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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 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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When to use “-er” vs “-or” as a suffix in verbs - a comprehensive example (a developer's perspective)!

It's been many times when it comes to decide whether to use "-or" or "-er" as an agent noun suffix to a verb. My native (mother language) is Greek, and I'll try to provide you a way to think before ...
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Activable or Activatable?

A guy suggested changing my word from "activable" to "activatable". Chrome's spell checker also suggests that. However, I can see activable in most dictionaries (1, 2, 3) while I don't see activatable ...
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Semantic implications of “The President and we are disbanding the Forum”

In a widely publicized statement, a group of CEO's on President Trump's "Strategic and Policy Forum" wrote that because of contention surrounding recent statements by the president: As such, the ...
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How do you express in english the idea of noticing something

I'm writing an essay, and I'd like to write at the beginning of the text that it is important to notice the ambiguity of the question I'm asked. How can I do that properly in english? I'm my language,...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best practice regarding the words until, till, til, 'till, 'til and to

I often see in English the word 'till used as until. Example I'll wait 'till the end of time. Now I have found out that this may be wrong. The correct writing is without the apostrophe 'till and ...
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Word to describe “quick-witted streetchild”

I'm talking of a certain wit that is characteristic of streetboys and streetchildren in general. I'm not sure if streetchildren is the best way to describe these kids. That might not be very common in ...
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Use of plural form of auxiliary verb for singular subject

This is an excerpt from an article published on the Nautilus website: ...We in the 21st century would be shocked if an educated adult were unable to identify the continents on a world map, yet we ...
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Usage/type of clause

It makes you consider the difference between driving down that road in a car, versus riding down that road on a bicycle. (Is the comma here accurate?) What would be the main clause and the term for ...
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What is the term to say a carriage going in reverse?

Suppose you are in a driving a carriage on a narrow street and you see another carriage coming. Both carriages will not fit on the street, and you have no space to make a U turn, so, you decide to ...
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Is “to attribute a property” equal to “to give a property”?

I'm wondering if I can use both. For instance in: "We can give/attribute a property of an eraser to a pencil." Thank you in advance!
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at our side / on our side / from our side

I'm developing a web form wich communicates with an external service and they are validating the data that I send to them from the web form. But, I would like to manage the validation by my self. I'm ...
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Using 'caveats' in context of problems

I am using the world caveats as follows: However, there are three major caveats in using these data sets. The meaning - there are 3 major drawbacks/flaws that a researcher might encounter if he or ...
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“Take out” or “take away” for removing from a collection?

What preposition do I have to use in this sentence? If you have ten candies and take out/away six, you are left with four. I think "out" is right. The dictionary phrases take [something] out or ...
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Which is preferred, “… on 2010 or later …” or “… on or after 2010 .…”?

Which of the following is preferred? Does it matter? Any person born on January 1, 2010 or later, is entitled to ... or Any person born on or after January 1, 2010, is entitled to ...
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Stays (more) fresh (for longer)

My wife just said "stays more fresh for longer", which sounded double to me. But I don't know how to actually say it without being double. When you put something in the fridge it stays... more fresh....
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What are some words that are similar in meaning and pronunciation to aeolist and sciolist?

Aeolist and sciolist are two words that share the same suffix and have very similar meanings, I was wondering if there are any other words to continue this series.
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too, also or as well?

"Isn't being so smart and talented enough for you, Peter? Do you really have to be so freaking beautiful, too?" Is the sentence above correct? If it's not, how should I write it? Should I use "also" ...
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Difference Between Since and For When Referring to Past Event

I'm a pen pal with a couple of native German speakers. We correct each others mistakes and try to explain why they are mistakes if it's not a cut and dry solution like conjugation etc. There is a ...
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How is the usage of “guy” different from “man”/“boy” in these sentences?

The word "guy" being used other than with an adjective seems odd to my ears. Is there a rule or explanation as to why that is? These sentences sound ok with either "guy" or "man" or "boy": He's a ...
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'at', 'on' or 'from' social media in specific sentence

I have to make a poster to promote my projects and I'm really confused about which preposition to put there: the sentence looks like this: Don't miss the latest news at (on) our social media. ...
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How to say putting knee on a table

What I am doing in that picture? I couldn’t describe it in English? In the attached picture, you will see my leg, my knee is on the table. Images are not visible I think. I put my knee to the left ...
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Origin of the prepositions “on” vs “in” with regard to days and dates in English

The prepositions of time "On, In, and At" are generally described as: At - specific time On - specific days, dates In - period of time However, I am wondering why we use "on" to refer to a specific ...
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Implication of “Somewhere”

I have a quick question. If I'm writing: "Do you want to go somewhere with me?", does it sound like who is speaking has a specific place in mind or that they just want to go somewhere random? I'm not ...
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What is the difference between span and period in this context?

span the period of time that sometimes exists or happens period a length of time That said, I still don't see the difference. I have the following exercise in my schoolbook: The course would have ...
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Use of participle 'considered' in the sense 'currently under consideration'

I'm writing a research paper and I have to use a certain approximation in my calculations. Can I write a phrase like this? In the considered approximation these terms may be neglected. This means ...
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Describing polka dot and background color

When you say yellow polka dot bikini, does it mean a bikini with yellow dots or a yellow bikini with dots in another color? How do you properly describe the color of the polka dot pattern? If the ...
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What is the accepted convention for transcribing audio speech dysfluencies and repeated utterances?

If this question belongs in another topic, refer me to the correct site. I came across some transcripts in which the text says ah When the audio actually says uh. Another example is when the ...
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“The soundtrack, not the vocals, are good”: Is this sentence correct?

I was recently reading something online and found this sentence: The soundtrack, not the vocals, are good. To me it seems that instead of are good, it should say is good, since the subject of the ...
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The difference between “test” and “testing”

I am working on software unit tests these days, while I found most results in the web tend to use "unit testing" rather than "unit test". If you search "unit test" in google, you will see "unit ...
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“Cater to” vs. “cater for”

Is there any difference between "cater to" and "cater for"? Which is better in this context: The dramatist must cater to the taste of the audience. The dramatist must cater for the taste of the ...
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much/little/less of+ noun

I am having a little trouble in this structure in English: 1)It was really more of a comment than a question. 2)Jet travel has made moving from place to place less of an ordeal. 3)Getting tickets ...
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Name for the ability or inability to “look without seeing”

In certain disciplines it's important to be able to see something without paying attention to it or pointing it out in order to respect privacy. Think like when IT looks at your computer - you might ...
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Which word is appropriate for an on-line game website: appeal, accuse or complain?

I'm translating an on-line game website into English, and the main idea of rules is that users can create a small game for other users. If the creator user provides answers that are not correct or not ...
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“Account Buttons” or “Accounts Buttons”

Is it correct to say "Account Buttons" or "Accounts Buttons" when referring to buttons, where every button represents different account? If I use "Account Buttons" doesn't mean that there are few ...
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Rephrasing “Audience-minded” or “Audience-attentive”

I am struggling to find the best flowing combination of the words "Audience-minded." I would preferably like to have it read "x-minded". Although, I am not opposed to a synonym that better flows. By ...
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the use of “while”

Can "while" be used to link two situations that are not contary? (Other than the meaning of "at the same time") For example, (1) The earthquake in Korea occurred due to the earthquake in Japan. (...
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How do I phrase my sentence correctly (predictions of/from/by)?

I am not an English native and new to StackExchange. I have difficulties determining the correct wording for a sentence with "predict": ... the weather forecast is compared to predictions of/from/...
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1) pictures in different/various styles 2) pictures of different/various styles

How do you think, which variant is correct: 1) pictures in different/various styles 2) pictures of different/various styles
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Professional way to word option to relinquish creative discretion

What would be a professional way when gathering information from a client for a design gig to phrase an option to leave the specified element up to designers creative discretion?