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

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What do the letters “RSVP” stand for in English? [on hold]

Homegrown Tomatoes of various types from my spring garden...
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“prices rise during the war” why we write rise instead to rose because price rose in past during war not now

I think that rise is noun also so may be we are using this because of noun or there is any other reason please explain
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What is the difference between the words “tiresome” and “wearisome”? [on hold]

What is the difference between tiresome and wearisome? I searched up both of their meanings on Google by typing "define tiresome" and "define wearisome" and they are identical. If that is the case, ...
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“abundant in” vs “abundant with”

I am curious as in whether if "abundant in" is a more correct usage than "abundant with"? For example, the sentence: "The mail room is abundant in letters" seems to have the same meaning when ...
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Difference between Land line and Fix line in telephony

I'm looking for the difference between a land line and a fix line (or even fixed line) in the context of telephony. Both seems to mean the Phone line that is not the Mobile one but I would like to ...
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“ I’m hungry” Is it concrete or abstract? [closed]

I’m really confused about the concrete and the abstract. What that are mean? Also, is “I’m hungry “ concrete ? And why?
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Messing around on your phone or with your phone? [closed]

I have a lot of work to do but I'm just spending a whole day fiddling with my phone. And a friend asks me what I am doing right now. I answer: "I'm just messing around on/with my phone." Which one is ...
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Difference between “persistence” and “persistency” [closed]

I did not get a difference between "persistence" and "persistency". Is "persistency" a real word? ;)
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Differences between Band and Act

When should I use 'band' and when 'act', particularly in the musical context? Checking the Google Ngram service, I see that rock bands is more common than rock acts. Instead hip-hop acts is more ...
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True Word for Discount Manipulation - “Companies that creating fake discount perception”

Some companies use fake discount manipulation techniques to increase their income. If we use a word in common, I call them scammer. Perception list in terms of example: P.S: I know, I used the word ...
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Type of usage/ term

His features contort with obvious pain as he tells his story, his memories of Caroline clearly something he holds precious. What makes the bolded section dependent? What's it missing to form a clause....
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Scarfs and jackets are/is what they wear

Scarfs and jackets "ARE" or "IS" what they wear. I believe it is "is", but please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Wild vs Overactive imagination

In a typical scenario, where someone finds out their best friend started dating, they start fantasizing (in quite vivid and colorful details, sometimes outloud) how their friend will do bunch of ...
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what is the difference between, “she is beautiful” and “beautiful is she”; “cold was the night” and “the night was cold” and so forth and so on

is these sentences all correct? He is Great. Great is He. Great He is. If correct, how do they differ?
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Simpler way of saying “Converts quantitative to qualitative data”

Words qualitative and quantitative, are in my opinion, a little difficult to read and explain for a certain audiences, explaining why there are so many discussion about it on stack exchange. If a ...
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This VS That at a deeper level

When it comes to pointing at objects near (this) or far (that), it is more or less clear. The again, I have a question. First: You enter my room and see a pic on the wall, depicting The Beatles, and ...
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Liveable or livable? [closed]

would you rather use liveable or livable? As in an accessible and liveable/livable city needs appropriate infrastructures - for example. Thanks a lot!
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I've had vs I've been having (+ I've been vs I've)

What's the difference in meaning between the following 2 sentences: I've had a lot of problems this year I've been having a lot of problems this year. Second example: I've been waiting for an hour ...
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What is the difference between Countenance and Mien?

I've never heard the word Mien before until today, and I am wondering how it might differ from the word Countenance. From the OED: Mien (noun) A person's appearance or manner, especially as ...
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Undescriptive, indescriptive, nondescript or indescript?

I was hoping to use a word which means something is not descriptive. (In this case it was an error message which provided too little information. It just said "Operation Failed".) My spellchecker ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “a risk of failing” and “a risk to fail”?

What different meanings do the following sentences convey? Do they sound natural in conveying those meanings? 1) There is a risk of failing the test. 2) There is a risk to fail the test. While ...
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Difference between verdict and opinion in terms of product review?

We have a product review website where our experts write about different types of products. There are different types of reviews by the experts i.e. just by hearing or reading about the product, by ...
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try to change his opinion or try changing his opinion [duplicate]

A powerful opponent made a long speech criticizing John. This speech was so powerful that it threatened John's political career. John decided to try to change his rival's opinion of him. To do this, ...
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“not be permitted access” vs. “not be permitted to access”

I was wondering is it right to say something this way: You will not be "permitted access" to the work you produce. Isn't it better to say it this way? You will not be permitted to access to the ...
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Type of clause question ?

No matter what they say about him, it's false. introductory phrase followed by comma and it's false. So is the whole sentence acting as the main clause in these constructions ? It's false can't ...
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Differences between “order”, “harmony”, “regulation” and “organisation”

Could someone explain me differences between given words ? Order Harmony Regulation Organisation
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What distinguishes the two meanings of the word “though” as a conjunction

The dictionary provides two meanings for the word "though" when used as a conjunction: to introduce a sentence that makes what you just said surprising, as in "He is a Marxist, though he has read ...
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What's the difference between “important” and “matter”? [closed]

Is there any difference between "You are important to me." and "You matter to me." ?
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What is the difference between “bill” and “political reform”?

The definitions of reform and bill from Oxford Dictionaries: Reform: the action or process of reforming an institution or practice. Bill: a draft of a proposed law presented to parliament for ...
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What is the difference between “patronize” and “infantilize”? [closed]

Are they synonymous or do they have different meanings? What would be the differences, however slight? Here are the dictionary definitions: infantilize verb (used with object) to keep in or ...
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abbreviation or not Drive vs. dr home address [closed]

I put my home address on a credit application: 266 Chateau La Salle Drive credit report has 266 Chateau La Salle dr Is there a reference source to acceptability?
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Difference between “on the both sides” and “on both sides”

I really do not have any idea about the difference between the two phrases "on the both sides" and "on both sides". They both appear a lot from Google search. I see the the first phrase in this ...
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Difference between 'at' and 'by' for percentages

Please confirm the difference between these two sentences: Salad is the most popular dish by 43%. Salad is the most popular dish at 43%. Is the meaning of these two sentences same or ...
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We're square/even/quits in formal speech

What are the differences between: be square, be even and be quits? Are they acceptable to use in formal speech? If they not, what should I use instead?
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Difference between “under”, “underneath”, “below” and “beneath”

It leads me to the confusion, when it comes to contradicting between some prepositions. Today, I want to know the distinction between the two similar senses of these prepositions: under, underneath, ...
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If “pending” is a preposition, why not “awaiting” and “remaining”

I have found these three examples of pending, awaiting, and remaining from Your Dictionary, all of which show that they are prepositions: Philip, who had been left in charge of Palestine pending ...
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What is the correct British way to say arbitrary?

Looking across many different dictionaries and websites, they have different pronunciations for the word arbitrary. A colleague says it is pronounced like ahr-bitri, but this seems incorrect to me. ...
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Meaning of the statement “I got my”

Does anybody know the difference between these two statements? My hands got stuck in the drain. I got my hands stuck in the drain.
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Difference between “flavourful” and “flavoursome”?

What is the difference between flavourful and flavoursome? I was reading a packet of raisins, which described the raisins as flavourful. I didn't recognise that word. Is it less common than ...
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'He told her that he loved only her.' vs 'He told her that he loved her only.'

Neil Guthrie DPhil English (Oxon), LLB (Toronto). Guthrie’s Guide to Better Legal Writing (2017). p. 65 Question 1. How does 6 differ from 7? Question 2. Joanna Weselby (BA (Hons), English ...
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“I got tense” or “I got tensed”?

Instead of using "I got tense", can I use "I got tensed"? On a similar note, instead of using "The angrier you get, the tenser your body gets", can I use "The angier you get, the more tensed your ...
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Difference between “transform into” and “turn into”

It's a fact (by my research) that both verbs can be used to indicate the same meaning of change, as in: The Prime Minister has the ability to transform his vision into reality. The Prime ...
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Real v.s. in reality

Yesterday, I talked with Emma. I said: ‘‘Those indulging in the social media often live up to the needs of their followers on the social media but neglect their real families.’’ However, Emma ...
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Difference between “show the ropes” and “learn the ropes”

When should I use "learn the ropes" and "show the ropes"? Are both of these expressions interchangeable? Thanks
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'The origin of the problem' vs. 'The root of the problem'

If I want to say To prevent such a thing from happening again, we should solve this issue from the root of the problem. Can I say from the origin of the problem instead of from the root of ...
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Difference between ''moreover'' and ''furthermore''

What is the difference between the words ‘‘moreover’’ and ‘‘furthermore’’? The exemplary sentences on Merriam-Webster are ‘‘Swimming alone is against the rules and, moreover, it's dangerous.’’ and ...
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What's the difference between have/has been and was? [duplicate]

English is my second language and I have always been confused with 'have been/has been' and the idea that it could be replaced with 'was' in some contexts. For instance, this is a part of an urgent ...
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Use 'and' or a comma in this sentence? [closed]

The sentence is 'The rabbit led the lion to a deep, wide river.' Can I say 'deep and wide' here instead? Any difference in meaning? I have been always taught that linking 2 things should use the ...
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Differences between ABIDE and OBEY

So I learned from a dictionary that ABIDE is when you bear something but still do it. Like you don't want to do what your employer tells you but still do. OBEY is to follow a command. But ...
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Shakespeare's “say sooth” vs. “tell truth”

The noun sooth, pronounced /suːθ/, is now archaic and means ‘fact’,‘reality’ and ‘truth’. Its legacy persists in the words soothe /suːð/, and soothsayer meaning someone who sees the truth, a synonym ...