This tag is for questions about correctly using a word.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
4 views

“Sonata of…” or “The sonata of…”?

For example, should I name my sonata "Sonata of Awakening" or "The Sonata of Awakening"?
2
votes
2answers
48 views

Is it accurate/correct/proper to call an abusive dictator a megalomaniac?

The definition of megalomania indicates that it is the delusion of power, wealth, greatness, importance, etc. So when talking about malicious dictators, especially those known for mass murder of ...
1
vote
2answers
33 views

Ataraxis or/and ataraxia, a quandary. A question over their existence and usage?

The Oxford dictionary has ataraxia (ataraxy) as a valid word but not ataraxis. however, I've seen and heard the ataraxis being used once in while. But it happens that the guys at Oxford do not ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Use “too” instead of “so” and “very”

In what situation would you use "too" instead of so or very. Can someone help me? I have a problem with using too in sentence. Please give me an example. Thanks
-2
votes
1answer
35 views

substantial vs. numerous

these two words seem very similar, 'substantial' says in the dic.that 'large in amount or number', numerous says that 'many'. Do they have differences in contexts?
1
vote
4answers
77 views

Using the word “lagniappe”

Oxford dictionary defines the word lagniappe as something given as a bonus or gratuity. Is it only used when transactions (by transactions I mean a gift given to customer when he shops a lot.) are ...
0
votes
2answers
28 views

Word for describing process of walking, going on foot

I'm translating an article about a wax doll museum, and I got trapped on a phrase 'this wax doll has a mechanism, which simulates ''process of going on foot, walking, smth. like that''. I know, this ...
1
vote
1answer
114 views

Merry Easter to all of you! [duplicate]

It may sound strange, but why is Merry not used with Easter? Is there a reason why its usage has been so firmly fixed with Christmas?
1
vote
2answers
37 views

usage of the verb to bridge in “Bridging someone to something”

My friend suggested a tag line for our project: "Bridging you to your dream higher education online" and I have doubts that "bridging you to smth." is a proper word usage. I've never heard this ...
0
votes
3answers
35 views

What are other ways to express “something becomes more and more important”?

For example, if I would like to use the word "importance", how can I make the sentence?
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Meaning Of Arrangement

I want to know the meaning of the word arrangement in the following sentence and the overall meaning of this snetence: “Reinforcers,” are rewards or punishments used to encourage desired ...
0
votes
2answers
31 views

The very concepts of the “present” and “existence”

In the following sentence I want to understand the meaning of the bolded part: The light from most stars takes millions of years to reach us, so not only the present existence of these stars ...
0
votes
0answers
51 views

What are some words that start with DL? [on hold]

i'm ESL student and I have a homework , My English teacher ask me to get 5 words start with DL ? and I have to use these word in sentience I did not found any word in the dictionary start with DL :( ...
1
vote
2answers
50 views

“Healthy” vs “healthful”— Do fruits and veggies work out?

The OED doesn't say much other than the two words have long been synonyms since the 1500s. healthful - promoting good health healthy - being in good health/condition Why do we say that ...
0
votes
2answers
44 views

using the word “croesus”

I came across the word croesus a long back but pondered over its usage recently. It has the two following definitions: 1. the last king of Lydia 2. a wealthy person Is it correct, formally, to say ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

How to use “near” and “nearby”? [on hold]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Using “such” and “as”, together and segregated

Here are two variations: I would like you to buy such fruit as apples and watermelon for me. Can you buy me some fruit such as apples or watermelon? Is there any blatant difference or a fine one ...
-1
votes
1answer
53 views

I need to comment on Bill Gates's blog. In my comments I would frequently want to refer to him (I don't want to address him) with respect [duplicate]

What should I add before or after his name to show respect? In India we do that adding sir after the name but I don't think it's done in standard English.
1
vote
2answers
65 views

what is the difference between later and latter?

As cited above what is the difference between later and latter? Latter : occurring or situated nearer to the end of something than to the beginning, the meaning of latter is similar to later only. so ...
2
votes
2answers
68 views

Do I take a small nap or a light nap?

I heard a friends say that he's going to take a 'small' nap. Is this correct usage? I thought we only take 'light' naps
1
vote
1answer
19 views

Impel and compel and the finer nuances

I was contemplating over the two words - impel and compel. consider the examples: 1. she impelled me to take the job 2. she compelled me to take the job. is the word compel somewhat derogatory or ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

Is “cheese-stick operation, manufacturing, building current word?

I was drawn to the word, “cheese-stick” appearing in the article titled, “The book that didn’t exist” in the Opinion Pages of New York Times (April 14), which deals with the art and craft of writing. ...
1
vote
1answer
41 views

When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Difference between “I will call you” and “I give you a call”?

What is the difference between I will call you and I give you a call?
5
votes
5answers
955 views

What modal verbs do natives use nowadays?

We are being taught English by a native speaker from Alaska. He states that many of modal verbs we were taught are outdated and have been replaced. E.g.: We must ➙ We have to May I ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

The use of “as” [on hold]

My question: In the following sentence, what part of speech is the word as? He visited the United Nations, or the UN, as it is more commonly called. Is it merely a conjunction? If it is not, ...
2
votes
3answers
68 views

Is “womb owners” an accepted word?

I was a bit surprised to find a word, “womb owners” in the article titled, “Women can be funny, admits Jerry Lewis (sort of)” in Time Magazine’s online edition (April 15, 2014). The article begins ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

What does “where's waldo” mean in this context?

The student thinks that he can where's waldo their way to the answer Now, does it mean it's gonna be a cinch or a sisyphean task? Again, if I add a little detail, The student thinks that he ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Difference between “Generally, I am…” and “I am generally…”?

Revisiting my CV, I have stumbled over a small question. I originally wrote: “I am generally willing and able to relocate worldwide.” Today, I noticed I could also write: “Generally, I am ...
1
vote
0answers
32 views

Prima Facie: How would you use this in a sentence? [closed]

I understand that 'prima facie' is 'at first glance', but how would you start/use the word in a sentence? Thanks.
0
votes
3answers
63 views

“All you battery needs can be found here” Is this correct?

I found this on the battery stand in a supermarket: "All your battery needs can be found here". I don't remember the exact wording, but what surprised me is that needs can be found on a supermarket ...
3
votes
3answers
70 views

Does the type of play on words in “Some people are immune to good advice” have a name?

On Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman remarks, "Some people are immune to good advice." Similarly, a friend of mine described a weekend as "a celebration of procrastination". Does word play that juxtaposes ...
1
vote
2answers
32 views

Usage of “In present-day”

Does the sentence In present day technology, the method can be broadly applied. correctly translate the idea that Now, with the development of inexpensive desktop computers, the method can be ...
0
votes
2answers
34 views

Usage of “whereabouts”

Is a noun "whereabouts" used not only for something moving (e.g. person) but for something still? For example: Do you know his whereabouts? vs Whereabouts of the building they searching is still ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

What is meant by “communities of colour”?

When referring to the race and ethnicity does the word "coloured" mean anyone who is not white? For example "a distinct form of racism simply associates communities of colour with pollution." Also, is ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Entertainment-related compounds

Ok I just want to ask and confirm a few compounds. 1) games shop or game shop - a place where you can buy video games 2) amusement arcade or arcade - a place where people went to play arcade ...
0
votes
2answers
27 views

Meaning of “appreciate the calm”

From a web development book: Instead of taking a moment to appreciate the calm, developers have taken advantage of the stabilizing front-end platform to pile on a whole new wave of front-end ...
0
votes
2answers
40 views

What does the word “institutional” mean in this context?

Racism and sexism are examples of institutional practices that result in discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race or gender. The dictionary definition of institutional is ...
0
votes
0answers
4 views

Insert or Enter? [migrated]

What is the difference between Insert and Enter? If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better? Insert your data or Enter your data Thanks, Nk
0
votes
1answer
53 views

“Fast” vs “Quickly” vs “Speedy” vs “Rapidly”

A similar question has been asked. However, is it possible to give (general) differences in usage of fast, quickly, speedy and rapidly? And with respect to the top answer: Are quick and fast ...
4
votes
2answers
91 views

The urban are urbanised, the urbane are ?

The two words 'urban' and 'urbane' are of related meaning; according to etymology one the child of the other. But how do we form verbs from these separate adjectives? We can speak of 'urban' ...
1
vote
4answers
55 views

Ways to say “Can't be bothered!”

How else can I express a feeling similar to "can't be bothered!" Words or phrases would be appreciated as well as variations from across the English speaking world.
3
votes
1answer
58 views

The video will start presently

Presently * meaning "in a very short time, soon", is a widely accepted term, but why does its usage meaning "at the present time, currently" still remain an open area for dispute? Disputed usage: ...
3
votes
1answer
39 views

Is a comma necessary before “for which”?

Is a comma needed in this sentence? Is for which used correctly in this sentence? We define message codes for which security is well defined.
1
vote
1answer
113 views

Are “kinda”, “sorta”, “oughta” and “sposta” acceptable in formal writing?

I get that sorta, kinda, sorta-kinda (this one I quite like though) oughta and sposta imitate speech but it still annoys me to find them "in print", especially when the overall tone is formal. ...
3
votes
3answers
50 views

Correct use of bound/bounded

I am not sure how to correctly use the word bound in this context: All partial sums of two given sequences are bounded by a positive constant. All partial sums of two given sequences are ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

What is the meaning of “here” at the end of a sentence and how should it be used?

I have had a few international friends ask about "here" when used at the end of a sentence such as "I could use a little help here!" or "buy me some time here!". I would like to better explain this to ...
2
votes
2answers
56 views

I am allowed back in a week, am I banned or suspended?

The past few years I have noticed the increase of the word "banned" when a person gets suspended, especially in the context of American sports. 10 years ago I never heard that someone was banned for ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

Usage :Does consider mean Think? [migrated]

I consider cellphones are a nuisance. i consider cellphones as a nuisance. Cellphones are considered as a nuisance. which of these sentences are acceptable as standard English.
1
vote
2answers
62 views

Where is the term clockwork used?

I was watching some cartoon show with a bunch of rugrats over the weekend and the term clockwork toy was used. It seemed to be referencing a wind-up toy. Is there any part of the English speaking ...