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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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Can you please… when asking from a person with senior position

I have asked a simple thing from my client as: Can you please provide me the data to work on. So his reply was when you say can you do you mean that If I can provide the data or not. I felt ...
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Usage of “As of X” when X is not a time/date

I've seen this link and I know what "as of X" means when X is a time/date. Is it gramatically correct to use "as of X" when X is not a time/date? For example, Is it ok to use "as of" in the following ...
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Avoid repeating a verb in a sentence

I'm not a native english speaker, so forgive me in advance if the question sounds very simple. In one of the sentences of my application letter I want to say: My professional experience includes a ...
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Slip in and out vs. slide in and out

To slide in and out or to slip in and out: which of the following is correct and why? This way, you can easily slide the bag organizer in and out [of your handbag] This way, you can easily slip the ...
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What is a term for something unwanted but which cannot be ignored?

More specifically... What is a term for a problem between sides that has surfaced that one would pretend to have always been submerged yet cannot be ignored? For example, two sides always had ...
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“in every corner” or “on every corner”?

Media are taking our lives. Nowadays there is a screen turned on in/on every corner. Cambridge Dictionary says it is on/at every corner. But there are a lot of "in every corner" on the Internet, even ...
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not sure about the beginning of a letter of motivation [on hold]

I have a question about how to start a motivation letter ... my first sentence should sound something like: I was very excited after learning about the PTC Fellowship in Geneva and hereby apply as ...
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Judge OF the [county name] Court of Common Pleas or Judge ON the [county name] Court of Common Pleas?

I see this used both ways in advertising materials, but am not sure which is correct. I could not find any reference to this when searching the internet.
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Which is more correct? Student Volunteer/Voluntary/Volunteerism/Volunteering Movement?

I'm working on my essay about student and volunteerism, but I'm not sure which one is correct: - Student Volunteer Movement - Student Voluntary Movement - Student Volunteerism Movement - Student ...
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What is a suitable word for a desired/ideal level of education?

Boss speaking to employee: "yes, you have the minimum education level but I'd say that for this task the __________ education level is X" I used the word "minimum", but is there a better way of ...
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Male equivalent of “maid”, please?

A friend plays Debussy's "Maid with Flaxen Hair" in a different key, and wants to call it a different name. I suggested "Lad with Flaxen Hair", but I'm not sure whether "lad" is exactly the male ...
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foundation, cornerstone, pillar difference

Civil engineering as a profession is centuries old and has long been necessary for the functioning of modern government. As long as people need to get to school or work, civil engineers will continue ...
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What are the feminine equivalents of “Running mate”?

From Wikipedia: In the United States, "running mate" refers not only to a candidate for vice president (federal), but also to a candidate for lieutenant governors of those states where the ...
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Another word for Non-Photographic

Some of the desktop wallpapers I have are photographs and some of them are "non-photographic"; meaning they are not the product of a camera,but are instead the product of someone "drawing with a ...
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“Compromising to” or "compromising with

Which of the versions of the sentences below sounds better? (1) When we were running, compromising to the weather was never an option (2) When we were running, compromising with the weather ...
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Volunteer or Voluntary Organisation

I belong to an organisation which consists of volunteers. We do voluntary work. Would one describe this as a volunteer organisation or a voluntary organisation? I have seen both expressions used ...
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What is the single/two words term for collections of Resources?

I am building a website which includes all the thing about WordPress. This site includes WordPress Theme, Plugins, WordPress News, WordPress Tutorials, etc. Simply, everything about Wordpress. I am ...
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Does “world's largest” require a “the”?

Consider the following phrases: Example 1: CompanyX is the world's largest and leading authority for online dating. Example 2: CompanyX is world's largest and leading authority for online ...
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Another word/phrase for something being very “push-button”?

What's another word for something being very "push-button"? What this means is a set of tasks that are made in a way that is very easy and as easy as "pushing a button". Another phrase is like ...
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Word for “person that I supervise”

What is the best word to refer to the person that I (directly) supervise, in the context of a corporate workplace? The closest I can think of is employee, but that doesn't directly convey a direct ...
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To verify or To be verified

Here is my question: If there is a list with Itens that should be verified at some point of a project, the name of the list must be: To Verify: "item1", "item2", item3" etc... or To be verified: "...
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Foreshadow vs Adumbrate

The good news was foreshadowed by several disturbing events. The good news was adumbrated by several disturbing events. I am trying to see which word is better to use. Is there a (subtle) ...
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How should I differentiate between the two meanings of “squint”?

"Squint" can mean either: partly close (one's eyes) in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light. or have eyes that look in different directions. Is there a way to ...
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“Nothing is compared with” or “Nothing is compared to”

Do we say "Nothing is compared with the Egyptian pyramids" or "Nothing is compared to the Egyptian pyramids"? If both are correct,is either one favourable in general or in British or American ...
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Can a word “prompt” be used in the context of telling someone to be quick? [on hold]

Is using the word "prompt" in the situation of saying "be quick" like "be prompt" to somebody make sense? Can you give me some examples of using prompt in a right way?
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What's the correct preposition for the word “rant”?

When I want to say "Stop ranting on him!", is this grammatically correct? I am confused about which preposition I should use with the word "rant/ranting"
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What is the passage of time? [on hold]

Regarding the term/phrase the passage of time: Is it simply referring to time passing (i.e. moving forward / passing by)? A metaphor to invoke imagery of a passageway (path, tunnel, channel, corridor, ...
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Usage of Was vs is?

Does the choice of present or past tense ("It is..." vs "It was...") make a difference to these sentences? It is not too long ago when humanity learned to live in groups and developed principles ...
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Helper: loose vs. lose

Does anyone have a good way of remembering when to choose lose instead of loose? I often find myself mistakenly using loose in emails and such when I really mean lose (which, in my mind, should be ...
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How to say you were in third place among the whole country in your CV? [on hold]

How to say I were in the third place in the last year of the high school among my whole country students who have applied at that year .
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“You are all {so/such} wonderful friends.” Which is more correct?

In a kangarou English exam, one of the questions asked you to fill in a blank space in a sentence: You are all ......... wonderful friends What is more correct to use to fill in the blank space, "...
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What would you call someone who sees others as “entertainment”? [on hold]

As in, they don't really care about other people but find them amusing? Maybe they influence people for their own entertainment/fun? Obviously, they'd be a narcissist or sociopathic, but I'm more ...
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What is the term for a city that is supposed to be a utopia, but is actually evil?

Once of the best examples of what I'm trying to get the term for is Wonder City, in the Batman games. It was built to be a futuristic haven with clean energy, robot sentries, and laws to "stop the ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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When you are describing a bathroom [closed]

Do you say when describing a bathroom that it is a full size or full sized bathroom ?
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What are the differences between an accident, an incident, a mishap and harm? [on hold]

All is in the title. I don't understand the differences between those words. I would say that in increasing value it gives : Incident < accident < mishap < harm But is that right?
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Can “suit” be used for the accessories as well? [closed]

Can "suit" be used for the accessories as well like below example? I think that necklace would suit you really well!
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I need a word for a job title with this kind of description

What would you call a person whom other people could hire to do anything from cleaning up dog excrement to typing up a resume, while also cleaning and painting a bathroom, picking up and dropping ...
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Indicate direction or point to object by gesture of the head

Indicate direction or point to object by gesture of the head. Visually, it is a short jerk of the head in the said direction. Say a SWAT team leader silently directs his men to go to the left. Would ...
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Push back meaning? [closed]

What's the literally meaning of push back against? Could please provide a definition and a sentence?
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A word between facilitator and mentor

I'm looking for a word to describe the role of an adult between facilitator and mentor when it comes to working with kids: someone who keeps the group on task and goal oriented, but who also might ...
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Word that means “more accepting of other cultures”?

Is there a word that means "more accepting of other cultures" that has a tone appropriate for use as a mild counter to "xenophobic"? Essentially a mild opposite of "xenophobic". Example: "This ...
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The opposite of 'offsetting' or 'offset' [closed]

What is a good word for the antonym of 'offset' or 'offsetting'? It is for use in a scientific context and cannot have any sort of connotation as to the relationship between the 2 variables, such as '...
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What's the difference between “transfer” and “transference”? [closed]

Does their use depend on the context? Or are both words utterly equivalents?
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Over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade

Which is the correct usage: over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade?
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Do people use misery and misery guts the same way? [on hold]

I m wondering whether I can use misery and misery guts the same way, such as in this sentence : You re such a... Does this mean the same thing? I understood that both means to be in a bad mood
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Additional 'for' in a sentence

I will be releasing a text ad in the local newspaper and this is the matter I've written. We're looking to partner with doctors. HAIR CREAM company looking for M.B.B.S Qualified DOCTORS for ...
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What is a stronger alternative to “avoid”?

In the command form, "avoid" seems to have a weak connotation. For example, the sentence "Avoid Macaroni and Cheese" almost seems to have the clause "if you can" in it even though it doesn't. So, is ...
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interact with OR watch [on hold]

I am a bit confused about selecting the appropriate word for the following sentence. Should I use interact with or watched? 32 students (16 male 16 female) interacted with (or watched) these ...
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“He had all the money in the world; [yet/but] he was sad”

Which one is the correct option, knowing that there is only one correct answer?