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 is the difference between the terms ‘basic’ and ‘fundamental’?

I am reading an article titled “Basic needs, basic rights” in which the author emphasises on the need of a robust doctrine of basic rights in addition to fundamental rights. Source: https://www....
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A Word To Use To Describe A Person's Non-Physical Presense

What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience? Example of a ...
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Word for the ability to deliver clever replies?

What do we call the person who comes back with clever replies when someone insults them? Also what is this ability (personality trait) to cleverly thrash rivals on-the-spot called? Example: ...
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Musical numbers or musical pieces?

I am going to perform two […] from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” rock opera at graduation party — which noun should be in place of the dots, if I have prepared the instrumental Overture (on piano) and ...
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Would or would have? [on hold]

"His words are a reflection of what he would have wished to be the truth. "
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Better way to communicate the sentence “Unlabelled miscellaneous utterances”

I have utterances and they are all neatly labelled but I have a section for Unlabelled miscellaneous utterances And I think that name is far too long, is there any better way to write this?
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word for standing up slowly? [on hold]

I'm writing a very short story in English and I'm stuck on how to explain the main character getting up from the ground. She is in a forest and has just been pulled to the ground and now I need her to ...
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Difference between change (n) and coins (n)

I am interested in any differences between the two nouns change and coins in actual usage. These nouns have different but similar meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of: ...
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'clue' , 'reason' or 'opportunity'?

I'm wondering which word should be better in the sentence of 'How the disease was detected? The 'clue' was the symptom, medical check-up, screening exam for other disease by chacne...' I think the ...
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Can I use a slightly informal approach using words such as 'we' and 'you' in an English essay? [migrated]

From the first WE see of Macbeth, he is a battle-hardened warrior that does anything for the greater good. Or Act II Scene II is where WE first begin to notice the skin under this seemingly ...
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Word choice (ability, possibility, capability) in the context

Let's imagine the situation I've provided the piece of code to some open-source project. Now, it has a new feature and I want to present it to someone. When telling about my achievements, I'd use the ...
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Is there a word where `w` can not be replaced? [migrated]

The below list of word pairs are phonetically similar - Water - vaater World - Vorld Win - Vin Worn - Vorn It seems like every W vord can be replaced by a corresponding V word. Is there a ...
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Using subclauses

Is this sentence correct? The fact that the politicians use the expressions far from scientific politics and generally accepted political approaches in any tensions causes, even if they are ...
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Someone belittling others [on hold]

What do we call someone who belittles others, especially belittling their efforts or saying disparaging comments?
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Difference between a word combination “retail fuel company” or “fuel retail company.”

Please give me your opinions to a word combination "retail fuel industry/company/network/logistics" or "fuel retail industry/company/network/logistics." What is primary in this word combination a word ...
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Is “I” or “me” correct in this sentence? [duplicate]

1) a big announcement from John and I 2) a big announcement from John and me 2 feels right to me as we can remove "John and" and still have a correct sentence. But is this a case where "John and I" ...
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Difference between “open up” and “open”, optional “up” & “down” words [duplicate]

I don't really understand why we add the word up or down even if it is not needed, example : open up! when requesting/ordering someone to open the door. Why not just say open the door!, or open!, what'...
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Feasibility Study

What is an alternative for the phrase "feasibility study"? It does not need to be a phrase already in common use. The replacement(s) need to be more approachable and free of industry jargon (in this ...
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the population of some countries includes a relatively large number of young adults, compared with the number of older people [closed]

Having a large number of young people in total population is the situation that now happens in many countries around the world. In my opinion, despite some negative effects, it also brings a lot of ...
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Is using “name” in the following sentence correct? [on hold]

Naming their baby after Jimmy's name reflects the immortality of resistance.
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Term or phrase for simply moving a problem from one area to another

I'm trying to come up with (and coming up short) a term or expression that is used when one is simply moving a problem from one area to another (instead of solving it). Something similar to; ...
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Has had vs had a surgery/operation [duplicate]

Can someone please clarify the difference between has had and had? For example: Everyone on this ward [had | has had] [a surgery | an operation]. Almost every patient on this ward [had | has had] a ...
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can 'experiment' be used as an uncountable like 'theory' [closed]

When not referring to any specific theory, one says 'theory predicts blablabla', rather than 'the theory predicts blablabla'. Also 'I do theory', rather than 'I do theories'. So can these rules apply ...
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How to choose between “work day” vs “working day”

For business days, I see both 'work day' and 'working day'. Which one is correct? Also asking between 'work hours' vs 'working hours'. Context: I have 5 work/working/business days. My work/working/...
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Which word would be most suitable? Shipping cost, shipping price, or shipping fee?

Please help me decide. I have an Online Store and provide worldwide shipping. Which word should I use in the part that we charge customers for the shipping? Shipping cost? Shipping price? or Shipping ...
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Can I say “Enjoy your meal” in this context? [closed]

If someone says to me, "Me and my girlfriend are about to make dinner," can I answer, "Enjoy your meal!" to this sentence?
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Is “with” used correctly in this sentence?

I was wondering if I should use "when" instead of "with" in this sentence as I think "with" sounds rather strange. The choice of living at school is reinforced by the fact that it fosters ...
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How to say that a video is hyping something up? [closed]

I want to describe a video that is hyping up a field, but is also somewhat technical. However, I'm unable to find the correct wording to convey that idea. Here's what I have: "... his video content is ...
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Use of 'advice' [duplicate]

As 'advice' is an uncountable noun, hence should not be used as plural, but I have a sentence here which has word 'advices' and marked as NO ERROR without any proper explanation. They are awaiting ...
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Which one is to be chosen: “has - had”? [closed]

She ... already visited the city before her school trip. has had This question was in my final exam, some of my classmates said: "(before) comes with the past perfect tense, so (has) is not right", ...
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‘…funding {on/in/for} a small number of departments’ [closed]

"Funding on" versus "funding in" versus "funding for"? Which of the three is correct. E.g. The government concentrates research funding on/in/for a small number of top departments.
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Verb with surveillance

I was trying to compose the following sentence: "This country has no existing agencies for ... such internet surveillance like the US do". What verb should I choose here? I've thought about 'carrying ...
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a adjective meaning sufficient, more than enough

I am looking for an adjective meaning sufficient, more than enough in the following sentence. I have a _____hour to get there. I want to suggest in this word that an hour is more than enough for me ...
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If first condition or zero condition? [duplicate]

I saw these two sentences and was wondering which one is right, 1) If you are a well-organized person you manage your time. 2) If you are a well-organized person you will manage your time. I know zero ...
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Which one should be chosen: “every - either”? [closed]

In my High school final exam. ... sport is fantastic, so I can't have a favorite one. Every Either
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Which one should be chosen: “will - are going to”?

Liverpool's players are skilled, so they .... the match easily. will win are going to win I had hard time answering this question in my final exam in the High School, my answer was the second. Some ...
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For the next example OR in the next example?

I am writing the lecture notes for my next class. In this lecture note, I have to cover some examples, each one in a separate paragraph. So which one is correct for starting the paragraph? For the ...
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A word for the property of scaling distance between two endpoints?

Scalability is defined as the capacity to be changed in size or scale. In Computer Science, the term is often used in a context such as scalable networks, scalable algorithms, etc. However, I want ...
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Word for something that is very likely but not a fact

I'm looking for a word to describe something that seems overwhelmingly likely to be true but that we aren't sure whether it is or not. For example "everyone will die". It seems very unlikely that ...
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What do you call the symbol you put after the letters or numbers in a list?

For example, in 1. Apples 2. Oranges 3. Bananas and A) 45 B) 55 C) 65 D) None of the above What do you call the . and )? Is there a word for what they are?
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A word for moving between two things continuously? [duplicate]

What is a word that can be used to describe movement between two things? E.g Who wants to 'punctuate' between heaven and hell while there is a paradise ? Is the word 'punctuate' correct in the ...
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Can, could, or be able to in a B1 question [closed]

I was reading through an English B1 question paper, and came across this: "I ____ drive as long as I take driving lessons" - Fill the gap with "can, "could", "be able to", or any of their negative ...
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South American users or South America users

I work with IT user support in South America and I'm writing my CV in english. In my job, I assist users from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, whats the correct form to put this on my CV : Support ...
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Difference between 'to belch' and 'to burp'?

Although most dictionaries I have looked these verbs up in define them in very much the same way, to belch: emit wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth to burp: noisily release air ...
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For who you are OR as you are? [migrated]

I'd like to construct this sentence, which one is a better way to put it? I like you for who you are OR I like you as you are What is the difference between for what sth is vs as sth is? Thank ...
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After or Afterwards?

I shall make my final decision after/afterwards I have discussed the problem with my family. As I found out, it means the same thing, but I have this sentence which confuses me. Can you help me ...
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Use of “may not, shall not, can not, will not”

Under a regulation subsection that states the following... A waiver may not be considered for any person with a civil conviction of a major misconduct. Can it be argued that a waiver is able to be ...
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Difference between prepositions in “…killed during/in the war”

I'm studying prepositions. In this part of speech, I'm confused between the use of 'in' and 'during': Rani Laxmi Bai was killed during the war. (❌) Rani Laxmi Bai was killed in the war. (✔) How is ...
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A word that is similar to 'duress' that captures this 'invisible pressure' that one feels

I am looking for a word that captures that feeling of being pressured (to do something) by an invisible force. For example, when I go shopping at the local farmers market, the vendors have this ...
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I was challenged on the syntax of this sentence: “As there are multiple forms of intelligence, so too are there multiple forms of stupidity.”

I'm wondering if the syntax of this sentence is correct: As there are multiple forms of intelligence, so too are there multiple forms of stupidity.