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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"various" courteous manners instead of "many" courteous manners? [migrated]

Below is the sentence which was given in my grammar-correction class. It was taught that many should be replaced into various. However, I totally have no idea why it is so. "Since about the first ...
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Word for count of undesirable events

TLDR: name for count of hiccups? I'm trying to find a short¹ word for the count of undesirable events, up to some number of experiments, and tending to increase with the number of experiments as ...
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Use of “fat” and “fatty”

Hoping to understand why “fat” is used as an adjective and noun rather than “fatty” (at least in everyday English). For example: “cat fat” (noun) and “fat cat” (adjective). “That is a fat cat”. Not “...
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"that" + -ed vs. -ing in past tense [closed]

(a) He grit his teeth, pushing with full force through the barrage of winds that slammed against him and the structure both. vs. (b) He grit his teeth, pushing with full force through the barrage of ...
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represent vs make up vs account for [closed]

So I have the following sentence : The US economy represents/makes up/accounts for almost a quarter of the world's economy. I’m not sure which word I should use and what’s the difference between ...
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How to ask a person in charge in supermarket to do your shopping cart payment in a supermarket? [closed]

What's the name of people who help you buy the stuff in supermarkets? And how to ask them to help you buy them? Should we say, would you please check in these items for me?
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What are attractions at fair called, where you buy food?

What are the houses called where you can buy food at fairs? Like the shops, are they called stalls? And what are other attractions in a fair called? Is fair even the right word or is adventure park ...
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Could we employ this word in a formal context?

Is "consultable reference" OK for describing an original documentation that should be read whenever required to achieve a purpose? If no what would be more adequate?
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Through My Lens or/and In My Lens?

To refer to someone who photographs something, or to something that is photographed by a camera lens, can we say : "in my lens" / "in the lens of" "through my lens" / &...
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"The shadows born" is the use of "born" correct in this sentence? [closed]

I'm writing a story that will be published on a couple of websites. It is a fantasy story that talks about creatures called "The Shadows". I'd like to title the story "The Shadows Born&...
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How to describe a person who withholds information to make the situation seem worse than it is?

What's an appropriate word or a phrase to describe a person or the behavior of the person, who doesn't want to say things that can be advantageous to you, by hiding the truth. For example if cops ...
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A Hypernym for an online store with a niche not limited to clothing, jewelry cosmetics shoes and accessories virtually everything [closed]

So basically I need a name for online store,a word that not necessarily one it could have a prefix or suffix, I thought of ApprealOasis.com,Threadoasis, funliviastore I just need to shout cloths ...
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A noun for the ability to provide for your family and others around you, in virtue tense

I am trying to come up with a list of virtues to go over with my kids. Virtues tend to be adjectives in noun form. For instance, generous -> generosity, honest -> honesty. Others don't seem to ...
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Acting mature without being mature

One of my characters is a woman in her late twenties who is emotionally immature and has little life experience, but tries to act more mature than she is. Is there a word/expression/idiom to describe ...
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What is the connotation of “The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ”?

I am a software engineer, I have read some book/articles with the title "The Hitchhiker's Guide to XYZ", e.g. "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python" or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to ...
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Which is correct, "opt out of" or "opt out from" and why?

Which is correct, opt out of or opt out from and why? Eg. This customer has opted out of this programme OR This customer has opted out from this programme Both prepositions are used in Wikipedia: ...
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Which word can be used to describe the lesson that introduce the content or usage of one chapter?

Recently I have been working on the 'mathematics introduction lesson'. I want to find more theories and articles about this kind of lesson. However, I can't even get useful information by searching on ...
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I need a word whose meaning is somewhere on the spectrum between 'too scared' and 'too dumb'. Or a phrase/idiom

The sentence (from a screenplay) writes: "Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re not able to buy your own high" I want to replace the words "not able" with ...
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Answering "I don't have a criminal background"

There is this request for information in a form, given as a (negative) statement rather than a question, but requiring a response of 'Yes' or 'No': I don't have a criminal background (Y / N) To my ...
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What is the opposite of "Member"?

The relation between a user and a group is: The user is a member of the group. What is the converse relation? The group is a ___ of the user. What word suits here? Does team or union work?
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displaced vs replaced

I generally know the difference between the 2 words. For example: The housing project was replaced by a new high-rise vs. Residents of the housing project were displaced when developers decided to ...
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Should I use "portion" or "proportion"?

I have some balls, and some percentage q \in (0, 100%) of them are green (for example, q = 30% or 1/3). Should I say "A portion q of the balls are green" or "A proportion q of the balls ...
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The use of the word "along"

Say I want someone to fold a rectangular sheet of paper so that I get a cylinder with the longer side as its height. Roll the sheet of paper along its shorter side. Is this correct? Or should it be ...
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Rule for "choice set" vs "choices set"? [duplicate]

To mean "a set of choices", what is correct in standard written English: "choice set" or "choices set"? I see both forms used. Sometimes, even in the same paragraph. ...
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Why is ‘it won’t take more than 15 minutes’ correct while ‘it won’t take at least 15 minutes’ is not? [duplicate]

I have a question about the following problem. Fill the gap with appropriate words from the following options. It won’t take ( ) 15 minutes to walk there, so put your shoes on and let’s go. (1) at ...
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What term describes the relationship between tenth, hundredth, thousandth and the number ten? [migrated]

What term describes the relationship between tenth, hundredth, thousandth, et cetera (1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, ...) and the number ten? (Despite what some may say, I don't accept that "decimal" ...
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Is it meaningful to say "a few moments"? [closed]

I have noticed lots of software installs asking me to wait "a few moments" recently. A moment is an unquantified interval of time that is entirely subjective, so is it meaningful to talk of ...
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Act of intentional deceit [duplicate]

I’m not looking for mislead, beguile, or con. It’s akin somewhat like red herring and it’s the practice of intentionally leading someone to a false conclusion usually for the sake of disproving them. ...
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Obfuscate or obscure a password

Passwords are often replaced with dots or asterisk characters. Which of the following is more idiomatic? to obscure a password or to obfuscate a password Online examples include: Obscuring ...
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Compound sentence specific [duplicate]

I need clarity for the following sentence. At our company, your sentiment and well-being is our #1 priority. Grammarly is asking me to change "is" to "are": At our company, your ...
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'Tears for' or 'Tears of'?

I was trying to write some poetry and I wonder if I can say: Perch on my lashes My tears for the wrench. I am talking about the last line. Can we say "tears for something" like "tears ...
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Why do job ads use the word "discipline" to mean different areas/types of jobs?

I find on some companies' websites that they use the word "disciplines" to mean different areas/types of jobs. One of their job descriptions says "You will work across the company with ...
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When is it appropriate to use the word "flavor" to describe different types of food/drink?

Recently my partner and I were gifted a variety box of Sees candies (one of those assorted boxes that contains individual chocolates of different types with different fillings and shapes). My partner ...
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A word for someone who goes too easy on him or herself [closed]

They don’t push themselves hard enough, and sometimes they do not have the same expectation for themselves as they do for others. They make excuses for themselves, saying stuff like: “ I’m still a ...
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"Starting from version" vs "Starting with version" vs "Beginning with version"

When you write about software it is quite common to read that a certain version has introduced a new feature. Usually the new feature also will be available in later releases. I found three different ...
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Is "the art and craft of ..." a common expression in English?

As a German I am wondering whether "the art and craft of" (e.g.) teaching, cooking, etc. as in the title of a book I recently came across ("The art and craft of problem solving") ...
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"Load features" or "Loading features"?

Context: An application can load and save data. These operations have different features. What sounds more natural in the US English to describe them - "Load features" or "Loading ...
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Noun + Nouns - Singular or plural

I am having difficulty expressing something in shorter form. For instance, I am writing that Something results in two fermion propagators and another photon propagator emerging in some diagram. I ...
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What word would you use for something that accidentally works?

I am trying to write some description of what I am currently fixing in my software tests (unit tests). Basically, I have a situation where those tests work but they were not properly set up in a way I ...
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Choosing between oblivion, forgetfulness, and forgetting

I am trying to figure out what is the right word related to forgetting in this quote by Blasco Ibáñez: Tenemos dos fuerzas que nos ayudan a vivir: el olvido y la esperanza. which translated in ...
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Is it correct to say that similar groups show high levels of "stereotypicity/stereotypicality"?

I am writing a scientific paper describing a group of cells that are consistently patterned together through different developmental stages. Phrased another way, the components of the groups are the ...
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Should I use "Discover" or "Uncover" in this specific instance?

I know this question has been asked already by someone else, but I can't comment yet, so I need to ask this for myself. I picked up a few different explanations for what the difference is: You ...
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Word for something that is likely significant?

Is there an English word out there that describes something that is likely (probably) significant or important? Meaning, there's a very good chance it's significant, remarkable, important, etc., but ...
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Is there a difference between "assertion" and "assertation"?

In software development we use the word Assert frequently. While working I had to describe some of the code I was working on. I was going to write that... This function makes the assertion that x is ...
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sign a contract, secure a contract, close a contract

Which verb comes before the noun "contract"? Are there any differences between their formality or usage? I have secured a contract for my company. I have closed a contract for my company. ...
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"Yet" vs "so far" again!

This question was previously answered very effectively on this forum a few years ago in terms of Negative Polarity, and the use of "yet" being limited to negative declarative sentences or ...
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Looking for a term to describe this juxtaposition

Our city is planning to re-purpose a Confederate Civil War Memorial by adding the names of Union soldiers & former the slaves who were freed in that era and fought for the Union. Would the joining ...
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Which is more correct: participant list, participants list or participants' list? [duplicate]

Which is more correct: participant list, participants list or participants' list? The context is a list of participants in a course.
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Can I say "the US people"?

Is it fine to describe people of the USA as "US people"? For instance: "the US people display different cultures and traditions." What I want to ask is that can I use the word &...
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Is there a word that describes two words that are balancing but not antonyms?

Summary I want to describe the relationship between two words that positively balance each other or act as positive limiting factors to each other rather than as antonyms to each other. For example... ...
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