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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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Can we use 'inquisitive questions'?

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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correct my broken English please [on hold]

English is my 3rd language and I'm not really confident with it, I need a little help to correct some of my sentences. I'm a freelance graphic designer and I've got bunch of clients from different ...
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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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A word that means “Someone who risks their life to find out and tell the truth”?

What is a word that means "Someone who risks their life to find out and tell the truth”? This word would mean they will risk their lives for nothing to find out the truth and tell others.
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Whai is the difference between if I am to and if I have to [closed]

What is the difference between ' if I am to' and 'if I have to'?
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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 ...
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The difference between go in and go into sth

What's the difference between those two sentences? I went in knowing that no matter what happened... I went into this knowing that no matter what happened... (my understanding: I ...
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TOEIC or SAT teaching for 15 years. / Correct?

TOEIC or SAT teaching for 15 years. Does it mean someone have done or did TOEIC or SAT teaching for 15 years? or just the work(activities and duties as part of your job) for 15 years. Because when you ...
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love vs like, His mother loves him vs His mother likes him?

What does a native English speaker understand from each one of these sentences : His mother loves him His mother likes him is like only a weak version of love or imply a different meaning ?
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singular/plural mix up and vocab word confusion

Two questions on these two sentences: Throughout my PhD I intend to give talks to local underserved middle/high school science classes in the hopes that I can encourage students to consider an ...
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What do you call a person who does not stand up for themselves [closed]

What do you call a person who does not stand up for themselves? I'm looking for a word to describe how a slave thought of his kind back before the Civil War started. The word have to be a synonym to ...
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Can we use “of the now” with the verb?

I found this phrase in the Vogue article: His style, with its healthy punch of dork factor, is of the now in a way that is similar to Post Malone’s very self-aware, disheveled, sleazy look. ...
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Is 'kindled the curious researcher' in me correct?

Kindled is usually used along with 'fire' or 'love'. So would it be 'kindled the curiosity in me?' Or 'kindled the curious researcher in me'?
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What is the word for damage to cloth caused by contact with a sharp point? [closed]

If you are wearing jeans and brush up against a thorn bush, the fabric may be damaged by a thorn hooking on the fabric and pulling one or more threads away from the surface of the fabric, leaving a ...
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A word or a small phrase that means- 'helpful to the society'?

I need to describe a project that was developed to help the society.
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A word or phrase for both text and non-text notes, or a word only for non-text notes?

I'm organising files on my computer and I have a folder for notes. I'm looking for a better name for the folder because of its contents. The types of files in that folder are both text notes (e.g. ...
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Kings & Queens or Queens & Kings? [duplicate]

I've been asked by one of my students why "queens and kings" is not correct but "kings and queens" is. Aside from saying it's a collocation, I'm wondering if anybody has any more information on this. ...
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Which is the right phrase? [closed]

I came across a line "Once you decide to apply, make sure your CV is short, make sense and is without ___ of any kind". Is it "errors" or "an error" and why?
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Meaning of “For Brokes”

I want to know if the use of "For Brokes" mean what I think because I'm not a native person. If I want to sell things to people withouth money (broke person), the things that I sell are really cheap ...
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quite a lot vs a lot

Do these two phrases have the same meaning? for example he met a lot of people in London he met quite a lot of people in London or I swim a lot I swim quite a lot Do the above sentences mean ...
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A word or a phrase for “completely optimised, thoroughly researched technology” [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase which can be used in the sentence: It is a rather old, but _________________ technology. The word or phrase should address a technology that is totally ...
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Word for writing over letter or shape

I'm looking for word or phrase which would describe the action of writing over letter or shape in order to practice fine motor skills and writing of that particular letter. E.g. you get outline of the ...
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correct verb to be used with “aim”

is it correct to say to "meet aims"? I know we can say she fulfilled or achieved her aims , but can I also say " she met her aims"?
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Neglecting women in every field

Why do we say 'chairman' for men and 'chairperson' for women? Why don't we use 'chairperson' for both? It's a neutral word a single word can used for both. Also, why do we use 'man-made' ...
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Meaning of “gopher” as a job? [closed]

Would you please explain to me what does “gopher” mean as a job? The dictionary says it means someone who run errands but I cannot understand it. Thanks in advance.
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what does the word “process” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I would like to ask this question to an IRS representative for getting information about whether my application is still in progress or if the process completed without any problem? Is this the right ...
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When is it okay to use weasel words?

When is it okay to use 'weasel words', like may, might, could, perhaps, possibly, potentially etc.? Is it at all acceptable to use them in an essay, e.g. a History essay?
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What's the word that means “The following assumption is true if it gives the right result”?

What's the word that means "I'm assuming this for the time being and upon using the assumption, if I get the correct answer, then it proves that the assumption is true" Our teacher regularly assumes ...
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Word for hidden or implicit social policing?

I am looking for a word or phrase meaning a system of social policing, the operation of which is implicit, or is explicitly hidden. Examples include: Salem Witch Trials. The Gestapo. Secret youth ...
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Meaning of “furniture” [closed]

What does Mary Karr mean by the word furniture in the sentence: "But when you're a kid and something big is going on, you might as well be furniture for all anybody says to you"?
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Engineering English [duplicate]

He was hungry so I fed him. She was hungry so I fed her. They were hungry so I fed them. It was hungry so I fed it. X was hungry so I fed Y. What X and Y should I start using here so that the ...
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What does “hit” mean in today's headline?

Can anybody tell me the meaning of "hit" in this CNN headline: "British bank takes $125 million hit from Brexit risks". I've looked up the word in several dictionaries, but I can't find any suitable ...
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How to properly use gear up?

Does the following sentence seem natural to native English speakers? "I have been gearing up for a career in XXX since then." Also, does this sound formal? If not, what do you recommend instead? ...
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I need to know what would you call someone that “Believes everyone is the same” such as addicts/alcholics [closed]

I hate STIGMA , I am bipolar and a recovering addict. I get treated the same as someone who is still being destructive. I AM SICK OF PEOPLE JUDGING ME AND NOT GIVING ME CHANCES because the term "...
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What's the meaning of ninja in a technological article?

I always saw some articles which use ninja to refer to a person. What does it mean in a technological article? True path to become a JavaScript Ninja I guess maybe it means master or guru. If that'...
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To be form or ING form?

I have a problem about starting sentences with to be from of the verbs or gerund ones. I have read the similar articles here and some on the net but they are so confusing. Could you please tell me ...
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Can 'nook' be used outside the saying 'nook and cranny'? Is it common?

I'm looking for an English word that describes something comfortable: a safe space that one prefers to chill out in quiet solitude, and something that depicts a sentiment of familiarity. I would like ...
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Term for an image that briefly appears on computer screen

What do you call an image, usually fragmented, that appears on a computer screen for a split second, such as when a webpage is loading or an app is launching? I know the term exists, but can't ...
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Are there words to describe depth of a solid object?

I just used the phrase "narrow wall", and it occurred to me that, even though my meaning was clear, the word "narrow" usually refers to width and not to depth. Are there words like "tall" and "short" ...
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Is there a list of vocabulary that 5 or 6 year old children (native speakers of English) know/understand? [closed]

According to https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/149_VocabularyDevelopment.pdf The 6-year-old child typically has a 2,600 word expressive vocabulary (words he or she says), and a receptive ...
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What is another word for perspective? [closed]

In the sentence: This experience gave me a new [perspective]. What would be an eloquent word (or short phrase) that I could use instead of "perspective"?
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Term used for a feeling or dream of events happening in the short or near term.

They say Nostradamus could see the future. While not being so bold but what is the term used to describe when some people at times are able to dream or know what is going to happening in the short-...
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Word for “disliking something at first but then eventually liking it”

Single word for "disliking something at first but then eventually liking it."