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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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Internship as “X” at “Y”

I am applying for an internship and I am struggling with the subject of the cover letter. "Re: Application for an internship as (name of the position) at (name of the company)" What do you think ...
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“Those who hold …” vs “Those whom hold …” [duplicate]

Random English exercise for myself because I like words: Those who hold the plant will die. Those whom hold the plant will die. Which sentence is grammatically correct? Opinion: It is ...
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To contemplate. Is it too formal? [duplicate]

Is this verb too formal for everyday speech? If yes, then what are the synonyms? I am contemplating leaving my job. Thank you!
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Use of 'auto' as vehicle name

The word bus, is derived from the word Omnibus in Latin since it means for everyone. Over the years this probably got shortened down to bus. Similarly, the word car is derived from the word Carrum ...
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the difference between “with time”, “over time”, “during time” [closed]

what is the difference between the following sentences, and which one is preferable in what occasions: Its characteristics changes with time Its characteristics changes during time Its ...
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Overfill is a word, why isn't “underfill” as widely recognized to be a word?

Is there a different or better word for "underfill". MS Word, Google, don't seem to recognize underfill as a word. On Merriam Webster, they recognize it as a noun(paraphrased): a piece of steel ...
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About correcting grammatical errors

I am studying English these days by correcting random sentences that South Koreans are generally having difficulty with in their work environment. some guy asked me several questions regarding how ...
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Phrase request: apparently useless information that could be useful

I'm currently working on some answers on other stackexchange sites ( specifically Ask Ubuntu and Unix & Linux ), where I'm utilizing a few command-line utilities or shell programming constructs ...
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It would be understandable if decreasing city revenues was not a priority for city employees [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, how should it be changed? It would be understandable if decreasing city revenues was not a priority for city employees. Alternative: It would be ...
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Where should I put swiftly?

These treatments can swiftly help patients be on their way to a more active life. or These treatments can help patients swiftly be on their way to a more active life. Please help!
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Adverb fascinated (deeply or extremely) [on hold]

I am currently working on my essay and I am not too sure whether deeply or extremely fascinated is correct. It would be nice if somebody explained this to me because I think these two adverbs sound ...
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One word for “one who surrenders to his fate”

What would be the word for a person who ultimately "surrenders to his fate" whatever be the circumstances? Example (the latest one I came across): In the Tempest, act 1 scene 1, in the end the ...
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What can I say in reply of “Get well soon”? [closed]

I am in a bit confused, what can I say in reply of Get well Soon. I generally say, Thank you .What are the other options ?
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“Only” vs “Single”

Let's say we have list of items. Let's say we know that there's just one item in the list. What is the proper way to refer to that very item, when we want to point it out that there're no other items ...
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Which of “Will you just go?” or “Can you just go?” works better? [migrated]

One of my stu­dents barged into my class­room one day and was get­ting on my nerves be­cause I needed to clean up the mess he had him­self made ear­lier, so I wanted to ask him to leave me alone and ...
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‘And’ or ‘or’ in a maximum

I was writing a sentence and although a formal mathematician would use ‘and’, I couldn’t decide whether ‘or’ would be more natural English: You must pay the maximum of 50% of the value of your house ...
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Does it make sense to use a word that is both a noun & a verb in a sentence both ways?

I might have worded that weird but I could have sworn I read it was grammatically correct to do so, but I can't find any backing to it now and it's driving me crazy! xD For example, as weird and ...
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How to join two nouns if first one or both are plural?

From the topic “User accounts” or “users account” I did not understand the correct grammar for the case when we considering accounts of multiple users. Are below statements correct? One user has one ...
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Simple past of present perfect?

I wonder which one is correct: David has made a decision to quit his job in spite of good salary. David made a decision to quit his job in spite of good salary. I think that 1 is correct, ...
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Difference between and/or after “you can use”

The differences between the usage of "and" and "or" can sometimes be subtle. According to One or more of A, B, C, [and, or, and/or] D? One or more of A, B, C and D "means that of the sets a, b, c ...
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'my eldest son'

If there are three children in the family: A. a boy, eldest B. a girl C. a boy, youngest Is it correct for their father to refer to A as 'my eldest son' and to B as 'my younger daughter'? If not, ...
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If a fact is fun it is called Fun Fact. What if it is not?

I am compiling a couple of facts to publish in a newsletter. Some of them are fun to know so I've called them Fun Facts. Some on the other hand are not-so-fun, even tragic in some cases. What is the ...
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What is the best word to collectively describe a street, suburb, town, district etc.?

What is the best word to collectively describe a street, suburb, town, district, state, territory, country, continent etc.? In a sentence: He does not live in the same [street / suburb / town etc....
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a term for “I'm a father to my son, but I'm also a son for my mother”

What's the word for the situation that a thing is X for A, but is Y for B? what property does it have in order to have this ability to shape-shift like that according to the perspective of the ...
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Damage vs Harm in this context

Most scientists believe that when we sleep, we allow time for essential maintenance work to be done. Any ________ there is can be put right more quickly if energy isn't being used up on other ...
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consider/incorporate/encode/enforce a maths condition

f(x)=ax+b. f(x) may or may not be a constant (constant when a=0). a=0 considers/incorporates/encodes/enforces f(x) being constant. Which word is better?
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Is 'sometimes', 'obviously' too informal in scientific writing?

Is 'sometimes','obviously' too informal to appear in scientific writing? Should be it replaced by 'usually', 'typically' etc?
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How does the apostrophe work (examples inside)? [closed]

Which of this is correct? Excels logo look like a book Excel's logo look like a book How does the apostrophe change the above sentences meaning?
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What's the difference between “improvement” and “development”? [closed]

Talking about personal growth, an existent product, a non-existent product (to be made). In which case should I use one instead of the other? edit: for example, for personal growth which one is ...
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Revising in order to choose more appropriate words

I'm editing a book that an archaeological museum had published. While doing so I came across this sentence: The more than ten thousand burials goods including the gold crown excavated in this large ...
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What's the verb for “To blur up the water”? [closed]

Imagine you dropped your keys into the river, you're standing in it, able to see the bottom, looking for your keys. And then your friend John jumps in, and since his impact raised up the sand from the ...
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In scientific writing is: Energy expended/ cost /consumed?

In scientific writing, should I write energy is expended, cost or consumed? Which term is preferable? As in the example, Energy is expended/cost/consumed through deformation/vibration/friction.
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work experience vs work experiences

I often see these 2 terms are used interchangeably. It's very clear to me that 'work experiences' refers to specific job positions as opposed to the more abstract term work experience, which can be ...
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What do you call a fire panel with tools?

In Russia we have these "fire panels": So, they have tools like a bucket and a spade, so you can dig up some sand with the spade in the summer and extinguish the fire with it. Or in winter you can ...
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Are baby cougars and cheetahs properly kittens or cubs?

I always thought felid cubs should be baby panthers (of genus Panther, hence "lion/tiger/jaguar/(snow) leopard cubs"). Young of other felids should be kittens (hence "lynx/bobcat kittens" for example)....
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Could you use “Atrophy” to describe hair?

Take for example a woman in a concentration camp, how her hair slowly becomes more unmanageable/mangy the longer she's there because she isn't using all of the tinctures and conditioners she used to ...
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What do you call these “rolls” on old clothes?

Below is the picture of what I mean. So, I wanna know the name of these "rolls", what are they called? Pellets? Rolls? As you can see, some people use razors or fabric shavers to get rid of them.
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Aggregate vs total [closed]

What is the difference between the words aggregate and total? Please give examples where one word might be preferred to the other. In economics for example, there are terms like aggregate demand, ...
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Can I say “I was gifted” in the sense of gratitude?

Can I say In India, I was gifted in so many unexpected ways in the sense of immense gratitude, like "I received so much", "I got so many gifts and blessings"?
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Can “affect” be used for a strongly positive impact?

I'm creating English subtitles for my video and I wonder how to translate this: was so impressed by India, and I want to say: Simply, the way India affects you is soooo...... [unexpressed super ...
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When a list includes both people and things do you use “who” or “that” when referring to these common nouns? [duplicate]

An example being: "The chain of kindness begins with donations from individuals, foundations and businesses who (or that) truly believe in our mandate and mission."
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Why do we say " 'a' unit instead of 'an' unit [duplicate]

As title suggest, wondering what the literary rule is for "A unit." Unit being a noun would need an article. I have generally understood that the a/an decision is if the vowel sound if the lead sound ...
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retard vs delay in scientific writing [closed]

In scientific writing, 1.appearance of some phenomenon delays vs 2.appearance of some phenomenon retards Which is better? Also wonder about the noun form delay vs retardation. For example, sth delays/...
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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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Can you call a vegetable plot “a vegetable bed”? [closed]

Can you call a vegetable plot "a vegetable bed"? Or is this usage uncommon? For example a bed of flowers is called a flowerbed.
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The project will be carried out in a … of five years [space or timing] and why? [migrated]

This question was asked on my exam today and some teachers said its space but they didn't tell me why! When I asked some of my friends who also answered it space, they don't even know why because they ...
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‘One less’ or ‘one fewer’?

If we’ve lost a team member, do we have ‘one member less’, ‘one less member’, ‘one member fewer’, or ‘one fewer member’? Thanks!
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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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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“That's all your guesses used up” is correct?

I saw this in a TV programme: "And that's all your guesses used up" I get the meaning but I'm not sure if it is "that's" instead of "those're". Maybe it stands for "that has", but I am not sure ...