentence: "The rector read out the _____" which word will suit best in the blank space? Is it psalm or prayer? What is the difference between these two words with respect to this ...
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“No better than” vs “Not better than”

He is no better than a beggar. vs He is not better than a beggar. Is the meaning roughly the same? If not, what is the difference?
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Which is more wet: ‘moist’ or ‘damp’?

Which contains more liquid, something that is moist or something that is damp? Context of question: This question was asked to a young friend of mine in her high school freshman English class. It was ...
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Difference between “valued” and “valuable”

Please explain the difference between "valued" and "valuable" when talking about goods. Which of them should be used to indicate intangible value and which to indicate price? For example, if a product ...
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Is there any difference between “exquisite” and “excellent”? [closed]

For example I could say The city has an excellent public transport system. Could I also say the following? The city has an exquisite public transport system. To my ears the second one ...
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What's the difference between segregate and separate as verb?

1 segregate somebody (from somebody) to separate people of different races, religions, or sexes and treat them in a different way a culture in which women are segregated from men Whites and blacks ...
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What's the difference between “the mechanics” and “the mechanism”

the mechanics [plural] {the way something works or is done} The exact mechanics of how payment will be made will be decided later. mechanism {a method or a system for achieving something} ...
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Difference between two personalities [closed]

What is the difference between a 'critic' and a 'cynic'? Can we use these two terms interchangeably?
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What is the difference between “body count” and “death toll”?

Not much more to explain, I guess. It seems that "death toll" is "official", while "body count" is "casual" or maybe "military". But I'm not certain.
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Give up versus give in [duplicate]

Pardon if this has been asked and answered already here, I couldn't find it by myself. What is the difference between giving in and giving up? I know one means that you're giving up/in and letting ...
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Using future perfect vs future perfect continuous [closed]

What's the difference between these two sentences: By the time he come back home, she will have worked for 45 minutes. and By the time he come back home, she will been working for 45 ...
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Nag vs. Complain

I read a text in which a guy was complaining to his friend about school. I noticed the title of the passage was "nagging". But as far as I know nag means "annoy someone by complaining a lot about ...
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Emotions vs feelings

I would really appreciate it if you could explain the difference between the two nouns. Which one has to do with physical sensations and which with mental abilities? It would also really helpful if ...
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What's the difference between “incoherence” and “inconsistency”?

I find those two words a little confusing, so what are some contexts in which it's appropriate to use the word "incoherence/incoherent" rather than "inconsistency/inconsistent"? Also, can the word ...
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The difference between whom and who [duplicate]

my first language isn't English and there's a question no teacher has been able to answer me; when exactly do you use "Whom" instead of "Who" and why? Thanks. Also, I'm new here and if you have any ...
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What's the difference between “net” and “netting”?

I recently heard the word "netting" in a conversation with an Englishman. Then looked it up to figure out what makes it different to "net". These are the two definitions I got from the Oxford ...
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Differences and use cases of “net”, “network”, “mesh”, “grid”

What are the differences between net, network, mesh and grid? If I have a look at the OED entries, I have a feeling of rather a circular definition: mesh Material made of a network of wire or ...
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What's the meaning of “knocking in my knees” in this sentence? and one more

"I tug on my skirt, willing it to be longer, wanting it to cover the knocking in my knees." -from the Hunger Games What is the difference between "to cover my knees" and the sentence above? All I ...
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What's the difference between a pathological problem and a normal problem?

I was reading some books about system design the other day, and I noticed that the authors often claimed that a system had some pathological problem. Is it possible for a problem to be not ...
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Difference between “difficult” and “hard” [closed]

According to Dictionary.com Difficult difficult [dif-i-kuhlt, -kuh lt] adjective not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed ...
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Any difference between “ashamed of something” and “ashamed of self for something”?

So I did a quick drawing and I was trying to decide what to say to my friends in regards to how I felt about it, and this idea came up. I could either say, "I'm proud, yet ashamed of myself for doing ...
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Medium or medium-sized?

We say a medium-sized pan/book/house, but medium height/amount/size. But I came across an example in Cambridge Advanced learner's Dictionary: "Chop one medium carrot." I wonder if we can use medium ...
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Difference between “to cost” and “to be worth”

What is the difference between "to cost" and "to be worth"? Are they mutually replaceable and if not why? For example, is it correct to say that something costs its price.
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“Hard disk” vs. “Hard drive” vs. “Hard disk drive”

Recently, I experienced a communication failure talking to somebody about a "hard drive" until I could actually show the person what I was talking about. "Oh, a hard disk! I thought you were ...
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Effect and Affect [duplicate]

The new equipment had a positive effect on the business. The new equipment had a positive affect on the business. Am I right in saying that the top sentence has the correct use of effect/affect and ...