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Questions tagged [differences]

This tag is for questions about the differences in the meaning of two words.

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Is there a difference between a maker and a builder?

I have a German degree "Cembalo- und Klavierbauer". This degree is given to persons that are capable of designing, drawing, constructing, building, repairing, restoring, regulating and tuning of a ...
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Is there an artistic difference between “complex” and “simple”? [on hold]

i'm a newbie here. Is there an artistic difference between those 2 words, "complex" and "simple"? Also don't forget to add the illustration for it. Thanks if you answered it!
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“Value as” vs “Evaluate as”

I am writing an essay about time and its characteristics. In the introduction, I have a sentence: "It [time] became one of those rare things people evaluate as priceless". As far as I am concerned, ...
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“My own” vs “My own personal”

And because I was the person to clean up all the glass bottles, then I would find the wads of cash on the floor. So it was good. I’d get my wages, I’d get tips, and then I would get my own ...
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Distinct terms for a monolingual dictionary and a bilingual dictionary

I would like to know if distinct terms or phrases exist for two types of dictionaries; The first type of dictionary presents words alongside one or more possible definitions, constrained to a single ...
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Regent and Viceroy: When should I use one over the other?

These words appear to be synonymous, so I checked to see the difference on Wikidiff which gives the following definitions: One who governs a country, province, or colony as the representative of a ...
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What is the difference between definition and explanation? [on hold]

What is the difference between definition and explanation? According to definition of both: Explanation: A statement or account that makes something clear. Definition: A statement of the exact ...
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Difference between mean and tight

I'm trying to guess if an English speaker says mean or tight when you are talking about a person who don't like to spend their own money. Do you use different words depending on the friendship with ...
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“Position” or “Rank” for high score table?

I'm making a game that has a high score table. When I show the player his position/rank in relation to other players, for example on his profile, should I use the word "Position" or "Rank"?
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Name for phrases that sound the same but have different meanings?

Is there a special name for two phrases that have the same sound, but mean different things from each other? For example Wishing well Could be used in either the context of "I wish you well," or ...
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What is the difference between convention, conference and meeting [closed]

These three words are used a lot in business. But what is the basic difference between all of these. Are these words interchangeable in any situation?
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What's the difference between adjectives “supplementary” and “supplemental”?

I'm writing a multiple choice test (MCQ) and I'll add a page of extra questions. I'm hesitating between naming them "supplementary list/page of questions" and "supplemental list/page of questions", ...
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Are people named or called?

This is probably a two part question. Sorry. I often hear news reporters refer to subjects in their stories as follows: "A baseball player for the Chicago Cubs called John Doe..." It seems a verbose. ...
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What's the difference between “ricochet” and “bounce”?

I've found several definitions, and they seem the same. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ricochet: a glancing rebound (as of a projectile off a flat surface) to bounce or skip with or as ...
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Is there a difference between the phrases “iron cross” and “cross of iron”?

Is there a difference, however small, between iron cross and cross of iron? Or are they the exact same phrase but just worded differently? To me, iron cross sounds like a Germanic construction while ...
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“Have only just made something” VS “Have only now made something”

My question is, does pattern “have only just made something” work in some contexts as “have only now made something”? I good know from dictionaries and experience that “only just” sometimes is ...
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Based upon / judging by / according to usage

Which one from these are mostly usable? For example the sentence: Judging by his reaction, he didn't want to talk about that incident. When should I use "Based upon" or "according to" - are they ...
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Is there any difference between to strew and to scatter?

I just read that : https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/strew-scatter.172228/ and it appears those two words are interchangeable, apart that strew is rather literate. What do you think?
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Available or is available [duplicate]

I'm a little bit confused which version is correct: New version available New version is available
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What is the difference between “how you would” or “how would you” and when to use them? [closed]

I am trying to understand what is the difference between these two sentences and which is correct. Please select how would you like to receive your messages? Please select how you would like to ...
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Evening and night in English

How does the division into evening and day in English? Is there a certain time when evening and night begin?
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What is the difference between the words “retort” and “riposte”?

I am little bit confused with the words: Riposte and Retort. When to use which one? Oxford says that... https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/retort retort: Say something in answer to a ...
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a perfection of/perfect

Perfection: the state of being perfect ( Oxford Learner's Dictionaries) The novel achieves a perfection of form that is quite new. I think that "perfection" here means the highest degree of ...
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Distinction between First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, and the reason for it [closed]

I'm having some trouble understanding the purpose of the distinction between First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. I understand that First Nations are considered "Indians" (which I know isn't ...
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Try to + inf or Try + v + ing? [closed]

I tried catching the horse but without success Is this sentence correct? Why ?
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Exact meaning of “Chagrin” [closed]

What is the exact meaning of "chagrin"? Does it have a component of humiliation or that of disappointment?
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Is “All MEEMIES are SCREAMING” a Strong Collocation?

Stormy Petrels: According to this article Elliott Moreton categorize particular group of words as "Stormy Petrels". A stormy petrel, also known as a storm petrel, is an Atlantic seabird (also ...
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Tunnel Into/Through

“Locals chiseled the Guoliang Tunnel into — and through —the side of a mountain.” From https://www.thisisinsider.com/guoliang-tunnel-built-into-mountain-2015-12 What is the difference between “into”...
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I have a question about the difference between 'diagram' and 'graph'

I'm preparing IELTS exam and I got a problem with TASK 1 in writing part. I want to explain about a flow chart using 'synonym of flow chart' and the synonym was 'graph'. However, my English tutor ...
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What is the difference between “scarce” and “rare”?

What is the difference between "scarce" and "rare"? And how to say the following? diamond is (rare, scarce) My English teacher has said that there is a difference between the two words, later, ...
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“in time” versus “on time” in this context

Why does the answer key of my textbook suggest that only on can work in the following gap? I would strongly advise you to be _____ time to the lecture. After checking this topic, it is clear that ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “I'll be there for 7pm” and “I'll be there at 7pm”?

I feel like "for 7pm" is possibly colloquial and perhaps not quite Standard English, but I have heard it a lot. I can't think if there's any difference in meaning between "I'll be there for 7" and "I'...
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Draft Beer or Draught Beer (In Canada)

There's a few threads on here about draft vs draught, but I couldn't find an answer to my question. As a preface, I'm Canadian, and know that draft (US) and draught (UK) are generally interchangeable,...
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What is the difference between Clients and Clientele? [closed]

Google says Clientele means: "clients collectively." But so does Clients mean
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Is ‘a dog which is barking’ synonymous with ‘a barking dog’?

I am wondering whether a barking dog means the same as a dog which is barking. Here is the saying a barking dog does not bite. Does a barking dog herein mean a dog which tends to bark in face of ...
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What is the difference between “resign” and “surrender”? [closed]

Why do you resign a game of chess, but surrender a war?
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The difference between “Kudos” and “Props”

I've looked through the definitions of kudos and props: According to Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of kudos is the public admiration that a person receives as a result of a particular ...
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“No one is born hating…” vs. “No one is born to hate…”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, ...
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Difference between dependent and independent clauses

In the sentence "It's raining, but I'm happy," "but" is a coordinating conjunction. Both of the clauses are independent, right? However, doesn't "I'm happy even though it's raining" mean the same ...
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Example of history and historical [closed]

I have read the previous topics but still dont know where I should use history or historical in the following examples. Athens is a historic / historical city This chair is historic / historical ...
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Looking for help in using names for a business [duplicate]

My brother and I are starting a business and would like to use our names for the business. For example Kate & Larry's restaurant. Or is it Kate's & Larry's Restaurant. Thanks
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What´s the difference between “lay out” and “put” in this phrase?

I'm from Brazil and I'm learning English. I recently came across a phrase that intrigued me a bit... "Brenda wants to have a picnic. She drives to the park. She lays out a blanket." Can I use "put" ...
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general approaches in learning the subtle (or not so subtle) differences of words [closed]

What is the best way to learn the subtle (or not so subtle) difference in words? For example, most dictionaries will tell me that both 'replete with' and 'fraught with' mean 'full of.' But are they ...
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What is the difference between “uncertainty” and “uncertainly” [closed]

Context: I was reading a book and came across the word “uncertainty” as I never saw this word before it makes me confuse. According to Dictionnary, the definition of uncertainty is: The state of ...
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What is the difference between word “Joy” (when means emotion) and “Amusement” (another emotion)?

Do they refer to same or different things? If to different things, then does "joy" imply that there is "amusement"? Does "amusement" implicitly mean that there is "joy"? For example, let's say that I ...
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What is the difference between “rope” and “cable”?

After looking up examples and doing some research in dictionaries, the difference doesn't seem to be the material, function or thickness. In particular I am interested in the usage of the word cable ...
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When to use 'the amount of' and not e.g. 'increase physical exercise' / 'increase the amount of physical exercise'?

When do you need to use the number of or the amount of with a noun? For example, "If people go to gyms more, they will increase their physical activity." OR "If people go to gyms more, they ...
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Effect or Affect [duplicate]

I can NEVER teel if it should be effect or affect. What are some ways that help you understand the differance?
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Disorganized or Unorganized?

Does anyone here know the difference between unorganized and disorganized? As far as I know, disorganized refers to something that was once organized and now isn't, and unorganized refers to ...