Questions tagged [word-choice]

This tag is for questions about choosing the best word FROM A GIVEN SELECTION for a particular context or meaning. The selection to choose from must appear in the question. If you do not know the word already, use single-word-requests.

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workshop or studio?

In the context of university studies - i.e. mechanical engineering - students work on projects in specific equipped rooms with the necessary tools - are these rooms to be called "STUDIOS" ...
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Is the name of a person an attribute or a property?

People have names. Well, they don't have to but giving names to people, or people giving names to themselves, makes it much easier to reference them in speech and writing. Are names attributes or are ...
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“Here I go” in the context of death

I am interested in the different usages of "here I go" when used in a more abstract sense. It apparently used some times before death, examples here – Famous Last Words or also in some ...
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Why “him” not “himself” [closed]

He felt anger rising inside him. I saw this sentence in the OED; the definition indicates that "He" and "him" refer to the same person. Under the circumstances, "himself"...
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“Ridicule of” or “Ridicule against” [closed]

as in "Any instances of violence against Moor heads swinging from rafters or ridicule [of/against] Ethiopian culture are gross misattributions."
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Electronics and Electronic Devices [closed]

Do things like air conditioners or fans count as "electronics"? Or are they "Electronic Devices"? Or if there is another word for these kinds of things please let me know.
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Royal versus Loyal [closed]

One of the online English-learning sites in Japan where I study English, regularly uses the expression "Royal customers" instead of "Loyal customers" in their address. I felt it ...
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Simulacrum usage

I’ve seen several books where a replica of an object, through supernatural or scientific means, reflected its state onto the original object. These replicas were called simulacra, and I’m wondering if ...
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Can we say “the school will take the students to…?”

“The school will take the students to the zoo.” Is it correct to say this or is it a bit weird? This is comprehensible, but a school cannot physically take someone from a place to another. Is it more ...
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Is the expression “North Star” (meaning a constant or guide) commonly used in the Southern Hemisphere?

Since the North Star isn't visible below the Equator, I'm wondering whether English speakers in, for example, Australia or South Africa, would typically use or understand this expression. If not, is ...
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Which preposition to use with the word 'divest'? (Should it be 'divest of,' 'divest from,' or no preposition at all?)

I am wondering which preposition would best fit this usage of the word divest. In this case, the word is being used in the third subsense of the first sense found in Merriam-Webster: a : to deprive ...
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Difference between “bug” “issue” “problem” [closed]

Any ideas what are the difference is of the three words? Thanks for answer
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Shalt vs. Shall [duplicate]

related to this I think. I'm trying to understand the distinction between "shall" and ""shalt" but only in a specific case: In the final line of John Donne's Holy Sonnet, &...
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Solved or Fixed [closed]

What is right solved or fixed? Which should I use?
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What do you call the grandpa's new wife after he and grandma divorce? [closed]

After grandma and grandpa divorce, grandpa marry another person, what do you call the grandpa's new wife? Do you call her grandma?
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Is your cousin's wife or husband also a first cousin?

I know that two people are first cousins if their parents are siblings, but what do you call your cousin's wife or husband, are they still your first cousin?
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How long has the word “site” been used as a noun in English? [closed]

I am writing a book that takes place in the fictional past, so I'm trying to make sure the language used in my writing doesn't draw the reader back to the present because of it not fitting well with ...
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Is “more especially” a correct phrase

I came across the sentence below spoken by a native speaker and am wondering if it's correct, because it sounds odd to me. How do you think we can show the difference between x and y? More especially ...
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Does “How are you doing” require a response? [closed]

If I say "Hi" and someone says "How u doing", does this mean I should reply? Or is it just another form of "Hi"? Like should I say "good"/"great", etc....
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Word for challenging a general idea or belief [closed]

I need a word or phrase which can be used to describe someone or something challenging a general idea of belief. Here are some examples: They challenge the ethos of their particular eras and in turn, ...
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Is there a better word for "boss” in this sentence? [closed]

Is there a better word for boss in the below sentence? as generally in production companies we call the person who is checking with circuit breaker failures with different name and not as boss. Take ...
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Why is “ I” not “ me” required in this comparative clause? [duplicate]

He is taller than I. He is taller than me. I saw both sentences on an official website of a famous university in Indiana, USA. On the grammar page, sentence one is an example of how personal pronouns ...
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“Book something on a date” or “book for a date”

Do I use on or for with a single date? I would like to book annual leave on 08/08/2021 I would like to book annual leave for 08/08/2021
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the quality of having technical expertise is called? [closed]

I have to write three qualities, which a successful person possesses. I thought of creativity resilience knowledge - Here knowledge is not the quality of a successful person as per my teacher. But I ...
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In what conditions should a pronoun use forms of singular they? [duplicate]

Are there grammatical errors in the following sentences? Semantically, one of them seems not right. Someone parked their cars at the entrance. The scientist dedicated themselves to the research.
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Difference between “is like nothing else” and “is not like anything else” [migrated]

"Anyone who has visited Paris knows that this city is not like anything else" "Anyone who has visited Paris knows that this city is like nothing else" Is there any difference ...
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sufficient/adequate ability [closed]

I came across this sentence in a textbook recently: 'have __________ ability to pass the exam'. The textbook answer is 'sufficient' but I'm curious if 'adequate' would also be an acceptable answer ...
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What does “sweet bird” mean? [closed]

I've come across the phrase "sweet bird". It's been translated into my native language as a "sweet-voiced bird". I wonder if the translation is right? Is a "sweet bird" a ...
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Should I use “run program” or “open program”? [closed]

For computer programs, should I use "run program" or "open program"? Example: "I want to run Chrome." "I want to open Chrome." Which of these words is the ...
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This and that when they refer to non-tangible objects

Let's take this example: ....But on a regular, day-to-day basis, when a task requires thinking that isn’t itself enjoyable, even puzzle lovers’ brains prefer less thinking over more. That is the law ...
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Word/phrase/etc. to refer to that one action of constantly pointing out other people’s mistake/(so-called) flaws to their face [duplicate]

I’m looking for a word/phrase/etc. to refer to that action/activity of constantly pointing out certain mistake/(so-called) flaw to the person having that flaw/doing the mentioned mistake. For example, ...
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Ambiguous phrases/sentences [closed]

They have collected some strange rocks, with the rocks to be sent to the University of California, Davis for more information My question is if the rock have been sent to the University, or will be ...
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let sand run between/through my fingers? [closed]

How do I describe that I let sand run between my fingertips?
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I was unsure what to do OR I was unsure of what to do?

The question is already in the title. Do I include ´of´? And why or why not?
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In the field (field name) or in field (field name)? [closed]

When we describe a field on a screen, should we use "the" before the name of that field? Enter a value in the (field name) field. For example: Enter your name in the Name field. OR Enter a ...
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What is a word for when you understand and comprehend something but cannot do it?

Emily Dickinson understands all the concepts of poetry but cannot write all her thoughts.
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Waves - against the ship - verb?

Not waves crash against the ship, as the waves are gently; but I can´t find the verb for it. Any ideas?
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How to use “cry after” in passive form?

I intend to say "They would cry after me (my death).". Here is the sentence: "I didn't know how to live my life, yet I would be cried after so damn good." Is this correct? If not,...
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What are the words for when I mean something that is 'standard and also affordable'? [closed]

I am finding the right word for a commodity that got potentiality, good functionality/technicality and also is in affordable price in relation to other similar product.
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feel passionate vs passionately about

I teach English in South Korea. One text book says that only the following sentence is grammatically right: "Highly skilled athletes feel passionate about their successful involvement in sport&...
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Wind moving through my hair? [closed]

What's a creative way to say 'Wind was moving through my hair?' A breeze was drifting through my hair?
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What does “even that” mean

i was reading this ancient Egyptian proverb the other day and found it hard to understand because the words "even that" seemed to throw me off. I couldn't really grasp the message the writer ...
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Is there a word or phrase for a location that everyone would want to go to where you can do a lot of different things?

I am looking for a word or phrase for a place where you could go talk, learn, play games, etc. I think something like a school would be the best word for this, but I am looking for something different....
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Is there a word or couple words for when you meet someone you have always wanted to meet?

I don't necessarily mean in a romantic way more like meeting your favorite musician or comedian or something like that, just really anyone you have always wanted to get connected with. I was thinking ...
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Is there a literary term which refers to works of art which include false statements or implications about the reality outside of the text?

Like, for example, the book The Princess Bride, which claims to be an abridged version of a book which never existed by an author who isn't real, and contains a variety of fabrications about the ...
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Over the radio, I heard their voices?

I want to say that the radio is on, but I can still hear people´s voices. Like, its on and through the sound I hear another sound. How can I say that? Above the sound of the radio I hear their voices? ...
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I could see them run towards the shop; I could see them running towards the shop [duplicate]

Which one is right? And WHY? 1 I could see them run towards the shop 2 I could see them running towards the shop
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She acted as though she was subtle. She never was subtle. Or: She was never subtle [duplicate]

She acted as though she was subtle. Then: 1 She never was subtle 2 She was never subtle The first one sounds right to me although the second one seems to be the grammatically correct one? Or are both ...
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Is there a better word or phrase to describe ‘exercise’, as in, working out?

The best I can think of is physical training, or physical discipline.
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one big of a [noun]

Asked to comment on the use of the phrase “one big of a question,” I responded that it sounded totally off to me. I’ve always used a noun in the place of “big” here: one hell of a night, one humdinger ...

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