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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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Not sure how to express this situation

I have 3 brothers and I am the youngest. I am writing an email in which I have to mention the brother who is immediately older than me. How do I say? Should I say, "He is immediately older than me?" ...
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Effect or Affect [duplicate]

I can NEVER teel if it should be effect or affect. What are some ways that help you understand the differance?
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Beesting or bee sting

A friend made a typo when writing "bee sting" and wrote "beesting" but apparently this is also a word according to Merriam-Webster. Does anyone actually use "beesting" if so, is it a result of some ...
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“mark the bar” or “clear the bar”

Think of this sentence: According to critics, the theory does not mark the bar as a theory I am trying to say: it barely comes close to what can be called a theory. I thought "clear the bar" ...
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Are there other interjections to substitute for “jeez”, “good grief”, “oh my god”, "and other interjections containing religion? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there are interjections expressing exasperation, annoyance, anger, frustration without connection to religion. Preferably doesn't originate from it either. No euphemism too. ...
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Technical verb to mean “make consistent”

In Proper verb to denote 'consistent-ize', the top answer by vote says "standardize" should be used, but I have a few doubts. Firstly, English is not my mother tongue, and I use it ...
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Put fingers over the mouth to silence someone

How do I say in English when I put the index finger over the mouth as to silence someone? Thanks,
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Is there a difference between using “over” or “across” to cross a river?

We had to use the bridge to go _______ the river. What should be the preposition: over or across? People are divided in their opinion. Some say over, while others say across. Some even say that it ...
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What's the best alternative to “golden”?

So I need a good synonym for the word golden. It should fit in a sentence like this: The heat lamp at the restaurant gave the dish under it a golden spotlight The words I have so far are either ...
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Do it more precise or more precisely?

What is the right way to say it: "Do it more precise!" or "Do it more precisely!"? Are both correct? Google Ngram Viewer has both "more precise" and "more precisely" at equal frequencies, with "...
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Can I do anything else with aspersions other than cast them? [closed]

My wife is always accusing me of casting aspersions and I'd like to do something else with them. Please advise.
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To combine two simple sentences, is using a semicolon ';' a correct way to do it?

I found this example online of a "synthesis of sentences" question for joining two simple sentences into one compound sentence. Larry watches the news. Bill makes news. The site has two solutions ...
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“Is” or “Are” in this sentence?

Which is correct - "Is" or "Are" in this sentence? "Additionally, early booking discounts on full-day childcare is/are offered." Thanks
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“Do we use” versus “are we using”

I am a native German speaker and we are currently translating a protocol for students to English. We are asking questions and wonder what would be correct, a or b? and why. a) Why are we using a ...
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conduct instead of execute

Can I use "conduct" instead of "execute" at below sentence. Or are there any better alternatives for execute? SQL injection vulnerabilities in in Joomla allow remote attackers to execute ...
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How do i ask this question about trains? [duplicate]

The answer should be 'This is the 7th train to Delhi'. How can I properly ask this question ? The keyword in the answer is '7th'.
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A word like “anachronism” but for word meanings instead of time

I’m trying to find a word that has roughly the same meaning as “anachronism”, but rather than incongruous time periods, it’s the word meanings which don’t line up/don’t make sense with each other. ...
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Can a start be anticlimactic?

Anticlimactic is often used to refer to a disappointing ending to an exciting series of events. So, (not being a native speaker) I cannot decide whether it sounds natural to use the word at the start ...
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Can you please… when asking from a person with senior position

I have asked a simple thing from my official senior 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....
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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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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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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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not sure about the beginning of a letter of motivation [closed]

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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“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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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What is the term for a city that is supposed to be a utopia, but is actually evil? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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“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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Do people use misery and misery guts the same way? [closed]

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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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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What are the differences between an accident, an incident, a mishap and harm? [closed]

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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interact with OR watch [closed]

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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What do I use in this instance? Suffering or suffer?

I enjoy watching people suffering. I enjoy watching people suffer. I feel more comfortable using the second one, but I also think that the first one is right... so which one should I use?
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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?
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Passive Voice and Word Choice Misuse

I checked the sentences below for grammar issues at the Grammarly application. I got three notifications (two-word choice and passive voice misuse). I'm using the free version of the application and I ...
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Word/phrase/tactic for falsely calling yourself someone of the opposite side to use as a tool to discredit that side

I wanted to know if there's a word for a sneaky tactic involving falsely calling yourself a person of the opposite side to your actual viewpoint (perhaps in an anonymous setting) to use as a weapon to ...
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Question about the proper word choice

I would like to ask you a paricular question. Recently I had a job interview which, as far as I am concerned, went great. However, I might have made a stupid mistake and I would like you to tell me ...
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Prepositions - do I use “for” or “on” in this sentence?

This is for my resume so I want to use the right preposition here . . . "Researched and drafted judicial opinions on/for a wide variety of civil and criminal cases" I cannot tell if I should use ON ...
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“Fish and chips shop” or “fish and chip shop”?

When referring to a restaurant specializing in fish and chips would you call it a fish and chip shop or a fish and chips shop?
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Usage of “Potential vs Promising” as an adjective

"Lithium ion batteries are considered as the most potential candidates for energy storage devices" A native speaker who reviewed this sentence asked me to change "potential" to "promising". I couldn'...
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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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How do you correct this sentence to a right one?

I want to travel to Tokyo. If you go, let's travel with Kamakura! -> I want to travel to Tokyo. If you are traveling, let’s do it with Kamakura? can someone help? i corrected the original sentence ...
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What is the metal box the dishwasher parts are in called? Dishwasher housing/body/case?

I'm translating a technical text and can't decide about wording. How do you call a metal box the dishwasher parts are in? The variants are "housing"/"body"/"case"/"frame". Not the "cabinet" - I don't ...