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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 you call a person who creates exam paper [closed]

I need to know a single word for a person who creates exams/question papers
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Why do we say “traffic jam”?

A thought occurred to me during a tedious journey yesterday, when travelling why do we use the word jam when describing being …caught in a traffic jam? It is just a queue, in this case, it ...
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Is “rescrew” a word or local dialect? [duplicate]

I heard people saying something like this: We have to "rescrew" [e.g.] a tissue box holster to the wall. I'm not sure, is the syllable "re" common? It seems this is not too commonly used. What ...
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Is it correct to say 'and as well' instead of 'as well as'?

Because I often see as well as or and in sentences, is the following sentence correct? It is suitable for you and as well for me. Thanks!
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What term is used to define the act of asking for an opinion

In a blog, we have "Topics" In stackoverflow, we have "Questions" What single term do we use if we want to ask for opinions? (I find the sentence "ask for opinions" to be too long, and I must find ...
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“Pregnant” as a taboo word

This recent article from The Sun states that the term pregnant, in this specific case referred to Meghan Markle, is considered vulgar by the Queen. According to a recently-resurfaced Us Weekly ...
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What is a word that describes cities, towns, and villages? [duplicate]

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a city is "an inhabited place of greater size, population, or importance than a town or village"; a town is "a compactly settled area usually larger than a ...
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Can “darling” be used as an adjective in the sentence “You look so darling”? [closed]

I've never heard of the word "darling" being used this way until yesterday, and a discussion came up about whether this would be correct use or not. Edit: Some additional info I wrote in reply to an ...
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Is “stang” so out of use it is widely considered an incorrect form of “stung”?

I have a sentence in a short story which wants to use 'stang' instead of 'stung'. Dictionaries that include 'stang' say it is 'obsolete'. Would you as a reader accept it? a shriek so fierce her ...
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suspicious, suspectful, or suspected [closed]

I want some example sentences with each of the words (used as adjectives) to better understand how I can use them! The sentence I want to write is: The actual culprit is portrayed as a well-...
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English word or proverb for expressing a surplus of mental resources in a person? [closed]

In Danish we say that some people have a lot of "overskud" (surplus) or "mentalt overskud" (mental surplus) if they are able to help and look after others, even though they may be very busy themself. ...
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A good word for a “tough journey full of rich experiences” [closed]

I am at loss for a word/phrase/idiom that captures the situation of a person having been on a difficult journey yet replete with fruitful/rich experiences. Any help will be appreciated. Edit: An ...
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Is there one word for “not challenged enough”?

I was typing an essay and wrote unchallenged to mean that the subject didn't feel challenged, but then I realized that unchallenged means "undisputed" and the definition that I thought isn't really ...
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Whats the word people say for when something they give you came from someone else?

For example, if Jon gives a sword to Person A to give to B, Person A would tell B: "Here, take this sword. [word] from/of Jon." Was it "compliments"? I'm not certain. "Here, take this sword. ...
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The phrase to express “how much time a user spends on a web page”?

Say a user spent 10 mins on a webpage. Can I say that this user's "residence time" on this webpage is 10 mins? Or is there any other better phrase to express this?
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What is a word for “being forced into submission”?

I have a quote in my essay but I don't remember where I got it from, so I need to remove and paraphrase it. Here's my original sentence: The belief that, as Christian women, queens should behave ...
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Is this the right usage of “doubles down as”? [closed]

This is the sentence, While the apps primary purpose is to display websites but it also doubles down as a PDF reader. Is the usage of "doubles down" correct? Does double down mean have an ...
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What word best links Arts, Law and Politics together?

At our Uni, we have to create a Hub to bring together all clubs related to Arts, Law and Politics. Please can someone suggest some words which can serve as an umbrella? Something like Humanities, ...
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Usage of 'not _ like you' [closed]

What do these sentence mean? Jack is not a singer like John. Jack is not a singer, like John.
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Which word is better to use in the sentence

Which word is it better to use in this phrase: “A few generations ago people with rheumatism used to carry hot potatos in their pockets as a means of ( cure / recovery)”. I’m confused and I think ...
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Antonym of “addressing” somebody (opposite of @ at)

We are working in teams on the same files. We developed a mechanism to add markers for oneself or to address other people with the following syntax (similar to the @ addressing mechanism here at the ...
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The usage of Inhuman [closed]

Is it right if I say "how could you act such inhuman?" or "how could you be so inhuman?" Thank you in advance.
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Word for writing over letter or shape

I'm looking for word or phrase which would describe the action of writing over letter or shape in order to practice fine motor skills and writing of that particular letter. E.g. you get outline of the ...
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One of the few or one of the only

I want to tell my friend that he is among the very few who can make me smile. Here's what sounds more natural to me: You're one of the few people who is good at it(making me smile). Or should I say "...
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I'm sorry vs i am sorry

When i was a kid somone told me "i am sorry" is only used only in some situation amd should not be used , instead you should use "I'm sorry". Is really a different between the meaning of these two ...
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“manuscript” vs “article”

I (a Japanese speaker) have been editing a mathematical coterie magazine which will be distributed in a school (university) festival. My question is below; 1. How should I, as an editor, call the ...
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How to use 'suspicious' as adverb and adjective

I have trouble with 'suspicious'. For example: a."He looks at me suspiciously" b."He gives me a suspicious look" I can read both of these as meaning both "there is something suspicious in the way ...
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“so” and “this” as adverbs meaning “to a degree”

Recently, a non-native speaker asked me whether they should say "Why is it so cold?" or "Why is is this cold?". While clearly the former is much more common, I struggled to explain why. Cambridge ...
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The most percentage?

The pie graph shows how the price of every course should be shared, measured in percentages. Overall the numbers are not that different for each part. Individual has the most percentage at 40%, ...
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What is difference between timetable and schedule?

I'm building an application, that shows schedule/timetable for university students. I'm confusing, what is the correct word for it: schedule or timetable? How should I name it? Here is the result of ...
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an adverb or adjective?quickly and effectively or quick and effective

To perform work together is quickly and effectively. ( Or "performing work together is quick and effective")
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Should I say “I derive the equation”, “I derivate the equation” or “I differentiate the equation”? [closed]

Should I say "I derive the equation", "I derivate the equation" or "I differentiate the equation"? I mean in this context: Here is equation (1). I _____________ equation (1) and get the following ...
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What's the word for describing days/months/years when comparing to something else?

Here's an example of the sentence I'm trying to write: "Monday: the (x) equivalent of falling down a flight of stairs" Some examples of other sentences that are similar to the one I'm trying to ...
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Usage of 'in comparison with' when comparing features (adjectives)

I have a problem with an expression of the form "[Adjective1] [Noun1] and [Noun2] in comparison with [Adjective2] and [Adjective3] [?]", when all adjectives are features of the given nouns and we want ...
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Is it “in” or “on” HNQ?

Stack Exchange has a special feature that displays the hottest questions from its 170 or more sites across the network, it's called Hot Network Questions or HNQ for short. Most users will see to ...
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What single-word adjectives exist to describe something as “capable of using language”?

I am looking for an adjective to describe linguistic/symbolic capability in the most general sense, e.g. humans are x, rocks are not x. Certainly, there may be several words that fit the bill at ...
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What's a neutral and popular patriotic term for one's country?

A bit of background here is important - my country historically had an unfriendly relationship with Germans, then got occupied by the Soviet Union, which really liked to justify everything by saying ...
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Omitting ',' or not in the case of ', from the cellular level to the organ-system level,'

I read through my textbook and encountered this quote 'Homeostasis is a dynamic condition. In response to changing conditions, the body's parameters can shift among points in a narrow range that is ...
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Word or phrase used to describe someone who controls someone else through possessions or financial means

Not sure if such a phrase or word to describe a person/actions actually exists. Have been using “to lord something over someone,” but this might not be the correct usage. ex1: If someone pays for a ...
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“I want to tell you” or “I want you to tell”?

If I want tell about something to somebody, which phrase is correct: "I want to tell you" or "I want you to tell"?
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Word (adjective) to describe a harsh sound

Context: My brother just played a video with loud screeching noises in the background about 5 feet from me as I was reading a pleasant book. I turned to chastise him, exclaiming, "John! Turn that ...
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Give back your home work or get back your homework?

My teacher is an international and I heard that he said "let me get back your homework to you". Is it correct? or he should have said "let me give back your homework to you"? I am a Teacher ...
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What is the best noun meaning “getting invaded”?

In a technical formulation, I need to define two opposite states. In particular, the first represents the state of an agent which invades, thereby called invasion. The second one corresponds to the ...
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Can one use “radical” to reference the base of a word in english?

In Portuguese and in some other languages, the use of the word radical indicates the base form of a word that can be derived in many other forms, but always keeping this radical, for instance: ...
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Inclusive term for alcohol, coffee and tobacco?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe alcoholic beverages, coffee and tobacco products collectively. The closest I can think of is "drug," but that is too broad. Namely, it includes ...
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How to express the noise of eating melon seeds? [closed]

Are there any words or phrases that can express the noise made by melon seeds eaters?
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What's a word used to describe someone that has spent their entire life either as a student or teacher in college?

Academician comes to mind, but that's not exactly right, by definition. I'm looking for a word to describe the person that went from grade school to high school to undergrad school, to grad school, ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't know what they like or will do with their life?

What would you call a person who would always response with 'I don't know' when thinking about their likes, favourite things, or their future (like plans for the next day or what they want their life ...
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Fail in OR to + noun/gerund/infinitive?

TIL: the phrase "fail in + noun/gerund" means: to not be successful in an attempt to do something. and the phrase "fail to + infinitive" means: leave something undone According to the meanings ...
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Succeed in OR to +?

The king succeeds in the throne The king succeeds in claiming the throne The king succeeds to the throne The king succeeds to claim the throne Which are acceptable? & what are the ...