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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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‘One less’ or ‘one fewer’?

If we’ve lost a team member, do we have ‘one member less’, ‘one less member’, ‘one member fewer’, or ‘one fewer member’? Thanks!
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Which of the underlined words in the passage needs to be replaced?

Answer Choices: a. practically b. literally c.importantly d. important e. newly The correct answer is "importantly". Can someone please explain why?
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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“Nothing is compared with” or “Nothing is compared to”

Do we say "Nothing is compared with the Egyptian pyramids" or "Nothing is compared to the Egyptian pyramids"? If both are correct,is either one favourable in general or in British or American ...
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“That's all your guesses used up” is correct?

I saw this in a TV programme: "And that's all your guesses used up" I get the meaning but I'm not sure if it is "that's" instead of "those're". Maybe it stands for "that has", but I am not sure ...
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StarterKit or StarterKits

Help me to select the correct name for my application. In my application, there will be authentication, payment, billings, and profit metrics main parts. Should I use StarterKit or StarterKits?
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Are 'among' and 'of' interchangeable in this sentence?

I am proofreading a book for a museum of archaeology. While I was doing so I came across this sentence and it seems a bit odd but I am not so sure. I need your help; "Of the six gold crowns of ...
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What we call tests that we can work from home?

For designer's and writer's jobs, candidates get tasks that they can work from home and later they submit it. Can we call that type of tests 'an aptitude test?'
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Any suggestions for a good boutique name? [on hold]

I am looking for a good catchy store name for a new clothing business. Any suggestions for a good boutique name?
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What is a slang but safe for work word for someone who is stubborn or narrow-minded?

I'm trying to write a book and have run into this problem multiple times. I want it to have a strong meaning while remaining respectful. Any ideas?
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How to offer someone of a higher office your support [on hold]

Could you advise please how to address a superior from higher management: Please do let me know if you are aware of any outstanding issues and I will try to help sort them.
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What do you call the land area around a pond?

Usually "shore" and "beach" are used when talking about a large body of water. But what if we talk about a pond? Is the area around it still called a beach/shore?
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Rewriting a sentence to be more grammatically clear

I'm proofreading/editing a museum catalogue and I could use some help. I found this sentence idiomatic; "Around the beginning of the fourth century, extremely long chamber tombs emerged, a clear ...
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Is there a name for the “I don't know” sound?

You know, like in this. https://pics.me.me/makes-i-dont-know-sound-scrubs-36830646.png What is the name for this "humming the words but everyone still understands you" thing?
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'After met' or 'after meeting' [on hold]

Just now, I found a movie poster created by non English speaker. The title of the movie in the poster is 'AFTER MET YOU'. Is that good or appropriate?
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I am struggling with writing this resume bullet point more concisely [on hold]

I know this could read better but I am struggling. Any ideas? • Supported Head of Credit Policy by performing credit risk appetite and performance assessments for product expansions and new product ...
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“The default measuring unit is inch” vs “The default measuring units are inches”

What is the correct way to say that I will take measurements in inches? The default measuring unit is "inch" OR The default measuring units are inches OR Other expressions?
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How should I transform “Jane has just broken her leg” into a question starting with “Who” and whose answer is “Jane”? [duplicate]

How should I transform this sentence into a question? Jane has just broken her leg. How do I form a question from that sentence so that it starts with who and whose answer is Jane? Q: ...
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Is there a word that can mean “education” and “formation” depending on context? [on hold]

There is a Russian word образование that can mean education and formation depending on context. It will be great if there a word in English that also can have two of those meanings. Not necessarily ...
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Is “start” or “beginning” a better antonym of “end”? [closed]

In many instances, both "start" and "beginning" can be used as an antonym of "end". But which is better? In particular, which is better for units of time like day, week, or month? I'm thinking of "...
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Why is it correct to say “fewer calories” when calories are continuous? [duplicate]

This question, "Discrete Units of a Continuous Quantity", asks whether units of a continuous quantity should be spoken of as discrete or continuous. The top answer states The rule is simple, and ...
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Does it sound unnatural if I use two example sentence next to each other? [closed]

I intend to write these 2 sentences in my essay: "Take many full time employees, for instance, who work hard so as to get access to basic amenities and hence have the capacity to become more engaged ...
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Use of climate and its derivatives as adjectivized forms with another noun

I am working on the area of Ecology and the word climate and its derivatives show up in almost every writing. Climate/climatic/climatology/climatological My question is, what is the correct word to ...
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What is the video saying at 6:10, was it “write off” or “ride off”? [closed]

The Video starts automatically at 5 mintues 32 seconds (for a bit of context) The word is mentiond around 6:08. He says: "...plus you've got a sheet of metal down there to protect it on the side to ...
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Uncle Scrooge's Money Bin [closed]

I'm deveoping an app focused on saving money that is good for wellness. This app is in 3D and at the center of the scene we can find the faithful reproduction (or almost, for copyright reasons) of the ...
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Synonyms for “rather than” (preferably single word synonyms) [closed]

Example usage: A person can reuse their current tool rather than purchasing a new tool
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substitution for “gotten” in causative structure

I would like to know whether there is a substitution for "gotten" in the sentence below. The resulted model is gotten Control Flow Graph (CFG) generator to generate CFG of the program. Two ...
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Adjective for “being made mandatory” [closed]

I'm looking for a word like "mandatorised" (except it should be a real word) to describe something that's been transitioned from optional to mandatory. Edit: We're using this word to name a class in ...
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Difference between “Relaxed” and “Relaxing”? [closed]

I've always been unsure of this one. I work for a holiday company and we use this word quite a lot. I never know if I should be going for "relaxed" or "relaxing". Can they be used interchangeably? ...
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Is “of” needed when I write “all of our”? [duplicate]

This is something that has been bugging me for a long time. I write a lot of blogs for my work and I've felt that grammatically I should keep the word "of" but a sentence can flow better without the ...
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Is it redundant to say 'many various'? [on hold]

Is it okay to use 'many various'? One of the definitions Merriam-Webster gives for various is 1 : of an indefinite number greater than one So is it redundant to write a sentence like We went to ...
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What is the difference in connotation between “relentless” and “ruthless?”

My understanding is that both words refer to a hard-charging "take no prisoners" approach to an issue.Relentless is defined as, "showing or promising no abatement of severity, activity, strength or ...
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General and specific prefaces [on hold]

I am writing a three-volume set of books and would like to have a preface for each volume and a preface for the three-volume set. Should I label the prefaces in book one: general preface/preface, ...
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To top up something

I’d like to know which sentence is correct to use when I’m at a Costa shop handing a member card to a barsta. “I’d like to top up 10 pounds please.” or “I’d like to top up for 10 pounds please.” ...
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… is not how I am built

is it possible to say "Resting on my laurels is not how I am built"? I am trying to use some expressive language in my cover letter and that's the best I could come up with. Thanks!
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What is it called when someone doesn't want to share stuff/feelings to others, even close ones, in fear of being judged?

Is there a phrase, word, or a term for this condition? And I'm not specifically talking about fear of intimacy, I'm asking for something more general. Such as not sharing stuff with friends, family, ...
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Usage of 'much' without 'how'

My apologies if the title is not clean. This is my first question here. I work in an IT company and recently came across a requirement for one of our customer facing emails. One line in the email ...
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Does saying “have good holidays” sound weird? [migrated]

When you wish someone to have a good weekend, you say, "Have a good weekend!". But what about wishing someone to have good holidays? Does "have good holidays" sound weird? I'm just asking because I ...
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How to use “sire” as verb? [closed]

How to use "sire" as verb? Can you give also exempels? Thanks for the answers.
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Can I write “You must not sit when your superior is not”?

I’m trying to shorten some of the sentences in my work and this sentence came across: “You must not sit when your superior is standing.” Is it grammatically correct to substitute with: “You must ...
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Is “with” optional after “conferring”?

Consider the sentence: I answered the question as a novice, without conferring with Sir Thomas More or Sir Francis Bacon. Is the with optional? Could the sentence also be written as: I ...
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Is there a term for a person who loves to adventure but thrives in routine?

Is there a word or term or phrase (in any language) that describes a person who has a lot of grand ideas for their life but doesn't actually do any of them? Something like a daydreamer, or a dreamer, ...
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Word for “Significant enough to make a difference”

I wish to know what could be a one word or phrase synonym for the term 'Significant enough to make a difference'. Till now I thought that the term 'statistically significant' meant that it's ...
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Word choice: alternative to “access”

I was writing an article and got to a part where I use the verb "to access." Then a quick search online showed me that it's not really common to use it with places. Now I don't know which substitute I ...
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Which of the two sentences below is more gramatically correct? [closed]

I'm having difficulty choosing between the two sentences below. Which is more grammatically correct? Can anyone suggest a more succinct way of articulating what I am trying to say? While donning his ...
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Can **compasses** stand alone? [duplicate]

Just wondering, does compasses can stand on its own? Or should it be accompanied by a pair of?
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“Inspite of and despite” Am I using it correctly? [duplicate]

This is my first question here so I have a doubt regarding some the usage of some words in English although it's my 3rd Language. So are the following sentences correct? Using "Inspite Of" _ Inspite ...
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type of usage with determiner

A determiner serves to express the reference of that noun or noun phrase in the context. Highs & Lows, an addicts path to recovery. Highs & Lows: addicts path to recovery. So is the second ...
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A word that means “Goodbye to a year”

My friends called me asking if there's a word to say "goodbye to a year", like lets say this: "Today, we're saying to 2018" Is there a single word, a verb that doesn't require the use of "Saying x ...