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“Well-being” versus “happiness”

What's the difference in meaning? When should I use each one?
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Correct usage of “parallel” versus “in parallel” versus “parallelly”

I wish to know if any of the following sentences are incorrect: Using A and B parallel. Using A and B in parallel. Using A and B parallelly. Now I suspect most people are going to ...
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“Liberty” versus “freedom”

What is the difference, if any, between liberty and freedom? Does it convey the same meaning if "Status of liberty" is replaced with "status of freedom" ? or every occurrence of "liberty" in ...
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What connotation do these words describing “someone who straightforwardly expresses their” opinion have?

The adjective ones I have heard recently are forward straightforward forthcoming frank I was wondering if each of them has positive, negative or neutral meaning? What are other similar terms ...
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Terms to apply to something that leaves strong memory

Do the following terms have positive, neutral or negative meaning? memorable impressive remarkable What are other similar terms that are used for positive, neutral and negative intention?
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Are “so” and “so that” interchangeable?

A book suggests that we should not interchange "so" and "so that". "So" means "therefore", and "so that" means "in order that". However, it seems to me that in many cases they don't actually have a ...
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“Mysterious” vs. “Perplexing”

Is there a difference between 'mysterious' and 'perplexing' when used with regard to some unexplained phenomena?
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“which” vs “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Correct usage of which/that When is it appropriate to use 'that' as opposed to 'which'? I'm not a native English speaker and I must confess I'm quite ...
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“Relation” versus “relationship”

What is the difference between relation and relationship? Some say that relationship often refers to social connections. For instance, She has a close relationship with her daughter. How ...
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Compil[e/er/ation] Error

Which one should I use of the following: Compile Error Compiler Error Compilation Error I think the "Compilation Error" is way too long for everyday use, even though it's the "correct" ...
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What's the meaning of 'cub/s'? [closed]

What's the meaning of "cub" or "cubs" and in what context is it used?
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“Room” versus “space” (in the sense of unoccupied volume)

Space: Place, having more or less extension; room. Room: Unobstructed space; space which may be occupied by or devoted to any object (…) (from Webster's) The general guiding his troops wants ...
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What's the difference between “another” and “other”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My another account” vs. “my other account” Sometime it's vague for me when to use other vs another. For example, You need to buy other ...
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Synonym for “such as”

As in: Many factors are to blame for this disaster, such as: «bulleted list»
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“Based on” instead of “based off of”

I sometimes see cases where off is followed by of, and it sounds awkward to me. For example, I would prefer This story is based on a true story. to This story is based off of a true story. ...
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What's the difference between “Kind” and “Type”

For example: This is some type of mushroom. This is some kind of mushroom. There are different types of books There are different kinds of books I think that there are all valid ...
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What is a “remedy” for a “pitfall”?

I am writing an academic thesis related to a specific topic (the actual topic is irrelevant, so let's just call it XXX). The thesis basically consists of: pointing out a couple of problems in ...
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Can an issue be blamed for something?

Can I say: Many issues can be blamed for this ...
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“Version” vs. “edition”

What's the difference between version and edition?
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“State” vs “country” as “nation”

I came across an article talking about the difference between state and country, when they mean nation, like United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and ...
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This lack of reliability, can be ..?

How to say the factors are responsible for the lack of credibility? This lack of reliability can be imputed to several factors. "imputed" is probably wrong. What word should I use, in an ...
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“suffer” and “lack” can be used together?

Can I say: The assets suffer from a lack of reliability. Is suffer an admissible word in this context?
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Connotation of “maze” and “get maze”?

Is it correct to say "get maze"? If so, what's the meaning? Also, does "maze" have a bad connotation?
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How to describe braces, brackets, parentheses?

I have this term: ((x ,y, z)) and I need to describe in words that the x in this term should be outside the bars? Is this correct? outside the bars? x ((y,z)) The position of the x ...
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What to call information related to a film?

What is called a film's info such as year, director, country, actors, actresses, language, length... all the info related to it. I don't want to say metadata or credits. Any other words? EDIT: I ...
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“Solution for” or “solution to” a problem?

I need to find a solution to/for this problem. Can to and for be used interchangeably here? Is one of them just plain wrong?
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“Luck”, “coincidence”, “chance” — most appropriate in this situation?

I found my present flat completely by __. luck coincidence chance What will be the most appropriate word in this sentence?
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“Passed” vs “past”: Usage in an error message

I wrote code to detect a problem where live video playout of a file had moved beyond the end of the clip on disk. The clip itself may be growing due to an ongoing recording or a transfer of the file ...
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What is the difference between “appropriate” and “suitable”?

What is the difference between "appropriate" and "suitable"?
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Should this abbreviated question use “lose” or “lost?”

The main site Meta is currently displaying a banner that reads Lose some reputation points? A system-wide recalc of scores happened. This raised the question Fix the grammar please? ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to use “than” over “then” in a comparison?

Do you think you are smarter then me? While this question should be using than...I have to wonder if this is a debatable topic within English or is this cut and dry? If this specific instance is ...
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How would you define the relation between (for example) “Italian” and “languages”?

I'm building a web site where I have a list of topics, and I need to denote the relation between them. e.g.: Topic: Italian. Ancestors: Languages -> European Predecessors: Verbs, Nouns... ...
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Fishing terminology: What phrase describes a fish getting caught on the hook?

I know nothing about fishing, but I need to describe what happens when a fish snaps at the bait and gets hooked. Specifically, what does the hook do? Does it catch? Does it burrow? Does it seat ...
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Can one say, “John Doe for World Cup,” meaning “I vote for John Doe to have a place in the national team”?

Or, in the same manner, "John Smith for Olympics" meaning any place in a team, crew, etc? I know that it's common practice to say "John Doe for president," but here "president" is a profession/title, ...
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“Cry” versus “weep”

When to use cry and when to use weep? Which one goes more formal? Which one should have preference in general use?
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What is correct, “in-stock” or “on-stock”?

Do we have products in stock or on stock?
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What is the difference between illegal and unlawful?

I often hear an unlawful act, so what is an illegal act?
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“Opposed” or “apposed”

Should it be apposed or opposed in testing for non failure as apposed to success? I initially thought it should be apposed, because opposed seems to suggest opposition. Interestingly Chromium flags ...
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“very pleased to read your posting” — pleased=happy vs. pleased=satisfied

In a formal context, I would like to tell the author (whom I admire) of a posting that I was happy that I discovered/found it because I did not expect it. I was very pleased to read your posting ...
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Lack of reliability “in” or “of”?

Researchers' communities think bananas have a lack of reliability. How should I say this? There was a lack of reliability in the bananas, from the researchers' communities. There was a lack ...
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“practitioners' community” or “practitioners community”

I would say the first is the correct one (with apostrophe), but I see the other one much more. Don't know if it is relevant, but I'm a British English user.
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What's the difference between 'resolve' and 'solve'?

What's the difference between 'resolve' and 'solve'?
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“Credulous” - Formal Use

What is the basic meaning of Credulous , in which context it will be the best to use instead of "willing to believe" ? How formally we can use "Credulous" ?
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“on the train” or “in the train”?

Which of these is correct: "I am on the train" or "I am in the train"?
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Difference between “invoice” and “bill”?

I am talking about something you should pay. "Invoice" here doesn't mean the proof of payment. Sometimes I am told to pay my "bill", and sometimes they may refer to the similar paper (physical or ...
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Preposition to follow “Further acknowledgment”?

I have a statement. And after that statement I have: This is further acknowledged by the consolidation of the material. But I want to remove the "This". What preposition can I use here: ...
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What is the difference between omnidirectional and non-directional?

As I understand it, omnidirectional and non-directional both indicate that something: ...is not affected by direction in any way Is the meaning of these two words equivalent.
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Sorted vs Sorted out

I'm an American and I refer to a situation which is settled as "sorted out." My English family would just say that it's "sorted". Which is the earlier expression? Did Americans add the preposition ...
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“Represented by” vs. “represented with”

What should I write? A certain property is represented with a special color. A certain property is represented by a special color. Or maybe even "indicated with/by"? But the main point ...
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What section heading for a CV, regrouping things you do for the community?

In a university researcher's curriculum vitæ, it is typical to split items between categories such as Education, Research activity, Publications, Teaching, etc. I want to include as a separate ...