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What or Which? Which one is more suitable?

Let's say I want to ask someone "How many Colleges are there in particular area that I can apply for?" So how would I ask the question 1) What colleges are there that I could possibly join? 2) Which ...
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How often vs. What days [migrated]

1.Q:How often do you jog ? A:I jog every day. 2.Q:What days do you jog? A:I jog every day. Which is correct?
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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not living up to expectations

I am looking for a single, or multiple term(s) conveying something not living up to expectations. Like in the sense of a new system is advertised as doing everything you need for a process at work; ...
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How to refer to the “elevated areas” of a mountain?

For example, in the following picture, I see two "elevated areas" (one on the right, and one on the left, at the distance): The only word that comes to my mind is hill. But I'm not quite sure, ...
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monochromatic personality

Who exactly has a monochromatic personality? I haven't got a reasonable explanation using Google, therefore I am asking the community. The best one I got was from Urban Dictionary, but this isn't a ...
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Where quality matters vs Where quality is of the essence [closed]

Hello English language gurus. I just established a new company here in the U.S. named Peter's Building Services. I have been working on a tagline for a few days and have come up with a couple of them. ...
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Would the slang version, yessir, of yes, sir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?

I use yessir as a slang form of yes, sir all the time. Is it even a word? Would the slang version, yessir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?
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Word meaning “initial and annual”?

In my business, we accept monthly payments however the first monthly payment is higher than the 11 following payments. When the service renews the next year we change the higher initial fee again. I ...
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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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the difference between ( plunge dive submerge immerse sink drown and founder )? [closed]

as you can see in the title the difference between these words has puzzled me because they all suggest almost the same meaning which is going under the water i hope you guys help me to differentiate ...
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Screen or view when refering to content on the screen?

Having content on the screen (e.g. a computer screen or the screen of a mobile device), how do I refer to that content? Is it "view" or "screen"? I am looking for an everyday term, not a formal one. ...
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A question on the usage of the word “completing” versus the words “that completed.”

I am reviewing a paper and the following sentence keeps jumping out at me as an incorrect usage of the word completing: For the subset of individuals completing fewer than 500 trials in total, ...
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States of a voucher?

if I have a voucher, what are the two "states" of the voucher. Like is it "free" or "unused" when I haven't used it yet and "used" or "redeemed" when I used it? Example sentence: "Susi doesn't ...
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“Seductive” as an adjective for describing snake

I would really appreciate if some native English speaker help me in clearing my doubt. Recently, in one of Indian English newspaper the column writer wrote the following: "A scary sci-fi scenario. ...
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“Study/Investigate the Possibility”: Which One and Why?

I just changed a sentence from "Further, we study the possibility that ..." to "we investigate the possibility", and I'm not sure why it seems better that way. Is it because, in this context, ...
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When to use “first” and “last” when they coincide?

To be more specific, I'm referring to a sentence of the following type: The next event will be even bigger than the last. In the case that the "next" event is the second event and the "last" ...
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A word for describing their friendship … not satisfied with close , intimate etc.? [closed]

Which word can I use to describe the friendship between the two friends in the story 'My lost dollar' by Stephen Leacock? I thought of these words but dont think they fit in well : close, intimate, ...
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Is there a word that means “standard of activation” or “trigger condition”?

Imagine you want to promote a certain behaviour in your offspring, say, to keep their room tidy. So, you set the following rule, (foolishly) thinking it will get the result you want: if I cannot see ...
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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What is a word or phrase that means “both achievable and challenging?”

The adjective "achievable" places an upper-bound on difficulty, whereas "challenging" is a lower-bound. I would love a word or phrase that binds difficulty in the sweet spot between these two. In ...
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“Do/Does not” vs “Will not” [migrated]

What is the correct usage of these two words in terms of a sentence that references conditional future situations. Eg: 1. a. If you do not leave tonight we can go out for ice cream. or b. ...
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The correct usage of “too” and “also”

I always have problems in deciding whether to use "too" or "also". For example, if the previous sentence is: Peter ate the cake. Which of the following should I say?: He ate the pie too. He ...
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the difference between taunt and ridicule [migrated]

which one of these words is used as everyday English as well as means to despise someone and make fun of him for example because of his shape or Social status and so on
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Modern use of “I should think” vs. “I would think” in speech

When I listen to old Tom Lehrer recordings he says, I should like to introduce... and it sounds a bit strange. However, yesterday I was building a shed with my wife and I said, much to my ...
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Associates vs employees

I've noted that some US companies call people working for them "associates," rather than "employees." (I've seen that term in less-than-stellar retail and fast-food chains) What would be the ...
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Why is “a couple of <things>” often shortened to “a couple <things>”?

I would write a couple of . I often read/hear a couple . I assumed this was an American English thing (I'm British), and just a convenient shortening of the phrase for speaking. It's easier to say a ...
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Is the American Revolutionary War an example of civil disobedience? [closed]

I am involved in an argument with a friend about the meaning of civil disobedience. The question is whether or not the American Revolution involved civil disobedience. To clarify, this does not refer ...
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Is it correct to say “Our shop is under renewal process”?

I went to a deli shop yesterday and found the sign saying, "Sorry, we are closed. Our shop is currently under renewal process" hanging at the door. I could see through the door a little bit; it was ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Is “belongingness” used in American English?

Is "belongingness" used in American English? Ex. "the construction of social belongingness is markedly a relational process".
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Lexical collocation of “former”

Imagine that you are the president of a company, and there was another person playing the same role before you. How should I describe the former president using the expression like "He was the ...
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An alternative to using the word “Resources”?

I am stuck with a labeling issue. we have a software that allows users to publish content including release notes, product screencasts,white-papers etc. So far I have been using the label Resources ...
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Difference in “capable” and “able”

What is the difference in being physically capable and physically able? When would one choose one over the other?
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Alternative to “Hear” With Written Communication

In person a person may say something like the following: I would really like to hear what you have to say about X. On a forum (or other forms of written communication), I often see similar ideas ...
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What's the difference between a graph, a chart, and a plot?

A graph, a chart, and a plot can all refer to the same thing. Is there any even somewhat consistent distinction in these three words? (I mean, in this particular sense of the words; it is not ...
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in spite of no comprehending vs no comprehension

I have a sentence to choose from my english lesson. 1 /In spite of no comprehension , he said nothing. 2/ In spite of not comprehending, he said nothing. Which is more preferred ? Thanks in advance .
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Is “upcoming” too informal?

I'm writing a PhD thesis. Should I use "upcoming" in the following sentence, or is it too informal? . . . the modifications will be included in the upcoming fourth version of the manual . . . ...
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Is it prefered to use the noun repeatedly in a sentence, or should I refer to it as “it”. (like I just did)

For example, When I got to the store, the store was closed. When I got to the store, it was closed. Or I took a big gulp of water from my bottle, the water was cold in my mouth. I ...
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Deciding between “eponymous” and “titular”

William Gibson has a short story collection titled Burning Chrome. One of the stories in this collection is also titled Burning Chrome. I was recommending the book to someone and I wanted to say that ...
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What's the difference between quitting and resigning a job?

Is "resigning" simply more formal than "quitting"? Here's the case: I work for company A but am leaving to work for company B. Which is better? I work for company A but am quitting to ...
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“In Failover” or “Failed over”

Failover is defined as: "A backup operational mode in which the functions of a system component are assumed by secondary system components when the primary component becomes unavailable through either ...
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My question to ask is [closed]

What would be a better part of a sentence besides "is because"? I am writing and my teacher has said that "is because" is not allowed in our persuasive piece. What would be better in this case than ...
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“Tested Recently” or “Recently Tested”?

Is there one term that is clearly better than the other? Here is the use case: I have a computer system which shows when certain machines have been tested. The possible values are "Ready For Test", ...
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What do you call a 'view' for music?

I'm building a platform where people can store and manage their physical music collection, like vinyl records, cd's and so on (it's called www.melodystack.com for whoever might be interested, it's not ...
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(In)formal equivalent for “Sword of Damocles” concept

What are the formal and informal equivalents (idiom or word) for the situation which Sword of Damocles could describe that? From Cambridge Dictionary, Sword of Damocles means: If you have a sword ...
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Incorrect grammar versus different dialects

My girlfriend, someone from southern New Jersey, constantly says phrases like "I'm done my homework" or "I'm done my dinner." I try to correct her and say, "I'm done with my homework" or "I'm done ...
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when to use Wait and when to use await?

I am in a situation where i am expecting some data from my client. I want to write the same in a very polite manner that "i am expecting the data, even after my repeated intimations." Here i wanted ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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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 ...