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Questions tagged [vocabulary]

The vocabulary tag should be used for questions discussing a multitude of words in a certain field. E.g., the vocabulary concerning money or the vocabulary concerning leatherworking.

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A word like “anachronism” but for word meanings instead of time

I’m trying to find a word that has roughly the same meaning as “anachronism”, but rather than incongruous time periods, it’s the word meanings which don’t line up/don’t make sense with each other. ...
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foundation, cornerstone, pillar difference

Civil engineering as a profession is centuries old and has long been necessary for the functioning of modern government. As long as people need to get to school or work, civil engineers will continue ...
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What “I couldn't place it“ about an accent means?

Stephen Clarke wrote in A Year In the Merde, 2004 : "Not really, I'm 27. If I was a rock star I'd be dead." The bloke made apologetic gestures. "No, no. Ah'm not criti-sashing. Ah'm just... ...
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Ielts writing task 1 table; Grammar checking and ideas [closed]

Company 2006 % Market Share 2007 % Market Share HP 31.4 34 Dell 16.6 20.2 Acer 11.6 10.7 Toshiba 6.2 ...
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Why is a song's radio edit called a ‘7" version’?

For some reason, I used to think that a 7" version of a song was a 7-minute long version. Then, I started noticing that most 7" versions I came across were in fact around 3:30 long. Upon further ...
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Need a word to describe a situation [on hold]

Tell me an English word for this situation. For a given statement we have to prove statement 1 is true. A man assumes it is correct and then he implies that as it is correct it implies a second ...
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Stick to something vs Continue doing something [closed]

Can I use the verbs in question interchangeably? Here is an example: sentence 1: I say, "today I continue working on task A". sentence 2: I say, "today I stick to task A". Thanks in advance!
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Can a person say “and I them”?

I know the phrase "and I you" can be perfectly acceptable grammatically, but I'm writing a poem and am wanting to use "and I them" but I'm not sure if it's correct. For example, if someone said "They ...
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“Nine crazy years at the ticker”?

From Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1936 Madison Square Garden speech: "For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to ...
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Usage of “Potential vs Promising” as an adjective

"Lithium ion batteries are considered as the most potential candidates for energy storage devices" A native speaker who reviewed this sentence asked me to change "potential" to "promising". I couldn'...
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Umbrella term for maximum, minimum, median and average

I'm looking for an umbrella term for the maximum, the minimum, the median and the average of a sequence of numbers. For the maximum and the minimum, such a term would, for example, be the extremum (...
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Present continuous and present perfect continuous [closed]

We know one of the usage of present continuous and present perfect continuous is for temporary actions. I would like to know if there is any difference between them in case of temporary actions. for ...
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Metaphors on personality traits [duplicate]

What are some metaphors to describe a person high in neuroticism i.e one who gets overly stressed and anxious easily at work and also very sensitive
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When is “Mike mistook Mr. Daniels for Jack” appropriate, and when is “Mike mistook Mr. Daniels as Jack” appropriate?

in the following sentence: Mike mistook Mr. Daniels [as or for] Jack. which word am I supposed to use—"for" or "as"? In everyday spoken English, I hear both, which is quite confusing, so I am ...
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Adjective word that means a person who sets up decisions and plans

I'm trying to find the word that is used as an Adjective which means a characteristic of a person who sets up all the plans and decisions. This word is usually used in relationships when a girl, e.g,...
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Adjective for a person who enjoys taking care of their appearance

After a brief search over StackExchange I've decided to ask my own question. I'm looking for a word to describe someone who enjoys grooming themselves or taking care of their appearance, but without ...
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vocabulary related to phone put down or something else

What's the word in English when in a phone conversation, one party suddenly put down the reception without saying goodbye or completing the conversation, just because of a tense conversation? Thank ...
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The grammar of tenses

Could you please tell me which one is correct and more natural ??? The hospital has been closed/ is closed to new patients after more cases of food poisoning. I dont know which one I should use for ...
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What to use instead of “very small”?

I want to say "the value of a is very small (almost zero)", or to say "a is much smaller than b", but I read that "very" and "small" doesn't make a fluent combination. So, what else I could use ...
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What is a phrase or a different way of saying 'ever since I was a kid'? [closed]

'Ever since I was a kid' is very common. I wanted to use something different for my essay.
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I need a word like “confound,” or “confuse” but with an important nuance

The word needs to mean confound or confuse, but with ignorance on the part of the confused that they are indeed, confused. We as spectators can tell they are coming to wrong conclusions based on ...
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can I say “why aren't we pinging”?

I would like to ask, but in an original and funny way "why haven't we been texting/emailing/whatsapping etc..each other lately?" This verb, "to ping", seemed the right one. but I am not sure it ...
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Difference between “programmatic” and “programmable”

Are "programmatic" and "programmable" the same? Can they be used in place of each other freely? For example, "programmable control" and "programmatic control".
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What's the difference between “improvement” and “development”? [closed]

Talking about personal growth, an existent product, a non-existent product (to be made). In which case should I use one instead of the other? edit: for example, for personal growth which one is ...
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Can we use “allow to do sthg” instead of “allow somebody to do sthg”?

When I'm trying to translate the French sentence: "Notre logiciel XYZ permet de redimensionner les images au format PNG et convertir le format", I often find: 1) "Our software XYZ allows the user to ...
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Could you use “Atrophy” to describe hair?

Take for example a woman in a concentration camp, how her hair slowly becomes more unmanageable/mangy the longer she's there because she isn't using all of the tinctures and conditioners she used to ...
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Simple English word that indicates the user isn't just a regular user [closed]

We got a 3 user roles per game: Regular user Recruiter Admin The user is one of the mentioned user roles per game. A user could have different user roles per game. I want to present a menu where the ...
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What is the one word for saying 'based a template on'? [closed]

If someone, person A, has done really well in their business, and one wants to encourage others to do the same, they would say ....... person A, you should also design a creative product. What is ...
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A single word for expressing 'Feeling like I am no one'

What single word can be used for expressing 'I feel like I am no one'? Something which fits in the context of 'I feel so small in this vast universe'.
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What's the word for someone with two identities? [closed]

What's the word for someone with two identities? i.e. someone who acts in a certain way during some times (due to the culture and people around them) and acts differently (like with another identity) ...
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Term for anything above a limit

I have a following write up and I feel there is a room to improvise on the usage of words to better deliver the message: This will allow a maximum of 40 batches per second. If the rate exceeds 40 ...
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What do you call a person who take down notes using their gadgets like laptops or Smart phones?

Curiosity question though my friends called me "nerd Gadgets" because i always take down notes in class using my phone rather than the traditional pen and paper, but i think there is a better word to ...
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Conduct with decorum

I am pretty sure I misused the "conduct with decorum" phrase at today's IELTS test. The context was that many people had been wasting tons of food, and I proposed several solutions to rectify the ...
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Meaning of 'very fine' when expressing a relationship

Example: He is very fine to work with. From the Cambridge dictionary I get two (relevant) meanings: SATISFACTORY (adjective) EXCELLENT (adjective) To me these two meanings seem very different. ...
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A word for something that is impossible to be sure of? [closed]

A noun for something that you cannot prove; something you can never be sure of actually happening/being real?
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Is There a Word for This? A Dream Come True [closed]

Suppose you had a dream (something that exists physically) in your childhood. Now after a long time, someone gives you a little replica of that long-lost dream leaving you romantically amazed and ...
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What words frequently collocate with “-wise”? [closed]

Would it make any sense if just combined any nouns with with -wise? For example, Aesthetic-wise? Money-wise?
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What words go together with savvy? Business-savvy? Technology-savvy? [closed]

Are there rules to matching words with savvy?
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What would be a good quote or saying that says that “good quality is easily apparent?”

I'm trying to express that it's easy to tell when something is high quality. What would be a word, or better yet, a quote from literature, that expresses this?
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Is there a word for “the day after overmorrow” and “the day before ereyesterday”?

I know overmorrow (the day after tomorrow) and ereyesterday (the day before yesterday) themselves are obsolete alike. I would like to know whether English has ever had words for one day farther than ...
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Can we use 'inquisitive questions'? [closed]

Inquisitive means curious or questioning. So would using 'inquisitive' as an adjective for questions be redundant?
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Levels of an object's luminosity

Is there a concise list somewhere of terms used to describe a range of "brightness" or "luminosity"? Say from dim to blinding as an example. I tried Googling it and searching Wikipedia, but all I got ...
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Is advanced notification the right term to use?

If someone visit you or your company without notification prior to the visit, what is the right term to use? e.g. someone visit the office without advanced notification? Please help me think of the ...
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Undergo vs Suffer an accident

I was doing a CAE Practice Test on Use of English (It is a multiple choice exercise) when I came across the following example: Her life was cut tragically short. She ______ a horrific accident at ...
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A trajectory along vs across vs through three points

If I'm going from a point A to B and then to C... (Or with events of your life). Would you say? Along, across or through the three points. Along, across or through the trajectory/path. Maybe ...
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Meaning of “Unexpected Quarters”

I am unable to find a satisfactory meaning of "Unexpected Quarters". According to my interpretation, it means "unexpected ways". But would love if someone can throw some light on this. I searched in ...
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A word that means “lacking meaning/context because displaced” (besides “anachronistic”)

If something is out of place in time, we call it anachronistic. I want a word that means something lacks meaning or context because of geographic or conceptual displacement rather than chronological ...
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The Person who become indifferent after they have achieved their goal

I want to know what do we call a person who becomes suddenly indifferent after they have achieved what they were looking for. In my mother tongue, there is an idiom for that, Turning eyes but it ...
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What is a word for ascribing divine characteristics to a machine?

We use anthropomorphize to describe when human qualities have been ascribed to non-human creatures, objects, etc. What is a word to that captures the situation when seemingly divine (or godlike) ...
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conceptual but not literal opposite of supererogatory

What is the conceptual opposite of "supererogatory"??? Suberogatory? So we have three fields: Morally impermissible= must not do Morally required= must do Morally permissible= can do or can not ...