A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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Weekend/Weekends

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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Word for “easy to dismiss”

I know that there is an adjective with that meaning. I just cannot think of it or find it online. I'd be very grateful if someone pointed out a word that fits that definition or at least a similar one....
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How to distinguish this word as a noun or verb?

Here's a sentence that was in my notes at church today: His plan is to use you to be a warrior and champion for your family's destiny. I'm sure the word champion was intended to be used as a ...
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about the verb 'bias'

I am not sure what difference, if any, exists between the following two phrases: bias the report in Peter's favor. bias Peter in favor of the report. I'd appreciate your help.
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What are the uses for 'quick'?

Is the word quick ever used in reference to candles eg the quick of the candle? I know about the quick of the nail and obviously about the wick of a candle but I have a memory of the quick too being ...
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Latin (in wide use in English) for nonsensical response? [duplicate]

There is a Latin term or phrase (in wide use in English, esp academic discourse) that one uses in situations like the following: one makes a statement or asks a question one's interlocutor makes a ...
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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“Balconies”, “porches”, “decks”, “terraces”, “verandas”, “lanais”, “galleries”, and “piazzas” in GAE and dialectal AE

In AE, a porch is apparently just about the same structure as a veranda, i.e. an open or enclosed gallery or room attached to the outside of a building. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/porch ...
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Calling good evil and evil good [closed]

What is the word for deliberately calling good evil and evil good? There must be a word to describe individuals who do this. Fritz thinks that murder and euthanasia are population control and that ...
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An English word that means “Unable to go to work due to injuries or sickness”

Contrary to what I would expect, there's pretty much no article with this words other than online automated dictionaries (which I don't find truthworthy). So far I have found Laboral Inhability but, ...
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What is a good practice to improve english online? [closed]

I am trying hard to improve my written english. Specifically, I want to improve the quality of my written texts in terms of vocabulary and sentence structuring. Can you please let me know some useful ...
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on Sundays and every Sunday

I am curious whether 'on Sundays' and 'every Sunday' are interchangeable. Can you think of any examples that prove they are not? What about "He usually goes to church on Sundays' and 'he usually goes ...
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Is there a synonym / analogue to “he said, she said” that allows a neutral or positive connotation and denotation?

"He said, she said" has a sense that not only does an interaction look different from the two sides, but of an imbroglio. There are a couple of moments I can think of that are "he said, she said" in ...
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A man who keeps his word

I'm looking for an appropriate word to describe someone who is a man of his word. Trustworthy springs to mind but doesn't seem appropriate, as it doesn't imply an honorable connotation associated ...
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Word for reduction of open positions/jobs

When we say "reduction of positions", in the context of a company's efficiency plan, are we talking about laying off current employees, or eliminating available positions at a company (e.g. in the ...
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can 'Laundromat' refer to a self-service laundry machine? [closed]

Can 'laundromat' refer to the laundry machine? Or does it always refer to the commercial establishment?
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What is the correct term for “2” vs “two”? [closed]

When written this way, "2", what is the correct term? When written this way, "two", what is the correct term?
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thermocompression bond [closed]

I want to use a verb for "perform thermocompression bonding." I have used "thermocompression bond" with/without a hyphen in the past as in "The component is typically thermocompression-bonded to the ...
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Word to express complicated idea precisely?

Instead of using a common word like "sad", one can use "morose" to make a more vivid image. Or in professional fields words like "pedagogy" are used instead of a more common word like "education". We ...
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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Is it normal to use the word “rivalize” for describing, e.g., competing activity?

I would like to edit a phrase in an article describing some mathematical simulation of concurrent struggle on markets. It would be something like: ...if metallurgical enterprises would adhere ...
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implications of the term ground zero

Does the term ground zero always connote destruction or other negative things? If a city is described as ground zero for the insurance industry, does it imply insurance is no longer thriving in that ...
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Thus vs thusly for mathematicians [duplicate]

My expertise is in math & science, not grammar. For mathematicians, 'thus' is generally seen as a synonym for 'therefore'. If I were to write, "The equation should be written thus:", most would ...
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Words like 'disgruntled' with no positive counterpart [duplicate]

"I was thoroughly gruntled." Are there many words like 'disgruntled' where there is no positive counterpart? And was there ever a word 'gruntled'? And if not, where did 'disgruntled' derive from?
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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expressions like “muscle in on…”

I am looking for a phrase of the same structure and meaning as 'muscle in on'. It is used to describe the action of using your influence to intervene in something so as to gain an advantage for ...
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The USA birth rate or the US birth rate

The original words are: the birth rate of France the birth rate of the USA the birth rate of the UK I want to rewrite these words into simpler formats, but I'm quite confused: French birth rate ...
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Word for Loss of Calibration?

What verb would mean "to lose calibration" through some (edited to clarify initial intent) intentional action? This would imply an object that previously was calibrated but intentionally changed to a ...
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Connotation vs. Subtext

Can these two words ever be used interchangeably? My intuition as a writer tells me that I can either say (for example) The word denotes (x), but its connotation is (y). or The definition of the ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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Opposite of a save

I have phrases like "if I do this I'll save energy" or "this results in an energy saving"... The point being that there is an implied before and after: I use less energy after than before = "I save ...
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Desk name plate for a PhD holder

I have read the full article in wikipedia and this question, but I am still unclear about this, as I am not a native speaker. A quick Google search did not help either. My brother recently received a ...
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Emend and Amend- What's the difference? They both have the same definition

What's the difference between the words emend and amend? They both have the same definition.
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Is it wrong to explain “appetizers” as “snacks we serve before the main dish”?

I'm a teacher for beginners at an English course in Brazil, and I'd like to explain "appetizers" and "snacks" at the same time. Is it ok if I explain appetizers as snacks we serve before the main ...
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Struggling writing a sentence

I am filling up my CV and I decided to put in a brief description of a company where I am currently working. I wrote the following sentence: The service helps finding spare parts throughout ...
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Rules in using the article “the” in addressing countries [duplicate]

Why is the article "the" used to address certain specific countries (this is especially true when one is introducing where they come from) such examples are; I am from the United States of America ...
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“critical” nominalization [closed]

I'm looking for the nominalization of the adjective "critical". Basically, a noun synonymous with the following: The extent to which a particular issue or item is critical or vital Any ideas? ...
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Word for a person who likes to argue

I recently read somewhere a single word that described a person who enjoyed an argument - in the sense of a lively debate. It may have been a word implying a positive or neutral context but I don't ...
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A single word for two and four wheeled vehicles

Is there any single word that signifies both two and four wheeled vehicles. i.e. Cars and Motorcycles?
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Where can the Longman communication 3000 (most common spoken and written words) just starting on 2000?

I want to review my vocabulary by checking the longman list of most spoken and written words from 2000 to 3000 (from 1 to 2000 I assume I know). Here I found the complete list: http://www.lextutor....
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a sceptical customer [closed]

Is there something like a sceptical customer? Meaning a customer who questions everything. Is it correct to use this word in this way?
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Short form to indicate coordinate phrases [closed]

As I am not a native speaker of English, I often get stuck in terms of "phraseology" (indeed). So I'll try to make it clear using example. People with high rate of A often tend to memorize a lot, ...
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A word to describe a risk that is not high and not low [closed]

For describing a risk, if I want to say this risk is not high and not low. Which word should I use?
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Best one hundred useful words(to increase ones vocabulary)? [closed]

I'm not certain that this is the best place to ask my question, but I am trying to increase my vocabulary. I looked up a list of top SAT words but I'm not seeing as many useful words as I'd like. I ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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is simple a filler in this sentence

Things just simply don't work is simply a filler in that sentence ? by filler i mean that the meaning of the sentence is the same with or without it (i know this is not formal english, but i need ...