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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'Pair' versus 'set' when referring to two things that aren't the same but still go together

Can the word "pair" be used for two things that are not exactly the same but are part of the same package? Let's say that we have two color schemes (or themes) for a computer program. One ...
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What word would an American child use instead of "disgruntled"? [closed]

If you have children, could you please show this image to them and ask them what word they'd use to describe the emotion the person in the image below? Young children don't really use the word '...
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Whats is the word that describes a pleasurable memory that cannot be forgotten? [closed]

Imagine going on a vacation and relishing the memory of it for a lifetime. It's like immortality for a memory. Which word describes that? For example, "Climbing Mt. Everest was...."
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What do you call the opposite of dependent? [duplicate]

Say you have 3 things (eg tasks), A-C. A must be done before B, and B before C. One would say that B is dependent on A, and C is dependent on B. What if you want to say the opposite, like A is a ...
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How do I deduce when to use "still less" vs. "still more" as conjunctions? [migrated]

Please don't (ask me to) reword or paraphrase! I need this syntax to learn when to use still more and still less. 1. What's the lexical category (part of speech) of still more and still less here? ...
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Visit it vs Visit there

1: Darkhan has changed. The city's skyline rose with the construction of new structure, expanding the urban landscape. When I visited it .... 2: Darkhan has changed. The city's skyline rose with the ...
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Which is the correct grammar option for this sentence? [closed]

Is it "no option other" or "no other option to"? Should there be a comma after agony in the highlighted phrase? Is the grammar in my revised version more or less accurate? The ...
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What is the correct word order in the included sentence? [migrated]

As a non-native speaker I’m struggling with how to order the clauses in the following sentence: Because I, as a graduate of a vocational college and as someone who has already successfully absolved ...
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what is the difference between 'in and inside'? [migrated]

The prepositions in and inside confuse me in these sentences: She is in my room. She is inside my room. It is cold in my room. It is cold inside my room. Which one is better? And what is the ...
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"Absorbed in" or "Being absorbed in"? [closed]

I am confused about this. ______ reading now, he cannot hear what is happening outside. "Absorbed in" or "Being absorbed in", which one should I use in this sentence?
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What's the word for pictures in a letter that are not attached but rather pasted after the text?

I am writing a letter with pictures, and I have used before the following sentence: "Please refer to the attached photos." However, I have been wondering if this is normally used in English ...
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The activity starts next week or starts from next week?

Which one is correct, the activity starts next week or starts from next week? And why? Longman Dictionary has this entry for 'start' in this sense: intransitive, transitive: to begin happening, or to ...
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What do you call someone who refuses to accept the limitations of their old age? [closed]

I need a term that describes someone who refuses to give up dangerous things they did when they were young despite knowing that their body cannot keep up with it anymore due to their old age. ...
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Can 3 items work in tandem with each other?

Is the word tandem strictly used for 2 things working together or can it also apply to 3 things working together? For example is it correct to say "Advertising, pricing, and consumer preference ...
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"Dissipation increases with higher viscosity" versus "Dissipation increases with the viscosity"

I feel like the second option is better because less redundant, but I do find examples in scientific papers of the use of both. Are they both correct? If that is the case, is one recommended?
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"After having studied for years and writing" vs "After having studied for years and written" ... can't figure it out!

Which one of these is the correct one in your view, and why? 1- After having studied for years and writing various papers ... 2- After having studied for years and written various papers ... I ...
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American vs British use of "the" in “after (the) summer break was over”

Which one is the correct one? Or do they depend if we're using American/British English? A: She went there after the summer break was over. or B: She went there after summer break was over. A British ...
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An expression for forgetting while sleeping

Does English have a good expression – perhaps a phrasal verb with 'sleep' – to suggest that you forgot during your night's sleep? Let's say you get a text message and you read it a moment before you ...
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"work with us" or "work for us"?

I believe he has a great potential and I am happy to educate him as much as I can during the period when he works with us. Is the above sentence grammatically correct? Do you have a better way to ...
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What is the correct sentence [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Two thirds of the crop is destroyed. or: Two thirds of the crop are destroyed.
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Is it mix blood, mixed blood, or mix blooded? [closed]

Suppose I wanted to say: That's her ____ daughter? Would I say: mix-blood, mixed-blood, mix-blooded, or mixed-blooded? I kind of confuse with adjectives whether it goes with -ed.
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Does "graphically" convey the same negative connotation as "graphic"? [duplicate]

Graphic can mean something similar to "visual", but it can also mean something like offensive (eg: graphic content). I want to convey the same meaning as visually or illustrated (but can't ...
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Which preposition is better in “get down (off / from) something”, off or from? [duplicate]

Consider these two possibilities: A cat couldn't get down off the tree in the parking lot. A cat couldn't get down from the tree in the parking lot. It seems like from fits better. But what about ...
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"Sketching" a graph

While this is in the context of a math problem, the question refers to the connotations and meaning of the word "sketch", so I imagine it fits this site, at least somewhat. If one asks ...
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Name for holder of focus? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes the "holder" of focus. Sample sentence: Focus rewards its <insert suggested word here>. Criteria for best: appropriate and can only be used to ...
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What is the opposite of must-have?

I am looking to write a sentence trying to describe the opposite of must-have. The sentence is to be used in a professional setting. For example, my sentence should look like: My must-have for work is ...
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Do you call this a device diagnostic or device diagnosis? [closed]

Let's say a technician is checking what is wrong about an electronic device (for example a smartphone), list the problems, in order to repair it afterwards. Would you call this process (using a noun) ...
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What preposition I should use with the word "application"?

Which one of the following three sentences is correct? I am not sure what preposition I should use with the word "application". Thanks. My job is to facilitate the application of this new ...
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What's the difference between "reason" and "rationale"?

I'm trying to understand the difference in meaning between reason and rationale. For example, They cut off our water supply, but didn't give us their (reason/rationale). What are the implications if ...
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'Capital' vs 'funding' vs 'money' (for producing TV/movies) [closed]

Is the term 'capital' appropriate to describe the money a production company provides to TV show producers to produce a movie or series? Or are the terms 'money' or 'funding' have a better fit? For ...
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What is the difference between using a double had vs one had in this sentence? [duplicate]

Getting confused on the differences between a double had vs one had in this sentence. Also, I’m having difficulty understanding the nuance and/or correctness of one over the other, so any explanation ...
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To some, to others, to what?

What comes after "to others" here: To some, XYZ. To others, ABC. To ???, DEF I am trying to say that is interpreted differently to three different groups and every word I substitute "?...
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Is "a kind of" followed by a singular noun of a plural noun? [duplicate]

I learnt at school that you use a singlar noun after "a kind of". ex) Whales are a kind of mammal. (not mammals) I also learnt that you usually use a plural nouns after "kinds of" ...
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"Vital aspect" or "vital goal" - which is correct in this context?

Which sentence below makes the most sense? Showing care for those in need is a vital aspect of our organization's programs. Showing care for those in need is a vital goal of our organization's ...
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"by walk" or "by foot" when travelling by walking [duplicate]

We can say "by car", "by bike", "by bus", "by train" and "by flight" when we're traveling by a transportation vehicle. But what if we're traveling by ...
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Which preposition should I use after "one-sided"?

I have this sentence: In this animation, the referee is one-sided (towards | to | for) the team with blue jerseys. Out of these three prepositions ("towards", "to" and "for&...
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What is the difference between "diverse" and "versatile"?

I have this sentence: John is a (versatile/diverse) football player, he can play multiple positions on the pitch. In this context, which word should I use? The meaning of diverse is: showing a ...
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What is the meaning of "at least within the last 2 years"?

If I want to specify in writing that I require some items from the last 2 years only and not from further back than 2 years, would it make sense to say: The items required need to be provided from at ...
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A word for something that is different but believably similar?

EDIT: I found the word: perversion. I'll leave the post up though, as others might find it helpful. I think the word I’m looking for starts with a P (not parody). Also, I think this word has a second ...
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Difference between Repeat and Recur

Based on what I read on Oxford Dictionary, it seems that repeat is used to state that the subject of the verb is repeating the object, while recur is used when we want to say that the subject happens ...
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Synonyms for the word “secret” [closed]

I’m looking for synonyms that mean the word “secret”, as in a PERSONAL secret. e.g (3): I whispered my secrets to her. I have a secret to tell you. I have a lot of secrets that i’m holding on to.
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What is a synonym for “I should have, but I didn’t”

E.g (2): I should have stopped him before it was too late, but I didn’t I should have provided a source, but i didn’t. I am looking for a single word for the entire sentence; a synonym. I’m not ...
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Are "orange" and "ginger" synonymous (cat color)?

I recently watched a movie A street cat named Bob, where the cat was described as ginger cat. I thought the color of the cat is described as orange, too. (confirmed with google image search) The ...
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Another word/phrase for "high level" and "low level" as in technical level of detail

I'm teaching a rather complicated subject which involves two main concepts... for this example, let's call them "Concept A" and "Concept B". Rather than teaching the full depth of &...
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What is the English for French "plan" (in an academic presentation)

What is the English for French "plan" in an academic presentation? For instance: Plan Introduction Data and methodology Results Conclusion This meaning of French "plan" is very ...
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How to say I would join but cant give an exact time. Basically, things would be a bit unpremediated and would need to play it by the ear? [closed]

How do I say that since I am caught up in things and I cannot predict how they would go, I would have to be improvising on a given schedule and everyone else should go ahead without me? I could be a ...
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Alternate meaning of “sleep with” – sharing the same barracks/bunkhouse?

I am watching the 1943 western The Ox-Bow Incident which is set in Nevada territory in 1885. Early in the film, the bartender is discussing some touchy issue and he says, They don't like to talk ...
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Under investigation, under consideration, under evaluation or none of them

I'm seeking for a way to express some idea and I have shown three of my guesses, but I am not sure if any of them is correct or not. If none of them is correct, please suggest to me an expression ...
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Word for "something that is contrary to popular belief"? [duplicate]

I want to say the following sentence in a succinct way: "The study conducted in [1] reveals (a new insight into) the role of X, which is contrary to what people thought the role of X was." ...
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What word best describes the start and stop points of a trip/journey, separating the notion of the routes between them? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a precise, succinct, and preferably single word term to describe only the start and stop points of a trip and should be very clear that it does not entail the many routes between ...
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