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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What does “te-thrum” mean?

I'm reading Malcolm Lowry's letters and his first letter to Conrad Aiken finishes like this: te-thrum te-thrum te-thrum te-thrum, Malcolm Lowry Does anyone know what "te-thrum" mean in this ...
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“A and/or or B can occur” [duplicate]

When I see "and/or or" used in a sentence, such as, "A and/or B can occur," I assume the writer means that any of the following can occur (1) A only (2) A and B (3) B only How do I ...
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I need a word to describe a word [duplicate]

I need a word that describes how some words have irrelevant meanings. Such as hot fast cold etc. what is hot to one person is not hot to another. What is hot? 100 degrees 1000 degrees. I knew this ...
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positive or negative denotation question. Please help!

Denotation refers to a word's meaning. Does the word MOBILE have a positive or negative denotation?
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‘Gen’ as a synonym for Atty?

The Words With Friends dictionary tells me that ‘Gen’ means attorney, Is this a general term for lawyers? Does it have any special connotations? Is it office slang? How is it pronounced; like gin?
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How to refer to a server, router, switch in general?

In a room there is a server, switch, router and SAN switch. What can we call them in general? Can we call them "machines" or "equipment"?
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“.., a 25-year-old MAN from England.” Is it formal enough?

I was preparing a format of self introduction for a formal interview but suddenly I got stuck at a point. The format was: I am _________, a 24-year-old man from England. Are such words as "man&...
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How do I address a query letter to a publisher?

I want to write a letter to an independent publisher. Enclosed with the letter is a partial manuscript of my book, which I want to mention. Here is the beginning of the letter I recently wrote to an ...
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My father is an admin manager in a private company. What's his occupation? [closed]

When it comes to doctor or an army officer, you can simply put that words in the Occupation box. But since my father works in a private company, what's his occupation? Also, what to write in a box ...
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Correct way of “ I'm vacationing ”

I'm updating my outlook calendar with a Out of Office message. Is is grammatically correct to use the following? I am vacationing, Please reach Jhon or should I just use this? I am on vacation, ...
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What should I use instead of “From my Knowledge”

I'm trying to find a word for a summary about bullying, and speaking up . Since I know how it feels, what should I use instead of "From my Knowledge" According to the article ”Stomp out ...
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Phrase for “the order requires compliance” using the word 'liable"

'Compliable' is the archaic synonym/form of 'compliant'. What I am looking for is a phrase to mean a ruling/order is legally binding to be complied with by a certain date. All the citations I could ...
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Do I use is or are in this example?

"A third of U.S.'s population is immigrants." "A third of U.S.'s population are immigrants." I heard that in the Britain it would be different than the US.
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“Deciding on introducing” vs. “deciding on introduction”

The internet seems to have both examples, although the first is less common than the second one. Is there a difference in meaning or style? Does any one sound odd to a native speaker? For example: ...
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Is this a proper usage of “that is”?

I've recently heard "that is" being used in a sentence with the following structure: Beethoven has created the masterpiece that is Symphony No. 5. This sentence feels a little bit awkward ...
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What is the word for a person who thinks/afraid others can change them? [duplicate]

To give some context, A person believes somethings (for example religious practices) but if someone tries to prove that those beliefs are wrong, the person gets into defensive mode - and can even ...
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be covered on the final exam [closed]

Below is a typical way in which most of the professors announce information about the final exam. Chapter XYZ will be covered on the final exam. Is it okay if I replace "covered" with &...
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Any words meaning a situation when you can't joke?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in several situations: a moment when you cannot joke a subject that you can't joke about a person who doesn't understand your joke And I wonder if there are ...
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Do “How come?”, “How do you mean?” and “Why's that?” mean the same? Do “What sort/kind of … ?” and “Such as?” mean the same?

I’d very grateful to you if you could help me with the following issues. Imagine a dialogue: I’m going to my brother’s wedding, but I’m rather nervous about the whole thing, though. Really? How come? ...
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Abnormal usage of “whose”

Aside from the normal uses of whose, i.e. for people, animals, or inanimate objects, can it also be used in regard to a motive, reasoning, or any other intangible attribute/characteristic of an action ...
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Is there a word for an option within an option?

Let's there are four types of dorms: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th.(for simplicity sake) In each dorm, there are triples, doubles, and singles. How do I communicate that triples are the cheapest in each type of ...
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Can we use latin word “versus” in academic writing? [closed]

Can we use latin word "versus" in academic writing? Example "Electroacustic stimulation versus normal hearing"
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Is ethos or philosophy the correct word in this context? [closed]

The example sentences are as follows: I’m hoping you have bought into the whole ‘new year new me’ ethos. I’m hoping you have bought into the whole ‘new year new me’ philosophy. Thank you.
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Grammar and accuracy [closed]

I work for an ESL Teaching School and I was asked to make an application form for all students who wish to apply to study at our school. I have some questions about the following questions I've ...
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“the people that have enough money” or “people that have enough money” [migrated]

Should I use "the" in before nouns that we want to add more descriptions about them using "that" after them? Like: I know "the people that have enough money" or "...
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“Open onto” vs. “open into”

When is one preferred over the other? This is in the context of the door to a large room. My sense is that "into" is preferred for closed spaces and "onto" for open spaces. This ...
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What word means the “personification” of a place? [closed]

An abstract concept can be personified as a human figure (like the Media, in Neil Gaiman's American Gods). What equivalent word to "personification" could I use if I want to say that an ...
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Is there a difference between “outdoor” and “open” spaces? [closed]

I am trying to describe public and private spaces in a city that encompass spaces such as balconies, courtyards, streets, and parks. Meaning, they are outside buildings' shells. Does "open" ...
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Is there a word for this description? [duplicate]

Is there a word for inheritance from male to male to male. For example, a father has a son(1) and a daughter; the son(1) has sons(2); those sons(2) have sons(3). And maybe the last name is keep ...
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Usage of Distribution and alternatives/synonyms

I want to use the word Distribution as it is used normally in the English language in a text where Distribution refers (also?) to the technical (Statistical) term. How can I do so while also marking ...
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It is correct to say “I want to monitorize a server” [closed]

I think I've read somewhere something like "I want to monitorize this web-server". It seems that the world actually exists: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/monitorize but when I write it on ...
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iterate over vs iterate

Which one is correct or more correct? These meetings get iterated every three weeks. These meetings get iterated over every three weeks. Edit: We are talking about a set of meetings (3-4 meetings) ...
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Can I say, “Building tunnels” or “new ring roads” can also do?

Building tunnels or new ring roads can also do. Is using "do" in this way ungrammatical? "Do", in this sentence, would mean "work": Building tunnels or new ring roads ...
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Question about «The portrait utilizes a palette of…»

Is this sentence correct? The portrait utilizes a palette of grays, blacks and blues. Doesn’t it sound like the portrait painted itself? Shouldn’t it be «The artist utilized a palette of grays, ...
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Question about “If I'm not mistaken, it's a kind of” [migrated]

Is this sentence right? If I'm not mistaken, it's a kind of a rococo style. The expression «a kind of» is only used when you're not sure about something, right? If so, is it correct to say «If I'm ...
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Could I use “ recreational islands” and “political island” in English?

I want to talk about islands, divided them into two main categories, recreational and political or strategic islands. Are these phrases correct in English? Are there any categories regarding islands ...
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Is it correct to say “I didn't study this chapter in details”? [migrated]

My professor wants to ask me some questions about a chapter. I want to tell him I didn't study it in details. What should I say?
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“Converted PDF file” - what does it really mean?

I can press Ctrl+P on my keyboard and save this HTML page as PDF. Would it be correct to call such a file a converted PDF file? Or does the word converted mean that the file was converted from PDF to ...
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word that encompasses books, movies, tv shows, webtoons, songs, etc

I am writing a journal containing my thoughts about books, movies, TV shows, songs etc. and I have a problem finding a name for it. The closest thing I have come up with is entertainment journal, but ...
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How does one say: adding a record previously omitted

Let's say, in accounting, a previous spreadsheet that I passed onto my client had a missing record, but in the newest version, I have now included this missing record. How do I phrase this succinctly, ...
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Is there a word for two or more words that look alike?

What is the word for two similar words that can be confused? e.g., immanent & imminent or proscription & prescription The word describes frequently confused words, such as adapt, adopt, adept.
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Which is correct, “all night” or “all-night” and why?

The sentence is, "...we've been up-all-night writing reports..." Is it all night or all-night, and could someone explain why?
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Can someone clear up my confusion regarding who vs. whom? [duplicate]

Specifically, in this sentence: … of the people who suffered early trauma, there were some whom it affected in such a way that they … (I've mercifully only included part of the sentence) I can't ...
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Does “disheartening” have sadder connotations than “discouraging”? [closed]

Let’s say someone has a sibling whose company they enjoy, but this sibling is really bad at keeping in touch, and if it weren’t for the effort this person put in, they would only ever see the sibling ...
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Can the word 'While' mean 'On the one hand' in the beginning of the sentence? [closed]

The usage of the word while as on the one hand at the beginning of the sentences looks confusing to me. I tried looking for threads addressing this question on this site. Unfortunately, I couldn't ...
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No Ads or Ad free? [closed]

I'm working on an app and wonder what is the best way to convey the message that the user won't have to watch another one for another three hours. No Ads Until: 22 Dec 2020, 11:00 or Ad Free Until: ...
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What is a good adjective that describes the quality of “having a growth mindset”?

I'm struggling to find a single word that conveys what is shared in the following statements Have a growth mindset Be a lifelong learner Be a student of the game Is there a good single adjective ...
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Is it grayscale or greyscale in Canadian English?

I know that grey is used in Canadian English - does that then mean that it should be greyscale in Canadian English?
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What is the difference between “by habit” and “out of habit”?

As far as I understand both phrases "by habit" and "out of habit" are valid. What is the difference, if any, between the two? For example: She was doing it by habit. vs She was ...
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opposite of synergy

Synergy is what comes about when a whole is more than the sum of its parts. What word would you use for a whole that is less than the sum of its parts? I want a word that doesn't exclude the ...

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