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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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what is the different between “urge” and “craving”?

"Smokers often start the habit in their teens. During puberty, the urge to fit in is enormous." Can I change "the urge to fit in is enormous." into “the craving for fitting in is enormous."
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A thing of the past

I'm looking for the right word to describe a thing of the past that no longer needed nor it is useful, but we still have it in our world today. Example: - vaccines for illnesses that are gone for ...
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Is the phrase “observations that are resulted from” correct?

I have three project stages and the third one will be based on the last two stages. For this, is the following sentence correct: This stage will include applying improvements to the test generation ...
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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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One “airing” or one “broadcast” of a TV commercial?

How should I describe a singular appearance of a commercial in television? Should it be one “airing” today and seven “airings” in total in this week or maybe one “broadcast” today and seven “...
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Do these sentence make sense?

Currently writing a essay about the significance of food. Does this sentence make sense? "Food in many ways is more important to us than we take it granted for. It can represent a variety of ideas ...
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Should you mention “dollars” after a price?

"The company has revenues of $40 billion" Should I add dollars so it becomes: "The company has revenues of $40 billion dollars" or is the $ sign before the number sufficient?
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What is the difference between “news” and “news stories”?

We did a test in class, and I saw this sentence below. Read the text and cross out the extra word (maximum one per line). some of the lines are correct if the line is correct put a √ ...
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does this phrase make sense?

Currently I'm working on a presentation about improving our facility. Right now I'm writing about root causes that decreases our work efficency and there's a phrase like below "These 3 circumstances ...
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Is there a difference between “on the internet” and “online”?

I just got feedback from someone on a piece of my writing. He marked "on the internet" as confusing, compared to the term "online". However, I felt that both work the same. Is there really a ...
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a word for putting liquid on a small surface

Is the word apply the correct choice in this context? A capillary tube was used to apply sugar solution to the bee's antennae.
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Does it make sense to say “Why too can I not do with X what I can do with Y?”

Is it grammatically correct to put the "Why" and "too" next to each other in this sentence? Does it make sense to a reader at least? "Why too can I not do with X what I can do with Y?"
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Is it ever acceptable to use “whom” and “anyone” when talking about pets?

Backgroundstory: Working in Germany: So I had my first mandatory english lesson for my job, which is mostly targeted on the right vocabulary for our work. After the instructor introduced himself we ...
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“May I help the next customer on line.”

Leaving aside the regional dialect that might cause someone to say "on line" or "in line," isn't the line what establishes who the next customer is -- and so therefore redundant? Wouldn't a simple "...
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Is it correct to say, 'Be knowledgeable of', or 'Be knowledgeable about'? [on hold]

Is it correct to say, 'Be knowledgeable of' or 'Be knowledgeable about'? (As in, 'Be knowledgeable of the menu'.) (Staff must be knowledgeable of the menu).
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I'm mistaken or I've mistaken [on hold]

Me and my friend were discussing something and I said "I've mistaken" then we started to wonder which I should use I've mistaken or I'm mistaken?
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Why use singular they? Why not make a new word to distinguish its meaning? [on hold]

Why does English use the singular they instead of making a new word for it? In my native language there's a word dia which has the same meaning as he/she, but it doesn't give information about the ...
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How do I punctuate a sentence ending in 'you know'? [on hold]

How do I punctuate this internal dialogue: 'I was hungry, you know' I wasn't sure whether to use a period or a question mark. This is for fiction.
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Is there a single word for doing something despite the fact that it might cause problems later?

Even better, if the word indicates that you're the one who ultimately suffers. Ex: I leave a suitcase in the middle of the hall, knowing someone might trip on it but ignoring that fact. Then I trip ...
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Does this sentence make sense?If not how can I improve it? [on hold]

Harmonizing with the symphony of the fresh,cold breeze,the flowers bloomed, radiating their vibrant colours.
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Wich one is correct “ i can cycling or i can be cycling” [closed]

I just wanna ask about the modal auxiliary verb Because based on the grammar book the modal must add by verb invinitive.. then my student wrote " i can cycling" on his book, actually i'm doubt to ...
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Should I use “and” or “or”?

I ran a study where I found that as temperature increases by 1%, violence increases by 1%, holding cloud cover and precipitation constant. As cloud cover decreases by 1%, violence increases by 2%, ...
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Concrete evidence or supporting evidence? [on hold]

Which one is correct? He cannot make a statement like this without any concrete/supporting evidence. Thanks!
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Adverbial usage of “one shot”

I have one question about the better use of this sentence below: “Do it with one shot" or " Do it in one shot" I really appreciate any help.
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What is the difference between if and whether? [duplicate]

Let me know if I picked up the right file Let me know whether I picked up the right file Could anyone tell me the differences between them? Can we use ‘if’ and ‘whether’ in present, past, and ...
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Should I use 'that' or 'those'?

Please help with the following sentence: Given the secured nature of the lending arrangements in which the fund invests, the fund’s return variability is expected to be notably lower than (that or ...
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“Be”, “Become” or “Get”?

Should I use "Be", "Become", "Get" in this sentence? "Due to it being one of a/the few restaurants in this area, Saturday evenings can become/get/be busy so it is advised to pre-book by calling ...
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“Come to life” vs. “come alive”

I've heard both phrases used but would love to learn what the difference is and if one is more proper than the other. E.g. The green paint really made it come [to life/alive].
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Does using “and”, “or” or “and/or” change the meaning of these sentences?

Consider these sentences... 1)... No unreasonable limitations and regulations will be willingly obeyed. No unreasonable limitations or regulations will be willingly obeyed. No unreasonable ...
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“Ability of” or “Ability on”? [closed]

Just a quick question, do I say "I want to develop my abilities on English and mathematics" or "I want to develop my abilities of English and mathematics"? Alternatives are also welcome.
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Difference between 'at' and 'by' for percentages

Please confirm the difference between these two sentences: Salad is the most popular dish by 43%. Salad is the most popular dish at 43%. Is the meaning of these two sentences same or ...
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On the go vs on-the-go

What is the difference between "on the go" and "on-the-go"? In the sentences below, should I use the hyphenated one or the other? On the go/on-the-go gaming is possible as the game is mobile-ready. ...
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What is the difference between “Legend of Zelda” and “Zelda's Legend” [duplicate]

I would like to know the difference between the usage of both ways to say that something belongs to someone. In Portuguese, both are translated to the same phrase, but, most of the time, I've seen "...
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Why is “great” on the decline? [closed]

Consider this Ngram. Why is the word "great" declining so rapidly. It seems to me such a common word that would be used everywhere.
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what i should put as job title [closed]

I am trying to find the proper job title since I am working as: - programmer - database administrator - backup operator - IT and I do work alone as IT, among 20 employees in accounting and ...
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Is it correct to say “the previous resident of the offce”? [closed]

Is it correct to say "the previous resident of the offce" speaking of the person who used to be in the office I am in right now?
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Is this part of the sentence ambiguous?

I've negotiated the terms of my employment contract and have inserted the following sentence into the contract... No after-hours or post-employment restrictions and obligations other than what is ...
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Should I use in or of? [migrated]

Is this sentence: Even though I was a stranger to tragedy as a plane descended from 17000 feet of height. Supposed to be: Even though I was a stranger to tragedy as a plane descended from 17000 feet ...
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Would “answerable to my department” be correct

I had assigned some work to one of the staff in my department which has been delayed and I have to write an email asking her to speed things up. Would this be correct? Please make this quick as I ...
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Word to describe an entity that is malevolent, but not necessarily aware

Not sure if this is the best place to ask, so let me know :) I'm working on a story idea that features a parasite similar to Halo's Flood, and the Necromorphs from the Dead Space games. Although the ...
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click vs click on vs click through

How does "click" in the context of the sentences below differ from click on and click through? Click the link to subscribe. Click on the link to subscribe. Click through the link to ...
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Left and Right are “Sides”; Front and Rear are “Ends”; Top and Bottom are…?

I'm looking for a fitting word in the context of design/engineering. We have long structural members that go in an assembly and we need to be able to describe them based on their orientation and ...
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What is a good synonym for “sounds good” [closed]

Is there a good, versatile substitute for "sounds good"? "OK" isn't as positive. "It would be my pleasure" is too positive. "Yes" doesn't quite work. "Okey dokey" is too silly.
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Most appropriate phrasing of a sentence containing an exception

Consider the following two paragraphs: The data was compelling. It appears that all of the companies abandoned that manufacturing method - with one exception - when it was determined to be less ...
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Difference between “flavourful” and “flavoursome”?

What is the difference between flavourful and flavoursome? I was reading a packet of raisins, which described the raisins as flavourful. I didn't recognise that word. Is it less common than ...
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Should I really not use the word 'bossy'? [closed]

I know for a fact that the word "bossy" is quite controversial and could be somewhat problematic in some situations? Since I'm not a native speaker I don't fully get the nuance of this word. I ...
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Is the phrase “totally imaginative” grammatically correct?

I’ve just come across the phrase in a review, but it doesn’t sound right to me. Can something be “totally imaginative”?
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Agent noun for the word of “opposite”

I'm trying to find a noun to be referred to as "something that causes a mobile to change the movement direction into the opposite direction." I've thought of the "oppositor" and the "oppositioner"; ...
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Gerund vs noun: “Thank somebody for [supervising/supervision]”

Which is preferable? ... and I also want to thank name1 and name2 for supervising. ... and I also want to thank name1 and name2 for supervision.
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“learn smth superficially” - different way of saying it? [migrated]

Can we say "Learn smth lightly?" The other day my brother told me to learn some stuff NOT THOROUGHLY and it made me wonder about the actual adverb that comes with LEARN which gives this meaning. I ...