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What's the differences between “all” and “all of”? [on hold]

Context is as follows: All of the trains were sold out of tickets. VS.  All the trains were sold out of tickets. Are there any differences between those two?
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Difference between “larder” and “pantry”

What is the difference between larder and pantry? Is it size? Or content? I found very similar definitions for both terms, something like a room/place in which food is stored. Which of the ...
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“Stop working” vs “stopped to work”

I want to know, is there any difference between "stop + v.(ing)" and "stopped to + v.". These are example sentences. I stop working for a month. vs I stopped to work for a month. I stop watching ...
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Differences between begin and start? How to use them? [duplicate]

I would like to know when to use begin and when to use start. They have same meaning,so it is hard to ditinguish them.
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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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“For all it's worth” or “for all its worth”?

Should I put an apostrophe in "for all its worth"? The meaning comes to about the same thing either way, as far as I can make out, and it seems like "it's" is more popular. But is there an accepted ...
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Difference between distinctness and distinction [on hold]

I want to say "the clear distinctness/distinction of the two formulas implies ...". Please could you tell me how to select the word?
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When do we use “have” and when do we use “having”? [on hold]

Having is generally used for eating and have in possessive case. But to describe some medical cases we use "having". What is the rule for the usage of have and having?
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What's the difference between “from the ground up” and “from scratch”? can they be used interchangeably?

What's the difference between "From the ground up" & "From scratch"? both seem to have the meaning of "from the very beginning". Can they be used interchangeably?
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What is the make or break difference between “version” and “variant?”

Consider a car. I was thinking that we say "this car is variant of model-x" at times. Then we also say "this car is a different version of model-x." How do I tell why "version" or "variant" were ...
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What's the difference between “reliable” and “dependable”?

Do the adjectives “reliable” and “dependable” have the same exact meaning? If not, what is the difference and when is best to use each of them?
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“To refuse oneself” vs “to refuse”

In which cases can we use "to refuse oneself" instead of "to refuse"? Can you use "oneself" to give more emphasis to the sentence, or are you only allow to use it when you refuse something done to ...
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What's the difference between “on the contrary” and “in contrast”

Is there any difference between these two phrases? Is there any context in which we only can use one rather than the other?
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Difference between “to wit”, “that is”, “namely”, and “i.e.”? [closed]

What is the difference between "to wit", "that is", "namely", and "i.e."? Are there any other similar wordings?
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What’s the difference between “sauce” and “gravy”?

Possible Duplicate: Spaghetti and gravy For all translators I checked it means the same.
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“True” vs. “right” vs. “correct”

I noticed that, in the dictionary, the words True, Right and Correct can have a meaning resembling accurate or exact. ODO says: True (adj) = accurate or exact. Right (adj) = true or correct as a ...
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1answer
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Difference between “ditch”, “trench” and “gutter” [closed]

I have been trying to understand the difference between the three, is this a usage difference between American English and British English? What is the difference?
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Usage of “many” vs “many a”?

Can someone please elucidate the difference between "many" and "many a"? In what context of usage should we add an extra "a" beside the word "many"? For example: Many times, I had seen ...
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“Object of” vs. “subject of” — which one is correct? Does it depend on context?

(Tried to search to see if this question had already been asked, but could not find it amongst the many questions concerning pronoun declension and objects and subjects as parts of speech.) What, ...
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1answer
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Is there any difference in meaning between “apt to” and “likely to”?

Just as there is a difference in meaning between "likely" and "liable" in terms of a desirable or undesirable outcome, is there any subtle diference between "apt" and "likely" ? Does the use of ...
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What is the difference between adjust and adapt?

I know the basic similarities between adjust and adapt, but I would like to know more about the differences between them. For example, which of the following sentences would be true? It took time ...
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What is the difference between “in my opinion” and “to my taste”?

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/to+my+taste http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-definition/for%20my%20taste I don't see in those links any mention of opinion, it's not even a synonym. Are ...
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What is the difference between a marque and a brand?

What is the difference between a marque and a brand? For example, why would one use the expression "car marques" instead of "car brands"?
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“Would have” and “would have no”

Could you describe about "would have ~ed" & "would have not ~ed". I know would has the several meanings. But when I was talking with one of my friend who is a native speaker and in this following ...
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Can “crepuscular” and/or “twilight” apply to morning half-light as well as in the evening

I know that's "sorta" two questions in one, but I'm stuck in an argument with a guy who says both words can apply to morning half-light. I disagree and think both only apply in the evening. I think ...
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“ameliorate” vs “alleviate”

The meanings for ameliorate and alleviate are quite similar, but I don’t think they are exact synonyms: what are the nuances behind choosing which one to use in a particular context? I’d like some ...
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What's the difference between “bucket” and “pail”?

What is the difference between bucket and pail? Is there a distinction between the shape of a bucket and the shape of a pail? Are buckets and pails made of different materials? Is there a difference ...
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The respective functions of two occurrences of “as” in a sentence [migrated]

In the sentence Travelers must explore as much of the world as they can before it completely changes, I am confused by the two occurrences of "as". What are their respective functions in the ...
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“Consumable” and “non-consumable” in reference to electronic items

How do you describe the difference between consumable and non-consumable electronic items?
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Difference between “résumé” and “CV”

What's the difference between résumé and CV? When is résumé used? And when is CV used? Are they equivalent?
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“Disbalanced” vs. “unbalanced”

What are the differences in usage between disbalanced and unbalanced?
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University vs college vs academy vs institute vs community college [closed]

1st:What is the difference between University vs college vs academy vs institute vs community college? 2nd:and what are degrees people can get (in order)? 3rd:What are the other type of schools? (e.g ...
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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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Difference between “OK” and “okay”

While typing a post on SO, I noticed that the word "ok" (when used in the sentence "I'm still learning so it is ok") was marked as misspelled (got to love spellcheck!) The first suggestion, however, ...
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“Status” vs. “state”

Can anyone explain what the difference between status and state is when I talk about the condition or situation of an object? Here's what I got from Longman English Dictionary. status: a ...
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What is the difference between “super” and “superb”?

I have seen usage of both super and superb. I also searched for meaning of these two words and found they are almost identical. Example sentences - She is a super girl. His performance in the last ...
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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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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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What's the difference between a proverb and an idiom?

I think I have a notion what is what but maybe you know a good definition what is what? For example "Hindsight is always 20:20" — is that a proverb or an idiom?
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“Versus” versus “vs.” in writing

In writing, when should one use the abbreviation vs. as opposed to the full versus? This abbreviation seems to have special status from common usage. What is the origin of that, and in what writing ...
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could and might to talk about future possibility

I have problem with using could in the future possibilities for example: They have the technology, but unless the government makes stricter laws, car companies ____ do it. With which one should I ...
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What is the difference between “exemption” and “exception”?

It seems that exemption and exception have the same meaning. However, they seem to be used differently. When should we use one and not the other?
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'how we make a car' or 'how do we make a car'? [duplicate]

I don't know the difference between how we make a car and how do we make a car. I searched on the internet; there are examples for both but I do not understand in which cases they would each be ...
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Relating to or related to?

I read this sentence in a book. However, it does not solve specific problems relating to a business or a profession. I often use related to instead of relating to. Is there any difference?
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Are there any differences in meaning or nuance between ‘suffocation’ and ‘asphyxiation’?

There was a lot of news about a fire in a nightclub in southern Brazil, where 233 people were killed. I found some newspapers wrote that most of the victims died from ‘suffocation’ and other media ...
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Difference between 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines'

I came across the phrases 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines' several times. Please enlighten me about the origin of these two phrases and the difference between them.
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How to distinguish “can” and “can't” pronunciation in American English? [duplicate]

I am a student in China learning American English. I have listened to some videos and found it hard to distinguish can from can’t. I am looking for some advice that may help me.
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Is there a difference between the words “divestment” and “divestiture”?

Is there a difference between these two terms, either in terms of definition or connotation? Context is in a business selling an asset or business line. Most of the time I hear divestment, but once in ...
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In 2-3 days vs Within 2-3 days

I have always thought that within means "till some point" while in means "at some point". In 2 weeks - i.e. in 14 days from now. Within 2 weeks - i.e. during today or the next 14 days, not later. ...