Questions tagged [nuance]

Nuance: a subtle difference or distinction in color, expression, meaning, etc.

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Looking for a Very Specific Adjective

Is there a word to describe a person who is both of the following? a) insidious - in the traditional sense...that they have a tendency to use or harm people in such a way that the victim does not ...
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Something proved “sound” ultimately, not beneficial…in line with my skills and goals. Is there a word for this?

Although my path to radiology has been somewhat untraditional — I made the transition to nuclear medicine after transferring from radiology and, prior to that, training briefly in ophthalmology — my ...
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Is there a difference between Lenience and Leniency? Google defines them the same way but is one the modern version and the other the older one?

The Google definition for both words is: he fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected; clemency. Which one is used most nowadays? Thank you.
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meaning of “ghetto kids” [closed]

I'm going to translate the following sentence into a language in which there may not be an exact equivalent for the word 'ghetto'. He taught ghetto kids in New York's public school system. (...
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What is the difference between 'To study English is not easy' and 'Studying English is not easy'?

What is the difference (nuance) between these two sentences? 'To study English is not easy.' 'Studying English is not easy.'
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The difference between '' It is … '' and '' Is does be … ''

1 John: Does the fax machine be used any more ? Mary: Yes, it does be used on occasion. 2 John: Is the fax machine used any more? Mary: Yes, it is used on occasion. . Are these different tenses ...
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Present Unreal Conditional and speaking about present

I would like to ask, if the sentence below is grammatical and how can we understand this sentence: If the car was sold in the last week, you wouldn't see this in the public database yet. Also, can ...
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What are the differences in nuance/meaning between I hope you will spend some time with me, and I want to spend some time with you [closed]

Could anyone help me understand differences in nuance/meaning between 'I hope you will spend some time with me', and 'I want to spend some time with you'.
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Difficult construction with Past Perfect + have to

I'm a little bit confused with grammatic construction which includes Past Perfect + "have to". The first question which appears here is: if this construction is grammatic or not? The law changed ...
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Draw my attention (from something) to something

"A beautiful woman always draws my attention". "While I was chatting at Laura's party, a beautiful guy suddenly drew my attention". «Now I wish to draw your attention to what has attracted my ...
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Future Simple vs. Future Perfect in difficult sentence

I would like to ask three questions: 1.) If the sentence mentioned below is gramatically correct. Everything will be spotless by the time they get here. 2.) Is it correct to use Future Simple ...
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Tenses - Differences in meaning of two sentences

I would like to understand the difference between two sentences and ask if they are gramatically correct. 1.) Sam gained weight because he had been overeating. So, he ate much in the past and gained ...
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Allegedly vs. apparently - Differences in connotation?

I am a non-native speaker trying to find the right expression for my sentence. There is a study that reports a 55% decline in the number of trades, however, I cannot examine the data or the study ...
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kicking off or kicked off

Collins Dictionary: If an event, game, series, or discussion kicks off, or is kicked off, it begins. The shows kick off on October 24th. [VERB PARTICLE] The Mayor kicked off the party. [VERB ...
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Meaning of “dismay”

What is the exact meaning of dismay? Is it close to shock and surprise? Or is it closer to disappointment and unhappiness? Or does it mean embarrassment? When I looked the word up in the ...
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Use of an indefinite article associated with a particular person's name [duplicate]

Indefinite (and definite) articles are sometimes associated with a person's name. This answer by Jon Hanna is the best summary of the uses I have found. Also, another question addresses the issue ...
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“Extreme” consequences of argument

I am trying to say that an argument (a philosophical reasoning for what it's worth) is not taken to its extreme consequences, in the sense that it is not brought and explored to its logical deepest ...
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Nuances of “I move to speak”? [closed]

I heard a lawyer say "I move to speak" in a sitcom and I wonder what its nuances are. Searching for the phrase doesn't give many results, so it seems like it's not a common phrase. Is it only used ...
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Numeration in policies [closed]

Is numeration in policies obligatory or optional? I create different policies as per GDPR for internal use and have an idea to skip the numeration because of redundancy, can I do this? I know, it ...
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could get vs could've gotten

Is there any difference between could get and could've gotten? Obviously, "could get" can be used for future, hypothetical situations, but I can't see what the difference is, if any, between the two ...
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A comparison in two sets of quantifiers and adjectives

I learn almost every word on my own, in my productive if a bit peculiar way. I inevitably get perplexed by the ambiguity and the interchangeabilty between the words that I discover with more details. ...
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What is the difference between “fate” and “fait accompli”? [closed]

Is there a qualitative difference, or in the sense of finality, or irreversibility or changeability, some negative connotation, e.g. fate may be affected by future actions, but fait accompli is not? ...
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Stripped-down vs bare-bones

I understand that "stripped-down" and "bare-bones" probably mean the same thing for most people, but are there nuances that make them different? I tend to feel that "bare-bones" has all the ...
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Is “bankroll” preferred to “fund” as a verb in formal writing?

In formal, factual writing, is it more appropriate to use as a verb the word "fund" rather than "bankroll"? [Example: "An anonymous donor [bankrolls/funds] the food pantry."] To me, "bankroll" has a ...
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experienced in VS experience with VS with experience in [closed]

I wonder how to improve my sentence more intuitive in English. I want to say 1) I am a Designer. 2) I have experience in(or with) Websites Design. 3) I researched to design the sites. Could you ...
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Can “nude” or “naked” to refer to a half-covered body?

From my knowledge of the definition is that one has to be completely uncovered to use those two terms. However I have seen it being used in shows (and maybe books) where a half-covered person is ...
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get, have etc a grasp of something vs a grip on something

Is there a difference between having/getting etc a grasp of something and a grip on something, when you mean knowledge/understanding? Merriam Webster defines grip , in this sense, as "mental grasp", ...
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Craving vs longing vs yen

What is the difference between long, yen, and crave, as verbs and nouns both? Longman: Longing - a strong feeling of wanting something or someone Craving - an extremely strong desire for ...
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Differences between “give” and “give way ”

What's the difference between give and give way. I'll start with what I know so far, and what I think to be the case, please set me straight where you think I'm wrong. Dictionary definitions Give=...
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Is there any difference between “straighten out” and “sort out”? [closed]

Is there any difference between straighten out and sort out? I already know what they mean, so I'm interested in nuances. I'm going to give a couple of examples, let me know if any sounds unnatural, ...
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“in doing this” vs “by doing this”?

We hope that in doing this we have reduced at least some part of the frustration this issue has brought you. I’m having uncertainties regarding the in doing this vs. by doing this. I don’t want it to ...
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Difference between “under a consent” and “under consent”

From what I understand, "consent" is an uncountable noun when it refers to the agreement of all of the members regarding specific matters, and it is countable when it refers to a documentation of ...
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A word for something that is deeper, more compelling than what is obvious or visible

Is there a word to describe the quality of something that is deeper, more substantial, or more compelling than what is obvious or originally thought? I am thinking of something abstract, like a ...
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Is to be “very weak at/ on something” insulting?

In this example here, He is very weak at speaking English Do the words "very weak" sound rather insulting or are they objective? I am asking this because my friend found it very insulting ...
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finally or ultimately in this sentence

While proofreading an essay I suggested this sentence: "His persona does not finally overcome grief." be changed to: "His persona does ultimately not overcome grief." Is there any difference between ...
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Difference between “Sate” and “Satiate”? [closed]

I'm studying GRE vocabulary, and there are these two words "sate" and "satiate". I couldn't determine whether they are interchangeable or have nuance. As a foreigner I really couldn't tell. Can ...
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Terms for different types of soil (pictures included)

As a non-native speaker, I'm struggling to describe environments comprehensibly and detailedly. The following picture shows typical ground in a forest, and I would most likely call it earth or soil. ...
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Categorization vs classification [closed]

What are the different nuances of both terms? I'm repeatedly hesitating as to which one I should use. Thanks!
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Can three people sit in a circle?

Is it appropriate to say: The three characters sat down in a circle. When it means that three people sat down facing each other? Technically this formation would be a triangle, but is it ...
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What is the nuance behind 'hope to'?

Does 'hope to' mean you hope you can do something or that you hope that you can do something you're probably currently working on? Or does it differ depending on the context? Eg. I hope to see you ...
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What does 'coincide' really mean?

The BBC News website ran the following news article about the 'snow' moon and partial lunar eclipse that occurred on 10th February, 2017 (a snow moon is a full moon that occurs during February): ...
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Adjective that describes a person who does not care, but with a hint of malice to it

I cannot think of a word that means to deliberately not care. I thought ambivalent might fit; however, that means having conflicting feelings about a person or subject. I am searching for a word that ...
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Attention vs attentiveness

I have recently read an article about school and the word "attentiveness" was used multiple times in it. I had never heard it and in particular I always used "paying attention" before. I have ...
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What is the subtle difference between ‘just about’ and ‘only just’? [closed]

I'm curious about the difference between sentences 1 and 2: The company is just about ticking over. The company is only just ticking over. I guess the first describes a better situation ...
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What are the connotations of “clueless”?

As a result of a discussion with @Hot Licks on another post, it is apparent that his (American) understanding of the nuances associated with clueless is slightly different to my (British) ...
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Is there a difference between “Would you like some more” and “Would you like any more”?

Consider the following sentences: Would you like any more soup? Would you like some more soup? To my ears, they seem slightly different. If I'm a waiter and want to know whether to collect ...
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Is it compatible with the same meaning ?? Each country's perception / perception of each country

As far as I know the meaning of "perception of people" is "perception about people" but when I want to say "people's perception, can I also change it to "perception of people" form with the same ...
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Synonyms: can “inclusive” be considered a synonym of “bland” or “timid” in any sense?

I am working on an exam question that is based on the fifth paragraph of this article. The Lonely Crowd quickly became one of the defining works of the 1950s—a decade that, contrary to its ...
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What's a word that means arbitrary, but doesn't carry a negative connotation? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a choice made without reason, but that has a neutral-to-positive connotation. I had always thought that "arbitrary" is inherently neutral, but in practice I've ...
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Proper Email Salutations to a group [closed]

Is it inappropriate to use the salutation "Ladies" when referring to a group 5 women in an email? I was told the term could be offensive to women. Is this true? I usually use the term "Folks" when ...