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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"He was the first person" vs. "he is the first person"

What is the correct tense to be used when talking about firsts? He was the first person to reach the South Pole. He is the first person to reach the South Pole. The first one seems right, but then ...
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Difference between approximate and approximative [closed]

French is my native language and "approximative location" sounds better to my native tongue. However I'm surprised that google spell checker is correcting "approximative location" ...
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Do I refer to the previous month or to the last month?

I'd like to ask about the difference between "last month" and "previous month", if there is any. I am a software developer and I use those relative words as a search input values for date search. ...
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Does the adjective 'unspoken' make sense in the context of this sentence? [closed]

Does 'unspoken' fit the following sentence? He stared up at the gang's unspoken leader. It's never been declared that the bully the sentence refers to is actually the head of said gang, but everyone ...
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Wind blew through the leaves of the tree.. other verbs? [closed]

what's the verb? The same as the wind brushed against her cheek, but for trees?
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Is "head data" a true alternative to "header data"?

Our software uses the term "head data" for which I think should be called "header data". If I look up the German translation "Kopfdaten" on Leo, I only get "header ...
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Is it correct "A life without any loneliness"? [closed]

Is it correct ? If not then what would be more appropriate to use
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during which/when? [closed]

There was a little exercise where you have to put a word in the gap, the sentence was like this: "In a recent film, during ____ a family was waiting to have a meal..." Answer was "...
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Expression similar to "embracing one's homosexuality"

I'm trying to find an expression that refers to the opportunity to "experience" one's sexuality. Example: By disclosing his homosexuality, he is able to .. (live out his sexual identity?)
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How to describe a single item within supplies?

I'm trying to translate terms used in a database to terms used by end-users. There is a supplies table which holds information on supplies held in stock. Supplies is generic on purpose, as there is no ...
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Word for compound event: "At least one of these events will happen"

Over on Math.stackexchange I was discussing probability jargon. Typically the events considered in probability theory are constructed from other, simpler events by a series of unions, intersections, ...
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Is there an idiom for someone that keeps repeating the same action? [closed]

First I just want to apologize if I word my question incorrectly I have trouble with putting my thoughts into words. To ask my question though, is there a saying or idiom for a situation where someone ...
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Continuous vs contiguous when talking about files

Files on a file system can be fragmented meaning they're split into several parts that are scattered all over hard disk. This usually means that reading these files is much slower because disk heads ...
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Proper use of "operando"/"in operando" studies

There are research techniques where something is investigated under working conditions, and these techniques are commonly referred to as in situ. For the sake of being specific to my field of study, ...
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What is a word that also means "cascadingly"?

I read this online, When the TTL controller cleans up the Job, it will delete the Job cascadingly but the word cascadingly does not strike me as a word and I believe this could be rephrased, but I ...
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Word order in an introductory sentence [closed]

I am writing a short description of my research activity. I am trying to say something like this: For some years now, the challenge of modelling high-dimensional data has been an exciting task to me. ...
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'Course' as the name of the institution [closed]

Is it wrong to use 'course' as the name of an institution, e.g: Smart English Course?
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What is the opposite of "why not?" [closed]

When someone says "why not [something]?" I often want to reply with "why [that thing]?" However, if they don't actually state the "[something]" and just say "why not?" what is the correct opposite ...
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Should I say flip, switch or flick the switch? [closed]

Suppose I have a switch with two positions, something like an interruptor, and two light bulbs. Switch on position A turns on the first light bulb, changing it to position B, turns on the second light ...
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Is ‘platform’ used correctly in the intended sense in this context? [closed]

Dating websites and dating apps are today very popular, but we don’t know how successful finding relationship via such platforms is. What percent of those using dating platforms find the right partner?...
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"Carried" vs "carrying" [closed]

When the tank carried/carrying the toxic gas derailed, the firemen tried to isolate the village from all traffic. Why is "carried" wrong in this sentence? And why should it be "...
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"Most of you would do the right thing if you/they knew"

In this case, "you" is 15 people. Are both of these correct? Most of you would do the right thing if you knew Most of you would do the right thing if they knew I initially thought the second was ...
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Word for sadness at something ending, but excited about new

Is there a word that describes the combination of feeling sad for an ending of something, but excited at new prospects. The closest I had was "bittersweet change" Examples: 1) At the end of a ...
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What's a word for a person being fed on by a blood sucking animal?

I am looking for a word that means "The one being fed on by an animal" For example, if a mosquito or leech is sucking someone's blood, what is the best word for this person? Suckee? Victim? ...
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What's the difference between e.g. "room 5" and "number 5"? [closed]

Is it correct to use the word "number" meaning "hotel room"?
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How do you describe a young woman who, while pretty when seen from behind, is ugly when seen from the front?

Is there a term, a phrase or an idiomatic expression to describe a young woman who, while pretty when seen from behind, is ugly, if not repulsive, when seen from the front? After some searches I ...
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A person who threatens with legal troubles

What are some best words/phrases/sentences to describe a person who warns you of complaining to authorities or sue in court for trivial things when they appear to be breaking the law, even though ...
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What’s the word for when you know how to build something but don’t know how it works? [closed]

Is there a word for when you can build something like an engine but don’t quite know how it works; you are just replicating it from instructions written decades before. Basically like a hyperdrive ...
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What's the difference between cunning, crafty and wily?

The definitions are quite similar, but what are the differences in meaning between them, exactly? cunning: having or showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or evasion crafty: clever at ...
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Choosing the correct form of a verb

Should we use "choose" or "choosing"? I was browsing the Internet when I stumbled upon this word play in a retailer catalog Door handles and locks: the key to choosing wisely At first the ...
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Is there any word or phrase for “which was back then”?

The first time I worked with the Internet was about 30 years ago. I was curious enough to care about something which was back then so new and fascinating. I kind of remember that there was a word or ...
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Is this considered a lie or are they telling the truth? [migrated]

So if person A is fed false information by person B, and person A goes on to tell this information to person C in the best way possible in the exact way they heard it are they lying? Person A would be ...
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Proper use of "out to lunch", "out for lunch" and "out at lunch"

Recently a co-worker and I debated the proper use of "out to lunch". The argument stemmed from conversation over the appropriate preposition to use, and became particularly heated when we tried to ...
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Is it considered rude or inappropriate to frequently address others as "friend" - often in a disingenuous fashion?

Recently, I have encountered (what I think is) a fairly common usage of the word "friend" that I consider to be insincere and offensive, but when I brought this up with the offending party, ...
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Replacing "When" With "For / Since" In A Question?

Does "for" or "since" work in place of "when" in this sentence? Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them? If not, why? Thank you.
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What is the word to express the fact that 'it will not require doing something'?

Creating a spare disk will 'x' the need for more disk space. What is the replacement for 'x' — I can think of 'prevent', 'negate', 'skip', but I am looking for a better word to convey that 'it will ...
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Term for "wiggly argument"? [closed]

What kind of adjective would you use for an argument that doesn't stand on a very firm ground? It came to my mind "wiggly argument" (like it wiggles) but apparently that term is not used.
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How do I know what to use "in society" or "on society"? [closed]

Grammarly sometimes says "in society" is correct, but sometimes it says "on society" is correct. "In my opinion, using animals for scientific and commercial experiments has ...
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Is This Sentence Grammaticaly acceptble? [migrated]

Can I say [I insisted on that the event was a turkey]? I know that we say: sb insists on sth. But I didn't know before yesterday that we can say: sb insists that So is it common or correct to say: ...
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Difference between roaring 20s and raging 20s?

One article A recession in America by 2024 looks likely from The Economist has a subtitle named: From the roaring to the raging 2020s From Google's online Dictionary(which is from Oxford): roaring ...
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displaced vs replaced

I generally know the difference between the 2 words. For example: The housing project was replaced by a new high-rise vs. Residents of the housing project were displaced when developers decided to ...
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Thematic comparison of 'collaborative' vs 'collective' in literature or culture

I'm trying to brand a product with either the word 'collaborative' or 'collective', but I am having trouble imagining what the well known thematic usage is with either word. I've always seen them ...
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"I left smoking", "I quit smoking", "I gave up smoking", "I stopped smoking" are these same?

For various such sentences in many cases I get confused, it seems different for different cases. I want to know if someone left doing something for permanantly then what should be used? Also give some ...
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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". The gracious GOD teaches us like children. The gracious GOD teaches us as children. ...
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When do we use “adept in” and “adept at”?

I was reading a chapter on choosing the appropriate preposition and found there are two different uses of adept with two different prepositions, namely “in” and “at”. The examples that were given did ...
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"a tall price" vs "a high price" [duplicate]

One of the meanings of "tall" from dictionary.com: large in amount or degree; considerable: a tall price As I understood from this definition, "tall" in "a tall price" ...
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Whereas for some applications ..., ... for [other|others] [closed]

How should I end this sentence? A: Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for other. B: Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for others. ...
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How do I distinguish wanting something to happen vs predicting it will happen?

This question comes from arises from cases of shipping as in (romantic) relationship - ping; The Psychology of Shipping and The Psychology of Shipping. What happened was that I saw this forum where 1 ...
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Is "eachother" correct?

I recently saw someone intentionally use "eachother" instead of "each other". In what circumstances would this be correct?
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Word or phrase for an idea that is good in theory but not practice

There are two things I’m thinking about. First, implementing ideas into policy on a large scale. An example could be the idea of communism, a big argument is that communism seems ideal on paper but ...

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