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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's the word meaning the use of the wrong word?

What's the word meaning the use of the wrong word? For instance, calling a "theft" a "robbery".
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A term for person who takes care of a task

I need a term for an office worker who is assigned responsibility for a task. The term is usually used in relation to an "Applicant." For example, when we are making a form for an applicant to fill ...
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Leave for better or Leave for the better… does it make any sense to say like this?

I would like to say something like "Go out and play great outdoors" in other words. Thus, i would like to use these words "leave, enjoy outdoors, better life" Here i made it but, does it make any ...
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unaltered by vs unalterd in terms of

Is it right to say that the tools are unaltered by typology ? or is it better to say that tools are unaltered in terms of typology" ?
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Abolition vs. Abolishment

At times I have caught myself writing the noun form of abolish as "abolishment" and then pausing before realizing it should really be "abolition". Even as I type my spellchecker tells me that "...
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"Fun Killer' Phrase

Can we use the phrase “fun killers” to describe people who watch the new episode of a show and start talking about it in front of their friends, who have not watched it yet, to spoil and ruin the ...
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based on/being based on?

In my thesis, I had the following sentence: Because of the limited timespan, there was no statistical analysis done and the algorithm was rather built up on intuition, instead of based on provable ...
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Is there a short term for “without a date of expiry”?

Is there a short term for lack of a date of expiry when talking about documents? I'm specifically interested in identification document (ID).
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How can one choose between “tunable” and “tuneable”?

Both "tunable" and "tuneable" seem to be in common usage. Is there a source which can be used to justify a preference for one or the other for general usage, possibly as a function of whether one is ...
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When it is with yourself that you are not satisfied, are you “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied”? [duplicate]

Is someone who wishes they had done something differently “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied” with what they did? How about someone who – more generally – wishes they were someone else, wishes they were ...
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Which two of these sentences are correct? [on hold]

I’m writing to my professor a suggestion of how his course can be made more interesting. Do I write it like this: It can be more interesting if there was an action learning, or case studies. Or ...
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Difference between therapy mode and modality?

I don't really understand the word modality and how it's different from mode. Merriam defines it as 1 a : the quality or state of being modal b : a modal quality or attribute : form 2 : ...
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Words or phrases to describe how street beggars typically look?

I'm writing a scene in which I wish to describe a typical street beggar - his way of dressing in particular. Check for example such a dude as the one below I could use descriptions such as: snobbish, ...
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Prepositions for the word “placement” or “clinical placement”

Which of these is correct? I went to cardiac ward in my first clinical placement. I went to cardiac ward for my first clinical placement. I went to cardiac ward on my first clinical placement. Also,...
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Clear vs. Clearly

I am confuse which one is correct? Both the words sounds natural in the given sentence. Try to speak as ____ as you can. [Clear, Clearly] Referring to Oxford Clear means Easy to perceive, ...
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Is there a difference between the phrases “iron cross” and “cross of iron”?

Is there a difference, however small, between iron cross and cross of iron? Or are they the exact same phrase but just worded differently? To me, iron cross sounds like a Germanic construction while ...
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Exsanguination or Desanguination?

My wife was working on her lines for a play (Dracula) set in the early 1900s and one line caught my eye. It referred to the desanguination of the vampire’s victims. I’d always heard the term as ...
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Wedding Invitation Sentence Structure

Would love some help with this. I'm creating a wedding invitation card and am confused on how it should be written. The invitation is for my dinner reception. I'm the grandson of Mr. & Mrs. ...
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How can I refer to people who do not own a bicycle with a single term?

I'm writing a paper and I need a term to refer to people who do not own a bicycle, so I don't need to write 'people who do not own a bicycle' every time. What is the right option? non bicycle-owners ...
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Is it appropriate to use “sport”, “champ”, or “kiddo” to call a child (e.g. your son)?

I'm Spanish, just in case some of you think this question is kind of silly. I watch TV series in English very frequently to practise my listening skills. The words I've heard in relation to children ...
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The rebels [could / were able to] draw on the support of over 20,000 soldiers

I don't understand why both are correct answers. Isn't it supposed to use [be able to] rather than [could] if the situation is a specific event in a specific moment, which I think is this case? For ...
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Alternate word/words for “chaotic city life”?

I'm writing an article about bucolic living, and I need to explain the chaos of city life. I need a word for the paragraph heading. As it stands, the heading seems to be too long - "Escape from the ...
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From my early age vs From an early age

When I'm going to start a sentence with From my early age grammar checker shows an error. It's suggest me to use From an early age Is there any major different with both of the term.
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End of the sentence: “heading” or “heading to”?

I did a Google search and I found both instances: ... on my mount and instance que pops, I get into instance, finish it, and after leaving instance Im back on my mount wherever I was heading to....
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When something is Starting to pay off [on hold]

In time, Sedaris begins seeing his hard work starting to pay off.
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What is one's lover/mistress categorized as? [on hold]

What is one's lover/mistress categorized as? A relative, an acquaintance, etc.?
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A term for a woman complaining about things/begging in a cute/childish way

I'm trying to find a fitting translation for a Chinese term, which means that a woman is trying to be cute in front of her man in order to get what she wants. While she does this, her voice will ...
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Another word for “consume” that's clearly about incorporeal things?

I'm looking for a single verb with similar meaning to gaining, consuming or gathering, but only in a context of information, knowledge or ideas. So the word itself should make clear that I'm talking ...
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory? [migrated]

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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When do we use “adept in” and “adept at”?

I was reading a chapter on choosing the appropriate preposition and found there are two different uses of adept with two different prepositions, namely “in” and “at”. The examples that were given did ...
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Now surround or Now Surrounded? [on hold]

"I then walk to a mirror to observe my dark brown eyes that have grown brighter with age and the fine lines that now surrounded my smile." Should it be "now surrounded" or "now surround"?
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The state of being integrated

I am looking for a noun of the adjective "integrated", as in, "combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole." Integration describes the process that ...
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What does this sentence in a paragraph about the Notre Dame Fire mean?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added to the part I would like clarification on): ...
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Logic behind “for my __” vs “because of my __”

I wrote a question for others (Elementary ESL students) to answer. I allow different kinds of answers as long as they make sense. The question was "What do you do to apologize?" I was expecting ...
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“That's no reason.” or “That's no excuse.”

-Look,the boss is very angry with Alex. -Well,he came late again.But that's no______ to shout at him. A. excuse B. reason Our teacher told us that the answer was B. There’s no further ...
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Thematic comparison of 'collaborative' vs 'collective' in literature or culture

I'm trying to brand a product with either the word 'collaborative' or 'collective', but I am having trouble imagining what the well known thematic usage is with either word. I've always seen them ...
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Based upon / judging by / according to usage

Which one from these are mostly usable? For example the sentence: Judging by his reaction, he didn't want to talk about that incident. When should I use "Based upon" or "according to" - are they ...
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Use of would be/was/is in hypothetical contexts

When making hypothetical statements such as: If you wanted a loan for your startup, all you'd need to do was/would be/is get in touch with a local bank. Here which word choice is most suitable among ...
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Which if these sentences is worded correctly and have I used the proper punctuation, where I put the comma? [closed]

If you haven't read and signed our Site Specific Hazard Training for the 2019 Season, please let me know so we can take care of that today. OR If you haven't read and signed our Site Specific ...
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How are the words 'Suburb' and 'Superb' related to 'Superbas'?

All are Latin, or I guess come from Latin, but is it a direct shot to say that whenever Suburbs first became recognized and named, that they were given the status of being Superb? At one point was ...
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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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“Time-limited” vs “time-restricted” vs “temporary”

I'm writing a spec about network authorization token mechanism where tokens are like usernames, but valid in some (narrow) time span only. For example, one may issue a token which can be used starting ...
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A word for “foreign entity with local traits”

What I am really looking for is "some entity who does not belong to certain domain but happens to possess the traits of the entities from that domain". The entity, traits, and domain can be anything. ...
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Which one is more correct? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically wrong to write This means you are a great leader. Or should I write This means that you are a great leader. Also, when I reply to someone's comment, is it more accurate to ...
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How to use the word total properly? [on hold]

Hey guys which one of the following sentence makes sense the most? • The numbers were great and totalled 95% • The numbers were great and totalled to 95% • The numbers were great and totalled up to ...
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Annually |AND or OR| as required - policy wording debate

Completing an internal policy document and the review clause has created some debate in the office. Some may call it petty, I call it a quest for betterment, either way I am seeking some consensus ...
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Non-pejorative term for 'alcohol aficionado'?

Is there a non-pejorative term analogous to "foodie" but in the context of alcoholic drinks? Everything that comes to mind suggests some form of alcoholism or affinity for binge-drinking. More ...
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What is the opposite of ad hominem

What is the opposite of ad hominem. I mean when something is given more credence than it deserves because of who's saying it. "Appeal to authority" comes to mind but is not exactly what I am looking ...
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Words describing the pat acceptance of a thought or practice simply because “that's how it's done.”

I believe that several words or phrases exist to describe the practice of thinking in a certain way or performing a certain action simply because "that's how it's always been done." Another way of ...
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How to tell “please support me” in a kind way? [closed]

How to tell this like "Feel free to ask me anytime". Because "please support me" seems like a little bit forcing. How can I express like if you have time, please support me xD