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Different strengths of words that have the same meaning?

I'm not sure how to ask what I want to ask, but I'll try. Is there a thing like the following and how is it called, maybe some kind of a rule or an explanation ? Let's say I have two nouns : idiot ...
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Applicable vs To apply

1) The discount rates applicable to items may vary. 2) The discount rates to apply to items may vary. Those 2 sentences are both grammatically correct? Or, Which is more preferable?
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Is there a rule to determine when to use the phrase “known for” instead of “known by”? Are these terms interchangeable?

I was recently told that "known by" is used for a characteristic or feature and "known for" is used for act that someone is associated with. Is this a true rule or are the phrases interchangeable ...
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Double Dutch jump rope

What is the action the two people holding the jump rope in Double Dutch perform on the rope? Twirl, swing, turn, hold, whirl . . .? What word do you think best describes this action; and what is the ...
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Why does everyone uses “the dream home/the dream home” instead of “the dreaming home”?

This question was suddenly popped out in my head. I wonder if "dream" is a noun and verb (followed by the definition in my dictionary (hope it has a quality enough) ) why it is widely used as "the ...
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Is the following use of that necessary? [duplicate]

I have heard that Trump is a businessmen. Is the "that" necessary?
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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“Struggle with” vs. “struggle against”

Somewhat related to: Is "to fight with" ambiguous? For some reason prepositions are presenting me problems lately. To struggle with and to struggle against basically have identical ...
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Word For Horribly Complicated For No Reason? [closed]

I've noticed that some people really love to overcomplicate things to seem intellectually superior. For instance, say I somehow dropped a pile of clothes on the ground. They'd then ask me: "When would ...
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Is it correct to use Exclamation mark(!) in the introduction of a Professional Email? [closed]

I work with teams that are in different geographic zones. This is how I usually, start the email introduction. for example:- Hi Linda, Good Morning! or Greetings! Is it correct to use exclamation ...
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What is analogous of “chivalrous” for opposite gender? [duplicate]

chivalrous Chivalrous is an adjective that is generally used for men. Is there an adjective that can be used to describe women in a similar fashion?
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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“Duration of the time” or “duration”?

I am not sure whether or not we can, for "duration of the time", write just "duration". Here is the text which I encountered the problem in writing: The expressions "bosom friends" and "bosom ...
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What is the difference between ‘dose’ and ‘dosage’?

I found that these two words are synonyms and share the same meaning: the amount of a medicine. Can I use both of them in the same sentence? for example: The highest dosage of drug A increased [...
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This process will continue UP TO A TIME in the future [closed]

When I am about to tell you that the process is still going to continue, but unsure at what exact point of time the process will end. Is the sentence "This process will continue up to a time in the ...
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Which form would be correct: cyber security, cyber-security or cybersecurity?

I want to stop changing my mind, I've used all three of the forms cyber security, cyber-security or cybersecurity at different times. There have been previous discussions on this (e.g. here and here) ...
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'Employee' is to 'employer' as 'attaché' is to X?

Attacher is "Someone who attaches", so basically the same as attaché. I'm looking for the generic name for a person (or thing) that another thing (or person) is attached to. The object in the ...
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Look at vs. watch [migrated]

Here is the example that came up today: My mother went to the park to _______ birds. Would you use look at or watch, and why?
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Can “Not everyone can love you” be used in this situation? [migrated]

Can "Not everyone can love you" be used to mean "It's impossible for you to be loved by everyone: there will always be some people out there who hate you"?
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How exactly do you call a scruffy designer’s 3 day stubble with a 5 o’ clock shadow (beard)?

There’s a type of beard that men grow in a few days after being clean-shaven:    Is there a specific word for it, ideally established throughout the English-speaking world? In German, for ...
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“An abundance of platitudes” - singular or plural?

I'm a non-native speaker doing writing in English. Someone pointed out to me that the sentence: There was an abundance of platitudes should be There were an abundance of platitudes ...
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Trying to understand the structure of “fear the walking dead”. [closed]

Is it like "fear of walking dead" or as in "I order you to fear the walking dead"? Can one paraphrase this phrase? Isn't this a so peculiar naming?
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How to translate “Setsunai”(切ない)

I'd like to know the equivalent word in English for "Setsunai"(切ない) in Japanese. It's the mixture of feelings such as sad, heartache, love and nostalgic. It's near bitter sweet, I think, but I'd like ...
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What is an 'impersonal joy' in this context?

Holmes had the impersonal joy of the true artist in his better work, even as he mourned darkly when it fell below the high level to which he aspired. - the valley of fear I wonder what 'the ...
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“Expectations of” vs. “expectations for”

There are some questions related to this topic (Usage of "expect to" and "expectation to/of" and "Need of" vs. "need for"), but I haven't found one directly ...
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“Not enough memory” vs. “no enough memory” [migrated]

Which is correct? Why? Not enough memory No enough memory The first variant seems to be significantly more popular on the Internet than the second one.
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The correct use of conversely

I think perhaps I'm using the wrong word in this sentence. Is this the correct use of conversely and if not what is the correct word to use and what is the correct use of conversely. If we decide ...
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When to Recycle, Recycles, Recyclables, Recycling

I always feel like I pick the wrong "recycle"-based word. When do I use what? Confusing examples: Is it a recycle bin, recycles bin, recycling bin? Do I take the recycles out or the recycling out? ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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What is the appropriate verb for making a judicial decision to punish someone? [closed]

Are punishments inflicted / issued / administered / or delivered by the court's judges? Is there any difference between these multiple alternatives (and probably others that I forgot), any nuances of ...
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Difference between “how” and “why”

I want to use You could see how this would be difficult to answer. but I feel You could see why this would be difficult to answer. is more correct. Here, I'm using how as that. Still, ...
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“Going green” and “getting green” [migrated]

From "English Grammar Today": "Get" and "go" are both used to mean ‘become’, but they combine with different adjectives. We often use "get" with words like "dark, light and late"; we use "go" with ...
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Broad / Depth or Breadth / Depth? [closed]

I recently saw this image: https://www.google.pl/search?tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSHQkY_1wo-9gUZnBoSCxCwjKcIGgAMCxCOrv4IGgAM (in context of personal skills, T-shaped set of copetencies, if that is of ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest [closed]

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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Would I use “would be” or “is” [closed]

This is driving me crazy. Can someone please help. Which of the two sentences is correct (is or would be)? Another evidence-based approach I would use in my teaching is peer-mediated instruction OR ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

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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Question that is a no-brainer

I need a phrase which has a meaning of a question that is very easy to answer and requires very little thought. I think it might have something to do with word no-brainer. I don't know if a no-...
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What's collective term for clients, customers, students, donors or anyone who has a beneficial relationship with an organization? [duplicate]

My clients offer services that can be used by different types of organizations: schools, nonprofits, corporations, individuals, restaurants, etc. If I want to talk to all of their ____ simultaneously ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [closed]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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Evidenced “in” or “by”?

Which version is correct? ...plus proven ability to collaborate with people from culturally diverse backgrounds is evidenced in his success in the US, Europe and Asia. ...plus proven ability to ...
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Medicine or Medication in the past

I am translating a historical tv series about the Ottoman Empire. So in the 15th century do you ask for medication or medicine? Or is there a more appropriate word for it?
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Is the word gleaned from good to be used in this context?

I am trying to write an objective for my resume. To take up a new and challenging position in IT Consultant, which will make best use of my skills gleaned from 5+ years of experience in the IT ...
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [closed]

I'm writing an essay for medical school applications. Both my parents were physicians, so it is what I was familiar with growing up. Instead of pursuing medicine in college, I decided to pursue ...
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Looking for a proper word to express lack of self-control

Need a proper adjective that can be used to call a trait when a person consciously lacks self-control/discipline while trying avoid certain things. A simple example could be a person trying to wake ...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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Alternative for “all for one, one for all”

Looking for an alternative idiom/phrase, etc. for the titular term. Any idea?
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“to argue a view”: Is this correct and common?

Is the phrase "they argue different views" acceptable? When I google the phrase "argue a view" with quotations, I found relatively small number of results and some of them had a clause after "view" (e....
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“It wasn't me …” or “It wasn't I …”? [duplicate]

Which of the following usage is correct, grammatically? a) It wasn't I who did this project. b) It wasn't me who did this project.
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What is a scientific philistine called?

A philistine is a person who knows little about culture and the arts. What is a person called who displays the same lack with regard to science?