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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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When something is Starting to pay off

In time, Sedaris begins seeing his hard work starting to pay off.
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What is one's lover/mistress categorized as? [on hold]

What is one's lover/mistress categorized as? A relative, an acquaintance, etc.?
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory? [migrated]

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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Now surround or Now Surrounded? [on hold]

"I then walk to a mirror to observe my dark brown eyes that have grown brighter with age and the fine lines that now surrounded my smile." Should it be "now surrounded" or "now surround"?
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Based upon / judging by / according to usage

Which one from these are mostly usable? For example the sentence: Judging by his reaction, he didn't want to talk about that incident. When should I use "Based upon" or "according to" - are they ...
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Use of would be/was/is in hypothetical contexts

When making hypothetical statements such as: If you wanted a loan for your startup, all you'd need to do was/would be/is get in touch with a local bank. Here which word choice is most suitable among ...
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Logic behind “for my __” vs “because of my __”

I wrote a question for others (Elementary ESL students) to answer. I allow different kinds of answers as long as they make sense. The question was "What do you do to apologize?" I was expecting ...
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What does this sentence in a paragraph about the Notre Dame Fire mean?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added to the part I would like clarification on): ...
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Which if these sentences is worded correctly and have I used the proper punctuation, where I put the comma? [on hold]

If you haven't read and signed our Site Specific Hazard Training for the 2019 Season, please let me know so we can take care of that today. OR If you haven't read and signed our Site Specific ...
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The state of being integrated

I am looking for a noun of the adjective "integrated", as in, "combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole." Integration describes the process that ...
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Which one is more correct? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically wrong to write This means you are a great leader. Or should I write This means that you are a great leader. Also, when I reply to someone's comment, is it more accurate to ...
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A term for a woman complaining about things/begging in a cute/childish way

I'm trying to find a fitting translation for a Chinese term, which means that a woman is trying to be cute in front of her man in order to get what she wants. While she does this, her voice will ...
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How to use the word total properly?

Hey guys which one of the following sentence makes sense the most? • The numbers were great and totalled 95% • The numbers were great and totalled to 95% • The numbers were great and totalled up to ...
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Annually |AND or OR| as required - policy wording debate

Completing an internal policy document and the review clause has created some debate in the office. Some may call it petty, I call it a quest for betterment, either way I am seeking some consensus ...
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How to tell “please support me” in a kind way? [on hold]

How to tell this like "Feel free to ask me anytime". Because "please support me" seems like a little bit forcing. How can I express like if you have time, please support me xD
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What other phrase or word to use in place of words like otherwise, et cetera and/or so forth? [on hold]

Many times I find myself ending sentences like in the title this way? How can I avoid doing this or phrase it where the sentences don't end in those words? https://space.stackexchange.com/search?q=...
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What is the correct answer confidence or confident? [closed]

When you speak in public, you need to show (confidence/confident) even if you are nervous, you should look as if you are not
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“at his shop” vs. “in his shop”: which is correct in this sentence? [on hold]

I am in a conversation with Mr. X at his shop. I am in a conversation with Mr. X in his shop. Let us assume I am inside the shop. So, in this case, the second option would be more appropriate. Is my ...
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'Give impact on' is an awkward expression in usage?

As refer to "Profound impact on" I've known well that people usually say "has had a profound impact on something", heard many time in conversation or any media. But never been told about saying with ...
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“who has” or “with”? [closed]

I wondered if in this particular case both versions of the sentence would be correct. 1. There is a man with brown hair. OR 2. There is a man who has brown hair. Thank you
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Words to say in return of “thanks” [closed]

If anyone says "thanks" then what can I say. Please let me know the words instead of "welcome".
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A word / term for people who criticize others' behavior while exempting themselves from the same criticism

During gym class, we were doing a workout video. This is what happened: Two girls start screaming at someone to keep their back straight. The thing is that they are not even keeping their backs ...
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Name for a screen lock app [closed]

We have a screen lock app for smartphones. We are going to pick a name for it, 'ABC Lock' or 'ABC Locker'. I see both 'lock' and 'locker' are being used for this kind of apps. But I think 'locker' ...
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What is the another word for direct experience?

Based on the following example: "direct experience" The process of learning begins with observations or data, such as examples, direct experience, or instruction, in order to look for patterns in data ...
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Word for a big/influential company daring to commit immoral thing [closed]

Those companies do so because they think they have dominated the market and the customers can not live without their service. For example, big technology companies in China like Tencent and Baidu can ...
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“Device” vs. “Devising” [closed]

As an API consumer, I need to be able to self-correct issues of my own [BLANK]? I'm not sure which word is more appropriate here: "issues of my own device", or "issues of my own devising"?
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Use of the word 'naturally'

Dear fellow overflowers, I was wondering I could use the word naturally in the sense of 'it goes without saying' or 'as would have been expected'. An example sentence would be: "The pasta I made ...
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'independent of' vs 'indepedently of' (not duplicate)

Rewards and punishment are meted out quite independent of human interference. Rewards and punishment are meted out quite independently of human interference. Which one(s) is correct?
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What do you call someone who could get used to fear and admiration?

so I'm reading 'The Sound Of Things Falling' by Juan Gabriel Vásquez and there was a question when reading the text. What do you call someone who could get used to fear and admiration? "I was barely ...
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Reconcile - Is this the better word to use in a finance context?

Let's reconcile these transactions Reconcile, in the finance sector, is a pretty common term to describe: Payment reconciliation is the process of checking your bank statements against your ...
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How come people say “Would of”? [duplicate]

I often read the expression “would of” used instead of “would have”. Each time I read it I get annoyed so I googled it and found out -as I expected- that it is an incorrect way to say “would have”. ...
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Plural of waste [migrated]

I read somewhere (can't remember where, sorry) that depending on context, the plural of waste could either be "waste" or "wastes". In what context would one use "wastes"? For some reason, I always use ...
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I am a Spanish speaker, and I used this sentence in a conversation: [migrated]

“We always use that one” Because 8 times out of 10 we have. My meaning is that most of the times we use that, so I went with the word “always”. The person that I was speaking with told me it was not ...
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Can this sentenced be better phrased to remove redundancy?

I am not sure if I am allowed to ask questions like this, but as a foreign speaker, I am confused on how I can rephrase my sentence better. A counseling services specially designed for ...
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Asking someone to get feedback

I wanna send this email and make sure is grammatically correct; I am keen to get your feedback that is important to me to develop my skill of writing . I welcome any suggestions that you think are ...
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what is the word to be used when describing your subordinate achievements

what is the apt word that is to be used to describe the enthusiasm to learn and involve in work. Completed the assigned work well within the time and also proactive in learning the subject. Does ...
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Is there a word for a button that is not being held?

I know a word for each state, except for one: I press a button, I hold it down, I release it. But how do we call the state of the button when no action is taken at the moment? Unpressed button? Free ...
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How do I rephrase this? [closed]

Low level of development constitutes a higher degree of inequality while a higher level of development has a lesser degree of inequality. I was wondering if there are any words best fitted for ...
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Ninety percent… was or were? [duplicate]

I need some help with the following sentence in order to know whether it should be WAS or WERE: a recent study revealed that the ninety percent of people who had decided to change their first job ...
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“Sweet you can/may eat”

I'm sure the topic of "may" vs "can" has come up before, but I suspect the difference in some cases may be so subtle that such cases must be considered individually. I try to come up with a slogan ...
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What is the difference between had and got?

Are there any significant differences in uses or meanings between these two words? Between the two example sentences below, does one sentence have a slightly different meaning compared to the other, ...
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'One among the team' or 'Part of the team' [migrated]

I would like to convey that i was one of the person in the organizing committee which successfully organised a corporate event. one among the team which successfully organised the event or part of ...
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Can you use the word “Concomitant” as a synonym for “Coworker”? [closed]

I am writing a novel and I recently discovered this word. From my understanding, the definition sounds broad enough to be able to use this word loosely in place of co-workers. For Example: With ...
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what's incorrect in this sentence? [closed]

There are two ways of making a gas condense: cooling it or putting it under pressure.
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should we use banned instead of banning? what's incorrect in this sentence? [closed]

In 1971, US government not only put warnings on cigarette packs, but also banning TV advertising of cigarettes.
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Question about the correct term used in massage therapy and dental places

Is massage therapy center called a "clinic"? And the customer should be referred to as "clients"? And the Dental Office is a "clinic" as well. But the customer is referred to as "patient" Is this ...
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‘be mistaken’ or ‘have mistaken’ [migrated]

I didn’t doubt what he said. I didn’t expect him to be mistaken. Why not use ‘have mistaken’ instead of ‘be mistaken’?
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Capitalising Names of Industries

"Water, Nuclear, and Oil & Gas Industries" or "water, nuclear, and oil & gas industries" Hi, I've seen both instances been used, and I'm just looking for some clarity. Thank you.
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Why is 'left luggage' called 'left luggage'? [migrated]

I came across this term at an English train station. My friend and I were looking for a place to store our luggage and it didn't occur to us that 'left luggage' was the place we needed to go as it ...