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What is the difference between words “notability” and “significance”?

I've seen somewhere that "notable" is related to a person or a concrete thing, while "significant" is related to a sign or a symbol. Is it correct?
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“The key to design a poster” vs. “The key to designing a poster”

I'm really confused as to which is more correct. The second sounds more natural to me, but I'm not entirely sure if I can explain why. "The key to design a poster is to focus on good composition" "...
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Difference between calibration and tuning [closed]

What is the difference between "calibration" and "tuning"?
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What are the differences between royalties and movie rights? [closed]

Differences between Movierights and royalties
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What's the difference between “collective spirit” and “collectivism”?

I think the collectivism is more like a political and social culture, while "collective spirit" can be cooperation within a small group.
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You will vs you must

With it being a direct order with out a choice. Is it written You will pay for your sins. Or You must pay for your sins. Will seems stronger as You will no matter what. Where you must just ...
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“the one who is” vs. “he who is”

Are those sentences interchangeable? Personally I would like to use "the one who" to stay more gender-neutral. Would that be correct? Any help would be greatly appreciated :) Every mile is long for ...
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I am trying to find out differences between between a bunch of “would” conditionals [duplicate]

I am confused about how to correctly use if with would (+have) or could (+have) while talking about past activities in conditionals. Please check out these sentences and help me to figure out their ...
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Choice of verb-form (and I wish to know the name of this grammar structure) [migrated]

Saying goodbye to his lover, he then left the village. Having said goodbye to his lover, he then left the village. Which one is correct? 'Saying' or 'having said'? And what are the reasons? ...
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Would you like to explain these sentences to me? [migrated]

I need the design a stunning app icon. I need to design a stunning app icon. I need the design to be a stunning app icon. Please review those sentences and explain what meanings they express. I'm ...
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Opaque vs transparent to the observer?

When you want to describe that a change should be made in a manner that is not visible to the observer (in other words, the change should retain the current behavior of the system/process/application),...
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Why there are so many different words for repeated movement? What are the differences between them?

I looked up a thesaurus and got these words for moving something repeatedly: wag waggle wiggle jig jiggle jog joggle twitch shimmy shake and surely many more. Am I right when I assume that the -le ...
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What’s the difference between “bear to do something” and “bear doing something”?

If there’s any difference does it apply to the cases of other verbs?
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When referring to a company, should I use only “who” or use only “what/that”, or are they both the same?

Examples with who Welcome to our service centre! Who is your service provider, please? The service provider who can best meet your needs is XYZ. Examples with what/that Welcome to our service ...
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What is the difference between 'patient' and 'casualty'?

In my experience, the terms 'patient' and 'casualty' tend to be used pretty interchangeably when referring to people in need of medical attention. However, I feel like there's definitely a semantic ...
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“any of my X” vs “any X of mine”?

What's the difference between "any of my X" and "any X of mine"? My impression, as a non-native speaker of English, is that the latter sounds more formal. I searched COCA Corpus, and I found: any of ...
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What is the difference between a quay and a wharf?

A "wharf" is "an area like a wide wall built near the edge of the sea or a river where ships can be tied and goods can be taken off them," says the Cambridge Online Dictionary. A "quay" is "a long ...
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What is the difference between (is short for) and (abbreviate to)?

What's the difference between short for and abbreviate to?
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Differences between : put someone up / house / lodge / accommodate

I'm searching for differences of use between these 4 verbs : house lodge put someone up accommodate I've picked some examples here and there but the definitions I've seen look contradictory to me ...
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Is ''blurt out'' synonymous to ''jump the gun''?

Because they both mean to say or do something quickly isn't it synonymous?
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What is the difference between “it will be destroyed.” and “it will get destroyed.”? [duplicate]

Is there any difference between "it will get destroyed." and "it will be destroyed."?Are they both equivalent?
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Difference between 'follow' / 'watch' / 'subscribe' (in software context)

In many different software solutions (websites such as GitHub, Facebook, etc.) users can interact with: individual users groups of users projects belonging to one of the above One of the ways these ...
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“can be clearly seen” OR “can clearly be seen” [duplicate]

In my essay the sentence The results can be clearly seen. was corrected to: The results can clearly be seen. What is the rule behind this correction? Most of the time I use "can be" ...
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What is the difference between _chagrin_ and _dismay_?

When would both be appropriate and when would only one be appropriate? How much do they overlap?
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What's the difference between adjuncts and modifiers?

All types of adjuncts (my conclusion from wikipedia.org): An adnominal adjunct is an adjunct modifying noun, i.e. it's dependent words in noun phrases (a good boy, the discussion before the game). ...
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What is the difference between become and be become?

What is the difference between become and be become? For example, I become deaf. I am become deaf.
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Differences between sheaf and bundle

In Mathematics, particularly in Algebraic Geometry, the words bundle and sheaf are used everywhere in the literature to represent different concepts. Cambridge Dictionary defines these two words as ...
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Order of the words to emphasize meaning

I would like to ask what is the difference between these two sentences: a) We need to prioritize badly injured people. b) We need to prioritize people badly injured. Is b) stressing more the ...
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why the color word is used in this way: “dark” chocolate and “black” coffee

Both colors of dark chocolate and black coffee are the same to me. Why the color words used are different? Thanks!
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Difference and usage of “contains exclusively” vs “exclusively contains”

Since the late 1800s, the phrase "contains exclusively" has been consistently used more often than "exclusively contains". Ngram viewer: "contains exclusively" vs "exclusively contains". What is the ...
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What is the difference between affect and effect? [duplicate]

Does anyone know the difference between affect and effect? The definitions I have found online are confusing and I don't understand them. If someone could define it that would be great!
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Is there a difference between categorial and categorical?

I am only interested in the meaning as relating to categories. I understand that there is only a "categorical denial". For example would be there be a difference between categorial storage of data ...
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Unintended consequence vs. side effect? [closed]

What is the difference between these two? Is one more relevant to technology having an impact on the human condition?
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Is “Website Building” is right term?

I have a website which I saw the SEO & Web Design & Development Videos. To short the title, I use "Website Building & SEO Videos Collection". But I am not sure "Website Building" is the ...
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Is bad English called “Butler English”?

When somebody speaks bad English it is called Butler English in India. The phrase Butler English seems to have originated in Madras presidency in the British Rule. The butlers or the maid servants ...
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to know vs to know about

Is there any difference between "to know" and "to know about" when they refer to an abstract thing? Examples: I know (about) this difficulty/problem. I know (about) Engineering. In the first ...
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Book or App to learn subtle differences between synomyms

I've been working on my English vocabulary for about 16 months now. I feel like I'm at a point at which I sometimes know different ways to express something I have in mind, but I struggle to choose ...
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Why is the adjective “below” rare compared to adjective “above”?

Above and below can be used as both an adverb and an adjective to indicate an earlier or a later part of a piece of writing respectively. However, adjective below is rare compared to adjective above (...
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After + past simple, is the action always completed?

In the following sentence: After I read the magazine, I decided to go out. For native speakers, does it mean: that I read the whole magazine and then went out that I read some pages and after a ...
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What is the difference between “park” and “parc”?

I recently stumbled over this wiktionary page: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/parc#English Noun parc (plural parcs) Alternative form of park (partially enclosed basin in which oysters ...
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Point vs dot: when to use what?

I would like to know how the punctuation in the following would be spoken when dictating letter by letter. Although there are already some partial answers to the question when to say “point” and when ...
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Need do Vs need to do [duplicate]

I have come across need to do something and need do something. My question is what's the difference between each other? My grammar book doesn't mention it
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Without looking in either direction - why not “neither”?

In a book I read to improve my English, I ran across the following sentence (simplified): ..across the street, without looking in either direction. I know "either" is often used when there is a ...
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fume (n) instead of smoke (n)? [closed]

Are the following example sentences not wrong? Shouldn't we use "fume" instead of "smoke": ‘Those averse to cigarette or cigar smoke may be floored by the cloud of nicotine in the downstairs bar.’ ...
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Cumulative vs. total vs. summed

Consider a set of items, each having a certain cost. I would like to refer to the sum of the costs of the items in the set. Is there a difference between or a preference for one of the following ...
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What is the difference between rude and abusive?

If you flag a post, you will see a choice called "rude or abusive", what is difference between "rude" and "abusive"? They seem the same.
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Differences between To throw and To throw at? [closed]

I throw the paper to you. I throw the paper at you. What is the difference? And why and how the "at" changes this meaning?
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Difference between multilinguists and polyglots

A multilinguist is one who speaks or knows many languages. A polyglot is one who speaks or knows many languages What is the difference between a multilingual , multlinguist and a polyglot? can ...
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'I disagree that either of these options is correct'

I thought that I mastered the usage of "either" (and neither)...only to be unsure about the following sentence (which I heard, not that it was me who said it): I disagree that either of these ...
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How do I distinguish between several meanings of “as of”?

In a few answers here, people quote Cambridge dictionary and state that "as of" means "starting from a particular time". starting from a particular time or date: As of next month, all the ...

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