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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for/and/so: Are all three of those conjunctions equally acceptable in this situation?

I’m trying to connect two different clauses, each with its own subject and tensed verb, but I don’t know when to use one conjunction instead of another to do so. To summarize, I know that: And = ...
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What's correct "I live in a village" or "I live at a village" [migrated]

I've read that "at" is used for relatively small places like (villages, restaurants, etc..), but what about this situation, I feel that "in" fits better, but I'm not a native ...
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Can the word "affliction" be used to refer to any type of damage?

I'm trying to find a word to summarize all types of damage that can be caused to a being (traumas, illnesses, injuries, self-harm, addictions, etc.) "People are fully healthy when born, but can ...
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Can I say "I got my jeans on"? [closed]

I need your help. I'm German and I'm writing a English song. I'm having trouble. :D I want to say I put my jeans on and took my baggie. But I need a rhyme so, can I say...? Got my jeans on, got my ...
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What's the difference between 'embedded' and 'rooted'?

I'm trying to figure out the answer to a Proficiency C2 question: Thus, having a meal first thing in the morning was .........in necessity, and was no longer associated with social status along. ...
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Correction: Have or get? [closed]

Can I have your pen (not borrow, just for a while) Can I get your pen ( same) Which is better to use, Can I use this formal situation? May/Could I ______ your Passport.
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Word that would mean "to make a narrative out of"

I have a question about a potential word that may or may not exist. I'm trying to find a word that would basically mean something like "to make a story out of" or turn into a narrative.... ...
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The name of the end part of a film that contains contacts information [closed]

What is usually called the part of a film that comes at the end which contains contacts information ?
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How to say I am an interdisciplinary person

I am wondering if there is a way to describe a person who studies in interdisciplinary(e.g. art+science). I want to make a sentence like "....becoming a XXX person" Thanks
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"If you want to buy" versus "If you buy" [migrated]

In the following sentence: If you [buy / want to buy] a pack of cigarettes from a vending machine in Japan, you have to insert your ID card into it to validate your age. Which version is better to ...
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will need vs. need [closed]

I sent a free subscription of something to a friend. She replied that she will use it, later, when she needs it. Which of the following replies is correct? Sure, whenever you will need it. Sure, ...
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"upgrade" vs. "upgrading" [closed]

I'm taking about software. I think "upgrade" can be used as a noun. So we can say "system upgrade", right? And can we say "system upgrading" for the same meaning?
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"Late for bingo" or "late to bingo"?

I'm interested in getting a custom license plate, but I'm not exactly sure which is correct and/or makes the most sense. The license plate would imply that I am running late for/to bingo, however I ...
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How can I say 'a newly-established' in other words? [closed]

I need to say 'a newly-established company'. But I don't want to use the word 'newly' as I need more 'recently' meaning rather than 'newly'. Can I use something like: 'A latterly-established'? '...
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Instrument or tool or equipment I cannot get my head around those words and cannot use them properly. Let me give you a sentence. Paper and colors made from pigments mixed with water only are ...
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1000% optimized

Previously, the execution time of a program was 30 seconds. Now, with a more powerful computer, the execution time of the same program is 3 seconds. Can we say "the execution time of the program ...
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Present tense or past tense when using get/ got [migrated]

Do you and James get sunburned on the balcony? Yes, we get sunburned on the balcony. I read the question and answer and they seem incorrect to me. Should they be : Did you and James get sunburned on ...
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Make a knowledgeable and economic impact on users

Let's take StackExchange for example, it help share knowledge and help software developers to debug. So I would like to say "Stack Exchange makes a knowledgeable and economic impact on users"...
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Is “far out” an outdated expression?

I learned “far out” means cool but have not seen the phrase in use (both in writing and verbal). Is it an outdated expression?
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"Referenced by" or "reference for"

Context: we are Team A of a company, we aim to make a product PA. There is a Team B in the company, they have created a product PB. The product PA and the product PB have some similarities. So the ...
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What is the best way to describe a event which was well organized so much that there was no tension while event was going on?

I am looking for the right words to describe an event which was meticulously planned and executed. I want to stress on the fact that the managers / professors overlooking the event were relaxed as ...
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Is lay or laid grammatically correct in these sentences? [duplicate]

I'm having some issues figuring out if I should use lay or laid here. He turned away and laid down on his bed. Thomas laid down, but couldn't sleep. I've been racking my head for days, and I'm ...
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“something needs to give” vs "something needs to give up"

To quote from The New York Times article "There’s a Better Way to Reclaim Your Time Than ‘Quiet Quitting’ " When you’re exhausted and overwhelmed, it feels like something needs to give — ...
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avionic or avionics? [duplicate]

I talk about software used in airplanes. Could any tell me I should use avionic or avionics in the following? "The developers try to find errors in avionics software." "Errors are ...
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"because of" and "due to" with an example [duplicate]

I would like to know which sentence below is correct: Because of the heterogeneity of smartphone users and their immense base, the relevant users of our software are not really segmented by sectors ...
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Outward vs Outbound + Return vs Inbound in a trip in American English as well as British English

When you travel long distance, for example by train or in a plane, in other languages like Spanish (my native language) there are specific words that all the people use the same way: "ida" ...
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Percipient vs Prescient

According to what I have come to understand, prescient is an adjective meaning psychic but percipient is a noun meaning a perceiver. So how can these two be synonyms? Can anyone kindly explain to me ...
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Is “X is learning very like Y” grammatical in English, and if it is not, then why? [closed]

Like can be used as an adverb. I have seen that very can modify adverbs in another post (it just can’t modify verbs). Yet this sentence feels odd. Why? Why would the addition of much make the sentence ...
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Can I use uplift as "to encourage someone"? [duplicate]

I saw a quotes like this - "uplift others, as you want to be uplifted".I don't know why but "uplift" sounds kind of "encourage" to me. I know uplift means improve or ...
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"Sample" or "Example" in the sense of "illustration"

I'm having a hard time to tell the nuanced difference between sample and example. Most reputable dictionaries tend suggest it's something like this: Example: something you make up or cite from real ...
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What is an adjective for a person who perceives everything and everyone as dumb? [closed]

Perhaps a word that is a little less than "nihilistic"
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Emanate from a place, not a source

Just a nuance question here: The word "emanate", I know for sure it can be used in reference to a specific source, e.g. "a strange glow emanated from the lamp". But can it also be ...
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Do you "warrant" or "warranty" your work (or a product/service)?

If I offer a warranty for a product or service, can it be said that I warrant that product or service? If not, what's the correct verb to use when trying to indicate you offer a warranty on something? ...
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Does one "use", "drive", or "ride" a motorcycle?

When you are the one steering the motorcycle/motorbike, are you using the motorcycle, driving the motorcycle, or riding the motorcycle? I am asking here because I read the writing which need some ...
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What is the difference between fluff, fur, and fleece?

I know that sheep have fleece, but do rabbits also have fleece, or should I instead use the word fur with rabbits? Is it wrong or weird to say rabbit fleece instead of rabbit fur? I want to say: I’m ...
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Is there a specific verb for when you 'meet' someone for the first time but the encounter is one-sided?

There is this series in which a boy saves a girl from her submerged car. The girl does not know this boy at the time and does not remember him saving her. She formally meets him for the first time ...
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Has England, Scotland, or the United Kingdom ever been referred to as a queendom?

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II (may she rest in peace), a linguistic question arose among friends of mine about nomenclature. They remarked on the strangeness of referring to a king of the ...
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Is "die" the most appropriate word choice for King/Queen's death? [closed]

From headlines today: Updates: Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s Beacon of Stability, Dies Queen Elizabeth live updates: Queen dies at 96 Queen Elizabeth II, longest-reigning British monarch, dead at 96 ...
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Does ‘the officials’ mean what I want in this context?

The country’s technological advances are often trumpeted by the officials as a cause of pride. By ‘the officials’ I mean the administration, the governors, relevant people in the government, or the ...
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Does “a book launch” mean “a book launch event”?

A book launch event announced to be held in Berlin last summer was canceled. A book launch announced to be held in Berlin last summer was canceled. Does ‘a book launch’ in 2 clearly mean ‘a book ...
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"Who is" or "who was" the last person to do something?

I'm currently watching the US open at one of the commentators said "Andy Roddick was the last American male to win a grand slam". Is this correct, or should it be "he is the last ...
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Yet or still in this context? [closed]

The study suggested that there is only an emerging environmental activism in the country, which seems to be still true/the case after more than 2 decades since the study was published. The study ...
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Is ‘published-in’ a correct word in this context?

To estimate the scientific value of academic articles, we should see rankings of journals that have published the articles. To estimate the scientific value of academic articles, we should see ...
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What does manifest or manifesting mean?

I found in my research manifest means "showing someone the facts about something/to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding/to show something clearly, through signs or actions"....
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Collaborative Alliance

I am looking for an alternative term for Joint Venture. Do you think Collaborative Alliance makes sense? Joint Venture is too formal and suggests a legal entity being created. Whereas the two firms ...
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Talk about 2 things that each one are one of the most (something) [migrated]

I am not a native English speaker and sometime don't know what is the correct word I have to use. Osmium is one of the densest elements we have ever known. Iridium is one of the densest elements we ...
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Why is it called Compulsory education not Mandatory education or Obligation education? [closed]

I know it is called Compulsory education Compulsory education refers to a period of education that is required of all people and is imposed by the government. Compulsory school attendance or ...
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What is it called?

So I went for a job interview and got the job guaranteed 40+ hours a week but I’m not getting 40 hours a week and boss is saying he’s trying to find me hours but at the moment he can only offer me 25 ...
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"be governed from" vs "be governed by"

I just read the following sentence on Economist, Their success is an implicit rebuke to China’s autocratic regime, and an obvious reason for them to resist being governed from Beijing. But "be ...
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"Software rot" or is there a better term to convey the idea of a slow deterioration of software quality over time?

I just found this term https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_rot: Software rot, also known as bit rot, code rot, software erosion, software decay, or software entropy is either a slow deterioration ...

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