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Choose the right variant

Please help me to choose one of the three variants listed below. I need to know which one sounds better and fresher. And if no one sounds good, I need to know it. As I’m not a native speaker of ...
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Is there a term for saying 'all countries outside the United States' without using the word 'foreign'? (used with international audience)

I have to come up with a short description/label/identifier to describe two geographical groups: United States All countries except the United States The description would be read by a global ...
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Is it correct to say “the core” or “the nucleus” of an exhibition?

This is my first participation, and I thank in advance all of you who will try to help me here. As I asked in the title, is it correct to say "the core" or "the nucleus" of an exhibition? I mean a ...
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Synonyms for “unfortunately”

Are there any words for unfortunately? I know that "sad" is a wrong replacement, but I don't know any other words for it. I write this word just way too much and it would be nice to have an ...
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One vs someone, can be used interchangeably?

I've been searching about the ability to use "one" and "someone" interchangeably but found almost nothing. So what's the difference between them and can they be used interchangeably, for example, in ...
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Correct usage of disorganised vs unorganised

Under what circumstances should one use disorganised in place of unorganised, or are they proper synonyms?
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Can you miss exam questions?

Does this sound natural to you? I have never missed even one problem (or question?) on my exams before.
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Which is correct: “while away” or “wile away”?

Instinctively I wrote "wile away the hours", but on reflection that didn't seem right, given what "wile" is usually taken to mean. Then again, "while away" doesn't seem to make much sense either. ...
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A verb meaning “to make a color brighter or darker”

I am writing a function which takes in components of a color (as red, green, blue component values) and makes the color brighter or darker based on the fraction that the developer provides. If the ...
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Name for the relationship between a person and a person's ancestor?

I feel like there must be a word for this. Like the relationship between me and my grandpa. We are related. But I would like to be more specific. We are related in such a way that he is my ancestor. ...
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What's wrong with “stupider”?

On online boards I've seen some people claim that "stupider" is ungrammatical. I can't see any reason why it would be, and it seems like it's commonly used. Google Ngram Viewer And it's also in ...
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“She is speaking” vs. “I am speaking”

Tom: "Hi this is Tom, May I speak with Linda please?" Linda: "Yes, she is speaking" Can Linda say "yes, she is speaking" or does she have to say "yes, I am speaking"?
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What is the word/phrase for someone between expert and novice?

I come across various people within my field (software developer) and people who are related to my field (the marketing/business people). Many a time when I want to opine or express my ...
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What is someone called who makes and sells sandwiches?

I am translating a text from Persian to English. I need to use an equivalent for "ساندویچی" (pronounced 'Sandwichi')(In Persian, a person who makes and sells sandwiches. It also applies to the place, ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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Grammar: 'dangerous to' or 'dangerous for'

Looking at the health warning on our beers, I'm sure the grammar is incorrect. "Alcohol abuse is dangerous to your health." Shouldn't that be: "Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health." ...
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What do you call someone who betrays his/her spouse?

What do you call someone who betrays his/her spouse? Is the word different for men and women? Is it different for people who are in a relationship and not still married?
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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What is an adjective for multiple things originating from the same source?

I feel like there should be a word for this, and it seems like it's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of it. Is there an adjective for when a number of things all originate from the ...
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Word for piece of furniture in the hall/lobby for storing shoes

What is the proper word to refer to piece of furniture in the hall/lobby for storing shoes? In Russian we use for this word "тумбочка" which can be translated as bedside-table, just adding "shoes/for ...
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What is the difference between 'In' and 'During'?

How different are the following two sentences: I am not allowed to sleep during the day. I am not allowed to sleep in the day.
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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Can “probability” be used interchangeably with “rate”?

In a document about a barcode reader, I came across an expression "scanning probability" to indicate the percentage of successful reading of barcodes by the barcode reader in question. I would use ...
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Use of the Phrase 'Home Tuition' [closed]

Are the following sentences correct: I am an English home tutor. I give home tuition for English to students of classes up to 12th. I offer English home tuition to housewives. I provide home tuition ...
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Vault or safe? Which of the two nouns can have a connotation of a place where valuables were stored in ancient time?

I am looking for a word that gives a clear idea of a place where valuables were stored in ancient times. Both, vault and safe give a modern sense of storing valuables where the container is made of ...
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Word for the sentiment or behaviour of extra people putting the boot in once a momentum of social opprobrium has been reached?

Suppose someone does something a minority dislike and the majority are indifferent towards. Once the minority has struck out at the person, many of majority start striking the person out of a sense of ...
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One word for (have same size)

I am looking for a word that expresses same size characteristic. To be specific, we can say that "both DVD's are identical". However, identical might imply all characteristics resemblance. I am ...
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Word for “Approve or Deny” [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe someone who approves or denies something. However, the word must start with a "C". Here is how it is so far: # CueCreator <-- The person who creates the Cue # ...
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Is there a word for days of mental clarity?

You hear about these a lot in people with Alzheimers. This can also happen to normal people when they eat right and get a good night's sleep and feel very clear headed. I am looking for a more formal ...
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How do you describe the taste of an onion?

I was discussing this last night with my girl friend... How do you describe the taste of an onion? Specifically the growing "spicy" sensation after taking a bite. I'm just talking about the ...
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“I'm sure this would not have happen” vs. “I'm not sure this didn't happen”

I was asked what's wrong with this sentence: I'm not sure this didn't happen. I didn't think it was incorrect, but my friend said I was. So, is the sentence correct either way, or is one correct and ...
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Word for two collections that do not have any elements in common

I'm looking for a word for when you have a collection A and a collection B and they have no overlap. In mathematical terms: the relation between two sets where the intersection is empty. Like in this ...
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“Hospital at ABC City” vs. “hospital in ABC City” [duplicate]

My city has two dental hospitals, a national one and a municipal one. My country also has a second national dental hospital located in the capital (not my city). Both go by the name "National ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a value ...
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The word: Downplay

I'm in situation where I got rejected during the first interview, and subsequently got the offer. It was lucky that the manager appreciated my initiative of an uninvited walked-in to request a ...
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Irradiate, illuminate and shine to mean “throw light”

All the three words are used to mean "throw light" in a document explaining principles of a barcode reader which I am checking. They are all used in sentences to explain "Throw LED to barcode". I ...
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“Him” or “his” used with “resulted” [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: Jack’s predilection toward competitive sports resulted in him becoming a great tennis player. or Jack's predilection toward competitive sports ...
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How to describe a dish that is both salty and sweet?

We often use the word savoury to describe salty and spicy dishes. And the definition on many online dictionary seems to salty or spicy; not sweet. Is there a word that describes dishes in general ...
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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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Suitable usage of “cultivated”? [closed]

Here is the scenario: An actor is not so good looking but he cultivated a personality that no one can disapprove of. Is the sentence right? Can you suggest better synonym of "cultivated"?
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I am a sponsor. Do I call the person I sponsor a “sponsee”? [duplicate]

What is the best word to use to describe the person who I am sponsoring? Or is there such a word?
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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One talk/paper, two speakers/authors

I'm looking for an English word which would replace "a seminar/conference talk where each co-author of the paper gives approximately one half of the talk" which may or may not exist.
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Who is one who participates in skulduggery?

Is there an English word for one who participates in skulduggery? The form I'm looking for is something like 'skuldugger', but I wasn't able to find that word anywhere in the OED. There are probably ...
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“become a President” or “become President”

If he had not been a film star, he would not have become President. In my opinion, "a President" is correct. Examples: "My dream is to be a teacher" "My dream is to be a President" ...
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What types of sounds do cars make?

What words can be used to describe the sound a driving car makes? I'm specifically looking for words that could apply to a standard 2000 Honda Civic, or comparable vehicle. "Roar" sounds too ...
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When do we use “arrive at” versus “arrive in”?

When do we use "at" and "in" with "arrive" talking about place, not time?
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What's another phrase for “word for word”? [closed]

It's a sudden random question I have but I distinctly remember there being another phrase, probably of another language, which means exactly the same as "word for word". What is it?