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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Using "should have" for events that did happen

"Should have" is typically used to say something did not happen though it was desirable, but it is sometimes used for things that did happen and were desirable, as in "He did what he ...
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Welcome to or Welcome in {Game title}? [closed]

I'm quite close to release my first game, and I can't decide which is grammatically correct on my first user facing screen. My game will surely have some grammatical mistakes but I would appreciate it ...
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What's the word for the "back arm" if there is one?

We have the word "forearm" — but what's the other half of the arm called by itself? Does it have a corresponding positional name?
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What's the word for when two worlds coexist in the same space simultaneously but one is hidden or veiled from the other?

Consider how the wizarding world is hidden from the muggle world in the Harry Potter/ Wizarding World universe. Or in Hell Boy II. The troll market is hidden under a bridge. Red can see it but it's ...
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Word or concept for when the correction to a misconception becomes more popular than the misconception?

For example, when people say "Napoleon was short", it's almost immediately followed up with "actually he was average height for the time". Is there any concept or word that ...
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Not so good and Bangla [closed]

You must not have any question about the existence of GOD. Is this sentence is correct?
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“the room whose door is broken” vs “the room which door is broken”? [migrated]

Which exactly is the difference in meaning and usage between choosing whose versus choosing which in this first sentence? He chose to live in the room [ which / whose ] door was broken. How do these ...
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Correct verb to be use with bow and arrow [closed]

What is the more accurate verb that should be used with shooting an arrow?  Should it be “shoot” or “launch”? e.g., I shot an arrow. I launched an arrow. I used to think “shot” is the correct word ...
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"Suffer" vs. "suffer from"

I would like to know the difference between "suffer" and "suffer from". From the dictionary, I cannot distinguish between them. In particular, which of the following should I use: suffer ...
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Prepositions for the word "placement" or "clinical placement"

Which of these is correct? I went to cardiac ward in my first clinical placement. I went to cardiac ward for my first clinical placement. I went to cardiac ward on my first clinical placement. Also,...
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Is "push a button" correct English? (as opposed to "press a button")

My intuitive understanding of the English language (I am German) would correlate with the following quotation: The word "press" means to exert force on an object, but no motion of the ...
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Which is better, 'Iberophile', or 'Hispanophile'?

I'm not sure, because according to dictionaries, Iberophile isn't a word, but it is the first result on Google for "lover of Spain"
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Square Feet versus Square Foot [duplicate]

The sentence is The project would construct a 2000 square (foot/feet) kitchen.' I put 'The project would construct a 2000 square feet kitchen.' My senior reviewer changed feet to foot. Why? If I ...
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What does the phrase, 'as thus construed', mean? [closed]

What is the meaning of the phrase, 'as thus construed'? I was writing an essay and felt that phrase was appropriate, but I looked it up with quotes on google and found only references in some legal ...
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"Advantage of" vs "Advantage to"

Take these sentences which make use of the noun advantage: There are advantages and disadvantages to working in this industry. The advantages and disadvantages of working from Home. My ...
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When you compare an object to a reference object, what noun to use to refer to the former?

I am in the process of writing a research paper that compares my Methods A and B against a commonly accepted gold standard (reference) method. All methods produce objects that are identical in the ...
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Fantastic and fantastical

In my own idiolect, "fantastic" can mean "having fantasy elements" or, metaphorically, "very good," while "fantastical" can only have the literal sense. So, for instance, a fairy tale might be "...
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Best article to use in complex-compound sentence

I'm writing documentation for a piece of software I worked on and I came across an odd sentence format that puzzled me. I was wondering if there might be a conclusive answer on the matter: In the ...
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What's the difference between "either" and "at the same time"? [migrated]

I can't carry a heavy bag and a heavy heart, either. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can I say this instead? I can't carry a heavy bag and a heavy heart at the same time.
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which one is right : "has prepared"or "has been preparing" or "is preparing" [closed]

I find it hard to choose the most appropriate one among these three sentences: she has been busy recently, she has prepared for an exam. she has been busy recently, she has been preparing for an exam....
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What can I write instead of "conducted a survey"? [closed]

I keep writing conducting a survey but it has been written too many times, how else can I phrase it?
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My house vs our house when speaking directly one on one

If I call a plumber and tell him I need service at an "address". Then he calls back to say he's lost, which of these would be grammatically correct to say? My house is second on the right. ...
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Is there any obligation to invariably use commonplace collocations in English? [migrated]

For example, these four words are synonymous: become, get, go, turn. But you would probably say go crazy and become famous, not become crazy and turn famous. However, is saying become crazy or turn ...
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Is there any difference between "it's dead to me" and "it's dead for me?"

I read iTunes Is Dead to Me and was curious if there is any difference between saying "iTunes is dead to me" and "iTunes is dead for me?"
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Correct/correctly [duplicate]

Congratulations for spelling all your words correct. I would use “correctly” rather than “correct”. Can anyone explain why they use an adjective (correct) instead of an adverb (correctly) in this ...
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"Best-crafted" or "most well-crafted"?

This is their best-crafted song. That is the most well-crafted passage in the book. Simple question here. Is any more correct, or incorrect perhaps? Which seeems to be used more?
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What is a word for when an analogy could be used for both sides of an argument?

A person might say on one day: It is hot outside - let's go out for a picnic! It is healthy. Another person might say on the same day in the same place: It is hot outside - stay inside where it is ...
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A Single Word for "Secretly watching your crush"

What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing? I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and ...
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Referring to adult-age sons and daughters as children

Is it normal to refer to adult-age sons and daughters of someone as children? A native speaker of Arabic learning English has said that in Arabic, the word for sons and daughters is "أولاد" (awlaad) (...
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Which is more common, "self-responsibility" or "personal responsibility"? (in the workplace)

I'm trying to figure out what the best translation is for the German word "Eigenverantwortung" in a workplace context. A literal translation would be self-responsibility but I've also seen ...
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Naïve, naïf, naïvety, naïveté

I have two related questions about the word "naïve" and its relatives. The first is, shouldn't it be "naïf" if the subject is male? I've been told that it's correct to use the correct ending of ...
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What is one word to describe the person being called via phone?

I'm a Customer Service Agent for a governmental assistance agency. We often have situations where clients numbers have changed, and someone else has been assigned the old number. When I want to make ...
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Difference between 'Redundant' and 'Superfluous'

(I made a search for this question on this forum but surprisingly did not find related questions. Which is odd because surely this question is asked often.) First, the sentence I'm trying to use ...
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What is the English term for this type of high-crowned military cap (pictured)?

I am using AI image generators and I want to make some pics. How do you call this headgear? In Russian it is called "фуражка с высокой тульей" and Google search returns exactly this. But if ...
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What word describes a person that doesn't pay his bills?

In the Spanish language there is a word that is used to describe a person that has been tagged as a deadbeat; it is Largo. Largo in Spanish means Long as in the measurement of the distance between two ...
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"You are likely to [verb]" vs. "you are like to [verb]"

In a recent answer to another question, a fellow poster just used the following turn of phrase: The nearest you’re like to get is [word][.] I only ever saw and used "you’re likely to..." myself, ...
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Noun describing one who "acts on emotion primally"?

I’m looking for a noun to describe someone who “acts on emotion primally”, or something similar. To clarify, I’m trying to make a point about how the fanaticism of tech-fetishes (iPhone fanboyism and ...
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Feminine equivalent to mate

I am seeking a feminine equivalent to mate. Lets say I am walking in a hallway and bump into a male college; I would say something along the lines of Sorry, mate/lad/pal. However when I bump into ...
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Barrier to entry in an industry or into an industry

I'm struggling with the correct way to use barrier to entry in the following sentence: Technical interviews are an ever present barrier to entry in the software industry or Technical interviews are ...
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Usage of ' Please be submitted [migrated]

Is it grammatically correct to write Please be submitted the monthly financial report. Instead of writing the following? I would like to make a monthly financial report.
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Would not 'armistice' be a better word to use than 'pause' in present discussions of 'ceasefire'?

In the current situation, there are calls for a 'ceasefire' and calls for a 'pause'. Humanitarian pauses and ceasefires – what are the differences? Chatham House org But there exists a better word ...
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"Watch" vs. "Watch as"

He watched them run. He watched as they ran. What's the exact difference, in terms of the information/scene conveyed? He was watching the runners in both cases. Do they have different connotations? ...
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"The likeliest problem" vs. "the most likely problem"

The likeliest problem vs. the most likely problem: are they both correct? do they mean the same thing? is one preferable over another?
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Word for the sound made while vomiting

Which word can I use to describe the sound somebody makes while vomiting? Is burp the right word for it?
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Difference between 'willst' and 'wilt' in 'Shakespearean' English?

I am writing a scene from Macbeth detailing the battle before the play for my 11th-grade English class, and I decided to write it in Shakespearean for fun. I have been trying to figure out the ...
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A word or expression for an older man trying to look younger

I am looking for a word or expression for an older man, often over 60, who usually wears fashion items ( shoes, shirts, jackets), dye their hair, and do their best to keep fit. The overall result is ...
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is the monopoly reduced/ lowered /shared?

If method 1 had a monopoly in imaging domain. With the arrival of method two, its monopoly is lowered? reduced? Please suggest a suitable word here. Thank you
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What is a word that describes developing something (datasets/apps/whatever) artificially and manually in a rotational environment?

We are currently using the term circularizing (I made it up) as the technique of using artificial intelligence to check something, have devs check what artificial intelligence suggestions, which allow ...
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Most correct translation of this Bulgarian phrase - "политическа поръчка"?

Both usually translate to "order" in English, but "поръчка" means order as in "to receive an order from a customer" while "заповед" means order as in "to ...
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How to say: "I will try to move it to an earlier time" or what is the opposite of "delay"

I have a meeting that I think should be moved to an earlier time. What is the best way to say it? E.g. if I wanted to move it to a later time, I can use the word "delay": "I would like to delay ...

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