This tag is for questions about correctly using a word.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
0answers
15 views

What is a theme in English

For English i need to "respond critically to a significant connection across four texts" using a theme. What exactly is a theme? My current understanding is that is the meaning behind the Film. The ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

“We're pregnant!” [duplicate]

I noticed a rash of couples recently who will announce to friends and family, "We're pregnant!" At first I thought this was just a cutesy way of announcing a pregnancy that was intended to be ...
-1
votes
0answers
14 views

Does the following sentence contain right word usage?

I'm trying to paraphrase someone and what they said, but I can't figure out if this makes sense to a reader: "This company will be a gateway to helping many people answer questions in all sorts of ...
-1
votes
0answers
16 views

Preposition “on” vs “at” [on hold]

I wonder why these two are used differently in this sentence: Meet me on Thursday at 4 o'clock Both are denoting a specific time period but they are not interchangeable: Meet me at Thursday on 4 ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Clarification about the usage of “the”

I know that this may be a basic question but I'm severely confused. How do you decide when or not to use "the". For what I've read, if you are referring to objects within a large class (without any ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

“Tease” or “tease with”

Does this headline from Toms Hardware use a correct sense of the verb "tease" (the main sense of which in this area being to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without ...
-2
votes
3answers
66 views

What is the meaning of unhighlight [on hold]

What does the word "unhighlight" mean? Alternately, is it even a word? What would be its usage? I can't find it in my dictionary or on the internet. I am using it in the context of if you highlight ...
2
votes
3answers
97 views

IMHO, I am great? [on hold]

I am not a native English speaker. I was wondering if the phrase "in my humble opinion, my proposal is interesting because ..." is contradictory? I am trying to say that something I proposed/said ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

Does the word “out” carry sexual-minority flavour?

My NGO and partners are producing a feature film about Russian speakers in the world, and to explain its point as bias-breaking, we came up with the name out, that's nicely expanded in the slogan as ...
0
votes
2answers
52 views

Use of the “&” symbol [duplicate]

When is it academically correct to use "&" ? In university standard writing can you every use & instead of the word "and"?
-1
votes
0answers
30 views

Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”? [duplicate]

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression “full stop” into a written sentence?

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression "full stop" into a written sentence? For example: The USS Enterprise isn't just a great "Galaxy Class" starship, it's a great starship - ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

Where to place “among other things”?

I'll be placing a short introduction on a web site and the introduction includes a sentence similar to this: I'm – among many other things – a hobbyist coder. I'm unsure about the ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

Is checklist or tick box (or something else) more common in British English?

When referring to a list of items that you check off as you complete, would the British say, "checklist," "tick box," or something else?
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Can I say, “I can answer your apprehensions.”

Is it proper to say that you can answer someone's apprehensions?
45
votes
8answers
3k views

“My personal opinion is…” Is it always pointless to use the words “personal” and “personally”?

Is this kind of redundancy acceptable in both speech and writing, formal and informal ? Would the following sentences have their meaning changed if we omitted "personal" or "personally" ? Would they ...
4
votes
3answers
113 views

When and where did the exclamation “Snap!” originate?

Recently I heard and an explanation for what the exclamation "Snap!" meant. He stated that it comes from the kid's card game where you yell "Snap" at a certain time to win the card pile. I'm vaguely ...
2
votes
1answer
50 views

Are “till” and “until” perfectly interchangeable at the beginning of a sentence?

In the following sentences, would one of these conjunctions sound better than the other ? Until/Till my daughter got married, I had never been abroad. Until/Till you change your mind, I won't ...
-1
votes
0answers
23 views

with whom - Is this the appropriate use? [duplicate]

Please let me know if there is a more appropriate manager at Seaside Resort with whom I can discuss these issues.
-1
votes
0answers
31 views

Should I say “Printed in” or “Printed on” here? [closed]

So I should say this to someone but I'm not sure if I should use "in" or "on" in the sentence. Here it goes: "The passport authority didn't print my apartment name in my passport. Should I include ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

“You could do it better” Past/Future?

While showing my work to my adviser, he uttered a sentence, "You could do it better!". Is it analogous to: You could have done better OR You can do it better (so improve it)? It seems to me this ...
-1
votes
0answers
47 views

“For the sake of” versus “because of”

Somewhat related to this question, but with more subtlety. I've found some places that define "for the sake of" as "because of": Wiktionary Cambridge Dictionary I suppose in a four causal ...
1
vote
2answers
36 views

About the usage of “with” in “There are grey goos everywhere, with many consuming the haemocoels of tardigrades”

Is the sentence below grammatical? There are a lot of people, with many wearing tuxedos. There are some cute teenage girls in the club, with many of them being PhD graduates in topological ...
0
votes
2answers
38 views

turn right backward or turn slightly right backward?

Please see the image. Could anybody tell me what it should be said when telling direction as arrows indicates on the road ? My ideas are, 1. turn right backward 2. turn slightly right backward I'm ...
1
vote
3answers
65 views

Near in its verb form

Is it correct to say David does not near women. Meaning that he does not go close to them or approach them.
1
vote
3answers
90 views

Are the words “backdrop” and “background” interchangeable?

Are the words "backdrop" and "background" interchangeable?
0
votes
2answers
50 views

Can a person have a “dextrous mind”?

Can we say that a man has a dextrous mind? This would mean that he has a highly skilled brain which is capable of excelling at a certain mental activity, or that he as an individual is capable of ...
3
votes
6answers
298 views

Is it common to use the word “tiptoeing” even if the person is just standing?

Definition by Google: tip·toe walk quietly and carefully with one's heels raised and one's weight on the balls of the feet. But can I use it in a situation where the pension isn't walking?: ...
-1
votes
1answer
42 views

Is it correct to use the word “devastated” to refer to the pain we feel towards other people? [closed]

I think the word devastated is mainly used when something bad happens to oneself (maybe I'm wrong?) Say, can I use it in the following way? I felt devastated after watching the survivors of ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Use of 'which' to combine clauses

Is there anything wrong, in terms of either grammar and/or usage, with the following sentence: "The information age has ushered children into a global society, which is the cause of educators ...
2
votes
2answers
81 views

Lean in and lean out

There was an article titled “Forget Leaning In, Let's Talk about Leaning Out” in Forbes magazine (April 2. 2014) in which the author, Caroline Mayer says: “I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

Is complimentative a word?

Is 'complimentative' a word? There are a bunch of definitions online but I couldn't find it in the British National Corpus or the OED (from searching oxforddictionaries.com). Does this mean I should ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Incidences vs incidents

I will analyze the number of incidents of traffic accidents which occurred last year. I will analyze the incidences of traffic accidents which occurred last year. Are these sentences using the ...
0
votes
3answers
71 views

“Security was a privilege of expensive locks” [closed]

Can I say "security was a privilege of expensive locks"? I am rechecking a translation, and the use of privilege in this context seems too weird to me. Isn't "privilege" used only with people?
0
votes
2answers
63 views

What is the meaning of “… to felicit you …” [closed]

Recently I have received some comments about my work, and it used "... felicit you and your work". What is the meaning of this word? Is is positive or negative?
3
votes
1answer
209 views

“Minutes later” vs. “a few minutes later”

Can I say this: I forgot about it minutes later. Or do I have to say it this way instead: I forgot about it a few minutes later.
2
votes
2answers
81 views

“Do so” vs “do it”

Example: I don’t know why I didn’t go back to my hometown. I didn’t have any reason not to—maybe I didn’t have a reason to do [so/it], either. Should I use do so or do it in the example above? ...
2
votes
3answers
218 views

Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
2
votes
2answers
65 views

Usage of the phrase “We have been made.”

I was watching a TV show in which they showed this two friends who were hiding in disguise to escape from bounty hunters. Then one friend upon realizing that the bounty hunters have recognized them ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

What is the word for adjectives like 'correct' which may not provide complete meaning without previous sentence?

While working on my project, I came across this sentence: Obi is correct My question is can we say that 'correct' in the above sentence defines the state of a man, since is is a form of 'be' - ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

“Seriously speaking” or just “seriously”?

Is the expression seriously speaking redundant? For example: [A asks a question] [B replies with a joke] [A and B laugh] B: No, seriously (speaking), I came to visit my mom. I ...
-1
votes
1answer
27 views

A key is bound to a function or a key binds to a function?

For example, I have a shortcut Ctrl-x that executes "Cut" action when press. Should I say "Ctrl-x is bound to Cut" or "Ctrl-x binds to Cut"?
0
votes
1answer
76 views

What two words best describe these features?

I am in the middle of developing an app. I'm having some trouble trying to decide the best usage for two features in particular. I know what both of these words mean, but I am becoming increasingly ...
2
votes
2answers
60 views

“Our subconscious” or “our subconsciousness”

Example: There are many hidden things in the unreachable depth of our subconscious/subconsciousness. What's the most common choice? Is the first option ungrammatical?
0
votes
1answer
54 views

When to use had rather [duplicate]

I had rather go home than stay out too late. I had rather listen my parents or get in trouble. Is had rather refers to past? Can anyone explain 2nd sentence in other words?
0
votes
2answers
55 views

“Pouring from the window” vs “pouring in from the window”

Mary woke to the soft light pouring from the window. Mary woke to the soft light pouring in from the window. What's the difference? Do they mean exactly the same?
0
votes
3answers
144 views

'I thought', 'I would think', 'I would have thought'

I'm going to show you three examples. 1. A - Have you got any change?     B - Do I have change? What for?     A - For the vending machine! ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Co owns with me in official letter to Home Office

I have couple of sentences as, I confirm that my brother, Name, DOB 01/01/0001, Nationality Indian co owns property 00 Same Road, Manchester, UK with me and I have no obligations for his wife to ...
0
votes
4answers
77 views

One word for “change of requirements”? [closed]

In software or in Any Industry the change of requirements is often seen. Is there a particular single word that can describe the "change of/in requirements". Apart form updation, editing, amendment ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

The usage of “with whom” [closed]

I would like to write a sentence to thank a number of colleagues. I would like to express the idea that it was a pleasure to spend time with them. Which of the two sentences below is better? I ...