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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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Why do we say "commit" a crime?

How did the word "commit" become so associated with performing a criminal act ("he committed a crime", "she committed a robbery" - also generally applies to errors, ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something? [closed]

In a sentence where I want to say a title or position that has been awarded twice, how do I phrase it? For instance "He was a 2x runner-up for the Champion title", would it be "two time&...
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serviceman / servicewoman / serviceperson etc (US)

What's the generally accepted way to refer to someone in the US military whose gender is not known (as the precise individual concerned is unknown)? I notice that the USAF uses/used Airman as a rank ...
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When to use the possessive with 's in "Contact photo" or "contact's photo"? [duplicate]

"Click on a contact photo" or "click on a contact's photo"? "The contact photo is there" or "the contact's photo is there"? "It means the contact updated ...
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Reasons for doing something and reasons to do something :do that make a difference? [duplicate]

You attended a XXX workshop...Your teacher has asked you to write a review… The content should include: … The reasons for joining it … This is my writing task and I am pretty confused about ...
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Can I download / buy Cambridge English Corpus / Cambridge Learner Corpus? Where to download these corpus? [migrated]

I seen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_English_Corpus . Can I download / buy Cambridge English Corpus / Cambridge Learner Corpus? Where to download these corpus?
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Is the statement, "pursuant Bachelors of Science: Computer Systems Engineering" proper English?

In a resume does it make sense to simply add the word pursuant in front of the degree to indicate that the degree was not obtained?
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When is a person referred to as a 'scout'?

One meaning of the word scout is "Informal An individual; a person: a good scout" according to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed. I wonder in what context is this meaning used and ...
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Correct usage: "Which" or "that" in a trailing em dash clause

In the case of a trailing em dash clause, should one use "which" or "that" to add qualifying detail about an object that has been previously introduced? To make use of a concrete ...
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Is it more grammatically correct to ask "When do your exams end?" or "When do your exams finish?" [duplicate]

If neither of these sentences are correct, what would be the correct way to ask this question?
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summer holiday or summer vacation [duplicate]

When school ends in summer what starts then: summer holiday (BrE) or summer vacation (US English) or both can be used interchangeably in Britain and the US, or the term summer holiday is "...
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What's the meaning of "QTY"? [closed]

I found the abbreviation "QTY" in an assay (not essay!😊). Can you tell me the meaning of this abbreviation? How can I paraphrase/explain it into ordinary words?
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What is the difference between "endless July" and "eternal July"?

What is the difference between "endless July" and "eternal July" and which one is correct or is preferable? It's a metaphor, it's about happiest month in a person's life, so he ...
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Usage of “Effects” [duplicate]

I came across this sentence: “This new patch commit can be cherry-picked directly to the main branch to fix the bug before it effects more users.” I find the usage of “effects” here to be weird. Is ...
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What pronoun should I use, "by we who" or "by us who"? [duplicate]

He will be yelled at by we who hate him. He will be yelled at by us who hate him. After by you use us, but in this case I'm confused. Which one of these sentences is correct?
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The words to describe a slave's mentality

I am trying to translate a Chinese word 奴才 into English. Quite often it is translated to slave. But 奴才 is more about a person's mentality, e.g. obedient servant and being numb, timid, apathetic, and ...
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Is it: 'Everything, like cars and trucks, is important¨', or 'Everything, like cars and trucks, are important.'? [duplicate]

Is it: 'Everything, like cars and trucks, is important¨', or 'Everything, like cars and trucks, are important.'? I want to use is, but suddenly with cars and trucks, everything has become kind of ...
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what is the difference between "detail" and "detailing"? [closed]

I am an English language learner, so please forgive me for some errors in expression. I am confused about the difference/s in meaning between nouns "detail" and "detailing". These ...
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The use of the adjective fraught

I recently read an article online and came across this sentence: "The process is fraught with both potential benefits and drawbacks." Based on my understanding of the definitions provided by ...
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What idiom could describe bureaucratic inefficiency?

To begin with, the bureaucratic process was extremely time-consuming, and when I inquired about the status of my documents, they gave me the runaround. After incessantly contacting them regarding my ...
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Can you use "in any way" and "at all" together in a single sentence?

For example: I hope I'm not bothering you in any way at all? Can you use both "in any way" and "at all" together in the same sentence? Or are they interchangeable and should be ...
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What is this grid with diagonal lines called besides a "rule", "grid", "squares with 4 lines of symmetry"? [closed]

What is this grid with diagonal lines called? And not just 'rule', 'grid', or 'squares with 4 lines of symmetry'.
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Looking for the right term for a second generation member of a club or organization

I'm tasked with introducing a speaker who is the daughter of an early member of an organization. Do I say she is a legacy member? Or is there a better term? Searching here, the thesaurus, dictionary ...
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Ways to Say "Forcibly Inducted"

As a combatant, your family's safety is threatened by your captors. "Return to your platoon as a spy for us, and your family's lives will be spared." You accept the terms with steadfast ...
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What does one call the left and right sides of a building, in order to fix a point of view?

With shields, we have sinister and dexter, meaning the bearer's left and right respectively. With ships, we have port and starboard, which are the left and right sides as viewed from aboard facing the ...
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Does an utterance have an author?

Is author the right word for a person who utters anything? I know author is used for articles or novels but it is also applicable to something tiny like an utterance?
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Lead vs Conduct

I would like to express some secondary professional activity in not so strong / embellishing style. Think, some knowledge/experience sharing inside the company, more informal rather than formal. If I ...
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Much-Watch: How is this construction allowed?

I have received an email from Crunchyroll today, titled “Discover Today’s Much-Watch Anime!”. From the title, I immediately assumed that it’s about today’s “must-watch” anime series. The email ...
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What's it called when person A's shoulders are in person B's shoulders in a reassuring way, and B's hands are on top of person A's hands?

What's it called when person A's shoulders are in person B's shoulders in a reassuring way, and B's hands are on top of person A's hands? If there's not a word please help me describe it in a clear ...
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Induce vs. induct

The action of inducting (i.e. to induct) someone into something is called induction. The action of inducing (i.e. to induce) someone into something is called inducement. In a medical context, why is ...
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'will' and 'would'

This is the definition for 'the busman's holiday' from the book 'Common American Idioms': Spending one’s holiday doing the same thing one would be doing at work. Will it be different if I change '...
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Preposition after 'student assistant' in CV

What preposition would I use on my CV, for example, when I want to state that I am a student assistant with/at/of/_ the XYZ-Project (University of XYZ)? Thanks in advance!
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A word(s) describing a person with control/power over an important aspect of others lives. They abuse that power to harm others and personal gain [duplicate]

I am in need of a word(s) or term(s)for a person who willingly, openly, and unapologetically abuses the power or influence they have over other peoples lives,more precisely; people who have control or ...
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What is a word that describes "to trudge through" a liquid but for milk? [closed]

I am talking about Words like "bemire" and "daggle". I want a word verb that describes the act being sludged/dragged/ran through milk, and the noun for the soiled object in that ...
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What is the difference between automate and automize?

We are a bunch of non-native English speakers at work who often discuss automating various tasks in the sense of writing software to replace otherwise manual processes. I (with an electrical ...
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How do you call wooden extension above water found alongside rivers/ piers [closed]

Where's the difference between 'dock', 'pier' and only one wooden structure? or is this referred to as 'pier'
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A word or phrase to refer to restaurant sector?

It's my first time here. In Spanish, we have the word "restauración" to refer to the restoration of paintings, for example, and to places where food is served. For the first meaning, I ...
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A word for a man of few, but well thought-out, words

I recently lost a friend and I’m looking for the words to describe him. He was a man of few words but his words were deliberate, they weren’t spur of the moment thoughts. He meant the things he said ...
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What is the term for someone who unnecessarily defends someone else?

I got a conversation with my husband about noticing more and more that people seem to be butting in and trying to defend people who don’t need defending: people getting angry over situations that they ...
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What's the exact meaning of 'Temprist'?

I look for a word that describes a person who loves music, food, jokes, metaphorically getting high. I mean a person whose MOOD or Temper is usually good and cheerful. And it's better to be a slangy/...
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Can you "augment" a person? [closed]

Can you augment a person? The word means to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense (M-W) But is it odd to say Augment every employee ... with a technology? This is for a technology ...
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Second to last difference?

E.g. if there are 10 items, 1 to 10, how can I call the 8th and 9th item? If I translate from my own language (Dutch), I get twice the same result: 8 Tweenalaatste Second-to-last 9 ...
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Discover an event isn't the first instance, and that isn't good

I'm looking for a word or phrase, preferably English or at least using English characters, to describe an event or feeling about an event that is one of many, but that the person thought was the first ...
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Are "in case there are problems" vs. "in case of problems" correct and interchangeable?

So, I'm giving my phone number to a person so that they can count on me and call me if and when they have problems in the future. Here are two sentences: Here is my number in case you have problems. ...
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What is the difference between 'share to' and 'share with'?

Should I use 'share with' or 'share to' when I want to share a great page I've seen on a social networking site with a friend?
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Minus vs less (in math)

We used to talk about subtractions employing the word minus as a preposition like "10 minus 5 is 5... "what is 5 minus 3?" .... Is it OK to replace the word minus by "less" ...
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interlock vs intersect, which one is precise?

I would like to use word interlock for FIG.A and not sure I could use it for FIG.B, is insert or slide better for FIG.B, anyone could help with this?
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attached vs connected

I am confused with the two words, which one technically has a broader meaning? and maybe including another one, or you have alternative that could include both, thanks.
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Drinking vs drinkable

Knowing that drinkable refers to safe to drink, why do we often say drinking water in stead of drinkable water? I find potable water (i.e.water fit/ safe to drink) synonymous with drinking water. So, ...
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To use "contribute" or "contributes following more items? [duplicate]

Say I have this sentence: My attention to sprinkle placement, sandwich-building artistry, and quest for the ultimate toast consistently contribute to satisfied clients and business success. Is it ...
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