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'Catalyst for' vs 'catalyst to'

I came across this sentence in an exercise: 'Arkwright is considered the father of the modern industrial factory system and his inventions were a catalyst ___ the Industrial Revolution.' There are 3 ...
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Sawmills vs other mills [closed]

A flour mill makes flour. A paper mill makes paper. A puppy mill breeds puppies. But a sawmill makes... saws? No - it uses saws to make wood products. Can anyone explain the etymology or language ...
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“Easy” vs. “simple”

Are those two words equivalent or is there a difference? When would I say something is easy rather than simple, or vice versa?
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An item is originally packed or packaged?

I'm about to list a brand new CD on eBay. The listing assumes a condition note where I want to point out, that the item is brand new and originally packed. Google Translate suggests to change the ...
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What is the difference between “I forgot” and “I almost forgot”

"I forgot" and "I almost forgot" appear to be interchangeable phrases meaning "I did not remember". But the fact that I hear the longer one used more commonly (especially in scripted television or ...
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What is the difference between “temper” and “disposition”? [closed]

What is the difference between "temper" and "disposition" in reference to a person?
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What is the difference between “trans” and “inter” prefixes? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "trans" and "inter" prefixes? For example what how does "trans-disciplinary" differ from "inter-disciplinary"?
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“working fine” vs “working properly”

These two phrases have been widely used by my mates and me: My computer is working fine. My computer doesn't work properly. However, for some weird reason, it seems to me like these phrases ...
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Do we use 'nearly' or 'hardly'?

Here's the sentence: "As the year was coming to an end, NEARLY anyone doubted that either William or Philippa would win the prize while the other would come in second." I don't see why we use ...
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Repute vs. Impute?

In our vocabulary book, the definition for impute is: tr. v.: To attribute or ascribe a quality, especially a fault, to a person The definition of repute is: tr. v.: To assign a reputation ...
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Is there a link between margarita cocktail and margherita pizza? [closed]

They sound the same, but is there any link between margarita cocktail and margherita pizza?
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What are the differences between “restrictive” and “exclusive”?

In a lot of dictionaries and thesaurus, these two words appear to be synonyms from different etymologies. Are there other differences in the exact meaning of the words, in its use cases, etc?
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Sportswear vs Sportsgear

What is the difference in usage of those two words? For what I know, they both mean the same and somehow I couldn't find a dictionary entry for the word Sportsgear. Sportsgear and seen in this site, ...
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Difference between lead and leash?

He held his dog on a lead or He held his dog on a leash Both of these are acceptable English sentences. The words 'lead' and 'leash' in this context are synonymous. But what's the ...
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What is the difference between “with the times” and “with time” [closed]

I am making this statement: Indeed, the cloud computing grows in different stages with the times... and I am not sure about the difference between "with the times" with "s" and "with time" without ...
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Anything different vs Any difference

Is there a difference in meaning between the following two phrases. I'm not noticing anything different. and I'm not noticing any difference. I have a feeling that the former is a bit more ...
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What is different between “change in” and “change of” ? [closed]

I read an article that says, "Merkel's smiling asylum-seeker selfies are a lighthearted manifestation of a serious shift in her approach to dealing with refugees in Germany." I thought that "shift" ...
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What's the difference between 'seize' and 'capture'?

Here's the sentence that is confusing to me. Only twice did it [the castle] feature in serious conflict when in 1484 it was A25 _______ by Richard III and in 1645 during the Civil War when ...
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What is the subtle difference between condiment, seasoning and flavoring?

As far as I understand and definitions on Google go, all of these mean some "substance to 'enhance' the flavor of food." But what is the subtle difference in their meaning and word-usage?
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What is the meaning difference between two sentences: I expect to leave by 6 vs I expect to have left by 6

My first intuition was that the former describes a situation that does not happen yet and uncertainty of whether the speaker leaves by 6 or not and the latter shows some regret like " oh, i thought ...
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“… of the major” or “… major”, what's the difference?

I am just looking at a text review and we are unable to agree on what would be the best way of saying between the examples in the title. What is the difference between this: this study focuses on ...
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Magnificent / Splendid / fabulous / sumptuous / marvelous

Many time my mind stops working when it comes to the usage and comprehension of English synonyms. Indeed, the vastness in English language make me puzzled for the proper use of the word in sentence. ...
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usage of allure and lure

What is difference between lure and allure ? Dictionaries refer that both words convey message to attract. However I found that lure is often used to attract through false or exaggerated promises or ...
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What is the difference between trash, garbage, litter, rubbish, waste?

Could somebody please explain the differences in usage of those words? The only difference I could find is that garbage and trash is AmE, rubbish BrE and litter / waste seem to be used in BrE and AmE. ...
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Usage of prevalent and pervasive

I can't distinguish the usage of these two words: pervasive and prevalent. Almost all dictionaries define these words' meaning as spreading throughout [a medium]. One forum I have come across ...
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Usage of face, confront and encounter

I'm confused with the usage of 3 words : face, confront and encounter. I found that face is used in general condition. However, I can't distinguish rest of the two words. In what circumstances these ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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What is the difference between Mollify and Placate? [closed]

I am learning the GRE Vocabulary. so both are explained as: appease someone's anger or anxiety, make someone less angry. Difference?
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Difference between Approximate and Proximate?

So I searched and a few questions that mention variations of this word but none that asked what the difference was? I have heard: Approximate & Proximate Approximately & Proximity But ...
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What's the difference between tethering and hitching an animal?

Hitching, tethering, picketing, or securing any pack or saddle stock within 200 feet slope distance of any permanent lake, stream, spring, pond. or shelter. Doesn't both mean tying an animal to a ...
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Difference between “irascible”, “fractious”, “irritable” and “atrabilious”?

It seems that they can all mean "easily provoked to anger" irascible:Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable. fractious:Irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome. irritable:1.Capable of being ...
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Devoid vs Bereft

I am under the impression that few words have perfect synonyms that are interchangeable in all contexts considering their different connotations or literal meanings. Is there a difference between ...
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“I never was” vs. “I was never”

What is the difference between "I never was" and "I was never"? It seems that there is a subtle difference, but I can't quite grasp it. Is one of them informal? For example: I never was a good ...
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Is it ok to use “finally” at the end of the sentence like this?

Is it OK to use finally at the end of the sentence like this? I am a teacher finally. Or are the below ones only possible? I finally am a teacher. I am finally a teacher. Most people ...
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Usage of “do not ” vs “does not” [closed]

I am trying to understand the grammar behind using "do not" vs "does not". Consider the following sentences. 1a. The way items are added to the cart does not guarantee an order. vs 1b. The way ...
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What does “illuminate” mean?

What is the meaning of illuminate regarding skin appearance? What is the difference between shiny or glowing in this context?
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Can we say “same to you” in response to “nice to meet you”?

Is it ok to respond with "same to you" when someone says Nice to meet you ? I am getting confused because "you too" can be interchangeably used for "same to you".
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Long-term v lifelong [closed]

Should I say "It's been a long-term dream of mine to do sth" or "It's been a lifelong dream of mine to do sth"
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Which future tense for holidays or doctor appointments?

Although I know the general rules when to apply which tense, I'm often confused and do not really know which one to use. I can find pros and cons for each tense. Two examples: In terms of spending ...
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What is the difference between “keep on challenging” and “keep challenging”?

As I listened to the English radio, the DJ said "keep on challenging yourself". But I have known that we can also say that "keep challenging yourself". What is the role of "on" in the former ...
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Riddance vs Freedom [closed]

Riddance translate as the "Freedom action" in Portuguese. What's their difference in english? From dictionary.com: Riddance: the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable. Freedom: ...
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Difference between judgement, opinion, and fact (with examples)

I recently got into a heated debate with my girlfriend regarding the differences between what one considers judgement, opinion, and fact. Where do you draw the line? The example I gave is- Judgement: ...
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What is the difference between “part” and “component”?

Can a part mean something that (along with other things) makes up a whole, apart from meaning a piece of something? Can then part always substitute component?
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What's the differences between “Is he taking part in the play?” and “Does he take part in the play?”

I want to know the differences between "Is he taking part in the play?" and "Does he take part in the play?" Are they both grammatically correct? Thanks.
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What is the difference between hand it over to and hand it to

I need to know the difference between these two sentences: Hand it over to the police Hand it to the police
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What are the differences between these four verbs: induce, entice, tempt and seduce? [closed]

I'm confused! Can someone give me some sentences to explain the usage of these four verbs ("induce", "entice", "tempt", "seduce")? From Oxford Dictionary, "Induce": succeed in persuading or ...
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What is the difference between candidly and honestly?

In almost every dictionary, candidly and honestly are explained as having the same meaning. Still, I'm pretty sure there must be some difference, whether big or tiny. Any reasonable tip would be much ...
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when to use ' use to and used to"? [duplicate]

Please, advice if this sentence is correct " This is where I use to eat the best breakfast'. As per me, it should be like 'This is where I used to eat'.
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a question about passive voice grammar [duplicate]

What is the difference between "get/got/gotten" and "am/is/was/are/were/be/have or has been" in the (Passive Voice) grammar? For example: My computer gets/got/gotten damaged. and My ...
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the meaning and use of “no more than”

I 'm always confused about the meaning and use of "no more than " or "no more...than ". It's like the comparatives, but sometimes also like collocation. How should I distinguish it? For example, in ...