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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Visual conviction

I have a question about a translation of an Arabic term: "Ayna'l Yaqin"... meaning conviction based on seeing with the eye. For example, one looks at a table and by what he sees, he is ...
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Will the word sour in "sweet and sour" dish give negative connotation?

Will the word sour in "sweet and sour" dish give negative connotation? In Chinese we actually say "sweet and vinegary" dish ('糖醋' as '醋' is vinegar). Check https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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I am looking for a word to describe a person or entity who is permitted by society to do bad/greedy things because they have been charitable

I would describe this person or entity as "feeling entitled" by that doesn't exactly capture what I am trying to say. For example: A person who donates a lot of money to some charity gets '...
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What is the subject in this sentence, should I use "is" or "are"? [closed]

I'm writing a tweet and I'm not sure what's the correct verb form to use in this sentence, 'is' or 'are': Closely related to documentation ____ code linting and formatting. On the one hand, "...
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What verb should I use? [migrated]

Every person has their rights. The sentence means the fact that all people have their rights. The sentence refers to the fact that all people have their rights.
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A term for the property of being able to be accessed by many people?

How do I say that a given object has the property that it can be accessed by many people? I am trying to use that property in a sentence as follows: Y is unreliable since it inherits the *property ...
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"Choose burger" or "Choose the burger" or "Choose a burger". Picking the right article [closed]

Which one is correct? Specifically, the context is a restaurant menu with multiple choices available when the main item/dish is picked. Should articles be used generally when listing choices? Could ...
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Is "feed someone" a derogatory expression?

I'm not a native English speaker. I'm not sure if the following expressions are offensive: I want to feed you. Please feed me. I found an excellent creator here. Let's feed them! Because I'm fond of ...
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Was unprecedented or is unprecedented? [duplicate]

I am writing about the GME short squeeze that happened in January 2021. At some point, I want to say that short squeezes are nothing new in finance, but the way it was triggered was not seen before. ...
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Is it okay to say that hello what's up you [closed]

I donno how to describe this sentence
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Instance implies time, but often used as “example” or “case” - what’s a good alternative word without time connection [closed]

Since instance implies occurrence which implies time, then what are good substitutes other than case or example? Circumstance is also tied to an event which may directly relate to time too. I am ...
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Is "switch to other business" idiomatic?

People often perform a double-click on a Zoom link and switch to other business. In the above sentence, I intend to say people click a Zoom meeting link, and although their computers are attending a ...
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What is the name for a barrier where a railway line crosses a road?

What do you call the barrier outlined in red in the picture below? So far, I have found names like lifting barriers, boom barriers...
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"Transfeminine" vs. "trans feminine" (gender identity term)

I am writing an article and need to select between "transfeminine" and "trans feminine", in reference to a gender identity descriptor. Both terminology choices are seen in ...
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What is the name of the place that industrial dyeing take place? [closed]

Is there such a thing as "dyeing factory" or "dyeing warehouse"?
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Can you think of a way to replace "high time" in the sentence, "It's high time I took a shower"? [closed]

"High time" is too formal for the voice I'm using in this work.
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Somehow a synonym for competition

I'm writing an English essay about our favourite singer or band. I want to write something like They have won many awards at different competitions. but I know competition is not the right word. ...
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Difference among sound, music and audio [closed]

From Differences between "audio" and "sound"?, I learned that sound is a generic term and can be caused by any source. Audio refers to sound coming from a recording, transmission ...
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Usage of nourish vs nurture [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? Do they both read well? These conversations will nourish your relationship. These conversations will nurture your relationship.
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Any difference between "testing out" and "testing"? [closed]

Is there a difference (in the meaning) between I've been testing out cameras... and "I've been testing cameras..." How (if at all) does the word "out" change the meaning of the ...
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Settlement or billing?

Recently got into discussion on how precisely and professionally translate the polish word "rozliczenie/rozrachunek". Some of us are more convinced into "billing" and some into &...
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Usage of spark vs ignite [closed]

Do the following sentences have the same meaning? If so, do they read equally well? Questions to spark meaningful conversations. Questions to ignite meaningful conversations.
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Looking for a word for being in multiple places at different time

So I am writing content for a health care company, (Doctor's Profiles) they did provide the content but I want it to be a bit professional. So Here's an example but I want the opposite of this. ...
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Is a number written in roman numerals a roman numeral, or is each of its digits a roman numeral?

Say I've got "VIII". How do I refer to that? Is it "a roman numeral", is it "roman numerals", because a single roman numeral is one digit, or is it something else, like &...
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"When my children are still kids" or "When my children are still young"? [migrated]

What are the proper/good words would I say to refer to when my children are still kids? Context: my children are now adults, how do I say when I recall back when they are younger, when they are still ...
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word for a person who tries to gimmick/gamify the system/process [duplicate]

word for someone who just tries to gamify/gimmick the system, who is not focused on searching for the firm/fundmental rules and the big picture, playing the little games, juggler. like a salesman who ...
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There aren't many vs. there aren't a lot of [migrated]

I have field practice in a school now, and I had an argument with a teacher of English there. She says 'there aren't a lot of [...]' is incorrect, and 'there aren't many' should be used instead. I ...
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Are “keep up with/ keep pace with/ catch up with” the same in use? Which is correct one in the following context? [migrated]

She tries to study hard to keep​ ………. her classmates. ​ A. up with ​​​ ​B. pace with ​ C. out of​​​​​ D. on with
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What's the word when you're saying that the fault is from both parties. Like yours and someone else's fault and so you're both kinda sharing it

What's the word when you're saying that the fault is from both parties. Like yours and someone else's fault and so you're both kinda sharing it? I forgot the word
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Does use of "pushing up daisies" and "six feet under" in the same sentence make it stylistically or otherwise redundant?

Example: "Young Lensky is pushing up daisies six feet under" Wouldn't it be the same as saying: "Young Lensky is dead is dead"?
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What verb to use before "blood test"? [closed]

I am struggling to find a good verb to fill the blank below: This year I got into the habit of ___ blood tests regularly. I thought about "doing", though I don't like how it sounds. ...
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What is the difference between commercials and ads (advertisement) and advertising?

Is my understanding correct? Advertisement is more formal than ad. Advertising is a mass noun and advertisement is a count noun referring each piece of advertising. Commercials can only used in pl ...
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Being drawn to something?

I know that I can say "I was drawn to someone," but can I also say "I was drawn to something by X"? I want to imply how I came across a topic that later became a serious project ...
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Is my use of a colon correct. If it is correct, is the sentence itself structured okay?

The traditional narrative is composed of two types of characters: dramatic characters, which are characters that see huge changes to their personality or core beliefs, and static characters, which are ...
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Is there one word for "abruptly turning around"?

I'm looking for a stronger verb for "she abruptly turned around". In this scene I'm writing, my character is frozen in place, observing something disturbing, but then she turns around ...
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Looking for any degrading terms in which its actual meaning means something good

The term I'm looking for must sound insulting to anybody but the meaning behind it actually means extraordinary, unusual, exceptional, prodigy, or something of the like.
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“suggested I just ate/eat a banana”

The following is an extract from a passage, the emboldened sentence being the phrase of interest: Coming in a minimalistic white pouch, the meal-replacement powder blends things like rice, peas and ...
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What is this sound called?

So, I know there is a word for this sound, but it's driving me nuts. For some reason I'm remembering troleling? Basically, I'm asking what is the sound when someone goes like, "Tra la la dee dah!&...
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Differences between “Approach,” "Perspective," and “Paradigm”

My question is related to this one: Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms” In lectures, we learned In statistical practice, there are two main schools of thought or paradigms: ...
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Difference between "forementioned" and "aforementioned"? [closed]

I am writing a scientific article, and the reviewer has pointed out that I should check the typo "forementioned", which I use several times in the paper. I would like to know, is there any ...
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What do you call someone who hates how they look, and fusses over it?

I’m trying to describe an anime character named Nene Yashiro, and she hates her fat ankles. She’s always whining about it, so what should I say in a sentence like: Yashiro, the ______ daikon. Or ...
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With a between-subjects study design or in a between-subject study design

Which one is correct (and incorrect) or makes more sense? With a between-subjects study design, Using a between-subjects study design, In a between-subjects study design, For example: These ...
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Discovering their self and discovering themselves

In adolescence, teenagers discover their self. (as in the “self” with a possessive their) OR In adolescence, teenagers discover themselves (reflexive pronoun). I think both are potentially acceptable. ...
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1 post OR 1 posts

I wanted to make a suggestion to change it to 1 post on MetaStackExchange but I want to know which one is the best choice or if it is even correct. This is on the User profile, is it supposed to be 1 ...
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Looking for a word that means to get over something

Is there a word for when someone has gotten over or is no longer affected by something? Like after a break up, when someone “moves on” it might mean they have effectively forgotten about the other ...
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What do you call it when you do something intentionally "different" just so you have an intended outcome?

I have a few examples of this I can think of to explain my question. Scenario #1 - You want to help somebody with their question but you don't know how to help them. You know other people know how to ...
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What to change Caucasian to on forms? [closed]

I recently was called for jury duty in Wisconsin and was surprised to see Caucasian as a race choice. I called the clerk and she said most people check other and write white. What other designation ...
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Why is "I too" so rare? [duplicate]

It would be interesting to hear the reasons why "I too" is so rare. It is usually replaced by "me too", although this is techically wrong when it denotes the subject. Perhaps it is ...
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Witness a cruel moment [in/of] nature?

I'm imagining a scene where a few wolves attack a few deers. What would be the correct form here? I witnessed a cruel moment [in] nature. or I witnessed a cruel moment [of] nature.?
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What word would best describe this scenario (giving a true but evasive answer)? [duplicate]

What could be the word to best describe this following scenario: Parent 1: Why did you give the child a high-sugar drink when I specifically asked you not too? Parent 2: It's fine everybody, the ...

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