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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On / with a low budget

I've got this piece of my text: In my humble opinion, a movie can be just as good and entertaining on a low budget with certain key elements. Is it correct to say 'on a low budget' or it's better ...
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not…but also not/ as well as not/ and also not/ but not

I'm not so religious but also not that bad. I'm not so religious but not that that bad. I'm not so religious and also not that bad. I'm not so religious as well as not that bad. Are any of them ...
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Correct word for a list of measurements

I am attempting to compare a list of different types of measurements but don't know what to call the list. Here is a specific example: I am measuring genetic diversity in a simulated population. I ...
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Is it taking a test or giving a test?

I have been communicating with many non-native English speakers at work but there is one question I need to know the answer. So I am teacher and it is the end of the semester. Should I say that my ...
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Can “indignantly” be used in a situation where the person it's applied to is looking down on someone?

Given the following sentence, is "indignantly" used correctly: "I can't believe a filthy beggar like you would dare to even speak to us!" the lead girl in the trio indignantly shouted at him. The ...
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Which one's correct? “Sir was absent” or “Sir were absent” [on hold]

Which of these is correct? 1) "We heard that Sir was absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class." 2) "We heard that Sir were absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class." Context:...
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Difference between 'find' and 'finding' in research

How to distinguish: 'research finds' vs 'research findings'? Is the former more informal? Any other differences?
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Writing a vision statement: Correct usage? [on hold]

Often times, my hard-core nerdiness gets in the way of my language skills. I am a native (American) English speaker who lacks the understanding of the nuances of the language. I am writing a vision ...
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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...
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What's the reason behind separable words?

Just wonder why it's like that sea gull and surprisingly another word like starfish Finally: Are each of which called as word? moreover, I know there's a reason behind being separable of 'sea ...
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Difference between “admit” and “accept”

Which of the options sounds correct? She has been accepted/admitted at York University.
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How can one choose between “tunable” and “tuneable”?

Both "tunable" and "tuneable" seem to be in common usage. Is there a source which can be used to justify a preference for one or the other for general usage, possibly as a function of whether one is ...
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Board of directors vs directorial board

Which is better? Grammatically, both appear correct to me, and I normally use the former.
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word choice: data points or datapoints? [closed]

Is that one is correct and the other is not? Or something of brit-english versus us-english? Can I use either? When I use the Cambridge dictionary https://dictionary.cambridge.org/spellcheck/english/?...
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Present or confer?

For example, which one is more accurate in the following context? 1) The government presented a medal to him 2) The government conferred a medal to him And in general, what is the difference between ...
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What's the word I'm looking for? Trying to describe a small but pretty village?

I've written: The pistes on Mont Chéry side of Les Gets tends to be quieter than the Chavannes slopes on the opposite side of the quaint village. I want to replace the word 'quaint'. The word I'...
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An inoffensive word for “stupid”?

In my native language, there is a word that has a meaning similar to stupid, but it is friendly and usually used for a close friend or loved one. It even helps the target people to feel happy in some ...
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Word for focusing on what you do not have?

I would say “practicing gratitude” to convey the thought of focusing on what one has in life and ruminating on little things in a positive way, the glass half full. What would be the opposite word or ...
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Opposite of 'taking baby steps' [on hold]

I already have giant steps / huge strides in the context of 'Having previously taken tentative, half-hearted baby-steps Sophia began taking -------- towards attaining her life's ambitions'.
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Non-pejorative term for 'alcohol aficionado'?

Is there a non-pejorative term analogous to "foodie" but in the context of alcoholic drinks? Everything that comes to mind suggests some form of alcoholism or affinity for binge-drinking. More ...
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A computer window “pops” vs “pops up” [on hold]

In the context of computers and software, when a new windows appears on the screen, should we say: a window pops or a window pops up Based on my research, "pops up" is more correct, but can "pops" be ...
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Difference between therapy mode and modality?

I don't really understand the word modality and how it's different from mode. Merriam defines it as 1 a : the quality or state of being modal b : a modal quality or attribute : form 2 : ...
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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 it correct to say Win-win lottery?

Is it correct to say Win-win lottery? It is meant the kind of lottery where you will get a prize anyway.
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“What we have done” in one word?

I'm composing a 'Contents' slide for presentation, and I cannot come up with a concise word to describe "What we have done" in one word. What do people commonly use to describe that in the contents ...
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Reminiscence photo or commemorative photo?

The President took a commemorative photo with the scientists, or The President took a reminiscence photo with the scientists?
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Thanks. You got it

Can "You got it, dude " be used as a reply to "thank you" in informal English?
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When it's OK to omit “where?”

When it's OK to omit "where?" For example, is it OK to omit it in the following sentence? This is the one of the few places (where) you can breathe real air. In which situations one's not allowed ...
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Use of “the ill” vs. “the sick”

I was struck by the use of "the ill" as a noun phrase in a sentence from a question asked yesterday: "I'm going to be a doctor. I'm going to help the ill." For some reason, I felt that "the sick" ...
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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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Does leaving “any” change the meaning of the sentence?

It tackles a problem with no preconception that any human would have. It tackles a problem with no preconception that humans would have.
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“That's no reason.” or “That's no excuse.”

-Look,the boss is very angry with Alex. -Well,he came late again.But that's no______ to shout at him. A. excuse B. reason Our teacher told us that the answer was B. There’s no further ...
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'still less' vs 'still more'

McKendrick. Contract Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (2018 8 ed). p 752. An infamous example of this is provided by the case of Arcos Ltd v. E A Ronaasen and Son [1933] AC 470. The parties ...
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“living life being distressed.” or “living life with distress.” [closed]

This tablet is amazing, if you take it, it could help you think better or you could die, which is better than living life being distressed or pain for not being able to think as well." This tablet is ...
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“go too far” — suitable for academic writing?

I am revising the following sentence in an academic paper: The de facto XXX seems to go too far and notably undermine the readability. where XXX is a named of a new technique. I feel like "go too ...
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Query in writing and word usage [closed]

I find my writings to be highly idiosyncratic. I don't necessarily try to be complex with my words. I just write what feels right and makes sense to me. Is it ok to be idiosyncratic. Or any books or ...
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Drizzle as a quantity [closed]

A drizzle of white. Does this work. The meaning that I'm going for in this context is drizzle as a quantity, a small amount of white.
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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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How ask to confirm the address and hour of a job interview [on hold]

I was wondering to ask something like "Is it all set for the interview next Monday?"
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Asking about sufficiency of a document

I want to ask about sufficiency of a document. Is this sentence applicable? Can an English abstract be enough? Is it better to use "could" instead of "can"?
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Use of definite article in cross-references

When referencing a chapter or section in a book, when should I use "the" in front of them? For example, considering the sentences: (The) Chapter 5 presents X and Y. or X, detailed in (the) ...
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Name for rooms overlooking a castle's great hall

I'm looking for a name for the rooms that you'd find overlooking a castle's great hall. Somewhere between a balcony and a viewing gallery. Examples can be found in the top right and left of this ...
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I'm trying to describe a sound i.e. a popping sound which is metallic. How do I phrase such a sound?

The best I could come up with is Metallic Pop which doesn't suit the rest of the writing style at all, which has a bit more imaginative use of adjectives. What other phrase could I use to describe ...
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Is “one” always a quantity if not a pronoun?

In medical transcription we are required to type all numbers as digits (unless beginning a sentence). Some phrases include the word "one," such as, "I will get around to it 1 of these days," "...on ...
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What days (IS or ARE) Johnny attending school? [migrated]

What is the proper verb conjugation in the following sentence: My son is attending school on MWF this week. What days ____ Johnny attending? Is it "are" or "is"? Does the verb apply to the ...
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If I have a game level that needs precision and fast decision making, what skills are being challenged?

What should I put in the empty space? "Challenge your ___ skills..."? "precision skills"? Just "precision"? Maybe something else? Thank you! I am talking about a scenarion in a 3D game where your ...
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Can this be used instead of “and so on”?

Can "etc", "so on" also be used as "and things of that nature". Example: In school you need to have, pen, pencil, pencil case and things of that nature. English is not my first language, I hope you ...
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Best words to describe Food Expenses

I have been asked to list the expected out-of-pocket expenses for attending an approaching conference. I have sources of expenses such as travel, accommodation and food. So one of my subtitles in the ...
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Word for calling out to a deity?

Like when Zuko yells at lightning to strike him (but ideally more in the sense of insulting a deity). Imagine standing on top of a cliff during a thunderstorm, clenching your fists and and screaming ...
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Is there an idiom/word/phrase to describe a fight between two exhausted people? [closed]

If 2 people were fighting, but they are also completely exhausted, and they can barely hit each other hard, what would you use to describe it? The fighters were ____________, and barely able to ...