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Difference between the use of “resilience” and “resiliency”

I constantly hear people use the word "resiliency" (especially sports broadcasters and the like). I've always used "resilience" instead. Is there a preferred word to use in any given situation? As ...
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Differences between servant, maid, page, and attendant [closed]

In an airplane, the lady attending you is known as the attendant, besides sometimes being called a stewardess or air hostess. What does she do? Just serve you. Then what is that my maid does? ...
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Evaluative vs. Normative

What is the difference between the words "evaluative" and "normative"? The former means, according to the OED, "of, pertaining to, or tending to evaluation; appraisive, estimative." How is this ...
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wasn't v.s. was not

I'd like to know whehther there are any differences/nuances in meaning between "wasn't" and "was not". Examples are: I wasn't there I was not there And: She insisted she wasn't soft on Russia She ...
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What are the differences of store(n.) and storage(n.)?

Store ex: The store's inventory has to be entered manually into the database. Storage ex: Storage closet is where you will find all our office supplies.
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I can make it, I will leave. What's the precedence and ambiguity?

Here's a scenario. I am confounded when after a discussion with a friend, they arrive at my place on Saturday, here's the transcript. her: I can make it on Saturday. me: Ok, see you then anytime! ...
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Mixed conditional clause type 1-3

I came across the following conditional clause while studying a grammar book published by Oxford: "If you know London so well, you shouldn't have got so hopelessly lost." The writer of the book has ...
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When do we use “elder” “older” and “eldest”?

I'd appreciate it if someone explained everything regarding those three adjectives. They confuse me.
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What's the difference between unapproachable and inapproachable?

Could anyone explain why does it have two versions, because as far as I know, there are some rules of formation of antonyms. Isn't there should be only one proper prefix? Or both are possible? Thank ...
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Is 'surely' the same as 'certainly'

Dictionaries provide the following- surely/ˈʃʊəli,ˈʃɔːli/ adverb, used to emphasize the speaker's firm belief that what they are saying is true and often their surprise that there is any doubt ...
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“Sick” or “ill”?

If I'm not healthy, am I sick or am I ill? Are these interchangeable, or do they merely overlap?
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outside vs out of the box [duplicate]

As a non native english speaker i wonder which one is the correct form to use ? to think outside the box ? to think out of the box ? is there any difference in meaning ?
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What is the difference between “specialist” and “expert”? [on hold]

What is the difference between "specialist" and "expert"? I want to know the difference in detail
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Different words for educational problems [on hold]

What is the difference between the following words (terms) in a context of education (online education in particular)? Quiz Exercise Assignment Problem Question Which one is more proper to use as ...
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Differences between “technic” and “technique”

Are those synonyms? Is one more acceptable in a certain dialect than the other? I checked their definition on The Free Dictionary but it's still not clear to me.
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CEO or Managing Director [duplicate]

For a small consulting firm, is it appropriate to use CEO or Managing Director as the owner of the business?
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“Prefer to do something” vs. “would prefer to do something”

Are these sentences different? "I prefer to walk." "I'd (would) prefer to walk." In some books I read one is used in general and the other in specific situations. So when you say "I prefer coffee ...
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Occupation vs. Job vs. Employment vs. Profession

What's the difference between those, if any? (In the U.S., in case it matters.) Edit: Well, the reason I ask is that Google+ has both an "Employment" section and an "Occupation" section. :P ...
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What is the difference between “to oblige” and “to obligate”?

What's the difference between oblige and obligate? Speculating, is the latter an Americanism of the British former? Or is there any distinction about what/who has caused someone to be oblig(at)ed to ...
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difference between DISTINGUISH and DISCRIMINATE [closed]

What is the difference between these words "Discriminate Distinguish and Differentiate" ? Thank you,JP
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Should I use Destination School or School Destination? [on hold]

I am writing a article on classified website. And I need to use Destination School or School Destination in one of the sentence. Which one is appropriate?
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Which one is correct? Are they correct at all? [closed]

Are they correct? Where is mistake if the are not? Is it necessary to use word "already"? 1.By the 25th of May Sally and Bob will have already agreed about schedule of their meetings. 2.Sally and ...
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Difference between nevertheless and nonetheless

I am never quite sure whether to use nevertheless or nonetheless; they seem almost synonymous to me, but I think I might be missing a subtle distinction. Is there a difference, and if so, how do I ...
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“Napkin” vs. “tissue”

I have suddenly found out that Chinese people use the word tissue instead of the word napkin. Before I checked that word in the dictionary I couldn't understand what they are talking about. Is there ...
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Difference between lateness, tardiness, and laxity? [closed]

Can someone please explain the subtle difference between these terms?
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“Dependence” vs. “dependency”

These are two words that have baffled me for long. Dependency is given as 'excessive dependence' in Chambers, but I would love to know how the spoken usage is. My guess is dependency has a political ...
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“Cut into halves” vs. “cut in half”

It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves. This will cut both rectangles in half. What is the difference between halves and half? There are two answers, and it’s best to get both. "It’s ...
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What's the difference between amusing and diverting?

I was watching Flushed Away (2006) . In one scene (00:20:46) The Toad says I know you'll find it diverting. and a minute later (00:21:57) Roddy says : Yes. I'd love to see more of your ...
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What does “shortening” mean? Is it different from “abbreviation”?

What does shortening mean? Is it different from abbreviation? I checked the dictionary, but I don't get the difference clearly.
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Past tense of wake: is there a difference between “waked”, and “woke”?

I just stumbled over the verb "to wake", which according to various sources has two valid forms for the past tense: "woke" and "waked". Some further research stated, that there seem to be two (Old / ...
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Difference between I see and I understand [closed]

What's the difference between "I see" and "I understand" ?
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What's the difference between “rent” and “hire” in British and American English?

The tip I used to teach was the verb, hire, should be used for things which are transportable hence, you hire a car, sports equipment, a boat, a bike etc. Rent, on the other hand, is primarily used ...
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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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Is there any similarity between “revolving door” in politics and revolving door for entering or exiting the buildings?

These are different definitions of "revolving door", please tell me how do they relate to each other? 1-A door, especially at the entrance of a building, typically made of three or four rigid upright ...
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What is the usage difference between dilemma and quandary

Between dilemma and quandary, what are the various denotations and connotations. A dilemma is a difficult choice, not just any difficulty or problem. The dictionaries put them as synonyms. ...
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Formal and Informal Minutes of Meeting [closed]

What is the difference between formal and informal minutes of meeting. I know that formal minutes are often required by federal, state, or local law, by-laws, charters, or regulations but what about ...
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… to feel sick Tuesday afternoon / on Tuesday afternoon / from Tuesday afternoon. Which one is correct?

Are they all correct? He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick Tuesday afternoon. He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick on Tuesday afternoon. ...
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When to use a singular verb for multiple subjects separated with 'and'? [duplicate]

I tried http://www.grammar.cl/Present/ThereIsThereAre.htm and the following, but remain mystified, so this doesn't duplicate. 1. http://english.stackexchange.com/a/13333/50720 2. "Are" vs. ...
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“Ontology” vs. “ontography”

I have yet to find a good description of the difference between ontology and ontography. Can anyone help clarify?
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“Extract” v. “Extricate”

I was having a debate with my family about the differences between the usage of extract and extricate. For example, can one extricate a non-living item? Can one extricate a hair? We have heard of ...
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Using “is” or “does”? [migrated]

Which one is correct. This is the title of my blog. Is arrival of virtual router, a death knell for physical router. Does arrival of virtual router, a death knell for physical router. Second ...
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What is the difference between a “prefix” and a “combining form”?

According to ODO, mini- is classified as a combining form. How exactly is this different from a prefix (or an affix, in general)? Can combining forms also be prefixes?
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Break up vs breakup vs break down

I needed to break up the tasks of an estimate. I needed to breakup the tasks of an estimate. I needed to break down the tasks of an estimate. Which one of the above is correct and Why? When to use ...
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How much does “can” change my meaning?

How much of a difference in meaning is there between these three sentences, and are any of them better suited to formal writing than the others? They must [do things] before they can begin to ...
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“Lower number” vs. “smaller number”

Is −9 a smaller number than −8? And is −9 a lower number than −8? What is the difference between lower and smaller here?
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Accomplishment vs. Achievement (implicit superiority)

I elsewhere saw the difference between the two explained thusly: accomplished denoted "completed for someone else's benefit", achieved "completed by oneself". I consider it a one off, but can anyone ...
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What's the difference between “to brag” and “to boast”

Sometimes these words are used interchanged in just two consecutive sentences, therefore I don't expect there to be a big and obvious difference. Nevertheless, since people use the English language, ...
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Difference between “needed” and “necessary”

What is the difference between those two words? Example sentence: "this can greatly reduce the needed | necessary effort". I found some posts saying that necessary is more urgent?! Are there more ...
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How was 'hone in on' bastardised to mean 'home in on'?

The comments under this CBC article impelled me to check the definitions of the verbs home in on, under which a para discusses this debasement, vs hone in on. Yet it doesn't explain this corruption's ...