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Questions tagged [confusables]

This tag is for questions about words or phrases that are easily confused with one another. This might be due to similar pronunciation. Examples are THEIR and THERE. If your question is about a word or phrase with multiple meanings consider the tag AMBIGUITY instead.

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“shouldn't have {gone/been} to the party”

What is the correct rephrasing for this sentence? I went to the party and now I regret it. I shouldn't have gone to the party I shouldn't have been to the party
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What's a good way to remember the difference between a cardiogram and a cardiograph?

A cardiogram is a record of muscle activity, and a cardiograph is the machine that produces it -- I know and understand this difference. That said, every time I'm having to use one of these words (or ...
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Confusion between disparage, belittle, denigrate, deprecate and depreciate

I have been building my vocab for a month. I am pretty confused at the usage of these words; I have consulted many dictionaries like Cambridge, Merriam-Webster etc but they all seem to "prevaricate". ...
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“Objective” vs “Subjective”: what is the difference (really)? [closed]

I have trouble understanding the difference between these two words, especially when people use them while talking about aims and goals. Any help please?
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Difference between stipulation and postulation

What's the difference between stipulation and postulation? I am a German native speaker and both words can be translated to the German 'Forderung'. In what context can 'postulation' be used? Is it ...
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“…nicer than any other…” vs “…as nice as any other…”

On a practice test, this sentence was given with the instructions to select the correct version: The English teacher, Mrs. Jensen, is nicer than any teacher in the whole school. This is obviously ...
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Notepad++ insists “dependancy” is the correct spelling, while Google Chrome insists it's “dependency”. Who's right?

So I started off using dependency in a text file I was making in Notepad++, and then corrected to dependancy when the red underlining appeared. However, going to Google Chrome, the red underlining ...
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Is someone “casted” or “cast” in a film role? [duplicate]

Can the word 'casted' be used in this headline? Michael Fassbender Casted In Upcoming "Kung Fury" movie
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When we say someone's knocked out, must he/she be in a state of unconsciousness?

I have always thought the phrase "knock someone out" means to strike someone so hard that he becomes unconscious. After watching a boxing match, I heard the commentator say one boxer was knocked out ...
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What exactly is a shoulder cord when speaking about military uniform? How to distinguish it from a lanyard, aiguillette and fourragere? [closed]

I think I know what the fourragere, aiguillete and lanyard are so you don't have to worry about explaining those but I just don't get the point about wearing the shoulder cord. I haven't found the ...
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Is there a difference between full dress and dress uniform when speaking about the army?

I'm so confused when it comes to these two words. The dictionaries offer the same meanings and when I tried to google the images they seemed to look the same to me.
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When to use 'take' and 'drink'?

I'm confused when to use the words 'take' and 'drink'. For example, When we want someone to drink their medicine, we tell them to 'take' the medicine. On the other hand, when we want someone to ...
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Are the words 'compliant' and 'subservient' synonymous?

The two words seem quite similar in their meaning. Compliant: complying or tending to comply, yielding, submissive(Collins); ready or disposed to comply (Merriam-Webster) Synonyms: acquiescent,...
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Is there implicit racism in the word guerrilla?

The pronunciation of the word "guerrilla" is a close homophone to the word "gorilla". Is there any implicit racism in the origin or later usage of the word "guerrilla", based perhaps on the inferior ...
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Does the last comma change the meaning?

This got me in a big fight : Mostly I don't want to be hated, for things I wouldn't consider doing, again. Having the last comma I thought it would refer to being hated again, the reader sent it ...
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Is “consumed the marriage” a typo?

I am reading a book that says a man "consumed the marriage", which I presume should be "consummated". I did find an Italian website a using the same expression, although that read like it was written ...
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Should this be “ensure,” and not "insure?

The assure vs. insure vs. ensure has been discussed frequently on this site. But I came across a New Yorker article, which has excellent editing, which uses "insure" when it seemingly should have used ...
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Verb confusion whether to use active or passive [closed]

Which of the following is correct? computer games designed to involve many players or computer games were designed to involve many players I assume the latter one is correct. Can anyone explain ...
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“Bona fide” vs “Bonafide” [closed]

Simply put - is it correct to use "Bonafide" instead of "bona fide" (with the space)? I'm planning to name a product, and wondering if I could use the single word and still be correct.
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“Conflict” Resolution: How to decide if two words are generally “unmistakable”?

Conflict Resolution in Stenographic Transcription The purpose of this question is for stenography. Stenographers often have “conflicts” in their writing, or in their typing using machine shorthand. ...
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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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Confusion regarding school terms

What exactly is a class? Is it the period of time of one subject? Is a subject a class? Is class a group of people or is that a grade? Is a grade a level or is it an ABCDEF in the score? I have a ...
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What is the difference between 'comment' and 'remark'?

She made a helpful ___________ on my work. I'm of an impression that remark is casual though comment is more formal. Is it correct? What should the above sentence be considered then? - formal (...
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The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
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“array with objects” or “array of objects”

I’m confused regarding the use of “with” and “of”. Should I use “array with objects” or “array of objects”? Why?
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despite / in spite of? [closed]

I could not sleep ____ very tired . Here, I tried: I could not sleep despite I was very tired . I could not sleep in spite of very tired Which one is correct?
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To raise/lower the blinds or to draw the blinds?

I'm an English learner and I'd like to know which verb should I use when using the word venetian blinds. Do you say 'to raise/lower the blinds' or 'to pull the blinds up/down?' or 'to draw the blinds'?...
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Is there a difference between “to be backed” and “to be back”? [closed]

This question arises from a sentence in the editorial which I was reading this morning. It is understood that Modi will be back in New York on September 28 from San Francisco for a key bilateral ...
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Is “Mandation” a valid word?

Is mandation a valid word? If it is, then what are its proper uses? I have heard people using this as a synonym to mandate; however, I am not exactly sure that it is a valid word.
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Restauranting (?) [closed]

I think a new word could be developed relating to the action of running a restaurant or restaurants. In Portuguese, French and in English as well, I believe, the word restauracao, restauration is too ...
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Confusing sentence, which is which?

Very difficult sentence structure. The bold part is very confusing. Although these molecules allow radiation wavelength, where most of the energy of sunlight is concentrated, to pass through, ...
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How does an animal sit on their haunches?

This should be a relatively simple question—one that I cannot seem to find anywhere. Does, for example, a dog sit down on its haunches, or sit up on its haunches? "Charlie sat up on his haunches ...
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Is there a word that means deliberately ignorant, choosing to ignore?

I know what this word really means but I cannot help to think that ignorant also means he ignores his surrounding or the consequences of his actions. "He was ignorant, unwilling to warn the police ...
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Why does 'continual' involve interruption, and 'continuous' none ?

Source: Continuous indicates duration without interruption. ... Continual indicates duration that continues over a long period of time, but with intervals of interruption. ... The ...
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How to use the phrase “come doing” properly?

How do you use the phrase 'come doing' properly? On the one hand, 'come doing' means that someone comes for doing something. For example, "Why not come dancing tonight?". This sentence never means "...
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“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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Difference between the prefixes, “mis” and “dis” [duplicate]

What is the difference between mistrust and distrust?
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Does 'invidious' imply hatred/malice for 'envy'? [closed]

invidious (adj) = (Of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others Etymology: c.1600, from Latin invidiosus "full of envy, envious," from invidia "envy, grudge,...
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Difference between Purchase and Procurement [closed]

I found many people use "Purchase" and "Procurement" interchangeably. Are they same? If "No" then what are the differences between them and can you please provide two different examples to show ...
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Should I say “declutter” or “unclutter”?

Which verb is more appropriate (and older) for clearing out my desk: declutter or unclutter and why? I should declutter my desk I should unclutter my desk Dictionary.com defines ...
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How to specify the letter O, not a zero

Imagine a technical specification that reads: In the text box, enter "O1" (O the letter, not the number zero) Is there a convention which achieves this explanation more succinctly, or is more ...
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What is the actual word for Leaving Out an Examination?

I am from Nepal, our primary language is not English, so many times there are confusion on words which sound similar and have similar meanings sometimes. Recently, I got into a situation, where I ...
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Correct use of lie or lay in the following context

I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lie. OR I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lay.
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a 'geek', a 'computer addict'?

As I see some people, especially internauts, just by thinking that they had posted a video in youtube, or they have a facebook account, or they've created a blogger website etc..., they simply call ...
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Are there any differences between later, latter and last? [closed]

Can I say a later bus? Or should I say a latter bus? For example I was in a hurry to catch a ... bus to the city centre.
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What is difference between “faulty” and “broken”?

I was working as an intern in Malaysia. Once day, my advisor asked me to check some electronic device. He said: "Can you check them for me if which one is faulty please separate it to another heap?...
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girlfriend / boyfriend confusion [duplicate]

During a discussion, I was trying to make a point; I told the woman I was speaking to, You're wrong! I have a girlfriend who plays videogames! This backfired; she assumed I had a girlfriend. How ...
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confusion of dont vs doesnt [duplicate]

i have heard that it should does/does not for he/she/it and do/don't for i/you/we/they But I am confused when i always get to hear people talking do and don't for he/she Even in a lecture i listened ...
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all but.. none but.. usage

I'm a bit confused with the usage of all but and none but: "We are all but defenseless" – should mean we are definitely defenseless? "None but misfortunes follow" – only ...
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Looking for a list of “english words” that exist in other languages, but with different meanings

I had a terrible misunderstanding with a semi-conservative Turkish woman who was offended when I said "Let's have brunch, and I'll bring some platonic female friends" I'm told that in Turkey, "...