This tag is for questions about correctly using a word.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
2answers
92 views

Usage of milestone

A milestone is a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc. But does it also imply a chronological step? So does it make sense to say ...
-1
votes
2answers
91 views

Can anyone tell me if this sentence is correct all around [closed]

Is this sentence punctuation and word usage right? She believed that the client, regardless if it was one client or many clients, is a system.
0
votes
1answer
149 views

“A mystery” vs. “mysterious”

When you say: His motive (for the crime he committed) remained a mystery. It doesn't sound the same if you change "a mystery" to "mysterious" as if the two words didn't have the same meaning. ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

Meaning of ‘eve’ [closed]

What is the reason behind using the word eve in the following contexts? Christmas Eve New year Eve
1
vote
1answer
59 views

“phone manufacturer”, “phone producer” or “phone maker”

What is more appropriate wording? Is HTC or Apple a: phone manufacturer phone producer phone maker I personally would go with manufacturer, but I also see the other ones used. Does it depend on ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

“Available soon” vs. “Soon available”

As in a callout announcing a new product: "Available soon at your xyz dealer" or "Soon available at your xyz dealer!
5
votes
5answers
411 views

What difference can be expected by saying “Trump the Campaign ” instead of saying “the Trump Campaign"?

There was the following passage in New York Times’ (November 3) article that came under the title, “Donald Trump, Salesman and Politician, on Gilded Display in Manhattan”: “Trump the Campaign and ...
2
votes
2answers
172 views

What is the difference between 'ad hoc' and 'heuristic'? [closed]

In engineering people tend to (at least in my mind) use these two terms pretty loosely. Now I don't care about the informal slang usage of the term, I just wish to know what is the difference in their ...
-2
votes
1answer
38 views

Can the word afforded be used in the following context [closed]

His wealth of experience has afforded him the business acumen to quickly identify issues facing the business Is the word afforded being used correctly here? Is there anything else wrong with ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

“Don't S**t Where You Eat”

The idiom "Don't shit/defecate where you eat" means: One should not cause trouble in a place, group, or situation in which one regularly finds oneself. [Wiktionary] I always understood what ...
2
votes
3answers
80 views

Tree boot or tree trunk

I use an online app that defines tree trunk as US English and tree boot as British English. However, I can't find any reference anywhere else to tree boot. It the term still used? Thanks in advance ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

judge somebody/something (on something)? or judge somebody/something (by something)?

I saw 1 English teaching material written by a non-native English speaker said "shouldn’t judge others by their clothes". However, there is a structure judge somebody/something (on something): ...
2
votes
2answers
94 views

Why is Major League Off-Season called “Stove League”?

With Kansas City winning the Wordl Series, we can no longer watch baseball games until next Spring except for international games "Premier 12" or Australian League. Stove means: a portable or ...
1
vote
2answers
374 views

“Let me know it” or “Let me know” [closed]

Do you need to add "it" after "Let me know" so it becomes "Let me know it"? Or is this not really necessary? Thanks!
2
votes
1answer
60 views

Misuse of “behoove”?

I've come across the following usage of "behooves" in a scientific paper (don't worry about the content). Deriving approximation guarantees for CLASH behooves us to assume the restricted isometry ...
6
votes
2answers
72 views

Usage of without in conjunction with within

In my experience, the word "without" is generally used as a preposition to describe some action for example: I went to Paris without my bag. I believe though, that I have heard it used with ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

Is it appropriate to use the word “alimony” as in-marriage financial support?

Nafaqa in Islamic laws refers to the financial support given by husband to the wife during their married life. I have seen this translated to alimony, and maintenance in English. However, as the ...
1
vote
3answers
110 views

How can I find contemporary examples of 'concert' as a verb?

I like to improve my familiarity with a word by looking over a range of contemporary examples of writers using the word. Normally I use Google News to find examples from newspapers and magazines. But ...
-2
votes
1answer
64 views

Using before/after instead of “between” for date

I have a date D which is between date X and date Y. X is a year ago. And Y is 6 months ago. I'd like to describe the D in two sentences, not using the word "between". So could before/after work? I'd ...
3
votes
1answer
116 views

Usage of the word “hand” in the context

We're using a textbook called "English for Management Studies" by Tony Corballis and Wayne Jennings at our English classes at university. I'm saying this so that you know that the following sentence ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

Usage “a grade of”

Is it correct to say, "I expect to graduate with a grade of 3.4 to 3.5". I was told that if I use "of", I should not follow it with a range (x to y) but rather with a specific number.
1
vote
1answer
70 views

“To live” vs “for living in”

I was wondering which is the correct form for expressing this simple concept in a formal way: " my hometown is a good place FOR LIVING IN / TO LIVE ". Grammatically I would say that "my hometown is a ...
-1
votes
1answer
21 views

In the first line/ on the first line

Which one is correct: On the first line of this page is written. In the first line of this page is written.
0
votes
1answer
61 views

Is it stylistically correct to use “me” after an adjective ? Like “Intelligent me” [duplicate]

I am a non-native speaker and I was just wondering whether it is stylistically and grammatically correct to write something like "smart me made the same mistake again" or "Intelligent me could not ...
0
votes
2answers
105 views

Usage differences between 'exit' and 'egress'?

Are they perfectly interchangeable? Dictionary definitions seems to agree.
3
votes
3answers
295 views

Where does “X-factor” meaning: “noteworthy, special talent or quality” come from?

X-factor refers to: a noteworthy special talent or quality, or a variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome: (ODO) The first ...
0
votes
2answers
183 views

Are “monolithic” and “homogeneous” really synonyms? [closed]

The thesaurus gives the two adjectives as synonymous. But I wonder if they are context specific? Am I right to doubt their being absolute synonymy?
1
vote
1answer
126 views

do anything vs do something

Which is correct? Please let us know if we need to do anything about it. or Please let us know if we need to do something about it.
0
votes
2answers
60 views

This is my explanation about “V to do something” vs “V doing something”! Is it correct or incorrect?

Ok, see these example I enjoy to read books / I enjoy reading books I like to play football / I like playing football I prefer to drink water / I prefer drinking water He ...
1
vote
7answers
284 views

Word or sentence describing one who presents no facts or supporting arguments in a debate

What would you call someone, or what sentence would you use for someone who does not present any additional facts or supporting arguments for a debate. Example of argument "I think marijuana should ...
0
votes
3answers
84 views

About “Isocolon”

I am trying to get a nuance of this rhetorical device "Isocolon" "On the trend, Off the price." Is this simple Isocolon? And can you give me more examples? Thank you. [HotLicks -- added definition ...
26
votes
6answers
3k views

Is “dear” commonly used to describe something that costs too much?

Can the word dear replace expensive, as in "That new T.V is too dear"? The dictionary says so, but I was completely unaware that it had that connotation. I want to use it in writing because it's a ...
1
vote
1answer
133 views

The “Italian sounding” issue

The expression "Italian sounding" is a recent expression used with the following meaning: According to Confagricoltura, “Made in Italy” is now recording a turnover loss of €6 million every ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

“I very like it” is right or wrong?

I heard a lot of non-native speakers said "I very like it". I think "very" in this case is adverb and means "extremely" Source. It can be written as "I extremely like it". But I heard that people ...
1
vote
2answers
29 views

What's difference for below phrases and words [closed]

What are the differences in the following phrases: engage in work on commit oneself to dedicate oneself to
3
votes
1answer
43 views

The difference between “discomfit” and “discomfort.” [closed]

There isn't a lot to say, really, except that I just want to know the difference between the two words as verbs. I found that dictionaries give definitions so overlapping that the words sound as if ...
2
votes
1answer
47 views

What is “the virtue long gone from the flannel”?

In Victor Canning's 1950 Bird of Prey, I encountered this sentence: Spadoni nodded, his eyes dropping from Mercer's face, taking in the tweed jacket with leather-bound cuffs, the neatly pressed ...
1
vote
1answer
127 views

What is this called in English ? (insignia)

What is this called in English ? Can we say insignia? Thank you. P.S: There is a needle at the back of this thing in order to stick it to a shirt or a jacket.
36
votes
10answers
7k views

Is “dude” becoming gender neutral? [duplicate]

Is the word "dude" becoming gender neutral? I don't think so, however, has modern usage changed? Are there some recent examples of "dude" being used to refer to a woman or group of women?
3
votes
2answers
338 views

“Quite” American vs British English

In looking at the answers for this question, Using "quite" with a noun, it occurred to me that "quite," although having a dictionary definition, might be used differently by AmE and BrE ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Health inspector

Is there a term for the person who goes to restaurants and checks if anything is wrong? This person does not introduce himself at first. He eats food and sees the restaurant, and if the restaurant ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

Definition of Female Empowerment [closed]

Does anyone have a good definition of female empowerment? It'd be extremely helpful if this came as a quote. Please link if possible!
1
vote
1answer
77 views

Correct usage of “ubiquitous”

(Context: local middle school gave each student a personal Chromebook in September. Letter to administrator about problems, that were not solved by opting my child out of the Chromebook three weeks ...
6
votes
3answers
597 views

Is logicalness a valid word and if not what word can be used instead?

I've never heard anyone use the word logicalness, however, it is listed in some online dictionaries (1, 2, 3), but not others (4). If it is not a word, what word can be used instead?
1
vote
1answer
130 views

How to properly borrow words from other languages? [closed]

For example, if I took the Russian word "Toska" and transposed into an English word "tosk (pronounced as "təʊsk") and created such words and phrases as "toskful", "tosk-stricken", "toskfulness", "to ...
4
votes
2answers
367 views

Inobtrusive versus unobtrusive

Is the difference in meanings between inobtrusive and unobtrusive enough to warrant a distinction in their use? Or are they interchangeable?
1
vote
1answer
71 views

You did the right thing [closed]

My sister married a man who treated her badly. Her husband didn't respect her at all. After one year , they split up. After hearing that news , I called my sister and said : Don't worry. I think ...
4
votes
1answer
47 views

Can 'true' be equal to 'faithful'? [closed]

Can I say 'true to' to mean 'faithful/loyal to', as in 'I am still true to paper books', or would it be a mistake?
3
votes
1answer
72 views

You left off on page 50 [closed]

I am a teacher and I am having a class right now. I have just forgotten what I taught in the last class . So I ask the kids: Where did I leave off in the last class? One of them said? You left off ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

In what restaurant or what restaurant [duplicate]

I texted my mother and told her that I was eating in a restaurant. My mother asked: What restaurant are you in? Or In what restaurant are you? (I'm inside the restaurant and I'm eating ...