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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Is the phrase “I'm afraid” interchangeable with “I am afraid”?

I don't think I've ever seen the phrase/idiom used with the non-contracted "I am". If it's not interchangeable, would it be odd to see that phrase in a poem where there aren't any other ...
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Which order is correct? Sloth Team Santa OR Sloth Santa Team? [closed]

comparing to the sentence "Sloth running team" "Sloth hiking team" what is the correct order for the words: Sloth + Santa + Team? the complete sentence will be: Sloth team Santa. ...
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Victorian Writing [closed]

I have an English assignment where we have to write as if we were in the Victorian era (from the perspective of an educated middle-class girl seeking to be a governess). What are some phrases she ...
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One word means one can handle oneself?

What would be a best word or one word that describe someone can handle oneself? In terms of interacting with people, knows how to shift his/her self around, etc.
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Between “Expert knowledge” and “Working knowledge”

I wonder how best to describe a position between "Expert knowledge" and "Working knowledge" (as in "Expert knowledge in HTML/CSS", "Working knowledge in JavaScript&...
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Does the collocation “to have a bad sleep” exist? [closed]

Does the collocation "to have a bad sleep" exist? For example, will it be grammaticaly correct if I use it in the sentence "He had a bad sleep last night and was not able to wake up on ...
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“Abstract away from”: disregarding details in effort to reach higher general and overarching notion of something

I am a native Danish speaker. The Danish definition of the verb abstract translates to "disregarding the subordinate details in an effort to build a general, overarching notion of something"....
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Period after website name and email?

Please let me know whether I need to put a period when the sentence ends with a website name or an email. Thanks
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What do you call a connecting room that's too short to be a corridor, or even a hallway?

Imagine a room in the shape of a pentagon, a bit taller than this one: ⌂ The angled walls are scarcely wider than the bedroom doorways set into them. The other connected rooms have no common theme, a ...
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Is the double word necessary in this sentence?

Can anyone let me know if I can replace the second 'problems' (at the last of the sentence) with the word 'them'? I prefer not to use the word 'problems' twice in my sentence. They too faced the day-...
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Starting a question with “Dare I”

For question sentences that start with "Dare I" like "Dare I join them?" can it mean: Should I take the risk of joining them? Or does it strictly mean: Do I have the bravery to ...
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Is “entitled” wrong to use in place of “the title for”?

In order for this extension to work, there are DLL files that must be available to the Windows system PATH. For information on how to do this, see the FAQ entitled "How do I add my PHP directory ...
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Remaster “contextual” synonym

If remastering means to remake an audio or video recording of better quality with new technologies, then what’s the equivalent verb for remaking a document or publication i.e. book with new ...
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Using “Sequence” in music context

As a part of my academic paper, I wish to use the "Sequence" word. Here is the problem: As you can see in the picture, the "Start Time" of each note is mentioned on the time axis. ...
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Recommend something “better” or “more” than

I've been wondering what would be more grammatically correct to say: I recommend this better than this. Or I recommend this more than this. Are there better (colloquial) ways of expressing this ...
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What does “titles” refers to in this sentence?

I’d like to ask about a sentence in The Last Bow by Conan Doyle. My dear sir, if you did anything so foolish you would probably enlarge the two limited titles of our village inns by giving us ‘The ...
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Do another pass through a list of things

Is it right to ask someone to "do another pass through the questions" when you want them to take another look/check/examination at a few questions? For example: Bob: I think we are done now,...
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Word for someone who only tells the truth when it benefits them [closed]

What do you call people who speak the truth, but only for their own benefit?
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‘call at’ vs ‘stop at’ vs ‘serve’

I work part-time for a local public transport company translating diversion notices and other announcements to English to help foreigners in general and tourists stay up to date with the changes, road ...
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Whether to use the word 'was' or 'were' in this particular context

I am writing a report whereby I have to state something about the team. My colleague and I are of different opinions. Can you tell me which is the correct one? Even though good reasons were given, the ...
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past or passed?

Please help choose: past or passed. The newly-crowned first king of Italy announced, "The time of the Roman Empire is _____." (Please pretend the king spoke English.) I'm writing a ...
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A word that describes someone who is obsessed with the concept of love

I am looking for a word that describes a person who is obsessed with love and romance, not particularly a person, but life and everything it has to offer. Someone who romanticizes everything. I don’t ...
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Expressing “I” “me” with self-effacement

In many cultures, one is not supposed to say the counter parts of "I" or "me" to another person of higher rank, say a king. Instead, they would say something like "your ...
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I want to use a idiom or phrase that describe the emotion or gesture

I want to use an idiom or phrase that describes the emotion or gesture when people go silent with a finger on their lips when they see something totally bizarre or unexpected? Thank you
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Is there a difference in the actual meaning of these two sentences (average x mean)?

I'm really confused about if these two sentences actually mean the same, and if they're really interchangeable. I'm writing a scientific paper to be published in an Agronomy Journal. "Mean fruit ...
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What does “look” mean in the phrase “you don't look your age”? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. I don't quite understand why the phrase is "you don't look your age" instead of "you don't look like your age" or "you don't look like you ...
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Word choice for describing a variation with the abscissa (x) [migrated]

In a scientific paper, the label of the abscissa (the horizontal axis) is "Coordinate x" and it represents the variation in space along the x axis between two points (along the thickness of ...
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What is the difference between “appreciation” and “gratitude”? [closed]

Should I be appreciative of, or be grateful to, what my parents do for me, when they both mean "thankful"? Is there a difference in between? How is the difference identified? Any efforts ...
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When to use “explain why” versus “explain why/why not”

I had a question regarding... another question I encountered. The question is phrased like so: Is water a gas? Explain why. That's not the actual question, but the ideas by the supposition are the ...
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“Half-primitive vigor”, how to understand it? [migrated]

In an old story by C.A. Smith, I would like to understand the meaning of "half-primitive vigor": He had lived as an intellectual sybarite; and by virtue of a half-primitive vigor, had not ...
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Word choice - Grammar! [closed]

I came across these questions in an old English Language book from the 70s and was wondering if one form of the following sentences is more correct than the other. Only the team with the lowest ...
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What factors over time have affected the most common word used to mean “woman who flies a plane”?

I was looking at this thread: Has the suffix "-trix" acquired a pejorative meaning in recent years? And I became curious about the popularity of the words aviatrix, aviatrice, aviatress and ...
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Word for controlled/controlled through use of laws by the government [closed]

y'all I'm writing about sexuality. In one sentence I am speaking about how the government can directly control sexuality through the use of laws and I'm trying to find the right word. This is the ...
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“images with at least one defect” or “images with at least a defect”?

I'm writing a technical document with some coworkers, and none of us is a native English speaker. I'm writing about images (pictures) of mechanical parts with or without defects, and I want to refer ...
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'from part to part' is correct or not?

I want to say that noise in a circuit varies widely in different parts of an electrical circuit. Is this sentence correct: 'In this design, the noise may vary widely from part to part'. Besides, using ...
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Specifying sets where/with/for

My main interest is in the mathematical context, where one denotes a set of objects with indices. I can imagine 3 cases : Let xₙ for n=1,2,... denote all objects ... Let xₙ with n=1,2,... denote all ...
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What is another word or phrase for state? [duplicate]

By 'state' I mean part of a country, like New York, for instance. What other word is globally accepted to mean what we know as state. A little background I'm building a web form where users will have ...
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Looking “at” or “into” objects in space

In a recent conversation it was unclear if you can "look into the sun" or if it has to be "look at the sun", where looking into is supposed to mean the act of gazing upon it with ...
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What is the collective word for any semi-literate person that you can hire

What is the word to describe any body that has a particular skill that did not go to college to learn the skill. E.g carpenters, brick layers, DJ's, caterers, repair men, clowns etc. The closest word ...
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Harry Potter German translation - use of word “Eingeweide” [migrated]

I am currently reading (aloud with my kids) the German translation of the Harry Potter series and I am a bit surprised that the German word 'Eingeweide' is used so often. 'Entrails', 'guts', 'bowels' ...
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“lest” in your daily life [duplicate]

Today I heard the word "lest" in our daily chat with some teammates and I even thought it was a typo. As far as I understand, it means 'avoiding', but can I use it normally in my daily ...
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left arrow, left-pointing arrow, or leftwards arrow? [closed]

In the context of a figure caption referencing a left-pointing arrow in the figure in the following parenthetical way: Fig. 1 | ... Here I describe some process (left arrow). ... A colleague ...
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Word for compound event: “At least one of these events will happen”

Over on Math.stackexchange I was discussing probability jargon. Typically the events considered in probability theory are constructed from other, simpler events by a series of unions, intersections, ...
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Succinct word for a definition [closed]

I’m looking for a word in English that describes “to use oneself against oneself.” The closest word I can think of is “entrapment” but that’s not quite it.
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Word or phrase for an idea that is good in theory but not practice

There are two things I’m thinking about. First, implementing ideas into policy on a large scale. An example could be the idea of communism, a big argument is that communism seems ideal on paper but ...
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“it is a [noun]” or “this is a [noun]” [migrated]

I ask my teacher is it right to say "it is a brain" or "this is a brain"? He answer me you can say both and I search google and found the same answer that both are correct. But I ...
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Is respect awarded, accorded or afforded?

I was revising a colleague's work, and saw the phrase "awarded the respect it deserves". This struck me as incorrect, but I was struck harder still by an uncertainty as to whether it ...
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A question regarding using “so far” in the beginning of a new section

In one chapter of my thesis, there are 3 sections that are: section 1 talks about technique A, section 2 is about technique B, and section 3 discusses the correlation between technique A and B. In the ...
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Fragmented sentence

To the crowds that soon assembled to hear her preach, Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita began to preach a radical new theology. There were saints in Kongo, she told, for was she, not proof? I'm concerned about ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase “drive distance”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "drive distance" for expressing the amount of distance I drove or intend to drive. Or should it be "driving distance"? I tried thinking of other ...

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