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Difference between “Pitiful” and “Pitiable”?

Would you be kind enough to explain the nuance between "pitiful" and "pitiable"? My Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary shows two similar meanings for the aforementioned words. deserving pity or ...
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What exactly is the difference between “misinformation” and “disinformation”?

I have checked OALD. I looked up "disinformation" which according to dictionary means "false information that is given deliberately, especially by government organizations" and "Misinform" as a verb ...
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Is there any difference between “[Only/All/All] that I need is”?

Is there any difference between: Only I need is All I need is All That I need is I noticed that this phrase is used with nouns after "is", can I use this phrase with verbs? for example: Only ...
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What's the difference between “cheat” and “deceive”?

Is there any nuance that exists between the two words? I would like to hear from linguistics if there is any subtle difference.
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Sun 'goes down' or 'comes down'?

A couple months ago I read a book with the statement When the sun goes down and today in a movie I saw the man said Let's wait for the sun to come down. I believe both are refering to the sunset. ...
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When to use “Ok noted”?

I'm a software developer. My situation is, I'm working with my customer (onshore project manager) via chatting using Skype. He helps me to make his side's server available and give me a link to the ...
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What's the difference between do and make? [on hold]

Don't answer that you make a cake and you do your homework hahaha
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Two terms showing perceptible difference in comparison owing to triangle in the sentence

Do the following two sentences have the same or different meaning? I love you more than Tom. I love you more than Tom loves you. (Or, I love you more than Tom does you.) My concern is ...
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Why use “on-pass” / “onpass” instead of “pass on”?

Where I work some people use "on-pass" in sentences such as "We get data from the stock exchange and on-pass it to our customers" or "We need to on-pass that information to the other team". Does this ...
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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 “hang on” and “hold on”?

I often hear the words hang on and hold on, especially on TV. People use them when they want someone to wait for something. What's the difference between them?
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What is the difference between “simulate” and “emulate”?

The words clearly have a similar meaning. But I think there must be a subtle difference. e.g. You get a "flight simulator", but an "ipad emulator". Both are pieces of software for replicating the ...
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Difference between “pardon me” and “I beg your pardon”

What is the difference in meaning between "pardon me" and "I beg your pardon"?
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Difference between “Warm regards” and “Best regards”

Is there any difference between Warm regards and Best regards?
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Is there any difference between “a few relatives” and “a few relations”?

In the following sentence I prefer saying relatives but I am unable to explain why. It's going to be a small wedding. Only a few friends and relatives have been invited On doing research I ...
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Difference between “Generally, I am…” and “I am generally…”?

Revisiting my CV, I have stumbled over a small question. I originally wrote: “I am generally willing and able to relocate worldwide.” Today, I noticed I could also write: “Generally, I am ...
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Can 'I would say' always replace 'I think'?

There is a question about 'I guess' and one answer is comparing 'I guess', and 'I would say'. I would say characterizes what follows as a personal opinion or judgment: From what I know of him I ...
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What is the difference between “heading to” and “heading for”?

What is the difference between to and for in the following statements? I am headed to the airport. I am headed for the airport.
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What's the difference between pronunciation and enunciation?

What's the difference between pronunciation and enunciation? I learned this a long time ago in English class but forgot what it was. Clarification For example, Wikipedia says: Good enunciation ...
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“get well soon” OR “feel better”

When to use “Get Well Soon” and “Feel Better”, I mean in what situations? Should “Get Well Soon” be used only when person is unwell for many days? And should I use “Feel Better”, if colleague message ...
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Why “being” is incorrect in the sentence below

When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 ...
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What is the difference between “environment” and “geography”?

I'm writing a paper on how environmental and geographic factors influence economic development and, having already established that as my research question early in the semester, am having trouble ...
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“Hardly” vs. “barely”

I'm from Germany and in German both translate to the same word (kaum). I'd like to know the difference between these two words, hardly and barely.
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Is there a difference between “subsidy” and “subvention”?

Is there a difference between subsidy and subvention? If yes, what is it? When should I use either?
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What is the difference between “by contrast” and “in contrast?”

Can anyone explain the difference between by contrast and in contrast?
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“Fast” vs “Quickly” vs “Speedy” vs “Rapidly”

A similar question has been asked. However, is it possible to give (general) differences in usage of fast, quickly, speedy and rapidly? And with respect to the top answer: Are quick and fast ...
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Difference between “game” and “sport”

Can any one tell me for meaning about the difference between game and sport in the broadest context possible? I mean, Magic: The Gathering tournament play is still a game, while hunting is ...
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Speak of the Devil [closed]

In native English people say "Speak of the devil and he doth appear" when someone walks in unexpectedly when they are speaking about him oblivion to his appearance in a short while. But the same ...
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Difference between “won't” and “won't be” [on hold]

what is the difference between the following sentences? 1) You can take those boxes if you want. We won't be needing them. 2) You can take those boxes if you want. We won't need them. Is sentence 1 ...
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Is there a difference between “select” and “selected”?

When flying, I often read phrases like the following: Special Meals only available on select flights […] Then again, wouldn't it also make sense to say Special Meals only available on ...
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What's the difference between notorious and infamous?

Are these two words synonymous or is there any nuance between these two words? Though they are used synonymously in sentences and also followed by the same preposition "for". I want to be expertly ...
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The difference between company and enterprise [closed]

When i face with one company, i always face with Company term(ABC company, JSC). But when i face with solutions, i always face with Enterprise term(ERP, solution for enterprise,...). Are there ...
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“Oriented” vs. “orientated”

What are the origins of the word orientated? As far as I know, the correct spelling is oriented and orientated is not an alternative spelling but an error that is in common use. Is it for example ...
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What is the difference between “being in” and “being down”

I've come across both sentences and was wondering if there is any difference in their meaning. Here are the sentences where I met them: To be down: Give me a call if you're down To be in: ...
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What's the difference in meaning and usage between “target” and “goal”?

What are the differences in usage and meaning? For example, is it, My targets for 2011 are... or My goals for 2011 are... Which one is correct or more suitable here?
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What's the difference between Author or Writer? [duplicate]

What's the difference, if any, between the noun author and writer
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“Dream of” vs. “dream about”

What is the difference between the usage of dream of and dream about? For example, I dream of becoming a doctor. I dream about becoming a doctor. I dream of going to places. I dream about ...
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Difference between “social” and “societal”

What's the difference between social and societal? Are they perfectly synonymous? If not, what is the difference in nuance? The relevant definition of social reads: relating to society or its ...
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Does changing the position of an adjective, change the meaning of the sentence?

What are the differences in meaning between these sentences? The weather is hot on the island. The weather on the island is hot. On the island, the weather is hot. Do they mean the ...
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Initial “See, …” or “Look, …” usage

Which is correct to say 1. "Look , The situation was like that..." or "See, The situation was like that ....". 2. "Look , I am not involved in it..." or "See, I am not involved in ...
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Wages and Salaries [closed]

What is the difference between Wages and Salaries? Is it a question of manual vs intellectual jobs or more a question of how frequently payments are made, weekly or monthly?
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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“Offer an opinion” or “give an opinion”

Our company is about to relocate. Employees have been asked for input on the new campus. My thought was to preface my email with I would like to offer my opinion ... but should it be I ...
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Difference between “measurement” and “measuring”

What is the difference between the nouns measurement and measuring? Can I say the measurement has stopped the same way I can say the measuring has stopped?
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what is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar'?

What is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar', as all conveys the same meaning.
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“Postpone”, “delay” and “defer”

I'm Russian and in the Russian language we use one word if we want to say that something will happen later than it has been planned. So usually I have difficulty in choosing a proper word among ...
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“For the time being” vs. “for now”

Consider the following passages: A litter made of two rifles and two field jackets would suffice for now. That was good news; another bit was that the EPW was a lieutenant, a regimental REMF ...
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Analyst vs analyzer/analyser?

What are the scenarios where the meanings of these differ? What is the difference between their meanings and if any, why? I have observed that the term 'analyst' is specifically used in cases of ...
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What is the difference between “special” and “especial”?

I can decide accurately which to use in a given context, but I can't make out the actual difference in definition between "special" and "especial". I have searched two authoritative dictionaries to no ...