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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Which one's correct? “Sir was absent” or “Sir were absent” [on hold]

Which of these is correct? 1) "We heard that Sir was absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class." 2) "We heard that Sir were absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class."
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Writing a vision statement: Correct usage?

Often times, my hard-core nerdiness gets in the way of my language skills. I am a native (American) English speaker who lacks the understanding of the nuances of the language. I am writing a vision ...
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What's the reason behind separable words?

Just wonder why it's like that sea gull and surprisingly another word like starfish Finally: Are each of which called as word? moreover, I know there's a reason behind being separable of 'sea ...
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Present or confer?

For example, which one is more accurate in the following context? 1) The government presented a medal to him 2) The government conferred a medal to him And in general, what is the difference between ...
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Board of directors vs directorial board

Which is better? Grammatically, both appear correct to me, and I normally use the former.
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Can “indignantly” be used in a situation where the person it's applied to is looking down on someone?

Given the following sentence, is "indignantly" used correctly: "I can't believe a filthy beggar like you would dare to even speak to us!" the lead girl in the trio indignantly shouted at him. The ...
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Correct word for a list of measurements

I am attempting to compare a list of different types of measurements but don't know what to call the list. Here is a specific example: I am measuring genetic diversity in a simulated population. I ...
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A computer window “pops” vs “pops up” [on hold]

In the context of computers and software, when a new windows appears on the screen, should we say: a window pops or a window pops up Based on my research, "pops up" is more correct, but can "pops" be ...
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What's the word I'm looking for? Trying to describe a small but pretty village?

I've written: The pistes on Mont Chéry side of Les Gets tends to be quieter than the Chavannes slopes on the opposite side of the quaint village. I want to replace the word 'quaint'. The word I'...
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Opposite of 'taking baby steps' [on hold]

I already have giant steps / huge strides in the context of 'Having previously taken tentative, half-hearted baby-steps Sophia began taking -------- towards attaining her life's ambitions'.
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Is it correct to say Win-win lottery?

Is it correct to say Win-win lottery? It is meant the kind of lottery where you will get a prize anyway.
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Reminiscence photo or commemorative photo?

The President took a commemorative photo with the scientists, or The President took a reminiscence photo with the scientists?
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“living life being distressed.” or “living life with distress.” [on hold]

This tablet is amazing, if you take it, it could help you think better or you could die, which is better than living life being distressed or pain for not being able to think as well." This tablet is ...
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Query in writing and word usage [on hold]

I find my writings to be highly idiosyncratic. I don't necessarily try to be complex with my words. I just write what feels right and makes sense to me. Is it ok to be idiosyncratic. Or any books or ...
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Drizzle as a quantity [closed]

A drizzle of white. Does this work. The meaning that I'm going for in this context is drizzle as a quantity, a small amount of white.
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How ask to confirm the address and hour of a job interview [on hold]

I was wondering to ask something like "Is it all set for the interview next Monday?"
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Name for rooms overlooking a castle's great hall

I'm looking for a name for the rooms that you'd find overlooking a castle's great hall. Somewhere between a balcony and a viewing gallery. Examples can be found in the top right and left of this ...
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Use of “the ill” vs. “the sick”

I was struck by the use of "the ill" as a noun phrase in a sentence from a question asked yesterday: "I'm going to be a doctor. I'm going to help the ill." For some reason, I felt that "the sick" ...
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What days (IS or ARE) Johnny attending school? [migrated]

What is the proper verb conjugation in the following sentence: My son is attending school on MWF this week. What days ____ Johnny attending? Is it "are" or "is"? Does the verb apply to the ...
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Can this be used instead of “and so on”?

Can "etc", "so on" also be used as "and things of that nature". Example: In school you need to have, pen, pencil, pencil case and things of that nature. English is not my first language, I hope you ...
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Paragraph sentence structure help [closed]

After retiring from the army, I began to help my parents’ business temporarily, which we primarily sell ox-tongue-shaped pastry, and my job includes from preparing materials, baking the pastry, ...
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I was wondering will this paragraph look strange to native English-speakers? [closed]

College years were time for me to look for my interests. Thus, I started to actively engage in various fields knowledge, which cover from neuroscience, physics to optronics. I designed and write a ...
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ESL paragraphs help! [closed]

I was born and raised in an ancient town, Lukang. I am an individual who loves challenging myself while doing things scrupulously with high sense of responsibility, and serving in the community and ...
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word choice: data points or datapoints? [closed]

Is that one is correct and the other is not? Or something of brit-english versus us-english? Can I use either? When I use the Cambridge dictionary https://dictionary.cambridge.org/spellcheck/english/?...
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Reregistration or Re-registration?

Reregister is in the MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY but when I'm typing reregister into Chrome it wants to correct me to re-register. So which is correct? Reregistration or Re-registration?
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Totally lost “Price table” or “pricing table”

So, I'm really confused Item prices table Item pricing Item price table Items price table Item pricing table Pricetable (in developers world) It is 15 column list (price of item for 1-2 days, 3-4 ...
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Questions about “As”

My question is about the difference of the usages of "as" and "like". 1. Travel as a couple 2. Travel like a couple 3. Kill like a torturer" 4. Kill as a torturer" What's the difference between "...
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A word used to describe doing something good to unknowingly feel better about yourself?

I'm writing a story analysis and there's this character who is good and especially loyal to his friend. However, while he thought he was being nice for friendship, he eventually realises that he did ...
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Dissatisfaction with/at - which one is correct?

I am writing to express my complete dissatisfaction with the meal I was served last night. I am writing to express my complete dissatisfaction at the meal I was served last night. Which one ...
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Where did the term the last straw originate? [closed]

Where did the term the last straw originate? Was it something to do with rations in a war or what was it?
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Device v. Appliance

I'm wondering what the exact difference between device and appliance may be. First thoughts would be that it might be based on either size, level of technology, ubiquity, or value. Perhaps a device ...
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Difference between to be and to feel

Is there any difference in I feel happy for you. And I am happy for you. Because there is a difference between I feel sorry for you. And I am so sorry for you. Are there any other ...
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Word for calling out to a deity?

Like when Zuko yells at lightning to strike him (but ideally more in the sense of insulting a deity). Imagine standing on top of a cliff during a thunderstorm, clenching your fists and and screaming ...
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How are least, lowest, and fewest used differently?

I recently wanted to ask "What is the lowest number of people?" Then I questioned whether either "What is the least number of people?" or "What is the fewest number of people?" is a superior ...
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Case versus casing in the context of uppercase and lowercase letters

Say someone writes a sentence with an error with the case: the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Would you say that: This sentence contains a case error. or This sentence contains a casing ...
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Why does reversing the rules of “an” vs “a” make speech easier at times? [duplicate]

Background From what I’ve learned during grade school, information which can easily be found online, you should use an when the following word starts with a vowel: "An animal" "An alien" "An ewok" ...
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Is there an idiom/word/phrase to describe a fight between two exhausted people? [closed]

If 2 people were fighting, but they are also completely exhausted, and they can barely hit each other hard, what would you use to describe it? The fighters were ____________, and barely able to ...
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How to say “Received payments” in one word [closed]

I want to say "Received payments" meaning the payments that have been confirmed and received by us, but i want to say this in one word, because its a table name and i'd like to use one word to ...
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Word to describe someone who secretly creates trouble? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a word that best describes someone who secretly causes problems for other people. Sort of like a shit-stirrer or trouble maker but specifically for when the identity of the trouble-...
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Use of are or is for this specific sentence

A friend said "some people are going downtown tonight" And then someone answered: who is 'some people'. Is the correct response to ask who are some people? Or who is some people?
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Verb “abound” to ask someone to develop a subject

When you're having a conversation, maybe you'd like your counterpart to speak more about what she/he is talking about. Of course, you could simply say: "could you develop your point?", or something ...
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“Split” or “ divide ” into cuts or slice

am describing the following fig. what is correct? Let divide ( or split) the given block into cuts ( or slice), where each cut/slices contains information about one student
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“Define” or “map”

I need your help in using the right verb construction in math text. c+d= v What verb should I use to describe this expression? c+d define/express/point/recognize/indicate as v edit 1: Guys, I ...
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Correct word for a little toy that always stands up?

In Spanish, we have a word for a little toy that always stand up, "tentetieso". I want to search for those toys in English, but I can't find the correct word or specific description to find them.
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to clarify — who is the one who needs to clarify? [migrated]

From Dictionary clarify: to make something clearer or easier to understand Who is the one who needs to clarify? In a situation when someone explained a concept to you but you have some doubts ...
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Why is “remove to” no longer used?

By Googling, the difference between remove and move can be found as follows: As verbs the difference between remove and move is that remove is to move something from one place to another, especially ...
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Is the usage of the word “features” in this sentence correct?

I just came across this newspaper article titled "PM Modi features in Netanyahu's election campaign in Israel". I was wondering if the word "features" can be used this way or should it be "featured"?
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How to properly format “systems as diverse as X and Y”?

I'd like to express that a certain framework is very versatile and can model a wide array of phenomena. What I have so far is This setup is extremely general, and allows for modeling systems as ...
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Which one is correct: The bird was standing on the table, from where/which it flew toward me all of a sudden [duplicate]

I would like to know whether I should use "from where" or "from which" in the following sentence: The bird was standing on the table, from where/from which it flew toward me.
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Can I replace “but” with “while” in this sentence?

As I was reading a sample essay in preparation for my upcoming exam, I wondered if I can change the conjunction in this sentence to make it sound more right and more logical - I think the two clauses ...