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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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Two consecutive sentences that begin with in

I start off two sentences with "in" and it really irks me. Is this okay, does it sound bad? Any recommendations on how to reword the beginning of my sentences would be appreciated. "In response to ...
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Is there a word that describes a kind of conversation that goes nonstop because neither of the two wants to be rude and ends the conversation? [closed]

Like they both feel like they need to say something after they receive a message from the other one, and don't know how to end the conversation properly. It doesn't have to be a noun. Thanks in ...
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What should I conclude from this - A gay man

I fell in love with this course, from an American university, and wanted to enroll in it. But, when I went to the professor's page, to request him to let me in, I saw this - I am a gay man and use ...
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collocation with BUS STOP

Is it possible to say "I have to take 5 stops by/on bus to get to my school"? meaning: my school is 5 stops away from my home, I get there by bus.
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Words for first-est and last-est items from a sequence

Consider the alphabet (ABC...XYZ). The order is defined, but meaningless. Say we have a subset of letters: BEKOPX How can I say that ‘B’ is the “first-est ” and ‘X’ is the “last-est” occurring ...
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“everywhere” vs. “anywhere” vs. “somewhere”

Which one is correct to use? We usually stay home because it's more comfortable than go everywhere/anywhere/somewhere
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Wrong usage of “versus”

A friend of mine has written: "Iraq! You gave us a war! vs., we'll give you Haftsin." Isn't this sentence wrong? AFAIK we can say: "Iraq, you gave us a war; but we['ll] give you Haftsin". I have ...
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“Wishes of” or “wishes for”? [closed]

could someone tell me the difference between the two following sentences: my best wishes of a Merry Christmas OR my best wishes for a Merry Christmas I'm given to understand "Of a merry ...
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Is it possible to say “to refund (an amount) to an order”?

I sent a Customer a partial refund. I want to inform her using the verb to refund + a preposition. Considering my native language, I would say I've just refunded $20 to your order. According to my ...
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Can “face” be used in reference to a jail sentence when investigations are still underway?

I've seen articles with titles along the lines of "man faces jail for ..." when he's only being investigated, perhaps for brevity. But I'm wondering if this is correct. Thanks.
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Why is “having a walk” incorrect? [duplicate]

I was having a walk when the dog suddenly bit me. My colleague felt 'having a walk' is not appropriate, and that the correct expression is 'going for a walk' or 'taking a walk'. Why is "having a ...
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as children or like children

Which of the two sentences below is the same as the following "The gracious GOD teaches us as if we were children" (1) The gracious GOD teaches us like children (2) The gracious GOD teaches us as ...
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Reflexive pronoun in relative clause [closed]

Which sentence is grammatically correct? And is the other acceptable or just never used in daily conversation? 1. I am someone who loves himself. 2. I am someone who loves myself.
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Question about a single event with a plural ending [closed]

Let's take the Golden Globes for example. Which of these is correct? The Golden Globes are getting a lot of attention. vs. The Golden Globes is getting a lot of attention. As a single event, ...
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In a title like “Peter the Great”, what is the name for the “the Great” part?

At first I was thinking sobriquet, but that is not quite the same. Is there a term for the "the " part of such titles?
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How do you call youtube music videos composed cut scenes of speech of a public figure?

For example this kind of video. The author cut the speech scenes, as short as a vowel and as long as a phrase, to combine them to make a brand new music videos.
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When to use “by” or “to”?

Should I use "by" or "to" in the following? If you create the image for the user and it's approved, it's then visible and usable by all members. OR: If you create the image for the user and it's ...
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How long has the singular noun 'archive', as opposed to 'archives', been in current use?

My question arises through the fact that, when Michel Foucault introduced 'archive' as a singular noun in his 1969 Archaeology of Knowledge, he was more or less inventing a new word. 'Archif' and '...
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Can gunshots be drawn?

I know that it is a saying where cowboys can draw their pistol, but this does not refer to them hand-drawing their pistol (on paper, perhaps). But can we say that shots are drawn (as in, gunshots)? I ...
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Most common answers for “thank you! (e g for your help) [closed]

What are the most common answers in AmE when a person says “thank you”? Thank you;)
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Term for Entrance fee

I am about to "invent" an extension to the iCalendar MIME type. A calendar event may be one, where you need to pay money to get in. Since there is no such thing already defined in any RFC, I will go ...
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Which adjective is correct here? “He is the oldest/eldest child.” [duplicate]

Which word is correct in the sentence: He is the oldest (or the eldest) child in the family. If I am not mistaken the word "eldest" goes with the noun. I would use it here.
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What’s a good English expression for the Chinese idiom “buying horse bones with much gold” (千金买马骨)?

"千金买马骨” literally means buying horse bones with much gold. This Chinese idiom comes from "Stratagems of the Warring States- Yan Dynasty" 《战国策·燕策一·燕昭王收破燕后即位》. It is said that an ancient courtier ...
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“We hope” versus “We will hope”

Is there a difference between "we hope" and " we will hope"? I read in "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" by Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle: "'And Mr Holmes knows it?' 'Mr Holmes always knows whatever ...
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Word choice between will and would

Sometimes rules may not have a positive influence on children if those parents who set strict rules focus too much on children's obedience. Children will/would rely heavily on rules and may not be ...
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What verb to use with the noun “groundbreaking”?

I need some help with the noun groundbreaking. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition, it is The act or ceremony of breaking ground to begin a construction project. My question ...
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what is the meaning of perforation here? [closed]

"After the test is over , at the perforation point , tear the OMR answer sheet , hand over the original OMR answer sheet to the invigilator and retain the carbonless copy for your record." I can ...
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Does “ostensibly ” make sense in this sentence?

Does ostensibly make sense in this sentence? An ostensibly perfect world destroys itself What I'm trying to convey is A so-called perfect world destroyed itself But so-called is not very ...
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To take advantage of an opportunity

I am applying for a special 2-days business course and I have a couple of questions about the sentence below. "No one better than me would be able to take full advantage of this unique opportunity." ...
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what is an alternative word or phrase for 'to check for'

How would one express the concept of checking details in one document against another for verification or error?
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Best word: definition or enunciate?

Suppose a math problem like this: A car travels one hour at 100 miles per hour. What is the travelled distance? Suppose I am later talking about the problem. In Portuguese I can say "De acordo com ...
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When should I use “Figure out the rest” vs “figure the rest out”? Does it matter?

I'm writing something where a character tells someone else vaguely something that that she did in the past and then tacks on "I'll let you figure out the rest" at the end. Then some of the notes of ...
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Better way of saying “national character”?

Is there a better way to express what is meant by “national character” or is there a good term that gets close to the German word “Volkscharakter”? I'm looking for a word that captures “the true ...
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Some polite/alternative way of saying “due to the lack of”? [closed]

I have been writing my SOP for grad school and I'm looking for polite ways of saying "due to the lack of". Currently, I have this sentence: I analyse and solve system defects that occur in lieu of ...
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Best variant (common, more common, the most common)

Can you please help me to choose the most appropriate variant for the following sentence: In the USA (common, more common, the most common) college degree among the others is a bachelor of arts. I ...
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It there a way to say 'early arrival' or ' arrive earlier than expected' in a single word?

It there a way to say early arrival or arrive earlier than expected in a single word?
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Using “proximity” to imply “next to each other”

I am currently writing the introduction to my thesis and I want to say that two genes are next to each other. I would like to use the word "proximity" without saying "close proximity" but am unsure ...
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Word for when something inappropriate or surprising is said or proclaimed in a jarring and nonchalant manner

An example is if I was speaking to someone about baseball or something similarly innocent and nonchalantly said "That reminds me of my mother. She was killed in a car accident two years ago." The ...
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“Whereby” vs “With which”?

Which one is right and sounds more academic? We consider only the higher values, whereby we calculate how many ... We consider only the higher values, with which we calculate how many ... Any better ...
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correctness of sentence according to grammatically

is these two sentences are correct (or not) to used them. The farm was used to produce produce. i had to subject the subject to a series of test.
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The daughters of a grand uncle

I just had dinner with some family. There, was the mother of my father (grandmother), the brother of my grandmother (grand uncle?), his daughters (???), and their children (???) How do you call ...
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What do we call the combination of a number and a unit

As a Software Engineer I give my best to find descriptive names for specific concepts. That is a very important task to reduce software complexity. Naming concepts can be really hard and today I’d ...
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looking back at or looking back on?

When remembering events from last year, would you say "looking back on 2017" or "looking back at 2017"?
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I don't know the correct name of what I'm looking for! [closed]

I'm not sure what the thing that I'm searching for is called when you'd rather use a different word choice than the word you're using instead, but has the same meaning though. Where would I find a ...
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How can I use equation or formula or expression under different situation?

I have noticed that these three words all have the meaning that use several letters, numbers or symbols to represent some. But I always misuse them in some context? Such as how to describe a ...
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Port workers terms

I'm helping in the translation of an article and I have 2 questions: What is the most used english word for "port workers" ? I found stevedore, longshoreman, docker or dockworker but don't know the ...
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different prepositions with a word MESSENGER

Which is correct "via/on/in/with a messenger"? or are there any shades of using different prepositions with a word MESSENGER ?
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Other words to replace “let's”?

I am writing a project paper, and I find myself using the phrase "let's" a lot. I'm wondering if there are other phrases or words that I can use instead of "let's"? I've searched for an answer but ...
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Appropriate use of the word “irrespective”

Is this correct and appropriate use of the word? "The information is presented in a way that everybody can understand, irrespective of technical skill level." The reason I ask is, it seems like it ...
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A formal word between 'frequently' and 'rarely'

Rarely: X rarely goes to Y Frequently: X frequently goes to Y What would be a word in between the two? A formal word for 'sometimes' maybe? Context: Atheists sometimes appeal to Nietzsche'...