Which one is less awkard to native English speakers, a phrasal verb or a word, in function or variable naming?

For example: Set up tracker module or install tracker module.

I already know the pros and cons between phrasal verbs or words in coding. But I don't know the awkwardness in the perspective of native English speakers.

  • They mean different things.
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    Apr 13, 2020 at 12:26

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Phrasal verbs are generally considered less formal than other verbs. I don't think it really matters in regards to awkwardness though. There is a difference between 'set up' and 'install' though. Somebody else already covered this here. https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/10772/what-is-the-difference-between-setup-and-install-based-on-computer-programs

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