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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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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 ...
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Are 'among' and 'of' interchangeable in this sentence?

I am proofreading a book for a museum of archaeology. While I was doing so I came across this sentence and it seems a bit odd but I am not so sure. I need your help; "Of the six gold crowns of ...
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What we call tests that we can work from home?

For designer's and writer's jobs, candidates get tasks that they can work from home and later they submit it. Can we call that type of tests 'an aptitude test?'
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What is a slang but safe for work word for someone who is stubborn or narrow-minded?

I'm trying to write a book and have run into this problem multiple times. I want it to have a strong meaning while remaining respectful. Any ideas?
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What do you call the land area around a pond?

Usually "shore" and "beach" are used when talking about a large body of water. But what if we talk about a pond? Is the area around it still called a beach/shore?
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Rewriting a sentence to be more grammatically clear

I'm proofreading/editing a museum catalogue and I could use some help. I found this sentence idiomatic; "Around the beginning of the fourth century, extremely long chamber tombs emerged, a clear ...
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Is there a name for the “I don't know” sound?

You know, like in this. https://pics.me.me/makes-i-dont-know-sound-scrubs-36830646.png What is the name for this "humming the words but everyone still understands you" thing?
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“The default measuring unit is inch” vs “The default measuring units are inches”

What is the correct way to say that I will take measurements in inches? The default measuring unit is "inch" OR The default measuring units are inches OR Other expressions?
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How should I transform “Jane has just broken her leg” into a question starting with “Who” and whose answer is “Jane”? [duplicate]

How should I transform this sentence into a question? Jane has just broken her leg. How do I form a question from that sentence so that it starts with who and whose answer is Jane? Q: ...
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Is there a word that can mean “education” and “formation” depending on context? [closed]

There is a Russian word образование that can mean education and formation depending on context. It will be great if there a word in English that also can have two of those meanings. Not necessarily ...
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Is “start” or “beginning” a better antonym of “end”? [closed]

In many instances, both "start" and "beginning" can be used as an antonym of "end". But which is better? In particular, which is better for units of time like day, week, or month? I'm thinking of "...
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Why is it correct to say “fewer calories” when calories are continuous? [duplicate]

This question, "Discrete Units of a Continuous Quantity", asks whether units of a continuous quantity should be spoken of as discrete or continuous. The top answer states The rule is simple, and ...
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Use of climate and its derivatives as adjectivized forms with another noun

I am working on the area of Ecology and the word climate and its derivatives show up in almost every writing. Climate/climatic/climatology/climatological My question is, what is the correct word to ...
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What is the video saying at 6:10, was it “write off” or “ride off”? [closed]

The Video starts automatically at 5 mintues 32 seconds (for a bit of context) The word is mentiond around 6:08. He says: "...plus you've got a sheet of metal down there to protect it on the side to ...
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Synonyms for “rather than” (preferably single word synonyms) [closed]

Example usage: A person can reuse their current tool rather than purchasing a new tool
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Adjective for “being made mandatory” [closed]

I'm looking for a word like "mandatorised" (except it should be a real word) to describe something that's been transitioned from optional to mandatory. Edit: We're using this word to name a class in ...
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Difference between “Relaxed” and “Relaxing”? [closed]

I've always been unsure of this one. I work for a holiday company and we use this word quite a lot. I never know if I should be going for "relaxed" or "relaxing". Can they be used interchangeably? ...
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Is “of” needed when I write “all of our”? [duplicate]

This is something that has been bugging me for a long time. I write a lot of blogs for my work and I've felt that grammatically I should keep the word "of" but a sentence can flow better without the ...
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What is the difference in connotation between “relentless” and “ruthless?”

My understanding is that both words refer to a hard-charging "take no prisoners" approach to an issue.Relentless is defined as, "showing or promising no abatement of severity, activity, strength or ...
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To top up something

I’d like to know which sentence is correct to use when I’m at a Costa shop handing a member card to a barsta. “I’d like to top up 10 pounds please.” or “I’d like to top up for 10 pounds please.” ...
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… is not how I am built

is it possible to say "Resting on my laurels is not how I am built"? I am trying to use some expressive language in my cover letter and that's the best I could come up with. Thanks!
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What is it called when someone doesn't want to share stuff/feelings to others, even close ones, in fear of being judged? [duplicate]

Is there a phrase, word, or a term for this condition? And I'm not specifically talking about fear of intimacy, I'm asking for something more general. Such as not sharing stuff with friends, family, ...
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Usage of 'much' without 'how'

My apologies if the title is not clean. This is my first question here. I work in an IT company and recently came across a requirement for one of our customer facing emails. One line in the email ...
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How to use “sire” as verb? [closed]

How to use "sire" as verb? Can you give also exempels? Thanks for the answers.
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Can I write “You must not sit when your superior is not”?

I’m trying to shorten some of the sentences in my work and this sentence came across: “You must not sit when your superior is standing.” Is it grammatically correct to substitute with: “You must ...
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Is “with” optional after “conferring”?

Consider the sentence: I answered the question as a novice, without conferring with Sir Thomas More or Sir Francis Bacon. Is the with optional? Could the sentence also be written as: I ...
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Is there a term for a person who loves to adventure but thrives in routine?

Is there a word or term or phrase (in any language) that describes a person who has a lot of grand ideas for their life but doesn't actually do any of them? Something like a daydreamer, or a dreamer, ...
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Word for “Significant enough to make a difference”

I wish to know what could be a one word or phrase synonym for the term 'Significant enough to make a difference'. Till now I thought that the term 'statistically significant' meant that it's ...
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Word choice: alternative to “access”

I was writing an article and got to a part where I use the verb "to access." Then a quick search online showed me that it's not really common to use it with places. Now I don't know which substitute I ...
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Which of the two sentences below is more gramatically correct? [closed]

I'm having difficulty choosing between the two sentences below. Which is more grammatically correct? Can anyone suggest a more succinct way of articulating what I am trying to say? While donning his ...
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Can **compasses** stand alone? [duplicate]

Just wondering, does compasses can stand on its own? Or should it be accompanied by a pair of?
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“Inspite of and despite” Am I using it correctly? [duplicate]

This is my first question here so I have a doubt regarding some the usage of some words in English although it's my 3rd Language. So are the following sentences correct? Using "Inspite Of" _ Inspite ...
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type of usage with determiner

A determiner serves to express the reference of that noun or noun phrase in the context. Highs & Lows, an addicts path to recovery. Highs & Lows: addicts path to recovery. So is the second ...
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A word that means “Goodbye to a year”

My friends called me asking if there's a word to say "goodbye to a year", like lets say this: "Today, we're saying to 2018" Is there a single word, a verb that doesn't require the use of "Saying x ...
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Better way to say “ensuring high attendance?”

Is there a better way to say "ensure high attendance?" I thought about "ensure excellent attendance," but that didn't sound right either. The essay I'm writing isn't very formal, and the latter doesn'...
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Can I use “believe to be” [duplicate]

I was wondering if I could use "believe..." to be in this sentence. To me it sounds a bit overblown, but as I am not a native speaker, I was wondering if you would have any feedback on it: More ...
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Noun for things that annoy you?

Okay, it’s on my the tip of my tongue. I was watching interviews where they ask people what is their strongest point etc. If they’re asking about their weakness, the noun is ‘What is your Achilles ...
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Manifesto, values, creed or doctrine for a secretive organisation?

When a secretive organisation adheres to a set of principles, was created just to safeguard those principles, then should that set of principles be described as a manifesto, creed or a doctrine? I'm ...
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How do you say “headbutt” in American English?

Headbutt is a British term, how do you say the same thing in American English? I am interested in both the verb and the noun.
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What do you call the behavior of a person who stubbornly or sarcastically disbelieves your statements?

E.g. I’m in an argument with a friend and I make a strong personal point about my self, or intention and she just says “uh huh” or “right” or "whatever". Me: “I did it because I want better for you” ...
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Does 'to mend cars' sound well?

I wonder if the usage of mend regarding cars is okay. There were some discussions on other sites, but there is not a really clear answer. So, is it okay to say 'This guy mends cars' (this is his ...
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Can we use design and make in this sentence [closed]

I know that we usually say: We make/produce films. But my teacher said we can also say: We design films. Is it correct to say designing films?
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Which is correct, “someone named something” or “someone called something”? [closed]

It seems to me that there has been a move away from designating people by saying “named” when identifying someone as opposed to saying “called,” for example - in a news report. Saying “named” ...
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One word for call for a quick unplanned meeting [closed]

I am trying to finding one word that describes as "asking to meet for a quick & short meeting in a short notice"( where meeting is unplanned)" The word should be polite as I want to use among ...
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The sentence : I don’t … no

I have a problem understanding the need for the word “no” in sentences like : I don’t eat no meat. - I don’t smell no dinner cooking. ... Why would we need to add “no” if we already have “Don’t” in ...