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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 incorrect in this sentence? [closed]

There are two ways of making a gas condense: cooling it or putting it under pressure.
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should we use banned instead of banning? what's incorrect in this sentence? [closed]

In 1971, US government not only put warnings on cigarette packs, but also banning TV advertising of cigarettes.
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Question about the correct term used in massage therapy and dental places

Is massage therapy center called a "clinic"? And the customer should be referred to as "clients"? And the Dental Office is a "clinic" as well. But the customer is referred to as "patient" Is this ...
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‘be mistaken’ or ‘have mistaken’ [migrated]

I didn’t doubt what he said. I didn’t expect him to be mistaken. Why not use ‘have mistaken’ instead of ‘be mistaken’?
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Capitalising Names of Industries

"Water, Nuclear, and Oil & Gas Industries" or "water, nuclear, and oil & gas industries" Hi, I've seen both instances been used, and I'm just looking for some clarity. Thank you.
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Why is 'left luggage' called 'left luggage'? [migrated]

I came across this term at an English train station. My friend and I were looking for a place to store our luggage and it didn't occur to us that 'left luggage' was the place we needed to go as it ...
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Are juice and coffee considered 'consumer goods'?

I am writing a report in which I have to forecast sales of juice and coffee. I want the title to be something along the lines 'Forecasting sales of consumer goods...', however, I do not think it ...
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Equivalent for French “compromission”?

In French there is a clear distinction between the the word compromis which describes an agreement obtained by mutual concessions (and thus often has a positive connotation) and, the word ...
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Usage of neither/nor vs none

Which is the correct option between these two lines? 1) But none of your obnoxiousness or charm 2) But neither of your obnoxiousness nor charm I'm writing a poem for somebody and am currently ...
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Word for the removal of a marked property [closed]

The use-case I'm working with is pretty simple. A record can be marked as deleted or removed by a method I named mark_deleted. However I can't find a good word for the reverse, the closest I've come ...
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What is the proper word?

I have a question....( referring to a car that is in storage 6 months of the year) what is the proper word. It is only "drove" half the year, or It is only "driven" half the year.
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Preposition “of” or “to”: “a challenge of/to modern Europe”

I am wondering which one is correct: "Secessionism as a challenge of modern Europe" "Secessionism as a challenge to modern Europe" Thank you! :)
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Is there a word that describes when something has multiple items?

I am looking for a word that describes when a thing has multiple items (in it.) Multi-item, multi-itemed, multiple-item - is at least one of these a word? That thing is ________.
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new to / new at / new in

Which of these is correct (or the most likely) when introducing yourself to a colleague? Hi, my name is… I am new to the company I am new to this company I am new at the company ...
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What is the correct word or words that matches the given info?

Good day! What is the word that describes a person who operates within a specific land or area without the permission of the owner of that area/ land? In case it might help, here's the background of ...
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Understand the usage of hitherto

My friend told me the following sentence: we show that XXX indeed constitute a broad set of infamous vulnerabilities and more subtle issues that are uncovered by previous research can be ...
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“enables users to” vs “allows users to” – both correct?

I’m editing a colleague who habitually uses phrases like: The password enables users to log in. This sounds wrong to me, and I want to suggest alternatives like: The password allows users to ...
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Can I use “keypoint” as a single word?

In the project that I'm currently working on, we often use so called "key points" - in image processing these are characteristic points (interest points) on images. I'm wondering - is it okay to use "...
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(un)expected vs. (un)surprising

There's a rule put forth in our textbook for language learners: We use '-ed' adjectives to describe how people feel. We use '-ing' adjectives to describe how something or someone makes people ...
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Help me find another word that fits the sentence meaning [duplicate]

I want to use a synonym for (it appears likely): The sentence is: By comparing the formulas for quantity1 and quantity2 ,it appears likely that quantity1 > quantity2 for all points and all N, although ...
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Game arena or gaming arena or gamer arena? [closed]

I am going to present a proposal to build a gaming arena for my English class. I couldn't find any proper answer online. Many websites use gaming arena, some of them use game arena or gamer arena. ...
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Which one is better to use, Need or Needs? [closed]

I have two sentences does this item need to be repaired? and does this item needs to be repaired? which sentence is better, and why. Thank you.
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Can vs May (Which one is correct?) [migrated]

Which modal verb do I use in the first blank? I know that “may” is for asking permission, but “can” is for showing capability. So throwing a peel is somewhat a capability. Some people can/may ...
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'In', 'on', or "to'?

So, I'm writing a story and in this specific sentence I've written "He could give you a head start to finding out who you are". I'm just wondering if 'to' is the correct word usage here or if 'in' or '...
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Correct grammatical use of mentioning 2 people conjoined with “and” [duplicate]

Suppose there are 2 people, let's call them Adam and Eve. Adam was talking to one of his friends, mentioning himself and Eve. Which one would be the correct grammatical use, examples listed below. (...
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When can you use “back up”?

Can you say "the site is back up" after restoring a website that went down due to some problems with the server?
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can the word “versus(vs.)” be used when listing relationships?

I have a question regarding the use of the term "versus". Can it be used in this way? or should I keep saying "A and B"? the exhibition deals with the correlative relationships between minorities ...
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“All the apples” or “All apples”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? "All the apples on the tree are ripe" or "All apples on the tree are ripe".
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Formality and politeness of the word fine

I was wondering what I should use to sound more polite. "If you are with it" or "If it is fine with you?" Thanks
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“Questions need to be answered” or “questions require to be answered”? [closed]

"Need" is often used on living things, whereas "required" is often used on non-living things. For example: I need a stereo for my car. My car requires a stereo. But when it goes to "question", we ...
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Zeal vs. Zest. Am I Using them Correctly Here?

Hello beautiful people, I'm writing a poem and I want to make sure I'm using "zeal" and "zest" correctly. To give context, it's about a storyteller (being I) retelling a story of a man who is giving ...
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Best words to describe Food Expenses

I have been asked to list the expected out-of-pocket expenses for attending an approaching conference. I have sources of expenses such as travel, accommodation and food. So one of my subtitles in the ...
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Alternate sentence for I reached home [closed]

I saw a creepy man coming towards me I start running straight to my home. After "i reached home" I locked all the doors and windows. In this para what alternative word can I use instead of "I reached ...
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Prejudice of Prejudice of others

Is there a word that for describing aspersing someone else with a prejudice? Eg they are all racists. I appreciate that prejudice or bigot is correct but somehow it doesn't quite suffice.
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“shouldn't have {gone/been} to the party”

What is the correct rephrasing for this sentence? I went to the party and now I regret it. I shouldn't have gone to the party I shouldn't have been to the party
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“Computational method” or “computation method”?

I proposed a method for computing the entropy of an image. In this case, can I refer to the method as a "computational method" or "computation method"? What is the difference between "computational ...
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I see dead people [closed]

So it is a popular quote in The Sixth Sense movie. But I wonder if it could be used when you are seeing dead people at the present time. Because I think it sounds unnatural when it is said "I am ...
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Cardinal or ordinal number for the name of the school

The offcial name of the school up to this day has been: Tallinn School No 21. Does it sound correct and formal Br Eng? Now it has been proposed that it should be Tallinn 21st School. Is there a ...
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Using “into” or “inside” [closed]

which sentence do you prefer? Alex invited the new visitors inside the house and led them to his parents’ office. Alex invited the new visitors into the house and led them to his parents’ office.
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Descriptive word for explosive blowing through mouth [closed]

I am looking for a word or words to describe the following two actions, both of which are relatively common. The first is often seen as a sign of derision or dismissal. For example, one person may ...
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What is the difference between “uncertainty” and “uncertainly” [closed]

Context: I was reading a book and came across the word “uncertainty” as I never saw this word before it makes me confuse. According to Dictionnary, the definition of uncertainty is: The state of ...
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Accumulated sum vs cumulative sum

Is there a difference in meaning between accumulated sum and cumulative sum? In this case we are talking about prizes we collect.
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How do you express in english the idea of noticing something

I'm writing an essay, and I'd like to write at the beginning of the text that it is important to notice the ambiguity of the question I'm asked. How can I do that properly in english? I'm my language,...
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What is another word for “tip” (as in 'tipping money')? [closed]

I've written: We recommend tipping directly to the person you want to receive the tip. I don't want to use the word 'tip' at the end of the sentence as I used it earlier on. Is there an ...
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'In so far as' and 'As far as' --Are the two conjunctions synonyms?

'In so far as' and 'As far as' -- Are the two conjunctions synonyms? I was searching in Net, but I could not find the answer. They seem to be similar in meaning. Can anyone please explain, with an ...
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How to say “we thought about” in an academic way?

In the following sentence: Since there are many row values at each step of the process, one approach we thought about is to aggregate all the row values into a single value What is the alternative ...
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I will not waver

I’m looking for another way of expressing the statement I will not waver. I have looked up synonyms for the word certain, but they just do not seem to fit into what I’m composing.
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Difference between probability and possibilty

I often get confused with the mentioned words as I am not a native English speaker and I don't know what they actually mean. From wordkinck, Possibility: The quality or condition of being ...
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An adjective describing “someone who is doing his best given the circumstances”

I'm writing a research paper on the effect of a predictable income change on household consumption, labor supply, etc. At its core, I ask if households are improvident or simply "doing their best ...