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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“know of” vs “know about” [duplicate]

Earth is the only planet we know of where life exists. This sentence is from the commentary of Planet Earth. Why it is know of in this sentence? Can it be know about? What’s the difference ...
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What does Jane Austen mean by the word 'alloy' in Sense and Sensibility?

As dear Austen had written on page 6, volume 1, chapter 1, I quote - "But in sorrow she must be equally carried away by her fancy, and as far beyond consolation as in pleasure she was beyond alloy. "
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How to say something consists of a material, when it's is not made of it?

I have a coil spring that consists of spring steel. I would like to have a more compact way to express that. What comes to mind is It is made of spring steel. but that's not the case. It is made ...
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Looking back at or on a day?

Can I, for example, say: "Dilemma: we're looking forward to the weekend, but we're still looking back at Tuesday?" I'm not sure about the second part 'but we're still looking back at Tuesday'. I ...
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A single term connoting “intimate non-physical relationship”

I just read the (I think) most popular post on a term for "intimate friendship--entirely non-sexual." The comments regarding "platonic," "close," "deep,"...nothing came close to satisfying this ...
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“Goods” or “gods” in The Awakening

In Chapter 17 of The Awakening by Kate Chopin, my text said He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a ...
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ISTQB term “test condition”

I have the term "test condition" as defined in the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board, an organization that provdes Certified Tester exams) glossary: An item or event of a ...
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GRE Text Completion - choosing between Instigated and Prompted [closed]

I came across the following two-blank text-completion question: The discovery that exposure to allergens through the mother's diet during the last trimester could lead to complications during ...
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“overweening swagger” vs. “overweening pretension”

I came across the following two-blank text-completion question while preparing for the GRE: ① ______ by circumstance, the entrepreneur once known for his overweening ② _______ was now seen by ...
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“Analysis of” vs. “Analysis for”

What is the correct phrase as a topic? Rate Analysis of Concrete Work or Rate Analysis for Concrete Work
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i am using this thing first time i write my que in body

Commoner ______ themself in front of nobility and royalty Its similar to insulting themself but not that i read it before but i can't remember it it's start with p
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Would it be disingenuous to say something is probably true, when I know it to be true?

Would it be disingenuous or even misleading to say "X is probably Y", when I know for a fact that X is Y?
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Can a device produce “certain wavelengths” or only “light at certain wavelengths”?

I want to write a sentence like this: "Our product produces exactly the right wavelengths to drive photosynthesis". But I am not sure if this is a correct usage of the term "wavelengths". After all, ...
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Is the idea of “proper language usage” coming to an end?

We are consistently moving towards a world where language is less meaningful. I.E. if you are a stickler for proper grammar/writing like I am, we must realize that what we consistently consider proper ...
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Comma in is/are questions.. Is Soya oil, genetically modified? [closed]

If you don't smell the (fragrance, fragrant) and fresh aroma of olive oil, don't use it. Which is correct fragrant or fragrance.
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Smell rancid or smell Rancidity [closed]

"you should check the oil bottle if you smell rancid/rancidity. Don't use it" The proofreader says rancid, but i would say rancidity
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“a series called” vs. “this series called”: what's the difference between the determiners?

I was reading through some writing from a friend which begins with the following: Hello, I have recently begun reading this series called Game of Thrones. (I changed a few personal details but the ...
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One word to best describe the “most” physically attractive [closed]

Some words such as; aesthetically pleasing, and resplendent, convey physical attractiveness, but are seldom used to describe the level of physical attractiveness. Whereas words such as; cute, pretty, ...
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What's a word that means “making fun of” with a positive connotation? Like the comment is not harmful

I'm trying to say that my classmates "tease" me for always having so much enthusiasm regardless of the amount of work we have. My goal is to show that my enthusiam is a good thing. Is tease a good ...
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Building iOS app 'with' or 'through' new technologies?

which one of the following is grammatically correct? Building iOS app with new technologies? Building iOS app through new technologies?
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“scroll up something” or “scroll something up”

I'm trying to find the right way of expressing myself in a code comment. I have a list and I'm basically scrolling up/down in this list. Should I use scroll things up/down or scroll up/down things for ...
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Color scheme + verb

Is it correct to say "The color scheme of the pattern is made in different shades of blue and green."? Or it's better to say: the color scheme uses/includes/consists of? Which option is preferable? ...
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Can I use “Audios” as my folder name?

Audio and video is an uncountable noun, however, audios word is never seen generally. Does that mean it's not okay to use it in context?
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Fetch or Get from system?

Which is more correct use of the words? And what sounds better to a native English speaking person? Fetch from system? Get from system? The context is setting the locale in a web application. EDIT: ...
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One word for motivating someone through personal experience

Is there a word used to describe an action where one motivates an individual or a group of people to do something through sharing their own experience/journey. Learning from experience is wisdom. What ...
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Time-flexible work as opposed to scheduled work

Is there a better way to describe "time-flexible" work? To clarify, I'm not talking about flex-time or about a Results Only Work Environment, but instead about work that can be done at any time (...
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An adjective for “exclusion” to show that it is very extensive and vast?

The Islamic tradition shows the _____ exclusion of women from scientific field. I mean to say that there has been almost no woman in that tradition in the field of science. What adjective should I ...
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Word choice: ITALIANATE, an elegant name for a language school?

I am an Italian native speaker. I am thinking of opening an online language platform (with a youtube channel and a website) to teach Italian. My question to all English speakers is: how do you ...
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What is the word for repeating an act over and over to the point of insanity?

I don't recall that word but there is a very commonly used word for that if I recall correctly. What is it?
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“Could lie down”/“ Could lay down” [duplicate]

"I wish I could just sit here and lay down beside you forever." Shouldn’t it be "lie down" instead of "lay down" here? As we know that the verb following " could" should be of base form. But, here "...
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Objective vs. Lens [migrated]

I'm working at a German company that is building production machines. These machines are using cameras and microscopes to align small structures. Because we sell them worldwide we have to properly ...
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The right verb about satisfying or not someone's right in this context?

They are going to do this surgery on the man. The man has right to be informed about the side effects of the surgery. The man is entitled to be informed on that. They don't give him that information....
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Can you start a sentence with Such as?

"Even though I am not fortunate enough to visit the campus, reading about Notre Dame makes me feel at home with its attention to tradition, its history of innovations, academic research, and service ...
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What do you call a bathroom with no toilet?

Might seem like a trick question at first, but I'm serious. When the toilet is in one room by itself (let's call this the "restroom"), and the place with the sink, washing machine, shower room and ...
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Word to describe someone who makes frequent bodily sounds

I am wondering if there is a word for someone whose bodily noises are especially loud. Example actions include: Sample sentence: The world had never quite seen a body like Jared's. Between the ...
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Which is correct word “Log in” or “Login” [duplicate]

Which word is correct Log in or Login? For an employee's daily log, to fill it's in and out timing. What word is preferable in that context?
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Climb a tree or climb over a tree?

What's the difference between them? Example: A fallen tree blocked the path and we had to climb over it. Why can't we say "climb it" in this sentence.
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postcode or postal code?

As I understand it, both postcode and postal code mean the same thing. How do I decide which one to use ? Is there any reason to use one over the other ? Are there slight differences in meaning ? Or ...
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Long-lasting durability

If a sentence contains 'long-lasting durability,' is it redundant? For example: Robust plastic construction ensures long-lasting durability. Long-lasting and durability, do they mean the same thing? ...
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Anywhere or everywhere?

We are trying to convince people that they can use our product no matter if they are at their working place, travelling or somewhere else, so my question is how we should say it: Protect your home ...
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Two “distanted” cities? [migrated]

The two distanted cities are far away to each other. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? The two ________ cities are far away to each other.
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What does V.C. mean in this passage from Sherlock Holmes?

I’d like to ask about the sentence from The Blanched Soldier by Conan Doyle. He was Colonel Emsworth's only son—Emsworth the Crimean V.C.—and he had the fighting blood in him, Can anyone tell me ...
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Difference between willst and wilt in Shakespearean?

I am writing a scene from Macbeth detailing the battle before the play for my 11th grade English class, and I decided to write it in Shakespearean for fun. I have been trying to figure out the ...
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Difference between “estimation” and “evaluation”?

I know they have different meanings, as I can find both in some texts, where they are not considered as synonyms. I give an example, but my question is not limited to this example. We then contrast ...
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What is “being out of job for a personal reason” called?

After I finished my study, I had to chose not to do any job because I had to take care of my parent. The period took 3 years. And then I was back free to have a job. What is that period called. On ...
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Used to or would?

Is it better to say "I would always lose when I played chess with my father" or "I used to always lose when I played chess with my father" ? Please justify your choice! Thank you in advance.
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Which is most appropriate word to use in this context?

The context is the following. "What comes to your mind when you hear the word “university?” Most people will think about education, debt, fees, drop outs, stress, parties; you name it." Which word ...
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What do you understand by “wedge boots”?

I am looking for the most common term for men's shoes or boots that have a hidden wedge that makes them look taller. A google search gave me all sorts of shoes, while elevator shoes does a little ...
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What do I call a quote in an essay

After submitting my essay, my English teacher marked the word "quote" as an error. Is this incorrect word usage, and should I be using "excerpt," quotation," or "event" here? The quote is from ...
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Evaluation of Inhabitants on/of/based on the Influence of Media?

I'm currently translating an abstract for personal purposes, but I'm not sure how I'd translate this part. I translated it as this: Self-Evaluation of Inhabitants on (the) Influence of Media (the ...