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Exhortation v. Hortation - difference

Exhortation v. Hortation Are there any difference in (a) the usage and (b) the meaning of the two? It seems to me that Hortation is an obsolete word because in OED there is only a very brief ...
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“Seek” vs.“search”

I've been wondering, what is the difference between seek and search? When should one be preferred over the other?
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Why areN'T 'not least' and 'notably' interchangeable?

The example is taken from page 1 of this PDF ; The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT): You may find, however, that answering one question helps you answer the next, not least for the purposes ...
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What is the difference between autonomous and automatic

I would like to know the difference between autonomous sensor automatic sensor Thanks in advance.
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Difference between ritual, festival, and ceremony

I am trying draw a line of distinction between these three events. As I understand it: Ritual is somewhat related to a religion. Festival is associated with a group of people and that brings ...
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Does an inverted protasis mean just plain “if”, or does it mean “even if”?

When the first part of a conditional’s if-clause is inverted and the if consequently dropped, is the missing if just a plain old “simple if”, or is it more of an “even if”? For example, in this ...
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Use of “Who am I” and “Who I am?”

I am confused between these two: "Who am I" and "Who I am" I read this phrase: "Do you know who am I?" - The person was threatening someone. But what is the main difference in using these? "Do you ...
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Is there any difference? [on hold]

Is there any fundamental difference in meaning here? I would understand perfectly if the woman had done something wrong and another woman were blaming her but this isn't the case. I would understand ...
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'Refer' vs 'make reference'

What is the difference between saying "He referred to something" and "He made reference to something"? Is it a question of mood? Emphasis? Agency? Different paths to English since the latter is a ...
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“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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Energy vs. Power

Is there a rule in English regarding when to use the word "energy" and when to use "power"? For example: I don't have the energy to deal with the problem now. It takes a lot of brain power ...
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Capitalizing the names of different animal breeds?

I've already looked around for an answer to this question, but many answers contradict each other. What I'd like to know is whether or not different animal breeds are capitalized in professional ...
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“Licensed” vs. “registered” [on hold]

I found these terms while doing some research about insurance: Agents must usually be licensed in the province or territory in which they do business. Brokers must usually be registered in ...
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Tallest vs Loftiest [on hold]

How is the usage of the two words different? I think they mean one and the same. Are they?
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Difference between “aim” and “purpose”

The explanation in the dictionary of an "aim" is The aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve. and the explanation of a ...
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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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What is the difference between “to allege” and “to claim”?

What is the difference between to allege and to claim? Can I use them interchangeably? Or perhaps I can only allege something illegal? For example, from CNET: Over the past several months, the ...
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What is the difference between “sheer” and “pure” will(power)?

In English, we use the phrase "sheer force" much more often than "pure force" (Google Ngram). And willpower. What is the difference, in meaning and usage, between the two (and is there a reason for ...
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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Cipher vs. Cypher

I recently came across a (not very well written) piece of writing in which "cipher" and "cypher" were used interchangeably. Is there any difference between them, or are they two spellings of the exact ...
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First, second and third conditional [migrated]

I found this sentence in my workbook: If you were a king, what'd your wife be called?" Why was the ‘second conditional’ used here? That situation is completely impossible, so I think, it ...
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What is the difference between “vouch” and “guarantee”?

To me, there is a difference between "vouch" and "guarantee". To vouch for someone, you are stating that because of your relationship, you have knowledge that their character is good. However, I ...
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“Flammable” versus “Combustible”

In Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (2003), the first definition of combustible is "capable of combustion," the first definition of combustion is "an act or instance of ...
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What is the difference between a forefather and an ancestor?

Stumbled upon this question today while going through synonyms of various terms. I was advised that they are not synonymous to each other. Please advise.
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“give me an offer” vs “make me an offer”

Which is correct: "give me an offer" vs. "make me an offer"? Is there some difference in meaning?
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Is 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' correct? [duplicate]

Is 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' correct?. In some published papers, I either see 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' used in some sentences or phrases. Can someone justify and comment?
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“Wise man” vs. “wise guy”

Two very similar expressions yet quite opposite connotations. Wise man is an older phrase but wise guy is a newer one. I found two possible connections to wise man. There is the surname Wiseman ...
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Does “positive” mean good and “negative” bad?

Some examples are a negative connotation, Don't be so negative!, or Be positive! Is it proper to use these words this way? The denotations of negative and positive support this use weakly. However, I ...
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The use of “actually” and “whatsoever”

The word, actually means to "emphasize a fact or a comment, or that something is really true." So why is whatsoever used in this sentence You have no right whatsoever to read what is written ...
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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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have somebody do something vs. have somebody doing something

History, as recounted by the victors, had the capitalists winning. I think that the above sentence means that history caused the capitalists to win. Can I say History, as recounted by the victors, ...
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What is the difference between “into” and “onto”?

I see both used, at times, almost interchangeably. What are the general guidelines?
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“Room ahead” vs “Head room”

Consider the following sentences: I'm not sure if I still have some room ahead. And: I'm not sure if I still have some head room. Besides being shorter, and the order of words, what is the ...
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Difference between “doesn't seem to rain” & “doesn't seem to be raining” [closed]

What's the difference between 'It doesn't seem to rain.' and 'It doesn't seem to be raining.' ? Is it that the first means "the rain didn't occur often", and the second means "it doesn't rain in the ...
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Problems with the meanings of the words 'already' and 'yet'

I have a problem with understanding the difference between 'already' and 'yet'. Are these examples correct and do they mean the same? Have they already done it? Have they done it yet? ...
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Meaning and use of “would have to be” in this sentence

I'm a beginner of English and really appreciate that you can help me learn more. I noticed a sentence: I think all the girls in the anime are awesome, but my favorites would have to be Nozomi and ...
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Amass vs accumulate - is there a difference or can these be used interchangeably?

These two words mean pretty much the same thing. But I couldn't understand the difference. I picked these two examples from google translate: investigators have yet to accumulate enough ...
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I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit? [closed]

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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The Difference Between “not unknown to” and “known to”?

An non-native English-speaking friend of mine came across the phrase "not unknown to" as in "tragedy is not unknown to the Kennedy family" and asked the question, "What's the difference between 'not ...
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Difference between “should” and “ought to”

What is the difference between You should go and You ought to go? I rarely use the latter.
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a “piece” vs. an “item” of clothing

What is the difference between an item of clothing and a piece of clothing? Can I say "three pieces of clothing" or "three items of clothing"? Are they used identically?
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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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What is the difference between 'finished' and 'completed'?

What is the difference between 'finished' and 'completed', As both words gives the same meaning. Ex 1: He finished his homework. Ex 2: He completed his homework. And also how to use or ...
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What's the difference between “zero in” and “home in”?

According to Oxford dictionary, both seem to mean "focus on" or "aim at" zero in: Take aim with a gun or missile/Focus one’s attention. home in: Move or be aimed toward (a target or destination) with ...
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Difference between 'later' and 'later on'

Is there any difference between the usage of 'later' and 'later on'? I'll see you later. I'll finish it later on.
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The difference between slick and sleek

What is the difference between the two adjectives: slick and sleek? My dictionary returns almost the same explanation for both, like smooth and glossy. Could someone explain when it would be more ...
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Difference between “on the level” and “at the level”

Specifically I'd like to know when you would say "at the behavioral level" and when "on the behavioral level." It feels like there is a difference, but I can't put my finger on it.
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Give some examples using “food, cuisine, dish, menu and ingredient” [closed]

I have troubles using some words about food and I cannot feel the subtle differences of their usage. I'd like to get some help with examples using these various words. Food Cuisine dishes menu meal ...