Questions tagged [usage]

For questions on how and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
2answers
66 views

Is the Usage “I are” proper English?

So I'm reading a 19th-century novel called The Count of Monte Cristo, and I came across this particular usage, which is: [H]e continued," let us make all possible speed. I are most anxious to ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

“Departed” or “departed from” before place/object?

I'm working on an essay and the first line of my introductory paragraph currently reads as: Too many times, when sitting in an English classroom, have bitter groans departed the lips of around ...
1
vote
2answers
166 views

“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 ...
-1
votes
0answers
29 views

What is the contextual meaning of “Elaborate on” [closed]

I could not understand the word "elaborate on" in the context of this sentence from an academic research paper. I have seen mainly, elaborate means in detail but I could not find any usage ...
5
votes
7answers
67k views

1 o'clock in the morning OR 1 o'clock at night?

Could you help me on this? In my native language I would speak about the "night" starting from around 11 pm till 4 in the morning. So every time I see an English phrase like "2 o'clock in the morning" ...
3
votes
2answers
87k views

Which is correct “What does this mean or what does this means” [closed]

Please help me understand when should the plural forms be used... Ex. What does this mean or what does this means .. He rides well or he ride well etc
0
votes
1answer
34 views

Always has been / has always been

I'm deeply sorry for my poor english skills but I need to know. :( Can I answer: "It always has been happening" after the sentence: "This is happening because of you" ?
0
votes
0answers
33 views

When do you close? vs Until what time are you open?

I have just came across this situation. At I can't get rid of this question what should I say when do you close or until what time are you open? it might sound really silly question, but when you ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

How might we parse the phrase “put [something] out to board” to better understand its meaning?

The phrase is found in John Cheever's The Swimmer: He wondered if the Lindleys had sold their houses or gone away for the summer and put them out to board. I understand the phrase to basically mean ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Founding father/mother or founding figure?

I'm quoting an author who is known as the "founding father" of a scientific discipline. However, I feel that I want to make it sound less patriarchal. Of course, many disciplines had women ...
0
votes
2answers
50 views

Can a Figure discard something?

I have been criticized for the following usage of to discard: Figure 7 shows [...]. It is striking to observe that [surprising fact]. However, [tempering the previous fact]. Thus, Figure 7 clearly ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

What does the word “literal” or “actual” mean as in a literal or actual something?

I mean like when someone uses a certain word with more than one meaning, they often say it's a "literal" something. For example: (something I made up) "John's corporate seal logo for ...
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Can “filter for x” be used in two opposite senses?

Can "filter for" be used in the following sense: "ABC is very important as it filters for high quality and reliable results." Filter for has been used as filter out: "8. to ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Got it and I got it

If a boss says to an employee: I need you to get this project done by today. Then, the employee replies: 'Got it.' or 'I got it.', some youtuber expresses these two answers mean differently. The ...
0
votes
2answers
304 views

the X event after next…Th

Is it grammatically correct to say "at the steering committee meeting after next"? The idea is that there are meetings every two weeks, but the intention is for something to be presented not at the ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

The clause starts with “be”? [duplicate]

We write when we need to remember something, be it an idea, a quote or the outcome of a study. In the second clause, the beginning is be. What is the grammatical rule behind it?
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Usage of under the aegis

I really want to use the phrase 'under the aegis' in a small paragraph but want to be grammatically correct. I am planning to write "thankful to xxxx for taking me under their aegis" or &...
3
votes
2answers
14k views

Can I use the phrase 'nigh-on-impossible' in a report?

I'm currently writing an academic report and I began to write out the phrase 'nigh-on-impossible' without a second thought. It then occurred to me that this phrase may actually be slang. I did a ...
3
votes
1answer
66 views

“sic” with “explicitly” (and other adverbs)

I was reading a Wikipedia article on Fermat's principle that quoted some older English text, and one bit confused me: The principle of Fermat, although it was assumed by that mathematician on ...
1
vote
2answers
15k views

Difference between *product*, *material*, and *item*

I am confused regarding the differences between these 3 words. Can you clarify them for me? By searching I learned that A "product" is a manufactured (and often branded) object or commodity. ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

Can “that” as a pronoun be used without a leading noun?

An apple is on the table edit: apparently these two didn't get separated when I typed it in. It's now separated I looked at that "That" is used as a pronoun In this case, "apple"...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

'All my life could be described as a chain of failures'. Is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

I'm a non-native speaker of English. Perhaps my question would seem a little bit silly. All my life could be described as a chain of failures. It seems to me that all my life is a disaster. All my ...
0
votes
1answer
69 views

Is it correct to write “the adjacent room” even if there are multiple adjacent rooms?

Recently, I posted a puzzle on Puzzling.SE. The puzzle describes a prison containing thousands of hallways which all run next to each other, like the pipes in a pan flute. In my description of the ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

How to use the word 'Earth' [duplicate]

I am using both words 'Earth' (in the sense of the planet Earth) and also 'earth' (in the sense of land, minerals,soil, etc) and the proofreading software shows an error asking me to make them both ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Is using “than with” to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause is grammatically correct?

"Human processor model of interaction, in cognitive psychology, views the user as another computer in the system. In this model, the user is like a computer processor that takes input from the ...
0
votes
1answer
43 views

Is it correct to write “Request to Help” as a subject line for an email?

I sent an email to the IT Dept. to ask for a technical help. I had googled some suggestions for a suitable subject line and found "Request to help...". I used it, but then I thought it was not be ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Use of “but” by Jack London

The subordinate clause "From the way..." I understand the meaning of, however the main clause's meaning I do not. Would, if rephrased as, "I wouldn't wonder this time but what he [would ...
0
votes
2answers
11k views

trend for / in / of?

Hi guys, Pls kindly refer to the diagram shown above. Which prep is ok in the sentence: The trends for / in / of both commodities are very similar. I have looked up my Oxford dictionary and I ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

“International themed” or “internationally themed”?

Would you say “an international themed party” or “an internationally themed party”?
3
votes
2answers
3k views

“based on” usage

I'm a little bit confused when I use a sentence like "It is divided based on glasses of milk". I'm not sure, is "based on" used as an adverb or in the passive voice? I want to know for sure whether I'...
0
votes
2answers
67 views

usage of 'more common'

We all know that tigers are found only in Asia and not in Africa. So is it correct to say that tigers are "more common" in Asia than Africa?
3
votes
5answers
89 views

The expression 'time without number' seems wrong. But it's been published by two highly regarded sources, so how is this justified?

How are we to understand the following sentence as being grammatical? If it isn't, why should we excuse it's not being so? For thirteen years she had been a schoolmistress, and during those years ...
1
vote
6answers
336 views

Proper usage of “trying”

Let's say there is an atmospheric condition where the water in a bucket partially freezes then reverts back to a completely liquid state and vacillates back and forth but never actually freezes. Is ...
2
votes
1answer
677 views

Speak of the Devil [closed]

In native English people say "Speak of the devil and he doth appear" when someone walks in unexpectedly when they are speaking about him oblivion to his appearance in a short while. But the same ...
0
votes
3answers
3k views

“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm in home. What ...
4
votes
3answers
284 views

What's your poison - origin

The question "What's your poison?" is an informal way of asking someone what they would like to drink. Apparently it has been used in this way since the mid-1800s. I read recently that the ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

Is there a semantic difference between 'supply-demand gap' and 'demand-supply gap'?

I have confirmed that both 'supply-demand gap' and 'demand-supply gap' have been used, although the latter is by far more common. I wonder if X-Y gap suggests that X was higher than Y, or vice-versa? ...
3
votes
3answers
49k views

“Named” vs “called”

Over on Stackoverflow, I keep seeing questions wherein posters say: *I have an item named SoAndSo (a table, a file, etc.). Shouldn't it be: *I have an item called SoAndSo. Is "named" an acceptable ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

Nutrition Information vs Nutritional Information: Why is the first more common than the second?

We've probably all seen at some point a panel on food packaging that lists quantities of sugars, fats, vitamins, minerals etc. found in the food. Some packages I come across label this table as "...
35
votes
5answers
5k views

At what point did “gross” come to mean “disgusting”?

The first time I heard "gross" being used to mean "disgusting" was probably around the late 1980s, and at the time I felt it was some sort of a corruption of "grotesque"... I'm wondering if there is ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

I don't like either X or Y vs. I don't like X or Y either

Do the following two sentences mean the same thing: I don't like either cherry juice or soda. I don't like cherry juice or soda either. Although they both convey the idea that the speaker doesn't ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

Is (the reason ) “is his expecting otherwise” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

(1) "But maybe the fear in his eyes" "Is him expecting otherwise." I understand it is not grammatically correct (indirect object) but please provide more info as to why it's not. ...
1
vote
2answers
86 views

What does the word “matted” mean?

I've just moved to London with my parents and I'm not very confident with my English language knowledge. I need to write an essay for my English classes on the topic "home decorations". We have a list ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

You will never know before/until/unless

You will never really know the corporate culture before/until/unless you have worked at a company for a number of months I have two questions: a. Can I use "before" here? b. What's the ...
6
votes
2answers
19k views

Difference between certain, specific and particular

While browsing an online dictionary I found many translation for the same word in German. Those are certain, specific and particular. In my opinion are all three synonyms and can be used ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Need help completing this dialogue

Using the verbs say, come, and speak for the first, second, and third blanks, respectively. What tenses make sense here? Mary: I wonder what he ___________ now. Ann: Well, his girlfriend __________ ...
0
votes
3answers
82 views

Alternate way of saying Tech Tree

In video games, characters can often aquire new skills, weapons, tools, etc. Usually one must achieve skills in a particular order. This is called a "tech tree". I am working on such a system, but ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Lessons/meetings/events at a certain time/at certain times

I am referring here to the lessons schedule and want to know if the person has preferences for a certain time slot or don't they mind having lessons at any time (very flexible). Can I say "Do you ...
9
votes
3answers
5k views

English usage: Every vs all?

Today I was writing a simple message to be shown to the user whenever at least one field was not supplied. Every/All fields must be supplied. I'm in doubt about the usage of Every vs All, which ...

1
2 3 4 5
51