2
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1answer
75 views

Use of the word “sovereign”?

I know this is a bit odd to ask, but I'm really stumped on this SAT question (Test 4, Section 8, Q: 17). The author is deriding the critics of television. Unlike everyone else, the theorist has ...
0
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1answer
98 views

Is there a difference between 'unknowingly' and 'unintentionally'? [closed]

Sorry, it was unknowingly. Sorry, it was unintentionally.
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1answer
499 views

Rule vs. Principle - What are each of them [not]? [closed]

I'm quite confused about these two concepts and I often interchange them. I was recently told that it's only a principle if it universally holds true or right, and that nobody gets to make up ...
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1answer
233 views

What are the differences between “dudes,” “guys,” and “friends”? [closed]

What are the differences between dudes, guys, and friends?
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3answers
153 views

Difference between “coat” and “topcoat”, etc [closed]

What is the difference between a coat and a topcoat (overcoat, etc)? I want to use a word which mean a part of clothes which I may dress up when I go to a street in the autumn. But as far as I know ...
5
votes
2answers
254 views

What’s the difference between “shrimp” and “prawn”? [closed]

What is the difference between shrimp and prawn? Does it refer to different species of creature, to usage (for example, one as the animal itself versus the other as the meat of that same animal), to ...
1
vote
1answer
630 views

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

By definition an idiom is an expression or phrase that cannot be understood by the sum of its parts. There are, of course, many idioms that we can understand by virtue of their transparency like "shed ...
2
votes
2answers
257 views

The differences among: deliver, ship, and transmit

Are these definitions correct? Delivered: The package has arrived at your place. Shipped: The package was just sent. Which word can be used to describe that the package is on its way? ...
5
votes
2answers
900 views

The usage of slander, defame, vilify, and calumniate

English is not my native language. I am confused about the usage of these four words: slander, defame, vilify, and calumniate. They are all verbs with almost the same meaning and I don't which one ...
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votes
1answer
1k views

“Learn” vs. “study” difference [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any subtle difference between “to study” and “to learn”? What is the difference between "to learn" and "to study"? Can you study without ...
2
votes
3answers
972 views

Difference between Guise and Disguise [closed]

What is the difference between Guise and Disguise? They sound like antonym word for each other, but they aren't!
3
votes
3answers
21k views

“features and characteristics”

In English, the phrase "features and characteristics" is often used. However, I, as a non-native English speaker, can't understand the difference between them. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary ...
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votes
2answers
901 views

“Innovation” vs “invention” [closed]

What is the difference between innovation and invention? Where should we use these words? I referred to Wikipedia but did not understand much.
6
votes
2answers
577 views

“Purge” vs. “expunge”

Whats the difference between purge and expunge, if any? For example: All the duplicate pages were expunged from the book. All the duplicate pages were purged from the book. Do these ...
7
votes
2answers
5k views

Difference between lexicon and dictionary

What is the difference between a lexicon and a dictionary? Is a lexicon just an über-big dictionary?
5
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5answers
2k views

What is the meaning of the terms: brown meat, black meat, white meat and red meat?

While reading an article, I saw this question: Do you prefer brown meat or white meat? I definitely don't know what this means. Could you tell me more about it?
2
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2answers
3k views

Differences between “vulgar” and “coarse”, “crass”, “crude”, “rough”, “rude”, “unrefined” as applied to language

This question specifically covers how these terms are used to describe language, it is a followup to What's the difference between "informal", "colloquial", "slang", ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

“Place” or “venue”?

Do place and venue have the same meaning? If not what are the differences and when do we use which?
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Words: paucity vs scarcity vs dearth

I see these words use interchangeably in various contexts. Is there a formal difference or preference? Please supply relevant examples.
14
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8answers
49k views

What's the difference between a jumper, a pullover, and a sweater?

Following on from a recent question, in Australia we have the word jumper for a knitted long-sleeved garment, typically woollen and long-sleeved. When cosuming foreign media I always assumed the ...
5
votes
3answers
5k views

Are 'consecutively' and 'successively' the same? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between “successive” and “consecutive”? Are 'consecutively' and 'successively' the same? Can they be used in place of ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

“Approve (of),” “assent,” “consent,” and “grant”

I wonder if there is any difference in using approve (of), assent, consent, and grant as verbs. Can anyone help?
13
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9answers
14k views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
8k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

“Trust” vs. “Cartel”

The establishment of trust is quite difficult but for cartel it is comparatively easy. What is the difference between trust and cartel? Does the word "oligopoly" have a different meaning in ...
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3answers
2k views

Difference between “abase” and “abash”

It seems as if both words mean to humiliate and degrade?
5
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6answers
11k views

What is the difference between “Class of 2004” and “Batch of 2004”?

What is the difference between "Class of 2004" and "Batch of 2004"? I have a feeling that one means the students who joined the university in 2004 and the other means those who graduated in 2004. Is ...
10
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5answers
10k views

When would you say “woods”, and when would you say “forest”?

Is there any difference here at all?