This tag is for questions about choosing the best word FROM A GIVEN SELECTION for a particular context or meaning. The selection to choose from will appear in the question.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
0answers
31 views

x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
8
votes
7answers
4k views

What is the “superlative” way of expressing “thank you”

On rare occasions, you are in a situation where a simple Thank You seems like you're undermining the other person's help. You know, instances where you are too grateful to express your feelings of ...
19
votes
3answers
4k views

Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason for this? After all, it is "boys and girls", rather than "girls and boys". If the boy (male) comes first here, why doesn't it come first in "ladies and gentlemen"?
2
votes
1answer
57 views

Please help me in choosing between too / also / as well in a specific case [closed]

I cannot figure out which one is correct (This text will be placed in a real estate listing website, in an area near an already listed property, suggesting others to offer their property on the ...
2
votes
4answers
22k views

What better way?

With this sentence What better way to celebrate the peace than with a fight? Is "what better way to" an informal phrase? Would it be better to write What is better than fighting as a way to ...
0
votes
3answers
68 views

Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
-1
votes
3answers
78 views

How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [closed]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
4
votes
2answers
759 views

Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
2
votes
1answer
39 views

What is a word for a small pool?

I was passing by a library and there were these very small (artificially created) bodies of water, square shaped, in a repeating pattern with some flowers also repeat between these bodies of water on ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
9
votes
2answers
13k views

Differences between “technic” and “technique”

Are those synonyms? Is one more acceptable in a certain dialect than the other? I checked their definition on The Free Dictionary but it's still not clear to me.
1
vote
4answers
107 views

Is there a word to replace the phrase for 'couldn't have been more different'?

I don't think the phrase is formal and academic enough, but I can't think of a word to replace it. I want to say something like this: The two frogs both agreed that they needed to fight, but their ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

Do you understand this? [closed]

Let's say I have several water faucets in my house, but one of them has low water pressure and I say to you: "I have a water faucet which water is very weak." Would you understand that I have more ...
1
vote
2answers
62 views

“Cooperation” vs “Collaboration”

I wonder whether the word "collaboration" has negative connotations dating back to WWII years where this word was often used in phrases like "collaboration with Nazi Germany" and similar contexts. Is ...
2
votes
3answers
52 views

Can a tree “uneasily frowning” be synonymous to a tree “hauntingly frowning”?

In the sentence "the trees uneasily frowned on....", I was wondering if saying "the trees hauntingly frowned on....." is synonymous. From the look of the definitions of the words "uneasily" and ...
3
votes
7answers
8k views

US and UK English: queue or wait in line?

What do you usually say, depending on the context and depending if it's US or UK English? wait in line or queue
2
votes
1answer
51 views

“Happy 2nd Birthday” is it correct?

What is the rule to follow when we add number to indicate the year in congratulating sentences? I'm sorry for my bad english.
1
vote
0answers
17 views

Should I use the word sub-merchant or branch in the following context? [closed]

I'm creating a web application which collects different seasonal offers/discounts by different merchants. There is an entity called Merchant in the application. To capture different branches of the ...
0
votes
6answers
119 views

better word for “un-influenced”

I want to write something like "Follow your dream! Make sure it is un-influenced by the society". Is there a better word? Here the idea is to convey that dreams should not be seeded into someone by ...
1
vote
3answers
41 views

Should I say : Like the one of Robin & Batman, Or, like Robin & Batman's

Which one of those following sentences is the correct and proper one to use ? A true friendship endures forever just like the one of Robin and Batman. A true friendship endures forever just ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Fullscreen or full screen

Can 'Fullscreen' and 'Full Screen' be used interchangeably? As in Funny pictures in fullscreen Funny pictures in full screen The context is a website, with full screen images in a fullscreen ...
8
votes
5answers
8k views

How should I use “eponym”, “eponymous” and “namesake”?

I was in London and visited the Tower Bridge. Afterwards, I went to a pub called The Tower Bridge. Just to be clear, the pub is named after the bridge. Which of the following are correct? The ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

Linguistics term for word choice

I was taught a word once by a linguist. I can't remember it, but it would be very useful for a Google search I am trying to do to solve another question on a different StackExchange. It was a similar ...
1
vote
4answers
1k views

Is there any specific word for showing dislike facial expression? [closed]

Sometimes women twist their faces to express their dislikeness. Is there any specific word for showing such facial expression?
0
votes
1answer
30 views

You better vs. You have better

Which one is correct? You better visit your family. You have better visit your family. You had better visit your family.
2
votes
2answers
41 views

What adjective to describe this moral idea is “better, higher” than that idea?

In the story I am writing, a villain says that his "moral solution/idea" is "better, grander, more shining, more moral" than anything in the world. What word or phrase could I use to describe that ...
39
votes
7answers
17k views

“between” vs. “among”

Today I was cut off in the middle of the following sentence: Between Cook, Strauss, and Pietersen— My friend said I was wrong. He said that for more than two entities, among/amongst are used, ...
21
votes
5answers
9k views

'less' is to 'fewer' as 'more' is to what?

This question is related to the previous one on less-vs-fewer. I prefer using fewer instead of less when referring to discrete items. Something sounds off about less than ten people, in my opinion. ...
8
votes
6answers
2k views

What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
28
votes
7answers
6k views

To hear something makes it audible, to see is visible, so what are touch and smell?

As the title states, if sound is audible, light is visible, what is a smell? And what is an object when you touch it?
11
votes
5answers
23k views

“Nowadays” vs “today”

I'm taking an English academic writing course. My teacher recommended using today as it is more accepted compared to nowadays. I asked her if this is accepted in American English (she's from US) or in ...
8
votes
4answers
5k views

Is there a difference between “continual” and “continuous”?

They are very close in meaning, I know, but I want to know if there are any subtle differences. Let me give you an example of a subtle difference in meaning between synonyms: Deceitful vs. ...
9
votes
6answers
26k views

“I'm done” or “I've done”

When someone asks whether you have completed a task e.g. shopping, dinner. What should be your answer? I am done. or I have done. To me, the former sentence's formation, Sub + VBe+ Past ...
26
votes
3answers
21k views

Using “that” and “this” interchangeably

Learning and using English I'm always confused about what word to use for referring to things that have been described by me a few sentences earlier: "that" or "this". Confusion comes from the fact ...
4
votes
3answers
166 views

The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

Is there a single word to represent 'which included'? [closed]

I want to write a sentence like this: ............which included low profiled members of the organisation. Is there a single word to represent 'which included'?
1
vote
5answers
2k views

Difference in usage between “Dependent” and “Reliant”

Based on the comments on a question on another SE site, I'm trying to define the difference between something being "Dependent upon something" and being "reliant upon something". The sentence in ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Intelligent vs. smart in the context of software systems

From DifferrenceBetween, Smart is an earned status, for example when we study, we'll be smarter. But, Intelligence, is something with which someone is born, such as IQ. If we take above definitions ...
-1
votes
1answer
20 views

Writing instruction vs. assignment? [closed]

What is the difference between "writing instruction" and "writing assignment (question)"? Which to use, in which situations? Thank you for the answers!
22
votes
13answers
8k views

What is the name of the first decade in a century?

80s the "Eighties" 90s the "Nineties" 00s the ??? For that matter, what is the second decade called? The "tens" just doesn't sound right.
0
votes
2answers
39 views

“neither … nor ” alternative

Is it correct ? I don't currently have neither an irish residence nor an irish bank account yet or I could say : I don't have an irish residence and an irish bank account yet
8
votes
1answer
19k views

When do we use “rarely, hardly, seldom”?

I'd like to know when should we use "rarely" and "hardly" and "seldom". Can we use these adverbs in the same situation? Or do we need to follow some criteria for using those different adverbs?
0
votes
1answer
22 views

How to thank your client who is showing interest in working in future? [closed]

My client has just sent me this message - "Hey I heard you are leaving the company. I wish the best of luck and if you ever want to work for XXX or another project I may have just let me know" How ...
12
votes
4answers
32k views

“He has yet to” vs. “he is yet to”

He has yet to receive an appointment. He is yet to receive an appointment. Is there any difference in meaning? Is one more correct than the other?
4
votes
1answer
103 views

“At no extra cost” vs “with no extra cost”

Usage: Procedure A can thus be applied at/with no extra cost. Which is the correct preposition here?
7
votes
3answers
8k views

“He acted strange(ly?)”

It would make sense if both of these sentences were grammatically correct; but is anything different between them meaning-wise? He acted very strange when I told him about the missing amulet. ...
3
votes
2answers
681 views

Word for a friend you have never met?

Can anyone provide "emotional" word/phrase for a "friend" you have never met, but it feels like you really know him? I won't mind even if it was in a language other than English. :) Update: Would ...
1
vote
4answers
84 views

What is the difference between “perpetrator” and “transgressor”? [closed]

I don't quite understand when one might be applied, but not the other. Also, is anyone who committed a transgression a transgressor, or might they also be perpetrators? Does it make a difference? ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

What is the synonym of “pixel pusher” for programmers? [closed]

"Pixel pusher" is the ironic expression denominating graphical designers (see this article). What would be the similar expression for programmers? I would like to emphasize the user interface ...
2
votes
2answers
24k views

“Hang in” vs. “hang on”

Are these two the same when used to express "keep it up" or "survive a little longer"? Also, I often hear people say "hang in there", but I rarely hear people say "hang on there".