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“Choose among” vs. “choose from”

I am unsure on when to use from instead of among and vice versa. Here is the question that I missed on an exam: The man had to choose [__] 6 ties for the interview. I chose from which ...
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What is the correct word for a group of categories, tags, and roles?

I want to create a database table that will hold all categories, tags, and user roles. I see WordPress uses "taxonomy" and "term" for this concept. Are there any other words to name it? If not, then ...
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Synonym for “Blind Spot”

I'm looking for a term or an idiom to point to the weakness of something, specifically a computer program. Something similar to "Achilles Heel" but not that! I just found blind spot : "an area in ...
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Is it possible to use “ every second Saturday” instead of “every other Saturday”?

Is it possible to use " every second Saturday" instead of "every other Saturday"? What about "every two Saturdays"? Is it same as "every other Saturday"?
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“rendered mute” vs “rendered moot”

I have seen both, and now I am unsure when to use which. To the best of my knowledge "rendered mute" is roughly equivalent to "rendered speechless" and "rendered moot" to "rendered irrelevant". But I ...
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Difference between 'Redundant' and 'Superfluous'

(I made a search for this question on this forum but surprisingly did not find related questions. Which is odd because surely this question is asked often.) First, the sentence I'm trying to use ...
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [closed]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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Starring vs Featuring?

I'm writing a description for a photograph, and I'd like to place the emphasis on the scarf that the person in the picture is wearing. The description would be something along the lines of "__ the ...
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1answer
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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I don't want no robot running the empire

This construction and its variants always sound strange to me. If I was asked to write a sentence with the same meaning, my choice would be: I don't want a robot running the empire. Logically, ...
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Word that describes many common household purchases

I m writing a research paper about the over consumption. I am struggling to find a word or words that describes the things we normally use in our daily lives like toothbrush, dish washer liquid, ...
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Term for Subversive, Passive-Aggressive Insults (In which the insulter has plausible deniability, concerning any actual effort at offense)

To clarify, what I'm seeking is a term that represents a speaker offering a backhanded compliment, in which the speaker is the only one that doesn't share this point of view. Example: "Personally, I ...
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How to say “it gives an opportunity” in a word?

The phrase is often used in a written speech. E.g.: Everybody needs an education. It gives you an opportunity to have a good job and to succeed in life. How to rephrase that: It enables you... ...
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“Automatically” vs “In an automated manner”

Is there any difference between automatically and in an automated manner? For example, Automatically He's been made redundant, as all of his tasks are now done automatically. Automated ...
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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which one is correct? “i'm a person loves” or “i'm a person who loves” [migrated]

I want to talk about my self , as a note about my self in my profile, and I want to say something like I'm an accountant loves programming, how to say it right? note that I don't want to say that I'm ...
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Should I use “coming” or “going”?

When should one use the word "coming" vs. "going"? For example, is it "I'm coming home." or "I'm going home."? (Ehhh maybe that was a bad example). "Are you coming?" vs. "Are you going?" may be a ...
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“If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct?

My question of whether to use if I was or if I were. Which one is incorrect or nonstandard?
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“If I have some questions I will write you” [migrated]

I need to know if it's OK to use have and some in this sentence, and why? If I have some questions I will write you. I've been told it is more typical to use any here instead of some. Is there a ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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Train Station vs. Railway Station

When I say "train station" I am corrected to say "railway station", but I don't understand why. Examples... Buses are stationed at a bus station. Trains are stationed at a train station. ...
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What is the collective term for “Daily”, “Weekly”, “Monthly” and “Yearly”?

I am developing a business application in which the user can select from one of these options, namely "Daily", "Weekly", "Monthly" or "Yearly", for scheduling appointments. I need to create a field in ...
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Past tense of “to steel oneself”? [on hold]

What is the correct way to render the past tense form of “to steel oneself”? My mind keeps suggesting “stole” but I know that is incorrect.
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A word to describe a person who has gone astray [on hold]

What is a person who has gone astray called? This basically refers to the person who is not following the path to success but has gone astray . For instance these lines from the psalm of life depict ...
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Is there a term for turning a short statement into a long essay just to make sure no one gets offended?

Let's say you want to state "X people tend to be Y", e.g. Actuaries tend to be overweight. Gays tend to be emotional. Indecisive men are usually seen as unattractive. Chances are that ...
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What is the exact difference between the words 'probity', 'integrity', and 'honesty?'

I have seen the above three words used interchangeably in various sentences, such as "probity, integrity, and sheer determination of Sebastian" in the novel 'Be careful what you wish for.' I am ...
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Is a response that poses a question with an obvious answer considered rude?

Disclaimer: While this question can relate to any language, there may be common interpretations specific to the English language. We have two people (denoted A or B). Say Person A poses a question, ...
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She can/might get a job as a teacher?

We were asked a question in an exam, from Grammarway 4. The question was: She ... get a job as a teacher. She loves children. I prefered to use "can" because I thought that was possibility but ...
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If something with no specific time associated with it is called timeless, what would you call something with no specific place associated with it?

I would, quite simply, like to know what the word is for something that could happen in any place; similar to the word "timeless", though that refers to something that could happen during any time. I ...
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Single word for attributing inappropriate motives to others' actions?

Is there a single word to describe someone who often attributes inappropriately trivial/cheap motives to another person's actions? I'm thinking along the lines of someone who puts himself briefly in ...
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any word can replace 'respectively'? [duplicate]

Given 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family, respectively.'. Then, can I say 'The two boys are from the rich and poor family each.' to remove the ugly comma? Any other suggestions are ...
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'eat extra two apples' or 'eat additional two apples'?

Should I say 'We want to eat extra two apples' or 'We want to eat additional two apples' ? OR both are correct? Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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Proper use of a pronoun [on hold]

is i proper to say: we look forward to seeing you, X and Y? or or looking forward to seeing X, Y and you.
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Using what clause after the word diversion [closed]

Is this sentence correct? "Everybody needs a diversion from what they regularly do"
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We the saw the arguments and attacks waged against her grow ever more offensive

I have just spotted this text on Huffington Post [1] and it sounded a little bit strange for me, a Brazilian ESL student. Can somebody clarify to me why the journalist selected the words We the saw ...
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what is the word/phrase that corresponds to 'fusion center'?

I have a sentence: Data have to be transmitted from AAA to the fusion center. AAA could be the phrase 'the local places'. However, I think 'the local places' is not a good phrase that matches the ...
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inquire “from” or “to”?

I have written: "They knew me from having seen me through the window, and from inquiring about me from John and Angel." Should that be "to John", or even "of John," ?
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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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“lie on the basis of” versus “lie at the basis of”

I often read in scientific papers a sentence of the form "X lies on the basis of Y." or "X lies at the basis of Y." to indicate that Y is caused by X in some fundamental way. Are both forms valid and ...
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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What is the difference between imply and involve [closed]

What is the difference between the words "imply" and "involve"?
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Word for superficial (but unmerited) appearance of substance/character

What is a word for someone or something that superficially seems to have a lot of substance/character but is actually shallow/empty? I can't help but think I've heard a word like this before. "Glib" ...
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'finding' or 'discovery'

I am writing a scientific paper on physics. I hesitate to write that my observations and their interpretation is a 'discovery', so I am considering using the word 'finding' instead. Is this the ...
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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Need explanation for some sentences [closed]

I see one of my friend post this status, I just feel it's a bit difficult to understand. Event photographers cannot read minds. You have to be specific about what kind of photos are needed (and ...
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What is an English word for “something that adds value”?

I’m looking for an English word which could mean something or someone that adds value to something else. Is there a single word for that?
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Does calling program for inventory/asset management “inventory utilities” brings message about it's purpose?

I'd like to name set of tools that help with a task of maintaining list of things that are in a place ("inventory"). I find "asset management utilities" and "inventory management utilities" too long, ...
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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?